September - 2019


September 2019 Issue

September 2019


“We offer the best network

for intra-Africa tourism”

Photo: Brian Otieno

September 2019 edition 161





of Arabia

Dubai in

48 hours



An interview

with Dr Kituyi


to Take


Kenya Airways’ World

Travel Awards

• Winner Africa’s Leading Airline:

2016, 2017

• Winner Africa’s Leading Airline,

Business Class: 2013, 2014, 2015,

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

• Winner Africa’s Leading Airline,

Economy Class: 2011, 2018, 2019

Dear guests,

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

co-exist peacefully.

Thank you for choosing Kenya Airways,

I wish you a pleasant flight.

Sebastian Mikosz,

Group Managing Director and

CEO Kenya Airways

Image: Jeroen van Loon


Travel & Nature

14 Head for The Hills

Idanre Hill in Nigeria

22 Travel Essentials

Packing for Dubai

24 The Green Zone

Eco-tourism destinations

48 Magical Malindi

Travel tips

56 Opulence of Arabia

Dubai in 48 hours



Arts & Culture

17 Habari

Kenya & the world

36 The Glam Squad

Beauty entrepreneurs

42 Book Review

Rituals For Work

62 Kibera Stories

Brian Otieno’s photography


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Fly Guide

73 Highlights

Inflight entertainment guide

83 Safari Njema

News & service

89 Flying Blue News

91 SkyTeam News

92 Route Maps

97 Cargo

98 Get Comfortable




34 Aircraft Facts

The Communications Systems

44 Economy of Scales

Innovative fish farming

50 Burundi

At a glance

52 World Champion

Interview with Dr Kituyi

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14 / NATURE / Views


Head for

The Hills

To enjoy the breathtaking

views from the

top of the magnificent


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

day trip.

Kenya Airways Kenya Airways operates

daily flights from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta

International Airport to Murtala Muhammed

International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.

August Pixels


Angola is Africa’s


country by land area.



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



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

989 AD.

What’s On?

The 6,670-km-long Nile River is the

longest river in the world. It meanders

through Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan and

Egypt, among others.

Gourmet café

Honey And Dough

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Food and art

The Collective


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

Dairy farm


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



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Day trip

Lake Nakuru

National Park

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

sipping wine.


“I dwell

on issues

that a lot of

artists will

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

Stage race

Mountain-Biking Bonanza

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.


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Beauty products

Shea Butter


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

your shelf.




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

India’s Bollywood.

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! –

Jackson Biko

Pulp Friction

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


African Literature

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.

Bird Summons

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


Fashion week

Nigerian Runway

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

Leather goods

Handmade with


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



Photo exhibition


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.

Taschen, US$22.

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,


This dry-shell

duffle bag has

enough space to

carry luggage for

a long weekend.

Filson, US$200.

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.

Capture that

sky dive with

this Hero

HD camera.



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




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


Robert Harding


Nyungwe Forest

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


Sine-Saloum Delta

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


Zimbabwe & Zambia

Victoria Falls



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

“Tourism is the region’s main source of

income and much of the profits are being used

to preserve this precious area”

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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

Zambezi River.;

Kenya Airways flies from Nairobi to

Livingstone, Zambia.

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Maasai Mara

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

Eva de Vries

32 / TRAVEL / Eco-tourism



Chumbe Island


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.

Robert Harding

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,

South Africa



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.

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34 / TRAVEL / Facts

English has been

used for international

aviation communication

since 1951.

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

voice mode.

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

alternate airports.”

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


The Glam


Leaders in various BEAUTY disciplines,

these African women are role models for

young people who aspire to work in the

beauty industry.

text Anthea Rowan

Wardrobe stylist &

creative director









Career Highlights

Worked with Kanye West for three years

Driving Force

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

different timing.”

“Always live the life

you want to, don’t

compare your life to

others; everybody

has different timing”

38 / PEOPLE / Beauty entrepreneurs


Hairstylist & owner of

Hair Lounge









Career Highlights

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

Driving Force

Natural beauty and real people

Owner of hair- and skincare

brand, African Naturals









Career Highlights

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

Driving Force

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


Fashion model, Lemlem &

Lemlem Foundation founder









Career Highlights

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.

Driving Force

Promoting Africa as a source of high-end artisanal

work, while supporting maternal health and women’s

empowerment programmes.

Beauty entrepreneur









Career Highlights

Msafiri Business Award for Health & Beauty (2013);

nominated for Africa’s Most Influential Women in

Business in East Africa (2019)

Driving Force

Designing makeup products that work

for African women

Silja Magg

“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

application brushes.

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

Engagement, Shared

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 are

about creating


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

airplane feel.”

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


of Scales

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-

Saharan Africa

•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.


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

“Responsible aquaculture

can be one of the most

environmentally sustainable

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.


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

affordable price.

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


Blue lagoon

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.

Natural wonder

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.

Magical Malindi

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

Governance (2008)

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

is well-grounded.


