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Just as the 8 wonder of the world takes its natural course this season, when millions of wildebeest and other herbivores migrate to the newer and greener pastures of the mighty Masai Mara, what awaits in this exciting, new and record breaking 161st edition of the Go Places™ August-September Magazine, is a scintillating array of ‘not-to-be- missed’ recommended experiences, adventures, products & services for you to indulge in. Welcome onboard the regions ultimate bi-monthly Travel, Wine & Dine and Lifestyle guide that keeps you wellinformed about all the latest happenings in Kenya, across East Africa and around the globe… th

Remaining steadfast and focused on showcasing the very best that the hospitality & tourism has to offer, some notable partner travel-trade events to look forward to this coming season are; Kenya Tourism Festival (KTF) scheduled to run from 27th September to 5th October. During this festival several events and exhibitions have been lined up, these are the World Tourism Day, The Beads or Ushanga Festival, African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) and the The Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE 2018) The 79th SKAL World Congress comes to the Kenyan Coast, Mombasa on 17th to 21st October. Other regional partner events include the The Swahili International Tourism Expo (S!TE 2018) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Zanzibar Tourism Show in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Go Places™ Kenya is also pleased to announce that we are the official producers of the Magical Kenya Travel Expo 2018 Catalogue; the only communication tool guaranteed to be used pre, during and after by all invited MKTE travel-trade visitors & hosted travel buyers - a perfect platform to showcase tourism related products & services!! In the Go Places™ Travel Section our travel team of experts has put together an outstanding selection of must try

travel experiences around the region. This season, the award the luxurious Sun Africa Hotels who offers the perfect combination of bush and scenic safari holidays all over the country, don’t miss out on their competitive rates. Experience The Seychelles Islands one of the purest, most environmentally intact destinations on earth to visit. With the anticipated Wildebeest migration, be sure to look into Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge – a unique lodge with impeccable service and experience in the Masai Mara region. We join to congratulate the Go Places™ highly recommended Ethiopian Airlines voted the SKYTRAX World Airline Awards for the Best African Airline for 2018. Our domestic airline partner Silverstone Air launches direct flights to Mombasa. Introducing the iconic Tamarind Tree Hotel perfect accommodation partner for both the business and leisure traveller. Our team were recently in Tanzania and explored some accommodation facilities, these include Masailand Safari & Lodge in Arusha and Mountain Inn in Moshi both with ideal locations for starting off a safari in the Northern circuit as well as climb Mt Kilimanjaro. The Go Places™ Travel packages have exciting new offers for Golfing Holiday, Seychelles Getaway, Masai Mara and Diani Beach Flying Package. In our Lifestyle Section, The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) introduces you to Hells Gate National Park, ideal fun in the wild experience and activities. The Chefs Delight Awards chapter three beings in August with over a hundred participating restaurants to compete for the top awards. National Museums of Kenya introduces Uhuru Gardens National Monument that is a unique memorial site in Kenya’s history.

Flame Tree Restaurant every Sunday for the very best Sunday Brunch for the whole family and don’t forget the chef’s special Lamb Biryani. At the Sarova Stanley enjoy your favourite choice of meat cuts grilled to your perfection at the Pool Deck while you take a dip in their swimming pool. Still talking about meat and steak lovers we present the award winning Golden Spur that has maintained their quality of Grilled steaks since 1967. Another award winning restaurant introduce this season is our highly recommended Haru Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant. Dining at this restaurant you will never be disappointed as the owner Chef Jongho Park and his team are very passionate in providing the best culinary experiences and implacable service to detail. Finally we welcome Chef Kurt Pietersen the newly appointed executive chefs at the Fairview Hotel, Nairobi our highly recommended hotel partner. He brings with him 18 years of professional culinary experience. Watch out for the culinary delights that the chef and his culinary team will bring this season, especially at Pango Gourmet Brasserie the fine dining restaurant. On behalf of the Go Places™ Happy Travelling and Wonderful Dining Experiences. Enjoy the read!

The Go Places™ culinary team ensures to bring you the very best hand-picked culinary experiences in the Go Places™ Wine & Dine section. This season make a date with award winning Sarova Panafric

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FOREWORD There has been continued growth in the Kenya Tourism in 2018. As we move towards the years, which is also the peak season for the Tourism business and sector as a whole, we hope that you have explored at least one local tourism attraction site. Kenya’s brand visibility begins with our experience as locals before attracting foreign tourists. First, all the good things we have been gearing up for this years as a Ministry are now here. The month of August and September is a packed one with remarkable events that also seeks your involvement. World Tourism Day 2018 Celebrations will be held on the 27th September with the theme being Tourism and the digital transformation. As a nation, it is our job to work together towards preserving our rich and diverse culture. With the FIFA World Cup behind us, we would like to bring your attention to The World Cup of Wildlife, which you would know as the Wildebeest Migration. This 8th wonder of the world that takes place in July through to October in Maasai Mara is marvel you should not miss. The Ushanga Kenya Exhibition and Sale is slated for 28th September 2018. The exhibition is planned to showcase the country’s products for both the international and domestic visitors. The initiative touches on seven countries namely; Baringo, Marsabit, Narok, Kajiado, Samburu, Turkana and West Porkot. Entertainment Tourism is going a notch higher with different artistes from around the world coming to Kenya for different artistes from around the world coming to Kenya for different events and activities. The maiden Terminal Music weekend, for instance, is a step in the right direction as it gives Kenyan artistes the same opportunities as the international ones to share the same stage. We are delighted for Kenya being chosen by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as the hosts of the 2020 IAAF World Athletics U20 Championships. The U18’s held in 2017 in Nairobi was a major boost to the growth of the business and the country. In the same way, this new opportunity will protect us further ahead in our vision as a country to become Africa’s financial hub.

started to award restaurants that provide consistent 5-star service and experience to its diners. In October, we look forward to the forward to the major tourism and hospitality events the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) and 79th SKAL World Congress. Furthermore , we are excited about our national carrier - Kenya Airways, beginning direct flights to the United States. Finally, I acknowledge the constant unwavering support shown by key tourism partners who proudly continue to play their part in generating awareness about Kenya as a leading destination of choice on local, regional and international levels. One such unique and passionate partners is Go Places™, who for 26 years has continued to shine a bright light on Kenya’s world-class hospitality and tourism facilities. On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, I wish the readers on exciting August - September 2018 edition. Keep reading to find out more on what our magical land has to offer. Hon. Najib Balala, E.G.H. Cabinet Secretary for Tourism & Wildlife



The 3rd Annual Chef’s Delight Culinary Awards programme begins in August. This quality enhancing programme was

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Ethiopian - Best Airline in Africa Seychelles … the Call of the Island Masailand Safari & Lodge - The New Benchmark of Comfort, Luxury & Convenience In Arusha… Tamarind Tree - The New Talk of the Town


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Ethiopian Airlines - New Mobile Application

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FOREWORD Welcome to Magical Kenya with another exciting new season set to commence in August and September 2018. We are pleased that the annual Wildebeest Migration has begun and is at its peak. This 8th Wonder of the World spectacle has already attracted hundreds of international tourists from around the world and many, many more visitors are expected as this great spectacle continues through to October. Tourist arrivals to Kenya increased by 6.1% during the first quarter of the year, signaling better tidings for the sector at the start of 2018. Total international arrivals for January to March 2018 by air and sea closed at 237,944 compared to 224,233 in the same period in 2017. During the period under review, arrivals through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) dropped by 1.4% to 192,958 compared to 195,630 in 2017 same period. Moi International Airport Mombasa (MIAM) received 43,315 visitors, compared to 27,697 in 2017 same period, reflecting a growth of 56.4%. Arrivals by cruise ship for the period grew by 84.4% to 1,671 compared to 906 in 2017 same period. Business and conference arrivals stood at 27,561, contributing 11% of the total arrivals within the review period. We are optimistic that visitors from International markets will continue to grow year-on-year with the positive impact we have recently experienced. Some of these positive recognitions have placed Kenya as a preferred destination of choice from a leading United Kingdom (UK) travel firm, Kuoni Worldwide, that has named Kenya among the top 25 destinations in the world. According to the ‘Kuoni Worldwide Trends Report 2018’, Kenya has risen from the 23rd to 19th placed destination owing to growing interest by tourists in areas such as Samburu, Tsavo, and Amboseli. Kenya has surpassed Tanzania, Seychelles, Spain, and Australia in this latest ranking. Another notable recognition was JKIA’s ranking as the best airport in Africa and 38th globally in the recent worldwide rankings 2018 carried out by Airhelp. Furthermore Lake Elementaita was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site after earlier being listed as a Ramsar site (wetland of international importance) and is regularly home to millions of lesser flamingos and also an important stop over for migratory birds. The World Travel Awards 2018 (WTA) are around the corner and many of our Kenyan Hospitality, Travel and Tourism related companies have been entered for nominations in various categories. These awards serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. The WTA has revealed that its Africa and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony will be held at Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa on 6th October 2018. Hospitality leaders from across the region will gather for the red-carpet gala ceremony to see who

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amongst them has been voted the best in their category. We urge all local, regional and international clients to vote for your favorite establishments. The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has rolled out an up-skilling training program targeted at travel agents in Nigeria who are making the transition from ticketing agents to travel agents. The training programme entailed a two-day training workshops that was held in the cities of Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt. In the coming months, we look forward to some International and regional hospitality and tourism forums and events. These include the Africa Hotel Investment Forum 2018 (AHIF) in Nairobi from 2-4 October and the SKAL World Congress 2018 in Mombasa from 17th-21th October. We invite you to join us on 3rd–5th October 2018 at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) in Nairobi for the 8th edition of Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE), the leading professional travel trade gathering place in East and Central Africa for trade networking and exploring business opportunities in Kenya. The most awaited and popular Chefs Delight Awards programme will begin in August. This one of a kind unique culinary program brings together over 100 top rated restaurants to compete to be the best in their cuisine category, voted by their own regular diners. On behalf of myself and the Kenya Tourism Board, I wish all the readers an exciting great migration season and a superb August - September 2018 season ahead.

Jimi Kariuki Chairman, Kenyan Tourism Board

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FOREWORD Jambo and a warm welcome to Magical Kenya, one of the world’s most desired and authentic safari, business and leisure destination in Africa The onset of the most magnificent wildlife spectacle on earth is finally upon us. Dubbed the 8th Wonder of the World, the great wildebeest migration ushers in an exciting new season for Kenya’s tourism sector. This annual spectacular occurrence has already attracted hundreds of visitors from around the globe, to witness this natural breathtaking phenomenon within the world’s most famous game reserve, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The last two months have been really exciting for KTB as we intensified capacity building around our tourism products and experiences. These included various events and activities that brought together hundreds and thousands of enthusiasts to travel, participate and explore our beautiful country, Kenya. The events included the 62 km Machakos Mountain bike challenge, the 120 kilometres Great Rift Valley Challenge, Lake Turkana Cultural Festival with breathtaking views of Northern Kenya, the Lewa Marathon that was flagged off by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and which attracted over 1300 local, regional and international runners and over 5,000 spectators, all in aid of raising money for wildlife conservation. African Tennis players from 8 African countries which included Algeria, Benin and Cameroon, who participated in the Davis Cup Africa tournament in Nairobi, gave us the opportunity to share the Magical Kenya experience of a game drive through Nairobi National Park - the only national park in a city. We are proud to have launched our Tourism Information Center located at Kenya Coast Tourism Association’s office in Mombasa. The centre is equipped with interactive screens that enable access to an array of experiences available in the destination to visitors and Kenyans alike. Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Kisumu and his ancestral village, Kogelo in Siaya county as he returned to the land of his father’s heritage provided an opportunity for an array of local and international visitors to experience the diversity of attractions offered by the Lake Region Economic Bloc. The next few months will be even more exciting as the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife is set to host the inaugural Kenya Tourism Festival which will be a fusion

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of Kenya’s rich cultural heritage and technology which is a major driver of modern travel. Through the Festival, Kenya will showcase its diverse and authentic tourism experiences to the world with an unprecedented week of tourism promotion. The Festival will commence with the World Tourism Day celebration on the 27th September and end on 5th October 2018. The week will see Kenya host the African Hotel Investment Forum 2018 between the 2nd and 4th October. KTB looks forward to hosting the premier travel exhibition in Africa, the Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) between the 3rd and 5th October 2018. Save the dates for this week-long experience as well as for 79th SKAL World Congress from 17th to 21st October. We appreciate the efforts of the private sector for their part in promoting and marketing our destination through various platforms that reach far and wide to attract visitors to our Magical land. We thank Go Places for their passion and continued support.


FOREWORD IT IS TIME TO MAKE COUNTIES MORE PROFITABLE Kenya is on the move as a result of devolution. One of the greatest tasks that the government faced after taking over power in 2013 was to successfully create county governance systems as enshrined in Kenya Constitution 2010. The law required immediate devolution of power and resources to 47 independent counties headed by Governors and monitored by the Senate. This was aimed at bringing governance closer to the people and boosting inclusivity. Despite slight teething problems experienced within the initial years, Counties have become the bedrock of Kenya’s development. All the 47 Counties can now operate as autonomous entities with each Governor exploring ways to make their County profitable for the benefit of its citizens. For instance, some Counties have come together to form regional economic blocs in order to collectively tackle challenges associated with trade and investment, while providing opportunities for integration. Economic blocs have been regarded as viable options in pursuing stronger trade agreements for counties with higher bargaining power, unified approach to trade and investment as well as easier inter-county integration. A case in point is the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) comprising of 13 counties that include Kisumu, Kisii, Siaya, Migori, Homa Bay, Vihiga, Kakamega, Nyamira, Bomet, Busia, Bungoma, Kericho and Trans Nzoia, which has taken off. Other Counties from North Rift and Coast have formed similar Economic blocs. All these efforts are geared towards making counties better. It is worth noting that all counties have unique competitive advantages ranging from location, available resources, and tourist attraction sites and so on. This shows that counties have immense potential to grow. It is now time for counties to reposition themselves and attract more investors. This can be achieved through branding. A brand borders on a promise that is delivered. It can be a product, a service or a concept that is publicly distinguished from other products, services, or concepts so that it can be easily communicated and marketed. A brand name is the name of the distinctive product, service, or concept. All our 47 counties are brands bearing distinct brand names, special attributes and unique locations.

then means that what matters most is how consumers perceive the brand and not necessarily what they think the brand is and what it promises. In other words, perceptions from consumers come first. Transforming counties to Brands will help them stand out, attract more investors and realize their maximum potential. Well branded counties will result to new markets, better and more developed cities and towns, improved service delivery, more trade and investment potential as well as improved living conditions for citizens. It is therefore critical for counties to position themselves as brands and use their unique attributes to leverage on business opportunities and development of infrastructure. Brand Kenya Board has rolled out a County Branding Index (CBI) project to help counties create a competitive identity to attract tourism and investments. This will accelerate the level of growth of both County and National brands. The Board believes, this will be a precursor of making counties more profitable. Finally, Kenya has been recognized as the 3rd most innovative economy in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to Global Innovation Index ranking. South Africa and Mauritius were ranked first and second respectively. Kenya’s performance was pegged on the level of development and continuous performance since 2011. Its greatest strengths were identified as access to credit, especially micro-finance loans, innovation linkages and export of creative services. Kenya continues to position itself as a globally competitive and transformative brand, standing out amongst its peers.

