ENJOY YOUR FLIGHT / 9
“We offer the best network
for intra-Africa tourism”
Photo: Brian Otieno
September 2019 edition 161
with Dr Kituyi
Kenya Airways’ World
• Winner Africa’s Leading Airline:
• Winner Africa’s Leading Airline,
Business Class: 2013, 2014, 2015,
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
• Winner Africa’s Leading Airline,
Economy Class: 2011, 2018, 2019
World Tourism Day will be marked on
September 27, 2019. Tourism remains
one of the most important economic
sectors, and with air transport becoming
more affordable, the right to holidays –
as stipulated in the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights – can be exercised and
enjoyed by more individuals.
Kenya Airways contributes to this by
offering competitive prices and a comprehensive
route network. With our recent
increase in flight frequency to various
destinations, we offer the best network for
intra-Africa tourism and enable simpler
travel to and from Europe, the US, Asia
Pacific, the Middle East and India.
Our travel story this month focusses on
sustainable travel, and in this article you
will get to learn more about several tropical
destinations in Africa that provide a
luxurious holiday experience while conserving
the environment. We also have a
trend story that delves into cage culture,
which is an emerging and innovative fish
farming method that produces highquality
fish in a sustainable way.
Another highlight is our interview with
Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of
the United Nations Conference on Trade
and Development (UNCTAD). Dr Kituyi
is a champion of multilateralism who
contributed greatly to the growth of the
Kenyan and regional economies while
serving as the Minister of Trade and
Industry in Kenya.
Now in his second term as Secretary-
General of UNCTAD, Dr Kituyi has
been tasked with shaping global trade
policy. He sheds more light on what this
entails, and lets us in on the challenges
facing the world as we work towards
ensuring that people and the planet
Thank you for choosing Kenya Airways,
I wish you a pleasant flight.
Group Managing Director and
CEO Kenya Airways
Image: Jeroen van Loon
CONTENTS / 11
Travel & Nature
14 Head for The Hills
Idanre Hill in Nigeria
22 Travel Essentials
Packing for Dubai
24 The Green Zone
48 Magical Malindi
56 Opulence of Arabia
Dubai in 48 hours
Arts & Culture
Kenya & the world
36 The Glam Squad
42 Book Review
Rituals For Work
62 Kibera Stories
Brian Otieno’s photography
Publisher Kenya Airways | Head of Corporate Communications Kent Njuru Corporate Communications Executive Mercy Agnes Mwamba Advertising MediaEdge Interactive Ltd. |
Managing Director Esther Ngomeli Head of Media Rose Kagori Concept, Content & Production Hearst Create | Hearst Netherlands CEO Luc van Os Managing Editor Irene Bauer
Senior Designer Gaby Walther Subeditor Ben Clark Client Partner Inger Waijers Proofreader Julia Gorodecky Photo Editor Monique Kolmeijer Design Concept Sabine Verschueren
Production Manager Hans Koedijker Contributors Mukarram Bakirali, Joost Bastmeijer, Yvette Bax, Jackson Biko, Andrea Dijkstra, Emma van Egmond, Yi-Hwa Hanna, Annemarie Hoeve,
Sioe Sin Khoe, Morris Kiruga, Annette Lavrijsen, Jeroen van Loon, Dewi Leming, Brian Otieno, Gijsje Ribbens, Anthea Rowan, Kristel Steenbergen, Eva de Vries, Chantal van Wessel/Vizualism,
Hanna Wieslander Lithography Ready4Print Printer Walstead CE, Kraków, Poland
12 / CONTENTS
Inflight entertainment guide
83 Safari Njema
News & service
89 Flying Blue News
91 SkyTeam News
92 Route Maps
98 Get Comfortable
34 Aircraft Facts
The Communications Systems
44 Economy of Scales
Innovative fish farming
At a glance
52 World Champion
Interview with Dr Kituyi
Contact details Kenya Airways Communications & Public Affairs, Nairobi, Kenya, +254 20 642 2000, email@example.com Website kenya-airways.com, msafiri-magazine.com
Facebook Kenya Airways Twitter @kenyaAirways Instagram @officialkenyaairways Mediaedge Interactive Ltd. Nairobi, Kenya, +254 20 420 5000 / +254 723 140187 / +254 734 271488,
firstname.lastname@example.orgHearst Magazines Netherlands BV, Moermanskkade 500, 1013 BC Amsterdam, the Netherlands +31 20 5353942, Website hearstcreate.nl.
No part of the contents may be reproduced without prior written permission. While every care is taken to ensure accuracy in preparing the magazine, the publisher and Kenya Airways assume
no responsibility for mistakes and effects arising therefrom. The publisher has made every effort to arrange copyright in according with existing legislation. Msafiri is available on all KQ flights
and at select hotels and businesses in Nairobi. A digital copy is available for free at kenya-airways.com.
14 / NATURE / Views
NATURE / 15
To enjoy the breathtaking
views from the
top of the magnificent
IDANRE HILL, you
have to negotiate 660
steps; so get your
hiking shoes ready.
text Emma van Egmond
ON ENTERING the historical town
of Idanre – known for its cocoa production
– you will immediately notice the
surrounding inselbergs and spectacular
valleys, which form one of Nigeria’s most
beautiful natural landscapes, and enclose
the town like the walls of a fortress.
According to local lore, the people
of Idanre moved from the valley to the
hilltop for the protection it gave them.
They stayed there for almost a millennium
before emigrating downhill in 1923.
Ever since the people left Idanre
Hill, the wonderful fauna – such as the
hyrax (or rock rabbit), which resembles
a large guinea pig – and flora have remained
undisturbed. Now, the hilltop,
which is also known as Oke Idanre, is
home to cultural sites such as Owa’s
Palace, Shrines, Old Court and Belfry.
Approximately 900 m above sea
level, Idanre Hill has been on the
UNESCO World Heritage List since
October 2007. Although it’s a hike to
the top, this Nigerian highlight is only a
45-minute drive from Ondo State’s capital,
Akure, so you can easily make it a
Kenya Airways Kenya Airways operates
daily flights from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport to Murtala Muhammed
International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.
Angola is Africa’s
country by land area.
HABARI / 17
The central island in the middle
of Lake Turkana consists of three
active volcanoes and is home to
crocodiles and water turtles.
The self-taught Kenyan
photographer and visual artist
Alloys Iteba loves to create
powerful fantasy art with an
afrofuturistic touch, from space
shuttle war scenes to victorious
couples amid their conquered
enemies. His characters are
dressed in beautifully designed
costumes and are often
covered in stunning body art.
~ Instagram: @chromezalloys
18 / HABARI
HABARI / 19
The benefits of travel are
almost immediate. After
a day or two, 89 percent
of travellers experience
significant drops in stress.
Maputo, the capital of Mozambique,
was called Lourenço Marques before
the country gained independence from
Portugal in 1976.
The University of Sankoré
in Timbuktu, Mali is one of
the oldest universities in
the world. It was founded in
The 6,670-km-long Nile River is the
longest river in the world. It meanders
through Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan and
Egypt, among others.
Honey And Dough
Food and art
The First Digital Supermodel
This café is so new that at the time of writing this they had
little or no reviews online. Their service is also new, swift and
firing on all cylinders. The view from Delta Plaza, in Nairobi’s
Westlands, is wonderful, and is only rivalled by the décor,
which has a pink personality. The menu is wide and includes
healthy options such as gluten-free pancakes and raw ravioli.
But you can also have burgers, fries, pastas and curries.
~ Facebook: @HoneyAndDoughKeGourmetCafe
This farm is based in Limuru, on the outskirts of Nairobi. It
produces 17 different types of cheese that have no colourings,
coatings or additives. Brown’s has been at it since 1979. If you
go you will also enjoy the scenery, which consists of lush tea
Leave Nairobi by 7 a.m., and
three hours later you’ll be in
the land of leopards at Lake
Nakuru National Park, which
is also home to flamingoes,
rhinos, lions, zebras and small
horned animals. There are
vantage points on rocky
escarpments overlooking the
lake and the park, which are
great for breaking bread and
that a lot of
choose not to
– Michael Soi –
Where else can you dine
while looking at a collection
of eclectic African art?
Nobody goes into the CBD
to eat or drink, unless they
work or live there. Now
there’s a reason for all:
the opening of this new
restaurant. The Collective
Restaurant and Art Gallery
is owned by a Senegalese lady
who has a passion for food
and gives West African cuisine
an international twist.
Nairobi page text: Jackson Biko
Habari text: Eva de Vries
With her slender silhouette, flawless skin and breathtaking beauty, Shudu,
the model behind the page @shudu.gram, is being called one of the most
beautiful models on Instagram. With her hyperrealistic features, it took a
long time for followers to realize that Shudu wasn’t real. In fact, she was
created by fashion photographer Cameron-James Wilson as an art project.
Shudu and other digital models are now being used in fashion campaigns,
which is a practice that has sparked criticism in the modelling world.
Eclectic Yoga Wear
Ready to show off your dancer’s
pose or downward dog in style?
These bright new yoga leggings by
controversial Kenyan artist Michael
Soi are just what you need.
Run The City
During this year’s FNB Wines2Whales race, from
25 October to 3 November, mountain bikers from
South Africa and beyond will experience the
breathtaking terrain of South Africa’s Overberg.
The route includes a mix of farm roads and majestic
mountain tracks, ending in the coastal town of
The 16th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi
Marathon will take running enthusiasts through the
“green city in the sun”. The internationally renowned
event attracts more than 20,000 participants from all
walks of life and different parts of the world, and raises
funds for the local community.
This skincare brand from
Ghana uses only the purest
ingredients provided by
Mother Nature. Products
include shea butter and
coconut oil. Oh yes, these
products also look great on
20 / HABARI
HABARI / 21
Uganda’s favourite fast food is
the “rolex”, which is an omelet
rolled in a chapati.
The islands of Mafia, Pemba and
Zanzibar are favourite beach holiday
Nollywood, the Nigerian film
industry, is estimated to be the
second-largest in the world after
Arts & Culture
Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles,
is one of the smallest capitals in
the world, and it’s easy to explore
the entire city on foot.
I live vicariously through bad guys in films. According to
my five-year-old son, Americans prefer to call them “baddies”.
Out of principle, I refuse to use the language of five-year-olds.
