Governor Kiraitu Murungi promised to promote tourism by opening up high potential tourist attractions in Meru to develop a world class tourism in the County as a key contributor to the vision of Making Meru Great. Pursuant to this promise the County Government has today in a function presided over by Deputy Governor Hon. Titus Ntuchiu on behalf of the Governor, officially launched the historical Meru Mountain Bongo and Black Rhino Sanctuary which will be established at Mucheene Forest in Mt. Kenya.

Hon. Ntuchiu noted that there are only between 20-25 Mountain Bongo in Kenya which are already endangered with their population dwindling rapidly. The County Government aims to bring and reintroduce about 20 more from the USA State of Florida where they were taken many years ago before they disappeared from Mt. Kenya, by a well-wisher who has been working closely with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to breed them. The sanctuary will act as a key factor to increase number of tourists visiting Meru County, he added.

“Under the leadership of Governor Kiraitu, we are working on various other approaches to grow tourism in the County. We have opened up motorable roads to access the beautiful lakes like Lake Ellis(14,000 ft. a.s.l.) and Lake Rutundu, as well as various other beautiful sites on Mt. Kenya. Last year we held a successful first ever mountain run(Meru Mt. Kenya Run 2020) at the Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership (KESAL) Ntirimiti, where part of the proceeds went into funding the establishment of the sanctuary as well as opening of Meru Cancer Center,” said the Deputy Governor.

He added that Governor Kiraitu’s administration is also developing conference facilities, picnic and camping sites and other amenities to boost tourism in Meru National Park and Iombe Lake in Nyambene region as well as Lake Nkunga Recreational site.

The event was attended by partners in the project who include conservationists (Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mt. Kenya Trust and the Community) and National Government agencies (Kenya Wildlife Service-KWS- and Kenya Forest Service-KFS).

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County government of Meru Tourism & Sports Departments, partners with Mt. Kenya Off-roaders in a two-day 4×4 Lake Ellis Adventure and Camping challenge aimed at promoting mountain tourism in Meru.

County government of Meru Tourism & Sports Departments, partners with Mt. Kenya Off-roaders in a two-day 4×4 Lake Ellis Adventure and Camping challenge aimed at promoting mountain tourism in Meru.

Meru County CEC Sports and Tourism, Koome Miriti and Maingi Mugambi respectively, who flagged off the challenge to lake Ellis through Themwe route, advocated for Governor Kiraitu’s rich plans to promote tourism through mountain run and motor sporting activities as a source of revenue to the county and talent development. They highlighted on partnerships that have since enhanced actualization of governor Kiraitu’s mountain tourism dream.

The two who were also accompanied by Tourism Chief Officer, Titus Murungi and Director, Dennis Kinori, stated the need to rename the lakes, which have foreign identity, with the names that will reclaim and show the beauty of Meru County’s culture and heritage.
Mt. Kenya Off-roaders Patron, Mwenda Gichuru, said the event brought together off-roaders from Meru, Kisumu, Nandi, Eldoret, Mombasa, Bungoma and Nairobi counties and other parts of the country, to show abilities in managing tough terrains.The next 4 × 4 challenge according to Gichuru,is scheduled for Igombe in order to promote tourism in northern region of Meru. Igombe is majorly known for attracting Italian tourists.

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Kiraitu Welcomes The World To Lake Ellis In Mt.Kenya

Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has welcomed the world to the beautiful view of Lake Ellis in Mt.Kenya. Speaking at the site, the legislator has confirmed that the 25-kilometer Theemwe route in Imenti South has officially been opened and is now passable to access the lake.

In collaboration with KWS, the governor says his government will work hand in hand to set a magnificent picnic site to attract more tourists.

While at Lake Ellis, you can take a hike around the lake on the clear footpath, or just sit at camp and enjoy the unspoiled beauty that will have engulfed you. Clouds may cover your night sky in the early evening. But as the night progresses, they will most likely clear for amazing views of the Milky Way. The little heat the day might have held quickly gives way to temperatures that will call for extra firewood at the campfire.

Kiraitu is delivering on the Promise to Promote tourism in the County by opening and exploiting the huge potential of Mt. Kenya to become a key contributor in the achievement of the vision of Making Meru Great.

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