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Kenyan government releases Ksh200M to bolster tourism recovery plans

The Kenyan government has released Ksh200 million to be used for rolling out the country’s tourism recovery programmes.

According to Tourism Recovery Taskforce Chairperson Lucy Karume, the money has already been disbursed to the Ministry of Tourism and will be used on a short, medium and long term recovery strategies.

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“The money is not enough but it will sure do well for the start especially on the short term recovery plan,” she said.

Karume further stated that it is important for tourists, celebrities and corporate bodies to work with the government in promoting the country’s image and tourism industry by engaging in online campaigns to market Kenya as a unique tourist destination.

Some of the short term strategies set to be implemented by the taskforce include tax reliefs on companies that take their staff on holiday locally as well as engaging foreign missions to withdraw travel advisories imposed on Kenya.

The taskforce is also set to unveil the medium and long term recovery strategies that could see the setting up of a tourism rapid response unit as well as retaining the tourism police unit to boost security for tourists in Kenya.

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fastjet to launch flights from Dar to Kampala

fastjet launches flights from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Entebbe, Uganda

We are delighted to announce that our friends at London-based fastjet are launching a new route between Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Entebbe, Uganda!

Entebbe will be fastjet’s fourth international destination and the new route will be the only direct air link between these two African capitals.

Tickets for the new route are on sale now exclusively at www.fastjet.com.

Flights start on Tuesday the 16th September, and will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the first weeks of September, increasing to four flights a week from the 29thSeptember.

With fares starting as low as US$50 one-way, excluding airport and government taxes – considerably more affordable than the non-direct flights that are currently the only available air link between the two cities – the London-based company is confident that this new route will be a big success!

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What you did not know about Lake of Stars Music Festival

Lake of Stars music festival is a three day annual festival held around September and October on the shores of Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa.

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The event derived its name “Lake of Stars” from the romanticized title given to Lake Malawi by the explorer David Livingstone during his time in Malawi. The name also comes from fishermen’s lights that shine on the horizon like stars.

Lake of Stars music festival was founded in 2004 by Will Jameson with the aim of promoting Malawi as a tourist destination and creating a platform for Malawian artists to get international exposure.

In its first year, the event recorded an attendance of 700 people a number that grew to over 4,000 by 2011 with projections pointing at a higher number at present. Lake of Stars went ahead to win the Malawi Tourism Award in its first year and later recognised on the global festival calendar hence attracting participants from the UK and different parts of Africa.

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Last year, the event which was dubbed City of Stars Festival 2013 was held in Lilongwe and sought to promote Scotland as a creative partner for Malawi and attract Scottish delegation.

Among the artists set to perform at the 2014 Lake of Stars Music Festival include South African duo Mafikizolo.

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Lake of Stars Music Festival set for September 26-28 in Malawi

The 2014 edition of Lake of Stars Music Festival 2014 is set to be held from September 26th to 28th at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge on the shoreline of Lake Malawi.

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The event, now in its 11th year, is set to attract audience from across the African continent and the world as it celebrates music and the African culture.

With Malawi having been voted among top 10 places to visit in 2014 by travel magazine Lonely Planet this year’s Lake of Stars music festival is sure to draw audiences from all over the world.

Among those set to perform include South African artists Reason and Mafikizolo, Zambia’s Zone Fam, Kenyan Afro-House beats DJ Jack Rooster, Zimbabwe’s Tariro neGitare, Selmor Mtukudzi, Pearl Natasha and Band Tower and UK’s Cable Street Collective. Artists from Malawi include Peter Mawanga, Sally Nyundo, Mafilika, Skeffa Chimoto, Agorosso and Piksy.

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Enchanted Island Resort officially launched in Maldives

Enchanted Island Resort has been officially launched in Maldives months after opening its doors to guests in Seychelles.

The resort, owned by UAE-based hospitality group JA Resorts & Hotels is located 15-minute motorboat ride to the main island of Mahe over five-acre piece of land.

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Enchanted Island Resort has 10 boutique-style villas each designated to reflect the island’s traditional Creole-Seychellois architecture, just steps away from white sandy beaches.

Each villa has a private infinity pool, outdoor deck, gazebo, rain shower, French bathtub, king-size bed, complimentary Wi-Fi and a dedicated 24-hour butler service. Its location with one of Maldives protected National Marine Parks helps it blend well with the environment making each villa merges and flow with the natural aura.

Among the dignitaries who attended the event include Alain St Ange, the minister for tourism and culture, Republic of Seychelles, Sunil Sha of Trinity Estates and owner of the island, David Thomson, chief operating officer of JA Resorts & Hotels and Lilli Fiirgaard general manager of Enchanted Island Resort.

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fastjet makes progress in bid to set base in Kenya

fastjet has make progress in its bid to set base in Kenya, under the company name fastjet Kenya.

The airline has submitted its Air Service License application to the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) for approval in compliance with country’s aviation regulations.

