July 23, 2009

Variety is the spice of life in magnificent game parks

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 3:40 am

What makes Kenya fascinating as a wildlife destination is the sheer iversity of its many parks. Thanks to the wide variety of altitude, climate and topography, Kenya can offer the visitor a huge range of animal types. No single park will allow you to view every animal indigenous to Kenya, so it is important to draw upan intinerary that will include various locations. Some parks have an abudance of one species, burt a scarcity of another.

Travel between parks is comparatively easy. Many smallfirms operate light aircrafts to and from Nairobias well as well as between parks, which have their own landing strips. These flights are surprisingly inexpensive as well as much quicker than the overland alternative.

Nevertheless, many visitors find it more convenientto be picked up by a minibus or 4*4 vehicle from Nairobi and driven from park to park in the same vehicle. This is the best way to experience the real Kenya that lies beyond the game parks. Most of it all, of the larger parks and reserves have lodge or two for overnight accommodation or longer stays.There are also tented camps. Many lodges and camps are unexpectedly luxurious, considering their remote loaction,and serve food of high standards.

Kenya’s best known wildlife destination is the northern portion of the great Serengeti Plains, known as the Masai Mara, which contains a high concentration of Africa’s ‘big five’ species. Its comparative closeness to Nairobi, its wide open expanses so familiar from wildlife documentaries and its highly developed tourism facilities combine to make Masai Mara the number one destination for most first time visitors – especially those who come to see the migration during July and September.

July 22, 2009

Kenya a paradise of Golfers

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 9:00 am

It was the British who first introduced golf to Kenya nearly a centuary ago. Today, the game is thriving as never before with some 40 Clubs. With championship-quality courses , an agreeable climate, first-class hotels and what proves to be great value for money, Kenya has all the right ingredients to be increasingly popular golfing destination.

The nation’s golf courses can be generally divided into three groups: those located in and around Nairobi, those set in hills to the north and west of the city and those on the coast near Mombasa. There are so many excellent – and mostly uncrowded – courses that it’s hard to decide which to play first.

For many, if pressed , that first choice would be Nairobi’s par-71 Muthaiga Golf Club. Traditionally home to the Kenya Open and the nation’s most exclusive club, Muthaiga has seen top players such as US Masters winners Seve Ballesteros and Ian Woosnam grace its fairways. Opened as a nine hole coursein 1931by British colonialists, the course has just undergone a complete upgrade to toughrn it up for the tour professional and to improve its playability.

July 21, 2009

High tourist season with high expectations

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 11:10 am

The global economic downturn and last years (2007) post -election violence slowed the rapid growth in Kenya’s tourism business, but it turns out the two misfortunes slowed it. Because of the pressure on cost-cutting Western holiday -makers to reduce stress that comes with financial depression and make up for the 2008 miss, tourism is beginning to boom again.

A mood that was deeply uncertain just a few months ago has turned much more optimistic. Major hotel chains have reopened with a bang, registering more than 80 per cent occupancy as the high season sets in. The weekly flights have also increased to 14 flights per week in which the numbers are said to increase significantly. Air Italy is operating four flights per week and it is scheduled to increase to 13 while other airlines like the Blue Panorama, Livingstone and Eurofly all from Italy will be operating between three and seven flights per week.

Growth in the tourism industry is expected to range between 10-15 percent to be in tandem with previous performance. Eight more flights have confermed to soon start flightsto Mombasa including Air Europe, Britania Airways, Excel Airways, Air Australia, Air Mediterenee amd Melev Air.

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