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Celebrities spend festive season in Kenya


Renowned American film director and two-time Academy-Award nominee, Spike Lee traveled to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve over the holiday season. The “Do the Right Thing” filmmaker also visited a local Maasai village and planted trees for departed stars including George Micheal, Prince, Muhammed Ali, David Bowie, Phife Dawg and Bill Nunn.
Spike Lee was also delighted to find similarities in cultural markers from different worlds. Sporting a traditional Maasai shuka, he shared: “Who knew that the mighty Maasai warriors favorite color is the same orange and blue of our beloved New York Knickerbockers? Orange and blue skies forever.”
The Maasai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. In 2016, the Reserve scooped Africa’s Leading National Park award at the 23rd edition of The World Travel Awards. The annual wildebeest’s migration involves over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November and is regarded among the 7 new Wonders of the World.
It’s no secret that Kenya is among the best travel destinations in the world offering high-quality luxury experiences in safari, adventure and beach options all-year round. Another celebrity who spent their holiday in Kenya over the festive season was award-winning Filipino pop-rock singer, Josephine “Yeng” Constantino. The “Grand Star Dreamer” reality music show title winner travelled to several sites across the country accompanied by her husband.
The pair started their trip with a game drive in the Maasai Mara, home of 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant, and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big five; buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino.
The Constatinos also visited Lake Naivasha, a 13km-wide beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus. The Lake is a world-class birding destination where giraffes, buffalo and colobus monkeys are also regularly spotted as hippos sleep the day away in the shallower parts of the waters.
Their trip concluded in the scenic and largely untouched Lamu island. Founded in the 14th Century as a Swahili settlement, the island has seen many visitors and influences, including Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders and the Omani Arabs. The clear waters are perfect for swimming and sailing with the stone town, streets and markets squares great for exploration.
Yeng and her husband enjoyed soaking up the sun and stunning architecture; spotting donkeys—Lamu has a strict no cars policy—and taking a luxury dhow safari to take in the idyllic island.
Kenya has over the years hosted many celebrities with singer Madonna, celebrated Elle Model Hu Bing and fashion icon Victoria Beckham topping the list in 2016.
“Kenya’s potential as a destination of choice continues to be affirmed through the years with some like Richard Branson translating the destination to a choice destination for investment. We have a country that is appealing, we must tell our story to the world unreservedly,” says Dr. Betty Radier, Kenya Tourism Board’s new CEO.
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