WITH the Foreign Office indicating Kenya is again safe for British tourists, packages in April and May are being heavily discounted by operators trying to kickstart a market hit hard by post-election violence this year.
UK arrivals in Kenya during 2007 topped 200,000 for the first time, but foreign visitor numbers in January virtually halved as savage scenes of civil unrest flashed around the world.
Monarch Airlines has indicated a resumption of flights from May 2, while First Choice and Thomson are set to restart in mid-July. Thomsonfly’s last charter from Kenya returned on January 20.
Many holidays in Kenya in the next few months will be cheaper than going to Europe.
Kuoni has slapped an amazing £399 lead-in, saving £369, on seven nights’ all-inclusive at the three-star Travellers Club, including Monarch flights, from May to the end of October.
In June Kuoni offers seven nights’ all-inclusive at the four-star Malindi Beach Hotel for £464 – half the original price – and seven nights’ all-inclusive at the four-star Baobab Beach Resort from £475, saving £546 per person, between May 5 and late October.
INFORMATION: Acacia Adventure Holidays (020 7706 4700); Cosmos (0871 423 8560); Somak (020 8423 3000); Thomson (0870 160 4529); Kuoni (01306 747 008); Magical Travel (0800 707 6335).