Kenya Safaris Take Eco-Friendly Initiative With Electric Vehicles
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Kenya Safaris Take Eco-Friendly Initiative With Electric Vehicles

Africa , Nairobi , Kenya , news
Malik Peay
Malik Peay Apr 22, 2021

The beautiful country of Kenya is home to Africa’s majestic creatures with large acres of untouched nature. It is becoming popular for their tourist safari adventures. These attractions typically start at around $125 per person for every diesel safari vehicle that makes these unique excursions in East Africa, quite the spectacle. Especially when tourists can safely approach a lion in the wild.

There is an eco-friendly shift happening in Nairobi where energy equipment company Opibus is taking the initiative to spread electric cars across popular tourist safari ride destinations.

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The 10 diesel safari vehicles that were changed into solar panel charged vehicles are the first of its kind for Kenya-based safari trips. Opibus is proving that these innovated modes of transportation are better for the environment. The engines are much quieter leading to a more intimate interaction with the wildlife in Kenya’s great plains.

Opibus representatives explained how they want to get rid of the idea of driver’s having to store fuel and oil for their safari vehicles that are actually very harmful for the environment they roam through daily.

The cost-effective minds of Kenya’s Opibus are converting diesel-fueled vehicles to electric so that they preserve the resources they already have rather than retrieving new materials to produce more vehicles. This sustainable approach towards how tourists enjoy their international excursions will definitely set more precedent for other foreign countries to follow to protect and the world from the already staggering impact of the human carbon footprint.

In southwestern Kenya, the Maasai Mara is where most of these electric vehicles are being tested and through many of the observations made, the converted rides are practically silent when they glide over the natural debris. This helps tourists spot wildcats, gazelles, and rhinos without them fleeing from the noise of the previous louder models.

Emboo River Camp is the one of the first safari camps to go all-electric and the owner, William Partois Ole Santian is ecstatic over how this enhances the entire safari ride experience, and knowing that the excursion doesn’t harm the environment.

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William Partois Ole Santian is a native of the Maasai Mara and saw its transformation from a desolate place that held magic unaffected by tourism, to becoming a leading tourist destination in the very continent he lives on. This inspired him to take an economic and environmentally-safe perspective so that he could help local safari camp owners take a similar approach in conserving what is left of the Mara plains.