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Welcome to our Direct Sale! Book your East Africa safari with us to view the Great Wildebeests Migration 2017. This is our best value - best seller program, based on 4x4 land cruiser transport. E-mail: jackoafricasafaris@jambo.co.ke

 

Great Wildebeest Migration 2017.

 

Our open departure days for 2017’s high season to view this Great Wildebeest Migration spectacle in Masai Mara, Kenya are as follows: Click here for Itinerary & Quotation and book with us in January thru March 2017 in order to enjoy A SPECIAL DISCOUNT! Any other days of your choice are welcome - we assure you our quickest response.  

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   Special Professionals Travel Program.

 

Jacko Africa Safaris is pleased to welcome you back to our newly re-structured SPECIAL PROFESSIONALS TRAVEL (SPT) PROGRAM. This year - 2017 - we invite professionals of one calling worldwide to travel with us in groups of only 10 – 12 passengers on your tour. A knowledgeable experienced local Tour Director escorts your safari for absolutely free! Enjoy a special discount if you book with us in January through March 2017. Click here for itinerary, description, departure dates, and quotation.

Contact us: jackoafricasafaris@jambo.co.ke for any more information you may need.

Recent Events

Search for clean water continues…

Here we put our energies to God's service through service to a human person. Jacko Africa Safaris assists in drilling borehole wells for poor communities in Kenya. One of the sponsors below was our client - we invite more of clients to help, if interested, and we are transparent enough to coordinate your wish under our Jacko Community Projects theme.


Click here to enjoy our Pictorial Blog about our Latest Water for Life Project


Click here to read about our First Water for Life Project

 

News and Calendar

JULY – SEPTEMBER 2017.

The Great Wildebeests Migration 2017 is underway with masses of antelopes already converging on the Mara Plains. Trips have come and gone with great memories of huge matching herds of zebra, wildebeests, and buffalo with predators in the wake.

No doubt about increased clients’ interested in our destination - Kenya has remained brilliant. We have managed to hold together and survive all economic challenges of the recent past. We remain optimistic the remainder to 2017 shall open up further opportunities to successful marketing, so we have a wonderful 2018.

As a shared responsibility with our hotel partners, we shall ensure that we keep ourselves more and more afford-able, choice-able, value-able, and satisfactory to our clients. We begin now to anticipate that you shall take advantage of our discounted 2018 prices, which are already available.

Book with us for safaris throughout East & Southern Africa, ie Kenya – our home /  Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia & Zimbabwe. Jacko Africa Safaris is a one-stop shop with proven capability.

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

 MD - JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED.

Great Wildebeests Migration

 


APRIL – JUNE 2017.

All is well - The long awaited rains are with us. It’s pretty green in most of our national parks and reserves – very good for our wildlife.

We have very few spaces left on the July – August high season Great Migration Departures. Book your group safari with us. Click here for Itinerary & Quotation or let us know your wished number of day’s itinerary – we shall quote.

Conservation News:

April 06th 2017: Kenya Approved for Direct Flights from the US: Kenya received a safety certification this month from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that will allow its airlines to apply for non-stop flights to U.S. Airports. Non-stop flights would cut hours off the lengthy journey between the two nations, and provide a major boost to Kenya's tourism industry.  Kenya Airways said it would begin work immediately to establish new routes.

May 06th 2017: Announcement on immediate increase in price of gorilla permits in Rwanda: On this date, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) announced that there will be an immediate increase (effective henceforth) in the price of a gorilla permit in Rwanda from US $750 to US $1,500 per person. We do not have any further details at the moment. We will issue further updates as more details emerge.

June 06th 2017: Kenya gets Standard Gauge Railway fast passenger trains. It’s one week, since the flag-off ceremony was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Madaraka Day. The modern diesel haul trains are capable of running from Nairobi to Mombasa is a matter of 4 hours.  No doubt – first class is Tourist Class we hope to utilize at less than half the price of plane flight.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

MD - JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED.

New Standard Guage Railway (SGR) Train in Kenya

 


 

JANUARY – MARCH 2017.

Dear All - Happy New Year 2017!

First - we would like to thank you so much for your continued support throughout 2016. We are delighted to announce 2017 our “Year of Hope”. We are back with renewed energies and anticipation for a successful year we wish it can be.

As usual, this is the right time to embark on business of the high season - July through October. This year’s Great Wildebeests Migration overbooking is eminent, as indicators are revealing a tremendous boost, especially from the China. We definitely need to take other nationalities on board as well, and my reason for writing is to highlight on the need to secure rooms at the earliest opportunity.

Please e-mail to find out more about our July / October 14-day, 10-day, 7 or 4-day special offer safaris ending in the Masai Mara, Kenya – one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Of course everyone wants to be here – it is agreeably warm and comfortable; early booking saves you from those stressed last minute “im”- possibilities.....

Wish you a great year of Hope, Good Health, and Prosperity.

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

MD - JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.

 


 

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2016.

It is the time of annual reflections, when business takes usual slant and we find time to catch up with outdoor responsibilities especially in marketing and in familiarization trips...

Thank you to all our old and new partners for continuing to support us. In all ways, we wish to reassure you our steadfast service in terms of expertise, efficiency, consistence, reliability, and best prices in the coming year. With great pleasure we are happy to announce that - despite all the odds - our 2017 prices shall remain stable.

This has been a very challenging year – having started at the lowest key ever for 6 months. However, with this now behind us, we are optimistic that we are headed for better days and we shall definitely have great chances to serve you again. It means we are one of the happy survivors of the recent past economic Tsumani – anyway, never worry JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED will always survive ….!

We have managed to retain a considerable share, and have sustained our credibility as one of the most affordable, efficient, friendly safari outfitters of the year. We definitely could not have achieved this rank without the support of our dedicated partners and associates. Encouraged by this development, we are determined to stay ahead of all our competitors in ensuring we continue to deliver value and quality-added services to our customers – and no doubt this is what will happen.

God bless you, and reward all the works of your hand!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - 2017!

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director - JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.

Holiday Wishes from JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, NAIROBI

 


 

JULY – SEPTEMBER 2016.

Wildebeest Spectacle Show:

Nowhere on earth is there a movement of mammals on such an immense scale as the Great Wildebeest Migration - from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara. Over two million animals make this annual migration crossing from Tanzania to Kenya in search of the greener pastures available in the Masai Mara National Reserve during the months of July through October.

This year the herds were reported to have crossed the Sand River in mid-June. Early last week our guests at the Mara Ngenche Camp which is situated at the confluence of the Mara and Talek Rivers, had the thrilling experience of witnessing herds of wildebeest, hartebeest, topi and zebra crossing the Mara river in spectacular fashion.

We now confirm without doubt that the herds have finally arrived into the Masai Mara National Reserve! This arrival is the beginning of a spectacle that contributes to the magic of Masai Mara and has led to it being named one of the nine wonders of the natural world. Book with us to witness this year’s “Great Wildebeest Migration”!

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa. Managing Director - JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED.

Wildebeest Spectacle Show

 


 

APRIL – JUNE 2016.

Welcome to the ideal time to book this year’s Great Wildebeest Migration safari. The spectacle takes place in July / August in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, when hundreds of thousands of migrating wildebeests and zebra cross into Kenya from Tanzania.

Conservation News:

April 30th 2016: Over one hundred tones of elephant ivory are set to be blazed! This is in line with Kenya’s commitment to the international ban on ivory trade. Part of the stock pile of ivory was confiscated from poachers and traffickers, whereas part was collected over years from naturally dead elephants.

West Africa Marks end of Ebola …

June 01st 2016: The World Health Organization declared an end to Ebola Cases in Guinea – where it first broke out in December 2013. Sierra Leone had been declared free of Ebola on March 17th 2016. Today, June 09th 2016: Monrovia (AFP) - Liberia said Thursday it was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases in West Africa of this tropical virus.

