Monthly Archives: April 2013

Reserves and Parks

MAASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

Covering an area of over 1,500 square km, the Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland. Wildlife tends to be most concentrated on the reserve’s western escarpment…

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The swampy land provides more access to water and less access to tourists. The eastern end is closest to Nairobi and hence easier to access by tourists. The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeests migration alone involves over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November.

There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded on the reserve. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant, and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino). Other game include hippopotami, cheetah, Grant’s gazelle, impala, topi, Coke’s hartebeest, giraffe, Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox. However wildebeest are by far the dominant inhabitants of the Masai Mara.

Their numbers are estimated in the millions. The Great Migration starts in July each year when well over one million wildebeest along with large numbers of Thompson’s Gazelle, zebra and other herbivores migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to fresh pastures in the north and then back south again in October.

THE ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK

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The Aberdare National Park, with an area of 767 Km2  covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Ranges of Central Kenya, from altitude of 1829M to 4001M above sea level.  The topography is quite diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and sykes monkey. Rare sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo- an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands.

Visitors can also indulge in picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson’s Francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.
ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Trekking
  • Bird watching
  • Photography
  • Horse riding

 AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

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ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Viewing Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Bird watching
  • Photography

Amboseli National Park, formerly Maasai Amboseli Game Reserve, is in Kajiado District, Rift Valley Province in Kenya. The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometres (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The local people are mainly Maasai, but people from other parts of the country have settled there attracted by the successful tourist-driven economy and intensive agriculture along the system of swamps that makes this low-rainfall area (average 350 mm (14 in)) one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds, pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops and 47 types of raptor.

The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation.140 kilometres (87 mi) South of the capital city Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is the second most popular national park in Kenya after Maasai Mara National Reserve and the visit can easily be done in a weekend.

 ARABUKO SOKOKE

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The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is located on the coast of Kenya, 110 km north of Mombassa and is protected as a national Forest Reserve. The Arabuko-Sokoke National Park  is only a small portion of the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve, a few square kilometres in size and is located on the north-western edge of the forest. The National Park was gazetted only in the late 1980s and in fact straddles the Forest Reserve boundary with about 50% lying outside the boundary. This outer section actually lies outside an electric elephant fence installed in 2006/7 and is now fully inhabited by local communities to the extent that there is no sign on the ground to show where the National Park begins or ends. The National Park sadly doesn’t add any particular protection to the forest which is the largest fragment of coastal forest (420 square km) left in East Africa, and is an area of high endemism, containing endemic mammals, birds and plants. The Reserve, however, is jointly managed by Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Forest Research Institute and is one of the better protected forests in Kenya. The forest was first protected as a Crown Forest in 1943, and was gazetted in the 1960s. The forest is threatened by the desire for land by local people. Several national and international conservation organisations are working with the Kenya Wildlife Service to protect the park.

The forest contains three forest types, mixed forest, Brachystegia and Cynometra, each of which protects different communities of plants and animals.

Activity options:
* Bird Watching
* Butterfly watching
* Walking Trails
* Game viewing

HELLS GATE AND MT LONGONOT NATIONAL PARKS

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Hell’s Gate National Park lies to the south of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, North West of Nairobi.  The park which is mainly comprised of savannah ecosystem habours a wide variety of wildlife. There are over 100 species of birds in the park, including vultures, Verreaux’s Eagles, augur buzzard, and swifts. African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, and baboons are also common. The park is also home to klipspringer antelope and Chanler’s mountain reedbuck..
ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Rock climbing
  • Bird watching
  • Photography
  • Wildlife viewing

 KORA NATIONAL PARK

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Kora National Park is located in Coast Province, Kenya. The park covers an area of 1,788 square kilometres. It is located 125 kilometres east of Mount Kenya. The park was initially gazetted as a nature reserve in 1973. It was gazetted as a national park in 1989, following the murder of George Adamson by poachers.

Meru National Park and the Tana River mark 65 kilometres of the park’s northern boundary. Features of the Tana River include Adamson’s Falls, Grand Falls and the Kora rapids. Its eastern boundary is marked by the Mwitamvisi River. The park has several seasonal rivers.

