Kenya really is the place to be in the next few months and more and more people should be coming out.
Due to negative press, security issues and Ebola, Africa as a whole and Kenya in particular has seen a fall in bookings, especially in the first third of 2015.
As a result game parks and beaches are very quiet, camps and airlines have slashed prices and a result is that wildlife may suffer as less tourism dollars arrive in the country.
The reality is that at this time of year the country looks absolutely stunning, the skies are blue, the short grass is green and game viewing is out of this world. Had enough of the cold and wet of Europe and North America - well now is the time to come to Kenya!
At Offbeat we have very competitive low season rates, plus a current early bird booking incentive and some generous special offers. The local airlines have decided for the next few months that they will offer low season air fairs and international flights are not busy and good deals are to be had on these. Hopefully the international flights will reduce further with the falling oil price and APD being reduced for children in the UK.
Security issues are of course a concern to all, but this has become a global issue as we all know from the very sad recent events in Paris. It is something at Offbeat and the Kenyan tourism sector as a whole are very aware of. I for one do not take it lightly, however I am confident enough in Kenya that i have recently brought my 4 month old son out to live here. We will often be on safari, and in February he will visit Offbeat Mara and Meru Camps, Sosian and Lamu.
The Ebola crisis, as awful as it is for the 3 countries in West Africa, is not and hopefully will not be an issue here in Kenya. Lots of facts and figures have been banded about and you have probably seen a lot of them. My take on it is that so far there are zero reported cases in Kenya. The Airports here (unlike in the UK) screen passengers on arrival for high temperatures. More flights a day link West Africa to Europe than East to West Africa. As we know scores of people try to get across the Mediterranean sea from Africa to Europe and often make it. I am not sure, but i dont think many get across the Sahara desert, let along with Ebola. As such the risk here in Kenya is probably lower than in Europe and as i say at time of writing this there are no reports of Ebola here.
Quiet game parks and flights, great weather, amazing prices and the usual big smiles from the Kenyans and wonderful hospitality make Kenya THE place to visit in 2015.
I hope to see some of you out here very soon,