Monday, 3 November 2014

WILDEBEEST CALVING SPECIAL JAN - MAR 2015



Departure day – Tues, Thur& Fri
Day     01:     (Tue/Thur/Fri)   Arusha – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International airport, Inclusive Holidays Africa representatives will warmly meet you and welcome you to East Africa. We drive to Arusha in time for lunch and later proceed to Ngorongoro conservation Area. This afternoon, just relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the crater below; the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world. Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, 20 kilometres in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for just a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and the densest population of predators in Africa.
A strange thing is that the crater elephants are mainly bulls! The bird life, which includes the flamingo, is mainly seasonal, and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor.
NOTE: Warm jacket/cardigan is highly recommended.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge            LDBB




Day     02:     Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, we descend some 600 metres into the crater, which is home to an abundance of wildlife and a photogenic paradise, for a Half day of game-viewing drive. Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world teams with an abundance of wildlife permanently resident on the crater floor. Prides of lions, herds of Cape buffalo, impala, thompson gazelles, rhino, golden & black-backed jackal, zebra, cheetah, leopard and the spotted hyena. Unmatched for its natural variety & breath-taking beauty, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exist inside a region this size.
Apart from its wildlife riches, the crater is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind’s earliest ancestors discovered in the area, also a home to hundreds of bird species, refreshing in the small lakes in the crater floor. Early in the afternoon ascend to the crater rims where you will enjoy your lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge             LDBB

Day     03:     Ngorongoro Conservation Area Serengeti National Park
After breakfast drive to Serengeti National park with a brief stop at the Oldupai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world to learn on human evolution. We will enjoy an on-site talk on the interpretation of the gorge by the resident guide.  Then, drive to Serengeti National Park to arrive late in time for an afternoon game drive.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge LDBB
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Day     04:     Serengeti National Park
Full days spent in the Serengeti with morning and afternoon game-viewing drives. The name comes from the Maasai word Siringet, meaning 'endless plains'. The park's vegetation ranges from the short and long grass plains in the south, to the acacia savannah in the centre and wooded grasslands concentrated around the tributaries of the Grumenti and the Mara rivers in the park. The western corridor is a region of wooded highland and extensive plains reaching the edge of Lake Victoria. In the early morning and evening light, the Serengeti landscape is stunningly beautiful.
The Serengeti ecosystem supports the greatest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, including more than three million large mammals. It is the sanctuary of an estimated four million different animals and birds. Wildlife that roam the vast park include lions (the adult males of Serengeti have characteristic black manes), cheetahs, hunting dogs, Savannah elephant, Cape buffalo, topis, warthogs, hunting dogs and spotted hyena among others.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Safari in the Serengeti.
All meals and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge            LDBB

Day     05:      Serengeti National park – Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara area to arrive in time for a late lunch. After lunch we drive into the parkin search of the tree climbing lions and other wildlife found in this small, scenic ornithological paradise.
Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes –some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance. Drive back to your lodghe before dusk.
All meals and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge                  LDBB

Day     06:     Lake Manyara Arusha
This morning we enjoy our breakfast then check-out. Unbelievable but true, our good bush moments have come to an end. We bid farewell to our wonderful lodge manager and his team then depart to Arusha.
Not empty handed though. With us are photographs – a capture of the special moments we have had on this tour to immortalize the experience. Enjoy your farewell lunch at Arusha and later proceed to Kilimanjaro International airport in time for your onward international flight.

