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Tourism ministry causes outrage after unveiling 13 million tour package 



At a time when most Kenyans are not only avoiding heavy spending but in fact struggling to make ends meet after having suffered the adverse effects of the deadly Corona virus pandemic, the Ministry of Tourism has caused outrage and sparked controversy after unveiling a travelling package that is way out of the reach of many Kenyans, and totally ignores the economic realities on the ground. This comes at a time when there’s a push to encourage domestic tourism.


The super-wealthy are seeking new travel experiences in Maasai Mara, Laikipia and Samburu, following an Emirates private jet deal, a trend that is expected to boost boutique hotels in Kenya.


After the turbulent 2020 due to Covid-19, the rush to travel to unique destinations has grown and the super-rich are planning holidays to the wilderness, to tour African cities with interesting architecture, to eat dishes that they have not eaten before, and to help the underprivileged while at it.


The Ministry of Tourism has partnered with an African travel company, Roar Africa in curating the A-list wildlife destinations and city’s architectural designs for global elite travellers.


Part of the Emirates Executive Private Jet Safari, will be wealthy holidaymakers staying Angama Mara and Cottar’s, tented camps in Maasai Mara, Segera Retreat, Ol Jogi, and Arijiju in Laikipia and Finch Hattons in Tsavo.


“We have painstakingly selected profound destinations and intimate wildlife discoveries to reveal what must be done to ensure that Africans, nature, and animals survive and thrive,” said Deborah Calmeyer, CEO Roar Africa for South Africa.


The holiday package is targeting 10 travellers with interest in preserving Africa’s wildlife, wild spaces, and communities while having fun.


As the sector recovers, the wealthy are opting for the seclusion of private jets, which carry fewer people and have personalised service, to avoid coronavirus.


The itinerary includes a visit to Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta in Botswana, experiencing Kenya’s Great Migration and trekking with the world’s last wild mountain gorillas in the forests of Rwanda.
The 12-day safari is priced at Sh13.7 million ($125,000) per person.


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