Member News

30 August 2012

Two Top Chefs Appointed at Singita

Singita

Singita has appointed two experienced new executive chefs at its South African lodges.  Archie MaClean will be overseeing the culinary experience at Singita’s two lodges in the Kruger National Park (Singita Lebombo Lodge and Singita Sweni Lodge); while Scott Rattray will be heading up the kitchen at Singita Boulders Lodge (Singita Sabi Sand). ARCHIE MaCLEAN (31) Archie MaClean has carved an impressive career, which includes working with international master chef Dietmar Sawyer at aw…

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29 August 2012

Change of contact at Amara Selous

The Amara Selous now has a new UK London office. Veronica Otter, Director of Sales is sadly leaving after 10 years of working for the family who also own the Arusha Hotel and Simon Beck who previously worked for World Travel Market and a leading representation agency will now be looking after the international sales, marketing and reservations based in London. All future Amara Selous enquiries should be passed to Simon with immediate effect, please see contacts below. Feroz Kassam, Managing Di…

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27 August 2012

PHG Hotels Saving R4.5 Million Per Year After Energy-Saving Retrofits

Protea Hospitality Group

August 2012: In the start of a concerted portfolio energy sustainability drive, 20 hotels in the Protea Hospitality Group have in the past year been fitted with lighting or water heating energy saving devices that substantially reduce those properties’ overall electricity consumption. The retrofits of lighting and water heating systems makes sense not only from a sustainability perspective, says Protea Hospitality Group Operations Director William Ford, but also from a savings perspectiv…

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24 August 2012

Three Cities Adds Upton Hall to their Collection

Three Cities Exceptional Hotels has added Durban’s exclusive Upton Hall Boutique Guest House to its Exceptional Collection of hotels. Reserved for five-star and award winning establishments with distinctive characteristics that set them apart from their more run-of-the-mill counterparts, the Three Cities Exceptional Hotels Collection focuses on the extra ordinary. In Upton Hall’s case, this is a mix of olde worlde sophistication and modern day Afro-chic. One of the city’s pre…

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23 August 2012

Opening Livingstone Island walks 2012

Honour Way

  Tongabezi Lodge would like to announce that the 23rd August 2012 see's the return of the breath-taking walk from the Eastern Cataract to  Livingstone Island, Victoria Falls!    Pick up is from The Shop That Thunders near the Victoria Falls curio market.  All visits will run to Livingstone Island and back and in low waters there will be the opportunity to swim in the spectacular Livingstone Island  Devil’s pool on the edge of the Falls.   There &nb…

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23 August 2012

New flights “MWANZA – KIGOMA – MWANZA” from 25 August 2012

Auric Air Services

  Auric Air is glad to announce the new flights “MWANZA – KIGOMA – MWANZA” from 25 August 2012 The Schedule for these flights will be   Mwanza to Kigoma - Daily departures at 13:30 Kigoma to Mwanza - Daily departures at 15:30     Rates – TSHS 295,000 Incl. of all Taxes – ONE WAY You can download our latest schedule (time table) effective 25 August 2012 from our website www.auricair.com OUR DESTINATIONS: BUKOBA / KIGOMA / RUBONDO…

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21 August 2012

Kuma and Alberto Reunited at Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari Game Reserve, situated in the Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth, witnessed two long lost friends, Alberto Lena and Kuma, the leopard, reuniting after 13 years. Kuma remembered and recognised Alberto straight away and immediately came to the fence to see him. Alberto was greeted with a soft meow by Kuma as they instantly shared memories of their past. Alberto rescued two leopard male cubs, Kuma and Tango in 1996 in Ivory Coast from an illegal traderwhen they were just a few days old. He…

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21 August 2012

Relocation of Robin Pope Safaris' Tena Tena Camp - South Luangwa, Zambia

Robin Pope Safaris’ relocation of their flagship Tena Tena Camp has finally been completed and guests already enjoying the new site. Tena Tena is where Robin Pope Safaris was born, back in 1986 and it’s a dear favourite of most of our guests. The old site served us well but unfortunately the Luangwa River changed course and carved out a lot of the camp’s bank – resulting in reduced camp space as well as compromising the lifespan of the central tree. A kilometre upstream…

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20 August 2012

Singita adds new property to their portfolio!

Singita

  TANZANIA: Singita Serengeti House- now open! With just four suites, private infinity swimming pool, tennis court and a dedicated team of staff to take care of your every need, Singita Serengeti House is the ultimate exclusive retreat for families and friends. The full launch will take place in November once we have official photography. Please note the image shown here is purely give you a sneak preview; it is not in high res and must not be used for promotional purposes. &nb…

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20 August 2012

Nomad Tanzania Announce an Exciting New Addition To Their Expanding Team

August 18th 2012 – Nomad Tanzania is excited to announce the addition of Johann Van Zyl to their expanding team. Johann joins Nomad from August 1st 2012 and will be their dedicated US marketer.  Having grown up in South Africa his passion for the African landscape, wildlife and culture is a natural extension of who he is. Johann has traveled extensively through more than a dozen African nations, including every major safari destination in Southern and Eastern Africa. From witnessing…

