Relive the African dream at Kibo Safari Camp, Amboseli National Park

Africa has long been known for its rich cultural orientations, especially the Maasai culture, and abundant wildife. SleepOut.com offers you a chance to relive this African dream at Kibo Safari Camp, a chic tented camp neatly set in Kenya’s second most popular park – the Amboseli National Park.

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The camp is located at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, 140 kilometers south of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

It’s location within the expansive savannah ensures privacy even as you enjoy breathtaking views of Mt Kilimanjaro and scenic views of the undulating landascape and tall acacia grassland synonymous with the Great Rift Valley.

The camp has 73 makuti-thatched self contained spacious tents tastefully furnished with rustic furniture artistically curved from bush logs, and exquisite décor that creates a comely feel.

Kibo

The tents at Kibo Safari Camp are en suite and have mosquito nets, carpeted floors, seat and writing desk. The tents also have a washing basin or sink with cold and hot tap water.

Dine in the open-terrace restaurant set under acacia trees overlooking the mountain and enjoy different African delicacies. Special meals for vegetarian, non-vegetarian or special meals for the sick can be available on request.

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Spend your afternoons swimming in the turquoise pool, chill in a lounger or enjoy game drives within the wildlife-rich Amboseli National Park. You can also book a massage, relax by the fireplace, enjoy a drink at the bar or visit the gift shop and get yourself a souvenir.

You can book your stay at Kibo Safari Camp on SleepOut.com.

Kenya Airways launches KQ Golf Safari series

National carrier Kenya Airways has lined up 15 local golf events and several international events to be held across Africa and Asia with the first edition scheduled for Saturday 1st November, 2014 at Railways Golf Club in Nairobi.

The championship will then move to the Limuru Country Club, the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club, Nyeri Club, Nyali Golf Hotel and Country Club, Eldoret Golf Club, Nyanza Club and the Thika Sports Club in late December.

Vet Lab Golf course

Vet Lab Golf course

Tema Golf Club in Ghana will play host to the event on November 8, the famous Royal Harare Golf Club in Zimbabwe will be the venue for the event a week later and the Shek O Golf and Country Club in Hong Kong will play host on November 18, 2014.

The KQ Golf Safari will then move to the Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou, China on November 26 before heading to Nigeria where it be held in at the Ikoyi Golf Club, Lagos on December 8th and the IBB Golf Club in Abuja on December 13. The Gymkhana Golf Club in Dar es Salaam will host the Tanzania edition on December 6.

KQ Golf Safari will kick off 2015 edition at the Vet Lab Sports Club in Nairobi before moving to Kiambu Golf Club, Nakuru Golf Club, Muthaiga Golf Club, Sigona Golf Club, Karen Country Club and the Royal Nairobi Golf Club.

It will then move to Uganda Golf Club in Kampala on January 17, the Riverdale CC in Thailand the week after and the Reef Golf Club in Seychelles on January 31. Pecanwood Golf Club in South Africa and Lusaka Golf Club in Zambia will wind up the tour of Africa. The series will conclude with a grand finale on the March 26, 2015 at a yet to be decided venue.

According to Kenya Airways, the championship is designed to promote Kenya as a top golf tourism destination with more than 35 golf clubs, reasonable green fees and an all-round golfing weather.

International Association of Golf Travel Operators (IAGTO) estimates that 80 million golfers worldwide play on close to 40,000 courses across the world with golf events said to be worth close to $2 billion a year and the golf tourism market worth more than $1 billion.

 

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SleepOut’s select accommodations in Malawi

There are several reasons to visit Malawi, a southern African country known for its hospitable locals, temperate weather and numerous attraction sites including Majete Wildife Reserve, the meromictic Lake Malawi and the Lake Malawi National Park among others.

Cluny Lodge, Malawi

Cluny Lodge, Malawi

Other than the endowed beauty and scenic sites, Malawi also boosts several comfortable accommodations where you can stay when on holiday, honeymoon, planned getaway, or away for conferences/seminars. Below are a few suggestions of places to stay when in Malawi, as highlighted by SleepOut.com.

 

Mabuya Camp, Area 3

Malawi

Mabuya Camp is a rustic getaway located in Area 3 in Lilongwe, Malawi ideal for backpackers. The thatched camp has a well-maintained garden, swimming pool, fireplace, outdoor dining area, restaurant and a bar.

The camp offers housekeeping and laundry services, airport shuttle, ample parking, and a tour guide to take you around.

