There is always so much going on in East Africa that it is hard to capture it all. Look no further for this is the spot to visit to be up to date on all that is happening, and never miss an event again.
July 12-14 DIANI 5-A-SIDE TOUCH RUGBY TOURNAMENT
The 5th edition of the annual Diani Beach Touch rugby goes down from July 12-14 at Forty Thieves Beach Bar in Diani. Last year the event attracted both local and international teams totalling 28 and this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better.
Visit www.dianibeachtouchrugby.com for more details.
June 29-July 7 ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Dubbed the largest festival in East Africa, this great event of the Dhow countries is a one-stop shop that showcases different talents from all over the world in the coastal town of Tanzania. The festival encompasses captivating music, cutting-edge films, panorama and art and visitors are treated to a thrilling time of entertainment.
From world-premiers to local shots, the festival has earned a household name for showcasing the highest quality films from all over the world in which the winning ones get awards.
Films are submitted based on a yearly theme and this year’s theme is ‘Season of Visions'. A great time indeed, to indulge in the island’s best parties this will include live music, dance, DJs and performance across several venues.
With a hotbed of other activities including exhibitions, workshops, dhow racing, bull fighting and cultural tours to the heart of the community, your two weeks of Zanzibar Tamasha will be worthwhile.
Where: Ngome Kongwe, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Tel: +255) 773 411 499
22 June GORILLA NAMING CEREMONY
Welcome to the land of a thousand hills; a land where gorillas are given names. Rwanda initiated a unique ceremony of gorilla naming in 2005 in its effort to protect and conserve these endangered species under the auspices of the Rwanda Development Board in the realization that the mountain gorillas were a major tourist attraction that needed to be preserved.
In this year’s 9th edition of Kwita Izina - Gorilla Naming ceremony, 11 baby mountain gorillas will be given names at the Volcanoes National Park. Under the theme ‘Celebrating nature, empowering communities’, RDB shall celebrate the efforts of all those that have contributed to the welfare of the country’s wildlife and its conservation in ensuring continuity of growth in population of the gorillas and tourists while mobilizing efforts towards a greener economy.
Virunga Mountains is home to two thirds of these endangered species in Africa. The population of gorillas has increased by 26.3% since the last census in 2003.
Where: Volcanoes National park, Rwanda
11 June KENYA HOLIDAYHOUSE WEBSITE LAUNCH
Planning to go on holiday? No worries, we know your holidays are important to you, which is why we are sharing with you this great piece of news! Kenyaholidayhouse.com is launching on June 11 to help you find the perfect spot for a memorable holiday.
For more information go to http://www.kenyaholidayhouse.com/
8 June FITNESS BOOTCAMP
Join Fitculture on Saturday June 8 at The Karen Country Lodge for their monthly fitness bootcamp.
P. O. BOX 24390 - 00502 Nairobi, Kenya
TEL: + 254 20 3883430, FAX: +254 20 884540
CELL: 0728 202 000, 0728 860 842
29 June- 1 July SAFARICOM LEWA MARATHON
Billed one of the toughest races globally, the Safaricom Lewa Marathon brings together both professional and amateur runners to compete in a marathon that aims at raising funds to help in community development as well as wildlife conservancy. The marathon has been taking place for the last 13 years and has previously been graced by acclaimed world-class runners Catherine Ndereba and Paul Tergat.
Where: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
15 June MOUNT SUSWA HIKE
Although little is known of this magnificent treasure, Mt. Suswa is one of the volcanic craters nestled in the heart of Maasai land. If you are thinking of a weekend getaway, this is an ideal hideout to join fellow hiking enthusiasts and enjoy the time of your life. On this day, come and reconnect with nature and experience breathtaking sceneries. With numerous volcanic caves located on the outer edge of the outer crater, you will find plenty of reasons to enjoy. Don’t miss out on the camping experience, perhaps even dining with wild animals.
Where: Mount Suswa, Rift Valley
Tel: +254 725 157 834 / +254 020 360 1613
8 June BRAEBURN IMANI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OPEN DAY
Dream… Believe… Achieve… Succeed
Are you looking for academic excellence for your child? With Braeburn International Schools, your child has a golden chance to acquire an IGCSE certificate, thanks to the British curriculum that the school offers. And here is the thrilling part; Braeburn is extending its branches to Thika by opening up a brand new, custom-built school and offer the same academic excellence as in their other schools.
Do not miss this exciting exposition and learn why you need to enroll your child at this prestigious academic institution. It offers a one-stop-shop right from Early Years Foundation Stage all the way to A Level.
Where: Sarit Centre, Westlands
Tel: +254 20 2029 322
7 June THE GREAT GATSBY OPENS IN THEATRES IN NAIROBI
Starring acclaimed actors Leonardo Dicaprio (Jay Gatsby) and Tobey Maguire (Nick Carraway), the story spirals around a writer, Carraway, who puts pen to paper to elaborate his new life in New York City. The year is 1922 and Carraway has just moved from the Midwest to a fast paced city, where glitz, glamour, immorality and illicit brews are the order of day. His neighbour, Gatsby, is a millionaire whose life revolves around anonymity amid exquisite parties. He composes this mythical world that he now inhabits, and surrounds him, into a saga that comprises love, lies, dreams, heartbreak and the lives of the wealthy. The Great Gatsby opens countrywide on June 7th , 2013. You won’t want to miss this.
2 June BLANKETS AND WINE
All roads will lead to the Carnivore grounds for this unique picnic-style music festival. Dubbed East Africa's premier music experience, this fete is designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music.
This year’s 44th edition of Blankets & Wine promises a wholesome experience like no other. Not even the unpredictable weather will deter the participants.
A first time visitor would think it’s a Maasai traditional festival due to the dress code of the audience. All audiences at the festival don a Maasai shuka, blanket or kikoy and carry with them a picnic chair, wine, a picnic basket and their preferred company and proceed to share in this music and lifestyle experience.
Started in November 2008, one of the main objectives of the event is to create a platform for artists to share their skills and art in a relaxed atmosphere. The event has grown steadily and cut across borders to venture into other East African countries.
1st June-WAMBUI MUKENYI - Style Fix Shopping Party
Kenyan Fashion designer Wambui Mukenyi will be hosting an event dubbed Style Fix Shopping Party at Nairobi Serena Hotel. The annual event is a forum in which the designer sells clothes from her collection at discounted prices.
There will also be a stylist who will give fashion advice for free! Wambui is best known as the designer for The Janet Collection, a clothing line by Kenyan news anchor Janet Mbugua. She also dresses many local notable personalities.
The event will take place on June 1 from 10am to 7pm at The Hibiscus Hall.
1st June - RHINO CHARGE
This year the event responsible for adrenalin overload in the country will be celebrating its Silver jubilee! Yes, it’s that time of the year where man and machine become one as they navigate through nature toughest terrain. If you are an adrenalin junkie who wants to contribute to a good cause then rhino charge is a good place to start. Like every year the location will remain a secret until the last minute. Participants will meet at Breaburn School in Nanyuki where they will find out where the competition starts from. Held for the first time in 1989, the event, organised by the Rhino Ark Charitable trust is held every year with an aim to raise funds for the conservation of the Aberdare ecosystem. The construction of electric fences around Aberdares and Mount Kenya has been funded by proceeds from the event. The nature of the event is driving vehicles off the road often in challenging terrain. A vehicle access fee of SKH 10,000per car will be charged to those attending the event. Bigger cars will attract a bigger fee with buses being required to pay KSH 50,000.
Tel: +254 733 632 460/ +254 724 604 233