Anyway, have you seen the film, Inglourious Basterds? It’s
directed by Quentin Tarantino, and it stars Brad Pitt who I like
because he’s Brad Pitt and he plays Lieutenant Aldo Raine who
fights the Nazis. But, I also really love Colonel Hans Landa –
the dark Nazi monster played by Christoph Waltz – because he
comes with immense depth of character even though he directs
it towards evil. Nonetheless, I like bad guys because they sit in
bars alone and women wonder what they’re thinking. Good
guys are predictable: they always use coasters. Plus, you can
always tell that all they want to do is save the world, which is
predictable. So, I always root for the bad guys. And maybe
because of this, I find that I exhaust all my aggression on screen
through these people. The last time I threw a punch was in a
Muay Thai class earlier this year, before my back gave way. The
last time I shoved another man in the chest was 15 years ago on
a basketball court. I’ve become soft.
Two weeks ago, on a cold morning, I was in a queue to get
my boarding pass for a flight to Mombasa. Despite the early
hour, I was in a good mood because that’s the mood you should
be in when you’re going to the beach. I don’t know which country
you’re from, but there’s a fear in Kenya that if you don’t
stand very close to the person in front of you in a queue, you
will develop a rash. So, people will stand so close that you can
feel them breathe down your neck. I haven’t experienced it in
Europe, the US or the Middle East. But here, in my motherland,
that’s the norm. It’s a national idiosyncrasy. It’s what
makes us stand apart from our neighbours (pardon the pun).
It doesn’t matter that we have a bigger economy, are probably
better educated and more democratic, we still don’t see fit to
give the person ahead of us some personal space. And, this
chap was no different. He was standing so close to me in that
queue – not for a kidney transplant, but for a boarding pass! –
that I could feel his pulse and hear his stomach digesting food.
And I was disgusted, eventually. First, however, I was surprised.
And then I was confused, felt violated, and became reflective
and wondered what would compel anybody to stand so close
to someone without finding it odd. I wondered what kind of
household he grew up in. He wasn’t like those perverts you see
on the Internet harassing people on public transport. This guy
wasn’t a pervert, he was just gloriously unaware of what personal
space was. As I stood in that queue, he made my world
“He was just gloriously
unaware of what
personal space was”
smaller. I reminded myself that Nelson Mandela didn’t stay in
prison for decades for this to happen. That was all the motivation
I needed. I turned to this guy and said, in a tone that actor
Samuel L. Jackson uses in the film, Pulp Fiction, “Do you
mind?” I noticed immediately that the man didn’t have any
eyebrows, which made the whole thing weirder.
“What?” he asked.
“Do you mind not standing so close?” I replied.
We stood there with our eyes locked to see who would
blink first. After what seemed like an eternity, he slowly
grunted and took a step backwards. Nelson Mandela would
have been proud of my resolve. Quentin Tarantino would
have put me and the man into a strange pawn shop in the
backstreets of Los Angeles.
Illustration: Hannah Wieslander
With so many groundbreaking
African books to choose from,
where do you start? Here are five
The Old Drift
This impressive novel by
Zambian author Namwali Serpell
follows three very different
founding families across three
generations, from Europe to the
banks of the Zambezi River.
In this beautiful book by
Sudanese author Leila Aboulela,
three Muslim women embark on
a Scottish pilgrimage. The story
combines religious themes and
Celtic myths, confronting faith
and femininity and offering a unique take on the
road trip novel.
The Dragonfly Sea
Award-winning Kenyan writer
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor comes
with this stunning coming-of-age
novel about a young woman
struggling to find her place in the
world. It’s a poignant exploration
of fate, mortality and loss.
David Mogo, Godhunter
This powerful urban fantasy story,
by Nigerian author Suyi Davies
Okungbowa, is set in the Nigerian
city of Lagos, where “godhunter”
David Mogo has one task: to
capture two of the most powerful
gods in the city and deliver them to the wizard
gangster Lukmon Ajala.
When The Plums Are Ripe
Cameroonian writer Patrice
Nganang takes us back to the
Second World War, recounting
how Cameroon was forced into
the conflict. The compelling story
offers detailed insight into life in
Francophone Africa and the lasting impacts of
One of the most important fashion events in
Africa is Lagos Fashion Week, which will
take place from 23 to 26 October. In addition
to exciting runway shows, the event offers a
talent-discovery programme, workshops,
masterclasses and fabulous parties.
Cape Rock ‘n’ Roll
Rocking the Daisies is Cape Town’s
largest outdoor gathering and one of the
highlights of the festival calendar. Taking
place from 4 to 6 October on the stunning
Cloof Wine Estate, the festival hosts
more than 25,000 people, and caters to
every musical taste, from electronic beats
to underground trailblazers.
Designer: Deola Sagoe Image: Lagos Fashion Week
Dokmai Rwanda founder Bernadette
Umunyana works with skilled local
artisans and locally sourced materials.
Dokmai produces beautiful, high-quality
leather products, such as bags and
wallets, often with a touch of Kitenge
First appearing in 2010,
LagosPhoto Festival – 25
October to 13 November –
has established a community
for contemporary photography
that unites local and
international artists. It takes
place across the city and
includes activities such as a
summer school, exhibitions
and talk shows. This year’s
edition delves into the constraints
and prospects of
22 / TRAVEL / Essentials
Dubai is home to Burj Khalifa, the
tallest building in the world (830 m).
Packing for Dubai
You can buy gold from vending
machines in Dubai.
Hardcover book Architecture
in The Emirates by Philip
Jodidio teaches you all
about that famous skyline.
Look like Audrey Hepburn as
you hit the Dubai boulevards
in this Jemima beach hat.
Melissa Odabash, US$136.
When in Dubai, one doesn’t
skip a run along the stunning
coast: wear this stainless
steel and silicone digital
watch, 3 Fitness. Suunto,
duffle bag has
enough space to
carry luggage for
a long weekend.
These BeoPlay E6 in-ear wireless
earphones are designed for an active
lifestyle. Bang & Olufsen, US$300.
This slim-fit, striped cotton shirt
defies that sizzling hot desert air.
Club Monaco, US$80.
sky dive with
Unisex eau de parfum, Across Sands,
smells like dates and spices from the
Far East. Maison Margiela, US$180.
Cotton silk scarf to wrap around your
head while visiting a mosque (or riding in
a sports car). Arket, US$40.
Selection: Gijsje Ribbens
24 / TRAVEL / Eco-tourism
TRAVEL / 25
Morning mist in Nyungwe
Forest National Park
What is eco-tourism?
The International Ecotourism
Society defines eco-tourism as
“responsible travel to natural areas
that conserves the environment,
sustains the well-being of the local
people and involves interpretation
and education”. The money
generated from eco-tourism can be
used to provide local communities
with an additional source of income
to improve their livelihoods and
help preserve the environment. The
eco-tourism industry has grown
rapidly over the last few years, and
it’s now one of the most important
sectors in the international tourism
industry. Africa is at the forefront
of the sustainable-travel trend,
but given the rate at which natural
habitats are being destroyed around
the world, it may soon become the
only way to travel.
From luxury lodges made of natural materials
to efforts to save ancient forests, SUSTAINABLE
TRAVEL is on the rise. Here are seven African
destinations where eco-tourism is thriving.
text Eva de Vries
26 / TRAVEL / Eco-tourism
TRAVEL / 27
With its intensive animal conservation efforts, its
increasing number of sustainable lodges and its
ban on plastic bags, Rwanda is one of the greenest
countries on the planet. A percentage of its
tourism revenues even goes to the communities
that surround its national parks. While many
visitors to Rwanda head straight for the famous
Volcanoes National Park to catch sight of the
endangered mountain gorilla, an often-overlooked
gem is the Nyungwe Forest. One of the world’s
most majestic rainforests, Nyungwe covers
approximately 1,000 sq km and is home to 13
species of primates and 300 varieties of birds.
Go off the beaten track for thrilling chimpanzee
trekking, bird-watching trips, waterfall hikes,
tea-plantation visits or a memorable 200-m
canopy walk high above the jungle. All activities
require a local guide. For a luxurious stay, try the
One & Only Nyungwe House, which is in the tea
plantations. If you’re on a budget, the Kitabi
Eco-Center is a good option. It’s located on a
hilltop just outside the park.
Kenya Airways operates daily direct flights from
Nairobi to Kigali.
“One of the world’s most majestic
rainforests, Nyungwe covers
approximately 1,000 sq km”
Faustin Tuyambaze, Unsplash
Senegal’s beautiful Sine-Saloum Delta, where the
Saloum River flows into the North Atlantic Ocean,
is truly a sight to behold. It has a rich mangrove
ecosystem that is home to several species of bird
and marine life; it also provides food, clean water
and raw materials to the locals. As a result, the
mangrove forests are being rapidly destroyed by
both humans and climate change. To reduce this
pressure on the delta, conservationists are working
to improve local knowledge and better manage
the mangroves. Eco-tourism supports these
initiatives by raising money for conservation
efforts, and by providing an alternative source of
income for the community. To get up close to the
delta, take a boat ride. You can also go fishing,
rent kayaks and sleep under the stars on one of
the beautiful islands. Sangomar Kayak offers
tours as well as overnight camping trips, and even
hyena-watching. For eco-friendly lodgings, discover
the lodge Les Collines de Niassam, where you can
stay in charming huts or a treehouse.
Kenya Airways operates daily direct flights from
Nairobi to Dakar.
28 / TRAVEL / Eco-tourism
TRAVEL / 29
Zimbabwe & Zambia
With its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear
turquoise waters, coral gardens and vast array
of wildlife, Watamu Marine National Park &
Reserve has it all. But the park is facing some
major ecological challenges. Its coast is being
rapidly altered as
a result of climate change, pollution and unsustainable
practices. Tourism is the region’s main
source of income and much of the profits are
being used to preserve this precious area.
Instrumental in this preservation is the Watamu
Marine Association, which organises educational
mangrove boardwalks, bird-watching trips and
snorkelling, as well as visits to the community
recycling centre to learn about biogas production
and permaculture. The Local Ocean
Conservation organisation, with its mission to
protect sea turtles, invites visitors to participate
in their important work via their hands-on Eco
Visitor programme. Beautiful Watamu offers
several eco-friendly places to stay, such as the
magical Watamu Treehouse and the tranquil
Charming Lonno Lodge.
