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Welcome to Volume One of ‘Best of Kenya’

‘Best of Kenya’ is a celebration of the success of varied and valued enterprises in both private and public sectors and sets a trend we will continue in the coming months with Volume II. We are all proud to join the distinguished GVP family and, through showcasing success in enterprise and entrepreneurship, play a role in marketing Kenya to the rest of the world as a place where business survives and thrives. We hope that by celebrating these success stories and taking their uniqueness to the world, we will encourage many more entrepreneurs and enterprises to devise ways and means of joining the very best locally and globally. Please sit back and enjoy the features on and images of articles on Kenya, its sporting prowess, uniqueness, banks, hotels, education, birthplace of Barrack Obama Snr, the father of the 44th President of the United States of America, among other delightful articles.

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National Anthem O God of all creation, Bless this our land and nation. Justice be our shield and defender, May we dwell in unity, Peace and liberty, Plenty be found within our borders. Let one and all arise With hearts both strong and true. Service be our earnest endeavour, And our Homeland of Kenya, Heritage of splendour, Firm may we stand to defend. Let all with one accord In common bond united, Build this our nation together, And the glory of Kenya, The fruit of our labour, Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

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Foreword

Foreword from the President I am pleased to write a foreword for this attractive and insightful publication about Kenya.

In this book, you will find many things said about Kenya, some of which may be new, and others that you already know. It is my hope that the book will enable readers to broaden their knowledge of our country and experience a new understanding and perception of Kenya and its people. Kenya remains a relatively stable and peaceful nation, despite the challenges we have faced over the years. The stability and success of our nation demonstrates that we are a resilient people, and we are always ready to find solutions to our problems. And more importantly, we have been swift to seize the challenges that confront us and transform them into opportunities for enhancing the political, social, and economic development of our society. In this respect, the Grand Coalition Government, working together with Parliament, passed various legislation this year to enable the government to implement various reforms to ensure transparency in the management of the affairs of our nation. I am confident that, as a people, we are capable of overcoming the problems we face, and building a united, stable and prosperous nation. I therefore want to assure our friends and well-wishers that Kenyans are determined to uphold our nationhood. We are committed to living in unity, while recognizing the diversity of our people. Indeed, all of us, regardless of ethnicity, race or religion, are inextricably tied together, with a common destiny. That destiny, as spelt out in Vision 2030, aims at building a prosperous and equitable nation that is an example to the region and the world of what Africa is capable of achieving. Accordingly, the theme of this publication is not only appropriate but also timely. Over the last six years, the government has implemented a variety of reforms to make our country investorfriendly. We welcome investors to take advantage of the unique and abundant opportunities we offer to put their money in various sectors of our economy. Indeed, Kenya is today one of Africa’s most well endowed countries in terms of human capital, entrepreneurship and work ethic. The country has a large portfolio of investment opportunities, ranging from the diverse natural resources and a vibrant agricultural sector to sophisticated infrastructure as well as the financial and information services sectors. In this regard, Nairobi has grown to become the region’s financial, transport and tourism hub, while Mombasa is the gateway to the Eastern Africa region. Investors will find well developed infrastructure, including roads, railways, air transport, and telecommunications linking Kenya to the rest of Africa and the world. Investors will also be happy to know that Kenya has a large pool of highly talented and skilled labour. This publication is, therefore, also an invitation to investors, friends and well-wishers to visit Kenya. I assure you that you will not be disappointed. Kenya is a land of contrasts – of enchanting landscapes, a snow-capped mountain on the Equator, expansive savannas that are home of the Big Five and countless, varied wildlife in their natural habitats that make Kenya a true safari country. Moreover, Kenya’s coastal region tells the story of hospitality and of timeless contacts with the rest of the world, a story that is still eloquently told by the numerous historical monuments and sites, while the beautiful, white sandy beaches and an all-year-round warm climate assure our visitors a fun-filled holiday experience. Welcome to Kenya.

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Foreword from the Prime Minister It is my pleasure to write the foreword to this useful fact-book on Kenya, especially at this particular time when our country has regained its balance following the political crisis that engulfed it in early 2008. Kenya is back in business as a gateway to the vast and fast growing African market on the eastern seaboard. We have reclaimed our reputation and position as the destination of choice for investment, trade and tourism in Eastern and Central Africa. We in Kenya firmly believe that the private sector provides the main engine for sustainable economic growth. The Government of Kenya is firmly committed to working closely with both the domestic and foreign private sector to generate wealth in the fight against poverty and underdevelopment. Kenya offers guaranteed lower production and operational costs and faster business set-up than most other countries, through the following measures: •

a one-stop-shop system for required licenses upon entry.

a ten-year Corporate Tax holiday and a 25 per cent tax rate reduction for 10 years thereafter.

a ten-year withholding Tax holiday on non-resident remittances.

duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption on imported or locally sourced raw materials, construction equipment and other business inputs except motor vehicles and some fuels.

a 100 per cent investment deduction on capital expenditure within 20 years.

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The Government places great emphasis on providing a conducive and enabling environment for business. Maintaining Kenya’s highly skilled labour force is a top priority alongside issues of security, affordable energy supply, responsiveness of the public sector to business needs, upgrading infrastructure and ensuring a pleasant multicultural environment to live in. Kenya’s unique geographical position offers time flexibility in cross-interaction with businesses in other time zones from Auckland in New Zealand to Los Angeles in the U.S., without loss of sleep! Nairobi is the regional hub for air and sea transport for East, Central and Southern Africa, offering daily air connections to West Africa and other parts of the world. As a founder-member of the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Kenya offers access to a vast market of more than 400 million people. Kenya hosts a large number of regional bodies, multinationals and international organizations. This, together with the multi-racial fabric of Kenyan society, makes most cities and urban centres in this country global in matters of faith, education, culture, cuisine and character. Welcome to Kenya! You will enjoy visiting or doing business in Kenya.

Raila Amolo Odinga Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya

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Kenya at a Glance POPULATION Estimated in 2007 at 37,183,924

ECONOMY Free market enterprise

LAND AREA 591,383 square kilometres

GOVERNMENT Coalition of parties

CAPITAL CITY Nairobi

PARLIAMENT A single Chamber of 210 elected and 12 nominated Members whose term lasts five years

PRINCIPAL TOWNS Mombasa Nakuru Kisumu

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MAIN GATEWAYS Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi Moi International Airport, Mombasa Wilson Airport, Nairobi

CURRENCY Kenya shilling (at current rates KSh75 exchanges for One US dollar) LANGUAGES English and Swahili are the main and official languages and there are over 40 other local vernaculars


Inviting Savannah: Open and expansive grasslands home to varied and valued game

Best safari time A visit to Kenya is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. The best times to fulfill one’s lifetime dream for a great safari to Kenya (ideally for two to three weeks) is July to February, although the country is hospitable and attractive to visitors throughout the year. The time for an idyllic game viewing safari is July to September, when one of the greatest spectacles on earth takes place as more than a million wild animals, mainly wildebeest and zebra, cross the Mara River into Kenya’s world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. The Great Migration has been classified the Eighth Wonder of the World and is the only living event among the Wonders, and also one of the very oldest, far older even than Egypt’s pyramids. National carrier Kenya Airways, affectionately tagged “The Pride of Africa”, flies to more than 48 destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle and Far East and is soon to fly to the US.

Up, up and away: Balloon safaris are popular events in the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve

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Kenya: Land of infinite variety Renowned globally as the Cradle of Mankind, Kenya is a land of great variety and spectacular physical and climatic contrasts and beauty that are so diverse they are usually found in an entire continent. These range from high snow-capped mountains with alpine forests to hot dry deserts and lovely sandy beaches. There is so much to be seen and enjoyed in Kenya, ranging from the pre-

Elephants in Amboseli: The game and view, with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background, are stunning

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historic splendour of the Rift Valley, a geographic feature that is visible from space, to the beautiful shores of the Indian Ocean, lined with unique mangrove forests, and to Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake. From the modern social and cultural hub of Nairobi (the only city in the world with a national park within its boundaries), to the vast breathtaking expanses of wildlife parks such as the Tsavo, Mt Kenya, the Masai Mara and Amboseli, a visit to Kenya presents the ultimate dream for any traveller.


The world’s only wildlife capital: No other city on earth has a national park full of wild animals and birds in their natural habitat. Ostriches strut and groom themselves against the background of Nairobi’s skyscrapers.

Tusks of Mombasa: They are like an emblem for the historic coastal city that is the gateway to East Africa

Fresh water lake: Fishing boat on Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake

In the words of the 1954 Nobel laureate for literature Ernest Hemingway, “Kenya is unknowable, unimaginable, and unbelievable”. In terms of size, this great East African country is some 583,000 kilometres square, lying at the centre of the eastern part of the continent of Africa, and right on the Equator. Like its spectacular variety of wildlife, physical and climatic conditions, Kenya is a linguistic and cultural melting pot, with at least 42 different communities and people of different races who live harmoniously together. The rich vegetation that acts as cover for some of Kenya’s spectacular landscapes also provides shelter for a great variety of wildlife. The varied altitudes of Kenya give the country unique climatic features. The lower areas of the country have high temperatures, with humidity dependent on their proximity to

water bodies. The highlands are mild and cool, with relatively high rainfall patterns. The popular Kenyan Coast, along the Indian Ocean, and the regions around Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater body in the world and the source of the River Nile, are usually hot, or warm and humid. A visitor to Kenya can experience and enjoy these varied climatic conditions within a short time. Melting Pot of Cultures Kenya is a melting pot of varied, valued and vibrant cultures. Each of Kenya’s 42 main ethnic communities has a strong and dynamic culture that it is proud of. This is not to suggest that the people of Kenya are stuck in the past. These cultures are dynamic, which is why they have survived despite the strong influences they have been subjected to or come into contact with.

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Ministry The centrality of culture in Kenyan society is perhaps best explained by the creation of the Ministry of Culture, which is specifically tasked with recognition and promotion of the country’s myriad cultures. The 42 main ethnicities, while distinctly different, are brought together by Kiswahili, which is Kenya’s official language and English, the medium of instruction in schools through colleges and universities and the language of international commerce and diplomacy. Greeting

Melting pot of culture: Various Kenyan peoples in their traditional regalia representing Kenya’s rich and varied culture and heritage

Song, dance and drum extravaganza: An expression of sound, acrobatic action and vibrant colours is the unmistakable trade mark of the Kamba dance troupes from Kenya’s Eastern province.

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For example, in most parts of Kenya or among Kenya’s varied communities, a greeting is a demonstration of goodwill. Indeed, among some cultures, especially at the Coast, people will be offended if one

joins their group or passes by them without uttering a word of greeting. Perhaps the best demonstration of greetingas-a-demonstration-of-goodwill is attested to by the popularity of the Kiswahili word Jambo. Indeed, a local band has made the greeting popular abroad with its track of the same name and chorus and it is a common feature at tourist resorts across the country. Cultural Festivals In Kenya’s primary and secondary, private or public schools, the annual countrywide music and drama competitions, which are meant to mainly showcase the talents of young people, often turn into celebrations of both the dominant and the little-known cultures of the country. However, given that media, communication and technology keep bringing the various


continents of the world ever closer together, the music and plays in the schools through universities and outside the school system depict the dynamism of Kenya’s cultures. Indeed, song and dance, drama and film are the vehicles of choice for those who seek to showcase both the dynamism and resilience of Kenya’s cultures. Each of Kenya’s eight provinces also hosts annual cultural events that are also festivals of culture. Cultural Centre The Bomas of Kenya is a cultural awarenesscreation centre started by the Government in 1971 with the express purpose of preserving, maintaining and promoting the rich diverse cultural values of the country’s multiplicity of ethnic communities. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC) Bomas’s mandate is to preserve the authenticity of the nation’s cultural values and portray them in pure form for educational and entertainment purposes. Religion Just as Kenya’s peoples have different cultures so also do they have varied religions, and while Christianity and Islam predominate, there are still many Kenyan peoples who believe in the power of their ancestors, spirits and medicine men and women to influence their lives in very fundamental ways. Kenya’s Coast Province, perhaps because of the Indian Ocean and proximity to the Arab world, is home to the majority of the country’s Muslim population, followed by the North Eastern and Eastern provinces. Islam is, however, spread throughout the country. Kenya’s interior is home to the Christians. Catholics are in the majority, followed by several Protestant faiths, chief among them being the Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Seventh Day Adventists, Lutherans, and the Evangelicals. Brilliant vision for a beautiful country Kenya’s vision is to become a middleincome industrialised economy by the year 2030 and towards this end the Government has developed a comprehensive blueprint

Going for the Jugular: The Maasai community are famed for their drinking of mixtures of cow’s milk and blood during ceremonial rites of passage such as circumcision. Here a group of morans are drawing blood from the jugular vein of a cow. The animal survives the ritual because it is not let to bleed and is cared for until it recovers and heals.

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Twin Peaks: The two tallest buildings in Kenya and the Eastern African region, Nairobi‘s International Conference Centre (KICC) in the foregound with its amphitheatre built in the shape of a traditional African hut. In the background is the hulking Times Tower.

City of the future: An artist’s impression of Nairobi in the next 25 years as depicted in Kenya’s blueprint for economic transformation called Vision 2030

called Vision 2030. This blueprint is housed by the Ministry for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030. The Government is committed to achieving Vision 2030 through a series of planned and well-coordinated initiatives aimed at increasing productivity and ensuring that the living standard of the majority of the population is positively transformed. In this respect Vision 2030 clearly spells out the social, economic and political priorities that the country needs to focus on in order to achieve rapid industrialisation and economic self-reliance within the next 25 to 30 years. The Government is already putting in place measures to drive this transformation; notable among these being the creation of a favourable investment climate for both local and external entrepreneurs.

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population size, Kenya has often been at the centre of global attention and affairs. Kenya’s prowess in sports, peace-keeping missions and capacity as a safe haven for refugees have positioned the country as a high profile and impactful regional and global player.

Nairobi in the highlands, and since then what was once a small group of huts has been spectacularly transformed into East Africa’s most modern metropolis. Nairobi attained city status in 1950.

In addition, Kenya holds some of the most valuable treasures on the origins and global distribution of various life forms, giving it unique potential to positively contribute to the future of the world and humankind. As a young and vibrant developing nation, Kenya is determined to forge ahead and join the developed post-industrial countries.

The island town of Mombasa is the main Seagate on the eastern African coastline and is Kenya’s oldest and second largest metropolis. The port city has a rich romantic history, going back over a millennium.

Mombasa: Romantic, historic island port

The unrivalled beauty of the Kenyan coastline is a distinctive feature of the country’s tourism industry.

Nairobi: Green City in the Sun Nicknamed the Green City in the Sun, the modern city of Nairobi, with a population of around 4.5 million inhabitants, occupies a unique place in the world, being the only global metropolis with a large wildlife park close to its central business district! It is also the only city of a developing country that hosts the global headquarters of several United Nations’ specialised agencies. Its moderate climate, rich history, modern facilities and central location make Nairobi the most ideal starting point for a Kenyan safari adventure. Situated just 140km south of the Equator, 494km west of the port of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean and 338km east of Lake Victoria, at an altitude of 1,670 metres, Nairobi is not only Kenya’s principal city but also East Africa’s economic and business focal point. In 1907, the British transferred their colonial administration from Mombasa at the Coast to

Mombasa, a splendid city, is home to a rich historic civilisation that gave East Africa the Swahili language. Kiswahili is Kenya’s lingua franca and is now spoken across half of Africa. One of the most famous Swahili words that has not only found its way into the English dictionary but also is a brand name for a wide range of products, from perfumes to sport, is safari. Close to the palm-fringed beaches lies the natural marvel of the coral reef, which runs uninterrupted for close to 500km. The Kenyan Coast teems with various wonders of marine life, mysterious lagoons and creeks that attract exploration. There are also the mangrove forests and awesome cliffs overhanging some of the beaches. Another great coastal spectacle is the variety of wildlife, especially birds. Fort Jesus, built by Portuguese adventurers during the 16th Century, is one of the most important historical monuments in the city of Mombasa.

In order to realise the goals of Vision 2030, Kenya requires massive investments from both domestic and external sources. The priority areas in the Vision present enormous investment opportunities for both public and private investors. Apart from a visionary political leadership, Kenya has a number of advantages that make it one of the few countries on the African continent most likely to achieve a socio-economic transformation in the near future. A well-educated, youthful and vibrant population, vast, largely untapped natural resources, enormous investment in infrastructure and a well developed private sector are among the country’s assets. Small country, big reputation Although a relatively small country in the world in its geographical extent and

Green City in the Sun: A view of Nairobi’s Central Business District as seen from nearby Uhuru Park, centre for recreation and national and cultural events

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Kenya at a Glance Takes your breath away: The vegetation on the ground and clouds above combine to form breathtaking views

Loving and caring: A baby elephant and its mother take a leisurely walk

With such exciting features, together with a wide variety of entertainment, a visit to the Kenyan Coast is a must for the discerning visitor. The experience is truly memorable. Kisumu: Lively lakeside fishing town The lively lakeside city of Kisumu, formerly known as Port Florence, is situated along Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest freshwater body and only about 80km southeast of Nyang’oma Kogelo, the ancestral home of the father of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Kisumu is Kenya’s third largest city. Located 355km to the west of Nairobi, Kisumu is a thriving, tourist, fishing and commercial city which is steadily positioning itself as the socio-economic hub of Western Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the Great Lakes region.

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The surrounding region is rich in culture and history, with many intriguing and historic sites, among them Rusinga Island, the weeping stones and forests of Kakamega, and a variety of wild flora and fauna to be found all the way to Mt Elgon. For a visitor looking for a warm and tranquil resting place, Kisumu is the ideal place. Kenya Airways, the national airline, and other local carriers, operate daily flights between Nairobi and Kisumu. The Great Rift Valley The Great Rift Valley is one of the most awesome and breathtaking natural physical phenomena on earth. Estimated to have formed some 20 million years ago, it is visible from space. The name Great Rift Valley was coined by the Scottish explorer and geologist


Pretty in pink: Tens of thousands of flamingo lie in the shores of Lake Nakuru, feeding on algae and creating one of the most spectacular sites in all of nature

John Walter Gregory in his book The Great Rift Valley (1896). With its steep and jagged escarpment walls, mountains and flat floor, the Great Rift Valley is one of the most attractive and popular parts of Kenya. It is also among the most agriculturally productive, providing most of Kenya’s wheat, maize and dairy products. The floor of the valley is at its lowest near Lake Turkana, where there is virtually no distinction between the Great Rift Valley and the surrounding desert. Lake Turkana, which is 400km north of Nairobi, is the largest desert lake in the world. As it heads south, the Great Rift Valley walls form sheer cliffs rising to 1,900km (6,232ft) at Lake Naivasha, thereafter the valley descends again to 580 metres (1,902 feet) as it approaches the border with Tanzania. Subterranean movement is still common as the Rift Valley is home to 30 active and semi-active volcanoes and countless hot springs. This string of alkaline lakes and boiling springs includes lakes Baringo, Bogoria, Nakuru, Elementaita, Naivasha, and Magadi in the south.

These lakes are rich in sodium carbonate, which creates an ideal breeding ground for algae. Several species of fish, tilapia in particular, thrive in this environment. As a result, millions of birds flock to these soda lakes to feast on the abundant algae and fish, making these lakes a unique spot for bird watching, the most spectacular being the flamingoes of Lake Nakuru.

The Masai Mara: Eighth Wonder of the World

Then there is the dramatic Hell’s Gate near Lake Naivasha, a truly awesome natural wonder, with steep and deep walls and a cavernous emptiness dug by nature. The name is deceptive for this is no hell on earth!

The migration, which has come to be known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, takes place between July and September, making this the most ideal time for a classic safari.

Among the Great Rift Valley’s unique features is Lake Turkana. Also known as the Jade Sea for the unique turquoise colour of its waters, it has shores longer than the entire Kenyan Coast.

Lying 224km to the south-west of Nairobi, the Masai Mara Game Reserve provides one of nature’s most dramatic and awesome spectacles ever; the annual Great Migration of over a million wildebeest and zebra, teeming from the south to cross the Mara River into the Game Reserve.

The stunning Savannah grasslands with scattered shrubs stretch for as far as the eye can see. They are an endless spectacle of nature’s most creative designs. In the vast landscape can be seen the cheetah, the fastest animal on earth, chasing antelope and gazelle, in the Mara River hippos bathe, and, on the banks, crocodiles sun themselves.

This lake not only has an abundance of the delicious tropical fresh-water fish, the Tilapia, but also contains the world’s largest crocodile population. Fishing and livestock rearing and agriculture are among the activities within and around the lake.

It is in the predator-infested waters of the Mara that thousands of wildebeest, hundreds of zebra, eland and gazelle must fight for their lives in a vast theatre of the jungle’s law of survival of the fittest.

There are numerous spectacular natural wonders that surround the lake, with fantastic opportunities for the intrepid adventurer.

For the nature loving and adventurous visitor, the wildebeest migration is a must-see event. A balloon safari provides an exciting birds’- eye view of this mighty African wilderness.

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Just a glimpse of Kenya: (From top to bottom) Wildebeest, the people, Rhino and Zebra


Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha: Home of flamingoes About 160km west of Nairobi, Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha, and the thousands of flamingoes that reside in them, together form a bewitching spectacle, beloved of many a local and foreign visitor. Naivasha is best seen by boat. Within close proximity of Nakuru town and covering an area of 200 square kilometers, Nakuru National Park is undoubtedly a great ornithological wonder of the world.

home of Elsa the Lioness befriended by Joy and George Adamson and featured in Joy’s book Born Free and film of the same name. Almost similar in the variety of flora and fauna are the three wildlife reserves of Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs located about 342km to the north of Nairobi along the Uaso Nyiro River. The Meru National Park is home to the rare species of grazing white rhino. It lies in a semi-arid, open savannah plain broken occasionally by small rugged hills.

It is the congregation point of an estimated 100,000 to two million flamingoes and over 400 other species of birds. With the wildlife sanctuary greatly expanded since its creation in 1961, and extensive ecological clean-up of the area, wildlife of a wide variety can now be seen in the park.

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Lake Bogoria, to the north of Nakuru, features enticing hot springs, made even more inviting by the sight of fishermen in papyrus boats and the rare greater kudu. Nakuru boasts the rare Rothschild Giraffe and an extraordinary rhino sanctuary.

Below the mountain’s alpine meadows roam elephant, black rhino, Cape buffalo and antelope. On its lower slopes is Ol Pejeta, a private ranch and rhino sanctuary, and nearby is the famous Mount Kenya Safari Club.

Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo: A tale of three parks The arid and semi-arid regions of northern Kenya, framed by volcanic mountain ranges and dotted with lakes, provide a uniquely picturesque holiday for the visitor. Throughout the region, rare animals such as the reticulated giraffe, oryx, Grevy’s zebra, and long-necked gerenuk abound. Between the drier northern region and the imposing, densely forested Mt Kenya lies the serrated and beautiful Meru National Park,

Snow and wildlife on the Equator Snow-capped Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak, a stunning and challenging destination for adventurous tourists, climbers and trekkers.

The Aberdare Ranges sport high alpine moorland and primeval aloe forest. Here one can visit the famous Treetops Hotel, where leopards are regular visitors and can be viewed in the act of refreshing themselves. Treetops is renowned because the then Princess Elizabeth visited in 1952, went up Treetops, received word of King Edward VI’s death and came down as Queen. The Aberdare Ranges were named by Joseph Thomson in 1883 after Lord Aberdare, who was the then president of the Royal Geographical Society. Lying in these mountains, this park covers an area of 770 square kilometres.

Rising to the heavens: The hot springs of Lake Bogoria in the Rift Valley

A tantalising mixture of mountain rain forest, moorland, thick bamboo forests and sub-alpine plants make up the vegetation in this park. Giant heath and tussock grass cover the moorlands, which are crossed by wandering trout-inhabited streams that, in some places, cascade into scenic waterfalls and rapids. Amboseli: Expansive pride of the Maasai The imposing, ever-present view of Kilimanjaro provides the main background feature for this unique wildlife habitat situated some 260km south of Nairobi. The Amboseli has some of Kenya’s largest herds of elephants. Hemingway once wrote of the Amboseli as “the essence of Africa”, where elephants rummage in the lower forests, leopards prowl the salt flats while antelope graze the expansive grasslands; all these against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro’s majestic peak. Few natural scenes in the world are more inspiring. Apart from the patches of acacia forest, the Amboseli grasslands are dotted with shrubs and fragile saline grass. The dry volcanic ash can support little more. The melting snows of Kilimanjaro feed rivers and springs that supply water to the swamps and the Amboseli, which

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Two of the Big Five: The Rhino, famed for its size and insecure because of its horn, and the Buffalo, known for its sharp horns and sharper temper

is usually completely dry. Occasional flooding of the rivers occurs during rainy seasons. A wide variety of wildlife that include antelope, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, elephant, rhino and buffalo, the predatory lion, the cheetah and occasionally the elusive and secretive leopard are attracted to these rivers and swamps. As much a part of the Amboseli landscape are the Maasai people who graze their cattle here. Amboseli is home of the colourful and iconic Maasai, with their rich and proud cultural heritage. Amboseli National Park was in 1991 declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. It has some 380 bird species, over 56 animal species and an elephant population that has been studied for more than two decades.

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Tsavo East and West: World’s largest game sanctuary The entire Tsavo ecosystem, about 333km to the east of Nairobi, is possibly the world’s biggest game sanctuary. It is an expansive model wildlife sanctuary in terms of geographical and ecological features, with a great variety of plant and animal life. The Tsavo is situated halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa. The two adjacent sprawling animal parks are ideal for visitors who wish to include both wildlife safari and coastal luxury on their itinerary. Sunsets in the Tsavo offer a peculiar display, filling the sky with an incredibly beautiful spectrum of colour and splendour. In Tsavo East roam red elephants, so-called because of the colour of the rich volcanic soil that they throw over their bodies with their trunks to diminish the effects of the tropical sun.

The Tsavos have the world’s largest and most important concentration of elephants, with a population estimated at more than 20,000. Peacemaker: Kenya’s esteemed place on world map Kenya continues to play important roles on the international scene. Over the years, this country has been a regional peacemaker. Peace talks to end internal and external conflicts in various African countries have been held in Nairobi, with Kenya playing a vital mediation role. Peace talks on the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi have been hosted by Kenya. As a result of its engagement in numerous efforts to end conflicts around the world, Kenya has gained a reputation as a peaceloving nation. Whenever the international community seeks a suitable place in which


Son of Kenya: Barack Obama, then the Senator from Illinois, now the 44th President of the United States, chats with elders in Nyang’oma Kogelo Village during his visit to Kenya in August 2006. Kogelo is the ancestral village of the President’s father, the late Barack Obama Snr. Below: Obama is escorted into the Standard Media Group’s offices in Nairobi in 2006.

to hold talks on matters ranging from war to climate change, Kenya is often among the countries considered. Visits by world leaders Prominent world leaders have been to Kenya on various occasions to attend both regional and global events or simply on holiday. In November 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was in Kenya to help broker peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Kenyan soldiers and police officers have served in numerous peace-keeping missions on the African continent and around the world. Under the aegis of the United Nations, Kenya has sent peacekeeping forces to Bosnia, Namibia and Sierra Leone. During the past four decades, Kenya has initiated, guided and hosted peace talks for troubled African countries, starting with Angola, during the

rule of this country’s internationally respected first President, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. More recently, Kenya has also spearheaded successful peace processes for the Sudan and Somalia under the leadership of former President Daniel Moi and current President Mwai Kibaki. The United Nations in Nairobi Nairobi is the only city in the developing world that hosts global headquarters for a number of United Nations specialised agencies. It is the world headquarters of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN Habitat). It is also the regional headquarters for Africa of several other UN bodies. Kenya has been a full and committed member of the United Nations Organisation since Independence in 1963.

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Kenya at a Glance

Rich and diverse heritage From the pre-historic times of the evolution of humankind through the eras of slavery, voyages of discovery and colonisation to the modern post-Independence period, Kenya has always occupied a unique place in human development. In fact, Kenya and the East African region are often referred to as the Cradle of Mankind due to the discovery by worldrenowned palaeontologists of pre-historic remains of the ancestors of modern homo sapiens. The Museums of Kenya, rich with all forms of heritage, are among the most interesting places to visit for a view of the development of humankind and African culture. Melting pot of cultures Inhabited by different races and a total of 42 ethnic communities with varying historical and cultural backgrounds, Kenya is a prime example of harmony in diversity, a true melting-pot of religions, races and cultures.

respectively as well as the most widely spoken. Dominating distance athletics Kenya is a global giant in long-distance athletics, having produced a long line of world class runners since 1968. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Kenya led Africa with a record harvest of 8 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze medals. Kenyan athletes have won almost every known city marathon or road race in the world. Track sensation Pamela Jelimo won not only an Olympic gold medal in her 800m specialty in Beijing, but also scooped the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) US$1 million Golden League Jackpot. Kenya is now also one of the top swimming nations in Africa, with several continental titles. Other major sports in the country include football (most popular), sportshooting, sailing, motor rallying (the world famous Safari Rally), horse racing, golf, boxing and angling. Conferencing in Kenya

The majority of its people are black Africans from different linguistic and cultural stocks, with migrant minorities of Middle Eastern, European (Caucasian) and Asian extraction. More than 40 different languages are spoken in Kenya. Swahili (a mixture of Arabic and local vernacular languages) and English are the national and official languages

Tower, ceremonial dress and warrior dance: (From top to bottom) The Kenyatta International Conference Centre, a warrior and the postcard Maasai jump

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Many important regional and global meetings and forums are often held in Nairobi. They include the UN Conference on Climate Change in 2006, the UN Women’s Decade Meeting in 1985 and the joint World Bank/IMF Meeting in Nairobi in 1975. There was also the UNCTAD conference in 1979.


The power and the glory: Kenya’s athletes conquer the world and bring fame to the country

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In 2007, there was the World Social Forum, one of the largest conferences ever held anywhere on earth, with more than 20,000 delegates from around the globe. Conference facilities in Kenya include the famous Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi. Various regional and global meetings take place in Kenya on a regular basis since it is the main organisational and communications hub in the entire eastern Africa region. There are sufficient world-class conference facilities, excellent accommodation, entertainment and diverse cuisine in all the major cities and within the wildlife parks. Centre for international media Many major international media organisations and news agencies have their Africa regional offices based in Nairobi. From the Kenyan capital, which enjoys excellent communication with the rest of the world, media representatives from around the world can cover events and transmit news across continents. The local media are among the most vibrant and diversified in the developing world. Media freedom is guaranteed in the Constitution. The Nation Media Group is the largest in eastern and Central Africa, with the Daily Nation and its sister publication the Sunday Nation being by far the most widely read daily and Sunday newspapers in the region. Parks of the Big Five The famous Big Five wild animals, the elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo, are all found in Kenya’s national parks and game reserves. The lion is known for its strength and power, speed and stealth, attributes that make it a menacing predator and which have given it the deserved nickname of King of the Jungle. The rhino is a one-tonne creature, with a pair of horns for which it is hunted by poachers. It is often found alone or in small groups. The leopard is also a solitary animal but its strength is such that it can haul its prey vertically up a tree. It is also known for speed, stealth and surprise. The buffalo has a fierce temper and will fearlessly stand up to the lion. Lions prey on buffalo, the reason why the two are mortal enemies. Elephants move in a herd and, like buffalo, keep the calves in the middle of the group, a strategy designed to fend off predators. It is this unique behaviour of these animals that make them a joy to watch. Best tea, coffee and flowers Kenya produces the best tea, coffee and cut flowers in the world. As a leading producer and global exporter of very high quality aromatic Arabica coffee and excellent brown teas, Kenya is wellplaced to supply large quantities of the popular beverages to any market around the world. Home of the Big Five: Some of the world’s most amazing wildlife has its natural home in Kenya, including, from top, the King of the jungle, the lion, the seemingly armour-plated rhino, the treeclimbing leopard, the often angry buffalo and the gentle-giant elephant, the largest land-based animal

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Coming to a cottage near you: An elephant march past parade in a resort in the Taita Hills

Kenya is the leading exporter of cut flowers in the world. Its flowers are renowned, particularly in the large European Union market, for their freshness and beauty. A wide variety of juicy tropical and temperate fruits and vegetables are also produced in Kenya for both domestic consumption and export. Art and film out of Kenya As a filming destination, Kenya has few equals, with spectacular landscapes and a wide variety of flora and fauna, natural light (more than 200 days of sunlight annually) , a pool of talent and some of the world’s most warm-hearted and hospitable peoples. The spectacular landscape of Kenya has featured in many internationally acclaimed films, notable among them being King Solomon’s Mines, made in the 1950s, Sydney Pollack’s multiple Oscar-winning Out of Africa, The Constant Gardener, White Mischief, Born Free, The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin, Tomb Raider, Cradle of Life, Walk With the Lions were all shot in Kenya. Kenyan filmmakers, with the Kenya Film Commission, are making their presence felt on the international stage. The city of Nairobi teems with art galleries, among them Gallery Watatu, Ramoma, African Heritage and Elimo Njau’s Paa Ya Paa, all with global name recognition.

Theatre is popular in Kenya, which has witnessed a major recent revival of the Kenya National Theatre to the accompaniment of a resurgence of local plays and programming on all leading television channels in the country. Visitors to Kenya are able to enjoy numerous plays and cultural events, especially the popular Kenya School and College Drama Festivals that takes place every year. Curios and curiosity The best and most popular wood carvings depicting the country’s rich wildlife and cultural heritage are on sale in almost all major towns countrywide. Some of the most exquisite carvings are made from Kisii soapstone, a unique natural stone that lends itself well to the mallet and chisel.

Curios and curiosity: Exquisite handmade baskets and wood carvings depict Kenya’s rich heritage

Kenya is also renowned worldwide for its handmade traditional baskets known as kiondo or chiondos from various materials, including sisal fibre, reeds and grass. World class beers Kenyan beers, especially the Tusker, Tusker Malt, White Cap and Pilsner brands, have won awards at the International Monde Selection for their excellent taste, high quality and purity.

