Kenya Airways introduces flights to Cape Town, South Africa

National carrier Kenya Airways has introduced three weekly flights to Cape Town, South Africa.

The flights will be in July 2016 making Cape Town the second city in South Africa after Johannesburg that the airline will be operating in.

The new route will also help link Nairobi to Livingstone in Zambia, the gateway to Victoria Falls.

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Kenya Airways flight will depart Nairobi at 7:20am, arriving in Livingstone at 9:30 am for a 50 minutes stop and arriving at Cape Town International Airport at 1:25 pm. The return flight will depart the South African city at 2:25 pm to arrive in Nairobi at 10 pm with a 50 minutes stopover in Livingstone.

The service will operate on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Kenya Airways becomes the only carrier offering a direct service between Livingstone and Cape Town with the route being operated by Embraer E190 that has a configuration of 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats.

Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze said: “We are excited to add a new destination to our network. We continue to connect Africa to the world and the world to Africa. Cape Town via Livingstone will offer our guests two holiday destination on one route.”

The opening of the runway at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) last month is also set to increase hourly operations thus creating room for an increase in flight frequencies.

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Mauritius-based company acquires InterContinental Hotel Lusaka

QG Africa Hotel LP, a Mauritius-based fund managed has acquired 100% interest in the InterContinental Hotel Lusaka from Kingdom Hotel Investments at the tune of USD 35.9 million.

The 244-room hotel, considered a city landmark, is located at a prime setting in Zambia’s capital and is popular with both local and international travellers.

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According to Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, Founder of Quantum Global, the buyout underlines the company’s commitment and investment strategy for the hotel sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The InterContinental Lusaka is strongly established locally and will benefit from the planned refurbishment that will expand and reposition the asset, thereby generating value added returns for our investors,” he said.

“Strong economic growth supported by a more transparent and relatively stable political climate has been attracting an increasing number of international business travellers to Africa, while also boosting cross-regional business traveling thus increasing demand for better business accommodation.”

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The hotel is close to all major embassies and government offices, and within easy reach of the central business district, just a short drive from top shopping centres such as Manda Hill and The Arcades.

The hotel has a full range of business services including conference rooms and Wi-Fi. It also has an outdoor pool, three tennis courts and the finest choice of restaurants and bars.

 

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Nairobi, Mombasa feted at the World Travel Awards 2016

Kenya’s two major cities Nairobi and Mombasa were awarded at the World Travel Awards held in Zanzibar over the weekend.

While Mombasa won Africa’s Best Destination award, Nairobi received Africa’s Leading Meeting and Conference Destination award, a fete that may be attributed to last year’s hosting of the WTO Ministerial Conference in December and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in July 2015 at UN Headquarters in Nairobi and graced by US President Barack Obama.

The Port of Mombasa was named Africa’s Leading Cruise Port while Destination Kenya was named Africa’s Leading Destination Management Company.

Mombasa has faced a tough time in terms of tourist arrivals over the years following travel advisories imposed by Western countries including USA, UK and France over terror threats.

The lifting of the travel alerts last year has however rejuvenated the tourist industry at the Kenyan coast with experts projecting increased bookings in the 2016/17 financial year.

Recent announcement by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala that European charter company, TUI Poland charter, is set to launch direct flights to Kenya is set to increase tourist arrivals in the country.

The first flights are scheduled for July to October 2016 with 180 passengers on board.

The Kenyan government has also been in constant talks with US government in a bid to initiate direct flights from Kenya to the US.

 

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Kenya Airways shines at World Travel Awards 2016

Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways bagged two awards at the World Travel Awards held in Zanzibar over the weekend.

The airline won Africa’s leading airline and Africa’s leading airline – Business Class an award they have won consecutively since 2013.

Ethiopian airline took home Africa’s Leading airline – Economy class with South Africa’s O.R Tambo International Airport winning Africa’s Leading Airport.

KQ has in recent years put in place several measures to improve service delivery including the importation of a second Boeing B737-800 aircraft last year.

