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fastjet Tanzania makes maiden flight to Lilongwe, Malawi

Low cost airline fastjet Tanzania has made its first flight from Dar es Salaam to Lilongwe in Malawi marking the sixth international route in Africa.

The flight, FN209, departed Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam at 09:40 on Tuesday with Tanzania’s government officials, local passengers and media on board.

Upon arrival at the Lilongwe International Airport in Malawi at 10:20, the airline hosted an official launch ceremony before making a return to Dar es Salaam on flight FN210 at 10:55 landing at 13:35.

In the initial stage, the new flight will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays using modern Airbus A319 jet aircraft which has a seating capacity of up to 156 passengers.

Tickets for the flight sell from US$50 one-way which includes taxes, though the costs may be lower depending on the time of the booking.

“It has been very expensively to fly between Lilongwe and Dar es Salaam and we believe that our entry to the route will make flying affordable and convenient,” said Jimmy Kibati, fastjet Tanzania general manager for East Africa.

The airline expects to add more capacity to the route to ensure quick and affordable services to travellers.

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Weekend out at White Cliff Villa, Mtwapa

Located in Kikambala near Mtwapa in Kenya’s North Coast, White Cliff Villa is one of those places to spend your holiday in.

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The villa is located 45 minutes’ drive from Mombasa’s Moi International Airport and 10 minutes from Vipingo airstrip.

It has 5 bedrooms, which can accommodate up to 10 people, including two upstairs master bedrooms, two smaller bedrooms and a large sized bedroom on the ground floor.

The master bedrooms open out onto a private deck with a spectacular ocean view and feature large en-suite bathrooms and separate showers, as well as spacious lounge and sitting areas.

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The small bedrooms have double beds and also offer walk-in wardrobes while the fifth bedroom, located on the ground floor, is en suite with a spacious lounge.

All bedrooms have air conditioning units that allow guests to experience coolness inside the villa during the hot months.

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The villa has high speed Wi-Fi connection, satellite TV, laundry services, air conditioning, and mosquito nets.

The house kitchen is fully equipped and there is a cook available at a fee. Housekeeping services, laundry services and chauffeur services are also available.

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While here, you can visit the Curio market on the local beach, visit the villages, o for deep sea fishing in Mtwapa Creek, visit the famous Mamba Village Crocodile Farm in Nyali, or check out Old Town and Fort Jesus in Mombasa.

You can also enjoy water sports like jet skiing, banana boat and camel riding at Bamburi Beach or play golf at Vipingo internationally rated golf course.

Book your stay at White Cliff Villa on SleepOut.com.

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Kingly Stay at Sovereign Suites Hotel, Gigiri

Sovereign Suites is 5-star hotel set in an exquisite locale in Gigiri, Nairobi.

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The hotel, based in an aristocratic colonial building on a six acre piece of land, marks the debut of a new luxury accommodation aimed at catering for the growing hospitality industry in Kenya.

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Sovereign Suites also has a two-acre private fish dam surrounded by lush tea and flower farms to create a unique ambiance.

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It offers 16 suites of different sizes with 3 presidential suites located on the 1st floor and 2nd floors equipped with a private Jacuzzi, and 3 two-bedroom family rooms on the 1st and ground floors. There is also a penthouse with a fitted steam room that offers a remarkable view of the manmade lake near the hotel.

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The hotel also has well-suited conference facilities that can accommodate up to 200 guests and are equipped with Wi-Fi internet. Other amenities include a spa, fitness room, pool, hot tub, bar and ample parking space.

Book your at Sovereign Suites Hotel, Gigiri on SleepOut.com.

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​4* Turkish Airlines flights to and from Cape Town just £384 return

4* Turkish Airlines flights to Cape Town just £384 return (Optional stop in Istanbul)

Turkish Airlines are currently have some great fares to and from Cape Town, South Africa which we have found using our flights comparison tool these flights are spanning much of November to March, so if you are planning a getaway later in the year why not grab this opportunity to visit a country you might not have considered before. you will have the luxury of flying with a airline which has consistently provided an excellent level of service to obtain it 4* Skytrax award supported by its 4th place in the Top 100 Airlines.

