Member News

31 March 2017

Asilia to open new camp in the Selous Game Reserve

Asilia Africa

Asilia are excited to announce that a new camp will be joining the pack this year in a new area for Asilia. Roho ya Selous will open in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve in August. Set on a hill overlooking the water, Roho ya Selous sits close to a key waterway which links Lake Manze to Lake Nzerakera, right in the heart of the core game viewing area. The eight light and airy tents are stylish and spacious, measuring an impressive 600 square feet inside. Thoughtful details include an Even…

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31 March 2017

Expanding Times at Sera Conservancy with Saruni Rhino

Saruni

Saruni is thrilled to share the news that 3 rhinos are expecting in the Rhino Sanctuary in Sera Community Conservancy in northern Kenya. After the recent birth of a male calf last month, all going well, the news means that the total rhino count will increase to 15. Having just returned from a weekend of successful rhino sightings, CEO & Founder of Saruni lodges & camps, Riccardo Orizio is “incredibly proud to be part of such a ground-breaking and now indisputably successful…

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31 March 2017

Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways to Revamp Codeshare Services

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways, both members of Star Alliance, have entered into an expanded codeshare agreement, inked on October 01, 2016 and projected to be effective as of 2017 summer season. The revamped codeshare agreement is anticipated to further enhance the cooperation among the two carriers and avail a range of additional destinations for customers to travel to. Mr. Girma Shiferaw, A/Vice President Strategic Planning and Alliances, Ethiopian, remarked, “As a succe…

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31 March 2017

Ethiopian cycling tours get front cover of Cyclist Magazine

The new road cycling tours launched by Ethiopia Specialist Tadele Travel features over 20 pages in the latest issue of Cyclist magazine (issue 60 / May 2017) including a full-page picture on the front cover entitled ‘Hidden Gem.’ Writing in the magazine, Cyclist editor Pete Muir comments: “there’s no reason why Ethiopia can’t have the same impact on cycling as it’s had on distance running. The birthplace of mankind could be the future of our sport.” &n…

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31 March 2017

Sabi Sabi Guest Conservation Contribution Update

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve implemented the Guest Conservation Contribution (GCC) on the 1st March 2016, collecting this voluntary donation on behalf of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin (SSW).  Please note that as at  1st March 2017 an updated GCC fee is applicable, which is a compulsory fee, restricted to a maximum payment per guest of 3 days.  The new fee is valid for incremental business, for travel from the 1st March 2017.  Any reservations confirmed prior to this date will n…

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30 March 2017

Lima suspension Winter 2017 - Customer Guidelines

British Airways

British Airways has suspended services between London Gatwick (LGW) and Lima (LIM) for winter 2017. For further information please see link below.  Find out more We recommend you continue to check the link above for further updates.

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30 March 2017

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa Join The Prestigious Relais & Châteaux Family

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa are delighted to announce that after undertaking a rigorous selection process, they have been selected to become a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux organization. They are one of only 21 properties accepted across Africa & the Indian Ocean and the first one to be accepted in Tanzania. Natalia Niznik, Co-owner & Head of Sales & Marketing at ZWS, commented “We are thrilled to be affiliated to the Relais & Ch&ac…

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29 March 2017

Winter 2017 Increased frequency to LAX, MSY & GIG

British Airways

British Airways will increase frequency from London Heathrow (LHR) to Los Angeles (LAX) , New Orleans (MSY) and Rio de Janeiro (GIG) during the Winter 2017 season.  Key changes · Season starts 29 October 2017 · London Heathrow-Los Angeles will increase from 14 pw to 21 per week · London Heathrow - New Orleans will increase from 4 pw to 5 per week · London Heathrow-Rio de Janeiro will increase from 5 pw to 6 per week Additional Frequency Flight num…

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29 March 2017

Tourism Player Welcomes First New International Airline into Victoria Falls

Africa Albida Tourism

The launch of Ethiopian Airlines’ new route into Zimbabwe’s top resort town has been hailed as “a significant catalyst for tourism growth in Zimbabwe and across the region” by hospitality industry leader Ross Kennedy.    Ethiopian Airlines became the first international airline to launch flights into the new Victoria Falls International Airport, which opened last November, when its Boeing 737 touched down on Sunday. The African heavyweight will fly to Victoria…

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29 March 2017

SATIB Advisory: Lightning

SATIB Insurance Brokers

Lightning – Part One - What You Should Already Know Where do you start with the subject of lightning safety and protection? There is so much to cover and indeed continuous debate in some sectors as to the efficiency and methodology of some of the recommended Lightning Protection Systems (LPS). So let’s start with you... When you see lightning or a thunderstorm is near: 1.     Get inside a building or an enclosed vehicle. Keep away from windows and open doors…