In 2014, Boeing manufacturer rated Kenya Airways highly for the stellar performance of its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts among other global airlines.

The report showed that Kenya Airways’ fleet of 787 Dreamliner had been performing at an operations reliability of 99.4 per cent making it  number one among Dreamliner Airline operators in terms of scheduled interruptions.

The airline also acquired three airside transfer buses as part of its customer experience enhancement program.

The transfer buses were aimed at helping raise the airline’s guest comfort and convenience especially after the transfer distances between the airside and the new JKIA terminals stretched beyond the previous 150M distance.

 

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fastjet announces reduction in air fare for Nairobi-Dar es Salaam route

Low cost airline fastjet has announced a reduction on tickets for its Nairobi-Dar es Salaam route with one way fares starting as low as Kshs 7,700 inclusive of government taxes.

The airline which launched the Dar es Salaam to Nairobi route in January 2016 has already doubled its daily return flights between each city, making a total of 28 flights per week between Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport and Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport effective March 21, 2016.

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“At fastjet we are targeting first time flyers who would otherwise not have been able to afford to travel by air,” said Jimmy Kibati, fastjet General Manager for East Africa.

The new sale goes hand in hand with the Nairobi to Dar es Salaam route promotional discount offer of USD$30 available for flights from April 1st to June 30th 2016 for bookings made until May 30th 2016.

“Our customers can now enjoy a further $30 discount from the any fares available online by booking through at fastjet.com by entering the promotional code – FAST30,” added Jimmy Kibati.

He added that so far more than one third of fastjet passengers have been first time flyers who have been able to afford air travel.

With the new schedule in place, morning flights will depart Dar es Salaam at 0600hrs and land in Nairobi at 0720hrs with return flight taking off from Nairobi at 0750hrs and landing in Dar es Salaam at 0915hrs.

The new evening flight will depart Dar es Salaam at 2015hrs and land in Nairobi at 2135hrs while return flight will depart Nairobi at 2205hrs and land back in Dar es Salaam at 2330hrs.

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Amazing Easter offer for couples at Kilifi Maghreb

Kilifi Maghreb has announced an exciting Easter offer as it seeks to give you a chance to enjoy your Easter holiday in this endearing part of Kilifi County.

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The offer, which runs from March 25 to 28, 2016, will see each couple pay Ksh22,500 for three nights on full board for their charming garden rooms.

To enjoy this offer, book your stay between the above dates on SleepOut.com.

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About Kilifi Maghreb

Kilifi Maghreb is a chic coastal home located in a pristine setting 10 minutes away from the historical town of Kilifi.

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The home is neatly  tucked in a lush tropical garden, 2-minute away from the semi-private beach, with perfect ambiance for alfresco dining, swimming, or just enjoying the warm coastal weather.

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Kilifi Maghreb also has a well-furnished kitchen, a romantic outdoor dining area, free parking, satellite and cable TV and air conditioner to make your stay special. Services offered here include babysitting services, laundry services among others.

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SleepOut’s top accommodations at Lake Elementaita ideal for Easter retreat

Easter weekend is highly regarded by many as a perfect time to visit new places, taste different foods and take part in new activities.

With four-unplanned for days at hand, you can as well gather your family or invite a group of friends over to Lake Elementaita for a new experience.

As you plan your trip to Lake Elementaita this Easter, take a look at a five of the top accommodation options available on SleepOut.com.

 

Oasis Eco Camp

Oasis Eco Camp is a family-friendly eco camp has everything 9or almost everything) you need for an exciting Easter retreat with your loved one, friends or family.

From its picturesque location on the shores of Lake Elementaita, great views of the Great Rift Valley and Eburu escarpments, a variety of bird species to watch, you are assured of a trip that will take you as close to nature as possible.

There is a dining area and a kitchen for self-catering groups, though food can also be served from the camps dining area, by the campfire or the bush.

Accommodation options available include three cottages and three walk-in tents all which are self-contained and furnished with rustic beds and furniture.

