Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Top Reasons to Take a Luxury Trip to Kenya

Kenya is one of Africa’s foremost travel destinations and it is not just about the safari and the wildlife. One of the beautiful things about Kenya is the life-changing experiences that one can have here. The luxury travel infrastructure is also fairly developed here with top notch services, comfort and a tradition of excellence in some of the luxury locations and facilities. Another thing about the Kenya luxury market is its incredible variety. If you are considering choosing Kenya is your next luxury destination, here are some of the top reasons why that will be a great decision:-

Good variety
Kenya is not just about the safaris and it therefore offers the luxury travelers an incredible variety. Whether you are looking for a cosmopolitan and modern city experience in Nairobi, a Safari in Maasai Mara, white sandy beaches and blue waters on the Kenyan coast of expansive wilderness to the North of Kenya, you will have very good variety here that will test all your senses.

Good internal travel network 
Kenya has one of the most developed air travel market and infrastructure. There are several airlines and charter aircraft to fly you to the four corners of this vast country. Additionally, there are lots of luxury car rental options offered by very professional and reliable rental companies.

Lodges and camps to die for
If you are looking for luxury lodge accommodation in Africa of the highest quality possible, then you cannot just look past Kenya. Kenya has refined the art of the luxury lodge design and there are plenty of beautiful choices here that will offer you the ultimate in cool luxury. These take you deep into the Kenyan wilderness while retaining all the comforts of living. They really go out of their way to pamper you and offer you an out of this world experience. There is good style, good comfort along with world-class professionalism and service in the luxury Kenya lodges. Designs of the luxury Kenya lodges are also quite varied and are guaranteed to appeal to every taste out there.

Private conservancies 
One of the most ubiquitous trends in the Kenyan luxury circuit is the conservancy. They are remote, they are intimate and they are well equipped with finest of the modern comforts. They are owned by some of the biggest names in the luxury market and you can thus look forward to a quality and luxurious visit without any surprises.

The typical Kenyan conservancy is generally leased from the local community and part of the proceeds from the tourist visits will go towards the development of the local communities. These conservancies therefore provide some of the most effective conduits for ethical tourism in Kenya. Your visit makes a real difference in the Kenyan communities.

The Magical Coastal Kenya
Coastal Kenya is one of the best gems of African tourism. Savour the white sandy beaches, blue oceans, rich coastal culture and some of the best hotels and resorts in Africa. Many of these cater to the luxury tourists and you can therefore look forward to an awesome experience.

Shopping in Nairobi 
Nairobi is a modern and cosmopolitan African city where you cans sample some of the finest treats in the world. Its coffee houses are legendary; there are restaurant cafes, shopping vistas, exclusive luxury villas and so much more to make your Kenyan trip as enjoyable as possible.

Kenya is an affordable luxury travel destination. In the recent years, the luxury lodges and resorts in Kenya have been pushing hard for tourists to come visit and they have lowered the costs considerably.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by nero · 1

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Best Luxury Lodges in Kenya

You can get an unparalleled luxury in some of Kenya’s leading luxurious lodges. These are available not just in the vast Kenyan wilderness in the Rift Valley and Nairobi or Mount Kenya but also on Kenya’s magnificent coastal paradise. In these luxury Kenya accommodations, you can get unique accommodation and incomparable service. Some of these are exclusive luxury villas situated in various top destinations in the country. Here is an overview of some of the best luxury lodges in Kenya:-

Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp
This luxury lodge is situated to the south of the country close to the Tanzanian border and as the name suggests, the décor is very 1920s in style. This luxury safari camp recreates the golden age of the 1920s colonial luxury with its 8 luxury tents. Each of the luxurious tents is festooned with a luxury bath and flush toilet. The luxury lodge also has excellent safari guides who can take you on a tour of the place.

Tortilis Camp in Amboseli
The camp sits in the vastness of the acacia woodlands and offers beautiful views of Mount Kilimanjaro. There are a total of 17 luxury tents where you can stay here along with a two-bedroom house. As you would expect, these are luxuriously furnished and will appeal to the most exacting of tastes. There are thatch roofs and private verandas where you can sit and enjoy the vastness and the magnificence of the Kenyan wilderness in very luxurious settings. Tortilis sits on a private concession so you do not have to worry about large visitor traffic even during the peak seasons.

