Shocking pictures of passengers behaving badly on the plane

Travel can be interesting and fun, except for a few characters who wouldn’t mind throwing away the rule book and show their discourtesy. The YouTube clip above shows a few of those travellers who would freely show their worst behaviour while on the plane. See if you can recognise any of them.

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Meet Lamu Island’s Kelly Alomba, Naomi Campbell’s yoga trainer

Born in 1983 in Western Kenya, Kelly Alomba has made quite the name for himself as a talented yoga instructor and trainer to international supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Local Lamu Yogini Kelly Alomba with supermodel Naomi Campbell (left)

Local Lamu Yogini Kelly Alomba (right) with supermodel Naomi Campbell

Kelly interacted with people of different age, race, and ethnicity at his former profession as a teacher – a job that took him to Shela village in Lamu County where he met Monika Fauth, the owner of Banana House & Wellness Centre.

“I knew Monika from back then when I was a private school teacher for her son Karim who is living with a disability,” Kelly recalls.

It is during this time that Monika introduced Kelly to yoga with weekly classes while his afternoons had previously been spent doing body building exercises.

Monika (right) in a yoga session

Monika (right) in a yoga session at Banana House, Lamu

Kelly was however rendered jobless when Monika’s son left for further treatment abroad leading him to start practicing yoga regularly while assisting Monika with teaching Yoga at Muslim Girls’ Secondary School in Shela.

He later enrolled for a yoga teachers’ training course and landed a scholarship from Africa Yoga Project where he became a qualified yoga trainer. With the newly acquired experience, Kelly was able to offer daily yoga classes every morning and evening at Banana House and gained much ground in the field.

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Kelly (first row, extreme right) during the Mararani village yoga session

She also had yoga classes at Shela Bright Girls, Anidan Children’s Home and villages around Lamu including Mararani Village, the latter being part of a “jiggers” campaign project.

In his practice as a yoga instructor, Kelly has been able to meet, interact and socialize with people from all walks of life including the opportunity to provide private yoga training to supermodel Naomi Campbell during her visits to Kenya.

Kelly is currently the vice chairperson of the Lamu Yoga Festival, a 3-day event held in Lamu every year, bringing together yoga enthusiasts from all over the world.

Lamu Yoga Festival 2014 [photo/lamuyoga.org]

Lamu Yoga Festival 2014 [photo/lamuyoga.org]

Enjoy a visit in Shela as you take part in yoga sessions at Banana House or Fatuma’s Tower where yoga is practiced daily in the morning and afternoon (respectively).

Learn more about the Lamu Yoga Festival being held again in March 2015.

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Sports, Events and Tourism Exchange 2014 to be held in Durban, South Africa

The 4th edition of the annual Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) will be held on October 28 to 30th at the International Convention Centre Durban in South Africa.

Sports and Events Tourism Exchange

Sports and Events Tourism Exchange

The event is set to create a business to business platform aimed at positioning South Africa as a sports and events tourism destination and encourage collaboration between the sports, events and tourism industry.

Different exhibitors in the sports, events and tourism sector are set to showcase their products to both local and international buyers thus boost South Africa’s tourism industry. There will also be a two-day conference with networking sessions. The event is set to attract both domestic and international participants including decision markers in sports, events and tourism industry.

Organised by Thebe Reed Exhibitions, SETE is backed by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the region’s marketing body Tourism KwaZulu-Natal along with CATHSSETA (Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, Sports Sector Education and Training Authority).

The sports and events tourism is a growing global industry with significant economic implications for both the event and the impact of travel and tourism-related benefits on host destinations.

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Mother sells house to travel the world

Ruth Johnston, an Australian mother, decided to sell her house to fund her travels even though she had no idea where she and her 9-year-old son will live on their return.

[photo/telegraph.co.uk]

[photo/telegraph.co.uk]

Ruth and her son have been on the road ever since and are now in their third year of travelling currently in Greece and have managed to explore 40 countries so far.

Ms Johnson claims that she doesn’t regret the decision and says she has no idea yet when their adventure will end.

“It was the best decision of my life. I was working two jobs to pay off a house and spending no time with my son. It was all work and so the house needed to go,” she says.

The two now live on a budget of between $60 and $100 a day and spend a lot of time house sitting as a way to earn money and get to know locals.

Ms Johnson adds that her son is “world-schooled” and also spends a lot of time reading whether it is a chapter of a novel in the car or at night.

“I get to teach him and show his the world. I want to encourage single parents that it is more affordable to travel than to pay for a home and all its associated expenses. To live life simply and with less possession means less to worry about,” she says.

Ms Johnson notes that the sacrifice has been worth it since they now focus on random acts of kindness as they travel and get to give to others along the way adding that “the more we give, the more we want to give”.

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Photos from inside the world’s “worst” airline

Singapore-based photographer Aram Pan has captured images from inside North Korea’s Koryo Air described as the world’s worst airline.

