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28 February 2014

Chad sets fire to ivory stockpile

Africa Geographic

The President of the Republic of Chad, his excellency Idriss Déby Itno, lit the fire destroying his country’s 1.1 ton stockpile of ivory. See the pictures of the event and read more here.

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28 February 2014

Zambia flights with Remote Africa Safaris

ZAMBIA, SOUTH LUANGWA: Based at Tafika, Remote Africa Safaris’ private plane enables your clients to explore remote corners of Zambia easily without having to pass through Lusaka! With day trips to the Bangwuelu Swamps to see the mysterious shoebill and Kasanka to witness the enormity of the annual bat migration, or a simple transfer to another camp, the options are endless. When staying at any of Remote Africa Safaris' camps, book John Coppinger’s Cessna 210. TOP TIPS: •&…

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28 February 2014

Sarova unveils Battlefield Itinerary

Sarova Hotels

Sarova Hotels has introduced battlefield tours to mark the centenary year of the start of World War 1. The tours will include a multimedia presentation looking at WW1 in East Africa and visits to the Voi Commonwealth War Graves Commission WW1 Cemetery, a consolidated cemetery with graves recovered from scattered burial places and Poachers Look Out, a summit with extensive views over the Tsavo River and plains that was often used as an observation post by British and German troops. Guests will …

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28 February 2014

On Show launches new European Roadshow

On Show Solutions

With tourist arrival statistics from German-speaking Middle Europe showing significant increase to Southern and East Africa, it is no surprise that we are getting numerous requests for a roadshow to the heart of Europe.     We invite you to join the Africa Showcase with tour operators and agents in Vienna, Salzburg and Munich.  Diarise 02 to 06 June 2014 and sign up now to benefit from the early bird rates.    On Show’s Africa Showcase has evo…

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27 February 2014

New route for Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways will start operating a daily flight between Nairobi and Kilimanjaro from April 1.    KQ420 will depart Nairobi at 08h30, arriving Kilimanjaro at 09h40. The return flight KQ421 departs Kilimanjaro at 10h55 and arrives in Nairobi at 11h55.

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27 February 2014

Saruni Team News

Saruni

Our Safari Reservations and Tour Ops team has recently expanded, and we have moved to a lovely new office in Karen in Nairobi to accommodate our flourishing team. We welcomed back Tom Hartley to the Saruni team as our Operations Manager and Nikki Rushmere has joined us in our Marketing department. Together with Fatima Salim and Ann Lepirei in reservations and bookings, and Thomas Whachira and Paul Murugu in accounts – this is where the magic happens.

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27 February 2014

Bushfire 2014 : Dates Announced!

It’s set to be the largest music festival in the region, and this year it promises the most diverse line-up to date. MTN BUSHFIRE is Swaziland’s biggest collaboration of artists from across the world; a celebration of music, art, and culture.  This year the event is to take place from May 30th – June 1st. Going from strength to Going from strength to strength, last year saw a multi-generational global community of well over 20,000 ‘bring their fire’ to the s…

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26 February 2014

Update on Finch Hattons Camp

Finch Hattons Luxury Camp

Finch Hattons Camp has seen much progress over the beginning of 2014, with a number of important stages complete. Many of the main structures are up, and the two swimming pools are nearing competion. The spa, massage parlour and gym have been plastered and the tents are well underway. The boma is nearly finished, as is the main pavilion. For more information, email fatma@finchhattons.com.

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26 February 2014

Ethos Celebrates 20 Years

Ethos Marketing

Not only is South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy this year …Ethos is also toasting two decades of success!  For it was this very change in South Africa’s history that inspired Founder and Managing Director Alison Whitfield to start up African Ethos as one of the first representation companies in the UK focusing solely on promoting Africa.  Now Alison and her team at Ethos are celebrating 20 years of promoting and sharing their passion for Southern and East Afri…

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25 February 2014

Flights between Serengeti and Masai Mara

Auric Air Services

Auric Air wishes everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 and 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) – Kisumu (customs and immigration clearance on the Kenyan side, refueling) - Masai Mara – Kisumu – Musoma – Serengeti Your clients can reach fr…

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24 February 2014

SAT highlights ‘20 experiences in 10 days’ campaign

South African Tourism

South African Tourism (SAT) recently announced its ‘20 experiences in 10 days’ campaign, inviting adventure-loving Indian families with children between the age group of 10 – 14 years to participate and win a two-week all-expense paid trip to South Africa. The last date to send in entries is 21 February, 2014. After reviewing the applications, auditions will be held for casting and the family that fits all criteria will get to star in a campaign and represent India globally. …