The Mara Bushtops
This is undoubtedly one of the best luxury tented camps in Kenya. The camp is set high on a hill with beautiful and scenic views below. Visitors can fly into the camp and there are plenty of other activities that one can sample here including game drives, wildlife watching and good food. The guides are very professional and will give you a comprehensive and detailed tour of the area. At the Mara Bushtops, you can look forward to a true five-star experience in one of the best luxury lodges in Kenya.

Campi Ya Kanzi
Built on communal land, this camp is perfect for the ethical or eco-tourism in Kenya. In spite of the eco-theme, it is still offers a great touch of luxury. There are a total of six tented cottages along with two suites which offer you excellent luxury and world-class services.  They serve great morning coffee and you can still get marvelous views of Mount Kilimanjaro from this area.

This luxury lodge is situated in Northern Kenya in a place inhabited by a nomadic Kenyan community called the Samburu. From here, you can get good views of the expansive Laikipia plateau in Kenya as well as Mount Kenya. The camp has a curious Moroccan theme with spacious tents which are also luxuriously furnished to offer you a cozy stay. Great and friendly local guides can take you on an extensive tour of the area and game drives.

Ol Donyo Wuas
Here, you can choose from ten luxurious guest tents or a standalone and tastefully furnished villa for your stay. From these, you can check out the dramatic views of the Mount Kilimanjaro. You can access the star beds on the rooftop from the patios of the facility. You can also experience the joys of sleeping under an African sky at this luxurious tented accommodation.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016 by nero · 0

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Kenya Ranked Amongst Top Five Family Luxury Travel Destinations

That is according to the TRAVEL & LEISURE magazine which also listed Nicaragua, Scotland, Venice, and Florida as the other top global destinations for family luxury visits. Of the Kenya luxury travel option, the magazine had this to say:-

“The typical safari gets a reboot at Mara Bush Houses (all-inclusive; $$$$$), in the Masai Mara. Three private houses serviced by guides, cooks, and rangers give families an ideal base for viewing lions, rhinos, and other big game.”

In the Kenya Luxury blog, we will be exploring some of the top gems of the Kenya luxury market although we will not be specifically limited to the travel and accommodation market. We are going to offer you a very diverse scope on the country’s luxury niche including its luxury fashion, luxury homes, luxury jewelry and so much more.

Keep reading for more useful insights on the Kenyan luxury market. For the TRAVEL & LEISURE article on the top global luxury destinations for families, follow this link.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 by nero · 0

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Mara Plains Luxury Camp in Kenya

In Kenya, the term luxury is often tied closely to the country’s wildlife attractions and its beautiful white sandy coastal beaches. It is here where you will find the most creative and most luxurious safari camps, resorts, lodges and first class accommodation when visiting the country. One area where you can experience a true Kenyan luxury safari is at the Mara Plains Camp which is situated in Kenya’s iconic Masai Mara.

The Masai Mara consists of expansive savanna grasslands of breathtaking beauty. You have probably seen it on National Geographic and other safari documentary and it is still as virgin and pristine. The luxury safari tours in the camps bring you in very close contact with this expansive and endless terrain with a little dose of top class luxury that will make your visits completely worth the while.

The quality of the luxury accommodation to be found in the Mara wilderness is almost an aberration and a complete surprise but it is there with all its magnificence and fine décor that will simply blow your mind away. The Mara Plains Camp is good for luxury camping. It is not the no-frills camping or backpacking that many of us are probably used to. It is a totally new concept in camping where the camp avails to five star accommodation and amenities in the middle of the Kenyan wilderness.
At the Mara Plains, you will get different camps each of which offers guests distinct décor and experience. It is unique and highly personalized and it is also top class.

Some of the Family-Friendly Features at the Mara Plains Luxury Camp in Kenya

There are plenty of features here that will work for many families. These include the following:-
· Family tents which are ultra-spacious and capable of accommodating up to two kids under the age of 15 who can share it with two adults.
· Accommodation is all-inclusive including meals, and laundry services.
· Modern baths built in-tent.
· The camp is perfect for honeymoons and other romantic getaways.
· It is generally best suited for the families travelling with older kids.

Some of the things that you will miss at the camp
· It is certainly not suitable for kids under the age of 8
· There is no TV at the luxury camp facility
· Wi-Fi connection is provided but it is not as reliable
· The property is not fenced and animals do walk through the camp at night
· For game drives, it is advisable to book a private vehicle.