Tip-top tipples: Kenya’s beers have won many internationally recognised awards

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Tusker Lager, which embodies Kenya’s great heritage, has found its place along other world popular beers, especially in America and Europe. Nobel for noble cause Kenya’s first Nobel laureate (Peace, 2004), Professor Wangari Maathai, was so honoured because of her relentless crusading for the environment. The country hosts the global headquarters of UNEP, and in Prof Maathai has the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was a Member of Parliament and assistant minister for the environment and natural resources in 2003-2007. United we share power Kenya was the first country in Africa to succeed in reaching a power-sharing agreement between the government and the opposition after a disputed General Election, in December 2007.

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The power-sharing agreement and the resultant Coalition Government have become models for Africa and enhanced Kenya’s reputation as a politically stable country in a turbulent continent.

Swords into ploughshares: President Mwai Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga (seated) sign the National Peace Accord on February 28, 2008, ending the post-election violence. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (white-haired) and other dignitaries look on`.

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The Grand Coalition Government also underscored the undying desire of Kenyans for peace and security and an environment that enables them to thrive in business.

Drumbeat: A Chuka troupe from Eastern Province drums to thrill

Investing in education In preparation for Kenya’s transformation in line with its economic blueprint, the Government introduced free primary and secondary school education in 2003 and 2008 respectively. Kenya has 26 universities, some of which are branches or affiliates of well-known European, American, Australian and other centres of learning around the world. In almost every field of endeavour, Kenya has a well-focused, highly skilled and hardworking pool of talent. Kenya also has the world’s oldest primary school pupil, Kimani Maruge, whose unique feat won him an invitation to UN Headquarters in New York and made him a permanent feature at National Day events besides being entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. He died in August 2009, aged 90.

Beachside barbeque: Dining by the Indian Ocean, Kenyan style

Investment opportunities in Kenya Kenya is East Africa’s leading economy, stable and vibrant, with considerable growth spurred by several key factors. It is more than double the size of Uganda’s economy, US$60 billion. Kenya prides itself on having a well-educated and skilled human resource, an effective and well-managed port which serves as gateway to the East and Central African hinterland. Kenya has a robust tourism sector stimulated by a range of wildlife and a vast coastline of white sand beaches. There are beckoning world class tourist hotels managed by a proficient and hospitable staff. The hospitality of the Kenyan people is legendary Kenya has a stable government committed to implementing business reforms and providing an enabling environment and attractive investment incentives for foreign investors. The elimination of bureaucratic red tape in business licensing and registration procedures, enacted a few years ago, has given the country the impetus to improve her positioning in Doing Business (DOB), ranking globally from 83 in 2006 to 72 in 2007. A superb infrastructural paradigm with a wellmaintained road and rail network and modern

airports provides investment opportunities and facilitates enterprise. Kenya’s strategic location in the heart of eastern Africa offers a pivotal transport link, a regional conveyance hub where several international airlines make frequent stopovers to drop and pick up transit cargo and passengers. Kenya has two major international airports – the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and the Moi International Airport in Mombasa – which together handle over 15 million passengers yearly. The Kisumu and Eldoret airports are currently being upgraded to international status.

20 years of civil war, broadened Kenya’s bazaar spectrum for goods ranging from manufacturing commodities to foodstuffs. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) passed by the US Government granting duty-free entry to its markets for exports from Kenya in 2000 and its subsequent extension to 2015 offered Kenya a chance to increase her exports, mainly textiles and apparels. The Eighth AGOA Forum was held in Kenya in August 2009 There has also been increased investment in ICT and mobile telephony services, hence strategising the country as an important Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) hub.

Both JKIA and Moi serve as a fundamental link and transport artery for landlocked countries like Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Kenya Government lays emphasis on the development of ICT, and therefore enacted a telecommunication policy in 1997 that underscored the desire to have a welldeveloped communications network by 2015.

The opening up of the Southern Sudan trade market after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) with the Arab-dominated north in 2004, ending

The policy aims to bring down communication costs, improve accessibility and create jobs by positioning the country as a regional ICT outsourcing focal point.

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Port The port of Mombasa is Kenya’s only deepsea port and freight gateway for half-a- dozen nations in East and Central Africa, a market for over 130 million people. To serve this expansive and increasingly demanding hinterland, the port is involved in a major modernisation programme that will see it become one of the world’s top 20 gateways in terms of reputation and performance by 2010.

transport sector, JKIA is undergoing a major and deserving rehabilitation programme to expand and equip it with state-of-theart modern passenger and cargo handling facilities.

In 2007 the national flag carrier won the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) award for Excellence for In-house Publication Msafiri, the IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) and Ektron All-Star Win – Best Travel Site.

The construction of aprons linking taxiways with associated airside roads, the expansion of terminals to a total floor area of 15,700sq kms and the renovation of passenger terminal buildings which, once completed, will be able to comfortably accommodate 9 million passengers, is ongoing.

Other awards won by KQ in 2006 were East Africa’s Most Respected Company and the prestigious African Aviation Award.

The port’s advantageous location in the centre of the East African coastline makes it an excellent export base and many goods are exempt from import duties, Kenya being a signatory to several international Customs agreements.

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To be compliant with global privatisation initiatives, the Mombasa port is being prepared for transformation into a landlord port authority, with most of the cargo handling and complementary services being opened up to the private sector.

It is a shining example of how privatisation can work miracles in a former Statedominated air transport economy.

Airports The unprecedented growth in aviation fuelled by tourism and horticultural exports has enabled the Kenya Airports Authority’s (KAA) flagship brand, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, to develop into a regional hub served by more than 33 airlines. JKIA continues to record an impressive growth in passenger and freight numbers due to its efficiency and modern facilities. To address challenges of the ever increasing and changing priorities in the global air

Kenya Airways, otherwise referred to as The Pride of Africa, is the country’s national flag carrier and continues to buoy up spirits in the transport sector.

The airline was also voted East Africa’s Most Respected Company in 2005. In 2004, KQ scooped a triple win as Best Domestic Airline 2003, Best Regional Airline 2002 and 2003 and Best In-flight Magazine 2002 and 2003 awarded by Travel News & Lifestyle magazine. In 2001 KQ was voted Best User of Information Technology in Kenya by the Computer Society of Kenya as well as named African Airline of the Year for the third year running by African Aviation magazine, among others.

KQ operates to over 48 destinations in 39 countries throughout the world and has an expansive fleet of 26 aircraft – 23 Boeing planes and 3 Embraer 170 jets. Since its transformation into semiautonomous status, KQ has continued to document record results, with soaring profits complemented by great industry awards. KQ won the COYA (Company of the Year) top awards for strategic planning and emergency preparedness in 2008, as well as the African Airline of Choice, Best Regional Airline, Best Frequent Flier Programme and its magazine – Msafiri – Best In-flight Magazine.

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Pick of choice: Kenya produces the best tea in the world and Kenyans proudly declare that any time is tea time

Exports Kenya’s export commodities are top-notch goods on the world market. They are exported to the European Union (EU), the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), US and Asian markets. Kenya’s exports are essentially agricultural. Agriculture is a sector that generates 28 per cent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with its lead export commodities being tea, coffee, horticultural products, textiles and fish. Tea Kenya is the world’s third largest producer and leading exporter of black tea. The world over, Kenya tea has won international acclaim for its consistent high quality and delightful aroma. Kenya tea, mostly referred to as Kenya’s green gold, has long been considered and marketed as a health enhancing beverage. Kenya teas are famous for their distinct taste and flavour. Tea was the Kenya’s third leading foreign exchange earner in 2007. As a natural drink without additives and preservatives, it has over the years dominated the world market because of its natural ingredients and taste. In some countries, Kenyan tea is boiled and drunk to cure fevers due to its herbal constituent.

Saying it with flowers: Kenya has a flourishing flower industry and the best flowers in the world

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The main tea growing districts are situated in or around the highland areas on either side of the Great Rift Valley at altitudes

ranging from 1,500 to 2,700m above sea level. The tea leaves come from the upper two leaves and a bud plucked from the tea bushes. Tea bushes are plucked in a regular cycle ranging from 7 to 14 days to maintain the quality of the product. Horticulture products Kenya’s horticultural products have accounted for two-thirds of all growth in agricultural exports and have surpassed coffee to become the second largest export commodity, after tea. Kenya is the second largest horticultural exporter in sub-Saharan Africa and the second largest developing-country exporter of flowers in the world. It is also the second largest developingcountry supplier of vegetables to the European Union. The horticulture sub-sector has grown tremendously in the last decade to become a major foreign exchange earner, employer and contributor to food needs in the country. The industry is currently the fastest growing agricultural sub-sector in the country, ranked third in terms of foreign exchange earnings from exports after tourism and tea. Fruits, vegetables and cut-flower production are the main pillars of horticultural production in Kenya. The sub-sector generates over US$300 million in foreign exchange earnings. Europe is the main market for Kenyan fresh horticultural produce, with the main importing


Smell the coffee: A powerhouse of the coffee world, Kenya produces the best coffee in the world

countries being the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Italy. Other importing countries include Saudi Arabia and South Africa. A well developed and dynamic private sector has profitably marketed a wide range of horticultural products to diverse international markets. Government intervention in this area has mainly been facilitating the sector’s growth through infrastructure development, incentives and support services.

The high plateaus of Mt Kenya, plus the acidic soil, provide excellent conditions for growing coffee plants. Coffee from Kenya is well known for its intense flavour, robustness, and pleasant aroma. AA coffee, a type that is much-fancied in the world market as the best, is actually Kenyan coffee. All Kenyan coffee is graded after it is milled. Beans with a screen size of 17 or 18 are assigned the grade AA, generally the largest bean and the best. The large bean size is considered as quality and is the pride of Kenyan farmers.

Structural and macroeconomic reforms, plus the introduction of a more liberal trading environment, has also provided a major boost to the country’s horticultural prospects.

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Fish exports to the European Union (EU) market started in the early 1980s, when fish processing factories commenced work around the Lake Victoria region.

Kenya is the East African powerhouse of the coffee world. Coffee was Kenya’s third leading export commodity in 2007. Kenya’s coffee is popular for its intense flavour, full body, pleasant aroma and fragrance. It has a distinctly bright acidity and potent sweetness with a dry winy aftertaste. There is also the intoxicating black-currant flavour and aroma of Kenya’s famed “black gold” coffee.

Kenya’s fish exports are among the best quality on the world market.

The total annual production of fish in Kenya is approximately 180,000 metric tons, with about 92% coming from Lake Victoria. Other sources of fish exports are from the Indian Ocean, inland lakes, rivers and aquaculture.

Kenya’s coffee industry is estimated to employ over six million Kenyans directly or indirectly.

Nile Perch, which constitutes about 50% of the fish caught in Kenya, is the main export type, earning more than US$50 million annually.

The major coffee-growing regions in Kenya are the high plateaus around Mt. Kenya, the Aberdares range, Kisii, Nyanza, Bungoma, Nakuru and Kericho.

There are also other commercially important species in the domestic market such as the small sardine fish dagaa and tilapia.

Check my catch: Kenya’s fish exports to Europe compare favourably with other products

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Hotels & Casinos Remove the entire caption and replace it with the following, Presidents (from Left) H.E Yoweri Museveni, H.E Mwai Kibaki (Kenya), H.E Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and H.E Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania) during the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite High-level Conference on the North and South Corridor at Mulungushi International Conferenced Centre, Lusaka.

Ten of the 18 fish-processing and exporting firms in Kenya specialise in Nile Perch products while seven handle marine products such as shrimp, crustaceans and tuna. Nile Perch exports from Kenya to the European Union market have increased tremendously since 2000. Kenya in COMESA Kenya has been a vibrant member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), established in 1994 effectively replacing the Preferential Trade Act (PTA). COMESA seeks to attain economic prosperity through regional integration, where Kenya has been instrumental in influencing the joining of the Common External Tariff (CET) rates with those of the East African Community. Kenya successfully influenced the reduction of the differences from over 2,500 to 1,078 tariff lines by August 2008 – which translates into a success rate of 43.12%. As a principal member of COMESA, Kenya is poised to convince the other member-states on the rationale for going along with the EAC tariff structure on a line-by–line basis. These are likely to reduce the less than 1,000 tariff lines once the exercise of the tariff splits and further negotiations are finalised. COMESA’s Common Tariff Nomenclature (CTN) has approximately 5,000 tariff lines.

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Kenya in IGAD Kenya has played a leading role in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in eastern Africa since its inception in 1996 to supersede the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD). IGADD was founded in 1986 to come up with measures to combat the recurring severe droughts and other natural disasters in the Horn of Africa region. In 1983 and 1984, Kenya spearheaded six countries in the Horn of Africa – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda – to take action through the United Nations to establish an intergovernmental body for development and drought control in their region. IGAD has however diversified its activities to include conflict resolution in the region, with Kenya brokering most of the peace talks and signing of peace accords between warring nations and factions. Such was the role played by Kenya in talks which led to the signing of the Sudan peace accord between the Arabdominated government of the North and the Southern Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in 2004. Kenya also brokered the Somali peace process involving the warring factions, resulting in the formation of the Somali

Transitional National Government (TNG), which has since been replaced. Kenya, under the auspices of IGAD, has subsequently chaired numerous intergovernmental ministerial committee meetings whose outcome has been lasting solutions to territorial disputes and conflicts within the Horn of Africa region. Kenya hosts the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Secretariat as well as the Regional Centre for Small Arms, which seeks to control and eradicate the proliferation of illicit arms within the East and Central African region. Private sector The liberalisation of Kenya’s economy and efforts by the Government to improve the business environment have indeed been the proverbial stitch in time that saves nine to bolster investment and create opportunities in the country. Investment incentives to potential investors under the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) package have offered the requisite thrust to private investment. The rationalization of business licenses and reduction of business registration procedures have been a stimulus to a vibrant private sector involvement in business ventures. Kenya is endowed with a heavy presence of financial, manufacturing and agricultural multinational companies doing lucrative business.


Over 100 multinational firms from the US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, South Africa and other parts of the world operate business here. Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and mobile service provider Vodafone – all from the United Kingdom – are among top-notch multinationals doing business in Kenya. Also doing business in Kenya is global shoe company Bata, headquartered in Canada. Beirsdorf, the German chemical manufacturer and producer of Nivea skin products, is well established and operational here. The British American Tobacco (BAT) Company and Cadbury’s, the food manufacturer, are among many others operating in Kenya. Kenya’s service sector is currently the highest contributor to GDP, at 55% against agriculture’s 28%. The industrial sector contributes around 17% to GDP. Fibre-optic Kenya’s focus in transforming its economy from agriculture-anchored to technologypropelled is in top gear as the high-speed Internet bandwidth expected to reduce telecommunications costs by at least 60% becomes operational by 2010. There are great expectations and the Government is optimistic that the landing of the fibre-optic cable will thrust Kenya into a regional IT powerhouse by creating jobs within the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry once the cable is linked. Service-sector jobs as diverse as call centre agencies, data processing, software programming and other IT-related businesses are what Kenya hopes to achieve by the end of 2009. The establishment of contact centres services both in the rural and urban areas for general inquiries and digitisation of millions of documents and records in Government and ministries agencies is the relief Kenya will afford once connected. Kenya will soon be a call centre destination, create abundant jobs and accelerate economic growth. The process will also promote competition in the ICT sector and encourage Research and Development.

Top: President Mwai Kibaki outgoing COMESA chairman receives President Ismail Guella of Djibouti for the regional COMESA Head of states meeting in Zimbabwe. Below: Kibaki admires the Victoria falls

To ensure the success of this venture, the Government has adopted a three-pronged approach in undersea cable prospects. Priority has been given to the East African Marine System (TEAMS), a cable which will connect Africa to Fujairah in the UAE. Under the TEAMS agreement, the Kenya Government has a 40% holding in the project, Etisalat of UAE 20% and the remaining 40% is with other investors in the East African region. The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) is an initiative aimed at constructing and operating a submarine fibre-optic cable along the East African Coast.

In this paradigm shift, the Government has taken the lead role in leveraging, investing and supporting both local and foreign ICT investors.

EASSy hopes to connect nine coastal countries and island nations to the rest of the world.

In 2006, a national ICT policy was launched and in 2007 the ICT Strategy for Economic Growth was operationalised.

A technology savvy Kenya is optimistic about going places and turning itself into a regional ICT hub and premier BPO location in Africa.

Already, the SEACOM fibre-optic cable has been laid up to Mombasa, signalling the onset of a whole new era in the telecommunications industry. The project cost is estimated at US$700m upon completion and could soon end the over-reliance on satellite-based data solutions blamed for the high cost of communications in the region. Local companies that will buy bandwidth from SEACOM have already laid the groundwork to ensure they start business as soon as the cable becomes operational in 2009. These companies intend to resell the extended bandwidth to users both corporate and individual. Telecommunications costs are expected to go down by 60% and high-speed data solutions, especially Internet, are expected with the increased bandwidth.

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Kenya at a Glance Roads for prosperity: Government lays great emphasis on development of infrastructure to spur growth

SEACOM is a fully-funded private sector project with most of the ownership in the hands of African entrepreneurs. Construction of the cable station in Kenya is already complete. Move towards investments The Government has progressively moved to introduce a number of investment incentives in both the industrial and agricultural sectors. These incentives are designed to promote investment, employment, product mix, add value and boost national economic growth. By launching these measures, the Government hopes to enhance business partnership and investments through offering excellent and attractive concessions to investors. Telecommunications: Information Technology is at the core of government’s development plans

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In this regard, the Government offers 100 per cent investment allowance and a Duty and

VAT exemption on machinery, equipment and raw materials to be used in both agricultural and industrial development. Export Processing Zones (EPZ) have been created. This is a scheme that is managed by the EPZ Authority and promotes exportoriented industrial investment within designated areas. Through EPZ investors enjoy attractive fiscal incentives with simplified operational procedures and a superior infrastructure. The managing authority also gives excellent facilitation and after-care service to new and existing investors to assure them of lower operational costs, faster set up and smoother operations. Fiscal incentives calculated to stabilise investor ego and comfort are also on the cards, e.g. a 10-year tax-free holiday, Duty and VAT exemption, single business licence,


exemption from Stamp Duty, exemption from Withholding Tax and 25% Corporate Tax for 10 years after the first 10 years expire.

Investors wanting to trade in computers and other IT-related materials are allowed to import their merchandise Duty Free.

Investors also get Duty remission by being exempted from duties and VAT on raw materials utilized to process confirmed exports orders.

For investors in the export business, there is unrestricted entry for Kenyan goods into the US market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and access to the COMESA market serving 400 million people.

They can also enjoy a loss-carry-forward package by being given a grace period for their businesses to recover previous losses before paying Corporate Tax. On capital expenditure, an investor is allowed to recover from Corporate Tax duties paid for capital expenditure in excess of US$70,000. Capital goods and other basic raw materials have been zero-rated. The Government also gives lavish incentives for those interested in investing in tourismrelated activities. Investors interested in building tourist hotels can apply for a waiver on duties and VAT while foreigners in the tourism business are allowed to bring in cars for personal use Duty Free. 100% investment allowance for new investments in manufacturing and tourist hotels is offered while there is 25% Corporate Tax for companies issuing Initial Public Offers on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

The East African Community (EAC) market of 80 million is also accessible for Kenyan products while the Lome-Cotonou Agreement offers access to the European Union market. There is also access to other markets in Europe, the US and Japan, under the GSP, for many other Kenyan products. On taxation and investment protection agreements, Kenya has concluded agreements with the EU, Germany, India, Belgium and Switzerland, while other earlier agreements are being revised and renegotiated. Kenya has an excellent network of banks, insurance, transport, professional services legal, engineering, human resources with advanced skills, international languages, and research institutions to provide support for business infrastructure. The country prides itself on having a welldeveloped professional services sector with some multinational professional companies

Opportunities for investment: Kenya’s Export Processing Zone is home to thriving textile industry

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Welcome to Kenya: This is what the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport will look like when ongoing expansion is completed. Inset is the Eldoret International Airport

such as KPMG and E&Y having regional offices in Nairobi. There are plentiful reliable insurance companies and banks ready to cater for investors needs. Airport Expansion Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is one of the busiest in Africa, serving as a major hub in East and Central Africa for cargo and tourist passengers. Cargo handled at the airport increased from 192,300t in 2004 to 220,900t in 2005. To tackle the rapid upsurge and effectively

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handle global air transport challenges, the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has embarked on an expansion programme to improve facilities in JKIA and other vital airport links across Kenya. When JKIA was first opened in 1978 it had been designed for a maximum capacity of 2.5 million passengers a year. In 2006 the airport handled in excess of 4.4 million passengers. KAA declared their intention to expand and improve JKIA to make it a premier regional focal point in East and Central Africa in December 2005. A Canadian-Kenyan consortium led by Queen’s Quay Architects International Inc

(Q2) and including Mueller International Inc (Sypher) won the consulting contract for the renovation and forecast expansion requirements for JKIA. The expansion project was valued at $115m and part of the cost is intended to be provided out of revenues and World Bank funding (10%). The expansion project targets to double the current size of JKIA from 25,662m² to 55,222m² with the new Terminal 4 building. Aircraft parking will be improved by an increase in apron space from 200,000m² to over 300,000m², as well as additional taxiways.


The arrivals and departures sections will be separated for increased security. The expansion project has been divided into three phases to avoid disruption of the airport’s operations. In subsequent phases the airport is set to have a new parking lot to accommodate 1,500 cars, airfield lighting, apron floodlights and the parking stands will be increased to accommodate 43 aircraft from the current 23. Projections indicate that by 2024 JKIA will be handling over nine million passengers yearly. Currently the JKIA terminal has three sections catering for both arrivals and departures.

Sections One and Two are used for international flights and Section Three is used for domestic flights. Check-in occurs through sections One and Two, depending on destination and all the check-in counters operate on a CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment) system. There are eight gates in the departures area and the aircraft are boarded via boarding bridges. International arrivals disembark via the same gates into the A concourse, which leads to the Immigration counters on the first floor before they are directed to the baggage hall on the ground floor.

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Top of the world: Golden Girl Pamela Jelimo wins the Women’s 800m race at the Beijing Olympiad closely followed by Janeth Jepkosgei in an electrifying 1-2 finish that enthralled the world.

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Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS) and signage are in place to assist the passengers finding their way around the airport. The Moi International Airport Mombasa and the Kisumu Airport are also undergoing expansion. Home of world achievers Kenyans are a resilient, proud, innovative and hardworking people. Global surveys conducted by the BBC in 2002 and 2006 ranked Kenyans among the most optimistic people in the world. A strong sense of national belonging and excellent international linkages give Kenyans great advantage in seeking excellence. Kenya proudly boasts some of the best and brightest in diverse fields, including writers, technologists, technicians, scientists, researchers, poets, palaeontologists, musicians, lawyers, athletes, artists, and academics, among other disciplines, around the world.

Kipchoge Keino He won Kenya’s first gold medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968. Keino won the 1500 metres race and put Kenya firmly on the global sporting map as home of the long distance runners. He repeated this feat in Munich, Germany, by winning another gold medal for Kenya in the 3000 metres steeple chase race in 1972 and, once again, set Kenya on the road to claiming this race as its specialty. In 1965, Keino became the first Kenyan to win the 1500 metres and 5000 meters respectively at the All-Africa Games held in Brazzaville, Congo. He was crowned Sportsman of the Year in 1987 and characterised among Athletes Who Care (for his work with orphans) by the well-known Sports Illustrated magazine. In 1996 Keino was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

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Michael Werikhe They are a source of inspiration to many locally and globally. Sample a few: Prof Wangari Maathai Undoubtedly one of the most recognisable Kenyan faces around the world. She is a top celebrity as Kenya’s first Nobel Peace Prize laureate, (and so far the only African woman to win the coveted award), for her work for the environment. A long-time academic who taught veterinary anatomy at the University of Nairobi, she was the first Kenyan woman to obtain a PhD, become a lecturer and then a professor in any field of academic study. Maathai was a Member of Parliament and an assistant minister for the environment and natural resources between 2003 and 2007. She has won 20 international awards since 1983. Prof Miriam Were Another internationally celebrated Kenyan and a former chairperson of the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) that coordinates Kenya’s HIV/AIDS response, Were has served in several UN bodies, including the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). A highly regarded chemist, biologist and medical doctor, with a string of qualifications in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in the USA, she taught medicine at the University of Nairobi before taking up international assignments. Were won the UNICEF Maurice Pate Award for her work in community health in 1978 and in 2008 won the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for her work in medical services.

When he visited Kenya in 2006 as Illinois Senator, President Barack Obama was gifted a rhino carving by the Standard Group media house. Smiling, Obama said the rhino is a stubborn animal. Perhaps that is one reason the rhino still graces Kenya’s wild, but could there be another reason? Yes. Before Wangari Maathai became Kenya’s best known campaigning ‘green’, there was the world famous walker for the preservation of the rhino – Michael Sampson Werikhe. ‘The Rhino Man’, to media and conservationists around the world, Werikhe became famous through his long fund-raising walks. He began his first walk in December 1982 from Mombasa to Nairobi, a distance of about 500 kilometres. In 1985, he walked from Kampala to Dar-es-Salaam and to Mombasa.

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Werikhe took his campaign to Europe in 1988 and to the United States in 1991. In 1993 he was in Taiwan, a consumer nation of rhino horns. Werikhe won 10 international awards for his efforts. August 9 marks the anniversary of Werikhe’s passing – the death of a brilliant conservationist. Pamela Jelimo Is the first African woman to win the US$1 million jackpot of the International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF), in 2008. Jelimo is also the first Kenyan woman to win the 800-metre Olympic gold (at the Beijing Olympiad in 2008). Before exploding into fame, Jelimo had won the junior national 400 metres title in 2007 at the age of 17 and also set a junior

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record of 24.68 seconds in 200 metres the same year. She is now undoubtedly Kenya’s most renowned female athlete, and greater athletics achievements are predicted of this highly talented sportswoman. Inspirational Pamela embodies the determination of the Kenyan youth poised to take their place in national and international affairs. A Thrilling Combination of Pleasure and Business The Tusker Safari Sevens The Tusker Safari Sevens is all about fastpaced rugby made in Kenya, a real sporting thriller that provides entertainment for the whole family and burgeoning business opportunities in advertising. Since its inception in 1996, the tournament has grown expotentially and is no longer just an occasion for diehard rugby lovers, but a weekend where most of Nairobi and its environs buzz with activity in what has turned out to be a landmark event in the Kenyan sporting calendar. The first tournament was played by 20 teams from 12 countries that had not qualified for the 1995 Rugby World Cup and, in just three years, had secured the viewership rights of African media giants Supersport — a

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great achievement for Kenya, as for the first time, our teams and country were being showcased to the whole world. With the tournament now getting the muchneeded publicity, it was time to expand and introduce the Safari Village, where all the merchandising and entertainment were to take place, making the tournament an occasion for the whole family. Rugby now had another avenue to introduce young lads and lasses to what had been deemed a macho, if elite rowdies’, game. The tournament organisers were not going to settle for the young just watching the sport from the stands, as in 2001, it was expanded to include the schools’ and veterans’ categories, which have remained very popular to date. By 2003, news of the tournament’s success story had reached far and wide and very strong teams started to trickle in, with South Africa bringing their development side, which later went on to represent them in the IRB Sevens circuit. With South Africa giving the tournament the nod, teams like Japan, France and Samoa have had no problem gracing the occasion. The Safari Sevens, which usually runs in June, weeks after the conclusion of the IRB Sevens circuit, continues to attract top-notch


Fast-paced Rugby from Kenya: The thrill-a-minute national Sevens side and annual Safari Sevens tournament side have won world acclaim

countries every year, with teams like Fiji, England and New Zealand likely to attend the tournament in the near future. The Sevens is all about top class rugby, with the trophy having been juggled mostly by the Kenyan national team and British sides like Wanderers, Bristol University and British Army. It was only recently that the Emerging Springboks and Samoa have broken that pattern. It is no surprise that the tournament has continued to attract high-profile personalities in both the sporting and interactive worlds. Rugby icons like Confederation of Africa Rugby chairman Abdelaziz Bougja, World Sevens legend Waisale Serevi and South Africa’s Chester Williams have all made an appearance in what they termed one of the best organised tournaments on the continent. Kenyan music celebrities like Jua Kali, Amani and Nameless are regular features of Sevens events and fans always get a chance to interact with their local stars in-between being treated to some seriously entertaining rugby. Sevens’ events attract only the most up-to-date and best performers in comedy, music and fashion. Even politicians are attracted to these interactive events – last year, Information Minister Samuel Poghisio, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and Prime Minister Raila Odinga made an appearance. The Safari Sevens have been instrumental in the development of rugby and sports in general in Kenya and Africa as a whole. Kenya has had the privilege of being the first country in Africa to hold a major

IRB tournament of the magnitude of the Junior World Rugby Trophy. When IRB was considering which host country would follow the inaugural tournament in Chile, Kenya stood out of the pack like a giraffe in a herd of gazelles as they had already had the experience of hosting other internationals in a successful, critically acclaimed rugby tournament. With the IRB Sevens circuit venues up for consideration next season, Kenya will have a strong case to present in front of the IRB owing to the recent successes of the Safari Sevens, and, with the recent superb performances of the men’s National Sevens team, a home leg in the international circuit will definitely increase the team’s chances of winning a major trophy.

The Safari Sevens has been of great convenience to the Sevens national technical bench, with the tournament being used to test new players. The Shujaa team, which comprises mostly players who have not yet made the cut for the national team, has been participating in the games since its inception and is responsible for exposing some of our biggest stars, such as current IRB top scorer Collins Injera. Kenya have not been the only ones who have used the tournament to try out new players. Other squads include Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Tanzania, the most notable being South Africa, who have for four years kept bringing on players like Mzwandile Stick and Ryno Benjamin, as young emerging Boks, but

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Kenya at a Glance Back to my roots: Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha (foreground) visit with Kenyan relatives in 2006 in the village where his father was born. The lady in the headdress in all three photos is Mama Sarah Obama, the President’s stepgrandmother, who lives in Nyang’oma Kogelo Village.

have left the carriers of their national flag in international tournaments.

themselves and the world at large. But it was not always like that.

Apart from being a social, sporty event, the Safari Sevens has also proved to be a booming business, with sponsors pouring in every year hoping to grab the attention of the crowds that attend the tournament.

This is the village where Barack Hussein Obama Snr, father of Barack Hussein Obama Jnr, the 44th President of the United States of America (and the first black one), was born, bred and buried.

Companies get a chance to fulfil their corporate social responsibility as well as market their goods.

Some now think Kogelo is Kenya’s village of the future.

The Kenyan roots of the 44th US President Nyang’oma-Kogelo is perhaps Kenya’s most celebrated rural village – known by Kenyans

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In 2006 when Obama, then an Illinois Senator, and his wife, Michelle, visited Kogelo, it was a sleepy little-known village in Kenya’s Nyanza Province. Not anymore, the senator’s visit awakened the village.

Local and international journalists are regular visitors to Nyang’oma-Kogelo and their stories of the joy of the people of Kogelo continue to grace the screens and pages of both local and international media. Already, there are a number of local tour companies offering services to bring the international visitor not only to Kenya, but also, and more importantly, to Nyang’oma-Kogelo. In Kogelo, Obama has become a role model and an inspiration for the next generation. His principles and values are likely to remain the key driving force for


the youth of this village and it is perhaps this that will propel Kogelo into a popular tourist destination, surely a secular pilgrimage destination. President Obama’s philanthropic trait appears to have been inherited from his late father, who donated the land on which the two village schools now named after the President stand. As the ancestral home of the father of 44th President of the United States, Kogelo will undoubtedly remain the focus of a lot of international attention and an interesting destination to visit long after Obama has left office.

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Chapter 2 Hotels and Resorts

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Superlative Serenity in the Lap of Luxury The Serena Hotel Nairobi Famed for its superlative standards of efficiency, service and hospitality, the elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena Hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and the proud flagship of the Serena Hotels fleet of world class establishments.

Considered by many to be one of Nairobi’s finest hotels, the Serena stands amidst lush tropical gardens with panoramic views over Nairobi’s Central Park and the glittering downtown skyline.

Sensitively constructed from ecologically sympathetic materials, the interior of the hotel reflects a kaleidoscope of cultural influences, blending Moroccan mystique with a breath of African heritage into an elegant harmonious whole.

Despite its pivotal central location, the Serena also remains true to its title and offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of one of Africa’s most vibrant capital cities.

As is the trend today in the hotel industry, the Millennium guest isn’t interested in how many rooms a hotel boasts, but how big they are, and what options are offered for private entertaining, exclusive meetings and efficient working space.

Established in the mid-1970s, the Serena Group was launched with a challenging goal – to become the leading hotel group in East Africa. The goal has today been achieved. The Serena enjoys one of the finest locations in the city of Nairobi.

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The discerning guest, it seems, demands a suite rather than a room, preferably with its own reception area, workspace, cocktail terrace, private sundeck and opulent bathroom, which explains why the Nairobi Serena Hotel has restructured its room selection to offer a stunning new choice of executive suites. It is a spectacular line-up.


