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31 March 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: You need to pay to be seen

Africa Geographic

TIP: No more freebies for social media and blogging - the organic taps have been turned off by the media platform giants and you need to pay in order to be seen!   Further information about why you shouldn't cut your marketing budget: Social media, blogging and digital marketing channels can seem like free or low cost marketing but cash is still required to get your brand seen by audiences important to your business. You may not be allocating that big budget to TV adverts, print …

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31 March 2016

Kenya abstains from visa fees for children

Severin Travel

New family safaris of Severin Travel Africa lead to stilt lodge and Masai Mara The new Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta introduced some actions in order to encourage tourism in Kenya during the last weeks. Besides a charter incentive for carriers from abroad, Kenya has completely abstained from visa fees for children under the age of 16 since 1st February 2016. This aims to increase the attractiveness of the East African destination especially for families. Adults still have to pay a visa fee&n…

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30 March 2016

Buy no Rhino

Africa Geographic

Meet the two sisters who cycled 6,000km across South-East Asia - sowing seeds of change in an attempt to curb the demand for rhino horn. Read their story here.

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30 March 2016

Kenya Airways to boost operations with new flight schedule

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways to boost operations with new flight schedule. As part of its transformation program, Kenya Airways announces several flight scheduling changes that will take effect from 27th March 2016. The changes are expected to boost connectivity for our passengers in Africa by at least 20 %. The changes take into account the reopening of the Nairobi’s JKIA runway which was undergoing an upgrade by the Kenya Airports Authority that saw it closed for six hours daily, from 12 midnight to …

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30 March 2016

Wilderness Safaris Launches New Privately-Guided Explorations

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris introduce a continuously-evolving range of privately-guided, experience-based Explorations, providing guests with the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in some of Africa’s most pristine and remote wilderness areas. Each exclusive Exploration is led by one passionate and experienced guide from start to finish, sharing his or her in-depth knowledge while also tailoring the journey to the personal interests and preferences of the guests along the way. Explorat…

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24 March 2016

Agents Notice 013 - Arrival requirements for Kenya related to Yellow Fever

Kenya Airways

This is to bring to your attention that the Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation – Kenya has advised that Passengers arriving from the countries listed below are required to present a valid vaccination certificate against yellow fever whenever entering Kenya. 1 ANGOLA  15 ETHIOPIA  29 PERU  2 BENIN  16 FRENCH GUYANA  30 SENEGAL  3 BOLIVA  …

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24 March 2016

Cathedral peak Hotel rejoin the Ethos Portfolio

Ethos Marketing

Ethos is delighted to welcome Cathedral Peak Hotel in KwaZulu-Natal’s popular Drakensberg Mountains back into its portfolio. Beautifully located in the heart of the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site, this renowned ‘Berg’ retreat caters for families, nature-lovers and honeymooners alike.  Owned and run by the van der Riet family for over 75 years, this popular hotel offers spectacular views, exceptional service and an expansive list of activities ensurin…

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24 March 2016

We Are Africa announces Major Partners for this year’s edition

Beyond Luxury Media

We Are Africa, Africa’s largest luxury trade show, has once again announced an impressive list of partners and reveals some new developments for this year’s edition. Since launching in 2014, We Are Africa has taken African travel by storm by uniting the industry, challenging outdated perceptions of travel on the continent, and encouraging a fierce passion and shared intent to rebrand Africa as a modern, progressive and inspiring destination. This year an anticipated 250 suppliers, …

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23 March 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Social media requires careful planning

Africa Geographic

TIP: Your social media endeavours need commitment, resources and above all, careful planning. Just as you need set goals and a well though-out business plan for your company, you also need these things to ensure social media success!   Further information about planning for social media: There are so many tools out there that can help you come up with new ideas, see whats trending and schedule your posts for social media - these planning tools help small business to find, curate and …

