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Protecting endangered species is a priority
at Kenya Airways, so we fully support
the African Elephant Coalition. This
group of 30 African countries will make
several proposals at the CITES CoP18
meeting later this month, to ensure that
elephants are given maximum protection.
The coalition aims to stop the reopening
of the ivory trade, which five African
countries are proposing, close legal ivory
markets and strengthen the management
of ivory stockpiles.
In support of these efforts – and to
coincide with World Elephant Day on
12 August – our wildlife story (page 62)
looks at the plight of the elephant and
what we can do about it. The article also
explains why elephants are vital to the
environment, which is yet another reason
to protect them.
As consumer banking in many parts of
the world begins to recover from a
downturn, all eyes are on Africa because
its consumer banking sector is way
ahead. Much of the continent’s growth
is due to mobile banking services that
enable users to make payments and
borrow or save money easily with a
basic mobile phone. Our trend story
(page 44) looks into what many see as a
banking revolution in Africa.
Banking is not the only industry that’s
thriving on the continent. Artificial
intelligence (AI), which has so far given
us tools that make our lives easier, such
as Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, is
entering a new research and development
phase and Africa is the focal
point. Foreign companies have
gravitated to countries such as Kenya
and Nigeria to take advantage of a
young, educated population. IBM,
Google and Microsoft are among the
higher profile firms that have established
AI research labs in Africa. Our
business story (page 52) gives you the
details of this exciting development.
Thank you for choosing Kenya Airways,
I wish you an enjoyable flight.
Group Managing Director and CEO
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CONTENTS / 11
Travel & Nature
14 Ethereal Chasm
24 From Summit to Sea
42 Movers And Shakers
Maasai Mara travel tips
49 Travel Essentials
Packing for Bangkok
56 Way of The Elders
Exploring Bangkok and beyond
Arts & Culture
Kenya & the world
36 Thought Leaders
62 Larger Than Life
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34 Aircraft Facts
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Africa’s banking revolution
52 Out of Your Mind
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NATURE / 15
Living on the edge
feels decidedly more
serene when dancing
with the Devil at the
tip of VICTORIA
FALLS. Visit one of
the planet’s most
famous natural wonders
in autumn for a
text Martha Shardalow
NOT FOR the faint-hearted, peering
over the brim of the largest curtain of
falling water on the planet is exhilarating
to say the least.
Disappearing into the billowing,
iridescent mist, this epitome of wild
water descends 108 m to the bottom.
Victoria Falls straddles two countries
(Zambia and Zimbabwe). Visitors can
swim in the Zambezi River – on the
Zambian side – to seemingly defy the
laws of physics in an unorthodox infinity
pool called Devil’s Pool. The only thing
stopping you from partaking in the
plummet is a jagged rock formation.
From September to December, the
flow of the mighty Zambezi River subsides
and the water level drops, allowing
the more stalwart to (relatively) easily
fight the current. If the Devil’s grips
leave you woozy, turn your head towards
the lush emerald sprawl of surrounding
rainforest. Alternatively, embrace the
dizziness and wave at the day-trippers
assembling their tripods in Zimbabwe.
Kenya Airways flies to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula
International Airport in Livingstone, Zambia,
from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport. The Zambia side of Victoria Falls is 20
minutes from there by car.
Rwanda holds the
world record for the
of women in parliament:
more than 60 percent of
its members are women.
HABARI / 17
The Sossusvlei sand dunes in
Namibia are some of the highest
(and most beautiful) in the world.
South African artist and
multi-talent Wesley van
Eeden works as an illustrator,
graphic designer and painter
for clients all over the world.
Among many other things, he
designs murals, apparel and
skateboards, all characterised
by a great sense of creativity
and an eye for detail. Check
out his work at resoborg.com.
~ Instagram @resoborg
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HABARI / 19
The Côte d'Ivoire is the
world’s largest cocoa
The African Nile crocodile is
found in rivers, lakes and ponds
throughout Burkina Faso.
The name Burkina Faso means
“Land of Incorruptable People”.
Cameroon is home to
revitalising thermal springs.
Lake of Stars Shines
Looking for an adrenaline
rush? Head to Tana River for
some wild whitewater rafting
in the rapids, or try a heartstopping
freefall down a 12-m
waterfall. Rapids Camp Sagana
offers kayaking and rafting,
rock climbing, river trekking,
camping and more. And if
adrenaline’s not your thing,
you can always just relax with
a book on their manicured
lawns while you enjoy a luxurious
breakfast or lunch.
In the late 1970s, Nani Croze
visited the Athi-Kapiti Maasailand
plains and fell in love
with its outstanding beauty. It
was only natural, then, that in
1981 she started the Kitengela
Hot Glass Studio there. Today,
as well as being a training centre
for artisans – who create
artforms such as stained glass,
mosaics, sculpture and pottery
– the studio holds a range of
Everybody who loves love enjoys a romantic dinner (think candlelight
and soft music). But for it to be truly romantic, the setting
can’t be too obvious; it should look natural and be subtly
beautiful. And the food should be great. So if you’re looking to
create some romance, consider the magical ambience of About
Thyme restaurant at night: its low, leafy canopies make you feel
like you’re dining in the woods. Of course, if you don’t do love,
then brunch it is. Either way, you’ll have a fantastic time at About
Heart on Her
Nigerian designer Ify Ojo
specialises in Afro-infused
fabrics for men’s and women’s
apparel. Her stunning designs
highlight a traditional African
way of storytelling.
This year, the Lake of Stars festival takes on an exciting new
format, bringing a unique lineup of music, talks, poetry, theatre,
film, art and wellness activities from Malawi and beyond; all in an
intimate, remote and inspiring setting. The three-day celebration
will take place from 27 to 29 September at Kachere Castle, on the
shores of beautiful Lake Malawi.
Everything produced by new
African brand Ziyanda is
striking. Designed by South
African entrepreneur Zonke
Ndaba, this collection of highend
appliances includes smart
kettles, toasters and stand
mixers, all with a sleek look
and feel combined with a traditional
Karen Blixen Museum
Did you know that Danish author Karen Blixen, of film, Out of
Africa, fame, lived in a farmhouse in Nairobi from 1917 until
1931? This beautiful 19th-century farmhouse, which once housed
love and eventually heartbreak, is now the Karen Blixen Museum.
It’s also the place where the film adaptation of Blixen’s life
was shot; Out of Africa went on to win seven Academy Awards in
1986, including Best Picture and Best Director. The museum and
its tranquil garden surroundings are open every day to visitors.
“If you want
peace, you don’t
talk to your
friends. You talk
to your enemies”
– Desmond Tutu
Nairobi page text: Jackson Biko
Habari text: Eva de Vries
Sanlam Cape Town
This world-class running event takes place on 15
September and features a marathon, peace trail and a
10km run/walk through Cape Town. The marathon
starts at the famous V&A Waterfront and takes runners
along a scenic route past landmarks such as
District Six and the Castle of Good Hope.
Holland has its fields of tulips, Japan has its cherry blossoms and Africa has
its famous jacaranda trees, which explode into vivid purple flowers from September
to November. That means that the streets of Harare and Pretoria –
and everywhere in between – will soon be covered in a carpet of violet. Legend
has it that if a flower falls on your head, you’ll have good fortune.
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Addis Ababa lies at an
elevation of 2,300 m, and
rises as high as 3,000 m at
The Zanzibar Archipelago is made up of
many islands. The larger islands include
Unguja, with beautiful beaches,
and Pemba, with unspoiled reefs.
The Udzungwa Mountains
National Park is Tanzania’s
first national park. It was
created primarily to protect
flora rather than fauna.
Arts & Culture
Sibebe Rock in eSwatini is the
world’s second-largest monolith
(after Australia’s Uluru).
Not to miss in…
Addis Ababa |
Most visitors head straight for
Ethiopia’s mountains or ancient
churches as soon as they land
in Addis Ababa, but it’s definitely
worth spending some time getting
to know the fascinating capital for
a couple of days.
Young entrepreneur Daniella
Ekwueme is filling a gap in the
Nigeria spirits market with her
bottled palm wine company
‘Pamii’. Not only is the wine
delicious, the bottles’ labels
look fabulous, too.
If you fly with Kenya Airways frequently, you may have
read that I joined a Muay Thai boxing class earlier this year.
And that the class had fellows half my age (I’m 41) who would
continuously, savagely and happily kick my behind. But I promised
myself that I wouldn’t quit. That I would break all the
bones in my body before I waved the white flag and flatlined.
Two months after joining, however, I developed a muscle spasm
in my lower back and it was a wrap for me and Muay Thai. My
only regret was that I wasn’t around to show those young-uns
the stuff I’m made of. They dodged a beating.
Anyway, because I’m a man, I didn’t see a doctor for my
back; I consulted some loudmouths in a bar, instead. They
gave me the number of a physiotherapist, who worked on my
back for two months without success. Then I consulted more
men in more bars, and they put me on to another sports physiotherapist
who wasted another three weeks of my time. At
this point, I decided that being a man wasn’t working for my
back, so I saw an orthopedic surgeon, who was always in a
crisp, well-cut suit. (The back business must be good.) I had
an MRI (it’s loud in that tube) and Snazzy Suits said that I
had a muscle spasm and that I needed 10 rounds of physiotherapy,
which, by the seventh one, hadn’t done the trick.
Then someone (not in a bar, this time) suggested that I see
an osteopath. I hadn’t heard of such a person; it sounded like
someone who drained fluids from lungs. Osteopathy, Google
told me, is a form of alternative medicine that emphasises
readjustments and manipulation of muscle and bone.
Mr Alternative Medicine had his practice in his apartment,
where he’d turned one of the bedrooms into a clinic. He
suggested five sessions, which weren’t cheap. But by this time I
had a back that felt like a gangplank, so I had no choice.
The first session was weird. I lay down and he proceeded
to stare at the soles of my feet for a long while, as if he was
admiring them. (I have lovely soles, in case you’re wondering).
Then he started prodding, pressing and kneading them with
his fingers, while asking me odd questions: “Have you been
“I didn’t see a doctor for
my back; I consulted
some loudmouths in a
near a pregnant woman lately?” (Errm, not knowingly, why?)
“Wait, there’s something here on your throat.” (You mean my
feet?) “No, your throat...but it’s something I don’t like. When
you laugh hard, do you produce phlegm?” (I couldn’t remember
when I last laughed hard. I’m not that kind of person.) “Do
you have a problem with constipation?” (That information is
private, no?) “You’re due to see an optician.” (My optician, a
German missionary fella, died last year. God rest his soul.)
He kept prodding the soles of my feet and asking these
terrifying questions. He seemed to want to know everything
about my organs, but he never commented on my soul. I guess
you don’t wear your soul on your feet. Then he started pressing
my back and spine, with his head cocked sideways, as if
my spine was the string of a musical instrument. Then he
suggested that I buy a gym ball. So now I have a bouncy blue
gym ball in my house. I sit on it at times, or lie on it to stretch
my back. Sometimes – when I’m bored – I kick it against the
wall. My visitors have taken to autographing it as if it’s a cast.
They write things about old age that they imagine to be funny.
I’ve now finished my sessions and I have to admit, I feel
much better. I keep telling people to be kind to the soles of
their feet. That the eyes might be the window to the soul, but
the soles are the windows to every other place in the body.
Illustration: Hannah Wieslander
This refurbished contemporary art
museum is built with wattle and
daub; its design was inspired by
traditional Ethiopian construction
techniques, expressed through
a modern interpretation. Open
Tuesday to Sunday.
Want to escape the urban
jungle and enjoy the city from
above? Then take a hike up the
3,200-m-high Mount Entoto.
Along the way, you’ll pass through
a refreshing eucalyptus forest
and encounter a former imperial
palace, as well as numerous
monasteries and churches.
Coffee at Tomoca
This cosy little café in the Piazza
neighbourhood has been around
since 1953, and it serves some
of Addis Ababa’s best coffee. The
beans are roasted onsite, and
the delicious black gold is served
in small cups to patrons at high
Renowned Burkinabé architect Francis Kéré designed the
remarkable installation Sarabalé ke – “the House of Celebration”
– for this year’s Coachella Festival in California, US. The
12 colourful towers are inspired by the baobab trees in Kéré’s
home village of Gando in Burkina Faso.
“A family tie
is like a tree;
it can bend
but it cannot
– African proverb
New Kenyan brand Lokol
creates beautiful leatherworks
from small, leftover pieces of
hide. Their product line includes
a range of wallets,
pouches, sandals and bags in a
variety of locally sourced animal
~ Instagram: @wearelokol
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From Mt. Kilimanjaro to the famous
archipelago of Zanzibar, TANZANIA is a
land of breathtaking variety.
text Anthea Rowan
Marangu Hotel Kilimanjaro
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TRAVEL / 27
Left: Mt. Kilimanjaro seen
from Marangu Hotel.
