Gladys Kisemei, a tour guide at the Emboo River Camp drives tourists from the Ol Kiombo airstrip using an electric-powered safari vehicle at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Narok County, Kenya July 16, 2021.
REUTERS/Monicah MwangiMAASAI MARA, Kenya, Aug 17 (Reuters) - In Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Toyota 4x4 Landcruiser of tour guide and driver Sylvester Mukenye glides silently past a herd of grazing elephants, then past a pride of lions lying in the grass.
It is, for now, the only company in Kenya that converts off-road safari vehicles from diesel and petrol to electric power.
Wanjiru Kamau, an electrical engineer at Opibus, said the company had so far converted 10 vehicles used in Kenyan game parks, including three in the Maasai Mara.
As well as being more environmentally friendly than diesel engines, the electric motors cut operating costs by half, she added.
Gladys Kisemei, Sylvester, Mukenye, Mara, Kamau, George Obulutsa, Maggie Fick, Gareth Jones
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