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31 October 2018

From San Diego Zoo Safari Park to the Serengeti

Singita

An eight-year old 1,157 kilogram eastern black rhino bull from San Diego Zoo has been successfully translocated by the Singita Grumeti Fund to the western Serengeti, in an effort to save this critically endangered species from extinction. The epic 68-hour journey spanned five countries, requiring three aeroplanes and two trucks.

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31 October 2018

CLASSICS 25

Classic Portfolio

The journey over the past 25 years has led Classic Portfolio through the savannahs of Africa, across powerful rivers, over mountains, beyond the shore, and into equatorial rain forests. Behind the vision of this collection of ‘best in class’ destinations throughout southern, east and west Africa is Suzanne Bayly-Coupe. It is with an unbridled passion that she guides the lodges and camps in her care alongside a remarkable team, founded on a collaborative approach to securing Africa’s future in tourism through privately owned, unique and authentic experiences committed to sustainability.

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31 October 2018

News from Elewana Sand River Masai Mara

Elewana Afrika

The Masai Mara has had a year full of excitement. Of course as ever the Mara has played host to the remarkable wildebeest migration, an annual phenomenon of over 2 million animals following a clockwise loop of approximately 1,800 miles in search of rain and grass. This year the Mara has also displayed some dramatic weather patterns, which saw big storms and very heavy rainfall for a number of weeks.

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30 October 2018

Cruising The Best With ZC&S - Zambezi Cruise & Safaris launch new and improved circuits, tours and products.

Zambezi Cruise Safaris

Zimbabwe’s premier cruise & safaris company, Zambezi Cruise & Safaris is poised to scale new heights in 2019 with the introduction of 8 revamped or brand-new safari lodges and 8 cruise boats in their expanding group.

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30 October 2018

Private Vehicle at Flatdogs Camp’s Crocodile Nest

Flatdogs Camp

Flatdogs Camp has confirmed that guests booked in their Crocodile Nest have their own private guide and vehicle for 2019. As a private house offering fantastic indoor and outdoor living spaces, the addition of a private guide and vehicle adds to the appeal for families and small groups.

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30 October 2018

Wilderness Safaris Remains Committed to Combating Climate Change

Wilderness Safaris

As Africa’s leading authentic and sustainable ecotourism company, Wilderness Safaris is committed to combating climate change by implementing various sustainable energy solutions in almost all of its camps across Africa – reducing dependence on fossil fuels with the ultimate aim of being carbon neutral.

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29 October 2018

Coastal Trade Message

Coastal Aviation

Dear Partner A lot has been going on in our business since the last time I wrote to you! Thank you to those that attended our recent Trade webinar; should you have any comments or feedback for us, please do drop us a line at customer@coastal.co.tz Behind the scenes at Coastal, there has been much going on and I would like to share some highlights below:  IMPROVING SAFETY CULTURE

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29 October 2018

Leave the Ordinary Behind

New African Territories

The safari dreaming continues with African Territories, the charismatic Hippo Point has joined our group of unique properties.  A private wildlife conservancy, homestead and family owned estate on the shores of Lake Naiviasha, bursting with charm and perfectly capturing the styled romance of a by-gone era! For more information, please get in touch!

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29 October 2018

Safari Magazine issue 35 now out

Kamageo

The wait is over! Issue 35 of the industry's favourite (only) trade magazine has been published. This 76-page edition is, as ever, brimming with news, updates, reviews and opinions. Hard copies will be in the post in around 7 days, whilst the online version is available at : https://issuu.com/kamilisafaris/docs/safari_magazine_35_lr/1?ff

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26 October 2018

Elewana Guides at Loisaba lead the way in the Citizen Science Initiative

Elewana Afrika

Loisaba Conservancy is a hub for applied conservation research in the northern Kenyan landscape.  Our research partners The Nature Conservancy, San Diego Zoo, Space for Giants and Lion Landscapes are constantly on the lookout for high quality images that can be used to identify specific individuals.

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26 October 2018

River Journeys with Robin Pope Safaris

Robin Pope Safaris

Looking for a 'fresh' safari to kick start the year... Our River Journeys is just what you need! The Luangwa River is one of the last remaining major rivers in Africa, and even in the world, that has not been damned for hydropower.

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25 October 2018

All day party at Painted Wolf Wines in Paarl

Painted Wolf Wines

If you come to Paarl on Wednesday October 31 between 9 am and 4 pm, you will find Jeremy, Emma and the rest of the ‘pack’ ready with a warm den welcome to the Painted Wolf Wines tasting room. This open day celebration is in honour of 11 years of winemaking and the opening of these premises. It is located on the ‘golden mile’ at 125 Main Road, Paarl, in a historic house which is also home to Sit Café.

