Kenyan tourist camp that blocked wildebeest migration closed indefinitely

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The annual migration of wildebeest from the Serengeti National park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara national reserve in Kenya is seen from a drone in the Maasai Mara Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Travel restrictions kept tourists away for the annual Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve and only a handful of guides and park wardens were there to watch thousands of wildebeest make their famous trek in search of new grazing pastures(AP Photo/Joe Mwihia)
The annual migration of wildebeest from the Serengeti National park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara national reserve in Kenya is seen from a drone in the Maasai Mara Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Joe Mwihia)

Kenya authorities have announced the closure of a tourist camp along the Mara River that appeared to block the wildebeest migration between the Masaai Mara and the Serengeti in Tanzania.

According to John Konchella, the National Environmental Management Authority(NEMA) chairman, the Mara Ngenche Camp has been closed indefinitely, pending an environmental assessment.

This comes after a viral video showed persons believed to be workers of the camp driving away a herd of wildebeest that was about to cross the Mara river through the tented compound.

Government officials also found other four tents within the camp that had flouted NEMA rules during the tour.

Nagib Popat, director of the camp, which has been in operation for 10 years, has reportedly placed a court order against the closure.

NEMA is also investigating whether the camp is legally permitted to operate at the site.

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