fastjet makes progress in bid to set base in Kenya

fastjet has make progress in its bid to set base in Kenya, under the company name fastjet Kenya.

The airline has submitted its Air Service License application to the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) for approval in compliance with country’s aviation regulations.


To comply with local airline ownership rules in Kenya, 51 per cent of the equity of fastjet Kenya is owned by a Kenyan international with the remaining 49 per cent ultimately held by fastjet plc.

KCAA has acknowledged receiving the application noting that the application, along with all others will be gazette before a public hearing is convened 21 days after publication after which a decision will be made by the authority.

“We have submitted a comprehensive application to the authorities who have confirmed that fastjet Kenya has entered the approval process,” said Ed Winter, chief executive of fastjet.

The move comes after the airline made another application for fastjet Tanzania to operate services into Kenya from Tanzania. Recently, the airline reduced flight costs from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Harare, Zimbabwe to $50 as it aims to expand its customer-base.

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SleepOut’s select Camps and Lodges in Nakuru

Nakuru is a bustling town just 2-hour drive from Kenya’s capital Nairobi with an estimated population of about half a million people.

The cosmopolitan town is famous for Lake Nakuru known for its flamingos and Lake Nakuru National Park which is home to several wild animals including giraffes, lions, buffalos, Impalas, Zebras among others. Other than the tourist attractions, Nakuru has numerous accommodations, ranging from camps, lodges, and guest houses with hospitable staff and unique set up to offer maximum luxury. highlights a selected list of camps and lodges in Nakuru where you can stay.

Sarova Lion Hil Game Lodge – Lake Nakuru National Park

Located in a lush green garden on a hill bordering Lake Nakuru, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge represents true luxury, comfort and serenity.


The lodge has 67 luxury chalets divided into 64 standard rooms and three suites. Each chalet offers private patios with panoramic views of Lake Nakuru, en-suite bathrooms with showers and WC, running hot and cold water, razor outlets with 220 and 240 volts, beds with mosquito nets, hair dryer and tea and coffee-making machines. Most rooms and sitting areas also open up to the stunning views of the lake and the park.


Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge also has a conference room, bar, gift shop, swimming pool and restaurant. Services offered here include baby sitting services, room service, laundry service and spa treatment. There are several activities you can take part in while at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge including swimming, game drives, nature walks, bird watching, tree planting among others.

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Maili Saba Camp – Menengai Crater

Maili Saba Camp is located on the rim of the Menengai Crater, 7km north of Lake Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley and 20 minutes drive from Lake Nakuru National Park.


Maili Saba Camp has double bandas furnished with double bed and private bathrooms. Each grass-thatched tented banda has comfortable beds and a veranda or private terrace with clear view over the Menengai crater. The camp has a pool, fireplace, spa, massage parlour, and ample parking. It also offers great room service, baby sitting services and laundry services.

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Flamingo Hill Camp – Lake Nakuru National Park

Flamingo Hill Camp is situated within Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley.


The camp has 25 tents, each furnished to modern travellers’ liking. The tents are decorated in calming safari tones, natural woods, wrought iron and crisp cottons, and have four poster beds and mosquito nets, en-suite shower, writing desk, and private veranda overlooking the plains.

Flamingo Hill Camp also has a bar and restaurant where you can enjoy your meals and drinks after a long game drive in the park. You can also get clear view of buffalos and other wild animals that come to the watering hole from here.


The camp has an outdoor dining area, gift shop, good mobile reception and internet access. There is also a pool with loungers where you can relax and enjoy the afternoon sun.

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Mbweha Safari Camp – Lake Nakuru National Park

Mbweha Safari Camp is neatly tucked in a scenic location two hours drive from Kenya’s capital Nairobi on the private Congreve Conservancy, on the southern border of Lake Nakuru National Park.


The camp has 10 cottages (2 family cottages: one with a queen-sized bed and two single beds, 4 double bed cottages 4 twin bed cottage) each with an exquisite view over the Eburru and Mau ranges.

The rustic lava-stone thatched-roof cottages are surrounded by yellow barked acacia and other indigenous trees forming a true African adventure. You can enjoy mountain biking and game walks within the conservancy or take day trips into Nakuru National Park and later enjoy a gourmet bush lunch with spectacular views of the Lake and the park.

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Ziwa Bush Lodge – Nakuru

Ziwa Bush Lodge is perfectly situated in the outskirts of Nakuru, on the edge of a pond with abundant trees and bird life.

The lodge has five double units, three twin units and one family unit all containing spacious en-suites. Each room is made from local stone, canvas and makuti roofing and is furnished with rustic hand-crafted cedar furniture made on site by Kenyans living in and around Nakuru town.