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To comply with local airline ownership rules in Kenya, 51 per cent of the equity of fastjet Kenya is owned by a Kenyan international with the remaining 49 per cent ultimately held by fastjet plc.

KCAA has acknowledged receiving the application noting that the application, along with all others will be gazette before a public hearing is convened 21 days after publication after which a decision will be made by the authority.

“We have submitted a comprehensive application to the authorities who have confirmed that fastjet Kenya has entered the approval process,” said Ed Winter, chief executive of fastjet.

The move comes after the airline made another application for fastjet Tanzania to operate services into Kenya from Tanzania. Recently, the airline reduced flight costs from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Harare, Zimbabwe to $50 as it aims to expand its customer-base.

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SleepOut’s select Camps and Lodges in Nakuru

Nakuru is a bustling town just 2-hour drive from Kenya’s capital Nairobi with an estimated population of about half a million people.

The cosmopolitan town is famous for Lake Nakuru known for its flamingos and Lake Nakuru National Park which is home to several wild animals including giraffes, lions, buffalos, Impalas, Zebras among others. Other than the tourist attractions, Nakuru has numerous accommodations, ranging from camps, lodges, and guest houses with hospitable staff and unique set up to offer maximum luxury.

SleepOut.com highlights a selected list of camps and lodges in Nakuru where you can stay.

Sarova Lion Hil Game Lodge – Lake Nakuru National Park

Located in a lush green garden on a hill bordering Lake Nakuru, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge represents true luxury, comfort and serenity.

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The lodge has 67 luxury chalets divided into 64 standard rooms and three suites. Each chalet offers private patios with panoramic views of Lake Nakuru, en-suite bathrooms with showers and WC, running hot and cold water, razor outlets with 220 and 240 volts, beds with mosquito nets, hair dryer and tea and coffee-making machines. Most rooms and sitting areas also open up to the stunning views of the lake and the park.

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Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge also has a conference room, bar, gift shop, swimming pool and restaurant. Services offered here include baby sitting services, room service, laundry service and spa treatment. There are several activities you can take part in while at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge including swimming, game drives, nature walks, bird watching, tree planting among others.

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Maili Saba Camp – Menengai Crater

Maili Saba Camp is located on the rim of the Menengai Crater, 7km north of Lake Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley and 20 minutes drive from Lake Nakuru National Park.

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Maili Saba Camp has double bandas furnished with double bed and private bathrooms. Each grass-thatched tented banda has comfortable beds and a veranda or private terrace with clear view over the Menengai crater. The camp has a pool, fireplace, spa, massage parlour, and ample parking. It also offers great room service, baby sitting services and laundry services.

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Flamingo Hill Camp – Lake Nakuru National Park

Flamingo Hill Camp is situated within Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley.

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The camp has 25 tents, each furnished to modern travellers’ liking. The tents are decorated in calming safari tones, natural woods, wrought iron and crisp cottons, and have four poster beds and mosquito nets, en-suite shower, writing desk, and private veranda overlooking the plains.

Flamingo Hill Camp also has a bar and restaurant where you can enjoy your meals and drinks after a long game drive in the park. You can also get clear view of buffalos and other wild animals that come to the watering hole from here.

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The camp has an outdoor dining area, gift shop, good mobile reception and internet access. There is also a pool with loungers where you can relax and enjoy the afternoon sun.

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Mbweha Safari Camp – Lake Nakuru National Park

Mbweha Safari Camp is neatly tucked in a scenic location two hours drive from Kenya’s capital Nairobi on the private Congreve Conservancy, on the southern border of Lake Nakuru National Park.

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The camp has 10 cottages (2 family cottages: one with a queen-sized bed and two single beds, 4 double bed cottages 4 twin bed cottage) each with an exquisite view over the Eburru and Mau ranges.

The rustic lava-stone thatched-roof cottages are surrounded by yellow barked acacia and other indigenous trees forming a true African adventure. You can enjoy mountain biking and game walks within the conservancy or take day trips into Nakuru National Park and later enjoy a gourmet bush lunch with spectacular views of the Lake and the park.

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Ziwa Bush Lodge – Nakuru

Ziwa Bush Lodge is perfectly situated in the outskirts of Nakuru, on the edge of a pond with abundant trees and bird life.

The lodge has five double units, three twin units and one family unit all containing spacious en-suites. Each room is made from local stone, canvas and makuti roofing and is furnished with rustic hand-crafted cedar furniture made on site by Kenyans living in and around Nakuru town.

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Each room has its own private veranda where you may enjoy a hot drink overlooking the grounds’ magnificent wheat field with a spectacular distant view of Nakuru town. The lodge has internet connectivity, mobile phone reception. It also has ample parking space, a fireplace and an outdoor dining area.

