Member News

27 February 2015

Wilderness Air Botswana Expands Fleet with New Airvans

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Air Botswana is pleased to announce plans to increase its fleet with the addition of seven brand new GA8 Airvans. The first of the new aircraft, A2 – RNO Tshukudu, was delivered on 19 February 2015 and will take to the skies from the beginning of March. A further three Airvans will arrive over the course of March and April, with all seven expected to be in service within the next 18 months.     “We selected the Airvan based on how well it performs in the Okavan…

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27 February 2015

Drifters expanding their footprint in Botswana

An oasis in the Kalahari Desert conveniently located on the banks of the Boteti River, the Drifters Maun Lodge offers any visitor to Botswana the opportunity to relax and unwind under the shady camel thorn trees that cover green lawns and tranquil gardens. Situated on the A3 Maun – Nata road, the lodge is just 30KM east of Maun and offers guests 10 twin-bedded tented units in a scenic natural environment. Being close to Maun it provides the ideal stopover for travellers en-route to or f…

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25 February 2015

New Classics Map for 2015

Classics Map - new for 2015   The Classic Portfolio map is a sales tool much loved by agents all over the world.   We are delighted to announce that our map for 2015 has been designed and printed and is ready to be used! It features new clients and destinations and is guaranteed to make your life much easier. Contact us to send you a copy!   Email: info@classic-portfolio.com Tel SA: +27 21 876 2153 Tel UK: +44 207 096 1287 www.classic-portfolio.com

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23 February 2015

Surfing Senegal

Africa Geographic

Read about the West African fishing tribe that rides the waves here

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23 February 2015

Botswana Lodge Safari with exciting new Meerkat activity

Jenman African Safaris

Jenman Safaris is trying something new – we are adjusting one of our most popular Botswana safaris to give our clients the best experience no matter what season they are travelling in. Between June and November Jenman Safaris’ clients will now visit Ntwetwe Pan, famous for its extraordinary lunar landscape and, of course, its wonderful meerkat population. From June – November animal sightings in Nxai Pan are minimal which leads to a disappointing game drive. From December &nd…

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23 February 2015

New Schedules from Ulendo Airlink

Ulendo Safaris

Over the last few years Ulendo Airlink have made flying around Malawi as simple and easy as it always should have been. They have built a network of scheduled flights that now connect all of Malawi’s hotspots on a regular (often daily) basis. Lilongwe, Likoma Island, the Southern Lakeshore, Liwonde National Park, Majete Wildlife Reserve and South Luangwa National Park in Zambia are all connected by scheduled flights, with Nyika National Park, Mzuzu and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve accessi…

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23 February 2015

Tongabezi kicks its 25th anniversary year off with refurbs and a new lodge manager

Tongabezi is 25 years old in 2015! We are celebrating with two brand new arrivals. Our refurbished Tongabezi River Cottages have been carefully crafted by our building, carpentry and gardening teams to ensure wonder and awe. The roofs have been raised, large pine decking now stretch out towards the Zambezi River and fabulous wood and glass doors ensure the wilder aspects of the bush remain outside. Bespoke furniture, widely sourced, eclectic art, a lush garden and glorious interior touches in…

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23 February 2015

Imvelo Safari lodges in Zimbabwe acquire Nehimba Lodge

Imvelo Safari Lodges

We are thrilled to announce that Imvelo Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe has acquired Nehimba Lodge! Situated in a private concession in the Northern part of Hwange National Park, Nehimba has seven spacious raised chalets under African thatch and a charming guest area where you can relax by the pool and enjoy a unique wildlife experience in a remote and previously unexplored sanctuary. A scenic four hour drive from Victoria falls will bring you into the heart of this unspoilt wildlife paradise. No t…

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20 February 2015

Private Guiding - Guaranteed

Sausage Tree Camp

Last year we ran a trial period at Sausage Tree Camp whereby we provided private guiding to all of our guests at no further charge. The system worked remarkably well and to ensure we can now market and promote this fantastic initiative into the future, we have taken on extra guides to ensure all guests are guaranteed a private guide throughout their stay with us at Sausage Tree Camp.