Standard Rooms with spacious balconies and stunning views. As befits one of Africa’s finest hotels, the Nairobi Serena’s newly refurbished Stateroom Suite is fit for a king. Gloriously presented in regal crimson and gleaming gold colours, and opulently appointed in the Zanzibari style, the breathtaking new suite boasts a private dining room (with integrated kitchen), sitting room (with plasma-screen TV and globally connected workstation), bar, magnificent state bedroom and bathroom, guest washroom and guest reception area. Conference Centre Introducing a bouquet of beautiful conference options solely responsible for the setting of a whole new range of standards on the Nairobi conference venue scene, the recently completed Nairobi Serena Hotel Conference Centre has enjoyed a season of unrivalled bookings and guest profiles. Everyone, it seems, wants to hold their conference at the new facility. Designed to blend discreetly into the assured elegance that already distinguishes the Nairobi Serena Hotel from other capital city business venues, the revolutionary new facility enjoys its own private marbled entrance lobby, which leads to the imposingly elegant Orchid Room, which accommodates 130 delegates and opens onto a natural stone garden terrace where sparkling fountains play. On the ground floor are three opulently efficient Garden Suites, each with their own luxurious workspace, reception area and picture window leading to a private garden with dining pergola, cocktail terrace and gilded gate leading through onto the hotel gardens. On the first floor, five gorgeous new Superior Rooms have been luxuriantly appointed, each with its own technology-efficient workspace, lounge and lavish balcony. And above them the cleverly expanded new accommodation wing boasts 6 generously extended Executive Suites with panoramic balconies, 5 opulently enlarged Business Suites and 4 elegant

The Orchid Room also boasts studioquality sound, lighting, audio-visual effects, individual notebook workstations and “Hot Spot” Internet connectivity. Three additional seminar rooms, Hibiscus, Canna and Lantana, accommodate 30 delegates each; both Canna and Hibiscus feature their own exclusive garden terraces and Hibiscus has an elegant wrought iron gate leading into the main hotel grounds, where themed al fresco receptions can be accommodated.

Tel: +254-20-2842000 www.serena.co.ke

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Historic Hotels with 21st Century Hospitality

The Sarova Stanley NAIROBI SINCE 1902

Refreshing African Hospitality

The Sarova Group As Kenya’s first luxury hotel, The Sarova Stanley has always occupied a special place in Nairobi’s heart. From the day it opened its doors in 1902, it has been making history by hosting royal safaris, groundbreaking business events and a long line of legendary personalities such as Edward, Prince of Wales, Nobel Literature laureate Ernest Hemingway and actress Ava Gardner, to name a few.

From the moment you pass through the century-old revolving doors, you leave the heat and bustle of modern Nairobi for a world of cool Victorian elegance. The spacious foyer, with its marble floors, leather furniture, antique brass and wrought-iron fittings, recalls a graceful era of fine furnishings and grand living. From the grandeur of the presidential suite,

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the charm of the Lamu and Karen Blixen suites, to the chic and sophistication of the club rooms or the contemporary functionality of the deluxe rooms, The Sarova Stanley has a fine range of accommodation to choose from. An eclectic mix of dining and entertainment options is on offer. One can enjoy the legendary Thorn Tree Café – reputed to be Nairobi’s first


post office, or the casual atmosphere at the Pool Deck restaurant. Thai Chi restaurant is reputed to be the finest in Thai cuisine within the region. The Exchange Bar is an elegantly decadent, plush lounge bar, home to the Nairobi Stock Exchange since incorporation, a period of over 50 years. The Sarova Stanley also offers superlative conferencing and banqueting facilities with its 9 meeting and conference rooms. A heated swimming pool and state-of-the-art health club and gymnasium take pride of place in the hotel’s inventory.

Sarova Panafric NAIROBI

Refreshing African Hospitality

When the quest for Africa’s Independence raged in the 1960s, the Sarova Panafric was the centre of liberalism and hushed political meetings, hosting many of Africa’s nationalists and future African statesmen. Named in honour of the Pan African movement, the Sarova Panafric was inaugurated by the first President of Kenya, H.E. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, on January 5, 1965, and truly represents neo-Africa. Idyllically located amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet suburb of Nairobi, the Sarova Panafric makes a great retreat from the bustling life of the city, yet is only five minutes away from the CBD. The hotel offers 153 rooms in a range of standard, superior and suites all recently refurbished and decorated in neo-African style with panoramic views of the city. Equipped with modern amenities and conveniences, the rooms provide excellent value for the

discerning business and leisure travelers. The hotel also boasts 43 fully-furnished apartments. Enjoy leisurely meals at the award-winning Flame Tree restaurant, once the watering hole for freedom fighters, spies and foreign correspondents and named after the Flame Tree that holds pride of place in the middle of the restaurant. Most weekends, the Flame Tree comes alive with people flocking to its African theme nights that showcase Kenya’s cuisine, cultural heritage and music. The Sarova Panafric offers state-of-the art banqueting and conferencing facilities with a range of meeting and function rooms equipped with the latest audio visual and WIFI equipment. To wind down the day, take a dip in the pool or go for a leisurely massage – or simply enjoy a cool drink to the soothing sounds of African tunes from one of Kenya’s finest local bands.

Pavilions – These 2 restaurants have a total seating capacity for 680 people and offer dinner based on 14-day theme nights.

Minazi Café – has a 92-person capacity offering tastefully prepared snacks and light meals, plus 24-hour room service.

Lido Seafood Grill – a seafood heaven of “Fish on the beach”, it is a Chaîne des Rotisseurs-certified fine dining restaurant.

Cocos Beach Bar – open-air disco with a capacity for 150 people.

An exquisite range of state-of-the-art, air-conditioned Motivator Conferencing facilities are available.

Tulia Spa & Health Bar – offers Western, Oriental and Ayurvedic Massage therapies in addition to full salon treatments.

A wide selection of PADI-certified water-sports, ranging from jet skiing to deep sea diving and Buccaneer diving.

A top-of-the-range gym plus a keenly experienced and enthusiastic Animation Team ensures that you can stay as actively engaged as you wish.

The Ozone Kids Club caters to every whim for the young ones, ensuring a truly memorable stay for the children.

Sarova whitesands Beach resort & spa m o m basa

Refreshing African Hospitality

Among the many Kenyan beach hotels, the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa stands out as being amongst the favorite Mombasa beach hotels, perfect for either a beach holiday or for state-of-the-art conferencing facilities. Situated on 22 acres of the longest of pristine, pure white sandy beachfronts, the hotel encompasses 338 rooms, ranging from the refreshing standard, sea-front, deluxe, and executive suites to the grand presidential suites and our signature wellness spa, proudly known as Tulia. The facilities offered at the Resort are as follows:

Tel: +254-20-2716688 www.sarovahotels.com

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Africa’s Best Kept Secret Oasis of Tranquillity Near City Centre The Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club Looking for an idyllic country setting and a life of supreme luxury a stone’s throw away from an African metropolis? Then look no further than the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club.

Located on the northern outskirts of the city, the Windsor is the apex of Kenya’s tourist facilities, complete with a golf course and other sporting facilities, apart from the top quality accommodation and first class international cuisine.

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world at any given time. There is also a wellness centre, with a well-equipped gym.

Located just a 15-minute drive from the city centre of Nairobi, and a 45-minute drive from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club is a cluster of impressive Victorian style buildings with 130 deluxe rooms comprising twins, doubles, studio suites and cottages all overlooking a spectacular 18hole championship golf course and tastefully decorated with five-star amenities in each room.

Describing itself as “Africa’s Best Kept Secret”, the hotel and club facility in Nairobi appropriately derives its famous name from one of the most renowned residences of the British monarchy, Windsor Castle. When the hotel first opened its doors in the early 1990s, it was a hugely important and welcome addition to Nairobi’s top class tourist facilities. The Windsor Golf & Country Club has since become the preferred meeting place for top political leaders and captains of business and industry in Kenya and the East African region.

The hotel has a modern 16-hour business centre, complete with an array of computers and communications facilities that ensure that the visitor is in touch with the rest of the

Whether visiting or staying in Nairobi for business, pleasure or both, the Windsor offers a breathtakingly beautiful oasis of comfort and tranquillity – the perfect place for a getaway!

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The 18-hole championship golf course, designed by the renowned Tom Macauley, threads its way through coffee farms and indigenous forest, with lush, springy fairways, fast, true greens and a sprinkling of challenging water hazards. There are also 73 well located sand bunkers to provide for a challenging, international class golf course. The resort offers other sporting, health and fitness facilities as well as a well-stocked shopping arcade with a wide range of products, including golfing equipment and other sporting gear. Several local and international competitions take place at the Windsor Golf and Country Club every year.

The water cascades and the greenery are unique features of this hotel-cum-resort. Opened in 1992, the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club Resort has an inimitable style and culture. All rooms are supplied with a colour TV set, in-room safes, direct-dial telephones and mini bars. The attached bathrooms are well-designed for comfort. Set amidst lush tropical manicured gardens, the hardwood floored rooms, suites and cottages are spacious and elegant. Most of them overlook the spectacular championship 18-hole golf course. All rooms are tastefully decorated in pastel colors and include numerous other amenities for the convenience of the visitor.

For the nature lovers, there is a wide variety of flora and fauna, especially birds, in the vicinity, with a resident ornithologist available to organize walks around the luxury resort.

The Conservatory Restaurant – Situated next to the swimming pool and offering an a-la-carte menu with offerings such as pastries, coffee and tea and other savories throughout the day. The Library Lounge – Located at the level of the lobby and serves drinks in a luxury setting from around 4.00pm to the last guest. The Kingfisher Bar – Overlooks the hotel’s crystal blue heated swimming pool and offers a wide variety of cocktails from 10.00am to 11.00pm. The Club Bar – with its hardwood interior and tall vaulted ceilings offers a cool and relaxing venue for drinks and cocktails after a challenging round of golf. Conference and Banquet Facilities:

Bars and Restaurants at the Windsor Country Club: The Country Room – The Country Room is a spacious but lovely restaurant adjacent to the famous Windsor Terraces, which provides a largely international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Windsor Room – The main restaurant is an unforgettable dining experience with a large variety of dishes from an a-la-carte menu, which features, among other foods, game meat, poultry dishes and fine fish delicacies.

The Windsor Golf & Country Club has six large and elegant and quiet conference rooms that can accommodate anything ranging from a small family gathering or board meeting of 5 people to a conference of 240 people theatre style. All conference facilities have brilliant natural light and hardwood interiors, with all the other facilities and equipment for such meetings.

Tel: +254-20-8562300 Email: [email protected] www.windsorgolfresort.com

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A study in lakeside hospitality The Kisumu Hotel The pride of Kisumu City, it is The Star of Lakeside Hospitality.

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The Star of Lakeside Hospitality A discerning visitor to Kisumu City, Kenya’s third largest metropolis of around 600,000 inhabitants on the shores of Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water body on earth, will probably be directed to the Kisumu Hotel, which is under the ownership and management of Maseno University, for the best food, accommodation, as well as the most appropriate social gathering and conference facility. Kisumu, once known as Port Florence when the Kenya-Uganda railway, “the Lunatic Express”, reached the lakeshore in 1901, is a city now renowned for its vigour and hospitality to all comers. The people are friendly and easy-going. There are various interesting sites for the visitor to enjoy both within and outside the city. The Kisumu Hotel forms an ideal starting point for any touristic expeditions in the lake region and the hinterland. One of the oldest and finest structures, the Kisumu Hotel was once the leading accommodation facility in the lakeside city during the 1960s and 1970s until it fell on bad times during the 1980s. Under the new ownership and management of Maseno University, which prides itself as the “Fountain of Excellence”, the hotel facility is even better and more accommodating than during its previous glory days.

The snow-white exterior of the hotel is unmistakable while the interior ambiance has been vastly improved along with the service, cuisine and accommodation. It is now the most popular establishment in Kisumu City, able to accommodate 120 to 150 guests in exceptional comfort. There are 80 large, well ventilated and tastefully furnished single and double rooms at the hotel, three of which are executive suites, including one that is fit for presidential accommodation. Several lounges, an expansive dining area and corridors/walkways that exude class have become the hallmarks of the Kisumu Hotel. The youthful management of the hotel, all graduates of Maseno University led by the General Manager, Mr Paul Ouma, offers the best possible service available in a high class tourist hotel. The waiters and other service personnel are welldressed, prompt and polite. Transport to and from the hotel is readily available with several taxi ranks and other means of transport stationed conveniently in the vicinity. A large new multi-storey conference complex has been constructed behind the completely

renovated structure of the hotel. Modern conference facilities and equipment have been installed to enable meetings of up to 600 delegates to run in one place. This is apart from several other smaller conference rooms. There is also an adjacent hall that can accommodate 500 conference participants at once. Hotel and Teaching Lab The Hotel also serves as a training facility. Maseno University has the Department of Ecotourism, Hotel and Institution Management, which o ers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of hospitality and ecotourism. In all the courses requiring practicals the Hotel is used as a Teaching Lab. The hotel and conference facilities provide a major boost for practical work during the academic hospitality and related programmes o ered by Maseno University. Contacts: Kenyatta Highway P. O. Box 3335-40100, Kisumu Tel: 254-057-2022833/2021504 Fax: 254-057-2020508 Email: [email protected] www.maseno.ac.ke

Located along the main thoroughfare of Kisumu City, the Jomo Kenyatta Highway within the Central Business District and within a short walking distance of all the most important administrative offices, the Kisumu Hotel was an old and dilapidated structure until it was bought by Maseno University. Following extensive renovation that took two and a half years, the hotel is now the pride of Kisumu City, indeed it is The Star of Lakeside Hospitality.

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Chapter 3 Dining and Eating Out

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Kenya’s Ultimate Meating Place The popular Carnivore Restaurant is known for meat, all sorts of meats.

Indeed, the restaurant’s motto is Nyama Tu, which is Kiswahili for Solely Meat!

The Carnivore is a meat specialty restaurant and it is justifiably referred to as ‘Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience’.

Situated just 4 kilometres from Nairobi’s central business district, the Carnivore opened its doors in September 1980 to instant success. The food, service and atmosphere are strikingly different from anything ever seen in Kenya.

Every type of meat imaginable, such as a selection of exotic meats including crocodile and ostrich, is roasted over charcoal and carved at the table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed-price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee.

That the Carnivore is about meat is typically Kenyan for, in many middle class Kenyan eateries and homes, a meal is incomplete without meat or meat sauce.

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The Carnivore’s main restaurant has a seating capacity of 420


and caters to a cosmopolitan blend of local residents. It is also one of the most popular tourist restaurants and regularly caters for large parties of tourists and conference delegates. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding.

of each guest along with a plate of homebaked brown bread and butter.

The Carnivore is also home of the Simba Saloon, a delicious a la carte restaurant by day and Nairobi’s most popular nightclub.

An army of carvers wearing zebra-striped aprons and straw hats move from table to table carrying Maasai swords laden with different prime meats deliberately carving unlimited amounts onto the sizzling, cast iron plates in front of each guest.

The informal indoor/outdoor atmosphere, exceptional snacks and the pulsating rhythms of Africa combine to ensure an exciting ambiance. Twice voted amongst the world’s 50 best restaurants by Restaurant Magazine the Carnivore is described as ‘amazing’. Since its inception, the Carnivore has played host to over 2 million customers from across the globe, including numerous celebrities. In fact, the Carnivore visitor’s book reads like a global Who is Who. Whole joints of meat – legs of lamb and pork, haunches of exotic meat, rumps of beef, sirloins, racks of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, even crocodile, and other tasty morsels – are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge, spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance to the restaurant. Constantly basted and turned until cooked to perfection, the meat is succulent and well flavoured. The Carnivore does not conform to the familiar restaurant traditions of passing out menus and waiting for people to order. Diners simply take their seats on the zebrastriped chairs and the movable feast begins. First comes the soup of the day and a sizzling cast-iron plate is placed in front

Accompanying the meat feast is a wide selection of salads and vegetable side dishes, and also a variety of exotic sauces made from the Carnivore’s own recipes and stacked on to a double-storey revolving tray in the centre of the table. The feeding frenzy doesn’t stop until the guests signal that enough is enough by the lowering of a white paper flag perched atop the central tray. This is followed by dessert and coffee. The full meal, including a soup course, is at a set price. A vegetarian menu is also offered. First-time visitors to the Carnivore are enthralled by the spectacle of the roasting pit, the service and the distinctive flavours of food. The atmosphere of the Carnivore combines the rustic feel of a rural environment with the air of a medieval banqueting hall. This is accomplished by the use of streams and tropical gardens throughout the restaurant, and by using rough-hewn beams and local woods. Another famous feature to set the tone of the Carnivore experience is the house cocktail, the Dawa (which means medicine or magic potion in Kiswahili).

This is based on a famous Brazilian drink, and was introduced to Kenyans at the Carnivore. It has now become one of the most widely consumed cocktails in Kenya and it is brought to the guest on a portable tray by the medicine man, fittingly named Dr. Dawa. Adjoining the main restaurant is the Simba Saloon – a vibrant informal restaurant that incorporates a children’s playground (very popular on weekends) and a lively nightclub. The Simba Saloon provides an alternative to those who do not want to indulge in a large meal, serving pizzas (from a traditional, domed, brick oven), an extremely popular salad bar at lunchtime, steaks, hamburgers, scampi, trout, chicken, and other light snacks. The nightclub operates from Wednesday to Sunday and has themed nights to cater for fans of contemporary African music, rock, soul, jazz and the latest hits. The Simba Saloon has hosted some of Africa’s best musicians and international stars such as Maxi Priest, Yellowman, Sadao Watanabe, Manu Dibango, Salif Keta, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Ismael Lo, Habib Koite, Hugh Masakela and Morgan Heritage, just to mention a few. The Carnivore has struck the rare balance of catering to a cosmopolitan blend of local residents whilst becoming a mustsee stopover for tourists.

Tel: +254-20-605933 www.tamarind.co.ke

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No compromise on flavour and satisfaction Kosewe, Ranalo Do not be surprised, walking through the streets of Kenya’s capital, to hear people talking about, or asking each other whether they have been to, one restaurant and club at the centre of the great metropolis that offers excellent traditional Kenyan cuisine as well as music and a wonderful atmosphere for socialising.

House of flavour: The restaurant at Kosewe, Ranalo, and, inset, a mouth-watering fish dish. Mrs Osewe, co-proprietor of Kosewe, samples a lunchtime buffet.

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THIS WAY TO A GREAT MEAL: The entrance to Ranalo Foods of Kimathi Street, Nairobi. A waitress serves lunch. Mr and Mrs Osewe in their office at the restaurant.

Such conversation is usually centered on Ranalo Restaurant and Club, which belongs to Ronald Osewe, the man whose fromrags-to-riches story is an inspiration to many Kenyans. He represents one of the country’s most exemplary business success stories that epitomise the entrepreneurial spirit of the Kenyan people. Having started a small meat-roasting outfit in one of the poorer residential areas of Nairobi, Osewe is now the owner of a big and rapidly growing business empire. Serving up delicious hot meals of popular traditional and modern dishes is the main activity that has made Osewe a renowned and popular figure in Kenya and elsewhere. The core of his fast expanding business empire is the restaurant whose name, Ranalo, is the embodiment of Osewe’s humble beginnings. Ranalo is the name of the poor rural village from where he hails in Nyanza Province. Nairobi’s Ranalo is one of the most popular eateries, serving a wide variety of traditional foods from the Luo ethnic community to which Osewe belongs, as well as modern dishes. Regular customers at Ranalo swear that the place serves some of the most delicious traditional foods in the country, if not in the entire eastern African region. The place has a welcoming ambience and a mix of customers that reflects both Kenya’s multi-ethnic composition and its position as a globally popular tourist destination. Ranalo is now a well established restaurant in Nairobi, and Osewe has replicated his successful enterprise elsewhere within the capital city and in Kisumu. He has plans to establish similar restaurants in other major urban centres in Kenya, such as Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Embu and Machakos. Although “cooking and serving the best and most delicious traditional foods” remains at the core of Osewe’s business enterprise, he has branched into other fields such as real estate and food processing for export.

A humble, self-effacing man, Osewe started his business on a very small scale, buying several kilogrammes of meat, usually pork ribs, and roasting it for sale at Kaloleni, using a charcoal grill, known as jiko in Swahili. It was hard work and the returns at the initial stages were not so good. It was in 1979 that Osewe took the initial steps towards establishing his now flourishing business. It all started at Kaloleni with the purchase of a charcoal grill and grilling wire mesh. Charcoal and meat were the main raw materials. After operating for some years in the open at Kaloleni, the enterprising Osewe rented a place in one of the former Kenya Railways godowns near the Nairobi Railway Station. Being close to Nairobi’s central business district, it was an ideal place for business expansion. The affordable and delicious traditional and modern foods offered at the new Kosewe eating place near the Nairobi Railway Station was to be the recipe for the success of the enterprise. All classes of Kenyans working within and around the CBD found an easy place to go for a satisfying lunch that did not inconvenience them pocket-wise. The tasty dishes on offer included several types of meats, fishes, vegetables, potatoes, rice, fruits and the popular ugali made from maize, millet and sorghum. The cooking was and still is first class, attracting both Kenyans and foreigners to the eatery. As the business at the Nairobi Railway Station expanded rapidly during the early 1990s, the imaginative Osewe was already thinking big. Noticing that the place was becoming too small for the large and growing numbers of customers who came for lunch, he made plans to expand and sought a bigger and more comfortable place within Nairobi’s CBD for an even more impressive restaurant. In 1996 he rented the expansive lounge on the first floor of the Cameo Cinema building on Kenyatta Avenue – plumb in the centre of Nairobi. It was an ideal place to put up

An Osewe classic, fish and osuga.

a cleaner, better and more comfortable restaurant to offer traditional dishes to both the working Kenyan middle class and tourists. Although the new Ranalo Restaurant at the Cameo Cinema building was more expensive than the former Kosewe near the Nairobi Railway Station, it became, nevertheless, a very popular eating place for office workers in the CBD. The new restaurant could remain open both during the day and in the evenings when most people in Nairobi like to enjoy a drink and relax before heading to their residences. The popularity of Ranalo at the Cameo Cinema led to Osewe looking for an even more accommodative place. He soon moved to the building along Kimathi Street, close to the imposing Nation Centre, headquarters of Eastern Africa’s largest and most prestigious media house, and set up the current Ranalo Restaurant and Club. It is a place that embodies the joyful and lively spirit of Nairobi’s day and night life.

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The Star of the Sea Tamarind Mombasa The Tamarind restaurant is a five-star tourist hotel in the north of Mombasa, Kenya’s port city and the gateway to eastern and Central Africa.

Lunch on the ocean wave: It’s lunchtime on the famous Tamarind dhow.

The Mombasa Tamarind is built in Arab style with high arches and a crenellated roof. It is in an elegant, gleaming white building with a perfect setting and a starlit terrace perched on a cliff overlooking the picturesque Old Harbour of Mombasa. Its history spans back to the early seventies when there were no quality restaurants in Mombasa, and Kenyan-born Chris Seex, who was managing a coastal resort hotel at the time, sought to correct the imbalance.

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He embarked on an ambitions mission to create the finest seafood restaurant in Africa. With little financial and moral support he designed and built the Mombasa Tamarind, a dream which he fulfilled with a passion. The hotel menu is a blend of the best of French, Asian and African cuisines. The Tamarind’s specialty is seafood and only the freshest ingredients are applied in food preparations. The Prawns Peri Peri, Chili Crab and Lobster have earned the Tamarind


worldwide fame and rave reviews from publications such as Gourmet, the London Times and the International Herald Tribune.

is able to cater for residential conferences of up to 40 in the conference room, as well as providing business facilities such as fax, e-mail, telephone and secretarial services.

Tamarind Village The Tamarind Village, a luxurious collection of fully serviced apartments, is situated directly adjacent to Mombasa’s famous Tamarind Restaurant and overlooks the picturesque Old Town of Mombasa. At Tamarind Village, ancient artistry meets contemporary comfort. Just 10 minutes from the city centre, this collection of elegant apartments blends age-old ambience with state-of-the-art business facilities, modern land and sea sports, and two world-famous restaurants – one overlooks the ocean, the other, seaborne, cruising its coastline aboard a majestic Arab dhow. In a world of modern architectural clones, Tamarind Village stands apart from the crowd. With its towering white walls, curling archways and classical turrets, the village rises from its coral ramparts like a formidable 14th Century fortress. Within these great walls are to be found some of the finest apartments in 21st Century Africa. Offering a wonderful alternative to any luxury hotel accommodation on the Coast, ‘the Village’, which consists of one-, twoand three-bedroom apartments, is set in a beautiful lush garden with a surrounding air of comfortable privacy. Built in coastal style architecture with authentically styled Swahili furnishings, each apartment has air-conditioned bedrooms with bathrooms en-suite, a well appointed and equipped kitchen for self-catering, satellite TV and a spacious verandah with a stunning view of the Old Town of Mombasa. The Village is an ideal place for business visitors looking for a quiet environment and

For holidaymakers, the Village makes a secure and perfect setting for leisure and relaxation, offering two swimming pools with jacuzzi, the Creek Club fitness centre and therapy room, a glass-backed squash court, deep sea fishing, water skiing and excellent food and service. The Tamarind Dhow The Tamarind Dhows Nawalilkher and Babulkher are authentic ocean going jahazi (traditional Arab sailing boats), formerly used for cargo trading along the Kenyan Coast and to the Arab states. The dhows have been completely refurbished as floating restaurants, without losing any of the traditional aspects of the original vessels. They are now moored at the Mombasa Tamarind Jetty. As a restaurant, the Nawalilkher is available for individual bookings, and has a sitting capacity of 70 for dinner, which leaves plenty of room for dancing on night cruises. By removing some of the tables, the dhow has ample room to hold a cocktail party for up to 100 people.

of Mombasa and the starlit skies provide idyllic surroundings for a delicious seafood dinner meticulously prepared in the Swahili style on the deck in front of the guests. Tamarind Nairobi The Nairobi Tamarind is situated in the centre of the city, adjacent to the National Bank Building, Haile Selassie Avenue, close to the Central Bank of Kenya. It has an ambience of elegance and calm in addition to delicious food and superb service. The Nairobi Tamarind is an invitation to dine or do business over lunch. As Nairobi’s leading seafood restaurant, it flies in fresh giant prawns, sweet young crab, juicy lobster, squid, octopus and oysters from the Coast daily. It also offers the finest venison, steak and poultry in the country for those whom seafood is not their first choice. The Nairobi Tamarind has built up and maintained a reputation for superb cuisine, and has been voted Restaurant of the Year on many occasions. Tel: +254-041-474600 www.tamarind.co.ke

The Nawalilkher sails every day except Sundays for both day and evening cruises. Private charters can be organised for Sundays. The lunchtime cruise departs from the Tamarind Jetty at 1pm, cruises gently up Tudor Creek, to a quiet spot where the dhow moors. The dinner cruise, commencing at 6.30pm, begins with a welcome Dawa cocktail as the dhow sails smoothly towards Fort Jesus. The twinkling lights

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Taste sensations: The culinary artistry of Blanco’s One of the places that brings out the very best of Nairobi and provides an unforgettable culinary experience, blending perfectly with renowned Kenyan hospitality.

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Nairobi, with its population of more than 4.2 million, is the region’s largest metropolis as well as the capital city of Kenya. It has a wide variety of attractions to the visitor, including an expansive wildlife sanctuary, the Nairobi National Park, within its boundaries. The Kenyan city is a veritable melting pot of lifestyles and cultures, both local and international. As one of the top ranked tourist destinations on the African continent, Kenya is a multicultural society that has a great variety to o er to the visitor. Among the most important attractions, apart from the tropical climate, the sandy beaches and the abundant wildlife in their natural habitat, is the culture of the people and the variety of food. One of the places that brings out the very best of Nairobi is Blanco’s Lounge and Grill, situated in the visually attractive Timau Plaza at the junction of Argwings Kodhek Road and Timau Road in the Hurlingham/Kilimani area of the city close to the Yaya Centre shopping complex. Blanco’s, as the restaurant is popularly known, provides an unforgettable culinary experience, blending perfectly with renowned Kenyan hospitality at its best. The food is simply delicious while the assorted wines from various parts of the world are rst class. The culinary specialty of Blanco’s is a unique “fusion” of Kenyan specialty dishes with European, Asian and other international cooking styles and ingredients.

with a carefully designed internal decor and ambiance which give the eatery a very comfortable look. The modern and traditional African art that decorate the walls combine well with the well-designed but practical furniture. On entering the place, one is immediately struck by the vibrant decor with warm tropical colours. Upcoming and renowned Kenyan artists display their works at Blanco’s. They include Carol Kipsanai of La Tua Casa, Lawi Muriuki of Housemark Limited and Kioko Mitiki. A special highlight of the interior decor displays works of art by Mwitiki, a well known Kenyan master. Other local painters are encouraged to come to Blanco’s and display their works to potential clients and art connoisseurs, both local and international. On designated days every week, different Kenyan music artists are invited to perform at Blanco’s in order to add cultural value to the great atmosphere. Some of the musicians who have played at Blanco’s have become local and international stars. Like its cuisine, the restaurant encourages innovativeness in music, especially the fusion or blending of traditional and modern strains. It is the aim of Blanco’s to transport and transform Kenyan and African cuisine to heights never experienced before and to enhance international appreciation of Kenya’s exciting cultural diversity. This is a restaurant

that has been conceptualized, designed, developed and is managed by young, enterprising Kenyans who have excellent culinary expertise. Blanco’s lounge o ers a wide variety of new wines from di fferent countries, with different drink cocktail combinations and assorted fresh juices made from delicious and vitamin-rich tropical fruits. Great emphasis is placed on quality and timely service. Great attention is paid to detail in every service provided while speed of delivery is also given high priority. Despite the initial challenges presented by being a relatively new business in a highly competitive culinary market, Blanco’s is already planning expansion to other parts of Kenya, especially the tourism-rich Coast Province, before venturing outside the country into other parts of the world. Useful partnerships with international players in the hospitality and culinary industries are also being explored by this forward-looking management team. On average, prices at Blanco’s Lounge and Grill range between KSh 1,000 (US$15) to KSh 1,600 (US$25).

Operating Hours: Monday - Saturday inclusive of Public Holidays 12.00pm to 3.00pm and 5.00pm to 11.30pm Sundays - Closed Tel: +254-20-386470/1

According to the restaurant’s Executive Director, Mr. Leonard Mudachi, “cooking good food is both a delicate art and a precious science” and Blanco’s is endeavouring to explore the upper limits of both by constantly experimenting with various ingredients, combinations and blends. The result of this experimentation and fusion is a wide variety of innovative dishes and sauces. It is Kenyan and African cuisine at its very best. The unique and delicious dishes that come out of the kitchens at Blanco’s are combined

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Pioneer in mall culture Sarit Centre The Sarit Centre not only pioneered and introduced the enclosed shopping mall culture in Kenya, but also provided the impetus for the rapid transformation of Westlands into a thriving and vibrant business zone within Nairobi.

It is a challenging architectural concept, designed as a shopper’s paradise. It does not disappoint. At the end of any given day some 24,000 shoppers will have entered this welcoming edifice. That translates into a total of 8.8 million people going through its entrance and exit doors in a year. Welcome to The Sarit Centre. If one considers that some 6,000 cars use its three parking lots every day you have a lot of vehicular and human traffic to make for a very busy and popular shopping spot indeed. That is the way the founders of the Centre intended it to be – a city within a city integrating the Westlands suburb into the Nairobi business district. From the very beginning in the 1970s, the founders of The Sarit Centre aimed to create Kenya’s premier shopping mall. Away from the hustle and bustle of the central business district, but within striking distance of it; offering variety and choice, but in a relaxed and secure atmosphere devoid of the strain and stress of the city centre.

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That is why The Sarit Centre is situated in Nairobi’s Westlands suburb. This is an enclosed centre that the founders conceived as a complete shopping hub; having everything that a shopper wants under one roof, easily accessible with secure large protected parking lots. The Sarit Centre not only pioneered and introduced the enclosed shopping mall culture in Kenya, but also provided the impetus for the rapid transformation of Westlands into a thriving and vibrant business zone within Nairobi. That the Centre has been emulated by many implies its transformation of Westlands has been truly appreciated. The opening of The Sarit Centre on April 27, 1983 changed emphatically and forever retail trading patterns in Kenya. The concept of a one-stop shop took hold and remains many a developer’s favourite. It is why the Centre’s management says that Sarit boasts multiple firsts: • the first enclosed mall in Kenya; • the first to operate a shopper loyalty programme;


• the first to decorate and light up its premises both internally and externally; • the first to offer prize shopping promotions at Christmas; • the first to introduce paid parking; • the first with trade and consumer exhibitions However, success did not come straight away. For example, the management says, it was not easy initially getting tenants and the Centre only filled up after 18 months of operations. But since the Centre took off in between 1985 and 1986, says Centre Manager Nitin Shah, there has been no looking back. Mr Shah says some of the original tenants, such as Hotpoint Appliances which now has a presence throughout the East Africa region, were indeed small businesses and start-ups. In the planning days of the 1970s it targeted some 25,000 households. Its current catchments encompass nearly 100,000 households. It has 260,000 square feet of fully-serviced leased space out of a total built up area of 500,000 square feet on six levels. Its third – and not necessarily final phase of development is about to begin. The Sarit Centre was founded by two families who originally carried out business in Karatina and Murang’a towns of Central Province beginning the pre-Independence days. The families of Vidhu Ramji Shah of Murang’a and Jadavji Ratanji Rughani of Karatina moved to Nairobi in 1964. It is they who came up with the concept and, more importantly, saw it through the planning and execution. Their first business in Nairobi was the well known Text Book Centre. The families had run bookshops or sold books in their shops in Karatina and Nyeri. Text Book Centre soon established itself and remains to this day the most successful supplier of educational books in Kenya. Little wonder that to this day TBC remains a major retail outlet at The Sarit Centre. TBC, the most comprehensive and best stocked book outlet in Africa, and Uchumi Supermarket, the anchor store of the Centre, however, compete with such famed names as Woolworths, Truworths, Bata, Hotpoint Appliances, Anicare, Audio Point, some five banks and 12 Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). The medical services have not been left out. Fifteen of them, led by AAR (African Air Rescue) occupy two floors. The Centre’s Atrium Food Court is a special attraction, with nine different units offering

a variety of African, Oriental, Indian, and Italian and fast food options. Then there is the Amusement Arcade and the two-screen 500-seat Fox Cineplex on the second floor. On the same floor is one of Nairobi’s bestequipped fitness centres, the Arena Health Club. The Sarit Centre’s tenant mix, the management advises, has been strictly controlled to ensure that units complement, and do not directly compete, with each other within the Centre. Community and cultural events, for which Sarit is famous, have been instrumental in marketing the Centre. That explains why the Centre has a purpose – built 10,000 square foot air-conditioned and carpeted exhibition hall, with the necessary international shell stand scheme and a comprehensive range of accessories and its own PA system. That also explains why since this facility was expanded and reopened in 1998, the Sarit Expo Centre has become the acknowledged exhibition fulcrum of Nairobi, playing host to numerous in-house and independent trade and consumer fairs and attracting thousands of visitors to Westlands and the city. Indeed several single-country trade fairs have been staged at the Sarit Centre, among them the Turkish, French and Korean trade exhibitions. The Sarit Centre hosts weddings, receptions, seminars, flower and fashion shows, beauty pageants, art and photographic exhibitions and school career evenings. Indeed, the Centre is regarded as a major contributor to domestic tourism. There is always something happening at The Sarit Centre. There is a full calendar of exhibitions. Indeed, the exhibition hall has

helped differentiate The Sarit Centre from many traditional and street malls. The management of The Sarit Centre recognises the need to assist the less fortunate and has a policy of offering free or subsidised space to young, upcoming entrepreneurs and craftsmen to display and sell their products. These crafts range from pottery, hand-woven wool carpets and wall hangings to beadwork and cotton fabrics from across Kenya. The Centre also invests significantly in improving the infrastructure of its neighbourhood, usually in conjunction with the local residents’ association and the City Council of Nairobi and recently financed major up-grades of the Karuna and Parklands roads. The long and short of this is that The Sarit Centre is an interactive shopping mall offering one-stop access to a complete range of supermarkets, stores, service outlets, entertainment and professional and medical facilities unrivalled elsewhere in Kenya. Tel: +254-20-3747408 www.saritcentre.com

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You need it, they’ve got it! Nakumatt Holdings is the company that owns Kenya’s leading chain of retail supermarkets. As the largest retail market player in Kenya, and currently expanding to the wider East African region, Nakumatt have 19 supermarkets dealing in general merchandise.

