The Star (Nairobi)

18 July 2012

Kenya: KWS in Bid to Market Kenya's Historical Sites

The Kenya Wildlife Services has launched an ambitious campaign to promote tourism by marketing the unexploited historical sites.

Muraya Githinji, a KWS tourism officer, says there are many historical sites in the country that have not been marketed and there is need to explore them.

Speaking at the Man Eaters Caves in Tsavo West National Park, Githinji said the tourism high season is approaching and there is need to explore all the attraction opportunities available. "Instead of depending on gate fees at the park entrances, there is need to explore the rich historical sites like World War 1 sites,Shetani lava in Tsavo East and the Maneaters in Tsavo West," he said.

He said the skeletons of the two lions are currently in a Chicago museum where they were taken when the lions were killed. "The government through the National Museums and Heritage Department is working hard to ensure that the remains of the man eaters are brought back in the country," he said. Wildlife conservationists have been urging the government to ensure the skeletons of the man eaters are returned in the country.

The Man Eaters Caves are located at the Tsavo bridge along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway and are a fundamental part in Kenya's colonial history. Two lions terrorized the locals and Indian railway workers during the construction of the Kenyan Uganda railway line in 1898 and killed more than 135 construction workers resulting in the name Man Eaters.

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