High season bookings are already showing a tremendous trend! The rush to secure rooms in July and August is on, and we would like to appeal to all our intending travelers who haven’t booked by now to decide to before the bell goes....

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED.

 


 

JANUARY – MARCH 2016.

Dear All Our Esteemed Clients, Partners, and Suppliers,

Welcome 2016! We take this pleasure to welcome you back to business in 2016! Thank you for 2015, which went with those certain challenges shared, but also with some great successes earned! Let us re-engage in 2016 with fresh energies and anticipation for our great industry, and YES, WE CAN re-capture our former glory!

As usual, this is the right time to steam the engines for the high season, which is July thru September. We still have rooms in the most popular destinations. This year’s Great Wildebeests Migration overbookings are eminent. The indicators are revealing a fair boost – though we still have to put in more effort in winning the numbers to us – both in Kenya and in Tanzania.  We definitely need your continued support sending clients, friends, and well-wishers to come enjoy our DISCOUNTS.

Please e-mail to find out more about our July / August 14 -day, 10-day, 7-day or 4-day special offer departures ending in the Masai Mara. We assure you our quickest response, so you book early to avoid stressed last minute rushes!

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

MD -JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.

 


 

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2015.

Merry Christmas & Happy 2016 from Jacko Africa Safaris

To our Esteemed Clients and Partners,

Thank you so much for your support during 2015. It has been a rather difficult year – thank God we have survived! On behalf of JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED, I must congratulate you on our various targets achieved! We value the time, energy, ideas and resources you have sacrificed to hold our mantle high. Long live!

Merry Christmas & Happy 2016!

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

MD, Jacko Africa Safaris Limited!

 


 

JULY – SEPTEMBER 2015.

Our high season is here. The Great Wildebeests Migration 2015 is underway with masses already on the move northward from the Serengeti. We still have space on three of our advertised scheduled Great Wildebeests Migration 2015 departures.

We are positively witnessing increased clients’ traffic interested in our destination, despite the past few isolated incidents of terror attacks targeting ordinary Kenyans rather than international tourists. We also have a steady trend on our website’s traffic graph thankfully achieved as a result of our well-rewarded marketing and reassurance efforts. We have been 100% able to hold together, and have survived the economic Tsunami caused by the recent past negative events.

We remain optimistic that 2015 shall open up further and be one of our best financial years. As a shared responsibility with our hotel partners, we shall ensure that we still keep ourselves more and more afford-able, choice-able, value-able, and most satisfactory to our clientele. It is therefore our anticipation that you shall take advantage of our discounted prices, which will remain the same through 2015 and 2016 – and we shall still give you some further discount.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

MD - JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED .

 


 

APRIL – JUNE 2015.

Low season: An increasing number of visitors are realizing that April to June is ideal travel time, benefiting from lower visitor numbers and off-peak airlines rates. Unlike so many petty companies, we remain in operation and get you to your itinerary’s destination to see our animals.

The long awaited rains are with us – no damages to the roads of our national parks and reserves have been reported. With the announced visit of US President Obama to Kenya in July 2015, let’s hope this will convince more of our US and European clients that Kenya is still one of the best wildlife destination on the African Continent.

Not Jacko Africa Safaris shall host President Obama’s visit – we wish we could – but we value his coming as one of the greatest honor and privilege to our nation. Even if Kenya has had a number of desperate moments at the mercy of ruthless lunatics, we are NOT defeated, and it is NOT the end of the world!

Travelers of good will continue to arrive in the country, and Jacko Africa Safaris has been privileged to remain afloat. With mistaken fear over disease and insecurity, we wish more of our clients realize that Kenya is still a very safe place to travel, regardless to advisories and certain media which only ought to be more realistic in their conclusions. 

It is now we strategize for the July – October 2015 high season, and up to June 2016!

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

MD - JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED.

 


 

JANUARY – MARCH 2015.

Special Professionals Travel (SPT) Program.

Jacko Africa Safaris is pleased to welcome you back to our newly structured SPECIAL PROFESSIONALS TRAVEL (SPT) PROGRAM. This year, we invite professionals of one calling worldwide to travel with us in groups of only 12 – 18 passengers on your tour. A knowledgeable experienced local Tour Director escorts your safari for absolutely free!

Tour Director brings on board extra benefit of his vast up-to-date knowledge of the local culture, geography, history, current affairs, flora, and fauna. The result is a fulfilling opportunity to experience Africa with people of your level of understanding. Link up with us and make real life friends. Please e-mail jackoafricasafaris@jambo.co.ke  and find out more!

 

Great Wildebeest Migration 2015.

Our open departure days for this year’s high season to view this Great Wildebeest Migration spectacle in Masai Mara, Kenya are:

July 15th 2015, August 06th 2015, September 02nd 2015, and October 07th 2015.

Please Click Here for Itinerary & Quotation and book with us in January thru March 2015 in order to enjoy A SPECIAL DISCOUNT! Any other days of your choice are welcome - we assure you our quickest response.

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director, JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED.

 


 

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2014.

Jacko Africa Safaris - Ebola Statement

As we sadly watch the great loss of human lives Ebola has inflicted on West Africa, we would like to express our deepest sympathies.

There is little doubt the whole world has been gripped with fear that all Africa is 100% affected by this dreaded epidemic – whereas, if it were correctly reported, and handled, we would have been finding solutions by now.  Here we wish to articulate our sincere position on this issue.

At this point in time there are no reported or confirmed cases of Ebola in our region of East Africa, ie Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and further south: Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, etc! There is absolutely no danger, in addition to the fact that we remain further away from the “affected zone” than many of our potential guest's homes.

Kenya Airways, the major regional airline, suspended all flights to / from West-Africa back in August 2014 at the request of the Kenyan Ministry of Health, and entry has been suspended for passengers travelling from and through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. All East & Southern African nations have taken increased observation action at their international airports and border posts to ensure no spread of the epidemic to our region.

With the good news this week from Nigeria, the first country bordering the troubled region to have effectively eradicated the virus, individuals, institutions, governments here remain double focused, determined and alert to prevent any potential risk. Sorry to poor reporting, which has painted the wrong picture, but I can positively assure you that our region of East & Southern Africa, where we operate, is Ebola free as we speak.

Additionally, if still in any further doubt, we strongly advise our guests to take out comprehensive travel insurance cover for any third party services included in their holiday. In the event of an outbreak (as defined by the World Health Organization), Jacko Africa Safaris shall endeavor to assist in ensuring that our guests do not totally get affected by any cancellation penalties.

We trust that the above will provide some guidance, assurance, and re-assurance to help our guests overcome your concerns, while booking your safaris during this last quarter of 2014 and in 2015.

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

MD – JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.

 


 

JULY – SEPTEMBER 2014.

Great Wildebeests Migration 2014!

End of June and early July delivered sporadic wildebeest herds across the border into the Masai Mara from the Serengeti. Thereafter, there have been daily crossings and many wildebeest made it to the savanna near Look Out Hill and on the Burrangat Plains. Progressively, they are making their trip to the northern end, and we shall follow them as they cross the Talek and Mara Rivers during September.

Meanwhile new terminal opened up at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport(JKIA) Known as Terminal 4, which was test run in Mid July has seven boarding bridges, and will double JKIA's annual passenger capacity.  The new terminal covers 178,000 square metres and will have 50 international and 10 domestic check-in points, 32 contact gate, 8 remote gates, and an associated apron with 45 stands linking to taxiways.

On completion, the airport will be able to handle 20 million passengers a year capably remaining the busiest regional airways hub in East Africa. The value of a safari in East Africa has never been better as airfare prices keep dropping! Although, many countries have recently announced increases in park fees, upcountry accommodation, safari vehicles tax levies, etc, Kenya signed an agreement with Uganda and Rwanda to allow tourists to travel between the three countries on a single visa.

