Go Places Magazine Feb March 2020 Issue No. 170

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As we start 2020, Go Places™ would like to thank all its friends and partners who have been instrumental in helping shape this brand in one way or another. In this 170th edition, we share with you exciting activities taking place in the weeks to come that you might find are to your liking. In the Go Places™ Travel Section, we have a few options from some of our partners that we are sure will get you excited about your next holiday. If you have long desired to go on a cruise with your loved ones, you can find out how best to go about it from Cruise & Travel Planners. Discover the often overlooked, hidden treasures of Ethiopia when you book a holiday with Ethiopian Holidays - a product of Ethiopian Airlines. Your visit is also made easier with the new e-visa, which you can apply for from the comfort of your own home. Do you have business to handle in Nairobi, but aren’t sure where to stay while you’re here? Choose from two of our

Read about the Grey Crowned Crane, a unique bird only found in Sub-saharan Africa. And find out how best to spend 24 hours in Australia’s capital, Sydney or 48 hours in Manila, the capital city in the Philippines.You will also get to learn about our Go Places™ Travel Packages to Thailand as well as to Dubai for the Dubai Shopping Festival.

As you browse the Go Places™ Lifestyle Section, you will find out about products and services that will enhance your life. You’ll be introduced to the BMX X3 which will get you excited for a new adventure. Learn about the ceremonial side-blown horn, the Siwa which is now housed at the National Museum of Kenya. Join the big debate about whether renting or buying is the best option for you as you read the Go Places™ Living Article. And if you’re actually looking to rent a space, AAD has the perfect place for you. Learn more about Golf for Beginners and find out how to perfect your Plugged Lie shot; and if you’re looking to be a bit more active this year, have a look at some of the Fitness Equipment available at Sangyug Enterprises Limited. Find out more on the new e-learning resource centre recently opened at the Boma International Hospitality College and read all about “When Breath becomes Air”, a new book by Paul Kalanithi. Invest in your physical health and try out Tam Tam’s Purest Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Last but not least, get solutions to all your interior needs with the help of Kitchens and Beyond Ltd.

And of course, no experience is complete without a hearty meal. In the I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Wine and Dine Section, you’ll find the magazine. From all of us at Go out where best to satisfy your hunger. Places™, we wish you all a Happy During your stay at the Tamarind Tree Valentine’s Day. Spread the love! Hotel, you’ll be treated to a 5-star culinary experience. If you’re looking for a hotel where you can spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one and enjoy delicious meals at a reasonable cost, consider trying Eka Hotel’s Valentine’s offer. We also have a few extra options of places worth trying out in the First we Feast segment of the magazine. These Scan To View Online are places you can enjoy either with a loved one or with family. Cocktail lovers Publication can try their hand at making the love potion vodka and those hosting over this season of love can make the chocolate fondant as a dessert for their guests.

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FOREWORD As we begin this new decade, we look back at some of our accomplishments as a tourism sector, as well as successful events that will take place in the coming weeks and months; and will hugely contribute towards putting Kenya on the global map. We ushered in the year at the newly refurbished Mama Ngina Waterfront Park. The Park, which was officially opened on 2019 Mashujaa Day by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, hosted a spectacular display of fireworks on New Year’s Day. The Park is a 24-hour urban tourist attraction site that includes an amphitheater, openair cafés, restaurants, and will host cultural exhibitions throughout the year. The inaugural 2019 Magical Kenya Ladies Open was held at Vipingo Ridge from the 5th - 8th December 2019. This was a major milestone for Magical Kenya as the event was a success, with the Ladies European Tour (LET) expressing that they were very impressed with the organization of the event as well as the hospitality they received during their stay here. It was also the first time professional lady golfers played competitively in the region, which has proven that Kenya is indeed a suitable location for similar tournaments to be held in the future. This was one of the richest events of the Ladies European Tour, surpassing the Investec South Africa Women’s Open, played in Cape Town held in February last year. The next one to be held in Kenya is set to take place in November 2020. During the inaugural Magical Kenya Signature Experiences (MKSE), I urged tourism providers to model their offerings according to the needs and requirements of the tourists. At the event, fifteen experiences were found to have already met these standards and were awarded accordingly. The criteria to be met are authentic offering, creativity, and innovativeness. This, to me, marks the beginning of a journey towards giving tourists vacation options that better meet their needs. Our safaris have long been our selling point when it comes to the tourism industry. Nevertheless, there is much more to experience and explore in Kenya - and tourists need to know that. The first modern cruise terminal is at its final stages of implementation and will soon be commissioned. Not only will the cruise terminal improve the passenger handling capacity, but I believe that it will also boost the growth of the tourism industry. The terminal houses conference facilities, duty-free shops, offices for key stakeholders, and restaurants. We are expecting the first vessel to dock at the new terminal in early February. The operationalization of this new facility is likely to increase the vessels arriving at the port from our current annual number of ten (10). The tourist numbers will also rise from 40,000 that we currently receive at the port each year.

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After an 18-year hiatus, Kenya will host the Safari Rally later this year. This follows a successful dress rehearsal that took place at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani last year. We will open the second half of the 14-part series from the 16th to the 19th of July 2020. Last but not least, I am happy to report that the number of visitors coming into Kenya increased from 2,025,206 in 2018 to 2,048,834 in 2019. We are confident that these numbers will be even higher by the end of this year. On behalf of myself and the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, I wish you all continued prosperity in 2020. Enjoy the read and “Tembea Kenya”. HON. NAJIB BALALA, EGH, CABINET SECRETARY MINISTRY FOR TOURISM & WILDLIFE





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Cruise & Travel Planners - World’s Leading Cruise Lines Boma International Hospitality College - Changing Hospitality Education in Kenya and the Region 10 AAD Real Estate 12 Kitchens & Beyond - Visit our Showroom 15 Sangyug Enterprises - Everything You Need for Fitness 19 KWS Parks - Love in the Wild 21 National Museums of Kenya - Coast Heritage Circuit 22 Last minute: Mara - Your Ideal Online Travel Companion 29 Naivasha Love Festival 30 FIHA 2020 - Join 300+ Hotel Investment Experts in Abidjan 58 Go Places Drive - BMW X3 Prepare for Every Challenge 60 National Museums of Kenya - Siwa Ceremonial Side Blown Horn 62 Go Places Living Article - To Buy or To Rent? 64 Golf for Beginners - Plugged Lies - The Best Way Out 65 Book Review - When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanathi 66 Tam Tam - Purest Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 67 Upcoming Events Feb/Mar 2020 70 SKAL March Luncheon Dec - Hemingways 71 Sharing Moments Travel - Concord Hotels Travel & Trade Networking & Thanksgiving Dinner 72 Sharing Moments Travel - Ethiopian Airlines Holiday Product Presentation 73 Sharing Moments Lifestyle - Unveiling of the Magical Kenya Signature Experiences Collection 74 Sharing Moments Lifestyle - Naivasha Love Festival Launch 75 Sharing Moments Lifestyle - Go Golf Tournament 2019



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As we start the new decade, I am pleased to announce that Kenya’s tourism industry is on trajectory in raising the bar of African hospitality, through diverse offerings that are recognized globally. We are delighted that from the statistics from last year’s festive season that the domestic market is well able to keep the tourism industry afloat with more locals holidaying at the coast this past Christmas than international tourists. Most hotels and apartments were fully booked during the holiday season, with the larger part of the guests being local tourists. The recently refurbished Mama Ngina Waterfront Park was also a big hit among both local and international tourists. I would like to highlight the launch of the signature products in December 2019. The visitor experiences that meet this mark of quality thus raising the bar in the quality of services they offer have been singled out. We congratulate those who have met this desired status and invite all the players to register for evaluation and be part of these products endorsed as a must – experience by all the visitors to Kenya. We are certain that this initiative will promote Kenyan brands and significantly increase local employment opportunities as well as self-regulate in the quality of products. Kenya will in 2020 resume hosting the World Safari Rally (WSR) Championship, this is alongside new entrants Japan and New Zealand, and we have been admitted to the championship after our 18year break from holding it. This is the first time that the WRC has included six continents in this event. Kenya is proud to represent Africa by hosting the event from July 19th, 2020. The Championship is expected to bring in 100,000 plus foreign visitors from different parts of the world. Other key events that Kenya will host include the World Athletics Under 20 to be held in July as well, the Magical Kenya Travel Expo which turns 10 in October, 2020, the annual event will be held days after hosting the World Tourism Awards (WTA) Gala event . Two key golfing events also form part of the 2020 calendar of international events, these are the Magical Kenya Open in March, 2020 and the Magical Kenya