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23 March 2016

Virtual reality videos

Ibo Island Lodge

Virtual reality videos, 40ft catamaran launched for Ibo Island Fishing and diving experiences no possible to St. Lazarus Banks The northern Mozambique island of Ibo, which for 500 years served as an important trading post in the Indian Ocean, has been captured in 360-degrees through virtual reality video. Ibo Island Lodge has launched three virtual reality videos created by The Network Productions to showcase the Mozambican island, located within the Quirimbas Archipelago, and the various acti…

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22 March 2016

Kaya Maya re-opens this Good Friday

Everyone at Kaya Mawa has been working incredibly hard to ensure we kick off the season this Easter with a delightful bang setting the tone for the year to ensure our guests have the unforgetable experience we have become so well known for.  Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island (Lake Malawi) should be on everyone's radar whether it be as an add on to any Southern Africa or East African trip or as a unique spoiling standalone holiday escape in itself. Perfect for families, groups of friends or co…

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22 March 2016

Ghana Simplifies Visa Rules for African Union Member-States

AA Safaris and Tours

John Dramani Mahama the president of Ghana, has announced that starting this July, anyone who arrives in his country with a valid passport from any of the African Union Member countries will be offered a 30 days Visa The Republic of Ghana has followed the example of Rwanda and just a couple of days back announced that all African Union member-state citizens can now obtain a visitor pass (Visa) on arrival in the country saving them from the trouble of prior application for a visa. Rwanda is am…

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21 March 2016

Enchanting Ethiopia: Land of Origins

Africa Geographic

Explore Ethiopia, a dynamic corner of the continent, in this week's issue of our online magazine + a gallery of tribes of the Omo Valley.

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21 March 2016

Kenya Airways Signs Declaration to Prevent Wildlife Trafficking

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways was a founding member of the task force and is one of the signatories to the Declaration of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products signed at Buckingham Palace, London, this week. The Group MD and Chief Executive Mbuvi Ngunze who signed the declaration on behalf of the airline joined 40 other leaders in the transport and conservation sector to sign the initiative led by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. The initi…

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18 March 2016

GoPro film Virtual Reality 360 degree rhino release

Great Plains Conservation

Have you thought about joining an exciting Rhinos Without Borders rhino release? It is a wild and exciting experience but a little difficult to attend. Now is your chance to join in on this amazing experience. In association with GoPro and the Great Plains Foundation, there is an opportunity that allows you to be in the midst of a rhino relocation from your sitting room. Rhinos Without Borders is a project moving 100 rhino from areas of high poaching and now drought conditions to the safety o…

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17 March 2016

Launching the NEW Selinda Adventure Trail

Great Plains Conservation

Great Plains Conservation launches the new Selinda Adventure Trail with 'heli-walking' and/or 'heli-canoeing'. Adventure is defined by a certain amount of unpredictability and unknown. It should also enhance senses and stimulate adrenaline. The new 5 days/4 nights Selinda Adventure Trail embodies this definition entirely: The itinerary primarily dictated by water levels in the Selinda Spillway, a seasonally flooded channel that connects the Okavango River t…

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17 March 2016

Uganda Receives Over 1 Million Pounds for Wildlife Conservation

AA Safaris and Tours

Uganda prides in a great diversity of wildlife which is one of the key pull factors for tourists that travel from different parts of the continent to enjoy a Safari in Uganda. The Uganda Conservation Foundation one of the leading NGO’s in Uganda is going to receive a big fund of towards the conservation of wildlife in Uganda. The government of Britain OFFERED a total sum of 1.5 million pounds to Uganda to help fight any unlawful trafficking of different wildlife products particularly iv…

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16 March 2016

Acacia Africa Puts Greater Focus On Zimbabwe

Acacia Adventure Holidays

Acacia Africa is putting a greater focus on Zimbabwe in 2016.  Three of its small group safaris including the 14 day Southern Africa Magic, seven day Kruger & Victoria Falls and 11 day Delta and Chobe Waterways will now make several stops in the country. All of the itineraries will visit the Victoria Falls, Bulawayo and the Matobo National Park - one of the best places to view rhino in Africa. Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa comments “Zimbabwe is a r…