The topography of the park slopes gently from an altitude of 490 m in the south-west to an altitude of about 270m in the north-east. The central area of the park is an undulating peneplain. Basement ridges protrude above the surface of the peneplain as rocky inselbergs, domed hills or hard rocks that rise steeply from the surrounding area. The highest of these inselbergs are Mansumbi (488m), Kumbulanwa (450m) and Kora Rock (442m). The cracks and crevices in the inselbergs have become filled with soil, and a wide variety of herbs, shrubs and small wind-blown trees have become established in them

Major attractions

Pristine wilderness, Inselbergs, Tana River with Adamson’s Falls, Grand Falls and Kora rapids, diverse birdlife George Adamson’s grave.

Activities
Game viewing, rock climbing, fishing in River Tana.

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK image012

The park lies in Central Kenya, 140km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  •  Flamingo (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds numbering about 450 species in total.
  • Mammals: 56 different species including white rhinos,waterbuck etc.
  • View-points: Lion hill, Baboon cliff and Out of Africa
  • Hills: Enasoit, Honeymoon, Lion hill ridge etc
  • Waterfalls: Makalia.
  • Unique vegetation: About 550 different plant species including the unique and biggest euphorbia forest in Africa, Picturesque landscape and yellow acacia woodlands.
  • Participate in the cycle with rhino event every september yearly

MARSABIT NATIONAL PARK    

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The Marsabit National park lies in northern Kenya, about 560km north of Nairobi in Marsabit district. The park comprises of densely forested mountain and three crater lakes that are the only permanent surface of water in the region and that provide habitat for a variety of birdlife. Major wildlife attractions include the African elephant, the endangered Grevy’s zebra, lion, leopard, buffalo, bushbuck, large herds of greater and lesser kudus, common zebra, Grant’s gazelle and many other small antelopes. The park is famous for its elephant named Ahmed that was provided with 24hr security surveillance by presidential decree in the 70′s, to demonstrate Kenya’s commitment to wildlife conservation.

 

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • Land of Gofs
  • Magical Lake paradise
  • A dynasty of giants
  • Last refuge of the huge-tusked bull elephants
  • Pristine Forest
  • Diverse birdlife
  • The greater Kudu
  • Realm of raptors
  • Bird life

 MERU NATIONAL PARK

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  •   Access from Nairobi (348 kms) is via Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru or via Embu all weather roads. Access into the park from Maua to Murera Gate (35 km) and 348 km from Nairobi..
  • The other access is via Embu to Ura Gate (120 km), 290 km from Nairobi- inaccessible at the moment

  Airstrip:

  • Main airstrip at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge and Elsa’s Kopje airstrip

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • Former home of Joy and George Adamson and Elsa the lioness
  • Views of Mt Kenya
  • Rivers and riverine habitats
  • Tana river
  • Adamson’s falls

MT KENYA NATIONAL PARK

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Mt. Kenya National Park is located to the east of the Great Rift Valley, about 175km North-East of Nairobi.  The ecosystem lies in Central and Eastern provinces of Kenya.  At 5,199m the mountain is the second highest peak in Africa. Mt. Kenya is an important water tower in the country. It provides water for about 50% of the country’s population and produces 70% of Kenya’s hydroelectric power.

UNESCO inscribed Mount Kenya as a World Heritage Site.  Its described as one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests that illustrate outstanding ecological processes.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • Pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game, Unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.

MT ELGON NATIONAL PARK

 

Mount Elgon National Park is 470km (292 miles) north-west of Nairobi, straddling the border between Kenya and Uganda. It is 11km from the town of Kitale, and close to Saiwa Swamp National Park.The park covers 169km² with Mount Elgon, Kenya’s second biggest mountain, situated at its center. The mountain is covered with vast areas of natural forest and huge Elgon teak and cedar trees that tower 80 feet (24m) above the forest floor. Mount Elgon is also knowThe wild and remote location of this national park offers excellent viewing of African animals found in Kenya. There are over 400 elephants plus buffalo, leopards, the colobus and blue monkeys (a protected species), hogs, waterbucks and various species of antelope. They can be viewed from a 4×4 wheel drive truck and the many hiking trails which wind around the park. There are also three nature trails that lead to both the caves and Elephant Bluff. You will also find breathtaking views of the park from Endebass Bluff.

Mountain climbing or trekking is another attraction in Mount Elgon National Park. For those who want to combine their safari with a visit to the peak of Mount Elgon, which sits at 4,155 meters above sea level, climbing can be accomplished for its lava tube caves, which are frequented by the resident elephants.

 NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK

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Nairobi National Park is a unique ecosystem by being the only protected area in the world close to a capital city. The park is located only 7 km from Nairobi city centre. The savannah ecosystem comprise of different vegetation types. Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush are predominant. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest.  To the south are the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela migration corridor which are important wildlife dispersal areas during the rain season. Man-made dams within the park have added a further habitat, favorable to certain species of birds and other aquatic biome.

Major wildlife attractions are the Black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffaloes, Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elands and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded.  Other attractions include the Ivory burning site Monument, Nairobi Safari Walk, the Orphanage and the walking trails at hippo pools.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • The only Wildlife park in the world that is so close to the city
  • Black rhinoceros :which is an endangered species
  • The first park to be gazetted in Kenya on December 16, 1946
  • Major rhino sanctuary for breeding and restocking other parks

 NDERE ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

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Ndere Island National park covers an area of 4.2 km2. It’s an island off the northern shore of Lake Victoria and was gazetted in November 1986. Ndere means “meeting place” in the language of the local Luo tribe. According to the Luo folklore, Kit Mikayi-mother of the tribe, rested up near Ndere after her long journey south down the Nile valley. She found the lush shorelines so pleasing that she and her people stayed. It’s one of the scenic & special interest parks managed by KWS. It was branded as ‘the island of serenity and beauty’ in March 2010

Major attractions

  • The scenic Ndere island
  • Six mini-islands
  • Fresh air
  • Terrain
  • Wildlife; De brazza monkeys, Olive baboons, Sitatunga antelopes, Hippos, Impalas, Monitor lizards, variety of fish species, Dikdiks, Aardvarks, Jackals, Geckos, Vervet monkeys, over 100 bird species and a variety of trees, shrubs , herbs and grass
  • Good view of Homa hills as well as surrounding islands namely Mnara, Maboko, Kagera, Mageta, Rambungu, Imra, Ochola amongst others

Activities

  • Walking
  • Game viewing
  • Boat riding
  • Bird watching
  • Sport fishing
  • Hiking
  • Camping

RUMA NATIONAL PARK

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Ruma National Park is the only Terestial Park in the entire Nyanza Province. It was initially established as the Lambwe Valley Game Reserve in 1966 to protect its indigenous population of rare roan antelopes which exist nowhere else in Kenya. In 1983 it was gazetted as a National Park. Namely Ruma N. Park

It was renamed “Ruma” upon request of the local community. The area had been so named by one of Kenya’s most powerful wizard, the much feared Gor Mahia who lived around the park. The park is largely of black cotton soil with surrounding area settled with a mix of small scale cultivation and grassy pasture land.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Roan antelope which is found nowhere else in the country.

Wildlife – Roan antelope, black rhinos,leopard, buffalo, hyena, Rothschild’s giraffe, oribi, Jackson and lelwel hartebeest, impala, bohor reedbuck, serval cat,  topi, baboons, vervet monkey, honey badgers, bush pig and many more.

Birds – Over 400 species of birds have been recorded in this park. It is renowned amongst ornithologists for its rare intra – African migrant, the blue swallow.

The Park provides an unspoiled world for game lovers, bird watchers, tranquility and peace for meditation, historians, campers, team building, picnic, sundowners and scenic beauty.

SAIWA SWAMP NATIONAL PARK

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The park is located at 385km from Nairobi and 27 km from Kitale town in Trans-Nzoia District of Rift Valley Province. The park ecosystem comprises of forest and swamp vegetation. The swamp is dominated by tall bull-rushes and sedges and is bordered by open grasslands and riverine forests.The park was established to protect the endangered Sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope. Other wildlife species commonly found in the swamp include the Otter, Genet cat, Serval cat, mongoose, bushbuck and monkeys.  The ecosystem is also rich in birdlife, harbouring about 372 species.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • The endangered Sitatunga Antelope
  • Bird watching
  • Nature board walk & tree top house

WILDLIFE

  • Includes Sitatunga, monkey, otter, genet cat, serval cat,
  • Mongoose, bushbuck and ratel.

