Below are the chosen KATS FAM trip attendees:
- Arthur Heck (RMK Travel Service)
- Berbece Maria Daniela (Eurotravel)
- Wallace Jones (Travel Leaders/Signature Destinations)
- Donald Johnson (Walking Path Travel)
- Cherlyn Bell (Ebony Vacations)
- Amanda Vallone (Roseborough Travel Agency)
- Bridget Kapinus (Andrew Harper Travel)
- Laura Barbanell (Cosmopolitan Travel)
The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) would like to invite all certified KATS agents to the 2018 Roaring KATS Familiarization trip Feb. 24 to March 4, 2018. The FAM trip aims to help familiarize agents selling Kenya products, and agents looking to refresh their current destination knowledge. All agents wishing to attend this FREE FAM trip—including free air—must be a certified KATS agent (kats.recommend.com).
The FAM starts off in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, and included highlights are visits to Amboseli National Park, Laikipia, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Diani in the South Coast and Malindi in the North Coast. In Amboseli, you’ll be able to get close to free-ranging elephants and will have the opportunity to meet the Maasai Mara people. On the way to Laikipia—which is home to the highest concentration of endangered species in the country—the group will stop at the Sagana River where they can go bungee jumping or whitewater rafting. With Mount Kenya as a backdrop, Laikipia itself offers some of the best experiences, wildlife and landscapes in Kenya. While in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, agents will have the opportunity to view the big five, and in Diani, with its white-sand beaches, there’s plenty of time for watersports such as snorkeling and dolphin-spotting. Tropical Malindi, meanwhile, is home to the Malindi Marine National Park and nearby is the Watamu Marine National Park, home to turtles and colorful fish. Here, too, is the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve, which harbors elephants and more than 200 species of birds, and near the forest, the Gede Ruins are the remains of an ancient Swahili town.
Note that the participating KATS agents do divide into two groups, with some visiting Amboseli and others visiting Laikipia. The entire group visits the Maasai Mara, but then is split up again to choose between Diani and Malindi. The two groups meet at the Farewell Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi.
• International & domestic airfare
• Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
• Ground transport with top-up roof for photographing
• Park entry fees
• Meet & greet service by a local representative at J.K.I.A. Airport
• Game drives as per itinerary
• English-speaking driver/guide
• Gratuity for drivers and porters
• Extras at lodges (tips, telephone, laundry, etc.)
• Items of personal expenses
All interested agents can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 4, 2018 to request more information (invitation and application).