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Brits wishing to travel to Kenya in the new year, luck is on your side. The Foreign Office has lifted its travel advice against Kenya’s islands of Lamu and Manda after government forces successfully secured the borders with Somalia.

British tourists are already heading back to Kenya’s beaches to catch some much-needed winter sun. The country had one of its worst tourist seasons this summer but foreign visitors are beginning to return after the government secured Kenya’s borders with Somalia. The current travel advice from the Foreign Office recommends travellers steer clear of border areas,

We advise against all but essential travel to within 60kms of the Kenya-Somali border; to Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island; to Garissa District; to the Eastleigh area of Nairobi; and to low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas.

With hotels and resorts anxious to get guest numbers back up to normal, there are plenty of Kenya hotel deals to be found, even for half term break! Not for long though, as word spreads that Kenya’s coastal areas are safe for foreign visitors again.

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Getting to Kenya for cheap

Kenya certainly isn’t as cheap as a jaunt to Spain but it is getting cheaper and cheaper to fly there thanks to Fastjet, a new African low cost airline started up by easyJet founder Sir Stelios Hajilouannou. In 2013 Fastjet will extend its flight network to include trips to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The African continent is your oyster!

Kenya Airways departs from London and Birmingham.

Have you been to Kenya before? Is it on your travel list for 2013?

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