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New in Kenya

By joyoftravel.ca news services

Trackings from the Kenya Tourist Board

 

2011 is an exciting year for Kenya. Nairobi is bustling with metropolitan class - from new deluxe accommodations and dining to a growing art scene. Kenya's vibrant and varied landscape and culture are attracting travelers from around the globe - whether it's to spot the "Big Five" or lounge on the pristine white sand beaches of the Swahili Coast. Read on to learn more on what's buzzing and becoming in Kenya.

Book Three Nights, Receive a Fourth Night Free at Lonno Lodge
Lonno Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel facing Watamu Marine National Park, 67 miles north of Mombasa. Featuring exquisite rooms and suites and private tiny beaches, Lonno Lodge is a tranquil seaside escape where guests can experience a range of luxury amenities, excursions to the coral reef and surrounding cliffs, the ancient culture of Watamu, and Malindi's boastful markets.
Lonno Lodge is currently featuring a special offer, valid until April 30, 2011. When guests book three nights, they are eligible to receive a fourth complimentary night.
For more information, please visit www.lonnolodge.com.

New in March 2011: Hogmead in Nairobi Suburbs
Safari and Conservation Company's brand new property, Hogmead, offers a boutique experience in the suburbs of Nairobi. The name, Hogmead, alludes to the many warthogs who frequent the gardens with their small piglets, as well as 'mead' from the drink traditionally enjoyed on a honeymoon!
Nestled on ten acres in a quiet area of Nairobi, with easy access to Nairobi National Park and both the international and domestic airports, Hogmead is perfectly positioned for an overnight stay either before or after a safari, and well-suited for business travelers.
Hogmead boasts six large rooms with beautiful views of the meticulously manicured gardens and a backdrop of the famous Ngong Hills. Its two-story restaurant with a makuti thatched roof enables guests to feast on fresh seafood flown in daily from the Lamu archipelago. Other amenities include two swimming pools and wi-fi throughout the property.
For more information, please visit www.hogmead.com.

Off the Beaten Path: Mfangano Island Camp
An ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life, Mfangano Island Camp is an oasis of tranquility, lapped by the waters of Lake Victoria and shaded by giant fig trees. mfangano Lawns hug the waterline, flowerbeds and rock gardens surround the camp. Enormous boulders sit at the water's edge, a perch for cormorants or giant monitor lizards to sun themselves. Each room features a private veranda and sun beds. The food is as fresh as can be, fished from the lake (hopefully by you!) or picked fresh from the island's vegetable gardens and orchards.

Wildlife Report
While cheetahs roam free in Selenkay Conservancy and recently spotted by guests stayingbirdsighting at Amboseli Porini Camp, a rare Black Rhino named Parsimei was viewed on the plains near Porini Lion Camp, moving into Ol Kinyei Conservancy. Wilson Kasaine, a guide at Amboseli Porini Camp, spotted a Black-Eared Wheatear - only the fourth record of a sighting of this bird in Kenya. The Black-Eared Wheatear Oenanthe Hispanica can be found in Spain and migrates to Sudan in the winter. However, it rarely travels further south.