**Thank you for choosing Inclusive Holidays Africa!**

 NET QUOTATION IN US$ (Valid from 2nd Jan to 03rd Mar 2015)
Per person sharing US$ 2,300
Single room Supplement US$ 270


Quotation Includes
·         Arrival and departure airport transfers as per itinerary
·         Full Board accommodation in the Lodges/Camps whilst on safari
·         Transportation whilst on safari in 4x4 safari Land cruiser/land rover, driven by a professional English-speaking driver guide.
·         Visit to OlDuvai Gorge
·         Ngorongoro Crater Tour
·         All Park/Reserve entrance fees
·         Farewell lunch at Arusha
·         Services of an English-speaking guide for briefings in Arusha
·         Complimentary bottled mineral water in vehicle, on safari




Wednesday, 22 October 2014

OVERSEAS STUDENT TRAVEL TO KENYA



Traveling around the world does bring flavor to life, essentially because we trend paths that we had never before, taking pictures to reminisce over when summer comes; we all love meeting new faces and tasting out mouth-watering cuisines, it is a wholesome experience. It is even a truer courage and more fantastic when we meet new faces, and gather knowledge; and because knowledge is power, it is the ultimate tool to change the world. Kenya stands to show the world that the resources therein need to be maximally exploited, through research, expeditions, exchange programs and benchmarking between and among different professionals.
Overseas University Students on a Trip to Kenya
Student tourism at Inclusive Holidays Africa is on a whole new level, because other than breaking the monotony of long hours in school and common place fatigue, we make sure that we open your eyes to new adventures that instill lessons to remember many years to come. Imagine having that lifetime opportunity to hit the road to the Great Rift Valley itineraries, sampling different flora and fauna on the great escarpment, and with an erudite tour-guide-cum-lecturer on board. Well, it is both adventurous and informative, and later unwinding down the valley pitching tent; the distant shine engulfed in the sunset. It is beautiful!

Elsamere Naivasha
As a destination, Kenya has the necessary resources for  student tourism with much zeal and zest, basically because it not only markets our beautiful destinations but also brings the much needed revenue to drive the economy.

West Pokot
There is still much potential that has not yet been maximally exploited in Kenya, including and not limited to the many natural resources therein; the recent discovery of oil in the restive North and niobium in Kwale County is a great avenue for students majoring in mining and geology to further their careers by exploring these fields by physical reconnaissance visits to these sites. Snorkeling in the Indian Ocean or frolicking in the sweltering sand in Watamu are no longer the only tourist attractions in Coastal Kenya, because marine biology and hydrology are best learnt in these deep waters.
Research Centre
The Kenyan government is one of the leading in Africa to implement a master plan in addressing neglected tropical diseases like bilharzias, trachoma, kalaazar, elephantiasis  and intestinal worms that continue to impede negatively on public health. Tourist student doctors and others related with health sciences need to come under a study or research umbrella to learn and improve on the current solutions to combat these diseases. This will not only bring the much needed solutions but also create employment opportunities to lecturers and other researchers working closely in these projects. These include research analysts from departments like the Centre for Global Health Research, Centre for Clinical Research, Centre for Geographic Medical Research affiliated to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Center for Disease Control (CDC) among others.

Vet attending to a young Camel
In most Kenyan hinterlands lies great talent and untapped innovation, young boys and girls of school-going age need mentor figures to set the best precedence for them to help fire up the potential within them. An excursion to the unopened areas in remote parts of Kenya by a group of engineering students will go a long way into imparting necessary basic skills like operating machines and taking measurements, fundamental hand skills requisite for development and nurturing talent for the realization of Kenya's Vision 2030.

Kenya has the commensurate capacity to host and train overseas students; there are well-established study centers including world-class universities. The University of Nairobi has continued to partner with international students in different inter-varsity exchange programs, graduating thousands of professionals every year.
Nairobi University Institution of Higher learning
The Lions Club International, founded in 1917 has for ages been a great mover in humanitarian aid and professionalism within and without the Kenyan frontiers, and is another umbrella affiliation to have overseas students visit Kenya. Other research and studies in Kenya include the Marich Pass field Study centre;

