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30 April 2013

Xplore September 2013

  Xplore 2013… Inspirations for the assertive travelers Date: 28th, 29th September Location: Marula Manor, Karen Nairobi Kenya   Amaris Management is co-organizer of Xplore, the newest travel fair in Nairobi. A relaxed leisurely stroll through the park will have professionals and the general public meet more than 60 of the key actors in the tourism industry from East Africa: High end lodges, Restaurants, food & beverage suppliers, community tourism organizations as well …

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29 April 2013

KQ Gets Malawi Government Approval to Fly into Blantyre

Kenya Airways

NAIROBI,  April 26, 2013 – Kenya Airways has received approval from the Government of the Republic of Malawi to begin flying into Chileka Airport in Blantyre effective June 3, 2013. In a letter to the airline from Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Government of Malawi, Moffat Chitimbe, Kenya Airways was also given approval to resume 5th Freedom Traffic Rights on the Lilongwe-Lusaka sector. “I am pleased to convey Government approval for your operations into Chileka Air…

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29 April 2013

Saadani properties in Tanzania join the Sanctuary Retreats' portfolio

Sanctuary Retreats

Sanctuary Retreats are delighted to announce the relaxing river retreat, Saadani River Lodge, and the intimate beach hideaway, Saadani Safari Lodge,  are joining our portfolio of boutique safari camps and lodges across Africa from 1 June 2013 The 18 stilted suites of Sanctuary Saadani River Lodge are the epitome of 'luxury, naturally', built for rest and relaxation on the southern shore of the Wami River close to the Saadani National Park. Our River Lodge combines river …

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25 April 2013

Magnificent Zebula Gold Estate & Spa Joins Protea Hotels

Protea Hospitality Group

April 2013: The stunning Zebula Golf Estate and Spa in the malaria-free Waterberg region of Limpopo Province joins the Protea Hotels portfolio this month. This is the second hotel within a month to join Africa’s largest and leading hotel group; the newly renovated Manor Hotel in Pretoria returned to the Protea Hotels portfolio on March 1. The Protea Zebula Lodge is situated on the stunning and totally unique Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, a mere two hours north of Johannesburg. In addition …

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24 April 2013

Hemingways Collection opens 5 star boutique hotel in Nairobi

Hemingways Collection

  We are delighted to announce that Hemingways Nairobi is now open.  The 45 suite boutique property is strategically located within the pristine Karen suburbs, on 10 acres of tastefully manicured gardens with a magnificent view of the Ngong hills. The luxurious 5 star boutique hotel is the culmination of nearly two years of  intense  construction work that has seen the chain of hotels leave no detail to chance in terms of architectural design, local and contempora…

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17 April 2013

Ulendo Safaris purchases 3 KIA Sportage SUVs to join their fleet

Ulendo Safaris are proud to announce that they have now purchased 3 KIA Sportage SUVs to join their fleet. The new, flashy purchase will be used not only to make transfers within Malawi more comfortable, but the cars will also be available for hire for Self Drive. This means that if you want to explore Malawi’s reserves and landscape in a brand new car that you know will go down the roads you want it to, you now can! For more information please contact Kelly White tourism@geo-group.co.uk]

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17 April 2013

Changes at Karen Blixen Camp , Masai Mara

Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen Camp on the fabled Mara River in Kenya’s wildlife rich Masai Mara has undergone very recent changes in ownership and management. Ongoing changes also include a complete renovation of the complete kitchen area. This is in tandem with Kenya’s first and only graduate training cooking school, which is currently training six local Masai undergraduate chefs. For Indaba appointments please contact simonb@theoutofafricacollection.com or simon@scenicairsafaris.com

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16 April 2013

Extensive renovations at Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, Zanzibar

Bluebay Hotels Zanzibar

Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa has been a very popular beach hotel since it opened in 2000, and in order to maintain the hotel’s high standards it is due to undergo a refurbishment this summer.  The hotel will close its doors on Monday 22nd April 2013 for three months, during which time extensive work will be undertaken to upgrade the property, including the bedrooms and communal areas. The property will re-open with a fresh and appealing brand new look on Wednesday 10th July 2013. …

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16 April 2013

Medina Palms Launches On Kenya's Finest Beach

Medina Palms

All Suite and Villa Boutique Hotel with Impeccable Eco-Credentials - Opening in June 2013 Located in a National Marine Reserve on one of the world’s top 10 beaches, privately owned Medina Palms is an all suite property which is set to raise the bar for Kenyan coastal tourism. Opening on 1st June 2013, Medina Palms has been designed to celebrate the space and light of the Kenya coast, with huge airy accommodation dressed in cool contemporary neutral shades, billowing fabrics and loca…

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16 April 2013

Proflight Zambia gets its first jet!