Note that, beside mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar, Ethiopia, South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, and Seychelles, we have several ongoing safaris available in the three countries. The world keeps spinning, as safaris in Africa also keep spinning ..., regardless!

Looking forward to hosting you on one of these safe safaris soon!

With thanks,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

MD – JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED! !

 


 

APRIL - JUNE 2014.

Kenya was awarded the Top Safari Destination in 2013!

Kenya got the most votes from travel agents worldwide at the auspicious ceremony event held on 30th November 2013 beating other competing destinations. Kenya is the original quintessential safari destination, famous for its sweeping plains, abundant wildlife and unique cultures.

Kenya has an exceptional tropical coastline of warm waters, coral reefs and powdery palm-fringed beaches – the perfect curtain call to a Kenya safari. The value of a safari in East Africa has never been better as safari and airfare prices in East Africa keep dropping!

Government recently announced a drop in park fees in Kenya’s national parks and signed an agreement with Uganda and Rwanda to allow tourists to travel across the three countries on a single visa.

As usual, we are always in the forefront. We have several safari options available during this upcoming high season; July through October. With us, a Kenya safari is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. Don’t hesitate to contact us for updates on any aspects of life here.

Hoping to see you on safari soon!

With thanks,

Jackson K. Wekesa

MD – JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED!

 


 

JANUARY – MARCH 2014.

A year gone by after last March 2013 General Elections in Kenya! We are hopeful that despite the many changes realised since, we will smoothly continue with our tours and travel business. Weather has so far permitted us to take out a number of safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. However, we expect April and May to be very rainy; hence we have slashed our prices to enable better sales during this period. Beach stays at low season rates have been popular, and I have no doubt this is a very attractive time for budget.

With our high season – July through October - fast approaching, bookings for the season are showing a positive trend. Everyone ought to hurry to secure rooms for visit during the Great Wildebeests Migration in Masai Mara - something you can’t miss! August / September is the most deal time to see the masses.

We on the ground are better placed with the duty to advise on when it is, or not safe to travel to any of our tourist destinations. We have trips of all nationalities going and returning without any security hitch. We are therefore only left to believe that the advisories are not a hindrance - life is simply going on, regardless…

We remain optimistic for your continued business.

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

JACKO  AFRICA SAFARIS  LIMITED.

 


 

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2013.

We take a break as business slants during this period of the year and find time to catch up with other official responsibilities such as marketing. It gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction to check on our company’s sustained growth in office operations, fieldwork, e-marketing, personnel training, etc in consistency with our vision.

We have tamed the challenge to expand our horizon into the limitless sky on taking a bigger market share than ever before – no doubt, gaining tremendous credibility as one of the most affordable, efficient, friendly tour operators of the year. Thank you to all our dedicated partners and associates for your support, which has enabled us attain this respectable ranking.

Encouraged by this, we are continuing to match our development in every department of our company – reservations, fleet, operations, personnel resource, and public relations. Our focus continues on strengthening our services capacity in order to always keep our image and performance enhanced.

Regardless to the few national challenges experienced this year, we are forging ahead with our dedicated spirit of work. I trust that as we advance, we shall remain steadfast in ensuring we carry on this tradition of growth and success for years.

It is my humble wish to finally thank you most sincerely for your continued support, and wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

JACKO  AFRICA  SAFARIS  LIMITED.

 


 

 JULY - SEPTEMBER  2013.

FREE UNLIMITED WIFI at all Serena Properties - Verified by Jacko Africa Safaris on our last safaris!

 

A record hard to break - it is free WIFI for as long as you want it at all Serena Properties our safaris have visited lately. Jacko Africa Safaris welcomes you to enjoy our Luxury Safaris, Family Safaris, Adventure Safaris, BIG 5 Photographic Safaris, Fun Safaris – many of which shall somehow bring you to a fine Serena Property somewhere.

 

With full operation back at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport after last month’s fire, all airlines have fully resumed their flights to Nairobi – still your most convenient gateway to East Africa, regardless… We have recently secured good deals on Serena Accommodation. Here, I wish to let you know that we shall pass on this special discount to our direct clients, and to groups coming our way in 2014.

 

On top of this, we would like to guarantee you our very comfortable 4X4 land cruisers, (6 passengers to a land cruiser), in Kenya, and in Tanzania. In Tanzania, we shall endeavor to use AIR-CONDITIONED land cruisers.

 

Other benefits to groups traveling with us,

 

1. Free WIFI for every passenger who wants, for as long as you are at a Serena Property in Kenya or Tanzania.

 

2. A portable Public Address System to use during entire safari.

 

3. Free visit to an authentic Masai Village in Kenya, where you will be able to take unlimited free photographs.

 

4. Depending on the number of your clients, we shall through in a courtesy /free BUSH DINNER or BUSH BREAKFAST at a Serena Lodge.

 

5. Up to 1.5 free litres of bottled mineral water, or 2 free soft drink sodas  per person per day on the vehicle – NOT IN THE LODGE(S)!

 

6. Free 2-hour City Tour of Nairobi, if you will have the time to take it.

 

7. An ultimate remembrance gift to each tour member, plus other gifts.

 

8. Today we are one of the leading BEST INCENTIVES & GROUPS tour operators on the ground!

 

Lately, we have had several groups from Spain, Brazil, India, Belgium, USA, and SOUTH AFRICA! Please feel free to contact us for their testimonials, or refer to some of our photos below. We cherish our cooperation with you, and your business shall be very highly appreciated!

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director - Jacko Africa Safaris, Kenya!

Jacko Africa Safaris, Kenya

Elephants playing in the red mud

 


 

APRIL  -  JUNE  2013.

Scoring on MICE – a theme on which we now have very keen focus …

The MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) market is possibly Kenya's fastest growing segment within our tourism industry. This is not surprising since the country offers such a wide range of activities. Many of the coast hotels can offer sufficient rooms for incentives of up to 200 - 300 guests. Nairobi hotels can handle such numbers too, and at the same time offer a wide range of leisure pursuits ranging from casinos to golf. African theme evenings are no problem at both the beach and city hotels. Often MICE involves safaris  - safari circuits can handle large numbers -  it is possible to accommodate up to 300 participants in different lodges, say in Amboseli, and in Masai Mara.

Here are some of our latest groups:

Safari Group with Jacko

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Jacko Africa Safari with Masai Mara Tribe

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JANUARY – MARCH 2013.

Jacko Africa Safaris at the 2013 Chicago Adventure and Travel Show

Meet Jacko Africa Safaris in Chicago – IL, USA this weekend - January 26th – 27th 2013 - exhibiting at the Travel & Adventure Show 2013. Click here to explore our progress at the conference! Weather has been mixed, but a record turn-out at the show has given us total satisfaction.

 


 

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2012.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Jacko Africa Safaris

Ladies and Gentlemen – it has been a long year! On behalf of JACKOAFRICA SAFARIS, I congratulate you on our various achievements during 2012. I must say that I value the time, the energy, the ideas and the resources you have sacrificed to hold the JACKO mantle high. Thank you for all your support! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

 Jackson K. Wekesa  - MD, Jacko Africa Safaris, December 21st 2012.

 


 

Currently, November 05 -08th  WTM - London 2012 - Jacko Africa Safaris is in London, and we can be reached directly at +44 744 816 9578. We are happy to continue fixing appointments during this conference, and we would be most grateful to see and talk to you in person. Explore our progress at the conference, and click here to see more photos from the 2012 WTM! Jacko at the 2012 World Travel Market in London

 


 

JULY - SEPTEMBER 2012.

