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28 July 2011

Malawi & Swaziland: Complete Adventure Travel Destinations

The June edition of ABTA magazine ran an article about the importance of the Adventure Travel sector, which is set to grow by 70% in the next 3 years. Whilst difficult to define precisely, 'Adventure Travel' was taken to include small group cultural and discovery trips, nature & wildlife holidays, walking and cycling tours, trekking, long distance overland journeys, ‘adrenaline’ experiences and polar expeditions. Seeing as neither country is at the end of the earth (tha…

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28 July 2011

Malawi Tops The Lists Again

Yahoo Travel has voted Lake Malawi as the number one most beautiful lake in the world. The Lake stretches up to 363 miles in length, has crystal clear waters, miles and miles of sandy beaches and is home to over 1000 species of fish. This 'Top 12' list includes Loch Lomond, Lake Garda and Lake Nakuru, but Lake Malawi comes first! Meanwhile, acclaimed travel writer Paul Theroux has put Malawi in his top ten places in the world to find happiness. The warm welcome and smiling faces that M…

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28 July 2011

Inspection trip to the Faro Valley, North Cameroon

By mid-August Joan Riera (Middle-Africa’s founder & director) will lead a small group to the remote Cameroonian region of the Faro Valley. This savannah region situated in the North Province of Cameroon, was explored by the German colonizers in the early 20th Century and rapidly forgotten due to the absence of any precious metals, minerals, or rich soil for export agriculture. By then, as it is now, the area was governed by a Lamido, also known as Emir (like the one we find…

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22 July 2011

Saruni Samburu: A New Family Villa ready by early September

Saruni

A new, spectacular family villa is being built at Saruni Samburu, the design lodge located in Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy next to Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. Three years after its opening, Saruni Samburu is going into its first expansion due to its growing success and popularity. Currently the lodge, sister property of Saruni and Saruni Wild in the Masai Mara, has four villas and a total capacity of 12 beds. With the new, fifth family villa the lodge capacity increases to 16 bed…

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21 July 2011

Uncharted Africa Safari co. and Tropic Air launch Ethiopian Elicopter Safaris

Uncharted Africa Safari Co

Uncharted Africa Safari co. co-founder and top African guide, Ralph Bousfield is teaming up with Kenya’s most exciting air charter company, Tropic Air, to offer an extreme, one-of-a-kind helicopter safari to the most remote areas of Ethiopia. This unique journey allows guests to see and experience previously inaccessible and untouched wonders. Rock fields, souring pinnacles, lava flows, volcanoes, acid lakes and lost tribes await the modern day explorer! Ethiopia is a challenging and rem…

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21 July 2011

Reduced Transfer to Kitich Camp

Cheli & Peacock Safaris (DMC)

The Kitich Camp road transfer, between Samburu & Kitich Camp in the Mathews Range, is now reduced to US$ 95 per vehicle (one way)   The Mathews Mountain Range rise up out of the desert; a chain of peaks covered in dense dewy forest. In a remote valley, Kitich Camp overlooks a river glade within the lush indigenous forest. The forest is home to elephant, leopard, bushbuck, buffalo, as well as ancient cycads, spectacular butterflies, Turacos and wild orchids. With only six guest tents,…

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20 July 2011

NEW* Reservations Telephone number

Inyati Game Lodge - Marketing and Reservations have moved offices: *NEW* Reservations Telephone number : +27(11) 486 2027 / 4073  eFax 0866 857 717 INYATI GAME LODGE MARKETING & RESERVATIONS: Our new physical and postal address will be as follows: Block D, Riviera Road Office Park, 6-10 Riviera Road, Killarney, 2193 P O Box 1016,Houghton, 2041, South Africa

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19 July 2011

Savanna Private Game Reserve announce appointment

Savanna Private Game Reserve

Savanna Private Game Reserve is thrilled to announce the appointment of Lucinda Roberts of Far Horizons Marketing (FHM) as their UK representation. Savanna is an exclusive five-star lodge located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, famous for some of the best game viewing in Africa and with just nine luxurious suites, Savanna offers personalised service, heart warming hospitality and the ultimate safari experience to the discerning few. The lodge was established in 1995 and came under new ownersh…

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12 July 2011

Kenya Airways opens new lounge at the JKIA

Kenya Airways

Nairobi, July 1, 2011…With a view to enhancing the range of value added services for its customers, national carrier Kenya Airways has announced the opening of a new lounge for its SkyTeam frequent members. The newly improved lounge at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, will offer SkyTeam frequent flier passengers world class services, making them comfortable ahead of their travel and during their transit.  Confirming the development, Kenya Airways Group Manager and …

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12 July 2011

Manyara Ranch Conservancy - Special Offer

Manyara Ranch Conservancy

Manyara Ranch Conservancy is delighted to offer an extended stay at our luxury tented camp, offering a unique and private wildlife experience. We are now offering tour operators one night extra free when booking three nights full board for clients from the 1st of June until the 15th of December 2011. For further details please contact safaris@manyararanch.com

