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Trans Mara County Council and Narok County Council to Merge

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Masai Mara, Kenya -

 

It is expected that the Trans Mara County Council and the Narok County Council will merge after the March Elections. As a result camps on the Narok side will be allowed to drive in the Triangle (and vice versa). Tis will unfortunately increase traffic in the Triangle as there are many more camps on the Narok side.

Also, I hope that the bad management and conservation habits of the NCC will not undo all of the hard work and progress that the Mara Conservancy has achieved in the Triangle over the last ten years and that its contract to administer the Triangle will be renewed. I don't see this as a positive development and am quite concerned.

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Very worrying news indeed.

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Do you think it is driven more by revenue generation than conservation ethics?

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I think that it is driven by politics, power and greed. I hope that the Mara Conservancy has a positive effect on how the Narok side is managed but they are so much bigger and seemingly more corrupt. Maybe I will be proved wrong but on the surface, this is a disaster in the making. I giant step backwards.

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This is very worrying - it looks to me like Mara Conservancy is being sidelined though I might be just reading too much. Hopefully AB will shed more light

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Agree, this would not seem to be a positive move....................................

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I hope that the Mara Conservancy has a positive effect on how the Narok side is managed

That's the glass half full view.

but they are so much bigger and seemingly more corrupt. Maybe I will be proved wrong but on the surface, this is a disaster in the making. I giant step backwards.

Hoping this glass half empty view, which I share, is incorrect.

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Pretty worrying ......... I do hope there aren't more new camps popping up in the Mara Triangle now. They do not tolerate bad driving and bending the rules there, so will be curious to see how the drivers from the Narok side behave now .....

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Does anyone know if there have been any recent developments regarding the Mara Conservancy's contract to administer the Triangle being renewed? My understanding was that their was some dispute as to whether it would be in force after this year.

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there may be good administrative and political reasons for a merge, but carefully put together conservation policies should remain.

 

there is a problem if they do

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I believe that the number of counties were reduced (and therefore the trans mara cc was eliminated) as part of the new constitution.

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Does anyone have a view on the up to date situation? Is we camp on the Narok side can we freely drive into the Mara triangle? Is the Narok side peacefull or full of grazing cattle etc? I am struggling to know where to camp for 7 nights next year. Pen

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@@penolva - you'd have to pay to enter the Mara triangle ........ Why not camp in the Triangle side? They do more for the mara than the corrupt Narok council and the whole circus that ensues in the high season there......

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@@penolva and @@madaboutcheetah

Technically, once you pay for one side, you have free traversing rights to the other side as well now. The rangers may sometimes give you a bit of an issue, but the rule is that you are supposed to be able to cross freely without having to pay extra. I have confirmation from Brian Heath (who is in charge of running the triangle side).

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@@penolva - you'd have to pay to enter the Mara triangle ........ Why not camp in the Triangle side? They do more for the mara than the corrupt Narok council and the whole circus that ensues in the high season there......

@@madaboutcheetah thanks Hari for the information. Did you ever camp, ground tents, in the Mara? I think we will stick to the triangle after your insight into Narok CC. Thanks Pen

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@@penolva and @@madaboutcheetah

Technically, once you pay for one side, you have free traversing rights to the other side as well now. The rangers may sometimes give you a bit of an issue, but the rule is that you are supposed to be able to cross freely without having to pay extra. I have confirmation from Brian Heath (who is in charge of running the triangle side).

 

Thanks AB,

 

I wonder if this is a newer development with the merging of the Trans-Mara CC into Narok County as this is contrary to what we've experienced. We stayed in the Triangle but were forced to pay fees to the county for visiting the Narok side (even though we had tickets for the Triangle).

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@@armchair bushman

 

This was in January 2015 (I believe after the dissolution of the Trans Mara C.C?). Also, would you know if there has been any progress with the Mara Conservancy's management agreement being renewed (and if it will assume management of the entire reserve as was being discussed).

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@@armchair bushman

 

This was in January 2015 (I believe after the dissolution of the Trans Mara C.C?). Also, would you know if there has been any progress with the Mara Conservancy's management agreement being renewed (and if it will assume management of the entire reserve as was being discussed).

I believe the Mara Conservancy (Seiya Ltd) will continue to run the triangle side for the foreseeable future. Don't expect them to be given control over the rest of the reserve any time soon. That has been discussed for a long time, but there are too many vested interests that will suffer if they come in. It would be FANTASTIC if they could come in and run it, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Agreed, it would be fantastic but I guess that we'll have to see what happens.

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