Monday, April 14, 2014

Haven't you heard....we are still a great destination!

I used to be one of those people who would visit a blog and wonder why do they take so long before they update it? Now, I realise it’s just that you end up with 1001 things to do and you end up carrying a guilty conscious of not blogging like you are supposed to.

This week, I’ve decided to display some of my fave safari and beach images, just as a reminder that even though Kenya has lately been depicted as an insecure country and has even been slapped with some travel bans by some countries, well we never stop being the number 1 holiday destination. 

 And for those of you who were thinking of coming to Kenya but are now having doubts, take it from me……there’s always two sides to a coin, the security has been tightened and you really need not fear!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Golfing in Kenya: A mine we are yet to deeply explore?

Due to the nature of my work(tourism), I recently got to do some research on golfing in Kenya and this had me in thoughts! And I mean many many thoughts...

Kenya is mostly known for her wildlife and as safari destination, however, did you know that she's home to over 40 golf courses evenly distributed across the country of which 12 of them have been used to celebrate international world tournaments?! In fact in  2009, Kenya was awarded IAGTO's - Best Undiscovered Golf Destination!

In my opinion i feel that we as a country may have not utilised that award very well, considering that Golf is undoubtedly one of the world's best traveling sports!

Golf offers the chance to relax and unwind in a natural environment while participating in a highly competitive and skilled game. For the golfer seeking a diverse range of golf courses, combined with the best wild life safaris in the world and white sandy beaches, world class standards and service, Kenya is the perfect choice.

The question posed to especially our tourism board is can we start selling Kenya as world class golfing destination? If going by the newly developed Vipingo Ridge world class golf course at the coast is our future, should this not be a project if well utilised could aid a change in our tourism?

Lupita Nyongó  has already set the ball rolling with her Oscar win giving the country numerous mentions across the world thus creating great publicity for Kenya, so why not give the world something new (golfing destination) instead of what they already know (wildlife safaris) !

So... #TeamKenya, should we change how this game of marketing our country, or what do you think?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Types of Safaris in Kenya that you may not know exist?

When someone tells you that they are going for a safari to either Uganda or Rwanda, usually the question that follows is “Are you going for a Gorilla trekking safari?”

When most people are told of a safaring in Kenya, what comes to mind is the game parks and wildlife viewing or soaking up the sun on the tropical beaches. However, did you know that Kenya offers these?

Horseback Safaris: 

The main attraction of horse safari is the joy of riding good horses in the wild as you enjoy the landscapes dotted with game. The riding is varied, sometimes quietly walking, stalking big game and admiring the bird life, sometimes cantering through the water-meadows alongside the game! These kinds of safaris are mainly popular in Laikipia and Masai Mara.

Camel Riding Safaris:

As in the Horseback safaris, these are more aligned to being walking safaris aided by camels. These kinds of safaris are usually done in eastern Laikipia, an area north of Mt. Kenya known for its wilderness and wildlife. 

Biking Safaris: 

Biking safaris are mostly done in areas around the lake-parks, that is in Hell’s gate – Lake Naivasha Park and in Lake Nakuru National Park. Most biking safaris are aimed at people who will in the course of the safari do a hike, rock climbing or bird watching, thus you can see where the two “Lake area Parks” come in.  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing you all a lovely Valentine's day!

With Love,
Murugi Njehia

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Europe's most impressive metro stations (CNN)

Lately Kenya has been rebuilding - remodeling our railway stations to give it's clients an upgrade, which was last done .....well, lets just say that it's been a while. So, today as I went through some of my favourite travel reads, I came across this article by Jessica Benavides Canepa and CNN staff, and it just left me in awe!

Europe's 12 most impressive metro stations:

1.Toledo, Naples, Italy

2. Westfriedhof, Munich, Germany

3. Komsomolskaya (Koltsevaya Line), Moscow

4. Olaias, Lisbon, Portugal

5.  Westminster, London

6. T-Centralen, Stockholm, Sweden

7. Bockenheimer Warte, Frankfurt, Germany

8. "Fosteritos," Bilbao, Spain

9. Palais Royal -- Musée du Louvre, Paris

10. Admiralteyskaya, St. Petersburg, Russia

11. Plac Wilsona, Warsaw, Poland

12. Staromestska, Prague     

What do you think? Where they on - point? Can Kenya ever get here? and how soon?