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28 November 2013

Leopards, leopards everywhere!

Africa Geographic

This is a good story about leopards making a comeback and a community of landowners who care. Read more about the innovative leopard identification project at Limpopo-Lipadi reserve in Botswana. Leopards, leopards everywhere!

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28 November 2013

Tides reopens just in time for Atta Christmas Networking Party

Village N Life

The Bay Hotel is pleased to announce the reopening of Tides, a beachfront hotspot with a 180 degree unobstructed view over the Camps Bay strip. Be amongst the first to experience this new and exciting venue during the Atta Christmas Networking Party on Thursday, 5 December 2013. An exquisite location dressed with the glorious backdrop of the ocean and sunset,Tides perfectly transforms into a lovely venue for events, providing a variety of options and menu choices ranging from canapés to…

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27 November 2013

Severin Sea Lodge and Severin Safari Camp launch new website

Severin Travel

When visiting the domain www.severin-hotels.com you will now find the new website presenting all three independent hotels of Severin Touristik with extensive content and a new design. During the last months the website has been continuously expanded with new functions and now presents itself to the different audiences. Special attention has been paid to the popular hotels in Kenya. The Severin Sea Lodge in Mombasa as well as the Severin Safari Camp in Tsavo West National Park have received an …

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26 November 2013

New Kamili portfolio video

Kamili

  Kamili has launched a new 2-minute video to ensure travel professionals are up to date on the quality of Kamili’s portfolio. In the seven years since its launch, Kamili has grown fast to include over 50 independent lodges, camps and safaris operators across 19 countries in sub-saharan Africa. Tim Henshall (Kamili's MD) stated “We need to ensure that Africa specialists recognize the high quality of our partners. When we first launched we did have more 3-star style propert…

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26 November 2013

Prince Harry, Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgård checked in at The Bay Hotel

Village N Life

Prince Harry, British actor Dominic West and Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård, all patrons for Walking With The Wounded, recently stayed at the Bay Hotel before starting out on an expedition to the South Pole.For For more information, click here and go to news.

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26 November 2013

Michiel Reinecke appointed GM of Mara Leisure Camp

Mr Michiel Reinecke has recently been appointed as the General Manager of Mara Leisure camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya.  He is results-oriented hospitality professional, with vas experience in different 4 to 5 star operations. He was most recently General Manager at a 4 star hotel & resort in Western Uganda. Michiel said “I am delighted to be joining Marasa Africa Group, I am greatly looking forward to working with dynamic group and such a wonderful, professional team. same time I am e…

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26 November 2013

Eva Stenmarck Travel Marketing introduces new Partners

Eva Stenmarck Travel Marketing

Eva Stenmarck Travel Marketing is very proud to announce two new Partners that we will be representing in the 4 Nordic countries Denmark, Norway, Finland & Sweden. Footsteps in Africa, Botswana - the largest circuit of independent camps and lodges in the prime areas of Botswana as well as mobile safaris all unified under the Footsteps in Africa banner with a circuit that offers a “one stop shop”. Imvelo Safari Lodges, Zimbabwe – we are delighted to once again market this …

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26 November 2013

South African Airways announces the winners of Capture South Africa photography competition

21st November  2013– South African Airways has revealed the  two winners of its photography competition, Capture South Africa. A panel of five judges chose Alco Brand’s winning scenery shot of the view over Cape Town entitled ‘Cape Town by Night’ and Moira Enslin’s thought-provoking portrait of an elderly gentleman, entitled ‘Memories’ out of thousands of entries. Both winners have won two return flights between South Africa and London with S…

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25 November 2013

TripAdvisor signs first partnership deal with search engine

TripAdvisor

Travellers can now compare TripAdvisor prices, availability and ratings on the Microsoft Bing search results page. Under a new agreement, TripAdvisor's reviews, ratings, photos and other content will be embedded into the search engine results display on Bing.com.    