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24 February 2014

Protea Hotel Kampala offers free Wi-Fi on shuttles

Protea Hospitality Group

With the burgeoning business travel industry in Africa only set to grow in the coming years, Protea Hotel Kampala is moving guests into the digital zone with free Wi-Fi connectivity from the second they set foot in a hotel shuttle. Not only will this allow weary travellers arriving in the country the opportunity to reconnect with their digital world once they arrive, but will also ensure that the commute from the Entebbe airport to the hotel can be a productive one for guests. These roving Int…

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21 February 2014

Singita Boulders Lodge closing for refubishment

Singita

Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, will be closed from April 22 to June 9 to undergo refurbishment. The renovation, which will retain the essence of the existing lodge, will include substantial freshening of the existing décor. The front of house areas will be rearranged to improve the arrival and departure experience and the dining room will be reconfigured to create a more spacious area with two new suspended fireplaces. A covered ou…

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21 February 2014

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa complete first phase of renovation

Sarova Hotels

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa in Mombasa, Kenya, has completed the first phase of a renovation to its rooms. The refurbishment of all 134 sea-facing rooms has been completed as well as 48 of the Palm wing rooms, which include two ground-floor rooms designed specifically for people with disabilities. Following the renovation, the resort has introduced a new room category – Premier Sea Front rooms. They are on the ground floor and offer a direct view of the beach. The rooms are mo…

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21 February 2014

Stefano & Liz Cheli & Joy’s Camp

Cheli & Peacock Safaris (DMC)

Stefano and Liz Cheli of Cheli & Peacock are just wallowing in fun – based at Joys Camp in beautiful Shaba until the end of February to enjoy it! With a change-over of managers, they are there to review how the camp is running and handover to new managers. Working closely with the camp’s cooks, they are redesigning the menus; putting lots of good stuff in the camp veggie garden and Stefano is working closely with the guides.  We have an excellent guiding team at the m…

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20 February 2014

Samara’s Conservation Efforts Reap Rewards

Samara Private Game Reserve

It’s been over half a century since a leopard was last spotted at Samara. Persecuted by livestock farmers, and driven off the land, these majestic creatures sought refuge in the remote higher reaches of the Karoo mountain ranges. There they have existed in hiding for decades, leaving occasional ghostly reminders of their presence: a kill here, a track there. It is a testament to the ongoing conservation efforts at Samara Private Game Reserve that, in January of this year, a leopard was c…

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20 February 2014

Popular fiction is separating the rhino from its horn.

Tongabezi Lodge

Do you still believe rhino horn is used to enhance prowess in the bedroom? When it comes to seperating the Rhino from its horn nonsense passing as knowledge is the root of all evil. We set the record straight and highlight a great campaign for tackling the problem at its root.  Read more

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20 February 2014

Travel Africa partners with AWF and Safarilink

Travel Africa Magazine

Travel Africa magazine has recently partnered with African Wildlife Foundation (AWF.org), a conservation group working solely on the continent of Africa, to increase awareness about the issues that threaten Africa’s natural heritage and what AWF and its partners are doing to conserve the continent’s wildlife and habitats. Under the new agreement, Gecko Publishing will produce a customised version of each issue of Travel Africa (www.travelafricamag.com) to be supplied to 3,000 of AW…

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20 February 2014

Response to Ethiopian Airways Incident

H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede has responded to the recent incident on Ethiopian Airways – for more information, click here.

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19 February 2014

Can Jackie Chan combat rhino poaching?

Africa Geographic

In an effort to combat the illegal trade in rhino horn a communication campaign aimed at Chinese and Vietnamese audiences was launched featuring popular Chinese film star and martial artist Jackie Chan. See the campaign here.

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19 February 2014

Proflight: Around the world once a week

LUSAKA, Zambia – Lusaka-based regional airline Proflight Zambia flew the equivalent distance of travelling around the world every week last year. The airline flew a total of 2,275,204 kilometres during 2013, enough to fly the 40,075 kilometres circumference of the globe 56 times, or more than once round the earth every week. “For the first time in Proflight Zambia’s 23 year history we broke through the 2 million kilometre mark last year, demonstrating that our strategy of slo…

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19 February 2014

South African Airways launches Airbus A330-200 on London – Johannesburg route

London, 18th February 2014 – From 28th March, South African Airways will be operating a newer aircraft, the Airbus A330-200 on scheduled flights between London Heathrow and Johannesburg.   The newer aircraft replaces the current A340-600 used on the route and will operate on SA235, the first of SAA’s two daily departures at 19.00 and selected* SA237 flights, which departs at 21:00. Gary Kershaw GM South African Airways UK says, “We’ve listened to feedback from our …