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Ladies Open in November, 2020. Both of these events form part of the European Tour. This is an affirmation that the destination is growing in leisure, sport and business tourism. Kenya’s tourist arrivals earnings enjoyed a 3.9 % increase in revenue. We endeavor to grow these numbers even more through exploring of new markets and also ensuring that we maximize on Kenya’s key source markets. We appreciate the private sector for their aggressive efforts and for complementing KTB in achieving her mandate. In closing, on behalf of the Kenya Tourism Board, I would like to wish all Go Places readers continued growth and progress in this new decade, and I urge you to “Tembea Kenya”. I trust that you will also continue to patronize local tourism products, the malls, the restaurants, night life, we are spoilt for choice at the back drop of a growing variety of experiences throughout the country. DR . BETTY RADIER CEO - KENYA TOURISM BOARD (KTB)


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FOREWORD A PERFECT DESTINATION FOR THE LOVE SEASON The merge between the Kenyan and Indian cultures Kenya and India have had a long-standing relationship borne from the 1900 during the construction of the KenyaUganda Railway. A number settled in the country and became part and parcel of the land, contributing immensely to the economic and cultural development of the country which culminated in the recent official recognition of the community as the 44th tribe - a major milestone in the country. Overtime, the rich Indian culture has been embedded in Kenya with the Indian community living and interacting with other Kenyan communities through business, education politics and leadership today. This relationship can only be made stronger through social and business events like the Indirica festival, which takes place in Kenya on the 7th to the 9th of February 2020. The Indirica Festival Kenya is created to foster and strengthen both commercial and cultural relations between India and Africa. ‘Cultural Cooperation always leads to Commercial Cooperation’, and the Indirica Festival will be a landmark step in achieving the same. The festival will see renowned Indian & African Artists coming together on one stage for the first time. This will help in nurturing the Indo-African Cultural relationship, paving way for various bilateral and trade tie-ups between India & Kenya. India is a market that excites key players in the Kenyan tourism sector due to its potential and richness. Statistics also show us that we are making strides with arrivals into the country from India recorded at 122,649 in 2019, with more visitors expected to arrive in 2020. The resumption of direct flights to-and-from Mumbai to Nairobi after a 10-year absence will only improve this and ensure the growing of interest by the tourist. Interactions between the two countries have been improving with an ever-rising number of Kenyans visiting India for different reasons. The festival will be an important addition in Kenya, especially as we approach the season of love. Kenya is a destination of love. As the love season approaches, Kenya provides the perfect destination, providing an array of products that would excite anyone. From a beautiful landscape, worldclass hospitality, distinct and diverse cultures to exotic flora and fauna - some unique to Kenya - the destination simply has it all.

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Before you pop the adrenaline-filled question to the person you wish to spend the rest of your life with, or if you want to have a fun or exotic wedding, the destination will provide the best environment to make it memorable, fun, unique and - of course - romantic. Diverse Products for the Valentine season Kenya enjoys beautiful tropical weather with long sunny days and just enough rain in most parts of the country, plus starlit nights which would make a night spent out on the plain fields magical for couples. Throughout the year, tourists travel to Kenya to have their dream weddings and honeymoon. Many sceneries are in play for weddings, from the pristine beaches, to the lake shores, the open savannah, the foot of Mt Kenya, the Chyulu hills. The country also prides itself as home to diverse cultures that provide a perfect cultural experience for lovers to mingle and feel at home during their stay in the country. The Maasai are probably the most popular with a rich culture that excites tourists from around the world. As we gear up to the love season and all the festivities around it, we would like to show appreciation to Go Places for their active work in the tourism sector and congratulate them as they head to South Africa to showcase Kenya not only as a wedding destination, but also as a one-stop destination for all travelers. Go Places continues to use various platforms to enhance positive destination narratives - especially online channels - attracting more visibility for the destination, Kenya globally.

Jimi Kariuki Chairman, Kenyan Tourism Board

FOREWORD Valentines Day’s Flower boom is here! February has always stood out on the calendar as the month of love because it is a celebration of St. Valentine’s, a day that is characterized by love and gifts the world over. Business people across all sectors are cashing in on the season and multiplying their bottom-lines. On the hospitality front, Kenya remains one of the most serene and relaxing paradises in Africa with a great blend of attractions and facilities convenient for any traveler on business or leisure. The country is richly endowed with holistic aspects starting from the weather, pearly white sands against the blue sea at its coastal stretch, stunning landscapes, safari locations and beautiful tropical beaches. Most of Kenya’s leisure destinations have been voted the best in the world in consecutive years. Want the best Valentine’s experience in the world? Kenya should probably be on your A-List and one will most likely find it difficult to settle on a destination, because they will be spoilt for choice due to the allure of countless destinations. But one of the most outstanding sectors reaping big this Valentine’s season, which is marked on 14th February, is Kenya’s Flower sector both locally and internationally. The industry has an estimated annual turnover of KES. 100 Billion. The month of February has always been a great test to the industry in terms of meeting the market’s demands of flowers, especially the red rose, which is associated with love the world over. The sector has continued to blossom and is now almost hitting KES. 100Billion in value. The flower export value has continued to grow from KES. 35.50 Billion in 2010 to KES. 70.80 Billion in 2016, thanks to rising international demands from the Kenyan flower as new markets continue to emerge. Kenya remains the third largest exporter of cut flowers in the world and accounts for about 35% of all sales in the European Union markets including Holland, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland and France. The Kenyan flower is now sold in more than 60 countries, thanks to making in-roads to other emerging markets like Russia and the US, as well as China, Middle East and Japan.

Approximately 50% of exported flowers are sold through the Dutch Auctions, although direct sales are on the rise. In destinations like the United Kingdom, supermarkets are the main outlets. The sector employs over 100, 000 people who directly work in the flower farms and culminates to over 2 million Kenyans benefiting from the sector. The Kenya Exports Promotion and Branding Agency will continue collaborating with other players in the flower sector to streamline the sector and make it more profitable to flower farmers. This is our quest to contribute to the acceleration of Kenya’s economic growth and development objectives. Enjoy this season of love at a Kenyan leisure destination and of course, with a Kenyan flower!


The Kenyan flower continues to attract the international eye because of its uniqueness in terms of resilience and longer vase-life, thanks to Kenya’s favourable weather ideal for flowers. The main cut flowers grown in Kenya are roses, carnations, and Alstromeria. Other flowers cultivated include, Gypsophilla, Lilies Eryngiums, arabicum, hypericum, Statice, a range of summer flowers, amongst many others.

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LOVE IN THE WILD Happy and prosperous 2020 to all Go Places™ readers. We appreciated your continued support which has helped Kenya Wildlife Service to conserve and enhance Kenya’s fauna and flora for posterity. We particular thank you for sampling our rich menu this past festive season. We continue to create memorable and rich experiences in our wide range of products: game viewing, hiking, camping, picnicking, snorkeling, authentic adventure and bird watching just to mention a few.

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We encourage you to visit destination you have not visited before and tick it off your bucket list. We assure you the picturesque sights, animal sightings, untamed nature, marine life and beauty, sounds and images will create a memorable experience and impression to you Our core value and mandate remains unchanged: and your loved ones. to conserve and manage Kenya’s Wildlife and We love feedback. Kindly engage us on our enforce related laws and regulations. social media platforms. Pay us a visit at your Towards the end of last year, we had the first convenient at any Kenya Wildlife Service office ‘Conservation Fun Day’ at KWS Headquarter. near you or drop us an email. The turnout and engagement was impressive and very encouraging. It was an excellent platform Create memories! We look forward to a to educate and empower the public, especially productive year together. the young generation, on conservation. Looking forward to even better Conservation Fun Day Follow us on Facebook: Kenya Wildlife Service Twitter:@kwskenya 2020 in November. Instagram:@kenyawildlifeservice America author Steve Maraboli once said “Friends Website: http://www.kws.go.ke/ are medicine for a wounded heart and vitamins for a hopeful soul”. Love is in the air as the Brig. (Rtd.) John M. Waweru Valentine’s Day descends upon as once again. Director General Some of us turn our thought to showing our love Kenya Wildlife Service though gifts giving and grand gestures to express our love to our loved ones. It is the perfect time to show our love, care and dedication to them. Be it the spouse, children, parents, relatives or friends. We continue to invite you to sample the unmatched experiences offered by our National Parks and Marine Parks this Valentine weekend

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Love in the Wild This Valentines Day, visit a KWS Park near you and celebrate some wild love.

