Beauty meets class at Jabali House, Watamu

Jabali House is a stunning modern holiday villa set in a tranquil garden in Watamu, Kenya with fantastic views over the Indian Ocean.

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The house boasts a fabulous location within the coastal town of Watamu and offers direct access to the pristine beach, just a minute walk away. It is fully staffed with a fantastic cook, butler, room steward & pool attendant to ensure you have a great stay.

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The house consists of four en-suite bedrooms all equipped with fans and air-conditioning. Of the four, there are two main bedrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs furnished with king-size beds and mosquito nets with en-suite bathrooms.

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The other two rooms are inter-leading and furnished with a double bed and twin beds with mosquito nets. The bathrooms are en-suite and consist of showers only.

Jabali House is rented on a self catering meal plan and you can either choose to prepare your own meals or have a cook do it for you. There are also members of staff available to get your shopping done for you.

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The house has a neat kitchen fully equipped with 1 large fridge, ice cream maker, an oven and a gas cooker to make it easier for you to prepare your meals.

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Emirates to make Nairobi all-Boeing route

Emirates is set to introduce Boeing 777-300 ER in its Nairobi route from May this year making the Kenyan capital an all-Boeing route.

The move is set to increase passenger capacity by 1,638 seats a week as the airline switches from the current Airbus A300-200 aircraft used on one of the two daily services to the larger Boeing flights.

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“Travellers will be able to enjoy Emirates Boeing 777 service on both daily flights between Nairobi and Dubai,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senor Vice President, Commercial Operations, Latin, Southern and Central Africa.

The plane will offer 354 seats in a three-class configuration with eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in the Economy Class.

Currently, the first Emirate flight departs Dubai at 1045hrs and arrives in Nairobi at 1445hrs while the return flight departs Nairobi at 1640hrs and arrives in Dubai at 2240hrs. The second daily flight from Dubai leaves at 1610hrs and arrives in Nairobi at 2010hrs with the return flight departing Nairobi at 2245hrs and arriving in Dubai at 0350hrs.

 

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Angola to launch 15-second visa processing centres

The Republic of Angola will soon enable 15-second processing of Visas on its immigration centres.

The development will be necessitated by the introduction of tourism and ordinary visas with multiple entries to citizens and foreign visitors.

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The modernisation process will take place in the Migration and Foreigners Services (SME) and is aimed at overcoming the challenges that come with the introduction of multiple entry visas.

Angola is already in the process of setting up the rapid system at the Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport in Luanda to enable speed up the processing of visas for people visiting Angola to pass through the immigration control system in 15 second.

This comes months after Angola signed an agreement with Kenya to boost tourism in the two countries.

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5 African train journeys you must experience

Despite being one of the oldest and sometimes slowest means of transportation in Africa, riding the rails still holds a special place for those ardent travellers who still prefer to crisscross the rough terrains of Africa’s magnificent landscapes.

Railway transport is synonymous with colonial times when most African countries were under European rule but train culture has stayed strong in the hearts of many, both locals and tourists, not only because many have been refurbished luxury travel but also because they can offer a relaxing and adventurous journey.

Below, SleepOut highlights 5 train services that you must try courtesy of mgafrica.com.

 

Mombasa train

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[Photo/kenyatrainbooking.com]

The Nairobi-Mombasa train has historical significance to Kenya and the towns in between. The train runs partly on what used to be the Kenya-Uganda Railway although it was also known as the “Lunatic Express” – a project aimed at expanding British colonial domination in the area running between the port of Mombasa all the way to the western end of Uganda.

Construction began in 1896 and was done by 32,000 labourers from British India. The railway line in Kenya is currently undergoing an upgrade with the commissioning of a new Standard Gauge Railway which is aimed at making transport faster between Mombasa, Nairobi, and other East African major transport hubs.

 

Victoria Falls Steam Train

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[Photo/terra-nova.co.za]

The Victoria Falls Steam Train was established in 1996 after a joint agreement between Zambia Railways and National Railways of Zimbabwe that allowed a private operator to run historical excursions for tourists between Victoria Falls and Livingstone.

