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28 February 2017

Samara Private Game Reserve introduces the Milky Way Star Bed Experience

Samara Private Game Reserve

Experience the Milky Way star bed at Samara Private Game Reserve in the Great Karoo Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet will be launching the Milky Way Star Bed Experience at the end of February 2017, providing guests with a romantic wilderness experience that will take their breath away. Set against a dramatic mountain backdrop in a secluded location, the platform comprises a bespoke four-poster bed with draped mosquito net. A seating area looks out over the river where wildlife …

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28 February 2017

Threatened Industrial action 03-09 March

British Airways

Mixed Fleet Unite has announced that it intends to hold a further period of industrial action involving one of our five cabin crew fleets between Friday 3rd to Thursday 9th March 2017. We will once again ensure that all our customers will travel to their destinations. Contingency plans will be published next week to customers who have bookings on the further days of threatened industrial action. Please thank our customers for their support and understanding. For our Trade Partners • …

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27 February 2017

Top 10 Activities In Victoria Falls

Rhino Africa

Vic Falls is known as the adventure capital of Africa, and one look at what awaits visitors here and you can see why! Of course, the focal point of many activities is the falls itself but beyond ‘the smoke that thunders’ there is much to excite and exhilarate visitors. From bungee jumping to white river rafting, there is a myriad of activities to keep everyone happy, as well as some gentler pursuits for the less adventurous…  1. Scenic Microlight Flights For a rather d…

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27 February 2017

Removal of Therapeutic Oxygen on Short-haul Flights

British Airways

British Airways will no longer be providing therapeutic oxygen on short-haul flights departing on or after 1st February 2018. This also includes short-haul segments connecting to and from long-haul flights. Customers requiring therapeutic oxygen on short-haul flights will be required to make their own provisions for all short-haul segments of their itinerary.  Advice for customers Accepted oxygen provisions are outlined on the ba.com Travel Assistance pages: www.britishairways.com/en-gb/i…

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24 February 2017

Spirit of Sibella the cheetah lives on with the birth of grand-cubs

Samara Private Game Reserve

Spirit of Sibella the cheetah lives on with the birth of grand-cubs It has certainly been an auspicious start to 2017 for Samara Private Game Reserve, with the discovery of newborn cheetah cubs on a mountain slope within the Great Karoo reserve. The cubs’ mother, Chilli, is the last daughter of the legendary Sibella, who became a beacon of hope and inspiration for a species on the brink of extinction. The birth of Sibella’s grand-cubs marks an extremely special development not only…

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24 February 2017

Doing Good and Leaving our Legacy in Africa

Rhino Africa

Rhino Africa Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is Rhino Africa’s Doing Good division. It is focused on supporting and growing community and conservation initiatives in Africa through a unique and generous partnership with our travellers, suppliers, and employees. It is our vision to leverage our authority in travel to nurture the human and natural capital and to ensure its sustainable development.  We empower our travellers to leave a legacy in Africa.  By travelling and b…

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24 February 2017

AirKenya serves Loisaba, Laikipia, Kenya with daily flights

AirKenya Express

AirKenya will effective 1st June 2017, operate a daily service into Loisaba with a minimum of 2 passengers. AirKenya will continue to fly daily into the North who's stops include Nanyuki, Lewa Downs, Samburu, Meru and now Loisaba with a minimum of 2 passengers. Passengers who wish to proceed to the Masai Mara may do so direct from the North (Loisaba, Meru, Lewa Downs, Samburu) to the Masai Mara.  Flights back to Wilson Airport with possible onwards connections to Kilimanjaro and …

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23 February 2017

Step Back in Time with the Zu/’Hoasi Bushmen of Botswana

Rhino Africa

The Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana is one of the most remote wilderness destinations in Africa, a land hidden from civilisation and forgotten by time. This sense of isolation and insulation from the outside world is best exemplified by the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen. Uncharted Africa’s Jack’s Camp offers guests the opportunity to spend some time with the tribe learning about their culture and traditions, and offers a window into the past. The Bushmen teach visitors how they have …

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23 February 2017

Wilderness Safaris Announces Bisate Lodge GMs

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to welcome Rob and Ingrid Baas as the General Managers for Bisate Lodge, due to open in Rwanda on 1 June 2017.    “After spending several years managing our camps in Kafue National Park in Zambia and driving our guest experience to new heights, we are thrilled to welcome Rob and Ingrid back to Wilderness Safaris as the GMs for Bisate. With their combined passion and respect for Africa, its people and wildlife, and their extensive knowledge of th…

