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29 October 2013

Airlink connects Kruger to Vilanculos

Airlink

Airlink is delighted to confirm that it will commence operating a direct scheduled air service from Nelspruit Kruger to Vilanculos (Mozambique) from 19 June 2014. Starting initially with 2 flights per week (Thursday and Sunday) the new Kruger to Vilanculos flights will serve to further enhance Airlink’s current flights operating between Johannesburg and Vilanculos, with from 19 June 2014 daily direct departures between Vilanculos and Johannesburg. The Kruger to Vilanculos flights will de…

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29 October 2013

New Flight- Nairobi to Serengeti

Coastal Aviation

At Coastal we do not tire to provide our partners with new ways to expand the network and….the business! Guests can now enjoy a safari in the Serengeti, flying from Nairobi. This flight will be operated on Cessna Grand Caravan, on share charter basis, any day on request, but will adhere to specific timings. The flight will start operating on the 1st December 2013.   The Southbound flight departs Nairobi at 0730hrs on time to collect guests arriving from Europe or already in Nairobi…

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28 October 2013

Kenya Airways to receive its largest aircraft ever on Friday

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways will on Friday (October 25, 2013) receive the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, as the airline strengthens its long haul capability, paving way for the introduction of new continental routes. The aircraft, which has a capacity of 400 passengers and can carry over 20 metric tonnes of cargo, will become the 45th and the largest on its fleet. The plane will be delivered on Friday to Kenya Airways at its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by its manufacturer, Boeing. The airline…

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24 October 2013

Proflight Zambia Starts Flights to Dar this Week

Proflight Zambia begins a new route from Lusaka to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania on Wednesday (October 23), enabling fast and affordable links for traders and tourists. The three-times-a-week service marks the second international destination for Zambia’s growing local airline, which started flying to Lilongwe in Malawi in June. Flights will depart from Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, returning the same days. An additional Lusaka-Dar fl…

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24 October 2013

New Domestic Routes

Airlink

Airlink is introducing new services from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein, Kimberley, and Richards Bay, with effect from November 18.The services were in response to demand and would be at times suitable to satisfy the requirements of same-day returning travellers in both directions.     Airlink is excited at being able to offer our customers and travel trade partners a choice of service providers on these important domestic routes. Airlink’s new services will be offered at most at…

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23 October 2013

Finch Hattons Refurbishment Update

Finch Hattons Luxury Camp

A lot of work has been going on the Finch Hattons refurbishment site since we closed the camp on March 31st, 2013 and we are pleased to inform you that we are making good and steady progress. The tents which used to be on both sides of the spring have been relocated to one side of the spring. This was intentionally done to give access to the wildlife. All the trees have been saved and also act as natural barriers between tents creating privacy. There are 2 luxury family tents out of 17, which …

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23 October 2013

Selinda Reserve Becomes Africa's Wild Dog Hot-Spot

Great Plains Conservation

The Selinda Reserve, in northern Botswana, has become the wild-dog hotspot of Africa. Three wild-dog packs of 17 adults have denned with 22 puppies in 2013. This is exceptional and has left experienced guides and researchers absolutely in awe at what has transpired.   Each year we anticipate one of the most exciting seasons, when our resident wild dog pack, The Selinda Pack, dens. This normally occurs in June or July and the result has been as many as 15 puppies from just the one alpha f…

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22 October 2013

Kamili launches new company

Kamili

Kameric - a vibrant new marketing and representation service – launches into the UK. Luxury lodge groups can now benefit from the same level of expertise, experience and enthusiasm that’s long been the hallmark of Kamili, via the launch of a new brand – Kameric - which responds directly to their unique needs. Whilst Kamili adopts a “portfolio approach” and has become referred to as a brand in its own right (independent, owner run lodges and camps), Kameric will be…

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21 October 2013

Flights between Serengeti and Masai Mara

Auric Air Services

Auric Air is very pleased to announce its new flight: Serengeti – Masai Mara – Serengeti We have partnered with Mombasa Air, Kenya to do the Kenyan part of this flight. The routing would be Serengeti – Musoma (customs and immigration clearance on the Tanzanian side) – Eldoret (customs and immigration clearance on the Kenyan side, refueling) - Masai Mara – Eldoret – Musoma – Serengeti Your clients can reach from Masai Mara to Serengeti in just 3hrs 55m…

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18 October 2013

7 dumb comments from travel marketers

Africa Geographic

Here are 7 dumb comments that travel marketers make regarding advertising and social media exposure… 7 dumb comments from travel marketers

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18 October 2013

Kenya Plans to Microchip Every Rhino Horn

Africa Exclusive

Wildlife officials have announced that microchips will be placed in the horn of every rhino in Kenya in a bid to tackle poaching. Read more here.

