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Priderock, Timon and Pumbaa's hideaway
The Lion King - the film that we have all been waiting for was inspired by some of the stunning scenery found in Kenya’s National Parks – here are some of the highlights:
The original Pride Rock is located in Borana Conservancy in Laikipia and you can book your guests a private sundower right on the rock with us. This private conservancy has a population of 40 lions and currently there are lots of baby Simbas running around too! It is also at the forefront of rhino conservation in East Africa and there are lots of ways to explore the area – day & night game drives, walking, cycling and horse riding are just a few of them. Contact us to include Borana in your guest’s itinerary.
The heart wrenching scene of the wildebeest stampeding down the gorge was inspired by the gorge in Hells Gate National Park near Lake Naivasha. Your guests can come with us on a walk through this stunning gorge and see why it inspired the animators. There are lots of other things to do in the area including boat rides, walks on Crescent Island or even visit a working flower farm. Contact us to include a visit to Hells Gate in your guest’s itinerary.
Remember Timon and Pumbaa and their idyllic forest hideaway? This was inspired by the Aberdares National Park – a stunning range of forested hills on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Walking through this area will take your guests past magnificent waterfalls and rivers giving them the feeling of escaping into the film itself. Contact us to include a visit to the Aberdares in your guest’s itinerary.
NEW: Elewana Lodo Springs
Set on an escarpment, within the Loisaba Conservancy, Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs opened in June 2019. With floor to ceiling windows with views across the conservancy and Mount Kenya, its eight tented rooms have been furnished in antique and vintage pieces and come with a dedicated butler, safari vehicle and driver. Activities include game drives, bush meals, bush walks, horse and camel riding for experienced riders.
Giraffe Manor News
Giraffe Manor has upgraded Marlon and Lynn rooms from standard to superior rooms to now comprise of ten superior rooms, one family room (Finch Hattons) and one Superior Family Suite (Karen Blixen) which has two bedrooms with a shared terrace and lounge. Consequently, there are no standard rooms at the boutique hotel.
Hemingways Nairobi joins the Virtuoso Network
Hemingways Nairobi has joined the Virtuoso network – Virtuoso amenities will apply to clients booked by a Virtuoso agent through A&K. The following amenities will be applicable:
- Upgraded room based on availability
- Complimentary Breakfast
- Complimentary Wi-fi
- Bottle of house wine
Guided Bush Walks Suspended in Kenya
The government of Kenya requires all licensed gun holders to reapply for their licenses using a new biometric system. This means that walking safaris and fly camping in most areas of Kenya have been suspended until the guides have their new licenses. Please contact us if you have a query in regards to a certain property.
Reteti House opening in February 2020
Reteti House is a new, exclusive-use house located in Namunyak Conservancy scheduled to be open in February 2020. Located in Kenya’s northern frontier, in the shadow of the Mathews Ranges, Namunyak is an area of pristine wilderness and is home to elephant, leopard and the rare wild dog.
Reteti House will have seven rooms and will sleep a maximum of 16 guests. A dip in the swimming pool would be the best place to cool off the warm Samburu days. Guests can get to Reteti House by private charter into Namunyak airstrip or by scheduled flight to Kalama approx.1.5 hours drive or to Lewa airstrip approx. 3.5 hours drive.
Air France plans daily flights to Nairobi
In 2020 Air France will launch daily flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. In March 2019, the airline increased flights from three to five times a week, serviced by the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Air France resumed flights to Nairobi in 2018 after an 18 year hiatus.
A&K Philanthropy: Safe Water for Schools Initiative
Access to clean drinking water is a huge challenge in East Africa, more so for communities living in rural areas who depend on unpurified water sources such as streams, lakes and rivers. As a result, water borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and other health complications arise causing untold suffering.
A&K Philanthropy has partnered with LifeStraw to provide safe drinking water for school children in the Masai Mara. The Safe Water for Schools initiative utilizes LifeStraw's community filter, a high-volume water purifier that converts contaminated water into safe drinking water by removing bacteria, viruses and protozoan parasites. So far the initiative has benefited over 16,000 Maasai students.
Include a visit to Enkereri Primary School in your clients' Masai Mara safari and let them see the LifeStraw filter in action.
INSIDER ACCESS: Bird fun for the family
The history of falconry, the use of birds of prey to hunt, started in the East as far back as 2000 BC, and from there moved to Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. The sport was popular among the wealthy noble and was taught alongside riding and archery. The practice of falconry, however, has dwindled over the years due to growing technology and unfortunately the use of pesticides which has seen the bird numbers dwindle significantly.
Enjoy a day of noble fun at the Raptor Rehabilitation Trust in Karen, Nairobi. Get a close encounter of the eagles, hawks and owls as they perch on your arm much like they did in medieval times. Raptor Rehabilitation Trust was formed to rehabilitate injured raptors, raise orphaned birds of prey, and increase public awareness about the importance of raptors and conservation of birds of prey. Among other reasons, birds of prey are essential because they help control the populations of rodents such as squirrels and rats, fish, insects and reptiles. Email us to include a day of bird fun in your clients' itinerary and enhance their stay in Nairobi.
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.
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