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27 April 2012

ADVANTAGE East Africa welcomes Forodhani House, Shela

We are delighted to announce that Forodhani House, owned by Isabelle Simon and managed & hosted by Benedetta Giuliani is now on our books.  Forodhani is a stunning five bedroom house, on Shela beach, south of Lamu town and has magnificent 270 degree views over the surrounding seas with beautiful huge airy rooms and terraces to relax on. The house can only be taken over by one group at a time so you can relax and enjoy every aspect of the house with your friends and family as company. …

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27 April 2012

Merrist Wood Students Visit Shamwari Game Reserve

Part of Shamwari Group, Shamwari Game Reserve situated in the Eastern Cape, recently hosted the Merrist Wood College students from the UK who took part in the unique Shamwari Conservation Experience. Every year Merrist Wood College students that study Animal Management spend a month at Shamwari Game Reserve, to gain practical experience for their course work through the Shamwari Conservation Experience Student Centre. Students get involved in tracking and monitoring the Big 5, capturing game (…

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27 April 2012

Shamwari Group And Wilderness Foundation Team Up For Anti Rhino Poaching Initiatives

The first of many ongoing initiatives to be rolled out over the next few months, and in conjunction with the Wilderness Foundation’s ‘Forever Wild’ campaign, Shamwari Group will now work together to help raise awareness and funds to help save the rhino throughout South Africa.  States Dr Ian Player,“In 1953 I did the very first aerial count of the white rhino. There were 437. In 1961 Operation Rhino was launched and they were sent to all the former habitats in Sout…

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25 April 2012

BBC Planet Earth Film Crew arrive at Governors Camp

Governors' Camp

BBC's Planet Earth Live Film Crew have arrived and are setting up at Governors Camp, Masai Mara. The BBC's latest wildlife documentary Planet Earth Live will be broadcast live in the month of May and the team staying at Governors Camp will be focussing on the Marsh Pride of Lions of the Masai Mara for the series. We are delighted to he hosting the BBC film crew and look forward to the series when it airs.

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25 April 2012

New On-line availability for Sanctuary Retreats Botswana & Zambia

Sanctuary Retreats

We are very excited to announce that Sanctuary Retreats is now able to offer online availability for our camps and lodges in Botswana and Zambia. Simply click here to gain access to our online availability site or copy and paste the below link into your browser: http://82.111.231.31/SanctuaryWeb/SanctuarySA.html Availability is displayed in green and red fields, the green field shows rooms available while the red shows confirmed and bookings on “hold” i.e. limited rooms available.…

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24 April 2012

More Shuttle-Bus Services between Johannesburg and Swaziland

  Swaziland's TransMagnific shuttle bus service has added a helpful new addition to its schedule. Travellers can now catch a bus from Johannesburg to Swaziland in the morning as well as in the afternoon. Similarly, those wishing to get to Jo'Burg from Swaziland have a new afternoon departure in addition to the existing morning one. Picking up from key locations (including OR Tambo airport) the service will provide the simplest and most cost effective way for people to transit betw…

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24 April 2012

Mozambique Voyages Office Opens in Maputo, Mozambique

Mozambique Voyages

Mozambique Voyages is proud to announce the opening of their new Maputo Office in Maputo, Mozambique.  The office is the result of the new collaboration of three key role players in the tourism industry – being Martijn Mellaart (Uitkyk Holidays / Mozambique Voyages), Chris Welthagen (Echo Africa Safaris & Transfers) and Bernardo Dramos (former CEO of the Mozambique Tourism Board). The decision to form the joint venture, and set up a Maputo office under the Mozambique Voyages ban…

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23 April 2012

Richard E. Grant to Attend Swaziland MTN Bushfire Festival 2012

  Internationally renowned actor, Richard E Grant is the proud patron of the MTN BUSHFIRE international music and arts festival, which takes place in his home country of Swaziland over the Africa Day weekend of 25- 27 May 2012.  Grant, known world wide as the star of films such as Withnail and I, Gosford Park, Robert Altman’s The Player and Oscar-winning biopic The Iron Lady was born and raised in Swaziland.  A passionate supporter of Swazilan…