Room Cost
This is a high end luxury camp and the rates begin from $850 per night. You will get top end accommodation facilities, Swarovski HD Binoculars for some animal watching and sightseeing, and a fully inclusive accommodation that comes with meals, airstrip transfers , road transfers, car parking, beverages and much more. You can also look out for the special offers which are frequently offered at the facility.

There are a total of seven tents at the camp which can accommodate at least 14 people. The tents are built on raised decks and with beautiful hardwood floors as well as expedition style interior décor. Inside the tents, you will certainly love the luxurious rustic feel.  There is a quaint sitting area with a desk as well as cozy king-sized bed where you can enjoy the most beautiful accommodation. From your bed, you can view the expansive Mara with its numerous zebras and wildebeests.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by nero · 0

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Three of the Best Luxury Hotels in Kenya

Kenya, East Africa’s business and travel hub and one of the most luxurious travel destinations in Africa offers a wide array of luxury hotels where one can enjoy top end accommodation. These range from the luxury boutique hotels to the five-star luxury hotels which are situated in various cities in Kenya such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. The best luxury hotels in Kenya are, however, to be found in both Nairobi and Mombasa. Here is a brief overview of some of the most luxurious hotels that can book in Kenya:-

Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel
This is one of the finest luxury hotels in Nairobi and also one of the best known luxury hotels in Kenya. It also has a fairly rich history and has been an important part of the Kenyan experience for over 100 years. The city of Nairobi literally grew around this hotel which was constructed in 1904. Today, it still serves as a starting point for all Kenyan safaris with the Lord Delamere Terrace at the hotel still serving as a popular meeting place in Nairobi. Here, you can enjoy some drinks along with light meals through the day from the morning until midnight. There are a total of 165 guest rooms to choose from at the hotel along with conference rooms, outdoor swimming pools, gym and health club.

Intercontinental Nairobi
Enjoy classic luxury in Nairobi from the over 381 rooms of the Hotel Intercontinental in Nairobi.  Here, you can pick from your own brand of entertainment; access an array of leisure activities and amenities including gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, massage service and Turkish bath. Apart from these, you can enjoy many other outdoor pursuits including tennis, cycling and golf. If you are more adventurous, you can even access the Nairobi National Park which is situated only a few minutes away.

The Mara Serena Safari Lodge
This is a five star facility that is situated deep in the Maasai Mara National Reserve and offers one of the most popular and best equipped luxury safari destinations in Kenya. The Mara Serena draws its inspiration from the traditional Maasai culture and this is reflected in the architectural designs of the Lodge which consists of the clusters of domed and mud-colored huts that are encircled by a brushwood Boma. Here, you can experience a rare kind of African splendor and sophistication.
The décor is ethnic and is characterized by vibrant-color palette that consists of sub-burst colors along with embellishments of Maasai art. You will experience top end luxury while with a feel of traditional bush encampment. There are individual rooms at the lodge each of which has its own balcony and view along with a  sky blue swimming pool and a restaurant where you can sample out some scrumptious menus. The restaurant overlooks a watering hole where various creatures come in to take a drink.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Luxury Hotels in Kenya

Planning to stay in Kenya’s finest when it comes to luxury travel. There are plenty of luxury accommodations which are available in various tourist destinations for those who are looking for the finer side of life or simply an unforgettable luxury safari experience. With the Kenya’s best accommodations, you can look forward to a world-class and personalized service, complimentary upgrades, best activities and experiences and some of the best rates in the market. You do not have to break the bank when you are planning to experience the best that Kenya has to offer.

Kenya is mostly renowned for its luxury safari offerings which is based on a number of lodges, resorts, villas and five star hotel accommodation which are spread across the country. Most of these are in the Kenyan Rift Valley where they great game is to be found but there are numerous others on the Kenyan coast with its white sandy beaches and sky blue waters.

The Kenyan luxury market is, however, not just based on the safaris and the activities around the safaris. Nairobi is Kenya’s massive cosmopolitan and world-class capital where you can get the best experiences ranging from dining to shopping, sporting and events, quality luxury hotel accommodation at the heart of the city and much more that you can experience in the Kenyan capital.