 

Mwewe Camp

Mwewe Camp is well-positioned in a unique setting at the shores of the expansive Lake Elementaita with a clear view of the lake and the wild beyond.

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The greenery, the quiet and serenity make Mwewe an ideal place to visit, especially during the Eastern holidays when all you need is some time for you and your family or friends.

The camp has 12 en-suite tents, each with private bathroom. There is also a modern kitchen, dining hall and a bar to serve the African cuisine and traditional dishes.

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The saltwater lake has over 400 species birds in the middle of Longonot Park and Lake Nakuru National Park, the plains are filled with different wild animals including gazelles, zebras and hippos.

 

Congreve House

Congreve House is a rustic, colonial style cottage set in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary right on the border of Lake Nakuru National park and a short drive from Nakuru town.

There are four rooms available on a self-catering basis, or the whole house can be rented on an exclusive basis if required.

Congreve House has excellent facilities, large peaceful gardens and has the capacity to accommodate up to 13 people

The House offers the perfect retreat for groups and families, an ideal location for workshops and team-building functions, and is a great solution if you are looking for premises in which to host an event such as a yoga retreat, art workshop or other function.

Being located next door to the Lake Nakuru National Park, it is also an affordable option for safari accommodation.

 

Sleeping Warrior Camp

Sleeping Warrior Camp is a tented camp set within the private Soysambu Conservancy, at the foot an extinct volcano on the shores of Lake Elementaita.

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The tents have thatched roofs, canvas interiors, private en suite bathrooms have well-furnished terraces.

Sleeping Warrior also has stone-built guest houses and a romantic hill top escape with roll-out star bed.

Raised on a small incline, with evocative views towards the lake and the Aberdare Mountains beyond, is a simple building, styled to replicate a Tuscan villa, and made almost entirely from straw-bales from the surrounding cattle ranch. This houses the central lounge, dining room and breakfast terrace.

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Meals follow a set menu, which typically features three courses and a choice of vegetarian options. The restaurant area also features an outdoor terrace with camp fire pit and safari seating and a safari bar. Sleeping Warrior also offers a wide range of bush dining options.

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While here, you can engage in several activities including game drives in the Soysambu Conservancy and Lake Nakuru National Park, night game drives, bush & lake walks, volcanos climbs, bird watching, sun downers or simply relax by the pool at the neighbouring Sleeping Warrior Lodge.

 

Cactus Eco-Camp & Lodge

For Eco tourists and those who adore nature, Cactus Eco-Camp & Lodge is the place to be this Easter holiday.

 

The lodge is strategically located in a tranquil environment, surrounded by trees and majorly natural vegetation coloured with different kinds of birds flying the skies including flamingos and pelicans.

At the furthest end of the Sleeping Warrior Hill, located along the lake, hot water spring creates a scenario to behold, as the bubbling water streams into the lake.

The spacious bedrooms are inbuilt in a cottage complete with a sun-bathing balcony.

 

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10 historical places to visit in Malindi

A trip to Malindi will be incomplete without a visit to several of its key tourist attraction sites and to encourage you to do so, SleepOut has put together places where you should visit.

Marafa Hells’ Kitchen

Marafa Hells’ Kitchen, known by locals as ‘the place broken by itself’, is a geological formation caused by erosion of the sandstone escarpment revealing a unique set of vibrantly coloured rock layers, from whites to pinks, oranges and deep crimsons.

Though it is one of the most underrated sites on the Kenyan coast, an excursion out to Marafa depression is well worth the hour drive from Malindi.

Marafa Hell’s Kitchen also features an array of jagged gorges and tall chimneys, some of them rising up to 30 meters high.

Vasco da Gama pillar

Vasco da Gama pillar was erected in Malindi by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama in 1498 as a navigation aid and a sign of appreciation for the welcome he received from the Sultan of Malindi.

The coral column of the pillar is topped by a cross made of Lisbon stone dating back to the explorer’s time.