Proflight Zambia will be introducing its first jet aircraft, a Boeing 737 on the Ndola and Livingstone routes from 15th May 2013. Proflight, the only Zambian airline, flies a fleet of turbo prop planes (Cessna Caravan 12 seats, Jetstream 32's 18 seats, and the 29 seater Jetstream 41's). Proflight Zambia will soon be announcing the start of new regional routes, including Lilongwe and Lubumbashi. For more info email enews@proflight-zambia.com or visit www.flyzambia.com

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15 April 2013

Tala Private Game Reserve Proudly Takes Its Place Within The Three Cities Hotel Group

In a most promising acquisition, The Three Cities Group welcomes the popular KwaZulu Natal-based Tala Private Game Reserve into their flourishing establishment of hotels and resorts. With already over 10 Three Cities Safari Lodges across Africa, this renowned wildlife conservancy hidden in the hills of a quiet farming community,takes its pride and place alongside the Three Cities Jozini Tiger Lodge and Exceptional Safaris Makakatana Bay Lodge in KwaZulu Natal. A wildlife sanctuary, that has be…

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15 April 2013

Explorer-in-Residence

Premier Safaris is proud to introduce a unique product for the more adventurous traveller that wants to experience Africa in a completely new way. Have you ever wished you could travel with those Explorers that you read and hear about that travel through Africa? Well now you can. Our Explorer-in-Residence is Julian Monroe Fisher, a US citizen currently based in Austria. Julian is an explorer, an Anthropologist, an Ethnographic filmmaker, a publisher author, a Fellow with the Royal Geographical…

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12 April 2013

Mombasa Air Announces Nbi-Mara Service

MOMBASA AIR SAFARI, the longest serving Airline operating on the Mombasa-Amboseli-Mara route, has now announced the launch of its Nbi Wilson-Mara schedule service with effect from the 1st of July 2013. The Airline will operate two daily departures from Nbi Wilson Airport, the morning service departing at 1000 hrs and the afternoon service at 1500 hrs. 

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12 April 2013

Kenya Airways Increases Frequency to Kisumu

Kenya Airways

National carrier Kenya Airways has increased the frequency of its flights to Kisumu as it moves to satisfy surging demand on the route. From April 1, 2013, the airline introduced an additional evening flight and another morning one every day. This will bring to 34 the number of times that Kenya Airways flies to Kisumu every week, up from the 25 times it did previously. Of the newly introduced flights, KQ670 is the last one from Nairobi, leaving Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 1830 Hours…

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12 April 2013

New for Kamili

Kamili

Kamili's Portfolio has seen the addition of new mobile safaris providing true wildlife experiences, stunning new properties that offer exceptional value for money and inspirational photo safaris.  Offering photo and mobile safaris, we have Coetzer Nature Photography and Okavango Expeditions. And for a place of luxury to rest your head, there is Dar House, Moon Mountain Lodge, Kalahari Manor and Escarpment Lodge.  Visit www.kamilisafaris.com for more information on our new pa…

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12 April 2013

The Tanzanite Experience Expands Into South Africa

The Tanzanite Experience has expanded into South Africa with the opening of the latest museum and store in Cape Town. Alongside the ‘Experiences’ in Tanzania, this new and fascinating museum takes visitors on a journey that began 585 million years ago and finishes with one of the world’s most sought after and beautiful gemstones. The latest opening sees The Tanzania Experience continue to create awareness of how rare and precious this gemstone, unique to Tanzania, really is;…

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11 April 2013

World Heritage status in sight for Malawi's Mount Mulanje

The Malawi Government has submitted to UNESCO Paris headquarters the dossier for Mount Mulanje to be considered as a World Heritage Site cultural landscape. This work was led by Eco-Africa Environmental Consultants, supported by the Malawi Government Department of Culture and the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust with Norwegian Government funding. UNESCO have confirmed that the extensive documentation meets their stringent requirements and that the review process will be started soon, with a…

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11 April 2013

Three Cities Group Acquires Bantry Bay Luxury Suites Hotel

The Exceptional Three Cities Hotel Group is proud to have secured the luxurious Cape Town located Bantry Bay Luxury Suites Hotel into their expanding stable of hotels and resorts. Now positioned as the leading hospitality group of choice in the Western Cape, the newly acquired luxury 4-star Bantry Bay Luxury Suites takes the Group’s footprint to 10 accommodation sites within the region which also includes: Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa Three Cities The Peninsula A…

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11 April 2013

Alex Walker's Serian launch Wild Warriors Fitness!