Book your flight to Nairobi on kenya-airways.com.
“Tourism is the region’s main source of
income and much of the profits are being used
to preserve this precious area”
One of Africa’s most striking sights, Victoria
Falls is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the
smoke that thunders”). The roar from the
world’s largest single curtain of falling water
can be heard from 40 km away. Adrenaline
junkies come for the whitewater rafting,
ziplines, helicopter tours and bungee jumping.
Conservationists are concerned, though, about
noise pollution, littering and illicit tour activities,
which are a threat to the falls’ ecosystem.
Fortunately, sustainable tourism is on the rise,
offering accommodation and activities for
guests who are eager to experience the natural
thrills of the falls in a responsible way. Serious
eco-tourists can even take a tour with the
Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit to learn
about the conservation of local wildlife and its
natural resources. For places to stay, Munga
Eco-Lodge in Zambia is an oasis of tranquillity,
well located for exploring the Victoria Falls
area. A more opulent option is the Tongabezi
Lodge, a hideaway on the banks of the
Kenya Airways flies from Nairobi to
30 / TRAVEL / Eco-tourism TRAVEL / 31
Every year, thousands of tourists descend on
the Maasai Mara National Reserve, which
borders the Serengeti in Tanzania, to witness
the Great Migration. However, the park is
becoming a victim of its own success: the
growing numbers of visitors pose an imminent
environmental threat. One way we can reduce
our impact is to choose alternative lodging
outside the park’s boundaries. Consider camping
at Loita Hills, where giraffes, zebras and
even lions are often spotted, and where the
indigenous Maasai live in harmony with their
cattle, nature and wildlife. Sankale Ole Ntutu,
the Maasai community chief of Maji Moto
village, is a passionate guide. He’s also the
manager of the Loita Hills Basecamp, which
offers a wide variety of nature activities, such
as animal tracking, medicinal plant workshops,
beading classes, mountain-bike rides, walking
safaris and bush expeditions. Part of the
profits go directly to the community that makes
the camp and its activities possible.
Book your flight to Nairobi on kenya-airways.com.
Eva de Vries
32 / TRAVEL / Eco-tourism
TRAVEL / 33
Chumbe Island Coral Park, a pristine coral
island located off the coast of Zanzibar, is the
first privately established marine park in the
world. The project consists of a fully protected
coral reef sanctuary, a forest reserve for rare
wildlife, an education centre and a small
eco-lodge. The profits from eco-tourism help
to finance research, environmental education
programmes for local schools and other
benefits for the surrounding community. But
doing good doesn’t have to exclude feeling
good. Island life at Chumbe means you can
relax in a hammock, watch the sunset, take a
boat trip, walk the nature trails, spot endangered
animals and snorkel in the island’s
shallow waters. For accommodation, the
island’s small eco-lodge consists of seven
striking, palm-thatched bungalows made
entirely of local materials. They all feature
solar powered lights and showers, rainwater
catchment and compost toilets. All bungalows
overlook the sea and offer direct access to
the warm blue ocean.
Kenya Airways flies daily from
Nairobi to Zanzibar.
“”Odis volori cum re et alicide
naturi qui officillit aborios si
voloria nonest aut enimporibus
adis repro oditin rem rerovidere,
This wonderfully rugged mountain range – 200 km
north of Cape Town – is known for its gorgeous landscapes,
streams, waterfalls and well-preserved rock
art. Bushmans Kloof, an ecological retreat surrounded
by sandstone formations and ancient bush art sites
dating back 10,000 years, is an excellent basecamp if
you want to explore the Cederberg Mountains. It’s
committed to conservation and social responsibility;
some of lodge’s initiatives include protecting the rare
Cape Leopard, safeguarding a herd of Cape Mountain
Zebras and working to preserve the area’s original
inhabitants’ cave paintings. Some of the area’s most
popular activities are hiking and rock climbing, and
wildlife lovers can take a guided tour to spot rare bird
species, snakes and other animals. Bushmans Kloof
offers a luxurious experience, but if you’re looking for
something more budget-friendly, you can camp under
the stars or sleep in one of the cabins at Gecko Creek.
Just remember to bring your own torch.
Kenya Airways flies daily from Nairobi to Cape Town.
34 / TRAVEL / Facts
English has been
used for international
The Communications Systems
The ICAO phonetic alphabet
assigns each letter a unique name
to avoid any ambiguity in aviation
The VHF radios and HF radios
are interfaced and tuned via two
Multi-Function Control Display
Units at the forward section of the
centre pedestal. They’re selected
via the Audio Control Panels: two
on the centre pedestal and one
on the observer panel towards
the rear of the flight deck.
On the Embraer E190, the textbased
ACARS communication is
facilitated by VHF digital radio 3.
This is only possible when VHF
3 is in data mode, rather than
During day-to-day flight operations, there’s a lot of
communication involving pilots, controllers and the
airline’s operations control. This communication is
mainly facilitated by on-board radios that are used to
transmit both voice and data messages.
“As an example, the Embraer E190 aircraft comes
equipped with three Very High Frequency (VHF) radios
and two High Frequency (HF) radios,” says First Officer
Michael Chege. “VHF radios are the preferred mode
of voice communication due to the high quality of
voice transmission. However, their limited range –
approximately 200 nautical miles [370 km] – makes
communication in remote areas difficult. This is where
the HF radios step in: with their long-range capability,
these radios are ideal over vast, uninhabited land
masses and long oceanic routes, where transmission
repeater stations are few and far between. As HF
radios are noisy, they’re only used when requested.
Ground stations will normally do this using the Selective
Calling System (SELCAL), which even works when an
aircraft’s radios are muted. SELCAL uses a groundbased
encoder and radio transmitter to broadcast any
one of four unique audio tones, which are picked up by
a decoder and radio receiver in the aircraft.”
Pilots can also receive and send text-based messages
through the Aircraft Communication Addressing and
Reporting System (ACARS). “ACARS is used to relay
text-based communications, such as fuel information
and Regulated Take Off Weight (RTOW). It’s also used
by the flight crew to share information to the Load
Control office that helps calculate the final load sheet,
and to relay flight following details to the airline’s
Operations Control Centre (OCC). The OCC, on their
part, will relay information such as weather conditions
en route and at the final destination, and possible
The use of an on-board
satellite telephone is kept to
a minimum due to the high
costs associated with it:
US$15 for a three-minute call.
text: Annette Lavrijsen image: Haig Anyonyi
36 / PEOPLE / Beauty entrepreneurs
PEOPLE / 37
Leaders in various BEAUTY disciplines,
these African women are role models for
young people who aspire to work in the
text Anthea Rowan
Wardrobe stylist &
Worked with Kanye West for three years
Highlighting the made-in-Africa label
LAËTITIA KANDOLO was already on her
way to a stunning career in her late teens. She
earned a place at the prestigious Ecole Supérieure
des Arts et Techniques de la Mode, and having
been part of a Black Eyed Peas’ tour working with
chart-topping Fergie, she was gaining a reputation
as a talented stylist. Kandolo has since worked with
some of the biggest artists in the music business,
including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Madonna and Beyoncé.
Born and raised in Paris, she began her journey
as a freelancer while she was still a student. Today,
she travels regularly between Paris and Kinshasa.
Forging strong ties with her African heritage has
always been important. “Africa wasn’t part of my
school history programme, so I had to learn the
history of my roots by myself, watching documentaries,
films, listening to music, through books,
travelling, exhibitions...and talking to people,” said
Kandolo in an interview with Vogue Italia.
In 2015, she launched her own womenswear
clothing line, UCHAWI, in Democratic Republic of
the Congo. “My brand is mostly about mood,” she
says. “Each collection is a part of me. I’m old-fashioned:
I love manuscripts and writing ideas down,
so I always have a notebook with me” She gets her
inspiration everywhere: on the street, in architecture,
from films, photography, music and travelling.
Kandolo met success very early in her life, but
she urges young designers not to rush and be ready
to work hard because it’s a journey that will require
a lot of sacrifices. “Always live the life you want to,
don’t compare your life to others; everybody has
“Always live the life
you want to, don’t
compare your life to
has different timing”
38 / PEOPLE / Beauty entrepreneurs
PEOPLE / 39
Hairstylist & owner of
Three-time winner of the Afro Hairdresser of the Year
Award at the British Hairdressing Awards; first black
woman to enter the organisation’s Hall of Fame
Natural beauty and real people
Owner of hair- and skincare
brand, African Naturals
TEDx Talk “I am not your stereotype. I am not my
hair”, which was chosen as one of 15 TEDx Talks to
celebrate TEDx reaching one billion views
Debunking stereotypes on natural hair, encouraging
self-acceptance and sharing African views
“There’s work to be done in uplifting and providing skills
to young women in Ghana”
“I didn’t dream big enough, and I was too comfortable
supplying just locally”
CHARLOTTE MENSAH, who’s one of Britain’s top hairstylists,
got into the business because of a pivotal moment in
her life. Following the passing of her mother when she was
barley a teenager, hairstyling became the mode of bonding
between Mensah and her younger sister. “I’d do her hair every
Sunday, and it was always a spiritual experience: we’d cry, we’d
laugh and we’d talk,” she says. The rest, as they say, is history.
Mensah established top London salon, Hair Lounge, 20
years ago with funding from The Prince’s Trust. Her clients
include famous people such as novelist Chimamanda Ngozi
Adichie. The success of the salon inspired Mensah to launch
the Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil product range, a series of
hair products that is now stocked by global giants Space NK
and Net-a-Porter. She discovered the raw materials for these
products while she was in the Serengeti. “I decided to get a
head massage,” says Mensah. “I enquired about the oils used,
and from there a partnership was born.” Her products aim to
meet the wishes of clients from Africa, Europe and Asia, who
want products that hydrate their hair, moisturise it without
leaving it greasy, are beautifully packaged and smell nice.
Mensah now offers technical workshops for hair professionals
in Ghana, and she’s heavily invested in her charity, Ladies of
Visionary Empowerment. “There’s work to be done in uplifting
and providing skills to young women in Ghana,” she says.
