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29 May 2015

Tongabezi River Cottages Refurbishment completed

Honour Way

Tongabezi Lodge is celebrating the completion of the refurbishment of all 5 River Cottages.  Really more than simply a refurbishment with a new roof and higher ceilings, extended sustainable pine decking perfect for relaxing by the Zambezi.  This combined with the giant wood and glass doors and African Fusion interiors offers guest their own private haven in Zambia.  We are excited to welcome guests to these new luxury cottages.  For more information please get in touch hon…

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29 May 2015

Lewa Wilderness Goes Solar

Since 1972 Lewa Wilderness has been dependent on diesel generators for its power requirements. On May 19th 2015 the generator was turned off and the power for the entire lodge was switched across to a new photovoltaic solar plant, consisting of a total of 90 solar panels, which produce a maximum of 30 kilowatts of renewable energy - enough power from the sun to run the entire lodge, including all fridges and freezers. To heat the water, electric heaters have been disgarded and "state…

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28 May 2015

Macon Leads Climb of Mount Kilimanjaro to Help End Polio Now

ZaraTours Inc.

Tanzania, Africa- Members and climbers from around the world will climb Mount Kilimanjaro with skilled guide Macon Dunnagan in June and August to raise funds for End Polio Now. Tanzanian Honorary Tourism Ambassador Macon has climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro 36 times and holds the record of 4 climbs in 28 days. He has often helped organizations and clubs like Rotary’s End Polio Now and Ovarian Cancer Canada plan Kilimanjaro fundraising climbs, lending his expertise to help climb…

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28 May 2015

Desert & Delta Social Responsibility

Desert & Delta Safaris

One of the core philosophies of Desert and Delta Safaris is, to quote Johnathan Gibson the Group CEO, ’While we have large financial investments in property, buildings and equipment, vehicles, boats, engines and aircraft, by far our largest asset is our people’. Desert and Delta Safaris as a company embraces, not through lip service but through the actions of its people, the fundamentals of sustainable Eco-tourism. In 2014, in consultation with our communities, Desert and Delta Saf…

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27 May 2015

Clinton Foundation and Community Development in N/Tanzania

Hoopoe Safaris

Since former President Bill Clinton and his Clinton Foundation donors visited Tanzania earlier this month many clients have been asking us exactly were they were doing here? It's reasonably well documented their work and support for wildlife and conservation issues but we have been asked what about their work in community development projects? You can read details on their community delelopment work in Northern Tanzania here https://www.facebook.com/notes/hoopoe-safaris-east-africa/s…

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27 May 2015

SAA and Airlink the first to offer flights between Pretoria and Cape Town

Airlink

South African Airways (SAA), the leading carrier on the African continent and its feeder partner airline, Airlink, have entered into a joint commercial venture which as a first ever will offer scheduled air services at Tshwane City’s Wonderboom Airport. Effective 16 August the service will operate between Wonderboom, and Cape Town, a key domestic route for the carriers. The convenient direct service will service both the leisure and business travelers. For business class travellers, Airl…

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26 May 2015

Ninjas of the Deep

Africa Geographic

This #WorldTurtleDay celebrate the superheroes of the Ocean with this story of survival. Click here to read more about loggerheads and leatherback turtles. 

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26 May 2015

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Video

Jenman African Safaris

Our Elephant’s Eye, Hwange video is now available. It features the highlights of our breath-taking private concession (6000 ac) bordering the Hwange National Park, the pearl of Zimbabwe. The video takes you on a virtual tour of the lodge with its beautiful luxury chalets, the different facilities such as the spa, the communal boma area, the unique natural ozone swimming pool, the waterhole and the wide range of activities you can partake in during your stay. Let the video help you imagin…

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22 May 2015

Elewana launches SkySafari in Kenya

Elewana Afrika

Elewana, a collection of award-winning luxurious camps and safari lodges in East Africa, will launch SkySafariKenya in June 2015. SkySafari Kenya allows guests to visit three of the country’s most diverse and iconic parks via scenic flights in the comfort of an executive-class Cessna Grand Caravan.   SkySafari by Elewana offers a taste of the best safari experiences in Kenya coupled with luxury accommodation, gourmet dining, incredible game viewing and private aircraft transfe…

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22 May 2015

First phase of Rhinos Without Borders completed

Great Plains Conservation

In the face of ever more devastating poaching statistics, we would like to share our story of hope.      The largest airlift of rhinos ever undertaken has begun, as on the 28th April our first group of rhinos were released into Botswana. They will form part of a seed population which will have a chance to expand in number and gene diversity, whilst protected by the latest technology and a specialized anti-poaching unit. We will be moving at least 1…

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21 May 2015

The Tides Lodge in Tanzania launches new website!

