In a recent announcement, Kenya’s President, William Ruto, confirmed that the management of Amboseli National Park will soon transition back to the Kajiado County government. This exciting development aims to foster closer ties between local governance and one of Kenya’s most treasured natural reserves.

President Ruto has urged the Tourism CS to expedite the transition process, emphasizing the importance of collaboration between the national government and Kajiado County.

The announcement was made during the celebrated Maa Cultural Week, held at Sekanani in the iconic Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Narok. This event underlines the deep-rooted ties between Kenya’s cultural heritage and its unparalleled safari experiences.

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Kenya Safari News: Amboseli National Park’s Management Sparks Joy among Maasai Leaders

Amboseli National Park to be managed by Kajiado County
President William Ruto and Masai Leaders

In a heartwarming turn of events, the decision to transition the management of Amboseli National Park to the Kajiado County government brought tears of joy to the eyes of Maa leaders, led by Kajiado governor, Joseph Ole Lenku.

President William Ruto commended their dedication, stating, “You have demonstrated beyond doubt that you have the capacity to manage the resource.” Following his discussions with the Maa leaders, Ruto expressed confidence in the Maasai’s rich history of conservation. He urged all stakeholders involved to diligently work towards this objective.

Highlighting continuity, Ruto recalled former president Mwai Kibaki’s executive order regarding the park and affirmed that his administration will follow a similar trajectory. He further emphasized the Kajiado County government’s commitment to expanding land for wildlife conservation. This expansion aims to boost the revenue derived from Amboseli, which is nestled within the county’s boundaries.

Laying out the financial blueprint, Ruto decreed that revenue generated from national parks located in any county will be split evenly, with 50% going to the county government and 50% to the national government. He stressed the importance of this revenue benefiting local communities. “The county administrations should efficiently utilize these funds to elevate the living standards of the dedicated individuals who have played a significant role in conserving our environment and wildlife,” Ruto remarked.

In a nod to cultural preservation and promotion, the President announced that the Maa Cultural Week will transition into a national event. The national government is set to play a pivotal role in its success, and the event will not be limited to just once a year. Ruto added, “Starting next year, we will allocate a budget, and the Ministries of Tourism and Culture will collaboratively outline a clear framework to enhance the event’s grandeur.”

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Kenya’s Tourism Circuit to Highlight Maa Cultural Week Amidst the Great Migration

President William Ruto has made a landmark announcement, integrating the Maa Cultural Week into the core itinerary of Kenya’s tourism program. This significant move will not only promote the Maasai culture but also attract international visitors, as the event will now coincide with the world-renowned annual wildebeest migration.

Further amplifying the global stature of Maasai traditions, President Ruto unveiled that UNESCO, under the umbrella of the United Nations, has granted recognition to the Maasai culture for its longstanding preservation. This acknowledgment positions both the Maasai community and Kenya on the international map, celebrating the unique facets of Maa heritage.

One of the standout elements that UNESCO shed light upon is the Maasai’s rites of passage. This includes the ‘Enkipaata’ – the induction of boys leading to the initiation, ‘Eunoto’ which signifies the transition from ‘moranism’ (warriors) to adulthood, and ‘Olng’esherr’, the ceremonial conclusion of ‘moranism’ marking the onset of eldership.

Reacting to appeals from Maa leaders, including governors Patrick Ole Ntutu of Narok, Joseph ole Lenku of Kajiado, and Jonathan Leleliit of Samburu, Ruto acknowledged the need for Amboseli, along with Masai Mara in Narok and Samburu game reserve, to gain from tourism proceeds.

Governor Leleliit reflected on past decisions, considering it a grievous oversight by former Kajiado County council leaders to allow KWS to manage the park despite it being community land. “This historic injustice inflicted upon the Maa community is something we hope to rectify,” expressed Leleliit. He emphasized the importance of Maa culture as a primary draw for both international and domestic tourists, highlighting its significance alongside wildlife attractions.

