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East African Visa

The East Africa Tourist Visa is a single entry visa for foreigners visiting Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda simultaneously. It is multi-entry within the three countries; however, this expires automatically if a traveler goes outside of the three (3) countries. This visa is a result of a joint initiative made by the Heads of States of the respective partner countries to boost regional tourism and create opportunities for tourists to explore the diversity of East Africa. A tourist who gets the East Africa Tourist Visa must start travel from the country that has issued the Visa. Read more →

Kenya Tourism Growing Once Again

Kenya’s 2018 tourist arrivals grew by 37.33 percent from the previous year to cross the two million mark for the first time, posting a significant growth in earnings to Sh157 billion. The earnings are an 31.2 percent improvement from the Sh119 billion earned in 2017, according to Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala. The latest statistics show there were 2,025,206 tourists arriving compared with 1,474,671 international arrivals in the previous year. The United States remained Kenya’s leading market, growing by 11.12 per cent with 225,157 arrivals. Source APTA Read more →

Great News – JFK to NBO non stop!

Nairobi, January 11, 2018…. Kenya Airways today marks a great milestone with the launch of a non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York. The national carrier starts selling today tickets for the inaugural flight which is scheduled for October 28th this year. Kenya Airways becomes the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America. Read more →

In the News: Kwita Izina

Each year since 2005 in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda there is a naming ceremony (called “Kwita Izina”) for the new Mountain Gorillas born this past year .  This year there was 19 named.   Vividly remember being there in 2007!  Great web site to learn more here  Read more →

50 Years Ago – Diane Fossey

Fifty years ago the American zoologist, Diane Fossey set up the research centre in Karisoke, Rwanda. That was the beginning of the ongoing struggle to save the mountain gorilla in the Ruhengeri region of Rwanda. Read more of her remarkable life …and death.   Read more. Read more →

A Train from Nairobi to Mombasa

Not that many years ago I took a train between Mombasa and Nairobi on what has been termed ‘The Lunatic Line’, a phrase which dates from when it was built by the British over a hundred years ago, when dealing with wild animals was a major challenge. I discovered that from being a daily service it ran only 3-4 days a week due to problems with aging trains and infrastructure. The 12 hour journey for the 472 km’s actually took nearer to 16 hours – there was a ‘silver service’ which was unchanged seemingly from 100 years ago and was... Read more →

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