With its Soviet-era planes, rudimentary safety belts and reputation for questionable safety standards, Air Koryo is unlikely to appeal to nervous fliers though it is heaven for aviation enthusiasts. Last month, dozens of travellers including Aram were given access to the airlines ageing fleet in what seemed to be an adventerous session.

The state-owned North Korean airline was temporarily banned from flying to or from the EU in 2006 and is the only one in the world to receive a rating of just one star from the website Skytrax.

See below some of Aram Pan’s photos from inside North Korea’s Koryo Air – from the cockpit, cabins, weighing scale and meals.

 

The cockpit has no digital screen

 

The fans are pretty old school

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There isn’t much to say about the seat belts

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The seats fold forward – so magical

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Luggage is weighed on some worn scales

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At least the food is not that bad, right?

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10 of Africa’s best safari guides

Safari guides have a part to play when it comes to how fun or boring your tour of the game park or reserve wild will be. Knowing beforehand who can make your safari an amazing experience is one of the hardest tasks since in most cases Park officials will just assign any available guide to take you round the park.

Safari guides. [photo/blog.luxetravel.com]

Safari guides. [photo/blog.luxetravel.com]

After spending decades visiting various game reserves and park in different countries in Africa, Graham Boynton, British-born Zimbabwean journalist, consultant, travel writer and editor came up with a list of some of the most outstanding safari guides in Africa. SleepOut.com highlights some of those safari guides below.

 

Keraetswe Bosigo (Madala K) – Little Vumbura Camp, Botswana

Bosigo’s nickname is Madala or Old K. Bosigo arrived in Okavango Delta when he was only 15 years old with his grandfather as a tracker at a hunting company before turning to guide photography safari.

Currently in his 50’s, Bosigo is equipped with knowledge and wisdom that will leave you wowed as he takes you around the wild in Botswana.

 

Paul Kiprono Kirui – Masai Mara, Kenya

Paul Kiprono Kirui is chairman of the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association and one of fewer than ten accredited Gold Standard guides in Kenya.

Kirui is a skilled and knowledgeable guide in the Masai Mara with an outstanding personality and deep understanding of the African wild. Having grown up in the Mara as a Maasai herder, Kirui knows the eco system flora and fauna intimately and has even established a guiding school called Mwewe Guiding School in the Serengeti, the first of its kind in Kenya.

 

Christiaan Bakkes – Palmwag Conservancy, Namibia

Christian Bakkes is a writer, novelist and an amazing guide at the Kruger National Park in Namibia.

In the year 1994, Bakkes lost his left arm after he was attacked by two crocodiles inside the park but this has not deterred his efforts in the industry making his one of Africa’s best guides.

Bakkes has a keen understanding of flora and fauna and a poet’s eye of the wild. He is also known for his recitals of epic poems around the camp fire. He is passionate about wilderness and even though he is a warden of Palmwag conservancy and not a daily guide, he still finds an excuse to take visitors into the wilderness.

 

Gregg Hughes – Safari Footprints, Botswana

Gregg Hughes is not only a great tour guide but also a science graduate a quality that helps him unlock and explain the nature in precise style. Before becoming a tour guide in Botswana, Gregg visited Europe, South America, Middle Asia and Far East out of his love for adventure.

Gregg enjoys his job and takes pleasure in guiding tourists in and out of luxury camps in Jao and Mombo and recently he completed a 3 months motorbike safari through southern Africa.

 

Saigilu “Jackson” Ole Looseyia – Rekero Naboisho Camp, Kenya

Ole Looseyia is one of the most popular guides in Kenya due to his show The Big Cat Diary. His charm and incredible knowledge of Rekero Naboisho camp makes him just the person to take you through the camp.

As a young boy, Saigilu hunted with his father and in the 1980’s he started working for his mentor Ron Beaton, a conservationist and safari operator.

 

Pokkie Benadie – Samara Game Reserve, South Africa

Pokkie is the leading master tracker at Samara Game Reserve and there are only two more master trackers hence making him one of the most outstanding there is.

Pokkie was born in Beaufort West District currently known as the Karoo National Park. At a very young age he and his father would set traps for jackals and caracal for food, a practice that made a master not only in tracking but also in the ecosystem. He may not be a guide but Pokkie believes that he is living his dream as a teacher of all that is entails in game reserves, a half a day programmes that is aimed at helping tourists know their way around the wild.

 

Bill Winter – Bill Winter Safaris, Kenya

Bill winter grew up in Kenya but went to school in England before joining university in South Africa.

He specialises in mobile tented safaris in Ol Pejeta and has precise way of describing the flora and fauna that makes you understand how the eco system works.

 

Richard Knocker – Nomad Safaris, Tanzania

Richard was born and raised in Kenya. He is the founding member of Nomad safaris and is also the chief guide often found at Lamai Serengeti. He is an interesting story teller with a sense of humour and has an overwhelming love for the bush and wild.

