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30 June 2016

Top Chefs in Saruni Lodges' Kitchens this July

Saruni

Special guest chefs will be visiting Saruni lodges this July, training and inspiring our kitchen teams! Milanese couple Cristiana Ariotto and Gianni Minori are the owners and chefs at ‘La Sosta’ Restaurant in beautiful Swellendam in South Africa (www.lasostaswellendam.com). On safari with Saruni, the food is as much a part of the adventure and luxury experience of Kenya as the panoramic, unspoilt views, the abundant wildlife, the enthralling culture. Saruni believes the first thing…

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29 June 2016

Witness the annular solar eclipse at Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique

Azura

The Earth, Moon and Sun are aligning for a spectacular show. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon eclipses the sun, but is at its furthest from earth. The moon does not cover the entire sun, leaving a "ring of fire". On 1 September 2016, an annular solar eclipse will pass over the remote Quirimbas Archipelago in the North of Mozambique. Azura Quilalea Private Island will be in the centre line of the moon's shadow - the perfect place to experience this once in a lifetime …

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29 June 2016

Ethiopian Airlines Launches Africa’s First Airbus A350

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and largest African airline, yesterday continued its aviation technology leadership by becoming the first airline in Africa to take delivery of an Airbus A350 XWB in Toulouse, France. Ethiopian has ordered 14 Airbus A350 XWB in total and will be taking delivery of the remaining 13 aircraft in the near future. The A350 XWB is one of the most comfortable, technologically innovative and fuel-efficient aircraft in the market today providing exceptional level…

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28 June 2016

Zimbabwe: Not Just Victoria Falls

Africa Geographic

Find out what Zimbabwe is made of in this week's gallery.

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28 June 2016

Rwandair Re-introduces Community Service to Kampala

AA Safaris and Tours

RwandAir, together with the Kampala Capital City Authority, recently launched a community service programme, which back in Rwanda is known as ‘Umuganda’; they started in Nakawa a suburb in Kampala. Each last Saturday of every month In Rwanda, every person participates in the half-day cleaning of their locality, and take part in other activities that are community based; and all this is led by the president himself together with family. This arrangement has enabled the locals to tak…

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27 June 2016

Tourists answer our 2016 African travel survey

Africa Geographic

Six safari questions answered by you: Africa Geographic recently conducted a snap poll about six vexing questions that our travel clients and safari lodges are curious about. The interesting (and sometimes surprising) results are illustrated below. Thanks to all who participated, and here is the link to those that wish to do so now. 87% of you said YES to having children at safari lodges (we were surprised at this one), but the vast majority placed conditions on their approval. We we…

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27 June 2016

Jenman takes a stand against exploitative animal interactions

Jenman African Safaris

Jenman African Safaris is phasing out all unsustainable animal interactions that are on offer on our tours and itineraries in Southern and East Africa from 1 January 2017. After signing a partnership with Blood Lions, Jenman is reviewing all products that are currently on offer that does not comply with sustainable tourism.   

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27 June 2016

2 New Royal Beach Villas opening at Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Azura

We are excited to announce that Azura is launching a new villa type: The Royal Beach Villas. At 172 square metres they are the largest and most lavish of our villas, and are packed with features, including a 10m infinity pool and adjoining Jacuzzi that spans the entire front deck, a separate lounge area with TV and 2nd bathroom, two spacious outdoor relaxation pavilions, as well as all the normal features of an Infinity Beach Villa that you are used to. Stella Bettany, Owner of Azura, commente…

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27 June 2016

Refund cancellation fees - Update

British Airways

Following the introduction of recent automated refund policy, British Airways has reduced some cancellation fees as follows. Cancellation fees have been reduced by half (50%) on the following fares/markets: o All premium fares o Non-premium fares ex-Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and South West Pacific The new policy is applicable to the majority of: - Public short haul fares - Public long haul fares* - Private CAT25 fares which are determined by public fares ab…

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23 June 2016

Safari News - What they didn't tell you about Nairobi!

