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In 2005 at just over 70, she planned to take her debut Africa safari mainly to fulfil “that once in a lifetime dream-trip to the wonderful continent” as age was also catching up on her; of course she choose Kenya and Tanzania. What she thought she knew, she said to herself, “if I don’t go this year I will never be able to go”; what she did not know was that she would come again every year after that, at times several times in a year with her clients – as “unfortunately” she got addicted to this amazing segment of Africa and it’s friendly people. In September she is sending 4 clients and when I assured her that she didn’t have to escort them as she is currently on special assignment, she said “that is….

 

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COMFORT GARDENS is a guest house located 8 kilometers from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi city in the Gigiri suburb whose majority residents are mainly the affluent community of Kenya residents. This area is also home to UNON headquarters in Africa as well as many foreign Embassies; and now home to Comfort Gardens. 

Comfort Gardens is a most ideal hotel for that business traveler who is involved in particularly UN matters; the US Embassy is also in this location and is one of the largest in Africa as well as the Belgium Embassy. Comfort Gardens is also a convenient stay for safari vacation makers planned to start their safari in the central Kenya and northern segments. 

&Beyond Kichwa Tembo Camp has completed a fabulous refurb; visit

NEWS FROM THE WILD

The Annual Wildebeest Migration came early this year and subsequently Maasai Mara is beehive of activity. This will ideally enhance the numbers of these gnus and other plains game coming from the mighty Serengeti in the coming months.

For those making their safaris in Tanzania, the migration is currently concentrated in Central Serengeti but fast moving up north where after “immigration formalities” at the Kenya Tanzania border they cross into Kenya for their summer holidays where they stay until around November. Last year some stayed for “Christmas”, guests visiting late in the year were fortunate to even see crossings!

All the more reason for those finalizing their safari plans for this year to get going especially in view of fact that presently Kenya and Tanzania have got lots of special offers with lots of the properties offering extra free nights after extended stays, free hot air balloon safari flights as well as free flights to the safari destinations.

With all these exciting incentives, make your reservations as soon as possible before it all fills up!

 

FROM THE REGION

Kwita Izina is the Annual Gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda and this is one of the best conservation practice that clearly demonstrates how East Africa is keen on its nature; 18 new babies were named. Marie Jose and Stephen, Brenda and Don, we are certain you still treasure the memories of seeing these gentle giants, which share some 97% of their genes with humans. Nothing can prepare one for the impact of encountering a fully grown silverback gorilla: up to three times as bulky as the average man, yet remarkably peaceful and tolerant of human visitors. There are no words to describe the thrill of recognition attached to staring deep into their liquid brown eyes.

See the new babies named during this year’s ceremony! 

AirKenya acquires two brand new aircraft

Kenya’s leading safari flight operator acquired two brand new aircraft for its safari network which operates from Wilson Airport and spreads to every safari destination to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

AirKenya

Airkenya starts off the New Year with the arrival of its seventh brand new Cessna Grand Caravan; the EX Series however, is the second of its Type with the airline. The brand new Caravan arrived in January from Wichita, Kansas, USA.  

It’s been a double celebration for Airkenya; 2 days after the brand new Cessna Caravan arrived from the USA, its second Dash 7 arrived.  There was champagne popping as the Crew alighted from the aircraft after a 5 days ferry flight.  The Dash 7 STOL aircraft is the most robust aircraft with a seating capacity of 50pax.  Airkenya is the leading domestic airline serving the tourist circuit and with the biggest capacity aircraft maintains its lead in the East African region.

 

Special Offers

Special Offers

A number of top class accommodations are running special offers for most of this year; take advantage of these incentives and save yourselves good US$ in holiday investment! These offers range from 30% Discounts on existing rates to pay 2 nights and stay 3.  

These include Sosian Lodge in Laikipia, Serena HotelsandBeyondCheli & PeacockSanctuary Retreats, Pinewood Village at the Kenya Coast.

 

Take a Picture, Not a Trophy

Take a Picture not a Trophy

 

 

KAA set to demolish burned out arrivals building

Details are emerging of plans by the Kenya Airport Authority to demolish the burned out arrivals building at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which suffered irreparable damage during a major fire in August last year.

KAA invited tenders earlier this week, seeking to contract a suitably qualified company to demolish the building and clear the site before then embarking on constructing a new state of the art arrival complex meeting the requirements of modern day aviation and allowing for Cat 1 ranking by the FAA, a prerequisite for eventually launching direct flights to and from the United States.

The fire, while a disaster of the highest order, which brought air traffic in and out of Kenya’s and the region’s most important aviation hub to a standstill for nearly two days, before traffic over gradually resumed over several days before reaching some level of normality, is now seen as a catalyst to accelerate the modernization of the airport. The construction of the long delayed Terminal Four was cranked up to around the clock work schedules and a new temporary terminal will be assembled to help process the sharply grown number of in particular transit passengers, which use Kenya Airways to fly from across Africa via Nairobi and vice versa to their final destinations. President Kenyatta in December broke ground for the new ‘Project Greenfield’ which will see the construction of a second runway, new taxiways, aprons and aircraft parking spaces and most important a new mega terminal which will more than triple the airport’s capacity to over 20 million passengers per year.

Demolition, according to a regular source from JKIA, is due to be completed by middle of this year before construction of the new arrival wing with offices and a range of other state of the art facilities will begin.