According to Mensah, the authentic look is becoming an
increasingly popular trend. “I think there’s an embracing of
natural hair. I was in New York recently, and I loved all the
natural hairstyles I saw. I think there’s a trend of people feeling
empowered to be themselves; I encourage people to bring
their authentic selves wherever they go.”
ZODIDI GASEB is all about promoting natural hair and
natural beauty. She’s so passionate about a natural look that
she has developed a brand to celebrate African beauty and
natural products. Her daughter was the catalyst to starting her
business. In 2014, she wanted to “relax” her hair, by applying
chemical straighteners to it. It forced Gaseb to rethink her
own hair and the impacts of Western beauty ideals on African
women. She decided to grow out her natural hair after she
realised that her daughter perceived her long extensions as the
standard of beauty.
Then, in a bid to retain natural, healthy hair, Gaseb began
to experiment with natural products sourced locally and mixed
with ingredients from other African countries. Passionate
about the healing and restorative powers of natural products
and essential oils, she uses ximenia, marula oil and moringa
powder bought from local women’s cooperatives in Namibia,
and high-quality raw shea butter from Ghana.
Gaseb’s brand, African Naturals, is an ethnic hair- and
skincare line and an initiative dedicated to the cultural
preservation of the African aesthetic. “I didn’t dream big
enough, and I was too comfortable supplying just locally,”
she says. “But, after participating in the Intra-Africa Trade
Fair in 2018, I realised that I could definitely grow beyond
the African borders. I would love to see my products alongside
American and European brands in major retailers, to be
used in local and international salons.”
Gaseb hasn’t been to Kenya but would love to visit to see
what raw materials she could source, and what collaborative
partnerships she could develop.
40 / PEOPLE / Beauty entrepreneurs
PEOPLE / 41
Fashion model, Lemlem &
Lemlem Foundation founder
One of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential
People in 2010; one of Glamour magazine’s Women
of the Year in 2013; and created one of the first
sustainable fashion labels to manufacture in Africa.
Promoting Africa as a source of high-end artisanal
work, while supporting maternal health and women’s
Msafiri Business Award for Health & Beauty (2013);
nominated for Africa’s Most Influential Women in
Business in East Africa (2019)
Designing makeup products that work
for African women
“I felt inspired to launch the brand after one of my visits back
to Ethiopia, when I met a group of traditional weavers”
“I found a gap in the retail cosmetics market: whatever was
available was imported and hugely overpriced”
SPOTTED WHILE she was still at school in Addis Ababa,
Liya Kebede was introduced to a modelling agency in Paris
and cemented her career a few years later in the US. In 2007,
Forbes magazine identified her as one of the top-earning
models in the world. Kebede has since appeared on the cover
of several editions of Vogue magazine, is a spokesmodel for
L’Oreal Paris, has been the Face of Estée Lauder and starred
with Jake Gyllenhaal in a Calvin Klein advert; but she’s much
more than just a pretty face.
In 2007, Kebede launched clothing brand Lemlem, which
means “to bloom and flourish” in Amharic. “I felt inspired
to launch the brand after one of my visits back to Ethiopia,
when I met a group of traditional weavers who no longer
had a market for their craft,” she says. “The core collection
is handwoven from natural cotton in Ethiopia, but we also
produce a collection made in Kenya, and we’re always looking
to expand our production across the continent with new
Kebede always knew that she wanted to focus on giving
back and taking sustainable action to help women in Africa.
She served as Goodwill Ambassador with the World Health
Organization – from 2005-2011 – and, in 2006, she launched
the Lemlem Foundation to help women in Africa access
critical health services during pregnancy and childbirth.
In 2018, the Lemlem Foundation expanded its collection
of programmes to support job training and empowerment
activities, so that more women in artisan communities can
build successful livelihoods. “At Lemlem, we’re pushing the
needle so that more young women have a good future as
HAVING LIVED in the US for 10 years, Suzie Wokabi
returned to Kenya in 2007 to work in the media makeup industry.
She discovered that beauty products for African women
were lacking. “I found a gap in the retail cosmetics market:
whatever was available was imported and hugely overpriced,”
she says. She decided to create SuzieBeauty, her own, affordable
range of products for the African woman.
“I cofounded the brand with my husband in 2009, and
launched it onto the Kenyan market three years later,” says
Wokabi, whose early career included stints for cosmetics giants
Clinique and MAC. “We started from scratch with a lot of love
and passion for beauty, and for Africa.” SuzieBeauty offers a
full range of colour cosmetics: foundation, powder, concealer,
eye shadows, eye kohl, mascara and blusher. In 2018, Wokabi
launched the company’s skincare line, which includes makeup
remover, cleanser, toner, moisturiser and primer as well as
Called “the face of African beauty” by CNN and described
by Forbes magazine as “one of Kenya’s most exceptional female
entrepreneurs”, Wokabi believes in growing a brand gradually,
and not overstretching.
She’s always working on new products, and she becomes
inspired when she travels and witnesses new trends. But making
products relevant to African women remains her mandate.
“I have to localise the trends so that they work for us,” says
Wokabi. This year, she aims to launch five new products.
Wokabi has a clear message to aspiring young entrepreneurs:
“Be sure that you love everything about what you do.
It’s not easy to break into this industry, or be successful in it,
and the success stories out there all rely on passion.”
42 / BUSINESS / Book review
Rituals For Work:
50 Ways to Create
Purpose And A
Culture That Can
Adapt To Change
Kursat Ozenc and Margaret Hagan
Kursat Ozenc, PhD, is
Strategic Design Consultant at SAP
AppHaus in Silicon Valley. Margaret
Hagan, PhD, is Director of the Legal
Design Lab at Stanford Law School.
Both authors teach at the Stanford
Athletes such as tennis champion
Rafael Nadal are already familiar
with the power of rituals to boost
performance. So why not harness
rituals in the workplace? The authors
draw on empirical research and
rich examples from the industry to
illustrate how rituals can transform
our business lives.
Rituals can add meaning and focus to
daily routines. Rituals For Work gives
them a modern twist to boost professional
performance and culture. Here’s our pick
of the best excerpts from the book.
Airplane Mode Afternoon
Need to get stuff done? This ritual is
all about creating a “distraction-free
zone”. How? “Everyone is a passenger
on a fictional plane ride together.”
Passengers can choose the day’s
“destination” and focus on that for
the session, with a temporary block
on web browsing, notifications and
social media. Make it extra-realistic
by adding, “White noise to mimic the
Three-Second Share Day
This ritual helps teams to connect at
a personal level across different locations.
Team members are paired up
to record and share a series of threesecond
clips of their life on a set day
with their phone camera. The partner
does the same. “They can also share
their video story with the whole team
at meetings, so everyone can see what
their day looks like.”
The Failure Wake Party
This one’s designed to show staff that
it’s okay to fail. “It should encourage
the team to take risks and to have
closure.” Think of it as a funeral wake.
“A team leader should prepare remarks
like a eulogy, recognising the life cycle
of the project and expressing appreciation
for everyone’s hard work.”
A pharmaceutical firm uses this ritual
to keep employees, “Motivated in an
environment where a high-percentage
of failure is normal.”
About the book
An accessible guide packed
with fun, inspiring and practical
“rituals” to help teams,
managers and individuals in
all areas at work, including
productivity, creativity and
dealing with conflict.
Text: Annemarie Hoeve
44 / TREND / E-commerce
TREND / 45
Innovative FISH FARMING solutions are
needed to meet the rising appetite for nutritious
fish in Sub-Saharan Africa. A new sustainable
technique, which is gaining popularity at the
great lakes, might be the answer.
text Andrea Dijkstra
IN THE green, hilly bay near Roo village in western Kenya,
hundreds of vast square cages float in Lake Victoria. Attached
to these metal constructions are giant closed nets, each holding
5,000 fish fingerlings. These are the fish cages of Victory Farms,
founded by Joseph Rehmann and Steve Moran in 2016.
Due to overfishing, wild fish stocks have plummeted in
Sub-Saharan Africa’s great lakes. In Lake Victoria, wild fish
catches have reduced by over 50 percent in the past 2 decades.
Meanwhile, consumer demand has risen, meaning that locally
caught fish (140,000 tonnes) no longer meets the national yearly
demand (500,000 tonnes). In response, Kenya now imports
US$7 million of tilapia per year from Asia. For firms like
Victory Farms, this demand-supply gap is a great opportunity.
Instead of digging fishponds in the ground, which is a
more common model of fish farming in Kenya, Victory Farms
ventured into cage fish farming, which is also known as cage
culture. “You can produce significantly larger fish quantities
with cage fish farming than with pond fishing,” says Rehmann.
“For the amount of fish that you can breed in just one 36-sq-m
cage, you would need over one hectare of pond fishing area.”
Victory Farms is scaling up quickly. The firm put its first
fish into the water in June 2016, and it already produces 250
tonnes of fish per month, which translates to 500,000 meals in
Kenya’s lowest income markets. Rehmann plans to grow his
production from 1,000 tonnes last year to 4,000 tonnes this
year and currently employs 250 people on a permanent basis
and another 150 flexible employees.
Because of its huge yields, cage culture is gaining popularity
in several other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including
Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and >
Trivia about tilapia
•Tilapia is one of the most exploited
inland water fish species in tropicalto-sub-tropical
ecosystems of Sub-
•Tilapia is a traditional and favourite
dish in almost all countries in Sub-
Saharan Africa. Some even call it
a “democratic fish” in the sense
that the fish is consumed as an
affordable source of protein in poor
rural communities, while also being
a premium product for the affluent
in urban centres
•Nearly all tilapia produced in Sub-
Saharan Africa is consumed locally,
with very limited exports to overseas
•Notable countries with a strong
demand for tilapia include
Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda and
•Retail prices for a kilo of frozen
whole-gutted tilapia can range from
US$2.50 (in Zambia) to as high at
US$13 in markets such as in Angola
Jeroen van Loon
“Cage fish farming
makes locally produced
fish protein available at
an affordable price”
46 / TREND / E-commerce
TREND / 47
Jeroen van Loon
Zimbabwe. In Zambia, for example, Yalelo has 75 cages in Lake
Kariba that are each the size of a large public swimming pool.
The company employs over 650 people, sold 9,000 tonnes of
tilapia last year and plans to sell 15,500 tonnes this year, which
makes it the largest aquaculture production business in Africa.
