Guests of &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge have the opportunity to interact with the KopeLion conservation team to get a deeper understanding of their day to day operations and what it is really like for the Maasai to live side by side with wildlife. These experiences have to be booked in advance, and all generate a donation to KopeLion.
Interact with the KopeLion conservation team
Enjoy half a day with the KopeLion team and discover how these dedicated conservationists are fostering lion-people coexistence within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). Working closely with local communities, they are creating a sustainable ‘corridor of tolerance’ that will re-connect the divided Crater and Serengeti lion sub-populations, ensuring their long-term survival. This insightful experience will give you the opportunity to understand the challenges and complexities of wildlife and human coexistence.
Accompanied by a KopeLion team member, you’ll start with a short walk to check on one of the Panthera camera traps. Then you’ll be driven through Maasai villages, and a diversity of habitats, from the lush Crater rim, through sparse grasslands, and into a beautiful secluded forest spot. Here you’ll meet one of the KopeLion ‘Ilchokuti’ (lion guardians) who will talk about his work that entails both working with the local communities, and protecting lions.
Pre-dinner drinks with KopeLion
Unwind after a thrilling day of game viewing with a bottle of fine wine, or some French champagne, and share some time with the KopeLion conservationists. This intimate setting lends itself perfectly to an interactive presentation by the KopeLion researchers, followed by an exchange of questions and answers about the invaluable work they are doing to eliminate human-lion conflict along a ‘corridor of tolerance’ linking the Crater to the Serengeti. This is a perfect opportunity to get a full understanding of the work they are doing, and their commitment to a sustainable solution.