Can wildlife coexist with the modern world? The question is tested starkly in Nairobi, capital of Kenya. In 1946, when the city was home to just 119,000 people, a national park was declared immediately to the south. The city has since boomed, with a population of more than 4 million now. Against the odds, Nairobi National Park survives. Just three miles from the heart of downtown, wild lions roam free.
As the skyline of the city transformed, skyscrapers provided a dramatic backdrop for photos of the park’s lions, rhinos, buffalos and giraffes. Now there is another, more immediate man-made intrusion: A new Mombasa- Nairobi railway line opened in 2019. Elevated on huge concrete pillars, it splits the park in two.
From one perspective, the new railway detracts from the wilderness experience of a daytrip safari into the park. Do you really want your photos of giraffes framed by concrete pillars? On the other hand, this could be a model for the future. Both park and city make compromises in order to coexist side by side. The animals appear to be resilient, and the usual rhythms of their lives continue unabated.
You can happily spend an entire day in the park (there are still large swathes of it without concrete pillars or skyscrapers in the background), or you can combine it with some of Nairobi’s other visitor attractions. Highlights include Karen Blixen House (the setting for the movie Out of Africa), Langata Giraffe Centre (where you can encounter giraffes eye to eye from a raised platform) and Elephant Orphanage run by Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (if you “adopt” an elephant — $50 per year — you can participate in the evening feeding time).
When I first visited Nairobi as a child in the 1970s, it was still possible to hear lions roaring at night from your downtown hotel room. The lions still roar, but the round-the-clock din of the city drowns them out. And yet, no matter how loud or busy the city is, there remains the knowledge that within a short drive you could be parked beside a pride of wild lions. No other major city in the world offers that.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
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