In 2016, the Kenyan tourism industry recorded a 17% increase in earnings. This was because of deluge of international tourists from nations like the China, US and India.
Najib Balala, the Tourism Cabinet Secretary said Kenya recorded 877,602 tourists a year ago, up from 752,073 tourists in 2015. To cite Balala, "I am glad to report that 2016 arrival and receipts signal better times ahead for the tourism industry that had been assailed by insecurity and different challenges."

He said that the development and recuperation of Kenya's tourism industry can be ascribed to several new measures for improving security and efforts for fortifying the industry’s demand by removing tax, relaxing visa rules and developing infrastructure.

Kenya had encountered a slump in tourism after several of terror attacks focusing on Nairobi and traveler resorts in Lamu and Mombasa. Balala said that China has dominatingly grown to contribute 5% of all visitors travelling to Kenya. Other African nations likewise contributed almost 29% of all visitors travelling to Kenya in 2016.

Travelling and exploring new destinations helps us to leave our boring routine and everyone love to visit news and beautiful places! No matter where you’re travelling to, where you’re coming from whom you’re travelling with and why you’re travelling; there is one thing in common to all voyagers and that is the Luggage. Excursions could either be arranged as well as may appear suddenly and you would prefer not to fret over what you have to pack for your vacation or wind up missing on essential stuff!

So here are a couple of things that as a traveler you can't bear to miss:

Important stuff:
Get your itinerary, tickets, travel maps, camera and it's charger, mobile phone, pair of shades, torchlight, Swiss blade, scissor, watch, bag locks, carry bags, novel (if you are an ardent reader), small journal and a pen, water bottle, candles and match box (to be safe).

Travel bag:
In any which way don't make your vacation irritating by carrying the load of your luggage. What you have to do is to calculate the number of days you’re going to spend on the trip and then carry clothes which are only enough for you thus be sure to have a wheeled bag, duffel bag with wheels and backpack which are easy to carry around. It wouldn't strain your muscles and tire you out. If you’re hiking in the jungle then a backpack would be useful.

Daypacks:
Get a simple day bag so you can have a handy bag to carry on your across your shoulders where you will put your important stuffs to use in the day for example, travel map, snacks, sunglasses, water bottle and leave the big heavy bag in your hotel room.

Money Belt:
Most is most vital! Try not to give yourself to be ransacked a chance to out of your money and ruin your vacation. So don't use your day bags, handbags to stash in your money but use a money belt for the reason.

Shoes:
Exceptionally important part of voyaging - shoes! Wear comfortable shoes and suit yourself to stroll around and explore all places freely. You may, if fundamental, pack a pair of your heels or different shoes in the event that you happen to go to any events that oblige you to wear them generally jettison them with no doubt!

Toiletries/ Medicines/ Misc:
Keep in mind to pack along fundamental toiletries like tooth paste, tooth brush, tissue papers, shaving kit (if required), sunscreen lotion, female hygiene stuff, antiperspirant, lip balm and comb. Travel with medications as per your prescription, glasses, and appropriate clothes – don't convey an excessive clothes, superfluously, towels, one jacket, socks, handkerchief, and so on. Additionally pack some eateries dry fruits, chocolates and snacks. In the event that you are going by air, pack your toiletries in your carryon bag.

Travel Map & Guide Book
In the event that you’re going on a planned trip – purchase the travel maps, guide books in local store at your place and chalk out an itinerary and carry along the itinerary printout with you. In the event that it's out of blue trip purchase a guide, as you can't depend on technology (Google maps and so forth), dependably. Stack in the maps in your daypack alongside camera, phone and other stuff.

Back-up documents
Always remember to get photocopies of passport, personal IDs, tickets and different documents, for example, your Mastercard's car rental insurance coverage information, depending on where you’re travelling to. Carry phone numbers of your bank, Credit Card Company or possibly travel agency in like manner. Leave a photocopy of your passport ID back at home with the destination that it accelerates the replacement procedure in the event that you lose your passport on the excursion.

I am certain the above would come convenient while arranging and packing your next vacation.

Rwanda formally known as the Republic of Rwanda is an Independent country in the East Africa and is among the smallest states on African Continent. It’s located south of the equator, bordering Uganda in the north, Burundi in the south, Tanzania in the East and DR. Congo in the west. The country is in African Great Lakes Region and its geography is dominated savanna in the east and mountains in the west and due to the rolling landscape the country earned it’s the name ‘land of thousand hills’

Numerous visitors come to Rwanda to trek mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, which has spread the good news about the country as a peaceful and perfect destination for tourists, changing the bad picture made by the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Other than the mountain gorillas, different attractions incorporate the golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park, birds and wildlife in Akagera National Park, chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park and obviously, the Rwandan interesting culture.

