Tourists flock into Kenya for the Wildebeest Migration regardless of the warning on possible election violence

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The fear of potential violence during the general elections in August in Kenya has not affected the number of tourists pouring into the country due to the Wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara, reports Reuters.

Tour operators and hoteliers in the country are reporting near full capacity because of the annual wonder of the world spectacle, where a million wildebeest brave the crocodiles in the Mara River, to cross from Tanzania to Kenya for greener pastures.

“We are having a near full capacity in terms of business through the months of July and August,” said Kenya Tourism Board communications manager Wausi Walya.

“I would comfortably say we are 20-25 percent higher than last year,” said Mohamed Hersi, chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), who has operated top hotels at the coast for more than two decades.

“We haven’t witnessed any cancellations or any challenges,” said Mahmud Janmohamed, chief executive of TPS Eastern Africa, adding that most people are expecting that any electoral disputes could be resolved in court, not in the streets.

Kenyan elections which will be held on the 8th of August have elicited fear of violence due to the post-election violence of the 2007 elections that led to the death of more than a thousand people across the East African nation. This is the second general election since the violent elections of 2007.