Ag. CEO, Brand Kenya Board Ms Floice Mukabana

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Let’s venture out of town… Anyone up for a day trip? Buckle up and come let’s cruise it down the KWS way! Tucked deep into the floor of the Great Rift Valley of Naivasha’s dusty town, Hells Gate National Park provides the ideal fun in the wild experience across all markets and age groups. Its convenient proximity, about 100km north-west of Nairobi, coupled with an excellent road network from Kenya’s capital makes it a great out of town adventure. Sprawling just 68 sq. km, the Park offers more than its size. From panoramic picnic sites, spectacular scenic views, abundant flora and fauna, towering cliffs, water gouged gorges, geothermal steams from Olkaria Geothermal power station located inside the park south-west of Naivasha, the park is a bundle of fun waiting to be explored. In a nutshell, the Great Rift outdoors offer Rock climbing, Game viewing, Hiking, Gorge walks, Cycling/biking, Team building grounds, Picnicking, Wedding venues, Corporate events/product launch venues, hot springs from the Olkaria geothermal power station and Camping – With a well-equipped sheltered area, shower rooms, water and pit latrines. The Park is largely characterized by diverse topography and geological rock formations. It is home to the lammergeyer, the largest and rare Eurasian bird of prey. Branded “A walk on the wild side’’ Hells Gate National Park allows walking and cycling activities guided by KWS security on the sprawling grasslands with well-maintained dust roads. The fact that the Park teems with hundreds of wild flora and fauna makes it ideal for game drives. Animals to see include; Zebra, eland, giraffe, buffalo, serval cat, hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, klipspringer, antelope, lion, leopard and so much more. With an incredible record of over 103 bird species, the destination is ideal for bird lovers. A keen visitor is expected to spot not less than 25 different bird species in just a single day. The massive rock cliffs shelter thousands of unique insects and reptiles. The rock shelters also act as breeding grounds for most small animals.

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You will not boast of having done bird identification if you have not perched your feet in the Mervyns Carnelley Raptor Hide, a unique bird viewing hide that incorporates a one-way window which allows visitors to view and take photos of the huge birds of prey at close proximity. The hide is located just above Endachata campsite. Adrenaline will remain to be just another grey area if you do not flex your muscles as you hoist yourself up the magnificent 25 meters tall Fischer’s Tower. Standing tall, the tower is a rugged mass of rock that is a remnant of the ancient volcano and named after a German explorer Gustav Fischer who visited in 1883. The rock offers a great climbing experience. The local Maasai community folklores allege that the rock is a figure of a chief’s daughter who turned around against the dictates of the Maa tradition to take one last look at her father’s compound before leaving to be married. There’s so much to learn about the rich Maasai culture from the Maasai people who live around the peripheries of the Park. All in a day’s work! Follow us on Facebook: Kenya Wildlife Service Twitter:@kwskenya Instagram:@kenyawildlifeservice Website: Julius Kimani Ag. Director General, Kenya Wildlife Service


When you visit any KWS Park near you, you will enjoy more than just the wildlife. We have lots of activities that you can enjoy; like camping, rock climbing, biking, scuba diving, hiking, nature trailing, bird watching and much, much more. It’s a guarantee there’ll be no dull moment and the lasting impression you take home is that it is entirely possible to be swept up in the wild. Kenya Wildlife Service



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This year has been eventful for the National Museums of Kenya marked by many milestones for us in the last financial year. As we switch gears, we would like to implore you to take time to visit our various museums, sites and monuments across the country to learn, support and engage in recreational activities. In this issue, we will be highlighting the Uhuru Gardens, the largest memorial park in Kenya dedicated to the struggle for independence. It is a symbol of unity to Kenya as it reminds us of our birthplace. Kenya’s new flag was hoisted here and a major ceremony held upon attainment of independence on 12th December 1963. On the same day, the British Union jack was lowered marking the end of colonialism. It’s a landmark in Kenya’s political history as it commemorates the birth of a nation. I also urge you to visit our Snake Park at the Nairobi National Museum, where we have launched our Hall of Fishes and the Marine Aquarium. The exhibition prides itself with a collection of beautifully coloured salt water fish. The marine aquarium is facilitated through collaboration between the National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Tropical Sea Life. It displays a diversity of fish inhabiting the Indian Ocean. It includes soft corals and fish dwelling in the coral reefs. It also includes sea urchins, sea anemones and starfish among others. As usual every holiday we have plenty of activities for children. We had our fun day on 11th August for children aged 5- 13 years. The day was filled with fun art and craft activities based on the museum’s collections and exhibitions, talks by artists and professionals and animated storytelling

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by renowned storyteller, Wangari. Kindly contact us to find out how you can get involved. Our doors are open every day of the week including weekends and public holidays. Finally, Thimlich Ohinga was inscribed into the UNESCO world heritage list in Bahrain in June 2018. It is the 7th world heritage site in Kenya after Lamu, Mount Kenya, Kaya forests, Lake Turkana parks and Rift valley lakes of Bogoria, Nakuru and Elementaita. Built in the 14th century on a hill, Thimlich Ohinga is a complex surrounded by stone walls now partially covered under Savannah bush land. This is another great site to visit that is more than 550 years old and is of great historical value. This is one more attraction to add to your bucket list of visits in our great country. We look forward to your visit throughout the year at your nearest Museum Galleries and Historical sites. Karibuni!

KIBUNJIA, NYAGA MZALENDO, Ph.D., EBS. Director General, National Museums of Kenya


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NEWS BITS MARA ENGAI WILDERNESS LODGE-GO PLACES™ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED MASAI MARA UNIQUE PROPERTY “The Great Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration” is upon us and one of the theatrical wonders of the world that should not be missed. Once is never enough as your experience will be different each time you visit. We introduce you to one of our Go Places™ highly recommended partners Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge. This unique lodge is nestled amongst pristine Kenyan Ravine forest on the Oloololo (Siria) Escarpment. Overlooking the amazing Masai Mara National Reserve and Wildebeest Migration Route, with around 120km of unbroken views across the vast savannah of the Masai Mara. In Maasai belief, Mara means the spotted Land, whilst Engai is the Maasai God who created what has been labelled as the 7th Wonder of the World. Welcome to this new and distinctly– it is simply breath-taking. Wonder at the most amazing views over the Masai Mara and Great Migration route from your own private veranda. Indulge in fine dining, with delicious treats made from fresh produce from the lodge’s organic gardens. Get back to nature with thrilling game drives and experience thousands of years of Maasai tradition. It’s Safari time and they have put together some exciting flying package that include Game Drives, Bush Breakfast and Dinner as well as their signature Sundowner. TO BOOK YOUR UNFORGEATBLE SAFARI SIMPLY CALL: UK and International (+44) 777 911 0662, Kenya (+254) 726091330 OR VISIT WWW.MARAENGAI.INFO

AFRICA’S BEST AIRLINE ‘ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES’ - A GO PLACES™ HIGHLY-RECOMMENDED AIRLINE PARTNER Ethiopian Airlines a multi-award winning airline including the SKYTRAX World Airline Awards for Best Airline in Africa twice in a row in 2017 & for two years in a row 2018 is making leisure travel even more exciting. Ethiopian Airlines announced the rolled out of stopover packages without any additional airfare that cater for all leisure needs with a view to promote tourism into Ethiopia. Passengers traveling through Addis Ababa and continuing their journey to one of the destinations on Ethiopian network can now take advantage of stopover offerings from Ethiopian Holidays, the tour operator wing of Ethiopian Airlines, enabling them to discover and experience the many historical, cultural, religious and natural treasures of Ethiopia, Land of Origins. An online e-visa service for processing stopover visa is available for all international visitors to Ethiopia at The packages range from sightseeing in Addis Ababa, the diplomatic capital of Africa, to visits to the pre-Christian era obelisks of Axum, the stunning medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the amazing 9th century mosques of Harar, the majestic castles of Gondar, the stunning source of the Blue Nile, the jaw-dropping Simien Mountains, the splendor of the lake side resorts of Hawassa and Arba Minch, or the unique coffee farms of Kaffa, birth place of coffee, and much… much more. Now that’s how to do it! So this season jump onboard Go Places™ partners Ethiopian Airlines and enjoy hospitality and great service with your stop-over. TO BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS WITH OUR AIRLINE PARTNERS TODAY, VISIT WWW.ETHIOPIANAIRLINES.COM

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NEWS BITS SUN AFRICA HOTELS - GO PLACES™ HIGHLY-RECOMMENDED PARTNERS FOR THE SEASON Sun Africa Hotels consist of a luxurious collection of holiday escapes which explicitly capture the true beauty, nature and unique landscapes of magical Kenya. Our recommended partner is globally renowned for their epic, extraordinary and refined selection of properties. SAH’s flurry of international awards speak for themselves, these include the World Luxury Hotel Awards™. The multiple award-winning hotel group ensures every guest a truly memorable and unique luxury travel experience. The properties which are strategically located in the best places in Kenya allows travelers see the best that Kenya has to offer. Sun Africa Hotels offers high quality service in accommodation and conference room facilities at very competitive rates and boasts the best bars, unique game drives, exquisite spa’s as well as breathtaking balloon safaris. The Luxury Collection include the Sovereign Suites, Nairobi, Sun Africa Beach Resort, Mombasa, Kiboko Luxury Camp, Naivasha while the Elite Collection consists of Keekorok Lodge, Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha Country Club and Nyali Sun Africa Beach Hotel & Spa and soon to launch the Style Collection in the heart of Nairobi. This season the SAH group has put together an unbeatable range of exclusive travel offers, which means you can enjoy any of their getaways throughout the year!! SO DON’T MISS-OUT, BOOK YOUR 5 STAR AWARD-WINNING SUN AFRICA HOLIDAYS TODAY, SIMPLY CALL (+254) 703 048 000 OR VISIT: WWW.SUNAFRICAHOTELS.COM... ENJOY!

SILVERSTONE AIR SERVICES LIMITED - GO PLACES™ RECOMMENDED DOMESTIC AIRLINE NOW FLYING DIRECT WILSON – MOMBASA TWICE DAILY Silverstone Air Services Limited is a Go Places™ Recommended domestic airline that provides you with one of the finest flight experiences across the Kenyan skies. Committed to providing quality services, delivering premium value to customers, working with relevant industry stakeholders and an outstanding teamwork ethic., the airline aims to propel itself to become one of the very best local, and eventually regional and international flight companies, bringing to the skies a wealth of industry experience and world-class expertise. Taking advantage of the current Wildebeest Migration Silverstone Air recently introduced daily flights between Nairobi and the Maasai Mara in July that will take off from Wilson Airport connecting to various airstrips, including Serena, Mara North and Keekorok, targeting leisure travellers. Silverstone Air further announced that they will fly twice daily between the popular route from Wilson to Mombasa from August. The airline also flies to Kisumu, Ukunda, Lamu and Malindi. This holiday season take advantage of their low rates and convenience of flying from Wilson Airport. TO MAKE YOUR FLIGHT RESERVATIONS ONBOARD ONE OF KENYA’S BEST OR TO FIND OUT MORE CALL: (+254) 733 870 871 / 777 710 700 OR VISIT: WWW.SILVERSTONEAIR.COM Go Places | 21

NEWS BITS SAROVA® HOTELS, RESORTS & GAME LODGES - GO PLACES™ HIGHLY-RECOMMENDED DINING EXPERIENCES OF THE SEASON When you think of Kenya’s topmost 5 star luxury dining experience our highly recommended partners Sarova Hotels sets the mark. Their award winning restaurants in Nairobi include Thai Chi at the Sarova Stanley. Thai Masterchef team are ready to take you on a journey of the five senses. The Thorn Tree Café at the Sarova Stanley a legendary ‘open air’ continental cuisine bistrostyle pavement café most famous for its message board located at the centre of the restaurant (Kenya’s first makeshift post box). The elegant Thorn Tree Café features a new eclectic menu (with some old favorites), a perfect venue for friends and business meet ups whilst in the centre of Nairobi. The Flame Tree at the Sarova Panafric is a spectacular al fresco or indoor Continental & Pan Asian cuisine restaurant serving superb gourmet meals, each expertly prepared and plated by some of the best culinary professionals. This season the Sarova Panafric brings you the best of Flame Tree Brunch every Sunday as well as a Lamb Biryani with a unique mix of flavors and aroma. The Sarova Stanley brings you the Meat Market Fiesta at the Pool Deck every Friday and Public Holidays. Choose your best meat cut and take a dip in an open air swimming pool as the chefs prepare the delicacy to your taste. TO BOOK THESE AMAZING DINING EXPERIENCES SIMPLY CALL CENTRAL RESERVATIONS ON: (+254) 709 111 000 OR EMAIL: SAROVAPANAFRICBANQUETING@ SAROVAHOTELS.COM OR STANLEYBANQUETING@SAROVAHOTELS.COM

