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FAMILY TIME UG

The August School Holidays call for good old family mini vacation. The weather forecast for Mombasa, Malindi, Ukunda and Nairobi promise ‘mostly sunshine’ and maybe a few showers here and there. Regardless, these destinations promise nothing short of a holiday to remember!

We've listed a number of things you could do at a few of our destinations for inspiration: 

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Wild waters

A trip to Mombasa with the family cannot go by without a visit to the majestic rides at the Wild Waters, in Nyali. They have both wet and dry rides, built for children and adults alike. Aside from the rides, they have a unique rain dance arena, flume bowl, bumper rides, Frisbee, a gaming arcade and a food court for when you all get hungry from too much play.

Enjoy nature at its best

Haller Park, also known as Bamburi Nature Trail, is a nature park built from the efforts of Bamburi Cement. They set out to transform quarry wasteland into vibrant and diverse ecosystem of forest, grassland and ponds. It is ideal for cycling, jogging, and strolling along nature trails while inhaling nature in all its beauty. Haller Park hosts a variety of activities at the Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, Butterfly Sanctuary and bird watching.

Mamba Village is one of East Africa’s largest crocodile farms. With daily tours along the farm and a separate playground for kids to enjoy when they get bored with the tour, makes the farm ideal for wholesome family fun!

Visit the enchanting Fort Jesus

The Fort was built in 1593 by the Portuguese to secure the Old Port of Mombasa and the Portuguese living in the East Coast of Africa. The Fort is now an important historical landmark in the East African region, a national treasure managed by the National Museums of Kenya. The Fort was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2011. The kids will be enchanted with this magnificent structure, and it’s an experience they will never forget.

Mombasa ASK Show

If your family’s visit coincides with the Mombasa ASK show, between 29th August and 2nd September 2018, then the show is a must visit. This is where children and adults alike come to work and play. There’s everything; from local and international exhibitors, to kids play areas, and much much more. Get comfortable, because it will be a long, tiring day…but fulfilling!

Check out this article for more on what to do, where to stay, and what to do in Mombasa.

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Visit the Marine Park

The beaches of Malindi make perfect grounds for a host of exciting water activities. Take a boat ride by the beach, and go snorkeling with the kids. It’s a thrilling experience to swim with the fish. Bonus points for getting a tour guide with a glass bottom, so you get to enjoy the incredible view of the underworld from the comfort of the boat.

Turn up the heat in Hell’s Kitchen

This magnificent canyon is located about half an hour’s drive from Malindi. As the name suggests, the canyon can reach high temperatures of up to 50 degrees during the day. The canyon has become part of the local folklore and many mythical stories have been used to explain its existence. It is definitely a must visit with the family.

Save the Turtles

Malindi is well known for its turtles, providing critical nesting areas for the green, olive ridley and hawks-bill turtle. Visit the Watamu Turtle Watch Ocean Trust, a community-based marine conservation organization. Your family will learn about the different types of turtles, efforts being put in place to conserve the marine environment.

Visit the Gedi Ruins

There is something enchanting about the mysterious ruins of this olden village. The coral walls hold the secrets of a village that once thrived but now lies deserted in the middle of a tropical forest. Situated about 15km from Malindi, this site is one of the main attractions to visit while in Malindi. Among the things to see are the remains of houses made of coral bricks, a palace and a mosque. Some of the items found in the ruins include vases from the Ming dynasty. The Ruins of Gedi is one of the historic sites attracting various archaeological studies and would definitely make for a good lesson to the whole family.

Visit Bio-Ken Snake Farm

If your children are not afraid of these slithering creatures, then a visit to the Snake Farm would be a good idea. The farm houses the largest collection of snakes in East Africa. A diverse and interesting selection of Kenyan snakes of all colors and sizes can be found in this farm. It also happens to be one of the world’s most renowned snake research centers, specializing in anti-venom research and producing antidotes for snake-bite victims throughout the region. So worry not, no one is getting an infected snake bite on this visit.

