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One-day sale from Intrepid Travel starts now!

One-day sale from Intrepid Travel starts now! Intrepid Travel puts together some amazing trips, and today's deal will make them even more accessible than usual. For the next nine hours, trips will be discounted deeply ... all Intrepid trips ... more than 400 of them. Price cuts range from 15 percent to 60 percent in...

The Return of the Classic Safari in Kenya

The Return of the Classic Safari in Kenya When it comes to African safaris, Kenya has always been the place to go for most travelers. The country's abundance of wildlife, stunning scenery, and legendary hospitality have been considerable draws for adventure travelers for decades. Unfortunately, that changed in 2007...

A&K and Fairmont Earth Hour ideas will have tangible results

A&K and Fairmont Earth Hour ideas will have tangible results Earth Hour is on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 PM. The hospitality and travel industry seems to have embraced this commitment to environmentalism. There are plenty of noteworthy initiatives out there intended to show support for a planet that could probably use our help. Of...

Cameras for Kibera, a non-profit project to help Kenyans

The Dutch project Cameras for Kibera is aimed towards helping young Kenyans become video journalists in order to help them tell the stories about Africa's largest slum. Kibera, Nairobi is home to possibly as many as 2.5 million people who live in crowded conditions of poor...

Laid off? Take off with Intrepid Travel

Laid off? Take off with Intrepid Travel Lost your job and need to get away for a bit? Intrepid Travel understands. So, you can get a 15 percent discount if you've been laid off recently ... and you can use it one trips to more than 100 countries. While it's easy to see today's economic conditions as all doom and...

Exploring the Kenyan Coast by Dhow

Exploring the Kenyan Coast by Dhow A dhow is a small sailing vessel that is traditionally found along the coasts stretching from India to Eastern Africa. They have their origins in Arabia, and were once trading vessels that ran far and wide, delivering precious goods far and wide, and while they have been...

A&K does the unimaginable

A&K does the unimaginable Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent is getting ready to surprise you. On February 19, 2009, it will celebrate its newly redesigned website with an unusual discount program. Starting at 9 AM (CST), a savings of 5 percent will be offered on each of five itineraries....

Are back-seat drivers creating safer roads in Kenya?

Are back-seat drivers creating safer roads in Kenya? Anyone who's ever ridden in a matatu in Kenya knows why traffic accidents are responsible for twice as many deaths in that country per year as malaria. While the drivers of these shared vans understandably want to collect as many fares as possible, this often leads them to...

Tour d'Afrique Off and Running!

Tour d'Afrique Off and Running! The 2009 edition of the Tour d'Afrique got underway last Sunday, with cyclists setting out from Cairo, Egypt on a 7317 mile long race to Cape Town, South Africa. In between they'll pass through the Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia,...

One Day in Africa: Lives of six ordinary Africans

One Day in Africa: Lives of six ordinary Africans When I watched the trailer of One Day in Africa, the latest documentary of Brook Silva-Braga, the resonance of village and city life in most African countries was immediately evident. It's a resonance that often doesn't make headline news. It resides in the pattern of each...

Fancy breakfast with the giraffes?

Fancy breakfast with the giraffes? When I was 6 years old, I was taken to Longleat National Park in the UK, where our car got attacked by monkeys, chased by lions, and gazed at by giraffes. I recall desperately wanting to pat and feed the giraffes; those tall, magnificent, doe-eyed, beautiful monsters. I also...

Obama's Election Inspires Baby Naming in Kenya

Obama's Election Inspires Baby Naming in Kenya Aaron recently wrote a post here on Gadling about a production of Obama: The Musical in Kenya. The song and dance-filled bio-play shows how ridiculously popular Barack is in his father's home country. Well, some Kenyans are upping the ante further by naming their children,...

Obama-themed "Presidential Heritage Safari"

Obama-themed Well, that was quick. Less than 24 hours after Barack Obama was elected to be the 44th president of these here United States, New York-based safari provider 2Afrika is touting their 11-day "Presidential Heritage Safari." They'll show you the sites of Kenya, the home nation...

"Obama: The Musical" to play in Kenya

Think front-running presidential candidate Barack Obama is popular in the United States? In Kenya, home of Obama's father, Obama is absolutely beloved, so much so that a theatre company in Nairobi is currently presenting the hagiographic show "Obama: The Musical." The...

Big in Africa: Things to do in Nairobi besides getting mugged

Big in Africa: Things to do in Nairobi besides getting mugged This month, Big in Japan is on vacation in Africa, and will be bringing you travel news and happenings from around this often misunderstood continent. Nairobi, the less than gentle capital of Kenya, serves as the jumping off point for East Africa's most storied game parks....

Photo of the day (07/07/08)

Photo of the day (07/07/08) Straight out of Fashion Week! The only difference is that this couple looks so much better than Posh Spice in all her cheesy zebra-print outfits. AngeAngerson took this photo in a game park in Nairobi, Kenya in 2006. Seriously, how cute is the baby zebra?? ***To have your...

Ode to Sidney Pollack: Travel where his movies were made

Ode to Sidney Pollack: Travel where his movies were made Sidney Pollack died of cancer yesterday. When I heard the news, along with feeling sad about his death, I flashed to a certain restaurant in Hurley, New York that's one of my favorite "when I go back home for a visit " eateries,although it's changed hands since Pollack used...

Tourism in Kenya down 44%

Tourism in Kenya down 44% Kenya, with its pristine white beaches and game parks teeming with wild animals, has been kind of a ghost town this winter. The post-election violence that killed more than 1,200 people and displaced 250,000 has left a huge dent on the billion-dollar tourist industry there....

Global rise in food costs: The real effects

Global rise in food costs: The real effects The dollar has hit a new low against the euro, America is on the verge of recession and global food prices are on an upward spiral. In fact, global food prices have risen by 40% in the last nine months. Add to that the fact that food reserves are at their lowest in 30 years...

Hey, Kenya, what the hell's going on over there?

Hey, Kenya, what the hell's going on over there? Kenya has long been one of the safest and most politically stable nations in Africa, a distinction that, given the media's typical coverage of Africa, is not unlike being declared the smartest individual to be arrested on Cops. Kenya usually places just behind South Africa...

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