Three Tour Companies Banned From Accessing Maasai Mara National Reserve
Three tours and travel companies have been banned from accessing the Maasai Mara National Reserve for the next 30 days. The three were barred after they failed to observe the set park regulations. The three tours and travel companies that have been banned are Sun World Safaris, Mario Tours and Twiga Tours.
Every year between July and October over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. It’s considered as one of the seven new wonders of the world which attracts a lot of local and international tourists.
However, the number of international tourists has visiting these parks has declined significantly due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, since international flights resumed, international tourism is slowly resuming. “We are glad that Kenyans are flocking in large numbers to the Maasai Mara. Currently, most of the lodges are fully booked. The Coronavirus pandemic affected the tourism sector,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said on Saturday.
“No more off-road driving and we are strict on this. All tourists who are on game drive should stick to the road. We do not want disturbance of wildlife on their natural habitats,” he warned.
He has also directed that all the short-cut routes to the park be closed, saying the park should only be accessed through Sekenani Gate, Ololaimutia, Musiara and Takel gates.
The move by the three tour companies to flaunt the rules have sparked sharp criticism from wildlife enthusiasts who have thrown their weight behind the park administration to punish the rogue tour drivers.