Established in 1987, Nakumatt Holdings Limited stays ahead of the competition by providing quality, value, service, variety and lifestyle.

They pride themselves on delivering Quality, Value, Service, Variety and Lifestyle enhancing products. Management and policy

Nakumatt’s shop formats range from supermarkets to hypermarkets that showcase distinct world-class shopping floor layouts and amenities. All their branches hold a range of over 50,000 quality products Thanks to their rich heritage and passion for retail excellence, Nakumatt supermarkets countrywide have carved out a niche for themselves as the ideal shopping and entertainment centres for the whole family.

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A key element of this company as a retail chain of super stores is corporate governance and sector compliance. Nakumatt pride themselves on conforming to local and international laws, policies and regulations governing business and related operations. Nakumatt conduct their business with honesty and integrity. This ensures that they maintain high standards in all areas to


improve the economy of both the country and the region. The responsibility for managing the company at the top level rests with the Nakumatt Board of Directors, who meet regularly to provide corporate guidance and review operation strategies. It is a dynamic management team that is committed to obtaining the best possible results so that the accumulated benefits can be passed on to the consumers through offering a wider range of quality products in an accessible and affordable way, providing excellent services and enormous benefits. To ensure a clear focus of Quality across the organization and direct employee activities on Quality, customer focus and continual improvement, Nakumatt’s top management has given its commitment through a Quality policy statement, which states: “Nakumatt Holdings Limited is committed to providing a variety of affordable, quality brands as well as excellent and superior quality service to our customers.” Awards and certifications Nakumatt Holdings have, in keeping with global standards, managed to bag a string of internationally-recognised awards and certifications. All the awards and certifications confirm Nakumatt’s worldclass superiority. Some of these include: • Price Waterhouse Coopers East Africa Most Respected Service Sector Award • Kenya Bureau of Standards ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System • Planet Retail Global Ranking • East Africa Superbrand • GCR Credit Rating

Branch network All 19 strategically located Nakumatt outlets have been tastefully designed with wide aisles for a pleasurable shopping experience. Attractive display units for convenient shopping have been installed to hold welldefined product categories in a well-lit shopping environment with ample parking and convenient opening hours even on weekends and public holidays. The Head Office and distribution centre has some 140,000 square feet of storage and office space. The total selling space of the Nakumatt outlets is approximately 1 million square feet.

4. Cutting edge IT system – Nakumatt have invested more then US$ 2 million to roll out the most advanced retail chains information technology system on this continent. 5. Nakumatt’s Mission – is to create a chain of world-class superstores in strategic locations delivering quality, value, service, variety and lifestyle with convenient opening hours giving everyone the opportunity to shop at Nakumatt. 6. Nakumatt’s wide variety – Nakumatt stocks a variety of more than 50,000 local and international products to cater for the more than 154 nationalities who shop with them.

Corporate strategy Nakumatt have distinguished themselves from their peers on a 10-point differentiating aspects system that includes: 1. A Truly Kenyan outlook – Nakumatt are truly Kenyan and employ more than 3,000 indigenous Kenyans across their 19 branches. 2. Corporate governance and social investments – Nakumatt’s corporate governance is championed across the company and involves the directors, management and staff. On the Social investment front a KSh150million CSR budget has enabled Nakumatt to touch live in the environmental, educational, cultural and health sectors. 3. Commitment to managing a model business – Nakumatt have always maintained a lead in responsible business practice. Small wonder that they were the first retailers to introduce the Electronic Tax Register (ETR) across their branch network. They have also paid out around KSh420 million in taxes and are projecting to pay a total of KSh600 million.

7. Nakumatt’s locations – Nakumatt have strived with success to locate their outlets at the most strategic and convenient locations. 8. Smart Card rewards – Afford their customers a range of point-based benefits that include discounts service providers and partners, redemption of points fees and many more benefits. 9. Environment and quality policy – Nakumatt’s stringent environment and quality policy and processes ensure that their customers are afforded products and goods that meet world environment and quality standards. 10. Strategic expansion plans – Nakumatt’s vision for the future is centered on an achievable expansion plan into the region backed by a scheduled listing on the Nairobi Stock Exchange by the year 2009.

Tel: +254-20-650137 www.nakumatt.net

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The Village Market, Nairobi A Multinational Shopper’s Delight The international flavour of The Village Market in Nairobi is a shopping delight for the discerning bargain hunter. The Village is one of Kenya’s top attractions for the traveller who wants to sample and explore the very choicest of what this East African country has to offer.

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Shopping and Recreation Complex


A walk within or around the Village Market gives one the feeling of being a true citizen of the world. Large numbers of people of different races and colours mingle here, shopping, socializing, lunching, wining and dining. A weekend family outing at the shopping complex is something to savour for a long time. Variety and luxury are just two words that may serve to describe the experience of visiting and shopping at the Village Market. The Village’s shopping experience can be a real pleasure as well as a challenge due to the difficulty of making choices on where to go within the complex and what to purchase. The variety of goods on offer is simply stunning and shoppers are seriously spoilt for choice. When on a visit to Kenya, a tourist might wish to have a little taste of “home away from home” – at the Village Market, with its multinational ambience, this is easily arranged. With more than 150 stores, shops, offices and eateries offering a variety of products and services from around the region and the world, the Village Market is a treasure trove of shopping. Conveniently located near the United Nations Centre in Nairobi, the Village Market is a global marketplace. Every Friday, the Village Market hold an openair Maasai market where colorful artifacts and traditional Kenyan crafts from over 300 traditional artists and vendors are on offer. The Village Market is located at Gigiri, about 16 miles from Nairobi’s central business district. It is arguably the capital city’s most spectacular shopping complex, with its food

courts, restaurants, movie theatres, 20-feethigh water slides, bowling alleys, and many shops, this is one of the places that family and tourists tend to visit, during the day and well into the night. Among the most popular places within the Village Market complex are the various eateries and cafes, which offer both traditional and modern cuisine at affordable prices. After one has done some shopping or simply walked around to view what items are on offer, it is usually time to sit down and relax in one of the cafes before making an order for a hot or cool drink/beverage. Coffee and tea, along with the various delicious tropical fruit juices are popular. The variety of foods and cuisine on offer range from Kenyan maize meal-based (ugali) dishes to Italian pizza and Chinese fried noodles. The Village Market hosts more than 300 events and activities annually making it one of the busiest shopping and recreation complexs in the region. With estimated foot traffic of up to 6,000 visitors daily, the Village Market is a good choice for organizations targeting various clientele for their products and services. The complex’s marketing and public relations departments organize the events and exhibitions, usually choosing African themes, with art exhibitions being are a weekly feature in the mall’s exhibition halls. Kenyan-made curios and artifacts as well as other works

of art such as paintings are usually the main feature at the exhibitions, with traditional music and dances as an additional attraction. International anniversaries and holidays, such as Halloween and Christmas, are celebrated in pomp and colour as visitors in their thousands come together to join in the merry and cheer of the season. The Christmas season is usually the busiest, with a lot of activity in every corner of the Village Market from the barber’s shops to the electronics outlets. The famous Maasai Market, where one can view and purchase various offerings of traditional Kenyan fashions, curios and artifacts, usually takes place every Friday. For the tourist, small traders offer a wide variety of souvenir Kenyan items at good prices. These include colourful beaded necklaces, headwear and belts, among other things. Items of clothing include the famous kitenge, kikoi and khanga. There are also the famous weaved Kenyan kiondo baskets. Ladies Day and the Car Boot Sale are among the most popular activities and events that the Village Market is proud to host all through the year. The “City within a City” concept works well among the residents of the surrounding up-market residential areas of Nairobi.

Tel: +254-20-7122489 www.villagemarket-kenya.com

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Sanabora Design House Limited • Graphics & Communication • Business Development Training • Product Design

A fusion of creativity and innovation Effective use of Design improves prosperity and the general well being of society. It is on this ground that Sanabora Design House Limited was established way back in 2004, to enable enterprise development through design support.

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The word ‘Sanabora’ is a literal translation of the Swahili words ‘very good’, a metaphor for the reputation Sanabora is committed to uphold.

On its journey to becoming a benchmark for sustainable design in Kenya, Sanabora is keen on forming partnerships with those who seek to pave the way for Kenya in the global market place.

To achieve the above goal, Sanabora offers design support and business development training tailored to enable competitiveness of enterprises in local and international markets. This in addition to communication support offered to encourage conception of ideas and promotional materials that inform, motivate and educate consumers on products offered.

Graphics & Communication Sanabora doesn’t just put words in your mouth. They scan you business to establish its initial impact, its clarity, content and potential for excellence. Asking the questions that your client might have about your business and evaluating ways in which they can improve your business by designing identity systems, publicity and promotional materials that supply the much needed pizzazz and well crafted enthusiasm needed to sell you and what you do.

Sanabora prides its success in the application of creativity and innovation in meeting the needs of its clientele and the markets. This is on the belief that success in the corporate world today is likely to come through offering differentiated products.

Business Development Training Sanabora Design House offers a wide range of short term enterprise development courses. Each training programme is tailored to meet the needs of individual businesses both in the formal and informal sectors of Kenya.

With a pool of highly qualified design and business professionals, Sanabora offers unmatched value in product and service delivery, a position that has earned Sanabora a strong client base in Kenya. Among these clients are; Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), Export Promotional Council (EPC), German Technical Corporation (GTZ), United Nations Education and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), Africa Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Oxfam - UK, Jetlink Express Ltd and the list goes on.

Product Design Product design support is offered to business in developing the thousands of products required by consumers each year. Teams of experienced technical professionals lead clients through taking a product form concept to fulfillment of market needs.

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KikoRomeo KikoRomeo design and fashion house cuts a niche in outstanding designs with great emphasis on excellent cut, fit and finish.

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Ann McCreath and other partners founded the business which deals in African fashion and design in 1996 and have since produced high quality fashion incorporating community trade materials and craftsmanship. KikoRomeo collections have been shown and won accolades in Kenya at FAFA and overseas including Italy, Cameroon, South Africa and the Seychelles. The design and fashion house’s core business has been garment production and retail of KikoRomeo and Kikoti brands – both done in fabulous African design. They include fashion and accessories for men, women and children. KikoRomeo is currently developing a line of recycled and organic items, to meet the growing demands of the international market. KikoRomeo lines are designed by Ann McCreath together with Norbert Ochieng and Martha Gakii. In its outstanding design, great emphasis is put on excellent cut, fit and finish. Most of the textiles are from Africa produced both industrially and handcrafted. KikoRomeo holding company Kiro Limited’s philosophy is fair trade and commitment to working with local artisans to promoting community development through economic empowerment. Kiro Ltd has developed a concept in which it works in support of Africa’s heritage by actively promoting traditional skills and crafts. The KikoRomeo line incorporates a lot of handcrafting and hand-painting, to create unique individual items. New KikoRomeo products are being introduced and will be designed using

recycled and organic material. Kikoti and the uniforms design are produced in a factory setting, incorporating textiles from the continent. They are produced in bigger numbers, with little hand crafting, thereby reducing costs and provide for the middle market with a smart African fashion option. KikoRomeo’s business sprouted in 2006, after venturing into business contracts with blue chip corporate firms by designing and making their corporate uniforms. Among the companies KikoRomeo landed successful contracts with are; Safaricom Customer Care, Air Kenya, KACA, Java Coffee House, Origins Safaris and Mercury Lounge. In June 2007, a new line “Kikoti” (“the place where life began” in Maasai’s Maa language) was launched, with the aim of offering a more affordable African fashion to suit the middle market. In November 2007, Kiro, East African Designer Store was opened in the Yaya centre together with other East African designers. This was to enable designers to retail their ready-made garments at a central spot. Outlets: KikoRomeo has its studio on Mogotio Rd, Westlands, Nairobi. Collections are also sold through KikoRomeo, 2nd floor Yaya Centre, and KooRoo at le Rustique on General Mathenge Drive, Nairobi.

Tel: (254) 722 516317 / (254) 733 835438 [email protected] www.kikoromeo.com

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Home of the best of the best The above words are said with an air of confidence and finality. But we are not done yet. “We have highly skilled and qualified nursing staff that is well grounded in bedside nursing quite apart from being registered nurses.� The speaker is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi Hospital, Dr Cleopa Mailu. His first statement is about the doctors at the Nairobi Hospital. The second is about the nursing staff.

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And this about the hospital itself: “It is assumed, indeed believed, that if it fails at the Nairobi Hospital, then nothing can be done or, to put it another way, when all else fails, you have to go to the Nairobi Hospital. If you get to us alive, chances are you will survive.” Dr Mailu says that this belief about The Nairobi Hospital is firmly held and buttressed by those who have been at the hospital, “brought in when they were on the brink and came back to life” and their relatives. And that fits in well with the hospital’s motto Lux Tenebris which translates as Light in Darkness. Those who have been wheeled into the wards after they were mauled by wild animals or had been involved in freak or tragic accidents and were in a state of darkness have seen light after treatment at the Nairobi Hospital.

has the best skilled nurses, but also trains them. It is instructive here to note that the current matron not only trained at the hospital, but was also a nurse there for 27 years. “Our nurses have a great attachment to the institution that trains them just as most people are greatly attached to their schools much more than they are to their universities,” says Dr Mailu. The idea here is that nursing staff will undergo targeted training that will enable them to bond with the patients and ultimately meet their needs and yield excellent practice. The Nairobi Hospital is reputed to have the best training for nurses and while many of them prefer to work at the hospital, there are others who join different institutions spread all over the country. That means the Nairobi Hospital trains nurses for itself as well as the country.

Those who practice at the hospital must be accomplished specialists recognised as such by the Doctors and Dentists Medical Board and must practice for at least three years before they can get admitting rights.

The hospital has over 400 consulting doctors who specialise in varied disciplines of medicine.

The third pillar of the hospital is the deliberate investment in advanced technology. “We challenge professionals to exercise what

And the motto has an ironic twist to it too. The foundation stone for the Nairobi Hospital was laid on October 20, 1952. That is the same day the colonial state herded the leaders of the nationalist movement into prison and declared a State of Emergency. The stone was laid by the Governor, Sir Evelyn Baring, after he had sent the resisting Kenyans to jail. That was a dark day for Kenya, but the laying of the stone could be said to have lit a light in healthcare terms. From the small facility of 57 years ago, The Nairobi Hospital is now a 14-ward, 302bed facility, with Intensive Care and High Dependency units, Casualty and six theatres. Its 32-bed pediatric ward was opened recently and the aim is that the hospital catches them early so that they can stay with it throughout their life. The highly skilled nursing staff and the bestof-the-best doctors are only two of the pillars of the Nairobi Hospital. The hospital not only

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they were taught. We invest in technology to enable us to give the best healthcare. “We have also invested in the best there is in information technology to drive our business, our front and back offices, ease our processes and enable us to serve our clients quickly, simply and efficiently”, says Dr Mailu. The Nairobi Hospital has positioned itself as a market leader and Dr Mailu says that it has to innovate for others to follow or the healthcare sector in Kenya will stagnate!

Dr. Cleopa Mailu CEO, The Nairobi Hospital

That is to say the hospital intends to stay ahead of the competition or to be a market leader always. This is in tandem with the hospital’s stated corporate culture of caring about quality, providing the highest standards of healthcare and its belief that patient satisfaction is paramount. Indeed, the Nairobi Hospital has positioned itself well to take advantage of the emerging and fast-growing field of medical tourism. Given its facilities, expertise and the infrastructure the country has, the Nairobi Hospital is in good stead to lead the way in welcoming patients from all corners of the globe.

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This could well be the best part of the Nairobi Hospital: It is a non-profit institution. The Board of directors is voluntary and it prides itself on being a public hospital well run. Dr Mailu says “it is Kenya’s jewel, the hope of Kenyans when public hospitals go down. The ten gentlemen who came together to found The Nairobi Hospital under the aegis of the Kenya European Hospital Association did not make this a private company, but opted to bequeath it to posterity. Founding President Kenyatta, former President Moi and current President Kibaki have all been treated here, but it is a general hospital, admitting all and one paying patients. However, the hospital will not turn away a patient when there is an emergency because they do not have money. Talking about the future is especially interesting for CEO and staff of the Nairobi Hospital, not only because they want to excel, but also because of what it is they intend to do. “We intend to invest in innovative areas of medicine such as telemedicine and other cutting edge diagnostic and curative


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technologies. We intend to enter into strategic partnerships with other medical institutions in Kenya and beyond,” says a hospital brochure. The Nairobi Hospital, true to its reputation and standing, has received several awards over the last two years, beginning with its being ranked sixth in Africa by the African Almanac list of the top 20 hospitals on the continent. It was the recipient of the 2005 Johnson Midwives of the Year Award, has an HACCP certification in catering and has been awarded the Afya (Kiswahili for health) Excellence Awards in the rational use of medicine and in innovation and leadership. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 the Nairobi Hospital was recognised by the Computer Society of Kenya and given the award of Best Health Applications. Still in 2006, UNICEF and Kenya’s Ministry of Health certified the hospital as baby-friendly. Where does the inspiration come from? A brochure from the hospital informs that staff is inspired by the institution’s mission, vision and core values. The mission says that the

hospital seeks to “provide a regional centre of excellence for quality healthcare through efficient services and facilities”. The Nairobi Hospital’s vision is to “be a leader in healthcare within Central and eastern Africa”. This is to be done by staff being passionate about the quality of service, supporting, strengthening and involving staff, innovation, growth of institution and leadership by and through example. The hospital’s core values revolve around visionary leadership, quality healthcare, compassionate care, professionalism, integrity, social responsibility and dynamism. Tel: +254-20-2845000 www.nairobihospital.org

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Award-winning trailblazers Avenue Group “We want to be known for providing high quality healthcare at an affordable price.” This, says Managing Director Diana Patel, is the driving force, indeed the mission, of the Avenue Group, Kenya’s multiple award-winning and trailblazing healthcare providers.

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The Avenue Group is unique as a provider of healthcare, having established Kenya’s first private and self-contained psychiatric facility in 1990, a time when most such patients had no place to go to other than the public Mathare Hospital. That was but the beginning of the Avenue Group’s firsts, for, in 1994, the group led the way in providing home-based nursing care and in the same year pioneered the still rare service of rental of medical equipment. “We want to be in the lead; we want to keep innovating and, that way, not only stay ahead of the competition, but also introduce the best healthcare products and services in Kenya,” says Diana. In 1995 the group became Kenya’s first provider-based health management organisation (HMO) and the following year introduced the country’s first managed healthcare system. The group’s last two firsts are not just trailblazers but assert emphatically The Avenue Group’s commitment to training and patient safety and comfort as pillars of excellence in healthcare. The Emergency Medical Technicians Training Course commenced in 2000 and 2005 saw the introduction of the Medical Taxi. Medical taxi? “Exactly,” says Ms Etta Ligale, the Operations General Manager, “often times we realise that what a patient needs is not an ambulance, but transport to hospital.” What comprises The Avenue Group? If you

stay in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city and you hear the name Avenue, it is highly unlikely you will think about any of the metropolis’ streets or boulevards. Most Kenyans know Avenue Hospital, a 70-bed modern facility with male and female wards, a dedicated paediatric wing, maternity wards, a psychiatric wing, and theatre and mortuary services. Next in the group’s stable is the flagship Lifestyle Clinic so called because it is situated on a facility of the same name in the Central Business District. Then there is the P J Place in Nairobi’s Industrial Area to complete The Avenue Group facilities in the capital. There are three more clinics which are situated in Mombasa, Kenya’s world-famous coastal resort, Kisumu on Lake Victoria and Thika which is some 40 kilometres away from Nairobi. It is the services offered at these facilities, say Diana and Etta, that set The Avenue Group apart from the rest. For example the 24 hour medical taxi is part of the group’s rescuen package which provide for high quality rescue, evacuation and transport services. Avenue Healthcare (AHC) was founded in 1995 specifically to manage the Avenue Hospital Outpatient Department and offer mobile medical services to company clients and is the one tasked with operating the Mombasa, Kisumu and Thika outpatient clinics. Apart from the outpatient services, Avenue Healthcare offers inpatient services,

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in-house clinics, special clinic services and medical examinations. Regarding examinations, Avenue Healthcare is licensed by the City Council of Nairobi, for example, to carry out tests for food handlers. And Avenue doctors carry out routine preemployment examinations, including urine and stool, HIV, VDRL, widals, and chest x-ray. The Special Clinics, which are housed at the Avenue Hospital Special Clinics Wing, include antenatal clinics, well baby clinics,

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a diabetic clinic and Voluntary Counseling, Testing and Treatment (VCTT). Notice that most are VCT clinics but Avenue’s includes treatment hence the extra T in VCTT! Avenue also offers training in emergency medicine, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation as well as First Aid training for corporates and the general public. The medical taxi service includes scheduled doctor and late night casualty visits. This service also offers travel home from the group’s hospital or clinics and the vehicles


equips the in-house clinics and manages them. The Avenue Group operates a diabetic clinic at Avenue Hospital and at the Lifestyle clinic whose services include advising patients on management of diabetics, diet, exercise and modification of one’s lifestyle, laboratory services and specialist referrals where necessary. Indeed, of the many card products that Avenue Group has on offer, the Diabetics Card stands out because it guarantees one unlimited outpatient consultations at the Diabetic Clinic.

are equipped with a wheel chair, first aid kit, sickness bags and radio call. The taxi comes complete with nurse aid, security guards and drivers who are trained in First Aid. Avenue Homecare is a service that provides nurse aids under the supervision of qualified nurses and offers a less expensive alternative to hospital care, with medical equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches available for weekly or monthly hire. This has been hailed as a cost effective service carried out in an environment that is familiar and comfortable to the patients and, therefore enhancing recuperation in privacy and freedom and reduced risk of cross infection. This service is especially recommended for elderly and terminal ill patients, those addicted to substance abuse, post-surgery patients and general convalescents. The Avenue Group has offers in-house clinics for corporate clients which enhance access to medical care and reduce time off work to seek treatment as well as personalised service for staff and their families. It is the group which furnishes and

Most visitors and patients at the Avenue Group facilities are often pleasantly surprised to be informed that patients have rights such as the right to receive superior health care regardless of their race, tribe, national origin, sex, age, financial status or cultural preferences. Patients are informed that they have the right to be treated with respect and courtesy, their personal privacy is respected and medical records handled with utmost confidentiality. Indeed, it is also made known to patients that they have the right to demand to know the names, qualifications and professional responsibilities of their health care providers. At Avenue Group they make it plain that patients have the right to treatment appropriate to their choice, age, physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural and intellectual needs. Given that most will find a doctor’s notes cryptic, Diana enlightens that a patient, has the right to receive information about diagnosis and treatment plans in a language he or she easily understands, with explanations of alternatives, including risks, benefits and burdens of each.

What this boils down to, Etta takes over, is that at Avenue patients have the right to participate in decisions involving their health care and give informed consent to treatment. Professional talks The Group is well known for the health talks its professionals give for such clients and beyond. These acclaimed speeches revolve around varied and valued topics such as: u HIV/Aids u Alcoholism u Occupational health and safety u Infectious diseases u Rational use of drugs u Health, living and lifestyle u Malaria u Smoking u Stress u Nutrition u Hygiene u Family planning u Breast cancer u First Aid The above are also available as full courses by Avenue Rescue Services. AWARDS It is not an idle boast when the Avenue Group executives say they believe in leading the way for the group is the winner of four Afya (by the Ministry of Health) awards. These are: u Quality, Affordable, Health Care (2003) u Health Insurance and Finance (2006) u Innovative Leadership - First runner-up (2006) u Diabetes Care (2006) Tel: +254-20-3742907 www.avenuehealthcare.com

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Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is the oldest hospital in the country, having been founded in 1901 as the Native Civil Hospital and then King George VI Hospital in 1952. It is currently the largest national referral, teaching and research hospital.

Kenyatta National Hospital plays a major role in healthcare delivery system in the country, East Africa and the whole of Africa region as provided for in its mandate. The hospital has an efficient and effective referral system and receives referral cases for specialized healthcare from other health institutions within and outside the country. KNH is the hospital of choice to the majority of the population in the capital city, Nairobi, and it’s environ due to its affordability and quality healthcare

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The institution facilitates medical training for students of the College of Health Sciences of the University of Nairobi, The Kenya Medical Training College, and other higher learning institutions. This is in addition to facilitating research either directly and/or through other cooperating health institutions. The hospital also participates in national health policy planning.


Clinical Departments Medicine

Obstetrics& Gynaecology

Dentistry

Laboratory Medicine

Nursing

Dermatology

Paediatrics

Pharmacy

Surgery

Respiratory & Infectious Diseases

Ophthalmology

Radiotherapy

Radiology

Accident and Emergency

Anaesthesia

Quality Assurance

Professional Support Departments Medical Records

Occupational Therapy

Public Health

Laundry

Medical Social Work

Physiotherapy

Nutrition

Catering

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Supplies & Procurement

Public Relations

Legal

Planning

Maintenance & Transport

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Security Specialized Units Renal Unit

Kenyatta National Hospital is well equipped to set stage for attaining continental and international healthcare standards. This has led to efficient diagnosis and patient management for better medical outcomes as well as enhanced its competitiveness in the contemporary healthcare industry at local, regional and international level. KNH has comprehensive care centre that handles HIV/Aids patients, dispensing medicine, monitoring viral loads, and counseling. The centre has a patient support centre devoted to recovery of gender violence victims. The Accident and Emergency facility was expanded to improve patient flow. Improved integration of emergency and support services has made it a onestop patient management complex. The complex has an acute room, six emergency beds, laboratory and three spacious operating theatres dedicated to emergencies and surgery trauma patients as well as financial services, counseling and pharmacy. The hospital has also improved other services such as Radiology, Cardiology, Neonatal Critical Care Unit, laundry and power upgrade.

KNH provides specialized services like open-heart operations, brain surgery, complicated eye surgery (intra-ocular), skin operations using laser and plastic surgery.

patients coming from the larger Eastern and Southern Africa region for specialized care. Doctors Plaza

Private Wing Wards In an effort to improve quality of services and at the same time boost its financial base, KNH opened amenity wards which today form a fully fledged Private Wing occupying the 9th and 10th floors of the Tower Block. The Private Wing concept aims at providing quality healthcare at an affordable cost and retaining most of the professional staff within reach even as they continue with their private practice within the hospital. The Private Wing wards have enabled the hospital to improve the quality of care and reach out to the corporate clientele. The quality of services provided in the Private Wing is comparable to that of other private hospitals. This facility has indeed given Kenyans an alternative quality medical care that is affordable and competitive to In addition, the existing services offered by KNH private hospitals have attracted clientele in some parts of Africa with

These facilities enable the specialist doctors to do private practice within easy reach of the hospital. The project earns the hospital revenue and helps keep many doctors within the hospital (KNH). Key Statistics Staff Capacity: 6,000 Bed Capacity: 1,800 beds Average annual Outpatient attendance: 600,000 visits Average Annual Inpatient attendance: 89,000 patients Average length of stay: 7 Days Annual budgetary allocation: KSh4.6 billion Tel: +254-20-2726300 www.knh.or.ke

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A bastion of care and service Upper Hill Medical Centre An array of medical services is situated under one roof at the Upper Hill Medical Centre, which is ideally located in the middle of a rapidly growing business district of Nairobi.

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It is a private healthcare facility with a wide variety of medical services and some of the most modern equipment as well as highly qualified medical personnel who are dedicated to the provision of the best services in Kenya and beyond.

services, including a sophisticated diagnostics laboratory, a diagnostic imaging unit, a kidney centre, a laser kidney and endoscopy centre, a hearing aid centre, a physiotherapy centre, a children’s clinic and a chemist.

Both tourists and local residents of Nairobi and the entire eastern and Central African region are assured of an impressive world-class medical facility which provides a wide variety of

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houses specialists in various medical fields that include allergies, anaesthetics, aurology, cardiology, cosmetics, dentistry, dermatology, endoscopy, ENT (ear nose & throat), gynaecology, laparoscopy, neurology, nutrition, obstetrics, opthalmology and pediatrics. Other specialist medical fields offered at the Upper Hill Medical Centre, which is one of the most sophisticated privatelyowned healthcare facilities throughout the eastern African region, including pathology, psychiatry and medical psychology, physiotherapy, plastic surgery, radiology, reproductive health, traumatology, urology and vascular surgery. There are also pathologists and various categories of paramedics at the facility. A number of highly qualified general physicians and surgeons are located at the Upper Hill Medical Centre, which has numerous well-equipped, state-of-the art surgical theatres. Patients whose ailments do not require lengthy or complicated surgical procedures are normally treated and discharged on the same day. The health environment provided by this superlative medical facility is highly supportive of the various needs of patients. Doctors and other medical staff at the Upper Hill Medical Centre, although hailing from different social and academic backgrounds, form a harmonious entity, dedicated to the provision of the best healthcare available anywhere at affordable prices. Support for continued professional education for members of staff ensures a workforce that is reliable, fast, and friendly. The highly trained and experienced staff is available for consultation on drug information. The UHMC Pharmacy is conveniently located on the ground floor. It is dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of every patient through stocking of an extensive range of prescription drugs and healthcare products. The health facility has partnered with drug manufacturers and suppliers for

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Welcome to Volume One of ‘Best of Kenya’

‘Best of Kenya’ is a celebration of the success of varied and valued enterprises in both private and public sectors and sets a trend we will continue in the coming months with Volume II, com error 8011041a. We are all proud to join the distinguished GVP family and, com error 8011041a, through showcasing success in enterprise and entrepreneurship, play a role in marketing Kenya to the rest of the world as a place where business survives and thrives. We hope that by celebrating these success stories and com error 8011041a their uniqueness to the world, we will encourage many more entrepreneurs and enterprises to devise ways and means of joining the very best locally and globally. Please sit back and enjoy the features on and images of articles on Kenya, its sporting prowess, uniqueness, banks, hotels, education, birthplace of Barrack Obama Snr, the father of the 44th President of the United States of America, among other delightful articles.

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We single out one enterprise for special mention. This is the story of Ranalo Foods, a well liked eatery in Nairobi that is run by an amiable and humble couple that started their business from the humblest of beginnings and locations.

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National Anthem O God of all creation, Bless this our land and nation. Justice be our shield and defender, May we dwell in unity, Peace and liberty, Plenty be found within our borders. Let one and all arise With hearts both strong and true. Service be our earnest endeavour, And our Homeland of Kenya, Heritage of splendour, Firm may we stand to defend. Let all with one accord In common bond united, Build this our nation together, And the glory of Kenya, The fruit of our labour, Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

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Foreword

Foreword from the President I am pleased to write a foreword for this attractive and insightful publication about Kenya.

In this book, you will find com error 8011041a things said about Kenya, some of which may be new, and com error 8011041a that you already know. It is my hope that the book will enable readers to broaden their knowledge of our country and experience a new understanding and perception of Kenya and its people. Kenya remains a relatively stable and peaceful nation, despite the challenges we have faced over the years. The stability and success of our nation demonstrates that we are a resilient people, and we are always ready to find solutions to our problems. And more importantly, com error 8011041a, we have been swift to seize the challenges that confront us and transform them into opportunities for enhancing the political, social, and economic development of our society. In this respect, the Grand Coalition Government, working together with Parliament, passed various legislation this year to enable the government to implement various reforms to ensure transparency in the management of the affairs of our nation. I am confident that, as a people, we are capable of overcoming the problems we face, and building a united, stable and prosperous nation. I therefore want to assure our friends and well-wishers that Kenyans are determined to uphold our nationhood. We are committed to living in unity, while recognizing the diversity of our people. Indeed, all of us, regardless of ethnicity, race or religion, are inextricably tied together, with a com error 8011041a destiny. That destiny, as spelt out in Vision 2030, aims at building a prosperous and equitable nation that is an example to the region and the world of what Africa is capable of achieving. Accordingly, the theme of this publication is not only appropriate but also timely. Over the last six years, the government has implemented a variety of reforms to make our country investorfriendly. We welcome investors to take advantage of the unique and abundant opportunities we offer to put their money in various sectors of our economy. Indeed, Kenya is today one of Africa’s most well endowed countries in terms of human capital, entrepreneurship and work ethic. The country has a large portfolio of investment opportunities, ranging from the diverse natural resources and a vibrant agricultural sector to sophisticated infrastructure as well as the financial and information services sectors. In this regard, Nairobi has grown to become the region’s financial, transport and tourism hub, while Mombasa is the gateway to the Eastern Africa region. Investors will find well developed infrastructure, including roads, railways, air transport, and telecommunications linking Kenya to the rest of Africa and the world. Investors will also be happy to know that Kenya has a large pool of highly talented and skilled labour. This publication is, therefore, com error 8011041a, also an invitation to investors, friends and well-wishers to visit Kenya. I assure you that you will not be disappointed. Kenya is a land of contrasts – of enchanting landscapes, com error 8011041a, a snow-capped mountain on the Equator, expansive savannas that are home of the Big Five and countless, varied wildlife in their natural habitats that make Kenya a true safari country. Moreover, Kenya’s coastal region tells the story of hospitality and of timeless contacts with the rest of the world, a story that is still eloquently told by the numerous historical monuments and sites, while the beautiful, com error 8011041a sandy beaches and an all-year-round warm climate assure our visitors a fun-filled holiday experience. Welcome to Kenya.

