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30 October 2015

Big Cat's Jonathan Scott revisits Lake Elmenteita in Kenya

Ethos Marketing

Serena Hotels is delighted to share a guest blog written by one of Kenya's greatest ambassadors, Big Cat Diary's Jonathan Scott.  Read about his and Angie's recent visit to Lake Elmenteita Serena, 40 years since he first visited the Great Rift Valley in search of its famous flamingos -   http://www.ethosmarketing.co.uk/2015/10/15/the-wonder-of-lake-elmenteita/

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30 October 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: What you put in is what you get out

Africa Geographic

TIP: When it comes to content marketing, what you put in is what you get out.   Further information making the most of content marketing: Content marketing can help to build a voice and reputation for your brand but it's only effective if you work hard at it! In order to make the most of content marketing, you need to constantly come up with new articles, photos, videos and social media posts about your business and your area - but this is not as much work as it seems. Guests, gu…

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29 October 2015

Asilia Africa welcomes Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa is delighted to announce a new partnership with Ol Pejeta Bushcamp. Situated in the Laikipia region on the equator in central Kenya, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp offers guests access to both the pioneering conservation efforts of Ol Pejeta Conservancy through a range of activities and the great deserts, lakes and mountains of Kenya’s northern ‘frontier’ district.  The camp is owned and managed by Alex Hunter who is well-known in the industry for his guiding experti…

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28 October 2015

AUTO to Hold Public Forum as Part of its 20th Anniversary Celebrations

AA Safaris and Tours

AUTO the Association of Uganda Tour Operators will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and these celebrations which were launched on World Tourism Day will include a number of activities that will lead up to December’s end-of-2015 grand celebrations. This year’s theme is AUTO@20. Brian Mugume who is the chairman Steering Committee said that there will be other activities included in the event to make the celebration more appealing to people and these will include activities like p…

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28 October 2015

South African Airways opens new domestic lounge, perfect for international passengers connecting at Johannesburg

South African Airways is pleased to announce the opening of the VIA Lounge in the domestic departure area of OR Tambo International Airport (JNB). The lounge features ample and comfortable seating areas, fresh cuisine options, a rotating art gallery showcasing South African artists, a Junior Pilots children’s area, runway views and high-speed internet. Whether passengers need to work or want to relax before their next flight, the VIA lounge offers a relaxing and stylish option to enjoy…

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27 October 2015

New e-passport gates at Terminal 5

British Airways

New e-passport gates at Terminal 5 make arrivals easier. 15 of the newest generation E-passport gates have now opened at London Heathrow Terminal 5, allowing arriving customers to get through the UK border more quickly. Automated e-passport gates offer an alternative to conventional passport checks. Customers simply scan their e-passport at the barrier. The system runs a face recognition check against the chip in their passport and then, if they’re eligible to enter the UK, the gate will…

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27 October 2015

'We Can Fight Our Way Back' - Conservation Lab 2016

Beyond Luxury Media

Beyond Luxury Media Ltd, the force behind the Cape Town based We Are Africa travel trade forum, have announced the launch of the Conservation Lab 2016, a progressive 2-day 'UnConference' which will provide the optimal conditions for the unconventional thinking and new innovation required to help win Africa's conservation challenges. Assembling under the theme 'We Can Fight Our Way Back', the Conservation Lab will bring travel industry leaders to interact and innovate with i…

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26 October 2015

Kruger on Foot

Africa Geographic

Click here and take a walk on the wild side through the Greater Kruger region. 

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23 October 2015

From 11 March 2016, Airlink will provide direct flights between Cape Town and Maun (Botswana)

Airlink

The combination of Airlink’s new direct Cape Town - Maun service with Airlink's other services Johannesburg - Maun, Johannesburg - Kasane, Livingstone - Nelspruit/Kruger and Nelspruit/Kruger - Cape Town and Skukuza - Cape Town, will provide the global leisure tour product industry with a complete fully flexible integrated travel circuit, from which to structure their guest’s itineraries. Airlink’s direct flights will assure travellers the opportunity to minimise time spe…

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22 October 2015

Kenya Airways resumes operations to Bangui in CAR

Kenya Airways

OCTOBER 21, 2015–Kenya Airways will resume flights to Bangui, the national capital of Central African Republic by November 2015. Kenya Airways suspended operations in March 2013, following a civil unrest in the country. The security situation has since improved. Operations will start with 2 frequencies per week, directly from Nairobi and from Bangui onwards to Douala in Cameroon. Flights are operated in a Boeing 737-800. Mbuvi Ngunze, CEO of Kenya Airways: “We are pleased to announ…

