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30 August 2013

King Cheetah Cubs born at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Camp Jabulani

TWO KING CHEETAH CUBS BORN TO THE HOEDSPRUIT ENDANGERED SPECIES CENTRE – AUGUST 2013 We are very proud to be able to introduce two new baby King cheetahs to the world!  The magnificent and rare King Cheetah was first discovered in 1926, where it was thought to be a completely new and exciting species – a strange hybrid between a cheetah and a leopard. Although we now know that it is not a new species, but in fact just a pattern variation of a normal spotted cheetah, no one can…

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29 August 2013

Bushtops wild luxury specialized safaris

The Bushtops Camp Collection

Bushtops Camps is excited to announce the launch of their wild luxury specialized safaris which include artistry safaris, cooking safaris, photographic safaris, bird watching safaris, safaris for singles and woman only and cultural safaris. http://www.orion-hotels.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1579&Itemid=1328&lang=en for more information, please contact reservations.mara@bushtopscamps.com www.orion-hotels.net  

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28 August 2013

The birth of a pangolin

Africa Geographic

Recently the Rare & Endangered Species Trust rescued a pangolin who then proceeded to give birth to the first Cape Pangolin born in captivity. Click here to see some amazing photos of this rare experience.

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28 August 2013

Airlink to launch Skukuza services

Airlink

Airlink is set to launch direct flights to Skukuza airport in the Kruger National Park, commencing March 2014. This will see the welcome re-establishment of scheduled air services to one of the country’s most visited tourist attractions, following the closure of its airport to airline traffic over a decade ago. Airlink, together with its partners Lion Sands and Federal Air, established the Skukuza Airport Management Company which has entered into a public-private partnership with SANPark…

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28 August 2013

‘Green Girls in Africa’

  Cape Town based responsible tourism company, Serendipity Africa, announced that it has launched a new division, which aims to make the journey to sustainability easier for the travel industry. ‘Green Girls in Africa’ came about as a result of Serendipity Africa’s founder, Helen Turnbull, also Atta’s responsible tourism advisor, encountering the same questions while promoting responsible tourism and ethical products to the trade. Many travel companies and product …

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23 August 2013

Camps International, Havaianas & South Coast Residents Association launch Turtle with a message in Diani! “KEEP KENYA’S COASTLINE CLEAN!”

Camps International

This sculpture has been made from over 1000 flip flops littering Diani & Galu beaches, collected by Camps International volunteers involved in ongoing marine conservation projects. Beach clean ups are an unfortunate aspect of marine conservation created by human disregard to our fragile planet.   Camps International take their global environmental responsibilities very seriously. It is no coincidence that many of their camps worldwide are located on or near the coast and their camps …

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21 August 2013

The effects of poaching on rhino herd dynamics

Africa Geographic

How does poaching affect the behaviour and family dynamics of rhino herds? Do the rhinos feel the pressure they are under and, if so, how do they exhibit it? We investigate in this blog post... The effects of poaching on rhino herd dynamics

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20 August 2013

The Group-Gap Year Mix Is Good News For Agents

Acacia Adventure Holidays

According to Acacia Africa, a growing number of gappers are adding group tours to their adventure – overland expeditions, voluntours, and small group safaris becoming increasingly popular with those planning a year out. The tour operator also claims while financial constraints are the basis for shorter gaps, those with “location independent” skills are choosing to extend the traditional 12-month holiday: group trips appealing to travellers at either end of the spectrum. Arno …

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16 August 2013

Getting the most out of TripAdvisor

Africa Geographic

If there’s one online platform all establishments HAVE to be involved in, it’s TripAdvisor. This blog post tells you what, why, how and gives you a few tips.  Getting the most out of TripAdvisor

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15 August 2013

Meet Rajduth Ramsurun, Gold Zanzibar’s new chef

  Raj Ramsurun has had 18 years of cooking experience in both local and International cuisine. Having qualified at the Hotel and Catering school of Mauritius, Raj’s experience includes some of the luxury hotels in Mauritius and the Seychelles including Le Touessrok, Shandrani Hotel, Taj Exotica Resort and La Plantation Resort. As well as his experience in 5 star hotels, Raj has also worked with cruise ships and brought his own contribution to the Hotel Food Asia in Singapore. During…

