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Gallman attack dims Laikipia tourism allure

Conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot by raiders on Sunday. FILE photo | nmg
Conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot by raiders on Sunday. FILE photo | nmg 

Tour operators in London say the shooting of conservationist Kuki Gallmann has worsened an already bad situation in Laikipia.

Experts in the UK said given that Laikipia is fairly isolated, it is easier for tour companies to shift itineraries to other parks such as the Maasai Mara thereby denying the county tourism revenues.

Mr Adrian Dangar, who runs tour firm Wild & Exotic, which offers holidays packages to Kenya recently told Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper: “It’s about people’s perception. Laikipia has been an outstanding high-end tourist destination, with an emphasis on the preservation of wildlife.”

Mr Dangar was also a friend of Tristan Voorspuy  who was killed at the height of ranch invasions.