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.

Kenya Airways

Bombardier Q400 Aircraft

Kenya Airways has deployed a Bombardier Q400 aircraft operated by Jambojet on select routes locally and in the region to enable you enjoy better connectivity, convenient flight times and seamless connections from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to your destinations.

The Bombardier Q400 is an efficient, comfortable and safe airplane which has a capacity of 78 passengers, two pilots and two attendants (in Jambojet uniform).

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.

Mafia Island Lodge, Tanzania

Humpback Whale Season is Coming!

 It is that time of the year again. We’re expecting Humpback whale sightings from August and its the perfect time to visit Mafia Island! You will not only see the beautiful whales, but you’ll also have the opportunity to see Whale sharks who are almost always on the shores of the Island.

Mafia Island is the perfect destination for the eco conscious traveler. It has some of the finest untouched coral reefs (free from harmful fishing) as well as beautiful flora & fauna that have stayed intact for hundreds of years.

  • From USD 115 per person sharing per night on halfboard
  • From USD 130 per person sharing per night on fullboard

Valid up to 30 Apr 2020

Except 1-31 Aug 2019 & 20 Dec to 10 Jan 2020 (supplement USD 15 per person per night)

Excludes Marine Park fees – payable direct.

Dubai – The Green Planet

A world of exotic flora and fauna

The Green Planet is Dubai’s very own tropical rainforest. With more than 3,000 species of plants, animals and birds, this green oasis is a sanctuary of exotic flora and fauna.

Aiming to educate guests about the important role the tropical forest plays in the future of our planet, The Green Planet exposes Dubai to another world within its glass dome. Responsibly sourced species include sloths, snakes, spiders and a vast array of birds.

Appealing to visitors of all ages, this spot is perfect for a family outing. The bio-dome is made up of four levels: the Canopy, the Midstory, the Forest Floor and the Flooded Rainforest. Each level discusses the role and the importance every part of a rainforest plays.

The Green Planet is an experience for the senses with creatures roaming and waterfalls running. Individual tickets are available to purchase with separate prices for adults and children, as well as multipass tickets. Bookings for groups of 15 or more are also available.

Located at one of Dubai’s most popular lifestyle districts, City Walk, The Green Planet is situated amongst a range of eateries to enjoy before or after your rainforest adventure.

Crater Lake Camp, Naivasha

Recently re-opened

Situated in a private conservancy with unique features like the Crater, beautiful landscapes, plenty of wildlife, hiking trails, lake inside a crater and a floating restaurant. If you love adventure you will be at home here. You can do a hike around the rim of the Crater, walk to the animals, sundowners and even a night game drive.

Air France – Travelling with Infants

For safety reasons, customers traveling with an infant occupying an individual seat on Air France (AF) operated flights must travel with an approved car seat.  The approved car seat must be provided and fastened with the seat belt by the customer.

  • Harness CAReS (Child Aviation Restraint System) is not permitted for infants under 2 years of age on an individual seat. However, the harness is accepted for children from 2 years old
  • When a customer travels with only one infant occupying an individual seat, the use of an approved car seat is mandatory.
  • When a customer travels with two infants, only one infant can be seated on the customers’ lap. The second infant must be seated on an individual seat and secured with an approved car seat.