By Khalifa Hemed
Published May 5, 2017
Do you fancy flying in the morning, afternoon or evening?
While Emirates Airline of Dubai starts its third daily frequency into the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on June 1, 2017, Kenya Airways has introduced extra flights to Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Paris in France.
RwandAir commences its flights three times a week via Kigali to London’s Gatwick Airport on May 26, 2017 as Air Arabia introduces new fares to India from Nairobi.
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While the fare to Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore are US$415, US$465 and US$515 inclusive of taxes, respectively, it costs US$515 to travel to Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
In case you are interested in travel packages, perhaps you could consider spending three nights and four days in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city and a shopping haven with accommodation ranging from three to five star hotels?
For US$1400, you can have return flights from Nairobi on Economy Class, return airport transfers from Suvarnabhumi Airport, three nights bed & breakfast accommodation and private half day Bangkok city tour.
This package, says travel agency Let’s Go Travel, is valid until June 30, 2017.
Or would you like to holiday in France instead?
Here, you can spend four nights and five days in Paris, a global centre for architecture, art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Your US$1830 covers return flights from Nairobi on Economy Class, return airport transfers, four nights bed & breakfast accommodation, two city excursions and travel insurance.
This package, like the Bangkok one, is handled by Let’s Go Travel; it is valid till October 31, 2017.
South African Airways, the national airline of South Africa has has expanded its portfolio of air-inclusive vacation packages with the introduction of new programmes to Senegal and Ghana in West Africa.
“These multi-faceted packages are designed to immerse travellers in the history, culture and traditions of these African countries to provide an enriching travel experience,” SAA says.
SAA says the packages–that range from short city stays in Senegal’s Dakar and Ghana’s Accra to longer itineraries throughout each country–“offer an extensive choice of accommodations, activities and sightseeing tours.”
A division of South African Airways (SAA), South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations®) is highly regarded for its luxury packages to Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and the Indian Ocean Islands.
You may also consider local self-drive packages to Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley or Mount Kenya and Aberdares in central Kenya, both destinations not too far from Nairobi.
How much does it cost to take a local holiday here?
While Outspan Hotel, Aberdare Country Club cost Sh8200 and Sh8725 per person sharing on full board, it costs Sh8725 and Sh12500 per person at The Ark and Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club in central Kenya.
Lake Naivasha remains a favourite destination for quick weekend getaways, being host to fantastic outdoor activities such as Hiking in Hells Gate, cycling or a visit to Crescent Island!
The accommodation cost per person sharing on full board are as follows:
- Crescent Camp Sh8000
- Sopa Lodge Sh9000
- Lake Naivasha Country Club Sh10750
- Simba Lodge Sh11500