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Tuesday, 14 May 2013 06:08

Eldoret- City Of Champions

Written by Duara Safaris

Sports

The Home Of The World’s Greatest Athletes

Eldoret is a town in western of Rift Valley Region lying 2100 metres above sea level at the airport to more than 2700 metres in nearby areas (7000–9000 feet).

The population was 193,830 in 1999 and it is currently the fastest growing town in Kenya, and currently the 5th largest in Kenya.

The name "Eldoret" is based on the Maasai word "eldore" meaning "stony river" because the bed of the nearby Sosiani River is very stony. The white settlers decided to call it Eldoret to make it easier for them to pronounce it.

Eldoret is the hometown of numerous legendary Kenyan runners, the most renowned of whom is Kipchoge Keino. The high altitude is an ideal training ground for many middle and long distance athletes. The runners from Eldoret have contributed significantly to the economy of Eldoret town from their winnings in races all over the world.

Eldoret is also surrounded by a very agricultural area, and for this reason is home to many farmers.

The town is now home to a large market, Moi University and Eldoret International Airport. It is also known for its cheese factory. Major industries include textiles, wheat, pyrethrum and corn. The town has a number of factories.

During  the colonial era, the area was occupied by the Nandi, before that by the Maasai and before that the Sirikwa.

Kenyan athletes, the likes of the legendary Kipchoge Keino and Henry Rono, decades ago set the bar high and established the country’s prowess as an athletics powerhouse.

Ever since, Kenya has become a gold mine for world beating champion athletes and runners.

 

Sports Tourism

This fertile ground for the development of world beating athletes has created an international phenomenon, as many runners across the world seek to come and discover the source of Kenya’s athletic prowess.

Eldoret town which attracts world best athletes to come and train with Kenya’s best runners.

Sports tourism is the largest export from Eldoret and its environs .There are several high altitude training camps in the Great Rift Valley and Central Kenya attract many international athletes, yearning to share in a little of that which builds Kenya’s runners.

Some of the big names that have set camp in Iten, Kenya in preparation for major athletic meets such as the Olympics are Britain's Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 06:02

The Exclusive Laikipia

Written by Duara Safaris

Laikipia

Laikipia District is located on the Equator in the Rift Valley Province of the country.. Laikipia is a vast expanse of wild country in the central highlands of Kenya - it covers almost 2 million acres and runs from Mt Kenya in the East to the Rift Valley in the west.

Ranging from the foothills of Mt Kenya towards the north and west, the vegetation varies from indigenous forest to rock, arid scrub and steep river valleys.

 

Laikipia Conservancy

This spectacular region is considered the gateway to Kenya’s wild Northern frontier country. Wild and sparsely populated, much of Laikipia is covered by large privately owned ranches.

On most ranches cattle share the land with free ranging wildlife. In recent years this wildlife has become a valuable asset, with many ranches now establishing guest houses, homestays and private camps within their boundaries.

Centred on the original Laikipia National Reserve, this area has become a sanctuary for Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, and a wealth of plains game, including many endemic Northern species.

Laikipia has become a focus for many conservation efforts, and some ranches have become breeding sanctuaries for Rhinoceros.

 

Climate

This area sees relatively little rainfall but can be deceptively cold at night during certain times of the year.

The district has a cool, temperate climate with both rainy and dry seasons.

 

The People & Culture

The Kikuyu form about 60% of the population, with the balance composed of several other ethnic communities, including Laikipia Maasai, Samburu, Meru, Borana, Kalenjin, Somali, European, Asian, and Turkana,

Economic activity in the district consists mainly of tourism and agriculture, chiefly grain crops, ranching and greenhouse horticulture.

 

How to Get To Laikipia

This area of wilderness is accessible by road from Nanyuki, Baringo, Eldoret or Isiolo. It is important to remember that many of the ranches and the roads therein, are privately owned. Some ranches allow day visitors with their own transport, others do not. Visitors should always make enquiries in advance.

If you are visiting a ranch with your own private transport, ask for directions and preferably a map, in advance.

Many ranches and sanctuaries have their own airstrips, which can be used by charter aircraft. Most ranches will arrange to transfer guests directly by air or road from Nairobi or any other destination, as part of their service.

 

Where to Stay in Laikipia

There are various types of accommodation from small lodges, to tented amp and villas.

Click here for more information

 

Things to Do

Laikipia is a game rich area, and offers plenty for the wildlife enthusiast and Laikipia’s ranches specialize in offering a diverse range of game viewing opportunities, including game drives night game drives, guided walking, bird walks, camel and horseback game viewing, and more.

Trekking (Walking Safari)

Most of the properties offer guided game walks, with a local guide who can organize a game walk to suit individual  interests.

Horse Riding (Horseback Safari)

Some Laikipia ranches have stables with horses for use or hire by guests. Guided rides through the ranch offers a  exhilarating way of observing game up close.

