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Article 609: AfriChoice Relocates to an Ultra-Modern Office...
The Green House, Nairobi
We are excited to announce that we have moved to a new location in Nairobi along Ngong Road. Our old office of 10 years served us well, and we made great memories (and many friends) there, but we couldn't be more excited about our new space. The new offices are conveniently located at an ultra-modern office complex
near the famous Adam's Arcade along Ngong Road after Nakumatt Prestige Plaza as you approach from city centre. We are now only a stone throw away from The Junction, and the Yaya Centre.

While we were happy with our new office, we wish to thank all our customers, suppliers and partners for your continued support through the years and with the move. Also, we want to give a special shout out to our contractor who did a phenomenal job building out the new space and for making it look great.

We’re particularly delighted with the availability of ample parking space fronting the Ngong Road, though there is also an affordable pay-as-you-go basement parking for our customers and visitors. Our telephone and email CONTACTS remains the same as before. More >>
AfriChoice! Office at The Green House, Nairobi
Article 608: Kenya Park Entry Fees For 2016 Reviewed
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Entry fees for various national parks and reserves across the country are set to go up with effect from January 1, 2016. This follows gazettement of the new rates by the Minister for Forestry and Wildlife Hon Dr Noah Wekesa in a Special Issue of the Gazette Notice No. 207 dated December 24, 2010. The name of the

charges has been changed from “park entry fees” to “conservation fees” to reflect the fact that whenever visitors enter national parks, they are making a contribution to conservation and continued survival of wildlife and their habitats for generations to come. Conservation is an expensive exercise that constantly demands more resources to maintain infrastructure and the ecological integrity of the wildlife habitats. The new rates will largely affect foreigners visiting five popular but ecologically fragile national parks of Lake Nakuru, Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Amboseli and Meru. The new fees will be applicable during the high seasons months of January, February, March, July, August, September and October.

The review aims at encouraging visitation during low season in highly visited parks and reducing congestion during peak seasons to maintain ecological integrity of such wildlife areas. The rest of the national parks will retain old rates for the foreigners. Aberdare National Park has retained the old rates of US$50 for foreigners. In the recent past, Kenyans have shown strong interest in visiting their own national parks with 60 per cent of all visitors to these recreational facilities being Kenyan citizens.

The biannual review is necessary to meet the rising cost of improving infrastructure within national parks to meet visitor demands as well as enhance conservation activities. The fees for premium national parks of Lake Nakuru and Amboseli for foreigners moves from US$60 to US$75, while wilderness parks of Tsavo East, Tsavo West, and Meru rises from US$ 50 to US$60. Adult citizens of the five East Africa Community member states of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi will pay citizen rates of Ksh500 up from Ksh300 to enter Lake Nakuru and Amboseli while children and students will pay Ksh200 up from Ksh100 in line with the provisions of the EAC Treaty.

For the popular walk-in Nairobi Safari Walk, adult East Africans will pay Ksh150 down from Ksh100 while children aged below 18 years will pay the old rate of Ksh50. Some of the highlights of the review include merging of student and children fees, consolidation of camping fees, and reduction of fees for 45 and above seater buses from Ksh8, 000 to Ksh5, 000. Review of park entry fees is carried out every two years with the last review having been carried out in 2009. The review for January to December 2016 was as a result of a consultative process with tourism industry stakeholders. The next review will be conducted in 2016..


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Areas agreed on as priority for improvement of infrastructure in 2016 include:
•Force modernisation for enhancement of visitor and wildlife security
•New investments in internal park roads, signage’s, park interpretation, bridges and airstrips
•Visitor facilities modernisation – Shimba Hills, Mt. Kenya, marine parks, Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Chyullu, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli
•Improvement of park fees payment systems to enhance visitor handling.
•Funding of community wildlife projects to help in mitigating human wildlife conflict areas plus assist communities in tourism investment e.g. Rimoi (Keiyo), Olerai (Kajiado) and Mwaluganje (Kwale). A new department of Community Enterprise has been set up to reach out to communities by developing their capacity to establish and manage economically viable nature-based businesses.
•Securing of wildlife migration corridors and dispersal areas
•Translocation and restocking of wildlife populations
•Management of specific wildlife populations
•Maintenance and installation of critical wildlife fences e.g. Aberdare, Meru, Lake Nakuru, Shimba Hills
•Leveraging of science in wildlife health management
•Opening up of tourism investment and new product development in underutilised parks and reserves.
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Article 607: July - October 2016: Migrations in Masai Mara!
Migrations in Masai Mara
...every year staring from the early July to late September, over a million Gnus (wildebeests) and Zebras followed by the big cats cross over the rolling plains of the Masai Mara setting the most spectacular marvel of mother nature that cannot be witnessed in any other part of the world. This undoubtedly becomes
the best time to visit the reserve. Guests visiting Masai Mara during these months are now able to see a wide variety of animal species due to the great location of the resort, situated in the heart of animal migration. The first herds of the migrations have already crossed into Masai Mara from Serengeti.

In this month only, a pride of lions consisting of three adult females, four 1 year old cubs and two black mane lions were seen living to the southern side of Keekorok Safari Lodge. The pride of lions has been hunting and killing buffalos, which are in a herd of at least 450 individuals.

To the East of the resort, small groups of lionesses have been spotted. These groups make up the prides of the East. Furthermore during the month, two (eight week old) cubs and the males were introduced to the pride. When there are plenty of herbivores in the Mara a pride consisting of lions, lionesses and cubs can comprise of 24. Along the seasonal Zakari River, a leopard had been sighted on the Baranite or Sausage tree (Kigella Africana Tree). This is also a cheetah sighting ground due to the short grass in the area. A cheetah with its 2 cubs (1 year old) was the highlight for animal photography in June.

To the north of Masai Mara Reserve, the Meta plains are found which support an astonishing number of herbivore species. In the last few weeks, the black rhino has been spotted on the plains. The youngest black rhino was born in 2009 and was seen on a daily basis in June with its mother. A mother with an older baby rhino has also been seen in the same area. A male black rhino believed to be the father of the two babies has also been seen around the Meta Plains area. The population of black rhinos has reduced significantly but the Masai Mara can still claim to be the BIG FIVE center.

To the West of Keekorok, the famous Mara River enters the game reserve from the Mau Hills, where it originates. The Mara River is a spectacular sight during the Migration. Some hippopotamus are seen in the river and others basking on the bank during the day after a night of grazing. Guests staying at Keekorok Lodge have the opportunity of enjoying game drives to different sections of the game reserve. From the Hippo Bar at the resort, guests are able to view the residential hippos and a variety of water birds, furthermore elephants, buffalos and giraffes can also be spotted as they come to quench their thirst at the hippo
pool. See Kenya Wildlife Migration Safari Offer >>

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