The country is an amazing family tour destination with awesome places to visit, incorporating three wildlife parks with stunning wildlife, Rift Valley lakes, and the busy capital city of Kigali, which is incredible for phenomenal family outing in and around the city.

Here are some of the best and interesting cities to visit with a family in Rwanda

Lake Kivu
late-afternoon-serena-hotel-lake-kivu-rwandaLake Kivu is the among the Africa Great Lakes situated along the border of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The lake is among the highest altitude Rift Valley lakes found above 1,460 meters above the sea level. Lake Kivu is large with shallow waters perfect for swimming, kayaking and boat cruise.

There are three tourist towns found at the shore of this lake; including Lake Kivu. Gisenyi is the most famous one. Situated on the northern shores, it is blessed with white sandy shorelines and amazing views of the Rift Valley scenes and the Virunga Volcanoes.

Here, there are a lot of chances for trips and water sports on the lake itself. Gisenyi has variety of vacationer hotels on the lake shores, including Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Waterfront Resort Lake Kivu and Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel.

The other town at the shores of Lake Kivu are Karongi, which is effectively reached from Kigali and is clamoring with market and lodgings, and Rusizi on the remote southern shores of the Lake.

Butare Town
rwanda-national-museumThe town of Butare otherwise called Huye, is found in the southern of the country. This once a colonial town offers tourists an insight into the way of life, history and modern day life of the people of Rwanda.

Your family can visit the Rwanda National Museum where you can discover more about the pre and post colonial history of Rwanda and the traditional culture of Rwanda displayed through relics.

Another interesting destination to visit with family in Rwanda is the Gikongoro Genocide memorial found just outside the Butare Town. It is found in just a 15minutes drive from Butare Town. Local tour guides will clarify how the huge number of Tutsi was killed during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

Huye market is a busy town with bars, restaurants and shops with local and international cuisine to feast on. Tourists can appreciate everything from meat omelets, fish omelets, and boiled cassava, to sandwiches, pork, chicken and vegan dishes. Also the local market can be visited during the day, there are various hotels for overnight stays, including Motel da Munt Huye, Hotel Ibis and Shalom House.

Kigali City
kigali-cityKigali is the capital and business center of Rwanda and also is home to International hotel chains, such as Radisson and Serena, in addition to a host of local casinos, craft shops, shopping malls and bars. There are also good banks and forex bureaus in case you want to exchange, deposit or withdraw money.

In addition to the shop and local markets, a tour around Kigali City also offers tourists a visit to genocide memorial centers. This memorial center is a remembrance of the genocide incident that happened in the country in 1994 that claimed the lives of over 800,000 people with just 100 days.

The Gisozi, otherwise called the Kigali Genocide memorial, is a burial ground where 250,000 Rwandans where killed and buried. In this genocide memorial center there are three exhibitions including educational sections, children’s exhibitions, gardens and archives telling the story of the genocide.

Still on Kigali city tour, you can visit other genocide memorial centers like, Murambi, Ntarama and Nyamata churchs situated in the southern part of the city. These have melancholy displays including skeletal remains of the casualties of the genocide. A visit to these places is a lesson in building reconciliation.

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The continents

Africa Guide/Highlights
Come listen to the African songs to the beat of drums. The continent of pyramids, medinas, deserts, oases and human warmth with visitors.

Asian Continent
The continent of a thousand spices, Confucius and Buddha, India and its colors, the vast China, the mysterious monuments and breathtaking landscapes, have no choice but to meet you.

South America

Try the chili, hear the trumpets and drums, enjoy the sun, discover the land of the Incas and Get into the joy of living! Then Argentina and Brazil to experience the Iguazu falls. Brazil also has the Great Amazon Forest, Amazonas River as well as beautiful sandy beaches of Rio De Janeiro.
North America
The new world is presented with its skyscrapers, national parks and the beauty of its landscapes, including its eccentricities and its peculiar culture.
Caribbean
Come dance and have fun in a region where the musical diversity is impressive: salsa, reggae, Creole or Calypso music ... everyone will be satisfied. Visit their paradisaical nature, without forgetting their original populations that welcome you with open arms.