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

“Success comes

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.


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?”


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


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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.





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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


“Recharge your

batteries while getting

your fill of culture by

heading to the

Bastakiya Quarter

in the afternoon”


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.


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


Carnival by Trèsind

A celebration of Indian food and a

journey into fine dining, this awardwinning

spot turns top-quality food

into edible art.

BB Social

The food here is as multilayered

as the décor: it’s fresh and

fashionable with an Eastern


La Petite Maison

Offering French-Mediterranean

fare at its best, this place has been

named among the world’s best

restaurants, and for good reason.

3 Fils

This tiny restaurant in Jumeirah

Fishing Harbour is a foodie

favourite thanks to its exceptional

cuisine created by a

renowned chef.

Bu Qtair

This no-frills beachside fish shack

serves seafood that’s so flavourful,

it’s become one of Dubai’s most

beloved seafood haunts.

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“Flying Cup offers

guests the chance

to drink and dine in

the sky by hoisting

you 40 m above the



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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. greens

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

lake view.

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


A kid chases

a caravan

in Kibera.



Fashion in the streets

of Kibera. Filmmaker

and photographer

Stephen Okoth, aka

Ondivou’r, breathes

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

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Elsie Ayoo, a

ballet dancer,

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

of becoming

a professional


66 / PORTFOLIO / Photography


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 >

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Boxers fight

during an East

African boxing


hosted by the


“Kentrack Boxing”

in Kibera.

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“Despite poverty, there’s

also prosperity, talent and

potential in Kibera”


play in front of

a mural at Toi

Primary School.

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

Photography Award.

A mother and

her baby outside

a house in

the village of

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Aquaman is the sixth instalment

in the DC Extended Universe.

It’s also the first feature-length

film to be based on the character

of Aquaman and boasts the

accolade of highest grossing DC


The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) ANIMATION

It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a

new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space who destroy everything.

Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks. PG, 107 mins, Director: Mike Mitchell

The Hate U Give (2018) CRIME

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend, Khalil, at the hands of

a police officer.

Amandla Stenberg. PG-13, 133 mins, Director: George Tillman Jr.

Head Full of Honey (2018) COMEDY

A man suffering from Alzheimer’s embarks on a final road trip with his


Emily Mortimer, Matt Dillon. PG-13, 128 mins, Director: Til Schweiger

A star-studded cast and spectacular

visual effects make this film an aquatic

adventure of epic proportions.

Thomas Curry’s life is forever altered

when he unwittingly rescues Atlanna,

the queen of Atlantis, during a storm.

Charmed by her ethereal beauty and

strange customs, Thomas falls for

Atlanna and she for him. They have a

son soon after, whom they name

Arthur. The boy inherits his mother’s

aquatic powers and her ability to

commune with marine life forms.

While Arthur is still a child, Atlanna

is forced to abandon her family and

return to the ocean. Arthur grows up

to be a powerful and skilled warrior,

but renounces his Atlantean heritage

when he learns of his mother’s execution

by her own people.

Arthur can’t escape his destiny, however,

and in time he reluctantly takes

up the mantle of hero in order to

protect his people.

Dive in with Aquaman on board

Kenya Airways now!

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) COMEDY

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on the global bestseller, follows

New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.

Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh. PG-13, 120 mins, Director: Jon M. Chu

Stan & Ollie (2018) BIOGRAPHY

Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite

their film careers as they embark on a gruelling theatre tour.

John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan. PG, 98 mins, Director: Jon S. Baird

Second Act (2018) COMEDY

A big-box store worker reinvents her life and shows Madison Avenue what

street smarts can do.

Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens. PG-13, 103 mins, Director: Peter Segal

Jason Momoa, Amber Heard. PG-13,

143 mins, Director: James Wan

Did you know?

~ Jason Momoa specifically requested Temuera Morrison for the role

of Arthur’s father because Morrison is one of Momoa’s acting idols.

~ Director Jason Wan revealed that he had a choice between

directing The Flash and Aquaman but chose the latter because

Aquaman is an underdog.

Indian Horse (2017) DRAMA

Follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy Saul Indian Horse as he survives

school and life amid the racism of the 1970s.

Sladen Peltier. PG-13, 101 mins, Director: Stephen S. Campanelli

The Mule (2018) CRIME

A 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a

Mexican cartel.

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



African Highlights


Jackie and the Genie

Love, Food and Everything In Between

Batman (1989)

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

Godzilla (2014)

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


Picks from

the continent

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:

Remi Ibinola

Baby Palaver (2018) DRAMA

For a girl who had shut out love for a long time, one and a half men is too

much to let in all at once.

Desmond Elliot, Uche Jombo Rodriguez, Selassie Ibrahim. PG-13, 85

mins. Director: Desmond Elliot.

What the Heart Sees (2018) ROMANCE

A love story set in the 1970s in which a spinster who, against the social

norm, falls in love with a charming, much younger man.