 Check out this article for more on what to do, where to stay, and what to do in Malindi.

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Swim with the fishes

For a wholesome family experience, take a boat ride to Wasini Island or Kisite Marine Park. If you’re lucky, you will spot some dolphins on Wasini Island. Now, this is a memory for the books, so don’t deny your children this chance!

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Colobus Conservation is a re-adaptation center and orphanage for Angolan colobus monkeys. Visit the Colobus Conservancy with your family and watch these majestic primates as they are rehabilitated and released into the wild.

Explore the town

You and your family can go on a guided quad trip on dirt roads through small villages and beautiful scenery. You can also choose the more African ride on a camel’s back.

Shimba Hills Day Trip

Enjoy an exhilarating day safari to Shimba Hills and enjoy what this tropical rain forest has to offer. Go on a game drive by first visiting the Sheldrick Waterfalls. Other attractions include the Marere Dam, casuarinas forests, animals such as elephants, buffalos, giraffes, impalas among others. You can choose to stop by Shimba lodge for lunch, and for a chance to see some animals at the watering holes.

 Check out this article for more on what to do, where to stay, and what to do in Diani.

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Exotic African wildlife

You don’t have to take your family to the Mara to experience exotic African wildlife; you can get your animal fix right in the city under the sun.

Nairobi National Park

The Nairobi city is the only place in the world where you can find a national park right within the city. The Park is located a mere 7 kilometers from the city center. The park is home to giraffes, lions, cheetahs and an abundance of bird species. The Nairobi Safari Walk is a major attraction to the Nairobi National Park as it offers a rare on-foot experience of the animals. This is a truly rewarding family experience.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The trust is a sanctuary for animals who have been orphaned. Baby elephants and rhinos are rehabilitated and introduced back into the wild. The center located just outside the Nairobi National Park and is dedicated to caring for the young abandoned animals. It is a place where children and adults get the rare experience of watching the baby orphans getting fed and taking their daily mud bath. Watching the ecstatic baby elephants splash around in the mud is guaranteed to melt your heart.

The Nairobi Giraffe Centre

It is located on the edges of Nairobi’s National Park. This center was founded to educate the children and the public about the Rothschild giraffes which are facing extinction. These Giraffes can only be found in the open grasslands of East Africa. The best part about visiting this center is that the visitors are allowed to interact and feed the animals. Don’t forget to bring your camera for a family photo; these majestic animals are very photogenic.

The Karura Forest

This is an Urban forest located in Nairobi. The forest is a great place to escape from the busy and noisy city life. It contains many attractions from a beautiful waterfall, sacred caves and beautiful indigenous trees. It is a nice place to walk, jog, and ride bicycles or simply to sit and have a good old family picnic.

Visit museums

History is who we are, and why we are the way we are….. Learn a bit of history and get to meet “The turkana boy” one of the oldest Homo erectus.

Nairobi National Museum

Spend a few hours at the National museum to view all the information about Kenya and its history. You will find cultural and history exhibits, a splendid collection of minerals and rocks, bones, fossils and the full remains of a homo erectus popularly known as the Turkana boy. The National museum also has a snake park with an impressive array of SNAKES! They won’t let you pet them, for obvious reasons, but you can view them up close with only a glass cage between you and the venomous reptiles.

The Karen Blixen Museum

This museum tells the story of the colonial era in Kenya, through the eyes of the Danish author –Karen Blixen. Her memoirs tell of the events that took place in the years of 1917 to 1931 and were made famous by the movie, ‘Out of Africa’.

Bomas of Kenya

This is a collection of cultural villages built like exact replicas of ancient villages and a live museum that showcases the colorful and diverse tribes of Kenya. This is a great opportunity for te kids to immerse themselves in the culture, music and lifestyle of each Kenyan tribe by touring these villages. The whole complex is a recreated traditional village where you can also find a theatre showcasing all the local dances and songs. A visit to these villages takes you back a century and gives you a really authentic peep into life in ancient Kenya.