Cheli & Peacock Safaris (DMC)

Safari News What they didn't tell you about Nairobi... Outlined with modern skyscrapers, world class restaurants, fully equipped hospitals, modern shopping malls, schools and last but not least; it's very own national park - you will find it all in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya; the most economically empowered country in the East of Africa. Kenya's Rich are on the Rise There are approximately 8,500 high-net worth individuals (HNWIs) livi…

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22 June 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: It's all in the headline

Africa Geographic

TIP: A large obstacle between you and your readers is a catchy headline. Great titles sell content, so make sure you know how to create headlines your readers can't resist.   More about how to write catchy headlines:  Headlines are important for search engines, email subject lines, and on social media! They are the first introduction of your content to your audience and need to be inciting, exciting and also need to provide a promise on which your content delivers. Your blog…

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21 June 2016

Saving Elephants

Africa Geographic

Protecting pachyderms in this week's online magazine plus elephantastic photography in our gallery.

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17 June 2016

Introducing Journeys Under Canvas

Ultimate Safaris Namibia

Ultimate Safaris has from the onset been synonymous with pioneering safaris in Namibia.   As a result, we are delighted to introduce Ultimate Safaris’ Journeys Under Canvas, which is particularly appealing to those who want to connect with the earth, culture and wildlife in a very up-close and personal way.       Our Under Canvas camps are non-participatory and are serviced and equipped to ensure that guests can stay in great comfort and to allow them to relax and re…

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17 June 2016

Mid-season introduced for 2017 at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange

Hideaways

African Luxury Hideaways has introduced a new mid-season, which lies between the Green Season and the High Season for 2017.  This time of year is characterised by warm days, clear blue skies, and cool nights. Clients witness the end of the green season as the effects of the dry season take hold. Mid-season is perfect for photography as there is still enough bush and greenery present.    

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17 June 2016

Villa Rosa Kempinski hosts inauguration dinner for prestigious Chaine Des Rotisseurs-Nairobi Chapter

Kempinski Hotels - Kenya

Villa Rosa Kempinski on Saturday, June 11, 2016,   hosted   the first-ever ChaîneDes Rôtisseurs-Nairobi Chapter Gala Dinner. The Chaîne Des Rôtisseursis the world's oldest international gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950 and is now in over 90 countries. The association is devoted to preserving the camaraderie and pleasures of the table and to promote excellence in all areas of the hospitality culinary arts. Dozens of high profile …

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16 June 2016

Clients can now experience Kruger National Park and Mozambique with Jenman African Safaris

Jenman African Safaris

Clients are often presented with a paradox of choice in southern Africa - whether to travel inland for game viewing or experience serene beaches. Jenman African Safaris has put together an 8-day tour that combines the best of both worlds: viewing the Big Five at the famous Kruger National Park and enjoying resort relaxation on Mozambique’s coral coast. The tour starts in Johannesburg with three days at Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, and excellent game drives. Guests t…

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15 June 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Video is a vital marketing tool

Africa Geographic

TIP: Brands wanting to stand out on social media should be investing in video. Recent stats show that video is becoming a major focus for internet and social media giants and companies that embrace video are finding it easier to connect with consumers, engage with them and convert them into paying customers.   More about why you should be using video as a marketing tool:  According to Syndacast, 74% of all internet traffic in 2017 will be video and using the word “video&rd…

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15 June 2016

Tourvest appoints Martin Cook the Managing Director of East Africa

Sense of Africa

Martin Cook has been appointed as the Managing Director of Sense of Africa, East Africa. With over 20 years’ experience in the Tourism industry and his previous role as Chief Operations Officer for a leading luxury tour operator, Martin brings a unique and widespread knowledge to the TDM family. He is passionate about product, customer service and quality. Martin Cook comments: “I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities the role brings in addition to embracing and h…

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15 June 2016

Kirurumu Ngorongoro Pakulala Camp

Hoopoe Safaris

Hoopoe Safaris is delighted to introduce Kirurumu Ngorongoro Pakulala Camp, the only tented camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and with fantastic views over the crater. There are ten very comfortable ensuite tents with traditional safari bucket showers and flushing loos.  Kirurumu Ngorongoro Pakulala is open all year.   For more information please visit www.kirurumu.net and or contact rupert@hoopoe.com