Fishing

Many ranches offer fishing either in local rivers or well stocked dams. Tackle and fishing guides are usually provided.

Helicopter Safaris

Some of the ranches in Laikipia can arrange 'heli-camping' in which a helicopter is used to transport guests to remote destinations where a luxury camp awaits and also to view the local landscapes and wildlife.

Shooting

On some Ranches, there are facilities for shooting facilities. Game bird shooting and Clay pigeon can be arranged in private sanctuaries. Shotguns and all equipment is provided.

Cycling

Many sanctuaries offer mountain bikes for guest use or hire, and guided cycling trips can be arranged.

Camel Safaris

Camel Safaris is used to explore the ranches of Laikipia.

Monday, 13 May 2013 11:38

Exclusive Laikipia

Written by Duara Safaris

 

Laikipia

Laikipia District is located on the Equator in the Rift Valley Province of the country.. Laikipia is a vast expanse of wild country in the central highlands of Kenya - it covers almost 2 million acres and runs from Mt Kenya in the East to the Rift Valley in the west.

Ranging from the foothills of Mt Kenya towards the north and west, the vegetation varies from indigenous forest to rock, arid scrub and steep river valleys.

 

Laikipia Conservancy

This spectacular region is considered the gateway to Kenya’s wild Northern frontier country. Wild and sparsely populated, much of Laikipia is covered by large privately owned ranches.

On most ranches cattle share the land with free ranging wildlife. In recent years this wildlife has become a valuable asset, with many ranches now establishing guest houses, homestays and private camps within their boundaries.

Centred on the original Laikipia National Reserve, this area has become a sanctuary for Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, and a wealth of plains game, including many endemic Northern species.

Laikipia has become a focus for many conservation efforts, and some ranches have become breeding sanctuaries for Rhinoceros.

 

Climate

This area sees relatively little rainfall but can be deceptively cold at night during certain times of the year.

The district has a cool, temperate climate with both rainy and dry seasons.

 

The People & Culture

The Kikuyu form about 60% of the population, with the balance composed of several other ethnic communities, including Laikipia Maasai, Samburu, Meru, Borana, Kalenjin, Somali, European, Asian, and Turkana,

Economic activity in the district consists mainly of tourism and agriculture, chiefly grain crops, ranching and greenhouse horticulture.

 

How to Get To Laikipia

This area of wilderness is accessible by road from Nanyuki, Baringo, Eldoret or Isiolo. It is important to remember that many of the ranches and the roads therein, are privately owned. Some ranches allow day visitors with their own transport, others do not. Visitors should always make enquiries in advance.

If you are visiting a ranch with your own private transport, ask for directions and preferably a map, in advance.

Many ranches and sanctuaries have their own airstrips, which can be used by charter aircraft. Most ranches will arrange to transfer guests directly by air or road from Nairobi or any other destination, as part of their service.

 

Where to Stay in Laikipia

There are various types of accommodation from small lodges, to tented amp and villas.

Click here for more information

 

Things to Do

Laikipia is a game rich area, and offers plenty for the wildlife enthusiast and Laikipia’s ranches specialize in offering a diverse range of game viewing opportunities, including game drives night game drives, guided walking, bird walks, camel and horseback game viewing, and more.

 

Trekking (Walking Safari)

Most of the properties offer guided game walks, with a local guide who can organize a game walk to suit individual  interests.

 

Horse Riding (Horseback Safari)

Some Laikipia ranches have stables with horses for use or hire by guests. Guided rides through the ranch offers a  exhilarating way of observing game up close.

 

Fishing

Many ranches offer fishing either in local rivers or well stocked dams. Tackle and fishing guides are usually provided.

 

Helicopter Safaris

Some of the ranches in Laikipia can arrange 'heli-camping' in which a helicopter is used to transport guests to remote destinations where a luxury camp awaits and also to view the local landscapes and wildlife.

 

Shooting

On some Ranches, there are facilities for shooting facilities. Game bird shooting and Clay pigeon can be arranged in private sanctuaries. Shotguns and all equipment is provided.

 

Cycling

Many sanctuaries offer mountain bikes for guest use or hire, and guided cycling trips can be arranged.

 

Camel Safaris

Camel Safaris is used to explore the ranches of Laikipia.

 

Monday, 13 May 2013 09:17

Reasons to Visit Amboseli

Written by Duara Safaris

 

Amboseli

Amboseli National Park is a place of wide dry located in Loitoktok District,in Rift Valley Province of Kenya near the Kenya-Tanzania border.

Amboseli is home to many Maasai communities, living around the Amboseli National Park.

Amboseli is best known for its national park, the large elephant heards and the magnificent views of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Amboseli National Park

The park is 400 sq kms, with its southern boundary along the Tanzanian border. .