Go Ice skating!

Yes, in the middle of sub-Saharan Africa and Yes, with real ice! Nairobi is home to the largest ice rink in Africa. The Solar Ice Rink at the Panari Hotel's Sky Centre. The rink, opened in 2005, covers 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2). It can accommodate 200 skaters and offers quite fair prices for this exceptional experience. The rink also has trainers who assist beginners. The kids will definitely love it here!

 Check out this article for more on what to do, where to stay, and what to do in Nairobi.

 

 

 

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Inaugural Flight Arrives in Entebbe, Uganda. 

Entry expected to boost regional tourism and business travel  Kampala.

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Jambojet inaugural flight to Uganda touched down at Entebbe Airport at about 11am, ushering in renewed competition and a promise of lower rates for frequent flyers in Uganda.

The inaugural flight was met by State Minister for Transport Hon. Aggrey Bagiire, Uganda Civil Aviation Managing Director Dr. David Kakuba, Uganda Tourism Board Managing Director Stephen Asiimwe and Jambojet CEO, Willem Hondius, amongst others.  

With the entry, Jambojet will operate double daily flights with departures from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 09.10hrs and 17.30 hrs. The flight will depart Entebbe International Airport for Nairobi at 11.00 hrs and 19.20 hrs daily.

Speaking during the occasion, Jambojet CEO Willem Hondius said Jambojet introductory fare of USD116 is the lowest on the route and was intended to encourage more people to travel by air both in Uganda and the region.

“In East Africa alone, we have a market of over 100 million people and we have barely scratched the surface in air travel. We believe that Jambojet’s entry into Uganda will make air travel more affordable to majority of people who travel for business or leisure in the region and beyond.”  

He noted that there is especially a huge opportunity for the tourism sector to develop products that are unique to Uganda and can be shared through a regional circuit.“In particular we expect the tourism industry to reap maximum benefit from facilitation of an EA Circuit which would give tourists an opportunity to visit scenic attractions in Uganda such as The Source of The Nile., Murchison Fall, Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Rare Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Reserve” he said.

The State Minister for Transport Hon. Aggrey Baiire noted that the growth of the air travel sector was important for the entire economy since it created opportunities for investment, capacity building and employment including creating linkages for better intra-regional trade.

“We need to build capacity to allow our local businesses to have greater access to foreign markets. Air transport and connectivity supports exports and simultaneously increases competition and choice in the home market from foreign-based producers. This in turn encourages firms to specialize in areas where they possess a comparative advantage, allowing for opportunities to exploit economies of scale, which lowers the cost of production and ultimately benefits domestic consumers” he noted.     

About Jambojet:

The airline currently operates a relatively young fleet of four Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. The route will be served with the recently acquired 78 seater; turboprop Bombardier Next Gen Q400 as it plans to venture into other regional destinations. The barely four-year-old airline which currently operates to Eldoret, Kisumu, Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi and Ukunda has achieved undeniable business growth; increased numbers of routes from four to six, increased frequency of flights due to fleet expansion and flown over two million passengers. A report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2017 revealed that African airlines’ traffic was expected to grow by up to 9.9 per cent annually. The report noted African airports continue to record positive performance, welcoming an increase in international arrivals that currently stand at 14 per cent.

Daily Flight Schedules:

Morning

Nairobi (NBO) to Entebbe (EBB) JM8520 departs 09:10 arrives 10:30

Entebbe (EBB) to Nairobi (NBO) JM8521 departs 11:00 arrives 12:20

Evening

Nairobi (NBO) to Entebbe (EBB) JM8524 departs 17:30 arrives 18:50

Entebbe (EBB) to Nairobi (NBO) JM8525 departs 19:20 arrives 20:40

Jambojet takes tray table advertising to the skies

…The Airline is offering advertising at 20,000 feet on its Bombardier Q400 fleet.

