Located in Amboseli Landscape of Kenya and Adjacent to Mt. Kilimanjaro, Rombo Group Ranch (RGR) is one of the organised communities that has set aside 25,000 Acres for a Wildlife Conservancy. The group ranch has a plan to further develop tourism in their conservancy as part of their conservation and income generation strategies for its members. They intend to solicit for investors to partner in developing world class accommodation facilities targeting high class tourists.
ROMBO Group Ranch is located, 5O km from Oloitoktok town in the southern edge of the Tsavo West National Park. The ranch envisions a business partnership between the Rombo Group Ranch and an investor under the theme of “community owned privately managed through mutual partnership with the private sector”. The joint vision is to create direct economic value from wildlife and wilderness at the RGR conservancy for the benefit of the members, investors and the relevant stakeholders including the government. Given the ecological aspects of Rombo and its close proximity to the populous Tsavo West National Park and Amboseli National Park, a tourist and nature business is considered both of high growth and high market share. The main tourist attraction in the conservancy includes wildlife, rich biodiversity, the Chyullu hills, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Maasai cultural heritage and the natural wilderness, as well as opportunities for research and game tracking.
The Ranch is located in a fantastic dispersal area for wildlife migrating from the park, as well as a transit point for elephants moving to and from Amboseli National Park and the Chyullu. The big four, namely Elephant, Buffaloes, Leopards and the Lions inhabit the area. The area is well endowed with spectacular flora and fauna. The area is renowned for its population of game birds including francolins, quails, ostrich and guinea fowls that make it favoured by bird watchers and bird shooters alike. The area is characterized by acacia grassland mosaic tending to acacia woodland and grassland on the base of the Chyullu hills. Lions and Elephants are considered more dominant and symbolic as a species for this area. At the same time Mt. Kilimanjaro is the more majestic scenic feature. Maasai culture with all its symbolic artefacts i.e. shields, spears, warriors etc is the natural environment for the Rombo community
In summary, business models indicate that the conservation business venture will enable the Landowners and investors to earn reasonable income whilst securing and protecting a key wildlife habitat for both endangered and endemic flora and fauna. Ecologically, the area is an important corridor for wildlife moving between the Tsavo West National Park and the Chyullu ranges making it home to a great diversity and abundance of wildlife. The resident wildlife in area includes the following Key species among others; lions, cheetah, leopard, elephant, buffalo, eland, Oryx, gerenuk, zebras, wilder beast, grants, Thompson gazelles, giraffe, African wildcat, porcupine, lesser kudus, ostrich and predators-hyena’s, jackal. Combining this with spectacular landscapes including Mt. Kilimanjaro and Amboseli plains increases the tourism potential of the area considerably.
From a tourism point of view, the conservancy boasts of the following location advantages:
• Proximity to the Tsavo West National park where elephants can be viewed at close range
• Set on a migratory corridor and an area of high population numbers and density of both endemic and endangered wildlife.
• The only ranch with circuit advantages to Amboseli (Campsite) and Taveta (Kitobo Forest)
• Set in area surrounded by a number of cultural villages that promote the authentic and traditional Maasai culture.
• Set on a reasonable gradient to command spectacular views of the Kilimanjaro, Amboseli and the Chyullu hills.
• Accessible by road from the nearby airstrip in Ziwani and part of the famous Nairobi- Namanga, Amboseli- Kilaguni (Tsavo West)
Rombo Group Ranch is seeking to develop a logo and marketing materials that shall help grow a conservation oriented brand that shall appeal to various investors for The Conservancy could be ideally developed as a joint venture between community and a private operator.