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23 February 2017

Great Plains Conservation opens first permanent stables in the Maasai Mara

Great Plains Conservation

Great Plains Conservation is delighted to announce the opening of the first permanent riding stables in Kenya's Maasai Mara. Ride Kenya - Mara is a stand-alone riding stable of 16 horses, offering morning or afternoon rides in the wildlife-rich Maasai Mara and exclusive Mara Conservancies for any competent horse rider (min. age 14+, max. weight 95kgs, max. group size of 8 riders) staying in any camp. 
The stables are located in the very heart o…

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22 February 2017

Africa's Gold, Celebrating Lions

Africa Geographic

Africa's Gold - A celebration of lions throughout history

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22 February 2017

Safarilink Departure Lounge

Safarilink Aviation

Safarilink is delighted to announce that we have finally been granted KAA approval to board passengers on domestic services directly from our dedicated and secure lounge. Safarilink invested over $100,000 in state of the art security equipment to comply with KCAA and KAA stringent security conditions – a process that started over two years ago! The equipment, together with extensive CCTV coverage in both the external perimeters and internal areas of the lounge meet more than the minimum…

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22 February 2017

Wilderness First Responder Training Course

African Environments

African Environments Ltd is facilitating again this year some advanced first aid training in partnership with Sentinel Outdoor Institute from the USA. Courses range from one day Basic First Aid, through to the flagship course – the 10 days Wilderness First Responder – which is fast becoming the world standard for outdoor professionals. We hope that more guides gaining this qualification will help to raise standards across East Africa. The courses will take place At African Environ…

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21 February 2017

So You’ve Heard of the Great Migration… but what about the Zebra Migration?

Rhino Africa

The Great Migration, often called ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, is one of Africa’s most renowned attractions — consisting of over a million wildebeest along with huge numbers of gazelle and zebra, it’s not hard to see why. But wildebeest are not the only mammals that make such an incredible annual trek… Recently, researchers have discovered that zebras make an impressive journey of their own in Botswana. The details of this epic trip aren’t …

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21 February 2017

Segera Retreat Launches Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Wilderness Safaris

Segera in Kenya is offering guests the opportunity to experience a ‘Sacred Safari’ from 22 – 27 May 2017. Internationally renowned healing artists, Jodina Carey and Andrew Clark, will guide guests through a week of yoga, meditation and live crystal sound baths, surrounded by Segera Retreat’s botanical gardens and 20 000 hectares of pristine African wilderness. “We are delighted to have holistic healers of such a high calibre at Segera. Both Jodina and Andrew epito…

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21 February 2017

Kaya Mawa - Nkwazi Primary Back to School with a Splash of Colour

Back to school came with much excitement as the children at Likoma’s Nkwazi Primary School were welcomed back with a splash of colour and newly renovated classrooms.        With 11 classrooms, assembly hall and library, the school educates 476 students from the surrounding villages. This year Kaya Mawa assisted with re-plastering classrooms, repairing damaged roofs and exterior walls from termite and storm damage and brightening up the school with a fresh coat of pai…

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20 February 2017

Of Leatherbacks and Loggerheads

Africa Geographic

Of Leatherbacks and Loggerheads

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20 February 2017

Introducing Stellar Escape

Ultimate Safaris Namibia

Ultimate Safaris has from the onset been synonymous with pioneering safaris in Namibia.  Last year saw the introduction of our first exclusive seasonal camp, //Huab Under Canvas. It has been a phenomenal first season with fantastic guest feedback, ranking the experience amongst the best Namibia has to offer. 2017 will see a number of new experiences offered at //Huab Under Canvas, and one of these is our new Stellar Escape. Known in other parts of Africa as a sleep out or sky …

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20 February 2017

Kenya Airways to launch direct flights to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Kenya Airways

…This is the airline’s 52nd destination and second destination in the Southern African country Kenya Airways will start a direct flight between Nairobi and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on18th May 2017. This will be Kenya Airways 52nd destination and its second city in Zimbabwe after Harare where it operates 21 flights weekly. The new route between Nairobi and Victoria Falls will operate three times a week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The Victoria Falls operation will be linked to…