It is high season! We are witnessing increased clients’ numbers interested in our destination, despite the past few isolated incidents of petty terror attacks targeting ordinary Kenyans rather than international tourists.  It is steady trend on our website’s traffic graph thankfully achieved as a result of our well-rewarded marketing efforts. We have been 100% able to hold together, and cover a considerable distance in recycling our profits with very encouraging results!

It is our optimism that 2012 shall be one of our best years - if all goes well for you before 2012 ends, we would be most grateful to put our expertise to your service. As a shared responsibility with our hotel partners, we shall ensure that we keep ourselves more and more choice-able, value-able, and satisfactory to our clientele. It is therefore my anticipation that you shall once take advantage of discounted prices as below.

The prices we have had since 2010 shall remain the same through 2012. On top of this, we hereby extend a further 5% discount on all our website itineraries to encourage you pick one.

Thanking you so much for your continued support.

 With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED.

 


 

APRIL – JUNE 2012.

High season is fast approaching. Bookings with our many different hotel chain partners and local airlines allies are showing a very positive trend. We however still need your continued support in sending us clients, friends, and well-wishers to enjoy our DISCOUNTED prices.

The Great Wildebeest Migration in July / August in the Masai Mara National Reserve is something you can’t miss! Wildebeests are in Kenya from around mid – July through October, this being the most ideal time for you to see the masses.

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED.

 


 

JANUARY – MARCH 2012.

Special Professionals Travel (SPT) PROGRAM.

Jacko Africa Safaris is pleased to welcome you to a trip of your lifetime under our newly structured SPECIAL PROFESSIONALS TRAVEL (=SPT) program. This new year, we invite professionals of one calling, retired or non-retired worldwide, to travel with us in groups with only 12 – 18 passengers on your tour. A knowledgeable experienced local Tour Director escorts your safari for absolutely free!

He brings on board an added advantage and extra benefit of his most accurate and up-to-date knowledge of local culture, geography, history, current affairs, flora, and fauna. The result is a fulfilling opportunity to experience Africa with people of your level of professional understanding. At the best going price, link up and make real life friends with us! Please e-mail us and find out more!

 


 

Wildebeest Migration 2012

Wildebeest have been viewed calving now in January and February on the Naabi Plains in South Eastern Serengeti. The calving normally goes on for four to six weeks. Consequently, even other species give birth – this haven been witnessed by our clients on current game drives both in Kenya and in Tanzania!

Our open departure days for this year’s high season to view this Great Wildebeest Migration spectacle in Masai Mara, Kenya for 3 days, inclusive are: July 24th, August 14th, August 20th, August 27th, and September 06th 2012. Please e-mail us as above and find out more about our 12-day, 7-day or 3-day special offer safari departures to end you in the Masai Mara on those days. Book with us now to avoid a stressed last minute rush! Check with us for any other days of your choice and we shall assure you our quickest response.

Our sincere greetings to you, and we remain optimistic for your booking.

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED.

 


 

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2011.

Reflecting on the development of JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, it gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to be part of the company’s remarkable sustained growth, which is consistent with our 2011 projected goals and vision.

We have tamed the challenge to expand our horizon into the limitless sky on taking a considerable market share, and in taking pride for business credibility as one of the most affordable, yet most efficient, friendly DMC’s of the year. Thanks to all our dedicated partners and associates who have supported us to attain this rank.

Encouraged by this development, we have matched our development in every department, have upgraded our fleet and operation systems, as well as doubled our human resource.  We have continued to retain focus on strengthening our services capacity in order to keep our general performance always enhanced. We strive to improve quality for our customers, and we are determined to stay on top and ahead of our all competitors in this regard.

It has therefore taken great resolve from each one of us to embrace added dynamism and determination to meet the increased new diverse demands in the market. But most importantly, we have forged ahead with this most dedicated spirit of work, which has been contributed by our well harmonized working relationships and environment.

There are no individual winners or losers, but rather at stake is the company’s reputation, which we all have so selflessly worked so hard for. I trust that as we advance, we shall definitely remain steadfast in ensuring we carry on this tradition of growth and success into 2012.

Thanking you all so much for making this happen.

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED.

 


 

JULY - SEPTEMBER 2011.

Wildebeests’ Migration Watch: The year’s high season has set in and we have returned to the Great Wildebeest’s Migration. The early-birds crossed into Kenya from as early as mid July with signs of more and more to follow. Fortunately, there are also signs of rain to break the long drought which have devastated Kenya & Northern Tanzania. So the wildebeests have come in smaller numbers as they smell wherever there was rain.

Sure enough, the rains are with us in late August. Therefore only those which had crossed into Kenya were all – early September we experience exodus! The rains turned the Serengeti green cutting the migration to Kenya short. Even so, we have had yet the most successful season ever. Tourists arrivals into the country must hit a mark well over 1.4 millions, and JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, has had a golden chance to serve a considerable fraction of these.

Viva all nations, who have supported us!

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED. .

 


 

APRIL  – JUNE 2011.

High season is fast approaching. Bookings with our many different hotel chain partners and local airlines allies are showing a very positive trend. We however still need your continued support in sending us clients, friends, and well-wishers to enjoy our DISCOUNTED prices.

The Great Wildebeest Migration in July / August in the Masai Mara National Reserve is something you can’t miss! Wildebeests are in Kenya from around mid – July through October, this being the most ideal time for you to see the masses.

We remain open and optimistic for your booking.

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED. .



JANUARY – MARCH 2011.

Jacko Africa’s New Safari Centre.

Jacko Africa Safaris OfficeJacko celebrates recent achievements with the opening of our own brand new office premises located in one of Nairobi’s upmarket suburbs. Our fully operational head office has now moved into: Kitengela Status Villas – Corner House No.11, Kitengela – Ishinya Road, Opposite Total Petrol Station.


 

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2010

World Travel Market 2010 – ExCel London.

Hundreds Shopping at the World Travel ExCel

Africa  - Hundreds shopping…

Folk dance at Rwanda Stand

Folk dance at Rwanda Stand

Jackson with Turkish Tour Operators

Jackson with Turkish Tour Operators


JULY – SEPTEMBER 2010

We have yet again witnessed tremendous increase in clients’ interest to travel with us, despite the pre-declared world financial recession, which has hit most of Europe. Traffic on our website’s Traffic graph has yielded as a result of our well-rewarded marketing. The struggle continues ...

It is our optimism that 2011 shall be a good year, and we would be most grateful to put our expertise to your service. As a shared responsibility with our hotel partners, we are here to ensure that we keep ourselves more and more choice-able, value-able, and satisfactory to our clientele. It is therefore our anticipation that it shall soon be our turn to host you on one of our discounted safaris.

Prices will go up by just a mere 3 - 4 % margin in 2011. However, we are pleased to maintain our 5% discount already extended to you on any of our website itineraries you may choose to do. As soon as you pick one, we shall make it a GUARANTEED departure.

Thanks for your support during the just concluded high season. It was truly a great pleasure to host a record 380 clients on our different trips in just the last 3 months. We sincerely remain committed to providing the best service and to continue this spirit of work.

Please feel free to contact us for our price list code for 2010 and 2011 for your references, or to schedule an appointment for a personal visitation with me at the upcoming WORLD TRAVEL MARKET 2010 in London.

With the kindest regards,

Jackson K. Wekesa. Managing Director


APRIL – JUNE 2010

The high season is finally with us, and we are pleased to re-announce our ongoing Guaranteed Weekly Scheduled Departures for our KENYA ACTION WEEK 1 program. This is a supper-selling program, based on 4x4 minibus transport. Please click here for prices:

Kenya Action Week

With thousands of thousands of wildebeests about to arrive in Kenya, it is your ideal time to make your booking right now and right here online:

Online Booking

We shall pick and respond to your request within 24 hours. Minimum: 2 pax !!