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22 October 2015

Great Lakes Safaris invites international football legends to Uganda

Great Lakes Safaris

It all started with a meeting with former FC Barcelona player Rayco García. During his stay in Kampala Amos Wekesa, CEO Great Lakes Safaris, had the opportunity to discuss the possibilities of starting a football academy in Uganda, giving the Ugandan youth a chance to develop their talents, and to market Uganda as an unparalleled tourism destination. Words were put directly into actions when Dutch football legend and former team member Patrick Kluivert quickly joined them to be part of…

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21 October 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Prompt your guests to engage with you socially

Africa Geographic

TIP: Your guests need to be prompted to engage with your business on social media and it is up to you to make this happen!   Further information about becoming social: Your guests need to be prompted to engage with you on social media. Here are a few ways to get them to do this: - Create a QR code for Facebook or Twitter and have this prominently displayed at the front desk and in the rooms - Also make sure your social media URLs are written in your guest information book - Make sure…

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20 October 2015

Private Safaris celebrates successful Guide Academy

Private Safaris (E.A)

Private Safaris has successfully completed the first intake of their Guide Academy, which has seen several of its participants now permanently employed by the company. Following this huge success, which was initiated in May this year, the recruitment process has already begun for 2016. The course includes in-depth training on all provinces with facilitators from one of the top guiding schools in South Africa, a First Aid Course with St John’s Ambulance, customer care practises as well as…

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19 October 2015

The Cape Winelands with a difference

Africa Geographic

Click here to uncork the passion behind the Cape Winelands

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16 October 2015

7 reasons to visit Madagascar between November and January

Madagascar Classic Collection (MCC)

Summer (Nov. – Jan.) is one of the best times to visit Madagascar. The weather is fantastic with warm sunny days and nightly rains that turn the vegetation lush and green. It’s also mating season for one of the island continent’s most iconic species; the fossa. The fossa is Madagascar’s largest predator and is extremely shy and difficult to spot. However, you will have the best chance of seeing these gorgeous animals in summer. The island’s endemic birds are stunn…

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16 October 2015

Victoria Falls Will Not Dry Up!

Africa Albida Tourism

SPECULATION in local and social media that Victoria Falls may be drying up is entirely false, says African Travel and Tourism Association chairman Ross Kennedy.   Victoria Falls will never become “Victoria Walls”, as locals self-deprecatingly joke, Mr Kennedy said. Perhaps October madness may be getting the better of some of those suggesting otherwise, he added.   Mr Kennedy said that according to local river experts the facts are:  There will always be water in Vict…

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14 October 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Be clever with your WiFi password

Africa Geographic

TIP: Did you ever think that your WiFi password could be a marketing tool? Well it can.  Find out how to make your WiFi password work for you: During a recent trip, our CEO was told that the WiFi password was 'tripadvisorplease' - this immediately got him thinking, prompting him to write a TripAdvisor review for the hotel. Other great WiFi passwords could be your twitter handle, a hashtag that you are trying to promote or a small reminder such as - 'happyhour4-6'? In …

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14 October 2015

Golden monkeys in the Volcanoes – Rwanda Safaris

AA Safaris and Tours

The golden monkey is a very beautiful but also rare animal that is scientifically called cercopithecus Kandti and its one of the world’s oldest monkey species found in the Virung mountains. These can be seen on your safari in Rwanda.  Researchers believe they were subspecies of the blue monkey since they are very similar except in color. The males have that dark golden- orange color almost turning into red on the backs and sideways but the females are lighter but same color. Where …

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14 October 2015

SATIB Insurance Brokers will see you at MKTE 2015

SATIB Insurance Brokers

The Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) is an annual, high profile international tourism exhibition that attracts participation from both local and international trade partners as well as the Kenyan public. Now in its fifth year MKTE is the leading B2B travel and tourism exhibition in the region. MKTE 2015,organized by the Kenya Tourism Board, takes place from 15-17th October 2015, at the Leisure Lodge Resort and Golf Club in Diani, Mombasa.  The Magical Kenya Travel Expo is one of the faste…

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13 October 2015

Real Africa raises over £8,500 for Save The Elephants at 15th Anniversary event with Saba Douglas-Hamilton at the RGS

