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28 March 2014

Wilderness Safaris reducing plastic waste

Wilderness Safaris

In support of World Water Day on March 22, Wilderness Safaris has been investigating ways to eliminate bottled water in its camps.    North Island in the Seychelles has been a particular point of focus for the operator as it has not managed to achieve the same success in reducing bottled water as other Wilderness Safari camps. As such, the operator has partnered with Vivreau water systems to produce both pure and sparkling water on site. The initiative has thus far reduced bottled wa…

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27 March 2014

Tanzania’s exploding waters

Africa Geographic

Tanzania is one country along the East African coastline where dynamite or blast fishing still occurs with massive regularity, explains Linda Markovina in this blog post: Tanzania's exploding waters.

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27 March 2014

African Bush Camps opens a new office in Cape Town

African Bush Camps

We are delighted to announce the opening of our Cape Town office and introduce the Team consisting of Betty Boger (left), Ilze Wagenaar (centre), and Wesley Nyamana (left). Focused on the sales and reservations for African Bush Camps, our Team of fresh faces, who share our vibrant passion for travel in Africa, have undergone 5 months of intensive and extensive training to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and tools to provide you with an exceptional and personal service from initial …

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27 March 2014

Sun Destinations' new partnerships

Sun Destinations

Sun Destinations is pleased to announce its partnership with two new properties - nDzuti Safari Camp in the Kruger's Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and the Delta Belle houseboat in Botswana's Okavango Delta. For rates and further information please email brett@sundestinations.co.zaor visit www.sundestinations.co.za

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26 March 2014

African Bush Camps launches new website

African Bush Camps

We are delighted to launch the newly designed and updated website for our African Bush Camps portfolio. Focused on providing a visual yet informative platform for you and your guests to review our camps and services, African Bush Camps have been working tirelessly and closely with the fantastic Design and Development Team at Active Ice Studio’s to ensure that our website is reflective of who we are, what we aspire to and where we are going. For more information, click here.

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24 March 2014

Proflight signs interline agreement with Kenya Airways

Lusaka-based regional airline Proflight Zambia has signed an interline agreement with Kenya Airways, allowing passengers to travel across both airline networks in a single booking with a single combined ticket. Across the ten domestic destinations that Proflight serves, seamless connections will be possible, as well as across the two international routes Proflight operates. Customers will also be able to book flights from the Kenya Airways hub in Nairobi, giving them access to over s…

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21 March 2014

Emma Squire Returns to The Pure Family

Beyond Luxury Media

As the company's first ever employee, Emma Squire has been a core member of the Beyond Luxury family since the birth of PURE back in 2009. Since then she has spent years tirelessly identifying those hard-to-find travel gems – working first in the emerging experiential arena to hunt down the world's finest off-the-beaten-track experiences for PURE, before turning her attention to the contemporary sphere as she helped define the shift in luxury with sister show LE Miami. So it is w…

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20 March 2014

KQ Increased Frequency to Antananarivo

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways is pleased to inform that effective 4th April 2014 we will commence two additional frequencies to Antananarivo on Mondays & Fridays. Please find the flight timings below for Nairobi – Antananarivo – Nairobi.  

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18 March 2014

Africa Geographic’s big move

Africa Geographic

Africa Geographic has dropped its monthly print magazine for a weekly online magazine (free to view) and annual print edition. We have a thriving online and social media ecosystem with a rapidly growing audience and world-leading loyalty and engagement. In January our blog readers passed 200 000 unique people for the first time in any month, and on Facebook our community ( >400 000 on two pages and growing at >1 200 per day) has one of the highest engagement rati…

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18 March 2014

Upgrade of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Rooms: 01 April - 15 July 2014

Africa Albida Tourism

We wish to advise that the above dates have now been agreed with our contractors / designers to complete the upgrade of all 72 Victoria Falls Safari Lodge rooms. The work will be carried out on one block of rooms at a time (NB: We have six blocks), with strict controls on movement of work teams and noise disruptions. There will be some minimal disruptions to normal operations of course, but with a carefully planned programme and constant communications with guests – little, if any of the…

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14 March 2014

Firstview and Three Cities Group join heads

Three Cities Group is happy to announce the coming on-board of their new advertising agency – the Durban based FirstView. For more information, email prinellap@eventpr.co.za.

