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Kenya and Tanzania

Written by  Lisa Loverro

AFRICA KENYAKenya
With a rich heritage, breathtaking scenery and an immense number of tourist attractions, Kenya has been on the top of people’s bucket lists for many years. Although Kenya has seen its fair share of troubles this past year and tourism numbers dropped in 2015, the government is determined to get those tourism numbers back. The number of visitors to Kenya fell by 25 percent in the first five months of 2015, according to tourism board figures, but the government’s budget for the fiscal year 2015/2016 starting this past July 1, 2015 allocated 5.2 billion shillings ($53.4 million) for “tourism recovery.”

Stays and Sightseeing
In the Tsavo West National Park, Finch Hattons (www.finchhattons.com) is one of the finest luxury bush camps in Kenya. Their location in the Kenyan wilderness almost guarantees the best game viewing experience in the region, along with stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. There are 14 luxury tented suites, 2 room tented suites and one Presidential tented suite; all with indoor/outdoor showers and some with private plunge pools. This is truly one of the most luxurious you’ll find and the perfect recommendation for clients looking beyond the budget safaris.
For a cultural trip off the coast of Kenya, Lamu island is perfect for history buffs who want to experience the Arab influenced architecture in the region. Lamu County also has a new tourist attraction in Takwa ruins. Takwa is important not only because of its period of occupation, but also because of its dense settlement and relatively well-preserved remains. The inauguration for this new attraction took place on January 18, 2015 and the site is now one of the premier attractions in Lamu. Visit www.magicalkenya.com

Tanzania
Home to some of the world’s most renowned tourism icons such as the Serengeti and the Great Animal Migration, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater, in addition to the hidden gems of the south including the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park, visitors from all over the world are also attracted to Tanzania because of its peace and tranquility, stability and prevailing democracy in the country. Recent accolades for the country include being mentioned in the annual Best Places to Travel in 2016 list by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Tanzania was also named among 52 places to go this year by the New York Times, and the best African Destination to visit by the Fox News Channel.
With praise like that, it’s easy to see why Tanzania continues to attract visitors from around the globe.

New Opening
Picture yourself in your secluded dome nestled high above the Ngorongoro Crater. The Highlands, the newest camp from Asila Africa (www.asilaafrica.com), blends together the perfect amounts of a wild experience and lush retreat in order to offer you one of the most unique experiences. Positioned for maximum privacy, The Highlands sits high on the slopes of the Olmoti volcano, where guests enjoy sweeping views all the way to the Serengeti. There are seven canvas-and-glass domed suites, drawing its architectural inspiration from the traditional Maasai bomas that dot the landscape. It’s the perfect spot from which to discover the wild and pristine Crater Highlands. The Highlands strikes a perfect balance between a true wilderness experience and a high style, contemporary escape. Visit www.tanzaniatouristboard.com

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