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18 November 2019

Wilderness Safaris Participates In Inaugural Argentinian Natural Summit

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris’ Group Culture Coordinator, Bongani Baloyi, participated in Argentina’s first Natural Summit held in Cordoba last month. Organised by the Argentina Secretariat of Tourism, Aves Argentinas (a BirdLife International member), Agencia Córdoba Turismo (Cordoba Province Tourism Bureau), Federal Tourism Council and the Argentina Chamber of Tourism, Bongani was honoured to be part of the summit and discuss the company’s pioneering ecotourism model.

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15 November 2019

South African Airways (SAA) aims to operate all international flights departing OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday 17 and Monday 18 November 2019

South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) is pleased to announce that it is aiming to operate all international flights departing from OR Tambo International Airport, with effect from Sunday 17th November 2019 and from London Monday 18th November. Customers booked on these services should report to OR Tambo International Airport and London Heathrow, as normal. The airline has however, extended the cancellation of all domestic and regional flights scheduled for Sunday 17 November and Monday 18 November 2019. This operational decision is aimed at minimising the impact of disruptions for the airline’s customers. SAA has further worked with its sister airline Mango Airlines to re-accommodate as many customers as possible travelling on domestic services. This may mean changes in timing and aircraft types, but aims to ensure that SAA’s customers reach their intended destination with minimal disruption.

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15 November 2019

Wilderness Safaris Zambia – A Sustainable Ecotourism Presence With An Extended Positive Impact

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris has been pioneering ecotourism in Zambia since 2000, where its current presence in both the Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park (KNP) and at Toka Leya in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park plays a crucial role in the preservation and monitoring of the country’s wildlife, wilderness and its people. This has been done through direct contribution to and initiation of important conservation initiatives – including helping to increase numbers of Vulnerable and Endangered species, like white rhino in Mosi-oa-Tunya Park, and conserving one of Africa’s largest protected areas, KNP, that is still largely untouched by development and human activity.

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15 November 2019

Changing the Game for the Women and Girls of the Serengeti

Singita

This year’s event – the second in this series of Safaris with a Purpose – has just wrapped up and was a resounding success. This all-women run across the Serengeti wilderness raised funds and awareness for the Grumeti Fund’s girl and women empowerment programmes; a range of initiatives specifically aimed at providing opportunities for women in conservation, local commerce and community leadership.

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15 November 2019

The Elewana Collection Supports The SAFARI Company Ltd Saving Al

Elewana Afrika

We are proud to have donated two nights for 2 at Elewana Kifaru House and Elewana Elsa’s Kopje as part of an online raffle organised by The SAFARI Company to raise money for stem-cell transplant surgery for Al.

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15 November 2019

Tsogo Sun Hotels attends loop-Switzerland

Controvento Tourism Representations

Ferruccio Tirone - Sales Manager Europe - will attend loop-Switzerland on behalf of Tsogo Sun Hotels - Deluxe Portfolio. The Luxury B2B Trade Show addressed to the top Travel Designers from the germanic speaking countries will take place in Andermatt from the 17th till the 20th of November.

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14 November 2019

Kamageo creates new global campaign for Senegal

Kamageo

Africa tourism marketing agency Kamageo has created a new UK campaign for Senegal tourism, which is now to be adopted worldwide.  “Sensational Senegal” which might at first appear to be a simple case of alliteration, in reality refers to the fact that the destination provides an amazing sensory experience for the traveller to enjoy.

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14 November 2019

Muthaiga Travel Visit to Makimei Children’s Home

Muthaiga Travel

The Muthaiga Travel Team had the pleasure of visiting Makimei Children’s Home in Kikuyu. We believe in giving back to society to better the lives of the less fortunate amongst us. The Management and the Employees organized the visit as part of our collective Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.

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14 November 2019

SAA Cancels Flights to Minimise Disruptions for Customers

South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled nearly all of its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday 15 November and Saturday 16 November 2019. The airline’s key objective is to minimise the impact of disruptions for its customers. The cancellations follow an announcement by the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) that their members will embark on industrial action from Friday morning. This is notwithstanding SAA’s repeated overtures to the unions to acknowledge the severity of the current situation facing the airline.

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13 November 2019

Kamageo destinations sparkle despite lacklustre WTM

Kamageo

Whilst WTM London attracted a disappointingly low number of UK tour operators, Kamageo’s destinations proved the stars of the African and Indian Ocean sections. Mauritius appeared to be by far the busiest Indian Ocean stand, which suggests the island’s supposed loss of fashionability has been entirely reversed. Operators highlighted that 2019 had proved a tough year for Mauritius but that 2020 bookings were looking hugely encouraging.

