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29 January 2016

Jouberts to talk about elephant plight on Ellen Show

Great Plains Conservation

This Monday, February 1, Great Plains Conservation's founders and filmmakers, Dereck & Beverly Joubert will be appearing as guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where they will be discussing their latest film, Soul of the Elephant, filmed at Great Plains Conservation's properties in Botswana and Kenya. An insight of what might be discussed with Ellen comes several days ago from the Sundance Film Festival. In a panel forum, introduced by Robert R…

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29 January 2016

Painted Wolf Wines track down Brendan Whittington-Jones

Painted Wolf Wines

Brendan Whittington-Jones has a range that surpasses that of the African Wild Dog. After spending seven years, relentlessly tracking them for the Endangered Wildlife Trust, he has moved to Oman and, at times, travels back to South Africa. Using complex and sophisticated tracking techniques (aka social media and email) we have managed to persuade him to come see us. On the evening of Thursday February 11, between 5 and 7:30 p.m, he will be our guest at a private evening for our pack at the Cha…

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28 January 2016

Another Poached Rhino Arrives at HESC

Camp Jabulani

On Monday 18th January 2016 two female rhinos were poached on a neighbouring reserve. The older rhino cow died due to the severity of the injuries she suffered. She was pregnant, and died along with her unborn foetus. Her two and a half year old calf survived with serious injuries after her horn was hacked off with a chainsaw. Both rhinos were not shot, but were rather drugged with etorphine, a tranquilizer also known as M99. The surviving rhino cow was brought to HESC, accompanied by Kapama`…

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28 January 2016

Tanzania Airport Authority Receives New General Director

AA Safaris and Tours

The government of Tanzania  responded with very fast in recruiting a brand-new Director-General for the Tanzania Airport Authority, after the sudden death of former director Mr. Suleiman Said Suleiman just a couple of days back. Mr. George Sambali who was the Julius Nyerere international Airport's CEO was appointed as the new Director General for the Tanzania Airports Authority (TAA) thus filling the gap at the authority. Mr. Sambali who is 51 years old holds a number of degrees plus…

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27 January 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Visual content should be your focus for 2016

Africa Geographic

TIP: We are visual creatures and the key to standing out in a sea of content in today's world is to create great visuals.   Further information about why you should focus on visual content: With content marketing now the norm, there are just so many great stories out there. Audiences can become overwhelmed and exhausted and that is why visual content will always stand out above the rest. Images and video are quicker and easier to consume than text and innovations like 360-degree …

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27 January 2016

22 Rothschild's giraffes move south of Murchison Falls National Park

Uganda Tourism Board

Over a period of three weeks, 22 Rothschild's giraffes in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park will move home to a new location in the same park. The translocation exercise being done by the Uganda Wildlife Authority with support from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) seeks to provide a greater range for this species of giraffes. Dr. Andrew Seguya, the executive director of UWA says the exercise will establish a viable, free ranging giraffe population on the south bank of…

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26 January 2016

Introducing Mawimbi Villa - The Tides Villa, Tanzania

Far Horizons Marketing

Far Horizons Marketing is delighted to introduce Tanzania’s newest and most stylish private beach property, Mawimbi Villa. Located on the golden shores of the Swahili Coast and managed by the acclaimed Tides Lodge, this elegant sister property offers the perfect retreat for either a safari ‘add on’, or a family beach holiday. Mawimbi is a private oceanfront retreat on the North Eastern coast of Tanzania. Meaning ‘tides’ in Swahili, Mawimbi takes on a figurative m…

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26 January 2016

Uganda hires PR agencies in source markets

Uganda Tourism Board

The Uganda Tourism Board has announced the recruitment of PR and Marketing firms to represent Uganda in the source market. “For the first time ever, Uganda will now have public relations and marketing representatives in our three major source markets of North America, Ireland & UK, and the German speaking Europe,” said Mr. Stephen Asiimwe the Chief Executive Officer at UTB, while addressing tour and travel operators. UTB was holding a briefing for the tour operators who are pa…

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25 January 2016

Kruger Addicts

Africa Geographic

25 Kruger visits later, an Australian couple explain why they just keep going back: http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-82/kruger-addicts/

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25 January 2016

Vamizi Island announces new partnership with andBeyond

Vamizi Island is delighted to announce a new partnership with luxury experiential travel company andBeyond, who will take over the management of the island from 01 March 2016.  The new partnership will continue to build on the successes and reputation already achieved on the island, which celebrates its 10 year anniversary.  Vamizi will join the andBeyond collection as the third private island in the portfolio, and the island’s luxury private villas will continue to operat…

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25 January 2016

Just a Drop at RGS: Life Behind the Lens Lecture

Just a Drop

Patrick Morris and Huw Cordey together with patron Stephen Sackur are going to give a special talk on “ Life Behind the Lens” and will share some of their most iconic wildlife experiences with you, all in aid of Just a Drop. The Royal Geographical Society, Thursday, 28 January 2016 from 18:30 to 21:15 (GMT) To book your tickets please click here.  

