NEMA shuts hotels on wildebeest migration corridor

By Susan Njire

The great wildebeests migration is one of the seven wonders of the world and involves two million or more animals which migrate in a clockwise direction across the ecosystem of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Kenya’s Masai Mara.

It involves wildebeests,zebras and gazelles thus attracting many tourists.

However many Kenyans have invested heavily along the Mara River by constructing hotels to accommodate tourists.

This has led to the National Environment Management Authority NEMA to close the  Mara Ngeche hotel in Masai Mara game reserve for standing in the way of the wildebeests migration.

Tourism cabinet secretary Najib Balala had warned of the action last week following a video that went viral showing people at the hotel chasing away dozens of wildebeests.

NEMA said the hotel was encroaching into the riparian reserve of the Mara River.
NEMA now plans to constitute an an interagency team to audit all facilities in the Mara ecosystem in the next one month.

The authority warned that all non compliant facilities will be closed and owners prosecuted. There are twenty such facilities along the river.

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