Kenya is celebrating two key achievements in the air travel industry, with Kenya Airways topping Heathrow’s punctuality rankings, Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) ranking among top winners in the African heat of the World Routes Airport Marketing Awards 2013 and Moi International Airport in Mombasa recognised as the ‘most improved airport on the continent’ in this year’s Airport Service Quality Awards.
Regarding JKIA, Lucy Mbugua, general manager for marketing and business development at the Kenya Airports Authority said: “The stature of JKIA has grown significantly in recent years with the increased passengers and cargo traffic in to and out of the facility. We expect even further growth moving forward as further capacity is unlocked by on-going works which will improve level of service, security and controlled access to meet international standards, thus taking advantage of the strategic location of JKIA to position it as the premier aviation hub of Africa.”
Meanwhile, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, which is located to the north of Mount Kenya and stretches over 45,000 acres, has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. The conservancy will be added as an extension to Mount Kenya National Park, which was designated a World Heritage site in 1997.
The area provides a sanctuary for endangered black and white rhinos and is renowned for holding more than 12% of Kenya’s black rhino population and the largest single population of Grevy’s zebras in the world.
For more information visit www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/800
In terms of operators, Rainbow Tours (020-7666 1250; www.rainbowtours.co.uk) is offering four nights staying in Lewa Safari Camp from £2,870 per person. The price is based on two sharing and includes flights from London to Nairobi, taxes, all meals, local drinks, scheduled lodge activities, domestic flight from Nairobi, Nairobi transfers and conservation fees. Valid for travel until September.
Virgin Limited Edition is celebrating the opening of Sir Richard Branson’s new Kenyan safari camp by offering guests a free night when booking a five-, six- or seven-night stay at the camp in September or October. The Mahali Mzuri’s rates include meals and drinks as well as game drives and walks. For further details see www.mahalimzuri.virgin.com