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16 August 2012

Wetland Park Group launch Wildlife and Conservation Course for families

Tapping into over a decade of experience with school and college students, The Wetland Park Group now offers families an adapted version of their Environmental Awareness Course. This life changing, one week course is ideal for those budding botanists, butterfly-catchers, big-hearted animal lovers and families hooked on wildlife documentaries and passionate about the natural world. The course includes tracking, orientation, bush survival skills, anti-poaching tactics, ‘big 5’ game …

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16 August 2012

The Born Free Foundation @ Shamwari Game Reserve Gets New Land Rover

The Born Free Animal Rescue and Education Centre situated at Shamwari Game Reserve, in the Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth has received a new Defender 130 Double Cab, kindly sponsored by Land Rover. With sanctuaries based around the world, Shamwari Game Reserve has the only BFF sanctuary in South Africa. The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity that focuses on the plight of wildlife being kept in captivity. Since 2002 Land Rover and Born Free have been Global Conservation…

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16 August 2012

Nomad Tanzania Camp Updates

  Nomad Tanzania announce exciting portfolio-wide upgrades. Serengeti Safari Camp – our traditional mobile safari camp that moves to be always in reach of the wildebeest migration has had an interior refurbishment. With new soft furnishings, a larger mess tent to relax in and a new bar guests will now be even more comfortable after a day’s safari. Sand Rivers Selous – the original Selous camp with some of the best walking areas in Tanzania, has had its decks and woodwork…

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15 August 2012

Malawi Marks 10 Years of Growth

  Only half the size of the UK, nestled in the heart of south east Africa and landlocked between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, Malawi is one of Africa’s smallest countries, but attracting big attention. This year is the tenth anniversary of the Malawi Travel Marketing Consortium, which is a private concern representing the country’s leading operators, accommodation providers and ground handlers, and the stimulus of destination Malawi’s growing success. From humble beg…

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15 August 2012

Yao Ming at Kicheche Laikipia - Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Kicheche Camps

  Yao Ming started his first visit to Kenya by staying at KICHECHE LAIKIPIA within Ol Pejeta Conservancy where four of the World seven remaining Northern White Rhinos are living under 24-hour protection. As Chinese' favourite son and WildAid ambassador, Yao Ming is in Kenya to understand the cycle of illegal wildlife trade and its massive impact on the delicate balance of our global ecosystems in order to convey a message to the Chinese public. We were very proud to host him and contr…

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15 August 2012

Swimming at Devils Pool, Livingstone Island is opening today!

Honour Way

Tongabezi is pleased to announce that swimming at Devils Pool, Livingstone Island is opening today, Wednesday the 15th August 2012. Experience the breathtaking views by jumping into your very own pool at the edge of Victoria Falls! Combined with a Lvingstone island brunch or afternoon tea it really does make for an exceptional, not to be missed day!  It can most certainly be classed as one of the most awesome swimming and picnic spots in the world, and certainly worth a visit.   For…

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15 August 2012

Atta members receive discount at this year’s E-Tourism Africa Summit in Cape Town

E Tourism Frontiers

  E-Tourism Frontiers, the organisers of the 5th annual E-Tourism Africa Summit, announced today that international presenters from both Facebook and YouTube will be speaking at the Summit in Cape Town on the 13th and 14th of September. Roel Spree – a travel specialist from Facebook will be presenting as a keynote speaker and Will Rocklin, a global brand specialist will be presenting for YouTube.   South African Tourism is the Title sponsor of the event and William Price, the G…

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14 August 2012

Lockton Global Appoints SATIB Insurance Brokers as their Southern Africa Partner Brokers

SATIB Insurance Brokers

Lockton Global has announced the appointment of SATIB Insurance Brokers as their partner brokers across Southern Africa. Lockton Global clients now interested in doing business in Southern Africa (excluding SA) will be entrusted to SATIB for their insurance and risk related requirements.  Lockton Global is a broker partnership that provides multinational companies risk management, insurance, and employee benefit solutions for more than 1,000 global clients.  Lockton Global …

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13 August 2012

Victoria Falls Safari Club construction complete 2 weeks ahead of schedule

Africa Albida Tourism

The stylish Victoria Falls Safari Club, featuring four superior suites and 16 club rooms, is set to open its doors on 15 August 2012, setting a new benchmark in luxury accommodation in this top choice tourist destination. The lavish Club will blend the enchanting power of nature with modern comforts to create an exclusive atmosphere that is distinctly African. Construction of this superb new addition to the Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) portfolio started in November 2011 and was completed two we…

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13 August 2012

Gibb's Farm Presents New Website

Gibb's Farm

  Don’t miss our new Web Site! Check us out at www.gibbsfarm.net and if you’ve never been to our agent page simply click on “Agent” and log on with gibbs our password is farm. 

