MIGRATION ARRIVES IN THE MASAI MARA IN FULL NUMBERS
Recent reports in sections of the East African media, alleging deliberate attempts by TANAPA and SENAPA to keep the annual migration of wildebeest into the Masai Mara, have not only been denied strenuously by Tanzanian officials but by the look of it lack all merit or credibility.
According to reports from the Masai Mara, and in fact from individuals on site throughout the year, the migration has reached the Mara River and several major crossings have already been recorded as the wildebeest amassed at the river, preparing for more crossings.
A regular source, on condition of anonymity, from within the Tanzanian wildlife management body, in fact wrote to this correspondent with the request to publish the truth: Those who wrote that were full of mischief, did not know the facts at all and tried to make political capital out of it. We are professionals, we know the impact it would have on the herds if they cannot get to pasture in Masai Mara. They would starve, we would lose a lot of animals. How can anyone in their right mind suggest we would risk this or be part of it. This is stuff for movies on conspiracies. We have no conspiracies here at all. Even in the Masai Mara they are burning blocks which they do every few years to regenerate vegetation. At one point the wildebeest were on our side of the river and could not cross because there was a scheduled burning of a certain area in the Mara triangle. Let us all calm down and let those so called journalists be exposed for what they are. They are liars and quacks and have a hidden agenda to stir trouble and sow discord.
True enough in fact did word come down from the Mara Triangle Facebook page that there was indeed a delayed burning of a certain block last fired in 2007, and that due to rains the burning had to be delayed and a significant number of wildebeest were at the time across the river waiting to cross.
We apologise for the smoke caused by our controlled fire yesterday which unfortunately coincided with the first wildebeest massing along the river. The fire was supposed to take place last week but it was postponed till the rain subsided and grass dried up. Each Year MT practice controlled fire for rangeland management and it is usually done before high season (this year it was hugely delayed due to continuous non-stop rain in the triangle). The fire is set within firebreaks (the main roads) and each block is given several years rest. The timing of the fire is determined by expected rain from satellite weather forecast. Yesterday’s block from BBC lugga, Nyumba Nane to Maji ma chafu was last burnt in 2007. We use control burning to clear out old grass which is not eaten by most species and to encourage new growth for species such as Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeests. There is a FB note we written on pros and cons of fire last year for those who are interested in the details. I hope this answers the questions posted by people and once again we apologise for the smoke and the timing of the fire. ( https://www.facebook.com/maratriangle)
So, no mischief, no conspiracy and for sure no intent to keep the annual migration of the wildebeest out of the Kenyan Masai Mara but a lot of hogwash, invented by gutter journalists of the worst kind whose paymasters and ear whisperers should be equally exposed to get to the bottom of this totally unjustified anti Tanzania campaign.
Archive for July 28th, 2012
Annual migration arrives in the Masai Mara, exposing media reports on ‘sabotage’ by Tanzania as utter lies
MIGRATION ARRIVES IN THE MASAI MARA IN FULL NUMBERS
ROUTES AFRICA 2013 COMES TO THE PEARL OF AFRICA
Routes Africa, which just celebrated their most successful meeting ever in terms of African and global participation, will move to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa for next year, dates in July 2013 due to be announced soon. The just concluded 2012 conference was held earlier in July at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort on the main island of Mahe. Main host next year will be Ugandas Civil Aviation Authority, which in the past has held a series of very successful regional and continental aviation meetings for ICAO and IATA. The capital Kampala is known to offer first class meeting facilities plus a range of pre- and post conference tours to the countrys national parks, providing the experience of a lifetime. The Ugandan team attending the Routes Africa Conference made history in their own right by presenting a compelling case to the conference organizers that Uganda should be selected as the country for the 2013 event and to no surprise there that they secured the rights to host Routes Africa 2013 in Uganda, which was for the first time ever announced before the ending of the current meeting.
By hosting Routes Africa 2013, the Uganda CAA intends to create added visibility for Entebbe International Airport and Uganda as a whole, to showcase themselves to airlines and the world at large. Speaking during the handover lunch at Routes Africa 2012 in the Seychelles, David Kakuba Mpango, Deputy Managing Director of The Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda said We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as host of Routes Africa in 2013 as there is no better way to push what the country has to offer than for people to come and see it for themselves. We will be opening the doors of Uganda to all Routes delegates and enabling them to enjoy first-hand the hospitality and wonders of the country. We have been attending the Routes Africa and World Routes events for a number of years and were pleased to have been able to agree a new air service with Qatar Airways during the 2010 event in Vancouver in Canada, so we are fully aware of the important role these forums take place in the aviation industry.
David Stroud Executive Vice Present, Routes in his response was quoted as having said: After such a successful event here in the Seychelles we are eagerly awaiting next years event in Uganda; it is the first time we have secured and announced a Routes Africa event host at the previous years event and it is down to the drive and commitment of the Ugandan team. We look forward to Routes Africa 2013 in Uganda next year.
Upon their return home to Entebbe has the Uganda CAA already formed a team to prepare for the 2013 event and make it yet bigger and better, while at present also seeking partnerships with airlines from the region and tourism businesses from within Uganda to promote pre- and post conference tours to see the countrys prized mountain gorillas in the two national parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga, see the main national parks of Queen Elizabeth and Murchisons Falls or visit East Africas adventure capital of Jinja for a spot of rafting the white waters of the upper Nile or spend a few nights enroute there in the RainForest Lodge in Mabira Forest. One thing is sure though already now, the 2013 event is one the aviation industry from the entire Eastern and Central African region will be looking forward to hosting within for the first time and Uganda can be proud to have been selected host country. Well done indeed.
QATAR AIRWAYS SPREADS WINGS IN AFRICA WITH DESTINATIONS AND RECRUITMENTS
Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania was the 18th African destination Qatar Airways is now flying to and the 118th international destination overall, as the worlds 5 star airline only recently once again so confirmed by Skytrax annual airline award announcements continues to expand into the African continent.
Kilimanjaro, or JRO as it is known amongst aviation conversant readers, is also the 5th destination for QR in East Africa, where the airline now not only serves the main national aviation hubs of Nairobi, Entebbe, Kigali and Dar es Salaam but has commenced in adding other key airports in the region to their expanding network.
The inaugural flight to this key safari gateway to the Northern circuit of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha National Park and Mt. Kilimanjaro will open up the world for Tanzanias tourism industry with major promotions and marketing, but exporters of produce too will find ready markets when using the available cargo capacity of the daily flight to send cut flowers or fresh vegetables and fruits, most of them organic in nature, to the consumer markets of Qatar, the Gulf countries and beyond.
Next in line will be Mombasa, where the inaugural flight will take place on the 15th of August, before later in the year Zanzibar will make it 7 destinations in the wider region and establish Qatar Airways as THE foreign airline flying to the most places in East Africa. Their flights are adding choices at competitive fares and offer their award winning services to ever more travelers who can now reach the world in one stop rather than having to first fly to one of the main hubs as other airlines make it necessary.
Meanwhile it was also learned that the airline is now actively recruiting airport personnel for the Africa region which has been earmarked as a major expansion market, and the following message was sourced from the LinkedIn page of one of the airlines senior staff based in Abu Dhabi but responsible for airport services in Africa:
Recruiting experienced airport managers and airport staff for Middle East and Africa region. If you have what it takes to work for the ground staff team of the World’s best airline, apply online on gsafricarecruitment
Interested readers can apply directly to the email address given.
So when going places, career wise or when travelling, Qatar Airways clearly seems to airline to look to.