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Kenya’s tourism set torecieve $ 2.4M boost

The Tourism sector has in the recent past suffered as a result of the travel advisories issued  by tourist source countries. The advisories come in the wake of violent attacks by Islamist militias.

In response to this, the government came up with a Tourism Recovery Strategy committee  to help the sector recover.

SafariThe committee is comprised of  various professionals who will suggest strategies to move the sector  forward.Through the committee the sector is set to receive $2.4m boost from the government to help in its  recovery.

 

Ms. Kandie, Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism released the performance results for 2013 tourism sector that show a significant drop in the country’s largest income earner.

Kenya safari beach

Total international arrivals for the year by air and sea dropped by 11.7 per cent to close at 1.09 million down from 1.23 million recorded in 2012 while Jomo Kenyatta International Airport arrivals dropped by 14 per cent to 900,000 from 1.047 million recorded in 2012.

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The Threatened Wonder

I came across an  interesting  article recently about how arsonists in Tanzania have disrupted the wildebeest migration and i just could not help but frown at how senseless and unsustainable human activities are threatening the environment.  According to scientists and  conservationists humans as the number one threat to the environment around them as a result of their activities i.e poaching, land encroachment, infrastructural development mining, farming  the list is endless. The  Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystem has come under threat lately from such activities lets look at a brief case study of this .

Serengeti Mara Highway

In 2005 the government stated that it would build the highway to help ease traffic and develop the country further despite warnings from conservationists and the tourism industry around the world. After debate and declaration that the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization  would strip Serengeti off the title of World Heritage Site, the government decided to redirect the route to southern side of the park.

Serengeti-highway-map
Highway set to cut across the Serengeti and in turn though the wildebeest migratory path

The stand-off between the conservationists  and the  Tanzanian Government on whether or not to build the Serengeti Highway that would cut right across the wildebeest Migration path. It makes me wonder whether Tanzania values the 7th wonder . The government says that during the  construction of the highway a gap will not be tarmacked for the wildebeests to pass.

” But that is not the point the animals will die as a result of collisions not mentioning the risk of increased poaching . Isn’t it so obvious?”

Tanga-Arusha-Musoma-Uganda Railway

Railway Across the Serengeti
Railway Across the Serengeti

Recently, as of  January 3rd 2012  China, Tanzanian and Uganda went into an agreement for the   construct of the Tanga-Arusha-Musoma-Uganda  Railway through the Serengeti and in turn across the Wildebeest Migration path. Later that same month the government decided to redirect the railway to the south after global pressure from  conservationists.

Fires In Serengeti Block Wildebeest Migration

The wildebeest migration into Kenya is  has since been slowed down by fires in the Serengeti allegedly  started by people living in the Serengeti area. The animals have tried crossing twice in vain.  Tanzania has declined the allegations that they intentionally started the fires. I do not mean to point a finger but i do not think they are doing enough to protect the migration.
This is just an example of how unsustainable human activities are threatening even the irreplaceable things in life that we need to protect for the generations to come to enjoy. We have the freedom to enjoy this wonder so it is our responsibility to make sure it survives.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. ”

Abraham Lincon.

Whether it is turning off  water taps  when not in use , switching off the lights, not littering  etc responsibility starts with you.
Stand up today and be a hero for the environment.

The 7th Wonder of the World

Ariel view wildebeast migration
Ariel view wildebeast migration

YES! It’s that time of the year again… but have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about? Well picture this

The Maasai Mara is about 40,000 kilometers square, home to many animal species but what catches everyone’s attention the world over is the Wildebeest Migration across the Mara along with the , gazelles, Elands and zebras . Imagine a  3 month-long journey across the Mara Plains  by about 1.5  million animals (travelers) moving as a unit, along the journey Lions, Hyenas , Leopards, Cheetahs  ruthlessly feast on the weak and tired. And at the  river crossing hoards of vicious Crocodiles await the travelers in anticipation. Now I know  you see how amazing this event is hence the attention. I love Kenya and  lets enjoy its wonders.

Enjoy the read 😉

Lion feasting on wildebeast

Photos by Angelika.