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Exercise Galore!

Fitness challenges and a safari at the same time.

Exercise Galore!

Did you know? ... that in we have four major fitness challenges that take place annually in Kenya & Tanzania?

Mount Kenya

The Shining Mountain

Mount Kenya

First ascended in 1899 by Halford Mackinder, a geographer and director of the London School of Economics, Mount Kenya, or Kirinyaga, is Kenya's highest mountain and has three separate peaks – Batian, Nelion and Point Lenana – of which, at 5,199m (17,057ft), Batian is the highest. It is also the second-highest mountain in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya sits just south of the Equator, in central Kenya, around 150km north-east of Nairobi – and was the source for the Republic of Kenya's name.

Poaching versus Tourism

Should tourists still visit Africa whilst poaching is this rife?

Poaching versus Tourism

 This guest blog is very kindly written by Jared Crawford. Jared worked in environmental education with WWF, CARE, CITES, IUCN and AWF (amongst others) for decades before joining the safari world and so he speaks from both sides of the fence.

With the dramatic and well publicized increase in poaching I'm often asked if it is a wise or politically correct time to visit Africa on safari. 

Ten things you probably didn't know you can do in Kenya

Why stop at safaris when you can get married like a Maasai warrior, take part in a bone-rattling road rally and kiss a giraffe?

Ten things you probably didn't know you can do in Kenya

Beasts of the Serengeti, exchanging pleasantries with the Maasai, camping out in the bush amid the acacias and elephant dung.

When it comes to activities in Kenya you might think you’ve heard it all before

Unlikely.

Funky Shopping in Nairobi

Do you want something different to take home with you after your safari?

Funky Shopping in Nairobi

So, the safari is over, you have checked the animals off the list and now you have a day in Nairobi to spend at your leisure. By this time you have bought all the typical souvenirs on your way around the country and now you’re looking for something unique even for Kenya! Here are some very different places and things to shop for…

Sporting Kenya

Safaris for the adrenaline junkies out there......

Sporting Kenya

Kenya has a great variety of activities to occupy even the most ardent adrenaline-junkie, from white-water rafting to skydiving. What's your fix?

The Amazing Birds of Kenya

A safari doesn't have to be about the animals, there are some fabulous birds to spot too......

The Amazing Birds of Kenya

Kenya has an amazing array of avifauna with over 1,132 species recorded, including at least twenty species of eagle and twelve species of heron alone. Here are a few of the wonderful specimens you may encounter on a Kenyan safari.

Ride off the Christmas Excess......

Need to work off that Chrismas Pudding or New Year's Eve Indulgence? why not start training for the 2013 SAX 10to4 Mountain Bike Challenge?

Ride off the Christmas Excess......

The 10 to 4 is a downhill mountain bike challenge and fun ride that takes place annually on the slopes of Mt Kenya.
It raises funds for local communities and conservation efforts on Mount Kenya.
The SAX 10 to 4 Mountain Bike Challenge will take place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February 2013.

Christmas Traditions in Africa

Some Christmas traditions from Africa that you may or may not know about.

Christmas Traditions in Africa

Traditionally Christmas is celebrated throughout the African continent by Christian communities large and small. There are approximately 350 million Christians in Africa. On Christmas day carols are sung from Ghana on down to South Africa. Meats are roasted, gifts are exchanged and family visits made.

Eastern Africa down to South Africa are celebrating their summer, so it is beautifully warm. The safari lodges and beach accommodation generally provides you with a traditionally international (British usually) Christmas, consisting of a roast turkey, Christmas decorations (generally tinsel and a Christmas tree), a gift, Christmas carols and Christmas drinks from Mulled / Gluhwein to Christmas cocktails.

Unless you're in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, there's little chance of anyone enjoying a white Christmas in Africa.

Undiscovered Kenyan Parks

Tired of the crowds and minivans in the more popular parks, here is our very own list of some of the great lesser known National Parks in Kenya, also well worth a visit.

Undiscovered Kenyan Parks

So you are planning your holiday to Kenya however as Kenya has such a large tourism industry many of its parks have become overpopulated – here is a list of parks & reserves that have been less focused upon and therefore less populated by tourists and somewhere that you can have an enjoyable, relaxing holiday.

Private Conservancies or National Parks?

Which one of these would you opt for whilst travelling on safari? There are benefits to both - read on.....

Private Conservancies or National Parks?

Including private conservation areas on any safari itinerary provides visitors with a more balanced view of conservation and tourism while also allowing them to be more active and engage their environment on a personal level. We can all agree on the enduring value of traditional parks and reserves. They have secured Africa's largest and most critical ecosystems for more than half a century. However, even the largest cannot reach out to cover all migration routes and dispersal areas nor can they cover entire ecosystems.

Including private conservation areas on any safari itinerary provides visitors with a more balanced view of conservation and tourism  while also allowing them to be more active and engage their environment on a personal level.  We can all agree on the enduring value of traditional parks and reserves. They have secured Africa’s largest and most critical ecosystems for more than half a century.  However, even the largest cannot reach out to cover all migration routes and dispersal areas nor can they cover entire ecosystems.  

Funky different things to do on the Kenyan Coast

Looking for something different to do at the coast?

Funky different things to do on the Kenyan Coast

So the holiday is booked and the bags are packed and you are looking forward to a lovely vacation on the Kenyan Coast with the sun, sand and sea for company. However as we all know there comes a time when sun bathing gets a little dull so here are some cool things to do and experience on your holiday...

Funky different things to do on the Kenyan Coast

Extinction for the King of the Jungle?

“Kenya’s Lions could be extinct in the next two decades."

Lioness at sunset, taken during EGGS 2012 on LUMO Conservancy, Tsavo.  Hosted by Lions Bluff Lodge

A friend of Pippa's has just started working for the Kenya Wildlife Trust and one evening over a couple of drinks she was telling her about some of the facts and statistics about the Kenyan Lion population. Throughout the conversation Pippa became more and more astounded at what she was saying – the fact that our Rhinos and Elephants are being killed at an excessively high rate has always been publicized and well known. However the fact that we only have 2,000 Lions left in the country hit herlike a hard ball in the gut and she then asked her to write about it so that we could help, in some small way, to make people the world over more aware of this horrifying situation and hopefully help us all come together to try and rectify this tragic series of events.

Some Things to Do and See in Nairobi

Ever wondered what to do before or after your safari?

Some Things to Do and See in Nairobi

Many safaris start and end in Nairobi and people are left wondering what to do?  There doesn't need to be a dull moment if that is the case, there are so many amazing things to do and see - our latest blog documents some of the options mostly in the Karen and Lang'ata areas.  So, read on.....

Tourism Statstics - fact or fiction?

A review of the statistical representation of tourists coming through Kenya.

Tourism Statstics - fact or fiction?

Recent official analysis of entry data received at Kenya's main international airports are seen to reveal an increase in tourism numbers in the first half of this year, but is this realistic and what are we really seeing on the ground?  From The SAFARI Company's point of view, yes we seeing an increase in bookings and an increase in amount spent on each safari but perhaps that is a reflection of the fact that we are marketing more and making a name for ourselves; we hear of other companies that are struggling.

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” - Benjamin Disraeli