TAMARIND TREE HOTEL - GO PLACES™ HIGHLY-RECOMMENDED HOTEL PARTNERS FOR THE SEASON Celebrated for its iconic restaurants, landmark locations and exceptional service, our highly recommended partner The Tamarind Group has consistently set the bar for quintessential Kenyan hospitality. The Tamarind Group’s wealth of history is known and felt: from signature dishes at Tamambo and Carnivore Restaurants, to the modern day chic cuisine introduced to us by The Roast, and the warm familiarity felt with the community at the Tamarind Village. It is from this iconic precedence that the Tamarind Tree Hotel grows from. The hotel is perfect for both the business and leisure traveler due to its close proximity to the International and Domestic airports as well as Nairobi National Park and Karen Golf Country Club. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants. The Carnivore grounds and the famous Carnivore Restaurant are both adjacent to the hotels. The Tamarind Tree Hotel consists of world class amenities, local art adorning the walls and creative modern interior design in addition to exceptional staff, there’s no better spot to feel the pulse of Nairobi and the heartbeat of Kenyan hospitality. TO MAKE A RESERVATION AT THE NEW TAMARIND TREE HOTEL, SIMPLY CALL: (+254) 709 240000 OR VISIT: WWW.TAMARINDTREE-HOTELS.COM 22 | Go Places

NEWS BITS MASAILAND SAFARI & LODGE - GO PLACES™ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HOTEL, ARUSHA TANZANIA Our new recommended hotel partner in Tanzania is setting a new benchmark of comfort, luxury and convenience in the heart of Arusha. Masailand Safari & Lodge is strategically located at the base overlooking with a remarkable view of the Mount Meru with its unique blend of African culture and ultra-modern world class hospitality. The hotels is 45 minutes away from Kilimanjaro International Airport and 6 hours’ drive from Nairobi. Masailand is the undisputed gateway to the Northern Tanzania safari circuit 116.5 km to Mt. Kilimanjaro, 191 km to Ngorongoro Crater and 348 Km to Serengeti. Masailand Safari and Lodge offers guests an array of luxurious room & suites adorned with wooden décor and the latest in room technology and modern-day amenities. The Lodge has two Multi- cuisines Indoor and Terrace Restaurant as well as the Santa Fe Kilimanjaro Lounge with exclusive modern set up, Ideal for sundowner cocktail parties and Meru View Executive Lounge to sip a drink while facing Mount Meru. For the business travellers they have state-of-art meeting, conference and event venue facilities. This season travel to Arusha for business or leisure and experience the hospitality of Masailand Safari & Lodge. TO BOOK YOUR UNFORGEATBLE GETAWAY TO MASAILAND SAFARI & LODGE CONTACT: Tel: +255 624 712020 / +255 624 732020 / EMAIL: INFO@MASAILANDSAFARI.COM, WEBSITE: WWW. MASAILANDSAFARI.COM

MOUNTAIN INN - GO PLACES™ RECOMMENDED HOTEL PARTNER, MOSHI TANZANIA Mountain Inn is ideally situated at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania. Opened in 1988, the establishment is a few kilometers from Lake Chala, a short drive from the Kilimanjaro Airport and Moshi Bus station. It gets its name from its close proximity to Mount Kilimanjaro posing a view of the beautiful mountain from the balcony of your hotel room. Mountain Inn offers 24 rooms of affordable accommodation in various categories to suit different needs such as groups, families, couples and single occupancy. Mountain Inn is popular for weekend getaway and offers some of the finest authentic Indian cuisine in town. The serene environment in and around the hotel is perfect for a quiet weekend away from the fast and busy life with a well maintained outdoor pool which is the centre piece of the property. Available is conference facility and Wi-Fi available in the common areas. The hotel is ideally located for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as it’s a short drive to the mountain and guest can continue to stay her after their hike for a well needed rest and to recuperate. This season choose Mountain Inn to be your hotel of choice due to their affordable accommodation, impeccable staff service and the breathtaking scenery and TO BOOK YOUR UNFORGETTABLE GETAWAY TO MOUNTAIN INN MOSHI, TANZANIA TEL: +255 758 260 441, +255 716 264 427, EMAIL: INFO@MOUNTAIN-INN.CO.TZ Go Places | 23

NEWS BITS HARU SUSHI BAR & JAPANESE RESTAURANT GO PLACES™ HIGHLYRECOMMENDED RESTAURANT PARTNERS FOR THE SEASON What awaits at this Award-Winning Japanese Cuisine Restaurant is an authentic and multi-sensory dining experience, which takes you on a culinary journey across the ‘land of the rising sun’, where outstanding culinary artistry, fresh tantalizing tastes & aromas, impeccable plating & presentation, and vibrant colours & textures all faultlessly combine to create something truly magical. Enjoy! The chef and his restaurant team have won several prestigious Chefs Delight™ Awards which are considered the most coveted awards in the history of Kenya’s culinary industry,. Awards include the Best Japanese Restaurant, the Best Individual Chef & Restaurant Team, the Most Innovative Chef (two awards chapters in a row) and the Best Sushi & Sashimi Restaurant. Chef Jongho Park says, ‘food servers are one of the most important people in our restaurant, as they ultimately attend to our guests’, ‘menu knowledge, service skills, resourcefulness, good manners, excellent guest interaction, hygiene practices and a smart appearance are all essential in providing our guests with a truly memorable Haru experience’. You can enjoy your dining experiences in 3 different settings; by the sushi bar (offers guests an engaging view into the freshness, quality and art of sushi and sashimi creation), on the casual outdoor terrace or on the upper level indoors. This season we invite you to try this restaurant and assure you that you will not be disappointed. HARU SUSHI BAR & JAPANESE RESTAURANT IS SITUTATED AT THE KAREN PROFESSIONAL CENTRE, KAREN RD., NAIROBI - OPERATING TIMES: 12:00PM - 10:00PM EVERYDAY. TO MAKE A RESERVATIONS CALL: +254 700 945 500 / +254 720 945 500 / EMAIL: HARUKENYA@HOTMAIL.COM

TAMARIND TREE HOTEL - GO PLACES™ HIGHLY-RECOMMENDED GOLDEN SPUR - GO PLACES™ HIGHLY-RECOMMENDED CASUAL HOTEL PARTNERS FOR THE SEASON DINING EXPERIENCES OF THE SEASON Our recommended steakhouse of the season is no other The Golden Spur. A family restaurant with an open plan that boasts superb ambience with a captivating Apache American ranch themed décor. The Golden Spur an award winning Chefs Delight Awards Best Steakhouse Restaurant has maintained their quality in steak preparation since 1967. Golden Spur offers a variety of flame grills from steaks, burgers, wings, ribs and chicken. They source the finest quality of beef from the highland of Kenya and take it through a very definite aging process and natural maturity of at least 21 days which ensures their meat is tender, succulent and delicious when prepared. Despite being known as the place-to-be for meat lovers, it offers a diverse option of vegetarian and semi-vegan meals to choose from and if you are carbconscious, there is a choice where you can replace what doesn’t fit into your carb intake with a variety of freshly prepared garden salad or hot vegetables. The ambiance is perfect for gatherings such as birthday parties, anniversaries, graduation, office parties and all other celebrations. When looking for a casual dining spot, look no further. This season we recommend that you try out Golden Spur and enjoy what they have to offer from their award winning culinary team. GOLDEN SPUR IS SITUATED AT SOUTHERN SUN MAYFAIR PARKLANDS ROAD, WESTLANDS. TO BOOK AN AMAZING DINING EXPERIENCES SIMPLY CALL ON: TEL: +254 20 374 0249, +254 724 253 804 | EMAIL: INFO@SPUR.CO.KE 24 | Go Places

NEWS BITS THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS- GO PLACES™ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TOURISM DESTINATION OF THE SEASON The Seychelles Islands are so much more than sun, sea and sand and their new interactive map is the best guide to what fun awaits you on your holiday. If you’re planning a trip to the exotic islands, no need to stress about getting a physical copy of the Seychelles map, as it’s now available at your fingertips and is fully responsive for your mobile phone. Seychelles comprises 115 islands. The granitic islands of the Seychelles archipelago cluster around the main island of Mahé, home to the international airport and the capital, Victoria, and its neighbouring islands of Praslin and La Digue. Together, these Inner Islands form the cultural and economic hub of the nation and contain the majority of Seychelles’’ tourism facilities as well as its most stunning beaches. The Seychelles remains one of the purest, most environmentally intact destinations on earth, offering great diversity of experiences. Amid today’s many over-advertised dive destinations where crowded dive boats ply tired waters that are no longer as clean, or as interesting as they could once claim to be, there is still one place that is wonderfully off the beaten track and where the underwater world is about as virgin as it gets - ….the Seychelles archipelago. This season we recommend you head to Seychelles and restore your energy to tackle the remaining half of the year. TO BOOK YOUR UNFORGETTABLE GETAWAY TO THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS, EMAIL: mktmanager@creoletravelservices. com OR VISIT: WWW.SEYCHELLES.TRAVEL OR WWW.GOPLACESHOLIDAYS.COM


Jane Adam Incoming Chairperson National Chairperson of Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT)

Sophie Onyango Chairperson of the Kenya Association of Women in Tourism – Nairobi County

Faith S. Wathome Outgoing Chairperson National Chairperson of Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT)

The Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT) is a non-profit association founded in 2010. KAWT was formed in response to women showing a growing interest in opportunities in tourism, including, the need for a country-wide official platform for their voice to be heard in the tourism industry. Our primary mandate is to provide a platform for women’s empowerment through engagement, employment and participation in the tourism industry. KAWT aims in bringing gender aspects of tourism to the attention of policy makers, especially the issues of women’s employment and active participation in the tourism industry.

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The New Benchmark of Comfort, Luxury & Convenience In Arusha… Masailand Safari and Lodge located strategically at a base overlooking a remarkable view of the Mount Meru, is a unique blend of African culture and ultra-modern world class hospitality at the heart of Arusha. Our Highly recommended partner Masailand Safari and lodge, is Just 45 minutes away from Kilimanjaro International Airport and a convenient 6 hours’ drive away from Kenya’s Nairobi city which gives guests flying and driving into and out of the City, a hassle free travel. This gem exudes attention to detail and perfectly caters to the whims of even the most discerning of guests. Features include: Cottages overlooking the breathtaking view of Mount Meru to the East and Kisongo valleys across the landscape, Luxurious rooms and suites conformed to international standards with modern-day amenities & in-room technology, to state-of-the-art meeting/conference/event venue facilities, a scintillating array of multicuisine wine and dine experiences, two modern-day bars, a relaxing indulgent gym, spa and sauna, Private and Public lounges with an exclusive modern set up to suite your needs and so much more. If you are looking for a perfect location from which you can sample the beauty and magnificence of Arusha, Masailand Safari and lodge is your best choice!

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Rooms & Suites

Masailand Safari and Lodge offers guests offers an array of luxurious room & suites to choose from each adorned with wooden décor and the latest in room technology and modern-day amenities. The Lodge has 9 cottages style, 54 Rooms (18 Executive Suites with balconies at first floors level with best scenic view, 36 Deluxe Rooms with balconies set in a vast land surrounded by beautiful orchid). All accommodations are equipped with Air conditions, spacious bathrooms, tea and coffee makers, LCD televisions, Wi-Fi internet connection, a mini-bar and electronic safes. The rooms are designed with private parking, double glazed windows with black-out curtains to offer an elegant relaxing Masailand Safari and Lodge holiday with comfort.

Restaurant & Bars

Staying true to the highest international standard of culinary excellence, Masailand Safari and Lodge offers guests a tantalizing array of options that can pander to any taste requirement. The Lodge provides food and beverage options from its two Multi- cuisines restaurants Indoor Restaurant and Terrace Restaurant. Alternatively you can enjoy a drink with friends or colleagues while facing Mount Meru from the outdoor Terrace Bar that offers a beautiful fireplace on ever green terrace or the Pool Terrace bar. The Lodge also has two lounges for public and private use:Santa Fe Kilimanjaro Lounge - Exclusive modern set up with a seating capacity of up to 100pax. (Ideal for sundowner cocktail parties) and Meru View Executive Lounge – that offers exclusive standard level of service.

Conference & Events As aptly put by the hotels teams,“there is no need to interrupt your business just because you’re travelling”, and quite rightly so because with convenient state-of-art meeting/conference/event venue facilities like the ones offered by the Masailand Safari and lodge, why look any further? Specialized in organizing and hosting corporate functions, weddings and events the lodge has the capacity to accommodate up to 1000 guests in difference halls. MICE amenities include: High Speed WiFi connectivity, LCD TV Sets, Cabled Internet, PA System, Projectors, Bottled water etc. For meal plans; coffee breaks, working lunches or more classic sit-down buffets the Lodge well balanced and nutritious menu are sure to keep your team & guests energized and working at optimum levels.

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Swimming Pool for both adults & kids City Tour and Masaai Cultural Village Tour Day Excursion Trip to the Nearby Game Reserve Organized safari to the Mt. Meru, Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Game reserve Internet Free Wi-Fi Internet connection in the rooms and all public areas. 24hrs In-house security personnel manning security in the premises Wheel chair and accessibility Gym & Sauna

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Celebrated for its iconic restaurants, landmark locations and exceptional service, The Tamarind Group has consistently set the bar for quintessential Kenyan hospitality. The Tamarind Group’s wealth of history is known and felt: from signature dishes at Tamambo and Carnivore Restaurants, to the modern day chic cuisine introduced to us by The Roast, and the warm familiarity felt with the community at the Tamarind Village. It is from this iconic precedence that the Tamarind Tree Hotel grows from. Tamarind Tree Hotel is perfect for both the business and leisure traveller. With world class amenities, local art adorning the walls and creative modern interior design in addition to exceptional staff, there’s no better spot to feel the pulse of Nairobi.

ACCOMMODATION The comfort of our guests is of paramount importance and Tamarind Tree Hotel’s commitment is reflected in the quality and finishing of every room. Each of the 160 guest rooms and suites has been exquisitely designed using modern fittings whilst expressing an authentic earthy feel. All rooms are airconditioned, have complimentary WIFI; a 43inch flat-screen television with international satellite channels; complimentary in-room tea and coffee facilities and double-glazed windows to ensure each guest a peaceful night’s sleep. Additionally there are 4 rooms for the physically challenged. The Standard Rooms are an impressive 32m² and are the largest of this room type in all of Nairobi.

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The Tamarind Tree Hotel offers a variety of wining and dining venues from four top of the line establishments. Whether relaxing over afternoon tea in the Dawa Lounge, sipping your favourite cocktail by the pool, or dining at the iconic Tamambo Restaurant, there are endless opportunities to indulge your every taste. Sample light bites at the 24-hour Duka Coffee Shop with an impressive selection of fresh and healthy snacks, or take a short nature walk from the hotel to visit Tamarind Group’s world famous Carnivore Restaurant, renowned for its “Beast of a Feast” all-you-can-eat meat experience and entertainment.