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20 February 2017

Villa Da Praia

Villa da Praia(Beach Villa in Portuguese) is a three bedroom villa with breath-taking views, ideal for couples sharing or families travelling with children. It is ocean facing with its own lounge, kitchen and dining room. Should guests be travelling with other friends or members of the family, the third suite is accessible by walking out of the main door around the villa to a lower level where it has its own entrance, en-suite bathroom with shower, separate toilet and an ocean view. This suit…

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17 February 2017

7 Reasons why Namibia is so special

Rhino Africa

Namibia is like an exposed gem, just sitting out there in the desert waiting to be discovered and explored. It’s the remoteness – Namibia is one of the least densely populated places in the world – that makes it such a unique and stirring place to visit. But of course, there is more to it than just vast open spaces and hauntingly beautiful scenery. In fact, we can name seven things that make Namibia a place worth exploring…     1. The Landscapes   Untou…

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17 February 2017

North Island Seychelles White-eye census shows positive results

Wilderness Safaris

North Island is thrilled to announce the results of the recent Seychelles White-eye census that took place on the Island in October 2016, revealing that the population of this endangered endemic bird has quadrupled since it was first reintroduced in July 2007. From just 25 birds, there are now estimated to be up to 105 individuals on North Island, around one sixth of the current global population. As part of North Island’s intensive Noah’s Ark rehabilitation project, 25 Seychelles…

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17 February 2017

Lemala Camps and Lodges add Kili Villas to their portfolio

Lemala Camps and Lodges

Lemala Camps and Lodges are delighted to announce the addition of Kili Villas to their portfolio of properties in Tanzania effective 1st March. Leanne Haigh, Lemala Chief Executive and Tourvest East Africa Director of Operations, said the property would be rebranded to Lemala Kili Villas.There are three villas with a total of 13 rooms. Built around a central private courtyard, each villa has a reception, living and dining room with views of both Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. The villas can be r…

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17 February 2017

The Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo Opens Friday at Sheraton Gardens in Kampala

Uganda Tourism Board

Kampala–The Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE 2017) takes off Friday 17 February at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel Gardens (Jubilee Gardens) with over 200 tourism, tour and travel; and education businesses from Uganda, East Africa and international participating.  The three-day tourism expo has also attracted the many regional and continental tourism boards and ministers who are in Uganda for business. Zimbabwe's Deputy Minister of Tourism and the Hospitality Industry, Ms Anastan…

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16 February 2017

To Zambia with Love

Africa Geographic

To Zambia with Love

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16 February 2017

Industrial action 17-20 February 2017

British Airways

All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations between Friday 17th and Monday 20th February 2017 despite 4 days of proposed industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite, which represents one of our five cabin crew fleets. As part of our contingency plan, we will be merging a very small number of flights to and from Heathrow, equating to about 1% of flights across our global network. Customers affected are being contacted with the options available for them. Advice for custom…

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16 February 2017

Sunway Safaris Agent Fam Trips for 2017

Sunway Safaris

Fam trips are a must for any agent who specialises in selling a destination. Of course, experiencing a destination and all it has to offer, is not always easily come by. So this year, Sunway Safaris has compiled four fantastic options that will be scheduled around WTM Africa and Indaba 2017. All agents wishing to learn more about South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia are welcome to contact Sunway Safaris in this regard.

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15 February 2017

Secret Cape Town

Africa Geographic

Secret Cape Town

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15 February 2017

Uganda’s premium tourism expo attracts over 20 countries

Uganda Tourism Board

The Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities through its Agency the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is holding the 3rd edition of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) from Friday 17-19 February 2017. The expo will be hosted at the Sheraton Hotel and the Jubilee Gardens (Sheraton Gardens). The expo has seen over 80 hosted buyers and international travel media come to Uganda to enjoy sample some of the tourism offerings. The guests are tour operators and travel media from 20 countries …

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15 February 2017

Is your Liability Insurance adequate?