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24 October 2018

Elewana Tortilis Camp build new recycled playground at Esiteti Primary School

Elewana Afrika

The school has received a generous donation from Afro Industrial Agencies LTD, one of Elewana's local suppliers, who have donated 24 litres of paint that has been used to bring colour to the new playground. The team at Elewana Tortilis Camp have been hard at work building a playground for the children, using old tires and fence posts but it is amazing what you can make with a bit of thought ....seems the kids are loving it so far - watch the video here.

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24 October 2018

Just a Drop to celebrate 20th anniversary and reaching 1.5 million people with safe water and sanitation at World Travel Market 2018

Just a Drop

Just a Drop will celebrate its 20th anniversary and having reached 1.5 million people with safe water and sanitation at World Travel Market 2018 - the event where the charity was launched in November 1998 by Fiona Jeffery OBE, former WTM Chairman. To mark the occasion, Just a Drop has partnered with Water-to-Go to create Just a Drop-branded eco-friendly water bottles, which provide a solution to two of the biggest problems facing the world at the moment: access to safe drinking water and the pollution caused by single-use plastics.

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24 October 2018

Volcanoes Safaris releases new lodges' video clips

Volcanoes Safaris

Volcanoes Safaris is delighted to share 3 new video clips of Virunga Lodge, Mount Gahinga Lodge and Bwindi Lodge. Earlier in the month a new video entitled "Praveen Moman: Celebrating Gorillas and Communities" has also been released to the press in New York. We hope you'll enjoy them! Volcanoes Safaris Videos produced by Black Bean Productions

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23 October 2018

Governors’ Balloon Safaris Celebrates 40 Years of Hot Air Ballooning in the Masai Mara

Governors' Camp

Happy 40th Birthday to Governors’ Balloon Safaris! For forty years Governors’ Balloon Safaris have been flying hot air balloons, pioneering the enthralling experience of gliding over the Masai Mara’s expansive and game-rich scenery, launching at dawn just as the sun’s golden light starts radiating out over the landscape.

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22 October 2018

Safari luggage and clothing embroidery: show the world who you are

The Safari Store

Corporate branding and gifts, uniforms, and individualised safari style are easily achieved through The Safari Store’s embroidery service. This exciting new development opens many windows of opportunity for members of the African tourism and outdoor industries – marrying branding and personalisation with The Safari Store’s premium luggage and clothing technologies.

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22 October 2018

New wildlife themed issue of TRAVEL AFRICA now out

Travel Africa Magazine

At 176 pages, and drawing on some of the continent's top writers and photographers, the new issue of TRAVEL AFRICA is a special themed celebration of Africa's diverse wildlife. Such a comprehensive overview of the continent's fauna has not been published before in one magazine, giving this issue particular appeal to all wildlife lovers.

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22 October 2018

The Makokola Retreat Announces the Opening of Their Newly Built Lake Suites

The Makokola Retreat

The Makokola team is very pleased to announce the opening of our newly built Lake Suites. Built along the shores of Lake Malawi, Our Lake suites boast a picturesque view of the beautiful sunrise and sunset over the Lake. The Lake Suites are built to have a minimalist modern style and showcase artworks produced by local artists, which gives each suite its own unique feel.

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18 October 2018

Elewana Tortilis Camp builds new recycled playground at Esiteti Primary School

Elewana Afrika

The school has received a generous donation from Afro Industrial Agencies LTD, one of Elewana's local suppliers, who have donated 24 litres of paint that has been used to bring colour to the new playground. The team at Elewana Tortilis Camp have been hard at work building a playground for the children, using old tires and fence posts but it is amazing what you can make with a bit of thought ....seems the kids are loving it so far - watch the video here.

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18 October 2018

Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris to improve sustainability through Fair Trade Tourism/Travelife Partnership

Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris

Fair Trade Tourism has recently announced that it will be establishing a partnership with Travelife, Europe’s biggest sustainability organisation for tour operators. Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris, as an Approved Fair Trade Tourism Tour Operator will now also have access to Travelife training and tools to help further positive change in their own business and their suppliers.

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18 October 2018

Natural Selection to open Lekkerwater Beach Lodge in April 2019, their first property in South Africa

Natural Selection

Natural Selection will open their first South African property, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge, in April 2019. The seven room exclusive eco-lodge is in De Hoop Nature Reserve, one of the most dramatic beach locations in South Africa and home to some of the world’s best land based whale watching.

