Published on : Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Creating pressure on Tanzania for reopening its Bologonja border with Kenya is priority, which the country’s inter-ministerial committee involving Tourism, Interior and Coordination of National Government and Transport and Infrastructure has devised. Important players in Tanzania’s tourism sector have smelled a rat in Kenya’s 10-year National Tourism Strategy aimed at recovering the sector, which has been hardly hit by uncertainty and infrastructure challenges.
Acting Chief Park Warden for Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Emmanuel Kinaiya guaranteed a Tanzania’s fact-finding mission including journalists that high-level bilateral talks to re-open the Bolongoja border were progressing well. While the Narok County is already rehabilitating the Sand River Gate office, construction of an immigration office to clear tourist travelling between Maasai Mara Game Reserve and Serengeti National Park by the central government is in progress.
Kenya government also had the plan to establish a customs and immigration office at the Sand River gate on its border with Tanzania to facilitate movement of tourists between its Maasai Mara Game Reserve and Serengeti National Park. Najib Balala, Kenya’s tourism Cabinet Secretary, said that the creation of the $1 million project would start soon to facilitate tourists travelling between Maasai Mara and Serengeti.
To quote Balala, “Tourists will no longer need to travel all the way to Wilson Airport in Nairobi to go through the immigration procedures before being allowed into the Mara.”