The tourist industry in Kenay received a boost on Friday (21 June) with the official opening of a new lodge complex in the Meru Game Reserve.
GV Entrance to lodge and banner
GV People walking outside lodge buildings
GV Minister cuts ribbon and walks into lodge
CU Swimming pool PAN UP TO officials
MV & GV Minister on guided tour of lodge buildings (2 shots)
SV PAN crowds watching dancers (3 shots)
CU Officials watching
GV Flag PAN DOWN TO dancers
LV PAN ACROSS game reserve to rhinoceros being fed (5 shots)
SV Game Warden
CU Two rhinos eating
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Background: The tourist industry in Kenay received a boost on Friday (21 June) with the official opening of a new lodge complex in the Meru Game Reserve. the opening was performed by the Minister of State in the President's Office, Mr. Mbiyau Koinange, who cut a red ribbon spanning the entrance to the lodge. The ceremony was also attended by the Minister for Tourism and Wildlife, Mr. Juxon Shako.
Apart from the official side of the opening, there were traditional dances, many accompanied by the local Chuka drummers, dressed in grass skirts and colobus monkey hats.
The Ministers and other members of the official party toured the complex, inspecting the rondavels - grass huts, which will house up to a hundred tourists. The lodge has been designed to blend in with the reserve, which stretches over 550 square miles (870 kilometers). However, there have been some concessions to the modern tourist's requirements -- a swimming pool, for instance.
The reserve was given international publicity in "Born Free", the book written by Joy Adamson. the central character in the book, Elsa, a lioness, wa born in the park. Mrs. Adamson was to have attended the ceremony, but broke her arm the day before.
Another feature of the park are the six white rhinoceroses, which live there. They're the only white rhinoceroses in the continent outside Kenya and South Africa. There are four females and two males, but only the females are on public show. The males are still too wild.