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30 November 2012

Gamewatchers Safaris launches new camp in Lake Nakuru

Marketing Worldwide

  Gamewatchers Safaris is pleased to announce the opening of their new Tented Camp in Lake Nakuru National Park in December 2012.   This small and intimate bush camp is located within Lake Nakuru National Park on a special site designated by the Kenya Wildlife Service for use by a genuine mobile camp having no permanent structure or use of concrete.  The camp operates from December to February and from July to October.   For more information and rates please call Helen and …

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30 November 2012

Great Plains Conservation's Jouberts on CBS 60 Minutes

Great Plains Conservation

Last Sunday on the CBS News 60 Minutes programme, Lara Logan and her team profiled Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Great Plains Conservation's founders, Emmy award-winning wildlife filmmakers, and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, at their Great Plains Conservation camps in Botswana. Logan was in Africa to film the Jouberts’ important conservation work with Big Cats in the Duba Plains area. Click here or on the image below to view th…

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29 November 2012

Singita Mara River Tented Camp Opens in the Far Northern Serengeti

Singita

Singita Mara River Tented Camp has opened in the Lamai triangle, the northernmost tip of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It’s an iconic destination characterised by the sheer luxury of space created by seemingly endless game-rich savannah plains. The new camp with six guest tents – a contemporary take on the classic East African safari – offers a pared-down approach to the quintessential Singita experience without compromising on creature comforts. Run entirely …

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28 November 2012

New Sunset Villa!

Chapwani Island

The Chapwani family is venturing into a new exciting project: the construction of the Sunset Villa! The Villa, to be operational from early January, will add value to Chapwani, bringing a different concept of accommodation to the island, as it will be located on the same beach side but separate, on a private area, and it will either work as a suite for a couple, with 1 bedroom, sitting room and terrace, or as a family room. The guests in the villa will as well be offered the possibility of hav…

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27 November 2012

Safarilink announces new services

Safarilink Aviation

From June 2013, Safarilink will add two new services in a show of confidence that Kenya will remain a choice destination for upmarket visitors coming to the country for a safari. Tourists will now be able to fly from the Masai Mara to Laikipia (a reverse of the existing Laikipia to Mara service), where some award winning safari camps are located. The second service will be from Laikipia to Wilson in the late afternoon, thereby offering a choice of a morning or afternoon service for visitors. L…

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27 November 2012

Kenya Airways increases frequencies to and from Antananarivo

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways is pleased to announce increased services to and from Antananarivo (Madagascar) effective from 03rd December 2012.  This will additionally connect London to Antananarivovia Nairobi on days 4 and 7 (Thursday and Sunday)  Please see below for the timings of the new Nairobi-Antananarivo frequencies. Additional Flight* Below schedule as of 03rd December 2012   Flight Frequency Route Dep Arr …

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23 November 2012

Abbas Abrahams Inducted Into Disciples d'Auguste Escoffier

Protea Hospitality Group

  November 2012: African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa’s Executive Chef Abbas Abrahams has become one of only a handful of South African chefs to ever be inducted into the exclusive Disciples d'Auguste Escoffier, which counts among its members some of the most acclaimed chefs in the world today. The organisation recently held its annual gala dinner in Africa for the first time, and chose to honour the deluxe Century City hotel and its executive chef. Abrahams says it was …

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22 November 2012

Protea Hotel Sea Point Closing June-August 2013 For Extensive Refurbishment

Protea Hospitality Group

November 2012: The popular 124-room Protea Hotel Sea Point in Cape Town will be shutting down operations for three months from 1 June to 31 August 2013 to undergo a substantial room remodel. The facelift will bring a fresh, contemporary look to the hotel’s sea-facing twin rooms and standard rooms, as well as to the family units. “The rooms are getting a complete make-over that involves construction, furniture and fittings. The hotel will close during this period because the vast sc…

