By John Wanjohi
The United States has maintained its place as Kenya’s top source of tourists, according to the latest data from the Tourism Research Institute (TRI).
The latest TRI data shows that arrivals from the US grew by 8.4 percent (14,617 visitors) in the first nine months of the year.
In the nine months to September this year, the number of American tourists increased to 188,933 from the 174,316 visitors recorded in the same period last year.
Continue reading “US Cements its Position as Kenya’s Top Source of Tourists thanks to KQ Direct Flights”
By Collins Mwai
Numbers of high-end American tourists to Rwanda have grown by 114 per cent year on year, according to data from a reputable international travel agency network.
The luxury agency network, Virtuoso in their latest data release noted that Rwanda was among the top 10 countries that have experienced significant increases by percentage in year-over-year bookings among American travellers at 114 per cent. Continue reading “Luxury US tourists to Rwanda grow by 114%, travel agencies say”
By Amy Cherry
Mark Tennant is one of Africa’s most talented private wildlife guides, founding Journey Wild. It took 15 years with the wildlife, but he’s been kissed by a cheetah while filming his television show Mad Mike and Mark that aired internationally on Discovery’s Animal Planet. The experience was featured on Carte Blanche, a South African investigative journalism television series, and posted to YouTube. Continue reading “JetSet | Want to save wildlife? Visit Africa, expert says”
By Jennifer Bain
What happens when a do-it-yourselfer lets go and outsources travel plans? When my oldest daughter wanted to visit Morocco and I was too busy to properly plan a first trip to Africa, I cautiously turned to G Adventures for help.
The adventure travel pioneer has a Canadian founder — Bruce Poon Tip — and promises an “intimate, authentic and sustainable” approach to small-group travel. Here’s why we let them guide us on a fast-paced trip from Casablanca to Marrakech. Continue reading “Why you should explore Morocco with this Canadian company”
In the Kenyan capital, Mexican culture is everywhere, from television to music to restaurants. A primer on the latest global mash-up.
By Jillian Keenan
On New Year’s Eve, as people around the world celebrated with a kiss or a glass of champagne, some partygoers in Nairobi celebrated a different way: with 12 grapes, one for each month of the year, as the clock ticked down to midnight.
This Mexican tradition, which dates back to the Spanish colonial period and is said to bring good luck, arrived in Nairobi on the crest of a cultural wave that is taking over Kenya’s trendiest corners. Mexican culture is everywhere: on restaurant menus, in dance clubs, on television. Continue reading “Tacos. Tequila. Telenovelas. Nairobi Embraces Its Mexican Soul.”
Imlil, where two Scandinavian tourists were killed in Morocco, is not a headline, but a small village of walnut and fruit production, an access point to Mount Toubkal, and a peaceful community
By Carolina Mccabe
As a young American woman studying in Morocco, I received many messages of concern regarding the murder of two young Scandinavian tourists in December.
Following the attack, family and friends in Morocco and the United States alike told me to be extra vigilant of my surroundings, warned me to stay far from areas deemed “dangerous,” and expressed their concern for my safety.
While I was slightly concerned for my own safety as an American teenage girl living in Rabat, I recognized that the murder of the two young women did not embody who Moroccans are or what Morocco is. I continued to live normally in Rabat with some more vigilance.
Continue reading “Beyond the Headlines: Finding Peace in the Recovering Village of Imlil”