Travel and News September 2016 Newsletter

September 2016 Newsletter Big Five

Hello,

The 9th month of the year is finally here with us, the best travel month! Have you planned your travel?

We now have our city in the sun back to normal after a very successful TICAD IV leaving the travel industry smiling all the way to the bank! We are looking forward to the next international conference…..

We appreciate you our clients, thank you.

Njoki.

The Big Five

Africa is the without a doubt one of the most popular game-viewing destination on the planet and ‘The Big Five’ is one of the reasons why… The big five game animals are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros. The term “big five game” was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. These five large African mammal species were known to be dangerous and it was considered a feat by trophy hunters to bring them home. Today, however, the expression takes on a gentler form, referring to seeing the Big Five—not shooting them—during safari on the African continent.

Facts about ‘The Big Five’

The Elephant is the largest and most powerful land living mammal, it grows up to 4 metres high and can weigh up to 8 tons. The elephant brain weighs 4.5kgs and can live up to 70 years. Many plants species have evolved seeds that are dependent on passing through an elephants digestive tract before they can germinate..

The Buffalo considered the most dangerous of the five, its primary predator is the lion. Buffalos will usually come together to rescue each other when caught and have been observed killing a lion after it has killed a member of the group.

The Lion may attack without provocation and is considered the best of the big five. Typically, the older the lion the darker the mane is…

The Rhinoceros the most critically endangered of the five has very poor vision and many a times attack trees by accident. However their hearing and sense of smell are excellent thus making up for their poor eyesight. We have the black and the very rare white rhinos. White rhinos are not white but gray to yellowish in color. The name takes root from the Dutch ‘weit which means wide’ in reference to the animals wide muzzle. There are only 3 Northern white rhinoceros left in the whole world. They live in our very own Ol Pejeta conservancy. They are protected round the clock by armed guards.

The Leopard least seen of the big five is nocturnal, solitary and secretive staying hidden during the day. The leopard is the smallest of the big cats and rarely exceeds 91kg. Leopards are excellent at climbing trees and will often safeguard their kill in a tree to prevent lions and hyenas from stealing their kill. They are strong swimmers and occasionally eat fish and crab.

Reasons to travel:

 

Mombasa Carnival

The Mombasa Carnival is the biggest and most engaging festival in Kenya and is organised by the Ministry of Tourism. The event which usually take place in November revolves around two parades which converge on Moi Avenue with Mombasa’s multicultural communities represented by floats, costumes, music and dance.

Stanchart Marathon

This year, Standard Chartered extended its sponsorship for the marathon for another five years. Together with Athletics Kenya, we have creatively modeled the Nairobi Marathon into different categories to suit all. From the grueling full and half marathon that call for extreme courage and endurance, to the 10km, the wheelchair race and the family fun run, the Nairobi marathon has something for everyone.

Did you know?

Masai Mara is rated as one of the unique national reserves of the world…

The Masai Mara National Reserve is a park in the South East of Kenya. This is actually not a National Park but a National Reserve.

This means that the reserve belongs to the Masai people and the park is administered by the local county council. Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) is one of Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems and possibly the world’s top safari big game viewing eco-system.

Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level, add the conservancies and the area is at least twice the size. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and over 570 recorded species of birds. It is only possible to enter the park by car or air, it is absolutely prohibited to enter the park on foot outside the campsite or lodges, because of the wild animals. The best way to get around is a 4 wheel drive safari vehicle.

The Masai Mara National Reserve is each year visited by thousands of tourists and is considered to be one of the most popular parks in Africa. The park is especially famous for the migration of over 2 million wildebeest. It’s one of the parks where you can spot the famous Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Especially the Lion is common in these region, other animals that can be spotted are cheetahs, jackals, giraffes, hippos and not to forget the rich bird life.

Travel Tip

Make sure you buy your ticket under the exact name that appears on your passport or ID for both local or international travel. It might seem obvious to you that Sam is a nickname for Samson, but it may not to a check-in officer, a desk agent, or a security officer―any of whom could ask you to show ID with that name before boarding……

World Travel Fact

Maldives the lowest nation on earth with an average height of 1.8 meters above sea level is most likely to disappear from the face of the earth! Global warming and rising sea levels will be the reason for it…….

Our Travel Diaries

Imagine sitting in flight for 12hrs 55min with a stopover of about 4hours? That is how long a trip to London would take on Qatar Airlines. The stopover at the Capital of Qatar Doha, was quite an exciting adventure just to take a brief comparison of another country’s airport (Hamed International Airport) with ours.

The flight was comfortable with meals on board being well balanced and dietary needs of every individual taken into account, even special diets as long as the specific request has been made 72 hours prior departure.

Our destination the United Kingdom, the immigration modalities at the Heathrow airport went smoothly with our documentation going through a thorough screening just to ensure we were there legally. Once that was done we headed for the arrivals where we met our bus driver. Our final destination and home for the next 8 days, Manchester city… Did I say why I was going for Manchester? Well I was accompanying Makini sports academy for the 2016 super cup tournament, in total we were a group of 19 students and 7 adults. read more…

Quote of the month:

“The power to question is the basis of all human progress.”
– Indra Gandhi

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