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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 →

Zanzibar & its Queen Connection

A great add on to an East African Safari is an excursion to the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar.  It is rich in history, Stone Town is a World Heritage Site and has a maze of narrow streets.  Back in the 1800’s Zanzibar was an important place involved in the Slave Trade and today there is a museum to visit and a chilling sculpture to pause at.   You might also be surprised when you walk past the house where Freddie Mercury of Queen was born!  Yes he was born there when it was still under British colonial rule.   Spend... Read more →

WWF Report Describes Massive Decline in Wildlife

The World Wildlife Fund just released, ( see WWF Living Planet Report ) details significant changes in wildlife numbers.  We all know about the major decline of the elephant population across East Africa and the rhino hunting issues in Southern Africa but the broad destruction of wildlife and their habitats makes for startling reading. On average vertebrate species declined by 58% between 1970 and 2012, if the current trend continues it will be a 67% decline by 2020.  Wildlife across the globe appears to be vanishing at a rate of 2% per year. There are things that can be done and are... Read more →

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