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30 June 2017

Over the Okavango: An African eden

Africa Geographic

Over the Okavango: An African eden - http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-156/over-the-okavango/

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29 June 2017

Zambia Tourism Agency Newsletter Second Quarter

Zambia Tourism Board

To read the Zambia Tourism Agency Newsletter Second Quarter, please click here.  

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29 June 2017

Kruger: lodges vs self drive

Africa Geographic

Kruger - lodges vs self drive: http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-155/kruger-lodges-vs-self-drive/

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29 June 2017

Elephant’s Eye, Hwange shows commitment to conservation and makes conservation levy (CWF levy) compulsory

Hideaways

Elephant’s Eye Hwange has decided there is simply no time to waste in combatting the plight that our wildlife is facing. As of the 1st of July 2017, the conservation levy will be compulsory for all guests staying at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange. The amount is set at $10.00 per person per night, payable either on invoice or at the lodge. Previously the contribution was at guests own discretion. SO WHAT WILL THESE FUNDS GO TOWARDS? Simply put, without wildlife there is no tourism. This is…

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28 June 2017

African Bush Camps Sales Team Visits Thorntree River Lodge

African Bush Camps

The African Bush Camps sales team of safari aficionados, Kate, Coral, Maneta, Ingrid and Mona, took some time to visit our newly opened property, Thorntree River Lodge in Livingstone, Zambia. In order to give the right recommendations to agents, it was important that the sales team experienced the beautiful Thorntree first-hand. They had the most incredible time at Thorntree River Lodge- they cruised the waters of the mighty Zambezi and were awed by the sunset, they were wined and dined by ou…

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27 June 2017

Magical Mokoros at Linyanti

African Bush Camps

After a long, tough drought last year, African Bush Camps is thrilled to announce that flood waters have pushed through to the Linyanti marshes in front of Linyanti Bush Camp and Linyanti Ebony. The marshes and waterways are now lush and flowing and we have reintroduced mokoro activities at Linyanti Bush Camp and Linyanti Ebony. The mokoro is used to explore the tranquil waters of the rivers, marshes and deltas of Botswana. The mokoro offers guests an opportunity to fully experience the sound…

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26 June 2017

Khwai Airstrip Re-opens

African Bush Camps

After flooding during the heavy rains in the green season, Khwai Airstrip has dried out and is now ready to land planes. Khwai airstrip is only a 20-minute drive from Khwai Tented Camp, which makes it an easy transfer from the plane to the start of your safari at Khwai Tented Camp.  In 2018, guests staying at both Khwai Tented Camp and Linyanti Bush Camp or Linyanti Ebony will be offered door-to-door helicopter transfers between camps so they don’t miss a minute on safari.  

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23 June 2017

Zambezi Whitewater Festival 2017!

The Explorer Club Africa

Zambezi Whitewater Festival 2017! Get ready for the best event on the adventure sports calendar this year. From the 9th to the 12th of November 2017. The event takes place over two days. Thursday the 9th of November - Registration opens 10 am Victoria Falls Waterfront. Friday the 10th of November - Team practice/strategy day rapids 1-25. Saturday the 11th of November is Race Day - Rapids 1-25 and prize giving at the "MOTHER OF ALL PARTIES". Sunday the 12th of November is depa…

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22 June 2017

The Grand Dame of Maputo - the iconic Polana Serena Hotel now has even more reasons for you to fall in love……

Serena Hotels

The Polana Serena Hotel has always given its clients reasons to fall in love with it. From its vantage location in the fascinating city of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country offering enough to justify an entry into a ‘must visit’ bucket list , magnificent views that just take your breath away, architectural design and décor that brings alive the golden era of the 1920’s when the hotel was originally built , the Maisha Health club with its secret garden and pr…

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22 June 2017

Wilderness Safaris Begins Mombo Rebuild

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to commence the rebuild of its flagship camps situated in the world-renowned Mombo Concession in the Okavango Delta, Botswana with a proposed opening date for both Mombo and Little Mombo camps being end February 2018. “We are thrilled to have begun the exciting process of rebuilding both Mombo and Little Mombo camps in order to continue delivering the world-class service and exceptional safari experience that is synonymous with Mombo”, said Wilderne…

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22 June 2017

Senior Consultant joins Sikeleli Safaris

Sikeleli Africa Safaris

Sikeleli Africa Safaris is delighted to welcome Karen Dewhurst to its every growing team!   Karen has vast experience in hospitality both from a front of house and agent perspective in London and Victoria Falls.  Karen's experience comes from working for Safari Destinations Zimbabwe and she continues to develop and grow her skills in this industry, now with the Sikeleli family.  We are delighted to have her on board!

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21 June 2017

Wilderness Safaris Namibia Announces Alexandra Margull as MD

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce the appointment of Alexandra Margull as the new Managing Director for Wilderness Safaris Namibia. Alexandra succeeds Mike Wassung, who after many years of service to not only the company’s Namibia business but to Wilderness Safaris as a whole, will in turn take on the position of Executive Chairman of the Namibian operation with immediate effect. “Alexandra’s experience, talent and passion for the people of Wilderness Safaris, as w…

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20 June 2017

Animals who need better PR

Africa Geographic

Animals who need better PR: http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-154/animals-need-better-pr/

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20 June 2017

Virunga Gorilla Exploration

The Safari Collection

The Safari Collection specialises in trips to Virunga National Park, one of the wildest, most biodiverse places on the planet and the oldest National Park in Africa. The park thrives on tourism, truly connecting people to nature. Your visit to Virunga's beautiful and fragile environment can help save it. Trekking this vast and beautiful forest to meet the gorillas or to climb one of the many volcanoes will suit all of those with an unquenchable thirst for the next chapter in the…

