For any visitor to Nairobi, a trip to
Masai Mara is a must. The Masai are one of the 42 tribes of Kenya. Mara
is the name of a river in the region. Masai Mara is an important tourist
spot where one can catch sight of a number of wild animals in their
natural habitat. The Masai are, traditionally, keepers of cows, goats,
sheep, etc. They are the one tribe who have best preserved their culture
and traditions. They fancy local jewellery, their traditional costumes
and the piercing of their ears (both men and women alike). They also
knock out their four lower front teeth and sometimes even three upper
teeth, so that in the eventuality of their falling sick, liquid food can
be inserted in their mouths enabling them to survive.
Masai Mara is approximately 240 kilometres
from Nairobi. It can be accessed only by road. There are a number of
tour operators whose rates are fixed in advance. The whole tour, which
lasts for three days and two nights, costs approximately US $120 which
is equivalent to Rs. 6,000.
Our tour began at 8.15 a.m. and we reached
the resort at 1 p.m. We stayed in Hotel Mara Simba (“Simba?in Kiswahili
means Lion). After lunch, we rested a while and then went to the
swimming pool for about half an hour. At 4 p.m., after tea, we toured
the area where wild animals could be spotted. There were approximately
30 tourist vehicles in the area, which we found were networked. This
means that if one operator spotted a wild animal, the message could be
conveyed to all the other vehicles. Deer, giraffes, wild buffalo, zebras
were aplenty, but it was the spotting of lions that thrilled both the
operators and the tourists.
Early the next morning, we went to the
Mara River and spotted quite a few crocodiles, hippopotamuses and
elephants. On the third day, we returned to the same spot that we had
visited on the first day and watched cheetahs and lions catch their
prey. This was definitely a thrilling experience.
After speaking to the hotel authorities, I
took the opportunity to introduce some of our Godrej products to the
hotel’s management. I had carried catalogues of doors, safes, treasure
chests, lockers, etc. After going through the various catalogues, they
showed interest in our safe-deposit lockers and asked us to leave behind
these catalogues for a closer inspection. I thus had the satisfaction of
introducing Godrej to people who hadn’t heard of it before.
Exhibition of Godrej
Godrej, along with its authorised dealer
in Kenya, M/s. Copy Cat Ltd., participated in the Security Exhibition
Show 2003 held at Sarit Centre, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya from 11th to
15th June, 2003. The organisers had published booklets that provided a
profile of the exhibitors. These booklets were available to all visitors
at the entrance. The profile of our Company read as under:
“Copy Cat Ltd., the renowned dealers for
quality products of World-Class Branded Products, are pleased to
announce the arrival of a new range of high quality security equipment
products from Godrej, India, both for corporate and domestic use. Some
of these products will be on display at the Security 2003 show
exhibition at the Sarit Expo Centre from 11th to 15th June, 2003.
“Godrej, India, one of the largest
manufacturers of high quality security quipment, have a range of items
that meets the ever growing need of society today. Some of the products
include small Rhino Safes that meet not only a small budget but also
provide peace of mind to the security conscious home. The tested Data
Safe takes care of all the computer media against fire, humidity,
pilferage, etc. The Cash Safe is its unique kin; it has flap doors
inside, providing complete security and privacy to the customer.?/font>
(L-R): Fredrick Correa, Market Manager,
Godrej, East Africa Region, explaining the unique concept of flap doors
inside a Godrej Defender Plus Safe to James Mbele, Sales Executive, Copy
Cat Ltd., and Stephen Tarus, Assistant Minister for Administration and
Internal Security, Office of the President, Kenya.
Rajoo Patel, Chairman, Copy Cat Ltd., and
Neelam Pal, Director, Copy Cat Ltd., prepare for the exhibition.
Godrej has rightly partnered with Copy Cat
Ltd., who not only have the skilled manpower and infrastructure in the
East African region, but also have a completely reliable after-sales
service, ensuring the ultimate satisfaction of the customer.
We had on display Defender Plus Safes
(models 26 and 41), Safire Safe, FR 560 Safe, Premium Coffer, Treasure
Chest, 4-Drawer Fire-Resisting Filing Cabinet, 53-Litre Volume Data
Safes and the newly introduced Rhino Safe. There were four trained sales
people to attend to visitors and prospective customers. The visitors?
book was filled with positive comments and praise. The prospective
customers filled out the enquiry forms providing their necessary
personal details and those of the products that they were interested in.
The event climaxed with a visit by Stephen Tarus, Hon’ble Assistant
Minister for Administration and Internal Security from the Office of the
President. Rajoo Patel, Chairman, Copy Cat Ltd., also visited our stall.
Neelam Pal, Director, Copy Cat Ltd., deserves plaudits for the planning
and setting up of the exhibition stall.