H.E. Mwai Kibaki President of the Republic of Kenya

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Foreword from the Prime Minister It is my pleasure to write the foreword to this useful fact-book on Kenya, especially at this particular time when our country has regained its balance following the political crisis that engulfed it in early 2008, com error 8011041a. Kenya is back in business as a gateway to the vast and fast growing African market on the eastern seaboard. We have reclaimed our reputation and position as the destination of choice for investment, trade and tourism in Eastern and Central Africa. We in Kenya firmly believe that the private sector provides the main engine for sustainable economic growth. The Government of Kenya is firmly committed to working closely with both the domestic and foreign private sector to generate wealth in the fight against poverty and underdevelopment. Kenya offers guaranteed lower production and operational costs and faster business set-up than most other countries, through the following measures: •

a one-stop-shop system for required licenses upon entry.

a ten-year Corporate Tax holiday and a 25 per cent tax rate reduction for 10 years thereafter.

a ten-year withholding Tax holiday on non-resident remittances.

duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption on imported or locally sourced raw materials, construction equipment and other business inputs except motor vehicles and some fuels.

a 100 per cent investment deduction on capital expenditure within 20 years.

exemption from Stamp Duty.

The Government places great emphasis on providing a conducive and enabling environment for business. Maintaining Kenya’s highly skilled labour force is a top priority alongside issues of security, affordable energy supply, responsiveness of the public sector to business needs, com error 8011041a, upgrading infrastructure and ensuring a pleasant multicultural environment to live in. Kenya’s unique geographical position offers time flexibility in cross-interaction with businesses in other time zones from Auckland in New Zealand to Los Angeles in the U.S., com error 8011041a, without loss of sleep! Nairobi is the regional hub for air and sea transport for East, Central and Southern Africa, offering daily air connections to West Africa and other parts of the world. As a founder-member of the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), com error 8011041a, Kenya offers access to a vast market of more than 400 million people. Kenya hosts a large number of regional bodies, multinationals and international organizations. This, com error 8011041a, together with the multi-racial fabric of Kenyan society, makes most cities and urban centres in this country global in matters of faith, education, culture, cuisine and character. Welcome to Kenya! You will enjoy visiting or doing business in Kenya.

Raila Amolo Odinga Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya

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Kenya at a Glance

Kenya at a Glance POPULATION Estimated in 2007 at 37,183,924

ECONOMY Free market enterprise

LAND AREA 591,383 square kilometres

GOVERNMENT Coalition of parties

CAPITAL CITY Nairobi

PARLIAMENT A single Chamber of 210 elected and 12 nominated Members whose term lasts five years

PRINCIPAL TOWNS Mombasa Nakuru Kisumu

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MAIN GATEWAYS Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Com error 8011041a Moi International Airport, Mombasa Wilson Airport, Nairobi

CURRENCY Kenya shilling (at current rates KSh75 exchanges for One US dollar) LANGUAGES English and Swahili are the main and official languages and there are over 40 other local vernaculars


Inviting Savannah: Open and expansive grasslands home to varied and valued game

Best safari time A visit to Kenya is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. The best times to fulfill one’s lifetime dream for a great safari to Kenya (ideally for two to three weeks) is July to February, although the country is hospitable and attractive to visitors throughout the year, com error 8011041a. The time for an idyllic game viewing safari is July to September, when one of the greatest spectacles on earth takes place as more than a million wild animals, mainly wildebeest and zebra, cross the Mara Com error 8011041a into Kenya’s world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve. The Great Migration has been classified the Eighth Wonder of the World and is the only living event among the Wonders, and also one of the very oldest, far older even than Egypt’s pyramids. National carrier Kenya Airways, affectionately tagged “The Pride of Africa”, com error 8011041a, flies to more than 48 destinations in Africa, Europe, com error 8011041a, the Middle and Far East and is soon to fly to the US.

Up, up and away: Balloon safaris are popular events in the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve

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Kenya at a Glance

Kenya: Land of infinite variety Renowned globally as the Cradle of Mankind, Kenya is a land of great variety and spectacular physical and climatic contrasts and beauty that are so diverse they are usually found in an entire continent. These range from high snow-capped mountains with alpine forests to hot dry deserts and lovely sandy beaches. There is so much to be seen and enjoyed in Kenya, ranging from the pre-

Elephants in Amboseli: The game and view, with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background, are stunning

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historic splendour of the Rift Valley, a geographic feature that is visible from space, to the beautiful shores of the Indian Ocean, lined with unique mangrove forests, and to Lake Com error 8011041a, the world’s largest desert lake. From the modern social and cultural hub of Nairobi (the only city in the world with a national park within its boundaries), to the vast breathtaking expanses of mysql_select_db$db_name or die mysql_error php parks such as the Tsavo, Mt Kenya, the Masai Mara and Amboseli, a visit to Kenya presents the ultimate dream for any traveller.


The world’s only wildlife capital: No other city on earth has a national park full of wild animals and birds in their natural habitat. Ostriches strut and groom themselves against the background of Com error 8011041a skyscrapers.

Tusks of Mombasa: They are like an emblem for the historic coastal named unexpected error that is the gateway to East Africa

Fresh water lake: Fishing boat on Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake

In the words of the 1954 Nobel laureate for literature Ernest Hemingway, “Kenya is unknowable, unimaginable, and unbelievable”. In terms of size, this great East African country is some 583,000 kilometres square, lying at the centre of the eastern part of the continent of Africa, and right on the Equator. Like its spectacular variety of wildlife, physical and climatic conditions, Kenya is a linguistic error 017 undefined symbol data cultural melting pot, with at least 42 different communities and people of different races who live harmoniously together. The rich vegetation that acts as cover for some of Kenya’s spectacular landscapes also provides shelter for a great variety of wildlife. The varied altitudes of Kenya give the country unique climatic features. The lower areas of the country have high temperatures, with humidity dependent on their proximity to

water bodies. The highlands are mild and cool, with relatively high rainfall patterns. The popular Kenyan Coast, along the Indian Ocean, and the regions around Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater body in the world and the source of the River Nile, are usually hot, or warm and humid. A visitor to Kenya can experience and enjoy these varied climatic conditions within a short time. Melting Pot of Cultures Kenya is a melting pot of varied, valued and vibrant cultures. Each of Kenya’s 42 main ethnic communities has a strong and dynamic culture that it is proud of. This is not to suggest that the people of Kenya are stuck in the past. These cultures are dynamic, which is why they have survived com error 8011041a the strong influences they have been subjected to or come into contact with.

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Ministry The centrality of culture in Kenyan society is perhaps best explained by the creation of the Ministry of Culture, which is specifically tasked with recognition and promotion of the country’s myriad cultures. The 42 main ethnicities, while distinctly different, are brought together by Kiswahili, which is Kenya’s official language and English, the medium of instruction in schools through colleges and universities and the language of international commerce and diplomacy. Greeting

Melting pot of culture: Various Kenyan peoples in their traditional regalia representing Kenya’s rich and varied culture and heritage

Song, dance and drum extravaganza: An expression of sound, acrobatic action and vibrant colours is the unmistakable trade mark of the Kamba dance troupes from Kenya’s Eastern province.

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For example, in most parts of Kenya or among Kenya’s varied com error 8011041a, a greeting is a demonstration of goodwill. Indeed, among some cultures, especially at the Coast, com error 8011041a, people will be offended if one

joins their group or passes com error 8011041a them without uttering a com error 8011041a of greeting. Perhaps the best demonstration of greetingas-a-demonstration-of-goodwill is attested to by the popularity of the Kiswahili word Jambo. Indeed, a local band has made the greeting popular abroad with its track of the same com error 8011041a and chorus and it is a common feature at tourist resorts across the country. Cultural Festivals In Kenya’s primary and secondary, com error 8011041a, private or public schools, the annual countrywide music and drama competitions, which are meant to mainly showcase the talents of young people, often turn into celebrations of both the dominant and the little-known cultures of the country, com error 8011041a. However, given that media, communication and technology keep bringing the various


continents of the world ever closer together, the music and plays in the schools through universities and outside the school system depict the dynamism of Kenya’s cultures. Indeed, com error 8011041a, song and dance, drama and film are the vehicles of choice for those who seek to showcase both the dynamism and resilience of Kenya’s cultures. Each of Kenya’s eight provinces also hosts annual com error 8011041a events that are also festivals of culture. Cultural Centre The Bomas of Kenya is a cultural awarenesscreation centre started by the Government in 1971 with the express purpose of preserving, maintaining and promoting the rich diverse cultural values of the country’s multiplicity of ethnic communities, com error 8011041a. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation (KTDC) Bomas’s mandate is to preserve the authenticity of the nation’s cultural values and portray them in pure form for educational and entertainment purposes. Religion Just as Kenya’s peoples have different cultures so also do they have varied religions, com error 8011041a while Christianity and Islam predominate, there are still many Kenyan peoples who believe in the power of their ancestors, spirits and medicine men and women to influence their lives in very fundamental ways. Kenya’s Coast Province, perhaps because of the Indian Ocean and proximity to the Arab world, is home to the majority of the country’s Muslim population, followed by the North Eastern and Eastern provinces. Islam is, however, spread throughout the country. Kenya’s interior is home to the Christians. Catholics com error 8011041a in the majority, followed by several Protestant faiths, chief among them being the Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Seventh Day Adventists, Lutherans, and the Evangelicals. Brilliant vision for a beautiful country Kenya’s vision is to become a middleincome industrialised economy by the year 2030 and towards this end com error 8011041a Government has developed a comprehensive blueprint

Going for the Jugular: The Maasai community are famed for their drinking of mixtures of cow’s milk and blood during ceremonial rites of passage such as circumcision. Here a group of morans are drawing blood from the jugular vein of a cow. The animal survives the ritual because it is not let to bleed and com error 8011041a cared for until it recovers and heals.

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Twin Peaks: The two tallest buildings in Kenya and the Eastern African region, com error 8011041a, Nairobi‘s International Conference Centre (KICC) in the foregound with its amphitheatre built in the shape of a traditional African hut. In the background is the hulking Times Tower.

City of the future: An artist’s impression of Nairobi in the next 25 years as depicted in Kenya’s blueprint for economic transformation called Vision 2030

called Vision 2030. This blueprint is housed by the Ministry for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030, com error 8011041a. The Government is committed to achieving Vision 2030 through a series of planned and well-coordinated initiatives aimed at increasing productivity and ensuring that the living standard of the majority of the population is positively transformed. In this respect Vision 2030 clearly spells out the social, economic and political priorities that the country needs to focus on in order to achieve rapid industrialisation and economic self-reliance within the next 25 to 30 years. The Government is already putting in place measures to drive this transformation; notable among these being the creation of a favourable investment climate for both local and external entrepreneurs.

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population size, Kenya has often been at the centre of global attention and affairs. Kenya’s prowess in sports, peace-keeping missions and capacity as a safe haven for refugees have positioned the country as a high profile and impactful regional and global player.

Nairobi in the highlands, and since then what was once a small group of huts has been spectacularly transformed into East Africa’s most modern metropolis. Nairobi attained city status in 1950.

In addition, Kenya holds some of the most valuable treasures on the origins and global distribution of various life forms, giving it unique potential to positively contribute to the future of the world and humankind. As a young and vibrant developing nation, Kenya is determined to forge ahead and join the developed post-industrial countries.

The island town of Mombasa is the main Seagate com error 8011041a the eastern African coastline and is Kenya’s oldest and second largest metropolis. The port city has a rich romantic history, going back over a millennium.

Mombasa: Romantic, historic island port

The unrivalled beauty of the Kenyan coastline is a distinctive feature of the country’s tourism industry.

Nairobi: Green City in the Sun Nicknamed the Green City in the Sun, the modern city of Nairobi, with a population of around 4.5 million inhabitants, occupies a unique place in the world, being the only global metropolis with a large wildlife park close to its central business district! It is also the only city of a developing country that hosts the global headquarters of several United Nations’ specialised agencies. Its moderate climate, rich history, modern facilities and central location make Nairobi the most ideal starting point sub process bzip2 returned an error code2 a Kenyan safari adventure. Situated just 140km south of the Equator, 494km west of the port of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean and 338km east of Lake Victoria, com error 8011041a an altitude of 1,670 metres, Nairobi is not com error 8011041a Kenya’s principal city but also East Africa’s economic and business focal point. In 1907, the British transferred their colonial administration from Mombasa at the Coast to

Mombasa, a splendid city, is home to a rich historic civilisation that gave East Africa the Swahili language. Kiswahili is Kenya’s lingua franca and is now spoken across half of Africa. One of the most famous Swahili words that has not only found its way into the English dictionary but also is a brand name for a wide range of products, from perfumes to sport, is safari. Close to the palm-fringed beaches lies the natural marvel of the coral reef, which runs uninterrupted for close to 500km. The Kenyan Coast teems with various wonders of marine life, mysterious lagoons and creeks that attract exploration. There com error 8011041a also the mangrove forests and awesome cliffs overhanging some of the beaches. Another great coastal spectacle is the variety of wildlife, especially birds. Fort Jesus, built by Portuguese adventurers during the 16th Century, is one of the most important historical monuments in the city of Mombasa.

In order to realise the goals of Vision 2030, Kenya requires massive investments from both domestic and external sources. The priority areas in the Vision present enormous investment opportunities for both public and private investors. Apart from a visionary political leadership, Kenya has a number of advantages that make it one of the few countries on the African continent most likely to achieve a socio-economic transformation in the near future. A well-educated, youthful and vibrant population, vast, largely untapped natural resources, enormous investment in infrastructure and a well developed private sector are among the country’s assets. Small country, big reputation Although a relatively small country in the world in its geographical extent and

Green City in the Sun: A view of Nairobi’s Central Business District as seen from nearby Uhuru Park, centre for recreation and national and cultural events

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Kenya at a Glance Takes your breath away: The vegetation on the ground com error 8011041a clouds above combine to form breathtaking views

Loving and caring: A baby elephant and its mother take a leisurely walk

With such exciting features, together with a wide variety of entertainment, a visit to the Kenyan Coast is a must for the discerning visitor. The experience is truly memorable. Kisumu: Lively lakeside fishing town The lively lakeside city of Kisumu, formerly com error 8011041a as Port Florence, is situated along Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest freshwater body and only about 80km southeast of Nyang’oma Kogelo, the ancestral home of the father of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Kisumu is Kenya’s third largest city. Located 355km to the west of Nairobi, Kisumu is a thriving, tourist, fishing and commercial city which is steadily positioning itself as the socio-economic hub of Western Kenya, com error 8011041a, Tanzania, Uganda and the Great Lakes region.

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The surrounding region is rich in culture and history, with many intriguing and historic sites, among them Rusinga Island, the weeping stones and forests of Kakamega, com error 8011041a, and a variety of wild flora and fauna to be found all the way to Mt Elgon. For a visitor looking for a warm and tranquil resting place, Kisumu is the ideal place, com error 8011041a. Kenya Airways, com error 8011041a, the national airline, and other local carriers, operate daily flights between Nairobi and Kisumu. The Great Rift Valley The Great Rift Valley is one of the most awesome and breathtaking natural physical phenomena on earth. Estimated to have formed some 20 million years ago, it is visible from space. The name Great Rift Valley was coined by the Scottish explorer and geologist


Pretty in pink: Tens of thousands of flamingo lie in the shores of Lake Nakuru, feeding on algae and creating one of the most spectacular sites in all of nature

John Walter Gregory in his book The Great Rift Valley (1896). With its steep and jagged escarpment walls, mountains and flat floor, the Great Rift Valley is one of the most attractive and popular parts of Kenya. It is also among the most agriculturally productive, providing most of Kenya’s wheat, maize and dairy products. The floor of the valley is at its lowest near Lake Turkana, com error 8011041a there is virtually no distinction between the Great Rift Valley and the surrounding desert. Lake Turkana, which is 400km north of Nairobi, is the largest desert lake in the world. As it heads south, the Great Rift Valley walls form sheer cliffs rising to 1,900km (6,232ft) at Lake Naivasha, thereafter the valley descends again to 580 metres (1,902 feet) as it approaches the border with Tanzania. Subterranean movement is still common as the Rift Valley is home to 30 active and semi-active volcanoes and countless hot springs. This string of alkaline lakes and boiling springs includes lakes Baringo, Bogoria, Nakuru, Elementaita, Naivasha, and Magadi in the south.

These lakes are rich in sodium carbonate, which creates an ideal breeding ground for algae. Several species of fish, tilapia in particular, thrive in this environment. As a result, millions of birds flock to these soda lakes to feast on the abundant algae and fish, making these lakes a unique spot for bird watching, the most spectacular being the flamingoes of Lake Nakuru.

The Masai Mara: Eighth Wonder of the World

Then there is the dramatic Hell’s Gate near Lake Naivasha, a truly awesome natural wonder, with steep and deep walls and a cavernous emptiness dug by nature. The name is deceptive for this is no hell on earth!

The migration, which has come to be known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, takes place between July and September, making this the most ideal time for a classic safari.

Among the Great Rift Valley’s unique features is Lake Turkana. Also known as the Jade Sea for the unique turquoise colour of its waters, it has shores longer than the entire Kenyan Coast.

Lying 224km to the south-west of Nairobi, the Masai Mara Game Reserve provides one of nature’s most dramatic and awesome spectacles ever; the annual Great Migration of over a million wildebeest and zebra, teeming from the south to cross the Mara River into the Game Reserve.

The stunning Savannah grasslands with scattered shrubs stretch for as far as the eye can see. They are an endless spectacle of nature’s most creative designs. In the vast landscape can be com error 8011041a the cheetah, the fastest animal on earth, chasing antelope and gazelle, in the Mara River hippos bathe, and, on the banks, crocodiles sun themselves.

This lake not only has an abundance of the delicious tropical fresh-water fish, the Tilapia, but also contains the world’s largest crocodile population. Fishing and livestock rearing and agriculture are among the activities within and around the lake.

It is in the predator-infested waters of the Mara that thousands of wildebeest, hundreds of zebra, eland and gazelle must fight for their lives in a vast theatre of the jungle’s law of survival of the fittest.

There are numerous spectacular natural wonders that surround the lake, with fantastic opportunities for the intrepid adventurer.

For the nature loving and adventurous visitor, the wildebeest migration is a must-see event. A balloon safari provides an exciting birds’- eye view of this mighty African wilderness.

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Just a glimpse of Kenya: (From top to bottom) Wildebeest, the people, Rhino and Zebra


Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha: Home of flamingoes About 160km west of Nairobi, Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha, and the thousands of flamingoes that reside in them, together form a bewitching spectacle, beloved of many a local and foreign visitor. Naivasha is best seen by boat. Within close proximity of Nakuru town and covering an area of 200 square kilometers, Nakuru National Park is undoubtedly a great ornithological wonder of the world.

home of Elsa the Lioness befriended by Joy and George Adamson and featured in Joy’s book Born Free and film of the same name. Almost similar in the variety of flora and fauna are the com error 8011041a wildlife reserves of Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs located about 342km to the north of Nairobi along the Uaso Nyiro River. The Meru National Park is home to the rare species of grazing white rhino. It lies in a semi-arid, open savannah plain broken occasionally by small rugged hills.

It is the congregation point of an estimated 100,000 to two million flamingoes and over 400 other species of birds. With the wildlife sanctuary greatly expanded since its creation in 1961, and extensive ecological clean-up of the area, wildlife of a wide variety can now be seen in the park.

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Lake Bogoria, to the north of Nakuru, features enticing hot springs, made even more inviting by the sight of fishermen in papyrus boats and the rare greater kudu. Nakuru boasts the rare Rothschild Giraffe and an extraordinary rhino sanctuary.

Below the mountain’s alpine meadows roam elephant, black rhino, Cape buffalo and antelope. On its lower slopes is Ol Pejeta, a private ranch and rhino sanctuary, and nearby is the famous Mount Kenya Safari Club.

Samburu, com error 8011041a, Shaba and Buffalo: A tale of three parks The arid and semi-arid regions of northern Kenya, framed by volcanic mountain ranges and dotted with lakes, provide a uniquely picturesque holiday for the visitor. Throughout the region, rare animals such as the reticulated giraffe, oryx, Grevy’s zebra, and long-necked gerenuk abound. Between the drier northern region and the imposing, densely forested Mt Kenya lies the serrated and beautiful Meru National Park,

Snow and wildlife on the Equator Snow-capped Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak, a stunning and challenging destination for adventurous tourists, climbers and trekkers.

The Aberdare Ranges sport high alpine moorland and primeval aloe forest. Here one can visit the famous Treetops Hotel, where leopards are regular visitors and can be viewed in the act of refreshing themselves. Treetops is renowned because the then Princess Elizabeth visited in 1952, com error 8011041a, went up Treetops, received word of King Edward VI’s death and came down as Queen. The Aberdare Ranges were named by Joseph Thomson in 1883 after Lord Aberdare, who was the then president of the Royal Geographical Society. Lying in these mountains, this park covers an area of 770 square kilometres.

Rising to the heavens: The hot springs of Lake Bogoria in the Rift Valley

A tantalising mixture of mountain rain forest, moorland, com error 8011041a, thick bamboo forests and sub-alpine plants make up the vegetation in this park. Giant heath and tussock grass cover the moorlands, which are crossed by wandering trout-inhabited streams that, in some places, cascade into scenic waterfalls and rapids, com error 8011041a. Amboseli: Expansive pride of the Maasai The imposing, ever-present view of Kilimanjaro provides the main background feature for this unique wildlife habitat situated some 260km south of Nairobi, com error 8011041a. The Amboseli has some of Kenya’s largest herds of elephants. Hemingway once wrote of the Amboseli as “the essence of Africa”, where elephants rummage in the lower forests, com error 8011041a, leopards prowl the salt flats while antelope graze the expansive grasslands; all these against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro’s majestic peak. Few natural scenes in the world are more inspiring. Apart from the patches of acacia forest, the Amboseli grasslands are dotted with shrubs and fragile saline grass. The dry volcanic ash can support little more. The melting snows of Kilimanjaro feed rivers and springs that supply water to the swamps and the Amboseli, which

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Two of the Big Five: The Rhino, famed for its size and insecure because of its horn, and the Buffalo, known for its sharp horns and sharper temper

is usually completely dry. Occasional flooding of the rivers occurs during rainy seasons. A wide variety of wildlife that include antelope, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, elephant, rhino and buffalo, the predatory lion, the cheetah and occasionally the elusive and secretive leopard are attracted to these rivers and swamps. As much a part of search field on error pages opera Amboseli landscape are the Maasai people who graze their cattle here, com error 8011041a. Amboseli is home of the colourful and iconic Maasai, with their rich and proud cultural heritage. Amboseli National Park was in 1991 declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. It has some 380 bird species, com error 8011041a, over 56 animal species and an elephant population that has been studied for more than two decades.

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Tsavo East and West: World’s largest game sanctuary The entire Tsavo ecosystem, about 333km to the east of Nairobi, is possibly the world’s biggest game sanctuary. It is an expansive model wildlife sanctuary in terms of geographical and ecological features, with a great variety of plant and animal life, com error 8011041a. The Tsavo is situated halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa. The two adjacent sprawling animal parks are ideal for visitors who wish to include both wildlife safari and coastal luxury on their itinerary. Sunsets in the Tsavo offer a peculiar display, filling the sky with an incredibly beautiful spectrum of colour and splendour. In Tsavo East roam red elephants, so-called because of the colour of the rich volcanic soil that they throw over their bodies with their trunks to diminish the effects of the tropical sun.

The Tsavos have the world’s largest and most important concentration of elephants, with a population estimated at more than 20,000. Peacemaker: Kenya’s esteemed place on world map Kenya continues to play important roles on the international scene. Over the years, this country has been a regional peacemaker. Peace talks to end internal and external conflicts in various African countries have been held in Nairobi, with Kenya playing a vital mediation role. Peace talks on the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi have been hosted by Kenya. As a result of its engagement in numerous efforts to end conflicts around the world, Kenya has gained a reputation as a peaceloving nation, com error 8011041a. Whenever the international community seeks a suitable place in which


Son of Kenya: Barack Obama, then the Senator from Illinois, now the 44th President of the United States, chats with elders in Nyang’oma Kogelo Village during his visit to Kenya in August 2006. Kogelo is the ancestral village of the President’s father, the late Barack Obama Snr. Below: Obama is escorted into the Standard Media Group’s offices in Nairobi in 2006.

to hold talks on matters ranging from war to climate change, Kenya is often among the countries considered. Visits by world leaders Prominent world leaders have been to Kenya on various occasions to attend both regional and global events or simply on holiday. In November 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was syncrosoft pos error cubase Kenya to help broker peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), com error 8011041a. Kenyan soldiers and police officers have served in numerous peace-keeping missions on the African continent and around the world. Under the aegis of the United Nations, Kenya has sent peacekeeping forces to Bosnia, Namibia and Sierra Leone. During the past four decades, Kenya has initiated, guided and hosted peace talks for troubled African countries, starting with Angola, during the

rule of this country’s internationally respected first President, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. More recently, Kenya has also spearheaded successful peace processes for the Sudan and Somalia under the leadership of former President Daniel Moi and current President Mwai Kibaki. The United Nations in Nairobi Nairobi is the only city in the developing world that hosts global headquarters for a number of United Nations specialised agencies. It is the world headquarters com error 8011041a the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN Habitat). It is also the regional com error 8011041a for Africa of several other UN bodies. Kenya has been a full and committed member of the United Nations Organisation since Independence in 1963.

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Kenya at a Glance

Rich and diverse heritage From the pre-historic times of the evolution of humankind through the eras of slavery, com error 8011041a, voyages of discovery and colonisation to the modern post-Independence period, Kenya has always occupied a unique place in human development. In fact, Kenya and the East African region are often referred to as the Cradle of Mankind due to the discovery by worldrenowned palaeontologists of pre-historic remains of the ancestors of modern homo sapiens. The Museums of Kenya, rich with all forms of heritage, are among the most interesting places to visit for a view of the development of humankind and African com error 8011041a. Melting pot of cultures Inhabited by different races and a total of 42 ethnic communities with varying historical and cultural backgrounds, Kenya is a prime example of harmony in diversity, com error 8011041a, a true melting-pot of religions, races and cultures.

respectively as well as the most widely spoken. Dominating distance athletics Kenya is a global giant in long-distance athletics, having produced a long line of world class runners since 1968. At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Kenya led Africa with a record harvest of 8 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze medals. Kenyan athletes have com error 8011041a almost every known city marathon or road race in the world. Track sensation Pamela Jelimo won not only an Olympic gold medal in her 800m specialty in Beijing, but also scooped the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) US$1 million Golden League Jackpot. Kenya is now also one of the com error 8011041a swimming nations in Africa, com error 8011041a, with several continental titles. Other major sports in the country include football (most popular), sportshooting, com error 8011041a, sailing, motor rallying (the world famous Safari Rally), horse racing, com error 8011041a, golf, boxing and angling. Conferencing in Kenya

The majority of its people are black Africans from different linguistic and cultural stocks, with migrant minorities of Middle Eastern, European (Caucasian) and Asian extraction. More than 40 different languages are spoken in Kenya. Swahili (a mixture of Arabic and local vernacular languages) and English are the national and official languages

Tower, ceremonial dress and warrior dance: (From top to bottom) The Kenyatta International Conference Centre, a warrior and the postcard Maasai jump

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Many important regional and global meetings and forums are often held in Nairobi. They include the UN Conference on Climate Change in 2006, the UN Women’s Decade Meeting in 1985 and the joint World Bank/IMF Meeting in Nairobi in 1975. There was also the UNCTAD conference com error 8011041a 1979.


The power and the glory: Kenya’s athletes conquer the world and bring fame to the country

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In 2007, there was the World Social Forum, one of the largest conferences ever held anywhere on earth, with more than 20,000 delegates from around the globe. Conference facilities in Kenya include the famous Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi. Various regional and global meetings take place in Kenya on a regular basis since it is the main organisational and communications hub in the entire eastern Africa region. There are sufficient world-class conference facilities, excellent accommodation, entertainment and diverse cuisine in all the major cities and within the wildlife parks. Centre for international media Many major international media organisations and news agencies have their Africa regional offices based in Nairobi. From the Kenyan capital, which enjoys excellent communication with the rest of the world, com error 8011041a, media representatives from around the world can cover events and transmit news across continents. The local media are among the most vibrant and diversified in the developing world. Media freedom is guaranteed in the Constitution. The Nation Media Group is the largest in eastern and Central Africa, with the Daily Nation and its sister publication the Sunday Nation being by far the most widely read daily and Sunday newspapers in the region. Parks of the Big Five The famous Big Five wild animals, the elephant, rhino, com error 8011041a, lion, leopard and buffalo, are all found in Kenya’s national parks and game reserves. The lion is known for its strength and power, speed and stealth, attributes that make it a menacing predator and which have given it the deserved nickname of King of the Jungle. The rhino is a one-tonne creature, com error 8011041a, with a pair of horns for which it is hunted by poachers. It is often found alone or in small groups. The leopard is also a solitary animal but its strength is such that it can haul its prey vertically up a tree. It is also known for speed, stealth and surprise. The buffalo has a fierce temper and will fearlessly stand up to the lion. Lions prey on buffalo, com error 8011041a, the reason why the two are mortal enemies. Elephants move in a herd and, like buffalo, keep the calves in the middle of the group, a strategy designed to fend off predators. It is this unique behaviour of these animals that make them a joy to watch. Best tea, coffee and flowers Kenya produces the best tea, coffee and cut flowers in the world. As a leading producer and global exporter of very high quality aromatic Arabica coffee and excellent brown teas, Kenya is wellplaced to supply large quantities of the popular beverages to any market around the world. Home of the Big Five: Some of the world’s most amazing wildlife has its natural home in Kenya, including, from top, the King of the jungle, the lion, the seemingly armour-plated rhino, the treeclimbing leopard, the often angry buffalo and the gentle-giant elephant, the largest land-based animal

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Coming to a cottage near you: An elephant march past parade in a resort in the Taita Hills

Kenya is the leading exporter of cut flowers in the world. Its flowers are renowned, particularly in the large European Union market, for their freshness and beauty. A wide variety of juicy tropical and temperate fruits and vegetables are also produced in Kenya for both domestic consumption and export. Art and film out of Kenya As a filming destination, Kenya has few equals, with spectacular landscapes and a wide variety of flora and fauna, natural light (more than 200 days of sunlight annually)a pool of talent and some of the world’s most warm-hearted and hospitable peoples. The spectacular landscape of Kenya has featured in many internationally acclaimed films, notable among them being King Solomon’s Mines, made in the 1950s, Sydney Pollack’s multiple Oscar-winning Out of Africa, The Constant Gardener, White Mischief, Born Free, The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin, Tomb Raider, Cradle of Life, Walk With the Lions were all shot in Kenya. Kenyan filmmakers, with the Com error 8011041a Film Commission, are making their presence felt on the international stage. The city of Nairobi teems with art galleries, among them Gallery Watatu, Ramoma, African Heritage and Elimo Njau’s Paa Ya Paa, all with global name recognition.

Theatre is popular in Kenya, which has witnessed a major recent revival of the Kenya National Theatre to the accompaniment of a resurgence of local plays and programming on all leading television channels in the country. Visitors to Kenya are able to enjoy numerous plays and cultural events, especially the popular Kenya School and College Drama Festivals that takes place every year. Curios and curiosity The best and most popular wood carvings depicting the country’s rich wildlife and cultural heritage are on sale in almost all major towns countrywide, com error 8011041a. Some of the most exquisite carvings are made from Kisii soapstone, a unique natural stone that lends itself well to the mallet and chisel.

Curios and curiosity: Exquisite handmade baskets and wood carvings depict Kenya’s rich heritage

Kenya is also renowned worldwide for its handmade traditional baskets known as kiondo or chiondos from various materials, including sisal fibre, reeds and grass. World class beers Kenyan beers, especially the Tusker, Tusker Malt, White Cap and Pilsner brands, have won awards at the International Monde Selection for their excellent taste, high quality and purity.

Tip-top tipples: Kenya’s beers have won many internationally recognised awards

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Tusker Lager, which embodies Kenya’s great heritage, has found its place along other world popular beers, com error 8011041a, especially in America and Europe. Nobel for noble cause Kenya’s first Nobel laureate (Peace, 2004), com error 8011041a, Professor Wangari Maathai, was so honoured because of her relentless crusading for the environment. The country hosts the global headquarters of UNEP, and in Prof Maathai has the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was a Member of Parliament and assistant minister for the environment and natural resources in 2003-2007. United we share power Kenya was the first country in Africa to succeed in reaching a power-sharing agreement between the government and the opposition after a disputed General Election, in December 2007.

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The power-sharing agreement and the resultant Coalition Government have become models for Africa and enhanced Kenya’s reputation as a politically stable country in a turbulent continent.

