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Photo of waterfowl at Lake Nakuru by Muguette Goufrani, Africa Travel Magazine



TANZANIA (eTN) - Selected to host the 40th Africa Travel Association (ATA) World Congress November this year, Nairobi, the Kenyan capital city, has been rated the only city in the world boasting of a wildlife park. Nairobi, which is counted as the most beautiful and a leading business metropolis in East and Central Africa, is rated a tourist-friendly city by its nightlife, cool weather, accommodation services, regional and global gatherings, as well as a hub for regional tourism.

Nairobi prides itself on hosting the regional headquarters of multinational companies, and of being the powerhouse driving the East Africa economy. According to a Kenyan newspaper, the Daily Nation, Nairobi has been counted as the only city in the world that boasts a game park. It quoted a publication painting a rosy picture of the city’s night life and mysteries, which all in all, make it a tourist-friendly metropolis and worth to visit.

The publication mentioned the city to have many more mysteries, but, most attractive is the Nairobi National Park which is located just a 10-minute drive from the metropolis, and is home to a variety of wild animals.

Nairobi National Park has raised wood walkways that provide a panoramic view of the park’s ecology. The visitor gets a clear picture of what to look forward to seeing. It was establlished by British settlers in the 1940s, and occupies some 117 square kilometers. 

Home to more than 550 species of birds and attracting some 150,000 visitors a year, the park also acts as the lungs of the city, bringing in fresh air to an increasingly crowded capital.

The park is home to diverse wildlife, from the African buffalo, impala, waterbuck, Burchell’s zebra, hartebeest, and ostrich to the nocturnal lion and leopard.

Giraffes can also be seen loping about, their elongated necks dwarfing the acacia trees. For the bird watcher, there are endless flocks to explore, with an estimated over 500 permanent and migratory species. The park is also one of Kenya’s most successful rhino sanctuaries. Both species of rhino, white and black, can be found within the park.

The southern boundary is formed by the River Mbagathi and on hot, sunny days, especially in August, herds of zebra, wildebeest, and other ungulates flock to quench their thirst. Beyond the river is Maasai cattle country, which lies on the migratory corridor through which the animals access the Athi Kapiti plains during the rainy season.

Another must-see place is the ivory burning site monument, where then President Moi burned 12 tons of ivory in 1989 as a gesture to persuade the world to halt the trade.

Children on school trips flock to the park by the hundreds to gape at this magnificent urban jungle.

The Kenyan government has fostered a tradition of hosting the ATA Congress every ten years, said ATA Executive Director Edward Bergman, adding, “On the occasion of ATA’s 40th anniversary, we are eager to return to Kenya for this milestone in ATA’s history. We are delighted to bring together the public and private sectors, travel industry, and media to participate in the Congress.”

ATA Congress delegates include African tourism ministers, tourist industry professionals representing tourism boards, destination representatives, travel agents, tour operators, airlines, hotels and accommodations, service providers, and travel media. 

Participants from the corporate, nonprofit, and academic sectors are also expected to attend along with travel and hospitality students. Pre- and post-Congress tours will also be available to explore Magical Kenya beyond the Congress.

By WorldtravelNews

Kenya: An Exclusive Offer from Mara Toto Camp

Mara Toto Camp, Kenya, is everything you would expect from a traditional Masai Mara camp. Colonial in style (you can’t miss the brass chandeliers), there are five specially designed tents, which not only draw on the highlights of the camps stunning setting, but does so in such a way you can completely relax. When it comes to game viewing it’s the prime leopard territory, along with the annual wildebeest and zebra migration – all which can be witnessed from your own hammock.

Travelling as a large group or with the whole family is becoming increasingly popular, and we can offer a six night stay with exclusive use of Mara Toto Camp in the Masai Mara on a full-board basis with local drinks, game activity and laundry. This also includes internal flights, road transfers and international flights from London Heathrow. Prices start from £3,500 per person based on 10 people travelling.

To have exclusive use of this 10 person camp, means you only have to pay for 6 out of the 10 people and then free scheduled flights on top makes it in excess of a huge 40% saving.

Valid for travel from now to 19 December 2015. ###

In the week that Lufthansa announce new four and five-weekly flight service to Nairobi, starting at 27 October, and a week after Great Plains announces our own fly free offers in Kenya and Botswana, Great Plains Conservation have come up with an additional offer that will really fill those Airbus A340-300s – certainly the front of the plane, because now Kenya has become ever so much affordable, and easy to get to, travelers can have more money to travel in extra comfort.

So for small groups heading for Mara Toto Camp – Toto an endearing term for child in Swahili – can now have exclusivity of the camp and save up to 40% on the accommodation, plus much more when you factor in the free flights to and from the camp. The five tent camp, sleeping 10, can be exclusively yours for just 6 paying clients! If you have 8 guests in a group, you pay for 8 guests and have the camp exclusively, saving 20%. If you have 10 guests, well you pay for 10, but you still get free flights (see box below for free flight details). Valid now through to 19 December 2016.

Don’t forget to combine these new Lufthansa services into Nairobi and out from Johannesburg to take advantage of the Great African Flying Adventure.

Great Plains Conservation, www.greatplainsconservation.com

The East African Wild Life Society

During our editorial team's recent 40 day visit to Kenya, we were fortunate to arrange a meeting with the East African Wild Life Society, one of the pillars of conservation and ecotourism throughout a vast and highly important sector of Africa. We consider this one of the most important interview sessions in our fact finding mission. Here in brief capsule for is a profile of this worthy organization, which invites you to get involved.

