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Bike with Rift Valley Adventures

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I want to ride my bicycle………….

Having played a part in the growth of mountain biking in Kenya over the past ten years, I can only count myself as fortunate to see how far it has come over the years. To me, it came with setting a goal and working hard towards achieving it by making things happen within myself and for others. With the availability of decent and affordable equipment coupled with growing interest, many events came up which saw a full calendar of mountain biking in Kenya. Some are still going and many more are coming up. The 10to4 for example, is one of Kenya’s most popular MTB Charity Challenges that has continuously grown in popularity over the past ten years.

Through hard and consistent training, I have had the opportunity to get sponsorship from individuals and organizations, as well as to meet and bike with some of the greatest biking legends such as Mark Beaumont (author of the African Solo), Hans Rey (pioneer of stunt and extreme Mountain biking) and Danny Macaskill (considered as one of the best stunts and tricks master), and take part in one of most extreme Mountain bike events of its time – The Trans Wales. It’s been a rewarding journey thus far and I will keep biking on…

Nickson Mwaura – MTB Coordinator, Rift Valley Adventures


Rift Valley Adventures has for more than a decade set the standards in Outdoor Adventure across Kenya and beyond. Soaring above the rest, RVA has played a key role in the development of Mountain Biking having supported races and challenges for many years and now being the only company in East Africa to offer international accreditation for Mountain Bike Instructors.


Southern Africa’s top 25 safari destinations

Travel Africa Extra Magazine

Welcome to the January issue of Travel Africa Extra, a new monthly compendium of great stories, opinion and advice for readers of Travel Africa magazine, which will be delivered to you by email at the end of every month. Learn more by clicking here.

This is Africa

Why we love the continent… and keep returning

The ultimate guide

Step inside Southern Africa’s top 25 safari destinations

Spoilt for choice

Simple questions to consider when choosing accommodation on safari

Pedal power

We love inspiring you with new ways to explore Africa

Western Chobe Pioneers

Shaun Metcalfe looks back at how Muchenje Safari Lodge, and the Chobe safari experience, have evolved over time

Birds of Africa

Keith Betton, Chairman of the African Bird Club, helped us to find the best bird guides available for your next safari

Africa is extraordinary. Its people are some of the most peaceable, friendly and welcoming in the world. Its natural beauty and heritage breathtaking and abundant. They say you never visit Africa once; that it touches you in a way that is hard to explain. If you’ve enjoyed these articles, and they’ve been helpful to you, why not subscribe to Travel Africa magazine, and encourage your friends to subscribe as well, and together we’ll explore the world’s most exciting continent!

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UNWTO condemns US travel ban


(Posted 31st January 2017)

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Specialized Agency for Tourism, expresses its deep concern and strong condemnation over the recently announced travel ban by the United States of America (USA) to nationals of seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen).

The travel ban, based on nationality, is contrary to the principles of freedom of travel and travel facilitation promoted by the international tourism community and will hinder the immense benefits of the tourism sector brings in terms of economic growth and job creation to many countries, including the USA.

Global challenges demand global solutions and the security challenges that we face today should not prompt us to build new walls; on the contrary, isolationism and blind discriminatory actions will not lead to increased security but rather to growing tensions and threats‘ said UNWTO Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rifai.

Besides the direct impact, the image of a country which imposes travel bans in such a hostile way will surely be affected among visitors from all over the world and risk dumping travel demand to the USA‘ added Dr. Rifai.

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


Morocco readmited into the African Union after 32 years of absence Africanews
Morocco has been readmitted into the African Union on Monday since it left in 1984 after the organisation’s recognition of the independence of Western Sahara….. Read more>>


Eight African countries honoured for effective fight against malaria Africanews
Ethiopia, Swaziland, Uganda, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Comoros, DRC and Chad have been honoured for their significant progress in the fight against malaria…. Read more>>

India’s Medical Tourism Gets Africans’ Attention Morocco World News
India is increasingly becoming popular with Africans seeking medical treatment overseas, because of its more affordable, state-of-the-art equipment and its highly skilled doctors…. Read more>>


Gambians keen to kickstart tourism after crippling crisis RFI
But there are high hopes that the return of new President Adama Barrow and the security provided by Senegalese troops stationed in the country will bring a change in fortune…. Read more>>

Rwanda Feted At New York Travel Exhibition AllAfrica
Rwanda has been recognized with an award of excellence for the Best Small Booth at the New York Times Travel Show in the United States…. Read more>>

Monthly update from the Northern Rangelands Trust – January 2017

Northern Rangelands Trust News Updates

January 2017 update from NRT
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When an abandoned hippo calf was reported in a mud pool in Awer Conservancy, NRT partnered with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Kenya Wildlife Service, Andrew Francombe of Kenya Choppers and the Lamu County Government to coordinate a rescue effort.
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Tackling the charcoal problem – a story from Naibunga

The charcoal industry is blamed for the destruction of much of Africa’s remaining forest, but remains a main source of livelihood for many. Find out how the Naibunga community tackled their crippling charcoal problem, and are sharing their lessons with others.

