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Tourism business is booming in Mara...look who's benefiting?

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  1. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Business booming in the Mara as tourists flock to watch wildebeests

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    An estimated 1.5 million wildebeests cross the Mara River in the months of June to August to graze and to mate, before returning to the Serengeti in the late October to November. As many as 500,000 zebra precede them.

    By JULIUS SIGEI
    juliussigei@gmail.com

    Posted Monday, July 18 2011 at 21:07



    The wildebeest migration, one of the last remaining great mammal migrations in the world, has started in earnest with visitors from all over the world jamming Maasai Mara game reserve.

    A Nation team that toured the resort at the weekend was met by safari enthusiasts from within and outside the country who scrambled to catch a glimpse of what is one of the world's truly spectacular scenes.

    The migration, determined mostly by climatic patterns, has coincided with the sprouting of long lush green and golden grass in the savannah, the result of rains that have recently fallen over the area.

    Kenya Tourism Board managing director Muriithi Ndegwa says the rise in the water levels in the Mara was as a result of the conservation of the Mau Forest which is the catchment of the river.

    An estimated 1.5 million wildebeests cross the Mara River in the months of June to August to graze and to mate, before returning to the Serengeti in the late October to November. As many as 500,000 zebra precede them.

    "KTB is keen on contributing towards the survival of this crucial resource that has boosted our performance in the tourism sector with Maasai Mara being among our hot spots in terms of tourist attractions," said Mr Ndegwa.

    He called on the tourists to discover Kenya's diversity by visiting other attractions within the country after witnessing the wildebeest migration.

    "KTB has put in place diversification strategy to sell other niche products that include eco-tourism, sports, culture and conference tourism," added Mr Ndegwa.

    Sometimes the chosen crossing place is shallow, which allows the majority of the herds to cross safely. But often the river is deep and fast flowing, with steep banks on either side.

    Many of the weaker animals are not able to cope with the strong river currents or the buffeting from other wildebeest as they swim.

    Hundreds of animals can die during the crossing, littering the waters edge with corpses. These will be devoured by the numerous, hungry, and eagerly waiting crocodiles.

    Mr Brian Heath, the director of the Mara Conservancy which manages the Mara Triangle on behalf of the Trans Mara county council says the migration started a few weeks late and had led to the swelling of waters in the Mara, a situation which he said was endangering the animals.

    "It is an ironic situation. When the water levels are high, the plunge is more spectacular; but the animals die in their thousands.

    "However, when the water levels are low, more animals survive, but visitors are disappointed that the crossing is not as interesting as it should be," said Mr Heath.

    Conservationists have however warned that if the environment around the Mara was not conserved, then the destination's most important attraction will soon be history.

    Dr Joseph Ogutu, a senior researcher at the University of Bohenheim, Germany, recently told the BBC that the annual wildebeest migration, for which the Mara is known, will soon be a thing of the past as it now involved "64 per cent fewer animals than in the early 1980s".

    Dramatic declines

    "The three main causes of the dramatic declines are poaching, change in land use patterns in ranches within the Mara ecosystem and the increase in number and range of livestock in these areas," said Dr Ogutu.

    Like the pilgrimage to Mecca, not all wildebeest move, though. There are resident wildebeests mainly in north-eastern Mara bordering the Olchoro Oirowua Conservancy and Mt Kileleoni as well as the Loita Plains to the south east of the reserve.

    Hotels in the park and the surrounding conservancies as well Narok town, which is the gate-way to the resort, have recorded full bookings.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Business+booming+in+the+Mara/-/1056/1203718/-/item/0/-/1lm8v5/-/index.html
     
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    Wildebeests cross the Mara river during a migration in Masaai Mara game reserve, 270 km (165 miles) southwest of capital Nairobi, July 28, 2009.



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    River Mara: Thousands of Wildebeests will jump in the river during their annual migration this month


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    post more pics bro
     
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    Umefurahi eeh!!!

    Ninawasiasi na wewe kuwa upo Tanzania, na una kitambulisho cha kupiga kura na Unawapigia magamba kura muendelee kufaidi.

    Subiri tuiondoe hii serikali ya magamba tuweke a serious government!
     
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    Kenya eyes new tourism markets to help grow revenue

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    Efforts to attract more tourists from the region between the Board and Kenya Airways were launched last month following a familiarization trip of African tour and travel operators as well as journalists.
    By Wangui Maina (email the author)

    Posted Monday, May 11 2009 at 17:19


    Kenya has identified key new markets and is investing in them to help grow the number of tourist arrivals into the country.

    The United Arab Emirates, Russia, Eastern Europe and Africa are some of the emerging markets that have been identified as emerging markets that can help the destination grow its numbers to five million by 2012 as outlined in Vision 2030.

    Speaking in South Africa over the weekend, Tourism Najib Balala said these markets have spending power and a huge potential for Kenya to grow its numbers and revenues.

    "Many of these countries do not know Kenya and we want to introduce the destination to them," he said.

    He was speaking at Indaaba, one of the biggest travel fairs in the industry where Kenya is exhibiting for the first time following an agreement between the two governments earlier in the year.

    Previously Kenya was locked out of the exhibition, which mainly allows South Africa Development Community (SADC) members to participate. Mr Balala received an award, The Good Safari Guide, presented by industry players in the region for the best tourism board, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB).

    Arrivals low
    KTB partnered with Kenya Airways at the exhibition as part of a Sh50 million project to promote the destination in the region. The move will see Kenya marketed in most of the destinations served by the airline.

    This partnership is expected to grow the number of arrivals from the region as there is huge potential to tap into the middle class in the region and get them to travel into Kenya, Mr Balala said.

    Efforts to attract more tourists from the region between the Board and Kenya Airways were launched last month following a familiarization trip of African tour and travel operators as well as journalists.

    Arrivals from the region into the country have remained low over the years, last year arrivals from the region declined by 2.2 per cent to 207,737 visitors.

    The ministry has been working with the Ministry of Immigration on the referral visa that has been identified as one of the hindrances to growing the numbers.

    In comparison, the region is a major source of tourists to the country with arrivals from Africa having grown by seven per cent last year. Most of these are from neighbouring countries and short-haul destinations like Kenya.

    In addition to Africa, efforts to attract more visitors from the Middle East, especially Dubai, are in place with the Board and the minister having attended a trade fair last week.

    "Kenya is not known in the Middle East and we want to reintroduce the destination in the Arabian market with various promotions," Mr Balala said.

    http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Company Industry/-/539550/595986/-/item/0/-/10gpdouz/-/index.html
     
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    Wow!!! It's always a amazing to see this migration albeit in pictures and video... AFrica is blessed and cursed at the same time!
     
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    Few whites from Europe and Americans. Wengine wanakula makombo tu, halafu wanafikiria wanafaidika.
     
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