Kenya @ 50

Kenya Flag

December 12th is when Kenya celebrates Jamuhuri (Republic) Day and this year it will be a Golden Jubilee and hence the possibility that we will have 3 days of public holiday to usher in the Big50!

Whilst Kenya continues to make great achievements particularly as a key Africa hub in many sectors, we pride ourselves more so by the challenges that we have been able to overcome. Our tourism industry has been largely affected by these local and global challenges – the biggest been terrorism. However in the recent years we have and despite these challenges received some tremendous support form our international associates and specifically in the safari segment.

As Kenya sets to celebrate this great achievement, Woni Safaris would like to dedicate this auspicious occasion to express our sincere gratitude to all those who stood by us and continued with their safari arrangements this year and those who have affirmed their safari vacations and holidays next year – Asanteni Sana!

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THANKS GIVING

The US of A wakes up to Thanksgiving Day; we wish all our great friends celebrating this holiday all the very best.

KENYA AIRWAYS

The Pride of Africa …. always in the news!

  • October 2013 – KQ acquires its first of three Boeing 777-300ER
  • October 2013 – KQ Board appoints Willem Alexander as CEO of Jambo Jet Ltd, the airline’s new low cost subsidiary.
  • October 2013 – KQ is recognized in the Prestigious World Travel Awards 2013, which is billed as the travel industry’s Oscars!
  • November 2013 – KQ had the most punctual flights that flew into and out of London Heathrow in UK during the month of October 2013
  • November 2013 – KQ expands its cooperation with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines within East Africa, following the signing of a far reaching joint venture.

TYPHOON HAIYAN

We share with our clients and associates in the Philippines, the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan; our prayers are that day-today will be restored soon.

 

STATUE OF LIBERTY STANDS ALONE

Thousands of frustrated tourists had the choice of a one-hour boat trip around New York harbor or their money back, with one of the most iconic monuments in the United States closed. Dozens of people working on the boats taking people to and from Liberty Island, run by US National Parks, were on hand with infinite patience and multiple languages to help marshall the baffled tourists.

Statue of Liberty

"No statue today, nobody is going on the island," said A Statue official, who works at the Battery Park pier in southern Manhattan. "But you can join a one-hour harbor cruise that goes by the Statue, Ellis Island, Ground Zero, the Brooklyn bridge," he added. Large notice boards everywhere repeated the same information.

"The government has temporarily shut both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Please join our one hour sightseeing tour and see the magnificent sights of New York harbor." But many visitors were reluctant to be fobbed off with a boat trip.

"I just arrived yesterday from Seattle, I bought my tickets yesterday, they could have suspended the sales, or sent notifications," said, a 26-year-old engineer. He was uninterested in the cause of the shutdown -- the latest ideological skirmish between President Barack Obama and House Republicans over the scope of the US government. "It is a very bad political system, the opposition has such strong power," he said.

Another retired visitor from Arizona, and his wife had planned their trip to New York for six months.

Instead, she was left in tears at what she said should be the last thing to close. "The Statue of Liberty is such a strong symbol for so many people. It is America, it symbolizes freedom, jobs, a government you can trust," she said. Her husband said he was fed up. "I am really unhappy with Washington, by the executive power and Congress, they cannot get anything done," he said.

Golf Course Planned for Rwanda

The proposed golf resort which according to some information will also be home to Rwanda’s first marina development, is expected to meet championship standards which would see the land of a thousand hills qualify to host Africa championship events besides a series of local events in which golfers can take part. Presently there is a golf course in Kigali but with the sport gaining in popularity, more courses are needed to meet the growing demand.

Golf Ball

Rica Rwigamba, Head of Department for Tourism and Conservation at RDB, confirmed that such plans were at an advanced stage.

Rwanda last year embarked on a new zoning exercise for the Lake Kivu shores, identifying island and mainland areas of particular touristic value, which can be developed under a national tourism master plan to add further attractions to the country’s already impressive range of sights which span from Akagera over Nyungwe to the Volcanoes national parks, birding areas and national forests like Gishwati, and of course the lake side of Kivu.

No specific time frame was given for the golf resort development which is however already shown on the RDB’s map for the Karongi area which is part of the available printed information about the country and one of ten such maps covering all parks as well as Kigali, cultural highlights and monuments as well as birding across the country.

Kigali Becomes Another Rear Hotspot

The world get another hot spot and this time round that happens in East Africa in Rwanda which has in recent years become not only a very popular a gorilla trekking and tracking destination but a travellers favorite for tourists and businessmen.

Wifi Hotspot

In the course of the week some of the key centers in the city will have the free hot spot in place among them; hotels, popular restaurants, the main Amaharo Stadium, the public library, and even the international airport from the information gathered.

Rwanda is progressively seeking to take the lead as East Africa’s primary ICT destination and has made some positive progress with their “One Laptop A Child” project, which has seen the introduction of laptops and information technology already in primary school to have the next generation fully computer savvy.

The Rwanda Development Board in the past few weeks entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Korean Company: Korea Telecom to bring 4G LTE technology to Rwanda to propel the country firmly into the latest technological standards.

“Tourism at large is the main beneficiary at the moment as visitors will get their Visa processed online, they book RwandAir flights online, and they can even construct their own itinerary and make it a reality by choosing a licensed tour operator online. Being online showcases the country’s attractions to the global web community and the rising visitor numbers are in large part a result of such initiatives,” said a member of the RDB Tourism and conservation staff.