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Swiss Air and Lufthansa increase flights to Nairobi
Swiss International Air Lines is expected to increase its weekly flights between Zurich and Nairobi from five to six from July 6. The airline will operate the six flights between Zurich and Nairobi on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
German airline Lufthansa will this month increase the number of weekly flights between Frankfurt and Nairobi from five to six. Lufthansa, the largest airline in Europe by fleet size, plans to increase operations on the Frankfurt-Nairobi route from June 21.
The flights will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on an Airbus A340-300. The airline will maintain the late night departure from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
Safari Secret: Meru National Park
If your clients like their safari experience to be wild and remote with barely anyone else in the area, then Meru National Park at the foot of Mt Kenya is a perfect place. There is plenty of wildlife in the park with large herds of lions, zebra, buffalo, giraffe and elephant roaming freely in 870 square kilometres (336 square mile) of wilderness. There are over 60 black and white rhinos found in a sanctuary within the park and Meru is considered one of the best places to view these endangered species. The birdlife is abundant and includes some of Kenya’s most impressive birds of prey.
Meru has an amazingly diverse landscape from woodlands to the west, semi desert plains with giant baobab trees to riverine forests that line the 13 spring fed rivers that meander through the large expanse of the park. Large pods of hippos and crocodile thrive in these rivers and visitors can fish for catfish and barbell.
The park was made famous by “Elsa” the lioness in the film Born Free that followed George and Joy Adamson’s research and life living among lion prides. Despite its earlier fame, Meru is one of the least visited parks in the country today. However for those who choose it, Meru offers untouched nature, complemented by beautiful landscapes and incredible wildlife.
Game drives, river fishing, cultural visits to the Tharaka Community, bush meals, close encounter with rhinos at the rhino sanctuary and guided walks.
How to get there:
By road: About 4 hours on good tarmac taking in some of Kenya’s most fertile lands and a chance to view Mount Kenya.
By air: By scheduled flight from Wilson Airport to Kinna airstrip. Alternatively by scheduled flight from Wilson Airport to Nanyuki airstrip and then connect by private charter.
Where to stay:
Elsa’s Kopje: Nestled in Mugahango Hill, Elsa’s Kopje is an elegant lodge built to take advantage of the panoramic views over the Meru plains. It comprises 10 spacious cottages and a private house. This is our preferred choice.
Rhino River: A small exclusive camp with only six tents set in a riverine forest at the edge of Kindani River.
Please contact us to book your clients a stay at Meru National Park.
Safarilink launches service to Zanzibar
Local airline Safarilink has launched a new route to the Zanzibar archipelago in Tanzania. Zanzibar is a highly popular beach destination in Africa for its pristine sandy beaches, unique culture and its famous spices.
From 01 July 2017, Safarilink's 52 seat Dash 8 will fly to Zanzibar four times a week - Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The plane will depart Nairobi's Wilson Airport at 1400hrs to arrive at Sheikh Abdi Karume at 1545hrs. The return flight will depart Zanzibar for Wilson at 1615hrs to arrive 1800hrs.
The 1400hrs departure allows your clients to connect from the Masai Mara and Laikipia while the early evening return arrival time enables connection to many international flights.
The Black Rhino makes a come back to Rwanda
Up until this May, the last rhino in Rwanda was sighted 10 years ago. Thanks to a translocation exercise, a total of 18 rhinos have been shipped from South Africa to the Akagera National Park re-introducing one of the Big 5 to Rwanda. An expertly-trained rhino tracking and protection team, a canine anti-poaching unit and the deployment of a helicopter for air surveillance are some of the heighted security measures that have been put in place at the park to deal with poachers.
NEW: One&Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda
Situated within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation near Nyungwe National Park, the new One&Only Nyungwe House offers sumptuous accommodation, a serving of local culture and upclose wildlife experiences. Nyungwe National Park in south west Rwanda is a vast untouched tropical forest, renowned for its large variety of primates, exotic birdlife and butterfies.
Guests staying at the 22 rooms and suites at the One&Only can look forward to tracking wild chimpanzees at the forest and going for bird watching walks on the forest trails. They can also learn the art of tea-picking as they interact with the locals and get immersed in the local culture. To unwind, guests can indulge in alfresco yoga and Rwandan-inspired spa treatments as they take in the breathtaking surroundings.
Email us to include the One&Only Nyungwe to your client's Rwanda safari.