J W Seagon and Co Insurance Brokers

Atta members may have seen the article of 8th February by the associations legal adviser, Alan Bowen regarding the terrible events in Tunisia in 2015. At the end of the article, Mr Bowen also made reference to another case against the same Tour Operator in relationship to the Operators responsibility for cases of food poisoning happening at resorts. We will not make any comment on the legal action regarding the Tunisian victims, there has been a great deal written and both sides of the ar…

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14 February 2017

The Lure of Liuwa

Africa Geographic

The Lure of Liuwa

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14 February 2017

Threatened industrial action - 17-20 FEB 2017

British Airways

Mixed Fleet Unite has announced that it intends to hold a further period of industrial action involving one of our five cabin crew fleets on Friday 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19 and Monday 20 February 2017. We will once again ensure that all our customers will travel to their destinations. We will publish our contingency plans on Tuesday 14 February to customers, who have bookings on the four proposed days of threatened industrial action.  Please thank our customers for their support and und…

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13 February 2017

Kruger Walking Magic

Africa Geographic

Kruger Walking Magic

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13 February 2017

Go on safari from anywhere in the world!

Rhino Africa

Rhino Africa has released a new and innovative ‘Virtual Safari’ for viewers to experience the beauty of Africa in a new and exciting way. Utilising specially-designed 360° video equipment, Rhino Africa has ventured into the African bush to capture unique footage of Africa’s animals.  Rhino Africa is the first company to launch a ‘Virtual Safari’, which aims to provide an experience as close as possible to the real thing. The videos aim to whet the …

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13 February 2017

Tourists touched by the magical Budongo Forest life

Uganda Tourism Board

It is chimp tracking in Budongo Forest for the hosted buyers and travel media in Uganda for the 3rd edition of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE 2017). The expo runs from 17-19 Feb at the Jubilee Park (formerly known as the Sheraton Gardens) in Kampala.    The safari in the Pearl of Africa started Monday 6th February with a visit to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) where the guests had the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes at the place fon…

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10 February 2017

Ever wondered what the Park Fees & Conservation Levy charge actually goes towards?

Sausage Tree Camp

In short, our long term commitment has always been the conservation of the National Park, it's wildlife and the community to whom it belongs. We support these commitments through the charge of Park Fees & Conservation Levy which go directly towards the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ), our Social Responsibiliy Programme supporting the iSchool Zedupad initiative and in support of the annual charitable Elephant Charge Event.   Conser…

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10 February 2017

Abuja airport closure

British Airways

British Airways daily services between London (LHR) and Abuja (ABV) will be temporarily suspended due to essential runway maintenance work taking place between 8th March to 18th April 2017. For more details and further updates please follow the link below. Find out more

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10 February 2017

Equatorial Guinea, African Paradise

Luxury Hotels Management Company - Grand Hotel Djibloho

A few people know it, many people confuse it. Equatorial Guinea is an unknown paradise “with a variety of natural attractions, cultural and entertainment centres, it is able to attract the holiday tourism, pilgrims, congress, medical, sports”.     Equatorial Guinea may be the "Kuwait" or small “Dubai” of Africa, for some, it remembers the Maldives on the enchanting Corisco islands’ fine white sands and blue sea.   International flights ar…

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09 February 2017

Rhino Africa launches new photography competition, Africa’s Photographer of the Year

Rhino Africa

Rhino Africa has launched a photography competition called Africa’s Photographer of the Year with a grand prize of a safari for two valued at $25,000. The global competition will span 2017 and has been divided into four categories.

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09 February 2017

Tuli – a regional tourism hub

Tuli Safari Lodge is in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in the far south-eastern corner of Botswana, close to where the country meets its neighbours South Africa and Botswana. We’re often asked where to combine Tuli with on an itinerary and have lots of new developments on this front to report. Tuli is already easily accessible from Johannesburg using the daily Limpopo Valley Air Taxi from OR Tambo International to the charming Limpopo Valley Airfield, situated just 15 minutes from the …

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09 February 2017

International travel operators and media explore Uganda

Uganda Tourism Board

Kampala –It is now official! The Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) 2017 has taken off with the arrival of international hosted buyers in the country. The guests were welcomed at a cocktail hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities and its agencies led by the Uganda Tourism Board. "To all of your from all the corners of the world, you are very welcome to the Pearl of Africa!" Mr. Stephen Asiimwe, UTB CEO said to a round of applause for the intern…

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07 February 2017

Saruni Rhino Official Video

Saruni

Saruni, the portfolio of safari properties in Kenya, is thrilled to release its first, exciting video about black rhino tracking at Sera Conservancy in Northern Kenya. British actress and conservationist Rula Lenska and her sister Anna have been our first guests and feature in the 3 minutes-long film, created by Russian videomaker Sergey Zamkovoy. Returned to their natural habitat after an absence of thirty years, the 11 black rhinos of Sera Conservancy offer Saruni guests…