“Responsible aquaculture can be one of the most environmentally
sustainable forms of meat production, and it’s the
only realistic solution to meet the demand for fish in growing
African economies,” says Adam Taylor, CEO of FirstWave
Group (Yalelo’s parent company). “For each kilo of meat, fish
eat one quarter less feed than poultry and produce half as
much carbon dioxide. Compared to beef, fish need only 20
percent of the feed and produce 95 percent less carbon dioxide.
This makes fish more affordable and more sustainable.”
Cage culture farmers are also assured of a growing
demand for fish in Africa, which is driven by population and
income growth, and an increasing appreciation of health
benefits of fish consumption. Fish is a good source of protein,
which helps to maintain muscle; a rich source of vitamins and
minerals (vitamin B12, vitamin D, iodine and zinc) that are
necessary to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails; and it
contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for
the development of the brain and eyes.
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
Despite all of this, cage culture isn’t the silver bullet that
some imagine it to be. Starting a company comes with numerous
challenges. For instance, it’s capital-intensive because cages,
fish fingerlings and fish feed need to be procured upfront; the
last being expensive in most African countries due to a lack of
local millers producing high-quality and affordable fish feed.
Furthermore, some experts are critical of cage culture because
can be one of the most
forms of meat production”
The largest cage culture
players in Sub-Saharan Africa
- in terms of sales per month -
• YALELO (Zambia): 1,100 tonnes
• LAKE HARVEST (Zimbabwe, Zambia & Uganda):
550 tonnes in total
• TROPO FARMS (Ghana): 550 tonnes
• VICTORY FARMS (Kenya): 250 tonnes
• IG INVEST (Uganda): 200 tonnes
• TRITON AQUACULTURE (Ghana): 150 tonnes
some companies can chase greater income at the expense of a
more sustainable approach. Overcrowded cages, for example,
can lead to high mortality rates, disease, and parasite infestations.
And contaminants from aqua farms, such as fish excrement;
uneaten, chemical-laden food; and swarms of parasites
might spread to the surrounding water.
To avoid these problems, Rehmann located his farm in a
deep part of Lake Victoria with enough volume to absorb the
fish faeces, and with strong enough currents to flush fresh
water through the cages, maintaining a healthy environment
for the fish. He makes sure not to put too many fish in one
cage and adheres to the lake’s ecosystem by producing Nile
tilapia, which was already introduced in Lake Victoria in the
1950s. “As we use high-quality feed and environmental best
practices, we’re actually seeing an increase in wild fish nearby
and a species of endangered tilapia is being successfully reintroduced
in the waters around our farm,” adds Rehmann.
Government recognition is usually a good barometer of
the feasibility of new methods, and cage culture is already
attracting such attention. Having launched numerous policies
in favour of the emerging cage culture sector, African governments
are now recognising cage culture’s potential. In Kenya,
for example, the local government has invested US$10,000 in a
cage culture project at Chinga Dam. In Ghana, the government
hands out grants to local people to start cage farms. As
a result, around six commercial companies and dozens of
individual entrepreneurs are now using this farming method at
Ghana’s Lake Volta, the largest artificial reservoir in the
world. And the cage system now accounts for 97 percent of
the total fish production in Ghana.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
Although the cage culture industry in Kenya is still nascent,
several successful local players have already emerged, such as
Lake View Fisheries (just off Mfangano Island), which Dr
Gilbert Mbeo and his sister Michelle founded. “We grew up
surrounded by a thriving capture fishery, but due to overfishing,
Lake Victoria became less productive, factories closed, people
lost their jobs and malnutrition and poverty became rife,” says
Dr Mbeo. Nowadays, Lake View Fisheries produces 200 tonnes
of fish annually and plans to scale up its operations, employing
hundreds of Kenyans and making thousands of tonnes of
locally produced fish protein available to all Kenyans at an
Taylor – of FirstWave Group – solved the shortage of
affordable, high-quality fish feed by constructing (in partnership
with Danish fish feed company Aller Aqua) Sub-Saharan
Africa’s largest fish feed factory in Zambia. “As fish feed represents
over 50 percent of the costs of operating a fish farm,
it’s very important to have a reliable source of high-quality
affordable fish feed,” says Taylor, who also exports the feed to
Kenya and Uganda, and recently opened his first depot in
Kampala. Yalelo, which sells 70 percent of its fish through 50
Yalelo retail shops throughout Zambia, recently started to export
fish to Democratic Republic of the Congo and intends to
export to several other African countries before the year’s end.
According to Taylor, producing fish locally has countless
benefits above not importing fish from Asia, such as job
creation in low-income areas, a reduction of the carbon footprint,
verifiable quality standards, economic improvement and
improved food security. Rehmann is also optimistic about cage
culture in Sub-Saharan Africa, and he predicts a bright future
for the industry. “We can bring thousands of people into this
industry,” he says. “Cage fish farming could create food selfsufficiency
for Kenya and Uganda in the foreseeable future;
this is how we are going to feed the people.”
The average annual per capita fish
consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa is 8.9 kg,
compared to a world average of 18.9 kg
Sub-Saharan Africa experienced an
average annual growth rate in aquaculture
production of 21% during the last decade
Most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
experienced a growth in fish consumption
from around 25–50% between 2007 and 2015
Aquaculture production in Sub-Saharan
Africa in 2025 is projected to be one million
tonnes, an increase of 84%
Jeroen van Loon
48 / TRAVEL / Tips
A historical mystery
Very close to Malindi, buried
deep in a lush forest, are the
Gedi Ruins: impressive remains
of a 13th-century Swahili village.
Traders, sailors and settlers from
Oman lived here until the 16th
century, when a big evacuation
occurred. Theories about what
happened range from a sudden
attack to a plague. You can
wander around the beautiful
palace, grand mosque and stone
Featuring green sea turtles,
shorebirds, powder-blue fish,
fringing reef and seagrass
beds, stunning nature is wellpresented
in Malindi Marine
National Park & Reserve, the
oldest marine park in Kenya.
You can enjoy glass-bottom-boat
rides, swimming, windsurfing,
snorkelling, camping and
relaxing beach walks. If you’re
lucky, you might spot whale- and
shortfin mako sharks.
A pleasant one-hour drive
over bands of white rock and
red chalky soil will get you
from Malindi to the Marafa
Depression, which is also known
as Hell’s Kitchen. This eroded
sandstone gorge on Kenya’s
coast consists of red cliffs
with layers of white, pink and
orange. It makes you feel like
you’re on Mars, especially during
sunset when the colours of this
incredible site are breathtaking.
Situated on Kenya’s idyllic Indian Ocean
coast, the tropical town of Malindi offers
a wonderful mix of old and new. Make
the most of a trip here with these tips.
Art in the tropics
Malindi has a lot to offer in the
field of art, and African art expert
Carola Rasmussen’s fascinating
Ndoro Sculpture Garden is one of
the highlights. At this permanent
outdoor exhibition, you can
admire all kinds of tropical
plants and about 300 stone
sculptures. From rough stone
to perfectly polished, you’ll find
wildlife sculptures that range from
elephants to birds of prey. Ndoro
Sculpture Garden brings out the
special expressions of African
symbolic and figurative art.
Text: Emma van Egmond Image: Alamy
50 / BUSINESS / Country at a glance BUSINESS /51
At a glance
Have a closer look at the potential of Burundi.
The most relevant FACTS AND FIGURES,
touristic attractions and social trends of today.
text Yvette Bax infographics Chantal van Wessel/Vizualism
52 / BUSINESS / Interview BUSINESS / 53
A short spell as Minister of Trade and Industry was all
DR MUKHISA KITUYI needed to transform Kenya’s
fortunes. Now that he’s Secretary-General of UNCTAD
for a second term, the world is in his sights.
text Morris Kiruga
1956 in Bungoma, western Kenya
Admitted to the University of Nairobi in
1977, expelled in 1979
Completed a degree there in Political
Science and International Relations in 1982
MPhil Development Studies (1986) and
Doctorate in Social Anthropology (1989),
University of Bergen.
Executive Director, FORD Kenya (1992)
MP for Kimilili Constituency, Opposition
Chief Whip, Chair of Defence and Foreign
Affairs Committee (1992-2007)
Convener of agriculture negotiations at the
WTO’s Sixth Ministerial Conference (2005)
Minister of Trade and Industry (2002-2007)
Chief Executive of Kenya Institute of
Consultant for the African Union Commission
Fellow at The Brookings Institution in
Washington, D.C. (2012)
Secretary-General of UNCTAD (2013-2021)
DR KITUYI is a passionate man
with a clear view and a laser focus. He
knows what the world’s problems are,
what the world needs and how to make it
happen. He may have only been Minister
of Trade and Industry for five years, but
those years radically changed how Kenya
trades with the world: it’s now an economic
giant. And so, when Dr Kituyi’s
appointment as leader of the United
Nations Conference on Trade and
Development (UNCTAD) was reported,
it came as little surprise to most Kenyans,
for his exploits had already etched him
into the country’s folklore.
They say never meet your heroes
because they will always disappoint you;
but, during our long conversation, which
Dr Kituyi almost missed his lunch for, I
discover that statement to be inaccurate.
Kenya’s son in Geneva is not only the
real deal, he’s in the right place and
thriving, and it shows.
“Of course, I miss Nairobi,” he says.
“Geneva has a different social rhythm
and a fairly high cost of living.” It’s
hardly surprising that a conversation
with one of the world’s most renowned
trade experts, who’s a staunch defender
of multilateralism, will veer quickly into
trade and economics. Even when he compares
the two cities, it’s just a precursor to
a review of just how countries can make
life better for their people. When I ask
him about Kenya Airways’ new Nairobi-
Geneva route, for example, he first talks
about what it means for both economies.
“This route gives an opportunity for the
Swiss market to know that Kenyan roses
are actually from Kenya,” he says. “And it
will save tourists and UN staff the time
and hassle of connecting flights.”
Dr Kituyi sees the world in terms
of tariffs and the cost of living, and his
primary focus is what developing countries
need to do in the 21st century.
Coming from anyone else, his arguments
might sound pretentious, but Dr Kituyi’s
plan for improving how the world trades
FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE
Born in Bungoma, western Kenya in
1956, the bespectacled academic lived
many lives on his journey to becoming
Secretary-General. He was a student
leader, a role that led to his expulsion
from the University of Nairobi in >
54 / BUSINESS / Interview
to those who are
ready to learn”
1979; an opposition politician; a government
minister; and a trade consultant.