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20 February 2015

Announcing our new Family Suites in Tanzania

We've added 2 family-size suites to our Tanzania camps! Maximum 4 pax in 2 separate tents, joined by communal lounge. Each tent has its own en suite bathroom with flush loo & bucket shower. Perfect for families, 2 couples, 2 twins, or 2 singles. Available as of 15th December 2015 at our usual rates. …

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18 February 2015

More flights added MWANZA - BUKOBA - MWANZA

Auric Air Services

We are pleased to announce that due to high demand, we have added more flights to ‪Bukoba from Mwanza effective 20 February 2015. Now flying 28 X Weekly !!

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17 February 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: 7 ways to succeed on TripAdvisor

Africa Geographic

TIP: TripAdvisor is the default review site for travellers, so knowing how to make the most of your membership is key to succeeding on that platform. Further Information about this Week's Online Marketing Tip: 1. Keep your TripAdvisor content updated and fresh 2. Respond immediately to reviews (positive and negative) and be polite and professional at all times 3. Learn from negative reviews and change what needs to change 4. Encourage guests to post reviews by requesting them to do s…

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17 February 2015

Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp Reopens

Finch Hattons Luxury Camp

Finch Hattons, the luxury tented camp in Tsavo National Park, has reopened following renovation to upgrade the property - reaffirming its position as the ultimately luxury safari camp. Set around an oasis of natural spring pools and surrounded by views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Chyulu Hills, the camp’s location showcases some of Kenya’s most striking vistas. Finch Hattons has a rich history, having set the standards in luxury safaris over two decades ago with its multi-course g…

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16 February 2015

Women of the Wilderness

Africa Geographic

Click here to read how ladies are breathing fresh life into guided safaris.

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13 February 2015

Ele Bed Name

Atua Enkop Africa

What’s in a name: The site at which ELEPHANT BEDROOM CAMP (part of the ATUA ENKOP PORTFOLIO) stands, has long been known as a sleeping place for elephants. And to prove the point one of the resident elephants Samburu (Sam in short) turned up at the camp at 5.00am. He seemed to be quite tired, as if he’d been on the move for a long time.  Without hesitation he headed to the back of  tent number 5 and lay down and went to sleep. However the sun was a little hot for him so h…

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13 February 2015

Lemala Ngorongoro remains open for April and May 2015

Lemala Camps and Lodges

Lemala Ngorongoro will remain open year round for 2015.   There are still rooms available so contact us or your agent for more information

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12 February 2015

Lewa Wilderness is staying open for Easter

With Easter falling over the first weekend of April, Lewa Wilderness have decided to stay open until the 6th April.  For any more information please contact Kate or Sacha at info@handpickedafrica.co.uk     

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11 February 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: 6 website essentials

Africa Geographic

TIP: A good website is vital – without it you don’t exist for many people. Here’s a short list of the bare essentials of a good hotel website. If your website does not get 6/6 get hold of a professional and make some changes. Further Information about this Week's Online Marketing Tip: Bare essentials for a good hotel website: 1. Fast loading, uncluttered design, easy navigation 2. Great photos, videos and short bursts of informative text 3. Optimised f…

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11 February 2015

South African Tourism launches new outdoor campaign

South African Tourism

In its efforts to attract more Indian travellers to the country, South African Tourism has unveiled a new outdoor advertising campaign, #MeetSouthAfrica, by showcasing a diversity of experiences available in South Africa. The campaign outspreads to metro and tier-II cities in India such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Bengaluru among others. In an endeavour to resonate with the Indian travellers, the creative executions of the #MeetSouthAfrica campa…

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11 February 2015

Atua Enkop Camp News – Keeping Cool And Comfortable!