Please take a look at our other BEST-SELLER program of Kenya & Tanzania – Combined:

Cradle of Mankind

Enjoy the greatest value for the price, the greatest feeling of adventure, the greatest professionalism at work and the greatest excitements on the road.

Contact us online…

With the kindest regards,

MD -JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.


JANUARY – MARCH 2010.

Welcome 2010! Announcing our Guaranteed Weekly Scheduled Departures for our KENYA ACTION WEEK 1 program, based on 4x4 minibus category. Minimum of 2 pax!! Please contact us for more details.

Open days to view the Great Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest Migration 2010 – BOOK NOW!

Wildebeest calving has started now in January and February with new calves seen on the Naabi Plains in South Eastern Serengeti. The calving is expected to carry on for the next four to six weeks. Consequently many species are also giving birth and have been witnessed doing so by our clients on game drives, both in Kenya and in Tanzania.

Our open days for the high season viewing of the Great Wildebeest Migration Spectacle in Masai Mara, Kenya are:

July 27th -29th, August 10th – 12th, August 17th – 19th, September 01st – 03rd, September 12th – 14th, 2010.

Please e-mail us as above and find out more about our 16-day, 12-day, 7-day or 4-day special offers to end you in the Masai Mara for 3 days on those days. Book with us now to avoid a stressed last minute rush! Check with us for any other days of your choice and we assure you of our quickest response.

With the kindest regards,

MD -JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.


OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2009.

It is my great pleasure to reiterate that OUR 2009 PRICES SHALL REMAIN THE SAME THROUGHOUT 2010!! On top of this, we are grateful to keep a 5% discount on all our website itineraries’ rates extended to you, for your encouragement.

Thanks to all of you, old and new partners, whom I met in November at the WORLD TRAVEL MARKET 2009 in London. It is really a pleasure to see that you are continuing to support us. As well, we wish to reassure you our steadfast service every time you will chose us, and we are here to ensure you do for our expertise, consistence, efficiency, and prices.

It has been a challenging year. However, we have highly appreciated your business from the USA, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, China & Hong Kong. We have enjoyed working on your inquiries from England, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Egypt, Turkey, India, Russia, Ukraine, Columbia and Japan. We are confident that we shall have the chance to serve you when things open up. It is with JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS you will enjoy your ultimate Africa experience.

Merry Christmas! God bless you, and reward the works of your mind!

With the kindest regards,

MD -JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.

JULY – SEPTEMBER 2009.

We have witnessed a steady increase in clients’ interest to travel with us, despite the pre-declared world financial recession. Traffic on our website’s PDF graph has tremendously short up as a result of our well-rewarded marketing. We have held together and have covered considerable distance in recycling our profits to a good end.

It is our optimistic vision that 2010 shall be our ever best year, all goes well, and we would be most grateful to put our expertise to your service. As a shared responsibility with our hotel partners, we are here to ensure that we keep ourselves more and more choice-able, value-able, and satisfactory to our clientele. It is therefore our anticipation that 2010 shall be our turn to host you on one of our discounted safaris.

It is my great pleasure to inform you that THE PRICES WE HAVE HAD IN 2009 ARE THE SAME TO APPLY THROUGH 2010. On top of this, we are grateful to extend a 5% discount on all our website itineraries, to encourage you pick one.

Thank you for reading our newsletter and feel free to contact us for our pricelist code for your keeps, or to schedule an appointment for a personal visitation with me at the upcoming WORLD TRAVEL MARKET in London.

With the kindest regards,

MD -JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.


APRIL – JUNE 2009.

We are pleased to report that despite the ongoing global economic recession, we are continuing to make considerable progress. Weather has permitted us to take out a number of safaris both in Kenya and in Tanzania. Beach stays at low season rates have been popular, and I have no doubt this can be a very attractive time for budget travellers.

High season is fast approaching. Bookings with our many different hotel chain partners, and local airlines allies are showing a very positive trend. We however still need your continued support in sending us clients, friends, and well-wishers to enjoy our DISCOUNTED prices. The Great Wildebeest Migration in July / August in the Masai Mara National Reserve is something you cant miss! Wildebeests are in Kenya from around mid – July through October, this being the most ideal time for you to see the masses.

We remain open and optimistic for your booking.

With the kindest regards,

MD -JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.


JANUARY – MARCH 2009.

A great year, which given the world’s financial recession, has unfortunately started on a low key. As efforts are being done all around the globe for nations and families to remain afloat, we at JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS are optimistic that the gradual change from this situation shall bring in new ideas and strategies as to how to cope.

We are remaining firm and focused, ready to adjust to new challenges with adoption of DISCOUNTED RATES and consolidation of our ever enthusiastic marketing program. JACKO has had representation at the WTM London in November 2008, at the Adventure Travel Expo in Washington DC in February 2009, and at the ITB Berlin in March 2009. We shall run same prices for 2009 and 2010! Please contact us for our price code.

So far, the result of this is a 6X INCREASE in the web activity from the Domain report for jackoafricasafaris.com! We’ve seen consistent 500 – 600 MB traffic on the site each month, but the last 5 months have increased the  average to 3240 MB per month!  All this increase is due to MORE folks looking at our special offer safaris and spending more time on the site!

I’m pleased to announce that JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS shall be participating at the Adventures in Travel Expo in New York City in October 2009, exhibiting at the Adventures in Travel Expo in Seattle, WA in December 2009, as well as exhibiting in the Luxury Travel Expo in Las Vegas in December 2009.

We have been blessed with groups and individuals who have travelled with us during this period, despite the global recession. They have discovered our unequaled quality service at the best going discounted rates. It is now your and our turn to say:“Yes, we can”  still keep moving on,  regardless.

With the kindest regards,

MD  - JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, LIMITED.


Open days to view the Great Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest Migration 2009

Wildebeest calving has started now in January and February with new calves seen on the Naabi Plains in South Eastern Serengeti. The calving is expected to carry on for the next four to six weeks. Consequently many species are also giving birth and have been witnessed doing so by our clients on game drives, both in Kenya and in Tanzania.

Our open days for the high season viewing of the Great Wildebeest Migration spectacle in Masai Mara, Kenya are:

July 26th – 28th, August 14th – 16th, August 26th – 28th, September 12th – 15th, 2009.

Please e-mail us as above and find out more about our 16-day, 12-day, 7-day or 4-day special offers to end you in the Masai Mara for 3 days on those days. Book with us now to avoid a stressed last minute rush! Check with us for any other days of your choice and we assure you of our quickest response.


OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2008.

World Travel Market – ExCel London Travel Show.

Travel Show 2009 - Many People Looking for Travel Destinations

Business Hall – 100s of people around.

Tanzania Music 2009

 Tanzania Stand music.

Jackson with Turkish Tour Operator

Jackson with Turkish tour operator.

 

Jackson with friends at the Kenya Stand

Jackson (left) with friends at Kenya Stand.


JULY – SEPTEMBER 2008.

Through turbulent times and sourcing for business in the competitive global market, we have held together and moved boldly to restructure the organs within JACKO and to reinvest a large portion of our profits in upgrading our office, modernizing our IT and accounting departments, as well as enhancing our staff welfare.

With guarded optimism we can say with much relief that tourism in Kenya is back on the road. JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS is poised to rip a substantial share in next year’s market as we embark on serious marketing today.  It is our profound anticipation that 2009 shall be your turn to accomplish your Africa Safari plans with us.

Please find some time to have a look at our newly added “Business Album” page. We shall be most grateful to extend a 5% discount on all our website itineraries, to encourage you pick one. Feel free to contact us for our pricelist for your keeps, or to schedule appointment for personal visitation at the upcoming WORLD TRAVEL MARKET in London.

With the kindest regards,

MD -JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.

APRIL – JUNE 2008.