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16 March 2016

The Wonders of the Uganda Equator | Safari Uganda

AA Safaris and Tours

The Uganda equator is a very popular landmark in Uganda and a much loved stopover for tourists on Safari in Uganda. Wikipedia defines it is an imaginary line which divides the planet into two equal parts. Below we have highlighted some of the unique wonders to enjoy while there. At the Equator that you’ll have the ability to stand in the two sides of this planet, with one foot in the north and the other in the south hemisphere At the equator the lengths of the day are equal to the n…

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14 March 2016

Bush Weddings

Africa Geographic

Read tales from happy couples who tied the knot in the African bush in our bush weddings magazine article here. 

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14 March 2016

Chitabe Camp Switches to 100% Solar Power

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris Chitabe Camp, in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, is delighted to announce that it now operates entirely on solar power. This follows the completion of an energy conversion project that will result in significant savings in electrical power and fuel consumption, and a major reduction in carbon emissions. “Our whole team is extremely proud to announce this important green milestone for Chitabe at the beginning of such an important year for Botswana – its 50th ann…

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11 March 2016

Hot Air Balloon Safaris Launched at Vumbura Plains

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to launch hot air balloon safaris at Vumbura Plains  and Little Vumbura camps in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, which will run from 18 April until end September 2016 to coincide with the dry season. To complement the balloon safari, guests can also opt for an exclusive eight-minute helicopter transfer to and from the launch site, which adds an additional bird’s-eye view of this incredible wilderness concession. Guests who choose to travel to the si…

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11 March 2016

Africa Party Tonight! (Friday 11th)

Handpicked Africa is on the committee for a charity fundraiser tonight in MODE nightclub in West London. Theme is Desert Stardust - in memory of David Bowie. Cause is Rhino Conservation. Please visit the Desert Heart Facebook Page to buy a ticket or click on this link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/desert-heart-2016-tickets-20696854850 It will be a seriously fun party. Hope to see you there!!   

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11 March 2016

Desert & Delta Family Safaris

Desert & Delta Safaris

Botswana is fast becoming a destination of choice for families who want their children to experience the pinnacle of African adventure.  The discovery of Africa is a profound and impactful experience in one’s life, which will be remembered for years to come.  The new Desert & Delta Safaris Ultimate Family Safari Package allows families to experience a combination of the key ecosystems and environments within Botswana on a fun filled adventure of discovery suited and focused…

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10 March 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Social media is a marathon

Africa Geographic

TIP: Proper social media management is a marathon race, not a sprint. Resources, time and energy are required on a consistent, long term basis in order to achieve success.   Further information about running your social media marathon: When it comes to social media, in order to see success you need to put time into your preparation, develop a sound strategy, set your goals, understand your journey, choose tools that will make the process easier, pace yourself and be consistent, pract…

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10 March 2016

Uganda will Promote ‘Mountain Gorillas and much more’ at ITB Berlin

AA Safaris and Tours

Over 18 tour companies have confirmed to represent Uganda at the ITB Berlin 2016 exhibitions that will start on 9th to 13th March this very year. Uganda will be showcasing under a theme "Gorillas and so much more.” having more than 50% of the total population of mountain gorillas in Uganda, this country is a prime tourism destination for anyone enthusiastic about seeing these giant gorillas plus so many other types of primates. The other features that will be showcased will be the s…

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09 March 2016

Representing 21 Nettleton

Orbital Communications

Cape Town’s hottest new hotel in the most exclusive location in Clifton  Simon Beck owner of Orbital Communications is delighted to be representing 21 Nettleton. For more information please contact simon@orbitalcommunications.co.ukor call +44 (0)1603 291806 or view www.21nettleton.com  