Each room has its own private veranda where you may enjoy a hot drink overlooking the grounds’ magnificent wheat field with a spectacular distant view of Nakuru town. The lodge has internet connectivity, mobile phone reception. It also has ample parking space, a fireplace and an outdoor dining area.

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Punda Milias Nakuru Camp – Nakuru East

Punda Milias is located 15km from Nakuru town and just 5km from Lake Nakuru National Park hence passing for the much desired escape from hurly burly of city life.


The camp has en suite tents furnished with rustic furniture and private veranda offering great view of the entangled wild. Its proximity to the expansive Lake Nakuru National Park also makes it possible to enjoy a game drive or a guided nature walk.

The austerity and provincial set up of Punda Milias Nakuru Camp is amazing as it helps it blend perfectly with the Rift Valley’s grassland savannah to immerse you in a world of peace and tranquility. The camp also has a large swimming pool set on a 10 acre piece of land, a bar and restaurant. It offers different meal plans from self catering, half board and full board.

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Retreat Selous

Secluded comfort at The Retreat Selous – Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

The dust, scorching sun and wind are all part of an exciting safari in the African jungle. After a busy morning, afternoon or evening of game drive at the Selous Game Reserve, all you’ll need is a place to freshen up and relax as you take in the exotic scenes of the grassland savannah.

You can book your stay at The Retreat Selous located a few kilometres from Morogoro town within the expansive Selous Game Reserve and enjoy some private time with your family or friends.



The Retreat Selous

The Retreat Selous is a 12-suite getaway neatly tucked in a quiescent location within Selous Game Reserve offering a rare chance to escape the hubbub of urban life. The lodge has several suites tailored to suit different guests’ preferences.


The Eagle Suites

Eagle Hill Suites are located on top of a hill in Selous Game Reserve. The suites offer stunning views of the Ruaha River and Selous plains making them ideal for a romantic getaway.


Each room has thatched roof and canvas walls lined with mosquito netting. The canvas can be rolled up to create 180 degree view of the wild from your bed. The rooms also have showers inside as well as a bath outside – perfect for sitting in with your loved one and watching the sun set.


River Suites

The River Suites are located on the banks of the Ruaha River offering uninterrupted view of wild animals that come to drink from the river.

river suite

Each bedroom has a king-sized bed as well as an outside seating or sunbathing area with its very own private plunge pool. The rooms also have a shower inside and a bath outside on the deck for romantic bubbles and champagne.


Hippo Point

Hippo Point offers exclusivity in a secluded location within The Retreat Selous inside Selous Game Reserve.

Hippo point

It only has two suites, each with their own private plunge pools, outside baths, massive king sized beds and private seating areas. In between the two suites is a communal area which has its own swimming pool, bar and dining area. In addition to accommodation, Hippo Point offers you a private guide, private 4×4 safari car, bartender, waiter and masseuse to ensure maximum exclusivity.


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Explore the African wild at Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Selous Game Reserve stands south of Tanzania as a raw slice of Africa’s rich natural cover and wildlife.

The reserve, which covers a total area of 54,600Km² was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to its diverse of wildlife and undisturbed grassland.


Selous Game Reserve, considered one of the largest fauna reserves in the world, was named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist who was a safari mentor to former US President Theodore Roosevelt and author of A Hunter’s Wandering in Africa. Selous died at Beho Beho in 1917 while fighting against the Germans during the World War 1.

The great Rufiji River, in the northern eastern corner of the reserve, flows into the Indian Ocean and has a well partnered web of tributaries forming a picturesque geographical vista. The reserve is also filled with Miombo woodlands, wetlands and typical savannah making it ideal for a walking safari.


Camp at The Retreat Selous

Its effervescent landscape and some dry river beds speckled with groves of baobab and borassus palms on the edge of lakes makes Selous Game Reserve a must visit attraction site. Most visitors arrive at the reserve by small aircrafts from Dar es Salaam or road, though train access is also possible.

Some of the animals found at Selous Game Reserve include huge families of elephants, hippos, Cape buffalo and crocodiles.


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Kenya Tourist Board to use Maralal Camel Derby to promote tourism

Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) is set to use the forthcoming Maralal Camel Derby 2014 to open up the northern tourism circuit to both domestic and international tourists.


According to KTB managing director Mureithi Ndegwa, discussions are underway with different counties to find areas of collaboration in a view of marketing Kenya as a preferred tourist destination adding that marketing and publicity campaign have been organised to push tourists flow to the region during the derby.