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07 February 2017

Brush up on your photography skills at Alex Walker's Serengeti South camp

ORYX wildlife photographer Penny Robartes will be exploring the Southern Serengeti this April. Emerald a sea of green with water pans everywhere. The plains are filled with wildflowers; dramatic light fills the stormy skies.  Striking imagery ripe for capture; Lion, Cheetah, Hyena and Wild Dog abound, scouring the plains for prey. Penny will lead two sets departure itineraries this April, exploring from our Serian’s Serengeti South and Serian’s Serengeti K…

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07 February 2017

Uganda enjoys £1.125m media exposure in one weekend

Kamageo

Uganda Tourism received a major boost in its effort to increase numbers from the UK, via £1,125,000 worth of positive media exposure last week, generated by Africa destination marketing experts, Kamageo.     With an animatronic (and very lifelike) gorilla exploring Trafalgar Square; making four live appearances on national TV; and then entertaining the crowds at Destinations Travel Show, Uganda was everywhere.   On screen, Uganda’s gorilla captivated audie…

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06 February 2017

Wildebeest Calving Season Begins

Serengeti Balloon Safaris

3rd February 2017 Wildebeest Calving Season Begins The Great Wildebeest Migration has arrived on the short grass plains of south Serengeti National Park.  The vast herds today stretch from Naabi Hill to Kusini, HiddenValley and south towards Maswa.  Bang on que, it being the first week of February, the females have begun to drop their calves.  An incredible 8,000 calves may be born each day over the next weeks.  This provides a bonanza for predators with lion, cheetah, leop…

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03 February 2017

A further reminder regarding through check-in when customers are travelling on separate tickets

British Airways

Through check-in is possible when a customer has separate BA-125 or any oneworld partner tickets issued in the same booking and they are travelling on connecting flights between BA and/or a oneworld partner. It is not possible when tickets are issued on completely separate PNR’s, whether these are all BA-125 or on any other carriers’ tickets. The following table may help: - Ticket Type Tickets issued in the same booking Through Check-in Possible? …

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02 February 2017

Kenya Wildlife Service declares a 'non-cash' Park entry fees

AA Safaris and Tours

The Kenya Wildlife Service – the authority responsible for the National Parks as well as wildlife reserves in addition to the national tourism sector of Kenya just recently has issued a new policy that includes a chance in the mode of payment used to enter into the different national parks and reserves within the country. they have introduced a policy that no longer involves paying cash at the gates while on Safari in Kenya rather use of any of these services which in…

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02 February 2017

Join us in creating a safer environment for gorillas

Jacada Travel

We're on a mission to encourage travellers to wear face masks when visiting the mountain gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda. Last year, we went to the Tusk conservation lecture in London in which Dr. Gladys Kalema Zikusoka of Conservation Through Public Health noted that wearing face masks can drastically reduce passing on human diseases to the gorillas. It's not currently enforced because the governments of Uganda and Rwanda are nervous of the measure affecting tourism. However,…

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01 February 2017

Changes to UK credit card fees - update

British Airways

British Airways announced a change to its credit card fee for consumer and trade bookings in mid-November 2016 to be effective on 14 December 2016. This was initially delayed until 31 January but we have since been advised that there will be a further slight delay, with these changes now not being implemented until 07 February 2017.

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01 February 2017

Saruni Rhino opens today!

Saruni

Today is a momentous day in black rhino conservation and new experiences in East Africa. Saruni Rhino is now open in the vast 350,000 acre Sera Conservancy in northern Kenya. Eleven black rhino have been relocated back to northern Kenya after an absence of over 30 years and your guests can now stay at Saruni Rhino and track them on foot, another unique experience from Saruni. More information: Sera Conservancy is the first community conservancy in Africa to own and operate a sanctuary …

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01 February 2017

Zanzibar's first Design Hotel - Zuri Zanzibar

Orbital Communications

Simon Beck, owner of Orbital Communications is delighted to be representing Zuri Zanzibar, which opens later in 2017 in Kendwa in the northern part of Zanzibar.     Zuri Zanzibar is Zanzibar’s first Design Hotel and there are 55 stand-alone stunning bungalows, suites and villas built around landscaped spice gardens and private areas to relax and recharge. For more information please contact simon@orbitalcommunications.co.uk or call +44 (0)1603 291806 or view the teaser websit…

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