WHERE TO STAY

 SIBILOI NATIONAL PARK

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The park is located at 385km from Nairobi and 27 km from Kitale town in Trans-Nzoia District of Rift Valley Province. The park ecosystem comprises of forest and swamp vegetation. The swamp is dominated by tall bull-rushes and sedges and is bordered by open grasslands and riverine forests.The park was established to protect the endangered Sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope. Other wildlife species commonly found in the swamp include the Otter, Genet cat, Serval cat, mongoose, bushbuck and monkeys.  The ecosystem is also rich in birdlife, harbouring about 372 species.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • The endangered Sitatunga Antelope
  • Bird watching
  • Nature board walk & tree top house

 TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK

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The Joint mass of Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks forms one of the largest National parks in the world and covers a massive 4% of Kenya’s total land area. Tsavo East the larger of the two, lies to the east of the Nairobi –Mombasa road, equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa, and offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. Guarded by the limitless lava reaches of Yatta plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS:

  • Elephant in Eden – The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images of Africa
  • Aruba Dam – The beautiful Aruba dam located on the north bank of the seasonal Voi River, is visited by thousands of animals and a great game viewing destination
  • Mudanda Rock – This whale –backed Rock towers above a natural dam, which acts as a draw to thousands of Elephants
    The longest lava flow in the world- at 300 kilometers in length, the heat shimmering edge of yatta plateau is the longest lava flow in the world and an ornithological paradise that attract migrating birds from all over the world
  • Lug ards Falls – Named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature bizarrely eroded rocks through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile –infested pools

TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK

 

The park is located on south eastern Kenya, 240km from Nairobi along the western side of Mombasa-Nairobi highway. The savannah ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges.

Major wildlife attractions include elephant, rhino, Hippos, lions, cheetah, leopards, Buffalos, diverse plant and bird species including the threatened corncrake and near threatened Basra Reed Warbler.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • Recent Volcanoes, lava flows and caves with potential for geological and cave exploration and hiking. Mzima Springs & underwater hippo and fish watching,

WILDLIFE

  • Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion,Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine. Prolific birdlife features 600 species.

 

Travel Tips

Visas

All visitors to Kenya are required to have valid passports. Visas are also required f visitors who are not citizens of the commonwealth countries in order to enter Kenya. At present visitors from Germany, Denmark, Norway, San Marino, Sweden, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Finland, Spain, Turkey and Uruguay do not require visas. However, since visa requirements may change, it is advisable for the visitors to check the current visa requirements through airlines, tour operators or Kenya Tourist Offices, Kenya Embassies or High Commissions in their countries before coming, to avoid embarrassment. Visas normally take up to six weeks to process and are valid for up to a three month period. Those visitors with proper documents and who also possess onward or return tickets may be given visitor’s passes free of charge on arrival at any Kenyan point of entry.

Weather

Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country. The average annual temperature for the coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 17 meters) is 30.30 Celsius maximum and 22.40 Celsius minimum, the capital city, Nairobi (altitude 1,661 meters) 25.20 Celsius maximum and 13.60 Celsius minimum, Eldoret (altitude 3,085) 23.60 Celsius maximum and 9.50 Celsius minimum, Lodwar (altitude) 506 meters) and the drier north plain lands 34.80 Celsius maximum and 23.70 Celsius minimum. There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coldest in July to August.

The annual migration of wildlife between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya takes place between June and September. The migration of almost two million wildebeest, zebras and other species is nature’s greatest spectacle on earth. The animal trek has been captured by filmmakers work.

Buggages Baggage space on safari is restricted to one medium suitcase or hold all per person, plus hand baggage (private safaris where there are less than 7 persons in the vehicle are not subject to this restriction). Visitors to Treetops and the Ark are asked to take overnight bags only; suitcases can be left at the base hotel. Hotels will normally store baggage at no extra cost. Baggage can also be stored at Serene East Africa Safaris offices. A baggage weight restriction of 15 kg per person applies on air safaris. Where very small aircraft are used this maybe reduced to 10kg.

Currency Hard currencies can be exchanged in cash or travelers cheques at banks all over the country, at forex bureaus in Nairobi and at most large hotels. US Dollars and Sterling Pounds are most acceptable and will cause the least delay. As a norm, always ask what commission and charges will be deducted first and prior to transaction. Banks are usually open from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, Mondays through Fridays and from 9.00 am and 11.00 am on Saturdays.

Credit Cards VISA, MASTERCARD and AMERICAN EXPRESS are widely accepted for tourist services. There’s usually a 5% mark-up on top of the price as establishments are charged a fixed percentage of their transactions.

Health Since rules concerning disease prevention change from time to time, a check should be made with the nearest Kenyan High Commission, Kenya Tourist Office or any airline flying scheduled services into Kenya. Malaria is endemic to most parts of Kenya and intending visitors should start taking anti-malarial tablets before departure and continue taking them for the prescribed time after their return. Insect repellents should be made use of after dusk and suitable cover up clothes should be worn in the evenings.