Marich Pass Centre

The name(Marich) is derived from the Marich Pass which is a deep, rocky cleft carved where the Moruny river emerges from the Cherangani Hills onto the dry plains of the Lake Turkana Basin. The Marich Pass Centre is in a forest clearing along the river bank two kilometres downstream from the Pass. The Centre is situated on the boundaries of distinctive ecological zones, and a wide variety of physical landscapes, vegetation, wildlife and human lifestyles is within easy reach.
Rocha Christian Conservation Centre
The Centre has been developed in sympathy with the ecotourism ethos. It is built on land leased from the Pokot County Council, using traditional materials. The Centre donates a percentage of its takings to the local development fund and has the capacity to host overseas student tourists. Others include the Rocha Conservation which lives up to the dream of a green ecosystem by conserving the environment.
Lake Victoria

Great Rift Valley
The Kenyan tableau of geographic features including land formation features have been a major point of reference world all over for geographic study; natural saline lakes, craters, the Great Rift Valley, formation of volcanoes will go a long way into these and field study for these students tourists. The next best thing to eternity is embarking on a mountain-climbing expedition to the tall standing Mt. Kenya, to take pictures, see the heath and moorland, the snow thawing in the noontide heat, as well as learn from erudite tour guides about the activities, forces and factors that led to the formation of such volcanoes and how relevant it is to the unfolding natural catastrophes like earthquakes and tectonic earth movements in South East Asia and the rest of the world.

Suguta River Springs

Inclusive Holidays Africa makes sure that the monotony of staying in school does not drag into the beckoning holiday season. With our expert trained tour guides and reliable fleet, everything is done at your request and tailored to your specifications.

Inspire your students by opening their eyes to bring the classroom theory into practice. At Inclusive Holidays Africa, we have the best affordable prices for you, including a pre~tour training, free resources like reminder posters sent to you before the tour. Our support team is always dedicated to keeping you abreast, just a dial away. Our student tour program is flexible to allow you get the maximum benefit, whether it is a custom designed or service learning tour, we shall make it happen and forever memorable. How will you inspire and motivate your students? We have the answer, partner with us today and open your students" eyes to new experiences, different cultures and a world of unending possibilities.


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 Stephen Mwasio is a Tourism Consultant and CEO for Inclusive Holidays Africa – Twitter @inclusiveafrica
 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

FACES OF KENYAN TOURISM

Home hosted tea picking activity
Globe-trotting is never complete without a special retreat in the beauty of the true Kenyan cultural experience that writes the story of a country rich in diversity and ambiance. Inclusive Holidays Africa continues to set the best standards for that special home stay in a typical Kenyan hinterland in the heart of the tea-growing Kericho, or at the foot of Mt. Kenya on a chilly morning milking while catching a glimpse of the phenomenal snow-capped mountain, awakening in the virgin rays of a sunrise in central Kenya.
Blending and being assimilated in a people's way of life is perhaps the best adventure, because it not only leaves nostalgic memories of a kind and hospitable people, but also captures the reality that the world is one beautiful global village, with so much to see and learn.

VISIT MAMA SARAH OBAMA FOUNDATION AND KOGELLO VILLAGE
Standing proud and tall in Western Kenya is Kogello village, the native home to Obama Siaya typical Luo village that narrates the story of a young boy, driven by determination to acquire education despite all the odds, and in the pursuit for this education bringing forth a man so powerful many years later; current President of the United States, Barack Obama.
President Barack Obama sharing a hearty moment with the granny Sarah
Kogelo Community village, Kogelo,  also known as Nyang’oma Kogelo, is a rural village in Alego - Siaya District, Nyanza Province, Kenya. It is located near the equator, 40 kilometers west-northwest of Kisumu City, and the county capital. Kisumu – Siaya road leads to Kogelo branching from Ng’iya junction. Barack Obama, Sr. is buried in the village. Some of their family members, including his paternal grandmother Mama Sarah Anyango Obama, still lives in the home. In Mama Sarah Obama’s home; you will find both the graves of Barack Obama Sr. and his father’s.
You will also find in the homestead Mama Sarah’s house, the security tents, visit the vegetable garden, the cattle Boma and sit under the big mango trees where Mama Sarah conducts interviews with visitors. You may choose to be party to Mama Sarah Obama Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the education and welfare of disenfranchised children in order to help them successfully achieve their goals and have a better future.

