Friday, August 21, 2015

East Africa safari updates from Albatros Travel

New Kenya e-visa mandatory as of September 1st:
Kenya: From July 2015, Kenya introduced online visa application. The online system will run concurrently with the existing manual system, until end of August. From September 1, only online applications will be accepted. You will need to provide a scanned copy of your passport, and a scanned passport photograph to apply.

Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
President Obama's Kenya Visit
Last month saw the arrival of the US President, Barack Obama for the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) held in Nairobi. This was a historical event, considering that it was the first ever visit to Kenya by a sitting US president. Security was heightened and Kenyans were on high spirits to welcome Obama in their usual hospitable manner.

President Obama said that Masai Mara and Lamu were in his wish list of places to visit in Kenya again. Reminiscing about his visit to Lamu with Michelle after their engagement, he nostalgically remembered taking the dhow to fish, and cooking the fish right at the beach.

We will be pleased to assist you in understanding Obama’s Kenya by arranging a safari package following the footsteps of President Obama.

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The Wildebeest Migration Is Here!
Although a bit later than usual, The great wildebeest migration has begun, with several thousand wildebeests crossing the Sand River into the Masai Mara. In the past weeks, some herds, comprising of mostly zebras have been spotted crossing the sand river and at the lookout point

The best of the migration is still to come, and we still have lots of last minute availability in the Mara, please contact us to book your clients’ front row seats to this amazing spectacle

Photo: Lemala Camps
Lemala Camp Introduces the Kids Club 
Travelling with kids to Africa may appear to be a daunting prospect. However, in Tanzania, Lemala Camps are offering a wide range of wonderful opportunities for children to experience and enjoy the magic of the Africa bush.

Kids aged 12 and under travelling to Lemala Camps and Lodges will enjoy at no extra charge access to Lemala Cubs activities which include a special Lemala Cubs rucksack filled with colouring pencils, a water bottle, a Lemala Activity book filled with puzzles and educational information on the wildlife and surrounding flora and fauna, magic dust to create casts of spoor found around the camps.  Kids will learn how to roast marshmallows over the fires, throw (blunt) spears and use bows and arrows like the Maasai, learn tracking techniques, identify wildlife, walk with the Maasai, learn about Tanzania and so much more.  We cater for early kids dinners that are healthy for kids to refuel at the end of each adventure filled day. Returning to their rooms in the evenings, kids will find a specially chosen Africa story to lull them to sleep with dreams of the following fun filled day.  Staying with us will be an opportunity to introduce children to the wonders of the African Bush.

Pilatus PC12. Photo: Coastal Aviation
Coastal Aviation Introduces First Class Flight From Zanzibar to Serengeti
The airline has introduced a new direct flight between Zanzibar and Serengeti National Park. Aimed at taking passengers more comfortably and faster between the two destinations, the flight uses the Pilatus PC12 aircraft, with fewer or no stops in between the destinations. This is to ensure that guests enjoy first class experience, at no additional cost. The flight departs Zanzibar in the morning, flying directly into Serengeti, then flies directly back to Zanzibar where guests arrive in time for lunch. In Serengeti, it serves 3 airstrips, with the first stop being at Seronera, and the other two depending on the location of the wildebeest migration.

Celebrating the Magic of Kenya - #WhyILoveKenya
 In June 2014, stakeholders in the Kenya tourism industry launched the 'Why I Love Kenya' campaign. The initiative aimed at encouraging Kenyans to share the many positive stories about the country to counter the negative publicity that the country had had in the past few months. The results were astounding. Many Kenyans and Kenya travel enthusiasts shared amazing photos on Instagram, FaceBook, and other media.

Click here to see for yourself some of the wonderful photos and short articles about certain areas of Kenya. Take a look and be inspired.

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