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Tourists stream to Maasai Mara to witness wildebeest migration

26 July 2016, 21:03 Geoffrey Kimagut

Narok - Tourists have started are streaming to the world-famous Maasai Mara game reserve to witness the annual wildebeest migration which have started.

The peak season in Maasai Mara game reserve starts when the migration of hundreds of wildebeests from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Kenya takes place.

Hoteliers and other tourism beneficiaries in and around the Mara and private conservancies are
breathing a sigh of relief following number of visitors coming to the park as the spectacular wildebeest migration has started.
A survey conducted by News24 revealed that almost all airstrips are now becoming busy as planes ferry visitors from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Maasai Mara.

About one million others are expected to cross the river from Serengeti in Tanzania. The Gnus crossed the Sand River Gate crossing point  at  the weekend a spectacle that was witnessed by dozens of tourists from UK, US, Australia, India and Russia.

According to Olare Mara Kempinski manager Fairman Muhingi, they expected a good projection this year when the team of tourists is now in Kenya for the migration.

Muhingi said the streaming of tourists is a welcomed sight in onset of the high peak season and is bound to change those numbers.
“We expect a better season this year as compared to last year because the tourists come in big numbers and expect them to stay until  the months of august when the migration ends,” said Muhingi.
He added that more than 100 tourists from different nationalities have checked in at
the Kempinski on the onset of the peak season.

A local ,Alice Naeku of Sejelai Organisation, who was in Kempinski hotel,  said that many of these tourists are forced to pay more than they had planned to watch the spectacular migration because of this delay.
“They have no otherwise but to wait for the historical migration since they don’t want to leave before experiencing the spectacular 7th wonder of the world,” said Ms Naeku.
Diana Mangalagio,-Professor Oxford University  , a tourist from France  said she has  enjoyed their
stay in Kenya and have had the opportunity to visit different places and has seen nothing of great concern and urged fellow countrymen to continue visiting Kenya the country.

The mass of over 2 million animals cover the savannah and grasslands as far as the eye can see. October to November is when the short rains begin to fall in the south and east Serengeti, so the herds start to leave the Maasai Mara, crossing the Mara River yet again, bringing all the same perils.
The annual migration of one million wildebeest (Gnu) from Serengeti National park to Maasai Mara has placed Mara on the world map to be named as seven wonder of the world in 2006.

Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the Africa’s best known
wildlife sanctuaries staggering 1,530 squares Kilometres being the
home vast variety of wildlife.

More than 1.2 million tourists have been visiting Kenya annually. Out of the total number, 700,000 tourists have been visiting Maasai Mara.


- MyNews24

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