|26 Jul 2018|
Tourists set for annual
By GEORGE SAYAGIE
Maasai Mara National Reserve came
to life as the annual wildebeest migration season kicked off on Wednesday.
Most hotels in the world famous
reserve are fully booked and Nation on Wednesday learnt that bookings were turned
down, with the business boom expected to last for the next two months.
The wildebeests crossed the Sand
River Gate point on Tuesday evening after delays for over two weeks due to
wildfires at Northern Serengeti in Tanzania.
This means Maasai Mara’s annual
tourism peak season has started. “News of the migration will certainly elicit
curiosity that will see the number of tourists in the region swell,” said tour
operator Nawaza Tuneja, who was guiding a group of Europeans in the reserve.
The annual wildebeest migration
from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Maasai Mara is one of the greatest natural
spectacles and the eighth wonder of the world. It is the world’s largest
migration, involving more than two million animals in search of greener
pastures in Kenya. It usually starts in July and ends in October.
The migration lights up
tourism in the reserve with the huffing and snorting of the animals as they
migrate kicking off the annual spectacle.
Also known as gnu, the
stocky, oxlike African antelope with a drooping mane and beard, a long tufted
tail and curved horns is usually accompanied by zebras, all stampeding across
the River Gate tributary into the Mara.