Real Africa

Award-winning safari specialist Real Africa raised over £8,500 for conservation charity Save The Elephants at its sell-out 15th Anniversary event, held at the Royal Geographical Society in London last Thursday 8 October. Special guest, wildlife filmmaker and conservationist, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, took to the stage of the Ondaatje Theatre for well over an hour captivating the packed theatre with tales of her childhood growing up in Africa, her career in film and television and about her…

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13 October 2015

Record $30,000 Raised to Fight Poaching in Victoria Falls

Africa Albida Tourism

THE war on poaching has been given a record $30,000 boost by a fundraising golf tournament, coordinated and sponsored by Africa Albida Tourism, which is more than double the amount raised at last year’s event. A total of 132 players, making up 33 teams, teed off for charity at the 15th annual fundraising Golf Day for the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU) at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club, before a prize-giving function and auction. The fundraising tournament, which took place on O…

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13 October 2015

East Africa Road Show

SATIB Insurance Brokers

It’s all happening in East Africa during the month of October! The Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) 2015 is due to be held 15th to 17th October in Diani, south of Mombasa and two of the industry’s leading service providers (WETU and SATIB Insurance Brokers) are teaming up to conduct their inaugural road show to meet and connect with East African suppliers and operators. They will be visiting Diani, Nairobi, Arusha and Stone Town during their visit.  Technology has changed the…

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12 October 2015

A Journey of Giraffe

Africa Geographic

With populations in decline, take a closer look at the giraffe - the world’s tallest mammal. Click here to read more. 

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12 October 2015

Auric Air picks a large group of 112 pax in one single day

Auric Air Services

Auric Air picks a large group of 112 pax in one single day on the route Arusha to Zanzibar, using its own fleet. Proud moment for Auric Air. This speaks volumes on Auric Air’s operational capabilities to handle large group bookings.

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09 October 2015

Acholi elects team to promote regional domestic tourism

Uganda Tourism Board

Tourism businesses in the Acholi sub region, northern Uganda, have today elected a team to head the cluster that brings together all stakeholders. In a tightly contested race, Tony Awany, beat 13 other contestants to take the one year leadership position. The contest was held at the Golden Peace Hotel, in Gulu Municipality. Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is promoting regional tourism through the development and support of tourism clusters. "We should work together to promote our culture, lan…

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08 October 2015

Chimps in Ngamba Sanctuary Undergo Medical Check Up

AA Safaris and Tours

All chimpanzees in the Ngamba Island sanctuary have been undertaking their health examinations for the last few months. This exercise is done every year with help from a group of veterinary doctors and it’s intended to evaluate each one of their health status. The chimpanzees now very much aware of what happens during the time and many don’t like it which is why the Veterinary doctors go an extra mile to identify new ways to charm and allure the chimpanzees to be examined. Them too…

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08 October 2015

SAA opens new domestic lounge

SAA has opened a new lounge in the domestic departure area of OR Tambo International Airport. Passengers travelling to local destinations will now be able to enjoy a new, contemporary VIA lounge following its months of extensive refurbishment. The lounge features ample comfortable seating areas; quality, fresh cuisine; a rotating art gallery showcasing South African artists; a kids’ area, the Junior Pilots; runway views and high-speed Internet. SAA business-class, Voyager Lifetime Platin…

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08 October 2015

Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel joins The Mozambique Collection

The elegant, Vilanculos beach-front property, Bahia Mar Boutique Hotel, has become the newest member to join The Mozambique Collection, which showcases some of the most exciting, unique and intimate destinations, accentuating the variety found in Mozambique, one of Africa’s most incomparable, rapidly developing and beautiful countries.     The brand brings together a collection of stunning properties working together to promote the destination. The Mozambique Collection is man…

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07 October 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Become an authority in your area

Africa Geographic

TIP: Don't be afraid to release news stories on your area. Become an authority and you will ultimately be respected for your views.  Further information about becoming an authority in your area: Do you run safaris in Tanzania or own a lodge in the Kruger area or a hotel in Cape Town? Who better than to report on things happening in your area than you? Don't let others get in there first and don't be afraid to accurately report on what is really going on. You know the are…

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07 October 2015

Small World Marketing is delighted to announce a new partnership with Ethiopian Airlines

Small World Marketing

Ethiopian Airlines UK has appointed PR and Marketing specialist Small World Marketing, to assist in the delivery of its commercial objectives in the United Kingdom.  Ethiopian is a truly indigenous Pan-African global carrier that operates the youngest and the most modern fleet in the continent with an average aircraft age of less than 7 years. Ethiopian currently serves 91 international destinations (50 in Africa) across 5 continents with over 232 daily departures. Mr Michael Yared, Ethio…

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06 October 2015

Auric Air expands its fleet size

Auric Air Services

 Auric Air expands its fleet size by adding 11th aircraft, Cessna Caravan EX to its fleet. This makes Auric Air proud owner of the Biggest and Youngest fleet of Caravans in the region.

