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Nov 21, 2015

African Travel Solutions & Safari Trails November Newsletter

THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION – THE BEST EVER!
As large herds of wildebeest continued to cross into the Mara well into the month of October, it is safe to say that that 2015 has been one of the most noteworthy and spectacular migrations in recent years.
The wildebeest migration, one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”, is an annual event that sees the mega-herd cover around 40,000 square kilometres of land, from Tanzania to Kenya, all while being stalked and hunted by lions and other large carnivores.
THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE EAST AFRICAN SAFARI CLASSIC RALLY!

The East African Safari Classic Rally, which will take place across Kenya and Tanzania from November 19th to 27th 2015 happens once every two years and is the modern-day event of the original Safari Rally which earned the reputation of the world’s toughest rally. The rally begins in Mombasa with a loop of competitive sections finishing back at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa, before spreading its wings to travel to Tanzania through Amboseli and the border post of Namanga. In Tanzania, it visits Lake Manyara and Arusha and then goes back to Mombasa via the border post at Taveta. The whole event will be about 3,331 kilometres (2,070 miles) long spread over a period of nine days in both Kenya and Tanzania. Twice winner of the rally and one of the biggest names in the history of the Kenya National Rally Championship, Ian Duncan, will head the list of fifty-seven starters in his Ford Capri 3100. Starting immediately behind him will be two Porsche 911s driven by previous FIA Rally Champions, Gregoire de Mevius from Belgium and Stig Blomqvist from Sweden.
Inset is a Ford Escort Mk1 which will be driven by Mr. Karim Wissanji, CEO of Elewana and Sopa Lodges.
The Safari Trails team wishes Mr. Karim Wissanji and his entire service crew the best of luck!
OVER 1.5 MILLION TO ATTEND  POPE’S NAIROBI MASS

An estimated 1.5 million Catholics are expected to attend the mass by Pope Francis at Uhuru Park, Nairobi later this month. The rare mass will be held on November 26th and those who will attend will be selected from the 20,000 Catholic Church mass centres across the country. These centres include Catholic schools, colleges, outposts and the 700 parishes. The Catholic Church is the largest denomination in Kenya, with about 14 million faithful. Preparations are in high gear and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has said the city will be secure and ready to host the Pope by the time he lands in Kenya on November 25th.
THE CHEF’S TABLE AT THE SAROVA STANLEY – A ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE!

The Sarova Stanley’s Chef’s table provides the ultimate culinary front-row seat – Overlooking the main kitchen and accommodating up to 6 guests, the Chefs Table provides a fantastic opportunity to discover the inner workings of the Kitchen and observe the chefs creating their award winning dishes.  This is a unique experience for guests with an exclusive liking for personalized service. Guests are encouraged to come up with their own menus which the Executive chef will then whip up, depending on season and market availability. The award winning chefs also avail themselves throughout the experience to discuss and explain the various preparation methods, cooking techniques as well as the historical origins of the dishes. The experience comes complete with a dedicated sommelier for the guests at the chef’s table!
SAROVA HOTELS’ ACCOLADES AT THE WORLD LUXURY HOTELS AWARDS 2015
World Luxury Hotel Awards events offer hoteliers with a unique opportunity to savor and celebrate their achievements of the past year with their industry peers. Sarova Hotels proudly scooped 4 top awards at this year’s World Luxury Hotel Awards held at the Harbour Grand Hong Kong on 24th October 2015.
Sarova Hotels, Resorts and Lodges won in the following categories:
• Africa’s Top Luxury Hotel Brand – Sarova Hotels, Resorts & Game Lodges
• Africa’s Top Luxury Historical Hotel – Sarova Stanley
• Kenya’s Top Luxury Beach Resort – Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
• World’s Top Luxury Tented Safari Camp – Sarova Mara Game Lodge
These awards are a testament to the efforts of the entire team and Management.
SUN AFRICA HOTELS SHINES ONCE AGAIN AT WORLD LUXURY HOTELS AWARDS 2015

Sun Africa Hotels, whose portfolio includes seven properties and a balloon company claimed five awards at the 2015 World Luxury Hotels Awards Gala, including the coveted title of Best Hotel Management Company in Africa for two consecutive years. This year the ceremony was held at the Harbour Grand Hotel Hong Kong, on 24th October 2015, where Sun Africa Hotels and its brands were crowned with accolades as follows.
• Sun Africa Hotels was named Continent Winner, Best Hotel Management Company in Africa
• Kiboko Luxury Camp in Naivasha received the award for Continent Winner Luxury Tented Safari Camp,
• Sovereign Suites in Nairobi was named Continent Winner Luxury Suite Hotel in Africa
• Keekorok Lodge in Maasai Mara was awarded Continent Winner Luxury Wildlife Resort in Africa.
• Sun Africa Beach Resort, Mombasa was also bestowed Continent Winner Luxury New Hotel.

The various properties have previously received accolades in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 under the World Luxury Hotels and with the latest awards, Sun Africa and its brands has a total of 18 wins since its 2010 undertaking as management. The World Luxury Hotel Awards, which are also considered as the ‘Oscars’ of the hotel industry, are accepted as the pinnacle of achievement for Luxury Hotels worldwide. These Awards were establishedas a celebration of ultimate achievement in service excellence, rewarding and congratulating hotels that have excelled beyond the normal call of duty. Award winners set the benchmark for luxury hotels and spas on the global front in achieving recognition for exceptional service.
EMIRATES JOINS FIGHT TO SAVE ANIMALS!

Cecil the Lion was killed this past summer, numerous airlines including Emirates took a stand and banned big-game trophies from flights. The Dubai-based airline now has taken that one step further, showing its support for United for Wildlife, a coalition of conservation organizations, by painting decals of endangered animals on two of its jumbo jets.  The liveries of two A380s feature animals threatened by poaching, such as African elephants and rhinos, and the airline is using the planes to raise awareness about the illegal wildlife trade and promote protection efforts. As Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said in a press release: “The world is in a global poaching crisis, and everyone has to do their part to stop this, before it is too late. Emirates believes that the global transport industry, including airlines, can play a significant role to break the supply chain of illegal wildlife trade. And at Emirates, we are committing the resources to do our part.”
To further spread the message against the illegal wildlife trade, Emirates will publish regular feature stories on the subject in its in-flight magazine, as well as add related podcasts and films to its in-flight entertainment system. The airline says it is also working to train its staff about how to identify illegal animal goods and what to do when they encounter such products.
GUESS THE LOCATION OF THIS STUNNING IMAGE?

Hint – It’s not too far from a place we call home! This is an aerial view of Nabiyotum Crater in Lake Turkana – the world’s largest desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake. This geological marvel is located in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. This caldera is formed from the remnants of a collapsed volcano and the scale of this impressive geographical feature is best seen from the air, by helicopter or Cessna plane. Given its extreme isolation and near-impossible land access, this is also the most feasible option for visiting. Picture: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media
THE CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE!
Safari Trails’ 10th Anniversary celebrations continue as we offer you attractive deals and discounts for the upcoming festive season! Get in touch now!
LUCKY HUGHS! – JUST A CO-INCIDENCE?

Over a period of 200 years, 3 ships perished at the same location off the coast of Wales, on the same day (December 5th) and all 3 had only one survivor. The 3 survivors all had the same name: Hugh Williams.
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