Walking with Rhinos
If the idea of edging close to an endangered black rhino sounds appealing, Saruni Rhino’s new rhino-tracking experience could be right up your alley. Saruni Rhino is now offering its guests the chance to track rhino on foot at the 133,000-acre Sera Conservancy after 11 of these beasts were translocated to the fenced sanctuary in 2015. Rangers use transmitters to pick up signals from a chip implanted in the rhino’s horn, and guests can get out of the vehicle and creep to within a few metres of the animal. The steep price tag goes towards the protection of the rhino, coveted by poachers for its horn. www.sarunisamburu.com
Ethiopian flies to Vic Falls
Ethiopia Airlines introduces two exciting new routes this year from its hub in Addis Ababa. From March, it will start flying four times a week from Addis to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Described by CNN as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the waterfall, considered the largest in the world, is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls. The airline is also adding Jakarta, Indonesia, to its routes from the middle of 2017.
KWS Parks go cashless
Kenya Wildlife Service is attempting to phase out cash payments again at all of its parks. In theory, visitors must now pay to enter via card, MPesa or bank transfer, but at the time of going to press, some parks were still accepting cash.
Ziplining in the forest
Head to the forest, an hour out of Nairobi, for an exhilarating experience on East Africa’s longest zip-line. The newly-opened centre offers six lines that will send you hurtling up to 60 km/h through the Kereita forest. A bunch of other activities are on offer too, including mountain biking, fly- fishing, archery and paint-balling. www.theforest.co.ke