Experts from Kenya and Tanzania meet to discuss border demarcation.
Tanzanian and Kenyan land authorities and mapping specialists assessed the shared territorial boundary between the Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Since Tuesday of this week, land authorities from both nations have been meeting at the border to discuss the boundary delineation program now being implemented between these two adjacent states.
Hamdouny Mansoor, director of survey and mapping at the Tanzanian Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Human Settlements Development, co-chaired the meeting with Juster Nkoroi, CEO of the Kenya International Boundaries Office (KIBO).
Tanzania’s Ministry of Lands stated Thursday that the team of mapping specialists and land authorities traveled the Kirongwe region in Tanzania and Muhuru Bay in Migori County, Kenya, before visiting the Serengeti and Maasai Mara game reserves.
The statement said that a total of 83 kilometers of the shared border had been marked with beacons to identify each country’s true border.
On the Tanzanian side, preparations are ongoing to demarcate 110 kilometers from Lake Natron to Namanga in the Longido area.
Last month, members of the Tanzanian Parliament’s Parliamentary Committee on Land, Natural Resources, and Tourism paid a visit to the Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystems to inspect progress on demarcation following misunderstandings between Tanzanian and Kenyan tour operators regarding the actual borderline.
Tanzania and Kenya’s Serengeti and Maasai Mara national parks are both part of the same ecosystem.
The beacons that connect Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara Game Reserve have been painted green and other natural hues to mix in with their surroundings.
Northern Tanzania is mostly impacted by cross-border migrations of livestock herders in search of lush pastures, a long-standing habit.
Kenya and Tanzania share a 758-kilometer boundary.
The German and British colonial administrations established the boundary in 1893 with the Anglo-German Agreement and, subsequently, the 1906 Protocol, which established the present regional border between these two neighboring nations.