Ol Malo

We are delighted to announce that The Tides in Tanzania has launched their fabulous new website! Please take a look at www.thetideslodge.com. We hope that it covers all that you and your clients need to know and that it gives you an insight into this wonderful property.  The Tides Lodge and Villa 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.  L…

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21 May 2015

A Celebration of Painted Wolves

Painted Wolf Wines

AA Celebr A Celebration of Painted Wolves is a fund raising adventure hosted by Painted Wolf wines and wine maker Jeremy Borg to help Tusk in their £5 million fund raising drive.  Over three weeks from May 15th 2015 to June 7th 2015 Jeremy will ride a bicycle roughly 850 miles (1400kms) from Padstow in Cornwall to Edinburgh in Scotland. On the way he will host a number of wine tasting events and dinners and present a wild life exhibition and auction. There will be a Pedals 4 Paws c…

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21 May 2015

A chance to join the ground breaking Expedition Okavango and Row for Rhinos

Passage to Africa

Passage to Africa is proud to support Expedition Okavango being undertaken by their partner guide, Josh Iremonger and Guide Daniel Dugmore. The expedition is a three month canoe descent of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin; which will involve battling six crocodile and hippo infested rivers, three African countries (Angola, Namibia and Botswana) and navigating some of Africa’s least explored areas. The journey will cover the full 1,700 km length of this river system beginning i…

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20 May 2015

Important travel information - for anyone travelling with a child

Effective 1st June. New regulations for children travelling to & from South Africa. Effective travel date from 01 June 2015, regardless of the time of booking, all minors under 18 years of age travelling to and from the Republic of South Africa, have to present additional documents which were not needed until now. These new regulations apply to all travellers, regardless of their nationality. They were promulgated (set out) in terms of the South African Immigration Amendment Act of 2010 an…

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19 May 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: No room for lazy online marketers

Africa Geographic

TIP: Online marketing is about attention to detail and constant effort. There is no room for lazy marketers, despite the availability of tools that appear to do your work for you.  Further information about lazy online marketers.: The best rule of thumb for online marketers is that you get out what you put in. The inevitable consequence of falling behind the curve is your brand and business being sidelined in the drive towards consumer empowerment. The variety and quantity of online …

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19 May 2015

Introducing Tony Leslie, new General Manager, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

Small World Marketing

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa are delighted to announce the arrival of their new GM, Mr. Tony Leslie. Tony comes with extensive industry exposure coupled with well-honed culinary and organizational skills; solid hospitality background and an aptitude to manage overall service industry ensuring that complete customer satisfaction is paramount. Tony’s 22 years of experience come from working in award winning resorts, restaurants and cruise lines all over the world. Duri…

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18 May 2015

Photographic Competiton Roundup

Africa Geographic

These images didn't make the finals of our photographic competition, but they sure stole our hearts.  Click here to read about the competition and to see our 15 finalists. 

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15 May 2015

New Release

Airlink

It is being hailed as a game changer by the trade and tourism partners. Airlink is feverishly building routings in global distribution systems (GDS) for the new Lodge Link service that will make it easier than ever for the international visitors to see the best South Africa has to offer in safari experiences in and around Kruger National Park. Airport codes have been registered with the aviation authorities and together with a code share arrangement with SAA, travellers can now book seamless …

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14 May 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: So what is content marketing, in a nutshell?

Africa Geographic

TIP: Content marketing is the use of content to reach your target audience in order to yield defined business results (brand building and sales).  Further information about content marketing in a nutshell: Content marketing is typically done via a strategically planned and executed strategy to produce and distribute content using a variety of your own and third party online platforms - including websites, social media platforms and newsletters. Like every other marketing strategy, co…

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14 May 2015

Africa Albida Tourism announces Major Upgrades to its Properties

Africa Albida Tourism

The exclusive Victoria Falls Safari Club in Zimbabwe and the luxurious Ngoma Safari Lodge in Botswana are set to undergo major upgrades, Africa Albida Tourism chief executive Ross Kennedy says. The projects, to be completed by early next year, include the addition of a boutique restaurant and horizon swimming pool to Victoria Falls Safari Club, while four new suites will be built at Ngoma Safari Lodge, bringing the total to 12, Mr Kennedy said. The Safari Club upgrade will include the expansi…