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19 February 2014

Acceptance of Severin Sea Lodge into Travelife Gold Collection

Severin Travel

Mombasa, February 2014 – After having successfully passed several quality standards regarding environmental and social responsibility, Severin Sea Lodge which is located at Bamburi Beach in Mombasa, Kenya, was accepted into the Collection of “Travelife Gold Hotels”. This reflects the high responsibility of the hotel as well as the satisfaction of staff, suppliers and guests. The Travelife Collection comprises accommodations that use their responsible position to improve the l…

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18 February 2014

Bartholomeus Klip's cook book "Life on a Cape Farm"

Bartholomeus Klip’s newly published award-winning cook book ‘Life on a Cape Farm’ offers a journey through recipes into the daily activities at Bartholomeus Klip, as well as an insight into their 9th generation working farm and fair trade principles.  With Bartholomeus Klip already famous for incredible cuisine, the cook book makes a wonderful gift to your clients at the end of their stay, or on completion of Bartholomeus Klip’s increasingly popular cooking cl…

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18 February 2014

Dr Tedros at Illegal Wildlife Trade conference; meets Ethiopian Community Leaders

Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, H.E. Dr Tedros Adhanom was in London this week to participate in the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, hosted by the UK government on 13th February. The conference brought together global leaders from over forty nations who vowed to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. The conference heard first-hand from the Presidents of Botswana, Chad, Gabon and Tanzania…

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17 February 2014

Swaziland's Marula Festival

Locally known as ‘Emaganwini’, Swaziland’s Marual festival is a time of song, dance and celebration of the harvest of the Marula Fruit – used not just in the delightful beer, but also in skin care products and medicine. A tribute to the riches of Mother Nature, this highlight of the Swaziland calendar is initiated by King Mswati III and Her Majesty the ‘Indlovukazi’ the Queen Mother, who travel all over the Kingdom leading the nation’s celebration…

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17 February 2014

Foundation Set for new conference centre at Victoria Falls

The Three Cities David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa will soon add a 192 seater conference centre to its already remarkable stable. The news was announced by operations manager, Keith Rissik this week as he revealed details of the one of a kind venue. “We start laying foundation followed by construction first week in February 2014 and completion is set for the end of June 2014,” he said. What makes this conference centre unique is of course its location, which is adjacent to t…

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17 February 2014

Rani Rebrands Resorts

Anantara

14 Fri, Feb 2014 As part of a joint venture between Rani Resorts and the Minor Hotel Group, five of Rani’s Mozambican resorts will be rebranded, with the first being Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa. Minor’s luxury brand, Anantara, will be operating the hotel, now known as Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa. Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas are found in Thailand, Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Phuket and Abu Dhabi. “This is an exciting new era for all involved but, particul…

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14 February 2014

Rhino Darting Operation in Liwonde, Malawi

Wilderness Safaris

In the last few months, Wilderness Safaris Malawi has been involved in a large scale rhino darting operation in Liwonde National Park, supported by various partners including the Wilderness Wildlife Trust. Led by Chief Veterinary Officer of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s African Rhino Specialist Group, Dr Pete Morkel, the aim of the darting operation was to fit VHF transmitters on as many black rhinos as possible in order to maximise monitoring efficiency of the population in the…

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14 February 2014

Auric Air New Flights To Dodoma

Auric Air Services

Auric Air, the leading domestic scheduled and charter airline in Tanzania has confirmed that it will soon start flying more often within the region. The airline has been buying more aircraft, allowing it to expand its flight schedule. Effective February 17 Auric Air is adding flights to Tanzania’s formal capital city of Dodoma. Operating from Dar Es Salaam, the airline now uses a fleet of 8 Cessna 208B Grand Caravans, all of which were purchased brand new ex-factory, the first to come on…

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13 February 2014

Wilderness Safaris to open Iconic Camp in Namibia

Wilderness Safaris

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to open Summer 2014 February 2014…//Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to welcome Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp to its suite of camps in Namibia’s remote Kaokoveld. Located in the private Palmwag Concession straddling the Palmwag area and Skeleton Coast National Park, the camp is set in a land of stark mountains, vast plains, and dry riverbeds inhabited by wildlife that has adapted seemingly miraculously to the arid conditions. Despite the arid environs, one of…

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12 February 2014

Kirurumu Serengeti North Camp Opens

Hoopoe Safaris

Hoopoe Safaris is pleased to announce the opening of Kirurumu Serengeti North Camp at Wogakuria 6 private campsite this July, 2014, which shall be a small intimate tented camp with no more than seven tents. Our central Kirurumu Serengeti Camp shall be located at Moru kopjes as usual from June through to October. For further information visit our website www.kirurumu.net and for our introductory special offer rates for 2014 please contact africa@finch-hatton.com  

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11 February 2014

Rhinos: It’s time for Plan B

Africa Geographic

We do not get a second chance if we get the economics of rhino trading wrong; all the rhino in the wild will be gone. We have to get our policies right and there’s no room for experiments; viewing rhinos in small secure breeding farms is no substitute. It is time for a Plan B! Read more here.