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14 August 2013

Its time to take stock of our Elephants

Africa Geographic

Time is ticking by for Africa’s elephants. We reflect on the plight of Africa’s elephants and what it is that we can do to turn back the clock. If you spent just half an hour pondering why it is important to step up the game for Africa’s elephants, here are 5 things worth considering: 1. The demand for ivory in the East, notably China, is on the increase. Previous experimental sales through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have shown that it…

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14 August 2013

New Wayo Africa Green Camps

Wayo Africa

Everything you want & nothing you don’t! We would like to introduce the upgraded Wayo Green Camps in the Serengeti and Lake Manyara National Parks. As with the original Green Camps; simplicity, remote and private is the theme. These new Green Camps feature a round bell-tent design with 4m across floor space and a 2.5m pitch roof allowing for ample space to move around in, space for luggage and an extra bed when needed. Green Camps have beds with mattress and 100% linen. Every tent ha…

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09 August 2013

Saruni Samburu Welcomes New Assistant Manager

Saruni

Having been part of the Saruni family for many years it is our pleasure to announce that Cecilia Rono (previously head of Saruni’s Spa and shop) has been promoted to the position of assistant manager at Saruni Samburu. Cecilia began her Saruni journey as one of Saruni Mara’s first Masai masseurs, her hard working character and gifted skills with body treatments and massages were evident from the very start. As Cecilia’s career progressed she was taken to Italy to train in the…

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09 August 2013

SATIB Insurance Brokers and Land Rover Join Forces

SATIB Insurance Brokers

Joint venture will support industry development and conservation in Africa SATIB specialisation in tourism and leisure industry complements Land Rover’s involvement in this market Land Rover excited to improve the tourism industry Two Land Rover Freelanders will assist monitoring the SATIB Trust’s conservation projects 05 August 2013, PRETORIA – SATIB Insurance Brokers and SATIB Trust are proud to announce their business association with Jaguar Land Rover South Africa…

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08 August 2013

Samara Introduces New Mandela Landscapes Tour

Samara Private Game Reserve

Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s beautiful Eastern Cape, is delighted to announce a new seven day tour which will celebrate the life and origins of the great Nelson Mandela.  The Eastern Cape was the centre of the Apartheid struggle for many years and houses Mandela’s birthplace amid magnificent and varied scenery. This unique tour has been designed and managed by Edge World Tours, led by experienced guide Rob Prentis and involves staying at many fabulous lodges, …

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08 August 2013

SATSA appoints new CEO

SATSA

    SATSA is pleased to announce the appointment of David Frost as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will take up his position on September 16. Francois Neethling, President of SATSA, commented that, “We are fortunate to have secured the services of David Frost as the new CEO of SATSA.  His track record speaks for itself.  There are only a few people who have worked at senior executive levels in both the public and private sectors, as well as a…

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08 August 2013

Classical concert on the 6th and 8th of December 2013 – by the Florentia Quartet

The Italian Tourism Co

The unspoilt Pyramids of Meroe together with red sand dunes and the mesmerising starry night sky will become the theatre backdrop to this very special event. Meroe was one of the most important trading point in the ancient Saharan Africa. Meroe is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Florentia Quartet This string quartet was founded in 2006 by the creative fervor of four Florentine musicians, with the aim of experimenting new sounds and musical atmospheres offering the public programs ranging fr…

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07 August 2013

Dates for Reed Dance Confirmed

This August & September will see a hive of colourful activity in the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland as ‘Umhlanga’, or Annual Reed Dance Festival, begins. The festival this year will start on August 27th, with the main day of the event (day 7) to happen on September 2nd. This is when the main ceremony occurs, with the dancing attended by the King. This will be a public holiday in Swaziland. This ceremony is a centuries old tradition where the Kingdom’s unmarried and childless f…

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07 August 2013

Camelthorn Lodge opens in Hwange, Zimbabwe

Marketing Worldwide

Marketing Worldwide’s partner in Zimbabwe, Imvelo Safari Lodges, launches Camelthorn - the latest addition to their growing portfolio of lodges.  Hidden away in the south of Hwange National Park, on the Ngamo Plains, an area renowned for its amazing year round wildlife viewing, Camelthorn has opened with just four forest villas and an unusual Look Up Hide for an ant’s eye view of elephants drinking at the waterhole.  Situated in a beautiful forest, guests can go for walks…

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07 August 2013

Naison Lungu's Fishy Tale....from Cleaner to Chef!