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22 January 2016

Intimate Places Tanzania - Camp Zebra locations for the 2016/2017 season.

Intimate Places

Camp Zebra, our semi-permanent camp which follows the Wildebeest migration around the Serengeti National Park and the Ndutu area in the Ngorongoro Conservation area, will be located as follows for the 2016/2017 season: June 2016 – Central Serengeti. July till October 2016 – Kogatende area. November till mid-December 2016 – Central Serengeti. Mid-December 2016 till the end of March 2017 – Ndutu area in the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Camp Zebra has received two major…

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22 January 2016

Kenya Airways makes Changes in its Top Management

AA Safaris and Tours

Kenya Airways (KQ) one of the leading airlines in Africa declared the appointment of a new Acting Group Finance Director Mr. Dick Murianki who replaced Alex Mbugua with immediate effect. Ambassador Dennis Awori, the KQ Chairman of the Board while making this public announcement said that the Group Finance Director position was going to be filled by way of a highly competitive interview that will get started soon. Kenya Airways (KQ) is a key player in the transportation industry that ferries i…

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21 January 2016

Help Raise Money for South Africa's Home from Home Trust

Jacada Travel

An update from Uthando - a South African community charity Jacada Travel support:  Thanks to our incredible supporters last year “Team Uthando” (James and Xolani) raised R117 000.00 cycling the Cape Town Cycle Tour for Home from Home. Once again, this year we are cycling for Home from Home and really hope to beat that total….please help us to help this amazing organisation that is helping so many children. The 109km race take place on the 6th of March 2016 and it …

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20 January 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Engagement is key to building your brand

Africa Geographic

TIP: The power of social media is that you as a brand are given a direct platform to engage directly with the people most important to your business.   Further information about about engaging with your clients through social media: Social media and the likes of platforms such as TripAdvisor have upped the game when it comes to customer service. In today's digital world it is crucial to have your finger on the pulse on the way your clients are now communicating with your brand. S…

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20 January 2016

Siringit Villa joins Intimate Places Tanzania

Intimate Places

Intimate Places Tanzania is delighted to welcome ‘Siringit Kilimanjaro Golf and Safari Retreat’ to its portfolio of ‘boutique’ properties on the Northern Safari circuit. Siringit is a luxurious 6-bedroom villa located within the confines of the superb Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate (www.kiligolf.com), midway between Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha. This spacious and elegant property, which is situated beside the 5th fairway of Ta…

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19 January 2016

Tongabezi Lodge news....

Honour Way

A very happy New Year to you all! Here's hoping for one with lots of lovely Zambia interested guests...  Due to the high water levels we are currently experiencing, Livingstone Island's Devils Pool will close any day now without notice depending on how fast the water levels rise. When Devils Pool is closed, we do have an alternative swimming pool called “ Angels pool “ in which our guests can enjoy a dip on the edge... All 5 daily visits to the island will continue t…

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19 January 2016

Great Plains Young Explorers

Great Plains Conservation

We know that safaris are a considerable expense, and when there are little ones involved it becomes more even more so for the parents that have made an informed choice to widen their children's knowledge and experiences. So that is why from today going forward, for all new reservations, we have removed the need for families to book a private vehicle at all of our camps in Kenya and Botswana. This will still be subject to the minimum age requirements, which vary fro…

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18 January 2016

Vanishing Animals by Will Burrard-Lucas

Africa Geographic

11 African animals to not take for granted, and this week's entries to the #AfricaGeoPhoto competition. 

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18 January 2016

Zambia - New Camp Opening 2017

New Luxury Safari Lodge to be Built in Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia Norman Carr Safaris and African Parks are proud to announce details of the investment in, and construction of, a luxury lodge in Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. Mambeti Camp is being funded by African Parks with the design and construction being implemented by the award-winning Norman Carr Safaris group which will also manage and market the new offering. Construction will start in February 2016 and the lodge is expecte…

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18 January 2016

Cabinet Secretary to promote Kenya coast tourism with LIVE turtle release webcast

Discover Africa

Kenya Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala will release a rehabilitated turtle back into the Indian Ocean at 14:00 on Sunday 17 January 2016 at Watamu Turtles (Local Ocean Trust) in a world first live web broadcast via Periscope as part of the #KenyaLive tourism campaign. Viewers around the world will be able to watch live on the web as an underwater camera on the turtle’s back captures the turtle swimming along the reef. Balala will be joining the Ministry of Tourism funded #KenyaLive…

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15 January 2016

ARP Travel Group launches Migration Safari with HerdTracker in 2016

ARP Group

ARP Travel Group launches Migration Safari with HerdTracker in 2016   ARP Travel Group has partnered with the innovative App “Herdtracker”, which gives accurate daily location of the wildebeest migration. For more details on these guided Migration focussed safaris, please contact us on alpha@alphauk.co.uk.”