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Kumbali County Lodge, Area 44

Kumbali Country Lodge is a luxury lodge located in Area 44 in Lilongwe, Malawi. The hotel boosts first class service and luxurious stay in a lush garden by the beach.

The lodge also has ample parking, outdoor dining area, swimming pool, bar and restaurant and is suitable for events and family getaways.

 

Lifupa Conservation Lodge, Kasungu National Park

Lifupa

Lifupa Conservancy Lodge is a charming holiday getaway strategically set adjacent to Lifupa dam in the phenomenon Kasungu National Park.

The lodge has 16 chalets that can accommodate between two and four people and with spacious campsites. Enjoy an active walking safari or drive to Black Rock and watch the amazing sunset on top of the rock.

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Hostellerie de France, Namiwawa

Hostellerie de France is situated 2-minute drive from Blantyre City Centre just off Chilomoni Ring Road. The House is set in a tranquil spacious garden with fantastic views and a large swimming pool and spa.

The rooms have a clear view of the mountains, hot water, refrigerator and a veranda that opens up to the well-manicured garden.

 

Cluny Lodge, Area 9

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Cluny Lodge is an idyllic lodge situated in Area 9 in Lilongwe, Malawi. The lodge has well-appointed rooms equipped with cable television and a safe to store your valuables. The rooms also have internet connection and a desk as well as air conditioning and refrigerator.

 

Makuzi Beach Lodge

Makuzi Beach Lodge is located on the Northern shores of Lake Malawi on a private bay in Chintheche, Malawi.

The lodge has 12 well-appointed en suite chalets including 3 superiors, 5 standard, 3 family chalets and 1 self catering all with stunning views of the lake.

While here, make a trip to the Mission site (David Livingstone’s second site in Malawi), locally built museums or take a boat trip on Lake Malawi. Additionally, you may go snorkelling off the small island of Mphandi Kuche which translates to “the place of the morning sun”.

 

Book your stay in Malawi on SleepOut.com.

Chinese traveller offers sex in exchange for paid holiday

A 19-year-old Chinese girl is offering to spend a night with a different man in every city in order to fund her trip across China.

Ju Peng posted an advert on social media site Weibo looking for “temporary boyfriends” who must be “good looking, under 30, taller than 1.75 metres and rich”.

[photo/teleghraph.co.uk].

[photo/teleghraph.co.uk]

Ju who is from Shanghai, China is seemingly offering the men a whole night with her in return for them covering her transport and expenses.

“They will fund my transport to their city and all my expenses while I am there and they need to be generous. In return they get a whole night with me, my undivided attention and a chance to show themselves off in the company of a truly beautiful girl,” reads the ad.

Though she has faced a lot of criticism, Ju said she has travelled all over eastern China in a similar manner and now just wants to visit the rest of the county.

 

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World’s Top 5 Best and Worst Airports, according to travellers

Travel site Sleeping in Airports has released a list of Top 10 World’s Best and Worst Airports, polled from 18,000 passengers between September 2013 and August 2014.

The results reflect passengers’ views in four criteria – comfort, convenience, cleanliness and customer service at the airport. SleepoOut.com takes a look at 5 of the World’s Best and Worst Airports.

 

World’s Top 5 Worst Airports

Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Pakistan

[photo/historyofpia.com]

[photo/historyofpia.com]

This is the third-largest airport in Pakistan serving the capital Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi in Punjab. The airport is located outside Islamabad in the area of Chaklala and often hosts officials and citizens from other nations having served 3,136,664 passengers in the fiscal year 2008/09.

Passengers criticised the airport’s inability to control crowd, poor customer services and hostile security checks.

 

King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia

This is considered Saudi Arabia’s busiest airport which also serves as the transit hub for the annual haj pilgrimage. Passengers listed the airport’s long immigration queues, lack of services for travellers and rude and slow-acting immigration officers as some of its undoing.

 

Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal

This airport is described as being in the middle of three ancient cities – Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan which possess “smiling men and women”. The airport, Nepal’s only one, was likened to a “bus station in an impoverished neighbourhood” with poor hygiene being one of the issues that irritate travellers. The airport was also criticised for having rude staff and non-existent lines at immigration counters.

 

Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippines

This was considered the worst airport in the last year and dropping to fourth appears to be an improvement. Built in the 1970s, Ninoy Aquino International airport acts as the main international gateway to the Philippines.

Passengers’ grievances came from the airport’s lack of air conditioners, shuttle services that do not work and half an hour luggage claim time.

