Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has announced its
co-sponsorship for the biennial Kenya Airways East African Safari
Classic Rally 2017 which will start and end at Sarova Whitesands in
Mombasa later in the year,
reports SAMSON ATEKA.
As a longstanding
co-sponsor, the organization has declared its commitment to assist
in the cooperation and planning of all logistics at Amboseli
National Park which is earmarked as part of the route course for
this year’s edition of the rally.
KWS has been working with EASCR over the past editions of the
prestigious event and played a distinctive role in enhancing sports
tourism as part of Kenyan heritage through the event.
KWS Deputy Director Strategy and Change, Edwin Wanyonyi, while
making the announcement remarked: “One of the facets that have been
of great significance for KWS is that all proceeds from the East
Africa Safari Classic Rally goes into our sustainability fund
ostensibly to ensure that wildlife is not endangered.
“As such, we are overly proud to be associated with this iconic
event. It is our ultimate goal to work with other players to
conserve, protect and sustainably manage wildlife resources.”
East African Safari Classic General Manager Pipi Renu hinted that
Amboseli will host two night stops for this year’s event slated for
Kenya and Tanzania from November 23-December 1.
“KWS has continued being a key co-sponsors of the Safari Classic
“The organization has hosted us severally at the world-famous
Amboseli National Park.
“Recently, Safaricom announced its sponsorship package at Nairobi
National Park which was quite a great experience to competitors,
officials and the media who attended the event.
“This year, we shall run two of our night-stops at Amboseli National
Park which is synonymous with ‘the big five’ game animals namely the
lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and
rhinoceros,” said Pipi.
Besides competition, Pipi added that team crews from both local and
international will savor the fauna and flora in the vicinity prior
to crossing over to Tanzania through the Namanga border.
“Few experiences compare to exploring the wilds of Kenya by
following the legendary event through some of our planet’s most
famous wildlife reserves and ecological wonders.
“We sincerely thank our co-sponsors Kenya Wildlife Service for their
unswerving support and indeed offering us this wonderful wild
experience,” Pipi added.
KWS is a state corporation that conserves and manages Kenya’s
wildlife for the Kenyan people and the world.
It was established by an Act of Parliament (Cap 376), now repealed
by WCMA (2013), with the mandate to conserve and manage wildlife in
Kenya, and to enforce related laws and regulations.
Whats more, KWS duly undertakes conservation and management of
wildlife resources across all protected ecosystems in collaboration
This year’s edition of East African Safari Classic is sponsored by
Kenya Airways and co-sponsored by Safaricom, KWS, Copy Cat Group,
Internet Solutions, Vipingo Ridge and Dodhia Packaging Limited.