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I’ve just read an interesting if worrying
story in one of our national dailies. It
seems that this years ‘great migration’
in the Masai Mara National Reserve
was so popular that lodge and camp
managers were giving up their
accommodation to overseas visitors,
such is the demand.
Said managers accommodation is
usually located in the business end of
any camp or lodge – it’s busy and noisy
back there and the view, well there isn’t
Now that’s a positive spin on an over-
booking problem as ever I’ve seen one.
We don’t tolerate it from airlines and
there is no way we should tolerate it at
any of Kenya’s tourist destinations. It
will only give the country a bad name.
Interestingly the dailies named the
camps and lodges and in one case
even the managers name.
The Kenya Tourist Board, the Kenya
Association of Hotel Keepers and the
Kenya Association of Tour Operators
need to address this without delay.
Imagine yourself, the tourist – sold a
wonderful safari at a wonderful camp
or lodge in Kenya, only to arrive and be
shunted into staff quarters.
Not acceptable in any circumstance.
Kenya Airways (KQ) has been a target
of mine of late, and I’d hoped to steer
clear for the time being – but such a
large target is hard to ignore, you’d
Flying Blue their frequent flyer
programme comes in for serious
criticism from two platinum card holders,
friends of this writer. Both claim that
miles accrued are not being reflected
on their monthly statements.
Calls, emails and the like to Flying
Blue’s Kenya hub have been
unsatisfactory to say the least. It seems
there is an interface problem between
KQ and the Flying Blue platform. So
that miles earned have to be manually
transferred to Flying Blue – which must
be cumbersome. I’d imagine dropped
or missing miles could possibly happen
in this process.
Of course this is all denied, as you’d
One of the frequent flyer card holders
did manage to speak to a senior
KLM spokesperson in Amsterdam,
who acknowledged that they did
have problems with Kenya Airways
involvement with Flying Blue.
Word to the wise, check your airline
frequent flyer monthly statements,
sound obvious I know, but so often
All that said, and that previously said,
plus the everyday stories in the local
dailies of doom and gloom at KQ, like
the tail wagging the dog story about the
unbelievable pilots union agreement.
Now that’s a story for another day.
KQ still has a loyal patriotic customer
base, and a majority shareholder that
seems determined to see it through
these dark days – all at the expense of
the Kenyan taxpayer no doubt.
Strange coincidence: CEO’s of both KQ
and the Kenya Airports Authority are
leaving before their contracts expires.
Both architects of the hopefully dead
forever grand coalition of the two. Just
I took my middle daughter and her
university friends to Ol Pejeta recently,
to try out The Stables their budget
accommodation and to write a story
about the egg harvesting of the last two
northern white rhino. No travel writer
freebee here, we all gladly paid our
It wasn’t to be however, at the very
last moment there was an issue and
we were shunted off to Pelican House,
which was an absolute pleasure. The
rhino story didn’t happen either, quite
why I’m not sure. Fortunately this story
is covered elsewhere in this edition.
We visited The Stables while out on
a game drive, good clean budget
accommodation and well priced at
Kshs. 4,500/- (US$ 45) per night per
person on full-board. Value for money
Ol Pejeta is easily accessible from
Nairobi all of 3-4 hours by road on a
good but busy highway or you can
fly into the Nanyuki airstrip. While we
were there the game viewing was
exceptional. To add value to our visit
we took some optional extras – tracking
lions, thankfully in a vehicle, a guided
bush walk, dog tracking and riding with
rhinos. All added to our visit.
Click HERE for the Ol Pejeta tariff
guide.... note that Ol Pejeta is a cash
free zone, all entrance fees and optional
activities can only be paid by credit card
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