Right: A sandbank viewed
from a dhow boat cruise
near Fumba Beach Lodge,
AT 5,895 m above sea level, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the
highest free-standing mountains in the world. It rises suddenly
and spectacularly from the dusty Maasai Steppe. Tanzania
ripples with mountains: the Great Rift Valley, which runs for
6,000 km from Lebanon to Mozambique, cuts a scar through
northern Tanzania, and in the south, the Eastern Arc Mountains,
an ancient chain of peaks and summits, unravel.
A WALK IN THE CLOUDS
When early explorers espied Mt. Kilimanjaro, they rubbed
their eyes, thinking they were seeing things: a snow cap hovering
like a mirage over an equatorial savannah.
Growing up on one side of the mountain (in Kenya) and
living for years on the other side (in Tanzania), I’m ashamed
to admit that I’ve never climbed it. Fear of heights, and a
brush with altitude sickness – at much less impressive altitudes
– are my excuses. But it’s been my lifelong landmark: Mt.
Kilimanjaro has always been a beacon, an exclamation of
“you’re home!” I can pick it out from miles away. I point it out
to a visitor; it appears suspended above the plains, like a
“See it?” I ask.
“No,” they say, frowning.
I lean in towards them and point, arm outstretched.
“There,” I say. “See, there?”
My visitor tilts forward, eyes squinting, palm to brow.
“Maybe?” they offer hesitantly.
“There,” I say, trying not to sound impatient. “Look. Between
those hills, to the right of the big tree.”
And then, Mt. Kilimanjaro finally reveals herself, rippling
forward, an icy head thrown back, blue shoulders shrugging;
she doesn’t care if my visitor sees her or not. The frill of cloud
about her middle is what gives her away.
“Oh wow! I see her.” And in the setting sun, Africa’s highest
mountain blushes with the attention. Even seeming to be invisible,
it’s glorious, especially from the security of thousands of
According to Seamus Brice-Bennett of Marangu Hotel,
standing at the summit of the mountain is even more impressive.
“It gives one a great sense of privilege,” he says. “The
view outwards is not so different to the view from an aircraft
window, but the view of the crater is magnificent. A little over
2 km in diameter, one realises that only a very small percentage
of the Earth’s population has ever seen that view.”
Brice-Bennett’s family has run mountain trips since the 1950s;
he himself has climbed the mountain 25 times.
To climb Mt. Kilimanjaro is to retrace thousands of
historical footsteps. The indigenous Maasai and Chagga
clans, among many others, once had their own strictly defined
territories on the southern and eastern slopes of the mountain.
Today, indigenous people from all over Tanzania live
and work peacefully together on the mountain. >
“It rises suddenly and spectacularly from the dusty
Where to stay
Marangu Hotel features rustic
cottages on its grounds, and the
hotel can arrange daytrips.
Tranquil Aishi Machame Hotel offers
an inspiring view of the mountain.
Rooms at Babylon Lodge are
surrounded by lush gardens.
The atmospheric Ameg Lodge, close
to Moshi town centre, offers a wide
range of excursions.
Above: A resting porter
on Mt. Kilimanjaro’s
Machame Route (top
left); A tent on Mt.
Kilimanjaro (top right); A
group of Dendrosenecio
plants on the slopes of
Mt. Kilimanjaro (bottom).
Right page: Mt.
Kilimanjaro seen from
Moshi, Tanzania (top);
Vegetation in Arusha
National Park, Tanzania
(bottom left); Amboseli
National Park in southern
Kenya (bottom right).
Stocksy, Alamy, Unsplash, Getty Images, eStock Photo, Ian Cumming
28 / TRAVEL / Tanzania
TRAVEL / 29
sunset on Mt.
“When early explorers espied
Mt. Kilimanjaro, they rubbed
their eyes, thinking they were
30 / TRAVEL / Tanzania
TRAVEL / 31
Left page: Coming into
Stone Town by boat (top);
A crab on the beach in
Zanzibar (bottom left);
Outrigger sailing canoes in
Zanzibar (bottom right).
Right: The Rock
Stocksy, Alamy, CJ Eklund, Sarah Coghill
In Western literature, the mountain was first described in
the second century by Ptolemy, the Alexandrian astronomer,
who referred to a great snowy mountain on the coast of “Azania”.
And 700 years ago, Arab and Chinese traders mentioned
a mountain west of Zanzibar, while in 1519, the Portuguese
noted a high mountain, west of Mombasa. But it was not until
the 19th century, with the arrival of explorers and missionaries,
that these allusions were confirmed to the outside world.
Hans Meyer, a German geographer, was the first European
to reach the mountain’s summit, Kibo, successfully. He did it
in 1889 with Ludwig Purtscheller, his Austrian guide and the
foremost alpinist of his day. The final ascent involved roping
up and cutting steps into the ice for three hours to reach the
crater rim. The effects of erosion and global warming mean
that, today, you can just hike up.
Some 30,000 people climb Mt. Kilimanjaro each year,
using one of a choice of six routes. “No route is better than
another; they’re just different,” says Brice-Bennett, who first
climbed the Machame route in 1993. “My little climbing party
was the only one on the mountain. Now, Machame is the
busiest route. It’s spectacular, with great deep valleys and
views of Kibo’s Western Breach when it’s clear. But the
Mawenzi side of the mountain – the Marangu and Rongai
routes – are so beautiful because that side has had less recent
volcanic activity, so the soil has had time to become fertile,
producing an abundance of vegetation.”
BACK ON THE GROUND
For those of us who are happier at sea level, Zanzibar is a
far less angst-inducing option.
This island, which is part of an archipelago, is around 50
km from Tanzania’s mainland, and is reachable by air or fast
ferry. Just 96 km at its longest and 32 km at its widest, Zanzibar
is laced with beautiful salt-white beaches, of which Nungwi,
Matemwe, Jambiani and Bwejuu are considered the loveliest.
Zanzibar boasts much more than sea, sand and sun, however.
It also bears a colourful and sometimes cruel history.
Seyyid Said bin Sultan was the ruler of Oman, but moved his
capital from Muscat to Zanzibar’s Stone Town in 1840. During
his reign, Zanzibar was the most important town in the region,
and was famous for its spices. In 1890, at the request of the
sultan, the island was placed under British protection, and a
year later, it was proclaimed a British protectorate, eventually
becoming an independent state in 1963. The following year, the
sitting sultan was deposed in the violent Zanzibar Revolution:
the government was overthrown and Zanzibar was declared a
This condensed and chaotic period in history is headily
evident in the capital, Stone Town, which was declared a
UNESCO Cultural Heritage Centre in 2000. It’s imbued with
an Arab flavour that exceeds the African; don’t head to the
island’s beaches without at least one night here. It’s steeped
in history: from the sultans of old to more recently; Freddie
Mercury of rock band Queen was born here in 1946. >
“Zanzibar boasts much more than sea, sand
and sun, however. It also bears a colourful and
sometimes cruel history”
The key to the climb is to be prepared,
and to go slowly, allowing
yourself time to acclimatise.
Source a reputable outfitter for your climb; there
are more than 300 to choose from. Marangu
Hotel (maranguhotel.com) is among the most
seasoned, and SENE (Summit Expeditions &
Nomadic Experience; nomadicexperience.com)
is well-regarded. Or check with the Kilimanjaro
Porters Assistance Project (kiliporters.org).
Head in the clouds
Climbers should have a moderate-to-good
level of fitness, since you’re hiking for up to
eight hours each day. Altitude sickness is quite
common, but medications are readily available
to alleviate symptoms.
Dress for success
Dressing in layers for the climb is advised.
During the first two days, shorts and T-shirts
are fine, but by the third day of the climb, it can
be very windy, with the temperature falling to
freezing at night. And high-quality, waterproof
hiking boots are essential.
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Left: Men playing a game
called bao, in Mkokotoni
village, Zanzibar (top);
Bungalows in Coral
Rag Forest on Chumbe
Island, Zanzibar (bottom
left); Boats on Stone
Town beach, Zanzibar
Right: Local women
collecting seaweed near
Nungwi, Zanzibar (top);
Fresh peas on a market
stall (bottom left); A
cyclist in Stone Town,
Zanzibar (bottom right).
“A fleet of ngalawas – local fishing boats – goes out
every day; my favourite moment is when at twilight,
like a host of white butterflies, they sail back”
Where to stay
Luxurious Matemwe Retreat at the top end
of a beach has villas among the palm trees.
Laid-back Kendwa Rocks in the north is
famous for its full-moon parties.
Family-run Flame Tree Cottages in Nungwi
provides yoga retreats.
In the southeast, high-end Upendo Lodge
offers glorious private villas.
The high-end Hyatt offers a great breakfast.
Atmospheric Emerson Spice is the former
home of a spice merchant.
Stone Town Cafe B&B is cheap and cheerful.
Once you have experienced Stone Town’s colourful chaos,
discover the lush depths of the island, where you’ll find exotic
fruits such as tart soursop, jackfruit, blood-red spiky rambutan,
soft-fleshed Zanzibar apples, as well as trees strung with
vanilla and pepper vines, running amok. They say that if you
stand still here for long enough, a black pepper vine (pilipili
manga) will attach itself to you.
And then you can escape to the beach. Zanzibar’s beaches
are all very different, depending on where on the island you are.
Kendwa and Nungwi, at the island’s northern tip, offer beautiful
white beaches that are great for swimming and water sports;
and as a result can be very busy with tourists and beach vendors.
Not far away, Matemwe, which is home to a traditional
fishing village vibe, maybe not be as pretty as Kendwa but it’s
still relatively untouched by tourism. A little further down, the
Michamvi Peninsula also boasts powder-white beaches and is
perfect for both sunrises and sunsets.
Island insiders, though, tout Jambiani – in the southeast
– as the loveliest. The beaches are long, wide and white but
quieter because they’re subject to the tides; swimming and
water sports are restricted during low water. According to a
local, because it’s still a village, islanders come out to enjoy the
beach every evening: they dance and play football. “A fleet of
ngalawas – local fishing boats – goes out every day; my favourite
moment is when at twilight, like a host of white butterflies,
they sail back,” he says.
A number of islands off Zanzibar – Prison, Bawe and
Chumbe – can be visited as day trips. But, if you want to see
Chapwani, a private, five-hectare island northwest of Zanzibar
town, or the tiny, romantic Mnemba, famous for its marine
conservation, you’ll need to be staying on them.
Award-winning Chumbe is a favourite. It embraces the
world’s first privately managed marine conservation area and
features an award-winning eco lodge. Coupled with the island’s
history, the enormous coconut crabs that inhabit this
little place and the rare, forest-dwelling Aders duiker, and
you’ve got an incredible experience. Chumbe is characterised
by Chumbe Lighthouse. Built in 1904 by the British, it has a
place in the annals of maritime history, witnessing events such
as the famous sea battle between the Königsberg and HMS
Pegasus in 1914. Fitted with gas in 1926, the lighthouse still
works today and winks encouragingly all night long at the
dhows that ply these island-filled waters.
Plan your trip
Book your flight to Tanzania
Sarah Coghill, Alamy, Stocksy, Stocksy
34 / TRAVEL / Facts
They say not to judge a book by
its cover, so next time you look at
an aircraft’s nose remember the
amount of data collection and
processing it does.
The nose is important for
streamlining the aircraft so it can
fly through the relative airflow.
The nose of an aircraft is
often called a radome.
The cone of a
which is made of
strong materials, is
with a slightly
There are six protruding
probes on the external
part of the nose that
sense airspeed and
altitude, and send this
information to the flight
computer for monitoring.
“It may not be as obvious as the landing gear or the wings, but the
nose is very important,” says First Officer Maria Barmao. “For example,
it streamlines the aircraft so it can travel through the relative airflow
efficiently, and it houses the weather radar system’s antenna, which helps
the pilots to avoid bad weather.”
Also called a radome, the nose has an aerodynamic cone shape that
reduces drag, allowing the aircraft to push through the air around it, just
like the bow enables a ship to move through water. This improves fuel
efficiency and engine life since you need less power to acquire the same
lift as you would with a square-shaped one. “The nose comes in different
shapes depending on the required performance,” says Barmao. “For
instance, there’s the sandwich shape, which is more pointed and is used
on military aircraft for high speed and better performance, or the dielectric
cone, which is more concave and is mostly used by airliners. Both are
made up of strong materials that can withstand extreme temperatures at
cruising altitudes, survive flights through heavy rain or hail, withstand bird
strikes and maintain safety through a lightning strike.”
Barmao explains that the tough structure can include a pressurised upper
zone, where the flight deck is situated, and a lower unpressurised zone,
which houses the nose landing gear that retracts during take-off and
extends during landing; on the ground, the nose steering wheel controls
the movement of the nose. Mid-flight, the rudder, which is a component
in the tail section, helps the nose to turn in the direction commanded
by the pilot or autopilot. “The lower zone also contains the avionics, or
aviation electronics, which control the navigation, communication, weather
monitoring – of up to hundreds of kilometres – as well as the Traffic
Collision Avoidance System, which is used by modern airliners to prevent
collision with other aircraft, especially in busy airspace,” adds Barmao.
text: Annette Lavrijsen image: Mukarram Bakirali
36 / PEOPLE / Influencers
PEOPLE / 37
Speaking with substance is winning hearts and
minds on social channels. Meet the media
mavens who are giving a whole new definition
to the term INFLUENCER.
text Eromo Egbejule
BBC World News Komla Dumor Award
Ace broadcaster Nancy Kacungira had stints
working at NTV Uganda and KTN News Kenya,
but now she’s a BBC News journalist based in
Kacungira uses her skyrocketing social media
status to write about travel experiences, women’s
rights, and racism. In 2015, she won the inaugural
edition of the BBC World News Komla Dumor
Award, an initiative to honour the most outstanding
African journalist of the year, named after the late
Ghanaian broadcaster who died in 2014.
