Skyward Express

Additional Flights

Following an increased demand for flights between Nairobi & Mombasa during the festive December January period, Skyward Express have increased seat capacity on some of their flights by use of a larger Jet Aircraft Fokker 70 on Fridays & Sundays between 15 Dec and 05 Jan. Note: these flights will depart & arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Schedule as below: –

Departure NBO JKIA at 1600hrs and Arrive in MBA at 1650hrs.

Departure MBA at 1730hrs and Arrive in NBO JKIA at 1820hrs.

 

Kenya Airways Premium Services available at JKIA

Kenya Airways through its Karibu team can provide a seamless service that makes using the airport easy, quick and stress-free. This service can be provided for both arriving and departing guests, as well as transit passemgers.

The service will encompass: –

  • Personalized Meet and Greet guest at the aircraft door
  • Pre-check in services that allows guest to only drop off their bags; priority baggage handling
  • Porterage services
  • Use of fast track counters (arrivals/departures)
  • Personalized Inter-Terminal Transfers
  • Fast track boarding
  • Lounge access will be at an extra cost if the guest is not eligible.

Children Travelling to South Africa


The South Africa Department of Home Affairs has announced changes to the current travel advisory for children travelling to South Africa.  All mention of birth certificates has been removed for foreign visa exempt minors. Children from countries requiring a visa (like Kenya) are to present the birth certificate when applying for the visa.

Somewhere different….

Luxury Floating hotel

Zambezi Queen, Chobe River, Botswana

Each of the 14 suites aboard the Zambezi Queen features luxury comforts and touches such as air-conditioning and a private balcony from which to gaze over unobstructed views of the Chobe River and the wilderness beyond.

The Chobe River draws a diversity of wildlife along the shoreline, hippos are lolling about, and birdlife is just phenomenal, all of which seem undisturbed by the boat. There are also smaller boats for game viewing excursions, which offer even more up-close game viewing, and fishing is possible too. In fact there are quite a few water-based and land-based activities, so you definitely don’t feel like you are stuck on a boat the entire time. The big double beds are positioned so that when lying in bed you are treated to excellent game viewing right outside your window. The bathrooms are exceptionally impressive for a houseboat. The dining area is a lovely space to interact with fellow guests and enjoy refreshing beverages; wine and beers are included but premium alcohol is at an extra charge. The variety of meals served and everything is of a very high standard.

In the evenings, the sunsets are just fantastic, there really is something about an African sunset, especially one viewed from a luxurious houseboat on one of Botswana’s most impressive rivers.

A Granite Wilderness

Camp Amalinda, Matopos, Zimbabwe

Set in the distinctive Matobo Hills, the large granite boulders are the distinguishing feature of Camp Amalinda. All the rooms at the lodge are built into the rocks which adds a very ancient and organic quality. Because of these boulders each room has a completely unique size, shape, and layout – so each one feels special. The pool is very big and beautifully framed by the granite boulders, essentially a gorgeous rock pool, and a very cool respite in the heat of summer. The spa is right by the pool. History and dramatic natural beauty are the main drawcards to this lodge, the excursions to visit Cecil Rhodes’ grave and ancient San Rock art are particular highlights and it’s a great place for relaxing and taking in your surroundings. Wildlife isn’t as prolific as say, Hwange National Park but of course, the opportunity to track rhinos in the wild is unforgettable. Stargazing on the rocks behind the pool is excellent as well. The lodge is ideal for couples or small groups, but not ideal for anyone having difficulty with stairs or uneven ground. A relaxing escape for a few days of calm on a holiday and not necessarily of an adventurous safari, but it depends what you are looking for, and if you are looking for Rhinos and self-reflection it’s perfect!

Govt to refurbish key historic sites countrywide

Key historical sites in the country are set to get a facelift.

Sports and Culture Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed while touring ancient sites at the coast said Vasco Da Gama pillar is among priorities as the government looks to increase revenues from the visits to the sites.

With the Sports Fund Act now in place, the Sports and Culture ministry is committing to release funds to refurbish all key historical sites in the country which have remained neglected for years despite their tourism and cultural importance.

Already the government is building a sea wall at Fort Jesus in Mombasa.

Travel Destination – Dubai

La Perle By Dragone

An unforgettable experience in live entertainment

If you’re a fan of amazing acrobatics, state-of-the-art technology and awe-inspiring action, then you’ll want to take a seat at La Perle by Dragone. Located in the heart of Al Habtoor City, it is Dubai’s first permanent show, staging an impressive 450 performances a year.

All the action takes place inside the 1,300-seat theatre, which has been tailor-made to provide an immersive experience. This is achieved thanks to 3D projections surrounding the theatre on the floors, wall and huge cyclorama and 360-degree surround sound system. A hi-tech ‘aqua-stage’, is filled with 2.7 million litres of water and has the ability to transform from an aquatic stage to a dry platform in less than a minute.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching the cast of talented artists perform breathtaking feats. From diving into the water from a height of 25 metres to flying around the auditorium on high-powered winches and defying gravity on motorbikes in a metal sphere – it promises to be nothing short of amazing.

The show features a cast of 65 artists, all with their own unique set of skills. You’ll be face-to-face with the show’s range of acting, acrobatics, aquatic and aerial stunts during this 90 minute performance. Be prepared for this time to fly though, because you’ll see the performers diving, flying and moving at lightning speed.

Tanzania – Visa on Arrival

The government has changed the process at KIA, DAR, ZNZ airports.

Visas are still available on arrival but following the new process as below:

1.Queue for a Government Control number which is required for any government payment

2.Queue to pay the visa fee against the control number at the bank at the airport

3.Queue for immigration to check and issue the visa

The process could take in excess of 2 hours to complete!

We highly recommend you to obtain a visa before departure at the nearest Tanzania embassy or via the e-visa portal (link here) to avoid the long delay on arrival. The immigration services have advised that most visas are issued within 2 to 3 weeks of the application via the e-visa system.

Visit the park that inspired ‘The Lion King’

The film’s setting is real, wild, and open for visitors.

The animators of Disney’s The Lion King traveled to a park with dramatic landscapes in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley to get a feel for the great circle of life. When visitors to Hell’s Gate National Park reach the sweeping cliffs carved by a prehistoric lake that gives the park its name, they’ll discover that Pride Rock’s real-life inspiration is no less majestic.

The fact that you won’t actually see “Simba” is the park’s secret advantage: the lack of predators means you can take in savannas and come face to face with giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and warthogs on your own two feet—or better yet, on bicycle wheels. Hell’s Gate is one of the only places in East Africa where you can hike the totality of a park. You can even go on a biking safari—a far cry from peeping animals through a safari vehicle’s roof.

 

Emirates commits to reducing single-use plastic

Emirates has made a network-wide commitment to reduce single-use plastics on board its aircraft. All plastic straws, plastic swizzle sticks and stirrers will be replaced with eco-friendly alternatives by the end of the year. From August, plastic bags used for inflight retail purchases will also be replaced with paper bags.