Great Travel Deal to Dubai, Kenya & India

June 1, 2012

Friendly Planet Dubai trip with optional extensions to Kenya and India

For this trip to Dubai, the original deal is 6 days from $2,169.

  • For $799 more, one can add a 4-day side trip to Kenya including flights, hotel, food, transportation, and tours.
  • Also, another side trip is available to India for 5 days including all of the above for an additional $999.

In total, to do the whole Dubai, Kenya, and India trip it would cost about $4, 200 which makes this an amazing deal considering that it includes all flights to/from New York City, all int’l flights between each city, local transportation, hotels, more than half of the meals, and tours.

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Travel Deals to Kenya

May 31, 2012

I’ve been keeping my eye out for deals to Africa recently because I have the opportunity to travel to Kenya and Tanzania over Thanksgiving break so I’m trying to get a feel for what deals are available.  I don’t think I’m going to do the trip that I’m considering over Thanksgiving but I would like to visit Eastern Africa soon so I’m keeping these deals on my radar…

1.  BudgetTravel dea:l  6 days from $2,149

2.  Friendly Planet Kenya Safari Express: 8 days from 2,199

I like this deal from Friendly Planet a lot because there are a few different variations that one can choose.  All the trips include roundtrip airfare from New York City, with a layover in Istanbul.  For $599 more you can add a 3 day extension in Istanbul including food and tours.  Because the flight already includes a layover there, it doesn’t cost too much to add the extension so it’s a great opportunity to see two totally different parts of the world all in one trip.

Upper class hotel in Nairobi

May 29, 2012

I originally read an article on TravelWeekly about Tribe, an upscale hotel in Nairobi that is part of a growing trend of boutique hotels opening in the city.  The hotel caters mostly to corporate and government employees doing business, with only about 20% of their business coming from tourist travelers:

According to General Manager Mark Somen, leisure visitors comprise only about 20% of guests, with government, corporate and aid organization business accounting for the rest. The U.S. is the No. 1 source market for Tribe, which currently enjoys an 87% occupancy rate.

Tribe is a very upscale hotel with rooms in the range of $280 to $320USD per night.

Accommodations include 320-square-foot deluxe rooms; 420-square-foot superiors; 500-square-foot junior suites; 550-square-foot, split-level “Loft” business suites; 700-square-foot Ambassadorial suites; and a 1,000-square-foot Presidential suite.


TravelWeekly article link: “A truly boutique experience at Nairobi’s uber-chic Tribe hotel”

Hotel Link:

TravelAdvisor ranks Tribe Hotel #3 out of 69 hotels in Nairobi.

Photos from Tribe Hotel gallery on their website

Kenya on the map

May 28, 2012

Kenya is located close to the center of the map below.  The equator runs through the middle of the country so it has a subtropical climate very similar to Florida with the dry and humid weather.

Kenya has a warm and humid climate along its coastline on the Indian Ocean which changes to wildlife-rich savannah grasslands moving inland towards the capital Nairobi. Nairobi has a cool climate that gets colder approaching Mount Kenya, which has three permanently snow-capped peaks. The warm and humid tropical climate reappears further inland towards lake Victoria, before giving way to temperate forested and hilly areas in the western region. The North Eastern regions along the border with Somalia and Ethiopia are arid and semi-arid areas with near-desert landscapes. Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh-water lake (after Lake Superior in the US and Canada) and the world’s largest tropical lake, is situated to the southwest and is shared with Uganda and Tanzania. Kenya is famous for its safaris and diverse world-famous wildlife reserves such as Tsavo National Park, the Maasai Mara, Nakuru National Park, and Aberdares National Park.

The capital of city of Nairobi is located in the south of the country directly East of Lake Victoria.  I found a really nice panaromic view of downtown Nairobi through Wikipedia that is worth checking out.

(click the image below to see the picture in high resolution that you can zoom in on)

Kilmanjaro Adventure Travel: Kenya National Parks and Reserve

I found a company called Kilmanjaro Adventure Travel which has some good information on the national parks in Kenya.  According to them, there are 55 national parks and reserves in Kenya and it has information to over 30.

  1. Central Kenya Highlands & Great Rift Valley
  2. Nairobi National Park
  3. Hell’s Gate National Park
  4. Mt Longonot National Park
  5. Lake Nakuru National Park
  6. Lake Bogaria National Reserve
  7. Lake Kamnarok National Reserve
  8. Masai Mara National Reserve
  9. Aberdare National Park
  10. Mt Kenya National Park
  11. Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
  12. Mwea National Reserve
  13. Mt Elgon National Park
  14. Kerio Valley National Reserve
  15. Saiwa Swamp National Park
  16. Kakamega Forest National Reserve
  17. Ruma National Park
  18. Ndere Island National Park
  19. Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
  20. Meru National Park
  21. Bisanadi National Reserve
  22. Kora National Reserve
  23. Rahole National Reserve
  24. Mwingi National Reserve
  25. Samburu National Reserve
  26. Buffalo Springs National Reserve
  27. Shaba National Reserve
  28. Maralal Game Sanctuary
  29. Laikipia Game Sanctuary
  30. Marsabit National Reserve
  31. Losai National Reserve
  32. South Turkana National Reserve
  33. Nasalot National Reserve
  34. Sibiloi National Park
  35. Central Island National Park
  36. South Island National Park
  37. Malkamari National Park
  38. Tsavo East National Park
  39. South Kitui National Reserve
  40. Tsavo West National Park
  41. Chyulu Hills National Park
  42. Amboseli National Park
  43. Mombasa National Park and Reserve
  44. Shimba Hills National Reserve
  45. Kisite Marine National Park
  46. Mpunguti Marine National Park and Reserve
  47. Diani/Chale Marine National Park and Reserve
  48. Malindi Marine Park and Reserve
  49. Watamu Marine Park and Reserve
  50. Kiunga Marine National Reserve
  51. Dodori National Reserve
  52. Boni National Reserve
  53. Tana River Primate Reserve
  54. Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve
  55. Arewale National Reserve


Travel Resource: Travel Weekly

May 17, 2012

Called “The National Newspaper of the Travel Industry,” TravelWeekly is a site that I recently discovered and it provides a vast wealth of insight into the travel industry.  Some of the random articles from their homepage that I enjoyed are:

Travel Weekly is a national newspaper printed for travel agents that has been around since 1958.

Travel Weekly provides travel professionals with a necessary global perspective through in-depth coverage of every business sector, including airline, car rental, cruise, destination, hotel and tour operator as well as technology, economic and governmental issues.

In addition to the print edition, Travel Weekly sends out a regular e-newsletter containing breaking news and top headlines, as well as several e-newsletters featuring specific destination and news topics. The company also maintains a twitter and Facebook presence. Its main website features breaking news articles and analysis, videos, photos, interviews, opinion pieces and other items that are geared toward travel agents and executives on the sales and marketing end of the travel business.