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13 November 2019

Truth on the Zambezi… Hideaways Zambezi Truth Video Evokes Emotions

Hideaways

Sublime natural beauty, calm water gently broken by the bow of the dhow smoothly gliding through it. On the banks of the river, the birds are chirping and the elephants are extending their trunks into the cool refreshing water. Comfortably cocooned in the dhow, guests are enjoying the views and the gentle breeze in their hair. This is absolute bliss and marvelous serenity at its most beautiful. While we can paint a picture with words that describe just how special this experience is, sights and sounds can enhance this endeavour so much more. See for yourself with this video.

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13 November 2019

BRAVE Rock Girls

Escape+Explore

September in South Africa. Abundant wildlife, wildflowers and whales. The warmer, longer days invite broad smiles. This month marks the start of Spring, and so naturally, it is a time of stock-taking as much as it is regeneration. Within the month, we celebrate Heritage Day (September 24th), a national holiday affectionately known by the locals as 'National Braai Day'. On this particular day, it is customary to gather our friends and family, toast to the beauty of our country, reflect upon our history and ponder our future. Here at Escape+Explore, we believe the future is female!

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12 November 2019

South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs signs waiver so unabridged birth certificates are no longer required by minors entering the country

South African Tourism

The Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has signed a waiver which allows foreign children to enter South Africa without carrying additional supporting documents.

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12 November 2019

Eco Operator - Green Safaris - Announces Opening Of A New Lodge In South Luangwa – Shawa Luangwa Camp

Green Safaris

November 2019: Green Safaris, the pioneering and passionately eco-friendly new safari operator, is delighted to announce the opening of its fourth lodge, Shawa Luangwa Camp. Located in the heart of the Lupanda GMA, on the banks of the Luangwa River, it is ideally located to explore both the Park and the Nsefu sector. The Camp opens 1st June 2020. Green Safaris currently operates Ila Safari Lodge in the center of the Kafue National Park and Kaya Mawa, on Likoma Island in Malawi and will expand its portfolio with Chisa Busanga Camp and Shawa Luangwa Camp by mid 2020.

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12 November 2019

Leap of Faith - a rewildling story

House in the Wild

House in the Wild is celebrating 10 years of the Enonkishu Conservancy, and it has certainly grown up. Based on the border of Ol Chorro Oiruwa Conservancy in the Maasai Mara, House in the Wild has been part of a pioneering re-wilding project where an area that was previously severely overgrazed with very little wildlife has now been opened up to conservation and now biodiversity is thriving.  It is an inspriational story of how wildlife can bounce back and communities can truly benefit from eco-tourism.

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11 November 2019

Natural Selection launches Angola flying safaris in 2020

Natural Selection

2020 will see the launch of Natural Selection’s new flying safaris to Angola. These expeditions, the first of their kind, will follow the paths of the rivers that feed the Okavango and Kwando river and wetland systems from their sources in the Angolan Highlands into the Okavango Delta and Linyanti in Botswana, and finally, to the sands of the Makgadikgadi.Each safari will be customised to suit guests’ interests, but for the ultimate experience Natural Selection recommends their &ldq…

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11 November 2019

Lemala Ndutu undergoes a refurbishment prior to 1st December opening

Lemala Camps and Lodges

Lemala Camps & Lodges will re-open a fully refurbished camp in Ndutu at the beginning of December 2019.  The camp will retain is premium location on the water course and will open with all new soft furnishings throughout and a complete refurbishment of the lounge tent and the dining tent.  The interiors will be softer, warmer and elegant without losing the charm and authenticity of a mobile tented camp.

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11 November 2019

Protecting the Periphery of Hwange National Park with Hideaways and CWF

Hideaways

The area around Hwange National Park is made up of a mosaic of wildlife-related land use and low human habitation, forming what is known as a ‘buffer zone’ which provides significant protection. However, this buffer zone faces threats from legal and illegal hunting of wildlife.

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08 November 2019

A Once-Off Intellectual Discovery of the Congo Basin

Classic Portfolio

Classic Portfolio is thrilled to announce the launch of a special once-off discovery into the Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic in March 2020, hosted by conservation legends Paul Telfer and Rod Cassidy.  Paul Telfer is the CEO of the Congo Conservation Company, an American-born primatologist with a foundation in research investigating primate viruses and the origins of the HIV epidemic in West Africa.

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08 November 2019

Rebangwe At Mabula – We Are One

Extraordinary

Mabula Game Lodge proudly announces their new REBANGWE initiative, meaning we are one! This is a wonderful initiative to bring the Mabula community and staff together in an inclusive environment. “Positive vibes in the workplace lead to happy employees and great guest experiences” comments Kim Allen Resident Manager who has launched this staff program.

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