The Kenyan tourism industry is the second largest source of revenue for the country. Kenya’s ideal equatorial location, low rural light pollution and relatively dry climate make it a strong candidate for astrotourism.
Sayari intends to have Kenyan wildlife conservancies designated as dark sky astro-tourism locations. It also aims to promote awareness about environmental conservation and light pollution within local communities.
Partnering lodges will also be taught about good lighting practices to reduce light pollution, and assisted to apply for a Dark Sky Park status. This will be the first step towards the long-term goal of having the Maasai Mara Game Reserve designated as a Dark Sky Preserve.
In the long run, we hope to apply for a dark sky status in the game reserves especially those located in the southern rift valley (Maasai Mara) and towards the equator (Laikipia, Samburu, Maralal and Sibiloi National Parks). Having dark sky preserves across Kenya is expected to increase revenue from tourists in the game parks and reserves.