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13 August 2012

Shamwari Game Reserve Pampered Women on Women’s Day

Shamwari Game Reserve situated in the Eastern Cape, close to Port Elizabeth and part of the Shamwari Group, gave each female guest a surprise gift package and cupcakes on the evening of Thursday, 9 August to honour and celebrate them on Women’s Day.   Ends/.   www.shamwarigroup.com   “Conserving a Vanishing Way of Life“   The Shamwari Group presents - Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape - Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, outside Cape Town - Jock Safari Lodge, Kru…

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09 August 2012

Kamili adds 7 properties to portfolio

Kamili

Kamili's independent lodge portfolio has significantly expanded. Seven high quality new properties have been added in Maputo Bay (Mozambique), Caprivi Strip x 2 (Namibia), Central Kalahari (Botswana), Kafue (Zambia), Mkhaya (Swaziland) and Bwindi (Uganda). Tim Henshall, Kamili's md commented "Our portfolio of properties always offer exception value, as well as outstanding safari experiences. It has never been more important , in this difficult trading climate. It's great …

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09 August 2012

Jozi Just Got Hotter - New Addition: The Lobby Lounge

Protea Hospitality Group

The Lobby Lounge is the newest addition that has been created on the ground floor of the chic, urban and edgy hotel, where Balvenie, Lagavulin, Glenmorangie, Laphroaig and Royal Salute will show the power brokers that you mean business as you put your latest deal to bed. The Lobby Lounge, which has just opened, has a relaxed, modern Gentlemen’s Club feel, with deep leather bucket chairs, comfortable couches and small wooden tables, but with the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! twist of very …

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08 August 2012

Under New Management

With effect from Friday August 10th 2012 Ras Mbisi Lodge will have a new Manager, all enquiries should be directed to the regular email address (contact@mafiaislandtz.com) addressed to Gabriel Mussini.  Gabriel comes to Ras Mbisi with many years of experience in Tourism worldwide, most recently as Manager of Mafia Island Lodge.  He is looking forward to the exciting new challenge of running a smaller more select  operation with the emphasis on personal service delivered with sim…

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07 August 2012

Uncharted Africa Safari co. further develops cultural exchange with the Bushmen in the Makgadikgadi

Uncharted Africa Safari Co

Uncharted Africa Safari co. has introduced an exclusive, first-of-its-kind cultural exchange with the Bushmen. This unique experience offers the chance to learn from one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating cultures. Guests are invited to learn the ancient Ju’/hoansi Bushmen traditions and techniques for survival in the desert and to witness the sacred trance dance rituals. In an ongoing effort to preserve and support the Bushmen’s incredible and rapidly disappearing cu…

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07 August 2012

Far Horizons Marketing is expanding!

Far Horizons Marketing

Far Horizons Marketing  is delighted to welcome Mary Tippett to the company.  Mary has over 18 years of experience in the Travel and Events industries and brings a wealth of knowledge to Far Horizons Marketing team.  Her passion for African travel started in 1995 when she spent 3 years leading overland tours in 14 countries throughout the African continent. Drawing on this experience, she furthered her career in the operations sector, travelling througho…

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06 August 2012

Steppes Travel has three gorilla permits available for Rwanda

Steppes Travel

  Steppes Discovery has three gorilla permits available for Rwanda on the 10 Sep 2012 at the old cost of $500 USD per permit.  Please contact Deborah West on the following email should you wish to purchase these from us.  This is on a first come first served basis. deborah@steppesdiscovery.co.uk

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06 August 2012

Christian The Lion's John Rendall Returns To Elsa's Kopja & Joy's Camp

John Rendall is returning to Kenya during February 2013, to spend a month at Elsa's Kopje and Joy's Camp. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to meet John Rendall in person, learn more about Christian the Lion, and hear about their extraordinary relationship and history - all whilst enjoying a luxury safari in the same region of Kenya where Christian the Lion was released. Elsa's Kopje is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson's biographical boo…

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03 August 2012

Ultimate Safaris invests in technology for rural youth

Ultimate Safaris Namibia

  Ultimate Safaris, through their own non-profit trust, Tou Trust, and some Swiss friends, donated a fully-fledged computer centre for the Grootberg Primary School on Friday, 20th July 2012. The school is located in Erwee in the Kuenen Region of north-western Namibia. The NAD 80 000 (USD 10 000) donation was realized when friends of Ultimate Safaris visited the school in October 2011 and were made aware of the dire need for the scholars to be exposed to modern computers during their educa…

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03 August 2012

Exciting Developments at Classics

Classic Representation is thrilled to welcome Elle Reinink to the team from 1st August. Elle joins Classics as the dedicated UK & European Account Director for Singita and Ellerman House.  After 14 years of experience with Cape Grace and subsequently for Meikles, The Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe and, more recently Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, Elle is well known to the trade and will now be your main point of contact for Singita and Ellerman House. Katie Dalrymple-Hamilton continues to…

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02 August 2012

Female Kob With Horns!

The Uganda Safari Company

This is Strange but true when I write to you about a female Uganda Kob with horns in Semliki Wildlife Reserve. It all started some two months back when I and our Semliki Safari Lodge manager Keith took some clients for an evening game drive. As we drove between the lodge and the main road which is about 2.8kms, we came across a herd of Uganda kobs with one dominant male who was in charge of that herd. This herd comprised of a nursery herd (a group of young Uganda kobs of up to 5 months) togeth…

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