Hotels report impressive tourist arrivals
The migration began in mid-June with vast numbers of the herbivores in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania crossing the Mara River in their annual journey that has been described as the Eighth New Wonder of the World. After a lull in international tourist arrivals following the March 4 General Election, there has been a surge of visitors who have hit an all-time high this year. Bookings have shot up at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and at the Coast, Mt Kenya and Rift Valley regions.
KWS senior warden Bernard Koruta said the wildlife agency had partnered with the local government to boost security in and around the game reserve to ensure the safety of locals and visitors. In Nakuru, Lake Nakuru Lodge marketing director Joseph Muya said bookings were up 90 per cent, adding that most of the visitors were from countries not traditionally known to tour Kenya like China, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan.
The rest, he noted, had come from traditional source markets like the United Kingdom, the United States, Nigeria and South Africa. He attributed the rise in bookings to the lodge’s aggressive marketing campaign in the Far East, Europe and the US.
Lake Nakuru National Park, he added, had also proved to be a magnet for tourists due to its abundant flamingoes and other wildlife attrations such as tree-climbing lions, rhinos, leopards and giraffes.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily Nation