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25 November 2013

7 Reasons to go on holiday in Zimbabwe right now

Vayeni

Written by Luke Brown, Vayeni Director When Suzanne and I travel the world and tell people that Zimbabwe’s tourism is on the rise and that it’s at the beginning of a boom, almost everyone we speak to is shocked and surprised at first.  The fact is that most people out there think that Zimbabwe is somehow in reverse as a destination.  This is certainly not the case when it comes to tourism and its only when we show people pictures and video clips of the country, often…

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22 November 2013

AWF boosts support for Manyara Ranch

Manyara Ranch Conservancy

Enhanced Conservation Initiatives on Manyara Ranch African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) recently expanded their financial and technical commitment and support for Manyara Ranch, within which lies the 35000 acre Manyara Ranch Conservancy just outside of Tarangire National Park. In August 2013, AWF took on direct responsibility for land management, conservation and community affairs to support Tanzania Land Conservation Trust who own the land. Honey Guide Foundation have been contracted by AWF to c…

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22 November 2013

New and Improved website

Coastal Aviation

Dear friends, We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website! It has a brand new look and feel, friendlier navigation with richer and more accurate content than ever. This will be your official source of information for news and updates about us, our flying safari philosophy our scheduled, chartered and corporate flights, our destinations, our flying safari itineraries, our last minute packages and, of course, our stunning promotional videos! www.coastal.co.tz Enjoy browsing! Th…

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21 November 2013

Emile Roworth appointed as new GM of Three Cities Tala Private Game Reserve

Three Cities Tala Private Game Reserve can now say hello to Emile Roworth who has come on board as the new General Manager. With over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Roworth joins the Group after a year stint at the Uganda located Protea Hotel Mbale. After matriculating from the Jan Kriel High School in Cape Town, Roworth went onto attain a certificate in Hotel Management. With a diverse array of travel hotel destinations under his belt, Roworth’s previous positions h…

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20 November 2013

Travel marketers must go Native

Africa Geographic

Buzzword alarm! OK, so a "Native Advert" is loosely defined as where the marketing message is part of the content. And it's a very important and growing aspect of travel marketing. Here is what we think about native advertising.

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19 November 2013

Sir Richard Branson participates in traditional Maasai ceremony for the launch of Kenyan Safari Camp

Virgin Limited Edition

The ceremony, which comes 6 years after Richard originally became a recognised tribal Maasai Elder in 2007, took place on the plains near Mahali Mzuri and began with opening prayers. Along with eight elders, Richard blessed Mahali Mzuri with prayers, honey and a little beer! A ceremonial fire using traditional fire sticks and olive branches was placed onto the fire to produce the smoke, which drifted through the camp as a sign of blessing. This was followed by the local Maasai community singin…

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18 November 2013

Kenya Airways expands cooperation with KLM

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways has expanded its cooperation with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines within East Africa, following the signing of a far reaching joint venture agreement. The expanded joint venture will be a significant boost to the existing benefit-sharing model between the two carriers. This far reaching cooperation for both passenger and cargo business will allow KLM and Kenya Airways to jointly implement further commercial synergies, optimize networks and schedul…

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15 November 2013

Six Serena properties get renamed

Serena Hotels

Serena Hotels confirmed that several name changes for their properties have been put into effect to better describe the location and put the names in line with recent developments. The award-winning Serena Beach Hotel & Spa now is the Serena Beach Resort & Spa, more fully reflecting the nature of this property which is located on Shanzu beach north of Mombasa. Another change came about when Serena signed a long-term lease for the Sweet Waters Tented Camp on Ol Pejeta, a place just …

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15 November 2013

Small World Marketing to Represent Exciting New Luxury Zanzibar Hotel

Small World Marketing

Small World Marketing is delighted to have been appointed to represent White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa in Zanzibar.  Due to open in February 2014, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa will bring a new concept of luxury accommodation to Zanzibar.  Located on the pristine white stands of Paje beach, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa will have 11 villas – each with a private swimming pool, outdoor bathtub, 600 square meters of private recreational are…

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15 November 2013

SAA increases frequency on African routes

South African Airways is reshuffling its network, concentrating on upping flight frequency into key African destinations. Frequencies which will be increased are as follows: · Johannesburg-Kishasa (DRC): to be increased from 4 to 6 a week. Effective 10 December 2013 · Johannesburg-Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania): to be increased from 12 to 13 per week. Effective 13 December 2013 · Johannesburg-Windhoek (Namibia): to be increased from 20 to 21 a week. Effective 12 January 2014 &mi…