Atua Enkop Africa

At MBWEHA CAMP – LAKE NAKURU  there is a new pool which is a  wonderful relief after game drives around Lake Nakuru and the soft refurbishment of guest cottages and main area has been completed and looking very chic. TIPILIKWANI  MARA CAMP – MASAI MARA also has a new swimming pool, lovely place to read a book and relax in between game drives. There is also one new safari vehicle at the camp - you can enjoy game drives in even more comfort! All the tents at ELEPHANT B…

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10 February 2015

Ol Malo launches new website!

Ol Malo

We are delighted to start the new year by launching our fabulous new website! Please take a look at www.olmalo.com. We hope that it covers all that you and your clients need and it gives you an insight into our wonderful property, explaining that there is so much more to Ol Malo than just fabulous game viewing.  From bush walks to riding camels and horses, and from helicopter safaris to riding the rapids down the Uaso Nyiro River, OI Malo offers an exceptional way to experience Northern…

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10 February 2015

Lake Natron Camp - New Camp Launch June 2015

Lake Natron Camp is delighted to announce the official launch of the new camp for June 1st 2015 after the Karibu Fair (29th to 31st May 2015). The camp was taken over in September 2013 by the Summits Africa group and has since been completely removed and a new camp and management put in. The last 6 months have seen the trialling of the new management and camp as well as development of new treks, new routes on Lengai and many more. Atta members are welcomed to visit FOC (note the…

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09 February 2015

Vic Falls Africa's Adventure Capital

Africa Geographic

Terrifying or awesome? You decide in this adventure packed article!

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09 February 2015

Camp Jabulani Boma

Camp Jabulani

We are proud to announce the opening of a beautiful new outdoor boma. Situated on the edge of a tranquil watering hole, the boma will allow guests to experience the magical ambiance of stars, lanterns and bonfires. Guests will have the opportunity to taste an authentic South African menu designed using fresh, local produce that has been cooked on open fire.   The facility will also be used for elegant private dinners where couples can enjoy the romantic moonlight reflecting in the water …

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09 February 2015

Airlink reduces fuel levy “YQ”

Airlink

Airlink is pleased to announce that it will be reducing the fuel levy “YQ” following the recent fall in oil prices. While the reduction in the price of jet fuel does not correlate directly with the fall in oil price, airlines have enjoyed some reprieve. Airlink wishes to pass savings on to our Customers as far as possible - the reduced fuel levy will amount to a saving in the overall fare thus making air travel more affordable. Airlink, the Regional Feeder Airline, connects 35 dest…

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06 February 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: 6 tips for growing your social media community

Africa Geographic

TIP: Social media is now a primary tool for generating publicity and leads. Growing your own social media community reduces the cost of utilising other brands’ communities.   Further Information about this Week's Online Marketing Tip: 1. Give them content that is useful and interesting 2. Interact with them. Social media is not a broadcast platform – its designed to tap into the human need to be social 3. Fulfil a need. For example if your community needs ac…

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05 February 2015

Wilderness Touring Grows Zambezi Fleet with New Vehicle Acquisitions

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Touring, the private touring division of Wilderness Safaris, has increased its fleet in the Zambezi region (Victoria Falls and Livingstone) with the purchase of six new vehicles, bringing the total fleet to 30 vehicles. The new vehicles,three Toyota Quantum 16-seaters, and three Toyota Coaster 26-seaters, will be used to transport visitors as they explore the exciting attractions of the Zambezi region. The acquisition forms part of Wilderness Touring’s five-year replacem…

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05 February 2015

News from West Africa

TransAfrica

All our countries never had any case of contagion. But it is a fact that Ebola has affected the image of all the African continent. Now, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) with regards to Liberia - Sierra Leone - Guinea, the epidemic has entered a "second phase" with the focus shifting to ending the epidemic. This is a wonderful news for all the people severely affected by the epidemic! From our part we thank all Tour Operators who have kept promoting our destinations a…

