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29 February 2016

Africa on Safari

Africa Geographic

Drama and beauty abound in this sneak peek of the book, Africa on Safari - a gallery of images as a result of thousands of hours spent on safari across Africa. View it now!

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26 February 2016

HESC new home for orphaned elephant calf

Camp Jabulani

On 16 February, The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) took custody of a 5 week old elephant calf. He had been found after falling into a draining hole at the Phalabora (stet) Copper mine in the vicinity. Employees at the mine reported the stranded calf to Wildlife Supervisor, Johann McDonald. Scuff marks on the scene indicated that his herd tried to bend down to rescue him from the hole. They probably left the scene at around 06h00 when workers started arriving at the mine. McDonald…

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24 February 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Create shareable content

Africa Geographic

TIP: Don't get lost in the sea of content - only post photos or write blogs that you, your audience and the general public will want to share with their friends!  Further information about creating shareable content: No one wants to share that image of your new game drive vehicle with their friends - so why are you wasting your time posting it? We as humans have the need to connect, converse, share and socialise with other human beings - tap into this need with your content and y…

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23 February 2016

Swaziland' Marula Festival Begins

Locally known as ‘Emaganwini’, Swaziland’s Marual festival is a time of song, dance and celebration of the harvest of the Marula Fruit – used not just in the delightful beer, but also in skin care products and medicine. A tribute to the riches of Mother Nature, this highlight of the Swaziland calendar is initiated by King Mswati III and Her Majesty the ‘Indlovukazi’ the Queen Mother, who travel all over the Kingdom leading the nation’s cel…

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22 February 2016

Elephantastic Addo

Africa Geographic

See the Big Seven and elephants galore in South Africa's third largest national park, read our article on Elephantastic Addo!

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19 February 2016

Kenya Airways cancels flights to Douala between 1st and 21st March due to airport closure

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways has cancelled all flights to Douala Cameroon between 1st and 21st March due to closure of the international airport for repairs. Kenya Airways has six flights to Douala per week. Four flights per week to Douala every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday go via Douala and culminate in Cameroon’s capital YaoundéNsimalen International Airport. These flights will now be direct to Yaoundé. Flights on Tuesday and Saturday to Douala via Bangui in Central Africa Repub…

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18 February 2016

Kenya Airways to add additional flights into Amsterdam during summer peak

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways will add an additional six weekend flights to its schedule on flights between Amsterdam and Nairobi from August 5 until 21 August 2016. From August, the extra flight will depart Nairobi in the evening to arrive in Amsterdam early morning the next day and depart from Amsterdam for Nairobi the same morning arriving late afternoon in Nairobi. These additional summer flights will connect to the US and Europe with an early morning arrival and departure in Amsterdam via the hubs of Ken…

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17 February 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Content marketing takes time

Africa Geographic

TIP: Content marketing takes time and effort and it can be tiring - but don't give up, the rewards are well worth it!   Further information about why content marketing requires your time and effort: Blog posts need to be written, great images and videos need to be taken or sourced, partner relationships need to be nurtured and social media communities require constant management and attention. There are no quick rewards or wham-bam approach to content marketing - this genre of ma…

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17 February 2016

A fresh view of the world’s largest volcanic crater, Entamanu Ngorongoro.

Nomad Tanzania - Camps

Nomad Tanzania announces newest camp, Entamanu Ngorongoro, perched right on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. The camp sits on a stunning site on the remote north-western rim of the Crater, and is the first with views into both the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. And, most importantly for Nomad, it is the first lodge on the rim to be 100% removable. Nomad’s aim is to see, but don’t be seen. Right from the start, says company director Mark Houldsworth, Nomad have been planning…

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17 February 2016

Uganda at ITB Berlin 2016

Uganda Tourism Board

At least 18 Ugandan tour and travel companies will be exhbiting at the ITB Berlin 2016 exhibition from 9-13 March. Uganda Tourism Board CEO Stephen Asiimwe encouraged the tour operators to take advantage of one of the largest expos to do business. "ITB gives you great opportunity to expand your business," Asiimwe said while meeting operators at the UTB offices in Kampala, Uganda. The meeting was to harmonise plans and update the businesses on what to expect at expo. Uganda will be e…

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15 February 2016

Hooray for Hippos

Africa Geographic

Find out why hippos play such an important role in our ecosystems and why they deserve our respect. Read: Hooray for Hippos.

