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New airstrip makes access to Mara conservancies easier

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent  Jun 17, 2016

A brand new airstrip on the 33.000 square acres Olare Motorogi / Olare Orok Conservancy, which adjoins the Masai Mara Game Reserve, will make life easier for the camps nearby and lower travel costs for travelers arriving by air.

Previously such passengers, destined for instance to the Olare Mara Kempinski, had to pay $80US for the privilege of landing at another airstrip, located inside the park boundaries, just to be picked by a camp vehicle from there, even though they would spend their entire time on the conservancy and not inside the reserve.

Uncompromising behavior then led to the new strip to be cleared, leaving the collectors baffled why suddenly the conservancy guests no longer land with them to get an $80 handshake and 'Habari' greeting.

The transfer times from the new strip have substantially reduced too, and all camps on the Olare Motorogi, and even some neighbouring conservancies, now use the new facility.

Both major safari airlines - Safarilink and Air Kenya, have started to use the new air strip and the savings now mean that probably a lot more people will fly directly into the conservancy strip, as opposed to previously landing inside the reserve.

Notably is Richard Branson's Mahali Mzuri Camp, also located inside the Olare Motogori Conservancy as are the Kicheche Camp, Richard's Camp, Mara Plains Camp and the Porini Lions Camp, are now all beneficiaries of the new strip.

New airstrip makes access to Mara conservancies easier

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