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Happy 2020 to all Go Places Readers, As we usher in the year, we are full of expectations and look forward to a lot of exciting activities happening in the heritage industry. NMK’s mission is to sustainably manage our national Heritage through innovative research and knowledge sharing for posterity, for which we have been doing since 1910. It’s here at the National Museums of Kenya is where natural and cultural history collections and preserved and maintained and managed for future generation. We are happy to highlight Kenya’s rich heritage in collaboration with our partners who we forever remain grateful. Through this support, Migori County Government and the National Museums of Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on management of heritage within Migori County and specifically carry out research and development of Thimlich Ohinga World Heritage Site for purposes of enhancing the site for public visitation. The month of love and appreciation is coming up soon and everyone is finalizing on unique plans on how to treat their loved ones. The National Museums of Kenya invites you to surprise your loved ones with a visit by day or night. NMK offers a more intimate experience during night tours for a group of 10 and more to our visitors at the Nairobi National Museum and Fort Jesus Museum. We encourage you visit the Museums, sites and monuments around you as you celebrate and appreciate your loved ones during this Valentine’s season. 20 | Go Places www.goplacesdigital.com

In this issue, we continue to feature more interesting facts about cultural objects from diverse communities across Kenya. We highlight, the memorable Siwa- a ceremonial side -blown horn found among the Swahili community. Mark your calendar for the 7th National Museums of Kenya Science Expo scheduled for 12th to 14th March, 2020 at Nairobi National Museum Courtyard. Our research scientists will woo you with our collections and very key on -going research that is of value to our country and aligned to the Big Four Agenda. We also encourage you to look out for continuous art and photography exhibitions at museums across the country that might be of interest to you. Karibuni!

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


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SANGYUG ENTERPRISES A GO PLACES™ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LIFESTYLE PARTNER The year has just begun; and with a new year comes new year’s resolutions. Among our resolutions is usually the desire to lead a healthier lifestyle and enjoy the benefits of being physically fitter. Contrary to popular belief, working out doesn’t always have to take place in the gym. Sometimes it’s easier to do so from the comfort of your home. So, if you’re looking to start this fitness journey and are in need of fitness equipment, why not try Sangyug? Sangyug Enterprises Limited prides itself in “distributing excellence”. It aims to be the one-stop-shop wholesale warehouse for all your requirements not only in East Africa but also throughout Africa. Sangyug is located in Ngara, near Westlands, Parklands and the CBD. It supplies many international brands with its products. Among the fitness equipment on offer at Sangyug are dumbbells, sandbags, exercise bikes and balls, weights, bars and jump ropes at affordable prices, Sangyug Enterprises is definitely worth considering. It distributes products from some of the most reputable suppliers globally. It also provides a wide range of other products which you can find on their website. Get a glimpse of what they have in stock in this issue of the magazine. FOR MORE INFO CALL: +254 715 177 456 / +254 734 332 084 OR EMAIL: CUSTOMERCARE@SANGYUG.COM / QUOTATIONS@ SANGYUG.COM / WEB:WWW.SANGYUG.COM 24 | Go Places www.goplacesdigital.com

NEWS BITS AAD REAL ESTATE A GO PLACES™ PROPERTY PARTNER AAD is a twenty-year old company that specializes in general contracting, construction management, engineering and is also a consulting firm that provides services to a broad range of commercial & industrial clients throughout Africa & The Middle East. Their long experience in the industry and their commitment to always meeting their clients’ needs have ensured them consistent success and returning customers. Read about their four properties: Ambra Heights just off Othaya road in Kileleshwa, Aya Residence along Makueni road off Oloitoktok road in Kileleshwa, Rosewood Park in Kilimani and Grand Premier located along Argwings Kodhek road in Lavington, Nairobi. They will be holding an open day for Ambra Heights on the 28th of February 2020 and another one the 1st of March 2020. Their properties have it all from studios to apartments with bedrooms and domestic servants’ quarters. Some of their properties have a fitted gym and swimming pool, among other amenities. Learn more about them as you browse through our pages. FOR MORE INFORMATION: CALL: +254 704 191919, EMAIL: SALES@AAD.KE | WEB: WWW.AAD.KE

CITY LODGE HOTEL A HOTEL WITHOUT BORDERS A GO PLACES™ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CITY HOTEL Located opposite Two Rivers Mall in Runda, The City Lodge Hotel is a modern, comfortable hotel made up of 171 rooms. It is in the biggest mixed-use development and mall in both East and Central Africa. The Hotel is situated across the road from Two Rivers Mall, and has been described by previous guests as “one of the cleanest hotels in Nairobi”. If you have business within the city, this is a great place to stay. Everything the hotel offers has received top reviews - from the friendly staff who go out of their way to make guests feel welcome to the cottonsoft beds and exciting breakfast. Its location also guarantees that its residents will enjoy quiet nights during their stay here. The Hotel is a year old now, and is the biggest City Lodge Hotel built outside of South Africa. It is the third of this group of hotels in Kenya and the 59th of the City Lodge Hotels in Eastern and Southern Africa combined. TO BOOK YOUR UNFORGEATTABLE EXPERIENCE WITH CITY LODGE HOTEL, NAIROBI CALL: +254 709 264000 OR EMAIL: CLTWORIVERS.RESV@CLHG.COM Go Places www.goplacesdigital.com | 25

NEWS BITS CRUISE & TRAVEL PLANNERS GO PLACES™ RECOMMENDED HOLIDAY PLANNERS For a long time, the typical holiday in East Africa has consisted of a few days and nights spent in a resort located along the beach; or a stay at a safari lodge that includes a safari experience in one of our well-kept reserves. Nevertheless, we also have the option of going on a cruise - a new exciting experience that doesn’t necessarily take away from the other adventures, but adds to them. The wonderful thing about cruise holidays is that they are all-inclusive, which leaves you with little to worry about. Fine dining, world-class entertainment and highquality hospitality all fall into the initial cost of the holiday. Cruise and Travel Planners has been selling cruises to East Africans for the last twenty years. They are the first fully-fledged Cruise Shop in Kenya. They are known for their professionalism when dealing with clients, as well as their ability to choose the perfect itinerary for would-be travellers and offer suggestions of places to go, things to see and where to stay - which their previous customers have found extremely helpful. If you’re looking for a professional travel agency, this is the right time for you to consider Cruise & Travel Planners. You’ll find out more about them and their cruises in this issue of the Go Places ™ magazine. FOR BOOKINGS CONTACT: TEL:+254 4777278473 EMAIL: INFO@CRUISEANDTRAVELPLANNERS.KE | WEB: WWW.CRUISEANDTRAVELPLANNERS.KE

THE BOMA INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY COLLEGE GO PLACES™ RECOMMENDED WORLD-CLASS HOSPITALITY TRAINING Boma International Hospitality College (BIHC) is an institution where dreams of working in the hospitality sector are nurtured, and young potentials are empowered and equipped with the necessary skills required to serve this industry at a professional level. Students at BIHC will graduate with Swissaccredited programs in Culinary Arts and Hotel Management under their sleeves. In this issue of the Go Places™ Magazine, read about their new e-learning centre. The centre was commissioned by the Swiss Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Dr. Ralf Heckner. The College has students from 19 different nationalities, and has partnered with the Business and Hotel Management School (BHMS) in Switzerland to provide world-class hospitality training to students who enrol with the institution. BIHC prides itself in keeping with the times in relation to the hospitality industry, and adapts its courses accordingly. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: TEL: +254 0719 050 550 | +254 0719 050 540 \ EMAIL: INFO@BIHC.AC.KE | STUDY@BIHC.AC.KE WWW.BIHC.AC.KE 26 | Go Places www.goplacesdigital.com

NEWS BITS EKA HOTEL A GO PLACES™ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CITY HOTEL Located on Mombasa Road, a short distance away from both Wilson Airport and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is Eka Hotel, a four-star hotel that is suitable for both tourists and those visiting Nairobi for business purposes. The Hotel has 167 rooms, 158 of them being Superior rooms, four junior suites, three executive rooms, and two rooms for guests with special needs. When it comes to dining, Eka provides its guests with two restaurants to choose from Galaxy and the internationally-acclaimed Spur’s, two bars and a 24-hour coffee shop. Dine with them this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a menu that includes special cocktails and chocolate pralines. Choose to stay in one of their rooms at a reduced price that includes breakfast the following morning. Anyone staying at the hotel has exclusive access to WiFi, the gym and the swimming pool. We look forward to giving you the best hospitality that Nairobi has to offer. FOR BOOKINGS CONTACT: TEL: +254 732 105 000 / +254 719 045 000 | EMAIL: SALES@EKAHOTEL.COM | WEB: WWW.EKAHOTEL.COM