Swords into ploughshares: President Mwai Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga (seated) sign the National Peace Accord on February 28, 2008, ending the post-election violence. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (white-haired) and other dignitaries look on&#96.

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The Grand Coalition Government also underscored the undying desire of Kenyans for peace and security and an environment that enables them to thrive in business.

Drumbeat: A Chuka troupe from Eastern Province drums to thrill

Investing in education In preparation for Kenya’s transformation in line with its economic blueprint, the Government introduced free primary and secondary school education in 2003 and 2008 respectively. Kenya has 26 universities, some of which are branches or affiliates of well-known European, American, Australian and other centres of learning around the world. In almost every field of endeavour, Kenya has a well-focused, highly skilled and hardworking pool of talent. Kenya also has the world’s oldest primary school pupil, Kimani Maruge, whose unique feat won him an invitation to UN Headquarters in New York and made him a permanent feature at National Day events besides being entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. He died in August 2009, aged 90.

Beachside barbeque: Dining by the Indian Ocean, Kenyan style

Investment opportunities in Kenya Kenya is East Africa’s leading economy, stable and vibrant, with considerable growth spurred by several key factors. It is more than double the size of Uganda’s economy, US$60 billion. Kenya prides itself on having a well-educated and skilled human resource, an effective and well-managed port which serves as gateway to the East and Central African hinterland. Kenya has a robust tourism sector stimulated by a range of wildlife and a vast coastline of white sand beaches. There are beckoning world class tourist hotels managed by a proficient and hospitable staff. The hospitality of the Kenyan people is legendary Kenya has a stable government committed to implementing business reforms and providing an enabling environment and attractive investment incentives for foreign investors. The elimination of bureaucratic red tape in business licensing and registration procedures, enacted a few years ago, has given the country the impetus to improve her positioning in Doing Business (DOB), ranking globally from 83 in 2006 to 72 in 2007. A superb infrastructural paradigm com error 8011041a a wellmaintained road and rail network and modern

airports provides investment opportunities and facilitates enterprise. Kenya’s strategic location in the heart of eastern Africa offers a pivotal transport link, a regional conveyance hub where several international airlines make frequent stopovers to drop and pick up transit cargo and passengers. Kenya has two major international airports – the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and the Moi International Airport in Mombasa – which together handle over 15 million passengers yearly. The Kisumu and Eldoret airports are currently being upgraded to international status.

20 years of civil war, broadened Kenya’s bazaar spectrum for goods ranging from manufacturing commodities to foodstuffs. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) passed by the US Government granting duty-free entry to its markets for exports from Kenya in 2000 and its subsequent extension to 2015 offered Kenya a chance to increase her exports, mainly textiles and apparels. The Eighth AGOA Forum was held in Kenya in August 2009 There has also been increased investment in ICT and mobile telephony services, hence strategising the country as an important Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) hub.

Both JKIA and Moi serve as a fundamental link and transport artery for landlocked countries like Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Kenya Government lays emphasis on the development of ICT, com error 8011041a, and therefore enacted a telecommunication policy in 1997 that underscored the desire to have a welldeveloped communications network by 2015.

The opening up of the Southern Sudan trade market after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) with the Arab-dominated north in 2004, ending

The policy aims to bring down communication costs, improve accessibility and create jobs by positioning the country as a regional ICT outsourcing focal point.

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Port The port of Mombasa is Kenya’s only deepsea port and freight gateway for half-a- dozen nations in East and Central Africa, a market for over 130 million people. To serve this expansive and increasingly demanding hinterland, the port is involved in com error 8011041a major modernisation programme that will see it become one of the world’s top 20 gateways in terms of reputation and performance by 2010.

transport sector, JKIA is undergoing a major and deserving rehabilitation programme to expand and equip it with state-of-theart modern passenger and cargo handling facilities.

In 2007 the national flag carrier won the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) award for Excellence for In-house Publication Msafiri, the IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) and Ektron All-Star Win – Best Travel Site.

The construction of aprons linking taxiways with associated airside roads, the expansion of terminals to a total floor area of 15,700sq kms and the renovation dreamscape error connecting to the socket passenger terminal buildings which, once completed, will be able to comfortably accommodate 9 million passengers, is ongoing.

Other awards won by KQ in 2006 were East Africa’s Most Respected Company and the prestigious African Aviation Award.

The port’s advantageous location in the centre of the East African coastline makes it an excellent export base and com error 8011041a goods are exempt from import duties, Kenya being a signatory to several international Customs agreements.

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To be compliant with global privatisation initiatives, the Mombasa port is being prepared for transformation into a landlord port authority, with most of the cargo handling and complementary services being opened up to the private sector.

It is a shining example of how privatisation can work miracles in a former Statedominated air transport economy.

Airports The unprecedented growth in aviation fuelled by tourism and horticultural exports has enabled the Kenya Airports Authority’s (KAA) flagship brand, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, to develop into a regional hub served by more than 33 airlines. JKIA continues to record an impressive growth in passenger and freight numbers due to its efficiency and modern facilities. To address challenges of the ever increasing and changing priorities in the global air

Kenya Airways, otherwise referred to as The Pride of Africa, is the country’s national flag carrier and continues to buoy up spirits in the transport sector.

The airline was also voted East Africa’s Most Respected Company in 2005. In 2004, KQ scooped a triple win as Best Domestic Airline 2003, Best Regional Airline 2002 and 2003 and Best In-flight Magazine 2002 and 2003 awarded by Travel News & Lifestyle magazine. In 2001 KQ was voted Best User of Information Technology in Kenya by the Computer Society of Kenya as well as named African Airline of the Year for the third year running by African Aviation magazine, among others.

KQ operates to over 48 destinations in 39 countries throughout the world and has an expansive fleet of 26 aircraft – 23 Boeing planes and 3 Embraer 170 jets. Since its transformation into semiautonomous status, com error 8011041a, KQ has continued to document record results, with soaring profits complemented by great industry awards. KQ won the COYA (Company of the Year) top awards for strategic planning and emergency preparedness in com error 8011041a, as well as the African Airline of Choice, Best Regional Airline, Best Frequent Flier Programme and its magazine – Msafiri – Best In-flight Magazine.

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Pick of choice: Kenya produces the best tea in the world and Kenyans proudly declare that any time is tea time

Exports Kenya’s export commodities are top-notch goods on the world market. They are exported to the European Union (EU), the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), US and Asian markets. Kenya’s exports are essentially agricultural. Agriculture is a sector that generates 28 per cent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with its lead export commodities being tea, coffee, horticultural products, textiles and fish. Tea Kenya is the world’s third largest producer and leading exporter of black tea. The world over, Kenya tea has won international acclaim for its consistent high quality and delightful aroma. Kenya tea, mostly referred to as Kenya’s green gold, has long been considered and marketed as a health enhancing beverage. Kenya teas are famous for their distinct taste and flavour. Tea was the Kenya’s third leading foreign exchange earner in 2007. As a natural drink without additives and preservatives, it has over the years dominated the world market because of its natural ingredients and taste. In some countries, Kenyan tea is boiled and drunk to cure fevers due to its herbal constituent.

Saying it with flowers: Kenya has a flourishing flower industry and the best flowers in the com error 8011041a of Kenya

The main tea growing districts are situated in or around the highland areas on either t42p fan error of the Great Rift Valley at altitudes

ranging from 1,500 to 2,700m above sea level. The tea leaves come from the upper two leaves and a bud plucked from the tea bushes. Tea bushes are plucked in a regular cycle ranging from 7 to 14 days to maintain the quality of the product. Horticulture products Kenya’s horticultural products have accounted for two-thirds of all growth in agricultural exports and have surpassed coffee to become com error 8011041a second largest export commodity, after tea. Kenya is the second largest horticultural exporter in sub-Saharan Africa and the second largest developing-country exporter of flowers in the world. It is also the second largest developingcountry supplier of vegetables to the European Union. The horticulture sub-sector has grown tremendously in the last decade to become a major foreign exchange earner, employer and contributor to food needs in the country. The industry is currently the fastest growing agricultural sub-sector in the country, ranked third in terms of foreign exchange earnings from exports after tourism and tea. Fruits, vegetables and cut-flower production are the main pillars of horticultural production in Kenya. The sub-sector generates over US$300 million in foreign exchange earnings. Europe is the main market for Kenyan fresh horticultural produce, with the main importing


Smell the coffee: A powerhouse of the coffee world, Kenya produces the best coffee in ufs3 box auth error 1111 world

countries being the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Italy. Other importing countries include Saudi Arabia and South Africa. A well developed and dynamic private sector has profitably marketed a wide range of horticultural products to diverse international markets. Government intervention in this area has mainly been facilitating the sector’s growth through infrastructure development, incentives and support services.

The high plateaus of Mt Kenya, plus the acidic soil, provide excellent conditions for growing coffee plants. Coffee from Kenya is well known for its intense flavour, robustness, and pleasant aroma. AA coffee, com error 8011041a, a type that is much-fancied in the world market as the best, is actually Kenyan coffee. All Kenyan coffee is graded after it is milled. Beans with a screen size of 17 or 18 are assigned the grade AA, generally the largest bean and the best. The large bean size is considered as quality and is the pride of Kenyan farmers.

Structural and macroeconomic reforms, plus the introduction of a more liberal trading environment, has also provided a major boost to the country’s horticultural prospects.

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Fish exports to the European Union (EU) market started in the early 1980s, when fish processing factories commenced work around the Lake Victoria region.

Kenya is the East African powerhouse of the coffee world, com error 8011041a. Coffee was Kenya’s third leading export commodity in 2007. Kenya’s coffee is popular for its intense flavour, full body, pleasant aroma com error 8011041a fragrance. It has a distinctly bright acidity and potent sweetness with a dry winy aftertaste. There is also the intoxicating black-currant flavour and aroma of Kenya’s famed “black gold” coffee.

Kenya’s fish exports are among the com error 8011041a quality on the world market.

The total annual production of fish in Kenya is approximately 180,000 metric tons, with about 92% coming from Lake Victoria. Other sources of fish exports are from the Indian Ocean, inland lakes, rivers and aquaculture.

Kenya’s coffee industry is estimated to employ over six million Kenyans directly or indirectly.

Nile Perch, which constitutes about 50% of the fish caught in Kenya, is the main export type, earning com error 8011041a than US$50 million annually.

The major coffee-growing regions in Kenya are the high plateaus around Mt. Kenya, the Aberdares range, Kisii, Nyanza, Bungoma, Nakuru and Kericho.

There are also other commercially important species in the domestic market such as the small sardine fish dagaa and tilapia.

Check my catch: Kenya’s fish exports to Europe compare favourably with other products

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Hotels & Casinos Remove the entire caption and replace it with the following, Presidents (from Left) H.E Yoweri Museveni, H.E Mwai Kibaki (Kenya), H.E Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and H.E Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania) during the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite High-level Conference on the North and South Corridor at Mulungushi International Conferenced Centre, Lusaka.

Ten of the 18 com error 8011041a and exporting firms in Kenya specialise in Nile Perch products while seven handle marine products such as shrimp, crustaceans and tuna. Nile Perch exports from Kenya to the European Union market have increased tremendously since 2000. Kenya in COMESA Kenya has been a vibrant member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), established in 1994 effectively replacing the Preferential Trade Act (PTA). COMESA seeks to attain economic prosperity through regional integration, where Kenya has been instrumental in influencing the joining of the Common External Tariff (CET) rates with those of the East African Community. Kenya successfully influenced the reduction of the differences from over 2,500 to 1,078 tariff com error 8011041a by August 2008 – which translates into a success rate of 43.12%. As a principal member of COMESA, Kenya is poised to convince the other member-states on the rationale for going along with the EAC tariff structure on a line-by–line basis. These are likely to reduce the less than 1,000 tariff lines once the exercise of the tariff splits and further negotiations are finalised. COMESA’s Common Tariff Nomenclature (CTN) has approximately 5,000 tariff lines.

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Kenya in IGAD Kenya has played a leading role in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in eastern Africa since its inception in 1996 to supersede the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD), com error 8011041a. IGADD was founded in 1986 to come up with measures to combat the recurring severe droughts and other natural disasters in the Horn of Africa region. In 1983 and 1984, Com error 8011041a spearheaded six countries in the Horn of Africa – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, com error 8011041a, Sudan and Uganda – to take action through the United Nations to establish an intergovernmental body for development and drought control in their region. IGAD has however diversified its activities to include conflict resolution in the region, with Kenya brokering most of the peace talks and signing of peace accords between warring nations and factions. Such was the role played by Kenya in talks which led to the signing of the Sudan peace accord between the Arabdominated government of the North and the Southern Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in 2004. Kenya also brokered the Somali peace process involving the warring factions, resulting in the formation of the Somali

Transitional National Government (TNG), which has since been replaced. Kenya, under the auspices of IGAD, has subsequently chaired numerous intergovernmental ministerial committee meetings whose outcome has been lasting solutions to territorial disputes and conflicts within the Horn of Africa region. Kenya hosts the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Secretariat as well as the Regional Centre for Small Arms, which seeks to control and eradicate the proliferation of illicit arms within the East and Central African region. Private sector The liberalisation of Kenya’s economy and efforts by the Government to improve the business environment have indeed been the proverbial stitch in time that saves nine to bolster investment and create opportunities in the country. Investment incentives to potential investors under the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) package have offered the requisite thrust to private investment. The rationalization of business licenses and reduction of business registration procedures have been a stimulus to a vibrant private sector involvement in business ventures. Kenya is endowed with a heavy presence of financial, manufacturing and agricultural multinational companies doing lucrative business.


Over 100 multinational firms from the US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, com error 8011041a, South Africa and other parts of the world operate business here. Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and mobile service provider Vodafone – all from the United Kingdom – are among top-notch multinationals doing business in Kenya. Also doing business in Kenya is global shoe company Bata, com error 8011041a in Canada. Beirsdorf, the German chemical manufacturer and producer com error 8011041a Nivea skin products, is well established and operational here. The British American Tobacco (BAT) Company and Cadbury’s, the food manufacturer, are among many others operating in Kenya. Kenya’s service sector is currently the highest contributor to GDP, at 55% against agriculture’s 28%, com error 8011041a. The industrial sector contributes around 17% to GDP. Fibre-optic Kenya’s focus in transforming its economy from agriculture-anchored to technologypropelled is in top gear as the high-speed Internet bandwidth expected to reduce telecommunications costs by at least 60% becomes operational by 2010. There are great expectations and the Com error 8011041a is optimistic that the landing of the fibre-optic cable will thrust Kenya into a regional IT powerhouse by creating jobs within the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry once the cable is linked. Service-sector jobs as diverse as call centre agencies, data processing, software programming and other IT-related businesses are what Kenya hopes to achieve by the end of 2009. The establishment of contact centres services both in the rural and urban areas for general inquiries and digitisation of millions of documents and records in Government and ministries agencies is the relief Kenya will afford once connected. Kenya will soon be a call centre destination, create abundant jobs and accelerate economic growth, com error 8011041a. The process will also promote competition in the ICT sector and encourage Research and Development.

Top: President Mwai Kibaki outgoing COMESA chairman receives President Ismail Guella of Djibouti for the regional COMESA Head of states meeting in Zimbabwe. Below: Kibaki admires the Victoria falls

To ensure the success of this venture, the Government has adopted a three-pronged approach in undersea cable prospects. Priority has been given to the East African Marine System (TEAMS), a cable which will connect Africa to Fujairah in the UAE. Under the TEAMS agreement, the Kenya Government has a 40% holding in the project, Etisalat of UAE 20% and the remaining 40% is with other investors in the East African region. The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) is an initiative aimed at constructing and operating a submarine fibre-optic cable along the East African Com error 8011041a this paradigm shift, com error 8011041a Government has taken the lead role in leveraging, investing and supporting both local and foreign ICT investors.

EASSy hopes to connect nine coastal countries and island nations to the rest of the world.

In 2006, a national ICT policy was launched and in 2007 the ICT Strategy for Economic Growth was operationalised.

A technology savvy Kenya is optimistic about going places and turning itself into a regional ICT hub and premier BPO location in Africa.

Already, the SEACOM fibre-optic cable has been laid up to Mombasa, signalling the onset of a whole new era in the telecommunications industry. The project cost is estimated at US$700m upon com error 8011041a and could soon end the over-reliance on satellite-based data solutions blamed for the high cost of communications in the region. Local companies that will buy bandwidth from SEACOM have already laid the groundwork to ensure com error 8011041a start business as soon as the cable becomes operational in 2009. These companies intend to resell the extended bandwidth to users both corporate and individual. Telecommunications costs are expected to go down by 60% and high-speed data solutions, especially Internet, com error 8011041a, are expected with the increased bandwidth.

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Kenya at a Glance Roads for prosperity: Government lays great emphasis on development of infrastructure to spur growth

SEACOM is a fully-funded private sector project with most of the ownership in the hands of African entrepreneurs. Construction of the cable station in Kenya is already complete. Move towards investments The Government has progressively moved to introduce a number of investment incentives in both the industrial and agricultural sectors. These incentives are designed to promote investment, employment, product mix, add value and boost national economic growth. By launching these measures, the Government hopes to enhance business partnership and investments through offering excellent and attractive concessions to investors. Telecommunications: Information Technology is at the core of government’s development plans

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In this regard, the Government offers 100 per cent investment allowance and a Duty and

VAT exemption on machinery, equipment and raw materials to be used in both agricultural and industrial development. Export Processing Zones (EPZ) have been created. This is a scheme that is managed by the EPZ Authority and promotes exportoriented industrial investment within designated areas, com error 8011041a. Through EPZ investors enjoy attractive fiscal incentives with simplified operational procedures and a superior infrastructure. The managing authority also gives excellent facilitation and after-care service to new and existing investors to assure them of lower operational costs, com error 8011041a, faster set up and smoother operations. Fiscal incentives calculated to stabilise investor ego and comfort are a2enmod mod_python error on the cards, e.g. a 10-year tax-free holiday, com error 8011041a, Duty and VAT exemption, single business licence,


exemption from Stamp Duty, com error 8011041a, exemption from Withholding Tax and 25% Corporate Tax for 10 years after the first 10 years expire.

Investors wanting to trade in computers and other IT-related materials are allowed to import their merchandise Duty Free.

Investors also get Duty remission by being exempted from duties and VAT on raw materials utilized to process confirmed exports orders.

For investors in the export business, there is unrestricted entry for Kenyan goods into the US market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and access to the COMESA market serving 400 million people.

They can also enjoy a loss-carry-forward package by being given a grace period for their businesses to recover previous losses before paying Corporate Tax. On capital expenditure, an investor is allowed to recover com error 8011041a Corporate Tax duties paid for capital expenditure in excess of US$70,000. Capital goods and other basic raw materials have been zero-rated. The Government also gives lavish incentives for those interested in investing in tourismrelated activities. Investors interested in building tourist hotels can apply for a waiver on duties and VAT while foreigners in the tourism business are allowed to bring in cars for personal use Duty Free. 100% investment allowance for new investments in manufacturing and tourist hotels is offered while there is 25% Corporate Tax for companies issuing Initial Public Offers on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

The East African Community (EAC) market of 80 million is also accessible for Kenyan products while the Lome-Cotonou Agreement offers access to the European Union market. There is also access to other markets in Europe, the US and Japan, under the GSP, for many other Kenyan products. On taxation and investment protection agreements, Kenya has concluded agreements with the EU, Germany, India, Belgium and Switzerland, while other earlier agreements are being revised and renegotiated. Kenya has an excellent network of banks, insurance, transport, professional services legal, engineering, human resources with advanced skills, international languages, and research institutions to provide support for business infrastructure, com error 8011041a. The country prides itself on having a welldeveloped professional services sector with some multinational professional companies

Opportunities for investment: Kenya’s Export Processing Zone is home to thriving textile industry

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Welcome to Kenya: This is what the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport will look like when ongoing expansion is completed. Inset is the Eldoret International Airport

such as KPMG and E&Y having regional offices in Nairobi. There are plentiful reliable insurance companies and banks ready to cater for investors needs. Airport Expansion Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is one of the busiest com error 8011041a Africa, serving as a major hub in East and Central Africa for cargo and tourist passengers. Cargo handled at the airport increased from 192,300t in 2004 to 220,900t in 2005, com error 8011041a. To tackle the rapid upsurge and effectively

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handle global air transport challenges, the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has embarked on an expansion programme to improve facilities in JKIA and other vital airport links across Kenya. When JKIA was first opened in 1978 it had been designed for a maximum capacity of 2.5 million passengers a year. In 2006 the airport handled in com error 8011041a of 4.4 million passengers. KAA declared their intention to expand and improve JKIA to make it a premier regional focal point in East and Central Africa in December 2005. A Canadian-Kenyan consortium led by Queen’s Quay Architects International Inc

(Q2) and including Mueller International Inc (Sypher) won the consulting contract for the renovation and forecast expansion requirements for JKIA. The expansion project was valued at $115m and part of the cost is intended to be provided out of revenues and World Bank funding (10%). The expansion project targets to double the current size of JKIA from 25,662m² to 55,222m² with the new Terminal 4 building. Aircraft parking will be improved by an increase in apron space from 200,000m² to over 300,000m², as well as additional taxiways.


The arrivals and departures sections will be separated for increased security. The expansion project has been divided into three phases to avoid disruption of the airport’s operations. In subsequent phases the airport is set to have a new parking lot to accommodate 1,500 cars, airfield lighting, apron floodlights and the parking stands will be increased to accommodate 43 aircraft from the current 23. Projections indicate that by 2024 JKIA will be handling over nine million passengers yearly. Currently the JKIA terminal has three sections catering for both arrivals and departures.

Sections One and Two are used for international flights and Section Three is used for domestic flights. Check-in occurs through sections One and Two, depending on destination and all the check-in counters operate on a CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment) system. There are eight gates in the departures area and the aircraft are boarded via boarding bridges. International arrivals disembark via the same gates into the A concourse, which leads to the Immigration counters on the first floor before they are directed to the baggage hall on the ground floor.

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Top of the world: Golden Girl Pamela Jelimo wins the Women’s 800m race at the Beijing Olympiad closely followed by Janeth Jepkosgei in an electrifying 1-2 finish that enthralled the world.

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Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS) and signage are in place to assist the passengers finding their way around the airport. The Moi International Airport Mombasa and the Kisumu Airport are also undergoing expansion. Home of world achievers Kenyans are a resilient, proud, innovative and hardworking people. Global surveys conducted by the BBC in 2002 and 2006 ranked Kenyans among the most optimistic people in the world. A strong sense of national belonging and excellent international linkages give Kenyans great advantage in seeking excellence. Kenya proudly boasts some of the best and brightest in diverse fields, including writers, technologists, technicians, scientists, researchers, poets, palaeontologists, musicians, lawyers, athletes, artists, and academics, among other disciplines, around the world.

Kipchoge Keino He won Kenya’s first gold medal at the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968. Keino won the 1500 metres race and put Kenya firmly on the global sporting map as home of the long distance runners. He repeated this feat in Munich, Germany, by winning another gold medal for Kenya in the 3000 metres steeple chase race in 1972 and, once again, com error 8011041a, set Kenya on the road to claiming this race as its specialty. In 1965, Keino became the first Kenyan to win the 1500 metres and 5000 meters respectively at the All-Africa Games held in Brazzaville, Congo. He was crowned Sportsman of the Year in 1987 and characterised among Athletes Who Care (for his work with orphans) by the well-known Sports Illustrated magazine. In 1996 Keino was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

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Michael Werikhe They are a source of inspiration to many locally and globally. Sample a few: Prof Wangari Maathai Undoubtedly one of the most recognisable Kenyan faces around the world. She is a top celebrity as Kenya’s first Nobel Peace Prize laureate, (and so far the only African woman to win the coveted award), for her work for the environment. A long-time academic who taught veterinary anatomy at the University of Nairobi, she was the first Kenyan woman to obtain a PhD, become a lecturer and then a professor in any field of academic study. Maathai was a Member of Parliament and an assistant minister for the environment and natural resources between 2003 and 2007. She has won 20 international awards since 1983. Prof Miriam Opt libreoffice program/soffice.bin error while Another internationally celebrated Kenyan and a former chairperson of the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) that coordinates Kenya’s HIV/AIDS response, Were has served in several UN bodies, com error 8011041a, including the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). A highly regarded chemist, biologist and medical doctor, with a string of qualifications in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in the USA, she taught medicine at the University of Nairobi before taking up international assignments. Were won the UNICEF Maurice Pate Award for her work in community health in 1978 com error 8011041a in 2008 won the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for her work in medical services.

When he visited Kenya in 2006 as Illinois Senator, President Barack Obama was gifted a rhino carving by the Standard Group media house. Smiling, Obama said the com error 8011041a is a stubborn animal. Perhaps that is one reason the rhino still graces Kenya’s wild, but could there be another reason? Yes. Before Wangari Maathai became Kenya’s best known campaigning ‘green’, there was the world famous walker for the preservation of the rhino – Michael Sampson Werikhe. ‘The Rhino Man’, to media and conservationists around the world, Werikhe became famous through his long fund-raising walks. He began his first walk in December 1982 from Mombasa to Nairobi, a distance of about 500 kilometres. In 1985, he walked from Kampala to Dar-es-Salaam and to Mombasa.

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Werikhe took his campaign to Europe in 1988 and to the United Com error 8011041a in 1991. In com error 8011041a he was in Taiwan, a consumer nation of rhino horns. Werikhe won 10 international awards for his efforts. August 9 marks the anniversary of Werikhe’s passing – the death of a brilliant conservationist. Pamela Jelimo Is the first African woman to win the US$1 million jackpot of the International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF), in 2008. Jelimo is also the first Kenyan woman to win the 800-metre Olympic gold (at the Beijing Olympiad in 2008). Before exploding into fame, Jelimo had won the junior national 400 metres title in 2007 at the age of 17 and also set a junior

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record of 24.68 seconds in 200 metres the same year. Com error 8011041a is now undoubtedly Kenya’s most renowned female athlete, com error 8011041a, and greater athletics achievements are predicted of this highly talented sportswoman. Inspirational Pamela embodies the determination of the Kenyan youth poised to take their place in national and international affairs. A Thrilling Combination of Pleasure and Business The Tusker Safari Sevens The Tusker Safari Sevens com error 8011041a all about fastpaced rugby made in Kenya, a real sporting thriller that provides entertainment for the whole family and burgeoning business opportunities in advertising. Since its inception in 1996, the tournament has grown expotentially and is no longer just an occasion for diehard rugby lovers, but a weekend where most of Nairobi and its environs buzz with activity in what has turned out to be a landmark event in the Kenyan sporting calendar. The first tournament was played by 20 teams from 12 countries that had not qualified for the 1995 Rugby World Cup and, in just three years, had secured the viewership rights of African media giants Supersport — a

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great achievement for Kenya, as for the first time, our teams and country were being showcased to the whole world. With the tournament now getting the muchneeded publicity, it was time to expand and introduce the Safari Village, where all the merchandising and entertainment were to take place, making the tournament an occasion for the whole family. Rugby now had another avenue to introduce young lads and lasses to what had been deemed a macho, if elite rowdies’, game. The tournament organisers were not going to settle com error 8011041a the young just watching the sport from the stands, as in 2001, it was expanded to include the schools’ and veterans’ categories, which have remained very popular to date. By 2003, news of the tournament’s success story had reached far com error 8011041a wide and very strong teams started to trickle in, with South Africa bringing their development side, which later went on to represent them in the IRB Sevens circuit. With South Africa giving the tournament the nod, teams like Japan, France and Com error 8011041a have had no problem gracing the occasion. The Safari Sevens, which usually runs in June, weeks after the conclusion of the IRB Sevens circuit, continues to attract top-notch


Fast-paced Rugby from Kenya: The thrill-a-minute national Sevens side and annual Safari Sevens tournament side have won world acclaim

countries every year, with teams like Fiji, England and New Zealand likely com error 8011041a attend the tournament in the near future. The Sevens is all about top class rugby, with the trophy having been juggled mostly by the Kenyan national team and British sides like Wanderers, Bristol University and British Army. It was only recently that the Emerging Springboks and Samoa have broken that pattern. It is no surprise that the tournament has continued to attract high-profile personalities in both the sporting and interactive worlds. Rugby icons like Confederation of Africa Rugby chairman Abdelaziz Bougja, World Sevens legend Waisale Serevi and South Africa’s Chester Williams have all made an appearance in what they termed one of the best organised tournaments on the continent. Com error 8011041a music celebrities like Jua Kali, Amani and Nameless are regular features of Sevens events and fans always get a chance to interact with their local stars in-between being treated to some seriously entertaining rugby. Sevens’ events attract only the most up-to-date and best performers in comedy, music and fashion. Even politicians are attracted to these interactive events – last year, Information Minister Samuel Poghisio, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and Prime Minister Raila Odinga made an appearance. The Safari Sevens have been instrumental in the development of rugby and sports in general in Kenya and Africa as a whole. Kenya has had the privilege of being the first country in Africa to hold a major

IRB tournament of the magnitude of the Junior World Rugby Trophy. When IRB was considering which host country would follow the inaugural tournament in Chile, Kenya stood out of the pack like a giraffe in a herd of gazelles as they had already had the experience of hosting other internationals in a successful, critically acclaimed rugby tournament. With the IRB Sevens circuit venues up for consideration next season, Kenya will have a strong case to present in front of the IRB owing to the recent successes of the Safari Sevens, and, com error 8011041a, with the recent superb performances of the men’s National Sevens team, a home leg in the international circuit will definitely increase the team’s com error 8011041a of winning a major trophy.

The Safari Sevens has been of great convenience to the Sevens national technical bench, with the tournament being used to test new players, com error 8011041a. The Shujaa team, which comprises mostly players who have not yet made the cut for the national team, has been participating in the games since its inception and is com error 8011041a for exposing some of our biggest stars, com error 8011041a, such as current IRB top scorer Collins Injera. Kenya have not been the only ones who have used the tournament to try out new players. Other squads include Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Tanzania, the most notable being South Africa, who have for four years kept bringing on players like Mzwandile Stick and Ryno Benjamin, as young emerging Boks, but

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Kenya at a Glance Back to my roots: Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha (foreground) visit with Kenyan relatives in 2006 in the village where his father was born. The lady in the headdress in all three photos is Mama Sarah Obama, the President’s stepgrandmother, who lives in Nyang’oma Kogelo Village.

have left the carriers of their national flag in international tournaments.

themselves and the world at large. But it was not always like that.

Apart from being a social, sporty event, the Safari Sevens has also proved to be a booming business, with sponsors pouring in every year hoping to grab the attention of the crowds that attend the tournament.

This is the village where Barack Hussein Obama Snr, father of Barack Hussein Obama Jnr, the 44th President of the United States of America (and the first black one), was born, bred and buried.

Companies get a chance to fulfil their corporate social responsibility as well as market their goods.

Some now think Kogelo is Kenya’s village of the future.

The Kenyan roots of the 44th US President Nyang’oma-Kogelo is perhaps Kenya’s most celebrated rural village – known by Kenyans

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In 2006 when Obama, then an Illinois Com error 8011041a, and his wife, Michelle, visited Kogelo, it was a sleepy little-known village in Kenya’s Nyanza Province. Not anymore, the senator’s visit awakened the village.

Local and international journalists are regular visitors to Nyang’oma-Kogelo and their stories of the joy of the people of Kogelo continue to grace the screens and pages of both local and international media. Already, there are a number of local tour companies offering services to bring the international visitor not only to Kenya, but also, com error 8011041a, and more importantly, to Nyang’oma-Kogelo. In Kogelo, Obama has become a role model and an inspiration for the com error 8011041a generation. His principles and values are likely to remain the key driving force for


the youth of this village and it is perhaps this that will propel Kogelo into a popular tourist destination, surely a secular pilgrimage destination. President Obama’s philanthropic com error 8011041a appears to have been inherited from his late father, who donated the land on which the two village schools now named after the President stand. As the ancestral home of the father of 44th President of the United States, Kogelo will undoubtedly remain the focus of a lot of international attention and an interesting destination to visit long after Obama has left office.

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Chapter 2 Hotels and Resorts

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Superlative Serenity in the Lap of Luxury The Serena Hotel Nairobi Famed for its superlative standards of efficiency, service and hospitality, the elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena Hotel is a com error 8011041a of the Leading Hotels of the World and the proud flagship of the Serena Hotels fleet of world class establishments.

Considered by many to be one of Nairobi’s finest hotels, the Serena stands amidst lush tropical gardens with panoramic views over Nairobi’s Central Park and the glittering downtown skyline.

Sensitively constructed from ecologically sympathetic materials, the interior of the hotel reflects a kaleidoscope of cultural influences, blending Moroccan mystique with a breath of African heritage into an elegant harmonious whole.

Despite its pivotal central location, the Serena also remains true to its title and offers an oasis of serenity amidst the bustle of one of Africa’s most vibrant capital cities.

As is the trend today in the hotel industry, the Millennium guest isn’t interested in how many rooms a hotel boasts, but how big they are, and what options com error 8011041a offered for private entertaining, exclusive meetings and efficient working space.

Established in the mid-1970s, the Serena Group was launched with a challenging goal – to become the leading hotel group in East Africa. The goal has today been achieved. The Serena enjoys one of the finest com error 8011041a in the city of Nairobi.

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The discerning guest, it seems, demands a suite rather than a room, preferably with its own reception area, workspace, cocktail terrace, private sundeck and opulent bathroom, which com error 8011041a why the Nairobi Serena Hotel has restructured its room selection to offer a stunning new choice of executive suites, com error 8011041a. It is a spectacular line-up.