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13 May 2015

Livingstone Island Re-opens

Honour Way

We are excited that Livingstone Island re-opens at 10.15am on Wednesday 13th May, following  it's 3 week closure due to unpredicatable weather.  This time has been spent fully preparing for forthcoming guests.  We thank you for your continued support and look forward to welcoming visitors for what is expected to be a busy season.  Bookings can be made livingstoneisland@tongabezi.com

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13 May 2015

Victoria Falls New International Airport Opening Countdown

Africa Albida Tourism

The new $150 million international airport at Victoria Falls, which is set to change the face of the region, is just four months away from opening. Africa Albida Tourism chief executive Ross Kennedy said it had become very clear in the last few months that the travel industry now understood the importance of this development. The airport would also create its own “mini economy” with increased staffing throughout and support facilities - which included more duty free and retail spa…

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12 May 2015

Grande Roche Hotel joins the Ethos portfolio

Ethos Marketing

Ethos Marketing is delighted to welcome into its portfolio the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl.   History, modern comforts and unsurpassed service combine effortlessly at this popular 5-star “Small Luxury Hotel of the World” in the Cape Winelands. Beautifully located on its own working wine and fruit farm , it is very popular for intimate weddings and special occasions thanks to its magnificent scenery and its idyllic chapel that is one of the oldest buildings in South Afric…

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12 May 2015

Wildlife Conservation Hub to be Established in Victoria Falls

Africa Albida Tourism

SANTONGA conservation, culture and history park in Victoria Falls will be “a force for good” in the region, incorporating a conservation, education and research focus, Africa Albida Tourism group chairman Dave Glynn says. Mr Glynn described a World Wildlife Fund report, published last year, which found humanity had wiped out 52 per cent of the world’s wildlife in the last 40 years, as “terrifying”. “So if we, as humans, have wiped out 52 per cent in the last…

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12 May 2015

New mobile friendly website

Encompass Africa

Australia's first Atta member, Encompass Africa launches its new mobile friendly website profiling an itinerary collection with real feedback from guests who have travelled each tailormade itinerary. The website also proudly hosts a brand new level of guest service, an online Safari Concierge taking personal care to new heights.

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11 May 2015

Through a Land of Giants

Africa Geographic

Four intrepid explorers tackle the remote Ruvuma River between Tanzania and Mozambique. Click here to read more. 

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11 May 2015

FGASA Training at Selous Safari Company: Raising the bar of Tanzanian Guiding

Selous Safari Company

Through our love of delicious food, eye for detail, stunning décor and consistent service, Selous Safari Company have always prioritised the wildlife experience above all else.  In 1988, Charles Dobie set out to venture into virgin landscapes and seek the purest safari adventure – he found it in Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park.  On foot, by boat or in open sided 4WD vehicles, guests through the decades have experienced the best Southern Tanzania offers and no…

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11 May 2015

Kinasi Lodge has launched a new website

Kinasi Lodge & Spa

Kinasi Lodge on Mafia Island in the heart of the Marine National Park has launched a new website, highlighting their upcoming 20th Birthday specials. For more information, please visit www.kinasilodge.com or contact holiday@kinasilodge.com and stay@mafiaisland.com

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11 May 2015

Ezulwini Lodges join Sun Destinations

Sun Destinations

Sun Destinations has teamed up with Ezulwini River Lodge and Ezulwini Billy's Lodge, both located in the  Balule private nature reserve, Greater Kruger. Billy's Lodge is positioned among towering leadwoods which are incorporated into the design of the lodge, with a skywalk that takes you to a waterhole loved by elephants. River Lodge is constructed on the banks of the Olifants River and entertains in a fig and knobthorn forest populated by birds. Both lodges offer superb Big 5 gam…

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08 May 2015

New Website

Pulse Africa

Pulse Africa has launched a new website. The new site is media richand highlights Pulse Africa’s expertise. www.pulseafrica.com

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08 May 2015

Water for Life: International Water Aid Charity Just a Drop supports over half a million people in Africa with clean water and sanitation

Just a Drop

To herald the start of INDABA, one of the largest tourism marketing events in the African calendar, Fiona Jeffery OBE - Industry Relations Director, African Travel and Tourism Association - highlights the achievements in Africa of the international water aid charity she established in 1998, Just a Drop. Just a Drop was set up to support the millions of women and children in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond who carry out the back-breaking and all-consuming task of finding and fetching water for…