BULL FIGHTING EVENTS OF WESTERN KENYA
The Luhya bull fighting is another beautiful face of Kenyan cultural tourism, done originally and with more cheer and colorful, not even like the heroic metadors of Spain.

Bull Fighting Event
Set near the beautiful kakamega Forest, the bull fighting events of Kakamega are a curious aspect of Luhya culture that happens several times a year, forming a crucial aspect of Luhya culture. Deep in the kakamega rain forest, the calls of primates are heard. Snakes slither by in sauntering slyness, while butterflies make their journeys beneath the forest roof in droves, forming beautiful clouds of multiple colors. Kakamega Forest is a pristine area of lush rain forest in Kenya, a remnant forest of the great forests of old in the Congo. Rare species of primates, including the red tailed monkey, butterflies and chameleons and bird life such as the Blue Turaco, snakes and reptiles make their homes beneath the verdant canopy of the rainforests. Nearby, the sounds of an excited crowd are heard: the bull fighting event of kakamega is about to begin.

The bull fighting events of kakamega happen in Sigalagala, which the local Luhya people call home. A roar of noise is heard from the gathering crowd of locals as they jeer and blow traditional horns. Two different villages are leading their bulls to an open field, with an Efi kuti bullfighting dance – drums and singers egg the bulls on down a dusty road to the open field where they will meet in battle. The two bulls, each representing a village, are fed traditional beer before being pitted against each other to battle it out for the pride of the two opposing villages. The bulls are provoked by the crowd and lock horns in fierce battle to the cries and of the jeers of the Luhya, until one finally flees and the victorious village is brought together in a victory lap of heightened celebration. The owner of the winning bull takes the prize money. Lasting anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, the bull fighting events in Kakamega occur several times a year and form a crucial aspect of the Luhya culture, reinforcing clan loyalty and communal pride. It is an age-old tradition. Bulls are a vital aspect of Luhya culture, and prize-fighters are highly respected in the village, pampered and showered with adoration and affection by the locals in preparation for the all-important show-down. The bullfights are followed by communal celebrations. This unusual activity is an extremely vibrant and interesting cultural spectacle that anyone will enjoy.

BUKUSU'S CIRCUMCISION CEREMONY
The Luhya culture is diverse, and very original just like it continues being told and retold every time the circumcision season of the Bukusu beckons. The Bukusu are from the Bantu speaking group and is one of the sub-tribes which constitutes the Luhyia community, the third largest tribe in Kenya after the Agikuyu and the Luo. They are mostly found in Western part of our country Kenya.
No eye blinking or shaking the boy should exhibit.
They are still holding to some of their traditions which, among them, the traditional rite of passage from childhood to adulthood-traditional circumcision ceremony called khukhwingila (which when translated means to enter).The whole process is one that is not void of cheer, from the time the young boy later to become a warrior in the Luhya community shows unwatered bravery to undergo this very important rite of passage. When a male boy feels that he is ready for the ceremony, he approaches his father who prepares the required materials that are necessary for the ceremony. These are a male bull or a he goat, traditional beer called kamalwa, the circumciser and a small house called Likombe for the boy.
Circumcision Ritual Passage
The boy then gets the jingles (chinyimba) ready. They are played by the boy as people sing and dance for him during the entire process called Khulanga (calling).The Bukusu circumcision ceremony is perhaps the greatest show of unwavering bravery and gallance, since before the actual cutting of the foreskin by the circumciser, there is not an iota of doubt that the candidate is the bravest of his age-group. He then leads his to the point where he is left to stand at hands akimbo. The circumciser cuts the boy. No eye blinking or shaking the boy should exhibit.

