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Your 2019 East Africa Inspirational Travel Destinations
The holiday season may be over but it is never too early to start considering potential travel destinations for 2019. We have come up with four impressive, off-the-beaten track locations that you will definitely want to include in your travel list.
1) Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania
Located on the south western shores of Lake Victoria. Rubondo Island National Park is Africa's largest island national park. Three quarters of the park comprises equatorial forest, home to chimpanzees, elephants and the rare sitatunga. A visit to Rubondo offers the intrepid traveler the opportunity to go on a chimp habituation adventure as well as a chance to venture into the unexplored corners of the island by canoe or boat. Catch-and-release fishing is a fun activity as is watching the dazzling array of birds and butterflies which call the island home. Accommodation at the island can only be at the Rubondo Island Camp.
2) Akagera National Park, Rwanda
Akagera National Park lies north east of Rwanda, a short three hour drive from Kigali, the country's capital. The park comprises a remarkable number of habitats, from rolling hills of acacia bush to swamp-fringed lakes and thick forest. After many years of absence, lions were introduced back to the park in 2015 as were 20 eastern black rhino. Not to be missed is the magical sunset boat ride on Lake Ihema amid grunting hippos and basking crocodiles! Akagera is a great addition to a gorilla tracking adventure at Volcanoes National Park. Stay at the Ruzizi Tented Lodge or at the soon-to-open Magashi Camp.
3) Meru National Park, Kenya
Teeming with lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra, among other species, Meru National Park is perhaps Kenya's most stunning yet under-rated national park. Once a celebrated game park, made famous by Born Free, a book and film on lion lover George Adamson's life, Meru went off the radar due to massive poaching in the '80s. The park is back to its flourishing ways with a thriving rhino sanctuary and more diversity in animal species than any other park in Kenya. Your stay will be at the elegant Elsa's Kopje lodge.
4) Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
Popularly referred to as the Mountains of the Moon, Rwenzori is a rugged mountain range comprising over 25 peaks including Mt Margherita, Africa's third highest peak. With its rich and unusual flora comprising giant heathers and lobellas, as well as impressive glaciers and waterfalls, Rwenzori is one of Africa's most beautiful alpine destinations. Hiking the mountains is an experience like no other. As you ascend, you come across various biospheres each with its unique flora and fauna, and after 4,500 metres, the glacier adds a wondrous element to the atmosphere.
Giraffe Manor News
Giraffe Manor will be closed from 27th March—1st June 2019 during which time they will be building a swimming pool, spa, gym and day room.
NEW: Lengishu House
Opened in December 2018, Lengishu is an exclusive-use house located in Borana Conservancy in Laikipia. To get there clients fly into the Lewa airstrip and then take a one hour 30 min game drive to Lengishu. Accommodation at Lengishu features six rooms. The master bedroom and one room stand alone away from the main house with double beds and fire-places within them. There are two family cottages that sleep four guests in each. Game drives, bush walks, behind-the-scenes conservation activities and visits to local villages and schools can be arranged. Borana Conservancy has two sets of stables that cater to all riding abilities.
OPENING SOON: Elewana Lodo Springs
Elewana Lodo Springs is due to open in Loisaba Conservancy in June 2019. The camp features eight spacious tented rooms with floor to ceiling windows with views across the conservancy and Mount Kenya. As with other Elewana Collection properties, Lodo Springs is a high end camp with a focus on luxury and privacy. It will complement Loisaba Tented Camp and the Loisaba Star Beds which are also located on the Loisaba Conservancy.
Angama Mara guests enter into Masai Mara earlier
Angama Mara has been granted permission to enter the reserve at 06:00, a full half hour earlier than the previous opening time. Guests are now able to make the most of the golden morning light for photography.
Nairobi Serena refurbishments
Nairobi Serena has completed phase one of the hotel’s refurbishment. This involved the upgrade of the hotel’s north wing including 95 guest rooms, hotel reception and lobby, conference centre, executive lounge and parking silo. The second phase of the refurbishment has commenced and includes the remaining guest rooms and the swimming pool.
Camp and lodge closure dates 2019
Samburu Sopa will be closed for routine maintenance from the 08th March to the 08th June 2019. The lodge re-opens on 09th June 2019.
Finch Hatton’s Camp will be closed for refurbishments from the 14th April to the 05th May 2019 (inclusive).
Ololo Lodge will be closed for renovations from 20th April - 16th May.
Kitich Forest Camp closes for the rainy season from 15th March - 16th June.
Elewana Loisaba Star Beds, Elephant Pepper Camp and Kilindi Zanzibar will be closed from 1st April to 31st May 2019.
Kenya Airways to launch Nairobi - Rome - Geneva Route
Kenya Airways will launch a four-times-a-week flight from Nairobi to Rome and Geneva in June. A Boeing 787-Dreamliner will be used on the route. Every Wednesday and Sunday KQ124 will depart Nairobi at 23:50 to arrive in Rome at 06:10 and later to Geneva at 09:10. Every Monday and Friday, KQ 128 will depart Nairobi at 23:50 to arrive in Geneva at 06:45 and Rome at 09:50.
Ethiopian Airlines expands flights to the United States
The airline has increased its Washington D. C. flights from daily to 10 weekly flights. The current three weekly flight to Chicago will be increased to five weekly flights. Three weekly flights to Houston will replace the Los Angeles route, making it the only connection between Houston and Africa. Daily flights to New York are in the works, four will be served via Lome to Newark and three will be via Abidjan to JFK Airport.
Introducing the Geoffrey Kent Suite at Sanctuary Olonana
Following the relaunch of Sanctuary Olonana, the lodge has announced it will open the Geoffrey Kent Suite on 18th March 2019. The GK Suite features two en-suite bedrooms with an additional bedroom for children; floor to ceiling windows look out to a wraparound private deck and infinity pool overlooking the river. The suite has a private lounge and dining area where meals freshly prepared by an in-suite chef will be served. Guests will enjoy their very own private safari vehicle and safari guide as well as a private access road separate to the main entrance. Photos and rates will be shared at a later date. The lodge is now taking bookings for the ultra-luxury GK Suite.
Delta Air Lines has commenced a codeshare partnership with Kenya Airways, covering the KQ’s service between Kenya and Europe, as well as selected routes beyond Nairobi.
In Q3 2018, Nairobi – Amsterdam service will increase from 7 to 11 flights weekly.
Between 14th January and 29th March 2019, Nairobi – Livingstone service will be reduced from 4 to 3 times weekly.
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES INCREASES NAIROBI-GUANGZHOU FREQUENCY
China Southern Airlines has increased its Nairobi-Guangzhou flights to three times a week. The airline now operates Monday, Tuesday and Friday using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft that has a 218-passenger capacity.
AIR FRANCE TO INCREASE NAIROBI-PARIS FLIGHTS
Air France will increase flights from Nairobi – Paris from three to five times a week from 31st March 2019. The flights will operate daily except Tuesdays and Saturdays using the 276 seater Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
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