Europe
Discover the old continent with its historic monuments that have marked the history of a country that, despite being next, are totally different from each other by their culture and traditions.
Middle East

The cradle of civilization, the birthplace of the three major religions of the world, the origin of oil ... No doubt, a region rich in every way.
Oceania

Welcome to OZ! The continent of kangaroos and koalas, surfers and magnificent beaches ... Come to dance to the sound of the didgeridoo and aborigines.
Indian Ocean

The sea of a thousand colors and underwater species. With twelve different flavors that come from the spice islands of Madagascar, Reunion, Mauritius, Seychelles and the Maldives.
Pacific Ocean

The Pacific islands and their coconut trees, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters that forces you to bathe in its waters and visit this exotic paradise.

The Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism has unveiled an ambitious five-year strategic plan to raise Tourism revenues to Sh200 billion annually, from the current Sh96 billion. Tourism Secretary Phyllis Kandie Tourism Secretary Phyllis Kandie. This will involve execution of a campaign and marketing programme that will see tourist arrivals in the country rise to three million per annul from the current 1.8 million. Since Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are in one East African community, tourists can as well go gorilla tours in Uganda or Rwanda or in both thus  memorable  safaris.

The plan intends to consolidate the traditional tourism source markets of Europe and Americas. It will also venture into new emerging markets of Asia, Middle East, India, East Europe and Brazil. Speaking during the launch of the plan, East African Community, Commerce and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie added that the ministry will soon set up the Tourism Regulatory Authority as provided for in the Tourism Act 2011.

The regulator will reign in rogue tour operators and streamline operations in the sector so as to raise the standards of tourist potentials. “This will guide this ministry pursuit of increased tourist arrivals, fast track regional integration, support traders and all Kenyan enterprises in alignment with Vision 2030,” said Ms Kandie.

According to the tourism secretary, Ms Kandie, the strategic plan was a product of extensive stakeholder consultation and will help to establish a framework for monitoring and evaluating performance.  The establishment of a commodities exchange to market value added products from Kenya — both locally and internationally as well as an intense awareness campaign on the benefits of regional integration are among the key highlights of the strategic plan.

Ms Kandie expressed confidence that the ongoing negotiations between the European Union and EAC on Economic Partnerships Agreement.  She said the pact that puts hundreds of thousands of Kenyan jobs on the line and billions of shillings of revenue through exports to EU at stake will be concluded expeditiously. “In driving the mandate of the Ministry, the intention is to promote EAC regional Integration, promote trade, promote Tourism Product development and Innovation and Marketing of Kenyan Tourism Products,” she observed.

This will accelerate the expansion of regional market and formulate and implement a coherent regional integration policy and strategy for Kenya. It will also implement the EAC Single Customs Territory through introduction of tax payment at first point of entry and conclude negotiations on Comesa-EAC-South African Development Co-operation Tripartite Free Trade Area.  Apart from targeting the tourism revenue in upwards of Sh200 billion yearly, the ministry seeks to encourage the expansion of hospitality industry facilities including bed capacity to over 30,000 addition beds.

To ensure increased revenues, the plan seeks to establish three more conference and convention centres in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu to attract business tourists. This alongside, the diversification of the products to include sports, cultural and medical tourism will ensure a vibrant sector.

Inpite of the fact Kenya hosts no mountain Gorillas like Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo but she has the potential of compiting favourably in tourism sector of the region. This is so because Kenya is endowed with many National parks and game reserves which protect avariety of tourist attractions. National parks in Kenya include Amboseli National Park, Arabuko Sokoke National Park, Hells Gate and Mount Longonot National Parks, Kora National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park,     Marsabit National Park, Meru National Park, Mount Kenya National Park, Mount Elgon National Park,     Nairobi National Park, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, Ruma National Park, Saiwa Swamp National Park,     Sibiloi National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Tsavo West National Park.

Game reserves include: Arawale National Reserve,  Boni National Reserve, Dodori National Reserve, Kakamega Forest National Reserve,  Kisumu Impala Sanctuary,  Samburu National Reserve,  Buffalo Springs National Reserve,  Mwaluganje elephant sanctuary,  Shimba Hills National Reserve, Masai Mara National Reserve,  Mwea National Reserve, Witu Forest Reserve (Utwani Forest Reserve)

North-Western Province is known as the richest province in Zambia because of the thriving mining activities in the region. It has become the place to be for investors and those who want to do business with the mining companies are found here.

