National Geographic : 1969 Feb
under the headlights, the road becomes a river. In the dark, in this timeless wilderness, fantasy becomes reality, and we are adrift in some primeval flood, the water ocherous from the wounds of the land's violent birth. Then in the morning a lovely miracle. All the many thorn trees, low, gnarled, gaunt, bear tiny white blossoms-gift of the daily rains. Happily, Kenya makes it possible for just about anyone to enjoy similar experiences. When the government looks at its scenery and wildlife, it sees money-lots of beautiful green foreign exchange. To lure tourists, Kenya not only preserved and improved British-initiated wildlife conservation areas but also added numerous others. Today, with technical and financial help from the United States and KODACHROMES BYBRUCEDALE© N.G.S. Tense trio follows the action at Nairobi Race course, once an exclusive rendezvous for Kenya's white residents. Today a growing number of Afri cans and Asians enjoy the sport. Hoofs pulverize the turf around a turn. Track crews must occasionally root out such hazards as six-foot-deep ant holes-reminders that, despite the fashionable setting, this is still Africa. other countries, Kenya supports 23 parks and reserves. In adjacent areas called "shooting blocks," licensed hunting is allowed. The government administers its parks through a board of prominent citizens. Game reserves come under local county councils, with supervision by the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. Whatever the method, good conservation practices result, and visitors enjoy excellent lodge and camping facilities. In 1967 Kenya counted 127,000 foreign visi tors, most of whom came to see the wildlife.* Today tourism is the nation's fastest growing *See, in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: "Where Elephants Have Right of Way," by George and Jinx Rodger, Sep tember 1960; "Africa's Uncaged Elephants," by Quentin Keynes, March 1951; and "Roaming Africa's Unfenced Zoos," by W. Robert Moore, March 1950.