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New lodge to open in serengeti

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Wambugani, Apr 18, 2009.

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    Wambugani JF-Expert Member

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    NEW LODGE TO OPEN IN SERENGETI
    A new 75-bedroom safari lodge is due to open in June this year in the Serengeti National Park. The information was given by Kempinski Hotels in Dar es Salaam, who will manage the new property on behalf of the UAE-based owners. The Bilila Kempinski Lodge will likely be the last such development in the Serengeti, where environmental concerns are taken seriously over the impact of such fixed places. It is, however, according to usually well-informed sources, possible to erect tented camps in select places, as they are thought to be less damaging to the fragile ecosystem and can more easily be removed.

    At the same time, controversy is ongoing in the adjoining Kenyan Masai Mara Game Reserve where an abundance of hospitality businesses are operating. Commented a Kenyan safari operator: “Maybe we have overdone it in the Mara, but when I look at those big spaces in the Serengeti, I think that they are maybe a little too restrictive about a few more lodges, but then again, when one is killing the goose laying the golden eggs with too many beds in a small reserve, that makes you think again.”

    Conservationists, however, are said to be delighted by Tanapa’s decision to halt any further brick-and-mortar developments in the Serengeti and restrict new lodges to areas immediately outside the national park. Said one of them based in Nairobi to this correspondent: “I hope Kenya takes a leaf from this decision. The Masai Mara moratorium on new lodges has been ignored, and the carrying capacity for lodges and tented camps inside the greater Mara conservation area is literally exhausted. Investors should look at some of the parks and reserves without enough beds and build there, instead of overcrowding the main parks,” - sentiments shared by this column.

    Source: eTurboNews
     
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    Are these lodges ecologically and environmentally friendly?
     
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