 

Robin Pope – Liuwa Plain and Luangwa, Zambia

Robin Pope was born and bred in Copperbelt and grew up racing in the wild bushes with his pellet gun and fishing rod.

The accountant has undying love for nature that has made him a great safari companion with unrivalled knowledge of Zambia’s wildlife. He currently serves from Nsefu, Tena Tena, Nkwali, and Luangwa River Camp.

 

Andrew “Stretch” Ferreira – Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Andrew is famously known as the elephant whisperer. He is seen in many YouTube clips standing calmly and courageously in front of charging elephants.

The former hunter no longer kills animals but instead learns more about animals in order to appreciate their behaviour and adaptation to nature. Currently Andrew owns his own safari operation called Goliath Safaris located along Zambezi River an area he is familiar with.

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flydubai launches flights to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro

flydubai has launched flights to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as it seeks to extend its reach in  Africa’s bustling aviation market.

flydubai

The flights which begin operation in October will expand the airline’s network in Africa to 12 destinations having already launched operations to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Alexandria (Egypt), Khartoum and Port Sudan in Sudan, Djibout’s capital Djibouti and Juba in South Sudan. Other destinations include Bujumbura (Burundi), Entebbe (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda) which began operating at the end of September.

“With the addition of these three new destinations in Tanzanian we’ve doubled out network in North and East Africa this year, strengthening our commitment to serving previously underserved markets,’ said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive of flydubai.

Tanzania’s tourist has been on an upsurge with the East African country welcoming over 1 million tourists in 2013 figures that are set to double by 2017.

Dar es Salaam is known to be Tanzania’s economic hub offering picturesque seaport and a wealth of cultural and historical attractions. Zanzibar is know for its white sandy beaches and rich cultural heritage while Kilimanjaro offers the exceptional hiking experience on Africa’s tallest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro.

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New Eden Bleu Hotel, Seychelles officially open

Eden Bleu Hotel is now open for bookings with the first guests expected to check in on November 1st 2014.

Eden Bleu Hotel, Seychelles

Eden Bleu Hotel, Seychelles

The 87-room hotel is situated between Mahé International Airport and Seychelles’ capital Victoria and offers unending luxury in a picturesque location.

“The Eden Bleu Hotel is probably best described as edgy. It’s distinctly different and slightly provocative hotel for The Seychelles. We’re equally able to host a conference for 340 delegates or a family about to embark in sailing holiday around the island,” said Peter Smith, marketing director at Eden Island Development Company.

The hotel is built on Eden Island, a residential and commercial marina development, 100 metres off the coast of Mahé. It’s proximity to the airport and Victoria ensures easy access to Eden Island’s international marina making it an ideal point of departure for yacht charters or to other islands.

Eden Bleu Hotel is also adjacent to Eden Plaza, Seychelles’ only purpose-built retail centre with shops, boutiques, diving spots, and boat charter operators as well as banking and medical facilities making it a convenient place to stay.

The hotel’s airy public areas lead to a sun deck and rim flow pool with great views of the marina and Mahé’s granitic mountains. Guest floors are accessed by lift or an exquisite, handcrafted wooden staircase zigzagging up from the lobby. Eden Bleu Hotel has three room types including 74 deluxe rooms, 12 luxury suites and a presidential suite.

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flydubai launches direct flights to Entebbe, Uganda and Bujumbura, Burundi

flydubai has launched new flights to Entebbe, Uganda and Bujumbura, Burundi which will include Business Class and Cargo services.

The new service will entail daily direct flights to Entebbe, two onward flights a week to Kigali and three onward flights a week to Bujumbura. These new routes together with the recently announced three new routes in Tanzania will double the airlines presence in Africa to 12 destinations.

flydubai

Speaking after the launch, flydubai Chief Operating Officer Hamad Obaidalla expressed his delight in flying to Entebbe which is considered one of Africa’s leading commercial centres.

He added that by offering the choice of economy and business class, the daily flights will facilitate the flow of tourism and business between Uganda and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Dubai-based airline which is committed to opening up underserved markets is the first national carrier from the UAE to fly to Rwanda and Burundi. Its first flight to Kigali, Rwanda was on 27th September.

“We believe the rich biodiversity of Burundi will attract tourists from around our network and the more than 80 destinations we operate will offer a great opportunity for this country to strengthen its trade ties,” said Obaidalla.

flydubai offers travel to 83 destinations across 42 countries. Passengers from Entebbe, Bujumbura or Kigali can book convenient connections through Dubai to India, the Gulf countries and various points in Russia among other destinations.

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Trending Video: Lion vs Crocodile – Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Call it the battle of the year, this two minute clip that has received more than 5 million views on YouTube in just over a month makes for a spectacular scenario of the goings-on in the jungle.

The video, recorded by Kai Banks at Samburu National Reserve in Kenya shows three lions battling with a crocodile over an elephant carcass.

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