While our engines had dragged to a halt in the January to March period, we are now back on the rail and full of steam. We have run a record 6 trips in April and May, regardless to the effects of the political disturbances we had in the country.

Tourism in Kenya is back in full swing and we don’t wish to leave you out uninformed. It is time to for all of us to embark on our marketing programs for 2009 as all roads shall be leading to KENYA.

European Marketing Trip: Our strategy shall take JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS to Excel London’s World Travel Market (WTM) to exhibit our product from November 10th – 13th 2008. We are looking forward to seeing you there!!

From England to Greece for the Exclusive Tourism Forum, in Athens from November 21st  – 22nd 2008. I would like to assure our Greek partners that this shall be the time to meet. It shall be so nice for me to learn about your great country as you shall also learn from me about East Africa.

Next we shall exhibit at the Travel Turkey - Trade Fair & Conference for Tourism in Izmir. We have no doubt about this region’s capacity to come on Africa safaris. The conference shall take place from November 27th - 30th 2008.

Finally we head to Barcelona, Spain for the European Incentive Business Travel & Meetings, December 2nd to 4th 2008. To our many Spanish friends, this is the time you will see me. Cheers and Congratulations on winning the 2008 European Soccer Cup.

Besides accomplishing JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS’ business promotions in these four European countries, it is my intention (as usual) to renew acquaintance with the old friends I have made while conducting you on safaris of Kenya and Tanzania. I shall likewise be most grateful to meet with any party, who might be interested in business partnership with us.

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.

Jackson  Scenery  Toast


JANUARY – MARCH 2008.

Open days to view the Great Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest Migration 2008

Wildebeest calving has started now in January and February with new calves seen on the Naabi Plains in South Eastern Serengeti. The calving is expected to carry on for the next four to six weeks. Consequently many species are also giving birth and have been witnessed doing so by our clients on game drives, both in Kenya and in Tanzania.

Our open days for the high season viewing of the Great Wildebeest Migration spectacle in Masai Mara, Kenya are: July 26th – 27th, August 14th – 15th, September 29th – 30th, 2008. Please e-mail us as above and find out more about our 16-day, 12-day, 7-day or 4-day special offer departures to end you in the Masai Mara on those days. Book with us now to avoid a stressed last minute rush! Check with us for any other days of your choice and we assure you of our quickest response.

Special Professionals Travel (SPT) PROGRAM.

Jacko Africa Safaris is pleased to welcome you to a trip of your lifetime under our newly launched SPECIAL PROFESSIONALS TRAVEL (=SPT) program. We invite professionals of one calling, retired or non-retired worldwide, to travel with us in groups with no more 12 passengers on a tour. The result is a fulfilling life opportunity to experience Africa with people of your level of professional understanding as you link up with and make international friends at a discounted cost.  Please e-mail us as above and find out more!

Jackson K. Wekesa.

MD – Jacko Africa Safaris Limited!


OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2007.

Business takes a slant as usual and we find time to catch up with other responsibilities in the office and in the Marketing Field. Plans and preparations are underway for JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS to exhibit at the Excel London – World Trade Market - November 12th to 15th.

European Marketing Trip Postponed Pending Kenya General Elections set for December 27th 2007.

Elections in Kenya took place on set date, but dispute reigned over the results of the presidential votes, descending the country into a brief civil unrest. None of our clients on safari in Kenya or Tanzania got affected by this disturbance. Our year ends on a very promising note, and we look forward to a great 2008!

Jackson K. Wekesa.

MD – Jacko Africa Safaris Limited!


JULY - SEPTEMBER 2007.

Friends of Jackson & JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS!

This is to Thank You! It has been so hectic for me to accomplish the huge work load I asked for. Busier than a bee Jacko Africa Safaris and I have been since my return from the U.S. The High Season is with us and this is the time to score our best for this year. We are pleased that our JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS’ brochures are circulating in great parts of the United States at the same time we are registering increased requests and bookings for this season and the New Year.

Arizona: I travelled to the U.S on Swissair flight from Nairobi to Zurich, then over Germany, England, Greenland, Canada to Chicago, and finally United Airline to Phoenix. From the airport in Phoenix we headed south to Gilbert. My hosts were a very highly respected couple in the Mesa Community. Their home is a show piece of very modern housing architecture, with views giving to the Superstitious Mountain and I was told the story of the Lost Dutchman.

From here, I was introduced to the former typical Arizonian Cowboys’ Lifestyle at the Rock ‘n Roll Ranch. This was fun!! This evening Gary presented to me a George Short hat. Guess its colour if you knew George. The rest of the days were yet to be more exiting: Tortilla Flats, Canyon Lake, Saguara Lake, Sedona, Mt. San Francisco, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Route 66, Flagstaff, Salt Lick Canyon, Scottsdale, and El Paso, Texas.

California: Larry and Bill waited for me at the airport in Los Angeles. I got to see and touch the Pacific Ocean. We visited the Marina del Rey, Venice Beach, downtown Los Angeles, Page Museum Tar Pits, China Town, Tokyo Town, Korea Town, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood.

We walked the long Avenue of the Stars, took photos at several celebrities’ stars, including Michael Jackson’s. There were mimics of Chaplain, Spiderman, Michael Jackson, Nightmare, Mickey Mouse, etc. I stayed in Sherman Oaks, a green valley suburb of Los Angeles.

Now it was time to move to Bakersfield. We took the north road. There was spectacular scenery as we drove up the highlands. From the summit, there was an excellent view of an endless agricultural plain. Bakersfield was the next main town. Upon arrival in Bakersfield, it was convenient to have a beer and a meal, before heading to Larry’s place, a very smart house in a rich suburb. On one of the subsequent days we did an excursion to Fresno to visit Larry’s cousin, a travel agent to discuss some business. Back in Bakersfield I enjoyed a visit to the Condors’ Ice Hockey Stadium to view the CONDORS play ALASKA in a match. This was quite a highlight! Music was full blast! Anyway the CONDORS lost at home!! …., but it was so much fun!

My next destination was Huntington Beach. A program had been set aside by my hosts Marshal and Joellen to visit Disneyland, which we did. Entrance fee at U.S $ 74 per person per day was very high. In Africa, that is somebody’s two months’ salary, or a child’s three months’ school fee.  Doesn’t this tell how lucky I am! I flew in the so-called Soar-In Over California plane. It is a kind of chair on which you sit, and it lifts a few metres above the ground, then a motion-graphic screen pours on you as your sit surges forward and up into the equivalent of sky. You find yourself soaring over geographical and man-made features of California, including the city of San Francisco. You glide in the sky like an eagle for about 15 minutes. When you come down, you are dizzy and you need a minute to re-adjust to your normal mental footing. Sorry, I won’t do it again, though it was a thriller more than the “Pirates of the Caribbean”, which I had managed to do. In the evening, there was a spectacular show before we returned home. I have just thought that the U.S $ 74 entrance fee per adult was fair. It is because it gives you unlimited access to whatever place or ride you would like to do. But should you stop and think about how much money is paid in a day, boy you are talking about a hell of money.

The next excitement for me was to be the excursion to San Diego for visit to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, and Sea World. Boy! I got to see a lot! We drove south from Huntington Beach past Laguna Beach. It was convenient for us to have lunch, after doing a brief exploration of the city, including view of the grounded USS 54 battle ship…., a monster, now preserved as a museum in the San Diego docks.

The San Diego Zoo had interesting animals like jaguar, snow leopard, cabana (biggest known rodent), tapir, aardvark, grizzly bear, polar bear, mountain lion, mouse, elk, panda, dragon lizard and Tasmanian devils. There was a white python I had never seen before. It was not albino, but a sub-species from the orient.

Sea World was another day. I saw whales, sea lions, manatees, penguins, and rode on a roll-coaster. I am very sure and good never to do roll –coasters again. It was fun taking a 12-hour Grey Hound bus ride from Santa Anna back to Phoenix. I shall stay away from those buses next time.