The East African Wild Life Society, EAWLS, was formed in 1961. The Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Societies, both started in 1956, joined together with wildlife enthusiasts from Uganda, and thus EAWLS was born. EAWLS was established as a membership organization, as reflected in its constitution, and is registered as a Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, under the NGO Act of 1990. For over forty years now, EAWLS has been at the forefront of efforts protecting endangered and threatened species and habitats in East Africa. E-mail: info@eawildlife.org . Web ite: www.eawildlife.org

Kenya Wildlife Service

While in Kenya on their second lengthy business trip and tour in 12 months, our editors visited the Kenya Wildlife Service management at their attractive facilities in Nairobi. As a result, we will be featuring KWS prominently in coming editions of Africa Travel Magazine and this and other Worldscene web sites. For the moment, we introduce our readers to KWS with news releases and an excerpt from the organization's excellent web site:

"That Kenya is a "land of contrasts" is not a traveller's guide cliché. The country straddles the equator, in the South East is the Indian Ocean, and to the west is lake Victoria - the second largest fresh water lake in the world. The vegetation varies from the dense tropical forests, the mangrove forests along the coast, to the shrubery of the arid desert lands, to the thick mountainous forests and alpine vegetation along the slopes of the snowcapped Mount Kenya. Kenya's landscape is most fascinating and diverse. And it boasts some of the richest and diverse variety of game in the Parks and Reserves. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is charged with the protection and conservation of the country's biodiversity as presented by its fauna and flora. KWS's role is as diverse as the country itself. " Continued

Eighteen African antelopes bred in North America have arrived in Kenya in an effort to save the species from extinction in its native habitat, in the first ever 'repatriation' of large zoo bred African mammals.

The shipment of the elegant mountain bongos from a breeding program in U.S. and Canadian zoos, are to be moved into a Game ranch near Mt Kenya. A large antelope with red fur interspersed with fine white stripes, the mountain bongo- a native to the Kenyan highlands, is considered a prize specimen for zoos around the world. The average male bongo weighs about 250 kg (550 lbs) and its horns can grow to a length of one meter (3 ft 3 in). There are 400 bongo living in American zoos, more than four times the wild population, which has been decimated by poaching and habitat loss. The newly arrived 18 are the first batch of 60 that will be taken to Kenya by 2006 in a project backed by the U.N. Development Program and several conservation organizations.

The repatriated zoo antelopes will not be able to survive in the wild, and will be kept captive at the game ranch. It will be their offspring that are eventually released into the adjacent Mount Kenya National Park in a few years, said Nancy Chege, an environmentalist monitoring the program.

This program is great news for the diversity of the Mt Kenya Forests, recently named a World Heritage Site. The bongo has come to symbolize this high and wild region, and now visitors to the Mountain may once again catch a glimpse of this rare and elusive creature.


Kenya has 126 species of Snakes- yet most visitors to the country leave without seeing one of these shy and elusive reptiles. The question is- What if you would actually like to see one? An all new Specialized Safari outfit is offering a Kenya Snakes Safari- a genuine adventure that combines wild walks, river rafting, visits to witch doctors' caves and tracking down Kenya's top 5 snake species.

The trip is called the Big 5 Snake Safari in reference to the popular term for the 5 most popular African Big Game species- Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant.

In this case- this Safari goes in search of the most impressive species of African snake- the Python, Boomslang, Puff Adder, Cobra and the Mamba.

This trip is run by some of Kenya's top reptile experts and professional snake catchers. The aim of the entire venture is to promote education and awareness of snakes, and to demonstrate through firsthand experience that these creatures play an important and fascinating role in African ecosystems, and rarely live up to their maligned and mythologized reputations as aggressive killers.

Anyone joining the safari will discover that snakes are extremely shy of humans, and will go to great lengths to avoid people. This makes finding the 'Big 5î species in a single safari a genuine challenge.

In fact, it's this challenge that makes this safari what it is: an adventure- it involves a lot of travel through a range of habitats and landscapes, tracking down snakes through forests, dry river beds, rocky cliffs and mangroves. The safari takes in plenty of other wildlife along the way as well, as well as village visits, wild camping, rafting and time off on one of the world's best beaches.

If you are looking for a wildlife safari that doesn't involve taking photos from the safety of a vehicle, and would like to get out and explore and interact with wild animals up close and personal, and have a genuine adventure, then this is the trip for you.

KENYA TOURIST BOARD rkwena@kenyatourism.org

You can see "Magical Kenya" today or tomorrow at your local theater, in the exciting movie Tomb Raiders II. Then you'll have some idea of why this country has been captivating generations of North American and world travelers. Africa Travel Magazine is going on the road to beat the drums for Kenya's 30th Jubilee Congress in North America and beyond. For the Africa Travel Association (ATA ), our Kenya Story began at the birth of our friendly, fully integrated, international, nonprofit, nonpolitical, high-energy travel association in 1975. Our launch needed a focal point, a popular, well known venue that would gain the spotlight and attract North American travel agents. Why did New York's Murray Vidockler and his founding group select Nairobi, Kenya out of 53 African capitals? The reasons were plain to see and Kenya's major city became the unanimous choice as venue for ATA's first International Marketing Congress. One of the first delegates to sign was Elyse White, a New York City travel agent. Elyse, who remains youthful in her mid nineties, has enjoyed every ATA congress ever since. When she writes me, her e-mail nickname is "Mama Safari.



Photos courtesy of Kenya Tourism