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14 March 2014

Kenya Airways to fly to Abuja from June 3

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways is set to introduce direct flights between Nairobi and Abuja in Nigeria, as it expands its footprint across the continent. From June 3, 2014 Kenya Airways will begin flying four times a week between its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Abuja becomes the second Nigerian city that Kenya Airways flies into and currently, the airline has a daily service of ten flights of which seven are direct to L…

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14 March 2014

New routes for Auric Air

Auric Air Services

Auric Air is glad to announce the new routes from June 2014: MASAI MARA – SERENGETI National Park - MASAI MARA and SERENGETI to ZANZIBAR and DAR ES SALAAM (VIA ARUSHA) (New schedule effective 10 March 2014) For more information, contact us at +255 783 233 334 | auric@auricair.com

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13 March 2014

Guests cross flooded river in the Timbavati

Africa Geographic

The floods in the Kruger have made getting to certain lodges difficult but the staff at Tanda Tula have been making an innovative plan for guest. Check it out here. 

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13 March 2014

Marketing Executive summits Kili!

Gamewatchers Safaris

The Marketing Executive for Gamewatchers Safaris, Aleema Noormohamed, has recently completed a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro - here she is pictured at the summit. For further information, email aleema@gamewatchers.co.ke.

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13 March 2014

Free Swaziland Education 13 - 17 May 2014

The SWAZILAND TOURISM AUTHORITY (STA) is organising two short educational/familiarisation tours of Swaziland for a small group of tour operators/travel agents immediately after Indaba in May. The two tours will have a different emphasis with the first, ŒComfort¹ itinerary focussed on Swaziland¹s top accommodation offerings; and the second ŒAdventure & Culture¹ itinerary highlighting some of the variety of activities available in this small nation. Transport and a…

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12 March 2014

10 fascinating facts about elephants

Gamewatchers Safaris

The elephant, the planet’s largest terrestrial mammal, is a fascinating creature but it remains an unfortunate target of the poaching underworld. Our various conservancies across Kenya, are constantly monitored to help keep poaching at a minimum level however it seems a lack of understanding and education continues to enlist ignorant individuals to fold into the realm of wildlife’s biggest misdeed. The children of the future will only remember elephants as the dinosaurs of the…

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12 March 2014

New Romantic Honeymoon Suite at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Sanctuary Retreats

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero's new honeymoon suite opened on 1 March 2014. The new room features a private plunge pool and deck area where guests will be able to enjoy romantic private dinners (weather permitting) and special turn downs every night. Guests booking this room will also receive a private vehicle and guide for all game viewing activities. There will be an additional supplement for guests booking this room. Please contact sasales@sanctuaryretreats.com for more information or visit …

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12 March 2014

Protea Nelspruit opens new conference venue

Protea Hospitality Group

Protea Hotel Nelspruit in Mpumalanga has launched a new conference venue, doubling the hotel’s conference capacity. The Valencia Room is situated in a landscaped garden and can accommodate between 30 and 70 delegates. The new facility is equipped and is suitable for meetings, seminars, cocktail functions, product launches and banquets. The hotel can now accommodate meetings, seminars and banquets for 60 to 120 delegates.

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12 March 2014

Coffee's Coming Home!

Ethiopia will host the 4th World Coffee Conference together with the 116th Session of the International Coffee Council in Addis Ababa in March 2016. Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, H.E. Berhanu Kebede, said “the ICO has reached a very historic decision - the 4th World Coffee Conference is going to be held in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia - where coffee originated - on the African continent.” “Today the ICO has another reason to celebrate, it should celebrate the wisdom…

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10 March 2014

Conservancy Update - " The Lions gave me my sight back"

Gamewatchers Safaris

One of the biggest challenges we face in wildlife conservation, is human-wildlife conflict.  70% of Kenya's wildlife co-exists with communities on land outside of the protected areas, giving daily contact between people and wildlife. In the case of the big cats, they are being poisoned or speared in retaliation for livestock loss. We have talked about strengthening the enclosures with chainlink wire fences and strong wooden posts, which are proving to be an effective method of pr…

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10 March 2014

Exclusive African Treasures opens a European office in Milan, Italy.

