23 June 2014
IMPORTANT TRAVEL ADVICE FOR KENYA
Greetings from Acacia!
Many of you will have seen media coverage of recent incidents in Kenya. You may have checked with your government travel advisories to see their ‘take’ on what’s happening (in the UK it’s www.fco.gov.uk ).
Naturally we are concerned about recent events but the fact is little has changed to Acacia tours or procedures. The government advisories have focused on the Kenyan coast and on Mombasa Island because that is where recent incidents have occurred. Certain low income areas of Nairobi are also warned against: the suburb of Eastleigh and other low income areas.
None of these affects us: we go nowhere near Mombasa (it’s 450kms away) and the Nairobi suburbs concerned are outside the city centre, don’t affect the airport or our departure hotel (or any of the other centrally located hotels), and no Acacia tour goes near them.
Taking into account all information to hand therefore we do not believe there is reason to amend or cancel tours. Naturally we continue to monitor events – not only from government advisories but also from suppliers, colleagues and contacts locally on the ground in Kenya. Our tours are not affected because we do not go near the affected areas; if tours were affected we would change the itinerary(ies) to avoid the problem areas.
We have weekly departures from Nairobi: all tours are operating normally and running to the regular itinerary. We are taking enquiries and bookings for Kenya (as for other areas of Africa) and all members of the Acacia team from road crew and drivers to back‐room staff are gearing up for a busy season.