“Apart from its rich culture, the northern circuit is known for its sceneries, wildlife, heritage and other attractions,” said Mureithi.

On his part, Samburu County Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal said that the Maralal Camel Derby is meant to pull travel enthusiasts to the northern part of the country which has unexplored tourist attractions.

“We intend to use this event to attract both local and international tourists to the northern tourism circuit where we have several unexploited attraction sites,” he stated.

The event is set to attract participants from East Africa, the US, UK, Germany, Netherlands, India, Ghana, France, Brazil, China, Poland among others. Among the activities that will take place include amateur and professional camel races, bike competitions, marathon, cultural and culinary shows.

Winners in different categories will walk away with prizes while part of the money collected will be channeled towards helping the orphans and disabled in the community.

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5 things to do at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, Lake Nakuru National Park

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is known for its luxury, great ambience, African delicacies and world class customer service. But beyond the glamour that is synonymous with Sarova properties, there are several things that make Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge the place to be.

Sarova5 highlights some of the activities that will make you want to book your stay at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge.


Game Drive

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is located within Lake Nakuru National Park, 160km from Kenya’s capital Nairobi. On your visit to the lodge, dedicate a few hours to take a game drive in the park which is home to Lions, Impalas, Giraffes, zebras, Buffalos, and both White and Black Rhinos.


You can liaise with the Kenya Wildlife Services for a tour van and a driver who will take you around the park. The driver’s knowledge of the park comes in handy as they will know just where to get what animals, something that will be difficult if you are on a self drive.


Bird Watching


While at Sarova Lion Hill, you cannot miss a clear view of several species of cute little birds hopping from tree to tree. You do not have to walk for miles to see these birds, or use binoculars – just relax outside the balcony of your hotel room or by the pool and marvel at their beauty.


Nature walks

During your stay at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, take a nature walk within the wild, especially in the evening or early morning when the heat is at its minimal. Get a glimpse of the beauty that lies deep in the wild and enjoy a clear view of Lake Nakuru from a distance and several wild animals including Zebras and Impalas as they roam the park.

A view of Lake Nakuru from Sarova Game Lodge

A view of Lake Nakuru from Sarova Game Lodge


Cultural performances

In the evening, take a seat by the Rift Valley bar and enjoy cultural performances from a group of talented dancers and drummers. You can dance along to traditional songs from Western province, coast, Nyanza and learn the Maasai traditional dance.



There is the main pool for adults and a baby pool for children

Baby pool (on the foreground) and the main pool

What best way to enjoy a hot sunny afternoon than take a dip at the turquoise swimming pool at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge. The pool is strategically elevated above the ground and is a minute walk from the rooms to give you privacy as you cool down the steam and enjoy a view of the expansive wild and Lake Nakuru from a distance.

In case it is your first time in the pool, a swimming instructor will be in hand to take you through the precautionary measures and the first crucial steps. You can choose to spend the whole afternoon in the pool as it is not closed until 6pm.

Other activities that you may engage in while at the Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge include table tennis, archery and tree planting.

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Registration for the African Business Travel Conference 2014 gets underway

Registration for the inaugural African Business Travel Conference that will be held in South Africa is underway.

According to African Business Travel association founder Monique Swart, huge interest from stakeholders in the travel industry has prompted the organisers to open registration to members first until the end of August before it is opened to the rest of the stakeholders from September 1 2014.

The conference which is set to bring together participants and professionals from Africa, US, UK, Europe and the Middle East seeks to discuss various issues in the travel industry including the changing trends, challenges, opportunities and best practice. The event will be held from 2nd to 4th November 2014 at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel in South Africa.

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City Lodge

City Lodge Hotel Group rolls out expansion plans into East Africa

City Lodge Hotel Group has rolled out plans to expand into the East African region and tap into its bulging tourist market.

The company has set aside $44 million to build two new hotels in East Africa as it seeks to furtehr expand its hold in the region. Last year, City Lodge opened a 104-room Town Lodge in Gaborone, Botswana, and recently bought the 50% share it did not own in two hotels in Nairobi.

Fairview Hotel, Nairobi

Fairview Hotel, Nairobi

According to Bryon Lotter, Portfolio Manager at Vestact investment company, City Lodge has great expansion plans and interest in the East Africa market coming from the fact that the Kenyan hotels generated far higher profits per room than its South Africa hotels.

The company is said to have concluded an agreement to buy land in Nairobi for development of a 170-room City Lodge Hotel at a cost of $23M with construction set to start in the first quarter of 2015 and official opening set for mid-2016. The hotel has also concluded a long-term lease to develop a 147-room City Lodge Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a project that is set to cost $22M and is scheduled to start in the first quarter of next year.

