Too many investors forces Narok County to ban further investment at famed game reserve
The County has since launched plans to revamp the facility.
Narok Governor Samule Tunai has said there are more than enough investors in the Masai Mara National Reserve and the county government will no longer allow any more campsites to be set up in the reserve.
“The sight of camps after every mile of a safari mostly occupying the forested areas is quite annoying. We have banned a few permanent camps and with this, given the animals a ‘Christmas’ feel,” he said.
Speaking during a tourism stakeholders forum in Nairobi, the governor blamed crooked investors for the congestion and degradation of the important ecosystem.
“Most of these investors bribe county officials and the National Environmental Management Authority officials to acquire the documents needed to open shop. When taken to court, they easily find their way out,” Tunai said.
Mr. Tunai added that the County has since launched plans to check this uncontrolled number as well as revamp the facility by improving the infrastructure which would result in higher earnings.
The famed wildebeest migration at the Masai Mara National Reserve has put Kenya on the global map as one of the world’s most thrilling displays of wildlife in their natural environment.
The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife display, the annual wildebeest’s migration alone involves over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November.
Some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species have also been sighted on the reserve.
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