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Friends recently went early one
Saturday morning to Main Gate at
Nairobi National Park for a day in the
park, and related their story to me.
A monster line-up, created by an
inefficient system with inadequate
staffing, which resulted in over a one-
hour wait to enter. Why can’t you buy
entry tickets on-line in a similar way to
that of purchasing tickets on the SGR?
Proof of identity, if god forbid you are
a non-resident pretending to be a
resident, show your ID to prove you
are or are not, together with your online
ticket to enter. Hey presto, you’re in to
enjoy this incredible National Park right
on Nairobi’s doorstep.
It is the law in Kenya that you HAVE
to carry your (valid) identity card or
passport with you at all times, a driving
licence or other photo ID will not
suffice. However, with Kenya’s new
21st century driving licences on the
horizon, this might change – in that
photo ID might be acceptable as it is
in many other countries. But don’t hold
A friend recently returned, was handed
a passenger declaration form by
customs at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport (JKIA). Form F88
to be precise.
It notes that all travellers have a duty-
free allowance of US$500, are allowed
1-litre of spirits or 2-litres of wine and so
on. Click HERE to view it online. It then
details those goods that are restricted
and those that are prohibited. Under
prohibited goods, line 12 caught my
eye “Worn underwear garments of
For returning residents, a vision of
washing your smalls prior to departure
for Kenya or simply abandoning them
in-situ comes to mind. Or is it that our
customs officers have sought protection
from the somewhat unpleasant task of
rifling ones baggage, where all of us
miscreants evidently hide contraband in
our dirty washing. Which might be true,
but I’m not sure what worn underwear
of any type could conceal. Really!
Talking of customs at JKIA, they now
have a large baggage scanner just prior
to your exiting the arrivals area. Which,
evidently has been put to good use - but
it’s evidently not very good at detecting
worn smalls. Said friend unintentionally
put it to the test, being ignorant of this
law and lived to tell the tale.
Kenya Airways daily New York flights
have been an interesting topic of
conversation from the get-go.
Daily flights were way too ambitious in
my humble opinion, previously talked
about here. As an airline veteran of a
good number of decades, you build
a route like this slowly and if demand
dictates you increase flights going
forward. Quite unlike KQ, who cancelled
two flights a week through November,
prior to even launching the service, and
didn’t tell anyone. Well, they wouldn't
Then followed confusing press releases
of what they were actually doing with
these flights through the first quarter of
2019. There was even a poor effort to
try and convince us that this was normal
It is not, demand scheduling, where
you fly only if there is demand is a
fast way to loose any confidence your
customers might have had, with the
integrity of your schedules .
A return to profitability with these sort of
tactics is naive at best.
Huge complaints about the roads into
and in the Samburu National Reserve.
It seems that the county council might
have seen the light; with murram being
heaped on one side of the road.
But for such a long time, that substantial
vegetation has taken root. Leaving a
rutted single lane, which is a challenge
While traffic lights are relatively rare
in Kenya, and for some relatively new,
why is it that stopping for a red light is
such an issue. I always do, and always
will, but it seems to irritate most of the
drivers behind me. Who would no doubt
without my stopping ignore all, which
seems to be the norm. Our boys in blue
more intent on checking our insurance
discs than enforcing the law.
Ignoring traffic lights, is perhaps
exacerbated by our boys in blue, who
for some strange reason think that they
can better control traffic, even though
some supposed expert has studied the
traffic flow patterns at this particular
point and programmed the lights as
such. From my personal experience,
the lights do a much much better job.
I do go on.....
To those who celebrate Christmas let
me wish you and yours a very Merry
Christmas, and to all our readers I wish
you all a very Happy New Year.
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