Ol Gaboli Community Lodge, the only tourism facility owned by an all-women's pastoralist group in Sub-Saharan Africa, is within Il Motiok’s Maasai community. Il Motiok Group Ranch was created by the local community by setting aside prime grazing land totaling 5,000 acres as a conservation area. Situated roughly 75 kilometers (45 miles) from Nanyuki, Il Motiok is surrounded by private and community group ranches that are home to an impressive variety of wildlife.
The ranch is located in a hilly, semi-arid landscape with red-earthed rolling hills and rock outcrops covered by acacia trees. Il Motiok measures approximately 1,000 hectares which has been set aside for conservation purposes. Human activities such as firewood collection and grazing are not allowed in the conservation areas in order to guarantee maximum protection of the biodiversity in the area.
Il Motiok is a part of a larger community conservation initiative called the Naibunga Conservancy. The Conservancy is managed by nine Maasai group ranches in the Laikipia North district of Kenya. The converancy covers 43,000 hectares and has a membership of over 7,000 community members. Naibunga has been particularly successful in tackling environmental degradation caused by overgrazing and empowering the region's women. In the long term, the conservancy aims to help alleviate poverty through wildlife conservation and income generating projects.
As a result of the conservation efforts in Il Motiok, there has been a dramatic regeneration of ground cover and a subsequent return of wildlife including elephants, Grant’s gazelles, giraffes, and lions. Populations of endangered species, particularly African wild dogs and Grevy’s zebras, have been restored. Wild dogs had all but disappeared from the region, but Laikipia and the Ewaso ecosystem now have over 250 individuals, making it the 4th largest population in the world.