MEETINGS & EVENTS With the utmost care and class, the Tamarind Tree Hotel will take care of all your business needs during your stay in Nairobi. The hotel is equipped with modern conference facilities which can accommodate small groups in a boardroom setting and up to 250 people in a magnificent ballroom. Meeting facilities are backed by the latest modern audio-visual equipment including: high speed Internet access, inbuilt LCD projector, inbuilt projection screen with laser pointer, inbuilt PA system, bespoke dining arrangements etc. All your events can be organised by a highly experienced event management team. The adjacent grounds are the perfect venue for al-fresco meetings and team-building activities.






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Weekend Getaway in Moshi

Peace & Tranquility at the foothills of Mount Kilmanjaro

Mountain Inn, Moshi gets its name from its close proximity to Mount Kilimanjaro posing a view of the beautiful mountain from the balcony of your hotel room. Opened in 1988, the establishment is on Taifa Road in Msaranga, Tanzania, a few kilometers from Lake Chala, a short drive from the Kilimanjaro Airport and Moshi Bus station. Airport transfers are available upon request; Transfers can also be provided from Amboseli airstrip and Arusha Airports. Mountain Inn offers 24 rooms of affordable accommodation in double, single and triple rooms that are fit for different needs like groups, families, couples and solo stays. Two children per guests sharing a room under the age of 6 can stay at no extra cost.

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The serene environment in and around the hotel is perfect for a quiet weekend away from the fast and busy life. The site proves to be a perfect location for couples or occasions such as group dinners, team building or family getaways. There is a conferencing facility at the premise as well for those corporate needs with functioning Wi-Fi currently available in the common area such as bar and restaurant.

in the evening under the starry clear skies.

While at the hotel you can enjoy different in-house amenities such as swimming in their wellmaintained outdoor pool near the bar area. Other facilities available are sauna, spa, massage and yoga. The well-manicured gardens are great for picnics during the day and garden dinner

The premise is ideal for hikers that are looking to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and soak in the beauty of its environs. It provides for a short drive to the mountain to start your hike after being well rested. Even better, the premise delivers well needed rest and recuperation after the hike.

Outdoor and off-site activities that you could engage in as a guest at the Inn are hiking at the highest mountain in Africa; Mount Kilimanjaro, enjoy a nature trail at the foothills of the mountain where you can also go biking depending on your preference, go for a swim at Lake Chala or sightseeing at the Materuni waterfalls.

While staying at Mountain Inn, you never have to worry about your breakfast as it is already taken care of in your bed and breakfast, which is served from 6am to 9 am. For lunch and dinner you can select from a variety of their Continental, India and their specialty is in mouthwatering Swahili dishes from the a la carte menu. All dishes are freshly prepared upon order accompanied with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages of your choice. This holiday season you should choose Mountain Inn to be your hotel of choice due to their affordable accommodation, impeccable staff service and the breathtaking scenery.

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Paris is an exquisite city. It has been described as ‘the city of lights’, ‘the city of romance’, ‘the city of love’ – every cliché has been used. As the world’s most visited city, the French capital offers something for everyone. Bisected by the River Seine and filled with hidden cultural and historical gems buried in every corner of the city. The city is Dotted with cafés, patisseries and gourmet food, but it also serves as the headquarters of some of the world’s most exclusive fashion boutiques. The illuminated city is also a tribute to the intellectual preeminence of notables such as Hemingway, Voltaire, Dali, Stravinsky, and Picasso who have used Paris as a common gathering place over the centuries and left their indelible marks on not only French society, but also the world at large. Where to Stay? For a quintessentially authentic and charming experience take a look at the Go PlacesTM recommended hotels in Paris. The luxurious Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel to experience France’s magical capital city in grand fashion. One of the most luxurious hotels in Paris Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, with thoughtful amenities, exquisite decor, and unparalleled elegance. Four Seasons Hotel George V home to some of the best food in France. InterContinental Paris Le Grand offers guests a magnificent view of the Opera Garnier and suites decorated in a Second Empire style. For more of these tasteful options, visit and take your pick! What to Do? A trip to Paris is incomplete without visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower. If the weather permits, the best way to experience the beautiful landmark is by bringing your own wine, baguettes, and cheese and having a picnic on the lawn in front! Visit Musée du Louvre widely considered to be one of the best art museums in Europe. Not to missed are Musée d’Orsay, the Luxembourg Gardens or Le Marais and the Notre-Dame Cathedral which is seen as a Parisian icon, considered a Gothic masterpiece. There’s no way you’ll get to do it all – museum-touring, shopping, operaattending – so plan your own itinerary, group sightseeing nearby attractions together and see Paris on your own terms.

Where To Wine & Dine? Paris offers a surplus of restaurants that serve up everything from Asian fusion dishes to nouveaux bistro fare and because France invented a widely adopted style of cooking, the food in Paris is très bien. Here are some of the Go Places™ recommended restaurants to enjoy classic French cuisine such as Onion & Leek Soup with baguette butter garlic and parsley, Duck & Green Olives, Frogs Legs, Escargots, Salmon, Cheese Platters and Crêpes Suzette. The restaurant to look out for are Allard, Benoit Paris, Bistrot Paul Bert, Le Grand Bain and Le Chateaubriand. Time’s Running Out… Consummate the glorious 48 hours with a flute of champagne or a signature cocktail at the classic Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Hotel. If you’re wondering where shopping fits in to your 48 hours in Paris, not to worry! Walk down the ever-glamorous Avenue Montaigne, the streets of Saint Germain and the Champs Elysées for the great Parisian shopping experience. Department stores like Grand Magasins as they are known in French, including the magnificent Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché, Printemps Haussmann, Franck & Fils and La Vallee Village. Your last night in Paris and you must see it in all its glory as you climb up to the Eiffel tower to take get a bird’s eye view of the City of Lights! End your amazing 48 hours in Paris like a true Parisian…sipping a glass of champagne!

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There’s never a bad time to visit Barcelona, and between a mix of modern and historical architecture, a vibrant and buzzing nightlife and kaleidoscopic cultural scene, there are plenty of things for every traveler to do. For those who only have 24 hours there’s no need to despair; you can easily cram the best of Barcelona into one day. Think breathtaking churches, museums, restaurants and shopping, sightseeing and Dining experiences, it’s almost impossible to narrow down the best things to do and see in Barcelona. The city offers a wide range of budget-friendly and high-end accommodation. If you want to stay in central or downtown Barcelona, we recommend the HCC St. Mortiz, located close to Passeig de Gracia, the city’s main shopping street and close to La Pedrera, and favourite Gaudi buildings.



If not having breakfast at your hotel we advise you to head towards Sagrada Familia which will be your first stop. There are several cafeteria that are open early. We recommend Cheese & Cake, a small eatery that is run by a couple. The breakfast tastes very homelike. They use fresh ingredients and presentation is amazing and generous.



The Barcelona football stadium is the 3rd largest football stadium in the World and has a capacity of 110,000 people. Every match practically every seat is taken -such is the passion for football shared by the Catalan people. There is a stadium tour for those who want to see the grounds though haven’t timed the trip right to catch a game.



The church was designed by Antoni Gaudí, one of the most famous churches in Spain, an unfinished masterpiece started construction in 1882 and is scheduled to finish in 2026. A Gothic church with an otherworldly appearance – honeycomb spires and towers with colourful Venetian mosaics and stories from the Bible etched into the facade. Inside are stunning stained glass windows, and ornamented cloisters and doors.



Plaça de Catalunya – this is a large square considered to be the city center, and where some of the city’s most important streets and avenues meet. The Ramblas is the most famous street in central Barcelona, and this is the perfect location for sight-seeing, shopping, or taking a break for some coffee or tapas.

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As you make your way along Passeig de Gràcia you will come across Gaudi’s amazing architecture. A major avenues in Barcelona and the most expensive shopping streets as well as the location of Casa Batlló, a Gaudi masterpiece covered in “tiny mosaic tiles and mask-shaped balconies and topped with a shimmering roof of lizard-like scales.” Another master piece is the Casa Milá (La Pedrera).



La Rambla is Barcelona’s most popular outdoor shopping destination it’s a tree-lined, pedestrianised boulevard that has many restaurants, cafes, bars, green spaces and shops. It’s undoubtedly the best place to soak up Barcelona’s atmosphere, and if you want to enjoy a little souvenir shopping, have a small bite and sip on a Sangria or simply watch the world go by.



Having a good dinner is the best way to start off a night out the Cal Pep in central Barcelona that serves the best fresh seafood and Tapas 24 is a busy but pleasant restaurant serving tasty small plates with good service. For a special meal with an incredible view, try Torre D’Alta Mar, which gives 360 degree views of the surrounds.



The Picasso Museum is a really popular museum in Barcelona, and for a good reason. Picasso had a love affair with Barcelona until his death in 1973, so naturally this museum houses the largest collection of Pablo Picasso in the world (4,000+ works).



Barcelona’s biggest ornamental fountain, which was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, offers a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics and lights which generate over 50 kinds of shades and hues. The Montjuïc Magic Fountain has become one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions and is where the “Piromusical” is held, a true balletic spectacle of water and light.



Barcelona has a buzzing nightlife with numerous entertainment. If you’re looking for lively bars and clubs, Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter are the most popular places for tourists to head out for drinks and dinner. And if you really have to get your pub fix, there’re some British and Irish pubs as well. One club that is recommended is Razzmatazz.

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The Mighty Giraffe


he saying ‘as tall as a giraffe’ is probably one of the most common similes you’ve ever heard of. The giraffe is undoubtedly the tallest animal on earth, but did you know this gentle giant is on an extinction alert? Biologists say that the giraffe population has reduced by over 40% in just 30 years. There are less than 100,000 giraffes in the wild and although park rangers across Africa try their best to protect these creatures, more than often the poachers always win.

There have been numerous efforts put in place to save giraffes from extinction including spreading awareness of the dangers of poaching, enacting a National Giraffe Day which occurs on the longest day of the year (June 21st), giraffe charities and more organizations dedicated to saving giraffes in the wild. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is one such organization. Donations to GCF help park rangers get meals, enable the purchase of drones to track poachers, cover field costs and more.

There Are 4 Different Giraffe Species, I.e. The Southern Giraffe, Masai Giraffe, Reticulated Giraffe And The Northern Giraffe.

Masai giraffe The Masai giraffe aka Giraffa tippelskirchi is the largest and tallest of all species. They can grow up to 19.5 feet height and weigh up to 3,000 pounds.

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Reticulated Giraffe The Reticulated Giraffe aka Giraffa reticulata’s coat pattern includes distinct uniform-colored spots and sharp edges which make it easy to spot. They mostly inhabit the savannah and open forests of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Northern giraffe The Northern giraffes consist of slightly over 5,000 individuals, which is the lowest count of giraffes. Its sub-species the Nubian (formerly Rothschild) giraffes are estimated to be slightly over 2,600 individuals only in the wild. They are found mostly in Kenya and Uganda others.

Southern Giraffe The Southern Giraffe aka Giraffa giraffe consists of 2 sub-species, the South African giraffe and the Angolan giraffe. Both of these dwell in countries towards the South of Africa, namely Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.

Did you know? Giraffe spots are much like human fingerprints very distinct. Two giraffes may look similar, but are very different. Giraffes don’t make any sound. Scientists say that perhaps giraffes can’t produce enough airflow through their 4-meter-long trachea to create vocal vibrations and be able to make noises. The mystery is that when you observe them you will realize there is some form of communication, but we still don’t know how they do it. Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up. They give birth and sleep while standing up. Giraffes are professional power nappers. They sleep for a total of 5 to 30 minutes a day and only need 1 to 2 minute naps to keep them going. A giraffe’s neck cannot reach the ground. It has to spread its front legs awkwardly so as to kneel and drink water.

While the giraffe population in countries like Uganda and Kenya is decreasing, that of South Africa has drastically increased. This success is due to extensive conservation efforts by the country. South Africa has invested in protecting its game parks and reserves, while also encouraging tourism. These two efforts combined with highly trained rangers have helped immensely. What can you do to encourage giraffe conservation? Be vocal on the dangers of poaching and support game parks and giraffe conservation efforts in your area. In Kenya, support the giraffes by visiting them at the Giraffe Center & Giraffe Manor in Karen. The previous is home to a few Nubian (Rothschild) giraffes that are raised there and taken care of before being released into the wild. Visitors can pet the giraffes, feed them and come into close contact with them. At the Giraffe Manor, visitors get to mingle with the giraffes who poke their heads into the windows begging you for a small bite. All entry fees at Giraffe Center goes towards a giraffe fund. The Giraffe Centre is open from 9 AM to 5 PM, 7 days a week. Go Places | 49

Flame Tree Brunch Time Venue Adults

Cocktail supplement Kids from 6-12 years Kids below 6 years Entertainment

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Special Offer Get to dine and enjoy a unique mix of avors and aromas carefully selected by our chefs at Flame Tree Restaurant @Ksh 2,000 per person. For reservations or enquiries contact: Tel: +254 709 111 000 | Email: Sarova Hotels Kenya

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An Experience

as cravable as the steak Come and enjoy unique and sumptuous a la carte and buffet menus in an environment suited for whole family. The Golden Spur menu offers flame-grilled steaks, burgers, ribs, fresh salads from the salad bar and rich desserts. This open plan restaurant boasts superb ambience with a captivating Apache American ranch themed dĂŠcor. Nothing tastes as delicious as the American style steaks at Golden Spur. Enjoy succulent Spur ribs and special sauces as an accompaniment to your choice cuts.

