Member News

31 July 2015

Honour Way welcomes Kambaku to the collection

Honour Way is very excited to announce that Atta member Kambaku has joined the Honour way portfolio of clients. They consist of two lodges Kambaku Safari Lodge and Kambaku River Sands in South Africa. Kambaku Safari Lodge is a family friendly lodge located in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.  The Timbavati is home of the famous white lion and the perfect spot for a big five safari in South Africa. Owner run with a focus on a relaxed home away from home ambience with sim…

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30 July 2015

2015 Reed Dance Dates Confirmed

The dates for Swaziland’s biggest cultural event have been announced and a hive of colourful activity will soon descend upon the country in the form of the festival known as ‘Umhlanga’ or Reed Dance. The Festival is set to start on the 25tht of August, with the main day (Day 7) set to take place on Monday 31st August . It will be on this day when the main ceremony occurs, with the dancing attended by the King signalling a public holiday in Swaziland. This ceremony is a centur…

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29 July 2015

Get Africa Geographic’s Coffee Table Book for your establishment!

Africa Geographic

Africa Geographic is due to release a printed soft cover coffee table book celebrating the very best from Africa for the year. December 2015 will herald the very first annual print edition of the Africa Geographic Yearbook.  Expect a visual celebration of Africa – featuring the best from the continent for that year.  This showcase of the very best photographs and stories from the fields of natural history, culture and travel will live on your coffee table and at the best lodges…

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29 July 2015

Busting the Sunscreen Myths

Tongabezi Lodge

Even though people are using more sunscreen... Skin cancer rates are rising by 4.2% annually. Which begs the question: What is in our sunscreen and what do those ingredients actually do? And will be better off EATING our sunscreen instead?  http://thetongabezibloghouse.com/categories/lets-all-eat-our-sunscreen/

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29 July 2015

Flights To Entebbe (EBB)

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways, along with its partner KLM, offers the best possible option to travel from the UK to Entebbe. Within this joint venture partnership, you have the choice to connect on an overnight flight via Nairobi or a daylight flight via Amsterdam.   Features of flying with KQ / KLM: 1. A generous baggage allowance. Business Class 2 bags ( 32kgs each) Economy Class 2 bags ( 23kgs each)   2. Opportunity to travel from UK regional points via Amsterdam.   3. Experience our ne…

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29 July 2015

Meet Herbert - Train Manager on "Africa's Leading Luxury train" ...

Ethos Marketing

Herbert Prinsloo has worked for The Blue Train for over 25 years!  He is passionate about his job as Train Manager and loves nothing more than sharing his stories with eager audience on board. He was even persoanl butler to the great Madiba himself! We think he is as much of a national treasure as the Blue Jewel he loves so much so we decided it was time to get to know him a bit better with a quick Q & A session.  To "meet" him please visit our blog on http://www.ethosm…

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28 July 2015

Snakebite

Africa Geographic

With 20 potentially deadly snakes in Southern Africa, this is worth a read.

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28 July 2015

Machangulo joins the Ethos Marketing portfolio

Ethos Marketing

Ethos Marketing is delighted to welcome into its portfolio Machangulo Beach Lodge in Mozambique. The stylish lodge is dramatically located alongside the channel between Inhaca Island and the dunes of the Santa Maria Peninsula in Maputo Bay - and offers a varied range of quality activities and water sports. With inexpensive and easy access (just an hour’s boat trip from Maputo Marina) this beach retreat, with its 15 thatched chalets,is ideal for honeymooners as well as friends and familie…

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28 July 2015

It's not just Presidents that have their own private aircraft when visiting Kenya and Botswana

Great Plains Conservation

As President Obama visits Kenya, closes airspace and lands in his private jet, Air Force One, we at Great Plains Conservation are taking this opportunity to announce our once-in-a-lifetime, 13-day Great African Private Flying Adventure, which is same, same, but different... Yes, you'll get a private plane; a next generation Pilatus PC12, accommodating 6 guests (just a tad smaller than Air Force One) in supreme comfort. You'll get your own private airspace too! F…

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24 July 2015

Safari by Hobby

Tongabezi Lodge

Are you always trying to find more time for doing the stuff you are passionate about? Why not bring your hobby on safari!? Think about it. You get to enjoy the wonders of Africa whilst indulging in your favourite pastime in a beautiful environment... where time moves along slowly enough to accommodate all your dreams. http://thetongabezibloghouse.com/where-to-next/safari-by-hobby/

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22 July 2015

Family Safaris With Nomad Tanzania

Nomad Tanzania - Camps

This Summer, Nomad Tanzania has turned its hand to creating bespoke, family-specific safari experiences throughout Tanzania with the launch of Mkombe’s House Lamai and family tents at four of their most popular camps: Serengeti Safari Camp, Kuro Tarangire, Nduara Loliondo and Kigelia Ruaha. The new, adjoining family tents can house parents and children (above eight years old) in separate bedrooms, joined by a spacious living area giving parents their own freedom whilst ensuring their chi…

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20 July 2015

Deeper into Durban

Africa Geographic

Getting under the skin of South Africa's vibrant East Coast City. Click here to read more. 