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Widow loses her entire retirement fund, rangers come to the rescue

Anti-stock theft unit Charlie 1 pulled out all the stops for Mama Kawai when thieves robbed her of her life savings. Read the full story

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Peace Leaders Meet in USA

What happens when you get together 70 women from around the world who are disrupting cycles of conflict? NRT peace coordinator Josphine Ekiru was nominated to attend the Women Leaders Promoting Peace conference in the USA and reflects on an inspirational experience.

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E-Tourism Frontiers to hold seminar in February in Nairobi

Digital Tourism Seminar by E-Tourism Frontiers at Strathmore Business School

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**Last Day!! Go Places readers to enjoy a US$ 50 Discount.
The price will be US $220 plus VAT at the discounted rate.

Are you a tourism business looking to do more business online and leverage the power of social media and digital tourism to improve the way you reach clients and promote your business online?

The Training seminar is delivered by Damian Cook, CEO of E-Tourism Frontiers. Damian has trained over 6,000 travel professionals around the world since 2008

The two day seminar contains ALL NEW CONTENT and is practical, easy to follow and will cover new areas such as Instagram marketing, Facebook advertising, Snapchat, Facebook Live and a session on how to create and manage stories, as well as sessions on Twitter, Trip Advisor, Youtube, website management and mobile marketing.

Date: 9th and 10th February, 2017

Venue: Strathmore Business School, Nairobi


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The Ticket Price covers the two day training, lunch, coffee breaks and a training certificate

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Ol Pejeta Steps Up in Time of Drought

Ol Pejeta Conservancy News Updates

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Nanyuki, Kenya

Livestock Programme Offers Solution to Laikipia Pastoralists
and Private Conservancy in the Face of Drought

As a looming drought threatens livelihoods and wildlife in Laikipia, communities are taking advantage of Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s Community Livestock Programme. The scheme sees pastoralists act as lenders using the capital that is their cattle, while reducing pressure on degraded land, helping to insulate families against the impacts of climate change and drought and assisting to manage the range in an environmentally sustainable fashion.

The recent rains failed even to dampen the dust in some areas of Laikipia County. Mass movements of livestock and an impending drought have led to tension between communities, wildlife and private landowners, threatening livelihoods and the local economy. In response to this and after many years of trial, Ol Pejeta Conservancy has established the Community Livestock Programme, a commercial business venture, in partnership with local pastoralists.

Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and hosts a high density of predators. Fully integrated with its wildlife conservation work, Ol Pejeta runs a successful beef business, which sees profits reinvested into community programmes such as health and education, and conservation programmes. The Conservancy uses livestock grazing as a grassland management tool, and boasts an onsite abattoir facility.

An unsustainable surge in stock numbers over the past few years has put untold pressure on the rangelands of northern Kenya; many are now entirely degraded as a result. This is compounded by climate change and unplanned grazing. The rangeland degradation results in poor quality livestock, and perpetuates a poverty cycle for pastoral families who often know no other alternatives. At the same time, the wildlife that sustains the area’s ecotourism suffers too.

Through the Community Livestock Programme, pastoralist communities provide Ol Pejeta with cattle for fattening and sale. In return, Ol Pejeta provides full husbandry and a guaranteed market. Additionally, Ol Pejeta pays the owners for the value of their cattle on arrival, plus interest at the current bank deposit rate for the period the animals are kept for fattening. Thus pastoralist communities are provided with a zero risk investment option to assist them in the productive and sustainable management of their cattle.

Over time the Community Livestock Programme hopes to contribute to an overall reduction in stock numbers in the landscape, whilst providing a long-term solution to degraded grasslands for people and wildlife. In 2016, Ol Pejeta also launched a breed improvement initiative with local farmers, delivering artificial insemination at affordable prices to reinforce the long-term message that fewer high value cattle are better than thousands of poor quality cattle.

By developing this model to empower pastoralists, Ol Pejeta hopes to address some of the most immediate challenges facing communities and wildlife in and around the Conservancy, at the same time as nurturing commercial business relations that will develop into lasting partnerships based on mutual benefit.


Ol Pejeta Conservancy opens its doors to community livestock. Through the Community Livestock Programme, pastoralist communities provide Ol Pejeta with cattle for fattening and sale. In return, Ol Pejeta provides full husbandry and a guaranteed market.
About Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta Conservancy occupies approximately 360 square kilometers of African savannah within the Laikipia District of Kenya and incorporates the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Laikipia carries large and growing wildlife populations and is home to almost 50% of Kenya’s black rhino population. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprise for reinvestment in conservation and community development.
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