SAROVA HOTELS, RESORTS & GAME LODGES A GO PLACES™ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TRAVEL EXPERIENCE LOCATION Sarova Hotels are known for their unmatched quality when it comes to hospitality. 44 years in the hospitality sector has allowed them to really delve into what makes a hotel, resort or lodge stand out from the rest and worth visiting again and again. Each of their hotels is unique and blends in perfectly with its surroundings, and altogether they house over a thousand rooms in total. Over time, Sarova Hotels has expanded its chain of hotels across Kenya so as to provide travellers with more variety as well as to meet the needs of a diverse group of people. Now, they not only have resorts along the beach but also have game lodges in the reserve, and hotels in the city for those travelling for business purposes. While staying at one of the Sarova Hotels, you will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities - from safaris to land and water sports, and also get a taste of the African hospitality first-hand. Feel free to find out more about them, as well as all the different Sarova hotels across Kenya by having a look at their website. TO BOOK AN AMAZING BEACH, HOLIDAY OR SAFARI EXPERIENCE AT KENYA’S LARGEST HOSPITALITY GROUP SIMPLY CALL CENTRAL RESERVATIONS ON: +254 709111000 OR VISIT: WWW.SAROVAHOTELS.COM Go Places www.goplacesdigital.com | 27

NEWS BITS ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES ADDS INNOVATIVE APP FEATURE ‘FEEL ADDIS’ TO ELEVATE PASSENGERS’ LAYOVER EXPERIENCE Ethiopian Airlines is set to transform your layover experience with a new feature on its Mobile App dubbed ‘Feel Addis’. The ‘Feel Addis’ feature is convenient for passengers, it allows getting a hotel voucher and transit visa card on mobile devices. Passengers are required to enter their booking code on the ‘Feel Addis’ tab to check eligibility through the Ethiopian Mobile App. “As an airline continuously adapting our services to the evolving needs and expectations of passengers, we always look for opportunities to enhance passengers’ end-to-end travel experience as they fly Ethiopian. Our digitized layover package, Feel Addis, is unveiled with customers’ convenience in mind. Thanks to the enhanced service, we have digitized all customer touchpoints, avoiding the need to contact airport agents to process hotel vouchers and transit visas of passengers with a layover of 8 hours or more in Addis Ababa. The launch of Feel Addis is also part of our efforts to further boost Addis Ababa’s stature as a preferred transit hub into and out of Africa by facilitating a seamless end-to-end experience for the travelling public,” says Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopian Mobile App has continued to make improvements to its services since inception such as the addition of multiple languages and including over 27 payment options. TO BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS WITH OUR AIRLINE PARTNER TODAY, DOWNLOAD THE APP FROM GOOGLE PLAY STORE OR APPLE STORE OR VISIT WWW.ETHIOPIANAIRLINES.COM

TAMARIND TREE HOTEL A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED GO PLACES™ CITY HOTEL The Tamarind Group was founded in Mombasa in the early 70s, and has now expanded all the way to Nairobi. It is not only made up of restaurants like Tamarind Mombasa, Tamambo Karen and Carnivore but also includes properties like Golden Key Casino and Tamarind Village. Their culinary services are among the best in the world. A trip to Kenya is considered incomplete if you leave without experiencing Tamarind for yourself. The Tamarind Group has a way of perfectly blending the best of African tastes with international cuisines, giving its customers the best of both worlds. It’s no wonder they serve upto 400,000 guests each year. As Nairobi continues to grow and develop into an economic city hub, Tamarind is also aiming to keep expanding its franchise within the city and the country as a whole. It is now growing its chain of hotels that include Tamarind Tree Hotel and Tamarind Tree Suites, which recently opened. Now visitors have the opportunity to not only enjoy Tamambo’s culinary experience but its hospitality as well. Read more on the Tamarind Hotels as you browse through our pages. FOR BOOKINGS CONTACT: TEL: +254 709 240 240 | WEB: WWW.TAMARINDTREE-HOTELS.COM 28 | Go Places www.goplacesdigital.com

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JUST RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR NEW YEAR AT THE BLISSFUL TAMARIND TREE, NAIROBI. With the New Year at hand, you want to try out fresh dining experiences that will leave you yearning for more whilst satisfying your every sense and need. Relax, Calm down to earth, lose yourself and live wild at the luxurious Tamarind Tree Hotel located at the heart of Langata.

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 create new dining experience at the heart of Nairobi.

The Tamarind Tree Hotel offers a variety of wining and dining that will allow your taste buds to enjoy a burst of flavors perfectly curated by our impeccable culinary team. Whether Eminent for its iconic restaurants, landmark locations and relaxing over afternoon tea in the exceptional service, The Tamarind Group has consistently Dawa Lounge, sipping your favorite set the bar for quintessential Kenyan hospitality. It is from cocktail by the pool, or dining at the iconic Tamambo Restaurant, there are 34 | Go Places www.goplacesdigital.com

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. The luxury of our guests is of paramount importance and our 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 air-conditioned, have complimentary WIFI; a 43-inch 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.

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. A highly experienced event management team can organize all your events. The adjacent grounds are the perfect venue for al-fresco meetings and team-building activities. This is the ideal location for you to forget about work. The hotel has a heated 20-metre outdoor pool, a children’s pool and a state-of-the-art gymnasium. They have a team that will help you plan your safari, sporting activities, or visit many of Nairobi’s attractions. Welcome to Blissful living…

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City Lodge Hotel at Two Rivers is adjacent to the exciting Two Rivers Mall, East Africa’s largest shopping mall and mixed-use development.


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he Grey Crowned Crane is widely known not only for its golden crest but its height. It is a mysterious, majestic bird that is mostly found in the wetlands where it lays its eggs, as well as near lakes and ponds in the Rift Valley. However, it roosts on tall trees and in the marshes. Currently, Kenya holds the largest population of the Grey Crowned Crane in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lake Ol Bolossat, a lake on the foothills of the Aberdare Ranges in central Kenya is home to 900 Grey Crowned Cranes. It is listed as one of the Important Bird Areas (IBA) in the world. Currently, there are at least 12,000 IBAs worldwide that have been chosen by BirdLife International based on certain criteria that they each meet. The breeding season for the Grey Crowned Crane is between July and February. During this time, hundreds of cranes flock at Lake Ol Bolossat, displaying courtship dances that are unique only to them.

In the past, Grey Crowned Cranes have been in danger of extinction due to human inter ference in their environment. Migratory birds would die after collisions with power lines because they weren’t visible to them. There’s also been a call for enforced bans on captive cranes and harmful pesticides that have caused the death of lions and vultures in the past and could also lead to the death of these cranes. The wetlands, the habitat of the crane is also either being burned or drained and grasslands are being converted to agricultural landscapes, while forests that feed wetlands with water are being stripped. This has caused a major decline in the number of cranes in Africa in the last decade. Nevertheless, South Africa has found a solution to the problem. Rerouting their power lines and making them visible has highly increased their crane population by 46% in the last 11 years. This is something that Kenya hopes to implement as well, in the hopes that it will bring them similar

results in the years to come and help them maintain their position as the African country with the highest population of these majestic birds. For now, however, we are working on keeping track of the Grey Crowned Cranes that we have and are making sure that their habitats are well taken care of. If you’d like to see the Grey Crowned Cranes, visit Lake Ol Bolossat. It is located between the Aberdare Ranges and Dundori Ridge and is a 4-hour drive from Nairobi via A104. For accommodation close to the lake, try either Kichakani Paradise or Samawati Lakeside Cottages. They are both fairly close to the lake. As of now, Lake Ol Bolossat is a protected lake and is, therefore, open to the public. Plan your trip somewhere between July and February, when the cranes flock to the lake in large numbers. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get a glimpse of hippos during your visit.

As you document your Game Watcher experience, you can share the photos with us via our digital platforms (Go Places Digital) and you stand a chance to win a trip to one of our partner properties! Call the Go Places Travel Desk on: +254719764000/786974634/202319134/43 or visit goplacesholidays.com to book your excursion.

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When considering a holiday in The Philippines, most people think of traveling to one of its beautiful islands. However, a trip to the capital, Manila might be a great alternative. As is expected of any capital city, Manila can be loud and chaotic. But there’s hidden beauty and charm within it if you’re willing to look beneath the surface. It’s a unique alternative that will give you a more realistic idea of how the locals live.

Where to Stay?

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, spend a night or two at Hotel H2O, an aqua-themed hotel that is made up of rooms each treating its guests to a calming view - the most exciting ones being the ones looking into large aquariums. Makati is recommended as the best city to stay in when visiting Manila, especially for tourists. Some of the fairly-priced hotels located here include Aroga by Rockwell, Hotel Durban, and City Garden Hotel Makati. Quezon City, on the other hand, is considered to be the backpacker city of choice in terms of stay. Aside from cat cafés and local fashion boutiques selling the most trendy outfits, you’ll also find bits and pieces of the local youth’s creativity located all over the city.