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15 June 2017

Ethiopia Launches Online Entry VISA Application and Issuance (E-Visa)

Ethiopian Airlines

The Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines has finalized preparations of the initial phase to commence an e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia effective June 12, 2017. The e- visa is processed and issued online on a single Web page where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they…

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13 June 2017

Wasabi meets Sumac at Kaya Mawa

Honour Way

2017 in the Kaya Mawa kitchen finds the team, led by Richard Greenhall, honing the fine balance of Middle Eastern and Asian influences and stamping their own unique style... fusing together the explosive spices and subtle nuances of the ingredients hailing from these outstanding and much revered cuisines, by food lovers the world over.  Poached pineapple, cardamon, anise and toasted fennel sea salt with Wasabi and Sumac ice cream or Toasted quinoa, charred broccoli, chilli and tahini with…

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13 June 2017

Lemala Concession Fee Update

Lemala Camps and Lodges

As you are aware, there has been much chaos and confusion surrounding the announcement by TANAPA that they propose to increase concession fees for permanent properties effective 1st July 2017.  These new fees have already been published on the TANAPA website for implementation date of 1st July 2017.  The proposed concession fee increase only applies to Tented Camps and Lodges with a permanent status located inside Tanzania’s National Parks.  For Lemala Camps and Lodges, th…

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12 June 2017

Jurassic Niassa

Africa Geographic

A brave new drive to protect an iconic paradise: http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-153/jurassic-niassa/

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12 June 2017

Karisia Walking Safaris Update

Karisia Walking Safaris

Tumaren Camp now has a 4th sleeping tent for guests.  Each of these spacious tents looks south out over the plains.  There is one family tent with a divider and the rest have plenty of rooms for families.  The mess and dining room tent has been enlarged and refurbished.   Activities include: Walking with or without the camels, camel riding, game viewing, rock climbing with ropes, swimming and picnics by the river, market visits, school visits, sundowners and night drives.

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12 June 2017

Commercial air services to St Helena preferred bidder announced

St Helena Tourism

SHG is pleased to announce that SA Airlink has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the provision of a scheduled commercial air service to St Helena. SA Airlink is a privately owned airline registered in South Africa.  It is a franchisee to South African Airways. SA Airlink is a member of the International Air Transport Association (“IATA”) and as such is IATA Operational Safety Audit (“IOSA”) accredited.  SA Airlink is a well-established airline operating …

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07 June 2017

AtholPlace Hotel & Villa welcomes new GM

Morukuru Family

Morukuru Family is pleased to announce that Allan Jones has joined the group this June as General Manager of AtholPlace Hotel & Villa. Allan, who studied Hospitality Management in Cape Town, has travelled all over the world working for international hospitality companies in Scotland, England and Florida. When returning to South Africa, Allan continued his dream and passion for the industry by working for prestigious and boutique hotels such as La Residence in …

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07 June 2017

Coral Villa - Available from August 2017 at The Ocean Spa Lodge

The Ocean SPA Lodge

New and exciting upgrades are happening at The Ocean Spa Lodge this month! The Coral Villa will be ready from August and its 4 magnificent suites (2 Double Suites and 2 Triple Suites, for a maximum occupancy of 10 guests) can be booked as a whole villa for a group of friends or families.

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06 June 2017

Jenman African Safaris introduces a brand new luxury Zambezi package to its repertoire.

Jenman African Safaris

As an increasingly popular destination on Africa’s travel radar, Zambia is fast becoming a safari hotspot due to its unspoilt wilderness, abundant wildlife, thrilling Zambezi River activities and a growing collection of exceptional luxury lodges on offer. Mariska Yntema, Product Manager at Jenman African Safaris says “One can now explore the best of Zambia’s natural wonders and pristine conservation areas in absolute comfort and style with our brand-new 10-day Luangwa & Z…

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06 June 2017

Wildly Romantic Safaris with The Safari Collection

The Safari Collection

Ever since the iconic cinematic sequence in which Robert Redford flies Meryl Streep over the breathtaking landscapes of Kenya in ‘Out of Africa’, safaris have been synonymous with romantic travel. Imagine vast landscapes of overwhelming beauty and inky night skies dotted by billions of glimmering stars. Imagine deafening silence broken by the roar of a lion or distant song of local villagers. Imagine roll-top copper bathtubs surrounded by hurricane lanterns and a crackling fire at …

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06 June 2017

JW Seagon proudly supports Wildlife Conservation in Kenya

J W Seagon and Co Insurance Brokers

‘Giving Back’ has always been an integral part of the social pulse at the JW Seagon Group. In 2017, we are very proud to have donated over KES 400,000 thus far towards the fantastic work carried out by our chosen wildlife charity and conservation partners. This donation includes the Tsavo Trust and Local Ocean Trust.  With a vast number of our clients within travel and tourism, we are very proud to support this backbone sector of our economy and continue our contribution to th…

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05 June 2017

Hon Migereko heads 3rd Board of Directors of the Uganda Tourism Board

Uganda Tourism Board

The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Hon. Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu has inaugurated the third 10-member Board of Directors of the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB). It will be headed by veteran politician and public servant Hon. Daudi Migereko.    Hon. Migereko replaces Mr. James Tumusiime as Board Chairman, whose team served till 2016. The new board members are: 1. Hon. Daudi Migereko (Chairman) 2. Mr. James Lutalo who is also the Director Tourism at Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife …

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01 June 2017

Tourism Development Levy

Botswana Tourism Organisation

The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organisation wishes to announce the postponement of an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL). We would like to inform our tourism stakeholders and the public at large that the implementation of the Tourism Development Levy, which was scheduled for the 1st June 2017 as previously indicated, has been postponed. We will share an update on the new date in two (2) weeks. The Botswana Gover…

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