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17 October 2018

Africa-based Internship Programme underway

Kamageo

Kamageo now offers internships for students across a variety of Africa-based roles - in hospitality, marketing, construction or maintenance. In partnership with Kafunta Safaris (Zambia), Kamageo offered its first three-month placement to Sam Machin, who is studying Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Falmouth. His three months in South Luangwa are captured in this video.

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16 October 2018

Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp Partners in 7th Aitong Medical Camp (October 2018)

Elewana Afrika

The 7th Annual Aitong Free Medical Camp is organized by the Land & Life Foundation, the charitable arm of Elewana Collection. This year the Aitong Camp will be run in partnership with a number of organizations providing funds, in-kind resources, and logistical support: Elewana Collection, Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp, along with other key partners.

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16 October 2018

Safari Plains in the Waterberg joins the Extraordinary Collection

Extraordinary

Extraordinary is delighted to announce the addition of Safari Plains in the Waterberg region to the already impressive Extraordinary Collection. Set in a Malaria free area against the backdrop of the magnificent Waterberg Mountain Range in the Limpopo Province, this 5 star Tented Lodge will proudly welcome guests from December, 2018.

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16 October 2018

Kamageo is launching Sierra Leone at WTM

Kamageo

This fascinating West African country has a host of delightful surprises for visitors - pristine tropical beaches with turquoise seas; bustling towns full of vibrant colour; captivating cultural festivals, plus wonderful wildlife including chimps, pygmy hippos and stunning birds.

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15 October 2018

Event for 50 Years Independence of The Republic OF E.G.

Luxury Hotels Management Company - Grand Hotel Djibloho

With the occasion for celebrating 50 years of independence of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, GRAND HOTEL DJIBLOHO sponsored a unique event: crossing the island of Bioko in kayay, carried out by the Italian kayak recordman Francesco Gambella on the 10th of October 2018.

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15 October 2018

More than just game drives at Bumi Hills

African Bush Camps

There are many enthralling activities when you venture from the the comfort and beauty of the idyllic lake view at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. Guests can opt for active game drives or walking safaris to discover the lion, leopard and large herds of elephant and buffalo. Boating Safaris, lake cruises and fishing are also on offer on the tranquil lake, where fishing enthusiasts can try their luck. If you do decide to stay in the comfort of the lodge, 10 lakeview rooms exhibit panoramic views to send you into a state of awe. The Baobab Villa offers a unique and secluded experience for families, small groups or honeymooners providing guests a private vehicle, lounge and butler.

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12 October 2018

Vayeni and Samphire Travel Consulting to part ways in October 2018

Vayeni

Vayeni and Samphire Travel Consulting will part ways from the 15th of October 2018 following a great relationship over the last 6 years. Samphire Travel Consulting have been representing Vayeni, a leading Zimbabwean based independent Destination Management Company, in the United Kingdom (UK) market.

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12 October 2018

Final 9 students sponsored with your support

African Bush Camps

African Bush Camps Foundation has triumphed in our ambition of raising full scholarships for 23 orphaned and vulnerable students in the Hwange Area, Zimbabwe, as part of our 2018 High School Scholarships Programme.

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11 October 2018

Zambia & Uganda to sponsor Bradt's Big Cat Festival 2019

Kamageo

Kamageo has confirmed both Zambia Tourism and Uganda Tourism as sponsors of Bradt's 2nd Annual 'Big Cat Festival'. The event celebrates the world's larger feline species and will be held on Saturday 13th April 2019 at the Royal Geographic Society in London. Speakers for 2019 include TV-Presenter, Chris Packham amongst other big names. Rich Whiston, Marketing Manager at Kamageo explained “Zambia and Uganda are great destinations for getting up close to many of Africa’s big cats, so we hope by su…

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11 October 2018

More Safari Logistics flights available

African Bush Camps

More good news for those traveling between Somalisa and Victoria Falls, Safari Logistics has added an additional route to the 2019 Flight schedule. We will now be able to fly guests out of Somalisa to Victoria Falls Airport to connect with the SA8691 Airlink flight to Cape Town as well as the KQ792 flight to Cape Town that departs in the morning. The flight will return to Somalisa in the afternoon connecting guests off the SA40 and BA6285 flights that land in Victoria Falls Airport from Johannesburg after lunch. This will hopefully give our guests more opportunity when travelling to and from the beautiful land of Hwange National Park.

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10 October 2018

Be the first to stay at African Bush Camps new camps in Mana Pools!