Governor Leleliit seized the moment to announce that the Maa Cultural Week’s second edition will unfold at Samburu National Park next year. Meanwhile, Governor Ntutu emphasized the week’s core intention: to unify the community and strategize on its regional role. “The unity agenda, paired with our vibrant culture, is essential. We aim to conserve it for our future generations, ensuring our traditions remain intact,” said Ntutu.

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Annual Maa Cultural Event to Celebrate Diversity on Rotation

Amboseli National Park Kajiado ElephantsGovernor Ntutu has shared his vision for the Maa Cultural Week, emphasizing its annual occurrence designed to celebrate the community’s rich cultural diversity. However, in a bid to keep the experience fresh and inclusive, the event will rotate locations, ensuring various regions get the opportunity to host.

Governor Lenku shed light on the collaborative nature of the event. He explained that the inaugural Maa Cultural Week was a joint effort by the counties of Narok, Kajiado, and Samburu, supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. Lenku said, “The occasion isn’t just a celebration; we aim to educate our community on our values, dos and don’ts, and to deliberate our position on a national scale.”

Highlighting the community’s contemporary challenges, Lenku emphasized the need for unity. “The community faces numerous challenges. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial for us to forge a united front, come together, discuss these issues, and collaboratively seek solutions,” he remarked.

Discover Amboseli National Park: A Jewel of Kenya’s Safari Circuit

Nestled at the foot of Africa’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most famous safari destinations. Spread across approximately 392 square kilometers, this national park is renowned for its magnificent elephants – a population of over 1,000 – who can often be spotted against the backdrop of the iconic mountain.

But Amboseli offers more than just elephants. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 400 species of birds, including pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, and more. The park is also home to many of Africa’s famous wildlife, including lions, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest, all of which roam the park’s vast savannah, swamps, and wetlands.

Reed also on New Masai Mara Park entry fees for the year 2024, effective from 1st January. 

Safari Tours in Amboseli: An Unforgettable Experience

Amboseli National Park to be managed by Maasai kajiado CountyEmbarking on a safari tour in Amboseli promises a spectacle of wildlife and landscapes that are second to none. The park’s compact size ensures game viewing is concentrated and consistently rewarding. Early morning safaris offer the chance to witness the mesmerizing sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro, illuminating the park and its inhabitants.

Visitors can choose from a variety of safari options ranging from day trips to multi-day tours, staying at some of the region’s most luxurious lodges, or rustic campsites for those who crave a more authentic experience.

Guided tours led by knowledgeable local guides provide insights into the behaviors and habits of the animals, as well as the Maasai people’s rich culture and traditions, which have coexisted with the region’s wildlife for centuries.

Whether you’re a seasoned safari-goer or a first-timer, Amboseli National Park offers an experience that’s both unique and unforgettable. Dive deep into nature’s marvels, and carry back stories that will last a lifetime.

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Once you have a plan for a holiday or family Safari in Kenya, or Kenya safari for any group, put into consideration the seasons of the year, despite the fact that most of the country is generally warm all year round. Kenya Experiences two major seasons the wet season and the dry season. The wet or rainy seasons that runs from March to May is when the country is very green and most of the wild animals are hidden in the bushy plains and cannot be seen by the tourists, which makes it  rather not a good time to view wildlife. In addition, the tracks and roads which lead to the tourist destinations are muddy and are not easily accessible.

Kenya safari best time to travelThe best time or most favorable time to visit Kenya for safari is between the months from June to September. During this time the country experiences minimal amounts of rainfall that comes on very few days in a week; the vegetation is thin and generally there are fewer sources of water remaining for wildlife and so, wildlife viewing is at its best. Even from October to February is a favorable time. There could be some little rain but still okay for someone to have a safari.