THE MAASAI COMMUNITY
Maasai Women Plastering their Traditional House
There are many ceremonies in the Maasai community and the most popular ones are Enkipaata, Emuratta, Eunoto, Eokoto e-kule, Enkang oo-nkiri, Orngesherr. The first boy's initiation is Enkipaata (pre-circumcision ceremony), and is organized by fathers of the new age set. Enkipaata can only happen, when the senior warriors are settled. This ceremony is the transition into a new age set. After enkipaata ceremony, boys are ready for the most important initiation known as Emuratare (circumcision)
Eunoto marks the status of a warrior transitioning to a senior warrior. This initiation also permits senior warriors to marry, which in turn prepares them to become future fathers.
The Maasai herd cattle, goats, and donkeys . Their wealth is proportional to the size of their herd, which lets them afford multiple wives.

Another fascinating face of cultural tourism in Kenya is the spectacular Lake Baringo. Lake Baringo is the traditional home of the Njemps people.
The Njemps are linguistically related to both the Maasai and the Samburu, and possibly genetically related to one, or both of these tribes. The Njemps have many clear cultural associations to both groups, and there are several theories as to their actual origin. One possibility is that the Njemps are descended from a Samburu clan known as the Il-Doigo, while another theory sees them as descendants of a Maasai clan driven out of the Laikipia area by inter-clan warfare. The Njemps often fish on the shore using nets and lines, and have no fear whatsoever of the lakes many crocodiles. Despite this, some attacks have been recorded, so visitors should not swim in the Lake. If you are visiting Baringo, you will pass by many Njemps villages while exploring the shores or Ol Kokwe island.
EL Molo Traditional Dance Group
Further north of Kenya you come across at least twelve ethnic communities among them the El Molo, Rendille, Samburu, Turkana, Dassanatch, Gabra, Burji, Borana, Konso, Sakuye, Garee,and Waata. The presentation of the customs and living conditions of the twelve tribes, their spectacular traditional costumes, arts and crafts, dances and music is a unique and fascinating experience.

 CHUKA DANCERS
Dramatic Chuka Dancers
Traditional Kenyan troupe of dancers continue to entertain visitors as well as preserve the rich folklore that has been passed from generations over. Among the most dramatic are the Chuka and Mbeere dancers who play unusually big drums held between their legs, with so much zeal and zest celebrating a part of their own culture and tradition. The Mwazindika dance of the coastal Taita community and the Mwomboko of the Gikuyu community are a great rendition, one would miss the words but not the renditions.
The Bomas of Kenya, despite being a large conference centre is the collective home to the different homes to different communities, bomas corrupted from the national Kenyan language Swahili. The Bomas of Kenya put on displays of traditional dancers and spread over many acres, it also has a wonderful display of mud huts and traditional Kenyan homesteads. It is the ideal place to bring energetic children as they can freely run in and out of the traditional houses & mud huts, climb up ladders and generally have a wonderfully active time. These traditional houses are set out in clusters according to the region.
Kikuyu Traditional Attire
The homes are grouped with the first wife's hut, second wife's hut, granary etc. and you can see where the livestock are kept and the enormous variety between the nuts.
The Fort Jesus in old Mombasa is located at Mombasa on the Kenyan coast. It is one of the three outstanding early Portuguese forts built around the coast of Africa in the 16th century and now included on the world heritage list (others are at Mazagan, Morocco, and the Island of Mozambique).  It was built between 1593 and 1596, and features high plastered walls built of coral rock, and a peculiar angular shape designed so that any assailant trying to climb any of the walls could easily come under fire from one of the bastions.  It was kept under Portuguese control for around 100 years, falling to Omani Arabs in 1698, and buildings within the Fort reflect a series of such changes over the centuries. The walls and surrounding moat enclose an area of approximately 150m x 150m.
There is no single prominent culture that defines Kenya. It instead consists of various cultures practiced by the 42 different communities and dialect. Due to its very nature, cuisine, national dressing, music and various other cultural activities vary depending on the community. There is a lot of cultural activities to engage in as you travel round the country. Inclusive Holidays Africa and other reputable Destination Management Companies in Kenya  will be delighted to arrange a pre or post safari home stay with any of the communities to experience and get assimilated in their way of life.

 Stephen Mwasio is a Tourism Consultant and CEO for Inclusive Holidays Africa – Twitter @inclusiveafrica