The county government of Narok has announced free entry into the world renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve on Madaraka Day.
The announcement was made by governor Samuel Tunai after a consultative meeting with leaders and national government officials. He said that the move was aimed at those who have never been to the Mara, to ”have a taste of it”.
“Those who have never had chance of meeting a Maasai Moran in real life, apart from seeing photos in newspapers, will have an opportunity to interact with them one on one during that day,” he said.
Kenyans are normally charged Sh2,000 per person to enter the park while foreigners pay Sh8,000.
“Narok is home of the eighth wonder of the world, the annual Wildebeest migration to and from Mara and Serengeti in neighboring Tanzania,” said Mr Tunai.“We have decided to waive park fees to celebrate Kenya’s attainment of self-rule and mark our (Maasai) culture.”
The governor further revealed that his government was in talks with hoteliers around the area to subsidize accommodation fees on the said date.
Maasai Mara’s move to waive entry fees follows in the footsteps of Nairobi National Park, which did the same lat month.