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here is no better place to have a memorable steak-out than at the first spur in the country. The open plan restaurant boasts superb ambiance and a captivating Apache American ranch themed dĂŠcor. Nothing tastes as delicious as the American style steaks at Golden Spur. The Golden Spur an award winning Chefs Delight Awards Best Steakhouse Restaurant has maintained their quality in steak preparation since 1998, reliving their signature taste with every meal. Golden Spur offers a variety of flame grills from steaks, burgers, ribs and chicken. They source the finest quality of beef from the highland of Kenya and take it through a

very definite ageing process and natural maturity of at least 21 days which ensures their meat is tender, succulent and delicious when prepared. Their freshly prepared starters come in generous portions that allow for sharing and are served with two sauces of your choice as you wait for your main course. For your main course, you can choose from their specialty which is mainly beef or seafood, chicken, lamb, pork and a special Mexican cuisine on their menu. You have not had a burger until you have had a Spur Burger made just the way you like it. Depending on your appetite, there is the single and

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double stack that are made from beef, chicken or vegetable patties. These burgers are uniquely basted before being prepared setting them apart from your average burger. Despite being known as the placeto-be for meat lovers, it offers a diverse option of vegetarian and semi-vegan meals to choose from. Also, if you are carb-conscious, it is important for you to know that they take care of that as well. There is a choice where you can replace what doesn’t fit into your carb intake with a variety of freshly prepared garden salad or hot vegetables. Their offer would not be complete without their fresh home-made in-store desserts available on the main and the children’s menus.

It is an ideal spot with an abundant hearty choice for lunch and dinner as it opens promptly at 11am and closes at 11pm. The Spur currently do not serve breakfast. but are working on doing so in the near future. The restaurant has been ranked as one of the best all you can eat restaurants in Nairobi and topped the charts of most ranks in Nairobi’s best steak restaurants. Still on being ideal, the restaurant prides itself in being a family restaurant with select menu’s and meal sizes. Families have grown to love it as their restaurant of choice. There is a play canyon and a ton of children activities that are safe as well as fun for the little ones. A

separate takeaway menu is available for one to choose from in case you do not have the time to sit and eat your scrumptious meal at the venue. The other exciting part about this restaurant is that their portions are generous and prices are pocket friendly. On Thursdays, the place attracts double the number of clients with their all-you-can-eat Spur Ribs offer. The restaurant has themed offers such as 2 burgers for Kshs 1000 every Monday. When looking for a casual lunch or dinner spot, look no further. The ambiance is perfect for gatherings such as birthday parties, anniversaries, graduation, office

parties and all kinds of celebrations. The restaurants exceptional waiting staff can help with the basic planning of the gathering of your choice. A great option for a first date as well because experiences matter the most when it comes to making impressions that are made to last. Whether you are enjoying lunch, dinner or a light meal, Golden Spur is sure to deliver great food and warm hospitality. Golden Spur Located at the Southern Sun Mayfair is accessible and within the proximity of most business hubs in Nairobi with ample and safe parking.


Meat Market Fiesta. Choose your best meat cuts and take a dip in an open air swimming pool as our chefs prepare the delicacy to your taste. @ Ksh 3,200 per person. Children below 12 years @Kshs. 2,000.

Every Friday and all public holidays.

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Experience Authenticity At The Award Winning Japanese Restaurant‌ Japanese food known in Japan as washoku is an enjoying unprecedented boom here in Nairobi at the amazing Haru Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant. Located in Karen, the restaurant has proven that fresh, innovative and healthy Japanese cuisine has taken pole position as one of the trendiest culinary frontiers in Nairobi. It takes a true master of the art of Japanese cuisine to prepare these meals and Chef Jongho Park is the Midas behind each of the meals you will have at the restaurant. What awaits you at Haru Sushi Bar, is an award winning, authentic and multi-sensory dining experience, which takes you on a culinary journey across the ‘land of the rising sun’, where outstanding culinary artistry, fresh tantalizing tastes & aromas, impeccable plating & presentation, and vibrant colors & textures all faultlessly combine to create something truly magical. Ground Floor, Karen Professional Center Karen Road, Nairobi | P.O Box 24168-00502 +254 700 945400 / 720 945 400

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Our Delectable Menu Every dish at Haru Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant has its own signature twist, and each is expertly created and refined to simply leave you relishing for more. Chef Jongho believes that preparing Japanese Cuisine is an art. Offering an endless selection of enticing dishes to choose from, he makes sure to create a marriage of simplicity, skill and taste ensuring your taste buds are satisfied. Haru Restaurant offers some of the best of Japanese cuisines within one of the most tranquil environments in Karen. Fresh and colorful sushi dipped in luscious soy sauce and a hint of wasabi make for the perfect break at Haru Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant. Make your selection from an assortment of sushi at the sushi bar or delight-in his signature dishes which range from; Tempting Starters such as, Potato Prawns Tempura to opulent Sushi Sets or Sashimi Sets which comprise of the Haru Sushi / Sashimi Combination and the Burning crab: Monsters of Rock. A multi-sensory dining experience awaits your palate, with favorites such as the extravagant melt-in- your mouth Sushi, Sashimi and so much more authentic Japanese culinary treats.

A delightful Ambiance Haru Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant provides such a warm and colorful atmosphere with 3 different settings for you to enjoy your dining experience; *The Sushi Bar which offers guests an engaging view into the freshness, quality and art of Sushi and Sashimi creation, *The casual outdoor terrace and *The upper level indoors where you can enjoy a quiet meal. The unpretentious design is hard to miss as it fuels an intimate feel that makes it a great place to go with friends for dinner or lunch. As Chef Jongho Park says, ‘food servers are one of the most important people in our restaurant, the staff is friendly and atmosphere very relaxing. The great ambience and world class hospitality guarantees you a truly spectacular dining experience that will keep you coming back for more! 58 | Go Places



Chef Jongho Park a two-time award winner of The Chefs Delight Awards for his amazing restaurant Haru, including; The Best Japanese Restaurant, Best Sushi & Sashimi Restaurant, Most Innovative Chef and the top-award for The Best Individual Restaurant & Chef, as voted for by his own diners. His passion comes from diners when they leave the restaurant with a smile and come back again, this gives him the drive to make every experience different and better. When he is out of the kitchen Chef Jongho Park enjoys traveling, fishing and playing golf. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and his two boys. Diners expect to find extreme freshness & the best quality of seafood, that’s what we strive to give the customers every time. We are always obsessed with making the best and bringing Japan to our diners! Our presentation is exquisite, and makes customers mouths water just by seeing the food!. Sushi & Sashimi dish is a must-try for our customers. Haru Sushi Bar offers the best with super affordable prices, and creates a very exciting and memorable experience everytime! Customers should expect impeccable quality as always, excellent & most importantly innovative Sushi, an expansive menu to make your selections from, and culinary artistry on every plate.

Best Japanese Restaurant

Best Individual Chef & Restaurant Team

The one ingredient we use at our Sushi Bar is Soy Sauce. Soy Sauce can vary a lot in color, texture, harshness and taste. Finding the right one is extremely important. It takes a while to find the right one, and it can make a world of difference. Soy sauce is very important in our kitchens. The food server is the most important person in attending to guests and providing the right meal experience. Skills, resourcefulness, good manners, excellent guest interaction, hygiene practice and a smart appearance is essential. At our restaurant we ensure to hire qualified and professionals to ensure that our clients receive the best experience. In future Haru will be expanding to a bigger place that will able to accommodate more of our customers, with a bigger garden for those who love the outdoors, and a children’s playground for little ones to play in. Some Teppanyaki tables will be added as per our customers’ requests.

Welcome to Haru Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant Open Daily: 12:00pm to 10:00pm

Most Innovative Chef

Best Sushi & Sashimi Restaurant

Ground Floor, Karen Professional Center Karen Road, Nairobi | P.O Box 24168-00502 +254 700 945400 / 720 945 400

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Beef Burritos

Stir Fry

Ingredients 300gms boneless sirloin strips, (trim of visible fat) 0.5 Black pepper 1 Tbsp Soy sauce 0.5 tsp Garlic powder 0.5 tsp Ginger powder 1 Tbsp Corn or olive oil 3/4 Glass of Beer or Wine Salt to taste 2 cups of Wheat flour 1 tsp of Salt 0.5 tsp Baking powder 2 tlb Lard 0.75 cups Water Sliced Vegetables (Corn, & Courgette)



In a mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Mix in the lard with your fingers until the flour resembles cornmeal. Add the water and mix until the dough comes together; place on a lightly floured surface and knead a few minutes until smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.


Once rested roll out the balls into thin circles and cook on hot pan on medium heat until slightly brown spots appear on both sides. Place the tortillas in a bowl wrapped in kitchen towel to keep them warm and soft.


Mix the marinade ingredients and add in the beef strips. In a large non-stick pan coated with cooking oil, sauté the beef strips and marinade juices until meat is no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.

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Top each tortilla bread with equal amounts of the salad mix. Divide the beef strips among each wrap and sprinkle with cilantro. Spoon your favourite sauce over top. Wrap to serve as a sandwich or serve open-faced.

Yield: Serving 6.

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Strawberry Lemonade MARGARITAS

Ingredients • • • • • • •

1 pound fresh strawberries, stems removed 1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade, thawed 1 cup water 1-1 1/2 cups Tequila 1/2-3/4 cup Triple Sec Juice of 1 lime coarse salt for salting glasses and extra limes



In a large blender combine the strawberries, lemonade, and water. Process until smooth. Pour into a large pitcher and stir in Tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice. 2. Using a lime wedge moisten the rim of a glass and dip into salt. Fill glass with desired amount of ice and fill with strawberry lemonade margarita.

Serves 2

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The Pango Gourmet Brasserie The Pwani Pool Restaurant The Mukutan Garden Café Guiseppe Restaurant

EXECUTIVE CHEF AT THE FAIRVIEW HOTEL, NAIROBI Chef Kurt gained a lot of profound knowledge in distinguishing cultures and cuisines at these countries and his passion and interest in cooking have enabled him to embark on a journey of lifelong learning and growing, through the varied and diverse nature of his food and consumer needs. Chef Kurt’s philosophy to food and cooking style are comforting, natural and creative. After receiving a National Senior He believes that healthy eating Certificate in Hospitality and has always been about enjoying Catering Studies in Cape Town, South Africa at the age of 18, Chef everything in a balanced way. Kurt worked his way up through some prestigious establishments As a part of his character Chef Kurt is continually striving for the in countries like South Africa, highest of standards and at his Seychelles and Maldives. Chef Kurt was born in South Africa, Johannesburg. Chef Kurt has accumulated over 18 years of professional culinary experience. He found his calling to cuisine as early as 6 years old while watching his grandmother creating culinary magic at her home kitchen and since then he began to develop his passion to gastronomy.

current position he is focused on creative cooking skills and food knowledge for his team by evolving the fine dining concept & comfort food at the Fairview Hotel which will bring high quality ingredients for hotel guests and visitors. When he’s not working, Chef Kurt is browsing through culinary books, cooking at home, taking artistic food shots, thinking about his next tattoo, gardening in the backyard with his bonsai trees and spending time with his fiancée, Vanda, and their cat, Turtle.

Fairview Hotel, Bishops Road, P.O Box 40842, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: (254-20) 2881000 | Fax: (254-20) 2721320 Email: |

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Visit The Zanzibar Tourism Show The ultimate business event for the domestic and international tourism industry. The Zanzibar Tourism Show is like no other event as it plays host to so many destinations, venues and attractions dedicated exclusively to the Zanzibar, Tanzania and African markets. Why Visit? • Meet 150+ exhibitors. • Discover the valuable assets of Zanzibar which posseses cultural heritage, monuments and antiquities. • Network with hundreds of industry professionals. • Keep up-to-date with industry trends at the free seminars and tourism talks. • Develop your business into 2018 and beyond. The show will be inaugurated by His Excellency, The President of Zanzibar, Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, who will be the Guest of Honour to officiate the opening ceremony. OPENING CEREMONY & TRADE DAY


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-By Rizwan CharaniaHead Teaching Professional & TPI Golf Fitness Coach at the RC Golf Academy

Controlling The Trajectory Of Your Ball Flight -By Rizwan CharaniaHead Teaching Professional & TPI Golf Fitness Coach at the RC Golf Academy

“One of the first things you learn about trajectory -- once you’ve become a reasonably good ball-striker -- is that moving the ball back in your stance will make the shot fly lower. That’s true, but it’s also crude. Play the ball back, and you hit it earlie r in your downswing arc, which can hurt your accuracy & distance control.” – Hank Haney The way I like to teach my students to control height is to adjust their swing speed. You can make a shot fly lower by slowing down. Swinging faster creates more backspin and therefore more height. One thing to be aware of is by swinging slower you may lose a little distance so the idea is to select one or even two extra clubs depending on the conditions.

High Launch

When I practice I like to start with a 7 iron and try hit it between 50-75 yards with a full swing just by controlling my swing speed. This is a great way to gain good rhythm and sequencing. Next time you are on the range, experiment hitting full swings and just vary the speed and see the ball flight change for you.

Mid Launch

Low Launch

High Launch

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Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi Directions

Uhuru Gardens

Located along Langata road, 15 minutes drive from the city center, is Uhuru Gardens, Kenya’s largest Memorial Park. Uhuru is a swahili word meaning freedom.

A space for relaxation Though urban in location, Uhuru Gardens has a variety of native flora and fauna of the Savannah woodland extending from Nairobi National Park and the vast Kapiti plains. Among the animals that can be sighted are warthogs, sykes and vervet monkeys as well as diverse bird species. The south-western end of the garden has a forest of relatively tall Acacia trees, while the open grassland is inter-spersed with short acacia trees and

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bushes. Exotic tree species are found close to the monuments. Nairobi city has grown tremendously since its inception in the early part of the last century. Most of the open spaces within the estates have been taken up by buildings leaving only few spaces for relaxation. The open nature of the gardens, security, as well as proximity to the city center has made the park into an ideal meeting point for most people within Nairobi.

Discover Kenya’s largest memorial park

Uhuru Gardens National Monument is a unique memorial site in Kenya’s history. The site was the venue of the first hoisting of the Kenyan flag at midnight of the 12th of December and lowering of the Union Jack (British flag) on the midnight of 12th December, 1963. The value of the site is historical and this has in turn given it prominence hence enabling it to nurture educational, social, religious and economic values. The fig tree is considered to be sacred by most communities in Kenya, hence its reverence. It is also known to live for many years; hence making a good symbol to commemorate such a historic event. The olive tree was planted by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta to mark the celebrations of Kenya’s 50 years after independence. The site is located along Langata road next to Wilson Airport. Uhuru is a Swahili word for independence and the park was given the name to commemorate Kenya’s struggle for independence.