 

Tashkent international Airport, Uzbekistan

Tashkent international airport is currently the biggest airport in central Asia hosting about 2 million passengers every year. Among the complaints raised by passengers include bribery, hectic custom forms, lack of standard queues and lack of crowd control.

 

World’s Top 5 Best Airports

Changi International Airport, Singapore

[photo/dingmanphoto.com]

[photo/dingmanphoto.com]

This airport has been voted the best in the world in the 18th year in a row with travellers lauding the airport’s friendly staff and a range of activities for transit travellers.

The airport has a swimming pool, gym, lounges, playground for children, themed gardens and a free Singapore city tour.

 

Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea

This airport has been praised for its high levels of customer service, hygiene and generous number of armrest-free seats near travellers boarding gates. The airport also has a spa, ice rink and Korean Cultural streets where traditional cultural performances are held.

 

Helsinki International Airport, Finland

Travellers said this airport excelled in all four aspects of the voting criteria which are comfort, convenience, cleanliness and customer service. Besides clean and comfortable relaxation areas, recliners and loungers, the airport also has a book exchange section and an art gallery.

 

Munich International Airport, Germany

Munich airport has been praised for its armrest-free seating and its relaxation zones. The airport’s uniqueness is seen in its exciting activities, a mini-golf course and temporary wave pool for surfing complete with surfboards and wetsuits for loan.

 

Vancouver International Airport, Canada

Passengers found Vancouver airport beautiful, comfortable, clean and friendly. The airport also offers self-guided tours one of which looks at the art and architecture in and around the airport. The airport also has an aquarium and highlights the culture of the Pacific Northwest Aboriginal people through sculptures.

Read: 5 most beautiful airports in the world

 

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The Beer Spa in Prague, Czech Republic where guests bathe in barley and hops

There is a Beer Spa in Prague, Czech Republic where guests bathe in barley and hops while drinking as much beer as they want from a tub-side tap.

The Beer Spa allows visitors to have a dip in a bath filled with all natural ingredients used to brew beer including barley, hops and yeast maintained at 37˚C and continuously bubbling to promote dissolution of ingredients like vitamins, carbohydrates and proteins.

[photo/dailymail.co.uk]

[photo/dailymail.co.uk]

The 30-minute session allows guests to drink as much company-brewed Beer Bernard as they can from the tub-side tap before they continue with their relaxation on a heated bed or opt for a 20-minute massage, all this for £80.

It is advised that after the spa treatment, guests should not to shower for up to 12 hours to ensure the body is fully treated inside and outside.

“It is very old and unique spa therapy where only natural materials are used. The beer served in the Beer Spa is produced using a traditional technique from the best variety of Czech hops,” says the company.

 

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Tips on how to become a flight attendant

Being a flight attendant is more of a calling than a job. The amount of time these men and women spend at work, their daily interaction with passengers and ability to be courteous and on their best behaviour even when under pressure is just exceptional.

This is also one field that has many secrets – some secrets that flight attendants would want you to know and some secrets that flight attendants will never share with you.

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[photo/christinenegroni.blogspot.com]

If you are interested in being a flight attendant, there are a few pointers to note, as highlighted by SleepOut.com.

 

What the job entails

Being a flight attendant is more than just looking smart and beautiful (or handsome). It involves a lot more customer service and ensuring safety of passengers. Flight attendants should therefore have skills in customer relation, first aid and have an interactive personality.

The job also entails being courteous as you will be required to greet passengers as they board the plane and thank them as they exit, help passengers get seated and stow their luggage in the overhead bins and give a presentation of the airline’s safety procedures in addition to facilitating beverage and food services.

In one occasion or the other, flight attendants may be required to answer passengers’ questions and calm the anxious ones especially when there is turbulence.

 

Working hours

Being a flight attendant allows you to fly the world in addition to getting a steeply discounted airline ticket for yourself and your family. The job is however more taxing in terms of time with most flights taking up to 10 hours with a 24-hour break before embarking on the next 10-hour or so shift.

The pay may or may not be as attractive depending with the airline with most of the flight attendants getting close to $18,000 a year and a couple of allowances.

Flight attendants see each other as family due to the amount of time they spend together, more than with their own families. To cope in this field, you need to be independent, a travel enthusiast and generous with space and time since there is no much privacy in this job.

 

Job requirements

Flight attendants go through several months of training before they become “junior” flight attendants, a position that puts them under close scrutiny and comes with lower pay and fewer benefits than “senior” flight attendants. After about a year of doing a satisfactory job, junior flight attendants get promoted to senior status which comes with much control and pay.