Arrivals and Departures Kenya has two main ports of entry by air: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Located 16 km from the city center. Moi International Airport, Mombasa. Located 12 km from the town center. Mombasa is the main port of entry by sea.

Transfers, Meet/Assist

Airport Transfers

PBT will provide you with one of the most valued service of transfers to and from the airport. The service is provided to all travelers ticketed by us on international travel within the Nairobi area to and from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at a cost of Kshs. 1,800/= per transfer

With this transfer service you are assured of the following value adds:

PBT drivers undergo the “Defensive Driving Course” done to equip them with the best techniques and knowledge of driving around, within Nairobi and its environs. This has been enforced to deal with the rising insecurity issues such as carjacking. At PBT we regard the safety of our travelers to be of the utmost importance.

PBT vets their drivers prior to hiring them. The drivers we hire are experienced, mature and responsible.

All drivers possess valid certificates of good conduct, driver’s license, and are medically insured.

All vehicles used for transfers are modern and are marked with our logo. The drivers are all equipped with mobile phones for the purpose of communication.

All the cars undergo regular mechanical inspection. All certifications inclusive of PSV license, Road license, Comprehensive Insurance are valid.

Travelers are picked up from their designated pick up points straight to their destination.

24 Hour emergency phone numbers are availed to the travelers in case of any emergency..

PBT through its airport representatives, Tradewinds Limited, operates an office at the airport. We can provide at the disposal of your travelers, the time saving convenience of Meet and Assist/VIP services.

Our Meet and Assist representatives will:-

  • Welcome the travelers upon arrival and departure
  • Assist with baggage claim
  • Escort travelers to the appropriate ground transportation.
  • Resolve seating discrepancies for continuing flights prior to airport arrival
  • In the event of flight delays/cancellations, the Meet and Assist representative will:-
  • Book alternative reservations.
  • Ensure protection of bookings already made for our clients.
  • Reconfirm/cancel hotel reservations.
  • Call ahead to inform of change in traveler’s plans.

This service is provided for on request basis and at a cost of US$ 25.00 for all regional and international tickets issued by us.

7. 24-Hour Emergency Service Centre– Local/ International

PBT operates a 24-hour emergency service. Our Senior Managers and staff are on call after working hours and during the weekend and public holidays to deal with any travel related emergencies. Hotline numbers are circulated to clients on a regular basis.

8. PBT Emergency Criteria

Emergency’ is defined as – Urgent booking requests that cannot be handled by the client branch, normally for the same day, next working day, over weekends & Public Holidays. The following Principal services are provided by the centre:

  • Reservations of Airline Tickets, hotel accommodation or car rental
  • Purchase of Airline Tickets (using credit card)
  • Emergency Medical/repatriation assistance
  • E-ticketing service
  • Modification of initial travel schedules
  • Assistance in case of lost luggage

Last Minute/Emergency Ticket Requirements

Travel plans often change unexpectedly, making short notice or en route ticketing a must.  In these instances, Pacific Blue Travel and Tours Limited utilizes the following methods:

  • Our emergency Duty staff will issue tickets

  • Airport Meet & Assist Staff will deliver tickets on departure at JKIA

  • Reservations through our satellite branch  or issued at our main branch office

Traveler’s Advice

  • Vaccination and Health requirements as per your itinerary

  • Airport Closures/ Flight cancellations and delays/ Natural calamities

  • Lost ticket assistance

Travel Insurance

PBT is able to arrange locally, travel insurance with American International Group (AIG) and UAP Insurance. PBT will charge a minimal facilitation fee plus you will pay the actual Insurance costs being taken by the traveler.

Car Hire

PBT can facilitate the provision of all types of cars ranging from saloon cars, minivans, and 4WDs, VIP cars e.g. Mercedes Benzes, Toyota Lexus Saloon and Land cruiser Prados. The cars are clean and in good mechanical condition, comprehensively insured and PSV licensed.

Tours

Leisure Travel

 In additional to the corporate benefits that PBT will bring to your organization we would also look to provide employee benefits in terms of leisure products for your staff.  Experience has shown us that provision of such leisure products increases traveler loyalty to PBT and helps develop an incentive to work with us.  Features include:-

  • Special Leisure facilities through our preferred established vendor relationships with numerous suppliers, including various tour operators.

  • Discount on a wide variety of holiday alternatives, priority waiting list status when a tour is sold out, upgrades on hotel rooms.