The Fig tree

The fig tree was planted to mark the spot where our national flag was first hoisted and the Union jack was lowered. Coincidentally, as the Kenyan flag was being hoisted in Nairobi, the late Kisoi Munyao was hoisting the Kenyan flag at Point Lenana; the highest peak on Mt. Kenya. This was followed by a display of fabulous fireworks at Uhuru Gardens. After years of struggle for independence, through both armed struggle and political agitation, Kenya was free at last from British colonial rule.

Nature walks and picnics

A wide range of visitors come to the site for leisure walks along the nature trail and relaxation within the gardens.

Events The grounds host various day and night events. They include: birthdays, graduation ceremonies, weddings, corporate events and sporting events among others. Vehicles entry fee Kshs. 200.00 Wedding Reception Kshs. 30,000.00 Group of 21–50 people Kshs. 5,000.00 Photo sessions Kshs. 5,000.00 Corporate Events Kshs. 95,000.00 Group of 51–100 people Kshs. 10,000.00 Group 5–20 people Kshs. 3,000.00 Photosession- Kshs. 7,000.00

Other Charges Mini train Bouncing castle Kshs. 500.00 Go carts Kshs. 300.00 Camera man fee Kshs. 300.00 Horse riding Kshs. 300.00 Article by Irene Wambugu, P.R.O, National Museums of Kenya Email:

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HALF OF A YELLOW SUN GENRE: HISTORICAL FICTION Half of a Yellow Sun returns to a critical moment in the modern history of Nigeria, a time shortly after gaining their independence from Britain when, following a massacre of their people, the Igbo tribes of the southeast seceded and established The Republic of Biafra. Set primarily in Nsukka, Nigeria during the Nigeria Biafra War (1967–70), the book follows several characters and tells multiple stories without becoming unwieldy. The primary characters are Olanna, a daughter of a wellconnected man, who studied in England and lives with her boyfriend, Odenigbo, the university lecturer; Ugwu, the houseboy of Odenigbo; and Richard, a British man who came to Nigeria to write a book. Half of a Yellow Sun is based on the real events of the war and while the characters are not real, they are based on real people. The book deals with themes of unity, division, nationalism, colonialism, love, genocide, war, and redemption. Not only does it provide an Igbo perspective on the Nigeria-Biafra War, but it provides a deeply human perspective into the grey morality that often emerges during times of strife. This book is for anyone interested in historical fiction and if you haven’t read a book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, then I recommend you start here. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a an award winning Nigerian novelist, writer of short stories, and nonfiction. She has written the novels Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah, the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), and the book-length essay We Should All Be Feminists (2014).

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KENYA AIRWAYS LAUNCHES NON-STOP FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK Kenya Airways marked a great milestone with the launch of a non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport(JKIA) on June 27th 2018 for the US under secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Gilbert Kaplan for discussions ahead of direct flights to the United States. These direct flights from Nairobi Kenya to the United States planned to commence in October this year have seen American firms in the country shopping for deals with Kenyan companies. Government officials and private sector representatives visited Kenya to establish challenges of deeper relations between Kenya and the US, with the aim of enhancing relations. The Go Places™ were there to give you an exclusive insight...

KENYA AIRWAYS CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE LAUNCH Kenya Airways launched their new customer experience plan on Tuesday the 31st July, 2018. One of the major changes is the collaboration with Award Winning Chefs Delight Celebrity Chef Kiran Jethwa who produced a new gourmet menu and meals to cater for the airline. The event was held at the Kenya Airways’ Hangar 2 (Kenya Airways Headquarters, Embakasi). The new menu launched will kick off the 1st August 2018. The Go Places™ Media Team was privileged to be part of the event, Here’s an exclusive insight.

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SKÅL NAIROBI COCKTAIL JUNE 2018 AT MÖVENPICK HOTEL & RESIDENCES NAIROBI Skål is the world’s most prestigious professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Skal Nairobi hosted a cocktail party held at Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi on 6th june 2018. The Skålleagues got a chance to experience the magic of Swiss hospitality and were treated to a wide selection of signature cocktails. During this highly interactive event, members enjoyed a tour of the magnificent hotel and also got chances to win exciting raffle prizes. Here’s an exclusive coverage by the Go Places Media Group…

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SKÅL INTERNATIONAL NAIROBI LUNCHEON HOSTED BY BREW BISTRO AND LOUNGE ROOFTOP The Skål International Nairobi chapter held their monthly meet up on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the Magnificent Brew Bistro and Lounge Rooftop This spectacular luncheon was attended by Kenya’s key hospitality and tourism players, stakeholders and members. As is with all the Skål International Nairobi​gatherings there was an abundance of great networking opportunities, lots of fun and laughter, and a sumptuous array of dishes prepared by Chefs Delight Award Winning, highly-skilled Brew Culinary Team. As official Skål International Nairobi media partners the Go Places™ were there to give you an exclusive insight...

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aug / sep 2018 FALLY IPUPA LIVE IN NAIROB: TOKOOOS TOUR Date: 4th August 2018 Time: 9am – 6pm Time: 6:00 pm – 3:00 am Location: Uhuru Gardens, Langata Road Price: Regular Ticket – Wave One: Kshs 2,300 Wave Two: Kshs 3,000 V.I.P Ticket: Kshs 6,000 V.V.I.P Ticket: Kshs 11,500 V.V.I.P Ticket: Kshs 100,000 Fally Ipupa, will shut down Nairobi

with his Afro-fused blend of rhumba, hip hop and RnB. A live performance of his new album Tokooos, will enthrall Kenyan and African music lovers. The event is organised by Aces & Light Events, the company behind the Don Moen NWC in 2008, and managers of the TGR Fest with Cassper Nyovest. The Fally Ipupa Tokoos Tour, Nairobi promises to enthrall African music lovers from all over. With Tokoos, Fally is attempting to take his style deeply rooted in Congolese rumba - mainstream and it is working like never before. You definitely do not want to miss The Tokoos Tour! RETRO 80’S THEME PARTY Date: 4th August 2018 Time: 12:00 pm – 7:00pm Location: P&L LUX GARDENS Price: +ORDINARY - PRE EVENT; Ksh. 800 - EVENT DAY; Ksh. 1,000 +PREMIUM - Ksh. 1,500 (2 Drinks, Food platter, Costume photo) Bring out your dangaries, pull

live performances from one of the most successful R&B and reggae fusion acts of all time; Maxi Priest. Bring your family, tag the kids along, invite your siblings as we reminisce and relive the good old simple days.

out those afros and let’s take it back to the 80’s & 90s! Retro The Event presents an 80’s themed costume party. Come all dressed up head to toe in 80’s themed outfits and accessories. Glow and colour block! Come party to RnB, funk, neo soul and ol skul vibes with dope DJ’s, crazy dance crew and the dopest bands. Come enjoy with your friends and let the squad shine. Nyama Choma, snacks and chilled drinks will be on sale for all your taste buds to enjoy. There will be games, a photo-booth and dress-up props just for laughs. You don’t want to miss this. MAXI PRIEST LIVE IN NAIROBI Date: 12th August 2018 Time: 12:00 pm – 7:00pm Location: Ngong Racecourse, Waterfront Price: Kshs. 1,500

Do you remember the good old days? The days where we shared that Sunday roast with our families, with the kids running around our little compounds, where life was all bliss! We’re taking it back to those days. Join us for this easy Sunday afternoon event that will feature

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BYSS OUTDOOR COMEDY FESTIVAL Date: 12th August 2018 Time: 11:00 am – 3:00pm Location: Arboretum Grounds Price: Early Bird: Kshs 1,600 Couple’s Ticket: Kshs 2,000 Squad of 5 Ticket: Kshs 7,000 Advanced Ticket: Kshs 1,800

“Comedy gives you a shot of euphoria that distracts you from everything that’s awful.” T. J. Miller. The 25th edition of Because You Said So is here! This time around we are switching it up to a festival of Comedy, Music, food and Fun! For a full afternoon, come chill with us and enjoy a carefully curated selection of acoustic musicians, stand-up comedians, and of course our world re-known Improv! Tetu “Troubador” Shani a booming voice in Nairobi’s scene also featured in CNN’s African Voices, the queen of Coolness Mayonde and SERRO, one of the fastest rising talents in Kenya! Supported by a surprise and eclectic cast of Stand-up Comedians. Aaaaaand the headlining act, The Because You Said So cast!

aug / sep 2018 2018 KABEBERI 7S Date: 18th - 19th August 2018 Time: 09:00 AM - 06:00 AM Location: Kenyatta Stadium Price: Daily Tickets: Ksh. 300 Season Ticket, for both days: Ksh. 500

This year’s edition of Kabeberi 7s will be held in Machakos at the Kenyatta Stadium from 17th-19th August 2018 as part of the National Sevens Series. The George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens, popularly known as the Kabeberi Sevens, was first played in 1986 to commemorate the passing away of the charismatic George Mwangi Kabeberi, one of the founding members of the Mwamba club. Over the years, the significance of the tournament has been expanded to honour departed club members, including recently departed Leeroy Okara, Absalom “Bimbo” Mutere, Abedeen Shikoyi, and Jimmy Owino and lately Victor Wayodi among others. KIKOY CULTURE 2018 Date: 18th August 2018

Time: 9:00 pm – 6:00 am Location: The Hub, Karen Price: Kshs 1,500 Regular VIP Tables of 5pax Kshs 30,000 Party people! Are you ready for South African’s top Gqom’s music producers Distruction Boyz? 6:AM Entertainment Kenya has been working hard to get the boys to perform at their first ever Kenyan gig. The event is none other than KIKOY CULTURE! Kikoy Culture is the party that celebrates a Kenyan icon, the Kikoy. It’s all about celebrating our culture! It’s a fancy dress affair and we are calling on all party-heads to come dressed to impress! The more creative you are, the better chance you have of winning cool prizes! We are proud to announce that it will all be happening for the first time at The Hub Karen! As is the norm, a motley crew of Kenya’s finest DJs will be in town to support this year’s headliner.

celebrate the organization’s first birthday. Inspired by the stylish lines of the Giulia coupes and Spider sports cars of the late sixties, the committee took note of Concours d’Elegance events held in many countries around the world. The 2018 edition will be the 48th annual Concours organised by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (Kenya) and will be held in the grounds of Nairobi Racecourse on Sunday, September 30th, 2018. NYEGE NYEGE FESTIVAL 2018 Date: Sept 6th – 9th Sept 2018 Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00pm Location: Jinja Uganda Price: Kshs. 19,500

CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE Date: September 30th 2018. Time: From 9:00 am Location: Nairobi Racecourse

The CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance, now in its 47th year, is an annual event held on the last Sunday in September at the Nairobi Racecourse grounds and has become the classiest event on the Kenya Motor Sport calendar. The first anniversary of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (Kenya) in 1971 was a matter of great pride for the members and drove the committee to plan an event to

Nyege Nyege stands for peace, respect and abundant joy, it stands for Africa and Africans, for underground music and musicians, it stands for fun and curiosity and strives towards inclusivity and wonder, something of a perfect world you might say, but it’s only 4 days after all. Kalakala Safaris is taking you to Uganda to mingle and jiachilia with people from all over the world on this event. The festival takes place in a breathtaking forest on the shores of the Nile River, just a few minutes away from the Source and includes a brand new camping village in 2018. In 2017, it was voted Uganda’s event of the year.

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CELEBRATING 4 DECADES OF DAWA AT DAWA FESTIVAL 2018 The Dawa cocktail, first invented at the Carnivore Restaurant, has become a favorite cocktail around Africa and is famously known for its “Dawa” (Swahili for: medicine or magic potion) and the ultimate “beast of a feast”. This year’s Dawa Festival went down on Friday, June 29th marking 40 years in existence of the “Dawa” culture. In honor of four Decades of Dawa, Carnivore launched a music festival to celebrate this great cocktail. The festival hosted Afrohouse and EDM style music combinations by international DJ’s from Israel and Hong Kong alongside local artists. The opening DJ was DJ Maayan Bergman master of scratching, Hip Hop and Afrobeat with Gloria Ansell hailing from Hong Kong the UK as the main performer. The Go Places™ were there to give you an exclusive insight...

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The 2018 KAHC Symposium hosted at Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa, Mombasa, Kenya officially commenced on Thursday, 21st June, 2018. Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers & Caterers (KAHC) is the principal umbrella organization bringing together hotels, lodges, restaurants, membership clubs and prominent airline caterers providing services in the hospitality industry. KAHC is actively engaged with its membership and other bodies/associations both in the public and private sector in not only advancing the tourism agenda, but also in heralding the adoption and implementation of quality service delivery standards and building of innovative hospitality products for our visitors. The theme for the 2018 KAHC Symposium is ‘Capacity Building for Sustainable Tourism’. Here’s an exclusive insight of this interactive symposium by the Go Places™...

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KILIFAIR 2018 KARIBU/KILIFAIR is the leading international Outdoor Tourism & Industry Fair in Tanzania, promoting and presenting companies based in the Kilimanjaro-Region, Tanzania and East Africa as a destination. KARIBU/ KILIFAIR 2018 just got bigger and better with over 2000 tents, 375 exhibitors, and 420 buyers/agents. This 3 day event commenced on June 1st 2018 and went on till June 3rd 2018. During this period exhibitors got a chance to showcase their products/ services and promote their company by networking with important people of the tourism industry as well as from the local industries. Visitors got the chance to create new business contacts, improve existing relations, meet companies from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and many more countries and see what’s happening in the Kilimanjaro region. The opening ceremony for the event which is the Biggest Outdoor Tourism Exhibition in East Africa was officially carried out by Hon. Minister Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla. The platinum sponsor for the KARIBU/KILIFAIR 2018 was DPO think payments. Here is an exclusive insight to DAY 1 of the event covered by Go Places™ as official media partners…

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BOOKERS COCKTAIL AT EKA HOTEL On Friday June 8 2018 Eka Hotel played host to a Bookers Cocktail. The Hotel which is ideally located along Mombasa road in Nairobi is a contemporary style hotel that provides all the comfort, convenience and efficiency to the discerning traveler. This spectacular cocktail event saw the top travel and tourism operators come together for a night of fun and networking. Here’s an exclusive insight to this highly interactive event by the Go Places™... th

BOOKERS COCKTAIL AT MÖVENPICK HOTEL & RESIDENCES NAIROBI On Friday, July 13th 2018, Go Places™ Partners Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi hosted an entertaining and fun-filled Bookers Cocktail Party for Tour Operators. The 5-star hotel charms with its African design, uplifting atmosphere, cool features and panoramic views at the revolving restaurant with 360-degree. Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi is the perfect base to explore Kenya’s capital and delight-in big experiences, big views, entertainment and big flavours. There were Amazing prices to be won and the Go Places™ Media Group was there to cover the event.

