The U.S. Department of State has revised its Travel Warning for Kenya, lifting the ban on non-essential travel to this East African nation. The new Travel Warning advises Americans to "consider carefully the risks of travel to Kenya at this time."
Mr. John Glen, Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation Travel Advisory Committee, said confirmations of bookings from leading U.S. travel agents were immediately increasing in light of the revised Travel Warning. "This is a significant step in the right direction," he said.
On May 19th, second-time mother Nyabitondore gave birth to twins. This is great news for the threatened mountain gorilla population.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) received a top, Four-Star overall rating by Charity Navigator. AWF was also ranked Four-Star for its organizational efficiency and organizational capacity. AWF has received the highest ranking possible from Charity Navigator for the third year in a row!
Charity Navigator is a non-profit organization which works to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on over 2,600 charities and by evaluating the financial health of each of them.
While working in the tourism industry, we were often asked: "Should I go on safari to East Africa or Southern Africa?" The answer is never easy because there are many factors to consider.
First, let me define the regions: East Africa encompasses Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi (although some people consider the latter three as Central Africa). Southern Africa includes South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Mozambique.
According to reports from the Volcanic Observatory of Goma, the Nyamulagira Volcano in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) erupted on May 8, 2004. Continuous lava and ash from the central crater of the volcano are likely to destroy wildlife habitats and impact human and wildlife health in parts of AWF's Virunga Heartland near the eruption site.