Malindi Museum

The actual date when the Malindi Museum was constructed is not known, though it is presumed to be the last quarter of the 19th century due to its fashion and a deduction of Thomas Alfree’s biography.

Afree bought the property from Bohra for 2,000 English Pounds after a longer period of occupation by the Medical Department who had used the building to serve as the Malindi Native Civil Hospital.

The Museum was handed over to the National Museums of Kenya in 1999 and was opened to the public in 2004.

Gedi Ruins

Gedi Ruins is located in the thickets of Arabuko Sokoke forest near the small towns of Watamu and is said to have been buoyant in the 13th to 17th centuries before it was abandoned.

The old mosque

Visit old mosque and get an in-depth understanding of the history behind Malindi’s religious orientation. The mosque has scattered old stones and parts of walls, a graveyard dotted with stone carvings.

Visitors are however not allowed to walk up to the ruins and there if you are interested in taking photos, you will have to do so from a distance.

The Portuguese chapel

The Portuguese chapel stands as one of the oldest buildings in Malindi and has proved to be a key tourist attraction site for both local and international travellers.

The chapel is a simple white-washed cubic building with a traditional makuti with a small graveyard, dating to the 16th century.

Turtle Bay Beach Club

Though turtle Bay Beach Club not a historical site, it warrants as much attention as the other sites. Located adjacent to Watamu National Marine Park, the Beach Club stands as the first Turtle beach not just in Kenya but in Africa.

The Diving School is run by professionals who are proud of safety standards that are maintained and diving is conducted in small groups of 4 divers per guide in order to ensure safety is kept at the highest level.

Watamu Maine National Park and Reserve

Located 140 kilometres north of Mombasa, Watamu National Park and Reserve stands as one of the first marines in Kenya.

The park, created in 1968, has coral gardens that are 300 metres from the shore and are home to approximately 600 species of fish, 110 species of stony coral and countless invertebrates, crustaceans and molluscs.

Malindi Pier

Malindi Pier is a long tongue which flicks out into the Indian Ocean offering an idea spot for photo sessions.

Watamu beach

While in Malindi, create time to visit Watamu beach and enjoy a breezy afternoon together with friends and family.

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Need a break from city life? Pumzika-tu offers just that

Pumzika-tu, Swahili translation for ‘rest’, is a simple rustic house located in an idyllic setting in Shimba Hills, half an hour away from the popular Diani Beach.

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The house offers is neatly set in a lush greenery, hanging over the Mwalenganje Elephant Sanctuary to provide an amazing view of the vicinity.

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During your free time, you can visit the Shimba Hills Game Park, which lies 10 minutes away, with forest guides available to take you around the Shifoga Forest Conservancy.

Master Bedroom with King or single duvets.

The house has comfortable wooden beds, a fireplace and a deck that opens up to the wild. You can enjoy your candlelit dinner at the deck or by the pool.

Bouganvilleas at the Entrance.

Pumzika-tu is in close proximity to restaurants and beach bars with a host of activities including dhow trips, swimming with dolphins, kite surfing, micro light flying, 4 x 4 trips also available.

There are also supermarkets and shops where you can get a souvenir on your way back.

Book your stay at Pumzika-tu on SleepOut.com.

Kenya Airways makes changes to two Europe flight schedules

Kenya Airways has announced changes to its flight schedule on the Nairobi – London routes effective March 27, 2016.

In the new summer schedule, which starts in March 1, the flight will depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 0910hrs to arrive in London at 1615hrs then depart London for Nairobi the same evening arriving in Kenya’s capital the next morning.

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Currently the flight departs Nairobi in the evening arriving in London the next morning before flying back in the evening.

The change are aimed at ensuring better connectivity and efficiency for travellers and targets to provide passengers with a wider choice of connection options to and from Europe, into Africa.

The early arrival in Nairobi is also aimed at giving passengers smooth same-day connections to onward destinations across Africa and a convenient early morning arrival for guests ending their journey in Nairobi.

 

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