Intramuros. It is a walled city located in the heart of old Manila, filled with historical bits and pieces that tell of Manila’s past. Inside, you’ll find old churches such as the Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church. You’ll also find colonial houses, defense structures and Fort Santiago where Dr. Rozé Dizal, a national hero wrote his famous literary work, Mi ultimo adios, and spent the last days of his life. Afterward, you can visit The Shoe Museum, where former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ large shoe collection is now housed. After her husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos’ was forced out of office, the family fled the country and Imelda left behind thousands of pairs of shoes. These are now found in The Shoe Museum located in Manila’s shoe-making district and is a tourist favourite.

If you have a thing for green spaces, you may opt to stay in Bonifacio Global City also known as Fort Bonifacio. Its wide sidewalks are lined with trees and hedges, and art lovers will be happy to know that it also houses a mixture of small and classic art galleries worth visiting. Some of the hotels in Fort Bonifacio include Go Hotels Mandaluyong, Citadel Inn Makati, and Seda Bonifacio Global City. We want to make your trip pleasant. Visit www.goplacesholiday.com and we will help you find a place to stay.

What to Do?

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Where To Wine & Dine? Start your day with a hearty breakfast in one of the many restaurants in the city. Most serve the usual combo of bacon, eggs, and toast and/or pancakes. However, if you want to try some local options, you can ask for the Filipino-style sausage, longganisa. For lunch, you can head down to Binondo, where the oldest Chinatown in the world is located. Apart from enjoying being part of the hustle and bustle here, you’ll also have a variety of options to choose from in terms of food. While you’re there, make sure you try the dumplings at Lan Zhou La Mien; and if you’d like to dine in, the hole-in-thewall Quick Snack is also worth trying. For dinner, you’ll want to try Manila’s seafood dampa experience. Each guest gets to purchase kilos of seafood that he/she likes, takes it to the restaurant door and decides how they want it cooked. You’ll find dampa stalls located along Macapagal Boulevard as well as in the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) area.

Time’s Running Out…

If you’re pressed for time and still feel like you haven’t quite experienced The Philippines like a local, hop onto a Jeepney and go for a ride that you won’t forget. Jeepneys are long-wheel-base jeeps that go to many different parts of the city. Although you may find it hard to understand the signboards telling you where these places are, you should be able to get to nearby places on a jeepney fairly easily. The Philippines is the only country still using jeepneys, so make sure you take advantage of this before they are phased out and replaced with more eco-friendly modes of transport. Lastly, enjoy some quiet time in Rizal Park and let the water sprinkling from its fountain calm you down after your short but eventful stay in Manila. Book yourself into Manila, The Philippines, Best Hotels and Resort (best guaranteed prices) & Restaurants Today by calling the Go Places™ Travel Desks on +254 719 764 000 / 786 974 634 or Log onto www.goplacesholidays.com Go Places www.goplacesdigital.com | 43

24 HOURS IN Sydney, Australia

Twenty four hours doesn’t seem like much time to explore a famous city like Sydney. But if you plan it right, you can tick quite a few of the must-do things here off your list. Start by making sure that you have arranged an E-visitor visa prior to your flight into Sydney, as the immigration queues at the airport can be quite long. GOODMORNING SYDNEY! As most flights arriving in Sydney arrive early in the morning, you might be lucky enough to watch the sunrise on your way into the city. Once you have settled down, stop by Pablo & Rusty’s at 161 Castlereagh St. for a mouth-watering breakfast and a delicious coffee. You’ll need the energy for all the activities that you’ll be doing later. Sydney is best enjoyed by spending your time outdoors, so make sure you have light clothes on and a pair of comfortable shoes on your feet, as there will be a lot of walking to do. THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

You can start your day at the famous Sydney Opera House. Known for its unique architectural structure, the Sydney Opera House is quite a sight to behold in real life. Tours are available for those who may want to know more about its history and see what it looks like on the inside. Not far from the Opera House is the Royal Botanical Gardens, where Mrs. Macquarie’s chair is located. Carved in 1810 for the Major General Lachlan Macquarie’s wife, this little bit of history is the perfect spot from which to get the best views of both the Sydney Opera House and the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. For more picturesque views,

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head to the Sydney Tower Eye observation deck. It’s the perfect place to see the city from the top and pick out different places that are not as easy to see when walking through the city streets. SURF’S UP IN BONDI BEACH Beach lovers can then spend the afternoon in one of the world’s most famous beaches, Bondi Beach. Here, you can also enjoy a delicious lunch from one of the nearby restaurants as you watch the surfers show off their skills on the huge, endless ocean waves. Afterward, you can enjoy a short walk to the coastal suburb, Coogee, where you’ll get an idea of how the Australians on this side of the city live. Enjoy

a drink at one of the laid-back pubs before making your way back to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in time to watch the sunset. It’s a great time for Instagrammers to capture some unforgettable pictures of the sun setting in Australia. Another popular beach in Sydney is Manly Beach, which locals prefer as it’s less populated at any given time in comparison to Bondi Beach. A ferry takes passengers to the beach from Circular Quay every half hour. The journey takes half an hour as well, and the ferry passes right between the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, allowing passengers to admire the two to their hearts’ content. DINNER IN SURRY HILLS Depending on what you prefer, you can either choose to have a Japanese meal for dinner at the Sake Restaurant and Bar or a mouth-watering steak at The Cut, a New-York inspired restaurant. If you’re in the mood for a burger, you can head down to Surry Hills where you’ll have the option of either eating at Ume Burger - another Japanese restaurant - or Butter Sydney. Both are equally delicious and are sure to fill your now empty belly. To finish off the night, you can either head back to the Sydney Opera House and enjoy a live performance there; or have a nightcap in one of the nearby cafés and get to know some locals. ENJOY THE NIGHTLIFE IN KINGS CROSS For a good time out in the town, head to Kings Cross. There’s a train that goes there from Town Hall. Here you’ll find the World Bar, where you’ll meet backpackers from all over the world and get to enjoy teapot cocktails until the early hours of the morning. Make sure you get home safe by taking an Uber, as the public transport tours come to a halt towards the end of the night.

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Delight your sweetheart with a romantic dinner in a perfect ambiance adding to that Valentine’s bliss. DINNER @ KSH. 5,000 PER PERSON with special Cocktails and Chocolate Pralines ROOM @ KSH. 8,000 PER PERSON Bed & Breakfast

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VA L E N T I N E ’ S S E A S O N A C R O S S N A I R O B I It’s the season of love! And although you might already have an idea of where you want to dine with your loved one, it might be worth considering some of the places recommended below. Some are new, but some are hidden gems that you might not know about and might find to be right up your ally. Make this year’s Valentine’s Day extra special by trying out something out of your comfort zone. Here are our top picks for the season: 52 | Go Places www.goplacesdigital.com



The recently-launched Copper Ivy Restaurant brings you a dining experience like no other. Itʼs a modern, elegant addition to the dining scene in the Westlands area, bringing you a choice of meals that incorporate the preferences of a wide range of people. Some of their meals include the oat-crusted fish, chicken Napoli, and garlic-fried mushrooms. They also offer a selection of vegan meals and halal meals as well.

Tamambo Karen Blixen is located in the farmhouse of Karen Blixen. Itʼs a plush restaurant that offers both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as an extra venue in the garden called the Grand Marquee Sultan-style tent. During the weekends and on holidays, Tamambo hosts performances, which guests can enjoy as they enjoy a delicious array of dishes.



“Everything starts with good food!” at Lucca restaurant. This Trattoria-style restaurant found in Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi is popular among crowds due to its calm atmosphere and home-cooked style Italian cuisine. Designed with family and friends in mind, Lucca is a great place to not only relish in a five-star meal but to also enjoy the company of your loved ones as you eat.

Whether youʼre in the mood for a buffet meal or just want to enjoy a drink in a restful atmosphere, the Pool Deck Restaurant is a worthwhile option to consider. It sits on the 5th floor of the Sarova Stanley Hotel and is serviced by the friendliest group of staff. Meals are reasonably priced, making it the kind of restaurant youʼd want to eat at time and time again.

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LOVE POTION VODKA Cocktail Set the mood this Valentine's Day with this sip-worthy cocktail. Whether you plan to treat a significant other, your friends or even yourself, this is an easy-to-make and fun-to-drink cocktail!

Ingredients: • • • • • • •

1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice 3/4 cup of extra fine granulated sugar 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon homemade grenadine 1.5 ounces vanilla flavoured vodka 8 ounces lemon lime soda Maraschino cherries

Method: Enjoy this delicious cocktail with your loved ones. For more cocktails & recipes log onto www.goplacesdigital.com

To make grenadine, boil the pomegranate juice and sugar, reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until thick and syrupy. Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Transfer to an airtight container. Makes 1 1/2 cups of grenadine. Store in the refrigerator and use within 3 weeks. To make the Love Potion Cocktail, add ice to a tall glass. Add 1 tablespoon of grenadine and vodka to the ice in the glass. Top with lemon lime soda. Garnish with Maraschino cherries.