“I inherited the Ministry of Trade
from Nicholas Biwott, who had built a
good office,” he says. Good, yes, but not
quite good enough. Dr Kituyi wanted
“to open up the office” to be more active
in the global trade arena. It was a job to
which he was so dedicated – to the point
of almost quitting in 2005 to lead the
World Trade Organization – that it ended
up costing him his parliamentary position.
“The work of a minister of trade,
and the structure of international trade,
don’t go well with being an MP,” he says,
describing the abrupt end to his political
career in 2007.
This was a significant start to his
plan to improve Africa’s fortunes, but his
second act was even bigger. Now tasked
with shaping global trade policy, Dr
Kituyi is a man at home in Geneva. On
his plate are the shifting global dynamics
of trade and migration, and the many
things derailing developing countries
from achieving prosperity.
“Isn’t it surprising that the countries
that were champions of international free
trade 20 years ago are now fighting
against the world opening up?” says Dr
Kituyi. We’re talking about the recently
signed African Continental Free Trade
Agreement, which has created the world’s
biggest free trade area by total number of
countries. For him, the agreement, on
which he worked as a consultant, is
proof that Africa is now the champion,
and the future, of international free
trade; if it can overcome the challenges.
RISING TO THE CHALLENGES
Some of these challenges – as Dr
Kituyi sees them – are pressure on wages,
and the lack of sufficient value addition
and regional value chains. “We can’t keep
raising wages,” he says. “To reduce this
permanent pressure on wages, we first
need to stop letting costs go up.” When
we discuss cross-border value chains, he
wonders aloud why cocoa from West
Africa is exported to Switzerland for
processing into paste, before being
imported for use in confectionary.
The prospect of more intra-Africa
trade excites Dr Kituyi, but he bemoans
the lack of sufficient value chains. “I’ve
seen this from three ends: as a minister,
as a consultant and now as head of a
UN agency,” he says, mulling over how
he can use this experience to help developing
countries do right by themselves.
One example he dives into with some
scepticism is the Special Economic Zones
(SEZs), where countries design business
and trade bubbles aimed at attracting
foreign investment, which have been
popping up everywhere on the continent.
“Two decades ago, SEZs were the only
sensible way to attract FDI [Foreign
Direct Investment], but today global FDI
is going to less intensive industries,” he
says. This means that SEZs will not be
the silver bullet for all of the problems
developing nations are facing.
For Dr Kituyi, the solution is simple:
“SEZs have to be more directly linked to
locally available resources, and must align
productivity with the services sector,” he
says. The way he sees it, this will not only
solve the foreign investment problem, it
will also avert the unemployment crisis,
which is a biting problem for Sub-
Saharan Africa’s young population.
heavily in physical infrastructure, such as
road networks and power grid systems,
which are also as important. Dr Kituyi is
not particularly worried about the resultant
rise in debt levels from these heavy
investments, although he agrees that they
have to be kept low. “I don’t think you
can overinvest in infrastructure,” he says.
“The questions are: Could you have
gotten a better deal and can you create
synergies so it does not have an overbearing
impact on the economy?”
OUTSIDE THE BOX
While such questions keep him busy
now, as he travels the globe helping
countries and regional trade networks to
improve how they plug into international
trade networks, he still craves the spirit
and dance of Nairobi. For the married
father of three, the journey to leading a
global body tasked with such an important
role has been one of constant learning
and relearning. When I ask what
“This was a significant start to his plan to improve
Africa’s fortunes, but his second act was even bigger”
Among the areas that governments
need to address is the digital economy,
which is creating multiple opportunities
for exports. “Global e-commerce sales hit
an estimated US$29 trillion in 2017, but
Africa still has a long way to go in utilising
the opportunities it presents,” he says.
“Governments must prioritise investments
in digital infrastructure with clear
regulatory environments, protection of
consumer privacy, anti-competition,
protecting the integrity of payments, and
building digital skills.” They also need to
deal with the labour and skills gaps that
the exponential growth of the digital
economy presents. In a 2017 report,
UNCTAD warned that “all countries
will need to adjust their education and
training systems to deliver the skills
required in the digital economy”.
There are existential issues in
modern-day economies, especially developing
ones that are also investing more
drives him, he doesn’t hesitate with his
answer. “Trust in self,” he says. “I confront
the challenges because success
comes to those who are ready to learn.”
He also says his willingness not to be
held hostage by any single professional
label – academic, politician, consultant,
trade policy expert – is a strength. “I
learn a lot of new skills. I read a lot,
listen a lot and reflect a lot.”
Oh, and he listens to music a lot. “If
I’m in Nairobi, you’ll find me going to
listen to music, especially oldies,” he says
with a chuckle. Then, to my question
about a nearly forgotten body of music
from the 2002 election campaign, he says,
“I composed most of that music!” But,
Dr Kituyi doesn’t have the time to compose
music these days. And that’s why I
have to finally let him go so he doesn’t
miss his lunch; the future of trade in the
developing world needs a hero with a full
56 / TRAVEL / Dubai
TRAVEL / 57
Whether you’re after culture, beaches,
fine dining, shopping or a party, DUBAI
has something for everyone. Here’s a
great way to spend 48 hours in one of
the world’s most-visited cities.
Lutz Jaekel/Hollandse Hoogte/laif, Stocksy, Shutterstock, Alamy, Haut Risque Unsplash
text Yi-Hwa Hanna
DUBAI MAY be known for its stellar nightlife, but with the sun
shining almost every day and countless independent cafés mushrooming
all over the city, its breakfast and coffee scene has evolved into something
everyone should explore.
Healthy living is another trend that has taken root here, and the marriage
of the two has resulted in many great breakfast spots that give the
famous all-inclusive and indulgent “Dubai brunches” – that turn into a
party until sundown – a serious run for their money. >
1. Balconies in Dubai Marina 2. Food truck and beach restaurant “Salt” at Kite Beach
3. A neon sign at Atlantis, The Palm 4. A falcon in the desert 5. Arabic ceiling design
6. The Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall 7. Traditional Arabic teapots
58 / TRAVEL / Dubai
TRAVEL / 59
batteries while getting
your fill of culture by
heading to the
in the afternoon”
RISE AND SHINE
For a healthy and wholesome start to the day, head to Jumeirah or Al
Quoz districts. In the former, Kulture House’s epic interiors practically
demand a snap from your smartphone, while the “urban balkan bistro”,
21 Grams, serves up freshly made pastries and exquisite savoury dishes
just steps away from Jumeirah Beach and the iconic hotel, Burj Al Arab.
Head over to Al Quoz: an area once known for its warehouses and industrial
centres that’s now associated with art galleries and hipsters.
Here, Tom & Serg remains a longstanding favourite, while newcomer,
Cassette, has been winning guests over with its Parisian bistro aesthetic,
homemade baked goods and commitment to sustainability.
If you prefer your breakfast to have a focus on coffee, or if you just
need a boost during the day, then you’ve come to the right city. Coffee has
long been an integral part of Arabic culture. Traditionally served to guests
at a Majlis (special gatherings), modern-day Dubai offers an impressive
abundance of places in which to get your caffeine fix. For a taste of
history, head to the Coffee Museum. If artisanal brews and sweet treats
are what you’re after, head to Alchemy, RX Coffee Apothecary & Kitchen
or To The Moon & Back, where you’ll find every type of coffee and brand
from Chemex to ColsBrew. In Jumeirah, Al Athar Street’s hotspots Aero-
Press and V60 are the place to be.
Not the type for a leisurely breakfast? Then plunge into Dubai’s
sparkling blue waters and try some water sports instead. The ideal time
to enjoy a spot of wakesurfing (riding a wave behind a boat) or stand
up paddle boarding (standing on a surfboard while paddling) is before
the afternoon heat hits. For the former, we recommend booking
through Watercooled UAE and riding the waters of the Bvlgari Yacht
Club, while for the latter, there’s no better place than the laid-back
beachside lifestyle hub that is Surf House Dubai.
AN ANCIENT AFTERNOON
Recharge your batteries while getting your fill of culture by heading
to the Bastakiya Quarter in the afternoon. Found at the heart of “Old
Dubai”, this picturesque pedestrian-friendly area is the perfect place in
which to discover the city’s heritage. Head to the Dubai Museum in Al
Fahidi Fort – Dubai’s oldest building – to see ancient monuments and
artefacts, and learn about the history of pearl diving. Alternatively, visit
the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding to learn
about Emirati life. If you need a pick-me-up or a snack, we recommend
trying the local cuisine at the shaded gardens of the Arabian Tea House.
Another unmissable aspect of Emirati culture that dates back centuries is
falconry: an art form that’s truly majestic to watch.
For a flying demonstration with an interactive experience, check out >
1. The Dubai Frame, a new tourist attraction 2. Desert dunes 3. Slippers for sale at Bur
Dubai Souk 4. Food truck and beach restaurant “Salt” at Kite Beach 5. Food at La Mer
Beach 6. An Arabic wall decoration 7. A man training a falcon 8. Jumeirah Mosque
9. Roxy Cinemas Dubai
WHERE TO DINE
Carnival by Trèsind
A celebration of Indian food and a
journey into fine dining, this awardwinning
spot turns top-quality food
into edible art.
The food here is as multilayered
as the décor: it’s fresh and
fashionable with an Eastern
La Petite Maison
fare at its best, this place has been
named among the world’s best
restaurants, and for good reason.
This tiny restaurant in Jumeirah
Fishing Harbour is a foodie
favourite thanks to its exceptional
cuisine created by a
This no-frills beachside fish shack
serves seafood that’s so flavourful,
it’s become one of Dubai’s most
beloved seafood haunts.