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22 November 2012

Geocaching ‘hide and seek’ holidays offer rich treasures of Africa

Geocaching, the free real-world outdoor treasure hunt game, is now supported by Authentic’s destination partners in South Africa, East Africa and on Tanzania’s Mafia Island. Geocaching is a global treasure hunt game played by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. Players search for hidden containers, called geocaches, using smartphones or GPS devices, and can share their experiences online. With nearly 2 million active geocaches worldwide and over 5 million members, there&r…

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22 November 2012

The SATIB/Atta Christmas is Coming Networking Function 2012

SATIB Insurance Brokers

SATIB sponsors the SATIB/ Atta Christmas is Coming Network 2013   SATIB Insurance Brokers are proud to, once again, be the main sponsor of the Atta/ SATIB Christmas is Coming Network 2013 function to be held at the Bay Hotel, Camps Bay on 29th November 2012.   At the beginning of 2012 Atta appointed South Africa-based SATIB Insurance Brokers as its insurance advisors, offering an enviable list of benefits to members of the association, which is engaged in advancing tourism to Africa.…

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20 November 2012

Europe's First Swaziland Guide Book Published!

  We’re really excited to announce the publication of Swaziland’s newest guide book, the first guide to be published in Europe! This is fantastic news for Swaziland is sure to help boost tourism! Author Mike Unwin says, "Swaziland opens up like a Tardis once you enter, revealing massive, muscular landscapes that belie its bijou dimensions. I was constantly amazed by just how far off the beaten track you could wander in a populous place barely one-third bigger than Yorkshi…

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19 November 2012

Location and Timing Are Everything, Says PHG’s Danny Bryer

Protea Hospitality Group

  As hotel groups heave a collective sigh of relief that occupancy levels in South Africa have shown a full year of recovery, one can strategically look at possible expansion says Danny Bryer, Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue for the Protea Hospitality Group. Bryer was commenting after the announcement earlier this month that a new Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! is being built in Menlyn, Pretoria. It will open in 2014. “STR figures have shown for a full year now that we seem t…

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16 November 2012

Acacia Africa 2013 brochure launch

Acacia Adventure Holidays

Acacia Africa has launched a new 2013 brochure which focuses on established destinations, and the tour operator claims it is making a smart move in what is still a testing economy. Leanne Haigh, Project & Development Manager for Acacia Africa, comments “Even on the value end of the scale safari holidays in Africa come at a price, and as evidenced by our sales, when consumers are budget conscious they have a tendency to make more conservative travel plans. Our new collection combines …

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16 November 2012

Number of Gorillas on the increase

The Uganda Safari Company

  The population of mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Park has increased from 340 in 2006 to 400 in 2012. This follows a 3 week Gorilla census that was carried out in the park in September and October last year. This means Uganda hosts more than half of the world’s mountain Gorillas, There are 880 Gorillas worldwide. The Uganda Safari Company arranges safaris to the Gorillas, please take advantage of the low season Gorilla permits that are now going for US$350 each in Novembe…

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13 November 2012

Kenya Airways is pleased to announce increased frequencies to JNB and HRE

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways is pleased to announce increased frequencies to JNB and HRE offering improved connections. For HRE, effective December 2012, we are increasing our services from 7 to 10 flights and for JNB from 21 to 25 weekly flights.     Frequencies to and from  HRE from 02 DEC 2012 – 29 MAR 2013   Flight No. Schedule Origin Destination Departure Arrival …

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13 November 2012

Great Plains Conservation announces association with Relais & Châteaux

Great Plains Conservation

At a spectacular ceremony in Italy this week, it was announced that Great Plains Conservation would be breaking new grounds for Relais & Châteaux. ol Donyo Lodge and Zarafa Camp are the first properties ever to be accredited as Relais & Châteaux members in Kenya and Botswana respectively and be accepted into this prestigious association. This Relais & Châteaux membership highlights the quality and mutual ethos of both companies. The Relais & Châ…

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13 November 2012

Born Free Re-Born!

