Tourism actors in the North Rift have been urged to invest in creating more tourist spots in the area in order to boost the sector, which is one of the main economic drivers in the country.
In a speech at Kampi Samaki Snake Park on Monday during the introduction of wildlife conflict compensation, the Administrative Secretary of the Cabinet of Tourism (CAS) Rtd Joseph Boinnet stated that the tourist landscapes in the region must look not only more attractive for wildlife but also for tourists to come and see to see what the region has to offer.
Boinnet, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala, Director General of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Brig. Gen. (Rtd.) John Waweru, Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis, Wildlife Principal Secretary Prof. Fred Segor, and County Commissioner Henry Wafula noted that the government, through the Department of Natural Resources, was working on a process of exploring ways to preserve the entire ecosystem of the area from Cheranganyi, Elgeyo Marakwet Road to Inhibitions along the Tugen Hills in Baringo.
“There is a process that the government has started to explore the entire North Rift region ecosystem and my appeal is that we let the process continue because I am sure we will reap its benefits soon,” he said.
Prof. Segor praised the residents who have already willingly given up their land for the expansion of tourism activities and the protection of species through community protection areas.
He called for more such initiatives to be supported by local leaders who will play a vital role in helping local residents find the best landscapes for tourism activities. “Where you think it is the right place, make a proposal to the county government to see an opportunity to increase tourist attractions as we see certain areas have potential to boost tourism activity,” the PS said .
At the same time, Segor pointed out that the tourism industry is not strong in some districts in the region like Baringo, but said his department is negotiating with other government agencies like the Kenya Tourism Board, who have pledged their support to improve the sector in Baringo Central and the lower part of Baringo North which has huge untapped tourism potential.
He regretted that Baringo only used its two main tourist spots like Lake Baringo and Bogoria, but there are other uniquely beautiful landscapes like the Morop Hills and Cheploch Gorge along the Kerio Valley region that need to be documented in order to be proactive and attractive to local and foreign tourists.
In his remarks, Governor Kiptis stated that the district was designated by UNESCO as the first geopark south of the Sahara to improve the livelihoods of its residents due to its historical landscapes, wild animals and rich cultural heritage.
The governor expressed his optimism that the county will soon be one of the places tourists will love to visit after his administration, in partnership with the North Rift Economic Block, through its tourism coordinator William Kimosop, mapped all of the geopark sites and features within the District.
CS Balala, who led the introduction of a Sh29.7 million payout for victims of baringo wildlife attacks, noted that in addition to the compensation system, the government was also devising ways to recognize and recognize the goodwill of the communities so that they can protect the wildlife even better.
He promised to find ways to ensure that the Mochongoi Forest is fenced in to keep out the elephants that are terrorizing the residents of Baringo South.
By Faith Lagat and Christopher Kiprop