Tanzania-Kenya border tour vehicle rows
Who’s FOOLING Who??
Tasota wants status of tour
operators’ vehicles to stay
unchanged in EA
BY THE GUARDIAN REPORTER
21st February 2014
The Tanzania Society of Travel
Agents (Tasota) has said the denial of entry of tour operators’ vehicles from other East African countries should remain unchanged.
Kenya prevents Tanzania motor
vehicles from entering JKIA
BY CHARLES NGEREZA
5th January 2015
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015
Tanzania tour vans barred from
JKIA and all parks
By YVONNE KAWIRA
Tanzanian-registered tour vans will no longer be allowed to access Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and game parks in Kenya.
East African Affairs, Trade and
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie said a three-week window requested by Tanzania to allow both countries to discuss and sort out the issue had elapsed.
“The meeting to discuss these issues has not taken place,” Ms Kandie said.
“Those three weeks have now expired without our Tanzanian counterparts convening the meeting for the negotiations,” she noted. Ms Kandie said the government had, as a result, resolved to implement the bilateral agreement between Kenya and Tanzania signed in 1985 to ensure fairness of trade between the two countries.
The decision to invoke the bilateral agreement was taken following Tanzania’s refusal to allow Kenyan vans into the country.
The agreement stipulates how
tourism operations between the two countries should be conducted.
It provides that tour vans drop off holidaymakers at convenient points in their respective countries as opposed to an earlier arrangement where tourists were being dropped off at border points. (http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Tanzania-vehicles-barred-from-Kenya-s-parks-and-airports/-/1056/2614970/-/ax2kfcz/-/index.html)
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
If you visit World famous Serengeti and want to see the famous river crossing in the Mara (same ecosystem), you will have to check out of your lodginging to do a days trip round to a border point and say bye to your tour driver/guide at the border.
Insanity of this is that even a Tanzanian visiting Serengeti & booked in a Tanzanian lodge can’t visit the river crossing on the Kenyan side as part of their morning park drive, they get to a point in the park and explain to their children – you see that tree line 100metres ahead of us is the famous Mara crossing for these animals but to see it we have to book out of our hotel and the park and then travel the whole day round trip to a border to book new park fees and hotel. While we are at it, we will have to leave our vehicle in Tanzania to book a Kenyan one to see that river crossing 100metres infront of you. mmm
You climb Kilimanjaro [in Tanzania] and want to view premium Amboseli National Park at its foot [in Kenya], either you climb & descend with ALL your belongings into Kenyan kilimanjaro border post for an onward safari with new guide/vehicle or do an about 100kms+ round trip to say bye to your tour guide/vehicle at another official border crossing
– in both options it means starting new relationships with new drivers & guides on either sides of your safari.
Same applies to guests on the Kenyan side.
*sounds childish & inconvinient to guests??
Kilimanjaro Airport now being upgraded to handle 1.5 million passengers a year
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