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11 February 2014

Asilia Africa to open Namiri Plains on the 1st July 2014

Asilia Africa

To mark their 10th birthday Asilia Africa will open their new Serengeti Camp, Namiri Plains, on the 1st July. Set in an area of the Serengeti which was closed to outsiders as a cheetah sanctuary for over 20 years, this is one of the Tanzania’s best kept secrets. Namiri means ‘’big cat’’ in Swahili and the name could not be more apt for this beautiful region of the Serengeti. Closed to the world for over 20 years to create a safe haven for cheetah breeding and rese…

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11 February 2014

Kuro Tarangire opening 15th June

Nomad Tanzania - Camps

This summer, Nomad Tanzania will once again expand its portfolio of intimate safari camps with the launch of Kuro Tarangire. Situated in the central part of Tarangire National Park in North Tanzania, Kuro Tarangire will open its canvas doors in June 2014, alongside Kigelia Ruaha – Nomad Tanzania’s new Southern circuit camp. Far enough south to offer guests a private encounter with the park, but a pod’s throw from the Tarangire river, Kuro Tarangire will enjoy the abundance of…

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11 February 2014

Acacia Africa 's New Accommodated Overland Tours Will Attract Family Market

Acacia Adventure Holidays

Our desire to get off the beaten track and see more of the real Africa has given rise to a growing number of parents opting for family holidays and destinations outside of the mainstream. Less than obvious locations, the Okavango Delta, Hwange National Park, Great Zimbabwe, Damaraland and Lake Mutirikwi feature on Acacia Africa’s new Accommodated Overland tours. Arno Delport, UK Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa comments “Once keen backpackers themselves and less influenced b…

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11 February 2014

Cox & Kings introduces painting holidays to Africa with Art Safaris

Cox & Kings Travel

Cox & Kings has partnered with Art Safaris in Africa to offer a collection of small-group holidays aimed at those inspired to paint and sketch the stunning wildlife and landscapes of Botswana, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia. Whether a beginner or an experienced artist, Art Safari's professional team of tutors and guides will encourage guests to sit, look, observe and sketch the surroundings, using observation as a way of learning about the land, people and wildlife.  Among the tour…

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11 February 2014

Whale Shark Season in Kenya is Back

The Safari Company

News has come in from Diani that the first ‘Papa Shillingi’, as the whale sharks are known locally, translating as shark covered in shillings, was sighted off the Diani beach. There is a local legend that God was so pleased when he created this beautiful fish, that he gave his angels handfuls of gold and silver coins to throw down from heaven onto its back. It goes that whale sharks have their magical markings and swim near the surface, catching the sun on their backs, as a way of…

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11 February 2014

Bwindi gorilla family lose Silverback to illness

The Far Horizons

 Mishaya, the dominant silverback from the gorilla family of the same name, was found dead earlier this week, in the forests of  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda. The silverback was 28 years old and was the alpha male in a family of gorillas which are habituated for tourism. The average lifespan of a gorilla in the wild is around 35-40 years, though gorillas in captivity have been known to live to 50 years or more. The Gorilla Doctors, a team of vets who work …

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10 February 2014

Greystoke Mahale's Peli-cam has hit the news

Nomad Tanzania - Camps

One of the Nomad Tanzania camps, Greystoke Mahale has had a very special visitor who hasn't wanted to leave; in fact, the staff at Greystoke Mahale have even taught him to fly and have caught some amazing footage with a Go Pro Hero 3. We introduce, the big bird peli-cam! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3q49yvi0Vs

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10 February 2014

Travel Butlers Reports Boom in South Africa Holiday Sales

Travel Butlers

Travel Butlers has reported record sales of holidays to South Africa as people take advantage of the current strength of the pound against the South African Rand. This week, Managing Director Paul Campbell spoke about the impact the fluctuating exchange rate has had on sales: “Two years ago, 1 pound was worth around 12 South African Rand.  This has gradually changed over time and in January 2014 1 pound was worth around 18 Rand on average, and briefly peaked at over 18.5.  This…

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10 February 2014

New management at Ngoma

Africa Albida Tourism

Welcome John and Babs Lawrence to the Africa Albida Tourism family. Married for over thirty years, John Lawrence joins us as Ngoma Safari Lodge General Manager and Babs Lawrence as Ngoma Safari Lodge Manager.