Along side mining, this area is known for massive tourism potential that can help turn-around the fortunes of the area, if well-harnessed.  Yes, we are talking about a rich province, not only from the mineral perspective, but also from the natural resources that lie untapped.

To that note however, this is adeliberate efforts that are being put together by the North-Western province administration to ensure that the tourism potential is exploited towards National Economic transformation deserve absolute support from all stakeholders. Indeed, the provincial administration deserves accolades for mooting 'Destination North-Western,' with a pulsating mandate of promoting the area through tourism.

The overall objective of 'Destination North-Western' concept is to realize increased inflows of investment in various Economic sectors of the province and encourage tourist visits to important heritage sites and cultural events.

 The concept was eloquently outlined at a thought-provoking and forward-looking inaugural 'Destination North-Western' tourism stakeholder consultative meeting at Solwezi Lodge recently. The gathering aimed to lay down a framework for the new initiative.

Tourism has gone global in the 21st century, and the North Western provincial administration has preferred a meaningful and natural route to uplift Zambia's economic development. It should be noted that torism earns a lot of foreign exchange to Zambia.

chinhoyi caves

10 years back, I decided to visit the amazing Chinhoyi Caves but it was adventurous to move through the caves. Whenever you enter this these cave, you come out fresh and re-thinking about Zimbabwe's geomorphological splendour. It is hard to explain the feeling.  To that note, the caves are worth visited by tourists.

The Chinhoyi Caves always emit an aura of myth and mystery that would excite and provoke an adrenaline rush in any visitor. Only a few chirping birds give a sign of life to the caves whose dearth of sound is like the innards of a grave!  The silence as one descends into the intricate network of caves, is both eerie and profound, yet the grottos and the huge sleeping pool form a spectacular combination in which reality defies existing tourism hyperbole. It is a geomorphologic spectacle whose grandeur Zimbabwe has done little to market for international tourism recognition.

The caves are grossly under-marketed and they have largely remained an untapped tourist attraction, except for a few people who trickle there.  When climbing down the steep granite steps it is easy for tourists to imagine approaching an abyss of darkness as light suddenly varnishes. The experience is hair-raising.

Chinhoyi cases are made up of limestone shaft linked by a maze of passages and caves, at the foot of which lies a huge pool whose limpid and translucent gothic water maintains the same level 24 /7. Inexplicably, the water defies common meteorological logic by remaining at the same temperature of 22 degrees Celsius 24/7 every second, every minute, every hour and indeed every day.

It is this deep blue pool beneath the sparkling cobalt stone that is known as the "Sleeping Pool".  Myth and mystery has it that one cannot successfully throw a stone across the seemingly small pool as the sacred spirits that watch over the pool will catch the stone and bestow a curse upon the stone thrower. Oral tradition has it that at the bottom of Sleeping Pool lies immured the bones of fallen Shona tribe heroes who died after being flung in by Nguni tribe raiders in pre-colonial Zimbabwe.

Location of chinhoyi caves
The caves are located in Makonde District, Mashonaland West Province, in central, northern Zimbabwe. They lie approximately 9 kilometres (5.6 mi), by road, northwest of Chinhoyi, the nearest large town, and the location of the district and provincial headquarters. This location lies about 135 kilometres (84 mi), northwest of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe and the largest city in that country. The caves lie on the main road, Highway A-1, between Harare and Chirundu, at the International border with the Republic of Zambia, about 250 kilometres (160 mi), further northwest of the caves.

Bicycle riding is one of the tourism activities which enables the participants gain physical fitness however, to engaging in cycling, one should be abit energetic and fit. It should also be noted that some body should also be skilliful in the cycling games as it is some times challenging.

The Eritrean clocked 22h 52 minutes and 24 seconds to beat Louis Leo Sanchez, who was wearing Yellow Jersey going into the final stage on Sunday. Team Rwanda finished in 8th position overall.  Bonavanture Uwizeyimana, who won stage five on Friday, was Team Rwanda’s best finisher in 22nd position with a time of 23h5’33’’.

On the Rwandan team, he was followed by  Janvier Hadi (31st) 23h9’54’’, Hategeka Gasore (32nd) 23h10’11’’, Joseph Biziyaremye (36th) 23h11’48’’, Jean Bosco Nsengiyumva (42nd) 23 hours 13 minutes and 10 seconds, while Valens Ndayisenga was in 54th position with a time of 23h32’16’’.  Adrien Niyonshuti, who was competing for his South African team, MTN-Qhubeka, finished in a respectable 14th position in 22 hours 55 minutes and 51 seconds.