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BOOM BOOM ROOM WITH DINKA AT J’S FRESH BAR & KITCHEN, WESTLANDS Boom Boom Room with the renowned Dj Dinka, all the way from Switzerland, happened on 20th July 2018 at J’s Fresh Bar & Kitchen, Westlands. Element Kenya & J ’s presented a night crafted to those that love their music and aren’t afraid to show it. The ambiance at j’s fresh bar and the music is known to warms up the soul giving you an experience like no other. Hundreds of people celebrating the power of love and music rocked the dancefloor till dawn. With Element Kenya present to capture and redefine your nightlife, here’s an exclusive of how the event unfolded…

BARCLAYCARD SOCIAL - GOLF CLUB LAUNCH WITH GOGOLF Go-Golf Kenya is the first social golf membership club linking golf clubs across Kenya under one card and providing more choice, more value, more flexibility and more convenience. GoGolf officially launched at the Windsor Golf & Country Club on 27th July 2018 and in partnership with Barclays Bank on their Barclaycard Social Club Campaign where card holders will enjoy a 50% discount on the monthly membership and special added value. The Go Places™ Media group was there to capture the moment… Here’s an Exclusive Insight!

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LAUNCH OF THE HALL OF FISHES EXHIBITION AND MARINE AQUARIUM The National Museums of Kenya unveiled on the 20th July 2018, two landmark exhibits of fresh and marine water fishes: the Hall of Fishes and the Marine Aquarium. A landmark exhibition featuring tropical fishes of Kenyan freshwater ecosystems and the Indian Ocean. The Hall of Fishes in the Nairobi National Museum is an exhibition developed in response to public demand for knowledge on fish diversity. The marine aquarium is a collaboration between the National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Tropical Sea Life, displays a diversity of fishes occurring in the Indian Ocean. It was officially launched by Rashid Galgalo and Principal Curator NNM. Here is Go Places™ exclusive media coverage of the Successful Launch.

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KAWT LAUNCHED LACTATION ROOM AT TRADEMARK HOTEL Trademark Hotel launched a ‘Lactation Room’ on Thursday July 26th, 2018 together with Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT). The event hosted by Jane Adam the new chairperson. The primary objective of the ‘Lactating Room’ is to create a better working environment for women to work and be more productive. The Guest Speaker at the Launch Phyllis Wanjiru Mwangi the C.E.O Edge Consult Limited who gave a detailed insight of the event. Opening remarks and introduction of the launch was done by Sophie Onyango alongside Shaileen Shah the General Manager of Trademark who took time and to give an exclusive insight of this Launch. Here’s an exclusive insight to this launch by the Go Places™.

LAUNCH OF LACTATION ROOM AT RADISSON BLU Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill launched a ‘Lactation Room’ at the Iconic, stylish and sophisticated hotel on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 together with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and Kenya Association of Women in Tourism (KAWT). According to a report by KEPSA, the hotel is the 37th organization that has been able to have a mother’s room in the last two years. The primary objective of the ‘Lactating Room’ is to create a better working environment for women to work and be more productive. KEPSA applauds this effort by Radisson Blu Hotel and urges other Hotels and Organizations to take up this significant step in ensuring that women have a good working environment. Go Places™ Media Group brings you another exclusive insight ...

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alpha Genre: Action/Adventure Actors: Kodi SmitMcPhee, Natassia Malthe, Leonor Varela Synopsis: An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age. Europe, 20,000 years ago. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone -- he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before the deadly winter arrives.

Genre: Fantasy / Science Fiction Actors: Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Li Bingbing, Genre: Science fiction Rainn Wilson, film / Thriller Synopsis: In the film, a Actors: Boyd deep-sea submersible— Holbrook, Olivia Munn, part of an international Keegan‑Michael Key, undersea observation JJacob Tremblay, program—has been Thomas Jane attacked by a massive Synopsis: From the outer creature, previously reaches of space to the thought to be extinct, small-town streets of and now lies disabled suburbia, the hunt comes at the bottom of the home in Shane Black’s deepest trench in the explosive reinvention of Pacific…with its crew the Predator series. Now, trapped inside. With time the universe’s most lethal running out, expert deep hunters are stronger, sea rescue diver Jonas smarter and deadlier Taylor (Jason Statham) is than ever before, having recruited by a visionary genetically upgraded Chinese oceanographer themselves with DNA (Winston Chao), against from other species. When the wishes of his daughter a young boy accidentally Suyin (Li Bingbing), to triggers their return save the crew—and the to Earth, only a ragtag ocean itself—from this crew of ex-soldiers and a unstoppable threat: a disgruntled science teacher pre-historic 75-footcan prevent the end of the long shark known as the human race. Megalodon.

Night School Genre: Comedy Actors: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Taran Killam, Yvonne Orji, Rob Riggle Synopsis: A man’s life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, he must now deal with a group of misfit students and a feisty teacher who doesn’t think he’s too bright.

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THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME Genre: Comedy Actors: Kate McKinnon , Mila Kunis, Sam Heughan, Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson, Ivanna Sakhno Synopsis: The film tells the story of Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), thirty-yearold best friends from Los Angeles, who are unexpectedly thrust into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) shows up at her apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Much to their own surprise, the duo jump into action, and find themselves on the run in Europe from the assassins and a suspiciously charming British agent (Sam Heughan), as they hatch a plan to save the world.


HELLFEST Genre: Horror Actors: Bex Taylor‑Klaus, Amy Forsyth, NReign Edwards, Tony Todd, Matt Mercurio Synopsis: On Halloween night, three young women NATALIE (Forsyth), BROOKE (Edwards) & TAYLOR (Taylor-Klaus) and their respective boyfriends head to Hell Fest -- a ghoulish traveling carnival that features a labyrinth of rides, games and mazes. They soon face a bloody night of terror. A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

Genre: Adventure Film, Comedy, Drama Actors: Ewan McGregor , Hayley Atwell , Jim Cummings, Mark Gatiss Brad Garrett Synopsis: In the heartwarming live action adventure Disney’s Christopher Robin, the young boy who shared countless adventures with his band of lovable stuffed animals in the Hundred Acre Wood is now grown up and living in London but he has lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin rediscover the joys of family life, the value of friendship and to appreciate the simple pleasures in life once again.

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Genre: Fantasy / Mystery Actors: Jack Black , Cate Blanchett, Kyle MacLach‑ lan , Owen Vaccaro Synopsis: The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

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SPORTS NEWS BARCLAYS PREMIERE LEAGUE (AUG – SEPT) Premiere league is arguably one of the most anticipated football leagues in the entire universe. The 2018 edition of Barclays Premiere League is scheduled to kick off from August 10th 2018 to 12th May 2019 with Manchester City as the defending champions. A total of 49 clubs have played in the Premier League since its inception to this day, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Spurs participating in every campaign to date. Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Fulham joined as the promoted clubs from the 2017-18 EFL championship.

US OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENTS United States Open Tennis Championships also commonly referred to as US Open is a hard court tennis tournament. The tournament is a modern version of one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, the U.S. National Championship, for which men’s singles was first played in 1881. This year’s tournament is set to commence on August 27th 2018. Since 1987, the US Open has been chronologically the fourth and final tennis major comprising the Grand Slam each year; the other three, in chronological order, are the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. The US Open captivates tennis fans across the globe from the end of August till early September. The opening rounds pit lower-ranked opponents against the higher-seeded athletes in men’s singles, women’s singles, and doubles. 88 | Go Places

SPORTS NEWS BELGIAN FORMULA1 GRANDPRIX Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit is among the most historic on the Formula One calendar, having hosted a (non-championship) Grand Prix as long ago as 1924, and remains one of the most popular venues with drivers and fans alike. More than twenty years on Spa remains the longest circuit on the calendar. In the most dramatic move of this year’s driver market, Daniel Ricciardo is to leave Red Bull at the end of this season for Renault after his patience at being paid significantly less than his younger team-mate Max Verstappen finally snapped. Ricciardo is one of F1’s hot properties and only enhanced his reputation with stunning victories in China and Monaco this year.

RICOH WOMEN BRITISH OPEN The 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open is being played 2nd–5th August in England at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Golf Links in Lancashire. It is the 43rd Women’s British Open, the 18th as a major championship on the LPGA Tour, and the fifth at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. As one of only two women Major’s played outside the US, the Ricoh Women’s British Open is the most international field of the year with the 2017 line-up boasting players from 27 different nations, including 25 of the world’s top 25 on the Rolex Rankings. Reigning champion I.K. Kim defends her title against the world’s best including world No.1 So Yeon Ryu, the youngest and England’s Georgia Hall who is a shot off the lead at the halfway stage of the Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes. Go Places | 89


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VISA Travelers from any country can now obtain a multiple entry visa that will allow entry to the Republic of Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda for tourism over a period of 90 days. This visa is the result of a joint initiative made by the Heads of States of these respective partner countries to boost regional travel and create opportunities for tourists to explore the diversity of East Africa.

ATTRACTIONS Historical Sites and Museums Nairobi

Kenya conjures all the romance and adventure of its colorful colonial days. Its rich history and tribal culture is brought to life by its excellent museums and historical sites. Nairobi National Museum - The museum houses celebrated collections of Kenya’s History, Nature, Culture and Contemporary Art. The Nairobi Snake Park is located within the museum compound.

About Nairobi

Nairobi is a charming, cosmopolitan city, and the only city in the world with a National Park within its precincts. Known as the ‘ Green City in the Sun’, Nairobi is the largest city as well as the capital city of Kenya. Nairobi is the main commercial center of Kenya and has a welldeveloped infrastructure with modern facilities to match.

About Mombasa

Mombasa is Kenya’s principal port and the country’s second largest city. It is a colourful island town with a picturesque blend of ancient and modern buildings. The old town and its labyrinth of narrow twisting allies display beautifully carved doors and Arab verandas, bazaars with curios and antique shops. The coastal city of Mombasa is one of Africa’s major tourist destinations, with some of the best beaches in the world

Kenya National Archives - Situated at the edge of the central business district in downtown Nairobi, along Moi Avenue. The Kenya National Archives is a reservoir and a living example of historic and ethnographic knowledge. Bomas of Kenya - The Bomas of Kenya is a cultural centre located in Langata Nairobi. Bomas (homesteads) displays traditional villages belonging to several Kenyan tribes.

The Railway Museum - The museum exhibits 10 old steam engines built between 1923 and 1955, as well as other materials that portray the country’s history and role played by the railway in growing some of Kenya’s major towns and cities.

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Fort Jesus - This is Mombasa’s monumental piece of architecture that was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. The fort has a museum that displays various artifacts from the era where Mombasa served as a transit point for slave trade.

Mountain Climbing And Trekking Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa is popular for trekking safaris, so are the Ngong hills close to the capital city of Nairobi. The scenic view is bound to be a moving experience for any visitor to the country. Balloon Safari A balloon safari over the vast savanna plains of Kenya Maasai Mara complete with a view of the animals in their natural habitat is an experience that will never leave you.

Old Town - Old Town is a part of Mombasa that is reminiscent of the days when the Arabs exerted a heavy influence on the town and its culture, and especially in the architecture and language. It is well known for its ancient buildings, extravagant art designs and curio shops. Gede Ruins - The Gede Ruins are located in Gede off the Malindi-Mombasa Road along the road to Watamu. It dates back to the late 13th century and was abandoned in the early 17th century. Vasco Da Gama Pillar - The pillar is situated on the seafront road in Malindi and is one of the oldest remaining monuments in Africa. Vasco Da Gama pillar was built in 1498 by the great Portuguese explorer as a sign of appreciation for the welcome he was given by the Sultan of Malindi.

Fishing There are exceptional opportunities for trout fishing, especially in the Mount Kenya and Aberdare regions in the central parts of the country. Nile Perch fishing takes place in Lake Victoria and the Lake Turkana regions. River Rafting / White-water Rafting The best times for rafting in Kenya are late October to mid-January, and from early April to late July. There are plenty of rapids, waterfalls and chutes on the Athi/Galana and Tana Rivers as well as on the Ewaso Nyiro river near Isiolo.

Adventure & Activities

Kenya offers an unparalleled combination of landscapes and unique cultural experiences that will make any tourist want to come back for a second and third trip. Diving At The Coast The best places for diving in Kenya will be found in the numerous marine reserves. From Malindi to Shimoni, scuba diving and snorkeling is the norm in the midst of some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. Watamu and Wasini island have some of the most spectacular snorkeling experiences.

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Cycling / Mountain Biking Mountain biking and cycling trips at the Hell’s gate National Park around the great Rift Valley region are great breathtaking experiences.

VISITORS GUIDE - KENYA Bird watching Take a breathtaking view of a variety of birds at Rusinga Island, Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria.

Horse riding - You can catch some horse-riding and horse racing action at the Ngong Race Course or at the Thigiri Riding School.

Daphne Sheldrick - The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is located at the Nairobi National Park and serves as an orphanage for baby elephants as well as some rhinos.

Water-slides - Slide, spin, soar and plunge into the water. Enjoy water slide at Splash Waterworld Lanagata, Nairobi; or Wild Waters Nyali, Mombasa

Giraffe Center - The Giraffe Center is an amazing place to visit. The center was built initially as a rehabilitation project to rescue the Rothschild Giraffe. It is home to a number of endangered species and a unique ecosystem.

Quad bike - You can drive down to Lukenya Motorcross on the outskirts of Nairobi for Quad biking, or head out further to the Hells Gate National Park in Naivasha about an hours drive from Nairobi. Ice Skating - The Panari Hotel along Mombasa Road has an ice-skating rink for ice skating lovers or get to even learn how to play Ice Hockey. Go Karting - Experience the rush of adrenaline as you take sharp corners in a kart at high speeds around the track at GP - Karting at Splash Langata or at Go Kart, Mombasa.