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15 February 2016

Liuwa with the legendary Robin Pope

Robin Pope Safaris

2016 marks, for the Robin Pope Safaris family, 3 incredible decades of creating memorable safari, adventure and unforgettable experiences! In celebration of our off the beaten track experiences over the years, we take you down memory lane and back to Liuwa with the legendary Robin Pope himself. We have a limited number of 5 night departures to Liuwa using Matamanene Camp (NCS): 25 & 30 April 2016 23 & 28 November 2016 only! Liuwa Plain National Park is situated in a remote s…

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11 February 2016

New Tourist Visa Rules in Kenya

Cheli & Peacock Safaris (DMC)

We are happy to inform you that the Department of Immigration Services of Kenya officially announced that the waiving of visa fees for children 16 years and under has come into effect as of February 1st, 2016. We at Cheli & Peacock Safaris look forward to assisting you to create a family safari of a lifetime using this fabulous incentive. Please contact your personal consultant directly or us on info@chelipeacock.com for further details.

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11 February 2016

Victoria Falls “An Unbelievable Experience” – Cheetahs Rugby Team

Africa Albida Tourism

South African Super Rugby side the Toyota Free State Cheetahs came to Zimbabwe and they conquered - winning their pre-season clash in Harare against the Vodacom Bulls before visiting the country’s top tourist attraction Victoria Falls. The 45-strong squad, who stayed at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge this week, were blown away by the beauty of Victoria Falls, which many had never seen before, with team captain Francois Venter saying, it was well beyond his expectations. The Cheetahs’…

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10 February 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: All signs point to video

Africa Geographic

TIP: Video should be one of the primary focusses for your brand when it comes to content marketing in 2016!   Further information about why your brand should focus on video: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like are all making 2016 the year of the video. Video is sure to overtake other mediums when it comes to content marketing and here at Africa Geographic we see the growth of video on a day to day basis. Be it a beautifully crafted video showcasing a safari experience, a 360 de…

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10 February 2016

Back by Popular Demand, Africa Returns to the Nordics

On Show Solutions

Agents and operators who sell Africa will have an opportunity in March to meet with 20 top African products in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen.  The Africa Showcase, now established as an annual event, is designed for Africa travel specialists to discover new offers, meet properties and safari operators and learn to sell Africa with confidence and passion. The Nordic countries make up an important tourist source market for African companies, forming the third largest outbound market in Eur…

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10 February 2016

Discover Zimbabwe Familiarisation Tours

Falcon Safaris is hosting two Discover Zimbabwe Agent Familiarisation Tours between WTMA and INDABA on the dates below. West to East (Start Victoria Falls & End Harare) - 12-22 April 2016 - click here for the itinerary East to West (Start Harare & End Victoria Falls) - 23 April – 03 May 2016 - click here for the itinerary To book your seat, please email Patrick at admin@falconsafaris.com Note that seats are limited and bookings will be treated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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09 February 2016

Kenya Airways to change London schedule from 27th March 2016

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways will change its schedule on the flights between London and Nairobi from March 27, 2016. From the start of the summer schedule in March, flights will depart Nairobi in the morning to arrive in London in the afternoon on the same day and depart from London for Nairobi the same evening with next day arrival in the morning in Nairobi. The change is part of Kenya Airways drive for a more passenger convenient service and gives customers a wider choice of connection options to and from …

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09 February 2016

Good Gnus

Serengeti Balloon Safaris

Serengeti Balloon Safaris are currently operating in Serengeti South (convenient for guests staying in Ndutu / Serengeti South areas).  This is a seasonal operation from December to March and in addition to our main area in Central Serengeti. We have been having some wonderful flights floating over the Great Migration.  For example, recently (4th February) our flight lasted just over an hour and covered a distance of 15 km.  The entire flight was over countless wildebeest and ze…

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08 February 2016

The Secret Garden Route

Africa Geographic

Discover the hidden gems that lie in store on the Garden Route in this article.