Physical appearance is important if you wish to be a flight attendant. Most airlines go for a height range of between 5’0” to 5’1” and 5’8” to 6’3” though other airlines do not have strict height requirements.

When it comes to weight, many airlines do not have a preference though most rely on visual assessment of your weight in proportion to your height.

 

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Creative cat repacks host’s suitcase in an instance

Packing for a trip can be such a hassle, bearing in mind your luggae should not exceed a certain limit unless you are ready to chuck extra bucks for it on the plane.

But what if after doing your packing just to your liking, a cat repacks your lagguage without you noticing? Check out what this cat did to its host.

 

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The Lion King. [featurephoto/edmmaniac.com]

Africa’s top five safari parks where you can see The Lion King

The Lion King celebrates its 15th anniversary at London’s Lyceum Theatre with a flurry of record-breaking revenue collection, grossing a cool 3.8 billion globally more than the previous record-holder Phantom of the Opera and way above the combined global revenues of the six most popular Harry Potter films.

[photo/galleryhip.com]

[photo/galleryhip.com]

As the world celebrates this world-beater, SleepOut.com highlights Africa’s top five safari parks where you can see The Lion King.

 

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti is not only known for the wildebeest migration but also its large population of lions with the latest figures putting the number of lions at the park at around 3,000.

The biggest prides occupy the open plains South of Serengeti National Park between the Naabi Gate and the Seronera Rover.  The best time to see lions at the Serengeti National Park is between December and March when the wildebeest are calving.

During your visit to Serengeti National Park, stay at Lemela Kuria Hills or Lemala Ewanjan.

 

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve also known as The Mara is one of those places you can’t just miss to visit when you travel to Kenya. Located 270 kilometres from Kenya’s capital Nairobi, the Mara offers an opportune spot to see lions. It is here where BBC filmed “The Big Cat Diary” and where Disney filmed “African Cats” signifying its prominence in the world travel arena.

You can visit Maasai Mara any time of the year expect in April and May when the area experiences long rains. During your visit of The Mara, book your stay at Keekorok Lodge, Kilima Camp or other available accommodations in the reserve at SleepOut.com.

You can also book accommodation in the larger Maasai Mara area and enjoy of holiday of fun and luxury.

 

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

South Luangwa National Park is commonly referred to as the home of walking safaris since it offers an opportunity of approaching lions on foot, though from a safe distance. You can also see the lions during morning amd afternoon game drives.

The best time to visit the park and see lions is in October when all the game is concentrated along the Luangwa River. During your safari at South Luangwa National Park, book your stay at Chongwe River House, Lilayi or several other accommodations in Zambia‘s capital Lusaka.

 

Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango delta is a large inland delta formed where Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. Water from the river does not reach any sea or ocean as it is ultimately evaporated and transpired in the Kalahari.

This is not all the beauty there is here, Okavango Delta in also a paradise for all the big cats among them the lion with the best time to visit being July to September.

Book your stay in Botswana on SleepOut.com.

 

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

Ruaha National Park is the largest park in Tanzania standing at 20, 226 square kilometres. Though not widely known, Ruaha National Park prides in being home to a huge population of lions.

Just like Maasai Mara, you can visit Ruaha National Park anytime of the year expect April and May when there are long rains.

You can book your stay in Tanzania on SleepOut.com.

 

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Mbabane, capital city of Swaziland. [featurephoto/skyscrapercity.com]

48 Hours in Swaziland

Established in the mid 18th Century under the leadership of Ngwane III, the Kingdom of Swaziland stands as one of the smallest countries in Africa, not more than 200 kilometres north to south and 130 kilometres east to west.

Swaziland is known for its rich cultural practices including the Reed Dance ceremony, an annual eight-day event that brings together unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women from various chiefdoms to Ludzidzini.

King Mswati III. [teleghraph.co.uk]

King Mswati III. [telegraph.co.uk]

Other than its culture, Swaziland also boosts well preserved wildlife and game parks, great weather and beautiful geographical formulation making it just one of those places in Africa you must visit.

The country, whose capital city is Mbabane, also stands as the last remaining absolute monarchy in Africa and is ruled by King Mswati III with majority of its population being the ethnic Swazis whose language is siSwati.

 

Arrival

Your trip to Swaziland begins with arrival at King Mswati-III International Airport (or King Mswati the Third International Airport), originally known as Sikhuphe International Airport. The newly opened airport is part of King Mswati III’s $1billion investment project aimed at making Swaziland a favourable tourist destination.

