Direct flights from JKIA to Changsha, China

China Southern Airlines has launched direct flights from Nairobi to Changsha, as it seeks to expand its base in East Africa.

The airline is targeting mainly passengers from Kenya visiting the Chinese state for business. It will deploy its 330-200 Airbus twice per week (Wednesday and Sunday) while non-stop flights between Nairobi and Guangzhou will be on Monday and Friday.

Jordan Visa

Kenyan tourists travelling to Jordan can now get a Visa on arrival. Jordan, a country in the Middle East rich in history and a destination favorite for many.

Its major tourist attractions include visiting historical sites, like the worldwide famous Petra (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, and one of New Seven Wonders of the World), the Jordan River, Mount Nebo, Madaba, numerous medieval mosques and churches, and unspoiled natural locations (as Wadi Rum and Jordan’s northern mountainous region in general), as well as observing cultural and religious sites and traditions.

Kenya Airways, Air France, KLM – new fare options

On 25 June these airlines have introduced Light, Standard & Flex fares on economy class flights.

Each fare option comes with its own services and conditions, allowing you to choose from more possibilities to meet your travel needs.

Note: The Kenya Airways fare options are limited to travel between Europe and East Africa only.

 

Dubai – tourists to get free Sim cards

Tourists in Dubai can enjoy a free Sim card, complete with complimentary talk time and data, on their arrival at the airport. Any tourist above 18 years can get a free Sim card. The Sim card is valid for one month.

Dubai VAT claim back

Since November 2018, visitors to the Emirates have been able to claim back any Value Added Tax (VAT) they have spent on goods while on holiday. And now the process has just got easier with the introduction of self-service kiosks. The systems have been set up across all of the UAE exit points that are included in the “Tax Refunds for Tourists” scheme.

 

Sentinel Mara Camp, Authentic Safari Camp Experience

Sentinel is situated in a prime area of the Masai Mara National Reserve.  The Musiara Marsh area renowned for its outstanding game viewing is where both the BBC “Big Cat Diaries” and Disney’s “African Cats” were filmed. So you are assured of an excellent game viewing experience.  During the annual migration, various crossing points are easily accessible from Sentinel.

​The camp itself is set up along the Mara River with wonderful bird life and the private and natural setting ensures that guests have a most enjoyable and authentic experience of the bush.  Being on high banks above the river means that there are always hippo and crocodile in the river below to be seen with other animals coming along to drink or cross the river at times.

It has 7 luxury tents all river facing with en-suite hot safari-style showers and flush toilets. Excellent cuisine and high-quality wines served.

New – Lerai Safari Camp, Masai Mara

2 Nights Flying package

KES 100,000 per person sharing

Inclusion: Return flights, airstrip transfers, 2 nights accommodation on fullboard, soft drinks, house wine, selected spirits, game drive, 1 full day shared visit to Mara reserve (excluding reserve fees) & access to iMac studio.

Valid from 1 Jul to 15 Oct 2019

Lerai, one of the newest luxury camps in the Masai Mara and the only camp inside the Olerai Conservancy, is situated along the seasonal Muliban river. It has only 6 tents, furnished with hot showers and flush toilets.

Activities include game drives, guided bush walks, sundowners.

Tanzania Plastic Bag Ban

The Government of Tanzania has announced that from 1st Jun 2019 all plastic carrier bags will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in Mainland Tanzania.

However plastic or plastic packaging for medical services, industrial products, construction industry, agricultural sector, foodstuff, sanitary and waste management are not prohibited.

Visitors to Tanzania are advised to avoid carrying plastic carrier bags or packing carrier plastic bags or items in plastic carrier bags in the suitcase or hand luggage before embarking on visits to Tanzania. Special desks will be designated at all entry points for surrender of plastic carrier bags that visitors may be bringing to Tanzania.

Plastic carrier items known as “Ziploc bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in permanent possession of visitors and they are not expected to be disposed in the country.

 

New – Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, India

Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa in Uttarakhand, sits by the banks of the majestic Ganga river right in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is 30 kilometers away from the world renowned spiritual & yoga capital of Rishikesh. The retreat serves a getaway location to the Char Dham pilgrimage sites of Kedarbath, Badrinath and also Hemkunt Sahib.

This 12.5 acre luxury resort with its eco-friendly habitat, is designed to not intrude on its premises. It creates a series of alternating spatial experiences that compound its organic feel. The public areas of the resort, its private residences and meadowed terraces are singularly geared to amplify the experience of being one with the Ganges and the Himalayas . The air is happy and relaxed while thoughtful spaces encourage community interaction.

The all day dining restaurant Rock Flour with its al fresco stands like a sentinel perch welcoming all and “serving up the world”. Enjoy 20,000 sq. feet of wellness sanctuary with the Jiva Spa & Yoga pavilion. You can avail of adventure treks, nature walks, river rafting and the sublime Ganga Aarti experience.

UK scraps landing cards for international travellers

All landing cards for international passengers arriving in the UK have been scrapped.

Landing cards were filled in by passengers arriving by air or sea from outside the European Economic Area to record what is said to border staff on arrival, as well as the reason for travel and conditions of entry.

The Home Office had originally agreed to scrap them for seven countries, including the US and Australia, from June, but has now decided to go further.