Month by Month Account on Kenya’s Weather

Below we bring you a details month by month account on when to visit and what to do in Kenya during your holiday in the country

January in Kenya

This month is a wonderful period for visiting is hot with very little or no rain which is greatly favorable for game viewing. it’s a good time for birding as well

February weather in Kenya

It is good month also for visiting Kenya with warm temperatures and very little rain; still a great period for game viewing. Somebody can be able to plan ahead for the hot Sunny days on the idyllic beaches along Kenya’s coastlines. several migratory birds are present making it perfect for bird watching

March – the long rains begin

This month is quite different. It is hot but with rain; it marks the beginning of the long rain. The first days of the month are favorable for game viewing; normally it rains at night and for short hours. Possibly the areas around the coast are receiving a lot of rain. This is a good time for taking a Kenya Birding Safari as well since many migratory birds are present and the local species are nesting.

April – long rains months in Kenya

This month is not favorable for visiting as it is the season for the long rains. It is possibly hot and with a lot of rain normally falling at all times. Therefore, it cannot be the greatest time for game view.

May – wettest month, birding

May is the rainiest /wettest period of the year so; it cannot be favorable for touring. This month is warm and has short, heavy downfall of rain normally falling at sunset or in the night. Therefore, it cannot be a good period of game view. This is a good time for taking a Kenya Birding Safari as well since many migratory birds are present

June – end of rainy season

This month is wonderful for taking a Safari in Kenya. Reason being that the weather is hot and most places with stagnant water are drying up. Rain fall is coming to an end and introducing the thirsty periods. Nearly when the month is coming to an end, riverbanks and ponds become filled again with animals. Therefore, it is favorable for game viewing.

July – dry season, good game viewing, beach holiday

Best time to visit Kenya for safariThis month is hot and usually dry. It is a good time to have a safari. At this time of the year the Migrating herd of the Wildebeests from Tanzania’s Serengeti has reached the Masai Mara areas. Therefore, it is favorable for game view. This is also a very good time to enjoy a Kenya beach Holiday since the weather is very conducive.

August – dry season, good game viewing,

August is also favorable period for visiting. It is hot and usually dry though at dawn or in the afternoons there could be little rainfall. This month offers a desirable environment for game viewing. because the Wildebeest migrating herd at this time of the year is with the Masai Mara game reserve, we highly recommend our clients planning to visit this part of the country to book their Wildebeest Migration Safari early to enable us guarantee availability of their accommodation at the facilities they want on their safari dates since there are so many tourists at this time.

September – dry season, good game viewing and birding

This month is hot and usually dry possibly with a likelihood of short showers at dawn or in the afternoon. It is favorable for visiting and good environment for wild game view. Similarly, safari bookings are done early to guarantee availability of accommodation at the camps and lodges because the wildebeest Migration is still in the Masai Mara plains. This is a good time for birding as the migratory birds from North America and Europe begin to arrive.

October – short rains begin

This month is hot with irregular short rains normally falling at night. This makes the month also favorable for visiting. During this same month, the migrating Wildebeest herd will be moving down to the Serengeti plains found in Tanzania. The number of guests is also reducing and hence favorable for taking a safari. This is a good time for birding as the migratory birds from North America and Europe are continuing to arrive.

November – ideal for birding

November has irregular and little rainfall. It usually rains at night with a brief downpour. So the number of the guests is reducing hence favorable for taking a safari. The country is experiencing short rains, good time for birding

December, good for birding

This month has hot temperature with irregular short rains. It normally rains at night and usually with a short downfall. The early weeks of December are favorable for taking a safari in Kenya; the vegetation is not very thick so there are fair views of wildlife.

All in all; Kenya is an all year round destination and you can do Kenya safari tours at any time of the year, but the weather conditions differ from one month to the other. It is however also worth noting that due to the global warming phenomenon, the rains patterns have really been affected and the rains patterns are significantly unpredictable at least in the last decade or so in Kenya. Water levels have also changed in rivers and lakes leading to some change sin animals and birds patterns. The most notable ones is the levels of water in Lake Nakuru, Lake baringo, Lake Naivasha, Lake Elmenteita and other smaller lakes in the Great Rift Valley and beyond. 

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