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28 March 2017

Airlink Increases Frequency between Nelspruit and Vilanculos

Airlink

Airlink will during 2017 be increasing the frequency of its flights operating between Nelspruit KMIA and Vilanculos, Mozambique. Currently Airlink offers flights on Thursdays and Sundays. On 26 March 2017 additional flight days on Tuesdays and Fridays will be added.  On 4 July 2017, additional flight days on Mondays and Saturdays will be added. And on 7 August 2017 with the addition of a Wednesday flight day, the service will be daily. The flights will depart Nelspruit at 11h45 and will a…

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27 March 2017

Rita Pires, African Bush Camps Chief Marketing Officer

African Bush Camps

African Bush Camps is delighted to announce the appointment of Rita Pires to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. Rita will oversee the marketing department activities within the African Bush Camps group and our sister air and road transfer company, Safari Logistics. Rita’s core focus will be to manage and coordinate the marketing and branding activities of the African Bush Camps team as part of a collaborative process. Rita has a stellar track record and a wealth of experience with…

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27 March 2017

New UK cabin baggage security requirements

British Airways

British Airways is complying with the UK Government’s new security requirements for cabin baggage on direct flights from the following countries to the UK:- · Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Tunisia (non-BA point) All customers on direct flights from these destinations will not be able to carry laptops, tablets and larger mobile phones in their cabin baggage. Only mobile phones smaller than the following dimensions will be allowed in the cabin:- Length: 16cm x Wid…

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27 March 2017

VFAPU Scouts to Receive Gas Stoves Donation

Africa Albida Tourism

A Harare business, Naklon Trading, has generously donated 17 two-plate gas stoves and cylinders, one for each of Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit’s scouts, as a gesture of appreciation for the important work they do in the day to day battle against poaching. The donation, pledged last September at the annual VFAPU Golf Day, which is hosted by Africa Albida Tourism, and raised $26,300 for the unit, is expected to be delivered to the scouts in Victoria Falls early next month. Naklon Trad…

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24 March 2017

NEW: Khwai Leadwood Under Thatch

African Bush Camps

African Bush Camps is thrilled to announce that our newest camp, Khwai Leadwood Under Thatch, has found a home on a permanent site on Tsaro Concession, Khwai Community Area. Built on the banks of the Khwai River and nestled amoungst a forest of sycamore and leadwood trees, Khwai Leadwood Under Thatch will consist of 4 standard and 2 family chalets. Guests will enjoy spacious and comfortable thatched accommodation and private en-suite bathrooms with views over the permanent water source and bey…

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24 March 2017

Ethiopian Launches 3 New Flights to 3 New Destinations in Just 3 Days

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines is delighted to announce that it has finalized preparations to launch flights to three new destinations – Victoria Falls, Oslo and Antananarivo – within three days, 26-28 March 2017. Heralding the launch of three new destinations in three days, Group CEO Mr. Tewolde Gebre Mariam said, “Three new flights to three new destinations in just three days is one of the greatest expansions in Ethiopian’s long and illustrious history. We are proud that we are a…

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24 March 2017

The Most Beautiful Day ... With South Africa, workshop-event for Italian trade on Tuesday, March 28th in Milan, Ital

JoyCo'

JoyCo’ representative office in Italy will launch for its client South African Tourism a one day workshop-event engaging Travel Agents in direct training and meetings with specialized operators and captivating them in an emotional viewing of South Africa through the big screen. We know that trade is a strategic partner for destination marketing in the Italian market– says Gioja Tresoldi, JoyCo’ Managing Director – and we have tailored the workshop-event for So…

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23 March 2017

The painted wolves of Zambia

Africa Geographic

Zambian Carnivore Programme: http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-142/zambian-carnivore-programme/

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23 March 2017

The Unveiling of a New Hotel Experience in the Heart of Dar es Salaam

Serena Hotels

Hotel guests and residents of Dar es Salaam can now look forward to a new culinary journey experience as Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel celebrates the opening of its new look Food and Beverage outlets that feature a contemporary and chic ambience.   Jahazi the Swahili word for a fishing dhow is the inspiration around the Jahazi Restaurant whose style and décor echoes Arabic influence that tastefully blends the traditional with the contemporary. This signature restaurant presents an ala…

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23 March 2017

Sarova Hotels signs a management contract for Sarova Woodlands Hotel & Spa, Nakuru

