The annual Lewa Marathon will be taking place on 30th June 2012 at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. This year's theme is Running wild, for the wild. The marathon is a unique event in that it allows participants from all over the globe to compete while running through some of Africa's most amazing scenery.
More importantly it helps raise funds to support the communities that have been co-existing with the wildlife for decades. Since its inception in 2000, the marathon has raised over US 2 million for a range of education, health and wildlife conservation projects across Kenya.
It is now official that the luxury hotel chain Kempinski AG will be opening 2 properties in Kenya, one in Nairobi and another in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi will be a 202 room luxury hotel which will offer state of the art meeting and conferencing facilities, restaurants, lounges and a ballroom. The Olare Mara Kempinski tented camp will be situated on the banks of the Ntiakntiak River in the Olare Orok Conservancy adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Both will open later in the year.
Qatar Airways has confirmed that they will be launching flights to the Indian Ocean city of Mombasa on the 15th August 2012, adding a second destination for Kenya. These daily flights will be routing via Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The addition is in line with the airline's expansion strategy that kicked off at the beginning of the year.
Korean Air has announced a new three times weekly service from Nairobi to Seoul using three-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Effective 22nd June, flights will depart from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10.30 am, arriving in Seoul after a 10-hour nonstop flight at 4.30am the following day. Return flights depart from Seoul's Incheon International Airport on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10.15 pm arriving Nairobi JKIA at 5.30 am the following day.
Return flights depart from Seoul's Incheon International Airport on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10.15 pm arriving Nairobi JKIA at 5.30 am the following day. The aircraft will be configured with 6 first class suites, 18 Prestige business class lie-flat seats and 256 economy class seats. The airline recently won the Skytrax 'Best Economy Class in the World' award.
Joseph Ole Koyie and Abdul Karim both of Sanctuary Olonana in the Maasai Mara won first and second respectively in "Most Responsible Safari Guide Award 2012". This is the only award of its kind and is a collaboration between Tribal Voice Communications, UK based responsible tourism consultants, Mara Conservancy and the Born Free Foundation. Ole Koyie wins an all expenses paid trip to Zambia's South Luangwa National Park to train with some of the most responsible guides in Africa.
We are pleased to announce that the US State Department has reviewed their travel restriction for Lamu and lifted the travel warning to the Island. This wonderful news was posted on the State Department's website on 4th April 2012.
Lamu is an ancient Arab island, blissfully lost in the tides of history with its historical mosques and narrow streets. The island itself is characterised by rolling dunes, endless beaches and tiny villages nestled among coconut and mango plantations. There are no vehicles on the island and the donkey and the dhow remain the dominant form of transport.
Hogmead and Kicheche Valley Camp have been voted as the Best New Hotels in Kenya for 2012 by Conde Nast Traveler. The two are among 121 properties in 49 countries that were selected by 41 Conde Nast reporters to make this year's Hot List.
Opened in July 2011, Kicheche Valley Camp is located in Naboisho Conservancy in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp consists of just six tents, each with a king-size bed and with enough space to add a children's bed.
Also opened in 2011, Hogmead is a new boutique property located on the border of a giraffe sanctuary in the leafy outskirts of Nairobi. The hotel has six rooms in the main house and seven in a converted stable.
Olerai Beach House is an idyllic family owned beach front house situated on a coral bed, high above the Indian Ocean, with panoramic ocean views and a cool sea breeze. The house has a spacious dining area and veranda which opens out onto a huge green lawn which stretches down to the palm lined beach. The house also overlooks a stunning swimming pool set around interlocking natural coral caves, one of the best features of the house.
There are 4 large double rooms, each with their own bathroom and shower. The rooms are all tastefully decorated with views over the Indian Ocean, just 50 meters beyond. There is further space for children in the open plan upstairs area of the house, with another 4 beds, sharing a bathroom, plus a small cottage set behind the house if extra space is needed. Olerai Beach House is fully staffed with a chef/manager, housekeeper, gardener & pool attendant plus a night-watchman and security guard.
Situated along Mombasa Road with easy access to the city centre and airport, Eka Hotel is the newest hotel opening soon in Nairobi. The hotel offers 170 air conditioned rooms, of these 159 are superior, 2 rooms for guests with special needs, 5 junior suites and 4 executive suites.
Some of the in-room amenities include LCD flat-screen TV, complimentary high speed internet access, personal bar, in-room safety deposit box, direct dial international telephone, hairdryers and complimentary coffee/tea making facilities.
Activities offered include: Nairobi National Park, City tour, visit to Giraffe Centre, Bomas of Kenya, Karen Blixen museum, day trips to Lake Nakuru/Naivasha, coffee and tea farms.
We are proud and honoured that Abercrombie & Kent has been recognised as "Best Tour Operator - Africa"" by the readers of Recommend.... for the 12th consecutive year!! Travel professionals have once again recognised the strong teamwork that sets A&K apart. We have received an unprecedented series of prestigious awards this year. "Africa's Leading Luxury Tour Operator" at the the World Travel Awards, "Best Africa Tour Operator" at the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards and TravelAge West WAVE Awards, and the Conde Nast Traveller World Savers Award for "Doing It All."
Excitement and anticipation fill the air in the Masai Mara. Thousands of zebra have been seen crossing the Sand and Keekorok Rivers in the Mara, tell-tale signs that the much-awaited wildebeest migration from the Serengeti to the Mara has arrived!
Every year over 3 million wildebeest and zebra move from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of life-giving pasture. The sheer numbers of this movement as it makes its way across the Mara is nothing short of spectacular. Along with them are the teams of predators who take advantage of the enormous number of prey in their vicinity, setting the stage for dramatic kills in every corner. Not to be missed are the river crossings as the wildebeest and zebra attempt to cross the brimming Mara river with its giant Nile crocodiles. The scenes that follow are what make the period between June and October the best time to be in Kenya!