The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to large herds of elephants among other wildlife species. Amboseli is renowned for its elephant populations and large herds.

Wildlife

Large concentrations of wildlife occur here in the dry season, making Amboseli a popular tourist destination. It is surrounded by six communally owned group ranches.

The park is home to Elephants, herds of wildebeest, zebras, impalas, birds, cheetahs and are home to many small mammals.

The park has over 80 different mammals to be found ranging from the tiny (and rarely seen) spectacled elephant shrew to the huge bulk of the African elephant.

There are over 400 bird species.

 

Other Major Attractions

*Mount Kilimanjaro

*Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants;

*Swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water fowl like pelican; Egyptian goose;

*The maasai people and their contemporary culture and indigenous lifestyle; herds of elephants.

 

How to Get There

You can get to amboslei National Park by road or air.

By Road From Nairobi : The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi-Arusha Road, via Meshanani Gate. The road is tarmaced up to Namanga but is murram from Namanga to Meshanani Gate (75km). Driving will take you about 2.5 hours.

By Road From Mombasa: is via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi- Mombasa Road. The road is tarmaced up to Emali and murram from Emali to Remito Gate (64 km) Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.

By Air: The Park has an airstrip for light aircraft at the Park Headquarters (Olekelunyiet). Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town. The airline that flies to Ambosli is safarilink

 

List of Accommodation in Amboseli

Amboseli has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, tastes and interests. There are very basic campsites where one can pitch a tent and sleep under canvas in the wild, well appointed safari lodges, luxury tented camps with large, fully furnished tents, small private camps.

Satao Elerai Lodge (Top End $400-$599)

Kampi Ya Kanzi (Luxury $600+)

Kibo Guest House (Kws) (Guest Houses)

Nyati Banda (Guest Houses)

Porini Amboseli Camp (Top End $400-$599)

Kibo Safari Camp (Budget $ 10-$199)

Kilimanjaro Guest House (Kws) (Guest Houses)

Ol Donyo Lodge (Wuas) (Luxury $600+)

Amboseli Sopa Lodge (Budget $ 10-$199)

Amboseli Sertrim Lodge (Mid Range $200-$399)

Ol Tukai Lodge (Mid Range $200-$399)

Things to do in Amboseli

*Balloon Safaris

Spend one-and-a-half hours silently floating over the savannah in a hot air balloon then get treated to a luxurious breakfast to complete the experience as you relax and absorb the moment.

*Horse Riding Safaris

Involves  traveling for a few days on horseback and is a great way to experience the wilderness as you get closer to wildlife on horseback than you would walking.

*Bird Watching

Observe the birds in their natural habitat with the eyes or listening to their calls. This best between done October and January for those who want to see Kenya’s migratory birds

 

 

Monday, 13 May 2013 07:36

Nairobi- Green City In The Sun

Written by Duara Safaris

 

Nairobi City

Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya.

The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyrobi, which translates to "cold water". The phrase is also the Maasai name of the Nairobi river, which in turn lent its name to the city.

Nairobi  is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun.

 

Modern Nairobi is still the safari capital of the Africa, but the modern world has quickly caught up with the city. A frontier town no more, Nairobi has become one of Africa’s largest, and most interesting cities. Nairobi is a city that never seems to sleep.

 

History of Nairobi

Founded by the British in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907, and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. During Kenya's colonial period, the city became a centre for the colony's coffee, tea and sisal industry. Nairobi city is also the capital of the Nairobi Province and Nairobi District. The city lies on the Nairobi River, in the south of the nation and has an elevation of 1795 m above sea-level.

Population

Nairobi is the most populous city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3 million.  Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa both politically and financially. Home to thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) and the main coordinating and headquarters for the UN in Africa & Middle East, the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa and the second oldest exchange on the continent. It is ranked 4th in terms of trading volume and capable of making 10 million trades a day..The Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) defines Nairobi as a prominent social center.

 

Getting Around

Nairobi is Kenya’s capital and the arrival point for many visitors. The main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International, located 15kms out of the centre of town. JKIA handles both International and domestic carriers.

 

Wilson airport, located 11 kms outside of the city centre, is the domestic hub for both scheduled and chartered domestic air traffic. There are countless Matatu stands throughout Nairobi, with continuous arrivals and departures throughout the day.

 

Things to do in Nairobi

Go on Safari at the Nairobi National Park

Learn about Kenya’s 42 cultures including the Famous Maasai Warriors

Feed the Giraffes at The Giraffe Centre

Take a Nairobi City Tours

Visit The Kenya  National Museum

Shop at the Famous Maasai Market

Have a Matatu Experience

Ride an Ostrich at the Maasai Ostrich Farm

Visit the Nairobi Snake Park

Support the Shedrick Elephant Orphanage

Enjoy the Exhilarating Nightlife of Nairobi Clubs

 

 

 

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