Peak Season starts on high

Some of our past clients traveling for the 4th time finally sighted and in abundance what they have very much wanted to see all these years without success; wild dogs. This was in Samburu and what a wonderful opportunity it was as it is very rare to see these carnivorous in their natural habitat. A pack which consists of 15 to 16 members has been spotted within the reserve about 10 to 20 minutes from where the clients were staying at Elephant Bedroom Camp.

African Wild Dog

And as if that was not enough the guests also sighted an aardwolf (Proteles Cristata) only a short distance from the camp. The Aardwolf is a small, insectivorous mammal & it's name means "earth wolf", Unlike its relatives, the carnivora, the Aardwolf does not hunt large animals or even eat meat on a regular basis; instead it eats insects, mainly termites. The Aardwolf is in the same family as the hyenas.

NGORONGORO CRATER

Ngorongoro Crater

While paving of the Lerai ascent is ongoing there has been a delay in project completion and this is now expected to go on until the end of the year. A delegation of Tanzania Association of Tour Operators which carried out an inspection in June learnt about this delay owing to both technical reasons and the obvious challenging work environment.

LAND OF THOUSAND HILLS

You may not know where this land is but when Mountain Gorillas are mentioned, you will most probably think Rwanda… also known as Land of Thousand Hills.

Gorilla

The Virunga massif, a trans-boundary ecosystem located in Rwanda, Uganda and neighboring Congo DR, is home of – going by the latest figures available – some 480 mountain gorillas and has been described as the world’s ONLY stable great apes population. It is here, that on the Rwandan side some 11 habituated gorilla groups are available for tourism purposes, the 11th only named 10 days ago during the annual Kwita Izina naming ceremony, when a “breakaway group” gained their own recognition, name and status. Additionally are there 10 other habituated group which are strictly reserved for research and monitoring, outpacing the other two gorilla range countries.

The Rwanda Development Board’s Tourism and Conservation Department in fact acknowledges that in spite of concerted efforts over the past years to diversify the tourism products and introduce new attractions, inside and outside of the three national parks, gorilla tracking remains the highest profile activity for now, though birding and hiking, especially in Nyungwe Forest National Park, have started to make an impact in the statistics.

KENYA AIRWAYS AND KLM GET CLEARANCE

Kenya Airways - KLM

During the last week, the Kenya Competition Authority delivered its verdict on the application filed by alliance partners Kenya Airways and KLM/Air France, to be given a further exemption of 7 years in coordinating schedules, setting fares and using joint measures to save costs through codeshare agreements, scheduling alignments, and where necessary adjusting capacity on the route between Nairobi and Amsterdam, vice versa, and beyond. The application, when filed, was reported here, and the grant of a further 7 years has been welcomed by the two SkyTeam partners.

Covered by the grant, other airline competitors cannot now file cases against the two, national airline Kenya Airways and KLM/Air France, related to aligning fares and taking other joint action which could otherwise be termed anti-competitive.

Kenya Airways and KLM have been in a close partnership since KQ was privatized in 1996 with KLM holding a significant share portion alongside the government of Kenya. KLM sponsored Kenya Airways to full membership at SkyTeam, one of the world’s leading airline alliances which has benefited Kenya Airways through codeshare arrangements with a number of partners, opening routes, for instance, to Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City, a number of Chinese mainland destinations beyond their own gateways in Hong Kong and Guangzhou and to Australia.

NEXT TIME YOU FLY FROM LAX

It could be in Airbus A380 as British Airways (BA) becomes the tenth operator to receive an Airbus A380 after taking delivery of the first of 12 aircraft on order. BA is the first UK operator of the A380 and will start to deploy its new flagship aircraft on routes from London Heathrow to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

British Airways

British Airways’ chief executive Keith Williams said: “We’re delighted to be the first UK airline taking delivery of the A380. It is a great aircraft that has been developed with huge amounts of British engineering ingenuity and we believe it will prove very popular with our customers when it starts flying to its first destination of Los Angeles.” All BA’s A380s will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.

The A380 is capable of flying 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 kilometers non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment. The spacious, quiet cabin and smooth ride have made the A380 a firm favorite with both airlines and passengers, resulting in higher load factors wherever it flies. The A380 also provides vital extra passenger capacity without increasing the number of flights, and is therefore part of the solution for sustainable growth at congested airports.

To date, 40 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique experience of flying on board an A380. Every five minutes, an A380 either takes off or lands at one of the 30 airports where it operates today and the network is constantly growing.

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KTB AND KENYA AIRWAYS IN PARTNERSHIP

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) is poised to reap from a one-year joint marketing programme with the national carrier-Kenya Airways which seeks to net more tourists from various destinations. The partnership targets various tourist markets in Africa (Nigeria, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, and Egypt) and Asia (Bangkok, Guangzhou, Delhi and Mumbai) as well as the domestic market.

Kenya Airways Airplane

The effort will also be extended to cover Kenya Airways’ destinations in Europe, Middle East and the Americas. This partnership was formalized between the two organizations on 7th May, 2013.

The two organizations will also engage potential tourists through targeted events, festivals and regional road shows while also working with professional bodies. Through the partnership, Kenya Airways hopes to maintain a dominant presence and growth in all existing routes whilst marketing Kenya as a tourist and business destination of choice. KTB and Kenya Airways target similar customers and by combining both strengths and resources, there is an opportunity to reach out to travelers and tourists more efficiently.

YOU CAN NOW FLY DIRECTLY TO VICTORIA FALLS

Kenya Airways has commenced daily flights directly to Livingstone from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This introduction now supersedes the more common, reliable and longer route used before via Johannesburg.

Kenya Airways is starting an ambitious plan to become a hub for flights to and within Africa. It is in stiff competition with Ethiopia Airlines. In the meantime it is hoped that good prices for flights will be on offer by Kenya Airways. It will certainly make a change for those in Livingstone from having to get to Europe through South Africa.

MOMBASA AIRPORT OVERHAUL DONE

Work at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa, ongoing for several years to upgrade arrival and departure lounges and other facilities is done.

According to Airport Manager Yatich Kangugo overhaul work is on course to be completed in time for the next tourist peak season. Mombasa receives daily scheduled flights from Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, and Turkish Airlines while RwandAir and Air Uganda fly several times a week nonstop from Kigali and Entebbe, respectively, to Kenya’s port city.

Most traffic from abroad comprises inclusive tour charters from mostly European destinations bringing sun seekers to the Kenyan coast. As a primary gateway into Kenya, the majority of passengers going through the airport are tourists, and many of those have in the past complained about less than adequate facilities and the state of upkeep of the airpor

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PHILADELPHIA, PA

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and Philadelphia—a major arsenal, shipbuilding and hospital center during the Civil War and home to Gettysburg general George G. Meade—is marking the anniversary with special events and exhibitions at historical sites and attractions throughout the region:

Battle of Gettysburg

Events:

Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library – The Gettysburg Trial of the Philadelphia Brigade presentation brings historian David Trout to remember the Philadelphia Brigade, which suffered a casualty rate of 64% over the course of the war, and recount its tribulations during the Battle of Gettysburg. July 20, 2014. 4278 Griscom Street

Fort Mifflin – Built in 1771, this Revolutionary-era fort-turned Civil War prison’s bowels were dungeon-like even during the 1860s. On Civil War Saturday, visitors to the prison, now a National Historic Landmark, learn to drill with a wooden musket, cook over an open hearth and participate in a scavenger hunt. Guided tours highlight the Casemates, once used as prison quarters. July 20, 2014. Fort Mifflin & Hog Island Road