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14 November 2013

&Beyond Takes Over Management Of Benguerra Island Lodge

&Beyond

  &Beyond is pleased to announce the addition of Benguerra Island Lodge to its portfolio of luxury safari lodges and camps. The experiential travel company will be taking over the management, marketing, and reservations of the lodge, which will be renamed &Beyond Benguerra Island, with immediate effect.                  “Just as &Beyond Mnemba Island off Zanzibar completes our East Afri…

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14 November 2013

Proflight Zambia starts a new route from Lusaka to Mongu

Proflight Zambia will begin flights from Lusaka to Mongu on November 27, 2013. The service to Western Province provincial capital will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays. P00500 leaves Lusaka at 07:45 and arrives in Mongu at 10:05 on Wednesdays. The return flight P00505 leaves Mongu at 10:25 the same day, arriving in Lusaka at 12:45. On Thursdays P00504 leaves Lusaka at 12:45 and arrives in Mongu at 14:55. The return flight leaves Mongu at 15:15, arriving back in Lusaka at 17:35.

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13 November 2013

Call for China to close ivory factories

Africa Geographic

An estimated 36 000 elephants were killed in the past year – for ivory carvings and trinkets. This is the reality of the African elephant. See how you can get involved by calling for a ban on ivory and join these activities as they take a stand in Cape Town. See the full details here.

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13 November 2013

Malawi hits Lonely Planet's Top 10 Destinations for 2014

Marketing Worldwide

Marketing Worldwide were very excited to learn that Malawi came 5th in Lonely Planet's top 10 Destinations for 2014 just as we start working with this beautiful destination. 

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12 November 2013

Marriott signs letter of intent to acquire Protea Hotel Group’s Hotel Operations and Brands

Protea Hospitality Group

BETHESDA, MD,  8 November 2013 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today said it had signed a letter of intent with Protea Hospitality Holdings of Cape Town, South Africa to acquire Protea Hotels’ brands and its management business that operates or franchises 116  hotels across three brands with 10,184 rooms in South Africa and six other Sub-Saharan African countries.  The transaction would nearly double  Marriott’s distribution in Africa to more …

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12 November 2013

Home-Coming For Dardley Tafuruka and Catherine Norton

The Bumi team is delighted to welcome Dardley and Catherine back to the fold.  Zimbabwe-born and grown, the early years of both their careers included working at Bumi and in the Kariba area, and have both been out of the country for many years enhancing their skills. Dardley Tafuruka, a Professional guide, has been in the industry for 20 years, states “leadership, teamwork, training and communications” as vital to him and is a larger-than-life effervescent personality who crea…

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11 November 2013

AAT up the ante with key investments

Africa Albida Tourism

  The end of this year will see the opening of 6 deluxe Victoria Falls Safari  Suites(VFSS). In a spacious, lush, bush garden environment, the Safari Suites offer  3-bedroom and 2-bedroom suites, each with a spacious lounge and a splendid veranda area ideal for close knit-groups or families. Surrounded by 80,000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness, adjacent to Zambezi National Park, the suites will offer a private and stylish comfort with opportunities to view free-roaming wildlif…

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08 November 2013

Nomad Tanzania accrues another camp: Kigelia Ruaha

Nomad Tanzania - Camps

LONDON, UK (November 4th, 2013) Nomad Tanzania, one of East Africa’s original safari companies, has announced the latest addition to their Tanzanian portfolio, Kigelia Ruaha. Set in a secluded grove of Kigelia in Southern Tanzania on the banks of the Ifuguru Sand River, the camp is sited in the best wildlife area in Ruaha National Park. Nomad Tanzania has taken ownership of Kigelia Ruaha, previously an Afrika Afrika camp and will be operating “as is” until 7th January 2014, a…

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08 November 2013

Cheli & Peacock launches new Tanzania office

Cheli & Peacock Safaris (DMC)

On 02 December 2013, Cheli & Peacock Safaris will officially inveil its brand new sister company in Arusha, Tanzania. With a prime office location in Arusha , the Tanzania team will be headed up by Henrietta Remnant. Our Nairobi and Arusha offices will be working closely together, offering dedicated Tanzania FIT itineraries and combined Kenya/Tanzania FIT itineraries. Cheli & Peacock Tanzania Ltd P.O. Box 1246, Arusha, Tanzania Sekei Village Road, Plot Number 5, Block BB M. +255 762 7…

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08 November 2013

Stars return to London on SAA as South African Airways announces partnership on new blockbuster, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

London, 7th November 2013 – Earlier this week, stars of the big screen touched down in London with South African Airways following the successful African premier of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom last Sunday. Their arrival coincides with South African Airways announcing a new partnership with South African Tourism to celebrate the release of the much awaited blockbuster movie in the UK. The film based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography stars multi-award winning Idris Elba (The Wire, …

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07 November 2013

Experience Porini Virtually!