These flights have an option of becoming Open-Jaw Solutions and for those of you who are not familiar with this type of travel, it is a flight which depart or returns to a different country to where it originated from. In this particular instance your departure point will be Dublin and you will need to make your own way there however, the main fare will bring you back to London, Manchester, Edinburgh or Birmingham. As these are scheduled flights they will include in-flight meals, hand and hold luggage. Layovers in Istanbul are also working at roughly £15 extra.

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If you are looking for accommodation in Cape Town you should also check out SleepOut.com.

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Things to do in Kenya after the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

For the past two days Kenya has played host to established and upcoming entrepreneurs, investors and media from across the world during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

With the event concluding on Sunday, there are several things that zone cam do for a few days or weeks before booking the next flight home.

 

Wildebeest migration at Maasai Mara

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wildebeest migration

Maasai Mara is current full of activities as the wildebeests migrate from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River.

Take time to relax at the Mara and enjoy this spectacular moment. Book your stay at the Mara on SleepOut.com.

Enjoy coast-life at Diani Beach

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[FeaturePhoto/commons.wikimedia.org]

Voted Africa’s Leading Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards 2014, Diani beach is a must visit.  The beach, located along the Kenyan coast, 30km south of Mombasa, is known for its palm fringed white sandy beaches and calm inviting waters with myriad fish, sea turtles and dolphins. 

Book your stay at Diani on SleepOut.com.

 

Lake Nakuru National Park

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Located approximately two hours from Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Lake Nakuru offers a wide range of favourable experience for both local and international tourists.  The park is dominated by savannah grassland with patches of open bushes and woodlands and is home to a variety of wildlife including Giraffes, Buffaloes, Zebra, Impalas, Hyenas, Hippopotamus, Flamingos, and more than 25 rhinos.

Book your stay in Lake Nakuru National Park on SleepOut.com.

Hangout at Lake Naivasha

Located an hour and a half from Nairobi, Lake Naivasha not only offers exquisite serenity but also an inclusive idea tourist attractions.

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The freshwater lake is home to over 400 species of birds and a host of hippopotamus.

Book your stay in Lake Naivasha on SleepOut.com.

 

Visit Machakos People’s Park

The newly created Machakos People’s park is just 45-minute drive from Nairobi in Machakos County.

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The parks tells of a tale of creativity adopting a placid and chilled out setting ideal for picnic or just unwinding after a long event.

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The Tamarind Group to open hotel in Nairobi

The Tamarind Group is set to open its first hotel at The Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi in the second half of 2016.

The hotel, to be named The Tamarind Tree Hotel will be situated between Nairobi’s two airports (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport) and only 4 kilometres from the city centre.

The Tamarind Tree Hotel will have modern features and facilities as well as a general African appeal to satisfy the needs of business and leisure travellers.

The 162 room hotel will deliver 4 star service at 3 star prices and will have all the amenities of a modern hotel including spacious rooms, excellent free wi-fi, satellite TV, business and conferencing facilities plus a gym and heated lap pool.

The public areas will be a blend of social, work and relaxation zones with a 24-hour ‘grab and go’ food duka along with all day dining and bars.

Its strategic location, near Carnivore, is aimed at offering an additional attraction that can be accessed by way of a nature trail through the expansive grounds of the property.

Book your stay in Nairobi on SleepOut.com.

Magical Kenya Expo 2014

2015 Magical Kenya Expo heads to Diani, Kwale County

The 2015 edition of Magical Kenya Expo will be held at the Leisure Lodge Resort in Diani, Kwale County, according to Kenya Tourism Board (KTB).

The event, now in its fifth edition is known to attract hundreds of exhibitors and buyers of tourism products and seeks to showcase the diverse products that Kenya has to offer.