  • Value adding leisure programmes such as tours specifically developed for your employees, whom will benefit from the information and opportunities that PBT Travel makes available to them in different countries.

Domestic Tours

PBT has a team of knowledgeable tour professionals who take care of all local tour and hotel bookings for hotels and lodges in East Africa. We have excellent relations with all suppliers who keep us up to date on their latest offers and developments of their properties. Our tour consultants have visited most parks and properties in Kenya and are always willing to share their knowledge in order to ensure all clients are booked into suitable accommodation.

Out Bound Tours

In addition our outbound department is able to offer you packaged or tailor-made tours to any part of the world. Our Tour Consultants are also able to advice on availability and rates of hotel and car-hire services offered worldwide via our reservation system.

Medical Tourism

Medical tourism (also known as Health Tourism) the act of traveling abroad to obtain health care, has emerged in recent years as a major new trend in the global health care industry, as residents of the United States, Canada, and Europe seek out affordable and high quality medical care in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Air Travel and Your Health

Things to Know about Air Travel and Medical Tourism

The affordable price of international air travel is an important component to accessing overseas medical options. There are some things to keep in mind when undertaking a trip on an airline to receive medical attention. Treat these guidelines as recommendations only; nothing should replace the individualized advice of your medical provider. Cabin Pressure

The most significant aspect of air travel is cabin air pressure. To most of us there is no noticeable difference between ground air pressure and cabin air pressure. In reality most air cabins are pressurized to the equivalent altitude of between 6000 to 8000 feet (1828m to 2438m) although they fly at 30,000 plus feet. This increased pressure compared to sea level will cause a small decrease in the oxygen saturation of the blood and an expansion of gases in body cavities (abdomen, sinuses, and ears). This is an important consideration in persons with heart or lung disease.

Surgical

For surgical patients the managing physician should make sure that there are no complications, healing is reasonably underway and pain control has been achieved before air travel. After gastrointestinal surgery it is recommended that a delay of 7-14 days is made before air travel to ensure that all intestinal gas has reabsorbed appropriately.

Lung Conditions

Persons with lung conditions like asthma and emphysema may be susceptible to the decreased oxygen saturation and should consider a preflight evaluation. A simple test of fitness to fly is the ability to walk 50-100 yards at a normal pace or climb one flight of stairs without severe shortness of breath. Persons with severe or unstable asthma or recent hospitalizations for the condition may be advised not to fly. It is important that medications (like inhalers and spacers) should be easily accessible in carryon luggage. Persons with emphysema may need medical oxygen therapy that can be provided by some airlines for a fee with advance notice if recommended by their physician.

Because of the cabin pressure of the equivalent to 6000-8000 feet altitude the heart has to work a bit harder than at sea level pressure. For most persons this is not a problem, but for persons with significant heart disease this may be a factor. Passengers who have a history of heart valve disease, angina, congestive heart failure or recent heart attack should be evaluated by their physician before travel. Medical oxygen may be advised in some cases.

General guidelines for heart patients include:

Carry sufficient quantities of cardiac medications for the entire trip and keep in carryon luggage.

Keep a separate list of medications including name of prescribing physician with phone number, dosing intervals, and tablet strength in the event that medications are lost.

Adjust dosing intervals in order to maintain dosing frequency if crossing time zones and be sure all medications are taken on schedule.

Carry a copy of most recent ECG.

Carry a pacemaker card if a pacemaker patient.

Contact the airline if special diet, wheelchair or medical oxygen is required.

Consider curbside baggage check-in.

Limit walking, especially at altitude.

Diabetes

For patients with diabetes it is recommended that all medications as well as needles, syringes, glucometers and snacks be brought in carryon luggage. It is advisable that a note from a physician is obtained to explain the need for syringes and needles in flight. Fractures

With fractures it is advisable to wait 3 days (72 hours) after the cast is set to avoid the risk of swelling. Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

Much has been said about the risk of Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT). In some people prolonged immobilization (in any setting), clots can form in the leg that can be life threatening if they break off and travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism). Ask your physician if compression stockings are appropriate.

To minimize your risk all travelers are recommended to consider the following points;

Do not place baggage underneath the seat in front of you because that reduces the ability to move the legs.

Exercise the legs by flexing and extending the ankles at regular intervals while seated.

Walk about the cabin periodically on longer duration flights and when flight conditions permit.

Do not sleep in a cramped position and avoid the use of sleep aids.

Drink adequate amounts of water and fruit juices to maintain good hydration.