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Serve while hot. It goes best with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream or orange sorbet. Bon appétit!

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Makes: 9 fondants

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Preparation time: 45 minutes

1. Start by getting your moulds ready, then brush the inside of each mould with the melted butter. Refridgerate, then repeat and coat the moulds with cocoa powder. 2. Mix the butter pieces with the dark chocolate pieces and melt them in a bowl over a pan of hot water, then leave the melted mixture to cool for about ten minutes. 3. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, the egg yolks, and golden caster sugar until it thickens and the whisk leaves a trail. Sift the flour in and continue mixing. 4. Add in the melted chocolate to the eggs and flour mixture in three scoops to form a batter. 5. Transfer the batter to a jug, and distribute it evenly among the moulds. Chill them in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them. 6. Heat the oven to 180°C /gas or 200°C fan. Place the moulds on a baking tray, then bake them for 10 -12 minutes. Afterward, leave them to sit for a minute or two. 7. Make sure the fondant is ready by slightly tipping each one in the palm of your hand and then back into the mould.


• 50g melted butter, for brushing • Cocoa powder, for dusting • 200g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces • 200g butter in small pieces • 200g golden caster sugar • 4 eggs and 4 yolks • 200g plain flour


Valentine's Day is just around the corner! And although many of you might be making plans to eat out on this romantic day, we know that some of you prefer to host guests indoors instead. We've put together a simple but tasty chocolate fondant recipe for you to prepare for your guests this year.


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The BMW X3 is an engaging SAV made to go wherever adventure leads. The BMW X3 combines rugged looks and impressive presence with design elements like the sculpted kidney grille and optional Icon Adaptive LED Headlights, the X3’s elevated ride height, spacious interior, and sporty agility give you the freedom to explore the world however you please. In the BMW X3, you’ve got the latest BMW driving technology right at your fingertips – keeping you connected, entertained, and safe. This sporty SAV moves with sedan-like agility thanks to the X3’s near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, a signature of BMW engineering.

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The latest version of the BMW X3 retains its unmistakeable charisma. At the same time, it appears more athletic than ever before – and, on the inside, emphatically underlines its outstanding premium character with high-quality materials.


The BMW X3 boasts a convincing appearance. Its exterior comes standard with sportiness. Thanks to the wide bumper with powerful air inlets, the front develops a commanding presence. The large double kidney grille makes a clear statement with its prominent central position and is brimming with self-confidence. Distinctive headlights extending from both sides to the kidney grille add the finishing touch to the front and are optionally available in xenon or full LED technology.


The interior of the BMW X3 combines a high-quality atmosphere with ingenious functionality. Exciting lines divide the instrument panel and the inside of the doors. Together with the vertical curve in the center console, they emphasize the modern look while retaining BMW’s typical driver orientation. Thanks to the elevated seating position, all passengers enjoy an outstanding view. In addition, the BMW X3 impresses with equipment options of a quality that you can see and feel immediately. Selected materials with details such as chrome trims and highlighted accents emphasize the modernity and quality of the interior.


The BMW X3 is ready for any challenge. This is especially true of its drive system. With intelligent technologies from BMW Efficient Dynamics as well as its advanced energy management, it offers driving pleasure and agility. It also reduces fuel consumption and emissions. Economical BMW Twin Power Turbo engines, intelligent lightweight construction, and refined aerodynamics are the ideal basis for efficiency, which is further increased by BMW Efficient Dynamics technologies and options such as the 8-speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic. The Light Weight Aluminum Construction reduces the weight of components and ensures outstanding body stiffness and excellent passive safety for drivers and passengers. It also improves the dynamic driving

characteristics thanks to an even, well-balanced weight distribution between front and rear axles. When it comes to energy management the BMW X3 has standard-feature technologies on board that it uses intelligently for energy coordination. This is the secret behind its high level of efficiency. Only when all these technologies interact is the vehicle able to achieve its impressive figures for fuel consumption and emissions. They include Optimum Shift Indicator, Automatic Start/ Stop function, Electric Power Steering, and Brake Energy Regeneration. Every BMW boasts excellent air resistance figures thanks to a range of mutually optimized aerodynamic elements, which in turn has a positive effect on efficiency and fuel consumption. These new casing elements are not only highly advantageous in terms of aerodynamics; they also improve sound insulation and provide greater protection from rust. Further innovations in aerodynamics include the defined rear spoiler lip and the aerodynamically optimized exterior mirrors. The latter improve the acoustics in addition to the aerodynamics and prevent the side windows from getting as dirty. The 8-speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic sets a new benchmark in dynamic performance and efficiency and is a key element of BMW Efficient Dynamics. The particularly finely tuned gradation of the gears allows optimum power delivery – at both low and high speeds. While significantly reducing fuel consumption significantly, it also allows the driver to enjoy increased sportiness and dynamic performance. At high speeds in particular, the additional gears reduce engine speed, in turn decreasing both fuel consumption and engine noise.

Comfort & Functionality No matter what daily life may bring, the BMW X3 faces up to every challenge. With its ingenious functions, it turns every adventure into child’s play. The generous interior and luggage compartment can be adapted to suit all requirements, ensuring top-quality comfort and functionality. There’s room for nearly everything, thanks to the numerous storage possibilities, including closable cup holders positioned in the centre console. The 550-litre luggage compartment can be expanded to accommodate 1,600 litres. The optional rear-seat bench with a 40:20:40 split allows you to arrange the available space to suit your requirements.

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Siwa This is the ceremonial side-blown horn, which was mainly used by the Swahili leaders in the 17th and 18th century during circumcision, weddings, rulers’ inaugurations and other cultural events of leading members of the Swahili community. The Siwa, measures almost two metres long and has two articulated joints. A man would hold the horn with two arms and blow through the wooden mouthpiece at the middle to create an unforgettable sound inviting people to the cultural events. It is one of the most distinctive items of regalia from sub – Saharan Africa made by craftsmen. There are two fine examples: one from the island of Lamu made of bronze; and the ivory piece illustrated (in the picture) from nearby Pate. The latter, made in 1688, bears text, albeit rather corrupt, that appears to be copied from late Mamluk inscriptions, reflecting an earlier relationship formed during the Fatimid period (969-1171) when Egypt had played a pivotal role in the Indian Ocean Trade. Both Siwas are no longer in use and are currently among some of the precious collections housed by the National Museums of Kenya for posterity. The last time the Siwa was used was in 1960 during a wedding ceremony for a prominent family in Lamu.

His Excellency, Hon. Okoth Obado, Governor Migori County and Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, Director General, National Museums of Kenya during the signing of an MOU on the conservation and restoration of Heritage Sites in Migori County at the NMK Headquarters.

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However, the Siwa was held in high regard among the Swahili people as it was perceived as a symbol of unity and the Swahili rulers acted as sole custodians. The Siwa came to be associated with royalty and he who held the Siwa also controlled the town. So closely was the Siwa linked to authority within the community that any mishap that might befall it was perceived to be a prelude to potential disaster for the ruler or the state. The horns were believed to have supernatural and magical powers, too; their unforgettable sound was thought to confer blessings on those who heard it. The most important role of the Siwa was calling men to war in an attempt to ensure victory, for instance; the Siwa was blown prior to the Battle of Shela (Kuduhu in 1807 – 1812). Go Places www.goplacesdigital.com | 61