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18 October 2013

20 Years Of Gorilla Tourism in Uganda

The Far Horizons

A family in southwest Uganda have celebrated a very special anniversary this week. And they are no ordinary family. The Mubare gorilla family was the first gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to be habituated for tourism, in what was then a pioneering new ecotourism concept. On 13th October 1993, Mubare received their first official human visitors, and gorilla tourism was born, In what has become a vital factor in the fight to protect the species, gorilla tracking in Uganda and …

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17 October 2013

Interview - Meet PURE's New Event Director

Beyond Luxury Media

You may have noticed that the Beyond Luxury team is growing! In the past year the daring younger brother of traditional travel trade shows (that’s PURE) has gained not one, but two little sisters: LE Miami and We Are Africa. With our beloved Ryan Wallace relocating to his native South Africa to help curate yet another enviable guest list for the inaugural We Are Africa show in May 2014, PURE HQ had an empty chair… But after a careful and considered search, we finally found just th…

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16 October 2013

Marching for elephants

Africa Geographic

On Friday, 4 October 2013, fifteen official cities took part in the iworry International March for Elephants in an effort to protect and preserve the world’s elephants, here are some photos from the Cape Town march - Marching for Elephants

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16 October 2013

Refurbished Tuli Safari Lodge to reopen in its 50th anniversary year

Tuli Safari Lodge celebrates its 50thanniversary in 2014, making it one of Africa’s longest established photographic safari lodges. Following the damage sustained in the devastating floods in January, a major refurbishment project was put into action to ready the ‘grande dame’ for the future. The aim of the project is to retain what everyone loved about the lodge - its charming, relaxed and authentic ambience and strong historical elements - whilst rectifying the differing si…

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16 October 2013

Specialised Safari Experiences

Londolozi Game Reserve

“We’re out-of-the-box. We’re committed to going beyond what is expected. For the wildlife photographer. For the star-gazer. For the birder. For the couple looking for a little bit more seclusion. We deliver the latest technology, the customised safari vehicle, the expertise, the experience and most importantly, the magic.” A few years ago, gathered around a winter campfire, the leaders of the Londolozi vision asked a new question: Where do ‘innovation’ and &…

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14 October 2013

Crocodile Cage Diving

Black Tomato

Diving with sharks may be all the rage but there is a new predator wanting to get up close and (not too) personal under water. Step forward crocodile cage diving, the latest adrenaline inducing activity to hit the shores of South Africa. In Oudtshoorn, South Africa, you can now observe the mammoth Nile Crocodiles underwater, giving you a unique opportunity to see the world’s second biggest reptile in its natural habitat. Common across Africa the Nile Crocodiles can reach up to 20 feet in…

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14 October 2013

Katundu in paradise

Tongabezi Lodge

I lost my heart to a dainty little Indian cupboard once. It was only one of many (SO many) gorgeous treasures in the very large and very beautiful home that is Tangala House. But you know how it goes… that moment when you see something you simply love and all the other stuff melt into the background a bit? Everything in the house had a story and so, of course, I wanted to know all about this thing of absolute beauty. I was about to be introduced to the design talent that is Suzie Lightf…

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14 October 2013

Governors Camp Collection opens a new clinic at Mara Rianda

Governors' Camp

We are delighted to announce the opening on Friday 4 October 2013 of a new Health Centre at Mara Rianda just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve for our Masai community neighbours.

 The construction of the Health Centre  and the clinic fit out were funded by private UK donors. The organisation of the construction including fit out and provision of the infrastructure was carried out by The Mara Rianda Charitable Trust in conjunction with Governors Camp Collection. The clinic was …

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11 October 2013

Livingstone Safaris and ITG (International Travel Group): The End of an Era

Livingstone Safaris

After 15 years of working together, boutique inbound tour operator to Africa, Livingstone Safaris ends their business association with long haul Dutch specialist brand, Miles Travel (International Travel Group). The Past Almost two decades ago, Mr Harco van Uden was handpicked to oversee the launch of Miles Travel, a new Dutch outbound travel brand specializing in highly personalised tailor-made trips to Southern Africa. Harco was soon recognized as a force majeure in his market. His hands on …

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11 October 2013

African Safaris during the green season

Red Savannah

Sometimes referred to as the ‘emerald season’ because of the abundance of bright green flora after the long dry months, in southern African countries like Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, summer (the rainy period) runs from mid November through to April. And while you’re likely to get short sharp showers and dramatic thunderstorms, it rarely rains all day, and there’s still a wealth of sunshine.   There are a number of reasons why die-hard safari enthu…