Nairobi has some of the finest hotels in luxury hotels in Kenya. There are plenty of destinations that you can visit while in the country such as the following:-
· The Maasai Mara Game Reserve
· Nairobi
· Lamu Island
· The Diani Beach
· The Manda Island
· The Meru National Park
In between, there are hundreds of luxury lodges spread across the country offering luxury accommodation that is accompanied with fine cuisine, quality entertainment and so much more. Find a professional travel agent in order to discover the true magic of Kenya.

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Monday, May 16, 2016 by nero · 0

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Which is Kenya’s Oldest Luxury Brand?

The oldest luxury brand in Kenya is 111 years old!
The concept of the modern Kenyan luxury as we know it with its luxuriously furnished safari tours and luxury hotel accommodation began at the turn of the 20th century when European explorers and colonists began trickling into the territory of what is now Kenya. By the 1910s, there was a flood of immigrants from Europe coming into Africa to seek new opportunities and adventures. Many of these were adventurous, European aristocrats, businessmen, government officials and even the Jews escaping religious persecution in Europe.

As more immigrants flooded into Kenya from all over the world and even other parts of Africa in the first few decades of the 20th century, the concept of the modern luxury began to take shape. Many of the visitors were upper class Europeans and even Gilded Age Americans and they began to demand the same luxurious living that they were used to back home. It is at this time that the concept of the luxury African safari in Kenya began to acquire form and it has remained largely the same for the past century with the same model and still catering to a top end travel market.

One company that can claim the credit for being the first ever luxury safari company in Kenya is Tarlton & Co. The company is the one that invented the unique concept of the luxury safari tent which was then virtually nonexistent. It was founded in 1904 and has been known for its unique and understated luxury style over the past century. Its style has been very similar to that of its contemporaries which were founded around the same time, and many of which are now top-end global luxury brands.

The pioneer of the luxury safari in the world has retained its Kenyan roots for the past 100 years and still has an exclusive Kenyan presence. Apart from its luxury safari franchise, the company also sells luxury hand-crafted furniture collections many of which are manufactured using salvaged mahogany and leather. If you have gone to some of the leading Kenya luxury lodges, camps and resorts such as the Ol Donyo Lodge, you will find the Newland, Tarlton and & Co luxury furniture collection there-they are unique, classic and beautifully crafted as you would expect of a 100 year old Kenyan luxury brand.

Apart from its furniture collections, the Kenyan luxury brand also sells beautifully crafted luxury luggage, safari clothes and fashion accessories.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016 by nero · 0

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Health Benefits of Drinking Whisky

If you are not drinking whisky, then there are lots of reasons why should begin doing it immediately. Whisky offers lots of health benefits some of which will even surprise you. Of the many alcohols that you can drink, whisky is one of the best for consumption. It is the least likely of the alcohols to give you a hangover and in addition, it brings with it lots of tangible health benefits. With a few fingers of whisky on a weekly basis, you will be able to accomplish the following:-

Prevent Weight Gain 
Whisky is generally a low calorie alcohol compared to the other alcohols such as beer, wines and cocktails. You can drink a whole tumbler of whisky without worrying about packing too much mass due to the low sugar content in the whisky.

Boost the health of your heart 
By drinking whisky on a regular basis, you will be able to boost the health of your heart. The other kinds of alcohols that are good for your heart include wines and the dark beers such as Guinness. The whisky will reduce the risk of blood clots as well as lower the risks of heart attack and stroke. Whisky has antioxidants which will prevent cholesterol from clogging your arteries and thus lead to a healthy cholesterol level in your blood.

It Helps Fight Cancer
Being a rich source of antioxidants, whisky will prevent your body from coming into contact with some of cancer causing agents. As a result, it reduces the risks of the carcinogens forming in your body. These generally cause life threatening cancers. It reduces oxidation in your body and helps prevents you having to face chemotherapy a few years down the line.

Drink whisky to improve the brain health 

The Russian intelligentsia loved their whisky and that was not by accident. Drinking whisky will reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. If you are worried that your brain function is slowing down with age, it is time to begin drinking some whisky.

Reduce the Risk of Stroke

Apart from preventing the cholesterol from building in your arteries, the whisky will also help you in getting rid of some of the cholesterol that is already present in your blood vessels. The whisky relaxes the walls of your blood arteries thus promoting a smoother blood flow and reducing the risk of stroke. The reduction in the possibility of the stroke is one of the most important benefits of drinking whisky if not the most important.