The journey takes visitors across the historical Victoria Falls Bridge, the brainchild of Cecil Rhodes as part of his Cape to Cairo railway scheme.

 

Rovos Rail

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This is considered one of the most luxurious railways in the world offering the epitome of opulence whilst travelling throughout Southern and East Africa’s stunning landscapes. The trip generally begins in South Africa and continues onwards to Namibia, ultimately ending in Tanzania.

The society of International Railway Travellers has named Rovos Rail one of the World Top 25 Trains because of its high-quality accommodation, communal spaces, services, dining and off-train sightseeing.

 

El Watania Sleeper Train

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[Photo/mgafrica.com]

The El Watania sleeper train is not a classic rail journey but still offers an incredible experience to those visiting Egypt. The “deluxe” sleeper train is the best way to travel between Cairo and Luxor or Aswana, a fast service with relative comfort.

The train features air conditioned sleeping-cars with secure berth rooms and a bar lounge with the food served on airline-style trays. It also offers a great means of joining Upper and Lower Egypt without incurring the expenses that come with internal flights and extra hotel nights.

 

La Gazelle

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[Photo/lolakayacongo.com]

La Gazelle was introduced in 2012 and operated by the Congo-Ocean Railways. The train connects Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire at the Atlantic Ocean. The train is equipped with new comfortable air-conditioned carriages and a bar and restaurant. The journey involves traversing the jungles of the western Congo, passing villages, wildlife and dense forests from Brazzaville to the ocean.

 

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Kenya Airways to fly to Hanoi, Vietnam from March 2015

National carrier Kenya Airways is set to commence flights to Hanoi Vietnam from March 30 2015.

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Vietnam Airport. [Photo/transfersairport.info]

The launch will make Kenya Airways the first airline to link Vietnam directly to Africa thus expanding its client-base. The airline will fly three times a week to Hanoi in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will provide strong connections to key markets in Africa.

According to Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze, the potential of Vietnam as a country with strong economic growth and a growing middle class is overwhelming.

“Vietnam has shown a considerable and stable economic growth over the recent years including an increase in trade with Africa. As the first airline to directly connect Vietnam to Africa, we are sure to leverage on this growth,” he said.

The new venture will also see Kenya Airways partner with Vietnam Airlines to make the network operational and successful.

Last year, the airline deployed its new fleet of six B787 Dreamliner aircraft for commercial service mostly on routes to Asia and Europe. The Dreamliner also made its first flight to London recently as the airline expects three more Dreamliners this year.

 

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All set for Lamu Yoga Festival 2015

The 2015 edition of Lamu Yoga Festival will be held from March 12 to 16 2015 on Lamu Island.

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The event, now in its second edition is set to attract hundreds of yoga enthusiasts from across the world. The heart of the festival is based in Shela in four beautiful, cool and peaceful yoga studios.

Last year the event attracted close to 108 yoga enthusiasts from all over the world and this number is expected to rise this year.

A variety of yoga classes and meditations will be on offer throughout the four day festival for all those interested to take part in. From early birds yoga on the beach to meditation under the moon, Lamu Yoga Festival offers something for everyone.

Yoga venues include Gallery Baraka Lamu, Banana House, Fatuma’s Tower, Jannatan Hotel, Msafini Hotel, La Marelle House, Lamu Town and Shela Beach.

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Kenya Airways moves international departures to Terminal 1A at JKIA

All Kenya Airways international flights are now scheduled to depart from Terminal A, according to a statement posted on Kenya Airways website.

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[Photo/kenyabuzz.com]

In the announcement, the airline announces that the new reorganisation began on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in a move aimed at transferring the remaining 20% flights to West and Central Africa that were still operating in Terminal 1C to Terminal 1A.

80% of all international flights migrated to the Terminal 1A in 2014 with just a few remaining in Terminal 1C.

The new terminal 1A at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was finished last year and is exclusively used by Kenya Airways and its partner airlines.