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20 July 2015

Namibia Horse Safari Company joins the Handpicked Africa collection

Handpicked Africa is now representing Namibia Horse Safari Company. This is the only mobile riding operation in Namibia and offers five exciting rides across vast deserts, through dramatic canyons and gorges, and along the Skeleton coast. For more informtion please contact Kate Coleridge on kate@handpickedafrica.co.uk 

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20 July 2015

Annual yoga retreat at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange

Hideaways

With an increasing interest in yoga retreats in a unique setting, African Luxury Hideaways will introduce its first annual 6-day yoga retreat at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange in November this year. Yoga will help the guests connect their mind and body with the true beauty of nature. The retreat will take place at least twice annually and will be led by some of South Africa’s most prominent yoga teachers from Cape Town and Johannesburg. It caters to all levels of experience, from the begin…

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17 July 2015

Serengeti Wilderness Camp - Mara River

Wild Frontiers

Wild Frontiers' Safari Collection,Tanzania, includes their two camps inside the Serengeti... Serengeti NORTH Wilderness Camp which is open NOW (July-Oct) and located in the Kogatende area, close the Mara River -ideal for fly-in pakages to catch river crossings.  From December to March this seasonal camp moves to Ndutu for the annual calving. Serengeti Central is open year round. Both camps' rates are not increasing year on year - so offering continued great value.  Fly-in sa…

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17 July 2015

The Killing of a Wildlife Icon - Beks Ndlovu speaks out following the death of Cecil

African Bush Camps

THE KILLING OF A WILDLIFE ICON PRESS RELEASE - Beks Ndlovu talks in his personal capacity on the killing of Cecil - a wildlife icon Following the recent killing by hunters of the well-known lion, Cecil, just outside the boundary of Hwange National Park, we can confirm that this is now under the full investigation of Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority and the Industry at large. A meeting has been called for all stakeholders including the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Ass…

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17 July 2015

Uganda unlocks the power of sports tourism in Jinja Challenge

Uganda Tourism Board

Uganda moves one gear up as the Uganda Tourism Board in partners with Sports Tourism International (STI) and tourism stakeholders to media launch of the Source of The Nile Corporate Challenge. The challenge is running under the theme Unlocking the Potential of Sports Tourism in Uganda. This will take place from 28th to 30th August 2015 in Jinja. For years, tourism in Africa has been based on the wildlife and natural resources. With time, the need to ensure that local people benefit from touri…

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15 July 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Put people in the picture

Africa Geographic

TIP: Many lodges and safari operators have stunning photos in their marketing material and campaigns, but these photos often lack one key element: people.  Further information about putting people in your pictures: How often have you seen those wonderful photos of romantic candle-lit tables laid out by the riverside, with crystal glasses, crisp white linen and the pink sun setting in the background? And yet the chairs are empty and the scene somehow seems incomplete. By including peo…

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15 July 2015

New Land Cruisers for Ultimate Safaris - our best vehicles yet.

Ultimate Safaris Namibia

For nearly a decade Ultimate Safaris has continuously invested in the improvement of our state-of-the-art 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers, which are handcrafted to our specifications in our pursuit to create the perfect safari vehicle. We believe that our new generation vehicles are our best yet. The air conditioners have been upgraded with a very effective new system, and our pop tops roofs now even include a small pop top in the front driver compartment. Subtle but significant modifications mean a …

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15 July 2015

Injured Birds - Should you care for them?

Tongabezi Lodge

Always choose Option A... but if this isn’t possible for some reason you can try some of Dad Doolittle’s proven bird rehab methods.

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14 July 2015

Kampala Adventure Cycling ride for prison children

Uganda Tourism Board

Uganda Tourism Board and Kampala Capital City Authority in partnership with Palms Travel Bureau at a joint press conference on 9th July launched the Kampala Adventure Cycling 2015. The event is set for 17-21 August and will involve 30 cyclists from Europe, 70 international workers and over 500 locals. It is for a good cause- to support children born in Uganda’s prisons, or those who have to go to prison with their mothers because they have nowhere else to go. "This initiative was b…

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13 July 2015

Four Voices on Rhino Trade

Africa Geographic

Will clarity on rhinos help save other species? Click here to read more. 

