National Park Mistakes That Can Land You In Jail
Visiting national parks can be enjoyable given the scenery and the experience that comes with it. However, there are mistakes that can attract a tourist – be it local or international jail sentences and hefty fines.
For starters, disobeying a directive from a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officer can result in a person being fined Ksh 100,000 or jailed for at least six months.
Under the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013, game park officials are noted to hold authority in the park as they are trained to protect animals.
Standard gauge railway through Nairobi National Park and lions watching from a distance
On the other hand, endangering the lives of animals by spilling noxious substances such as oil can result in an individual prison sentence of at least five years.
“Any person who pollutes wildlife habitats and ecosystems contrary to the provisions of this Act or any other written law commits an offense and is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than two million shillings,” reads the partly law.
Possession of game meat is also punishable. The prescribed fine for this is a prison term of one year or 200,000 Ksh. This includes meat from a carcass.
Also, some activities are not allowed in national parks without approval from KWS officials.
For example, the use of aircraft is restricted to certain areas because KWS aims to protect wildlife. In addition, planes can only fly at a certain height, as prescribed by the KWS.
Other activities that require permission include commercial wildlife filming in the park, which is permitted for a fee determined by the KWS.
Respect Kenya’s cultural heritage, never take pictures of local people or their habitat without asking their permission, respect Kenya’s cultural traditions and always dress with decorum,” KWS said.
Unknown to many, Kenyans are only allowed in the parks from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., except when camping.
Night driving is not permitted while cars must stay below the maximum speed limit of 40 kilometers per hour.
A file image of two men handcuffed by police