Avoid or minimize dehydrating drinks such as alcohol or caffeinated beverages.

Medical Records

For a safe and comfortable flight carry your medical records and medications in their original containers with the prescription label, Give yourself plenty of time to get through the airport. Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothes. Let the airlines know in advance of any special needs.

With reasonable planning and coordination with your medical providers a safe and secure flight can be a literal lifeline in your search for safe affordable world class medical care. Please contact us and let us know if you have any medical condition that needs special attention during your flight and travel.

Team Building Packages

The Right Team Building Event for You.

Pacific Blue Travel & Tours Ltd believes that some of the greatest insights into teamwork in

an organization are discovered far away from computers, desks, and telephones.

Reasons for Team Building include:

  • Improving communication
  • Making the workplace more enjoyable
  • Motivating a team
  • Getting to know each other out of the normal office environment
  • Getting everyone “onto the same page”, including goal setting
  • Teaching the team self-regulation strategies
  • Helping participants to learn more about themselves (strengths and weaknesses)
  • Identifying and utilizing the strengths of team members
  • Improving team productivity
  • Practicing effective collaboration with team members

 

Pacific Blue Travel specialises in providing fun and interactive well designed, expertly

delivered team-building programs offering a wide range of interactive team activities and

games designed to ensure that your desired goal within your company are met

What sets Pacific Blue Travel apart from other team building companies is our blending of

adventure/safari experiences with team building programs making it both fun and actively

engage participants in unforgettable experiences that challenge them in exciting ways

We work closely with professional facilitators and hotel staff to integrate specialised,

interactive team building and experiential learning activities within broader team building

agendas. Our facilitators help participants discover new insights and translate them back to

their work environments.

Team Building Activities:

Activities include highly interactive outdoor and indoor events that promote creative group

problem solving. Your employees become involved in learning, performing and problem

solving in a team situation while having fun.

Every activity offered by Pacific Blue Travel has some component of interactivity because

while we all learn differently, we all learn best by doing.

We will divide the group into teams. Some of these activities will include;

Ice breakers:

The main objective of ice breakers is to get the participants in a relaxed mood. This will

enable more participation and learning.

Energizers:

Energizers will be used to break the monotony, test the brain and sharpen the responses of

the participants.

Wielded ankles:

Is an experiential activity aimed at sharpening our communication, strategizing, leadership

and winning as a team as opposed to winning as an individual

Caterpillar build up:

Will show the disadvantages of having the individual mentality. It will clearly communicate

that success is easier and faster achieved when we all synchronize our efforts.

Blind Square:

Will challenge the level of communication, planning and leadership.

Human Knot:

This will enlighten the participants on how to manage relationships, trust and team spirit.

Simple solution:

Demonstrate that the solutions of our problems are within our reach

Our Team Building sessions are:

Exciting: Challenging:

Experiential: Fun:

Boost employee motivation within your company through one of our corporate team

Building package.

Team Building Packages:

OPTION 1:2 DAYS 1 NIGHTS -OLTUKAI LODGE (AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK)

(1-24 PAX)

The Package Includes:

- 1 Night accommodation of full board basis(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

- Extra Lunch on last day

- Transport to and from Amboseli

- Team building facilitators and activities

- Game drives

- Park entry fees

2 Days 1 Night Itinerary:

Day 1:

07.00 a.m. -Meet at departure point, board the safari buses to Amboseli

13.00 a.m. -Arrive at Amboseli then drive to the lodge for check-in and lunch.

02.00 pm. -All members to assemble at designated field for team building activities.

05.30 p.m. –embark to the room for refreshment and dinner.

08.00 p.m. -All the members to meet again at bonfire for the night entertainment.

Day 2:

06.30 a.m.-Early morning game drive.

08.30 a.m. –Return to the lodge for breakfast

10.00 a.m. –After breakfast Game drive.

12.30 a.m. -Return to the lodge for lunch.

02.00 a.m. -After lunch afternoon game drive enroute to Nairobi

03.30 a.m. -Proceed to Nairobi arriving later in the day.

OPTION 2:2 DAYS 1 NIGHTS –L. NAKURU LODGE (L.NAKURU NATIONAL PARK)

The Package Includes:

- 1 Night accommodation of full board basis(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

- Extra Lunch on last day

- Transport to and from Lake Nakuru

- Team building facilitators and activities

- Game drives

- Park entry fees

2 Days 1 Night Itinerary:

Day 1:

07.00 a.m. -Meet at departure point, board the safari buses to lake Nakuru.