Francis Duru, Eucharia Anunobi, Joshua Richard. NR, 119 mins, Director:

Chris Eneaji Eneng

The Village (2018) DRAMA

An old family rivalry over a land dispute becomes a hindrance between

John and Olanna. But an act of love might put an end to the dispute.

Cassandra Odita, Emma Ayalogu, Eddie Watson. PG-13, 137 mins.

Director: Akin-Tijani Balogun.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in

the world, led by the world’s most unusual candy maker.

Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore. PG, 116 mins, Director: Tim Burton

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to

destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth.

Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan. PG-13, 178 mins, Director: Peter Jackson




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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

Small Screen


& Series

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

and Vaud.

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

African Classics

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

Easy Listening

Unwind and take it easy with laid-back sounds

from Frank Sinatra, Céline Dion and many more.

B737 CH. 10

Classic Rock

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

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The Second


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.

X-Men: Evolution

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

Har Har).

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


The African bush elephant is

3.3-m tall and has a lifespan of

60-70 years.

✈ To book direct flights to Rome, go


Safari Njema



Africa’s Elephants

Kenya has launched a campaign to avert the

reopening of the ivory trade and protect Africa’s elephants

from poaching.

Kenya Airways

launched a carbonoffset

programme in

2011. It was the first

African airline to do so.



✈ Kenya Airways is aligned to the

National Wildlife Strategy 2030.

Elephant conservation

“Rip-Off ”



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

Flora (CITES).

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 ―


Want to know the carbon

emission of your flight?


and click on the

carbon calculator.


✈ 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

and Saturdays.

“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

Cape Town.

“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




Want to know the carbon

emission of your flight?


and click on the

carbon calculator.


✈ 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

Miles Calculator.

Flying Blue

✈ There are new discounted reward

tickets, or Promo Awards, available

every month, saving you up

to 50 percent on Reward Miles.

Sustainable travel

Kivuli Camp



Membership levels





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

Business Class.


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

sustainable tourism.

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:

~ 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 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 for more information and to sign up.



Your choice of destination determines the

number of Miles required for your Reward ticket.

Log on to 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 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

booking class.

~ 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.



✈ Founded in June 2000, SkyTeam is a

major airline alliance that consists of 19

carriers from 5 continents.

SkyTeam Rebooking

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

member flight.

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

SkyTeam members.

The new rebooking system is designed to

streamline your journey with maximum

efficiency, and minimise the inconvenience

caused by flight delays, diversions

and cancellations.

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



Global Network

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

New York





























































Dar es Salaam




























Boeing 737-800

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

Boeing 737-700

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



Cape Town

Embraer 190

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



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.




Practical tips

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Getting around

On Arrival

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


arrival Terminal

Airport Shuttle

Picking Point




P 8B




Kenya Airways Domestic

Transfers Terminal


P 9 P 10 P 11



Emergency services

Dial 999. Note that

ambulance services are

mostly private. Services

include: St Johns

Ambulance +254 72 161

1555 or Kenya Red

Cross Ambulance

+254 71 771 4938.


Nairobi and Mombasa

have good hospitals.

Medical expenses

Make sure you have

adequate travel health

insurance and accessible

funds to cover the cost of

any medical treatment.

Consultations and

treatments will have to

be paid for at the time,

and the costs claimed

back later.



240 volts AC, using


13-amp-type plugs.


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


Public transport

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.

Post office

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.

Money matters


Kenyan shilling (KES)

Currency regulations

There are no restrictions on

the movement of currency

into or out of Kenya for

currency transactions.


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.

Credit cards

Visa and MasterCard are

widely accepted.

Hotel bill payment

Pay in Kenyan shillings or

convertible currency.

Most hotels also accept

credit cards.







Songot 1755 m








2149 m










Matthew’s Peak



2375 m

Mt Elgon


National Park





3167 m



Mt Elgon

Kerio Valley


Shaba National

4322 m

National Reserve



Archer’s Post



Buffalo Springs

Forest Reserve

Lake Bogoria Isiolo




National Reserve




Ndere Island


National Park



Mt Londiani

Rusinga Island


3000 m



Mt Kenya


Lake Nakuru

5199 m













Hell’s Gate




National Park

Mt Longonot 2777 m





Longonot National Park





Oi Donyo National Park

Masai Mara


National Reserve



Chantal van Wessel

















Mt Kulal 2285 m


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




Chyulu Game




National Park

Mt Kilimanjaro 5895 m











Tsavo West



















Shimba Hills






Tana River

Primate National


Malka Mari




Malindi Marine


National Park




Watamu Marine

National Park


Kisite Marine National Park

Kisite Marine National Park













100 km



Fresh Meat

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



KQ won the Best

Business Class in

Africa for five years

in a row from World

Travel Awards.

Get Comfortable

✈ KQ received an International

Safety Award in 2016 and 2017

from the British Safety Council.

What you need to know

Flight Mode


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.

Hand luggage

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.

Seat adjustments

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.

Inflight service

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.

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