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15 January 2016

Federal Airlines launches NEW Website

Federal Airlines, the preferred shuttle and charter airline in South Africa have launched their brand new website! The site incorporates stunning imagery, a detailed yet easy-to-use interface, a clear description of the company services and an electronic portal for agents to either sign up or log-in to easily and seamlessly make bookings. Visit www.fedair.com for yourself and enjoy! 

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15 January 2016

Just a Drop at RGS

Just a Drop

Just a Drop is bringing to the Royal Geographical Society a unique evening with two of the world’s leading directors and producers of Wild Life Series and Film, Patrick Morris and Huw Cordey. Huw’s series The Hunt is currently showing on BBC and Patrick’s film the Enchanted Kingdom is due for release in the UK shortly.  Patrick and Huw together with patron Stephen Sackur are going to give a special talk on “ Life Behind the Lens” and will share some of their …

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14 January 2016

Ranger Safaris Photographic Clinic & Safari

ARP Group

Ranger Safaris has partnered with Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE to offer a special Photographic Safari & Clinic.  This 2 week programme is designed for serious and amateur photographers that want to improve their photographic skills.  The itinerary is packed with extended game drives, bush walks and cultural visits to give participants a large variety of photo opportunities. This is a scheduled departure operating on a shared basis with only three participants per vehicle to provide wi…

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14 January 2016

Kenya Airways Sells off 2 Planes

AA Safaris and Tours

Kenya Tourism News - As Kenya Airways begins disposing off a number of its surplus planes, Omni Air International which is based in the USA has bought two of its Boeing B777-200ER’s, that were substituted with high tech Boeing B787-8’s. During the 40th anniversary congress of ATA that was held in Nairobi towards the end of last year, Mbuvi Ngunze the airlines CEO confirmed that the sale of a number of airplanes was in its finalizing stages although then he couldn’t spell out…

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14 January 2016

#KenyaLive - Two world firsts for wildlife enthusiasts

Discover Africa

HerdTracker in partnership with Make It Kenya will live broadcast two world firsts: lion interaction at night via starlight camera, and the release of rehabilitated turtles back into the Indian Ocean in Watamu - live via underwater camera for the first time ever. Safari enthusiasts can view the #KenyaLive broadcasts on Twitter’s Periscope app (available for download on Android and iOS) from 7-18 January 2016. #KenyaLive comes off the back of the hugely successful #MaraLive campaign…

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13 January 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Collaboration is key to getting your content read

Africa Geographic

TIP: Collaboration - to create and distribute content - is key to successful content marketing.   Further information about collaboration being the key to content marketing: Collaboration is critically important when it comes to content marketing. As audiences demand a higher quality of content, you need to form great relationships with your guests and journalists that can feed you with fabulous stories. It is also important to collaborate with media partners that already have the au…

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13 January 2016

Lower Zambezi National Park is now the World’s first Carbon Neutral National Park

Royal Zambezi Lodge

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA - BioCarbon Partners (BCP), supported through the USAID Community Forests Program (CFP), in partnership with the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), and Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ), are proud to announce achieving the world’s first carbon neutral national park from operations in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. Following on the announcement of the global climate agreement at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in December 2015, this development illustrates commitme…

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12 January 2016

Auric Air increases flight frequencies to Iringa and Songea

Auric Air Services

Auric Air announces added frequencies on flights to Iringa and Songea effective 20 January 2016 Added flights are Iringa (Wednesday afternoon flights) Songea (Wednesday flights) Now flying 10 X Weekly to Iringa and 5 X Weekly to Songea

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11 January 2016

Africa's Wild Dogs

Africa Geographic

Meet one of the world's most successful predators and check out some of this week's entries to the #AfricaGeoPhoto competition.

