Excite Your Body & Soul, Feel Alive

Looking for Adventure in kenya? Now you know where to start.

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The human soul needs to be shocked every now and then for one to feel alive. Do you remember that feeling you got as a kid after stealing a piece of meat from the cooking sufuria? Or when you rode the bicycle for the first time(knowing very well a fall was inevitable)? We need that adrenaline to flow in us once in a while. Cavemen didn’t need to go bungee jumping, their daily quest for survival provided them with all the adrenaline they needed. By contrast, the modernites – with their smartphones,desk jobs & technology – are left somewhat wanting when it comes to adrenaline. Life is much safer today, but it’s also duller. Which is why the demand for adventure and extreme sports is booming –we need to feel alive.

Duf Mpararo Photo courtesy of @turnup_travel

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Tumetia Sahihi kuwa Watamu Ni tamu– We acknowledge Watamu is Nice..Read Through to know why..

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Recently our Tourism Association was Invited to Visit Malindi By Jacaranda beach Resort Watamu it was one of those impromptu invites you have to honor given that they were willing to give members discounted rates. As usual we don’t recommend places we haven’t experienced ourselves and given that Easter was first approaching sounded great to visit before including it into our packages. I love road trips coz of detours and chit chats with locals but on this particular day I opted to fly simply because I had not flown  with the new baby in town Silverstone Air  and they had a good bargain to MYD.

Well the plane was comfortable by all means I am just not sure about the noise about the noise from one of the engine it was kind of disturbing from where I was seated you just couldn’t ignore it  anyway we landed safely and crew was super awesome. Jacaranda beach Picked us up on arrival and we were welcomed with a cold juice and towel very much appreciated as it was hooot.

The name Watamu is Swahili for ‘nice or sweet people’. Among the natives of Watamu, the destination is known as the ‘lovers’ paradise’. Its blessed by long, white sand beaches that are unavailable anywhere else in the world. The sands are collected from all over the world by the Indian Ocean and deposited on this quiet lagoon and this protected natural reserves is home to unique species both above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean, from coral reefs to coastal creeks to forests alive with birds..

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How lucky were we to be hosted by a resort that is idyllically set just in the heart of the enchanting Marine Reserve of Watamu, it is surrounded by a compelling beach of fine white sand. When there are low tides, it is surrounded by spectacular landscapes and fascinating coral atolls. The coral atolls that surround Jacaranda can be easily reached on foot when there are low tides. There are quite a number of activities one can choose from organized to entertain guests and perhaps one staff you would never forget when you leave is a hilarious sweet annoying laughter of one of the animators lol!

The resort has quite a number of rooms to choose from and I loved my suite. One thing to note is carry power cables that are two pin friendly as the three pin Sockets are only available in the balcony. The resorts host a lot of Italian visitors so 80% their menu works around Italian cuisine however they do have theme nights with local cuisines. The management has set in various amenities that will make the local market feel embraced and appreciated.

During our stay the Resort Organized various Packages and on our second day we visited Marafa Depression.

Marafa Depression /Hells kitchen /Nyari is One of the more intriguing sights inland from Kenyas North coast About 30km northeast of Malindi, it’s an eroded sandstone gorge where jungle, red rock and cliffs heave themselves into a single stunning Mars-like landscape. 
The depression is currently managed as a local tourism concern by Marafa village, with the steep admission costs going into village programs. A guide will walk you around the lip of the gorge and into its heart of sandstone spikes and melted-candle-like formations, and tell the story of Hell’s Kitchen. Which goes like so: a rich family was so careless with their wealth that they bathed themselves in the valuable milk of their cows. God became angry with this excess and sank the family homestead into the earth. The white and red walls of the depression mark the milk and blood of the family painted over the gorge walls. The more mundane explanation? The depression is a chunk of sandstone that’s geologically distinct from the surrounding rock and more susceptible to wind and rain erosion.

It’s such a breathtaking view worth visiting while in the coast region.

we have a lot to tell about Watamu and this is just the beginning… of our five days tour..

Trip fully sponsored by Jacaranda Beach Resort. Best regards to the management of this wonderful resort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nanyuki farmhouse earns global acclaim

 

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A Kenyan farmhouse has made the list of the priciest and most luxurious residences in the world after it was featured in a publication released by property management firm Knight Frank.

Uligani House in Nanyuki was ranked amongst the most desirable developments in the world this year by International View 2017, a publication for latest premium property within Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and America and the Caribbean.

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The $2.95 million (Sh295 million) property sits on 81.4 acres and features a four-bedroom main house, three guest cottages and a staff quarter that can accommodate five people.

Property listed on the annual index are said to be of the finest quality

The remainder expansive land was reported to be ideal for further residential development and commercial farming.

The residence, located against the backdrop of Mt Kenya, nine kilometres from Nanyuki town, represents a shift of high-end development from Nairobi to discreet neighborhoods preferred by the super-rich as holiday and retirement destinations.

