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South Africa’s Environmental Minister Edna Molewa: Plan to sell rhino horn and wildlife

26 July 2017

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs is increasingly seeing wildlife a commodity to be marketed rather than protected and a currency for community development. This was made clear yesterday [July 24] at a Parliamentary report-back on the management of rhinos. It outlined licensing the sale of rhino horn and the gift of hundreds of thousands of wild animals for community farming. ... read more

Nairobi to land Sh4.6m per person luxury flight

26 July 2017

A Hong Kong-based airline operator plans to launch a Sh4.6m-a-ticket luxury flight to Nairobi targeting Asia's super-rich keen on sampling Kenya's prime holiday destinations. Crystal AirCruises - the luxury private jet and resort operator - said last Friday its private jet will make the inaugural flight from Hong Kong to Nairobi on September 30. A number of European charter airlines have resumed flights to Kenya as source markets respond to improved security in the country. ... read more

SA sees 'slight decrease' in rhino poaching in 2017

25 July 2017

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) released an update on the status of rhino poaching in SA for the last two quarters, with data showing a slight decrease in poaching nationally. Covering the period January through March 2017, and then April through June 2017, this was the first comprehensive report for 2017 on the state of rhino poaching in South Africa, as well as on the progress of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros approach. ... read more

Air France resumes Nairobi service from Mar 2018

25 July 2017

Air France in summer 2018 season plans to resume service to Kenya, as the Skyteam member schedules Paris CDG – Nairobi operation. From 25MAR18, Boeing 787-9 aircraft will operate this route 3 times a week. Reservation for this route opened late last week. AF814 CDG2050 – 0550+1NBO 789 367 AF815 NBO0900 – 1630CDG 789 147 The airline previously served Nairobi until March 2000. Source: RoutesOnline read more

Tanzania: $156m Plan to Boost Tourism in Ruaha, Selous

24 July 2017

Arusha — The government yesterday announced a $156 million (Sh340 billion) major plan to boost tourism in the southern circuit. The plan, which will be financed by the World Bank (WB), will involve upgrading of roads leading to the iconic tourist sites in the zone, including the Ruaha National Park and Rungwa and Selous game reserves. Under it, the local airlines would be encouraged to increase their fights to the Mbeya and Iringa airports currently being expanded. ... read more

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Rhino horn online auction pros and cons, readers respond

24 July 2017

Major concerns have been raised about an online rhino horn auction that is set to take place in August this year, putting South Africa's domestic rhino horn trade parameters as set by CITES to the test, with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) stating that it does not allow rhino horn to be traded internationally. The DEA issued a statement with a compliance warning, to make the parameters of the sale clear, saying "international trade in rhino horn is, and remains, ... read more

Exploding volcano may open maiden 'Geopark'

21 July 2017

Tanzania is creating the first ever Geopark in the Sub-Sahara African region and this maiden geology-based tourism and scientific site is likely to open with real-life fireworks from the anticipated 'Lengai' volcano likely to soon hit the skies. The Ngorongoro-Lengai Geopark, earmarked to cover an area of 12,000 square kilometres of rocky hills, lengthy underground caves, lake basins, hominid discovery sites and the active Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, will be the second geopark ... read more

Pafuri introduces new conservation levy

21 July 2017

The Makuleke Concession, in the north of the Kruger National Park, will implement a General Concessionary Levy for all visitors from September 1. Visitors to RETURNAfrica’s Pafuri Collection, including Pafuri Camp, Baobab Hill Bush House and Pafuri Walking Trails, will now be required to pay a fee of R150 (€10) per person, per booking for adults and R75 (€5) per person, per booking for children under 12. Read more Source: TU read more

Proposed leopard hunting regulations need to be rethought

20 July 2017

Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs, Mohlopi Philemon Mapulane, says "our primary mandate is to protect these leopards so that we don’t open them up to a situation where they will be hunted and where they will perish.” He was responding to the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) presentation on the DEA’s draft Norms and Standards for the management and monitoring of the hunting of leopard published, regulatory document that ... read more

Develop incentives for local tourism

20 July 2017

UNITED Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says African countries, including Zambia, should focus on developing incentives for local people who are increasingly emerging as tourists to drive the industry forward. According to the 2017 UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa report titled ‘Tourism for transformative and inclusive growth’, four out of 10 international tourists in Africa come from the continent itself. ... read more

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