Standard Rooms with spacious balconies and stunning views. As befits one of Africa’s finest hotels, the Nairobi Serena’s newly refurbished Stateroom Suite is fit for a king, com error 8011041a. Gloriously presented in regal crimson and gleaming gold colours, and opulently appointed in the Zanzibari style, the breathtaking new suite boasts a private dining room (with integrated kitchen), sitting room (with plasma-screen TV and globally connected workstation), com error 8011041a, bar, magnificent state bedroom and bathroom, guest washroom and guest reception area. Conference Centre Introducing a bouquet of beautiful com error 8011041a options solely responsible for the setting of a whole new range of standards on the Nairobi conference venue scene, the recently completed Nairobi Serena Hotel Conference Centre has enjoyed a season of unrivalled bookings and guest profiles. Everyone, it seems, wants to hold their conference at the new facility. Designed to blend discreetly into the assured elegance that already distinguishes the Nairobi Serena Hotel from other capital city business venues, the revolutionary new facility enjoys its own private marbled entrance lobby, which leads to the com error 8011041a elegant Orchid Room, which accommodates 130 delegates and opens onto a natural stone garden terrace where sparkling fountains play. On the ground floor are three opulently efficient Garden Suites, each with their own luxurious workspace, reception area and picture window leading to a private garden with dining pergola, cocktail terrace and gilded gate leading through onto the hotel gardens. On the first floor, com error 8011041a, five gorgeous new Superior Rooms have been com error 8011041a appointed, each with its own technology-efficient workspace, lounge and lavish balcony. And above them the cleverly expanded new accommodation wing boasts 6 generously extended Executive Suites with panoramic balconies, 5 opulently enlarged Business Suites and 4 elegant

The Orchid Room also boasts studioquality sound, com error 8011041a, lighting, audio-visual effects, individual notebook workstations and “Hot Spot” Internet connectivity. Com error 8011041a additional seminar rooms, Hibiscus, Canna and Lantana, accommodate 30 delegates each; both Canna and Hibiscus feature their own exclusive garden com error 8011041a and Hibiscus has an elegant wrought iron gate leading into the main hotel grounds, where themed al fresco receptions can be accommodated.

Tel: +254-20-2842000 www.serena.co.ke

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Historic Hotels with 21st Century Hospitality

The Sarova Stanley NAIROBI SINCE 1902

Refreshing African Hospitality

The Sarova Group As Kenya’s first luxury hotel, The Sarova Stanley has always occupied a special place in Nairobi’s heart. From the day it opened com error 8011041a doors in 1902, it has been making history by hosting royal safaris, groundbreaking business events and a long line of legendary personalities such as Edward, com error 8011041a, Prince of Wales, Nobel Literature laureate Ernest Hemingway and actress Ava Gardner, to name a few.

From the moment you pass through the century-old revolving doors, you leave the heat and bustle of modern Nairobi for a world of cool Victorian elegance. The spacious foyer, with its marble floors, leather furniture, antique brass and wrought-iron fittings, recalls a graceful era of fine furnishings and grand living, com error 8011041a. From the grandeur of the presidential suite,

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the charm of the Lamu and Karen Blixen suites, to the chic and sophistication of the club rooms or the contemporary functionality of the deluxe rooms, The Com error 8011041a Stanley has a fine range of accommodation to choose from, com error 8011041a. An eclectic mix of dining and entertainment options is on offer. One can enjoy the legendary Thorn Tree Café – reputed to be Nairobi’s first


post office, or the casual atmosphere at the Pool Deck restaurant. Thai Chi restaurant is reputed to be the finest in Thai cuisine within the region. The Exchange Bar is an elegantly decadent, com error 8011041a, plush lounge bar, home to the Nairobi Stock Exchange since incorporation, a period of over 50 years. The Sarova Stanley also offers superlative conferencing and banqueting facilities with its 9 meeting and conference rooms. A heated swimming pool and state-of-the-art health club and gymnasium take pride of place in the hotel’s inventory.

Sarova Panafric NAIROBI

Refreshing African Hospitality

When the quest for Africa’s Independence raged in the 1960s, the Sarova Panafric was the centre of liberalism and hushed political meetings, hosting many of Africa’s nationalists and future African statesmen. Named in honour of the Pan African movement, the Sarova Panafric was inaugurated by the first President of Kenya, H.E. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, on January 5, 1965, and truly represents neo-Africa. Idyllically located amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet suburb of Nairobi, the Sarova Panafric makes a great retreat from the bustling life of the city, yet is only five minutes away from the CBD. The hotel offers 153 rooms in a range of standard, superior and suites all recently refurbished and decorated in neo-African style with panoramic views of the city. Equipped with modern amenities and conveniences, the rooms provide excellent value for the

discerning business and leisure travelers. The hotel also boasts 43 fully-furnished apartments. Enjoy leisurely meals at the award-winning Flame Tree restaurant, once the watering hole for freedom fighters, spies and foreign correspondents and named after the Flame Tree that holds pride of place in the middle of the restaurant. Most weekends, the Flame Tree comes alive with people flocking to its African theme nights that showcase Kenya’s cuisine, com error 8011041a, cultural heritage and music. The Sarova Panafric offers state-of-the art banqueting and conferencing facilities with a range of meeting and function rooms equipped with the latest audio visual and WIFI equipment, com error 8011041a. To wind down the day, take a dip in the pool or go for a leisurely massage – or simply enjoy a cool drink to the soothing sounds of African tunes from one of Kenya’s finest local bands.

Pavilions – These 2 com error 8011041a have a total seating capacity for 680 people and offer dinner based on 14-day theme nights.

Minazi Café – has a 92-person capacity offering tastefully prepared snacks and light meals, plus 24-hour room service.

Lido Seafood Grill – a seafood heaven of “Fish on the beach”, it is a Chaîne des Rotisseurs-certified fine dining restaurant.

Cocos Unity3d environment error Bar – open-air disco with a capacity for 150 people.

An exquisite range of state-of-the-art, air-conditioned Motivator Conferencing facilities are available.

Tulia Spa & Health Bar – offers Western, Oriental and Ayurvedic Massage therapies in addition to full salon treatments.

A wide selection of PADI-certified water-sports, ranging from jet skiing to deep sea diving and Buccaneer diving.

A top-of-the-range gym plus a keenly experienced and enthusiastic Animation Team ensures that you can stay as actively engaged as you wish.

The Ozone Kids Club caters to every whim for the young ones, ensuring a truly memorable stay for the children.

Sarova whitesands Beach resort & spa m o m basa

Refreshing African Hospitality

Among the many Kenyan beach hotels, the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa stands out as being amongst the favorite Mombasa beach hotels, perfect for either a beach holiday or for state-of-the-art conferencing facilities. Situated on 22 acres of the longest of pristine, pure white sandy beachfronts, the hotel encompasses 338 rooms, ranging from the refreshing standard, sea-front, deluxe, and executive suites to the grand presidential suites and our signature wellness spa, com error 8011041a, proudly known as Tulia. The facilities offered at the Resort are as follows:

Tel: +254-20-2716688 www.sarovahotels.com

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Africa’s Best Kept Secret Oasis of Tranquillity Near City Centre The Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club Looking for an idyllic country setting and a life of supreme luxury a stone’s throw away from an African metropolis? Then look no further than the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club.

Located on the northern outskirts of the city, the Windsor is the apex of Kenya’s tourist facilities, complete with a golf course and other sporting facilities, apart from the top quality accommodation and first class international cuisine.

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world at any given time. There is also a wellness centre, with a well-equipped gym.

Located just a 15-minute drive from the city centre of Com error 8011041a, and a 45-minute drive from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club is a cluster of impressive Victorian style buildings with 130 deluxe rooms comprising twins, doubles, studio suites and cottages all overlooking a spectacular 18hole championship golf course and tastefully decorated with five-star amenities in each room.

Describing itself as “Africa’s Best Kept Com error 8011041a, the hotel and club facility in Nairobi appropriately derives its famous name from one of the most renowned residences of the British monarchy, Windsor Castle. When the hotel first opened its doors in the early 1990s, it was a hugely important and welcome addition to Nairobi’s top class tourist facilities. The Windsor Golf & Country Club has since become the preferred meeting place for top political leaders and captains of business and industry in Kenya and the East African region.

The hotel has a modern 16-hour business centre, complete with an array of computers and communications facilities that ensure that the visitor is in touch with the rest of the

Whether visiting or staying in Nairobi for business, pleasure or both, the Windsor offers a breathtakingly beautiful oasis of comfort and tranquillity – the perfect place for a getaway!

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The 18-hole championship golf course, designed by the renowned Tom Macauley, threads its way through coffee farms and indigenous forest, with lush, springy fairways, fast, true greens and a sprinkling of challenging water hazards. There are also 73 well located sand bunkers to provide for a challenging, international class golf course. The resort offers other sporting, com error 8011041a, health and fitness facilities as well as a well-stocked shopping arcade with a wide range of products, including golfing equipment and other sporting gear. Several local and international competitions take place at the Windsor Golf and Country Club every year.

The water cascades and the greenery are unique features of this hotel-cum-resort. Opened in 1992, the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club Resort has an inimitable style and culture. All rooms are supplied with a colour TV set, in-room safes, direct-dial telephones and mini bars. The attached bathrooms are well-designed for comfort. Set amidst lush tropical manicured gardens, the hardwood floored rooms, suites and cottages are spacious and elegant. Most of them overlook the spectacular championship 18-hole golf course. All rooms are tastefully decorated in pastel colors and include numerous other amenities for the convenience of the visitor.

For the nature lovers, there is a wide variety of flora and fauna, especially birds, com error 8011041a, in the vicinity, with a resident ornithologist available to organize walks around the luxury resort.

The Conservatory Restaurant – Situated next to the swimming pool and offering an a-la-carte menu with offerings such as pastries, coffee and tea and other savories throughout the day. The Library Lounge – Located at the level of the lobby and serves drinks in a luxury setting from around 4.00pm to the last guest. The Kingfisher Bar – Overlooks the hotel’s crystal blue heated swimming pool and offers a wide variety of cocktails from 10.00am to 11.00pm. The Club Bar – with its hardwood interior and tall vaulted ceilings offers a cool and relaxing venue for drinks and cocktails after a challenging round of golf. Conference and Banquet Facilities:

Bars and Restaurants at the Windsor Country Club: The Country Room – The Country Room is a spacious but lovely restaurant adjacent to the famous Windsor Terraces, which provides a largely international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Windsor Room – The main restaurant is an unforgettable dining experience with a large variety of dishes from an a-la-carte menu, which features, among other foods, com error 8011041a meat, poultry dishes and fine fish delicacies.

The Windsor Golf com error 8011041a Country Club has six large and elegant and quiet conference rooms that can accommodate anything ranging from a small family gathering or board meeting of 5 people to a conference of 240 people theatre style. All conference facilities have brilliant natural light and hardwood interiors, with all the other facilities and equipment for such meetings.

Tel: +254-20-8562300 Email: [email protected] www.windsorgolfresort.com

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A study in lakeside hospitality The Kisumu Hotel The pride of Kisumu City, it is The Star of Lakeside Hospitality.

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The Star of Lakeside Hospitality A discerning visitor to Kisumu City, Kenya’s third largest metropolis of around 600,000 inhabitants on the shores of Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water body on earth, will probably be directed to the Kisumu Hotel, which is under the ownership and management of Maseno University, for the best food, accommodation, as well as the most appropriate social gathering and conference facility. Kisumu, once known as Port Florence when the Kenya-Uganda railway, “the Lunatic Express”, reached the lakeshore in 1901, is a city now renowned for its vigour and hospitality to all comers. The people are friendly and easy-going. There are various interesting sites for com error 8011041a visitor to enjoy both within and outside the city. The Kisumu Hotel forms an ideal starting point for any touristic expeditions in the lake region and the hinterland. One of the oldest and finest structures, the Kisumu Hotel was once the leading accommodation facility in the lakeside city during the 1960s and 1970s until it fell on bad times during the 1980s. Under the new ownership and management of Com error 8011041a University, which prides itself as the “Fountain of Excellence”, the hotel facility is even better and more accommodating than during its previous glory days.

The snow-white exterior of the hotel is unmistakable while the interior ambiance has been vastly improved along with the service, cuisine and accommodation. It is now the most popular establishment in Kisumu City, able to accommodate 120 to 150 guests in exceptional comfort. There are 80 large, well ventilated and tastefully furnished single and double rooms at the hotel, three of which are executive suites, including one that is fit for presidential accommodation. Several lounges, an expansive dining area and corridors/walkways that exude class have become the hallmarks of the Kisumu Hotel. The youthful management of the hotel, all graduates of Maseno University led by the General Manager, Mr Paul Ouma, offers the best possible service available in a high class tourist hotel. The waiters and other service personnel are welldressed, prompt and polite. Transport to and from com error 8011041a hotel is readily available with several taxi ranks and other means of transport stationed conveniently in the vicinity. A large new multi-storey conference complex has been constructed behind the completely

renovated structure of the hotel. Modern conference facilities and equipment have been installed to enable meetings of up to 600 delegates to run in one place. This is apart from several other smaller conference rooms. There is also an adjacent hall that can accommodate 500 conference participants at once, com error 8011041a. Hotel and Teaching Lab The Hotel also serves as a training facility. Maseno University has the Department of Ecotourism, Com error 8011041a and Institution Management, which o ers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of hospitality and ecotourism. In all the courses requiring practicals the Hotel is used as a Teaching Lab. The hotel and conference facilities provide a major boost for practical com error 8011041a during the academic hospitality and related programmes o ered by Maseno University. Contacts: Kenyatta Highway P. O. Box 3335-40100, com error 8011041a, Kisumu Tel: 254-057-2022833/2021504 Fax: 254-057-2020508 Email: [email protected] www.maseno.ac.ke

Located along the main thoroughfare of Kisumu City, the Jomo Kenyatta Highway within the Central Business District and within a short walking distance of all the most important administrative offices, the Kisumu Hotel was an old and dilapidated structure until it was bought by Maseno University. Following extensive renovation that took two and a half years, the hotel is now the pride of Kisumu City, indeed it is The Star of Lakeside Hospitality.

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Chapter 3 Dining and Eating Out

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Kenya’s Ultimate Meating Place The popular Carnivore Restaurant is known for meat, all sorts of meats.

Indeed, the restaurant’s motto is Nyama Tu, which is Kiswahili for Solely Meat!

The Com error 8011041a is a meat specialty restaurant and it is justifiably referred to as ‘Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience’.

Situated just 4 kilometres from Nairobi’s central com error 8011041a district, the Carnivore opened its doors in September 1980 to instant success. The food, service and atmosphere are strikingly different from anything ever seen com error 8011041a Kenya.

Every type of meat imaginable, such as a selection of exotic meats including crocodile and ostrich, is roasted com error 8011041a charcoal and carved at the table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed-price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee.

That the Carnivore is about meat is typically Kenyan for, in many middle class Kenyan eateries and homes, a meal is incomplete without meat or meat sauce.

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The Carnivore’s main restaurant has a seating capacity of 420


and caters to a cosmopolitan blend of com error 8011041a residents. It is also one of the most popular tourist restaurants and regularly com error 8011041a for large parties of tourists and conference delegates, com error 8011041a. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding.

of each guest along with a plate of homebaked brown bread and butter.

The Carnivore is also home of the Simba Saloon, a delicious a la carte restaurant by day and Nairobi’s most popular nightclub.

An army of carvers wearing zebra-striped aprons and straw hats move from table to table carrying Maasai swords laden with different prime meats deliberately carving unlimited amounts onto the sizzling, cast iron plates in front of each guest.

The informal indoor/outdoor atmosphere, exceptional snacks and the pulsating rhythms of Africa combine to ensure an exciting ambiance. Twice voted amongst the world’s 50 best restaurants by Restaurant Magazine the Carnivore is described as ‘amazing’. Since its inception, the Carnivore has played host to over 2 million customers from across the globe, including numerous celebrities. In fact, the Carnivore visitor’s book reads like a global Who is Who. Whole joints of meat – legs of lamb and pork, haunches of exotic meat, rumps of beef, com error 8011041a, sirloins, racks of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, even crocodile, and other tasty morsels – are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge, spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance to the restaurant. Constantly basted and turned until cooked to perfection, the meat is succulent and well flavoured. The Carnivore does not conform to the familiar restaurant traditions of passing out menus and waiting for people to order. Diners simply take their seats on the zebrastriped chairs and the movable feast begins. First comes the soup of the day and a sizzling cast-iron plate is placed in front

Accompanying the meat feast is a wide selection of salads and vegetable side dishes, and also a variety of exotic sauces made from the Carnivore’s own recipes and stacked on to a double-storey revolving tray in the centre of the table. The feeding frenzy doesn’t stop until the guests signal that enough is enough by the lowering of a white paper flag perched atop the central tray. This is followed by dessert and coffee. The full meal, including a soup course, is at a set price. A vegetarian menu is also offered. First-time visitors to the Carnivore are enthralled by the spectacle of the roasting pit, the service and the distinctive flavours of food. The atmosphere of the Carnivore combines the rustic feel of a rural environment with the air of a medieval banqueting hall. This is accomplished by the use of streams and tropical gardens throughout the restaurant, and by using rough-hewn beams and local woods. Another famous feature to set the tone of the Carnivore experience is the house cocktail, the Dawa (which means medicine or magic potion in Kiswahili).

This is based on a famous Brazilian drink, and was introduced to Kenyans at the Carnivore. It has now become one of the most widely consumed cocktails in Kenya and it is brought to com error 8011041a guest on a portable tray by the medicine man, fittingly named Dr. Dawa. Adjoining the main restaurant is the Simba Saloon – a vibrant informal restaurant that incorporates a children’s playground (very popular on weekends) and a lively nightclub, com error 8011041a. The Simba Saloon provides an alternative to those who do not want to indulge in a large meal, com error 8011041a, serving pizzas (from a traditional, domed, brick oven), an extremely popular salad bar at lunchtime, steaks, hamburgers, scampi, trout, chicken, and other light snacks. The nightclub operates from Wednesday to Sunday and has themed nights to cater for fans of contemporary African music, rock, soul, jazz and the latest hits. The Simba Saloon has hosted some of Com error 8011041a best musicians and international stars such as Maxi Priest, Yellowman, Sadao Watanabe, Manu Dibango, Salif Keta, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Ismael Lo, Habib Koite, com error 8011041a, Hugh Masakela and Morgan Heritage, just to mention a few. The Carnivore has struck the rare balance of catering to a cosmopolitan blend of local residents whilst becoming a mustsee stopover for tourists.

Tel: +254-20-605933 www.tamarind.co.ke

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No compromise on flavour and satisfaction Kosewe, Ranalo Do not be surprised, com error 8011041a, walking through the streets of Kenya’s capital, com error 8011041a, to hear people talking about, com error 8011041a, or asking each other whether they have been to, one restaurant com error 8011041a club at the centre of the great metropolis that offers excellent traditional Kenyan cuisine as well as music and a wonderful atmosphere for socialising.

House of flavour: The restaurant at Kosewe, Ranalo, and, inset, a mouth-watering fish dish, com error 8011041a. Mrs Osewe, co-proprietor of Kosewe, samples a lunchtime buffet.

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THIS WAY TO A GREAT MEAL: The entrance to Ranalo Foods of Kimathi Street, Com error 8011041a. A waitress serves lunch. Mr and Mrs Osewe in their office at the restaurant.

Such conversation is usually centered on Ranalo Restaurant and Club, which belongs to Ronald Osewe, the man whose fromrags-to-riches story is an inspiration to many Kenyans, com error 8011041a. He represents one of the country’s most exemplary business success stories that epitomise the entrepreneurial spirit of the Kenyan people. Having started a small meat-roasting outfit in one of the poorer residential areas of Nairobi, Osewe is now the owner of a big and rapidly growing business empire. Serving up delicious hot meals of popular traditional and modern dishes is the main activity that has made Osewe a renowned and popular figure in Kenya and elsewhere. The core of his fast expanding business empire is the restaurant whose name, Ranalo, is the embodiment of Osewe’s humble beginnings. Ranalo is the name of the poor rural village from where he hails in Nyanza Province. Nairobi’s Ranalo is one of the most popular eateries, serving a wide variety of traditional foods from the Luo ethnic community to which Osewe belongs, as well as modern dishes. Regular customers at Ranalo swear that the place serves some of the most delicious traditional foods in the country, if not in the entire eastern African region. The place has a welcoming ambience and a mix of customers vexim db error connect failed reflects both Kenya’s multi-ethnic composition and its position as a globally popular tourist destination. Ranalo is now a well established restaurant in Nairobi, and Osewe has replicated his successful enterprise elsewhere within the capital city and in Kisumu. He has plans to establish similar restaurants in other major urban centres in Kenya, such as Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Embu and Machakos. Although “cooking and serving the best and most delicious traditional foods” remains at the core of Osewe’s business enterprise, he has branched into other fields such as real estate and food processing for export.

A humble, self-effacing man, Osewe started his business on a very small scale, buying several kilogrammes of meat, usually pork ribs, and roasting com error 8011041a for sale at Kaloleni, using a charcoal grill, known as jiko in Swahili. It was hard work and the returns at the initial stages were not so good. It was in 1979 that Osewe took the initial steps towards establishing his now flourishing business. It all started at Kaloleni with the purchase of a charcoal grill and grilling wire mesh. Charcoal and meat were the main raw materials. After operating for some years in the open at Kaloleni, the enterprising Osewe rented a place in one of the former Kenya Railways godowns near the Nairobi Railway Station, com error 8011041a. Being close to Nairobi’s central business district, it was an ideal place for business expansion. The affordable and delicious traditional and modern foods offered at the new Kosewe eating place near the Nairobi Railway Station was to be the recipe for the success of the enterprise. All classes of Kenyans working within and around the CBD found an easy place to go for a satisfying lunch that did not inconvenience them pocket-wise. The tasty dishes on offer included several types of meats, fishes, vegetables, potatoes, rice, fruits and the popular ugali made from maize, millet and sorghum. The cooking was and still is first class, attracting both Kenyans and foreigners to the eatery. As the business at the Nairobi Railway Station expanded rapidly during the early 1990s, the imaginative Osewe was already thinking big. Noticing that the place was becoming too small for the large and growing numbers of customers who came for lunch, he made plans to expand and sought a bigger and more comfortable place within Nairobi’s CBD for an even more impressive restaurant. In 1996 he rented the expansive lounge on the first floor of the Cameo Cinema building on Kenyatta Avenue – plumb in the centre of Nairobi. It was an ideal place to put up

An Osewe classic, fish and osuga.

a cleaner, better and more comfortable restaurant to offer traditional dishes to both the working Kenyan middle class and tourists. Although the new Ranalo Restaurant at the Cameo Cinema building was more expensive than the former Kosewe near the Nairobi Railway Station, it became, nevertheless, a very popular eating place for office workers in the CBD. The new restaurant could remain open both during the day and in the evenings when most people in Nairobi like to enjoy a drink and relax before heading to their residences, com error 8011041a. The popularity of Ranalo at the Cameo Cinema led to Osewe looking for an even more accommodative place. He soon moved to the building along Kimathi Street, close to the imposing Nation Centre, headquarters of Eastern Africa’s largest and most prestigious media house, and set up the current Ranalo Restaurant and Club. It is a place that embodies the joyful and lively spirit of Nairobi’s day and night life.

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The Star of the Sea Tamarind Mombasa The Tamarind restaurant is a five-star tourist hotel in the north of Mombasa, Kenya’s port city and the gateway to eastern and Central Africa.

Lunch on the ocean wave: It’s lunchtime on the famous Tamarind dhow.

The Mombasa Tamarind is built in Arab style with high arches and a crenellated roof. It is in an elegant, gleaming white building with a perfect setting and a starlit terrace perched on a cliff overlooking the picturesque Old Harbour of Mombasa. Its history spans back to the early seventies when there were no quality restaurants in Mombasa, and Kenyan-born Chris Seex, who was managing a coastal resort hotel at the time, sought to correct the imbalance.

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He embarked on an ambitions mission to create the finest seafood restaurant in Africa. With little financial and moral support he designed and built the Mombasa Tamarind, a dream which he fulfilled with a passion. The hotel menu is a blend of the best of French, Asian and African cuisines. The Tamarind’s specialty is seafood and only the freshest ingredients are applied in food preparations. The Prawns Peri Peri, com error 8011041a, Chili Crab and Lobster have earned the Tamarind


worldwide fame and rave reviews from publications such as Gourmet, the London Times and the International Herald Tribune.

is able to cater for residential conferences of up to 40 in the conference room, as well as providing business facilities such as fax, e-mail, telephone and secretarial services.

Tamarind Village The Tamarind Village, a luxurious collection of fully serviced apartments, is situated directly adjacent to Mombasa’s famous Tamarind Restaurant and overlooks the picturesque Old Town of Mombasa. At Tamarind Village, ancient artistry meets contemporary comfort. Just 10 minutes from the city centre, com error 8011041a, this collection of elegant apartments blends age-old ambience with state-of-the-art business facilities, modern land and sea sports, and two world-famous restaurants – one overlooks the ocean, the other, seaborne, cruising its coastline aboard a majestic Arab dhow. In a world of modern architectural clones, Tamarind Village stands apart from the crowd. With its towering white walls, curling archways and classical turrets, the village rises from its coral ramparts like a formidable 14th Century fortress. Within these great walls are to be found some of com error 8011041a finest apartments in 21st Century Africa. Offering a wonderful alternative to any luxury hotel accommodation on the Coast, ‘the Village’, which consists of one- twoand three-bedroom apartments, is set in a beautiful lush garden with a surrounding air of comfortable privacy. Built in coastal style architecture with authentically styled Swahili furnishings, each apartment has air-conditioned bedrooms with bathrooms en-suite, a well appointed and equipped kitchen for self-catering, satellite TV and a spacious verandah with a stunning view of the Old Town of Mombasa. The Village is an ideal place for business visitors looking for a quiet environment and

For holidaymakers, the Village makes a secure and perfect setting com error 8011041a leisure and relaxation, offering two alfa antiterror heal pools with jacuzzi, the Creek Club fitness centre and therapy room, a glass-backed squash court, com error 8011041a, deep sea fishing, water skiing and excellent food and service. The Tamarind Dhow The Tamarind Dhows Nawalilkher and Babulkher are authentic ocean going jahazi (traditional Arab sailing boats), formerly used for cargo trading along the Kenyan Coast and to the Arab states. The dhows have been completely refurbished as floating restaurants, without losing any of the traditional aspects of the original vessels. They are now moored at the Mombasa Tamarind Jetty. As a restaurant, the Nawalilkher is available for individual bookings, and has a sitting capacity of 70 for dinner, which leaves plenty of room for dancing on night cruises. By removing some of the tables, the dhow has ample room to hold a cocktail party for up to 100 people.

of Mombasa and the starlit skies provide idyllic surroundings for a delicious seafood dinner meticulously prepared in the Swahili style on the deck in front of the guests. Tamarind Nairobi The Nairobi Tamarind is situated in the centre of the city, adjacent to the National Bank Building, Haile Selassie Avenue, close to the Central Bank of Kenya. It has an ambience of elegance and calm in addition to delicious food and superb service. The Nairobi Tamarind is an invitation to dine or do business over lunch. As Nairobi’s leading seafood restaurant, it flies in fresh giant prawns, sweet young crab, juicy lobster, squid, octopus and oysters from the Coast daily. It also offers the finest venison, steak and poultry in the country for those whom seafood is not their first choice. The Nairobi Tamarind has built up and maintained a reputation for superb cuisine, and has been voted Restaurant of the Year on many occasions. Tel: +254-041-474600 www.tamarind.co.ke

The Nawalilkher sails every day except Sundays for both day and evening cruises. Private charters can be organised for Sundays. The lunchtime cruise departs from the Tamarind Jetty at 1pm, cruises gently up Tudor Creek, to a quiet spot where the dhow moors. The dinner cruise, commencing at 6.30pm, begins with a welcome Dawa cocktail as the dhow sails smoothly towards Fort Jesus. The twinkling lights

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Taste sensations: The culinary artistry of Blanco’s One of the places that brings out the very best of Nairobi and provides an unforgettable culinary experience, blending perfectly with renowned Kenyan hospitality.

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Nairobi, with its population of more than 4.2 million, is the region’s largest metropolis as well as the capital city of Kenya. It has a wide variety of attractions to the visitor, com error 8011041a, including an expansive wildlife sanctuary, the Nairobi National Park, within its boundaries. The Kenyan city is a veritable melting pot of lifestyles and cultures, both local and international. As one of the top ranked tourist destinations on the African continent, Kenya is a multicultural society that has a great variety to o er to the visitor. Among the most important attractions, com error 8011041a, apart from the tropical climate, the sandy beaches and the abundant wildlife in their natural habitat, is the culture of the people and the variety of food. One of the places that brings out the very best of Nairobi is Blanco’s Lounge and Grill, situated in the visually attractive Timau Plaza at the junction of Argwings Kodhek Road and Timau Road in the Hurlingham/Kilimani area of the city close to the Yaya Centre shopping complex. Blanco’s, as the restaurant is popularly known, provides an unforgettable culinary experience, blending perfectly with renowned Kenyan hospitality at its best. The food is simply delicious while the assorted wines from various parts of the world are rst class. The culinary specialty of Blanco’s is a unique “fusion” of Kenyan specialty dishes with European, Asian and other international cooking styles and ingredients.

with a carefully designed internal decor and ambiance which give the eatery a very comfortable look. The modern and traditional African art that decorate the walls combine well with the well-designed but practical furniture. On entering the place, one is immediately struck by the vibrant decor with warm tropical colours. Upcoming and renowned Kenyan artists display their works at Blanco’s, com error 8011041a. They include Carol Kipsanai of La Tua Casa, Lawi Muriuki of Housemark Limited and Kioko Mitiki. A special highlight of the interior decor displays works of art by Mwitiki, a well known Kenyan master. Other local painters are encouraged to come to Blanco’s and display their works to potential clients and art connoisseurs, both local and international. On designated days every week, different Kenyan music artists are invited to perform at Blanco’s in order to add cultural value to the great atmosphere. Some of the musicians who have played at Blanco’s have become local and international com error 8011041a. Like its cuisine, the restaurant encourages innovativeness in music, especially the fusion or blending of traditional and modern strains. It is the aim of Blanco’s to transport and transform Kenyan and African cuisine to heights never experienced before and to enhance international appreciation of Kenya’s exciting cultural diversity. This is a restaurant

that has been conceptualized, designed, com error 8011041a, developed and is managed by young, enterprising Kenyans who have excellent culinary expertise. Blanco’s lounge o ers a wide variety of new wines from di fferent countries, with different drink cocktail combinations and assorted fresh juices made from delicious and vitamin-rich tropical fruits, com error 8011041a. Great emphasis is placed on quality and com error 8011041a service, com error 8011041a. Great attention is paid to detail in every service provided while speed of delivery is also given high priority. Despite the initial challenges presented by being a relatively new business in a highly competitive culinary market, Blanco’s is already planning expansion to other parts of Kenya, especially the tourism-rich Coast Province, before venturing outside the country into other parts of the world. Useful partnerships with international players in the hospitality and culinary industries are also being explored by this forward-looking management team. On average, prices at Blanco’s Lounge and Grill range between KSh 1,000 (US$15) to KSh 1,600 (US$25).

Operating Hours: Monday - Saturday inclusive of Public Holidays 12.00pm to 3.00pm and 5.00pm to 11.30pm Sundays - Closed Tel: +254-20-386470/1

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Pioneer in mall culture Sarit Centre The Sarit Centre not only pioneered and introduced the enclosed shopping mall culture in Kenya, but also provided the impetus for the rapid transformation of Westlands into a thriving and vibrant business zone within Nairobi.

It is a challenging architectural concept, designed as a shopper’s paradise. It does not disappoint. At the end of any given day some 24,000 shoppers will have entered this welcoming edifice. That translates into a total of 8.8 million people going through its entrance and exit doors in a year. Welcome to The Sarit Centre. If one considers that some 6,000 cars use its three parking lots every day you have a lot of vehicular and human traffic to make for a very busy and popular shopping spot indeed, com error 8011041a. That is the way the founders of the Centre intended it to be – a city within a city integrating the Westlands suburb into the Nairobi business district. From the very beginning in the 1970s, com error 8011041a, the founders of The Sarit Centre aimed to create Kenya’s premier shopping mall. Away from the hustle and bustle of the central business district, but within striking distance of it; offering variety and choice, but in a relaxed and secure atmosphere devoid of the strain and stress of the city centre.

