The government has announced a special gift for Kenyans on Jamhuri Day: free access to all national parks in the country. Tourism Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua said in a statement that the directive would enable Kenyans to enjoy sightseeing activities and appreciate the natural beauty and wildlife of their nation¹.
Jamhuri Day, which falls on December 12, is a national holiday that commemorates the day Kenya became a republic in 1964. It is also the anniversary of the day Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963. Jamhuri is the Swahili word for “republic”.
Mutua said that the free entry to national parks was part of the government’s efforts to promote domestic tourism and boost the economy, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. He urged Kenyans to take advantage of the opportunity and visit the parks with their families and friends.
Kenya has more than 50 national parks and reserves, which are home to a variety of flora and fauna. Some of the most popular parks include Amboseli, Tsavo, Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Nairobi. The parks offer scenic views, wildlife safaris, camping, hiking, and other recreational activities.
The National Park Service, which manages the parks, said that it was ready to welcome visitors and ensure their safety and comfort. The service also reminded visitors to follow the COVID-19 protocols, such as wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and washing hands frequently.
The free entry to national parks is not only a benefit for Kenyans, but also a way to celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of the country. As Mutua said, “Jamhuri Day is a day to reflect on our history, our achievements, and our aspirations as a nation. It is also a day to appreciate the beauty and bounty of our land, which is our pride and our treasure.”.