Michigan: I flew United Airlines from Phoenix via Chicago to Detroit. Now I could confidently cope with airport security routines and airline self check-in. On arrival, I met my longest-time U.S friend, Merlyn and his son Jeff waiting for me at the airport. We drove westwards to Tecumseh.

Merlyn and Myrna’s home is a residence / condo on a golf course. Merlyn is a well-known highly regarded elder in the Tecumseh Community. He is a retired parent of a leading bank in the area. The long schedule he had put in place for me included talk to the Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh, Lottery Club of Adrian, Lottery Club of Clinton, Lottery Club of Tecumseh, Senior Citizens Club of Tecumseh and visits to a score of his best friends. Mrs Herrick as one of the friends donated U.S $ 200 to me to shop for my wife and family.

We did three excursions, one to Dundee, one to Frankenmuth, and the last one to the Henry Ford Museum. In Dundee we visited the Cabela’s Outdoors’ Outfit supermarket. I got to see a lot of stuffed American animals; bob cat, racoon, puma, chip monk, mountain goat, black bear, polar bear, grizzly bear, bison, musk oxen, wolves, mousse, elk and many others.

Frankenmuth is a nice Bavarian German - influenced tourist town in the north of Michigan. Here I visited supposedly the biggest Christmas Gifts supermarket in the world. It is certainly a very big place with so many tour buses stopping here.

The Henry Ford Museum was fabulous! There is also the Greenfield Park close to it. Now I knew why Americans are so much in cars all kind. I was told that the ex-presidential limousines I saw in the museum were real, not copies. And all had been supplied by Henry Ford.

Delaware: I moved to Delaware. My flight from Detroit landed in Baltimore. Dustin, my age-bracket friend, received me and off we set for Smyrna, DE. It was an hour’s drive. East Coast was fine to me as had been West Coast. It was more wooded! Dustin and Janine have 2 cars and a recreational mobile office bus! They have about 10 whippets, each with own name. The whippets were fun to have around.

Dusty made the best coffee I have ever had in my life. I had plenty of time to check and make many updates on my website on his super modern computer!! Then it was time for excursions.

Washington DC: One day we drove to Washington DC! I enjoyed this very much. I walked in the Arlington National Cemetery, watched the solemn Changing of Guards at the Unknown Soldiers’ place. Uniformed soldiers changing guard do it in no hurry. The panorama is spectacular. I saw so many tour buses at the entrance. We walked across the Delaware River to National Monuments: Abraham Lincoln’s Jefferson’s and Washington’s. We didn’t go into the Smithsonian Museum, since we had packed very far, but we drove past it, past the Capitol Hill, White House, Internal Revenue Service, and a lot more federal buildings. We had coffee in a Starbuck Restaurant, before returning to Smyrna. By now, I was used to watching the driving in the U.S and I think I can handle a wheel next time I go back to the U.S.

Next place we visited was Rehoboth Beach on the Atlantic Ocean. This was fine and nice! I remember a guy serving us beer in 6 small glasses he had lined up on a tray. Each portion had own colour - from dark to light - and portion tasted different one from another! That was America! I got to touch the Atlantic Ocean. I can now tell you that I have been to the 3 big oceans of the world. I was yet to see more of the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic City and in New York City. But my visit with Dustin and Janine was first to be crowned by a visit to a dogs’ show. If one likes dogs, like I do, you would enjoy this.

I saw all kinds of dogs of looks; mean, funny, comic, humble, and shy, name it! I enjoyed the ride in Dustin’s Recreational Vehicle home. It was a whole bus, partitioned into seating room with sofa, corridor, shower with hot and cold water, kitchen with sink and cooker, flash toilet, master bedroom with King Size Bed. This one even President Moi never had! Man, life is good!

New Jersey: It was again time to move on! Dusty dropped me off in Bordentown, New Jersey. Here I stayed in Bill and Lucy’s home. For my welcome Lucy had baked a very delicious cake. A brief tour of the house revealed very expensive furniture, carpeting, china and wall hangings.

I settled in to listen to a series of activities Bill and Lucy had planned. There were to be three excursions in less than a week. One to Atlantic City, one to Philadelphia, (they called it “Philly”) and one to New York City, all of which I enjoyed so much! These are great cities!

Bill and I took a train to Camden, and then crossed the Delaware River on a ferry to Philly. In Philadelphia, we visited the Ross Museum. This is in honour of the lady, who designed the American flag. She lived here and her house was turned into a museum. We walked up the street to view other important landmarks; the Mint, City Hall, couple of monuments. For the rest of the city tour we took rides on trams.

The excursion to Atlantic City was as memorable. I saw gambling casinos, one after another after another. They have names like Ceasers, Taj Mahal, Palace, etc. I walked on the Board. It is called the Board Walk, an elevated broad wooden walkway along the Atlantic beach. There were lots of people, all with casino on their mind. It is amazing! It is so much fun just to sit somewhere and watch these people passing you.

Bill and Lucy hosted a dinner in honour of my visit. There were friends, many of whom were interested in visiting Africa. I was so grateful to talk to them about what I do. The following day we went to the Columbus Open Air market to do some shopping.

New York: The summit of my trip was New York City. We set off from Bordentown, NJ early in the morning, and the drive took close to two hours. I saw broad roads. There was heavy traffic heading into New York. The first view of the city’s skyline is awesome!

We approached the city and drove into Holland Tunnel. It is about two or so kilometres long. Above us was water. Bill noticed a drop of water that hit his Volvo’s front windscreen! Yes there was one, but not to worry! The tunnel was not to collapse today.

I learnt it was very expensive to park in a park house, but this is what we had to do. We made by Taxi for Broadway 42 to catch an open city tour bus. We boarded a blue one. The guide was a very nice commentator. He knew New York City very well. I saw high rise buildings and I doubted if they could survive a strong wind blow. There was this Empire State Building, and many others. We passed “Ground Zero”, the position of the former twin towers of the World Trade Centre. Our destination was the Statue of Liberty. We alighted at some point and walked to a dock. There was a ferry to take people to the Statue of Liberty, lots of people! We lined up for security check and through we went. The Statue of Liberty couldn’t be in a better place. I climbed to half way its height. The way to the top of it is no longer open to the general public.

This was as well to conclude my 50-day trip to the U.S. On May 31st 2007, I departed for Kenya as promised. All along I never missed a chance to promote my business, JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS, which is now ways off the ground and is VERY EAGER TO HOST YOU ON YOUR NEXT AFRICA TRIP. It is good to have big dreams, and I believe that God is with us!

We have realised miracle numbers of clients, who have come to sample our best service to which they can attest.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. MAY GOD BLESS YOU, AND BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director – Jacko Africa Safaris Limited!


APRIL – JUNE 2007

With African Safari Tour Guide....

By  JIM LINCOLN

editor@tecumsehherald.com

When Merlyn Downing came home from the travel agency one day in 1996, he had two brochures to show his wife, Myrna - one for a vacation in Australia and one for an African safari. It was Myrna’s choice, and without hesitation, she chose the Dark Continent. The African trip was 10 years ago, and last month, the Downing hosted their Safari Guide and friend for a visit here in Tecumseh. Jackson K.Wekesa has made many friends throughout the world through his safari tour business, JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LTD, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Between 200 and 300 tourists per year travel to Kenya for the safari experience with Jackson K. Wekesa, many coming from Europe and North America. It’s an eye opening experience, said Merlyn. The Downings witnessed the beauty and dangers of exotic wildlife, and learned a culture and way of life much different from their own. It was the trip of a lifetime, said Myrna.  Asked if she would recommend the experience, her response was an emphatic “Go!”