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11 January 2016

Prince Harry Endorses Rhino Conservation Botswana

Wilderness Safaris

The Wilderness Safaris conservation team was honoured to host Prince Harry in Botswana recently as part of a three-month trip to southern Africa to take part in various frontline conservation activities, including the company’s pioneering Botswana Rhino Project.     During his time in Botswana, Prince Harry joined Map Ives, Wilderness Safaris Botswana Environmental Manager and Botswana’s National Rhino Coordinator, and Kai Collins, Wilderness Safaris Conservation …

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11 January 2016

Ethiopian Expands Cape Town Service with Nonstop Flights from Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines (ET), the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce the addition of 2 x weekly non-stop flights between Addis Ababa and Cape Town, effective 3rd February 2016.  This expansion complements its existing 4x weekly services to Cape Town, now offering a total of 6 flights.   For the U.K market, there will be 6 x weekly connections from Heathrow (T2) to Cape Town and 6 x return connections with Heathrow – Addis – Heathrow operated …

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08 January 2016

Stanley & Livingstone, Victoria Falls

Wild Horizons

Wild Horizons has been awarded the management and marketing contract for The Stanley & Livingstone portfolio of products based in the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. The portfolio includes Stanley & Livingstone Safari Lodge, Ursula’s Camp, The Nakavango Conservation Programme as well as big five game drives on the 6000-acre Reserve.  “We are proud to align ourselves with Wild Horizons, who support our vision as well as conservation and co…

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07 January 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Make marketing resolutions you can keep in 2016

Africa Geographic

TIP: Marketing in 2016 will be all about working smarter, keeping abreast of current trends and changes and deciding what strategies are important to your business.   Further information about being a good marketer in 2016: Resolutions are made to be broken, but this 2016, the best advice we can give is to not spread yourself and your marketing team too thin. With so many changes in the marketing world, the online, social space can be difficult to keep up with. In order to keep swimm…

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07 January 2016

Let’s all do the Congo!

Kamili

Kamili is delighted to announce a partnership with Congo Conservation Company (CCC), to market their three Odzala Discovery Camps in Congo-Brazzaville. Odzala is a near-mythical place of astounding biodiversity - a place few people have ever had the chance to visit. Odzala Discovery Camps are proud to be able to provide a unique opportunity to visit the forests of the Congo Basin, in safety and comfort. Clients can explore the towering forests, crystal-clear streams and expansive open savanna…

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07 January 2016

The World's First Gorilla Encounter in Virtual Reality

Matoke Tours

Experience the Travel Sector’s First Virtual Reality Travel Brochure On 6 January 2016, Matoke Tours is launching the first virtual reality travel brochure allowing travellers to experience a complete virtual Ugandan safari. Come eye-to-eye with mountain gorillas, including a close-up encounter with a curious gorilla grabbing the camera. Matoke Tours is announcing the travel industry’s first true virtual reality travel brochure designed to be experienced in your home or on the go w…

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06 January 2016

Our Year in Africa

Africa Geographic

From gorilla trekking in Uganda to white water rafting in Victoria Falls, enjoy our best issues from the past 12 months.

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06 January 2016

Kenyan Tourism Increases with the Arrival of Cruise-Ship Tourists

AA Safaris and Tours

Kenya’s tourism industry is looking forward to great news following the arrival of a cruise ship in Mombasa having over 1,000 tourists including its crewon Safari in Kenya. On Saturday early morning, the MS Seven Seas Voyager operated by Regent Seven Seas Cruises, finally docked at the Mombasa-Port with 688 passengers plus 451 crew members. Last year on 9th December, a luxury cruise-ship reached Mombasa having 1,099 people on board including the crew plus tourists. However, this month t…

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06 January 2016

Wild Horizons has been advised that the KAZA uni-visa is no longer being issued

Wild Horizons

Wild Horizons has been advised that the KAZA uni-visa is no longer being issued. Following the news at the beginning of the month that the uni-visa was no longer available in Zambia the issuance of the KAZA visa has been suspended effective immediately in both Zimbabwe and Zambia. Please be aware that this could change in the near future and that we will keep you abreast of any changes. All 'Standard' visas are still being issued. Please contact Wild Horizons for…

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05 January 2016

Christmas Gifts for Africa

Africa Geographic

Christmas gifts that keep on giving this festive season. Click here to read more.  

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05 January 2016

Roving Bushtops opens for business in the central Serengeti

The Bushtops Camp Collection

We are thrilled to announce that Roving Bushtops – our third camp has welcomed its first guests.  A gem on a jewel! Situated within the Seronera area not far from the Moru Kopje (often called the jewel in the crown of the Serengeti), Roving Bushtops introduces a new concept in Wild Luxury safaris. Guests stay in six superbly-specified rooms on wheels. We designed and patented this innovative concept of 5-star fold-down mobile tents, each of which features king-size beds, 24 hour po…

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