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23 April 2012

New bush spa for Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp - Uganda

Sanctuary Retreats

Nestled deep within Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is undoubtedly one of the most atmospheric camps in Africa. We are delighted to announce that the camp’s brand new mini spa is now open, offering luxurious massages and treatments using the Africology product range - the perfect way to relax after an exciting day of gorilla tracking. The guest tents and public areas have also undergone …

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23 April 2012

Season 4: Selinda Canoe Trail starts today

Great Plains Conservation

   SEASON 4: 20 APRIL-11 OCTOBER 2012 Don't worry if you've missed the first three seasons, it's not difficult to catch up and get into it. Basically, what you've missed so far... Season 1 - The Pioneers. 75kms of paddling and more paddling over 4 days. The first guests were the trailblazers. It was a bit Hawaii 5-O, with early starts and late arrivals into camp, and some overland dragging of canoes to deeper water. The Selinda Spillway waters from the Okavango and Li…

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23 April 2012

Jock Safari Lodge Unveils ‘Fitzpatrick’s at Jock’

Part of Shamwari Group, Jock Safari Lodge, situated in the southern area of the Kruger National Park, has given a name change to the existing ‘Little Jock’ lodge to ‘Fitzpatrick’s at Jock’. Fitzpatrick’s at Jock is named after the late Sir Percy Fitzpatrick who was the owner of the legendary, Jock of the Bushveld, where Jock Safari Lodge so aptly gets its name. The change in name was brought about together with a soft refurbishment of the Lodge, which includ…

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20 April 2012

Jenman Safaris “strips” to support the rhinos!

Jenman African Safaris

  We're not yet 5 months into 2012 and already 160 rhino carcasses have been discovered in South Africa - more than 2 rhino per day. Appalling news - these tragic numbers put us on track to see some of the greatest losses of the animals in South African history, surpassing last year’s record number, a barbaric 443 poached rhinos. It has been reported that at the present rate, South Africa’s rhino will enter population decline by mid 2012 and according to a recent estimate,…

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20 April 2012

Better Connections to Malawi from London Heathrow

Ethiopian Airlines have introduced an improved summer schedule from London Heathrow to Lilongwe effective from the 16th June 2012. Three flights a week from LHR will operate via Addis Ababa and another three will operate via Addis and Lubumbashi (a quick technical stop with no disembarkation). The schedule for return flights has also improved with the connection time in Addis Ababa reduced by a further 35 minutes.  Ethiopian Airlines continue to offer very competitive rates departing fr…

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19 April 2012

New properties in Three Cities Group

  Mushroom Lodge and Mushroom Presidential House   Located in the south Luangwa National Park, Zambia,  Mushroom Presidential House, was originally built in the early seventies to accommodate the Head of State and his VIP guests. Situated on a unique site on the Mfuwe Lagoon inside the Park, the lodge offers 12 chalets. Children are very welcome, and rates are from $295.00 per person sharing.   Cheetah Plains  Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand Game R…

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18 April 2012

The Long Walk to Freedom for Bellini

Samara Private Game Reserve

  There is something truly spectacular about watching a cheetah being released into the wild. We were fortunate to witness such an event on Saturday 14 April, at Samara Private Game Reserve, in the Great Karoo, South Africa. Bellini is a six year old female cheetah that was brought to Samara from the Endangered Wildlife Trust, as part of their cheetah metapopulation programme. This programme intends to ensure optimal cheetah genetic diversity by moving cheetah between reserves. We therefo…

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18 April 2012

ADVANTAGE East Africa welcomes TIjara Beach House, Mombasa

  ADVANTAGE East Africa welcomes TIjara Beach House, Mombasa. A family owned, family-run beach oasis between Diani and Mombasa) on a fully isolated beach. Only 4 fully secluded, spacious & magnificent cottages that allow guests to relax and escape from the stresses and strains of life.    