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14 June 2016

Handpicked Africa is delighted to discover RAW Botswana

Handpicked Africa welcomes RAW BOTSWANA and its team to our portfolio. RAW Botswana operates from a delightful 10 bedded, tented MOTSWIRI CAMP nestled on the banks of the Selinda Spillway on the northern fringes of the OKAVANGO DELTA.  RAW Botswana perfectly fits the Handpicked portfolio being independently owned, small and intimate, and very personalised. Having just been to visit, my opinion is that it has a wonderful balance between luxury and simplicity without removing you from the &…

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14 June 2016

Alex Walker's Serian 2016 Photographer in Residence

Alex Walker's Serian

Penny Robartes, professional fine art wildlife photographer, will join the Alex Walker’s Serian team as photographer in residence for our 2016 high season.  Penny will be available to all clients in camp to provide mentoring on how to capture high quality wildlife images during their stay at Serian. She will be based in our Masai Mara camps from August 1 - 31, 2016 and in the Serengeti North from September 1 - 10th, 2016. She has emerged as one of Africa’s great nature photog…

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14 June 2016

Fly direct to Olare Mara Kempinski

Kempinski Hotels - Kenya

Kenya’s luxury tented camp; Olare Mara Kempinski is just 45 minutes away from the country’s capital, Nairobi. The 12-tented camp is conveniently accessible by a number of domestic flights courtesy of two airlines that have daily scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. Guests can fly direct into the newly refurbished Olare Orok Airstrip, with Olare Mara Kempinski just 20 minutes from the airstrip. Two major Kenyan domestic airlines, Air Kenya and Safarilink have dail…

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13 June 2016

The Wilds of East Africa

Africa Geographic

Explore the magic of Kenya and Tanzania in this black and white gallery:  http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-102/the-wilds-of-east-africa/

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13 June 2016

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille expands conservation area in Laikipia

Orbital Communications

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is delighted to announce that their conservation area has recently increased size from 25,000 acres to over 40,000 acres. This successful conservation and community partnership is a pioneering example of how private partnerships with the community can successfully work in Kenya. The team with the local communities have proudly created, conserved and protected over 40,000 acres of pristine wilderness which means guests enjoy an area three times the size of Ma…

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13 June 2016

New – Place a Bid to Upgrade and Travel in Business Class (Cloud Nine) from Economy Class

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines has introduced a great new program that will give passengers the option to bid for an upgrade and travel in Business class from Economy class.  Using the program “Upgrade to Cloud Nine” customers who have a valid Ethiopian Economy class ticket from London Heathrow and other selected routes can make an individual bid for an upgrade to Business Class. Passengers who win the bid will be able to enjoy the benefits of our Cloud Nine services. How does it work? Af…

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09 June 2016

Africa Geographic's second Yearbook is coming....

Africa Geographic

Following the success of our first coffee table yearbook in 2015, the second edition of the Africa Geographic Yearbook will be available in October 2016… and we expect it to sell like hotcakes again! To avoid disappointment, pre-order your copy now for delivery after launch!

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08 June 2016

A marketing tip from Africa Geographic: Choose images that work on social media

Africa Geographic

TIP: 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000x faster in the brain than text. To keep up in social media, you need to be focussed on great visuals!  More about choosing great visuals for social media:  Your customers want to visualise the experience of your lodges and activities and you only have a few seconds to grab their attention on social media. Do think about the visual content that will best sell your product - perhaps it is …

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08 June 2016

Jenman African Safaris phasing out hands-on animal interactions

Hideaways

As tourists become more discerning customers, the tourism market is changing and tour operators must help create a sustainable environment. Jenman African Safaris has decided to start phasing out all animal interactions such as cheetah petting, lion walks and ostrich rides from its itineraries and product offering. Preserving our natural environment is key. Garth Jenman, Managing Director of Jenman African Safaris, says “It’s up to us to set an example to our clients, suppliers and…

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07 June 2016

Tongabezi news update....