African Bush Camps

Journey with us to a place where time slows down, where nature reigns free. A patchwork of rugged wilderness, strong flowing rivers and far-reaching mountains. Mana Pools is one of the last true wildernesses, our ambition is to offer a variety of experiences. This has led us to opening two new camps in Mana Pools, Nyamatusi Camp and Nyamatusi Mahogany. While Nyamatusi Camp is going to be established as the main camp, the latter will be our dedicated family camp consisting of two tented suites and two family suites nestled under ancient mahogany trees on the lush banks of the mighty Zambezi River.

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10 October 2018

Fusion Restaurant at The Retreat

The Retreat and Heaven

For ten years, the founders of Kigali's top restaurant, Heaven, have dreamed of opening a fine dining restaurant which merges culinary traditions from around the world with Rwandan ingredients. Fusion - the new restaurant at The Retreat - takes culinary traditions from Italy, Mauritius, Morocco and elsewhere and blends them into a single harmonious offer. Perched beside The Retreat's glorious saltwater pool, rock gardens and native plantings, Fusion is the most elegant spot in Kigali to explore new flavours and experience first-class hospitality.

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09 October 2018

A Fitness Room with Perhaps the Finest Work-Out View in Africa has Opened at

Africa Albida Tourism

A fitness room has been built at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, offering guests an unrivalled view of bushveld to the horizon, with the opportunity to spot wildlife at the onsite waterhole during their work out. Wildlife frequenting the waterhole at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge includes elephant, buffalo and kudu, and occasionally lion – last week a lioness thrilled guests when she spent most of the day there. While bushbuck and warthog may be seen wandering past the window of the fitness room.

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09 October 2018

Adventure on the river: the Kafue River Recce

The Safari Store

In planning a river trip to Zambia, two explorers travelled to the Kafue and followed this sometimes wild, always beautiful river on an expedition-tested mission for The Safari Store. It was a trip that demanded grit, but also the right gear – and the recce presented the perfect opportunity to test the performance of our clothing and luggage in extreme, raw conditions on the back of a boat.

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08 October 2018

The Retreat by Heaven

The Retreat and Heaven

A decade ago, Alissa and Josh Ruxin pioneered the foodie-boutique hotel experience in Kigali with Heaven Restaurant and Boutique Hotel.  With Rwanda’s incoming tide of luxury gorilla accommodations, they wanted to give high-end travelers more reasons to spend time in the clean and safe city they call home.

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05 October 2018

Royal Madikwe Joins Ethos' Portfolio

Ethos Marketing

Ethos is delighted to have been appointed UK representatives for The Royal Madikwe, an exclusive family owned safari lodge in South Africa’s North West province from 1 October 2018.  To read more about this exclusive lodge with just 5 suites please visit https://bit.ly/2RrEDaN

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05 October 2018

The New Chikwenya Opens in Mana Pools

Wilderness Safaris

Together with local Zimbabweans, including John Mapondera and Joe Wright from Capmount Lodges, Wilderness Safaris is thrilled to announce the opening of the new Chikwenya Camp. Situated in a private concession in Zimbabwe’s majestic Mana Pools National Park, the elegant camp is perfectly set at the confluence of the Sapi and Zambezi rivers, overlooking an open albida floodplain and Chikwenya Island – a true photographer’s paradise.

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05 October 2018

New Entrance Into Hwange National Park Now Open

Hideaways

Hideaways is thrilled to announce the official opening of the new Mtoa gate from our lodge, Elephant’s Eye directly into Hwange National Park!

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04 October 2018

El Karama Lodge, Laikipia Welcomes Esteemed Conservationist And Evironmental Activist George Monbiot, 22nd December 2018

Campbell- Bell Communications

El Karama Eco Lodge is looking forward to hosting an evening with the conservationist and environmental activist George Monbiot on 22nd December to kick start the Christmas period at the lodge. As part of their innovative and inspiring lecture series and in line with their passion to educate and inspire people to a more sustainable way of living, El Karama are inviting guests at the Lodge to attend the private lecture as George will be visiting with his family over the Christmas period.

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04 October 2018

Mahlatini Luxury Travel enters a brand new era

Mahlatini Luxury Travel

Mahlatini, the UK’s Best Safari, Wildlife and Nature Holiday Company has opened the doors on its first permanent base in Africa, with a dedicated sales and product office in Cape Town. Founded in 2002, Mahlatini is a specialist tour operator with an exclusive focus on tailor-made travel to Southern and East Africa, along with the Indian Ocean Islands.  Co-founder and Director of Sales, Greg Fox leads the SA division. “First-hand product knowledge and excellent supplier relationships are central to Mahlatini’s success.

