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Hemingways hosts 2018 Humpback Whale Watching Watamu | Coastweek

WATAMU (Kenya) -- Humpback whales, the giant marine mammals, travel annually in their hundreds from the Southern Ocean into the Indian Ocean travelling in tropical waters off the Kenya North Coast where it is safe to breed. PHOTO - HEMINGWAYS

Hemingways Watamu hosts 2018 Humpback Whale
Watching Excursion on Kenya North Coast

WATAMU (Kenya) -- Luxury hotel operator Hemingways Collection has welcomed the launch of the Twin Migration Campaign by the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.

The campaign seeks to promote the double annual migration of wildebeests in the Masai Mara and that of humpback whales in Watamu beach, a unique wildlife phenomenon on both the savannah and the sea occurring between July and September annually.
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In the boom years of 2013 and 2017 whale numbers reported stood at 550 and 390 respectively.

The whale migration has this year received a boost from the government with the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife launching a promotional drive through the Kenya Tourism Board which is marketing the twin migration to attract visitors to the Mara and Watamu during peak tourism season.

Hemingways Collection Operations Director, Ross Evans, said they support the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Watamu Marine Association which have been studying dolphins and whales since 2011.

"In 2012, we became the first hotel in Kenya to offer whale watching excursions in addition to our ongoing support for marine research and conservation with Watamu Marine Association who have been promoting whale watching as an emerging eco-tourism activity on the coast since 2012," said Evans.

  Hemingways hosts 2018 Humpback Whale Watching Watamu | Coastweek

WATAMU (Kenya) --  Luxury hotel operator Hemingways Collection hosts 2018 Humpback Whale Watamu watching excursion. PHOTO - HEMINGWAYS WATAMU
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"This year we have launched the Watamu Bucket List campaign to promote Watamu as a tourist destination that offers unique and diverse activities and experiences.

"The humpback whale migration is a star attraction in this campaign and we are extremely pleased that the government, through the tourism ministry, has recognized and supported the uniqueness of Watamu beach and the variety of experiences on offer."

"We also take pride in the work we do with the local community in Masai Mara to promote conservation in the world famous Greater Mara" Evans said, in reference to a partnership between Hemingways Ol Seki Mara, a luxury tented camp and the Naboisho Conservancy, a ground breaking project of tourism benefiting conservation and community.

Through its exclusive selection of luxury properties, Hemingways Collection is able to offer inspired travelers a seamless and totally unique experience of the Twin Migration from the beach to the savannah, with layovers at the five-star Hemingways Nairobi.

The Watamu Bucket List campaign has listed 10 must-do activities for visitors to Watamu.

Aside from watching the humpback whales and stand up paddle-boarding with dolphins, other activities include big game fishing, exploring the ancient ruins of Gede, sighting the rare elephant shrew at the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, exploring the mangroves of Mida Creek on a traditional dhow, visiting the Watamu Marine Park and learning how the local community manages conservation efforts.

The Bucket List contains activities that are available any time of the year and some that follow calendar seasons.

The Hemingways Collection consists of Hemingways Nairobi, Hemingways Ol Seki Mara, Hemingways Watamu and Hemingways Residences.

Hemingways Watamu: Launched in January 2018 after a complete redesign spanning two years, Hemingways Watamu has reclaimed its position as Kenya’s most iconic beach hotel.

Located on Turtle Bay within the protected Marine National Park of Watamu, Hemingways Watamu is a tropical paradise for snorkelling and diving amongst breathtakingly beautiful coral and multi-coloured sea-life.

Hemingways Watamu has 39 beautifully appointed hotel rooms, all with direct ocean views. 21 spacious one, two and four bedroom residences are also available, offering exceptional space and privacy.

Hemingways Nairobi: In the Kenyan capital, Hemingways Nairobi continues to lead the way in five-star boutique accommodation in the city.

With heart-lifting views over the Ngong Hills from every suite, this is an inspiring, peaceful place to stay – whilst being incredibly convenient for the domestic and international airports and city centre.

Flooded with natural light and fresh air, the plantation-style hotel is one of a kind in Nairobi.

Ol Seki Hemingways Mara: A private enclave of just ten luxury safari tents, deep in the Naboisho Conservancy, offering the most memorable of safari experiences.

Each tent has 270º views over the Mara plains, with wildlife strolling past throughout the day.

Breathtaking views, unforgettable wildlife and the warmest Kenyan hospitality characterize each stay here.

For more information Contact:

Charity Katago – Kamau 0722738583 Lynda Ouma 0712679409

Hemingways hosts 2018 Humpback Whale Watching Watamu | Coastweek

WATAMU (Kenya) -- Located on Turtle Bay within the protected Marine National Park of Watamu, Hemingways Watamu is a tropical paradise for snorkelling and diving amongst breathtakingly beautiful coral and multi-coloured sea-life. Launched in January 2018 after a complete redesign spanning two years, Hemingways Watamu has reclaimed its position as Kenya’s most iconic beach hotel. INSERT LEFT: Ross Evans – Hemingways Collection Group Operations Director. PHOTOS - HEMINGWAYS

           

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