10.00 a.m. -Arrive at Lake Nakuru then drive to the lodge for check-in

11.00 am. -All members to assemble at designated field for team building activities.

01.00pm. – Embark to the lodge for lunch.

02.00 p.m. – Assemble again in the field for afternoon team building activities

05.30 p.m. –Embark to our room for refreshment and dinner.

08.00 p.m. -All the members to meet again at bonfire for the night entertainment.

Day 2:

06.30 a.m.-Early morning game drive.

08.30 a.m. –Return to the lodge for breakfast

10.00 a.m. –After breakfast Game drive.

12.30 a.m. -Return to the lodge for lunch.

02.00 a.m. -After lunch afternoon game drive enroute to Nairobi

03.30 a.m. -Proceed to Nairobi arriving later in the day.

Other Team Building Venues

  • Sportsman’s Arm Hotel
  • Naromoru River Lodge
  • Sweetwaters Tented Camp
  • Naivasha Simba Lodge
  • Sopa Lodge Naivasha
  • Lake Naivasha Country Club
  • Malewa Ranch House
  • Soi Safari Lodge
  • Olmoran Tented Camp
  • Mara Sopa Lodge
  • Impala Wildlife Lodge
  • Severin Sea Lodge
  • Pangoni Beach Suites
  • Papweza Resort

We also offer customized corporate team building package to suit your specific corporate

needs.

Our own creative team is always designing new activities and events to meet our client’s

needs.

This is a tentative proposal we kindly request for a meeting with you to discuss your

specific training needs and draw the time table.

For Booking & Reservations feel free to contact us on

Geomaps Centre-Ground Floor, Matumbato Road, Upper Hill |

P.O Box 1696-00606 Nairobi-Kenya |

Tel: + 254 020 2715432 /2041803 | Fax: + 254 020 2715433 | Cell: +254 716 320320 |

Email: info@pacificbluetravel.co.ke | Website: www.pacificbluetravel.co.ke |

Meetings and Conferences

We have a wide knowledge and experience in handling conferences and we have a range of properties suitable for conferences in the cities of Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, Kampala, Entebbe, Eldoret, Nakuru and Kisumu.

 

The smaller towns also have facilities but these range from small conference halls suitable for medium conferences to larger ones that can accommodate 100 to 150 people. Below are some of the conference venues. Please contact us for individual group quotations depending on the equipment you need, the accommodation, the transport to ferry delegates/participants from their hotels to the venues etc.

Booking Kenya Conference ,seminar Work shops and private meetings on business and travel- Booking hotel accommodations and Transport.

Group Conferencing in Nairobi Kenya, Arusha Tanzania Kampala Uganda.

This involves providing our shuttle buses, 25 seaters Tour Buses for hire, Luxury and VIPs Transport from Airport to hotels and from Nairobi hotels to conference venues Like UN Gigiri, KICC, to tour firms or corporate bodies for their staff transport, conferences, seminars, team building, charity or entertainment events, we also conduct reservations and hotel bookings . Kenya is particularly becoming a major conference destination and we have the experience to handle any number of conference delegates from airport pickups and drop offs, transport from hotels to conference venues, cocktails, dinner, excursions e.t.c. Kenyatta International Conference Center is a venue of choice for many international conferences. To Sample Kenya Tourism short tours and excursions are arranged as well as Kenya safaris and Beach Holiday Packages

All Nairobi Kenya conferences and events will be coordinated by your specialized Project Coordinator; who will discuss your transport brief and chauffeur requirements and also your budget with you prior to the event, and offer you a cost effective quotation to suit your conference or events chauffeur transport requirements.

Our East Africa Shuttles Chauffeurs have developed a fast, effective and accurate process to ensure all your transport logistics run smoothly and accurately:
The required services are reviewed and we will contact you immediately to confirm any potential issues e.g.: incorrect flight numbers, arrival and departure times

After receiving your Kenya conference itinerary, we will provide you with your reservation confirmations, and also your Project Coordinator’s contact details.
Our Nairobi Airportt Chauffeurs/Drivers will provide printed name boards for all airport arrivals; your project coordinator will work with you and your personnel to ensure the arrivals and departures run smoothly.

Private Taxi service
If you prefer a more personalized service that will better suit your arrival times at Nairobi Jommo kenyatta l Airport, you may book a private car in advance, transferring you from Nairobi JKIAl Airport to your Nairobi city hotel. Click here