Sarova Hotels

Sarova Hotels, Resorts & Game Lodges has signed a management contract with the directors of Woodlands Hotel to operate a 146-room hotel set to be opened in Nakuru town. The Sarova Woodlands Hotel & Spa, located off the main Nairobi-Nakuru highway, next to state house, is destined to be a tranquil retreat for travellers on business or leisure. This will be the second property by Sarova Hotels in Nakuru County after the Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, located in Lake Nakuru National Park. …

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23 March 2017

SATIB Advisory: Housekeeping

SATIB Insurance Brokers

Is Your “House” In Order?     A neat and organised workshop tells you something about the mechanic and equally, a clean and orderly operating environment / household tells you something about the owners of the establishment. It is a mind-set, a culture that is embedded in those that work in that environment. It suggests discipline, structure, attention to detail and much of this translates into good and healthy risk management principles. So as the owner or manager of a …

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22 March 2017

Explore Madagascar or Botswana and Zimbabwe on a FAM trip

Jenman African Safaris

If you are attending Indaba in Durban from 16 to 18 May, why not extend your stay in Africa and experience the beauty of this continent with one of our exhilarating familiarisation trips. Jenman African Safaris has designed 2 wonderful itineraries guaranteed to let you explore Africa. Madagascar: This destination continues to be a top-seller and is the ideal choice for travellers looking for unique experiences. With Turkish Airlines & Ethiopian Airlines launching new weekly flights, Madag…

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22 March 2017

Victoria Falls River Lodge is proud to introduce Toa Spa

Victoria Falls River Lodge

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). Sharing the aspirations of the Africology brand; our wish is to offer our guests the opportunity to enter a space where they ar…

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22 March 2017

Zambezi Cruise Safaris Introduces Masumu River Lodge

Zambezi Cruise Safaris

Located on the shores of Lake Karibas’ western basin, Binga, this lodge boasts stunning panoramic views with spectacular public areas to enjoy them from. Masumu River Lodge offers a great base to wait in comfort for your cruise departure or transfer post-cruise. Spacious rooms with Lake views are available for those wishing to stay overnight. Optional activities include cultural village tours, fishing and sunset cruises.  

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21 March 2017

Victoria Falls River Lodge New Management Staff

Victoria Falls River Lodge

Welcome to the family, Roddy, Camilla and Jonathan. Roddy Meiring, who has vast experience in hospitality management in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. Roddy started his hospitality career at Meikles Hotel at the age of 17 and furthered his training through The Cape Grace Hote in Cape Town. Roddy spcialises in both larger and boutique hotels - all focused on the luxury traveller. Camilla Meiring, also born and raised in Harare, undertook her tertiary educat…

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21 March 2017

JoyCo’ Will Present South African Tourism at Borsa Mediterranea Del Turismo Fair in Naples, Italy on March 24th-25th-26th

JoyCo'

South African Tourism first aim is both destination promotion and trade training and JoyCo’ representative office in Italy will get that by providing Italian Trade attending the BMT tourism fair with an important opportunity to deepen their knowledge of South Africa. At South Africa stand JoyCo’ will be providing Italian Trade three training sessions per day.  “Travel agents are key strategic partners for our client South African Tourism - says Gioja Tresold…

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20 March 2017

Victoria Falls River Lodge Island Treehouse Suites

Victoria Falls River Lodge

Victoria Falls River Lodge Island Treehouse Suites - Opening 1 August 2017. Nestled on the luxuriant banks of Kandahar Island, Victoria Falls River Lodge invites guests to experience pure serenity at the all new Island Treehouse Suites. Just upstream from the iconic Victoria Falls, positioned on an exclusive Island surrounded by the flowing waters of the mighty Zambezi and accessible by boat only. Panoramic vistas of the ever-changing hues of Africa’s molten skies can be enjoyed from an…

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17 March 2017

Samara Private Game Reserve introduces the Funny Five

Samara Private Game Reserve

African safaris have become synonymous with the Big Five – Lion, Elephant, Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo and Leopard – the collection of animals deemed most desirable to spot on a game drive. The Funny Five have been chosen for their quirky disposition, unusual looks and sometimes hilarious behaviour. We have made sure to pick animals whose nature, diet and habits pose a minimal amount of danger in approaching and tracking them on foot (always with trained guides) so that kids can…