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11 July 2011

Stylish 'new' Bilimungwe Bushcamp re-opens after rebuild

THE BUSHCAMP COMPANY, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, re-opened Bilimungwe Bushcamp last week to rave reviews! Bilimungwe has always been a firm favourite with safari goers and is now an even more attractive safari destination than before with a completely new design and some unique “bush features”. Close to the main Luangwa River and set around a series of private “water holes” this 8 bed camp is sited to take advantage of having wildlife on your doorstep. The ai…

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11 July 2011

Singita Takes Top Honours In Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011

Singita

South Africa’s Singita Game Reserves has taken top honours in this year’s US Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 readers’ survey, scooping both 1st and 2nd places among the World’s Top 100 Hotels, as well as securing the winning slot for Best Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East. Having been rated against the finest hotels around the globe,Singita Grumeti Reserves, located along the Western corridor of Tanzania’s legendary Serengeti National Pa…

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06 July 2011

Nomad Tanzania's new Serengeti lodge - Lamai Serengeti

Nomad Tanzania - Camps

Nomad Tanzania www.nomad-tanzania.com is delighted to announce the official opening of its new lodge, Lamai Serengeti. Tucked amongst the rocks of the Kogakuria Kopje in the northern Serengeti, the lodge boasts the most commanding vantage point for miles around, looking north over the Mara river valley and the Lamai wedge beyond. Situated just a few miles from key wildebeest crossing points on the Mara River and never without excellent year-round resident game, Lamai Serengeti is the perf…

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06 July 2011

Winner of the Tour Operator of The Year Award

Gamewatchers Safaris

Gamewatchers Safaris is pleased to announce its receipt of the prestigious Tour Operator of the Year Award. This award has been presented to Gamewatchers Safaris by the Kenya Tourism Federation in partnership with the Kenya Tourist Board. The award is another in a growing list of accolades that distinguish Gamewatchers Safaris as one of the premier tour operators in Kenya, and they are delighted to have received this additional recognition. The Kenya Tourism Federation and the Kenya Tourist Bo…

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06 July 2011

Cheli & Peacock and Elsa's Kopje - Proud Winners at Kenya Tourism Awards 2011

Cheli & Peacock Safaris (DMC)

At the 2011 Kenya Tourism Awards, not only did Elsa's Kopje proudly receive the award for 'Best Accommodation Facility', but Cheli & Peacock was also honoured by being awarded the 'Judges' Award for Community Support & Integration'. Attended by the Secretary General of UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation), Dr. Taleb Rifai, Kenya's Minister of Tourism, Hon. Najib Balala, and various other international dignitaries, the KTF Kenya Tourism Awards ho…

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06 July 2011

Painted predators

The spirit of “Ubuntu” is a philosophy that is on many a South Africans’ lips these days. The philosophy is based on all humans being interdependent irrespective of race, creed or social status. In short it boils down to the thought pattern of “I am because you are”. Few people realise how dependant we are on each other on every level of life and this impacts our survival as a species directly. As our behaviour evolves we can only hope that this mind set is adopte…

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05 July 2011

KURLAND HOTEL RE-OPENS AFTER REFURBISHMENT

Having closed for the month of June, KURLAND HOTEL has completed a soft refurbishment of suites and public areas. With owner Peter Behr and a strong management team heading up the Kurland team, the Hotel is repositioning itself in the marketplace with a fresh new look. Part of the soft refurbishment includes new carpets, luxurious sofas, curtains and the finest of bed linen. Historical buildings including the main Homestead have been repainted, patios resurfaced and the tennis court …

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05 July 2011

Honour Way - Serian Refurbishments

SERIAN Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya – Refurbishments have been completed, including upgrade of tents to new spacious canvas tents and extended decking for four of the tents, including the hugely popular family unit. All tented accommodation is now equipped with solar power and new quality bed linen. Serian is excited to have recently converted one of their game viewing vehicles into an open photographic vehicle. Serian is part of the New African Territories collection, offering a perfect safa…

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05 July 2011

Honour Way - Tongabezi's Garden House

TONGABEZI, Livingstone (Falls), Zambia – The Garden cottage renovations are complete and it has earned a new status to Tongabezi’s latest House addition and been renamed the Garden House! This luxury house features a private pool, two marvelous en-suite bedrooms and an exclusive private garden. Not only has the structure received the benefit of a design that is geared towards families travelling together but the service is backed up with a fabulous range of activitie…

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05 July 2011

AirKenya wins Air Operator of the Year Award

AirKenya Express

AIRKENYA emerged the Air Operator of the Year at the inaugural Kenya Tourism Awards in June 2011 at a dazzling ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya.  The event organized by the Kenya Tourist Federation had seventeen categories for nominations of awards in the Tourism sector. Airkenya trumped as the most “reliable, safe airline…” and achieved a score over 70% in this category.  The “Air Operator of the Year Award” was looking for the airline that best achieved: on…

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