On stage six (106km) on Saturday, 22-year-old Hadi came in 13th position. Belgian Frederique Robert won the stage. How the other Rwandans finished in stage six; Hategeka Gasore (17), Adrien Niyonshuti (32), Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (37), Joseph Biziyaremye (41), Valens Ndayisenga (63) and Jean Bosco Nsengiyumva (66).

India hosts approximately 1,700 tigers left in the wild. It is threatening that in the past five weeks, 17 people in four states have been killed by tigers.

In the country which is home to the world’s largest population of tigers, few things swing public opinion more sharply than a “man-eater” does.  With 17 people killed by tigers in the past five weeks in the four Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, angry residents of affected areas are threatening to take the law into their own hands as they have decided to kill tigers found lingering around.

Drawing a blank

The argument is that the Tiger have killed two people in Maharashtra’s Tadoba region. A tiger that killed three people since 4 January in Dodabetta has been confirmed as a “man-eater”. In Uttar Pradesh, a wandering tigress from Jim Corbett National Park has killed seven people since Christmas. Another five people have been killed by a tiger in Karnataka.  While two “man-eating” tigers – and one who killed livestock – have been captured in Karnataka since last month, forest authorities in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have so far drawn a blank.

In fact, most attacks on people are chance encounters gone wrong. Victims of such accidental attacks are rarely dragged away as prey or actually eaten.  But a series of attacks on people in quick succession is a telltale sign of a man-eater at work.

Facts about Tigers:

Common Name: Tiger

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Felidae

Genus: Pantherinae Panthera

Species: tigris

Tigers are some times known as the Largest of the big cats (Amur tigers can weigh up to 700 lbs; lions typically only weigh up to 500 lbs.), the tiger is also one of the best-known large mammals. Reddish-orange to yellow-ochre coat with black stripes and white belly. Males have a ruff - especially in the Sumatran sub-species. Tigers love the water, and will spend much of a hot day soaking. They will also readily enter the water to kill prey. Tigers are by nature solitary animals (as are all cats except lions, which are the only true social cat), but at CPT they have adjusted to life with a mate. This is possible due to having enough food (the primary reason to be solitary).

Kenya has kicked off a tourism marketing campaign in West Africa by reaching out to travel agents in different regions in Ghana and Nigeria. According to regional Marketing, Mr Fred Okenya, Ghana, Rwanda and Nigeria are potential markets to Kenya’s tourism growth. According to Basudde paul, asenior tour consultant from African jungle Adventures ltd argue that, more tourists from gorilla tracking in Rwanda, always yearn to supplement their safaris with the view of tree climbing lions of Masai mara in Kenya.

He added that, Kenya Tourism Board would conduct seminars with about 200 travel agents in West Africa as well as media engagement programs in a bid to equip them with information on Kenya's tourism products.

Last year Ghana and Nigeria recorded about 23,000 arrivals to Kenya; a figure Okeyo says will be increased significantly after the aggressive marketing campaign. Besides holiday leisure, education, conferencing and medical tourism are becoming key tourism products attracting Nigerians to Kenya.

On his part, Kenya's High Commissioner to Nigeria Tom Amolo said the embassy will seek to assure potential visitors that Kenya is safe to travel to, especially building on the ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations. "We have continued to reassure the market of Kenya's safety and her conducive business for tourism business and other economic activities," said the Ambassador.

In an attempt to increase the tourists to Kenya, national carrier Kenya Airways sales manager in charge of Nigeria Diran Oloyede said the airline will launch a direct flight between Abuja and Nairobi early next year.  "With these marketing activities by Kenya Tourism Board, we will expect interest of travellers to Kenya and the launch of direct flight to Nairobi will come in handy," says Oloyede.

Currently, Kenya Airways flies to Lagos 10 times a week with passengers from Abuja flying to Lagos to connect to Nairobi. He termed the introduction of direct flight from Abuja to Nairobi as a major milestone in easing access to Kenya.

Kenya is one of the East African countries with more developed tourism sector. It has more than ten National parks like Amboseli National Park, Arabuko Sokoke National Park, Hells Gate and Mount Longonot National Parks, Kora National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Marsabit National Park, Meru National Park, Mount Kenya National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, Nairobi National Park, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, Ruma National Park, Saiwa Swamp National Park, Sibiloi National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Tsavo West National Park and other game reserves. To that note however, the country has a variety of tourist destinations and attraction.