The self-proclaimed Pan-Africanist has risen to
become one of East Africa’s most noticeable characters
in the social stratosphere, despite having a
relatively modest following on Twitter, Facebook
and Instagram (100,000+). She regularly posts with
an air of no-nonsense sanguinity spanning topics
such as the rights of women and girls, the reality of
working in your dream job every day and Africans
achieving great things; all while shining a light on
continental challenges. “On social media, I find
myself channelling African perspectives that breed
positive activism and optimism because those are
values I’m passionate about,” says Kacungira.
“I don’t want to be famous, I want to be useful.”
Kacungira runs a mentorship programme for
young women in Uganda, and offers a series of
training workshops on a volunteer basis. She’s also
an avid supporter of the Bless A Child Foundation
in Kampala, which provides free accommodation,
food and specialised care for children living in rural
areas who visit the city to get cancer treatment.
“I don’t want to
be famous, I want
to be useful”
38 / PEOPLE / Influencers
PEOPLE / 39
His book, Digital: The New Code of
Wealth, which was published in July;
received a Chevening Scholarship to
study Behaviour Change at University
College London (2019);
Best Twitter Personality in Africa at
the African Blogger Awards (2016);
selected for the International Visitors
Leadership Program (2016).
Venda, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
Among the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Most Influential
Youths (2016) and the Top 100 Women in Tourism
“When you’re defending or fighting for a cause,
it’s rarely a tea party”
“Honestly, if we knew each other better,
we’d be so much further ahead”
JAPHETH OMOJUWA’S disposition on social media is one
of a feisty firebrand who riles governments, and campaigns for
change with the backing of his 680,000+ Twitter followers.
The Nigerian blogger and public speaker uses his social
media platforms and website to promote youth empowerment,
sports, political debate and philanthropy, but he rejects the
“I generally just don’t like labels because once people fit
you into a box, you have a hard time fighting to get out of that
box,” says Omojuwa. “But whatever I’m up to at any time, I
will always be a change advocate...‘Behaviour change’ is my
next career.” And true to his word, Omojuwa was one of the
spearheads of the prevalent #OccupyNigeria protests against a
fuel subsidy scam and corruption in Nigeria’s oil sector in 2012.
A veteran of digital interaction, Omojuwa admits that he’s
learnt to be discerning, but he appreciates that great advocacy
sometimes comes with towing the line. “There are some
advocacies that don’t allow for you to mince your words.
When you’re defending or fighting for a cause, it’s rarely a
tea party…you get some people angry, but you aren’t going
to stop because you’re also aware that the essence of your
quest benefits more people than those who are angry. I don’t
need anyone’s permission to set sail once I believe it’s time to
Omojuwa’s life offline supports his robust online persona.
He once lectured for six months at Freie Universität Berlin,
sharing his wisdom on democracy in Africa. He’s also the
founder and chief strategist at Alpha Reach – a digital media
consultancy – and founder of the Omojuwa Foundation,
through which he disburses grants to small-business owners.
ONE OF the best-known travel bloggers in Africa,
Mukhatshelwa Nzama has valiantly wandered solo across 35
African countries; forever curious about her home continent.
A few years ago, she embarked on her most daring backpacking
escapade yet, travelling all the way from Cape Town to
Cairo in order to highlight the blessings and curses of intra-
Nzama is known for her provocative and honest take on
African travel issues – such as internal visa costs – that are
usually clouded in secrecy, making her both loved and hated
(in equal measure) on social media platforms. She remains
habitually indifferent, tweeting about cuisine, music and other
aspects of culture in several languages.
Her incessant wanderlust, need to tweet and experimental
tendencies while roaming in Africa – particularly where it’s
difficult to do so – comes from a deep-seated desire to decolonise
African travel. “I’m rewriting how we, as Africans,
change and document our country…promoting Africa to
Africans and hoping to inspire more Africans to travel Africa
and learn more about each other, so we’re not ignorant sods
about each other anymore. Honestly, if we knew each other
better, we’d be so much further ahead as a continent.”
Currently exploring South Africa’s novel craft breweries,
Nzama finds it hard to pick a stand-out travel experience. “I
have so many: the absolute unconditional love I got from
strangers as I travelled alone, and from those who housed me,
fed me, and protected and stood up for me.”
40 / PEOPLE / Influencers
PEOPLE / 41
Douala, Cameroon & Washington D.C., US
Nairobi, Kenya & London, UK
Judge (Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation);
named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World
Economic Forum of Davos (2002); one of Forbes’ 10
Female Tech Founders To Watch In Africa (2014);
one of New African magazine’s 50 Leading Women in
Business (2014 & 2013)
Among New African’s 100 Most Influential Africans of
the Year (2018)
Jean Marc Ferré
Armstrong Kweyu Kiprotich
“Hopefully, young people, especially women and girls, will see
that being a tech entrepreneur is both desirable and attainable”
“Our job as reporters is to record history,
whether the government of the day approves it or not”
IN 2019, the World Bank called her a “heavyweight in
African tech”. Rebecca Enonchong, who’s the founder and
CEO of AppsTech, an enterprise application solutions provider,
is also one of the judges of the Africa Prize for Engineering
Innovation and a member of the UK government’s Department
for International Development’s Digital Advisory Panel.
Born and raised in Cameroon but educated abroad – with
two degrees from The Catholic University of America in Washington
D.C. – Enonchong is keen to pass on the mantle of
knowledge to her compatriots at home. She uses her social
channels to bring topics such as education for girls, African
tech and Cameroon’s anglophone crisis to the table. “I’m
passionate about tech and its potential in helping to build our
continent. I use Twitter to share this passion and exchange with
others,” she says. The “others” being her 84,000+ followers.
Beyond the Internet, she’s also heavily involved in
mentoring and offline advocacy, in a drive to get more young
people into tech entrepreneurship, as well as science, technology,
engineering and mathematics subjects. Enonchong
has also cofounded Cameroon Angels – a network of angel
investors supporting startups in her homeland – and African
Business Angels Network, a continental equivalent. “All
these organisations promote and support tech entrepreneurship
in Africa,” she says.
In her (not so) spare time she also chairs the boards of
ActivSpaces incubator and coworking space in Cameroon
as well as being an active member of iamtheCODE, an
African-led global movement that supports girls in – among
other things – learning how to code.
LARRY MADOWO is the crème de la crème of digital
superstars (even by Kenya’s glistening standards), packing a
healthy 1.7 million+ followers on Twitter alone. Still, he refuses
to be categorised as a social media influencer, with the capacity
to boost advocacy campaigns (as he usually does). “I’m a digital
native,” he says.
The BBC Africa Business Editor and contributing columnist
for The Washington Post consistently tweets his views on
politics, culture, business and food – including eating a mouse
recently in Malawi – sharing his journeys in English, Swahili,
French, Luo and Kikuyu. His work has appeared on various
media platforms, including CNN International, Al Jazeera
English, BBC World, Channel 4 News, Forbes, The Guardian,
Financial Times, Public Radio International, ABC News Australia
and Ireland’s RTÉ.
Madowo has reported from more than 40 countries, and
he’s interviewed some of the world’s most prominent business,
political and cultural leaders. Earlier this year, he hosted the
Global Mobile Awards and the Mobile World Congress 2019
in Barcelona. In the process, he rubbed shoulders with worldfamous
social humanoid robot, Sophia.
Madowo is now considered to be one of Africa’s most
popular journalists. It’s a far cry from the days when he was
forced to ditch university because he couldn’t pay the fees.
Having returned to complete his degree in 2014, this summer
he’s returning to school again because he has been chosen as
one of 10 fellows of Columbia Journalism School’s 2019
Knight-Bagehot Fellowship: a prestigious global journalism
programme created in response to the growing demand for
reporters to cover the fields of business and economics.
42 / TRAVEL / Tips
What could be more thrilling than
taking your safari to the skies in
a hot-air balloon, 300 m up? For
this once-in-a-lifetime experience,
there are no half measures: think
sunrise over the savannah, a
Champagne touchdown and plenty
of local charm.
Undeniably the most theatrical
moment on the migration, watch
some 1.7 million wildebeest
go head-to-head with the lethal
Nile crocodiles at they cross the
the Maasai Mara River. Postshowdown,
retreat to your luxury
tent at Sala’s Camp in Kenya,
where your welcoming shelter will
leave you supremely serene.
The Serengeti-Maasai Mara
ecosystem is vast, spanning some
40,000 sq km across the border
between Kenya and Tanzania. Its
inhabitants include every kind
of predator imaginable, from
cheetahs and hyenas to lions,
leopards and crocodiles. Blend in
with the hoofed crowd and gallop
on horseback through Maasai
territory, where nomadic tribes
have embraced a unique existence
Surrounded by a lush spread of
sun-drenched plains, Keekorok
Lodge is a breathtaking place to
spend the night. Situated in the
direct path of the amazing animal
migration, the lodge opened
in 1962, making it the oldest
property in the Maasai Mara
National Reserve. Enjoy rooms
that have private balconies with
views of the surrounding wildlife.
There's also an outdoor swimming
pool at the lodge.
One of the greatest shows on Earth,
the annual wildebeest migration
– from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara –
calls for a spectacular vantage point.
Here are four of the best.
Text: Martha Shardalow, Emma van Egmond Image: Getty images
44 / TREND / Consumer banking
TREND / 45
Bank on It
As the global CONSUMER BANKING
industry begins to recover from a
widespread slow down, all eyes are on
Africa because it’s ahead and
text Andrea Dijkstra
ACCORDING TO the 2018 McKinsey report, Roaring to
life: Growth and innovation in African retail banking, Africa’s
consumer banking market was the world’s second-fastest
growing and second-most profitable last year. The key statistic
here is return on equity (a surefire measure of success), which is
nearly 15 percent for banks in Africa, more than double that of
banks in developed markets across Asia, Europe and the US. If
that’s not enough to salute the underdog, Africa’s retail banking
industry is predicted to grow at an annual rate of 8.5 percent
over the next five years, compared to 4.5 percent for banks in
With what would seem like a wealth of immovable challenges
in Africa – including heavy use of cash, low levels of banking
penetration, sparse credit bureau coverage and limited branch
and ATM networks – you’d be forgiven for asking if the numbers
are wrong. That’s where things get interesting. What if these
same weak spots could reveal the answer to the problem, result in
a shift in numbers, and ultimately forge a new worldwide trend?
AFRICA’S BANKING REVOLUTION
Amid new technologies that have changed the way consumers
manage their money and pay for things, the traditional bank
in the US has – until last year – been in decline. In fact, branches
have been closing at a rapid pace, with 1,771 closing in 2017
alone. Africa, in contrast, is in the midst of a historic acceleration
– foot on the gas, hand in the pocket – that’s creating an
emerging consumer class while propelling economic growth. And
the figures speak for themselves: the number of people becoming
banked has grown from 170 million in 2012 to 300 million in
2017. So Africa is doing something right. But what? >
Five financial services to watch
• Mowali is a continent-wide mobile money
infrastructure, founded by MTN and Orange,
It allows users to send money between any
mobile money providers in Africa, including
banks, money transfer operators and other
financial service providers.
• Fuliza (Kenya) is an overdraft facility from
M-PESA in partnership with Commercial
Bank of Africa (CBA) that funds the deficit
in case you want to buy an item but your
M-PESA account does not have sufficient
funds. Fuliza deducts the loan plus interest
as soon as your account is loaded again.
• Paystack (Nigeria) is an online payment
gateway that you can install on your
website, so anyone anywhere in the world
can pay you via credit card, debit card,
money transfer or mobile money.
• UbaPesa (Kenya) is a peer-to-peer money
market app that provides an automated
matching of borrowing and lending
requests with money being disbursed within
seconds to a borrower’s M-PESA account.
• Geopay (South Africa) is First National
Bank’s geo payments app, which allows
payments between any users within
500 m of one another, and it has gained
1.5 million+ active users since its launch
46 / TREND / Consumer banking
TREND / 47
The volume of cashless transactions in
Africa grew by 13% per annum
between 2014 and 2016
Africa’s banking market earns approx.
US$86 billion in revenue
In Africa today, there are 100 million active
mobile money accounts
The revenue from consumer banking in
Africa is expected to reach US$129 billion
in a recent interview with Techmoran. It’s a sign that international
banks are jumping on the bandwagon; in this case, with the help
of YUP, another mobile alternative to the traditional banking
model. “We want to be part of this revolution by offering a simple
transactional tool that’s accessible to all citizens, including the
80 percent who don’t have bank accounts.”
