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May 17, 2015

Safari Trails & African Travel Solutions News Update May 2015

Mother’s Day has come and gone, but it shouldn’t be the only day in the year to show love and appreciation to our mums…
We at Safari Trails are dedicating the entire month of May to Mothers! Pamper her, treat her, and what better gift than a surprise vacation for the mums in your life!
Contact us for our special offers.

On our special ‘Month for Mums’, we would also like to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Princess Kate on the birth of their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, who will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge!
VIPINGO RIDGE – A GOLFER’S PARADISE!

Vipingo Ridge is a five star private residential golfing destination on one of the most beautiful, scenic and tranquil locations – the beautiful Mombasa North Coast. The exclusive 2,500 acre residential estate is centered around an outstanding Clubhouse with an 18-hole championship golf course. The Clubhouse and the first of the two 18 hole golf courses is open for residents and guests to enjoy. The estate also boasts other treasures including a private beach club, private airstrip, numerous lakes, woodland areas and nature trails, and the newly opened Sundowner Bar. This is a beautiful spot to simply watch the African sunset, have a swim in the 25 metre lap pool or play a game of tennis on one of the two new courts. All these facilities create a lifestyle of luxury living within a secure, walled gated community.
Vipingo Ridge Luxury Golf Villas are an ideal accommodation option for Golfers and non-Golfers alike, who value a secure holiday and residential environment with outstanding levels of service. Influenced by Arabic and Swahili contemporary themes, the luxury Golf Villa interiors are spacious and light. The open plan sitting and dining room open onto an outdoor terrace overlooking lush gardens. There is a recreational swimming pool provided for each Villa Level. The upstairs roof top terraces, some with their own plunge pool, are well thought out to make the most of the spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

The Luxury Golf Villas are situated just below the 1st Tee and within easy walking distance of the Clubhouse making them the ideal base for a family holiday. Guests can choose to book accommodation on a bed & breakfast or half board basis. Alternatively, if you prefer to cater for yourself, each Luxury Golf Villa has a fully equipped kitchen.
Vipingo Ridge has been announced as Kenya’s number one golf course by “Top 100 Golf Courses of the World” and have also just launched a “Golf Day Package” for those interested in a day trip to Vipingo Ridge to play golf. It is easily accessible for a day trip from Malindi, Watamu and Kilifi as well as all North Coast hotels.

OL PEJETA’S LESSER KNOWN SECRET – PORINI RHINO CAMP
Porini Rhino Camp, hidden in a secluded valley and set amongst acacia trees on the banks of a seasonal river, offers you the perfect opportunity to get close to nature and away from the crowds. The camp has only 7 tents, accommodating a maximum of 14 clients, and is located in the 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy, situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snowcapped Mount Kenya.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety animals including of all the “Big Five” as well a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees, and is the largest sanctuary in East Africa for the endangered Black Rhino. Rhino, elephant and many other animals frequent the water hole located at the Camp, making for excellent and exciting wildlife viewing. All of the tents are comfortably furnished with en suite bathrooms and the camp is very environmentally-friendly. Guided walks, day & night game drives and sundowners, are all part of your experience at Porini Camp.
JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UPDATES
The Kenya Airport Authority announced the official opening and start for the new Terminal 2. The new terminal has been seeing a progressive transfer of domestic and regional flights from their present terminals 1B, 1C and 1D, formerly known as Unit 2 and Unit 3, including Fly540, Fly-SAX and African Express Airways who have shifted all their departures, domestic and regional, into the new Terminal 2. Passengers on domestic flights out of and into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport are advised to remain in close touch with their travel agents and the respective airlines, or else monitor announcements made by the Kenya Airport Authority about which flights will next be shifted to the new facility. This is important as passengers arriving late for check in at Terminal 1D may then struggle to make it to the new Terminal 2 and still meet the 1 hour deadline before flights are closed. Passengers arriving on international flights and connecting to domestic or regional services operating from T2, and vice versa, will be provided with a KAA shuttle service between Arrivals, Terminal 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D in both directions but it is advisable to ensure sufficient transit time between flights to guarantee the onward connection.
THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS! ESCAPE TO THE MAGNIFICENT VICTORIA FALLS WITH SAFARI TRAILS

Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms, Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, into a gorge over one hundred meters below. The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. Our itinerary can be done for 2 or 3 nights and includes accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, return airport transfers, the African Queen Sunset Cruise and a walking Tour of the Falls.
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SAFARI TRAILS AT THE WORLD TRAVEL MARKET AFRICA

The World Travel Market Africa, which is the leading B2B exhibition for the inbound and outbound African travel & tourism markets was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 06th to 08th April 2015.
Safari Trails participated at the WTM Africa along with the Kenya Association of Tour Operators. WTM Africa provided Safari Trails with a platform to launch new products, increase brand exposure, debate industry issues, and gather market intelligence; to generate new sales leads, strengthen existing relationships and most importantly, close new business.
PRESIDENT OBAMA TO VISIT KENYA!
President Barack Obama is making his first trip to his father’s native Kenya as president in July this year, the White House announced last month.
Obama will travel to Kenya in July for bilateral meetings and the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an annual conference that connects entrepreneurs with business leaders, international organizations, and governments. “His trip will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and continue our efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.
GEAR UP FOR RHINO CHARGE 2015 – THE UTIMATE OFF ROAD MOTOR SPORT CHALLENGE!

The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road motorsport competition held in Kenya in which entrants are required to visit 13 points (guard posts) scattered over approximately 100 kmĀ² of rough terrain within a 10 hour period. Entrants are supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of the venue,
co-ordinates of the 13 guard posts and their start position the night before the event. Each competitor must plot the guard posts on the map and decide his/her route. The winner is the competitor who visits the most guard posts in the shortest distance (GPS measured). The event is organised in order to raise funds to support the activities of the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, an NGO which works towards a noble cause: the conservation and protections of Kenya’s mountain range ecosystems, the so-called “Water Towers”. This year, once again, it will be held from the 30th of May to 01st of June over the Madaraka Holiday long weekend.

DID YOU KNOW?
Despite their size, Elephants are able to walk silently through the bush because they walk on the tips of their toes – which is actually a thick cushion made up of elastic tissue.
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