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Jun 20 2016

Exploring the Animal Orphanage at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Category: Destinations | Hotels | On The SceneMegan Leader @ 07:24

When I checked into the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club in Nanyuki, Kenya, I knew I was someplace special. This gorgeous, sweeping resort is a haven perched on the equator, abutting Mount Kenya National Park. Its lush grounds and range of amenities create a welcome respite after a long journey to eastern Africa, but the resort boasts something truly unique: an on-site animal orphanage staffed by enthusiastic volunteers.

The animal orphanage is a retreat-within-a-retreat, housing dozens of different animals—many indigenous to Kenya, as well as a few species that were given to the country of Kenya and its high-ranking officials as gifts. So in addition to monkeys, bongos, ostriches and cheetahs, you'll also see a More...

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Feb 19 2016

How to book responsible travel to Kenya

Category: DestinationsMegan Leader @ 04:46

If you're based in North America, booking travel to Africa can be tricky: Being located so far away, you still want to know that you're giving your clients an unparalleled experience, while doing right by the people and the environment of the destination. In a country like Kenya, where the tourism industry is more developed than many of its neighbors', it's especially important to do your research and support those businesses that are giving back to local communities and preserving the wildlife that are so critical to the country's tourism.

Research shows that travelers' priorities are changing: Animal welfare, philanthropic travel and sustainable tourism are coming to the forefront, and more than ever, travelers want to be confident that their bookings are putting money in the hands of locals, building a strong, sustainable tourism industry that protects the environment.

A close-up view of an elephant in Ol Pejeta Conservancy

During the 40th annual Africa Travel Association world congress in November, I sat down with Tarn Breedveld, the Tourism Development Director of Kenya's Northern Rangelands Trust, to talk about how travel agents can book responsible trips to Kenya for their clients.

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Feb 5 2016

travel42 Best Of: Top 10 winter escapes

Category: Best Of | DestinationsMegan Leader @ 10:45

The groundhog has spoken: Apparently we're in for an early spring, but for many of us, that sunny weather can't come soon enough! That's why we have rounded up 10 of our favorite go-to escapes for warm weather in winter. Join us on a bright, cheery tour of some of the world's loveliest destinations.

1. St. Lucia. The island's twin pitons are More...

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Jan 8 2016

Alfajiri Villas Preview: Paradise on Kenya's wild coast

Category: Favorites | Hotels | On The SceneMegan Leader @ 11:14

On a recent trip to Kenya, I stayed in paradise: A private villa with an infinity pool on a white-sand beach. Included in my stay were upscale home-cooked meals, stellar service, wine and massages. I was in plumeria-laden heaven. 

I have been lucky to explore many exceptional hotels, but sometimes I come across properties with something really special. Alfajiri Villas has that special something, and I think it can be attributed to the exquisite taste, standards and attention to detail shown by its owners and managers, Fabrizio and Marica Molinaro.

Located in the beach town of Diani, Kenya, down an unmarked driveway, Alfajiri Villas is popular with in-the-know travelers and celebrities (Rowan Atkinson was one of its first guests). This place is an absolute gem. When I spoke with Fabrizio during my stay, he said that his philosophy is that the villas should feel like home.

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Feb 17 2015

Top 10 all-inclusive resorts to visit in 2015

Category: Hotels | ListsMegan Leader @ 08:08

At travel42, we're always exploring the latest and greatest hotels and destinations all over the world. So each month this year, we're going to share our favorite properties in various hotel themes. This month, in celebration of wave season and warm-weather destinations, we're taking a look at all-inclusive properties (but not just in Mexico and the Caribbean)!

For many travelers, all-inclusive resorts provide one of the most valuable assets on vacation: Peace of mind. We've scoped out 10 of our favorite all-inclusive resorts across the globe, from Patagonia to Cancun, Vermont to Thailand. Here they are: Our top 10 picks for all-inclusive resorts in 2015.

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