What Is Maasai Ecotourism?
Tourism brings economic benefits to Kenya allows tourists to have a greater understanding of the area’s animals and peoples. The Maasai Mara is especially popular for safari holidays in Kenya and enabled tourists to observe the annual migration of the wildebeest and zebra – an incredible natural event.
Tourism, however, can have negative impacts on an area and need to be managed to ensure that the natural environment isn’t damaged and that local people are not exploited. The Kenyan government has established strict rules about how tourism operators must balance the needs of tourists and those of the local communities in which they operate.
Maasai ecotourism ensures that the many social and economic positives that come from tourism are balanced with ensuring the environment is not degraded and that local people see the benefits including providing well-paid jobs for locals in providing services for tourists.