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KENYAN PASSPORT IS RANKED 8TH MOST POWERFUL IN AFRICA Kenya’s passport is the eighth most powerful in Africa. The ranking by the Henley Passport Index, the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access, takes into account how many countries you can visit with which type of visa. Globally, Kenya was in position 72, in a ranking that placed Japan on the top, with the Japanese citizens able to travel to 190 countries without visas. Kenyan citizens can travel to 71 countries without visas (or with visa on arrival) out of a possible 218, ranking behind Seychelles, South Africa, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

ELEWANA LODO SPRINGS TO OPEN IN KENYA Elewana Collection will open Elewana Lodo Springs in June 2019 in northern Kenya. The brand will now have 16 camps, lodges and boutique beach hotels in iconic locations across Tanzania and Kenya. The high-end tented property will complement the existing 57,000acre Loisaba Conservancy. The announcement underpins Elewana Collection’s dedication to conservation in northern Kenya and its position as one of the largest sustainable tourism operators in East Africa. The camp will offer an ultra-private experience and spacious tented rooms with impressive views that stretch out to Mount Kenya.

ANUP SHAH NAMED THE GREATEST MAASAI MARA PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Anup Shah has been named Angama Foundation’s winner of The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year 2018. His image, titled “Escort”, was of a calf elephant boldly walking between two adults elephants. Anup’s image was selected from 10 finalists. He won a five-night safari for two at Angama Mara (including return flights from Nairobi) and US$10,000 in cash. The competition ran from January through TO October 2018 receiving almost 1,000 entries in that time. Acclaimed wildlife photographers, Art Wolfe, Federico Veronesi and Adam Bannister judged the entries.

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