Lutz Jaekel/Hollandse Hoogte/laif, Stocksy, Shutterstock, Alamy, Robert Harding, Juliana Malta Unsplash, Eiliv Sonas Aceron Unsplash, Mansoor Unsplash, Mato Foto
1 3 4
6 7 9
60 / TRAVEL / Dubai
TRAVEL / 61
“Flying Cup offers
guests the chance
to drink and dine in
the sky by hoisting
you 40 m above the
5 6 8
Lutz Jaekel/Hollandse Hoogte/laif, Stocksy, Shutterstock, Nick Fewings Unsplash, , Joshua Fuller Unspalsh, Robert Harding
WHERE TO STAY
Zabeel House, The Greens
A trendy new hotspot, this
Instagram-worthy mid-range hotel
is fresh and eclectic, and boasts
a stunning gym, swimming pool,
and truly excellent restaurants.
Arabian Corner Dubai
An affordable, beautiful, bohemian
two-bedroom apartment rental
run by two locally based expats. It
has a pool, gym, access to a kid’s
playground and a balcony with a
Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai
The ultimate in decadent luxury,
this stunning and opulent hotel on
the Palm Jumeirah was inspired by
18th-century European palaces.
Hilton Al Habtoor City
If wellness is as important to you
as good service, this choice isn’t
only centrally located – with easy
access to the incredible La Perle
show (a combination of acrobatics
and state-of-the-art technology)
– it also offers a 24-hour gym,
rooftop swimming pools, a large
spa and complementary beach
Kenya Airways operates non-stop
flights to Dubai from Nairobi.
Wild Flight at the nearby House of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
Here, you’ll be able to slip on a glove and call a bird to your wrist
with the help of their skilled falconers.
If you’re keen to do a bit of shopping, The Dubai Mall – one of the
world’s largest shopping centres – is a must-visit. And after a bit of retail
therapy, you’ll also have the chance to go to The Dubai Aquarium &
Underwater Zoo (treat yourself to a shark diving experience, if you dare).
It’s also the perfect place to stretch your legs before settling down to enjoy
the world’s largest choreographed fountain: The Dubai Fountain. There
are regular shows from 1-11 p.m. The Souk Al Bahar modern marketplace,
from which you can also see the fountain, is an excellent place to
pick up a souvenir. We also recommend Bebabel, a chic and contemporary
spot that serves high-quality Lebanese food.
Dubai’s personality is so multifaceted that to truly experience it in
all its glory, you’ll also need to see it at night. Begin with an apéritif at
a lounge or bar with a view, such as The Jetty Lounge, The Observatory
Bar & Grill, Above 21, Treehouse, or Morimoto. If it’s the social scene
you’re looking to get into, Pier 7 is one of the most bustling spots in
the city; it has seven different restaurants to choose from (one on each
floor). Our favourites include Mama Zonia, Asia Asia and Cargo (a
reservation is recommended). Even if you don’t need to book a large
table, if you have your heart set on going you won’t want to run the risk
of missing out, so it’s a good idea to reserve one. If you want to hit the
dancefloor, Soho Garden, Lock Stock & Barrel and Lucky Voice are
popular haunts that guarantee a good time. For serious night owls,
Dubai has no shortage of super clubs in which to dance the night away,
such as White, Base Made in Dubai and BOA.
Dubai’s nightlife is anything but ordinary, but if award-winning
venues, live bands, karaoke and DJ sets still aren’t enough to get you
excited, there are a few unforgettable options to check out. Offering a
unique 360-degree view of the city, Flying Cup offers guests the chance
to drink and dine in the sky by hoisting you 40 m above the ground and
slowly revolving while you marvel at the view (don’t worry, the platform
is seated and safe). Speakeasy-style bars have also become a trend in
recent years; is there anything more thrilling than spending your evening
in a haunt with a hidden entrance? Among the best are Secret Room
Dubai, Industrial Avenue and Poppy by David Myers. Meanwhile,
late-night-experience seekers will revel in Skorpeus, an ultra-luxe venue
that features entertainment and performances that give new meaning to
the phrase, “dinner and a show”.
1. The main entrance to The Dubai Mall 2. Jumeirah Beach 3. One & Only Royal
Mirage, Dubai 4. Assortment of spices and herbs at Dubai Spice Souk 5. A luxury car
6. Dubai Marina 7. Arab businessmen 8. Arabic coffee
62 / PORTFOLIO / Photography
PORTFOLIO / 63
A kid chases
Fashion in the streets
of Kibera. Filmmaker
Stephen Okoth, aka
new life into vintage
By capturing Nairobi’s largest slum from
within, award-winning photographer
BRIAN OTIENO has improved the lives
of the people living there.
text Joost Bastmeijer photography Brian Otieno
64 / PORTFOLIO / Photography PORTFOLIO / 65
Elsie Ayoo, a
trains on a busy
street of Kibera.
The first time she
tried on a pair
of pointe shoes,
she fell in love
with ballet and
now she dreams
66 / PORTFOLIO / Photography
PORTFOLIO / 67
Dennis Andere is the current
Mr Kibera, a title he won at Mr
& Miss Kibera, a fashion and
beauty pageant. The annual
event promotes talent and
aims to encourage youths to be
responsible leaders in society.
“That’s the power of photography:
it can change lives”
Children swim in murky
waters that had formed
after heavy rains filled
a pit that had been left
open by road builders.
EVEN BEFORE Brian Otieno
studied journalism, he was taking
pictures on the streets of the place he
knows so well: Kibera. With his mobile
phone, he would capture the unique
aspects of his neighbourhood, such as
corrugated rooftops stretching end to
end as the sun set below them. “I would
walk around my community – with its
masses and movements – trying to discover
new places, and capture vibrant
moments of everyday life,” he says.
Otieno was born, and spent the first
24 years of his life, in Kibera. His former
neighbourhood, which attracts a lot of
visitors, is arguably the best-known slum
in Kenya’s capital. “The first images that
outsiders have in mind when they come
to Kibera are of poverty, misery, hopelessness
and garbage,” says Otieno. But
as a photographer, he sees the whole
picture. “There’s a side to the slum that’s
unseen: the unknown part that goes
beyond Kibera’s stereotypes. This side is
one of prosperity, talent and potential;
there are people working hard in the
hope that, one day, they’ll make their
way out,” he says. “Through my photography,
I find it important to show
the many different faces of Kibera. I try
to show the people and their positions
in the community, and paint an honest
picture that shows more than just poverty
and misery. The photos I share are
a true representation of my people and
what they go through in life every day.
These are not only their stories, they’re
also my own personal experiences.”
Otieno is still capturing Kibera life
as it happens. As someone who has
lived in the slum for so many years, it’s
easy for him to move around. “Being
born and bred in Kibera makes a huge
difference: people know me and they
trust me to photograph them. They see
me as one of them. They know about
the work I do and they appreciate it.
This allows me to document moments
that are pure and intimate. I’m often
invited into homes to photograph
weddings, birthday parties and even
newborns. When I document a fire outbreak
or houses that were washed away
by the rains, people don’t get angry at
me and my camera; they want their
plight to be documented because maybe
someone out there will want to extend a
helping hand. That’s the power of
photography: it can change lives.”
After years of taking pictures and
telling Kibera’s stories on his social
media channels, Otieno’s hard work
finally paid off. In 2018, his photo
series, Kibera Stories, won the inaugural
East African Photography Award,
which was hosted by Uganda Press
Photo Award in Kampala. The bestknown
photo in the series shows ballet
dancer Elsie Ayoo posing in a Kibera
street. “The first time she tried on a pair
of pointe shoes, she fell in love with
ballet and now she dreams of becoming
a professional dancer,” says Otieno. “I
hope she’s on the right track to make >
68 / PORTFOLIO / Photography PORTFOLIO / 69
during an East
hosted by the
70 / PORTFOLIO / Photography
PORTFOLIO / 71
“Despite poverty, there’s
also prosperity, talent and
potential in Kibera”
play in front of
a mural at Toi
it in life. The dreams of kids growing up
in Kibera are just the same as anywhere
else in the world.”
Media outlets around the world,
such as Al Jazeera, the BBC, Roads &
Kingdoms, Der Spiegel and The New
York Times have also featured Otieno’s
Through his work, Otieno is now
trying to do something for the slum.
“Together with a group of childhood
friends, I built a community library in
Kibera to bring tangible change to the
lives of children in my neighbourhood,”
he says. “In New York, I had a successful
exhibition that raised enough funds
to provide the students in Kibera with
scholarship programmes. I’ve also partnered
with an organisation to change
the lives of children for the better
through arts. It’s important for people
to identify with where they come from
and to take pride in where they live. Our
stories are best presented from our own
personal experiences and not in the
form of other people’s experimental
visions. You cannot choose where you’re
born, but you can choose what you
want to be and how you want to be
Brian Otieno was born on
18 January 1993 in Nairobi.
He studied Journalism at
the Multimedia University of
Kenya, and he now works as
a freelance photojournalist.
In October 2018, Otieno won
the inaugural East African
A mother and
her baby outside
a house in
the village of
ENTERTAINMENT / 73
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.
74 / ENTERTAINMENT
ENTERTAINMENT / 75
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
76 / ENTERTAINMENT
ENTERTAINMENT / 77
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
78 / ENTERTAINMENT
ENTERTAINMENT / 79
Music Channel explained: The Channel number for
your favourite music programmes is shown at the end
of each description. It’s determined by the aircraft type,
so you will need to know what type of aircraft you’re on.
Please check the safety card in front of you.
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.
B737 CH. 10
Rock out to classics from David Bowie, The
Kinks, Bruce Springsteen and many more. B787
“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
80 / ENTERTAINMENT
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
SAFARI NJEMA / 83
The African bush elephant is
3.3-m tall and has a lifespan of
✈ To book direct flights to Rome, go
Kenya has launched a campaign to avert the
reopening of the ivory trade and protect Africa’s elephants
launched a carbonoffset
2011. It was the first
African airline to do so.
SAFARI NJEMA / 85
✈ Kenya Airways is aligned to the
National Wildlife Strategy 2030.
Kenya Airways, the Ministry Tourism and Worldlife,
and the Kenya Airports Authority have launched
the “Rip-Off” Awareness Campaign that calls for the
utmost protection of the African Elephant by listing
it in Appendix I of the Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
The “Rip-Off’ promotion involves the production of a limited
edition Kenya Airways boarding pass with a QR code that,
when scanned, links to more information on the Ministry’s
“The threat of the ivory trade needs to be ended and the time
to do it is now. Any attempts to reopen the ivory trade must be
opposed strongly,’’ said H.E. the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret
Kenyatta, who presided over the launch at Nairobi National
Park. According to the First Lady, there’s a negative dip in
African elephant populations whenever there’s a decision taken
by CITES Parties to open the ivory trade.