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05 October 2015

Invite to Join a Pioneering Stand Up Paddle and Dhow Expedition between remote islands in Mozambique

Escape+Explore

Join Escape+Explore on a pioneering Stand Up Paddle through Quirimbas Archipelago in remote Mozambique. Atta members are invited to join this initial trip at a much subsidised rate to pioneer the way for future Dhow and SUP safaris in 2016. Basic SUP skills needed as you will be supported by a traditional Dhow and Africa’s leading SUP guides. For Full Detail of this Pioneer Trip Invite departing 19th October 2015  Click Here Watch what went down on our last pioneer trip with our 1st…

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05 October 2015

Madagascar

Africa Geographic

Click here to enjoy the splendour of Madagascar through sustainable tourism.

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05 October 2015

Representing The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

Orbital Communications

Simon Beck owner of Orbital Communications is delighted to be representing The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille in Laikipia in Northern Kenya. Ol Lentille opened in 2007 as Laikipia’s first lodge with private villas and is an amazing example of sustainable tourism, community partnership and world class architecture and interior design. The lodge is located in 25,000 acres of stunning hills and valleys and offers excellent sightings of elephant, leopard, wild dog, hyena, cheetah, zebra and great…

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02 October 2015

Go2africa is growing

Go2africa.com

Targe Capital has purchased a 40% stake in Go2Africa, heralding a change in shareholders and the start of an exciting new phase for the company. Targe Capital is a private equity firm managed by Gary Macdonald and Greg Fury. Shareholder Joanne Dickson departs after serving as managing director from 2004 to 2014, a decade during which she delivered exceptional service to the company. Go2Africa wishes Joanne the very best with her future endeavours. Go2Africa's founder and chairman Mark Pre…

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02 October 2015

67 safari guides to get licenses from Uganda Tourism Board

Uganda Tourism Board

Wednesday 30 September, the Uganda Tourism Board is holding the inaugural award ceremony for the first batch of safari guides who passed the skills assessment exercise held recently. The Tourism Act 2008 gives Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) the mandate to license tour guides. When the mandate to regulate the industry was passed over to UTB in July 2014, guided by The Uganda Tour Guide Regulations 2013, management set up a committee to assess tour guides competences and skills prior to being licens…

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01 October 2015

Put your swing behind Zimbabwe’s Wildlife

Africa Albida Tourism

THE field may be full, but there is still room for sponsors to put their swing behind Zimbabwe’s wildlife at the fun filled annual Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) Golf Day, to be held at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club on Friday. A total of 144 players, making up 36 teams, will take part in VFAPU Golf Day, one of the most enjoyable and best organised events on the golf fundraising calendar, which will also include lunch, entertainment, an exciting array of prizes donated by many sp…

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01 October 2015

World’s first live web broadcast of the great wildebeest migration ‘live’ from Masai Mara, Kenya

Discover Africa

Masai Mara, KENYA: The world’s first live web broadcast of the great wildebeest migration went ‘live’ on 29th September 2015 from the Masai Mara, Kenya. Broadcast via the Periscope App (download app here https://www.periscope.tv), viewers are able to experience the wonders of an African safari and the 7th wonder of the natural world on mobile phones, tablets or computers from 29 September to 5 October 2015. The wildebeest migration is a major event in Kenya and the …

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01 October 2015

Uganda tourism agencies give public accountability for 2014/2015

Uganda Tourism Board

The 6th Tourism Sector Performance Review Conference has opened today, Tuesday 29 September 2015, at the Kabira Country Club in Bukoto. The conference, which runs over two days, gives a concise and transparent overview of investments, targets, achievements, outputs and challenges for the tourism sector. Speaking to the participants, Dr. Maria Mutagamba, the Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities thanked government for the increased budget funding that has improved the tourism sector. …

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