Town Lodge Upper Hill, Nairobi

Town Lodge Upper Hill, Nairobi

The hotel group is also exploring additional opportunities in Kampala in Uganda, Maputo in Mozambique, Windhoek, Namibia and Lusaka, Zambia. The hotel currently owns Fairview Hotel and Town Lodge Upper Hill in Nairobi, Kenya.

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No park entry fee during the South Africa National Parks Week

South Africa National Parks (SANParks) has set dates for this year’s edition of the South Africa National Parks Week.

As is the norm with this event, the conservation body has announced that members of the public will gain entry into various sections of the Gardena Route National Park (GRNP) for free during the campaign week set to run from September 8th to 12th 2014.



Among the activities that participants will take part in include an art and pictures exhibition in the Storms River Rest Camp and a business workshop set for September 10th from 10am.

Attendants have been invited to carry their picnic basket to the park and enjoy a fun-filled week that will include performances from local musicians and dancers, battle of popular DJs among other activities.

In the Knysna section, the public will be taken through a 30-minute stroll in the Garden of Eden guided by rangers between 9am and 2pm daily during the campaign week while those interested in seahorses can visit the SANParks Office on Thesen Island from Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm. You can also visit Forest Legends museum in Diepwale, take a nature walk in Knysna forest and canoe through the indigenous forests on the Touw River.

The annual event has been in existence for 9 years and is aimed at encouraging members of the public to visit national parks and boost domestic tourism.

The free entry to the park excludes accommodation and activities. For more information visit

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Jobs that will let you travel the world for free

Many people like to travel and would really cherish an opportunity to do so for free or at a lower cost. There are jobs that would give you the chance to travel the world for free with all your transport and accommodation costs catered for with others letting you cater for just the basic costs, which are very minimal. highlights some of these jobs.


Travel photographer



Travel photographers are one lucky lot. In most cases, the photographers are hosted in accommodations for free and get to take photos in exchange. In this case, you may just need to make transport arrangements to and from the city and get the holiday kicking.


“Mystery” travellers

Mystery travellers are certified secret travellers who get to visit different cities to expose certain issues that are of public interest. Though you will not have control over when and where you travel to as this is the mandate of your bosses, you will be assured of paid transportation and accommodation. Your task could include travel and tourism research, exposing discrimination of certain social groups on planes and hotels or efficiency or lack of it among flight attendants.


Travel writer

beach worker

Like photographers, writers also get a chance to travel without incurring excess costs. Most accommodations would agree a deal to host a writer for free in exchange for an accommodation review or a feature article to be posted on a magazine, blog or social media. You would however need to cater for your own transport costs.


Car delivery services

This is job will ensure you travel alot since you will be charged with the responsibility of driving the cars from one city to the other. Car delivery services offer a less expensive alternative to travel since accommodation and fuel costs are catered for.



Kenya's President Uhuru (in suit) and his wife pose the country's athletics team

Kenya’s President Uhuru kenyatta (in suit) and his wife (on the foreground) pose with the country’s athletics team

Sports personalities are among the most travelled lot because of their frequent engagement in competitions held in different parts of the world. From football, to athletics, cricket, basketball, car racing, golf, rugby and so on, sportsmen and women, representing their clubs or countries have an endless list of countries they’ve been to, some of which you never knew existed.


House sitting



It is possible to get free accommodation at your place of destination as long as you are trustworthy, smart and possess a great CV and reference. This job will ensure you get free accommodation in exchange for watering plants, walking a dog, and attending to other light chores and errands leaving you with some time to explore the city.



Teaching allows you to get a job almost anywhere in the world where there are schools. This gives you an opportunity to travel and explore the world as well as let you learn different culture in different parts of the world. Most of your expenses as a teacher will be covered by the employing authority including housing and transport allowances.



Tour guide

If you are well conversant with cities and towns in your country or other countries, you can take up a job as a tour guide. This will ensure you spend some time in one place and explore, though you’ll need to be charming and confident to be successful in this field.


Flight attendant

It is many people’s dream to become flight attendants due to the hefty package that comes with the job and the opportunity to travel alot, for free. Flight attendants also get discounted rates on personal flights hence making it cheap for them to arrange their own trips when not at work.




Volunteer for peace corp.

Peace Corps. offers a 27-month commitment that comes with a myriad of benefits including medical and dental care, free transportation to and from the country of service, intensive language training, food, housing, student loan deferral or cancellation and, upon your return, a $7000 readjustment allowance. The job also offers up to 48 paid vacation days so you can travel within and around your placement country.

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