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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.
Qatar Airways to Launch Direct Doha—Mombasa Service
On 09th December 2018, Qatar Airways commenced direct flights between Doha and Mombasa. The new four times weekly flights, with a flight time of just over six hours, is operated with an Airbus A320. The airline already has three daily flights to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Cottars Fly Camp
To celebrate their 100th anniversary Cottars introduced Cottars Fly Camp in November 2018. The camp is located in the Olderkesi Conservancy which forms part of the Mara - Serengeti eco system. The camp has eight tents with bucket showers, a wash basin and a long drop loo. Activities include walking safaris, day and night game drives and e-bike rides. Minimum age for children is eight and tents can accommodate a maximum of two adults and one child. Clients can easily combine the fly camp with the original Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp.
Next year is the 100th anniversary of Cottars 1920s Safari Camps hence the launch of the new Fly Camp. Calvin’s family came to Kenya during the colonial era and Calvin is the 5th generation of his family to run the camp.
Rating & comparison: 4.5* property - same level as Naibor, Ol Seki, Entumoto Toto, Kicheche
Suggested itinerary: Tamarind Tree | Oloolo Lodge | Kicheche Laikipia | El Karama | Loldia House
Saruni Rhino Now Bookable as a Standalone Property
Saruni Rhino, located in the Sera Community Conservancy in Northern Kenya is now bookable on its own. The camp features just three banda’s located on a dry river bed with thatched roofs and open fronts, a swimming pool and a mess area. The main reason to come to Saruni Rhino is the opportunity to track Black rhino on foot. Guests can also visit the Samburu singing wells and the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. Perfect for guests looking for a more wild and active experience.
Kitich Forest Camp News
Kitich will now be managed by Stefano and Liz Cheli, the former owners of Cheli & Peacock. The camp has had some upgrades including flushing loo’s in all the bathrooms. Clients can also visit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary - either they can do a walking safari to the sanctuary, a car transfer or fly. Kitich is an excellent stop for guests looking for a more active element to their safari.
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.
Revamp of Moi International Airport
The overhaul of Moi International Airport, Mombasa began on the 20th November 2018. During the two year project the runway pavements, taxiways, apron, airside pavements and ground lighting system will all be replaced.
Mombasa Air Safaris Announces Fuel Increase Surcharge
Due to the fuel and VAT increases Mombasa Air Safaris will be implementing a USD 10 charge on its Mara - Coast route from 1st December 2018.
Park Fees For Balloon Flights in the Mara Triangle
Clients that are doing a balloon safari with Governors or Skyship Balloons which land in the Mara triangle must have valid entry tickets into the Triangle for the excursion. This means that any clients staying outside the Mara Triangle in the Masai Mara Reserve, Mara North Conservancy, Olare-Motorogi Conservancy and are doing their balloon safaris with Governors or Skyship balloons will need to purchase an extra ticket for that day. This is effective from the 1st December 2018.
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.
Airkenya Suspends Flights to Kenya’s Coast
Effective 11th January 2019, AirKenya will suspend the coastal routes of Diani, Lamu and Malindi. AirKenya will move the aircraft on to safari destinations further afield including adding a flight from the Masai Mara to Entebbe via Kisumu making gorilla tracking extensions far easier to add onto a safari.
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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