Oman Air launches new route to Nairobi
On 28th March, Oman Air's Boeing 737-800 made its maiden flight to Africa when it touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Oman Air launched its new flight from Muscat to Nairobi that will see the airline fly to Kenya's capital four times weekly. Oman Air's Boeing 737-800 will depart from Muscat on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, leaving at 1450 and arriving in Nairobi at 1855. From Nairobi, the flights will depart on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, leaving at 0045 and arriving in Muscat at 0650. Travellers from the Oman and other Middle East nations will be able to connect to other destinations in Africa through Kenya Airways, Kenya's national carrier which flys extensively through out Africa.
US & UK Cabin Luggage Restrictions
On Tuesday, 21 March 2017 the USA and UK issued a ban on any electronic devices larger than a smart phone, from being carried as hand luggage in the airline cabin, when travelling to the US or UK from certain destinations. Click here for a full list of afftected airlines and cities.
This means guests travelling with a smart phone, laptop, iPad, tablet, camera, kindle, portable DVD player, electronic gaming device, travel printer or scanner bigger than 16cm x 9.3cm (medical devices needed on board are still allowed) will have to add these items to their check-in luggage. The US ban takes effect from 25 March 2017. The UK haven’t released their effective date as yet, but be warned that airlines may be implementing this.
Guests travelling from East or Southern Africa via any of these countries to a USA or UK destination, will be affected by this law. While this applies to specific international airline carriers, a guest could be booked on a code share flight, which is in fact operated by an international carrier affected by the new regulations. Guests checking their luggage straight through, should make sure make that all disallowed items are in their check-in luggage from the on-set and if they are checking luggage at the affected ports to put the items into their check-in luggage.
On 24 March 2017, Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline advised that from March 25, Emirates will enable passengers to utilise their electronic devices until the last possible moment - after which they hand their laptops or tablets into the care of Emirates staff just before boarding the US-bound flight. The devices will be carefully packed into boxes, loaded into the aircraft hold, and returned to the customer at their US destination. There will not be any charge for this service.
At this time, officials did not say how long the ban would remain in place or if other airports would be added.
UK lifts travel advisory against Lamu and Manda Islands
Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has lifted travel advisory against Lamu and Manda Islands in Kenya's Coast. After five years, the FCO has advised UK citizens that it is now safe to visit the islands which are key destinations for beach lovers coming to Kenya.
Lamu, Kenya's oldest town, holds annual festivals that attract visitors from all parts of the world. The Lamu Yoga Festival has just concluded and the Lamu Food Festival will run from 7th to 10th April 2017. The Lamu Cultural Festival which takes place in November displays Kenya's fascinating coastal culture including dhow racing, henna painting, Taarab music and chakacha dances.
To book a stay at exotic Lamu, please get in touch.
AirKenya to start daily flights to Loisaba airstrip
Local airline AirKenya has announced the launch of daily flights to Loisaba airstrip effective 1st June 2017. Loisaba airstrip is located in the 56,000 acre Loisaba Conservancy in Laikipia in northern Kenya. AirKenya passengers currently travelling to Loisaba Conservancy have to fly from Nairobi's Wilson Airport to Nanyuki airstrip and then either connect to a private charter to Loisaba airstrip or drive approximately four hours to get to the conservancy. Guests can also fly directly to the Masai Mara National Reserve from Loisaba airstrip.
Kenya's new passenger trains
The Kenyan government has imported the first 5 of 56 passenger trains that will ferry passengers and freight across the country using the new, modern Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). The 40 passenger trains will have varying capacities with the Economy class accommodating 118 passengers in each coach and 72 passengers in the First class coaches. Passengers will enjoy air conditioning, Wi-Fi, catering facilities among other comforts.
The construction of the railway began in October 2013 and is expected to shorten the day-long ride between Nairobi and Mombasa to just over 4 hours. The train will make just one stop at Mtito Andei which is the midway point of the route and the gateway to both Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. The official launch of the SGR is scheduled for 1 June 2017.
Contact us for more information about the new standard gauge railway.
OneFortyEight is a beautiful new boutique hotel located in Nairobi's Langata surburbs. The tranquil location is the perfect place to relax after a long flight into the country or at the end of a safari. It comprises a main house which has three rooms and a converted loft for children. A converted artist studio has three apartments and two studio suites.
Amazing paintings line the interior of the sitting areas and the rooms. Crystal chandeliers, unique lampshades, low timber and glass tables, enchanting candle holders furnish the main house and the studio. The main house veranda has plush seats where one can relax as they watch peacocks strut on the hotel lawns. Langata is a stone throw away from the Giraffe Sanctuary where guests can handfeed Rothschild giraffe. Also nearby is the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage, a wonderful place to learn about elephants and to watch them upclose.