  With the Euopean summer on the way Seiran have launched their Serian Wild Fitness itinerary!  You will notice that there is not an ounce of fat on a Masai warrior. They have this very casual lope to their walk, one that requires little to no energy, but try and keep up with them. It is your equivalent to a power walk covering long distances and keeping your speed and gait consistent and your heart rate constant. Most of the time you will have to run to keep up with them. Experience…

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11 April 2013

Updated time table effective 19 April 2013.

Auric Air Services

Our Schedules in short: Mwanza - Bukoba - Mwanza (DAILY) Mwanza - Musoma - Mwanza (Mon / Wed / Fri and Sun) Mwanza - Rubondo - Mwanza (DAILY) Bukoba - Rubondo - Bukoba (DAILY) Dar Es Salaam - Iringa - Dar Es Salaam (DAILY) Dar Es Salaam - Songea - Dar Es Salaam (Mon / Tue / Thu / Fri and Sat) Iringa - Songea - Iringa (Mon / Tue / Thu / Fri and Sat) Mwanza - Mpanda - Mwanza (WED / SUN) Dar Es Salaam - Mbeya - Dar Es Salaam (WED / FRI and SUN) Dar Es Salaam - Sumbawanga - Dar Es Salaam (WED / FR…

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09 April 2013

Hand Picked Africa welcomes Leobo Private Reserve.

Hand Picked Africa is proud to announce the welcome of Leobo Private Reserve to it's collection. Leobo is an exciting and unique addition to the private houses of South Africa so please contact UK representative Kate Coleridge on katecoleridge@handpickedafrica.co.uk for more information. http://www.handpickedafrica.co.uk/collection.html

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08 April 2013

Air Botswana

Botswana Tourism Organisation

There has been conflicting information recently about the suspension of some Air Botswana flights - routes between Maun/Kasane and Cape Town/Maun. Air Botswana have confirmed that these flights have now been reinstated with immediate effect. www.airbotswana.co.bw

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08 April 2013

Kamili's new trade-focused website

Kamili

  Kamili has launched a stylish, visually-led new website to respond directly to the needs of tour operators. Following lengthy research and consultation with a broad range of UK operators, Kamili was encouraged to hear that the existing website was widely praised and “industry leading”, but we still felt that improvements were possible. Click here to see Kamili’s new website Crucially, we discovered that whilst the previous website contained many resources including rat…

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08 April 2013

Norman Carr Safaris - Chinzombo – the next generation

  With the opening getting closer it's time for a little recap on the exciting new Norman Carr Safaris camp - Chinzombo! Located on the pristine banks of  the Luangwa River, Zambia; each of the camps 6 Villa’s (five private villas and a larger family villa) as well as the unique dining, lounge and library structure complete with tree shaded pool and deck, will be constructed with an attention to detail not often associated with bush-camp architecture. A sense of luxury and …

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05 April 2013

Uncharted Africa Safari co. - Camp Kalahari Upgrade

Uncharted Africa Safari Co

Uncharted Africa Safari co.’s Camp Kalahari in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana is undergoing a refurbishment.The camp upgrade which is set for completion in late April 2013, includes larger sandy coloured Guest tents with extended fly sheets which shade and protect the en-suite bathrooms. Refreshed tent interiors include campaign style four poster beds, wall to wall grass mats and Moroccan Kilims. The traditionally thatched communal library, living and dining area where Guests enjo…

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04 April 2013

Kaya Mawa upgrades Ngani to premium!

Redeveloped for 2013 Ngani's facelift has been completed! Kaya Mawa is pleased to announce that the rebuild of Ngani for 2013 has been completed. Ngani has been radically upgraded to incorporate a sitting room, an extra deck and enormous plunge pool. This incredible room will now be rated among the Premier rooms as the pool and extensive deck lead out onto the lake. Set into the rocks on Kaya Mawa's second beach Ngani has incredible views out over the lake and onto the shores…

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04 April 2013

Magnificent Zebula Golf Estate & Spa Joins Protea Hotels

Protea Hospitality Group

  April 2013: The stunning Zebula Golf Estate and Spa in the malaria-free Waterberg region of Limpopo Province joined the Protea Hotels portfolio on 1 April 2013. This is the second South African hotel within a month to join Africa’s largest and leading hotel group; the newly renovated Manor Hotel in Pretoria returned to the Protea Hotels portfolio on March 1. The Protea Zebula Lodge is situated on the stunning and totally unique Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, a mere two hours north of…

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03 April 2013

School Trips and the Community with the Responsible Safari Company

  The Responsible Safari Company (RSC) has continued to work with UK Primary and Secondary schools, assisting educational institutions with every aspect of a school trip to Malawi, from accommodation and transport to community partner links that suit the group’s requirements. The work RSC has done over the last couple of years has built them a reputation for being true experts within the field of educational visits; and the value of the work they do is recognised globally. In o…

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