HOT ON THEIR HEELS
A number of the continent’s leading banks have been making
progress through end-to-end digital transformation, sales
productivity and back-office optimisation. A few others have
even launched fully digital banks, such as ALAT bank in Nigeria,
which targets younger customers who are an underserved
segment in Africa’s largest economy, where more than half of
the population is under 30. Some international banks are also
going digital in Africa. The UK’s Standard Chartered Bank, for
example, has opened digital banks in Côte d’Ivoire, Uganda,
Tanzania, Ghana and Kenya. The freshly introduced, fully
digital online banking solution enables customers to open their
own accounts in 15 minutes without ever having to step into a
With fierce competition from non-bank lenders – think
smartphone apps like Saida in Kenya and Aella Credit in Nigeria
– there’s no doubt that the banks still have work to do. This is
good news for African consumers who are finally getting access
to a wide variety of affordable and easily accessible mobile and
digital financial products, not only in payments and deposits,
but across the full spectrum of financial services. It’s fair to
conclude – as Managing Executive, Consumer Banking at Nedbank
Mutsa Chironga does – that today, “Africa’s banking
markets are among the most exciting in the world.”
“In Kenya, international banks were the leading players in
the market for a long time,” says Jared Osoro, Director of the
Kenya Bankers Association Centre for Research on Financial
Markets and Policy. “They used an international lens to simultaneously
look at local and economic dynamics therefore missing
Yet, in the last 15 years, the local banks have made a comeback.
“They better understand the behaviour of local people,
are quick to embrace mobile money technology [an area in
which Africa is a global leader] and are never short of clever
solutions that fit the market,” adds Osoro, before pointing to a
telling example: the partnership between Kenya’s Commercial
Bank of Africa (CBA) and Safaricom.
One of the country’s top performing banks in recent years,
CBA knows where the business opportunities lie. By joining
forces with the Nairobi-based telecom giant, the CBA was able
to roll out M-Shwari: a low-cost mobile phone service for micro
loans and savings. Made possible via Safaricom’s ubiquitous
mobile money service M-PESA, customers can borrow between
US$1 and US$500 at a flat rate of 7.5 percent. CBA offers
better interest rates – and higher credits – to customers who
exhibit good savings and loan repayment behaviour. And how
do they keep track of all of this? Through nifty telecommunications
data, of course.
In response, other banks are launching mobile solutions in
cooperation with Mobile Network Operators, such as KCB
Mobi loan from Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Eazzy
Loans from Equity Bank, Y’ello from Nigeria’s Diamond
Bank, MoMo Kash from Bridge Bank in Côte d’Ivoire, and
Pan-African banking leader Ecobank, which offers mobile
“Africa is inventing
the future of banking”
– Alexandre Maymat –
banking in many African countries through an arrangement
with the French telco, Orange. “Thanks to the sharp rise of
mobile financial services, millions of low-income, previously
un-banked Africans are suddenly getting access to affordable
banking products, and they’re starting to appreciate the essence
of acting in the financial market,” says Osoro.
THE FUTURE IS DIGITAL
Off the back of M-Shwari and other digital services, CBA
has rapidly expanded its customer base while launching comparable
mobile banking platforms in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda
and Côte d’Ivoire. KCB Group – a banking institution turned
holding company – has attracted more than 10 million new
customers through its mobile banking platforms in the past five
years, with an 84 percent growth in mobile loans and advances.
“Africa is inventing the future of banking,” said Head of
Africa International Retail Banking for Africa, the Mediterranean
Basin & Overseas at Société Générale Alexandre Maymat
Over half of the 282 mobile money
services operating worldwide are located in
The number of people becoming
banked grew by from 170 million in 2012
to 300 million in 2017
By 2022, 450 million Africans will be
banked, which will be close to half the
population of Africa
“What if these same weak
spots could reveal the answer
to the problem?”
48 / BUSINESS / Book review
Essentials / TRAVEL / 49
Thailand, which was called
Siam until 1939, was never
colonised by Europeans.
Packing for Bangkok
Bangkok has a population of over
eight million people.
Disrupt It Yourself:
Eight Ways To Hack
A Better Business
– Before The
Simone Bhan Ahuja
“The only way
to win is to invent
Companies such as Amazon, Netflix and
Uber have created entire new industries
seemingly overnight. The best way to stay
on top? Innovate from within. Disrupt It
Yourself pinpoints how. Check out these
excerpts from the book.
The most fashionable
travellers never leave
without these city
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the world’s most
Silk necklace with
a metal pendant
resembling a beachy
Harper Collins Leadership
Innovation specialist Dr. Simone Ahuja
has served as an advisor to the Centre
for India & Global Business at Judge
Business School and the University
of Cambridge. She provides advisory
services to Fortune 100 companies,
including PepsiCo and Procter &
Modern companies need to learn how
to disrupt themselves, reinventing
their business as needed before some
fast-moving startup does. Drawing
on extensive research, this new book
reveals eight principles that help
innovation to flourish, harnessing the
creativity and knowledge of employees
at every level.
#1 Keep It Frugal
“Many successful Disrupt It Yourself
initiatives have been pet projects
pursued on shoestring budgets, if any
budget at all.” Funding constraints
stimulate creativity, forcing people to
be more resourceful, and a large budget
can actually hamper innovation
because, “Well-resourced projects invite
more scrutiny…are subject to more
interference.” For maximum agility, go
for, “Simple tools, small budgets and
#2 Don’t Ask for Permission
“Ask for forgiveness, not for permission”
is the classic motto for every
“intrapreneur”. Intrapreneurs are
people who, “Despite being employees,
behave in many ways like entrepreneurs.”
Modern companies need to
support such behaviour. “I see the
companies most focused on innovative
disruption bending their own rules
to allow people to take their ideas
further.” Training managers to say
“yes” to new initiatives more often,
and organising regular “hackathons”
#3 Let Customers Lead
Are customers invited into your innovation
process? If not, make it happen.
“One of the greatest advantages that
intrapreneurs have over entrepreneurs
is access to a large base of customers.”
This is incredibly important because,
“The insights a team can gain by interacting
with real potential buyers and
beneficiaries of its solution make all
the difference to whether that solution
will prove valuable.”
At the end of every chapter of
the book, there’s an Executive
Scorecard, comprising of a
series of questions that you
can ask yourself to determine
to what extent you facilitate
innovation in your business. Is
there room for improvement?
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At a glance
Have a closer look at the potential of Mali.
The most relevant FACTS AND FIGURES,
touristic attractions and social trends of today.
text Yvette Bax infographics Chantal van Wessel/Vizualism
52 / BUSINESS / Artificial intelligence
BUSINESS / 53
Having emerged in technologies that make our
lives easier, artificial intelligence (AI) has now
entered its next development phase, and Africa is
the focal point.
text Jackie Snow
MOST PEOPLE go to the cinema to
be entertained and perhaps “suspend
their disbelief” for a while. But, when
Irving Amukasa went to see the film,
Avengers: Age of Ultron, rather than
escape the real world, he was inspired to
take action in it. As he left the theatre,
Amukasa had an idea: he wanted to
build chatbots. The 2015 superhero film’s
chatty AI character was unlike anything
he’d ever seen before, and still only 19
years old at the time, Amukasa wanted
to find out if he could build something
even remotely like it.
After a couple of experiments, in
2017 he built SophieBot: a chatbot that
uses natural language processing (NLP)
to answer sexual health questions that
young people might be embarrassed to
ask humans. While SophieBot isn’t
groundbreaking as a technology (it’s
known as the “Siri for sexual and reproductive
health information”) the chatbot’s
success in terms of its practical use
of NLP is impressive. Hitting on a niche
in the market and providing a robust
body of knowledge (SophieBot can now
answer 30,000 queries) has turned the
chatbot into an early success story. Even
though Amukasa was inspired to create
it for his native Kenya, he said that people
from India, Germany and the US are
also using SophieBot. “This problem is
bigger than just the people we are building
it for, and has implications for all
over the world,” says Amukasa. With
more advanced AI technology in the
works that would make it even better at
answering questions, the future looks
bright for the chatbot.
AI is transforming the world. This
technology is different from past computer
programs, where a programmer
uses code to tell a computer explicitly
what to do. AI strives to let machines
learn on their own, mimicking human
intelligence. Currently, most AI needs
millions of data points, advanced algorithms,
and fast computer processors
that can crunch information to come up
with answers and predictions. Although
this can be a complicated process to pull
off, a report by the World Wide Web
Foundation found that, on the continent,
“AI is being used to circumvent existing
economic inefficiencies and to improve
access to public and private services.”
Due to a shortage of AI workers,
companies worldwide are on the hunt.
And much of the potential comes from
Africa, where a young population – 60
percent of its 1.2 billion residents under
age 24 – is coinciding with new AI education
programmes. For example, the Center
for Artificial Intelligence Research in
South Africa operates a research network
with “nodes” at five universities across
the country, and last year, the University
of Lagos (in Nigeria) launched its AI
Hub, which will concentrate on deep
learning: one of the most advanced types
of AI. Furthermore, Nairobi’s Strathmore
University has established the @
iLabAfrica, a research centre that focusses
on cutting-edge research in AI. Brian
Njogholo, a consultant and part-time
professor at @iLabAfrica, helped launch
an AI course after he saw the enthusiasm
for the technology in his own day-to-day
work. “We had to turn some students
down,” he says. “There’s a lot of room to
grow and a lot of opportunity.”
Owing to Africa’s rich source of
manpower, Google recently opened its
first African AI Research Lab in Accra,
Ghana, while IBM Research Africa has
locations in Kenya and South Africa that
will work on both applied technology
and research. Microsoft plans to spend
US$100 million over the next five years
on African Development Centers in
Nairobi and Lagos that will have a significant
focus on AI. The Netherlandsbased
AI firm SingularityNET has also
been drawn to Africa; it has an office in
Ethiopia and its CEO, Ben Goertzel, says
that the company wants to make more
connections across African tech hubs
after the success of the first office.
Conferences are coming to Africa as
well. Organisers for the International
Conference on Learning Representations,
one of the premier AI gatherings,
announced that the 2020 event will be
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s an effort
to collaborate and make it easier for >
“AI is being used to circumvent existing
economic inefficiencies and improve access to
public and private services”
Kenyan AI projects
Vital Signs analyses pixels from satellite imagery data to estimate rainfall and droughts for better
risk management in the agriculture sector.
Arifu sends personalised advice via free text messages on topics such as entrepreneurship,
financial management and nutrition.
FarmDrive offers credit to
farmers after analysing data,
such as the size of property,
location and crops to come
up with the risk score and
appropriate interest rates.
Maramoja is an Uber-like
that builds trust with users
by partnering them with
drivers who share their social
M-Shule is a mobile learning
that uses AI to improve
performance for primaryschool
students across Africa.
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opened its first
African AI Research
Lab in Accra”
researchers that might have a hard time
getting visas for Western countries, a
problem for African researchers at recent
Canada and US meetings. Another
remedy for this is a homegrown event
called Deep Learning Indaba, which will
have its third annual conference in Nairobi
this month. One of its primary
goals is to build a community and create
opportunities to strengthen the local AI
scene. “AI is booming in Africa, but it’s
booming from the grassroots,” says
Ulrich Paquet, one of Deep Learning
Indaba’s organisers and a research scientist
at DeepMind, a world leader in AI
research that’s based in London.
Investors are taking notice, too.
According to one report, African tech
startups got a record-breaking US$725
million from venture investment funds in
2018, up from US$277 million in 2015.
The report doesn’t stipulate how much is
for AI startups, but the interest is so
great that the continent just got Cortex
Ventures, its first venture capital firm
dedicated to funding AI startups.
AHEAD OF ITS TIME
The technology is so new that much
of its potential is still not well understood,
leaving countries and companies
across the globe figuring out foundational
issues – such as developing best
practices and crafting national policies
– to make sure that AI can flourish.
So far, two African countries have
revealed plans for national strategies:
Kenya and Tunisia. At the beginning of
2018, Kenya’s government announced
that its new task force will come up with
ways to support AI. The task force is
meant to provide recommendations on
how the government can find ways to
leverage these two new technologies in
the next five years and provide roadmaps
for the future. Tunisia announced
that it has a National AI Strategy with
AI BY THE NUMBERS
• In a survey of African researchers, 97% said
that they believe AI will be a change for the
• There has been a 14-fold increase in the
number of active AI startups across the globe
• In 2018, the second annual Deep Learning
Indaba conference drew over 500 participants
from more than 20 African countries.
the goal to help bring on the emergence
of an AI ecosystem that focusses on
equitable and sustainable development,
as well as job creation.
Besides establishing national policies,
African countries also need to tackle
problems, such as poor Internet connectivity,
limited sources of finance and
frequently inadequate infrastructure,
especially the electricity grid and roads.
Despite those hurdles, however, there are
Africa is already developing AI tools
that not only meet the needs of Africans,
but are also suitable for markets abroad.
For example, Makerere University’s
computer science department won
US$1.3 million from Google AI Impact
Challenge 2019 for a project that tracks
and predicts air pollution in major cities.