Kenya and 31 other African countries are members of the
African Elephant Coalition, which is due to recommend the
listing of the African Elephant in Appendix I of CITES at the
Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in Geneva, Switzerland in
late August (after this issue of Msafiri goes to press).
Kenya Airways has taken further measures to protect wildlife.
For instance, it has adopted a zero-tolerance policy on the
illegal wildlife trade, established the Corporate Whistleblowing
Policy and commenced the development of Standard Operating
Procedures (SOPs) with Customs, the Kenya Wildlife Service
and the Kenya Airports Authority on the handling of illegal
wildlife at airports.
In line with its strategic approach, Kenya Airways is also
aligned to the National Wildlife Strategy 2030 and remains
committed to the protection of wildlife across the world.
Travelling with Infants
Your infants are welcome to travel with Kenya Airways.
During takeoff and landing, and whenever the “fasten seat
belt” sign is on, you can hold your baby on your lap. For extra
safety, an extension seat belt can be attached to the standard
seat belt. Once the “fasten seat belt” sign is turned off, you can
put your infant in a baby cot, which is provided free of charge
on request. The maximum allowable weight in the baby cot is
11 kg. Infant seating is supported by pillows and is strapped
to the adult seat with the lap belt. Travelling with a newborn
baby? Please keep in mind that fit and healthy babies should
ideally be a week old before they travel, but the minimum age
is 48 hours. Clearance should be arranged before travel.
“The threat of the
ivory trade needs to
be ended and the time
to do it is now”
― The First Lady of Kenya ―
86 / SAFARI NJEMA
Want to know the carbon
emission of your flight?
and click on the
✈ Kenya Airways now flies
non-stop to Mauritius.
More Regional Flights
To improve connections to and
from Europe, the US, Africa,
Asia Pacific, the Middle East
and India, Kenya Airways has
increased flight frequencies to
key regional destinations.
The coastal city of Mombasa will see
an increase in daily flights from 2 to 12,
with passengers travelling to Kilimanjaro
enjoying an additional flight, bringing
the total flights there to two daily.
The Juba, Zanzibar and Kigali routes
will each see an additional flight with
four flights to Juba (on Mondays,
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays);
five flights to Zanzibar (on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and
Sundays); and daily flights to Kigali.
Kenya Airways will also increase
passenger seating capacity for leisure
destinations by operating the Boeing
737-800 to Livingstone, Victoria Falls
and Cape Town, with a similar aircraft
flying to Mauritius on Tuesdays, Thursdays
“The additional frequencies will ensure
that we serve our customers better,
more efficiently and in a timely manner.
This will also play an important role
in growing our business in addition to
supporting the tourism industry,” said
Chief Commercial Officer Kenya
Airways Ursula Silling.
The key routes and additional frequencies
are part of Kenya Airways’ network
expansion strategy, which is essential to
the ongoing financial turnaround. As
part of its five-year plan, Kenya Airways
will continue to invest in its network,
which will include an increase in capacity
for both long- and short-haul flights.
The most recent developments on this
front are the direct routes to Rome,
Geneva, Mauritius, New York,
Libreville, Mogadishu and Malindi.
In addition to this, Kenya Airways has
also increased the flight frequency to
Amsterdam, Paris, Bujumbura and
“One of our priority areas is the financial
turnaround of the organisation
with a key focus on network expansion,
customer excellence and prudential
financial management,” added Silling.
In the last financial year, Kenya Airways
served an average of 13,258 passengers
daily, an increase from 12,484 in 2017.
Passenger revenues in 2018 grew to
US$1.1 billion, which was largely driven
by a growth in higher yielding traffic to
and from Kenya, an increase in premium
business-class traffic and commercial
88 / SAFARI NJEMA
SAFARI NJEMA / 89
Want to know the carbon
emission of your flight?
and click on the
✈ 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
Flight Simulator Supports Safety And Quality
Kenya Airways & FlightSafety International have
partnered to setup the first state-of-the-art Dash 8
Q400 flight simulator in Kenya.
Kenya Airways, together with its subsidiary Jambojet and
FlightSafety international (FSI), have signed a tripartite
agreement that will see FSI provide a Dash 8 Q400 simulator
to support the training of Kenya Airways’ cockpit crew and
maintenance teams. FSI’s flight simulator, which will be
housed at the Kenya Airways Pride Center, is expected to
improve the availability of quality training to Jambojet pilot,
as well as other Q400 operators in Africa.
“The number of Q400s in Africa is growing, and there’s a limited
number of simulators to support training,” said Group Managing
Director and CEO Kenya Airways Sebastian Mikosz.
“The estimated number of Q400 aircraft in Africa is over 100,
and there are only three simulators serving them. This agreement
is a step forward in building the capacity of our training
programmes and cementing our focus on safety and quality.”
FSI is the leading provider of Q400 simulators, which provide
real-life flying scenarios. They deliver world-class aviation
training services for pilots, technicians, flight attendants and
dispatchers, with a compelling mix of resources designed to
reflect the advanced equipment used in today’s aircraft.
Kenya Airways and Jambojet are looking forward to leveraging
FSI’s wealth of experience to continue improving safety in Africa’s
aviation. Jambojet currently operates a fleet of five Q400
aircraft. This is expected to grow to eight in 2019, and to 15 by
2021. This growth is part of Jambojet’s fleet-expansion strategy.
Managing Director and CEO Jambojet Allan Kilavuka noted
that Africa’s airspace remains vibrant, and with the advancement
in technology, relevant support is required to ensure
efficiency and guarantee safety to remain competitive. “As the
anchor user, we’re glad to be in partnership with an organisation
with similar commitment to safety, and we will rely on
their knowledge and skill, which will help to enhance our
continued focus on safety and reliability,” he said.
Now more than ever, travellers are becoming
conscious of their environmental footprints. From
offsetting their flights to staying in eco-friendly
accommodation, wise travellers are shifting to
Kivuli Camp, based in the Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary, is
an example of an eco-friendly facility, which is popular with
conscious travellers. Managed by Wildlife Works, Kenya Airways’
carbon-offsetting partner, the camp has chosen to focus
on sustainability, which is evident from the building’s rustic
architecture and other features, such as solar power. The
charming and inexpensive camp creates synergy through
working with the community, and by offering various cultural
experiences, as well as offering local hiking adventures.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12 calls on the
world to ensure sustainable consumption and production
patterns. A responsible traveller choosing to stay in at an
eco-friendly destination like Kivuli Camp will contribute to
a positive step towards this goal.
~ Learn more about Kivuli Camp: tsavoconservancy.com.
~ 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.
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.
SAFARI NJEMA / 91
✈ Founded in June 2000, SkyTeam is a
major airline alliance that consists of 19
carriers from 5 continents.
Great Service Without Delay
Every seasoned traveller knows that getting from A to B can sometimes
be difficult. From delayed or diverted flights to cancelled journeys, even
the best-laid plans are prone to disruption.
At SkyTeam, we know there’s nothing
more frustrating than being held up
unnecessarily. Whether you’re travelling
for business or leisure, your time is valuable.
That’s why we offer SkyTeam
Rebooking, a service that ensures you’ll
be back in the air as soon as possible.
SkyTeam Rebooking is an innovative
technology that allows frontline agents,
from any of the 19 member airlines, to
rebook customers onto another member’s
flights using their own reservation
When things don’t go to plan, customers
can present themselves at any SkyTeam
member’s ticket- or transfer desk – up
to 48 hours before departure – to be
rerouted onto the next available SkyTeam
It’s particularly helpful for travellers
who have more than one flight on their
itinerary because an obstacle in just one
segment can mean disruption to the
entire trip. With SkyTeam Rebooking,
this doesn’t have to be the case. Our
solution enables airline reps to access
passenger itineraries across multiple,
global reservations systems for all
The new rebooking system is designed to
streamline your journey with maximum
efficiency, and minimise the inconvenience
caused by flight delays, diversions
SkyTeam is the only airline alliance in the
world offering this rebooking service, and
we’re proud that we’re the pioneers of
this customer-focussed technology.
~ Launched in January 2018, SkyTeam
Rebooking is currently available at more than 80
airports across the globe, and we’re on track to
offer the service in 100 airports by the year’s end.
SkyTeam is an airline alliance of 19 members
across a global network who collectively welcome
customers on more than 17,000 daily flights to
1,150+ destinations in 175+ countries. Find out
more at skyteam.com
92 / SAFARI NJEMA
SAFARI NJEMA / 93
Kenya Airways Fleet
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Aircraft 9; 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
94 / SAFARI NJEMA
SAFARI NJEMA / 95
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
SAFARI NJEMA / 97
Low Temperature, High Quality
Text: Ben Clark Photo: Getty Images
Fresh meat can only be preserved
for short periods because the
mechanisms responsible for
deterioration – microorganisms
and enzymatic activity – increase
with time. Kenya Airways’ strict
cargo policies ensure that fresh
meats arrive in perfect condition.
Kenya Airways (KQ) transports 100
tonnes of fresh goat and lamb per
week to Dubai and 500 kg of Farmer’s
Choice beef/chicken sausages per week to
Khartoum (Sudan) and Accra, Ghana.
Islamic imams inspect live goats and
lambs before certifying them as halal.
They are then slaughtered as per Islamic
rites before being put in cold storage.
“These special products help Kenyan
farmers get good returns while providing
clients with high-quality food from
reputable suppliers,” says Boniface
Mugugu, Cargo Sales & Customer
Service Executive at KQ.
KQ monitors several important factors
including the initial microbial load,
temperature, integrity of the packaging
and the species of animal transported.
Any of these elements can lead to
spoiled food if they are not properly
managed. Initial colour changes,
unpleasant odour and flavour are
indications of spoiled meat. To counter
these effects, it’s necessary to keep fresh
meat at constant low temperatures.
The initial microbial load becomes
significant when storage temperatures
cannot be maintained properly. A small
increase of a few degrees may result in
food spoilage by microorganism growth.
KQ’s adherence to the cold-chain –
the temperature-controlled supply chain
– ensures that optimum temperatures
for fresh meats (2°C-8°C) are constantly
98 / SAFARI NJEMA
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.