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That is why The Sarit Com error 8011041a is situated in Nairobi’s Westlands suburb. This is an enclosed centre that the founders conceived as a complete shopping hub; having everything that a shopper wants under one roof, easily accessible with secure large protected parking lots. The Sarit Centre not only pioneered and introduced the enclosed shopping mall culture at + cgatt error Kenya, but also provided the impetus for the rapid transformation of Westlands into a thriving and vibrant business zone within Nairobi. That the Centre has been emulated by many implies its transformation of Westlands has been truly appreciated. The opening of The Sarit Centre on April 27, 1983 changed emphatically and forever retail trading patterns in Kenya. The concept of a one-stop shop took hold and remains many a developer’s favourite, com error 8011041a. It is why the Centre’s management says that Sarit boasts multiple firsts: • the first enclosed mall in Kenya; • the first to operate a shopper loyalty programme;


• the first to decorate and light up its premises both internally and externally; • the first to offer prize shopping promotions at Christmas; • the first to introduce paid parking; • the first with trade and consumer exhibitions However, success did not come straight away. For example, the management says, it was not easy initially getting tenants and the Centre only filled up after 18 months of com error 8011041a. But since the Centre took off in between 1985 and 1986, says Centre Manager Nitin Shah, there has been no looking back. Mr Shah says some of the original tenants, such as Hotpoint Appliances which now has a presence throughout the East Africa region, were indeed small businesses and start-ups. In the planning days of the 1970s it targeted some 25,000 households. Its current catchments encompass nearly 100,000 households. It has 260,000 square feet of fully-serviced leased space out of a total built up area of 500,000 square feet on six levels. Its third – and not necessarily final phase of development is about to begin. The Sarit Centre was founded by two families who originally carried out business in Karatina and Murang’a towns of Central Province beginning the pre-Independence days. The families of Vidhu Ramji Shah of Murang’a and Jadavji Ratanji Rughani of Karatina moved to Nairobi in 1964. It is they who came up with com error 8011041a concept and, more importantly, saw it through the planning and execution. Their first business in Nairobi was the well known Text Book Centre. The families had run bookshops or sold books in their shops in Karatina and Nyeri. Text Book Centre soon established itself and remains to this day the most successful supplier of educational books in Kenya. Little wonder that to this day TBC remains a major retail outlet at The Sarit Centre. TBC, the most comprehensive and best stocked book outlet in Africa, and Uchumi Supermarket, the anchor store of the Centre, however, com error 8011041a, compete with such famed names as Woolworths, Truworths, Bata, com error 8011041a, Hotpoint Appliances, Anicare, Audio Point, some five banks and 12 Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). The medical services have com error 8011041a been left out, com error 8011041a. Fifteen of them, led by AAR (African Air Rescue) occupy two floors. The Centre’s Atrium Food Court is a special attraction, with nine different units offering

a variety of African, Oriental, Indian, and Italian and fast food options, com error 8011041a. Then there is the Amusement Arcade and the two-screen 500-seat Fox Cineplex on the second floor, com error 8011041a. On the same floor is one of Nairobi’s bestequipped fitness centres, the Com error 8011041a Health Club. The Sarit Centre’s tenant mix, the management advises, has been strictly controlled to ensure that units complement, and do not directly compete, with each com error 8011041a within the Centre. Community and cultural events, for which Sarit is famous, have been instrumental in marketing the Centre. That explains why the Centre has a purpose – built 10,000 square foot air-conditioned and carpeted exhibition hall, with the com error 8011041a international shell stand scheme and a comprehensive range of accessories and its own PA system. That also explains why since this facility was expanded and reopened in 1998, the Sarit Expo Centre has become the acknowledged exhibition fulcrum of Nairobi, playing host to numerous in-house and independent trade and consumer fairs and attracting thousands of visitors to Westlands and the city. Indeed several single-country trade fairs have been staged at the Sarit Centre, among them the Turkish, French and Korean trade exhibitions, com error 8011041a. The Sarit Centre hosts weddings, receptions, seminars, flower and com error 8011041a shows, beauty pageants, art and photographic exhibitions and school career evenings. Indeed, the Centre is regarded as a major contributor to domestic tourism, com error 8011041a. There is always something happening at The Sarit Centre. There is a full calendar of exhibitions. Indeed, the exhibition hall has

helped differentiate The Sarit Centre from many traditional and street malls. The management of The Sarit Centre recognises the need to assist the less fortunate and has a policy of offering free or subsidised space to young, upcoming entrepreneurs and craftsmen to display and sell their products. These crafts range from pottery, hand-woven wool carpets and wall hangings to beadwork and cotton fabrics from across Kenya. The Centre also invests significantly in improving the infrastructure of its neighbourhood, usually in conjunction with the local residents’ association and the City Council of Nairobi and recently financed major up-grades of the Karuna and Parklands roads. The long and short of this is that The Sarit Centre is an interactive shopping mall offering one-stop access to a complete range of supermarkets, stores, service outlets, entertainment and professional and medical facilities unrivalled elsewhere in Kenya. Tel: +254-20-3747408 www.saritcentre.com

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You need it, they’ve got it! Nakumatt Holdings is the company that owns Kenya’s leading chain of retail supermarkets. As the largest retail market player in Kenya, and currently expanding to the wider East African region, com error 8011041a, Nakumatt have 19 supermarkets dealing in general merchandise.

Established in 1987, Nakumatt Holdings Limited stays ahead of the competition by providing quality, value, service, variety and lifestyle.

They pride themselves on delivering Quality, Value, Service, Variety and Lifestyle enhancing products. Management and policy

Nakumatt’s shop formats range from supermarkets to hypermarkets that showcase distinct world-class shopping floor layouts and amenities. All their branches hold a range of over 50,000 quality products Thanks to their rich heritage and passion for retail excellence, Nakumatt supermarkets countrywide have carved out a niche for themselves as the ideal shopping and entertainment centres for the whole family.

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A key element of this company as a retail chain of super stores is corporate governance and sector compliance. Nakumatt pride themselves on conforming to local and international laws, policies and regulations governing business and related operations. Nakumatt conduct their business with honesty and integrity. This ensures that they maintain high standards in all areas to


improve the economy of both the country and the region. The responsibility for managing the company at the top level rests with the Nakumatt Board of Directors, who meet regularly to provide corporate guidance and review operation strategies. It is a dynamic management team that is committed to obtaining the best possible results so that the accumulated benefits can be passed on to the consumers through offering a wider range of quality products in an accessible and affordable way, providing excellent services and enormous benefits. To ensure a clear focus of Quality across the organization and direct employee activities on Quality, customer focus and continual improvement, com error 8011041a, Nakumatt’s top management has given its commitment through a Quality policy statement, com error 8011041a, which states: “Nakumatt Holdings Limited is committed to providing a variety of affordable, quality brands as well as excellent and superior quality service to our customers.” Awards and certifications Nakumatt Holdings have, in keeping with global standards, managed to bag a string of internationally-recognised awards and certifications. All the awards and certifications confirm Nakumatt’s worldclass superiority. Some of these include: • Price Waterhouse Coopers East Africa Most Respected Service Sector Award • Kenya Bureau com error 8011041a Standards ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System • Planet Retail Global Ranking • East Africa Superbrand • GCR Credit Rating

Branch network All 19 strategically located Nakumatt outlets have been tastefully designed with wide aisles for a pleasurable shopping experience. Attractive display units for convenient shopping have been installed to hold welldefined product categories in a well-lit shopping environment with ample parking and convenient opening hours even on weekends and public holidays. The Head Office and distribution centre has some 140,000 square feet of storage and office space. The total selling space of the Nakumatt outlets is approximately 1 million square feet.

4. Cutting edge IT system – Nakumatt have invested more then US$ 2 million to roll out the most advanced retail chains information technology system on this continent. 5. Nakumatt’s Mission – is to create a chain of world-class superstores in strategic locations delivering quality, value, service, variety and lifestyle with convenient opening hours giving everyone the opportunity to shop at Nakumatt. 6. Nakumatt’s wide variety – Nakumatt stocks a variety of more than 50,000 local and international products to cater for the more than 154 nationalities who shop with them.

Corporate strategy Nakumatt have distinguished themselves from their peers on a 10-point differentiating aspects system that includes: 1. A Truly Kenyan outlook – Nakumatt are truly Kenyan and employ more than 3,000 indigenous Kenyans across their 19 branches. 2. Corporate governance and social investments – Nakumatt’s corporate governance is championed across the company and involves the directors, management and staff. On the Social investment front a KSh150million CSR budget has enabled Nakumatt to touch live in the environmental, educational, cultural and health sectors. 3. Commitment to managing a model business – Nakumatt have always maintained a lead in responsible business practice. Small wonder that they were the first retailers to introduce the Electronic Tax Register (ETR) across their branch network. They have also paid out around KSh420 million in taxes and are projecting to pay a total of KSh600 million.

7. Nakumatt’s locations – Nakumatt have strived with success to locate their outlets at the most strategic and convenient locations. 8. Smart Card rewards – Afford their customers a range of point-based benefits that include discounts service providers and partners, redemption of points fees and many more benefits, com error 8011041a. 9. Environment and quality policy – Nakumatt’s stringent environment and quality policy and processes ensure that their customers are afforded products and goods that meet world environment and quality standards. 10. Strategic expansion plans – Nakumatt’s vision for the future is centered on an achievable expansion plan into the region backed by a scheduled listing on the Nairobi Stock Exchange by the year 2009.

Tel: +254-20-650137 www.nakumatt.net

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The Village Market, Nairobi A Multinational Shopper’s Delight The international flavour of The Village Market in Nairobi is a shopping delight for the discerning bargain hunter. The Village is one of Kenya’s top attractions for the traveller who wants to sample and explore the very choicest of what this East African country has to offer.

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A walk within or around the Village Market gives one the feeling of being a true citizen of the world. Large numbers of people of different races and colours mingle here, shopping, socializing, com error 8011041a, lunching, wining and dining. A weekend family outing at the shopping complex is something to savour for a long time. Variety com error 8011041a luxury are just two words that may serve to describe the experience of visiting and shopping at the Village Market. The Village’s shopping experience can be a real pleasure as well as a challenge due to the difficulty of making choices on where to go within the complex and what to purchase. The variety of goods on offer is simply stunning and shoppers are seriously spoilt for choice. When on a visit to Kenya, a tourist might wish to have a little taste of “home away from home” – at the Village Market, with its multinational ambience, this is easily arranged. With more than 150 stores, shops, offices and eateries offering a variety of products and services from around the region and the world, the Village Market is a treasure trove of shopping. Conveniently located near the United Nations Centre in Nairobi, the Village Market is a global marketplace. Every Friday, the Village Market hold an openair Maasai market where colorful artifacts and traditional Kenyan crafts from over 300 traditional artists and vendors are on offer. The Village Market is located at Gigiri, about 16 miles from Nairobi’s central business district. It is arguably the capital city’s most spectacular shopping complex, with its food

courts, restaurants, movie theatres, 20-feethigh water slides, bowling alleys, and many shops, this is com error 8011041a of the places that family and tourists tend to visit, during the day and well into the night. Among the most popular places within the Village Market complex are the various eateries and cafes, which offer both traditional and modern cuisine at affordable prices. After one has done some shopping or simply walked around to view what items are on offer, it is usually time to sit down and relax in one of the cafes before making an order for a hot or cool drink/beverage. Coffee and tea, along with the various delicious tropical fruit juices are popular. The variety of foods and cuisine on offer range from Kenyan maize meal-based (ugali) dishes to Italian pizza and Chinese fried noodles. The Village Market hosts more than 300 events and activities annually making it one of the busiest shopping and recreation complexs in the region. With estimated foot traffic of up to 6,000 visitors daily, the Village Market is a good choice for organizations targeting various clientele for their products and services. The complex’s marketing and public relations departments organize the events and exhibitions, usually choosing African themes, with art exhibitions being are a weekly feature in the mall’s exhibition halls. Kenyan-made curios and artifacts as well as other works

of art such as paintings are usually the main feature at the exhibitions, with traditional music and dances as an additional attraction. International anniversaries and holidays, such as Halloween and Christmas, are celebrated in pomp and colour as visitors in their thousands come together to join in the merry and cheer of the season. The Christmas season is usually the busiest, with a lot of activity in every corner of the Village Market from the barber’s shops to the electronics outlets. The famous Maasai Market, where one can view and purchase various offerings of traditional Kenyan fashions, curios and artifacts, usually takes place every Friday. For the tourist, small traders offer a wide variety of souvenir Kenyan items at good prices. These include colourful beaded necklaces, headwear and belts, among other things. Items of clothing include the famous kitenge, kikoi and khanga. There are also the famous weaved Kenyan kiondo baskets. Ladies Day and the Car Boot Sale are among the most popular activities and events that the Village Market is proud to host all through the year. The “City within a City” concept works well among the residents com error 8011041a the surrounding up-market residential areas of Nairobi.

Tel: +254-20-7122489 www.villagemarket-kenya.com

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Sanabora Design House Limited • Graphics & Communication • Business Development Training • Upcase table incorrect error#1627 Design

A fusion of creativity and innovation Effective use of Com error 8011041a improves prosperity and the general well being of society. It is on this ground that Sanabora Design House Limited was established way back in 2004, to enable enterprise development through design support.

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The word ‘Sanabora’ is a literal translation of the Swahili words ‘very good’, a metaphor for the reputation Sanabora is committed to uphold.

On its journey to becoming a benchmark for sustainable design in Kenya, com error 8011041a, Sanabora is keen on forming partnerships with those who seek to pave the way for Kenya in the global market place.

To achieve the above goal, Sanabora offers design support and business development training tailored to enable competitiveness of enterprises in local and international markets. This in addition to communication support offered to encourage conception of ideas and promotional materials that inform, com error 8011041a, motivate and educate consumers on products offered.

Graphics & Communication Sanabora doesn’t just put words in your mouth. They scan you business to establish its initial impact, its clarity, content and potential for excellence. Asking the questions that your client might have about your business and evaluating ways in which they can improve your business by designing identity systems, publicity and promotional materials that supply the much needed pizzazz and well crafted enthusiasm needed to sell you and what you do.

Sanabora prides its success in the application of creativity and innovation in meeting the needs of its enjoy error cs go and the markets. This is on the belief that success in the corporate world today is likely to come through offering differentiated products.

Business Development Training Sanabora Design House offers a wide range of short term enterprise development courses. Each training programme is tailored to meet the needs of individual businesses both in the formal and informal sectors of Kenya.

With a pool of highly qualified com error 8011041a and business professionals, Sanabora offers unmatched value in product and service delivery, a position that has earned Sanabora a strong client base in Kenya. Among these clients are; Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), Export Promotional Council (EPC), German Technical Corporation (GTZ), United Nations Education and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), Africa Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Oxfam - UK, Jetlink Express Ltd and the list goes on.

Product Design Product design support is offered to business in developing the thousands of products required by consumers each year. Teams of experienced technical professionals lead clients through taking a product form concept to fulfillment of market needs.

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KikoRomeo KikoRomeo design and fashion house cuts a niche in outstanding designs with great emphasis on excellent cut, fit and finish.

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Ann McCreath and other partners founded the business which deals com error 8011041a African fashion and design in 1996 and have since produced high quality fashion incorporating community trade materials and craftsmanship. KikoRomeo collections have been shown and won accolades in Kenya at FAFA and overseas including Italy, Cameroon, South Africa and the Seychelles. The com error 8011041a and fashion house’s core business has been garment production and retail of KikoRomeo and Kikoti brands – both done in fabulous African design. They include fashion and accessories for men, women and children. KikoRomeo is currently developing a line of recycled and organic items, to meet the growing demands of the international market. KikoRomeo lines are designed by Ann McCreath together with Norbert Ochieng and Martha Gakii. In its outstanding design, great emphasis is put on excellent cut, fit and finish. Most of the textiles are from Africa produced both industrially and handcrafted. KikoRomeo holding company Kiro Limited’s philosophy is fair trade and commitment to working with local artisans com error 8011041a promoting community development through economic empowerment. Kiro Ltd has developed a concept in which it works in support of Africa’s heritage by actively promoting traditional skills and crafts, com error 8011041a. The KikoRomeo line incorporates a lot of handcrafting and hand-painting, to create unique individual items. New KikoRomeo products are being introduced and will be designed using

recycled and organic material, com error 8011041a. Kikoti and the uniforms design are produced in a factory setting, incorporating textiles from the continent. They are produced in bigger numbers, with little hand crafting, thereby reducing costs and provide for the middle market with a smart African fashion option. KikoRomeo’s business sprouted in 2006, after venturing into business contracts with blue chip corporate firms by designing and making their corporate uniforms. Among the companies KikoRomeo landed successful contracts with are; Safaricom Customer Care, Air Kenya, KACA, Java Coffee House, Origins Safaris and Mercury Lounge. In June 2007, a new line “Kikoti” (“the place where life began” in Maasai’s Maa language) was launched, with the aim of offering a more affordable African fashion to suit the middle market. In November 2007, Kiro, East African Designer Store was opened in the Yaya centre together with other East African designers. This was to enable designers to retail their ready-made garments at a central spot. Outlets: KikoRomeo has its com error 8011041a on Mogotio Rd, Westlands, Nairobi. Collections are also sold through KikoRomeo, 2nd floor Yaya Centre, and KooRoo at le Rustique on General Mathenge Drive, Com error 8011041a (254) 722 516317 / (254) 733 835438 [email protected] www.kikoromeo.com

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Home of the best of the best The above words are said with an air of confidence and finality. But we are not done yet, com error 8011041a. “We have highly skilled and qualified nursing staff that is well grounded in bedside nursing quite apart from being registered nurses.� The speaker is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nairobi Hospital, Dr Cleopa Mailu. His first statement is about the doctors at the Nairobi Hospital. The second is about the nursing staff.

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And this about the hospital itself: “It is assumed, indeed believed, that if it fails at the Nairobi Hospital, then nothing can be done or, to put it another way, when all else fails, you have to go to the Nairobi Hospital. If you get to us alive, chances are you will survive.” Dr Mailu says that this belief about The Nairobi Hospital is firmly held and buttressed by those who have been at the hospital, “brought in when they were on the brink and came back to life” and their relatives. And that fits in well with the hospital’s motto Lux Tenebris com error 8011041a translates as Light in Darkness. Those who have been wheeled into the wards after they were mauled by wild animals or had been involved in freak or tragic accidents and were in a state of darkness have seen light after treatment at the Nairobi Hospital.

has the best skilled nurses, com error 8011041a, but also trains them, com error 8011041a. It is instructive here to note that the current matron not only trained at the hospital, but was also a nurse there for 27 years. “Our nurses have a great attachment to the institution that trains them just as most people are com error 8011041a attached to their schools much more than they are to their universities,” says Dr Mailu. The idea here is that nursing staff will undergo targeted training that will enable them to bond with the patients and ultimately meet their needs and yield excellent practice. The Nairobi Hospital is reputed to have the best training for nurses and while many of them prefer to work at the hospital, there are others who join different institutions spread all over the country. That means the Nairobi Hospital trains nurses for itself as well as the country.

Those who practice at the hospital must be accomplished specialists recognised as such by the Doctors and Dentists Medical Board and must practice for at least three years before they can get admitting rights.

The hospital has over 400 consulting doctors who specialise in varied disciplines of medicine.

The third pillar of the hospital is the deliberate investment in advanced technology. “We challenge professionals to exercise what

And the motto has an ironic twist to it too. The foundation stone for the Nairobi Hospital was laid on October 20, 1952. That is the same day the colonial state herded the leaders of the nationalist movement into prison and declared a State of Emergency. The stone was laid by the Governor, Sir Evelyn Baring, after he had sent the resisting Kenyans to jail. That was a dark day for Kenya, but the laying of the stone could be said to have lit a light in healthcare terms. From the small facility of 57 years ago, The Nairobi Hospital is now a 14-ward, 302bed facility, with Intensive Care and High Dependency units, Casualty and six theatres. Its 32-bed pediatric ward was opened recently and the aim is that the hospital catches them early so that they can stay with it throughout their life. The highly skilled nursing staff and the bestof-the-best doctors are only two of the pillars of the Nairobi Hospital, com error 8011041a. The hospital not only

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they were taught. We invest in technology com error 8011041a enable us to give the best tecdoc error number 14. “We have also invested in the best there is in information technology to drive our business, com error 8011041a, our front and back offices, ease our processes and enable us to serve our clients com error 8011041a, simply and efficiently”, says Dr Mailu. The Nairobi Hospital has positioned itself as a market leader and Dr Mailu says that it has to innovate for others to follow or the healthcare sector in Kenya will stagnate!

Dr, com error 8011041a. Cleopa Mailu CEO, The Nairobi Hospital

That is to say the hospital intends to stay ahead of the competition or to be a market leader always. This is in tandem with the hospital’s stated corporate culture of caring about quality, providing the highest standards of healthcare and its belief that patient satisfaction is paramount. Indeed, the Nairobi Hospital has positioned itself well to take advantage of the emerging and fast-growing field of medical tourism. Given its facilities, expertise and the infrastructure the country has, the Nairobi Com error 8011041a is in good stead to lead the way in welcoming patients from all corners of the globe.

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This could well be the best part of the Nairobi Hospital: It is a non-profit institution. The Board of directors is voluntary and it prides itself on being a public hospital well run. Dr Mailu says “it is Kenya’s jewel, the hope of Kenyans when public hospitals go down. The ten gentlemen who came together to found The Nairobi Hospital under the aegis of the Kenya European Hospital Association did not make this a private company, but opted to bequeath it to posterity. Founding President Kenyatta, former President Moi and current President Kibaki have all been treated here, but it is a general hospital, admitting all and one paying patients. However, com error 8011041a, the hospital will not turn away a patient when there is an emergency because they do not have money. Talking about the future is especially interesting for CEO and staff of the Nairobi Hospital, not only because they want to excel, but also because of what it is they intend to do. “We intend to invest in innovative areas of medicine such as telemedicine and other cutting edge diagnostic sms advanced client error 25100 curative


Innovation provides horizon scanning to keep us in the right direction - The Axion Artis dTC Cardiac Angiography System

technologies, com error 8011041a. We intend to enter into strategic partnerships with other medical institutions in Kenya and beyond,” says a hospital brochure. The Nairobi Hospital, true to its reputation and standing, has received several awards over the last two years, beginning with its being ranked sixth in Africa by the African Almanac list of the top 20 hospitals on the continent, com error 8011041a. It was the recipient of the 2005 Johnson Midwives of the Year Award, com error 8011041a, has an HACCP certification in catering and has been awarded the Afya (Kiswahili for health) Excellence Awards in the rational use of medicine and in innovation and leadership. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 the Nairobi Hospital was recognised by the Computer Society of Kenya and given the award of Best Health Applications. Still in 2006, UNICEF and Kenya’s Ministry of Health certified the hospital as baby-friendly. Where does the inspiration come from? A brochure from the hospital informs that staff is inspired by the institution’s mission, vision and core values. The mission says that the

hospital seeks to “provide a regional centre of excellence for quality healthcare through efficient services and facilities”. The Nairobi Hospital’s com error 8011041a is to “be a leader in healthcare within Central and eastern Africa”. This is to be done by staff being passionate sql 2008 r2 install error result the quality of service, supporting, strengthening and involving staff, innovation, growth of institution com error 8011041a leadership by and through example. The hospital’s core values revolve around visionary leadership, quality healthcare, compassionate care, professionalism, integrity, social responsibility and dynamism. Tel: +254-20-2845000 www.nairobihospital.org

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Award-winning trailblazers Avenue Group “We want to be known for providing high quality healthcare at an affordable price.” This, says Managing Director Diana Patel, is the driving force, indeed the mission, of the Avenue Group, Kenya’s multiple award-winning and trailblazing healthcare providers.

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The Avenue Group is unique as a provider of healthcare, having established Kenya’s first private and self-contained psychiatric facility in 1990, a time when most such patients had no place com error 8011041a go to other than the public Mathare Hospital. That was but the beginning of the Avenue Group’s firsts, for, in 1994, the group led the way in providing home-based nursing care and in the same year pioneered the still rare service of rental of medical equipment. “We want to be in the lead; we want to keep innovating and, that way, not only stay ahead of the competition, but also introduce the best healthcare products and services in Kenya,” says Diana. In 1995 the group became Kenya’s first provider-based health management organisation (HMO) and the following year introduced the country’s first managed com error 8011041a system. The group’s last two firsts are not just trailblazers but assert emphatically The Avenue Group’s commitment to training and patient safety com error 8011041a comfort as pillars of excellence in healthcare. The Emergency Medical Technicians Training Course commenced in 2000 and 2005 saw the introduction of the Medical Taxi. Medical taxi? “Exactly,” says Ms Etta Ligale, com error 8011041a, the Operations General Manager, “often times we realise that what a patient needs is not an ambulance, but transport to hospital.” What comprises The Avenue Group? If you

stay in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city and you hear the name Avenue, it is highly unlikely you will think about any of the metropolis’ streets or boulevards. Most Kenyans know Avenue Hospital, a 70-bed modern facility with male and female wards, a dedicated paediatric wing, maternity wards, a psychiatric wing, and theatre and mortuary services. Next in the group’s stable is com error 8011041a flagship Lifestyle Clinic so called because it is situated com error 8011041a a facility of the same name in the Central Business District. Then there is the P J Place in Nairobi’s Industrial Area to complete The Avenue Group facilities error 001 expected token, but found /kick the capital. There are three more clinics which are situated in Mombasa, Kenya’s world-famous coastal resort, Kisumu on Lake Victoria and Thika which is some 40 kilometres away from Nairobi. It is the services offered at these facilities, com error 8011041a, say Diana and Etta, that set The Avenue Group apart from the rest. For example the 24 hour medical taxi is part of the group’s rescuen package which provide for high quality rescue, evacuation and transport services. Avenue Healthcare (AHC) was founded in 1995 specifically to manage the Avenue Hospital Outpatient Department and offer mobile medical services to company clients and is the one tasked with operating the Mombasa, com error 8011041a, Kisumu and Thika outpatient clinics. Apart from the outpatient services, Avenue Healthcare offers inpatient services,

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in-house clinics, com error 8011041a, special clinic services and medical examinations. Regarding examinations, Avenue Healthcare is licensed by the City Council of Nairobi, for example, to carry out tests for food handlers. And Avenue doctors carry out routine preemployment examinations, including urine and stool, HIV, VDRL, com error 8011041a, widals, and chest x-ray. The Special Clinics, which are housed at the Avenue Hospital Special Clinics Wing, include antenatal clinics, well baby clinics,

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a diabetic clinic and Voluntary Counseling, Testing and Treatment (VCTT). Notice that most are VCT clinics but Avenue’s includes treatment hence the extra T in Com error 8011041a Avenue also offers training in emergency medicine, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation as well as First Aid training for corporates and the general com error 8011041a. The medical taxi service includes scheduled doctor and late night casualty visits. This service also offers travel home from the group’s hospital or clinics and the vehicles


equips the in-house clinics and manages them, com error 8011041a. The Avenue Group operates a diabetic clinic at Avenue Hospital and at the Lifestyle clinic whose services include advising com error 8011041a on management of diabetics, diet, exercise and modification of one’s lifestyle, laboratory services and specialist referrals where necessary. Indeed, of the many card products that Com error 8011041a Group has on offer, the Diabetics Card stands out because it guarantees one unlimited outpatient consultations at the Diabetic Jv3 error 23 equipped with a wheel chair, first aid kit, sickness bags and radio call. The taxi comes complete with nurse aid, security guards and drivers who are trained in First Aid. Avenue Homecare is a service that provides nurse aids under the supervision of qualified nurses and offers a less expensive alternative to hospital care, with medical equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches available for weekly or monthly hire. This has been hailed as a cost effective service carried out in an environment that is familiar and comfortable to the patients essbase 1052001 error reading from server, com error 8011041a enhancing recuperation in privacy and freedom and reduced risk of cross infection. This service is especially recommended for elderly and terminal ill patients, those addicted to substance abuse, post-surgery patients and general convalescents. The Avenue Group has offers in-house clinics for corporate clients which enhance access to medical care and reduce time off work to seek treatment as well as personalised service for staff and their families. It is the group which furnishes and

Most visitors and patients at the Avenue Group facilities are often pleasantly surprised to be informed that patients have rights such as the right to receive superior health care regardless of their race, tribe, national origin, sex, age, com error 8011041a, financial status or cultural preferences. Patients are informed com error 8011041a they have the right to be treated with respect and courtesy, their personal privacy is respected and medical records handled with utmost confidentiality. Indeed, it is also made known to patients that they have the right to demand to know the names, qualifications and professional responsibilities of their health care providers. At Avenue Group com error 8011041a make it plain that patients have the right to treatment appropriate to their choice, age, physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural and intellectual needs. Given that most will find a doctor’s notes cryptic, Diana enlightens that a patient, has the right to receive information about diagnosis and treatment plans in a language he or she easily understands, with explanations of alternatives, com error 8011041a risks, benefits and burdens of each.

What this boils down to, Etta takes over, is that at Avenue patients have the right to participate in decisions involving their health care and give informed consent to treatment. Professional talks The Com error 8011041a is well known for the health talks its professionals give for such clients and beyond. These acclaimed speeches revolve around varied and valued topics such com error 8011041a u HIV/Aids u Alcoholism u Occupational health and safety u Infectious diseases u Rational use of drugs u Health, living and lifestyle u Malaria u Smoking u Stress u Nutrition u Hygiene u Family planning u Breast cancer u First Aid The above are also available as full courses by Avenue Rescue Services. AWARDS It is not an idle boast when the Avenue Group executives say they believe in leading the way for the group is the winner of four Afya (by the Ministry of Health) awards. These are: u Quality, Affordable, Health Care (2003) u Health Insurance and Finance (2006) u Innovative Leadership - First runner-up (2006) u Diabetes Care (2006) Tel: +254-20-3742907 www.avenuehealthcare.com

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Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is the oldest hospital in the country, having been founded in 1901 as the Native Civil Hospital and then King George VI Hospital in 1952. It is currently the largest national referral, teaching and research hospital.

Kenyatta National Hospital plays a major role in healthcare delivery system in the country, East Africa and the whole of Africa region as provided for in its mandate. The hospital has an efficient and effective referral system and receives referral cases for specialized healthcare from other health institutions within and outside the country. KNH is the hospital of choice to the majority of the population in the capital city, Nairobi, and it’s environ due to its affordability and quality healthcare

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The institution facilitates medical training for students of the College of Health Sciences of the University of Nairobi, The Kenya Medical Training College, and other higher learning institutions. This is in addition to facilitating research either directly and/or through other cooperating health institutions, com error 8011041a. The hospital also participates in national health policy planning.


Clinical Departments Medicine

Obstetrics& Gynaecology

Dentistry

Laboratory Medicine

Nursing

Dermatology

Paediatrics

Pharmacy

Surgery

Respiratory & Infectious Diseases

Ophthalmology

Radiotherapy

Radiology

Accident and Emergency

Anaesthesia

Quality Assurance

Professional Support Departments Medical Records

Occupational Therapy

Public Health

Laundry

Medical Social Work

Physiotherapy

Nutrition

Catering

Administrative Departments: Administration

Personnel

Finance

Supplies & Procurement

Public Relations

Legal

Planning

Maintenance & Transport

The Heart Unit

Interventional Com error 8011041a Intensive Care Unit and HDU

Security Specialized Units Renal Unit

Kenyatta National Hospital is well equipped to set stage for attaining continental and international healthcare standards. This has led to efficient diagnosis and patient management for better medical outcomes as well as enhanced its competitiveness in the contemporary healthcare industry at local, regional and international level. KNH has comprehensive care centre that handles HIV/Aids patients, dispensing medicine, monitoring viral loads, and counseling. The centre has a patient support centre devoted to recovery of gender violence victims. The Accident and Emergency facility was expanded to improve patient flow. Improved integration of emergency and support services has made it a onestop patient management complex. The complex has an acute room, six emergency beds, laboratory and com error 8011041a spacious operating theatres dedicated to emergencies and surgery trauma patients as well as financial services, counseling and pharmacy. The hospital has also improved other services such as Radiology, Cardiology, Neonatal Critical Care Unit, laundry and power upgrade.

KNH provides specialized services like open-heart operations, brain surgery, com error 8011041a, complicated eye surgery (intra-ocular), skin operations com error 8011041a laser and plastic surgery.

patients coming from the larger Eastern and Southern Africa region for specialized care. Doctors Plaza

Private Wing Wards In an effort to improve quality of services and at the same time boost its financial base, KNH opened amenity wards which today form a fully fledged Private Wing occupying the 9th and 10th floors of the Tower Block, com error 8011041a. The Private Wing concept aims at providing quality healthcare at an affordable cost and retaining most of the professional staff within reach even as they continue with their private practice within the hospital. The Private Wing wards have enabled the hospital to improve the quality of care and reach out to the corporate clientele. The quality of services provided in the Private Wing is comparable to that of other private asus p5b error beeps. This facility has indeed given Kenyans an alternative quality medical care that is affordable and competitive to In addition, the existing services offered by KNH private hospitals have attracted clientele in some parts of Africa with

These facilities enable the specialist doctors to do private practice within easy reach of the hospital. The project earns the hospital revenue and helps keep many doctors within the hospital (KNH). Key Statistics Staff Capacity: 6,000 Bed Capacity: 1,800 beds Average annual Outpatient attendance: 600,000 visits Average Annual Inpatient attendance: 89,000 patients Com error 8011041a length of stay: 7 Days Annual budgetary allocation: KSh4.6 billion Tel: +254-20-2726300 www.knh.or.ke

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A bastion of care and service Upper Hill Medical Centre An array of medical services is situated under one roof at the Upper Hill Medical Centre, which is ideally located in the middle of a rapidly growing business district of Nairobi.

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It is a private healthcare facility with a wide variety of medical services and some of the most modern equipment as well as highly qualified medical personnel who are dedicated to the provision of the best services in Kenya and beyond.

services, including a sophisticated diagnostics laboratory, a diagnostic imaging unit, a kidney centre, a laser kidney and endoscopy centre, a hearing aid centre, a physiotherapy centre, a children’s clinic and a chemist.

Both tourists and local residents of Nairobi and the entire eastern and Central African region are assured of an impressive world-class medical facility which provides a wide variety of

The all-inclusive ultra-modern six-storey complex situated along Ralph Bunche Road only a short distance from another top private com error 8011041a facility that is the Nairobi Hospital,

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houses specialists in various com error 8011041a fields that include allergies, com error 8011041a, anaesthetics, aurology, com error 8011041a, cardiology, cosmetics, dentistry, dermatology, endoscopy, ENT (ear nose & throat), gynaecology, laparoscopy, neurology, nutrition, obstetrics, opthalmology and pediatrics. Other specialist medical fields offered at the Upper Hill Medical Centre, which is one of the most sophisticated privatelyowned healthcare facilities throughout the eastern African region, including pathology, psychiatry and medical psychology, physiotherapy, plastic surgery, radiology, reproductive health, com error 8011041a, traumatology, urology and vascular surgery. There are also pathologists and various categories of paramedics at the facility. A number of highly qualified general physicians and surgeons are located at the Upper Hill Medical Centre, which has numerous well-equipped, state-of-the art surgical theatres. Patients whose ailments do not require lengthy or complicated com error 8011041a procedures are normally treated and discharged on the same day. The health environment provided by this superlative medical facility is highly supportive of the various needs of patients. Doctors and other medical staff at the Upper Hill Medical Centre, although hailing from different social and academic backgrounds, form a harmonious entity, dedicated to the provision of the best healthcare available anywhere at affordable prices. Support for continued professional education for members of staff ensures a workforce that is reliable, fast, and friendly. The highly trained and experienced staff is available for consultation on drug information. The UHMC Pharmacy is conveniently located on the ground floor. It is dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of every patient through stocking of an extensive range of prescription drugs and healthcare products. The health facility has partnered with drug manufacturers and suppliers for

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