The project, called AirQo, focusses on
low-cost tools and methods that urban
cities with limited budgets could implement.“These
solutions can be exported
• Google is supporting more than 60 African
startups through its Launchpad Accelerator
• In total, 16% of African companies are using
• The value of AI in Sub-Saharan Africa is
forecasted to expand 30 fold over the next 7
years to almost US$50 billion.
to the rest of the world,” says Dina
Machuve, a professor at Nelson Mandela
African Institute of Science and
Technology in Tanzania, who organises
Data Science Africa.
Mirroring the way the continent
skipped personal computers by going
directly to mobile, African researchers
could bypass some of the earliest AI
tools and work with more advanced
ones instead, including “edge” devices
that can do AI without relying on cloud
Indeed, at no point in history has
Africa had so much access to technology;
it could bring the continent to new
heights. “This is the first time in history
that we’ve seen this even out,” says
Daniel Mutembesa, a researcher at
Makerere University’s AI Research Lab.
“We’re going to see more of that.”
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Beyond Bangkok, you’ll find Thailand’s
HOMAGE TO TRADITION,
where monastic rituals and
structural grandeur prevail.
text David Messiha
Evan Krause, agefotostock, Javier Graterol, Cedric Arnold, Wizemark@Stocksy,
THAILAND’S CAPITAL city carries itself with restless magnetism,
humming with activity and otherworldliness from every corner. From the
billowing Chao Phraya River to a metropolis of ancient temples, extravagant
shopping centres and effortlessly warm locals, the city beckons you
in, daring to exceed all expectations. And yet there is more…
Away from the bustling City of Angels, the country’s thoughtful
tradition and Theravada Buddhism comes to life. Escape to the Tantra
shrines and turquoise oases for a trip down imagination lane.
Despite being subject to periods of conflict, Thailand has a wealth of
locations with well-preserved ancient architecture, making its history >
1. Monks in front of an altar 2. Hua Hin Beach 3. Asiatique: The Riverfront, Bangkok
4. Stone buddha statue, Ayutthaya 5. Buddha head in a tree at Temple of the Great Relic
6. A Chinese opera performer in Chinatown, Bangkok 7. Amphawa Floating Market
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ever-present; and the ancient city of Ayutthaya – an hour and a half’s
drive north of Bangkok – is one of the country’s best examples. Once the
capital of the Kingdom of Siam and a centre of commerce (it was a major
trading port), Ayutthaya is now an archaeological treasure trove filled
with relics of the past. This is fortunate considering that much of the city
was destroyed during the Burmese-Siamese War (1765-67). Ayutthaya’s
preserved monuments, which include more than 400 temples, transport
you back to a time of quiet grandeur and architectural magnificence. The
city’s most famous landmarks include Wat Phu Khao Thong (Golden
Mountain) and Wat Phanan Choeng’s twinkling Buddha (a casual 19-m
tall). It’s no wonder that the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Don’t miss a chance to whisper along the waterfront at the majestic
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. The former summer residence of Thai kings is
nestled in acres of lush gardens that also feature ponds and pavilions. If
Buddha heads embedded in tree trunks interest you, check out the Temple
of the Great Relic, which is tucked away in central Wasukri. Shrines
drenched in colour complement the headquarters of Thailand’s largest
Vipassana Meditation centre.
THE WATERWAY EXCHANGE
At the outer edges of Bangkok, you can experience the riverine lifestyle
by taking a leisurely cruise on the Chao Phraya River, or (if you’re
feeling feisty) a detour along one of its khlongs (canals). If you like glitzy
palaces, there’s an array of them for you to admire there.
Relive an age-old tradition by gliding through murky waters to the
Amphawa Floating Market, which is arguably one of the world’s most
unique markets. It’s roughly an hour and half by car (50 km) from the
city, and unlike other markets, it’s open at the weekend from noon until 8
p.m. Shop for souvenirs, tropical fruits (including Thai favourite, durian),
spices, seafood and Khanom Thai (desserts). Experience the surrounding
sights and sounds as you get attuned to life by boat. If you’re sold on boat
wares and bona fide street food, continue your waterway escapade at
Damnoen Saduak, Taling Chan and Bang Noi, where you’ll find plenty
Some of the most breathtaking scenes Mother Nature has to offer can
be found in Khao Yai National Park. Located in Nakhon Ratchasima
province, it’s a bumpy three-hour drive from Bangkok. As a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, this national park has no shortage of wildlife,
including elephants, macaques, deer and tigers, roaming in 2,000 sq-km
of forest and grassland. It’s also a great spot for bird-watchers, attracting
the largest population of hornbills in the country. It also features
picturesque waterfalls, such as Haew Suwat, Haew Narok and Nang
Rong, that have turquoise pools and tropical evergreen forests in common.
At Haew Suwat, which is popular because it’s easier to get to than
the others, water topples from a 20-m cliff, making for some wonderful
There are several tour operators offering excursions to Khao Yai
National Park, but it’s also possible to get there by private car or motorcycle.
The best time to visit is from November to February when >
1. Heo Narok Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park 2. Cottages on Sichang Island
3. A northern pig-tailed macaque 4. Sichang Island harbour 5. Yaowarat Road, Bangkok
6. A food vendor in Chinatown, Bangkok 7. A vendor at Bangkok’s Paak Klong Talad
Market 8. A kitesurfer 9. Seafood at Amphawa Floating Market, Bangkok
you back to a time of
EAT, DRINK AND SLEEP
Sala Ayutthaya Hotel
This ethereal oasis offers
tantalising temple views and a
number of luxurious amenities,
including a pool suite.
Baan Thai House
Twelve individually themed
villas, nestled in a lush tropical
landscape, offer Thai hospitality
at its best. This resort has a
swimming pool, and a spa that
offers traditional Thai massage
and aromatherapy services by
Seven Seas Riverside Ayutthaya
There’s an abundance of
authentic Thai restaurants in
this area. Try the Seven Seas
Riverside Ayutthaya, a lively spot
opposite the main railway station
that serves delicious Thai food,
grilled steaks, fresh baguettes
and lots more.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Located along the banks of
the Chao Phraya River, within
walking distance of the Skytrain
and Grand Palace, this hotel
Blue Elephant Restaurant
For a truly remarkable experience
head to Blue Elephant, an awardwinning
Michelin restaurant that
only uses local ingredients.
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1 3 4
6 7 9
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EAT, DRINK AND SLEEP
6 7 9
Matteo Colombo, Hollandse Hoogte, Cedric Arnold, Max Bender, Marcin Czerniawski, Stocksy
KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK
Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort
This resort has an open architecture concept
that captures the essence of natural living. Enjoy
breathtaking panoramas of Khao Yai National
Park, which is close by.
This luxurious resort, which is on a hill in Khao
Yai National Park, is in the style of a European
village. Benefit from spectacular views as you
bathe in the outdoor swimming pool.
Sala Hilltop Restaurant and Bar
This open-air establishment has a natural
ambience and overlooks the lush green
landscape of Khao Yai National Park.
Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
This luxurious resort is equipped with modern
amenities including golf courses, swimming pools,
tennis courts, a snooker room, a fitness centre and
a luxurious spa.
Supatra by the Sea
Located at the heart of Hua Hin Beach, close
to the Khao Takiab hills, this restaurant serves
sumptuous Thai dishes with lots of seafood
options in an open garden setting.
Paree Hut Koh Sichang
A dreamlike experience awaits you here. Each
hut has a different design, but all of them have a
private bathroom with a shower, and an outdoor
pool. Guests can enjoy activities such as canoeing,
hiking and swimming.
A variety of seafood restaurants are available
on the island. The dishes are authentic and
reasonably priced. Some of the local favourites
include iThalay Sea View Thai & Seafood
Restaurant, and Pan & David, which serves local
and western dishes.
Kenya Airways operates non-stop daily flights to
Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok
from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International
daytime temperatures are more tolerable than they are during the summer
months. In terms of accommodation, there’s a number of hotels
and guesthouses in the city of Pak Chong. Alternatively, if you prefer a
rugged experience you can camp inside the park for an additional fee.
Bypass the city hustle and head to Hua Hin for a relaxing time out.
Renowned for its golf and family-oriented atmosphere, this seaside
resort is an hour’s drive from Bangkok, in the Gulf of Thailand. Hua
Hin isn’t a typical palm-fringed getaway, but its lively markets, luxury
accommodation and modern golf courses make it popular with city
dwellers. There’s no shortage of things to do here. For instance, you can
tour Maruekhathaiyawan Palace (built during the reign of King Rama
VI), visit the town’s oldest railway station, or revel in a shopping spree at
the night market.
The nearby Cha-am Beach is packed with activities for all ages, such
as water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and banana-boat rides. There
are also pony rides for children. You can enjoy a traditional Thai massage
on the beach or opt for a special spa treatment in one of the many highend
resorts and hotels here.
For an authentic cultural experience, head 6 km south of Hua Hin to
Khao Takiab, which is popular with locals and tourists alike. Stop by
Monkey Mountain, which, boasting the best views of the area and a lot
of monkeys, has a reputation that precedes it. Ditch the selfie stick and
explore the striking Buddha temple overlooking the bay.
A unique tropical paradise awaits you on Koh Sichang, an island that
has spectacular sunsets, is replete with white-sand beaches and offers an
array of outdoor activities, including snorkelling and kayaking. Having
been a haven for the monarchy in the past, Koh Sichang has the sort of
allure that makes it the ideal honeymoon destination. To get to the island,
take a bus or a taxi to Sri Racha Koh Loi pier, and then hop on a ferry.
There are plenty of things to see and do here. Traffic is light, and
strolling is the preferred method of transport, along with the traditional
tuk-tuk (a three-wheeled motor vehicle). After a long day kicking back
in the crystal waters, visit the Royal Palace, which was built by King
Chulalongkorn in 1890. After the island was occupied by the French in
1893, the palace was left deserted. Now open to the public, it provides
an envy-inducing look into the life of Thailand’s royal family. Ostentatious
mansions, halls and pavilions are positioned amid rolling gardens
and walkways; don’t forget to peak at the private beach to end your
Other attractions on Koh Sichang include caves, temples and the old
stone bell: a natural rock formation that emits a resonating ring when
struck. It’s a marvel to see and hear.
So, there you have it. If you visit Thailand, dive beyond the popular
locations made famous by Instagram and you’ll find yourself deep in the
heart of ancient folklore, where you’ll discover Thailand’s real glitz and
1. Statue at Temple of The Emerald Buddha, Bangkok 2. BTS Sky Train, Bangkok 3. Hua
Hin Beach 4. Office workers at Soi Convent’s famed Tom Yum Noodle stand, Bangkok
5. A tuk-tuk 6. Fresh fish at Amphawa Floating Market, Bangkok 7. Hua Hin Beach
8. A child leaning against a scooter in Bangkok 9. Buddhist prayer candles
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WORLD ELEPHANT DAY draws attention to
the plight of Asian and African elephants. Their
populations have reduced significantly, but the
solution could be simple if we take action now.
text Joseph Maina
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leaves and fruit. Females become sexually
mature from 11 to 13 years of age. And
despite the fact that elephant families
live apart from the males for so long,
they all know each other as individuals.
“Elephants communicate using infrasonic
vocalisations that can carry over
10 km and in this way distant herds can
stay in touch with each other. This
means they can coordinate their movements
away from trouble and
towards good feeding areas.”
Every year, the female groups and
mature males congregate in a gathering
that’s similar to a Maasai celebration
when warriors return to meet their families:
the elephants greet each other in
VITAL FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT
Dr Kahumbu explains that elephants
are some of the most important animals
in African ecology. “They move tremendous
amounts of nutrients around and
shed seeds, which germinate in their
pie-sized dung. This makes them ecosystem
engineers vital for the ecological
health of our savannahs and woodlands.”
Sadly, elephant populations have
dwindled over the decades as a result of
human activities that threatened their
existence. This problem is compounded
by elephants’ long gestation period.
“They have longer pregnancies than
almost any other mammal,” says Dr
Kahumbu. They carry their calves for
about 22 months, with cows usually bearing
only one calf every 3 to 6 years; and
their regeneration rate averages 5 to 6
percent annually, compared to the 8 to 9
percent poaching rates, resulting in a net
loss in population numbers. Elephants
are threatened with extinction as they’re
unable to sustain current population
numbers if the high rate of poaching
The African elephant population
reduced dramatically during a >
In addition to the strategic Hands Off
Our Elephants partnership between
WildlifeDirect and the country’s First
Lady, Kenya is enjoying growing
corporate support for various elephant
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, established
more than 40 years ago, is best
known for its Orphans’ Project: a
pioneering elephant orphan rescue and
rehabilitation programme. Through this
project, the Trust raises orphaned, milkdependent
elephants and reintegrates
them back into the wild.
Through its elephant conservation
programme, the World Wide Fund for
Nature Kenya has helped to develop
the National Elephant Conservation and
Management Strategy 2012-2021 to
address the threats facing elephants.
Ultimately, the programme seeks to
ensure that, in 25 years, elephants and
people live and thrive side by side in the
Serengeti–Masaai Mara area.
