2011,another great year…
Fiona has been busy with her real estate business ‘Fastrack’ and now also ‘Word of Mouth’ www.wordofmouth.co.ke a site targeted at expats living in Nairobi. It seems there is nothing wrong with the real estate market in Kenya. Rentals and Sales are all up. There has been good economic growth in Kenya again this last year so business is good.
beat Kenya as a safari destination. The north of Kenya, the Laikipia Plateau, the Aberdare Mountains and Mt Kenya, the Rift Valley, the Mara, Tsavo, Amboseli and the Indian Ocean are all top quality destinations, all completely different habitats, and all close to each other. Seeing Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, and Black Rhino before breakfast only happens in very special places! This year we have added another exclusive campsite for Onsafari, in Tsavo East National Park, on the banks of the Galana River. It is a very special site that I look forward to sharing with many of my future visitors.
Kenya News and Views
The crippling drought just to the north and east of Kenya created headlines around the world this last year, but the majority of the country had superb rainfall. Wildlife viewing has never been better. Agricultural output from the central highlands has been at a peak. The rift valley lakes are as high as they have ever been and the reservoirs are all full. Essentially, the vast majority of the country was unaffected by any form of drought, in fact quite the opposite. More recently there have been floods through November. The Uaso Nyiro River through Samburu and Shaba has burst its banks flooding several riverside camps and lodges.
The wildebeest numbers are up in the current estimate of the migration population. But elephant and rhino poaching is also up, and there continues to be serious pressure on the boundaries of our national parks, reserves and forests from the neighbouring communities.
Indeed a mixed year for Kenya, but the undisputable fact is that it is still unbeatable as a safari destination. The variety of experiences on offer, and simply the viewing of sheer numbers of large mammals in their natural environment is still unmatched any place else. Come and see for yourself!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
I look forward to seeing many of you in 2011,