The European market is extremely important for tourism to East Africa and it has always been one of our goals to open an office here so that we are on the same time zone. We are truly excited to have managed that now! From Milan, the rest of Europe is easily reachable and we intend to take full advantage of this location to give our clients the best representation possible. Founded in 2006 with its head office in Nairobi, the new office in Italy and a representation office in the UK, Exclusive…

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10 March 2014

SAA Trade Website Launch

SAA are delighted to announce the launch of their brand new trade website www.flysaatrade.com The site aims to provide you with all the information you might need about SAA from our routes, fleet and contact details, to FAQs and latest news! It will also serve as a platform for you to download our latest images and logos should you wish to use them.

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07 March 2014

The Lower Zambezi beneath a copper sky

Africa Geographic

Should an Australian company be allowed to mine copper in one of Zambia’s most pristine National Parks? We discuss the copper mining developments planned for the Lower Zambezi National Park in this blog.

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07 March 2014

Bwindi loses second Silverback as Rushegura's dominant male passes away

The Far Horizons

The Far Horizons is sad to report the passing of one of the greatest silverback gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Mwirima of the Rushegura group. Mwirima passed away yesterday, Monday 3rd March 2014, exactly one month after Mishaya, the dominant male from another mountain gorilla family, was found dead after a sudden intestinal illness. Mwirima was the lead Silverback in the popular Rushegura group, and famously featured in the YouTube video 'Touched by a wild mountain gorilla'.…

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05 March 2014

Kenya Airways Increases Frequency to Tanzania

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways is pleased to inform our trade partners that effective 30th March 2014, we are increasing our frequency to five flights a day from Nairobi to Dar-Es-Salaam and additionally Kilimanjaro will have a daily service. KQ485 DAR-NBO offers an excellent 3.15 hours connection to KQ102.

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04 March 2014

Family Tent at Kanana

Ker and Downey Botswana

A hidden jewel on the Xudum River, Kanana is located in the southwest of the Okavango Delta. The area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony and knobthorn, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants and animals. The nature of the habitat and site to one of the largest heronries in Southern Africa means it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found within the Okavango Delta. Guests are accommodated in spacious, twin-bedded safari tents, each with e…

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04 March 2014

Kenya Airways Countdown to New Fleet Begins

Kenya Airways

·       KQ to receive six Dreamliner planes and one Boeing 777 in 2014 ·       Receipt of new aircraft demonstrates commitment to Project Mawingu Nairobi, March 3, 2014 –National Carrier Kenya Airways fleet and route expansion plan- Project Mawingu, enters a new phase next month when the airline takes delivery of the first of its six Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes expected this year. The first 787 Dreamliner arrives …

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04 March 2014

Airlink enhances Skukuza schedule

Airlink

Following extensive engagement over the past three months with lodge operators in the Sabi Sand, as well as tour operators and agents located in international markets. Airlink is pleased to advise that it has been able to make amendments to the timing of its Skukuza flights in order to further add to traveller convenience and to enhance their bush experience. The morning game drive, prior to onward travel that same day, is a key feature of an African safari. In order to allow guests to maximis…

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03 March 2014

Tourism & Arts Minister Launches ZITE 2014 & Lusaka Carnival

Zambia Tourism Board

On 20 February Minister of Tourism & Arts Hon. S Masebo launched and endorsed the Zambia International Travel Expo (ZITE) & Lusaka Carnival due to take place 25 – 27 April, at Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) under the theme “Tourism Begins Here – At Home”. The purpose of the launch is to ensure that before the events take place, we have engaged everyone to come and exhibit, speak and add value to Zambia’s ever growing tourism sector. ZITE…

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03 March 2014

Steppes Travel Launches New Dynamic Family Portfolio Full Of Action And Wildlife Adventure

Steppes Travel

At Steppes Travel, family holidays go beyond the very lovely but very ordinary villa holidays.  Children are thrown into hearty and wild adventures:   Camping, trekking, riding, meeting local tribes, and wildlife tracking - which all ensure they go back to school with some pretty 'cool' stories. Let boys swap their lightsabers for the real thing - the arrow in Bhutan, the sword in Japan and the spear in India.  Let wildlife enthusiasts go swimming with whale sharks,…

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