  From hotel cleaner to the inspired Head Chef at the iconic Bumi Hills Safari Lodgeand Spa at Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe. That’s the heart-warming story of Naison Lungu who for the past three years has been delighting Bumi’s discerning guests with gourmet menus. And he can thank the sardine-like kapenta fish of the lake for his status today. Son of a coal miner Naison (31) left school in 1999 and his happy demeanour secured him a job as a public-area cleaner at Victoria Falls Safa…

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06 August 2013

Serengeti Balloon Safaris new website

Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Serengeti Balloon Safaris invite you to visit their new website www.balloonsafaris.com.  Please check our news page which includes the celebrity passengers that have enjoyed this exciting adventure over the Serengeti Plains and the good news that Wild Dogs are thriving in the Serengeti after an absence of two decades etc..   Last week, passengers flying with us in the beautiful Western Corridor of Serengeti witnessed from their balloon a big maned lion tussling with and killing …

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05 August 2013

KQ starts direct flights to Kigali, Bujumbura

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways has introduced new direct flights from its Nairobi hub to Kigali in Rwanda and Bujumbura, Burundi as it consolidates its presence in the East African market. The twice daily direct flights, in the mornings and evenings, to each of the two East African cities are in addition to the existing round flight from Nairobi, passing through Kigali and Bujumbura and back every day. In the mornings, the new direct flight to Kigali will depart Nairobi at 0745 hours Kenyan time every day; and…

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05 August 2013

Desert & Delta Welcomes Xakanaxa Camp

Desert & Delta Safaris

Xakanaxa Camp, located within the Xakanaxa region of Moremi Game Reserve has become the latest addition to the Desert & Delta Safaris collection of camps and lodges. Xakanaxa Camp has earned its place both within the Botswana Tourism Industry and amongst a wide range of loyal International Tour Operators, as a respected, high quality property, offering years of safari experiences to enthusiastic safari travellers. “Over the years we have focussed our company’s growth and deve…

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01 August 2013

Malawi Football Frenzy at Kaya Mawa

Kaya Mawa

Kaya Mawa have hosted the third Kaya Mawa Cup. A week of football madness on the island. We flew in two coaches and four semi professional players (the 'Tourists') from the Old Meadwonian Football Club in the UK to help us out and compete. During the week training sessions were arranged with six schools on the island football pitch (complete with a baobab in the middle of one of the halves). On the Wednesday the Kaya Mawa XI took on the Likoma Island 'All Stars'. A frenetic 90 …

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01 August 2013

Afternoon flights to Pemba and New flights to Kigoma

Auric Air Services

Afternoon flights to PEMBA   We have extended out afternoon flights from Dar es salaam to Zanzibar up to Pemba FLIGHT 205 – DAR – ZANZIBAR – PEMBA (Departure from Dar at 15:30 hrs) FLIGHT 206 – PEMBA – ZANZIBAR – DAR (Departure from Pemba at 16:50 hrs)     New flights to KIGOMA   We are starting our flights to Kigoma effective 05 August 2013, flights will be from Mwanza with connections with Major airlines from/to Dar es salaam

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01 August 2013

Virgin Limited Edition launches Kenyan Safari Camp

Virgin Limited Edition

Virgin Limited Edition are proud to introduce Mahali Mzuri to their collection.  Mahali Mzuri means "beautiful place" in Swahili.  Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari Camp officially opened on 1st August 2013 in the Maasai Mara’s Olare Motorogi Conservancy. The camp is well placed to observe the abundant game in the area and also to take advantage of the annual Great Migration.  Twelve tented suites are perched upon raised decks, overlooking the w…

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