“Kenya’s elephant numbers
plummeted from 168,000 to 18,000
between the 1960s and 1980s”
“ONE OF the greatest challenges
facing elephants is no longer poaching
for ivory, but the killing of elephants due
to human-elephant conflict,” says Dr
Paula Kahumbu, one of Africa’s pre-eminent
conservationists. “This is caused by
people encroaching onto elephant ranges,
and elephants moving out of parks and
into farms. To protect elephants, we must
focus on supporting the people who live
in the same landscapes with them.”
On 12 August, everyone on Earth
will have the opportunity to make a difference
thanks to the awareness drive
that is World Elephant Day. All you have
to do is experience elephants in nonexploitive
and sustainable environments
where they can thrive under care and
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW
According to Dr Kahumbu, elephants
are exceptionally gifted animals
that enjoy a fairly long lifespan, coexist
in tightknit social units and exhibit a
level of compassion that humanity can
learn from. “Elephants live until about
75 years old,” says Dr Kahumbu. “They
have enormous brains and are extremely
intelligent. They know how to navigate
vast landscapes and how to stay safe.
They’re also compassionate and will
support each other through childbirth
and injuries, and they will stay and
mourn the dead returning to the skeletons
of their relatives. How they can
know the identity of the skeleton is a
mystery to us.”
Elephants are the world’s largest land
animals, with male African elephants
attaining a height of 3 m and weighing
4,000-7,500 kg. Asian elephants are
slightly smaller, reaching a height of 2.7
m and weighing 3,000-6,000 kg. There
are two types of elephants found in Africa:
the savannah elephant – found across
East and Southern Africa – and the forest
elephant, which is only found in the
Congo Basin. Forest elephants look
similar to savannah elephants but are
smaller, have straighter tusks and live in
Like humans, elephants live in families
but, uniquely, the females lead these
families. Males leave their families at the
age of 14 to join bachelor groups, which
move away from the breeding herds and
into wooded areas where they feed and
grow. They return to the family territories
when they’re in their 30s and in
breeding condition. Of particular note is
the leadership model among elephants.
“Leadership in elephants is gentle and
yet assertive,” says Dr Kahumbu. “The
matriarch always keeps her family out
of harm’s way and will fight to protect
every individual in the family. We need
wise, compassionate leaders too.”
Elephants occupy every habitat
except marine environments and tops
of icy mountains, and they can feed on
everything from grass to a tree’s bark,
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around and shed
seeds. They are
20-year period beginning in the 1960s.
“Kenya’s elephant numbers plummeted
from 168,000 to 18,000 between the
1960s and 1980s as a result of poaching
for the ivory trade,” says Dr Kahumbu.
“When Kenya burned the ivory in 1989,
it inspired the world to ban ivory trade
and elephant populations began to
In July 1989, Kenya’s then President,
Daniel arap Moi, set a pile of elephant
tusks – weighing an estimated 12 tons
– on fire in a gesture that was meant to
further fuel the global crusade against
ivory trade. But Dr Kahumbu recalls a
period in 2009, when four countries in
Southern Africa sold ivory to China and
Japan, triggering catastrophic poaching
across the continent. Tanzania was losing
1,000 elephants per month for some
years; and as a result, the country lost
over 44,000 elephants in the course of 4
years, reducing their herds by nearly 70
percent before the government admitted
that there was a crisis.
“The US, China and Britain banned
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the ivory trade in solidarity with countries
in Africa, which led to a significant
drop in the price of ivory in just one
year,” says Dr Kahumbu. “Unfortunately
Botswana, South Africa, Namibia,
Zambia and Zimbabwe are now seeking
to reopen ivory trade and Kenya is fighting
this move, which we believe will have
a catastrophic impact on elephants
across Africa. Botswana has already
lifted an elephant-hunting ban and has
been discussing opening elephant culling.
These moves will be strongly debated at
the next CITES meeting in early 2020. In
Kenya, we responded quickly with a
campaign called Hands Off Our
Elephants, which was patroned by Her
Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First
Lady of the Republic of Kenya. The
First Lady’s involvement was a strong
demonstration of political support; no
other country’s First Lady has ever been
at the forefront of an animal campaign.”
As part of its conservation agenda,
WildlifeDirect – an organisation that
has been at the forefront in wildlife
conservation – runs empowerment
programmes in which grassroots communities
participate in conservation
projects. “Most Kenyans have never
seen an elephant, and much of the
science and knowledge remains locked
in scientific papers and government
reports,” says Dr Kahumbu, who’s CEO
of WildlifeDirect. “At WildlifeDirect,
we’re committed to bringing information
about our wildlife out of the shadows
and into the spotlight through our television
and classroom programmes called
Wildlife Warriors. The TV shows shine a
light on conservation heroes at the front
line, like Norah Njiraini and Katito
Saiyalel who are studying elephants in
Amboseli National Park. The stories of
how these women chose this career have
inspired many young people to begin
exploring research, conservation and
environmental studies as their careers.”
Besides broadcasting the Wildlife
Warriors series on a local channel, the
organisation also produces animal fact
books and activity books for children,
to deepen their knowledge. “We train
teachers and support them with computers,
films, modems and phones to
enable them to research further, show
our films to children and work through
lesson plans,” adds Dr Kahumbu.
These magnificent creatures are key
players in our global ecosystem, and the
concerted effort of all stakeholders is
required if elephants are to survive. The
onus is, therefore, on you and I to
support positive moves that are geared
towards conserving the elephant, so
future generations can enjoy this jungle
Kenya Airways, in conjunction with
the United Nations Environment
Program (UNEP), is raising
awareness about the need for
better wildlife conservation by
distributing a special children’s
education pack to passengers. It
comprises of a tote bag, a comic
book, postcards, stickers and
temporary tattoos that relate to
wildlife conservation and the illegal
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offers its passengers
The programme will
vary in different aircraft
types. Check your
screen to view the
selection on your flight.
Relax & Enjoy
Discover our complimentary blockbusters, new releases,
African films, all-time favourites, Bollywood films, TV, audio and
games during your flight. These are this season’s highlights.
(read more on the next page)
“My parents were of two different worlds,
and I was a product of the love that they shared.
A son of land and a son of the seas”
– Arthur Curry –
G Suitable for all ages PG Some material may not be suitable or children PG-13 Some material may be inapproriate for children under 13
R Under-17s should watch only with parental approval NR Not rated Please note: at certain periods of the month the programming may differ from that shown.
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Aquaman is the sixth instalment
in the DC Extended Universe.
It’s also the first feature-length
film to be based on the character
of Aquaman and boasts the
accolade of highest grossing DC
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) ANIMATION
It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a
new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space who destroy everything.
Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks. PG, 107 mins, Director: Mike Mitchell
The Hate U Give (2018) CRIME
Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend, Khalil, at the hands of
a police officer.
Amandla Stenberg. PG-13, 133 mins, Director: George Tillman Jr.
Head Full of Honey (2018) COMEDY
A man suffering from Alzheimer’s embarks on a final road trip with his
Emily Mortimer, Matt Dillon. PG-13, 128 mins, Director: Til Schweiger
A star-studded cast and spectacular
visual effects make this film an aquatic
adventure of epic proportions.
Thomas Curry’s life is forever altered
when he unwittingly rescues Atlanna,
the queen of Atlantis, during a storm.
Charmed by her ethereal beauty and
strange customs, Thomas falls for
Atlanna and she for him. They have a
son soon after, whom they name
Arthur. The boy inherits his mother’s
aquatic powers and her ability to
commune with marine life forms.
While Arthur is still a child, Atlanna
is forced to abandon her family and
return to the ocean. Arthur grows up
to be a powerful and skilled warrior,
but renounces his Atlantean heritage
when he learns of his mother’s execution
by her own people.
Arthur can’t escape his destiny, however,
and in time he reluctantly takes
up the mantle of hero in order to
protect his people.
Dive in with Aquaman on board
Kenya Airways now!
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) COMEDY
This contemporary romantic comedy, based on the global bestseller, follows
New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.
Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh. PG-13, 120 mins, Director: Jon M. Chu
Stan & Ollie (2018) BIOGRAPHY
Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite
their film careers as they embark on a gruelling theatre tour.
John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan. PG, 98 mins, Director: Jon S. Baird
Second Act (2018) COMEDY
A big-box store worker reinvents her life and shows Madison Avenue what
street smarts can do.
Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens. PG-13, 103 mins, Director: Peter Segal
Jason Momoa, Amber Heard. PG-13,
143 mins, Director: James Wan
Did you know?
~ Jason Momoa specifically requested Temuera Morrison for the role
of Arthur’s father because Morrison is one of Momoa’s acting idols.
~ Director Jason Wan revealed that he had a choice between
directing The Flash and Aquaman but chose the latter because
Aquaman is an underdog.
Indian Horse (2017) DRAMA
Follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy Saul Indian Horse as he survives
school and life amid the racism of the 1970s.
Sladen Peltier. PG-13, 101 mins, Director: Stephen S. Campanelli
The Mule (2018) CRIME
A 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a
Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper. R, 116 mins, Director: Clint Eastwood
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) ADVENTURE
A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace.
Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson. PG, 120 mins,
Director: Joe Cornish
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Jackie and the Genie
Love, Food and Everything In Between
Batman meets his most dangerous foe, the Joker, who is wreaking havoc
throughout Gotham City and posing a threat of worldwide destruction.
Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson. PG-13, 126 mins, Director: Tim Burton
The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of
them may be the only one who can save humanity.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson. PG-13, 115 mins, Director: Gareth Edwards
What the Heart Sees
A Lot Like Love
We’ve selected the best of current African cinema,
including drama and comedy.
A Lot Like Love (2018) ROMANCE
A great career, wealth, beauty and brains; Jasmine seems to have it all. But
she’s missing one thing - a man!
Annie Macaulay-Idibia, Lilian Esoro. NR, 95 mins, Director: Tissy Nnachi
Breaking Rules (2018) DRAMA
Martins and Vivian fall captive to their emotions, laying down their guards
as they begin a relationship. This leads to a series of events that will
define them forever.
Seun Akindele, Yvonne Jegede Fawole, Olakunle Fawole. PG-13, 102
mins. Director: Biodun Stephen.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)
The adventures of Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of
witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book.
Eddie Redmayne. PG-13, 133 mins, Director: David Yates
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)
Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school
plagued by mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint. PG, 87 mins, Director: Chris Columbus
Jackie and the Genie (2018) COMEDY
A young girl with a difficult life in Uganda meets a genie who gives her
magic powers that change her life.
Mutebi Farouke, Yasin Lubowa, Patricia Nabakooza. NR, 120 mins,
Director: Andrew Wagaba
Ehi’s Bitters (2018) DRAMA
It is said that time heals all wounds, but the same cannot be said for
Ehisoje. Can she find her way through all the chaos?
Deyemi Okanlawon, Joshua Richard, Enado Odigie. PG-13, 115 mins.
Director: Biodun Stephen.
Love, Food and Everything in Between (2018)
Trapped in a metaphysical plane, an ambitious young man gets a vantage
view of his life as he struggles to make sense of his predicament.
Yemi Blaq, Mofe Duncan, Deyemi Okanlawon. NR, 78 mins, Director:
Baby Palaver (2018) DRAMA
For a girl who had shut out love for a long time, one and a half men is too
much to let in all at once.
Desmond Elliot, Uche Jombo Rodriguez, Selassie Ibrahim. PG-13, 85
mins. Director: Desmond Elliot.
What the Heart Sees (2018) ROMANCE
A love story set in the 1970s in which a spinster who, against the social
norm, falls in love with a charming, much younger man.
Francis Duru, Eucharia Anunobi, Joshua Richard. NR, 119 mins, Director:
Chris Eneaji Eneng
The Village (2018) DRAMA
An old family rivalry over a land dispute becomes a hindrance between
John and Olanna. But an act of love might put an end to the dispute.
Cassandra Odita, Emma Ayalogu, Eddie Watson. PG-13, 137 mins.
Director: Akin-Tijani Balogun.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)
A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in
the world, led by the world’s most unusual candy maker.
Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore. PG, 116 mins, Director: Tim Burton
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to
destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth.
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan. PG-13, 178 mins, Director: Peter Jackson
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The musician, actor and artist
was one of the most innovative
and influential minds of all time.
In a career spanning over 50 years,
David Bowie never stopped creating.
Songs such as Life on Mars?, Rebel
Rebel and Ashes to Ashes are just a few
examples of an endlessly original output.
We can only hope that his alien
rockstar alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust, is
watching over us from above.
Fight Stars World News, Brilliant Ideas Riverdale
We’ve selected the best TV comedies, drama, sports
and lifestyle programmes for your entertainment.
Ghosted, Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2 Leroy and Max are recruited by the
Bureau Underground, a top-secret government agency, to find a missing agent.
Young Sheldon, Season 1, Episodes 3 & 4 When George Sr is rushed to the
hospital, Meemaw comes to babysit.
Powerless, Season 1, Episodes 3 & 4 When Van’s incompetence costs the
team a client, Emily hopes to make a deal with the people of Atlantis. Meanwhile
Van’s father sets him on a path of redemption.