Email us to book your clients into the new OneFortyEight.
Building sandcastles instead of snowmen
Building snowmen is one of the best Christmas family traditions for many families. Building sandcastles in Kenya’s fine beaches is even better (we think!) December is a delightful time to be in the country and compares to springtime, the days are warm and the evenings cool. Swaying palm trees, the lapping blue waters of the Indian Ocean and a white sandy beach offer a wonderful backdrop for fun and relaxation during the holidays. A colourful beach pail, shovel, and beach ball are all you need to get started!
A multiple award winner for best beach in Africa, Diani is a quiet, exclusive beach offering a great place to make gigantic sandcastles. Its white powder-like sand is easily manipulated to form a great but temporary building material.
Watamu beach is known for its coral reefs, clear water and soft white sands. The snorkelling and diving around the offshore coral formations is arguably the best in East Africa. December is also a perfect time to go deep sea fishing in search of marlin and sailfish.
Contact us to book a beach holiday in Kenya's beautiful coast.
Qatar Airways to start flights into Mombasa
The Kenya government has given Doha-based airline, Qatar Airways rights to fly directly into Mombasa International Airport. Passengers flying the airline have had to fly into Nairobi and then take a local flight into Kenya's coastal capital. Plans are underway to begin flights in 2017. The government has also approved Flydubai to start flying into Nairobi and Mombasa in its efforts to improve the country's accessability.
Mombasa to open a super yacht marina in 2018
Mombasa is set to become the next Monte Carlo when it launches its first super yacht marina early next year. The EnglishPoint Marina Hotel which will open the facility in 2018 will provide berthing for 30 - 50 luxury yachts of upto 30m long. The marina will also provide water, electricity, refuelling facilities and water disposal services. Currently yacht owners have to leave the engines running while the vessels are anchored in the ocean.
The EnglishPoint Marina is a lavish, one-of-a-kind architecterual masterpiece located on a natural marine basin in Mombasa. It offers an incredible boutique hotel with 26 rooms and beautiful apartments as well as a boardwalk with retail outlets, a restaurant, gym, spa, casino and a sports centre. The board walk offers fantastic views of Mombasa's Old Town and Fort Jesus as well as the Indian Ocean which surrounds the hotel on one side.
The new Kigali Marriott Hotel
Opened this September, the new Kigali Marriott is one of Kigali's biggest and most luxurious properties. It comprises 229 rooms and 25 suites spread out on 18 floors. Each room and suite comes with floor to ceiling windows that allow scenic views over Kigali and private balconies facing the gardens. Cucina restaurant serves a Continental/Full American breakfast and Italian dinners. Saray spa offers a wide range of treatments to instill a sense of pampering and wellness while the fitness centre and outdoor pool keep guests in shape during their stay.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Update
Last year, JKIA went through a major upgrade that included the construction of a new terminal and arrival points. Here is an update on which airlines arrive at which terminal:
Terminal 1A (Kenya Airways and all SkyTeam Partner airlines):
Kenya Airways, KLM, China Southern Airlines, Air Mauritius, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Precision Airlines, Royal Air Maroc
On arrival at Terminal 1A, passengers will exit the building through the automatic glass doors shortly after collecting their luggage and clearing customs. All representatives will be waiting under the covered area surrounding the exit of the arrival terminal or in view on the other side of the road.
Terminal 1E (Any airline not affiliated with Kenya Airways):
British Airways, LAM Mozambique Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa Airlines, Air Arabia, Swiss International Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Mauritius, South Africa Airways, EgyptAir, Qatar Airways, RwandAir
On arrival at Terminal 1E, passengers will exit the building after collecting their luggage and clearing customs and go down two ramps. All representatives will be waiting to the right hand side at the end of the ramp in the car parking area.
RWANDA: Flights into Kigali
All international travellers entering Rwanda are requested to have their visas issued or at least requested online before beginning their itinerary, or else they will be denied entry into the country.
Entry visa for Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America nationals can be issued upon arrival without prior application. The visas cost 30 USD and are valid for a period up to 30 days.
Nationals of Hong Kong, Philippines, Mauritius, Singapore and Democratic Republic of Congo may visit Rwanda without a visa for a period of up to 90 days.
From startlingly tranquil lakes to misty rainforest and rolling grass plains, the country dubbed 'The Land of a Thousand Hills' is a landlocked jewel in Eastern Africa. Contact us to book a Rwanda safari today.
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