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hen it comes to renting versus owning a home, people who advocate the former often argue that a rental home costs less as compared to owning a home. Those in favour of owning a house cite the freedom that it offers. For a long time, owning a home was considered to be a measure of financial success. Conventional wisdom seemed to be that you grow up and buy a home. For that reason, most of us grew up thinking that it’s better to own than to rent. After all, why would you throw away your money each month paying off someone else’s house instead of using it to purchase one of your own? However, in the recent past, there has been evidence to suggest that we’ve got it wrong all along. In fact, neither of the two is necessarily a financially wiser decision than the other. It seems that the final decision depends much more on one’s financial, professional and social circumstances than on anything else. Most people consider buying a home to be a longterm investment. They believe that, not only will they have the security of knowing that the house they are living in will eventually belong to them, but they’ll also be able to make a profit on it should they choose to sell it later on. However, this only works if the house one is buying is a house that they plan on owning for a long time, i.e. at least twenty-thirty years. A short purchase could end up costing one more, especially when you consider all the expenses that come with owning a house. Also, one needs to take into consideration the state of the market at the time they want to sell their house. If the market is down, you might have to postpone your plans of selling your house to a later date. Renting, on the other hand, costs less because any cost of repairs falls on the landlord’s lap. What’s more, apart from paying rent every month, a tenant has little else to worry about financially. But renting also has its downside. For one, as a tenant you’re always at the mercy of your landlord; if he decides to sell his/her house, you will have to find somewhere else to live. And his decision to do so might come at a time when you’re not ready to move out. What's more, your options may be limited, as you may not be able to find something else within the same financial range as what you currently have. Your landlord can also decide to increase the cost of your rent at any time - something you have no

control over. And if the new amount is too high for you, you might have to look for something more affordable effective immediately, regardless of whether you’re ready to or not. In addition to that, repairs done in rented homes don’t always meet the tenants’ requirements. They are always done according to what the landlord can afford to do at that time. What’s more, landlords can put certain restrictions on their tenants, e.g, prohibiting him/her to paint the house or hang up artwork while they are living there. These are the kind of challenges one faces when he/she is renting a home. Nevertheless, renting appears to be more predictable than owning a house is. Being a homeowner is also more time-consuming as you have to take care of everything on your own; whereas, renting saves you time because your landlord handles everything on your behalf. Renting also gives you the freedom to choose to live elsewhere much more easily than owning a house does. In light of all this, we can conclude that the decision to own or rent a home heavily depends on your current financial, social and professional position. We urge you to make sure that you thoroughly think through this decision before you make it.

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A Plugged lie also known as “a fried egg”, is probably one of the most difficult shots in golf. Well, I am going to show you an easier way to get out using your sand wedge in a very different way.

1. Set up with the ball position more towards the back of your stance as opposed to the front foot for a normal bunker shot. Also going against the norm, set your club face very shut (pictured below) to allow the club to dig into the sand more.

By Rizwan Charania Head Teaching Professional & TPI Golf Fitness Coach at the RC Golf Academy

2. From this setup position, turn the shoulders and hinge the wrists to get the club steep and hit down into the sand aggressively and the shut club face will act like a shovel and pop the ball up and out of the bunker. You will have to accept that from a plugged lie the ball will roll out more on the green due to less spin on the ball.

We would love to hear from you on any questions or comments you may have Write to me on riz@rcgolfacademy or on our Facebook page or website

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When Breath Becomes Air is an extraordinar y memoir from Paul Kalanithi that is a life -affirming reflection on facing mortality. This non-fiction autobiographical book that captures the life of a neurosurgeon is filled with an essential component of the truth that all humanity faces. This Best Seller opens up with a trainee surgeon examining a set of images form a CT scan. His highly trained eye takes in how the tumors are dispersed across the lungs, how the spine is deformed, how one lobe of the liver has been annihilated. The diagnosis is straightforward: “Cancer, widely disseminated.” Only one thing makes this case different from the dozens he deals with each week: these are scans of his own body. At the age of thirty-six, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He was on the verge of qualifying as a neurosurgeon after a decade of training, and was planning to start a family with his wife, Lucy. Instead, he found himself confronting not only a terminal illness, but also a profound identity crisis “I found myself the sheep, lost and confused.” One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation journey from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father. This account of his transition from doctor to patient was written in the year or so prior to his death in 2015, by which time he was 37 and his daughter, Cady, was nine months old. The power of this book lies in its eloquent insistence that we are all confronting our mortality ever y day, whether we know it or not. The real question we face, Paul writes, is not how long, but how we will live.

Paul Kalanithi:

Paul Sudhir Arul Kalanithi was an Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer. His book When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir about his life and illness battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer. It was posthumously published by Random House in January 2016.

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PUREST ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL At TamTam, our top priority has and always will be quality. Years of research and experience in the field of natural health products come into play with every product we share. All of our products are organic, vegan, unrefined, with no artificial additives and preservatives. Raw, organic coconuts are among the world’s most nutritious foods, and we’ve carefully cold-pressed them - (never bleaching, refining, deodorizing or hydrogenating) - locking in all the flavour and nutrition. Our Raw Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is naturally rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) supplying natural energy to your body. We recommend it is a dietary supplement and not for cooking. Take 1-3 tablespoons daily. You can use it in salad dressings, porridge, smoothies or even add it to a slice of bread! For best results, Tam Tam Health Products should be used alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise.

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FEB - MARCH 2020 KOROGA FESTIVAL Date: 14th February 2020 Time: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm Location: Naivasha The Koroga Festival brought to you by Capital FM, is out of town for the first time ever this year! Come and celebrate the greatest African acts from all over the continent. Get your tickets at http://korogafestival.co.ke

SAX ON THE FLOOR Date: 14th February 2020 Time: 6:30 pm - 3:00 am Location: Gipsy Bar Come in your dance shoes, this is a night designed to keep you on your feet all night. DJ Deshal will be on the decks. Get ready for an unforgettable experience, entry is free.

A NIGHT OF LIVE MUSIC Date: 14th February 2020 Time: 8:00 pm Location: The Concord Hotel & Suites Contact: 0710 889269/ 0711111333 This is an event for everyone family, friends and loved ones. Come and enjoy this unique blend of Hindi love music. There will also be an Indian buffet. Charges for the buffet are Ksh 1800/- per person.

10 TO 4 BIKE CHALLENGE Date: 14th - 16th February 2020 Time: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Location: Borana Lodge and Conservancy Contact: 0743 774634 Be a part of the Mount Kenya Trust Fundraising Event either by taking part in one of seven bike events, e-bike experiences and/ or horseback riding. Tickets are selling like hotcakes. Make sure you get yours ASAP.

DEEDS OF LOVE CAMP Date: 14th - 16th February 2020 Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Location: Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park Contact: 0705822837 Charity organization, Deeds of

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Love presents to you a thrilling outdoor adventure in the wild. Come and take part in bike riding, bird viewing, bonfire hangouts, mountain climbing, and other team building games. Registration is Ksh 4,000/- allinclusive.

EAST AFRICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2020 Date: 14th - 16th February 2020 Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Location: Ngong Racecourse and Golf Park Party with the big stars at the two-day camping festival at Ngong Racecourse and Golf Park. There will be 80 East African artists performing and 5 international artists including Lil Uzi-Vert, Mavado, Steff London, WSTRN and Young Thug. Get your tickets at www.mtickets.com

AFRICAN KALEIDOSCOPE EXHIBITION Date: Every day until 4th March 2020 Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

FEB - MARCH 2020 Location: Village Market Contact: 0700504863/ 0785085698 This will be an interactive exhibition organized by two friends. The theme is “The Dynamic Life That is Africa”. Attendants will also have a chance to participate in the art-creative process. The exhibition will take place in the exhibition hall at Village Market.

WHITE AND DIAMONDS VIP NIGHT Date: 22nd February 2020 Time: 9:00 pm - 6:00 am Location: Blue Door Restaurant, Westlands A night full of glam and goodness. Featuring DJ Aashika, Dj Deshal, and RJ Nilofer. The first 50 tickets are going for Ksh 600/- each. The second 50 tickets (early bird) are going for Ksh 800/- each. Advance tickets are going for Ksh 1000/- and tickets at the gate are Ksh 1200/-. Get your tickets at www.etickets.co.ke

SAMANTHA BRIDAL WEDDING FAIR 2020 Date: 28th February - 1st March 2020 Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Location: Sarit Centre Contact: 0722480068 A great place to meet key industry players in the wedding, beauty, and honeymoon sector. If you love fashion, beauty, and style, this is the event for you. Save the date!

FIHA CONFERENCE 2020 Date: 23rd - 25th March 2020 Location: Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire, Cote D’ivoire Contact: fiha-conference.com FIHA is committed to driving investments in regional hotel projects. Their events connect key international and regional stakeholders, private and institutional investors to the hotel developers, and operators that are fueling the growth of the hotel industry across the continent. The projects that are promoted and funded at FIHA drive investment since tourism, stimulate economic growth in regional markets, create jobs and encourage much-needed infrastructure. The conference sessions will be bilingual with simultaneous translations to English and French.

AVIADEV Date: 6th - 8th May 2020 Location: Madagascar Contact: aviationdevelop.com Now entering its fifth year, AviaDev Africa is the premier forum that is dedicated to growing connectivity to, from and within the African continent. Bringing together airports, airlines, tourism authorities, government and industry suppliers, AviaDev offers attendees the ability to prearrange meetings in professional surroundings, offering the best chance to make a real connection.

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SKÅL LUNCHEON, HEMINGWAYS NAIROBI The monthly edition of the Skal Luncheon was held on the 4th of December, 2019 at the luxurious 5-star hotel, Hemingways in Karen, Nairobi. The calmness and serenity of the surroundings allowed the skalleagues a great networking environment with amazing delicacies to be enjoyed. Here’s an exclusive insight.