Fight Stress

Life is getting increasingly tougher for all of us no matter our financial situations. Even if you are living a luxury lifestyle, you will most likely have to deal with some stress and depression but you can always drink whisky to that is the alcoholic drink is one of the best stress relievers. Whisky calms your nerves and helps in reducing both anxiety and stress.  Some of the health benefits discussed above are also important in helping relieve stress and make you relax. Fr example, by boosting your blood circulation, and providing your organs with fresh and oxygenated blood, your body is able to relax and fight stress.

Whisky boosts your memory

Whisky has plenty of antioxidants that will help boost your brain health.  The circulation-boosting benefits of the whisky will also be important for your brain function and will boost your memory. Drink more whisky and keep your brain very active and young.

Aids in Digestion

Whisky has been drunk as a digestive aid for generations. It was consumed after meals to help the body relax and aid in the digestion. Whisky also shuts your appetite and will prevent you from overeating.

Lengthen your Lifespan

The Whisky is laden with antioxidants that keep you healthy and help lengthen your lifespan.  This is because it protects your body from disease and also prevents the slow breakdown of the cells in your body which generally leads to dementia and lose of immunity.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

How to Buy Sterling Silver Jewelry in Kenya

Buying very good quality .925 sterling silver jewelry in Kenya is always a step that will fill you with pride and which gives you something special and precious that you can keep for a lifetime. The 0.925 Sterling silver jewelry is made of 92.5% silver with remaining 7.5% consisting of other alloys which are added in order strengthen the silver metal and make it strong enough so that it will support top quality jewelry production.

Sterling silver jewelry has certain admirable qualities that make it a top choice for many buyers. For example, it is strong, beautiful, luxurious, valuable and also affordable. A top quality silver jewelry in Kenya that is embellished with some of the beautiful stones such as Topaz or Tanzanite will cost you anywhere from Ksh.2500 to Ksh.10,000 or even more depending on the quality of the jewelry piece. You can wear these jewelry pieces with any color ensemble out there and they can also match any skin tone when worn. When you buy these, you will enjoy it every single day and it will add some special beauty to your life.

If you are planning to buy top quality sterling silver jewelry in Kenya, here are some of the top tips that you can follow in order to ensure that you have a truly genuine product:-

Verify the authenticity of the jewelry

The first thing that I would want to look at is the reputation of the jeweler. Have they been in business in Kenya for some time? Do they have a reputation of selling genuine and very good quality sterling silver jewelry In Kenya? Dig a little into the company’s history in order to determine its authenticity.

If you are looking for sterling silver jewelry, check and confirm to see if the jewelry is stamped with symbols such as “925”, “Sterling”, “Ster” or simply “Sterling Silver”. It is important to note that some of the silver jewelry is not stamped in this way so at the end of the day, it is important to look for a sterling silver jewelry dealer in Kenya whom you can trust.

Shop for your personal style

Do not rush in your shopping when you are looking for quality sterling silver jewelry in Kenya. Take your time to shop for your style, tastes and preferences. There are numerous types of jewelry pieces that can be found in diverse sizes, styles as well as price range. These qualities make the silver jewelry one of the best options that you can use for fashion experimentation as well as expression of your style. With the sterling silver pendants and charms, you can depict your hobbies, interests, beliefs and many others. You can wear your silver chains with virtually anything out there.

Look for the handmade pieces 
It is with the handmade jewelry that you can find some of the most unique silver jewelry pieces. Because of its pliability and affordability, silver is a popular choice for many independent artisans who use it to craft out very beautiful silver jewelry.

Sterling Silver Jewelry in Kenya Tip
One of the best ways to have the finest silver jewelry in Kenya without spending a fortune is by getting good designs from sites such as Target and Overstock and then showing the designs to the local sterling silver jewelers who can craft beautiful looking jewelry for you at reasonable prices. Alternatively, you can import the sterling silver jewelry into Kenya although the cost of shipping top quality jewelry piece is often roughly equal to the cost of the jewelry itself.