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07 May 2015

Wilderness Safaris Launches Linkwasha Camp in Zimbabwe

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce the opening of the new Linkwasha Camp. Located in a game-rich private concession in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, the camp’s contemporary design raises the bar in terms of luxury in the area.     Situated on the same site as the old Linkwasha, the new camp is perfectly located far away from public access areas, but close to the well-known Ngamo Plains, which offer fantastic summer game viewing to add to the excellent winter …

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06 May 2015

Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

Summits Africa

Fair treatment practices have become very important to the climbing public.  The International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) created the Partner for Responsible Travel Program to highlight those climbing companies in compliance with Proper Porter Treatment Guidelines.  IMEC’s Partner Program for Kilimanjaro was recently reopened in January 2015.             Monitoring activities performed by IMEC’s local initiative …

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06 May 2015

Minor Hotel Group Continues Strategic Expansion in Africa With Cheli & Peacock’s Kenya Portfolio Joining Elewana Collection

Elewana Afrika

Minor Hotel Group (MHG), a hotel owner, operator and investor, with a portfolio of 133 hotels and resorts in 22 countries, is pleased to announce the addition of six camps in Kenya to its growing global portfolio. This is the result of two of East Africa’s most prestigious property portfolios merging, following the acquisition of Cheli & Peacock Group of Companies by the Elewana Collection.  The acquisition sees the six Cheli & Peacock properties, namely, Elsa’s Kopje,…

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06 May 2015

Don't Panic & Get Ready to Party!

Akilanga DMC & Events

Just a few days left before our 10th Legendary Indaba “The Party”!   While most of you are busy with the final touches to your stand or are on a pre-Indaba tour… I’d like to recap the most important information, the pre-party check-list:     or us  in order to retrieve your (compromising) pictures #AkilangaParty  Collect you invitation and access details from our stand ICC C001  Dust off your best party attire  The c…

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05 May 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Google enforces mobile focus onto website owners

Africa Geographic

TIP: Google’s recent announcement that its SEO algorithms will favour mobile friendly websites is massive news for marketers. But what does “mobile-friendly” mean?  Further information about what “Mobile-friendly” means for your website: This was the wording of Google’s announcement: "Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide an…

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05 May 2015

Hoopoe Safaris hosts US President

Hoopoe Safaris

We are in Northern Tanzania with Former U.S President Bill Clinton on the first leg of his tour of The Clinton Foundation projects in Africa, with Hoopoe Safari's Peter Lindstrom, Stephen Laiser and Rupert Hatton. Rupert Finch Hatton and Peter Lindstrom are guides to the President and his guests on a classic African Safari in Tanzania.

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04 May 2015

Encounter Mara joins Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa

We are thrilled to announce that Encounter Mara in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is now part of the Asilia Africa portfolio. Rich game viewing combined with community interaction and the freedom to walk and fly camp has made Mara Naboisho Conservancy one of the most exciting safari destinations in Kenya. Encounter Mara is a permanent camp of 10 tents, all with en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and traditional bush showers. The private verandahs boast views of the endless sav…

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01 May 2015

New to the portfolio: Legendary Serengeti Camp

Classic Portfolio is thrilled to welcome LEGENDARY SERENGETI CAMP to our portfolio. This mobile camp moves between 3 incredible locations in the Serengeti according to migration and weather patterns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.  Website: www.classic-portfolio.com E-mail: info@classic-portfolio.com SA Office: +27 21 876 2153 UK Office: +44 207 096 1287

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01 May 2015

South African Airways Cargo Places an Embargo on Selected Endangered Species

Johannesburg - 30 April 2015: South African Airways Cargo on 21 April 2015 issued a Policy and Procedures Advisory to its internal stakeholders advising of the embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies, which is limited to rhino, elephant, tiger, and lion. SAA Cargo has in the past experienced a problem where some of the shipments containing hunting trophies were misdeclared and was fined in a foreign country. In this particular instance, early in April 2015 a shipment lodged as machin…

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01 May 2015

SA Parks booking portals

Tourism Tattler

Two popular website portals for online booking at South African National Parks and Reserves, with a proven track record over 25 years, are available for take-over. The two web sites turn over 4.5 million in booking revenue with a net profit of just over 1 million per annum, with 98% of business generated through these sites coming from South Africans looking for information and a quick place to book online.   The website pages include detailed inventory on all SANParks and KZN Wildli…

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