QUEEN LEGEND BRIAN MAY AND SINGING SENSATION KERRY ELLIS RE-RECORD EPIC ‘BORN FREE’ SONG ACCOMPANIED BY A MOVING VIDEO ON THE PLIGHT OF LIONS FILMED IN SOUTH AFRICA 5 November 2012 saw the worldwide release of the Oscar-winning song ‘Born Free’ re-recorded by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and West End and Broadway songstress Kerry Ellis. The classic hit single will be sold in aid of the international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation. The release of &lsq…

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08 November 2012

Citation 560 Jet Operations from December 1st

Flightlink will operate one of the kind and state of the art Citation 560 Jet in Tanzania for VIP and Medevac Charters to any destination around the world from 1st December 2012.   The Aircraft is Factory fitted with Lifeport Medevac kit with the state of the art Adviz Avionics Syetem with Multi Display Screens. The Range of the Jet is 1600NM and Flies Flight level 410 at 850km per Hour. The Jet  seats 8 passengers with Hot Galleys and Flushing Toilets. A Non Stop flight to Johannesb…

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07 November 2012

A 60 minute television feature on Malawi airs this week!

  The Ethical Hedonist, a programme all about discovering the best of a country, visits Malawi this month. Their Malawi programme begins airing on November 8th. This is a huge breakthrough for Malawi as there has never been a single television broadcast that focuses so much on what Malawi has to offer. Such coverage, to a worldwide audience, is sure to affect Malawi’s tourism very positively. Bob Kelly (“The Ethical Hedonist”) loves to indulge in the best, most beautiful…

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05 November 2012

Asanja Africa increases the number of guest tents

Asanja Africa is pleased to announce the addition of two more luxury guest tents.  In harmony with the rest of the camp, the tents will be personalised and embellished in african style and culture representing Maasai Ceremonies. The new tents will be ready just in time for the coming busy season this December 2012.    For Further inquries, please contact Eilleen on info@asanjaafrica.com 

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02 November 2012

Asilia Africa opens new Rubondo Island Camp in Tanzania

Asilia Africa

Opening on December 15th 2012, Rubondo Island Camp will be the only camp on Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. With an area of 456 km2 it is the largest Island National Park in Africa and has laid unexplored for decades. With forest eco-systems increasingly scarce in equatorial Africa and across the world, Asilia is very proud to be able to work with Tanzania National Parks and other partners to develop Rubondo Island into a thriving and lasting conservation area – protecti…

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02 November 2012

Stay at Bluebay Hotels, Zanzibar and Earn ShebaMiles

Bluebay Hotels Zanzibar

Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa , Sultan Sands Island Resort, and Beyt al Chai – all part of Bluebay Hotels, Zanzibar are delighted to announce their partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, allowing their guests to earn miles on Ethiopian’s Frequent Flyer Program – ShebaMiles. Andrew Smith of Bluebay Hotels said ‘’we are delighted to be working with Ethiopian Airlines and to offer our guests extra value to their stay at our properties’’. for ore informatio…

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02 November 2012

Kamili publishes Safari News magazine

Kamili

Kamili's hugely popular quarterly magazine has been published online, after it was mailed out to over 250 UK Africa specialist tour operators earlier this week. Safari News 17 contains a large section previewing WTM, with news of Kamili's 9 show events as well as details of the 18 properties and 8 ground handlers that will be attending the show that are within Kamii's portfolio.  Tim Henshall, Kamili's MD commented "UK numbers were understandably down at Indaba, so we…

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02 November 2012

The Aberdare Country Club upgrade completed

  Marasa Africa, announces the completion of a total refurbishment of an historic safari lodge in Kenya, the Aberdare Country Club. The completion coincides with the 75th anniversary of the original structure. Prior to Marasa Africa, the Aberdare Country Club was a Fairmont Hotel. The Aberdare Country Club is strikingly set on the crest of a hill in a wildlife sanctuary that covers the higher areas of the heavily forested Aberdare Mountain range in Kenya. “The goal in refurbishing t…

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