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13 July 2015

New South Africa Self-drive itinerary

Jenman African Safaris

What better way to travel than at your own pace, experiencing the things you really want to? Jenman Safaris’ new South Africa Self-Drive allows you to do just that. Clients choose what they want, when they want. We’ll provide a rental car, book accommodation and suggest the best highlights, but what clients do are completely up to them. The South Africa Self-Drive tour welcomes guests into the most beautiful parts of South Africa. Beginning in vibrant Johannesburg, clients have 14…

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13 July 2015

New campsite in the Kogatende area

Intimate Places

Intimate Places Tanzania are pleased to have secured a new campsite in the Kogatende area from the 1st July until the end of November 2015. Camp Zebra is located on a private site measuring 2 square kilometers and is but a 5 minute drive from the Mara River with quick and easy access to crossing points 1 through to 4. The campsite also enjoys exquisite views over the plains beyond the river which are expected to be covered by the migration in the coming weeks. Camp Zebra consist of 6 acco…

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13 July 2015

Angama Mara has opened

Angama Mara

Angama Mara, the much anticipated newcomer to Kenya’s bespoke safari scene, is open and welcoming guests! It has taken just 11 months to build since the first peg was planted – a ground breaking achievement in itself - and now, one month later, they have just released the first of a series of photographs from the recent photoshoot. There is little that is conventional about the creation of Angama Mara: translated from Swahili to be suspended in mid-air, it is the only luxury lodge …

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09 July 2015

Nkwichi's new speedy transfer boat

Nkwichi is proud to introduce Mpasa, their new and superfast Boston Whaler transfer vessel! With this newest addition to their fleet, the transfer from Likoma Airstrip to Nkwichi Lodge can now be done within the hour. With sun cover, comfortable benches and seating, it takes 4-6 passengers at a time.    “Guests can now be transferred across the lake to Nkwichi in around 30 minutes, lake conditions permitting”, says Nkwichi General Manager, Rueben Goddard.   Guests ca…

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08 July 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: How to use hashtags effectively

Africa Geographic

TIP: Hashtags in social media are a great way to empower people to search for your content, and to create focus on key words. Done correctly they are great tools, but hashtag misuse will kill your campaign.  Further information about hashtag use: While excessive hashtaging on instagram is an effective strategy, the same cannot be said for Facebook. Imagine “#safari, #lions, #gamedrive, #bliss, #sunset, #bestdayofmylife on Instagram (effective) – and then on Facebook (anno…

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07 July 2015

Celebrating a Year Online

Africa Geographic

Click here to see the best of Africa Geographic Magazine's first year online. 

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07 July 2015

Giraffes return to Uganda's Mburo after 50 years

Uganda Tourism Board

Fifteen giraffes have found a new home with abundant food in the Lake Mburo National Park on Wednesday 1 July. The girafffes have been translocated from the Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest Uganda to Mburo south of the equator. A total of 15 giraffes will be moved to Lake Mburo NP. “Introducing the giraffes in Lake Mburo will help diversify wildlife and consequently, attract tourists,” said Dr. Andrew Seguya the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) executive director, The…

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03 July 2015

Mara Plains Camp, ol Donyo Lodge and Zarafa Camp join National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

Great Plains Conservation

Washington DC (30 June 2015) Great Plains Conservation today announced that three of its properties, Mara Plains Camp and ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya plus Zarafa Camp in Botswana have joined National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a prestigious collection of boutique hotels in remarkable destinations around the world. Great Plains Conservation’s three lodges are among 14 new Unique Lodges members who have each demonstrat…

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03 July 2015

Nubia – A journey along the Nile

The Italian Tourism Co

A unique itinerary that finally can be experienced thanks to the opening of the land border between Egypt and Sudan. A journey that makes you discover the history: from the first invasion of the Egyptian Pharaohs who subdued the Sudanese Nubia, to the area of Jebel Barkal, the capital city of the Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs, when the Nubian Kings conquered the whole pharaonic Egypt. Then we will travel south to Meroe, where a great indigenous culture which rivalled even with the Romans deve…

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02 July 2015

Agents Notice 026 - 30 June 2015 - On-line e-Visa Application to Kenya

Kenya Airways

The Department of Immigration Services-Kenya has informed Kenya Airways that effective 1st July 2015, the above Ministry is launching an on-line visa application portal which can be accessed by going to www.ecitizen.go.ke.   This pilot scheme will run for two months after which from 1st September 2015, all applicants will be required to apply and pay on –line for their visas. This facility is for single entry tourist and transit visas only.   As the introduction of this vi…

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01 July 2015

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Stand out from the crowd

Africa Geographic

TIP: People have so much information thrown at them all the time that you really need to stand out from the crowd to get noticed!  Further information about how to stand out in a crowd: In order to be that giraffe in a herd of zebra you should spice up your blog posts with great pictures, fabulous videos and inciting headlines. Even wonderful narrative and interesting facts go unnoticed if unaccompanied by visual candy for those roving eyeballs. And great content with a boring headli…

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01 July 2015

Rainbow Tours launches new Madagascar trips

Rainbow Tours (www.rainbowtours.co.uk) has released a series of new Madagascar itineraries including a group tour led by destination expert Daniel Austin and a new tailor-made trip focusing on birding. The Daniel Austin Madagascar Wildlife Discovery Tour 2016, departing in October 2016, will showcase the widest range of Madagascar’s diverse habitats, from spectacular Marojejy National Park in the humid north-eastern rainforests to Anakao in the remote south-western sub-arid ‘spiny…

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