Budget Airline, Jambojet has launched an onboard advertising program that will feature advertisements on the folding tray tables in select aircrafts. The move which is a first on the continent is a joint partnership with leading in-flight graphic and digital advertising company Global Onboard.

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Commenting on the move, Jambojet CEO, Willem Hondius said: “We are the first airline to use this technology which will allow us to give potential advertisers a targeted a captive audience who can be actively engaged for an extended period of time”.

“This model offers marketers an effective way to reach consumers who are increasingly difficult to influence via traditional media like television, billboards and newspapers.”

The airline has already signed their first client, Safaricom who will be running the Safaricom 4G data campaign on the foldable tray tables on one of the 78 seater Bombardier Q-400.

In-flight advertising has proved to be an additional revenue generator across for many airlines across the globe especially the low cost carriers that are constantly striking a balance between low cost tickets and soaring fuel prices.

Trushar Ketia, CEO of Tria Group, an out of home (OOH) advertising and experiential marketing company, which sold the table-tray advertising to Safaricom  says the system provides an average of 40 minutes of “dwell time” during a typical flight. It’s a good medium, a good audience and they’re captive to some extent.

Other than table-tray advertising, Jambojet currently offers airborne advertising on it boarding passes, head rest covers and in-flight sampling of products.

The four year old airline currently operates one of the youngest fleet of four Dash 8 Q400 aircrafts flying to Eldoret, Kisumu, Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi, Ukunda and Entebbe from Jomo Kenyatta Airport. It has flown over two million passengers.

 


Jambojet expands in the region to Uganda

The Airline will operate daily for as low as Ksh 11,330 (incl. taxes)

Double daily service to be operated by a Bombardier Q400 aircraft - 78 seater

Jambojet is set to expand its wings in East Africa with the launch of a double daily flight between Nairobi and Entebbe, Uganda on 15th February, 2018.

This will see the Nairobi based budget airline become the first regional low cost airline with an introductory fare of Ksh 11,330 (incl. taxes) one-way. Customers will be able to purchase tickets from the airline’s robust online book portal - Jambojet.com, sales office, call centers or at their preferred travel agent.

Jambojet will operate double daily flights with departures from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 09.10hrs and 17.30 hrs. The flight will depart Entebbe International Airport for Nairobi at 11.00 hrs and 19.20 hrs daily.

Willem Hondius, CEO Jambojet said “We are delighted to launch direct service to Entebbe, a much-anticipated addition to our network where we will offer frequent and new flyers even more affordable fares. This new route will connect businesses in Kenya and Uganda while also appealing to leisure travelers, offering them the opportunity to experience the ‘Pearl of Africa’.

Mr. Hondius further noted that the airline has seen an upward trend on its domestic traffic; “We are optimistic that the regional flight will spur the airline’s growth as well as foster regional integration at a national level.” 

The airline currently operates a relatively young fleet of four Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. The route will be served with the recently acquired 78 seater; turboprop Bombardier Next Gen Q400 as it plans to venture into other regional destinations.

The barely four-year-old airline which currently operates to Eldoret, Kisumu, Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi and Ukunda has achieved undeniable business growth; increased numbers of routes from four to six, increased frequency of flights due to fleet expansion and flown over two million passengers.

A report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2017 revealed that African airlines’ traffic was expected to grow by up to 9.9 per cent annually. The report noted African airports continue to record positive performance, welcoming an increase in international arrivals that currently stand at 14 per cent.

Daily Flight Schedules:

Morning

Nairobi (NBO) to Entebbe (EBB) JM8520 departs 09:10 arrives 10:30

Entebbe (EBB) to Nairobi (NBO) JM8521 departs 11:00 arrives 12:20

Evening

Nairobi (NBO) to Entebbe (EBB) JM8524 departs 17:30 arrives 18:50

Entebbe (EBB) to Nairobi (NBO) JM8525 departs 19:20 arrives 20:40