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17 April 2012

Wilderness Safaris Launch Rhino Tracking Experience In Malawi’s Liwonde National Park

  Wilderness Safaris Malawi has launched a new activity – the “rhino tracking experience” in Liwonde National Park for guests at Mvuu Camp and Lodge. This exciting new conservation-based activity includes a briefing on the plight of the black rhino, a three hour walk into rhino territory (where guests will be able to participate in practical monitoring) and it ends with a bush breakfast or dinner. This activity will allow guests the opportunity to see black rhino in the …

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17 April 2012

Volcanoes Offer Flying Safaris

Volcanoes Safaris

  Volcanoes Safaris is now offering the option to take to the sky to enjoy the transfers between cities and lodges! The new ‘flying safaris’ are available on a selection of the scheduled itineraries and can be incorporated in private departures as well. This feature has been an eagerly awaited addition to the Volcanoes catalogue and has a lot to recommend it. On top of dramatically reducing the travelling time, the stunning views over the landscape of both Uganda an…

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17 April 2012

Shamwari Game Reserve Supports Surrounding Communities

Part of Shamwari Group, Shamwari Game Reserve situated in the Eastern Cape, near Port Elizabeth, continues to grow its various staff and communityprojectswith multiple new initiatives. Comments Group General Manager, Joe Cloete: "We feel that it is just the right thing to do to share and help support those around us, which we consider to be part of the Shamwari family. For us having happy neighbours and passing on our knowledge benefits one and all, especially the next generation." T…

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11 April 2012

Precision Air Reintroduces Flights to Arusha

Starting 1st of May 2012, Precision Air is set to make a come back to the popular tourist city of  Arusha.  The Airline had withdrawn flights from Arusha Airport folling the need for a runway extention which has finally been completed by the Tanzanian Airports Authority TAA.  Clients going on Safari can now land in Arusha then proceed to the game parks. This has been a long awaited development for us, we are glad that all renovations; specifically  the runway extention is c…

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11 April 2012

Fifth group of aspirant chefs enrolled at Singita School of Cooking

Singita

The Singita School of Cooking (SSC) in the Kruger National Park has enrolled its fifth intake of students to commence their training as aspirant chefs. These young men and women from surrounding rural communities on the outskirts of the Park, have shown a real passion for cooking, having been selected for their special aptitude for this career.  The school is a living example of Singita’s inspiring approach to ‘giving back’ at each of its 10 different lodges in four icon…

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04 April 2012

Singita expands Relais & Châteaux portfolio

Singita

 Singita Game Reserves is expanding its presence within the Relais & Châteaux Association, with the addition of Sabora Tented Camp and Singita Faru Faru Lodge, joining Singita Sasakwa as Relais & Châteaux members in Tanzania’s Singita Grumeti Reserves. This increases Singita’s membership within the Relais & Châteaux portfolio to eight properties in three African countries, including Singita Pamushana in Zimbabwe, and four membership lodges in…

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04 April 2012

Find out about this birding specialist's recent visit to Bumi Hills

  Birding Bumi – 11-16 March 2012 Text by Ian Riddell and pictures by Celesta Von Chamier             At 280km per hour we flash past eagles and vultures soaring over the rugged and verdant Whambira Hills, too fast to identify anything but a few White-backed Vultures.  These tantalising glimpses awaken our interest and as we slip over the Zambezi escarpment the magnificent blue expanse of Lake Kariba draws our gaze, the mou…

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03 April 2012

Livingstone Island visits stopped from April 3rd

Honour Way

  Due to the increasing water levels of the Mighty Zambezi, River management have decided to close operations for Livingstone Island visits from the 3rd April 2012 until further notice. The 3rd April 2012 will therefore be the last day of visits on the Island for this season. We shall keep you posted on the reopening date which as you know largely depends on the river level. We would also like to thank you for your wonderful support. Should you have any further queries please do not hesit…

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