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Punda Milias Nakuru Camp – Nakuru East

Punda Milias is located 15km from Nakuru town and just 5km from Lake Nakuru National Park hence passing for the much desired escape from hurly burly of city life.

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The camp has en suite tents furnished with rustic furniture and private veranda offering great view of the entangled wild. Its proximity to the expansive Lake Nakuru National Park also makes it possible to enjoy a game drive or a guided nature walk.

The austerity and provincial set up of Punda Milias Nakuru Camp is amazing as it helps it blend perfectly with the Rift Valley’s grassland savannah to immerse you in a world of peace and tranquility. The camp also has a large swimming pool set on a 10 acre piece of land, a bar and restaurant. It offers different meal plans from self catering, half board and full board.

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Secluded comfort at The Retreat Selous – Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

The dust, scorching sun and wind are all part of an exciting safari in the African jungle. After a busy morning, afternoon or evening of game drive at the Selous Game Reserve, all you’ll need is a place to freshen up and relax as you take in the exotic scenes of the grassland savannah.

You can book your stay at The Retreat Selous located a few kilometres from Morogoro town within the expansive Selous Game Reserve and enjoy some private time with your family or friends.

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The Retreat Selous

The Retreat Selous is a 12-suite getaway neatly tucked in a quiescent location within Selous Game Reserve offering a rare chance to escape the hubbub of urban life. The lodge has several suites tailored to suit different guests’ preferences.

 

The Eagle Suites

Eagle Hill Suites are located on top of a hill in Selous Game Reserve. The suites offer stunning views of the Ruaha River and Selous plains making them ideal for a romantic getaway.

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Each room has thatched roof and canvas walls lined with mosquito netting. The canvas can be rolled up to create 180 degree view of the wild from your bed. The rooms also have showers inside as well as a bath outside – perfect for sitting in with your loved one and watching the sun set.

 

River Suites

The River Suites are located on the banks of the Ruaha River offering uninterrupted view of wild animals that come to drink from the river.

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Each bedroom has a king-sized bed as well as an outside seating or sunbathing area with its very own private plunge pool. The rooms also have a shower inside and a bath outside on the deck for romantic bubbles and champagne.

 

Hippo Point

Hippo Point offers exclusivity in a secluded location within The Retreat Selous inside Selous Game Reserve.

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It only has two suites, each with their own private plunge pools, outside baths, massive king sized beds and private seating areas. In between the two suites is a communal area which has its own swimming pool, bar and dining area. In addition to accommodation, Hippo Point offers you a private guide, private 4×4 safari car, bartender, waiter and masseuse to ensure maximum exclusivity.

 

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Explore the African wild at Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Selous Game Reserve stands south of Tanzania as a raw slice of Africa’s rich natural cover and wildlife.

The reserve, which covers a total area of 54,600Km² was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to its diverse of wildlife and undisturbed grassland.

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Selous Game Reserve, considered one of the largest fauna reserves in the world, was named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist who was a safari mentor to former US President Theodore Roosevelt and author of A Hunter’s Wandering in Africa. Selous died at Beho Beho in 1917 while fighting against the Germans during the World War 1.

The great Rufiji River, in the northern eastern corner of the reserve, flows into the Indian Ocean and has a well partnered web of tributaries forming a picturesque geographical vista. The reserve is also filled with Miombo woodlands, wetlands and typical savannah making it ideal for a walking safari.

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Camp at The Retreat Selous

Its effervescent landscape and some dry river beds speckled with groves of baobab and borassus palms on the edge of lakes makes Selous Game Reserve a must visit attraction site. Most visitors arrive at the reserve by small aircrafts from Dar es Salaam or road, though train access is also possible.

Some of the animals found at Selous Game Reserve include huge families of elephants, hippos, Cape buffalo and crocodiles.

 

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Kenya Tourist Board to use Maralal Camel Derby to promote tourism

Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) is set to use the forthcoming Maralal Camel Derby 2014 to open up the northern tourism circuit to both domestic and international tourists.

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According to KTB managing director Mureithi Ndegwa, discussions are underway with different counties to find areas of collaboration in a view of marketing Kenya as a preferred tourist destination adding that marketing and publicity campaign have been organised to push tourists flow to the region during the derby.

“Apart from its rich culture, the northern circuit is known for its sceneries, wildlife, heritage and other attractions,” said Mureithi.

On his part, Samburu County Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal said that the Maralal Camel Derby is meant to pull travel enthusiasts to the northern part of the country which has unexplored tourist attractions.

“We intend to use this event to attract both local and international tourists to the northern tourism circuit where we have several unexploited attraction sites,” he stated.

The event is set to attract participants from East Africa, the US, UK, Germany, Netherlands, India, Ghana, France, Brazil, China, Poland among others. Among the activities that will take place include amateur and professional camel races, bike competitions, marathon, cultural and culinary shows.

Winners in different categories will walk away with prizes while part of the money collected will be channeled towards helping the orphans and disabled in the community.

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