Last Man Standing, Season 6, Episodes 1 & 2 Kyle leaves the loading dock
door open, allowing a bear to wander into Outdoor Man.
Up Close With, Season 1, Episode 46 Upbeat, glamorous
documentary series exploring the luxurious lifestyle of the world’s
biggest sports stars.
Pure Outdoor, Season 1, Episode 1 A look at the eco-sports that some
people embrace in their leisure time.
Fight Stars, Season 1, Episode 2 The best combat-sport stars in the ring,
including boxer Anthony Joshua and UFC’s Ronda Rousey.
My First Trip: New York City Lonely Planet Destination Editor MaSovaida
Morgan talks through her first-ever trip to New York City as a 4th-grade
Welcome To Lake Geneva & Vaud Lonely Planet’s guide to Lake Geneva
Welcome To Rome Lonely Planet’s guide to Rome.
Africa’s Hunters, Season 2, Episode 1 In the heart of Zambia’s Luangwa
Valley lies one of the best leopard territories going. It's also the domain of an
audacious young female called Olimba.
The Immortals, Season 1, Episode 6 The careers of sport’s greatest icons
are celebrated in this stunning 52-part series.
World News, Brilliant Ideas A winner of the Hugo Boss Prize for contemporary
art, Rirkrit Tiravanija is seen as one of the world’s most influential artists.
The David Rubenstein Show: Peer To Peer Conversations Steve Ballmer,
former CEO of Microsoft, talks about meeting Bill Gates at Harvard, his early
years at Microsoft and subsequent rise to CEO in 2000.
Bones, Season 12, Episodes 1 & 9 Brennan has been kidnapped by her old
assistant Zack, so Booth and the rest of the team have to find her.
Major Crimes, Season 6, Episodes 1 & 2 Three 15-year-old boys vanish
during a school field trip causing Asstistant Chief Mason to consider the
case a critical missing for Major Crimes.
Riverdale, Season 2, Episodes 3 & 4 Archie takes matters into his own
hands and an unexpected turn of events leads the town to realise their
darkest chapter may be far from over.
The Flash, Season 3, Episodes 4 & 5 Mirror Master joins his old partner,
Top, and looks to even the score with Snart.
KQ Radio (with guest DJ)
Our guest DJs bring you some of Kenya’s biggest
hits. B737 CH. 3
The best tunes from classic African artists, from
Davido to DJ Maphorisa. B737 CH. 4
With stunning tracks from Van Morrison to Billie
Holiday, this highly diverse collection is a mustlisten
for the discerning jazz fan. B737 CH. 7
The biggest pop hits of the moment, with catchy
favourites from Noah Cyrus and many more.
B737 CH. 8
Enjoy a fusion of dancehall and reggae sounds,
featuring a range of diverse artists such as Ziggy
Marley and Prince Buster. B737 CH. 6
Sit back and relax with the awe-inspiring
compositions of Martin Stadtfeld and Lang Lang
in this classical collection. B737 CH. 5
Unwind and take it easy with laid-back sounds
from Frank Sinatra, Céline Dion and many more.
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Rock out to classics from David Bowie, The
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“I don’t know where I’m
going from here, but I promise
it won’t be boring.”
– David Bowie –
At Madison Square Garden on his 50th birthday
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THE LEGO MOVIE 2:
The Lego Movie 2: The Second
Part is the fourth movie in the
LEGO Movie franchise and sequel
to global box-office phenomenon
The Lego Movie.
Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks reprise
their roles from the previous film and are
joined by new cast members including
Stephanie Beatriz and Maya Rudolph.
This computer-animated adventure
follows our heroes as they embark on a
quest to save their town.
Film and TV
The Ones to Watch
These are the most popular films from our selection.
If you’ve already seen these, take your pick
from this season’s selection of 35 family and kids’ films.
Boom Boom flirts with Nightcrawler,
and then gets a visit from her criminal
father who wants her to commit
a crime for him.
Season 2, Episode 2
New Looney Tunes
Sir Littlechin the Knight is on a
quest to capture a dragon, but not if
Bugs has anything to do with it.
Season 1, Episodes 3 & 4
Lippy The Lion &
Hardy Har Har
The cartoon adventures of a lion
(Lippy) and his hyena friend (Hardy
Season 1, Episodes 9, 10 & 11
Tinga Tinga Tales
Hen borrows Eagle’s needle to show
Peacock she can be more than plain
Season 1, Episodes 5 & 6
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The African bush elephant is
3.3-m tall and has a lifespan of
✈ To book direct flights to Geneva,
go to kenya-airways.com.
A coalition of African countries is
campaigning to stop the reopening of
the ivory trade.
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launched a carbonoffset
2011. It was the first
African airline to do so.
✈ Kenya Airways’ routes from Nairobi to
New York and Geneva, where the UN has
offices, makes travelling convenient
Together with 30 African countries, Kenya is
demanding maximum protection for the African
elephant by submitting a proposal to the 18th meeting
of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18).
Constituting the African Elephant Coalition, these countries
want the African elephant to be listed in Appendix I of CITES,
which protects species that are threatened with extinction. They
are also proposing to close all legal ivory markets and strengthen
the management of ivory stockpiles.
The illegal ivory trade continues to be a problem across the
African elephant range, and any opening of the trade, as being
proposed by Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and
Zambia, is likely to drive the African elephant into imminent
extinction. The African Elephant Coalition therefore calls upon
all countries and Parties to CITES CoP18 to support their position
at the upcoming meeting, which takes place from 17-28
August in Geneva.
In their own right, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe have
jointly submitted a proposal to amend current CITES provisions
restricting them to trade in elephant ivory, and instead,
increase the scope to allow them to trade in ivory internationally
for commercial purposes. The Government of Zambia has submitted
a proposal to transfer their population to Appendix II,
with an annotation that would permit trade in registered raw
ivory (tusks and pieces) for commercial purposes, trade in hunting
trophies for non-commercial purposes and trade in hides
and leather goods.
Kenya and the rest of the African Elephant Coalition members
commend the five Southern African countries for their conservation
efforts, and acknowledge that there are challenges that
relate to the management of large populations of elephants,
especially in such landscapes that constitute both protected
areas and private lands. Key among those challenges is humanelephant
conflict, which has an impact on the livelihoods of
rural communities. The African Elephant Coalition is, however,
concerned that these Southern African countries have continued
to push for a reopening of the international trade in ivory since
1997, a factor that has resulted in more threats to the elephant
populations across the species range, including Southern
It should be observed that, conscious of the risks the international
trade in ivory has put to the elephant populations, China
and other parties have already or are in the process of closing
their domestic ivory markets in response to the provisions of
Resolution Conf. 10.10 of the CITES Convention. This move is
an acknowledgement by those parties that any legal ivory trade
would trigger poaching and ivory trafficking, further risking the
already threatened elephant populations.
In August last year, Kenya Airways introduced a new catering
service that uses mostly recyclable boxes and reusable baskets
on short-sector flights.
“We consider ourselves to be the biggest restaurant in Kenya,
serving over 10,000 meals daily to over 12,000 onboard,” said
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Kenya Airways Jacquie
Muhati. “Inevitably, anyone who’s serving four million
meals a year will sometimes be able to make a big difference just
by making a few minor adjustments.”
Kenya Airways has taken this approach on its journey to
making its on-board catering more sustainable. Recyclable
packaging is one such adjustment. Not only does it reduce
waste, it also reduces the weight on board, which lowers CO2
emissions substantially. Lightweight, recyclable materials –
catering boxes, light dishes and cutlery – decrease environmental
impact compared to reusable dishes and metal cutlery.
“It’s better to take many
small steps in the right
direction than to make a
great leap forward only
to stumble backward”
― Old Chinese Proverb ―
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✈ Kenya Airways now flies to
Geneva and Rome.
Expands in Europe
New routes to Rome and Geneva
will grow Kenya Airways’revenues,
boost tourism and attract
The introduction of these routes is part
of Kenya Airways’ (KQ) network expansion
strategy, which is steered towards
growing its market share, increasing
revenues and financial turnaround.
“These new routes will play an important
role in facilitating more business
and tourism opportunities and strengthening
Nairobi as the top business hub,”
said Group Managing Director and
CEO, Kenya Airways Sebastian Mikosz.
“With 5 European destinations and 55
worldwide from Nairobi, KQ offers
Africa the best connectivity to the rest
of the world and vice versa.”
Geneva is renowned as a global hub for
diplomacy and banking as it hosts a
number of international organisations
in the world including the UN. This
complements Nairobi, which is Africa’s
hub for the UN and other international
agencies. The launch of this direct route
completes the circuit of UN locations
(in New York, Nairobi and Geneva),
making logistics and connectivity easier
“Nairobi is in many ways the ‘thinktank
city’ of the African continent with
many NGOs and universities. Kenyan
human rights NGOs will need just a few
hours to be in Geneva and participate in
sessions of the Human Rights Council.
Geneva is the headquarters of the UN
High Commissioner for Refugees, the
International Committee of the Red
Cross, the World Trade Organization
and the World Health Organization. All
these are organisations with active links
to Kenyan institutions. Therefore, I
expect more conference tourism in Geneva
and in Nairobi. I expect new partnerships
and collaboration. I expect more
trade and investment. I expect a bright
bilateral future. I expect a wonderful
flight to Geneva,” said Swiss Ambassador
to Kenya Dr Ralf Heckner.
The Geneva flights will be connected to
Nairobi as circular flights with Rome,
Italy, which is one of Kenya’s top source
markets for corporate and leisure travellers.
Over 65,000 tourists from Italy
visited Kenya in 2018.
As part of the strategy to capture these
travellers and boost Kenya’s tourism
industry, KQ this week commenced direct
fights between Nairobi and Malindi,
the primary destination for most Italian
tourists and also home to a large proportion
of the Italian community in Kenya.
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✈ Kenya Airways is working
with USAID to prevent the trafficking
of endangered species.
How many Miles did you
earn while flying to your
current destination? Find out
online with the Flying Blue
✈ There are new discounted reward
tickets, or Promo Awards, available
every month, saving you up
to 50 percent on Reward Miles.
Easy Does It
Five steps to make
the most of your Miles.
Reward Miles can be redeemed for a flight to
any Kenya Airways destination or an upgrade to
Digital Tools to Improve Efficiency
Kenya Airways is adopting General Electric (GE)
Aviation’s Flight Operations suite of digital products
across its fleet of Boeing 737, 787 and Embraer
The Flight Operations suite integrates various operational
data including flight details, weather forecast and navigation,
among others. The technology will enable KQ to monitor its
operations and fuel consumption in order to close the gap that
drives up fuel and aircraft maintenance costs.
While signing the partnership agreement in Paris, Director of
Operations, Kenya Airways Paul Njoroge said the agreement
with GE Aviation was an integral part of the Airlines’ turnaround
strategy to reduce costs. “The realisation of KQ’s
agreement with GE Aviation will enable us to optimise fuel
costs and excel in flight operations. GE brings in a wealth of
knowledge and the latest cutting-edge digital technology to
help KQ to fast track efficiencies as well as improve on operations
and customer experience,” said Njoroge.
Implementation of the digital Flight Operations solutions is
currently underway with completion set for later this year. The
partnership adds KQ’s fleet to the over 15,000 unique aircraft
assets that are connected to GE Aviation’s digital solutions.
“Kenya Airways has been looking for ways to monitor performance
of its fleet and initiatives to track fuel saving and improve
efficiency. The Flight Operations suite provides these insights
and can be scaled up to provide additional functionality,” said
Chief Digital Officer for GE Aviation John Mansfield. “The
fidelity in our flight analytics, together with the team’s experience
from analyzing more than 175 million flights, will enable
Kenya Airways to better manage operations with data-driven
Chief Information Officer, Kenya Airways Clare Ward noted
that the airline chose GE Aviation because of its innovative
flight analytics and overall leadership in aviation technology.
“By partnering with GE, Kenya Airways is accelerating the
move to leading-edge technologies in analytics and machine
learning,” she said.
Wildlife Works, Kenya Airways’ carbon offsetting
partner, works with the Elephant Protection Trust to
safeguard 500,000 acres of forests through the
Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project, which is home
to thousands of elephants.
Elephant populations in the world are approaching a critical
point, with thousands falling victim to poachers annually even
with increasing bans on the ivory trade across the world.
In response to this problem, Wildlife Works’ ranger team conducts
ground patrols, tracking animal movement and recording
incident data. The aerial surveillance team acts as an eye in the
sky, keeping track of the elephant herds as well as looking for
carcasses and illegal activities.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 15 calls for the world
to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial
ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification,
halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Thanks to the combined efforts of the Wildlife Works team,
their rangers and the aerial surveillance team, elephants and
other threatened species are free to roam in their natural habitat
in the Kasigau Corridor.
If you would like to contribute to the protection of elephants,
offset your carbon footprint with Wildlife Works by visiting
~ Offset your carbon: With your Kenya Airways’ flight, you can help
to protect the environment. Simply tick a box when booking to offset
carbon emissions per journey. Funds go to initiatives in conjunction with
Wildlife Works. Visit wildlifeworks.com to find out more.