Mamba Village - Nairobi Mamba Village is located in Nairobi’s leafy Karen suburb, about 13 kilometers away from the city center. Mamba Village is famous for its Crocodile Farm. Paint Balling - Paintballing is a warlike game where guns are substituted with air pressure driven paintballs, which burst on impact! Enjoy some paintballing action at Paintball Fury- Karen, Jungle Paintball Kenya - City Park or at Kitengela Paintball Polo. Archery - Kenya Archery Association is the official national Archery association. Archery training grounds include: Twiga Centre- Parklands Sports Club, Strathmore Univesity Grounds and East Africa Bow Sports Ltd


Kenya is globally known as the original land of Safari. It is in this country where the big five; elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard can all be found roaming free in their natural habitats alongside other wild animals such as cheetah, wildebeest, eland, zebra, gazelle, giraffe, Go Places | 93

VISITORS GUIDE - KENYA waterbuck, impala and more. You will also come across brilliant butterflies, and rare exotic birds in every conceivable shape, size and color. With over 20 national parks, and game reserves, which have been set aside for the conservation of wildlife and natural habitats this is a Kenya safari enthusiast’s dream. About 8% of the Kenya’s land mass is protected area for wildlife conservation. Protected areas are gazetted landscapes/seascapes that have been surveyed, demarcated and gazetted either as National Parks and/or National Reserves. Aberdare National Park The park is located about 100 km north of Nairobi and stretches over wide terrains. The Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Ranges of central Kenya. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, Leopard, Baboon, Black and White Colobus monkey and Sykes monkey. Amboseli National Park Amboseli National Park is located in Loitoktok District within the Great Rift Valley; 269 Km

from Nairobi. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants, meet the Maasai and get spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in the Africa). Hell’s Gate National Park Hell’s Gate National Park lies to the south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, Northwest of Nairobi. Some of the frequently observed animal species include lions, leopards, and cheetahs. There are over 100 species of birds in the park, including African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest and Thomson’s gazelle.

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The park lies 140km Northwest of Nairobi. Its ecosystem is surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos and other water birds being the major attractions of the area and 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes. Maasai Mara National Park The Maasai Mara National Park covers 1530km and lies southwest of the country. It borders the Serengeti Park to the south, the Siria escarpment to the west and Maasai pastoral ranches to the North and East. It is famous for its exceptional population of Big Cats and the annual migration of wildebeest and other grazers from the Serengeti every year from July to October.

Meru National Park Meru National Park is located in the east of Meru 350 km from Nairobi. Covering an area of 87,044 hectares, it has abundant rainfall and a wide range of wildlife such as elephants, hippos, lion, cheetah leopard, black rhinos, some rare antelopes and more than 300 species of birds. Mt. Kenya National Park Mt. Kenya National Park is located to the east of the Great Rift Valley, about 175km North-East of Nairobi. At 5,199m Mt. Kenya is the second highest

VISITORS GUIDE - KENYA peak in Africa. It is also an important water tower in the country. The park supports wildlife such as elephants, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, waterbuck and Elands. Samburu National Reserve The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River. It was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie ‘Born Free’. All three big cats, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard as well as elephants, buffalos and hippos are found here.

Malindi Marine National Park & Reserves Malindi Marine National Park & Reserves is located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Kenya. The park’s attractions include coral reefs, turtles and dolphins and over 300 species of fish including the Barracuda, Sharks, Angel Fish, Surgeon Fish Lobsters, Crabs, Clams, Octopus and Star Fish.

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Tsavo East National Park Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 11,747 square kilometers. The park lies to the east of the Nairobi - Mombasa road, offering a vast and untapped arena of arid bush, which is washed by the azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. Guarded by the limitless lava reaches of Yatt a plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya. Tsavo West National Park Tsavo West covers an area of 9,065 square kilometers and is generally referred to as the “Land of lava Springs and Man-eaters”. It is located on Southeast of Kenya, 240km from Nairobi along the western side of the MombasaNairobi highway. Major wildlife attractions include Elephants, Rhinos, Hippos, Lions, Cheetah, Leopards, Buffalos, diverse plant and bird species including the threatened corncrake and the threatened Basra Reed Warbler.

Bamburi Beach Bamburi Beach offers a picteresque stretch of sandy beach with a good number of top class hotels and resorts lined up facing the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The beach is located in close proximity several town attractions. Nyali Beach Nyali Beach offers long miles of white sandy beach, backed by private villas, hotels and gardens. They are suitable for those seeking a beach holiday with the convenience of Mombasa’s urban attractions close at hand.

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VISITORS GUIDE - KENYA Shanzu Beach Shanzu Located about 20 kilometers from Mombasa city along the Indian Coast, is a town, a lovely spot, with superb beaches and many beautiful and interesting places to visit. There is a holiday market in Shanzu with lots of small shops and a Bazaar offering a large collection of local crafts at very good prices. South Coast Mombasa Diani Beach Along the beaches are hotels catering to all tastes; from small boutique properties for the discerning traveller to larger family hotels. There are also self-catering properties where you can enjoy privacy and informality. Here guests can enjoy water-sports such as windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, water-skiing and scuba diving. Diani Beach lies 35km south of Mombasa city. The beach covers the shores for about 25km.

its appearance and character over the centuries. The town has narrow streets, no cars and the only means of transport are donkeys, or by sea on dhow or motor boats. The Lamu area contains wildlife and wide beaches. The beauty of this ancient world is celebrated daily, however, every year during the annual Lamu festival all are welcome to experience the marvel of this coastal gem. Malindi

Tiwi Beach Tiwi is a beautiful beach located north of Diani Beach. Tiwi Beach is much quiter compared to Diani and is a more preferable spot for a romantic beach getaway. At tiwi you can also enjoy a number of water sports and five star accommodation at several hotels and resorts. Galu Beach If you are seeking even more serenity along the South Coast, then Galu Beach would be your destination of choice. Galu Beach expands it’s white sandy beach as far as the eye can see, with palm trees fringing over the tropical coastline and turquoise clear water is sheltered by a coral reef which makes it a safe swimming lagoon, perfect for a beach vacation or holiday. Lamu Going to the remote archipelago of Lamu is like traveling back in time. As Kenya’s oldest town, Lamu has retained

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Malindi is a place full of history dating back to the 15th Century when the Portuguese visited our shores, making it a prime trading post. Sometimes referred to as Little Italy, Malindi is located at the centre of a strip of idyllic tropical beaches offering the visitor a range of world class resorts and quiet relaxing hideaways. The Vasco Da Game Pilar in Malindi stands just south of the town at Vasco Dagama Point. The pillar marks the last stop in Africa before Vasco Dagama sailed across the Indian Ocean to India in 1498. Watamu Watamu offers wide white sandy beaches fronts. This tranquil haven is home to several wellestablished resorts such as Turtle Bay Beach Hotel, Blue Bay Village, Watamu Beach Hotel, Temple Point Resort, Hemingways Resort, and many private guest-houses scattered through the forest along the shore. In this area, Watamu Marine National park is the ideal spot for divers and snorkellers alike. The Marine Park boasts over 600 species of fish in just 10 square kilometers.


MONEY ATMS Can be found throughout Kenya in major Urban centers. Credit cards such as VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted. American Express and JBC are accepted only at certain establishments Forex Bureuas Forex Bureaus are the easiest way to convert currency and are found at airports, hotels and at all major towns centers and cities in Kenya. Forex Bureaus operate for longer hours compared to banks. Among other major currencies that can be exchanged with the Kenyan Shilling are: • • • • • • • • • • •

US Dollar Sterling Pound Euro South Africa Rand French Franc Australian Dollar Indian Rupee Japanese Yen Chinese Yuan Swiss Franc Saudi Riyal

Banks In Kenya banks are found in major towns and shopping malls. Banking hours vary from bank to bank but generally they open from 9.00am – 4: 00pm and run from Monday through Friday and some even operate on Saturdays.


Phone and internet are the most common means of communication for tourists visiting the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa. Kenya uses GSM network for mobile phones and 3G internet connectivity. Major Mobile Service Providers are Safaricom, Airtel and Orange. These networks are also among the major internet service providers, with Orange having an unlimited monthly or weekly internet offer. Most hotels provide Wireless or wired internet either as a complimentary to guests or at a nominal fee.


The best mode of road transport available for tourists moving around towns is by taxi. Car rentals are a convenient option for people who prefer self drive. Tours and travel companies

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VISITORS GUIDE - KENYA such as Go Places Tours and Travel offer experienced chauffeur driven tour guides for best tours and travel experiences to all the major national parks and game reserves across the country. Some hotels and lodges may also offer their own transport to the national parks either as a complimentary or at a nominal fee to guests. Taxi companies include: Delight Cabs Ltd Tel: (+254 20) 2305697 Kenatco Taxi Service Tel: (+254 20) 2506790 Virgin Tours Tel:(+ 254 20) 2720952 Jatco Tel: (+254 20) 4446096 Pewin Cabs Tel: (+254) 798 01000 Tours & Travel Companies Go Places Tours & Travel Tel: (+254 20) 2338685, 786 974634, 719 764000 Car Hire Avis Car Rental Kenya Tel: (+254 20) 2213330/1, 316061

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Taxi Apps With advanced technology, one can now get a taxi by using mobile applications such as: Easy Taxi, Uber, Taxify and Little Cab which connects taxi drivers and passengers. The application is available for Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows Phone devices, as well as for B2B clients through EasyTaxi Pro and Easy Taxi Corporate solutions. Connecting Airlines There are several airlines that offer scheduled charter flight services to major national parks and towns around Kenya. These include: Airkenya, Safarilink, SAX, Kenya Airways and Jambo jet.

WHERE TO STAY Kenya offers a wide range of accommodation facilities for business and leisure travellers. The diversity is impressive and encompasses big and small city hotels, lodges and beach resorts among others. Check the NEXT PAGE for a comprehensive list of Go Places Recommended Hotels and Lodges. These pages also include special packages for the bi- month or season

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HEALTH & FITNESS Today’s society puts Health and fitness at the forefront, this means there is demand for highly trained professionals well conversed within these areas. Hence keep-up a healthy body or take time off from your busy every day life to switch off, relax, recharge, detox and experience rejuvenation of body and soul in some of the best health and fitness centers in Kenya offering a number of programs in health, wellness and fitness completed by beauty facilities to help improve individual health and lifestyle. Spas Maisha Health Club - Nairobi Serena Hotel

Nightlife Enjoy a vibrant nightlife at all major towns and cities in Kenya with exclusive clubs, casinos and lounges to dazzle different tastes. Nairobi Clubs Gypsy Bar- Westlands, Tree House Club Nairobi, Simba Saloon - Carnivore, Ebony Lounge - Westlands Klub House - Westlands Gallelio - Westlands Venom Lounge & Bar - Westlands Aqua Blu - Westlands Level 8 - Best Western Que Pasa - Karen Casablanca - Lenana Rd Kenya Coast Clubs Forty Thieves - Diani Il Covo - Bamburi Mombasa Pirates - Bamburi Stardust - Malindi Billionaire Club - Malindi Patapata - Malindi

Zoezi Spa - The Boma Nairobi Kaya Spa - The Tribe Hotel Sovereign Suites Spa Revive Health Club and Spa - Heron Portico Hotel Kempinski The Spa -Villa Rosa Kempinski Tulia- Sarova Whitesands Maya Spa - Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa Uzuri Spa - Leopard Beach Resort Swahili Beach Spa - Swahili Beach Resort Titanium Fitness Centre - Victoria Courts Westlands


Movies Watch the latest movies in some of the best cinema auditoriums in Africa. Century Cinemax - Junction, Ngong Road Fox Cineplex - Sarit Centre IMAX 20th Century - Mama Ngina Street, Nairobi Nyali Cinemax - Nyali Planet Media Kisumu - Kisumu Planet Media Prestige Plaza - Nairobi Westgate - Nairobi

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Nairobi Casinos Babylon Casino - Sentrim 680 Hotel Nairobi CBD Bollywood Casino - Royal Orchid Hotel Westlands Captain’s Club Casino - Mombasa Road Nairobi Joker’s Wild Casino - Nairobi CBD Paradise Casino - Safari Park Hotel Casino Flamingo - Fortis Tower Westlands Mayfair Casino - Westlands Las Vegas Casino - Westlands Palm Regency - Laico Regency Mombasa Casinos Casino Rocco Casino Max - Nyali Golden Key Casino Nyali Casino - Nyali International Beach Resort

VISITORS GUIDE - KENYA Malindi Casinos Casino Malindi

SHOPPING Curio Shopping Those looking for souvenirs or African artifacts, Maasai Market is the place to visit. This vibrant market is a true festival of color and form, and

offers shoppers an opportunity to buy some of the rich collections of African arts and crafts. The market’s venue rotates between different shopping centres and other locations, and is open from 8am to 6pm. On Wednesday, the market is at Capital Centre on Mombasa Road. On Thursday, at the Junction Shopping Mall, third floor parking, Village Market on Fridays and on Saturday and Sunday, at the Supreme Court parking. On Sundays, you can find some of the traders at the Yaya Centre parking lot. Malls and Supermarkets If you enjoy shopping then you will be spoilt for choice. There are many shopping venues in Nairobi and Mombasa. These state-of-the-

art shopping malls boast leading retail stores and ancillary services, ample parking, one-stop shop experiences stocked with both local and international brands, numerous wine & dine outlets, clothing stores and much more. Below are some of the major shopping malls and supermarkets. Shopping Malls ABC Place, Westlands, Waiyaki Way The Sarit Centre, Westlands, off Waiyaki Way​ Yaya Centre, Hurlingham, Arwings Kodhek Road​ Village Market, Gigiri, Limuru Road ​ The Junction Mall, Ngong Road Two Rivers Mall South Field Mall Rosslyn Riviera Mall The Galleria Shopping Mall Junction of Magadi and Langata Road​ Crossroads Shopping Mall, Karen, Langata Road The Mall, Westlands, Waiyaki Way Thika Road Mall, Roysambu, Thika Superhighway Ukay Centre, Westlands Nairobi The Oval, Westlands Nairobi Nakumatt Nyali, Malindi Road, Mombasa City Mall Nyali, Malindi Road, Mombasa The Diani Beach Shopping Centre, Mombasa, Kenya Westgate Mall, Mwanzi Road, Westlands, Nairobi The Hub, Dagoretti Road, Karen, Nairobi Garden City, Thika Superhighway, Nairobi Supermarkets Nakumatt, Uchumi, Tuskys, Naivas and Ukwala

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