The Meru man who mistook a shopping bag for a lion has been gifted a 3-day Masai Mara trip by tours and travel company, Expeditions Maasai Safaris.
Franklin Murimi, a farm worker from Meru, could not hide his excitement as he received the holiday voucher alongside his employer Mrs. Mugambi. He will be joined in the trip by Mrs. Mugambi.
Expeditions Maasai will cater for the full expenses ranging from transport, accommodation, game drives, meals, drinks and park entrance charges in the three days.
Franklin grabbed national and international headlines when he mistook a shopping bag for a lion, prompting locals to call for help from the Kenya Wildlife Services.
According to Franklin, he was sharpening his farm tool in readiness for farm work when he noticed what appeared to be a lion under a flowerbed. He alerted his employer who called KWS.
On arrival though, rangers from the KWS discovered that what was feared to be a lion was actually an image of a lion on a branded Carrefour Supermarket shopping bag.
“I never thought I would ever get such a holiday trip. When I raised the alarm, I was fully convinced that what I had seen was an actual lion,’’ he said.
At the Expeditions Maasai Safaris headquarters in Nairobi, a grateful Mrs. Mugambi who has employed Franklin to assist with farm work in Meru, added;
“We are very grateful to Expeditions Maasai Safaris for this generous and kind gift. I will ask all my friends to support you because you are a kind company and you have welcomed us with open arms.’’
Expeditions Maasai Safaris chief executive officer Pancras Karema urged you people to embrace local tourism and explore the wide variety of game wonders Kenya has to offer.
“Expeditions Maasai Safaris will always encourage and give opportunities to deserving Kenyans to also experience what our customers enjoy when they are on holidays,” added Karema when he presented the voucher Franklin and Mrs. Mugambi. “We believe that you will see the real Simba and go back to Meru and encourage others to book a safari to tour our magical Kenya.’’