Muriithi Ndegwa speaking during the launch of Magical Kenya Expo 2015. [Photo/nation.co.ke]

Muriithi Ndegwa speaking during the launch of Magical Kenya Expo 2015. [Photo/nation.co.ke]

The event is also set to create an opportunity for visiting trade members to gain better understanding of Kenya’s diverse tourism products as well as provide a networking platform between local operators to network with those from overseas.

This year’s event has been scheduled for October 15 to 17 2015 and has so far attracted interests from 174 buyers from over 35 countries including Europe, Asia, America, Africa and the Middle East.

Magical Kenya stand at the 2014 Expo

Magical Kenya stand at the 2014 Expo

 

According to KTB Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa, the three day event provides an opportunity for local exhibitors to benefit from an extensive market reach of both domestic and international buyers.

You can book a place to stay during the event on SleepOut.com.

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Why July 2015 is the best month to visit Kenya

Kenya is an all-season country when it comes to travel, endowed with lots of attractions and activities to engage tourists all year long. There are certain things, however, that make July 2015 a special month to visit Kenya. SleepOut.com highlights some of them below.

Wildebeest Migration

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wildebeest migration

With wildebeest migrating from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya, there is reason enough to be part of the excitement witnessed during the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Hotels offers

Kenya has witnessed a low spell in terms of tourist arrivals this year and as the country welcomes the high tourism season, most hotels have lowered the cost of their accommodation in order to attract visitors.

If you have ever dreamed of spending your holiday in Kenya, this is an opportune moment to visit and stay at your favourite hotel. SleepOut.com has all the latest rates.

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Kenya introduces eVisa

Kenya introduces eVisa

Kenya has introduced e-visa application system that allows you to apply and get your visa online. Not only is this system fast, it also makes it easy and convenient to acquire the documents.

Heightened Security

The lifting of the travel advisories by the UK for its citizens travelling to Kenya proves that the international community has faith in the country’s security system.

The Kenyan government has announced, in several occasions, that it has boost security in various parts of the country which has seen the number of terror cases in Nairobi and at the Coast stopped.

Obama fever

US President Barack Obama will be visiting Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit set for July 24 to 26 in Nairobi.

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Many investors from with the African continent and abroad are arriving in Kenya ahead of the world event. You can visit Kenya to meet and engage with potential investors on the side-lines of the event.

You can also just visit the country and witness the euphoria that is expected as Obama visits his motherland for the first time since becoming US president.

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Kenya introduces online Visa system

Kenya has introduced a new visa system that allows visitors apply for their visas online.

The system named (e-Visa) allows people from countries that require a visa to enter Kenya to apply online from http://www.ecitizen.go.ke portal.

The process requires visitors to register first and reactivate their accounts by uploading a passport size photo. Thereafter they will be able to apply for the visa and pay for it online using debit or credit cards.

Once this process has been completed, the visitors will get a printout with a reference number which is to be presented to the Immigration officers at the port of entry.

The new process, which began on July 1 2015, however has a window of up to end of August 2015, a time during which one can still apply manually at various points of entry and Kenya Mission abroad.

The manual process is set to end on September 1 2015 paving way for the online process to take effect.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Interior, the new system is part of government’s continuous efforts to improve service delivery.

“The Department of Immigration Services has put in place a system for online application, payment and issuance of visa for visitors coming to Kenya,” Mwenda Njoka, the ministry’s spokesperson said in a statement.

The online (e-Visa) application system will significantly streamline the processing and issuance of visas for foreign nationals visiting Kenya.

Some of the countries exempted from the Visa process include, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cyprus, Brunei Darussalam, Dominica, Fiji Island, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia (For less than 30 days stay).

Others are Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, New Guinea, Papua, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore,Solomon Islands, South Africa (For less than 30 days stay), St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St.Kitts and Nevis, St.Lucia, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Bahamas, Tobago, Tonga, Trinidad, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Book your stay in Kenya on SleepOut.com.