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08 February 2016

Selous flights close gap in Auric Air’s safari circuit

Auric Air Services

When Auric Air will add the Selous Game Reserve to its safari and beach destinations will one of the last gaps in their route network finally be closed. Effective 01st of June will this private Tanzanian airline with the arguably widest scheduled network across East Africa’s largest country begin to fly their Cessna C208B Grand Caravan’s from Dar es Salaam and also from Zanzibar to any of the Selous airstrips.  The announcement of Selous flights being launched in June comes …

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08 February 2016

Uganda safe, no Zika says Ministry of Health

Uganda Tourism Board

There is no Zika virus infection or threat in Uganda, the Ministry of Health has said in an official statement. To date, there is no single record of Zika in Uganda. "The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the public that the country is at no threat of the Zika virus that is now ravaging communities in South America. Surveillance reports across the country have indicated no risk of the virus," says the Permanent Secretary in Uganda's Ministry of Health, Dr. Asuman Lukwago. Dr. …

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05 February 2016

Important Improvements to Buffalo Luxury Camp for the 2016/2017 season

Intimate Places

Buffalo Luxury Camp is currently undergoing a US $300,000 renovation which will be completed in time for the start of the 2016/2017 season. New facilities which are currently under construction include the following: A new “infinity” pool which is conveniently located close-by the main lodge building. A new 600 square metre (6,000 square feet) family tent consisting of 4 en-suite accommodation tents, a private lounge tent and terraces. A private dining tent for …

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05 February 2016

Equatorial Guinea’s Luxurious Grand Hotel

Luxury Hotels Management Company - Grand Hotel Djibloho

OlawaleAjimotokandiscoversthecharmoftheGrandHotelDjiblohoandspeaks with the hotel's General Manager Vincenco Presti while in the Central African country. Please click here to read the full article.

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04 February 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Harness stories from your staff and guests 

Africa Geographic

TIP: Succeeding in online marketing involves collaboration. This means getting those great stories out of your staff and guests in order to showcase your business!   Further information about harnessing stories from your staff and guests: Online marketing is made that much easier if you harness the stories that are right on your doorstep. Ask your guests and staff to produce content - blog posts and images that come straight from their day to day experiences! These first-hand account…

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04 February 2016

Jenman African Safaris Introduces Grow Africa Initiative

Jenman African Safaris

It is with great enthusiasm that we at Jenman African Safaris would like to announce the Grow Africa initiative.  Grow Africa is an altruistically driven programme aimed at social, economic and environmental development. The Grow Africa initiative is a non-profit organisation aimed at the development of local communities in the Southern Africa. Grow Africa has also collaborated with Pack for a Purpose  to work on a series of projects aimed at building up local and international commu…

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04 February 2016

New Cultural Activity at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

Madagascar Classic Collection (MCC)

We’ve just created an exciting new cultural activity at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge: traditional storytelling on the beach. Immerse yourself in the local Antanosy culture and history as you sip a drink under a star-washed sky. Manafiafy is an outstanding destination for adventure, wildlife and culture. Here are some of the top activities available: rainforest treks through the last untouched coastal rainforest in southern Madagascar, exploring the 40km Sainte Luce mangrove ne…

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03 February 2016

Celebrating #Zulu200

Ethos Marketing

South Africa's Zulu nation this year celebrates its 200th birthday!  Two hundred years ago in 1816 King Shaka kaSenzangakhona became king of the Zulu Nation. He united various Nguni clans who lived on the east coast of South Africa into the larger Zulu nation that has become one of the most admired kingdoms in the world. Today the Zulu are a proud nation who treasure their rich heritage, traditions and culture. Ghost Mountain Inn set in the heart of ‪#‎Zululand‬ honours this…