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09 March 2016

ET to Mark March 8 with All Women Operated Flight

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines will mark the International Women’s Day, March 8, with an All-Women Operated Flight dispatched on the Addis Ababa – Kigali route. The flight is aimed at further strengthening Ethiopian’s corporate conviction of “Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth”. Women staff members will operate the flight fully on the ground and in the sky, from flight deck crew members and Cabin Operations to Airport Operations; Flight Dispatcher; Load Controller; R…

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09 March 2016

The Big Apple joins Ethiopian Airlines Expanding Global Network

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that preparations are being finalized to launch flights to New York’s JFK airport by the end of June 2016. Flights from Addis Ababa to JFK will depart Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings, and will return from JFK to Addis Ababa the same evening. Flights will make an intermediate stop in Lomé, home base for Ethiopian Airline’s partner ASKY Airlines, in both directions. The NYC flig…

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08 March 2016

Get your free copy of the Classics Map 2016

The Classics Map for 2016 is now available, and more inspiring with new illustrated itinerary guides. Please send us your postal address for your free copy: info@classic-portfolio.com. 

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08 March 2016

SAA announces new domestic departure times from Johannesburg

South African Airways (SAA) has announced that flight closing times for domestic flights from Johannesburg to four key destinations has increased by ten minutes. SAA’s Country Manager for Australasia, Tim Clyde-Smith said that from 1 April, closure times before flights to Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Durban and East London would increase to 40 minutes. “Due to significantly increased passenger traffic between these cities, we have added ten minutes to ensure all passenger baggage can…

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08 March 2016

French movie Le Grand Jour débuts in Uganda

Uganda Tourism Board

An internationally acclaimed film, Le Grand Jour (The Big Day), has been for the first time viewed by the Uganda public at Century Cinemax, Acacia Mall in Kampala. The movie was launched Friday 04 March by Uganda’s Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhukana Rugunda. Speaking to the audience that included the Ugandan actors, Rugunda said film production has a major role in promoting Uganda as a top tourism destination. Le Grand Jour is directed by Pascal Plisson, a renowned French screenwriter…

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07 March 2016

Long Live the King

Africa Geographic

Listen to the roar of Africa's lions before it's too late - Long Live the King.

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03 March 2016

Uganda Safe for Tourism | Safari in Uganda

AA Safaris and Tours

We are pleased to tell you that Destination Uganda after the just concluded presidential election that may have triggered anxiety now and again has stayed safe and continues to be secure and peaceful. Several local plus international tourists that were preparing to take a Safari in Uganda could have felt somewhat insecure however we are happy to tell you that this country is very safe and calm! Ugandan have kept a very calm environment that is suitable for those going for a Safari in Uganda. …

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02 March 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Poor quality content is worse than no content

Africa Geographic

TIP: Posting poor quality content can be worse for your brand than posting no content at all. It hurts your image, rankings and readership!  Further information about why posting bad content is worse than posting no content: Poor content that doesn't engage your readers, is ill thought out and is hastily slapped together can be worse for your brand than no content at all. Poor content can harm your SEO rankings, your brand voice and your readership as audiences will tend to stra…

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02 March 2016

St Helena Joins the World

St Helena Tourism

First country to be welcomed as a member of both Atta & LATA  With the opening in May of a new airport on St Helena, not only will the remote South Atlantic Island’s centuries of isolation come to an historic end, but it could also have a new role; that of a stepping stone for those travelling between South America and Africa. In recognition of its unique position, St Helena has been welcomed as a member by both the African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta) and the Latin A…

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01 March 2016

Pakamisa rejoins Ethos Portfolio

Ethos Marketing

Ethos Marketing is delighted to welcome Pakamisa in Zululand, back into its fold. Pakamisa" is Zulu for "to lift up" which is fitting considering the work this beautiful 5 star lodge does to uplift and protect its environment, staff and local communities. This 2500 hectare malaria-free private game reserve offers the chance to combine the pleasure of horse riding with the thrill of an African safari. Read more...  

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