3rd May 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Heritage Hotels and Kipungani Explorer (Lamu Island) welcome the FCO’s (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) announcement of the review of travel to coastal areas of Kenya:
“This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Travel Summary and the Safety and Security section. The overall level of the advice has changed. We no longer advise against all but essential travel to all coastal areas within 150km of the Somali border. We now advise against all but essential travel to within 60km of the Somali border (including Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island), to Garissa district and to low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas.” (http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/sub-saharan-africa/kenya1}
Kipungani Explorer is situated on the southwest corner of Lamu Island and is approximately 87 kilometers south the Somali border; to date the resort has not experienced any security issues whatsoever.
Kipungani Explorer maintains a permanent presence of a highly trained security detail, operating day and night for the security of our guests; they are supplemented by armed police detail from the provincial administration who also reside with us. The resort maintains excellent relations with all of its neighbors and has nurtured a great relationship with the Kipungani village community, all of which adds to the overall security of our property and location.
As a celebratory offer, we are happy to give an opening special for July based on bookings received between 4th May and 15th June, 2012.