King Mswati the Third International Airport is located 70km from Mbabane, the capital city of Swaziland and incorporates a 7,000 square metre passenger terminal designed to handle 300 passengers per hour. The terminal has a domestic and international passenger facilities, VIP lounge and air navigation services.

King Mswati-III International Airport. [photo/itravelnews.co.za]

King Mswati-III International Airport. [photo/itravelnews.co.za]

The Matsapha Airport located near Mazini, a city in Manzini District of Swaziland used to be the country’s main airport but is reported to have been closed for renovation.

You can also connect to Swaziland from South Africa with Airlink and Swaziland Airlink being among the flights serving this route. You could also drive from South Africa to Swaziland giving you ample time to enjoy the scenic beauty and meet the hospitable natives.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation should not be an issue when visiting Swaziland, especially with the entry of accommodation marketplace SleepOut.com into its hospitality industry. SleepOut.com has several accommodations which you can book when visiting Swaziland.

You can book your stay at The Crisovik Guest House, located at No 521, Mbhilibhi Street, a 10-minute walk from the town’s mall and the bus rank. The Crisovik Guest House consists of three houses each with 3 bedrooms for guests on self catering or full board.

 

Where to visit

Swazi village

Swazi Village comprises of 16 beehive-shaped grass and reed huts all built with traditional materials. On arrival here, you will be welcome by a Swazi guide dressed in traditional costumes who will lead you through the villages where you’ll get a glimpse of the day to day life of the native Swazis.

You can learn ancient skills of weaving a traditional beehive hut and the culture and language of the Swazi.

 

Reed Dance

Young Swazis participate in the Reed Dance. [photo/mobile.saharareporters.com]

Young Swazis participate in the Reed Dance. [photo/mobile.saharareporters.com]

This is one cultural dance that anyone from anywhere in the world should make a point to witness. The annual eight-day event brings together unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women from various chiefdoms who converge at Queen Mothers’ royal village which currently is Ludzidzini Royal Village.

The ceremony aims to preserve the women’s chastity and provide tribute labour for the Queen Mother as it also creates solidarity among the women through working together. The King’s many daughters and royal princesses also take part in the reed dance ceremony and are distinguished by the crown of red feathers in their hair.

As part of the ceremony, the girls dance bare-breasted with reeds in front of the King, the crowd, tourists and foreign dignitaries.

 

Hlane Royal National Park

Located 67 kilometres northeast of Manzini along the MR3 road, Hlane Royal National Park is one place you must visit during your trip to Swaziland. The park, whole native name means wilderness was named by King Siobhuza and is currently held in trust for the Nation by King Mswati III and managed by a privately-owned body, Big Game Parks.

Hlane royal National Park, Swaziland. [photo/sagr.co.za]

Hlane royal National Park, Swaziland. [photo/sagr.co.za]

Hlane Royal National Park remains Swaziland’s largest protected area and the largest park in the county covering 30,000 hectares of Swazi bush. The park is home to lions, elephants and white rhinos with the wildebeests, zebras and impalas being spotted during dry winter months of June to September.

 

The Mantenga cultural village

Known by the SiSwati name of Ligugu Lemswati to mean the pride of the Swazi people the Mantenga Cultural village is one of the places you should visit if you wish to learn more about the Swazi culture.

The event is aimed at keeping the Swazis in touch with their cultural heritage and language and provide a forum to display Swazi customs, rituals, food, dance, music, art and craft.

 

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary is Swaziland’s oldest protected area owned and managed by a non-profit trust. The sanctuary, which covers 4,560 hectares in the Ezulwini valley also called the “valley of heaven” serves as a headquarter for the Big Game Parks who manage Mlilwane’s sister reserves, Hlane Royal National Park and Mkhaya Game Reserve.

Camping huts at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. [photo/modernoverland.com]

Beehive huts at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. [photo/modernoverland.com]

The sanctuary has abundant wildlife and stretches of open grassland plains that extend to Nyonyane Mountain, covered in vegetation.

 

Where to shop

Before you leave make sure to carry some souvenirs with you. You can do your shopping at Swazi Candles Craft Centre located 7km south of the MR103 in Malkerns Valley or Baobab Batik for beautiful wall hangings.

Alternatively, you can visit Likhweti Kraft for some handicrafts, sisal baskets, jewellery and many other Swazi crafts or check out African Fantasy for a selection of locally made t-shirts and cards.

 

 

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