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10 February 2014

Ethiopia gaining media attention as tourism destination

Rough Guides names Ethiopia No. 1 for 2014 Rough Guides, one of the UK’s leading publishers of travel guides, has declared Ethiopia the top country to visit in 2014.  “This culturally rich East African nation has always been an enticing destination, and though it remains poor, independent travel around the country is becoming easier thanks to a boom in small hotels and restaurants. Take your pick of spell-binding attractions: untouched national parks, the ancient cities of Ax…

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06 February 2014

A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays face extinction

Africa Geographic

According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, many of the world's shark and ray species are under serious threat, particullary those found off the African coast. Read the full story here -  A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays face extinction

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06 February 2014

New in Liwonde National Park: Miyala Camp

Robin Pope Safaris

Robin Pope Safaris take great pleasure in announcing the opening of Miyala Camp, Liwonde National Park in July 2014.  Miyala, meaning "rocks" in the local Chichewa language, has been named and built with inspiration from its rocky environment - the rocks’ natural grey hues have been drawn into the interiors, with huge external rock features marking the unique flares that only conceptual designer Neil Rocher could envisage. Set at the base of the Chiunguni Hill overlooking …

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06 February 2014

Paradise Ethiopia Travel appoint AMG LTD

Inbound operator Paradise Ethiopia Travel (PET) has appointed AMG Ltd, one of the UK’s leading sales representation and tourism marketing companies, to handle its full representation needs in the UK and Ireland. Briefed to secure and build a strong portfolio of Tour Operators, AMG has a largely trade focused role with additional PR and marketing support to follow. Says Nadine Rankin, Managing Director AMG Ltd: “We are delighted to have been chosen to represent Paradise Ethiopia Tra…

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05 February 2014

Sarova Hotels appoints a new Chairman

Sarova Hotels

Hon John Ngata Kariuki, a 40 years veteran in the Tourism and Hospitality industry in Kenya, has been appointed the Chairman of Sarova Hotels, Resorts and Game Lodges East Africa. Sarova Hotels today operates eight hospitality establishments in Kenya. Hon Kariuki was one of the founders of the Company in April 1974 and before his appointment as its Chairman held the position of Executive Director. He is also a member of the Company's Board of Directors.Hon Kariuki has been an active player…

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05 February 2014

New for 2014 - Small Group Safaris of Uganda and Rwanda

The Far Horizons

The Far Horizons is introducing brand new small group safaris to Uganda and Rwanda. Three new itineraries are available departing from late March to November this year. The tours satisfy an increasing demand for high quality wildlife experiences from single travellers and couples - many of whom want all the luxury of a high end safari experience without the cost of a tailor-made tour. "We are keen to ensure we deliver all of the quality and style of our tailor-made product," said Pat…

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04 February 2014

Joubert's Game of Lions on Nat Geo Wild: Big Cat Week

Great Plains Conservation

Dereck and Beverly Joubert, co–founders of Great Plains Conservation, proudly announce their next feature film “Game of Lions” to be shown world-wide as part of Nat Geo Wild’s BIG CAT WEEK.   Filmed in Botswana’s Selinda Reserve, Duba Plains and Kenya’s Mara Plains the film documents the challenges male lions face in order to survive.   Only one out of eight lions survive into adulthood. Their fate has always been a mystery…

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04 February 2014

Makanyane in Madikwe have a new UK sales and marketing office

Orbital Communications

Simon Beck, owner of Orbital Communications, is delighted to announce they will be representing Makanyane in South Africa’s malaria free and much loved Madikwe Game Reserve. Makanyane is a very intimate lodge of just 8 suites and is surrounded by its privately owned 1,800 hectares in lush forests overlooking the Marico River. It was designed by award winning architects and has had a loyal following since it opened in 2003. Makanyane has built up a reputation as one of the most respected …

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03 February 2014

Kizingoni Beach Kabanas

KIZINGONI BEACH, LAMU, is delighted to announce the arrival of the Kizingoni Kabanas. Each kabana offers a gorgeous, private, elevated ensuite bedroom, with fabulous beach, bush and sea views from the terrace. A spacious open entertainment area on the ground floor includes two swing beds to catch the breeze. Delicious meals are served on individual tables around the Top Deck Pool. All this comes with the full Kizingoni Beach activity options and top service. For more information and special of…

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