Flights that have been moved to Terminal 1A are flights departing to Douala, Yaoundé, Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Ndola, Brazzaville, Cotonou, Accra, Abidjan, Bamako, Abuja, Lagos and Dakar. Domestic flights remain in Terminal 1D.

 

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Qatar Airways to boost operations in South Africa

Qatar Airways has announced plans to increase its weekly flights to Johannesburg, South Africa as well as launch new flights to Durban.

According to the airline, there will be four new weekly flights to Durban from Johannesburg starting December 17th 2015 bringing the total number of flights to Johannesburg to double-daily service up from the previous 10 weekly flights.

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[Photo/urbaneye.in]

The airline is also set to operate daily flights to Cape Town and from October 1st 2015 signifying an increase up from five flights a week. All the three routes will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Durban will be Qatar’s third route to South Africa following the launch of flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town in January 2005.

Durban stands as the largest city in South Africa and second most important manufacturing hub in the county after Johannesburg with the presence of a number of multi-national companies.

According to Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker, the airline strives to provide passengers with the best service levels on the ground and on board its modern fleet as well as provide passengers with a strong global network business and leisure destinations.

The airline currently operates in several African countries including Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Eritrea, and Djibouti.

 

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Kenya to earn Ksh8 billion from conference tourism

Kenya expects to earn about 8 billion from conference tourism this year, according to Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie.

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[Photo/nairobiairporttransfers.com]

In 2015, Kenya is scheduled to host three international conferences set to attract more than 21,000 local and international delegates including the Skal World Congress for the International Association of Travel and Travel and Tourism Professionals, World Conference on Public Relations Forum and the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference to be held in October, November and December 2015 respectively.

“Each global conference to be held this year is expected to attract more than 7,000 local and international delegates among other related business. The economy is expected to earn approximately Sh2.6 billion as each delegate is likely to spend at least Sh374,000,” she said.

In efforts to boost conference tourism, Kenya plans to build Africa’s largest convention centre at Bomas of Kenya to the tune of Ksh50 billion. This is in addition to county governments working with the private sector to set up conventional centres in different parts of Kenya. Currently, the county only has one conference centre, Kenyatta International Conference Centres (KICC).

KICC Managing Director Fred Simiyu said plans are underway to enhance capacity for county governments to host Meetings, Incentives  Travel Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE).

 

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7 worst things to say to a flight attendant

It is strenuous enough being a flight attendant. The late nights, early mornings, long working hours and all make being a flight attendant more of a calling than a job. The worst part of this is those passengers whose questions, comments or actions just spoil the day.

Below are some of the worst things passengers say to flight attendants, according to Sydney Pearl, an active flight attendant and author.

 

You look sleepy

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[Photo/dailymail.co.uk]

The long days and nights that flight attendants have to go through gives them the right to look however they look. It’s offensive to tell them that they look sleepy especially since you probably wouldn’t last a week as a flight attendant.

 

It’s my birthday, I want a free drink

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[Photo/cnn.com]

Flight attendants are not Santa dishing out goodies for Christmas. They have a job to do – a real job – better than caring whose birthday it is and who deserves a free drink. Telling them it’s your birthday and you want a free drink just irritates them.

 

You made us late!

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[Photo/travelsort.com]

Flight attendants do not have the power to delay the flight and mess up your plans. They are therefore not responsible for delayed flights.

 

I have diarrhoea!

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[Photo/huffingtonpost.com]

Unless it’s a life or death situations this is a little too much information, don’t you think?

 

I hate to bother you…

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[Photo/portalmladi.com]

Technically, almost half of the time we are on board a flight there is something we are asking of or from the flight attendants. Saying you hate to bother them is not necessary when you have a request.

 

Can I call you (while wearing a wedding ring?)

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[Photo/thrillist.com]

Flight attendants are usually annoyed by men who make advances when it is evident they are married. So if you want to play the game, even if as a substitute, play it smart and be respectful.

 

Can I meet you for a nightcap?

Flight attendants may be the best company during your flight. Usually though they would prefer the little chit-chat you’ve had and free drinks you got out of the “little friendship” stay in the air and not land with the plane. Unless you are looking for a rude goodbye!

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