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17 March 2017

Serengeti Balloon Safaris News

Serengeti Balloon Safaris

After 26 years of intimate hands-on management of Serengeti Balloon Safaris, we have decided to appoint a Managing Director to run the company on our behalf. To this end, we are delighted to welcome John Corse into our family from 1st March 2017.  John comes with great experience of both tourism and aviation, having run Nomad Tanzania and Fastjet in recent years. John will spend the next 3 months learning our roles and taking on the day to day responsibilities that we have carried si…

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15 March 2017

Safari Magazine Edition 31 out now

Kamageo

Edition 31 of Safari Magazine - the UK's only publication dedicated to Africa-specialist tour operators - has been published this week. This latest 72-page edition has a textured Lemur on the front cover and contains features on painted wolves; a new luxury lodge in Livingstone; a stunning photo & text blog on Uganda; our 2017 fam trip schedule; Atta member benefits explained; the new treetop walkway in Tanzania; elephant conservation; gorillas in Congo and th…

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14 March 2017

The Life of David Livingstone – A Captivating Victoria Falls Experience

Africa Albida Tourism

Visitors are drawn to Africa by its iconic wildlife, but your experience may be incomplete, unless you also learn about its remarkable historical and cultural heritage. Guests of Africa Albida Tourism’s properties in Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Fall Safari Suites and Lokuthula Lodges – may now benefit from the introduction of the captivating “Life of David Livingstone” talk. This 45-minute presentation on the most f…

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13 March 2017

R.I.P Satao 2

Africa Geographic

R.I.P Satao 2: a giant amongst elephants - http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-141/rip-satao-2/

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10 March 2017

Celebrating 25 years of Exceptional Journeys with The Hide

The Hide Safaris

When Tom and Lorraine Preston first stood on the site that would later become one of Zimbabwe’s most awarded safari camps, they looked down across the golden-grassed vlei line and saw a herd of elephants approaching, their heaving shapes dark against the setting sun. Perhaps, one day, Tom thought, those same elephants – and generations more – would make their way towards the natural waterhole just in front of his dream, The Hide Safari Camp. In celebration of 25 years of exc…

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10 March 2017

Uganda all set for IAAF international Cross Country Championship

Uganda Tourism Board

Uganda is hosting the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017on the 26th March 2017 at the Independence Grounds in Kololo an upscale Kampala suburb. The local organizing committee has already put in place an official information sharing platform. These are the website iaafkampala2017.org, together with the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts. “We are hosting an international event and we would like to inter…

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09 March 2017

Upclose with 12 of Africa's threatened species

Africa Geographic

Upclose with 12 of Africa's threatened species: http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-140/conservation-threatened-species/

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09 March 2017

Authentic Experiences Key To Securing Millennial Bookings

Acacia Adventure Holidays

According to Acacia Africa, authentic experiences are key to securing bookings from millennials.  The safari specialist’s 2017 catalogue features six new accommodated overland tours and a new small group safari, all of the itineraries allowing adventurers to delve deeper into the destination. Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa comments, “Recent research suggests UK millennials rank travel more highly than buying a home or paying off debt, and while th…

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08 March 2017

Cumbre / Summit CEMAC held at the Grand Hotel Djibloho 7 to 17 February 2017

Luxury Hotels Management Company - Grand Hotel Djibloho

Great success of the Cumbre / Summit CEMAC held at the Grand Hotel Djibloho 7 to 17 February 2017     More than 450 participants: 6 Heads of State and Prime Ministers of CEMAC   Ministers and technical members of staff gathered to discuss and summarise the activities done in 2016 under the Presidency of Equatorial Guinea.   The baton was passed on to Chad who will chair the CEMAC in 2017 The services offered by Grand Hotel Djibloho have been appreciated by all participants…

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08 March 2017

First road cycling holidays to Ethiopia launched

Tadele Travel launches eight-day cycling trips with three levels of challenge. 7 March 2017: Today sees the launch of the first-ever organised road cycling holidays to Ethiopia departing from the UK. The holidays, by Brighton-based, Ethiopia specialist Tadele Travel, will take advantage of unique landscapes, newly-built tarmac roads and Ethiopia’s rich tradition of road cycling to offer three different levels of experience, all designed to suit cyclists looking for a new challenge. The …

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07 March 2017

Endangered Bird of Prey Thriving in South Africa's Great Karoo

Samara Private Game Reserve

Endangered Bird of Prey Thriving in South Africa’s Great Karoo Region Ten Cape Vultures sighted at Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet In what has been hailed as a significant conservation success, ten Cape Vultures (also known as Cape Griffons) were spotted in the Samara Private Game Reserve. These magnificent birds of prey are classified by the IUCN as Endangered, with fewer than 10 000 remaining worldwide.  According to the late Dr André Boshoff, a renowned ex…