We are delighted to announce that we have a brand new website recently launched so please do have a look and let us know what you think:  www.tongabezi.com As we gear up for the high season things are getting exciting at Tongabezi. We have recently vamped up our beautiful Honeymoon House with its own plunge pool too and it is good to remember that as the mornings get chillier we do have heating and airconditioning in all the rooms and that all at Tongabezi except for the Tree House are n…

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06 June 2016

Walking with the Maasai

Africa Geographic

A five week walk getting to know the Maasai, plus a closer look at the Samburu in this week's online mag.

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06 June 2016

Important industry release regarding the review of Camp Jabulani’s Elephant Experience

Camp Jabulani

A decision has been taken to completely phase out elephant-back safaris. By 1 April 2017, The Elephant Experience at Camp Jabulani will no longer include elephant rides. It is important to understand the origin of the CJ elephant herd. 12 Elephants were trained for elephant-back safaris on a farm in Zimbabwe from which they were rescued at own cost.  A rescue operation was planned and executed, and the herd and their groomsmen were relocated to South Africa. We built Camp Jabu…

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03 June 2016

New Sanctuary Chief’s Camp Opens in Botswana

Sanctuary Retreats

Sanctuary Retreats is delighted to announce the opening of the new Sanctuary Chief’s Camp in Botswana. The camp, which is Sanctuary Retreats’ flagship property, has been re-built to create a new, luxurious contemporary safari camp in one of the best locations in Africa. The spacious new pavilions (which have tripled in size) have incredible views over the surrounding Okavango Delta, which can be enjoyed from each pavilion’s private cocktail pool or outdoor lounge.  Bathr…

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03 June 2016

Xanadu, Zanzibar! Handpicked Africa's new client

Here is a little teaser video. And their website: www.xanadu-villas.com The brand new and stunning Xanadu has 6 uniquely designed villas surrounding a central thatched dining area and pool just a few meters from the beach. Handpicked Africa is their representation company so please email katecoleridge@handpickedafrica.co.uk for rate and fact sheets. 

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02 June 2016

Set Departures for 3 Iconic Wildlife Events in Zambia

During November to mid-December, 3 of the world's most iconic wildlife events occur in Zambia: ELEPHANTS:walking through Mfuwe Lodge's reception area to get to the wild mango trees. PITTAS:the holy grail of African birds. Spot this rare, elusive beauty on safari at Bushcamps. BATS:10 million fruit bats gathered in Kasanka NP for the world's greatest mammal migration. The Bushcamp Company has set departure itineraries for this unique trio, click here  to see the video. You can&…

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02 June 2016

Garonga Safari Camp reopened

Garonga Safari Camp

Garonga Safari Camp has just reopened after three months major renovations. It has been transformed in to a much fresher look but still keeping the old Garonga USP’s. It really is looking fantastic. Hand in hand with this Key members of staff were sent on training in Cape Town at Top establishments; such as the Head Chef working at the TaJ Hotel, Hogs head Restaurant, the Spier Hotel; the new Little Garonga Manager (Ex Head waiter, Robert) also working at the Taj Hotel, the President, a…

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01 June 2016

Survey: 6 things guests think about before booking a lodge

Africa Geographic

At Africa Geographic Travel we get lots of questions about booking a safari. So now we are asking your thoughts on 6 things people think about before booking a lodge.  Take the survey here and let us know your personal thoughts on these important things customers think about before booking a lodge. What is important to you? Your lodge? Or your travel clients? We have also asked our social media audience to fill in the survey and over the next few weeks we will let you in on the …

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01 June 2016

Jenman African Safaris gets tour Fair Trade approved

Hideaways

Jenman African Safaris’ first tour has been certified by Fair Trade Tourism. As tourists become more eco-conscious, travel companies and tour operators need to adapt. The company philosophy at Jenman African Safaris is about making a difference with our tours and the places in southern and East Africa we travel to. At the Jenman headquarters in Cape Town, the company has also started implementing eco-friendly measures such as using a worm farm to produce compost, recycle glass and paper…

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