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Narok County Government has implemented a ban on the use of private cars in game drives within the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

In a press release on Wednesday morning, Narok Governor Patrick Ole Ntutu confirmed that private cars will no longer be allowed inside the park due to noise pollution and unauthorized gatherings.

“There is littering of the park, noise pollution, unauthorized gathering ( kupiga sherehe and partying),” the County said, adding that the vices contravene protocols in the reserve.

According to the Governor, private car users have been exhibiting blatant misconduct within the park, disregarding park regulations and jeopardizing their lives.

“There are numerous reports of misconduct by the drivers and the occupants of the private vehicles displaying blatant disregard for reserve regulations” noted the Governor

Narok County also accused private car users of going off-road for fun, which often requires rescue operations that last into the night.

“Sanctioned vehicles will be accompanied by proficient guides extensively trained in reserve protocols to ensure safety and compliance. Most private car users have been entering the park to save money and have parties in the wild. From now on, all private cars must be parked outside the Sekenani gate. Visitors will have to pay more to use authorized cruisers and hire tour guides to enter the park.”

The Governor emphasized that the new regulations are necessary to maintain order and protect the integrity of the park.

The Maasai Mara is one of Kenya’s most popular tourist destinations, famous for its abundant wildlife and annual wildebeest migration. The ban on private cars is expected to enhance visitor experience by reducing disturbances and providing guided tours that adhere to park regulations.

The Narok County Government has urged all visitors and tour operators to comply with the new guidelines for the betterment of the park and its conservation

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