Porini Safari Camps

We invite you to join us on a free tour of Porini camps! It is always nice to be able to actually visualize a place that you have never been to.  A virtual tour can give someone a better sense of "being there". The various images include all aspects of camp life and are taken with special 360 degree cameras to give you a great view of the camps and a good insight into what to expect on a safari.   The virtual tours are currently available for Porini Lion Camp and Porini M…

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06 November 2013

Africa Geographic magazine relaunch

Africa Geographic

Africa Geographic magazine relaunch:  Update from the CEO Many of you will have heard that our outsource print publisher Black Eagle Media has gone out of business and that we are going to relaunch Africa Geographic magazine in the first quarter of 2014 after a short enforced break. Here's a blog post about the situation: http://blog.africageographic.com/africa-geographic-blog/travel-trade/print-magazine-to-take-a-break/. The blog post contains the basic information, but I though…

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06 November 2013

Nairobi Tented Camp's new look

Gamewatchers Safaris

When Gamewatchers Safaris took over Nairobi Tented Camp over a year ago, it still looked like a different entity.  With the inception of its new look, Nairobi Tented Camp is now a part of the Gamewatchers and Porini family.  With a classic and exotic feel, this small camp, in the core of the Nairobi National Park, still provides a rustic and bushy environment.    We also upgraded our solar panels and batteries to provide more autonomy, and we are now almost completely …

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06 November 2013

Alex Walker's Serian will be closed for refurbishment

Honour Way

SPRUCING UP SERIAN (Mara North Conservancy, Kenya) Alex Walker’s Serian, nestled in the privacy of the exclusive Mara North Conservancy, offers some of the best game viewing in Africa, and is home to the spectacular wildebeest migration. The coming rainy season in the Mara is a time of refreshment, renewal and rebirth, and we will be harnessing this spirit of regeneration by giving Serian a bit of a brush-up and a makeover. We will be closed for the first ten days of November while we re…

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05 November 2013

Mohammed Hersi Appointed Chief Executive Officer Of Heritage Hotels, Kenya

Heritage Hotels

Heritage Hotels is excited to announce the appointment of Mr. Mohammed Hersi as the new chief executive officer. Hersi joins the group with over 20 years experience as a seasoned hotelier in Kenya’s hospitality industry. His previous role was at Sarova Hotels, Resorts & Lodges as regional general manager of the 338 bedroom Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa, along with two lodges in Tsavo. Prior to this, Hersi held the position of general manger of the first classified beach re…

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05 November 2013

Flights between Dar Es Salaam and Morongoro

Auric Air Services

New flights from Dar Es Salaam to Morogoro. A daily flight starting on the 15th of November. For more information, go to www.auricair.com or email: reservations@auricair.com

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01 November 2013

Flights between Lilongwe and Blantyre

Ulendo Safaris

If yo missed this, on 16 September, Ulendo Airlink launched daily midweek flights and operate an early morning shuttle service departing Lilongwe at 07:15AM and arriving in Blantyre at 8am with return service departing Chileka Airport at 08:30 and arriving in Lilongwe at 09:15AM. Evening flights depart Lilongwe at 16:00 and arrive into Blantyre at 16:45 with a return flight to Lilongwe departing at 17:15 and landing at Kamuzu International Airport at 6PM. Aircraft used is an executive configur…

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01 November 2013

Sanctuary Olonana - Extensive refurbishment and upgrade

Sanctuary Retreats

November 2013 - Sanctuary Olonana, our award winning tented camp situated on a private stretch of the Mara River will be closed for 2 weeks at the end of November and beginning of December and undergo an extensive upgrade to the public areas of the lodge as well as a soft refurbishment to the tented rooms and pool area. The interior décor will change to a contemporary design using a combination of light earthy tones, duck egg blue, grey, stone and pewter. A complete new entrance will …

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