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                               TANZANIA
                The Land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti




                SAND RIVER / BOLOGONJA BORDER
                   CROSSING POINT IS CLOSED

                         TTB)
Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB would like to inform all Diplomatic Missions,
                         TTB
within and overseas, Tourist Representatives, Tour Operators, Travel Agents,
operators of tourist accommodation establishments, transporters, tourists
and the general public that, the Sand River/Bologonja Border crossing
point connecting Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and Serengeti
                                  OPEN.
National Park in Tanzania IS NOT OPEN

TTB has seen the need to clarify the distorted information in order to avoid
confusing and inconveniencing tourists intending to visit Serengeti National
Park and Maasai Mara Game Reserve or vice versa, as per attached circular
                                                             KATO)
e-mail issued by Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO on 18th
                                                             KATO
                                                       quote:
September 2009. The circular e-mail reads as follows, quote

      “Dear Member,

      SAND RIVER BORDER CROSSING

      Arising from talks held between the E.A. member states, we are
      pleased to confirm that in a move that will dramatically reduce
      the travel time between Mara and Serengeti, an agreement has
      been reached to open up Sand River Gate in the Maasai Mara.
      This will now take effect as a new official border crossing
      between Kenya and Tanzania.
      The development was announced by the Minister for Tourism,
      Hon. Najib Balala, after he obtained confirmation about the
      opening from both Immigration Chiefs.

      Our initial enquires to confirm the actual situation on the ground
      reveals that there is full deployment of Immigration staff on the
      Kenyan side at Sand River, whereas they are yet to be deployed
      on the Tanzanian side. This unfortunately means that travellers
      cannot be cleared from Kenya into Tanzania (or vice versa) as
      there is lack of immigration personnel on one side of the Border.
       This has been brought to the attention of the relevant
       authorities and we will continue to follow up closely until the
       situation is rectified.

       Kind regards,

       Fred Kaigua
                                  quote.
       CHIEF EXECUTIVE ” – end of quote


The e-mail circular is misleading as there is no agreement of any kind
reached to open the Sand River/Bologonja border point. The agreed
designated border point being used to cross by road from Maasai Mara to
Serengeti is Isebania/Sirari, now being commonly used by all Tour Operators
from Tanzania/Kenya.

We would like our esteemed clients to note that, Tanzania has no intention
to re-open the Sand River/Bologonja Border point. The entry point will
remain closed for environmental reasons. The fragile ecosystem of the area
which is a World Heritage Site cannot be sacrificed for the purpose of
shortening the route between Maasai Mara and Serengeti.

TTB wishes to inform all Tourist Agents and the general public that,
according to the Tourism Co-operation Agreement between the United
Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Kenya following the Arusha
Summit Communique of November 16th, 1983, Article X(b), tourists shall be
transported in and out of each Country through designated border posts or
regional towns.

The designated border points between Kenya and Tanzania are:-

      Tanzania                   Kenya
      Namanga                    Namanga
      Sirari                     Isebania
      Holili                     Taveta
      Horohoro                   Lungalunga


For more information, contact:
The Managing Director
Tanzania Tourist Board
P.O. Box 2485
Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255 22 2111244/5
Fax: +255 22 2116420
Email: safari@ud.co.tz / ttb@ud.co.tz
Website: www.tanzaniatouristboard.com

				
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