Mara Rianda Primary School

Providing access to quality primary school education in the Masai Mara


The Masai Mara

Over two decades ago, Maasai parents built a small school with funds raised from selling cattle. Governors’ Camp Collection and the BBC’s Big Cat Diary team help to support this initiative. Then in 2004, a guest of Little Governors’ Camp (Richard Long) visited the school and was moved by the lack of even the most basic supplies, such as chalk. Together with his wife and friends, he founded The Mara Rianda Charitable Trust  (MRCT) to improve the school’s facilities and the lives of its children and staff. Today, Governors’ Camp Collection and MRCT have helped over 5,000 children access education through the construction of classrooms and other facilities. Together, their support for the school has included:

  • Constructing classrooms, dormitories, a library, teacher accommodation, a dining hall, and latrines.
  • Installing a borehole, water tanks, solar pump, and water purification systems.
  • Supporting teachers’ salaries, providing scholarships, and donating learning materials.
  • Creating a Wildlife Club and providing logistical support.

Learn more about the school in this short VIDEO.

Guests are welcome to visit the school during term time. Please arrange this through the Camp Manager or your guide.

Donations of supplies are gratefully received, please visit the Packing for a Difference section of our website for suggestions. We can purchase supplies in advance and have them ready for you to distribute during your stay. Donations can also be made online.

To sponsor a child or help pay a teacher’s salary, please contact us at