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Seems my journey to the Coast in my last
ramble ticked a lot of reader’s boxes. I’m
glad you all enjoyed the journey, as much
as I did bringing it to you.
Another road trip over half-term followed; this
time up Nanyuki way. No lengthy article this
time around, but it did include a full-day albeit
timed visit to the Ole Pejeta Conservancy
always a great experience. I’d better explain
the timed bit to avoid any confusion. You get
a 60% reduction on all entry fees to include
your vehicle but have to enter after 11:00am
and depart before 4:00pm. The proviso is
that you must lunch at the Morani Restaurant
at the Visitors Centre of the same name,
which in our experience was excellent and
reasonably priced in a lovely setting. You
have to produce your restaurant chit when
leaving the Conservancy. The restaurant is
now closed for renovations with plans to re-
open on 1st June.
Another visit was to the Mt. Kenya Wildlife
Conservancy, which adjoins the Fairmont
Mt. Kenya Safari Club, but importantly is not
part of it.
This eclectic collection of mainly orphaned
animals ranging from cheetah to Colobus
monkey, also features a herd of the hugely
endangered Mountain Bongo. It is well
worth a visit and is very child friendly. Make
sure you ask for a guide, there is no charge
for this and as this photo shows you get a
lot of added value. A small tip to the guide is
suggested, your call. Entry is Kshs. 1,500/- .
a care for others, with lots of loud offensive
language – basically a slob-out. This is very
un-Fairmont and took away from what is
usually a magical experience.
The minimum spend raised its ugly head on
trying to leave, the one hand not knowing
what the other hand was, well doing. Banned
from entering the fray, and with no toys left,
my better half sensibly negotiated our exit.
Now to more pressing matters.
Why massive profits for global airlines,
mainly driven by low crude oil prices,
have not led to lower airfares.
The Kenya Airways story is not part of this
narrative; it being the direct opposite of it.
The airline seems incapable of making a
profit in these times of plenty, and let’s be
frank if you can’t make it when times are
good you have little chance when the worm
The Kenya government a minority
shareholder of the airline is getting way to
involved in trying to turn the airline around,
good grief what do they know about the
airline business? They are not even that
good at running a country, wouldn’t you
agree? Seems all they do is blame the other
minority shareholder KLM. My take on all of
this is that it a management issue plain and
Slightly less than 49% of the airline is owned
by institutions and folk like you and I. Why
are these voices not heard?
But I digress....herewith the profitability
puff on airline profits.
The International Air Transport Association
(IATA) has provided an encouraging
outlook for the global airline industry. The
trade association expects the aviation
industry to register net profits of US$36.3
billion in 2016, which is more than double
the reported 2014 figure of US$17.3
billion, when oil prices were much higher.
In December, the trade association had
forecasted 2015 net profits at US$33
billion, which too is lower than the 2016
projection. (source – Nasdaq Insider)
Some analysts believe the reason that
airfares went up when oil prices were high
but won’t come down when they are low is
that the airline industry has gone from being
an overcrowded, hypercompetitive industry
to something much more like an oligopoly
that fixes prices, reduces competition and
reaps massive profits as a result.
But it’s not just badly behaved airlines that
control pricing -- as unorthodox as it can
be, with some airlines advertising US$9
fares that come with US$250 in fees, and
prices changing by the second in a way
that would be insane in any other business,
the airline industry is still a game of simple
supply and demand. And the demand is
coming from all of us relentlessly, so the
airlines have very little incentive to lower
prices, even when their costs go down.
I do go on.......
I then drove over to the Fairmont gate, a
short distance away and was initially refused
entry. They have a policy of a minimum
spend entry of Kshs. 2,000/- per person. I
understand where they are coming from
with this, but this sort of dictate really gets
up my nose, hence the refused entry. I’ll say
no more at this juncture, just to say I want
my toys back.
We did, with divine intervention eventually
gain entry without having to promise to pay
the required amount. Our guests & family
wandered the grounds while I took in the
view of the mountain. The lawn in front of the
Club was full of British Army squadies with
music blaring from multiple devices, without
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