Illegal structures

These conservancies are also home to some of the most exclusive, high-end, eco-friendly lodges.

Unlike the conservancies, the reserve is faced with major conservation and infrastructure issues. Increased poaching as well as unplanned developments is seen as a major risk as well as the haphazard development inside the reserve, in a bid to tap into the demand for beds.

Over the weekend, Phylis Kandie, Cabinet Secretary for East African Community and Tourism ordered the building of illegal structures to stop.

“The government will not sit back and watch the prestige of the world famous Maasai Mara get eroded,” she said.

The Narok County government has revoked at least 20 licenses which had been granted for the establishment of new developments in the game reserve.

The road to the Mara from Narok has also been a nightmare, for years. It was a bumpy ride for tourists going to the park band was awarded to a contractor who never completed the work which is, however, currently going on. Before visiting the reserve, ensure you get a ticket at either the Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) office in Nairobi or in Narok town.

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