Tuesday, February 12, 2008

UPDATE ON THE SECURITY SITUATION IN KENYA - a message from Kenneth R. Hieber

February 12, 2008

Of late, I have kept a rather low profile on the situation in Kenya simply due to the fact that the country has been on-and-off-stable in the last while and I felt no necessity to rock-the-boat so to speak.

Today, I am delighted to share a more positive outlook with you as received from the Kenyan Tourism Security Federation – and I quote:


The security situation throughout Kenya today was again reported to be calm in all areas and for the last few days no reports have been received of post-election violence anywhere in the country.

In the tourist areas all continues to be calm and unchanged with no problems reported affecting any tourist visitors to the international hotels in Nairobi, the beach resorts at the coast and the wildlife parks and reserves. Tourist arrivals into Mombasa and Nairobi airports have dropped substantially in the last three weeks owing to travel advisories imposed by various governments, particularly Western European countries, but the US and British governments do not have a full advisory in place against non-essential travel to Kenya as a whole and instead are advising that specific places such as the western corner of Kenya should be avoided. The British advisory specifically mentions wildlife parks and reserves which they do not consider to pose a risk for visitors. Tourist visitors to the parks and reserves in recent days have been having an exclusive wildlife experience with few other tourist vehicles to be seen. Many visitors have expressed their surprise that the images portrayed by their national media at home were so very different from their actual experience on a safari or beach vacation in Kenya once they arrived here.

Mombasa and the coast: Mombasa town continues to be calm and it is generally peaceful throughout the entire coast province. The British government recently lifted its advisory against travel to Mombasa town in view of the improved security situation.

Those of you who receive my newsletter will receive a personal invitation to ‘Come Fly With Me’ this Memorial Day to Kenya and Zanzibar – I do feel confident that this turmoil will come to an end sooner than later and as always has been and always will be, here at 2AFRIKA, INC., we will never substitute our valued passengers safety for the sake of commerce!

With warm African wishes!

Kenneth R. Hieber

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