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Concord Hotels held their Travel & Trade, Networking & Thanksgiving Dinner on the 29th November 2019. It was a time to reflect as well as to have fun and celebrate the wonderful year - now that tourism is the second largest sector in Kenya’s economy. The CS for Tourism and Wildlife Hon. Najib Balala was keen on congratulating everyone for their joint effort in putting Kenya on the map as a world-class tourist destination. “I applaud the Travel, Trade and Tourism sector that has proven to spur economic growth and the creation of jobs,” he said. Here’s an insight of the experience!

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TRAVEL TRAVEL ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES HOLIDAYS PRODUCT PRESENTATION Ethiopian Airlines (ET) held a product presentation event at the Ethiopian embassy on the 23rd of January 2020. The presentation was geared towards promoting Ethiopia as a tourist destination. Ethiopian Holidays, a product of Ethiopian Airlines, works exclusively with Ethiopian registered & experienced tour operators and facilitates onestop bookings for busy travellers. Ethiopia offers a wide range of experiences for its visitors to enjoy - from visiting active volcanoes, going on pilgrimages, and experiencing the Unity park at the prime minister’s palace that was only recently opened to the public. They offer equally exotic global holidays with smooth and seamless connections to Africa, Asia, Europe, Northe & South American and the Middle East. Here’s an insight to the experience!

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The unveiling of The Magical Kenya Signature Experiences Collection was held on the 11th of December 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Upperhill, Nairobi. The event saw a great number of delegates in the tourism industry including Hon. Najib Balala,(EGH) Cabinet Secretary Tourism & Wildlife, Chief Executive Officer KTB Dr. Betty Radier, Chief Executive Officer of the Kenyatta International Conference Centre Nana Gecaga, and Chairman of KTF Mohammed Hersi among others. The presentation of plaques and certificates to celebrate the providers of the Signature Experiences were presented by Hon. Najib Balala (EGH). Here’s an insight of the experience!

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LAUNCH OF NAIVASHA LOVE FESTIVAL The launch of The Naivasha Love Festival was held on 18th of December 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi. It was orchestrated by Deputy Governor of Nakuru County, H.E Dr. Henry Korir who engaged the invited guests from the Foreign Embassies,Tourism and Corporate sectors. This glamorous event saw a huge number of people turn up and enjoy a delightful mix of fun, food, music and culture. It was aimed at celebrating and positioning Naivasha as a key destination in Kenya. They later organized a media tour in Naivasha as a prelude to the event. Here’s an insight of both events.

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GO GOLF TOURNAMENT 2019 The Go Golf Leagues 2019 ended at the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club courtesy of GoGolf Kenya. Go Places Africa DMC sponsored a #MagicalKenya Holiday to Rusinga Island Lodge and a grand prize of a holiday to Malaysia, courtesy of Go Places Holidays. This was for the 2019 Go Golf Season. Here’s an insight of the experience!

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NORFOLK FASHION, JEWELLERY & CHAMPAGNE EVENT Fairmont Norfolk held an exciting night of fashion, jewellery and champagne at the Cin Cin Lounge Bar on the 21st of November 2019. Some of the showcases included Kache by Angie, which offered an exclusive chic and elegant fashion collection from casual to formal, classic to modern; and Joo & Co., a modern, timeless jewellery collection inspired by the Kenyan Woman of Today. The amazing pieces are crafted in an array of refined designs in exquisite gemstone variations. It was a night of fun, style and pure fashion. Here’s a taste of the experience!

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LIFESTYLE TRAVEL ANNUAL MEDIA APPRECIATION DINNER VILLA ROSA KEMPINSKI On the 6th of December, 2019, Go Places was invited for an Appreciation Dinner by the management of Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel.We were treated to an evening of fine dining, wine & cocktails at the glamorous dining room of the Presidential Suite, where more than ten world presidents and celebrities have stayed; and we enjoyed cuisines from across the globe prepared by Executive Chef Manoj Aswal and his team. After dinner, there was time to dance and mingle as we were entertained by the in-house DJ. Our sincerest thanks to the management and staff for a great evening. Here’s an insight of the experience!

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A White, White Day What About Love Fantasy Island Genre: Horror Actors: Jeff Wadlow, Lucy Hale, Michael Peña Synopsis: The enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives. Based on ABC’s 1977 television series of the same name created by Gene Levitt. Directed by Jeff Wadlow and written by Jillian Jacobs, Chris Roach, and Wadlow.

Genre: Romance, Drama Actors: Andy Garcia, Sharon Stone, Klaus Menzel Synopsis: Two young people, somewhat wary of love, spend a summer together in Europe making a film about people’s attitude towards love. Tanner and Christian realize that they’re actually filming their own love story, but they have no idea that their film will ultimately save Christian’s life after tragedy strikes them both, and make their parents believe in love again. Directed by Klaus Menzel.

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Genre: Drama Actors: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason Synopsis: In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession of finding out the truth takes over his life and he inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. A story of grief, revenge and unconditional love. Directed by Hlynur Pálmason.

WHISTLERS Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller Actors: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga Synopsis: A policeman is intent on freeing a crooked businessman from a prison on Gomera, an island in the Canaries. However, he must first learn the difficult local dialect, a language which includes hissing and spitting. He will also have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery, and deception to get what he wants. Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu.

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The Way Back Genre: Drama, Sport Actors: Ben Affleck, Janina Gavankar, Michaela Watkins Synopsis: A former HS basketball phenom, struggling with alcoholism, after losing his family foundation is offered a coaching job at his alma mater. As the team starts to win, he may have a reason to confront his old demons. But will it be enough to set him on the road to redemption? Directed by Gavin O’Connor and written by Brad Ingelsby.

A Quiet Place Part II No Time to Die Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller Actors: Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Rami Malek Synopsis: James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Genre: Horror, Thriller Actors: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou Synopsis: Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path. One of the mostanticipated horrors of 2020. Directed by John Krasinski.

Inside the Rain Genre: Action, Adventure Actors: Rosie Perez, Eric Roberts, Aaron Fisher, Ellen Toland Synopsis: Facing expulsion from college over a misunderstanding, a bipolar student indulges his misery at a strip club where he befriends a gorgeous, intelligent, outrageous woman and they hatch a madcap scheme to prove his innocence. The ultimate underdog film and proof that if you believe in yourself, anything is possible. Directed by Aaron Fisher.




SERGIO KUN AGĂœERO 179 goals in 256 PL apps



anchester City striker Sergio Aguero added more gleam to his already illustrious career by breaking records set by Premier League legends Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer. The Argentine striker surpassed Thiery Henry’s record of being the highest-scoring foreign PL player (175 goals in 258 appearances), after a flurry of 5 goals in 2 games for City that took his total goal tally to 179 in 256 appearances for City. His hat-trick against Villa (his 12th) also took him ahead of Alan Shearer,

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whose record stood at 11 hat-tricks throughout his time in the PL. Aguero has expressed his will to end his playing career with Manchester City. Therefore, more can be expected from the 31-year-old striker who has been in fine goalscoring form since the start of the year. His performances for his club, however, have done little to advance their position on the league table, as they sit in second place, 16 points behind a dominant Liverpool side who are yet to lose this season. This is far from the case last season where the title race went down to the wire.

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Connor McGregor made an emphatic return to UFC in an impressive match, besting his opponent (Cowboy Cerrone) in 40 seconds. McGregor immediately started the round with a creative barrage of strikes that precipitated an early end, dispelling any doubts about his readiness to come back into the Octagon after a long absence. This feat meant that he set a new record, being the first fighter in UFC history to secure knockouts at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight categories.

tennis: federer chases 21st grandslam title

Veteran tennis player Roger Federer made an impressive start to the Australian Open as he sought to extend his record of Grand Slam wins to 21. He breezed past American Steve Johnson winning 6-3 6-2 6-2. Federer had not played a competitive match since the ATP Finals in November 2019 and had concerns about his fitness ahead of the tournament.

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Lewis Hamilton has sounded a warning to his rivals in 2020 as he looks to secure a record-equalling 7th Formula 1 title. He claimed that he is going to be a ‘machine’ and ‘on another level’ as he also seeks to beat Michael Schumacher’s record of race wins. The driver has won a total of five titles with Mercedes and is looking to extend his contract a further two years, to continue their dominant relationship. Go Places www.goplacesdigital.com | 81



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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 www.goplacesdigital.com | 85

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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Lake Nakuru National Park

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.

Beaches North Coast Mombasa

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

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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 Two Rivers Mall, Limuru Road Nairobi The Oval, Westlands Nairobi Rosslyn Riviera Mall, Limuru Rd, Nairobi 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 Carrefour, Uchumi, Tuskys, Naivas and Ukwala

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