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03 February 2016

Life jackets donated to fishermen at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

Madagascar Classic Collection (MCC)

We are proud to announce that we distributed 300 life jackets to the local fisherman at Manafiafy village this weekend thanks to a generous donation from our guests Sandra, Bruce & Max Fairon.  Manafiafy fishermen face the ocean every day in their traditional dugout canoes to provide sustenance for their families. Every year fisherman are lost to the ocean. On behalf of the village of Manafiafy, we thank the Fairons for their lifesaving gift.  The event was attended by local dig…

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03 February 2016

Victoria Falls River Lodge is proud to introduce Toa Spa

Set upon a raised deck with breath-taking views of the mighty Zambezi River and private Kandahar Island, the organic combination of wood, thatch, canvas and glass of Toa Spa blends effortlessly into the natural surrounds. Soothing interiors, in earthy tones, are complimented by copper, glass and splashes of vibrantly coloured ‘chitenge’ (African fabrics). Toa means Ironwood (a large tree indigenous to the area) in Tonga, one of the official languages of the region.  The Spa i…

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02 February 2016

Selous: A Long Way From Anywhere

Africa Geographic

A closer look at Africa's oldest and largest protected area - Selous.

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02 February 2016

Airlink returns to NOSY Be – Madagascar

Airlink

Airlink is pleased to announce the re-introduction of air-services between Johannesburg and Nosy Be commencing Sunday 20 March 2016. Flights will operate weekly with a single return flight on Sundays. Initially the service will be on one of Airlink’s fleet of 18 Embraer ERJ 135 regional jet aircraft, and as soon as demand justifies, one of Airlink’s fleet of 12 Avro RJ85 whisper quad jets will be deployed to provide the service. Seats will be made available in the agency Global Dis…

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02 February 2016

The World Travel Market Africa this April 2016 in Cape Town

AA Safaris and Tours

The World Travel Market Africa which is the number one B2B exhibition for the Africa travel markets plus tourism markets in Africa and beyond the continent. The World Travel Markets (WTM) Africa Through its extensive networks, international reach as well as regional focus in the industry creates not only personal but also business opportunities offering our customers good quality communities, contacts as well as content. Once you attend the WTM Africa you will have an opportunity to simultane…

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01 February 2016

Great Plains announce opening of Duba Expedition Camp

Great Plains Conservation

We have broken ground and excited to announce a new camp for Botswana's Okavango Delta, which will open on 6th April 2016. In keeping with the theme and style established first with Selinda Explorers Camp and then Mara Toto, we want to expand this style within our brand. Duba Expedition Camp however will be at a higher level - higher and better than the current Duba Plains Camp actually. Duba Expedition Camp will be made up of six tents under light cotton canvas, each with en-suite f…

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01 February 2016

Imvelo Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe adds luxury tented extension at Gorges Lodge

Imvelo Safari Lodges

Perched on the edge of Batoka Gorge, with awesome views of the Zambezi River 250 metres below, and across into Zambia, Little Gorges is the latest addition to Imvelo Safari Lodges’ portfolio of spectacular, remote and exclusive destinations. Little Gorges overlooks the dramatic junction of the Dibu Dibu River and the Zambezi, where black eagles and lanner falcons nest in the sheer cliff faces. Little Gorges has five tented bedrooms and a stone-under-thatch central dining and entertainm…

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01 February 2016

Mahali Mzuri has joined forces with Finch Hattons for 2016, Flying Safari

Virgin Limited Edition

Guests can enjoy a 7 night stay, combining both properties and including all domestic flights between the camps, and International airports. This is the perfect way to see two corners of Kenya whilst enjoying luxurious surroudings with 5* service.  Mahali Mzuri   Mahali Mzuri, means 'beautiful place' in Swahili and describes Sir Richard Branson's tented Safari camp perfectly. Located in the private and exclusive Olare Motorogi Conservancy on the northern edge of Kenya…

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