 

 

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Nine accommodations in Naivasha ideal for travellers on a budget

When looking for a place to stay, different travellers have a different budget in regards to accommodation.

While some would prefer high-end accommodations, travellers on a budget would go for the low-cost, simple accommodations.

To help you get a place to stay without a hustle, SleepOut highlights below nine accommodations in Naivasha that cost less than Ksh7,000 ideal for travellers on a budget.

 

Lake Naivasha Adventure Camp – Ksh6,901 per night

This is a self-contained luxury tent offering you the comfort of being in a hotel room while still being in close proximity with nature.

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The campsites are strategically located in panoramic, picturesque spots within Naivasha with clear view of Lake Naivasha and Mt. Longonot among other attractive sites.

Book this accommodation on SleepOut.com.

 

Triple Eden Naivasha Resort – Ksh4,274 per night

Triple Eden Resort is a Naivasha hotel built within the volcanic rocks of the Rift Valley, 6 km from Naivasha town.

The hotel is close to attraction sites including Lake Naivasha, Crater Lake, Mount Longonot National Park, Hell’s Gate National park and less than an hour drive to Lake Elementaita for Flamingoes viewing.

Book this accommodation on SleepOut.com.

 

Dove Nest Lodge -Ksh6,088

Dove nest lodge is located within the Great Rift Valley, in Gilgil, near Naivasha town.

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The lodge has an allure of natural setting infusing the African architecture and modern finishing to give it a modern touch. The use of traditional thatching gives Dove Nest a rustic look, as well as an ecologically friendly environment.

Book your stay on SleepOut.com.

 

Lake Naivasha Budget Accommodation – Ksh5,620

Lake Naivasha Budget Accommodation has a sitting room with an open style equipped kitchen and 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with double-decker beds.

The hotel also has a private veranda, an outdoor gym, volleyball pitch, pool table and darts.

Book your stay here on SleepOut.com.

 

Naivasha Kirima Farm House – Ksh3,372

Naivasha Kirima Farm House is a simple house located 13km from Naivasha on the scenic road that leads to the Aberdares.

Its proximity to the Aberdare National Park (18 km away) makes it a very central place to stay for people touring Naivasha, Mt Longonot and the Aberdares.

Book here on SleepOut.com.

 

Naivasha Signature House – Ksh5,620

This is a simple house that is conveniently by the highway, just 2 km from Naivasha town. It has a well-manicured garden and is ideal for a family holiday.

Its proximity to public transport makes it convenient for travellers who do not have private means of transport.

Book your stay on SleepOut.com.

 

 Olive Resort Naivasha – Ksh6,175

Olive Resort Naivasha is a cosy bed and breakfast which lies in the leafy suburbs of Naivasha town.

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It was an old colonial home which was transformed to a gateway while still maintaining its authenticity. The hotel has a restaurant , beautiful lounge with a fireplace, an African themed bar and conference facilities all under one roof.

Book your stay on SleepOut.com.

 

Guesthouse Jane – Ksh3,325

Guesthouse Jane is a beautiful spacious apartment near Naivasha town that includes a fully furnished kitchen with a cooker and fridge, and a living room with sofa and dining table.

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It also has two bedrooms upstairs either with 2 double beds or with 4 single beds.

Book this accommodation on SleepOut.com.

 

Ole Itiko Cottages – Ksh6,650

Ole Itiko Cottages, formerly known as Ol-Joto is a beautiful accommodation, situated in Kongoni, past Oserian flower farms on the South Lake Road of Naivasha.

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The cottages are located in a very quiet part of Naivasha and offers lovely walks down to the Lake Naivasha. The camp features cottages, each with its own private veranda overlooking the water hole and build in the style of a game viewing hide and offers unrivalled wildlife watching.

Book your stay here on SleepOut.com.

 

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