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December 10, 2014

Warmest greetings from Kenya !

Jambo ! Warmest greetings from Kenya !

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business support in 2014. Kenya is a destination where holidays are enjoyable, memorable and lifetime experience. It offers magnificent National Parks & Reserves with different species of wildlife living in their natural habitat. Please find below some important updates we would like to share on our developments and Destination. Asante Sana and Karibu Kenya !

FAM – 2015
We have also created an exciting FAM Trip package which is a Bush & Beach experience. Its only valid for Travel Agents and Tour Operators and it will take place in April, May and June. For those interested in participating,

Book a Seat
Book a seat in any of our 3 amazing guarantee departure packages for 2015. Each package is created in a way for one to see what Magical Kenya has to offer and a selection of major National Parks has been considered. We have also introduced a guarantee departure for Tanzania. This 7 Day Package will give you a chance to explore the Northern Circuit and discover the scenic beauty of Tanzania.

Jamhuri Day
Jamhuri day is a national holiday in Kenya, celebrated on 12th December each year. It is the day when Kenya got its independence in 1963. The day is marked by numerous cultural festivities which celebrate the country’s cultural heritage.
Book your stay now with us. FOR RESERVATIONS: To check availability, rates and place a booking, contact: African Travel Solutions, Tele + 44 1476 530927 / Cell + 44 7780 579306
Update on Ebola
Following extensive news coverage in the international media about concerns that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could spread to other countries in Africa or to places with airports
receiving flights from the affected areas, we are advised that the situation is now as follows:

1. The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and currently involves three countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, on the extreme
West of the African Continent, thousands of kilometres from Kenya and indeed closer to Madrid, Paris and London than to Nairobi in East Africa on the other side of the continent.

2. Action has been taken by the international community with the involvement of theWorld Health Organisation (WHO) to assist the governments in the threeWest African countries
affected by the Ebola virus to contain the disease and to prevent the spread of the disease overland to the neighbouring countries in the region. It has been confirmed
that Senegal and Nigeria, which recently had cases of Ebola, have now succeeded in controlling the situation and have eradicated the disease. The World Health
Organization announced that it will increase efforts to prevent Ebola spreading beyond the three countries most affected by the deadly virus: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Neighbouring countries including Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gambia andMauritania are being prioritised to receive more help in
screening, prevention and rapid response to prevent the spread of Ebola into other parts of West Africa.

3. There has never been any case of Ebola in Kenya in the past and since the current outbreak inWest Africa there has been no case of Ebola reaching this country.

4. From 19th August Kenya Airways temporarily suspended all its flights between Liberia and Sierra Leone to Nairobi on the advice of Kenya’s Ministry of Health, as a
measure to prevent the spread of Ebola from those countries until the outbreak there has been brought under control. The Kenya government also announced other restrictions
because of the on-going Ebola outbreak in West Africa and is temporarily suspending entry into Kenya of any passengers who have passed through Sierra Leone, Guinea
and Liberia.

5. Travellers from other countries in West Africa can come to Kenya by air just as they can travel at present on flights from West Africa to Europe, America, the Middle East, Asia,
Australia and elsewhere in the world. The international airlines have implemented screening for passengers boarding flights in West Africa and the Kenyan Government
and the Ministry of Health, working in close co-operation with the Kenya Airports Authority, have now set up arrangements at the international airport in Nairobi to
screen all passengers arriving on flights from West Africa to prevent any infected person from entering the country and, if required, to provide medical care in an
isolation unit.

6. It is considered highly unlikely that travellers from the affected countries in West Africa would come to Kenya overland by road as it could entail a journey of more than
2 weeks and would require driving through places like the CentralAfrican Republic, DRC or Southern Sudan where there are serious security issues and disruptions to road travel.
Any infected person setting off from West Africa to undertake such a journey by road to Kenya would be very likely to have developed obvious symptoms before arriving at the
Kenya border post where screening is now in place to identify and isolate anyone considered to be at risk of carrying the disease so that appropriate medical treatment may
be given if required. Travellers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea are not permitted to cross the border and enter Kenya so the possibility of Ebola spreading
overland from the affected countries in West Africa to Kenya is considered extremely unlikely. As mentioned, WHO is taking measures to prevent the disease
spreading from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to neighbouring countries in West Africa and it should be noted that both Senegal and Nigeria have succeeded in eradicating
the disease within their borders.

7. According to the medical authorities, the overall risk of a traveller or tourist contracting Ebola on an aircraft or in an airport is very low as it requires direct
contact with the bodily fluids or secretions (e.g. blood, saliva, urine, etc.) from an infected person who is already exhibiting symptoms or from the dead body of a person who died
from Ebola. Ebola is not an airborne virus like influenza or tuberculosis. It is not spread by infected persons coughing or sneezing into the air and is not present in water
or food. Simply washing hands with soap and water can destroy the virus. It should also be noted that infected individuals who have not yet developed symptoms of Ebola
cannot transmit the disease to others. It takes time before infected persons develop symptoms of the disease and they become contagious only after the first onset of
symptoms. As symptoms worsen, the ability to transmit the virus increases. As a result, patients are usuallymost likely to infect others at a severe stage of the disease, when they
are visibly, and physically, too ill to travel and at that stage they will probably not be physically capable of boarding an aircraft unassisted.

8. The World Health Organization (WHO) is therefore advising against imposing travel bans to and from affected countries. The Director of WHO Global Capacity Alert and
Response has stated that because the risk of Ebola transmission on aircraft is so low, WHO does not consider air transport hubs at high risk for further spread of Ebola. The
highest Ebola virus level is found in a dead body, according to WHO, so the highest risk of Ebola transmission is in preparing a body for burial. The persons most at risk are
those in very close direct contact with infected patients or corpses, such as doctors, nurses, mortuary attendants or family members caring for infected relatives.

9. The WHO has commended Kenya for its efforts in putting in place measures to prevent possible importation and to implement early detection and containment if a case is
detected in an arriving traveller.

10. Staying in international hotels in Nairobi and at the coastal beach resorts or going on safari to the wildlife parks in Kenya at the present time is considered to entail no
risk of contracting Ebola and there is no reason for visitors to cancel or postpone travel plans to Kenya. We will continue to monitor the news bulletins and daily updates from
The World Health Organisation and Kenya’s Ministry of Health to ensure that we are kept informed and can act in the interests of our visitors’ safety, which is always our
highest priority.

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