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10 October 2013

Azura Quilalea Private Island welcomes new management couple to the island

Azura

Azura Retreats have appointed Andrew Viljoen and Drienie Pieterse to the position of Management Couple at Quilalea Private Island in Northern Mozambique. They come to Azura Quilalea from Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge in South Africa, where Drienie was Lodge Manager and Andrew was Assistant Manager and Head Ranger. Previously they managed Royal Madikwe Game Lodge together. ‘We are delighted with the appointment of Andrew and Drienie’, says Stella Bettany Owner/Director of Azura Retreats, &l…

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10 October 2013

Family Safaris at Muchenje

Kamili

Located on the western side of Chobe National Park, Muchenje is the only lodge in this area and offers unique and prolific game experiences. Famous for its elephant and buffalo herds, Chobe is also home to numerous lions, as well as a great diversity of plains game and bird species. Muchenje are offering wonderful family orientated safaris at for 2 adults and 2 children up to 14 years. For more information, see http://www.kamilisafaris.com/news/october-2013/family-safaris-at-muchenje/

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09 October 2013

What’s a camel worth?

Africa Geographic

This interview with the Maasai and Samburu tribes tries to determine their views on owning cows vs. camels accordingly to practicality and tradition - What's a camel worth?

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09 October 2013

Protea Hospitality Group Showcasing New Properties at West Africa's Akwaaba Travel Market

Protea Hospitality Group

October 2013: The Protea Hospitality Group will be using this month’s AKWAABA Travel Market in Nigeria to showcase its new developments in West Africa, as well as introduce travel buyers to its existing portfolio of 11 hotels. The AKWAABA Travel Market is the only international travel fair in West Africa and attracts buyers and industry professions from across the continent, as well as the rest of the world. Protea Hospitality Group’s West Africa Director Pieter Bekker says the exp…

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09 October 2013

Travel Daily China launches in world’s fastest-growing travel market

Travel World China

Travel Daily Media Group and Travel World China, Atta’s Rep in China, are launching a brand new e-magazine to serve the world’s fastest-growing travel market – China. Launched on 8 October 2013, Travel Daily China has been developed in response to the growing interest in Travel Daily Media’s news from the Chinese market. The company has joined forces with respected Shanghai-based travel media company, Travel World China, to produce a brand new daily publication special…

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08 October 2013

New Facility and activities at Karen Blixen Camp Masai Mara

Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen camp has completed renovation of its main area. A new Art Centre for local maasai women is under development and this will bring more than 50 women together with the aim of making improved Maasai bead items for both local and international market. The sales income is designed to benefit the masai women who is very vulnerable in the community. For those attending WTM contact Ronald mutie on ronald@karenblixen camp.com for detailed information  

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03 October 2013

Elephant rescued from poacher’s snare

Africa Geographic

A young bull elephant was sighted with a horrible snare wrapped around his front leg. After an initial assessment, a decision had been made that he would have to be put down. However, considering it was late in the evening and dark, the bull was spared another day. One of the onlookers decided to contact Elephants Without Borders (EWB) to see if there was anything they could do to possibly help the situation… Read the rest of the story here - Elephant rescued from poacher's snare

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02 October 2013

Pel’s Fishing Owl Wows Guests at Pumulani

Robin Pope Safaris

Normally it takes a lot of dedication and a fair amount of luck to get a good bird sighting, especially if it’s a bird on your list. Rarely do these 2 factors arrive on a silver platter, but occasionally they do! Guests at Pumulani have had the royal treatment with a large adult Pel’s Fishing Owl that decided to make its home in the tree alongside the fish pond. The owl came to hunt each night this past week, offering guests a great sighting of this prized bird. The owl remained fo…

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02 October 2013

New Wayo Green Camps in stunning locations, great activities, remote yet small and stylish.

Wayo Africa

We are happy to announce that our Green Camps in Lake Manyara National Park and Serengeti National Park are now open. Here are a few details: New to Tanzanian safaris these Green Camps consist of large comfortable and alternative looking bell tents with attached bathrooms. Every group will have their own private dining area and camp staff. Meals are all home cooked three-course meals. As the name indicates these camps were designed with low impact in mind. The camps are running on low energy a…

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02 October 2013

Launching a new product: Set departures to Cameroon (English speaking–guide)

Middle Africa has launched brand new concept: set departures in Cameroon, our main destination in terms of clients. Middle Africa has specialized along these years in tailor made trips for individuals, but having observed over the past few years a growing demand for set departures, we have launched just 4 set departures for this last quarter of the year. The tours run for 14 days and they cover the highlights of Cameroon in the North, South and West parts of the country: Wouri River’s ma…

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