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Friday, May 13, 2016 by nero · 0

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The 10 Largest Diamonds to Have Emerged Out of Africa

The relationship between Africa and Diamonds is not one of luxury and glamour. It is often a tragic one. In fact, that relationship between Africa’s most precious metal and its people can best be summarized by two words: Blood Diamond. Yet the continent has produced some of the largest, most beautiful and most iconic diamonds in history. It is always said that some diamond pieces have a character and a life of their own, along with a name too! Here are 10 of the largest diamonds to have emerged out of Africa:-

The Millennium Star Diamond
The Millennium Star Diamond is generally known as the second largest Grade D colorless diamond. It is an impressive 203.4 carat gem that is both externally and internally flawless. The diamond is pear shaped and is owned by the South African firm De Beers. The diamond piece was discovered in the DR Congo district of Mbuji Mayi in 1990.It was first displayed in 1999 as the centerpiece of the De Beers diamond collection.

The Red Cross Diamond
The Red Cross was discovered in the iconic South African mine of Kimberley in 1901 and in 1918, it was presented as a gift to the British Red Cross during a sale that was held at the Christies. It is a canary yellow and 205.7 carat diamond. At the top facet of the diamond is a visible Maltese Cross from which it derives its name.

The De Beers Diamond
Discovered in the Kimberley mines in 1888, the 234.65 carat De Beers Diamond was the largest diamond that was found in the South African mines during that time period. It was most likely cut in Amsterdam. It is the eighth largest faceted diamond in the world and Cartier set it on a ceremonial necklace that was designed in 1928. This necklace, called the Patiala Necklace was made for an eccentric Indian Maharaja called Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala who also had a special love for the luxury Rolls Royce cars.

The Jubilee Diamond 
The original stone from which this diamond was cut weighed some whopping 650.80 carats and it was found in 1895 at the Jagersfontein Mine in South Africa. The diamond piece is an irregular octahedron and has no definite shape or even faces. It was turned into a 245.35 carat diamond piece of exceptional purity as well as size. Originally, it was called the Rietz Diamond. It is a colorless cushion-shaped diamond piece and was renamed to honor the Queen on her Jubilee anniversary of coronation. It has a rating of E-Grade colorless diamond and its actual value is unknown.

The Centenary Diamond
This is third largest diamond piece to have come from the Premier Mine in South Africa. It is a 273.85 carat gem which was discovered on 17 July, 1986. The original rough stone had a total of 599 carats. After the adoption of the diamond piece’s final design, it was reduced to its current weight of 273.85. The team that cut the diamond included Gabi Tolkowsky. The current owner of this diamond piece is unknown although in 1990, it was insured for a whopping $100 million.

The Spirit of De Grisogno Diamond 
The Spirit of De Grisogno is considered as the world’s largest black diamond. It weights 312.24 carats. It was discovered in Central Africa and weighed 587 carats before it was cut. Later, it was brought into Switzerland where the diamond was cut by Fawaz Gruosi who used the traditional Mogul techniques for cutting diamonds which produced some of the finest diamond pieces in the world. The Spirit of De Grisogno has been set in a white gold ring which has been encrusted with some 702 smaller diamonds. These smaller diamonds have a total weight of 36.69 carats. Little is known about the whereabouts of this piece of diamond.

The Cullian II Diamond-Lesser Cullinan
The Lesser Cullinan is the second largest and one of the most popular pieces that was cut from the Cullinan. It is often referred as the Lesser Star of Africa and is a counterpart of the Great Star of Africa which was also cut from the same stone. The original stone that was found on the Premier Mine was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan who had opened the Premier Mine in South Africa. The Lesser Cullinan is a flawless stone that is Class D gem. It is used in the centre-front of the Imperial British Crown. It is estimated that is worth $200 million.

The Incomparable Diamond 
As the name suggests, this is a piece of diamond that is truly incomparable. It is a 407.48 piece of diamond which was discovered in the former Zaire, now Democratic Republic of Congo in 1984. The diamond piece was discovered by a little Zairean girl as she was going through a pile of rubble. The diamond piece came from a nearby MIBA Diamond Mine. Before cutting, the diamond weighed 890 carats. At the time, it was the largest brown diamond stone in the world but it was reduced to half the weight after cutting in order to ensure it has fewer internal flaws. It has a fancy yellowish brown color and is valued at about $20 million.

The Cullinan I Diamond-Star of Africa
This is the bigger sister to the Lesser Star of Africa. It was the largest of the nine stones that was cut from the Cullinan stone and is shaped in the form of pear. It weighs 530.20 carats with 76 facts and is valued at $400 million. It has a perfect white color and is totally flawless.