The Flying Blue frequent flyer programme allows you to earn
Miles for every flight you take with Kenya Airways, Air France,
KLM, Joon, HOP!, Transavia, Aircalin, TAROM, SkyTeam
members, or other airline partners. You can redeem your Miles
to fly with Kenya Airways or upgrade your seats to Business
There are four membership levels in Flying Blue, and with each qualifying
flight you take, you gain XP (Experience Points). When you first enrol,
you will be awarded Explorer status, which progresses to Silver, Gold and
ultimately Platinum. The more you travel with Kenya Airways or one of
our partner airlines, the higher your level becomes, which results in you
earning more Miles and enjoying more benefits.
Miles can be redeemed for flights to destinations operated by Kenya
Airways or our partner airlines. Go for an upgrade of your seat or pay
for your hotel stay or car rental with Miles. Your accumulated Miles are
valid for life as long as you take an eligible flight at least once every two
years. The total number of Miles credited to your account on Kenya Airways-marketed
flights is based on distance, the booking class earning
percentage, and the Elite bonus earning percentage, if applicable.
~ Enrol now and start to enjoy the benefits Flying Blue has to offer.
Go to flyingblue.com for more information and to sign up.
Your choice of destination determines the
number of Miles required for your Reward ticket.
Log on to flyingblue.com to check if you have
sufficient Miles for your choice. It is advisable
to have flexible date options in case your initial
choice is not available.
Once you have made your choice, you can
redeem your Reward Miles by two methods:
A. Call the Kenya Airways contact centre in Nairobi
on +254 20 327 4747; +254 734 104747
or +254 711 024747.
B. Visit kenya-airways.com and go to Loyalty Program,
Flying Blue, Earn and Spend.
For further information, you can always contact us at
Reward Miles do not cover tax charges. These
will need to be paid for separately and this can be
done so via credit card, M-Pesa or a cash payment
at any Kenya Airways office.
Once payment has been received, your e-ticket
will be sent to you by email.
~ Reward tickets are subject to seat availability. The
number of Miles required varies depending on available
~ Miles can be used for flights, baggage and
upgrades to Business Class when you have already
purchased an Economy Class Kenya Airways ticket on
Y,B,M,U,K,H,L,Q,T,R,N, E & V classes for all routes. All
upgrades are subject to seat availability in Business Class.
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SkyTeam operates more than
17,000 departures a day to 1,150+
destinations in 175+ countries, and
offers SkyTeam members 750+
lounges in airports worldwide.
✈ Founded in June 2000, SkyTeam is a
major airline alliance that consists of 19
carriers from 5 continents.
us, we recognise and reward contributors.
In the app, you’ll find the “Your
Contribution” ratings system, where
you can see how many reviews you’ve
submitted, collect badges for reaching
targets and compare yourself to other
The SkyPriority Panel app also gives
you access to exclusive services at more
than 1,000 airports worldwide. Services
include priority check-in, priority bag
drop, dedicated security lanes, priority
boarding, your bag first on the belt and
transfers where applicable. You can also
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a SkyPriority member.
With so many benefits, what are you
waiting for? The app is free and quick to
download: simply head to your preferred
app store and search for the SkyPriority
Panel app. Join us and help change the
future of flying for the better.
Your Priorities Are
No one experiences travel better than SkyTeam travellers,
so who better to help us offer the most streamlined service
we can? Easily shape your experience by rating your journey
through the airport via the SkyPriority Panel app.
SkyTeam is an airline alliance of 19
members working together across an
extensive global network to welcome
customers on more than 17,000 daily
flights to 1,150+ destinations in 175+
If you’re not familiar with the app,
allow us to take you through the finer
points. Available in 16 languages, the
SkyPriority Panel app collects your
feedback so we can make SkyTeam’s
priority service more seamless for all
our First-Class, Business-Class and
Elite Plus passengers.
Sign in via Facebook and become an
observer in three simple clicks on the
app. Add photos, comments and suggestions,
and we’ll get the information in
real-time, allowing us to work with our
members to find solutions and make
improvements as quickly as possible.
Because your feedback is so valuable to
~ Find out more about news, services and
upcoming events at skyteam.com
or find us on Instagram: @skyteamalliance.
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Kenya Airways Fleet
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Aircraft 7; Seats Economy 204, Premier 30; Crew 14;
Seat pitch Economy 32”; Premier 75”; Max. take-off weight
227,930kg; Fuel capacity 126,903 litres; Range 14,500km;
Typical cruising speed at 35,000ft Mach 0.85; Thrust per
engine at sea level 69,800lbs; Wing span 60.1m; Length
56.7m; Interior cabin width 5.49m
Dar es Salaam
Aircraft 8; Seats Economy 129, Premier 16; Crew 8;
Seat pitch Economy 32”, Premier 47”; Max. take-off weight
79,015kg; Fuel capacity 26,020 litres; Range 5,665km; Typical
cruising speed at 35,000ft Mach 0.78; Thrust per engine at
sea level 26,400lbs; Wing span 34.3m; Length 39.5m;
Interior cabin width 3.53m
Aircraft 2; Seats Economy 100, Premier 16; Crew 7;
Seat pitch Economy 32”, Premier 40”; Max. take-off weight
70,080kg; Fuel capacity 26,020 litres; Range 6,225km;
Typical cruising speed at 35,000ft Mach 0.785;
Thrust per engine at sea level 26,400lbs; Wing span 34.3m;
Length 33.6m; Interior cabin width 3.53m
Chantal van Wessel/Vizualism
Aircraft 15; Seats Economy 84, Premier 12; Crew 7;
Seat pitch Economy 31”, Premier 38”; Max. take-off weight
51,800kg; Fuel capacity 16,153 litres; Range 2,935km;
Typical cruising speed at 35,000ft Mach 0.82; Thrust per
engine at sea level 20,000lbs; Wing span 28.72m;
Length 36.24m; Interior cabin width 2.74m
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The Nairobi National Park
stopover package allows guests
to take a safari break while on
business, leisure or connecting
to your next flight.
Welcome to Kenya
✈ Passengers travelling in
a group of at least ten
(economy cabin) or five
(business cabin), can
request for a group fare.
SUD A N
E T HIOPIA
TO THE CITY Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is about a 30-minute
drive away from Nairobi city. Moi International Airport, Mombasa is a
20-minute drive to Mombasa city. More time is needed during rush hour.
VISA Most visitors to Kenya require a visa. Multiple and single entry
visas are available. You can apply at any Kenya High Commission or
Embassy prior to travelling. The single entry visa (obtainable upon arrival
at the airport) is US$50 (correct at time of print) or the equivalent in
local currency. You will also require a passport that is valid for three
months from the moment of entry.
DOMESTIC TRANSFERS AT JKIA If transferring to domestic, follow the
signs to Immigration, clear with Immigration, proceed to collect your
bags and follow exit signs to the outside of the airport and Proceed to
Terminal 1D (Domestic Terminal). From Terminal 1A to Terminal 1D.
(Follow directions or ask Kenya Airways Uniform staff once you land).
Kenya Airways Domestic
P 9 P 10 P 11
Dial 999. Note that
ambulance services are
mostly private. Services
include: St Johns
Ambulance +254 72 161
1555 or Kenya Red
+254 71 771 4938.
Nairobi and Mombasa
have good hospitals.
Make sure you have
adequate travel health
insurance and accessible
funds to cover the cost of
any medical treatment.
treatments will have to
be paid for at the time,
and the costs claimed
240 volts AC, using
It is advisable not to walk
alone in isolated areas
in towns or on beaches,
particularly after dark.
Tips are appreciated. Most
hotels/restaurants add a
10 percent service charge.
It is wise to drink or use
only boiled or bottled water,
and to avoid ice in drinks.
Traffic adheres to the lefthand
side of the road, and
most cars are right-hand
drive. A current driving
licence with photograph is
accepted for up to a threemonth
Nairobi is the only city with
an effective municipal bus
What & How
service. Local (private)
matatus are the main
means of getting around.
Taxi service Uber operates
in Nairobi and Mombasa.
Taking photographs of
official buildings, including
embassies, can lead to
detention. Photography is
also prohibited at airports.
Embassies & consulates
All embassies are
located in Nairobi.
You must carry a valid form
of ID with you at all times.
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Mondays to Fridays; and 9
a.m. to 12 noon Saturdays.
Phone cards may be
bought from post offices
or international call
offices. Emails can be sent
from most hotels.
Kenyan shilling (KES)
There are no restrictions on
the movement of currency
into or out of Kenya for
Banks are generally open
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Mondays to Fridays;
and 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Saturdays. Banks in
coastal towns open
and close half an hour
earlier. Most ATMs accept
international VISA cards.
Visa and MasterCard are
Hotel bill payment
Pay in Kenyan shillings or
Most hotels also accept
UGA N D A
Songot 1755 m
LAKE BARING O
Lake Bogoria Isiolo
Mt Longonot 2777 m
Longonot National Park
Oi Donyo National Park
Chantal van Wessel
Mt Kulal 2285 m
OFFICES & AGENTS
Head Office Airport North Road, Embakasi
P.O. Box: 19002 – 00501 Nairobi, Kenya, Tel +254 (0)20 6422000,
Safaricom +254 0711 02 2000, Airtel +254 0734 10 2000
Contact Centre (24 hours) Tel +254 (0)20 3274747
Safaricom +254 0711 02 4747, Airtel +254 0734 10 4747
JKIA Sales Office Terminal 1C – International Departures
Tel +254 (0)20 6423506/8,
Terminal 1D – Domestic Departures Tel +254 (0)20 6423570
Baggage Services Tel +254 0741 33 3954
Mt Kilimanjaro 5895 m
Kisite Marine National Park
Kisite Marine National Park
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Thanks to a smart road transportation
strategy, KQ Cargo’s
freight can now be delivered
beyond South Africa’s borders.
How? Large trucks drive the cargo to
destinations beyond the Kenya Airways
(KQ) airfreight network or to destinations
with constrained capacity, such as
Blantyre in Malawi.
This trucking method has enabled KQ
Cargo to expand its network reach and
increase capacity on routes that are
mostly served by narrow body aircraft.
KQ Cargo uses gateways in Africa,
Europe (London and Amsterdam) and
the US (New York) to deliver cargo
beyond its network.
Trucking is part of the intermodal
freight transport system, which includes
alternatives to air transport, namely
road and sea, without any handling of
the freight when changing modes.
The method improves security, reduces
damage and loss, and allows freight to
be transported seamlessly.
The Trucking Solution
The gateways in Southern Africa
are Lilongwe in Malawi, to
connect cargo to Blantyre, and
Johannesburg in South Africa, to
connect cargo to the following.
Within South Africa
Beyond South Africa
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KQ won the Best
Business Class in
Africa for five years
in a row from World
✈ KQ received an International
Safety Award in 2016 and 2017
from the British Safety Council.
What you need to know
Please watch the safety demonstration before
take-off and refer to the leaflet in your seat
pocket. Smoking is prohibited on all flights.
Electronic devices including laptops, tablets
and mobile phones may not be used during
take-off and landing.
Place hand luggage in the overhead storage
or beneath the seat in front of you. Cabin crew
will remove hand luggage from passengers
seated in exit rows for take-off and landing.
1 Get a good night’s sleep, eat a light
meal and get some gentle exercise
before your flight.
On The Move
Six top tips for a healthy and comfortable journey
2 Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
3 Keep your circulation going by standing
up and walking in the aisle when
possible. Flex muscles in your feet, arms,
shoulders and neck.
4 Low cabin humidity on longer
journeys can cause dry eyes, nose and
throat. Remove contact lenses and apply
“To get lost is to
learn the way”
– African proverb –
moisturiser and lip balm. Avoid salt,
drink plenty of water and moderate
your intake of alcohol, tea and coffee.
5 When travelling across time zones
your body’s sleep rhythms can become
disrupted, leading to insomnia, loss of
appetite and fatigue. Try to give yourself
some time to adjust to new night and
day cycles when you arrive.
6 On arrival spend as much time as
possible outside. Sunlight helps your
body to adjust to a new time zone.
Ensure your seat is upright for take-off and
Baby-changing tables can be found in
selected toilets. The crew will help prepare
baby food. Cots are available on some flights.
A hot meal is normally served during longhaul
flights. Special-diet or vegetarian meals
are available when pre-ordered. There is a
courtesy inflight bar service for wine, beer,
spirits and soft drinks.
Seat-back entertainment featuring a range of
movies and music is available on our long- and
medium-haul flights. Please refer to the IFE
guide in Msafiri.
The aircraft climbs steeply immediately after
take-off. Shortly afterwards you will hear
a reduction in the engine sound, while the
aircraft continues to climb. All aircraft cabins
are pressurised. Due to a change in pressure
during take-off and landing, some passengers
may experience slight discomfort in their ears.
Relieve this by swallowing, yawning or pinching
the nostrils gently, while keeping lips sealed.
After touchdown you may hear an increase in
engine noise due to the reverse thrust applied
to assist braking. Remain seated until the
engines are off and the doors are open.