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MPs allocate Sh1bn to pave Narok-Maasai Mara Road
Business Daily
11 June 2014​
The neglected Narok-Maasai Mara Road will be paved with bitumen at a cost of Sh1 billion in what is set to raise the profile of the premium wildlife reserve.

The parliamentary Budget committee allocated the funds for the fiscal year starting July. The venture is set to boost the image of the Maasai Mara National Reserve that is globally recognised for the epic migration of thousands of wildebeests from the Serengeti in Tanzania across the crocodile infested Mara River.

The peak of the natural phenomenon will run from this month to July.

Despite the Mara raking in about Sh3 billion per year, the 85km road to the park has been neglected for long. The poor state has affected the competitiveness of the Mara since a number of visitors are forced to fly to the area, an expensive option.

The Kenya Tourists Drivers and Guides Association vice chair Andrew Mungatana welcomed the planned construction.

“The move is long overdue and we hope the State will walk the talk this time round because they have been promising to repair the road for years,” he told the Business Daily.

This comes at a time when the tourism sector has taken a beating following the issuance of travel advisories by the UK, US and Australia due to terror attacks.

Last year, the Mara was classified as the best safari park in Africa by CNN Travel.

During a recent visit to the area, Deputy President William Ruto expressed commitment to working with Narok County to ensure completion of the road.

“We want to invest in the tourism sector by providing the funding and all the support to make it possible to access the park with ease,” he said.

Industry players say they have witnessed increased bookings ahead of the wildebeest migration.

“Between now and August, the bed occupancy in our hotels will be above 70 per cent,” said Steven Keriga, an assistant manager at a Mara hotel.
 

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85km, 1 billion? what kind of tarmac will this be?
In terms of proper road construction thats not a "out of this world" number, but how it actually is utilized is a different story.

Look at the road the Turkish are doing from Hoima to Lake Albert in Uganda, that is the best road ive seen so far on this part of the continent can't recall the figure nearly 600,000 USD per KM. The base of that road ( no tarmac as yet was smoother than all the completed roads ive seen in Kenya so far )
 

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In terms of proper road construction thats not a "out of this world" number, but how it actually is utilized is a different story.

Look at the road the Turkish are doing from Hoima to Lake Albert in Uganda, that is the best road ive seen so far on this part of the continent can't recall the figure nearly 600,000 USD per KM. The base of that road ( no tarmac as yet was smoother than all the completed roads ive seen in Kenya so far )
1 billion is too little, using your rates, it would cost 4.4billion.
 

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1 billion is too little, using your rates, it would cost 4.4billion.

thats two very different projects, no way would it make sense to put that same type of infrastructure on the mara road as down there in Hoima.

I was just trying to point 1 billion is not that far fetched when it comes to road construction, sorry if any misinterpretation
 

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the reconstruction has long been overdue. former leaders have neglected this stretch of road yet they milk billions from not. this road needs to be done asap.even a billion is not much unless they expecting to do some shoddy job.
 

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it will be one sub standard road.
 

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The forgotten road project. How is this one coming along?
 

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Naikumbuka hii barabara na Tuju akiwa waziri wa utalii. Muda kweli, yani hatuendelei!!!! I can't wait to see this done. One reason/excuse it's delayed is because of operators of light and small aircraft out of Wilson who reap large profits from tourists headed there, who would otherwise use road if this road was in good condition.
 

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From the Narok county thread, seems there is a lot of progress.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=144189575&postcount=39

Used this road 5 years ago, got stuck in the middle of nowhere as the car couldn't handle it! Used a 4x4 on way back but even its suspension gave in at some point. Driving in the paths created in the bushes by tour vans was better than the road itself. Long overdue!!
 

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I see a promising future where tourists disembark from the SGR in Narok and travel down this new road to view one of the wonders of the natural world.

I wish Narok county could take this opportunity to plan a new town around the station and this road in a suitable manner befitting a tourist resort town and evacuate the poorly planned current town that is just prone to flooding.
 

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^^ That sure will happen and it's a great thing really. Imagine tourists coming on a cruise ship in Mombasa, heading to all the tourist spots along the SGR all the way to Kakamega Forest or Mt. Elgon. They can also hop into the SGR from Kisumu, Mombasa and JKIA onto the SGR to Masai Mara or Tsavo. I mean basically we are talking about the big idea of inter-connectedness.
 
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