A typical day during the Downings’ 16-day trip to Kenya began at 5am getting up for coffee or tea, and departing at 6:30 for a two-and-a -half hour safari ride in a reinforced and customize van made for better viewing –and protection. Here in the States we go to zoos to see the animal, where they are caged for our protection, said Merlyn, but in Africa, the animals are free and people are the ones behind reinforcement. After the morning safari, the Downings would return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation, not to mention a siesta. With another around of tea and coffee at 3:30 pm, it was time for another safari tour at 4.00pm.

The  Tecumseh couple witnessed abundant wildlife, including lion, elephants, wilde-beest, and hyenas .The topography was varied from open grasslands and valleys to tropical forest and bush country .The varied landscape and abundant wildlife was even more extensive when the Downing visited Lake Nakuru, where 1.7 to 1.8 million pink flamingoes migrate. Jackson said the migration of wildebeest is also a popular attraction. The event has taken place each year from July to October for the past 2000years, he said.

The culture and way of life in Africa is unbelievable, said Merlyn. A visit to a small Masai Village of 70 to 80 people was an enlightening experience. To protect its people from the wildlife, the village was encircled with barbed brush. The Downings paid a fee to go into a fund to support the education of the village chief’s son. Cattle live in the village compound with the people, explained Myrna. Merlyn recalls seeing a child gathering water from a puddle. The people there have a lot of strength, said Myrna. Their strength is in their spirit and they are happy. To learn more about the safari experience with Jackson Wekesa, go to www.jackoafricasafaris.com, or write to: Jacko Africa Safaris Limited, P.O.BOX 3651-00100 Nairobi, Kenya.

Jim Lincoln, editor, Tecumseh Herald, Tecumseh - Michigan.


Want a Meaningful Vacation!

A neighbor recently introduced me to a new concept for a vacation, to a challenge and opportunity to make a difference. She introduced me to Jackson K. Wekesa. Jackson is his church name, K. stands for his father’s name, and Wekesa is his personal name, which means “Born during Harvest.”

Having worked 18 years as a tour guide in Kenya, Jackson is now the owner of Jacko Africa Safaris Ltd., which in itself speaks to me of romance and adventure. His brochure and website www.jackoafricasafaris.com describe the personalized services provided as I contemplate seeing Kenya - the Pride of Africa, Tanzania – the Cradle of Mankind and Gorilla Tracking in Uganda.

But, Jackson is touring the United States explaining the true meaning behind his business, which he describes as “building a home within you.” His passion is bringing differing interest groups to Africa to work with the people there, whether it is a week or a month or longer. The community work can be added to a safari or scheduled on its own, but each visitor is given a customized package to achieve the best experience possible.

What do I mean by differing interest groups? Jackson told me of brings teachers for children or adults, nurses, preachers of the gospel, writers or social workers. The focus could be on literacy, healing, or parenting, building clinics or schools, but the possibilities are limitless. Can you imagine writing the next best selling novel, while building memories of a lifetime?

Jacko Africa Safaris supports community projects in each of East Africa’s three sister countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. As their names imply, these organizations center on music, education, medical care and a children’s orphanage.

Sometimes we think we have to be rich in order to help in a big cause, in a big way. I have found that the true riches of the world come to us in the everyday and Jacko Africa Safaris is offering us a way to participate in sustainable development of the future of Africa. They are creating a foundation for the future, shaped and supported by the community members themselves. The result will be a thriving environment promoting economic growth, health and education. 

Now, back to our vacation plans. It is hard to decide between balloon safaris, beach holidays, bush adventures, camping under the stars, flying safaris, mountain climbing or white water rafting. There are even wedding and honeymoon safaris, as well as luxury tented safaris. How can you resist? Besides the website mentioned above, you can contact Jackson at jackoafricasafaris@jambo.co.ke. You won’t be disappointed in meeting him and having him personally introduce you to his country.

Written by Janet LaPlante for the Valley Moon Tattler, Phoenix, Arizona


JANUARY – MARCH 2007

We are pleased to begin this year with a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation. Tide is very good as we drift into this sea of unlimited opportunities of our tour industry. We are yet more able than ever before to take in any volume, but also quality of work from all over the world!

We would like to confirm that JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS’ plan for U.S Marketing Trip has been finalized. It shall take place during the months of April and May 2007. Jackson shall travel to Switzerland first, from where he shall arrive in Phoenix, AZ via Chicago.

He shall stay in Gilbert, AZ for 12 days from April 10th 2007, then fly to San Francisco, CA to start his 7-day Western Coast tour with stop-over in Bakersfield – CA,  Los Angeles – CA,  and San Diego – CA, before returning to Phoenix for a 2-days’ rest. 

On his second leg, he flies from Phoenix to Detroit, MI to spend 12 more days reaching out from Tecumseh, MI. The third leg of his tour shall take him overland to Pittsburg, PA for a weekend, after which he shall proceed  overland to Washington DC to spend a week in Smyrna, Delaware.

Finally, he arrives in New York City. He shall be residing in Bordentown, NJ for 6 days, ending May 31st 2007, to crown his U.S visit, before returning to Africa.

Besides accomplishing JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS’ business promotions in those seven U.S States, it is my profound intention to renew acquaintance with U.S citizens I have met while conducting them on safaris of Kenya and Tanzania. I shall further be most grateful to meet with any party, who would be interested in business partnership with us.

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS LIMITED.


OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2006.

A great start - JACKO AFRICA SAFARIS has employed only the best-trained and most-experienced office personnel, trip leaders, and bilingual driver-guides, fluent in combinations of these foreign languages; English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. All of us are fully licensed safari engineers with many decades of service in East Africa’s safari industry, influenced by personal capabilities, commitment and self drive.

In Kenya, we own our own gallant fleet of company land cruisers, each with a specific full-time driver-guide. In Tanzania, we partner with Leopard Tours, the region’s giant, whose fleet of over two hundred 4x4 land cruisers, we are open to utilize anytime.

Our services include; Meet and Assist, Airport Transfers, Hotel and Lodge Reservations, Lodge-, Hotel- or Tent - Accommodated Safaris, Balloon Excursions Bookings, Beach Holidays, Bush Adventures, Bird Watching, Classic Luxury Camping, MICE, Community Projects / Safaris, Mountaineering, Flying Safaris, Honeymoon & Wedding Safaris, Sports & Leisure Safaris, Apartments & Villas Bookings, and Land cruiser hires.

Already, Jacko Africa Safaris is set to cooperate with more than 30 consistent tour operators from all over the world, notably from the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Israel, Russia, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, and South Africa.

“We shall ensure all our clients’ and partners’ expectations are not only met, but surpassed ….”

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

Jacko Africa Safaris, Limited!


JUNE – SEPTEMBER 2006.

“....unto us a company has been given ...”

Jacko Africa Safaris, Limited has been born - June 2006! Based in Nairobi, Kenya, the land of our birth and a very special corner of the world where safaris were born, we are a pool of famous trip leaders, trip designers and trip managers, whose history dates back to servitude since 1988, when we started our professional career in East Africa’s safari industry.  ”JACKO!” is an African safari company owned and managed by visionary indigenous Kenyans.

Equipped with in-depth knowledge of this business and with complete passion to promote tourism in East & Southern Africa, Jacko Africa Safaris will work with a simple philosophy of honesty to provide our clients and partners with unequaled custom or personalized service.

Jacko Africa Safaris has been designed to be one of the most comprehensive safari operators in East and Southern Africa for middle-range & up-market service. We shall strive to satisfy everyone of the volume of visitors we will host focusing on the fun and everlasting friendship to result from our tireless efforts. We assure you the best experience on which to base your recommendation to your best friends!

Thank you so much for browsing our website, and see you in Africa!

Jackson K. Wekesa.

Managing Director,

Jacko Africa Safaris, Limited!


 

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