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07 March 2017

Cashless payment at LHR, LGW and North America airports

British Airways

From 1 April 2017, we will be unable to accept cash payments at many of the airports we operate from, such as London Heathrow, London Gatwick and in North America. This includes all types of payments, such as for extra bags, additional/exit row seats, changes to tickets, service charges, etc. Customers who cannot pay with a credit or debit card should check with a member of our airport staff for available options for converting cash to a payment card as this varies by airport: London Heathrow:…

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07 March 2017

Tourism from US and Canada continues to grow as more North Americans visit Uganda

Uganda Tourism Board

Tourist numbers from North American (The United States and Canada) tour operators directly selling Uganda leisure travel packages has more than doubled from 2015 to 2016. The rise in numbers is largely due to the increased marketing efforts by Uganda Tourism Board through the North American public relations and travel trade representation firm, PHG Consulting. Engaged in May 2016, PHG Consulting has been promoting Uganda to the North American market through strategic direct sales and marketing…

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06 March 2017

80,000 More Tourists a Year Could Soon Fly Into Victoria Falls

Africa Albida Tourism

As many as 80,000 more tourists a year could soon fly into Zimbabwe’s leading resort town of Victoria Falls as two large international airlines commit to the destination and a third increases capacity, tourism industry leader Ross Kennedy says.    On March 1, South African Airways began operating an Airbus A330-200, daily to Victoria Falls from Johannesburg, the largest passenger aircraft ever to land at Zimbabwe’s top resort town. The A330-200 has 222 seats, 88 more than…

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03 March 2017

Born Free: 50 Years On

Africa Geographic

Born Free: 50 Years On http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-139/born-free-50-years-on/

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03 March 2017

Latest issue of Travel Africa Extra out now

Travel Africa Magazine

The latest issue of Travel Africa Extra is now available here. Travel Africa Extra is the new monthly online magazine produced by Travel Africa magazine to support its main quarterly print publication. Travel Africa Extra allows us to share more stories, advice and insight than can fit in the main magazine. Importantly, it allows us to tell more of the 'stories behind the stories', introducing readers to the great people and companies that drive the safari industry. To ensure you rece…

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03 March 2017

Saruni Rhino video reveals 'behind the scenes' secrets

Saruni

www.sarunirhinotracking.com One month after opening Saruni Rhino, the new property in Northern Kenya where black rhinos have been introduced after an absence of 30 years and where on foot rhino tracking is available for the first time in East Africa, Saruni is releasing a new video dedicated to what happened ‘behind the scenes’ in the lead up to its opening. This amazing and heart-touching footage shows how the Saruni guides and the Sera Conservancy rangers have been trained to sa…

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02 March 2017

Acacia Africa Drums Up Support For Greenpop’s March ReForest Fest

Acacia Adventure Holidays

Safari specialist, Acacia Africa is continuing to honour its commitment to responsible tourism by supporting Greenpop, one of its many ethical partners, and asking its adventures to join the TREEvolution. A social enterprise, Greenpop will be hosting its seventh annual ReForest Fest this March in South Africa’s Platbos Forest Reserve and the overland tour operator is providing transport from Cape Town and helping to promote the event.     Running over two weeken…

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02 March 2017

Industrial action 03-09 MAR 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 between Friday 3rd to Thursday 9th March 2017. Flights on Friday 3, Saturday 4, Sunday 5 March We can confirm the following details:- All flights to and from London Gatwick will operate as normal All flights to and from London City will operate as normal The vast majority of flights to and from London Heathrow will operate as normal As part of our contingenc…

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01 March 2017

Round Up of Conservation Success Stories

Jenman African Safaris

While conservation is as much a buzzword as almond milk, the last few months has seen strong and positive success stories emerging in conservation for Africa. I’ve rounded up the top conservation stories around the world that will help protect Africa’s natural resources and wildlife in a big, positive way.  Read the 7 changes in legislation around the world that will impact Africa's conservation positively 

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01 March 2017

Maasai encounters and walking activities at Nomad Tanzania's Entamanu Ngorongoro

Nomad Tanzania - Camps

Make the most of the wild side of the Ngorongoro Crater at Nomad Tanzania’s newest camp, Entamanu Ngorongoro. One or two hour walks with an expert Nomad guide in a scenically striking area well away from the hustle and bustle, and a window onto the lives of the local Maasai with visits to a simple village, Maasai dancing and walks along ancient cattle trails still used by local herdsmen. Entamanu Ngorongoro has enjoyed excellent feedback from guests over these first few months. Situated…

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