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05 February 2015

Babies, babies and more babies in the Mara, Kenya

Our lovely manager Rosh reporting from Alex Walker's Serian in the Maasai Mara - Kim Read (one of Serian's wonderful repeat clients) headed out for an evening game drive. Her guides, William and Onyango, were lucky enough to spot a giraffe with two little hoofs sticking out. The mum was very relaxed and was even seen munching whilst waiting for the baby to arrive. Kim was lucky to watch the whole birth and even commented on how amazing it was to see how the baby's head was next to …

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05 February 2015

Yellow Fever Requirement Dropped with immediate Effect

Honour Way, Tongabezi Lodge, Anabezi Camp and everyone in Zambia of course are absolutely delighted to announce that the requirement for a Yellow Fever vaccination when traveling from Zambia to SA (or even transmitting through SA) were lifted on Saturday the 31st jan 2015. The requirement was changed with immediate effect. No more excuses not to sell Zambia :) This news was confirmed by The National Institute for Communicable Diseases and more information on this can be found on their website …

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05 February 2015

Far Horizons Marketing to represent The Tides Lodge, Tanzania

Far Horizons Marketing

We are delighted to announce that Far Horizons Marketing will be representing Atta Member, The Tides Lodge in Tanzania.  Offering a more affordable option in the luxury sector, it has an excellent reputation within the trade. The Tides Lodge offers a rare and wonderful escape from the frantic pace of everyday life – set amongst miles of un-spoilt golden beaches and glittering turquoise sea it is a haven of tranquility. Located on Ushongo Bay in Northern Tanzania, a short distance fr…

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04 February 2015

Just a Drop launches Mums Army Campaign to support Mums in Africa

Just a Drop

International water aid charity, Just a Drop is launching a ‘Mums Army’ fundraising campaign on Mother’s Day 2015, with the target to raise £250,000. Unveiled by the charity’s founder, Fiona Jeffery and TV presenter, Alexander Armstrong, the campaign will see mums across the UK enlisting to join a Mums Army, to help mothers in Africa obtain clean drinking water – a potential lifesaver for families in poor regions around the world, especially when y…

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04 February 2015

Robin Pope Guides in Liuwa Plains National Park

People and Places

For those who have supported Robin Pope Guided Trips to Liuwa in the past,  we are delighted to advise that Robin will once again be guiding 3 exclusive safaris in Liuwa this year. Using Norman Carr run Matamanene Camp as a base, these trips promise to be as special as ever. Robin has been guiding on the remote Liuwa Plains in the Western Province of Zambia since 1992. He loves the area and cannot stay away! Liuwa is unqiue - open grassy plains, 2nd largest wildebeest movement in Africa, …

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03 February 2015

Jembisa - New Palala River walk for family safaris.

Jembisa Bush Home

Jembisa announces that they have opened a new safari river walk, with new land purchase, on the south bank of the Palala river in Limpopo, South Africa. Walkers ( of all ages 5 years and up) will also help to cross streams and gullys by helping build fords and bridges. Wildlife along the river includes hippo, crocodile, otter, various plains game and diverse bird life. San bushmen sites along the river can also be explored and there will be a chance to cool off in pools and small waterfalls.

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02 February 2015

The thing about Hunting

Africa Geographic

Click here to read why the hunting conversation hurts conservation.

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02 February 2015

Ellerman House Welcomes New General Manager

April 2017, Ellerman House–Ellerman House is delighted to announce that Paul Bruce-Brand has been appointed as Ellerman House’s new General Manager. Paul will be taking over from Ella Cuyler from the 1st of May and is set to continue the enduring success of Ellerman House. Paul Harris, Owner of Ellerman House says, “We went through an extensive process to find the right person to take the hotel to even greater heights. Ella has polished the jewel during her five-year ten…

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