“Before a property is listed it goes through a rigorous process to ensure that it makes international appeal and Uligani House met these standards. The property’s location is perfect as Nanyuki is now a hotspot because of its climate, accessibility, numerous activities and as a quiet neighborhood,” said Anthony Havelock, head of agency, Knight Frank.

Other property featured in the report include Chiawa Farm a 21,396-acre commercial land with a private airstrip in Zambia, Constantia Upper an upmarket residential development in South Africa and The Royal Atlantis Residences in United Arab Emirates.

story as reported https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/markets/marketnews/Nanyuki-farmhouse-earns-global-acclaim/3815534-3917506-yc6vfvz/index.html

Best Destinations in the World – Travellers’ Choice Awards- Where thou at Africa?

Travellers' Choice

Top 25 Destinations — World

As reported on trip advisor

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Arcadia Lodges Uganda

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Well.. This is your gateway to the natural wonders of Uganda.

There’s one at Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale and another at Lake Mburo, Mbarara.

Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale.

What to expect :

You are received with a very personal touch and a smile.

Their facilities include top of the range service cast in the best scenery in the world.

Activities :

Bunyonyi bird watching ,Scenic walks, boat ride on the famed lake bunyonyi, Quad bikes along the Bunyonyi terrain.

Location :

The cottages are majestically set on a hillside in extensive gardens stretching over a 14 acre area, overlooking Lake Bunyonyi and a very clear view of 26 of 36 scenic islands. They are designed to provide the client with a uniquely tranquil and serene atmosphere.

Rooms:

All their rooms are self contained and provide a lovely view of the lake from all windows. They too have reliable internet accessibility.

There’s a…

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Nanyuki makes it to the ” 10 Favorite Hotels And Resorts Of The Year 2017” by Forbes Magazine

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For the last several years, Forbes.com has been doing round-ups of the Travel Year in Review for Best Hotels, 10 best destinations in the whole world and the Best & Worst of Aviation.

In a publication titled ”My 10 Favorite Hotels And Resorts Of The Year 2017” by Larry Olmsted of Forbes Magazine, sandwiched among world’s best hotels and destinations, Ol Jogi Ranch in Nanyuki emerges as one of the top favorite spots in 2017.(See the links below)

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This is what Forbes says about Ol Jogi ,”This just might be the single best place you can stay in the world – really! An African estate that is run private island-style and rented out exclusively to just a single party at a time, whether its 2 or 25 guests, there is absolutely nothing in the lodging world that can touch Ol Jogi.

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Africa overtakes Japan and Australia as the most preferred destination by Chinese travelers, A TravelZoo Survey

Travelzoo® , a global publisher of exclusive offers and experiences for members, is forecasting the largest popularity growth of Africa in 2018 among avid Chinese travelers, according to the results of the latest Travelzoo Travel Trends Survey.

The survey shows a record high number of Chinese respondents, more than 60 per cent, who plan to travel in-depth in 2018. “In-depth travels” is a term used by travel websites in China to describe the type of trips that involve more unconventional journeys beyond the typical tourist experience.

For the very first time, Africa moved up to first place as the top in-depth travel destination Chinese travelers hope to visit in 2018, dethroning the ever-popular Japan and Australia.

Among the destinations in Africa, Travelzoo’s Chinese members are most interested in Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar and Tanzania, according to Travelzoo’s website statistics.

Travelzoo deal experts say the rapid growth in popularity in exotic destinations such as Morocco and Tunisia is largely due to relaxation of visa requirements for Chinese nationals.

Chinese passport holders have been granted visa-free access to visit Morocco since June 2016 and Tunisia since February 2017, and visa-on-arrival access to enter Tanzania and Egypt.

There was a 378% year-over-year growth in Chinese arrivals in Morocco and 240% in Tunisia during the six months after the easing of visa requirements, which pushed Morocco to first place and Tunisia third as the destinations that enjoyed the greatest growth in Chinese visitors.

Furthermore, the survey showed a 25% increase in the number of Travelzoo members in China who plan to take five or more overseas holidays in 2018. Travelzoo’s statistics show the click-through rates of Morocco deals have increased 20% since the visa-free Morocco access was announced.

“Travelzoo members like to explore the less-traveled destinations and have immersive local experiences,” comments Yoyo Huang, Associate Publisher at Travelzoo in China. “These Travelzoo members become influencers for their friends and family when they seek travel suggestions. Now that the major visa restrictions were lifted, our members are definitely keen on Africa and their friends will follow. 2018 is about time that Africa took off and continued to grow in popularity throughout the year.”

Beach holidays still top the activities Chinese travelers are interested in, followed by food and wine. Third place, however, was taken by historic attractions, rising from fifth spot last year.

Cruises climbed to seventh place from tenth and photography tours appeared in the top 10 the first time. Otherwise, shopping dropped out of the top 10 activities for the first time and sightseeing also fell from ninth spot to last.