Golden Jubilee Diamond
Weighing 567.47 carats, this is the largest faceted diamond in the world. It was discovered in 1985 in South Africa’s Premier Mine. It was cut by Gabriel Tolkowsky. The Golden Jubilee Diamond was purchased by the Thai Diamond Manufacturers Association. It was given to the Thai King in his honor on his 50th coronation anniversary. It is now part of the Crown Jewels ot the Royal Thai Residence.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How to Save Money on a Luxury Safari in Kenya

Going out on a luxury safari in Kenya does not mean that you now have the silence to splurge on the luxury packages without the slightest care in the world. In fact, a lot of the people who go on the luxury safaris are not millionaires but average middle class folks who save their money over time for the ultimate experience of a lifetime, research and weigh their options before embarking on a Kenyan luxury safari. The situation is made even better by the fact that a lot of the luxury travel destinations try to relieve the burden of enjoying a beautiful and luxurious safari but offering travelers lot of packages for maximum enjoyment. Yet there are plenty of ways that you can use in order to save money when you are embarking on a luxury safari.

In order to score the best deals when it comes to the typically expensive luxury African safaris, the most important step is to get a great luxury safari specialist. This will not only guarantee you the best experiences which allow you to optimize on your safari but it also guarantees you some great cost savings. The top safari specialists in Kenya are generally privy to some of the hidden luxury safari special offers which are available in the market. They network at both a business and personal level with some of the leading luxury safari product sellers in the market and as a result, they get the first-hand information when a particular safari provider is planning to roll out some nice deals. The Kenyan luxury safari industry, to some extent, is an old boys’ network where people generally know each other.

It is generally said that the true luxury safari will let you get the essence of the safari and Africa. It is a very personal and transformation experience and in many cases, it has gotten many people hooked to the Kenya safari and they keep in coming again and again which can be financially risky if you do not have your savings in order as a typical all-package luxury safari can cost anywhere from $5000 to $10,000 depending on the number of nights and the experiences that you choose to enjoy.

The best luxury safaris are those ones which are 100% tailor-made in order to optimize on your experiences. And here is why having an old hand managing your safari will be critical. Most likely they know about every nook and cranny in Kenya including the finest safari lodges, resorts, hotels, camping facilities, activities, tour packages and much more. That implies that whenever you need a good safari, they can always find the best packages that will suit and your travel companions and they can always save you money and time while ensuring that your safari will be really spot on. Here are additional money saving tips that you can incorporate for your next luxury safari to Kenya:-

Go to Safari During the Secret Seasons
The “secret season” is really the low season for the luxury safaris. This is the time when the prices will plunge and you can make some significant savings on your safaris. These are the times that people generally do not associate with going on a safari in Kenya. For example, for the finest weather and game viewing in Kenya, you can travel from December through to March. However, not many people consider going to safari in Kenya during these months. They would prefer the season from July to October. If you travel during these hidden seasons, you can look forward to not just highly discounted safaris but also some of the best kind of luxury safaris that you can have.

Look for Newer Safari Camps and Lodges

Although the older lodges and camps with a history and tradition will offer you the finest luxury safari experiences, do not discount the newer luxury safari camps and lodges, particularly if they are run by a renowned travel brand. The newer safari options will want to attract to more repeat clients and as a result, they will offer lower rates than the going rates in the market. Experienced Kenya luxury safari specialists will have a good knowledge of some of the newest properties in the market with all those incredible offers that you can take advantage of. A good luxury safari specialist in Kenya will also tell you whether accommodation at a particular property or a particular package is really worth spending your money on. When you get it right when it comes to these new properties, the luxury experience is always truly marvelous.

Save with a Mobile Luxury Safari in Kenya
Mobile luxury safaris in Kenya are some of the most popular options for those who are looking for extra savings or those who want to experience extreme travel adventures. The typical mobile luxury safari comes with the luxurious and exquisite safari tents along with unique and comfortable interior furnishings. The interior can be modern and contemporary or even classic or antique. In some luxury camps, rustic styles or the style that is even inspired by old colonial décor that recreates the luxury safari as it once was in its golden age in the 20s and 30s.

You might wonder whether a mobile camp can have anything luxurious in it but the luxury aspect comes in many areas during the service delivery.  For example, you can have your own safari camp, your guides to take you through the safari as well as your own chef who will cater for your exclusive culinary needs.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by nero · 0

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