“The days when Chinese tourists were entertained by merely sightseeing and shopping are long gone,” adds Huang, “the middle class in China are now seeking unforgettable experiences at their own pace when they travel. The destinations that offer rich culture and nature should expect many more Chinese visitors, so we’re confident in our prediction that 2018 will see Africa secure its place as the fastest-growing popular destination among avid Chinese travelers.”

Additionally, the survey revealed that the U.S.—one of the top five destinations of all time for Chinese travelers—fell from the third place to fifth this year while Japan and Australia remain number one and two. The U.K. retains the fourth spot, while no other Western European country made it into the top 10 this year.

www.travelzoo.com

Article as reflected on https://africabusinesscommunities.com/africadata/africa-overtakes-japan-and-australia-as-the-most-preferred-destination-by-chinese-travelers-travelzoo-survey/

Is Kenya ready for Halal Travel?

Sometimes last year I happened to host a Muslim family from Argentina and automatically I was their guide and during their stay we happened to take a day trip to a national park and after a meal one of them asked if I knew if the hotel had a prayer room where resident could use…. where else Serena was kind enough to offer somewhere it came to my mind if the tourism industry in Kenya is quite prepared for the muslim travelers needs besides Halal foods. So whats Halal Travel

  • Halal travel: This is a  travel by muslim who do not wish to compromise their faith-based needs while traveling for a purpose, which is permissible.

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The Muslim travel market is one of the most lucrative and one of the most rapidly growing market segments in the industry. It is also one of the world’s highest spending tourist markets. Therefore it is vital that destinations, businesses and travel-related entities take the needs of this market segment into consideration when devising business models and plans.

According to Mastercard report The Muslim market is valued to be worth an estimated $126 billion, with this figure expected to increase rapidly over the next few years. By 2020, the market value is estimated to reach $200 billion, with an estimate of 168 Million muslim travelers and will make up a significant percentage of total global expenditure.

By engaging with this dynamic market segment, destinations and travel-related businesses can benefit greatly. The untapped Muslim travel market has great potential for industry players with a wealth of business opportunities and revenue streams in the future.

Muslim travellers travel for the same reasons as any other tourist – to explore the different destinations and experience their unique culture. However they do not wish to compromise on their beliefs and have certain requirements and needs when travelling – such as the availability of Halal food and prayer facilities at their selected destination. Destinations that are able to provide these facilities and meet the requirements of Halal-conscious travellers are generally preferred amongst Muslims.

Understanding the unique needs of Muslim travellers can benefit destinations, accommodation providers, travel agents, restaurants, airlines, government associations and any travel-related entity. By evaluating their current offerings and upgrading a few facilities, it is possible to better serve Muslim travellers and become the preferred choice amongst the entire market segment.

Many destinations across the world have identified this potential and are adapting their offerings to better appeal to the Muslim travel market. One such example is Japan. In a bid to diversify its tourism industry, the Japanese Government is implementing plans to increase the availability of Halal food, prayer facilities and other Muslim-friendly facilities . As a result, Muslim visitor arrivals are forecasted to hit 1 million by 2020 with a growth rate of over 18% over the next few years. Other countries have applications around Halal Travel.

If you still haven’t considered Muslim travelers in your establishment, Here are a list of what you need to have to attract more of this travelers as categorized by crescentrating; The eBook here is a good guide on how a Hotel could cater to their Muslim guests during the month of fasting.

Need to Have; In the “Need to have” category are Halal food services and prayer facilities. Having an acceptable level of these services in places like hotels, attractions, theme parks, shopping malls etc., is integral to having a sustained growth of these travelers to the destination. Those unable to cater to these two needs are better off postponing targeting this segment until such a time as they are able to provide these services.

Halal food is by far the most important service that a Halal conscious traveler is looking for when traveling. As a result, it is one of the main beneficiaries of the growing Muslim travel sector.

Prayer rooms equipped with “foot washing” facilities easily accessible at the Destinations’ main tourism hotspots is another “Need to have” feature.

Good to have; Availability of water in wash rooms” and “the ability for a destination to cater to the Muslim travelers during the month fasting (Ramadhan)”  Use of water in the toilets is a Muslim etiquette. Not having a proper setup to do that is discomforting for travelers. Providing such facilities has become less cumbersome now with the widespread availability of hand showers, bidets or even Japanese style toilets.

Nice to have; Finally, in the “Nice to have” category are those services or facilities with “no non-halal services/activities” and “recreational services which provide privacy for males and females”. There is a growing sub-segment of Muslim travelers who are looking for destinations, resorts etc. offering these types of services. Some resorts in Turkey are already targeting these holiday makers and reaping huge benefits.

As far as Kenya religion goes, the Constitution of Kenya guarantees freedom of religion and worship to its people and that includes Islam one of the major religion in Kenya.  The largest number of Muslims in Kenya are found in Mombasa and the neighboring coastal regions, as well as the northeastern regions of Kenya. Nairobi also has numerous mosques and a notable Muslim following however there are mosques through out the country and yes kenya is open for Halal travel….

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