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04 October 2018

The New Serra Cafema Opens

Wilderness Safaris

After an environmentally-sensitive and inspiring rebuild, Wilderness Safaris’ Serra Cafema Camp, in Namibia’s extreme north-west, has reopened. Located in one of the most remote regions in southern Africa, on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann’s Valley, Serra Cafema offers life-changing journeys to this extraordinary desert location, ensuring the ongoing biodiversity protection of this pristine area and positively impacting the local community members of the Marienfluss Conservancy.

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03 October 2018

Airlink Introduces Business Class On Victoria Falls And Walvis Bay Routes

Airlink

Airlink’s direct services between Cape Town and Victoria Falls as well as Johannesburg and Walvis Bay now offer an intra-continental (as in intra Europe) style business class service.        International premium travelers arriving in Cape Town and travelling onwards to Victoria Falls, on Airlink, will now be able to enjoy the additional benefits afforded by continuing their journey in a premium cabin. This is especially relevant in regard to additional baggage allowance as well as lounge access in Cape Town.

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03 October 2018

ResRequest heads to Magical Kenya & S!TE

ResRequest

ResRequest is going to be in Kenya and Tanzania next month from 2 - 15 October 2018.  We will be visiting S!TE travel trade show. Please schedule a time to meet up at either of the shows. ResRequest is a business management tool for boutique safari lodges and hotels. We are a Central Reservations and Property Management System, with integrated CRM and Financial Management functionality and excellent reporting.

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03 October 2018

Wild Lodges Properties (Tanzania) at S!TE 2018

Wild Things Safaris

Wild Lodges Properties will be exhibiting at S!TE, the Swahili International Tourism Expo.S!TE 2018 is held at JNICC - Julius Nyerere International Convention Center in Dar es Salaam12 - 14 October 2018, 10h00 to 17h00. Stand # L10SPlease schedule a time to meet up with us, contactWild Lodges properties: Udzungwa Forest Camp (Hondo Hondo) situated on the border of the Udzungwa National Park, Morogoro Region, Amani Forest Camp (Emau Hill) on the border of the Amani Nature Reserve, East Usamabra …

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03 October 2018

Extended Season - Serengeti North Wilderness Camp

Wild Frontiers

Serengeti North Wilderness Camp will now be open for an extended season from 2019 (1 June - 30 November). Low season rates will apply for the month of June and November. That’s two extra months to enjoy the fantastic resident game found year round in this area.

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03 October 2018

$30,000 Raised to Fight Poaching in Victoria Falls

Africa Albida Tourism

The war on poaching in the Victoria Falls region has been given a US$30,000 boost by an annual fundraising golf tournament, coordinated, hosted and sponsored by Zimbabwean hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism.   A field of 160 players, making up 40 teams, teed off for charity on September 21 at Harare’s Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club at the 18th annual Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) Golf Day, playing a 4 Ball Better Ball Stableford format, before a prize-giving function and auction.

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02 October 2018

Safari so Good as Ulusaba launches brand new Safari Suite

Virgin Limited Edition

Virgin Limited Edition is delighted to announce that Ulusaba Private Game Reserve has been welcoming guests to a brand new Safari Suite since July. The stunning and spacious new suite accommodates up to four guests and comprises of a master bedroom, separate lounge, a private entrance through a walled garden with a fire pit and boma.

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02 October 2018

Sneak Preview of Sanctuary Olonana's Brand New Geoffrey Kent Suite

Sanctuary Retreats

Introducing exceptional luxury to the Masai Mara  Following the successful relaunch of Sanctuary Olonana, we’re thrilled to announce we will be building a brand new Geoffrey Kent Suite at this exceptional luxury lodge. Sanctuary Olonana, set in lush woodland on a dramatic riverbank in the Masai Mara, Kenya, combines an impressive showcase of modern design blended with distinct African finishes.

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02 October 2018

Mantis Leads Addo Road Clean Up

Mantis Collection

In celebration of Tourism Month, Mantis lead over 800 scholars from the Port Elizabeth township of Motherwell in a clean-up of Addo Road on Friday 28th September 2018. Mantis partnered with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to carry out this cleaning initiative on this popular tourist route to Addo Elephant National Park. The route is littered with plastic and rubbish that blows in from the adjacent communities of Motherwell. The purpose of the cleaning campaign is to instil a paradigm shift in disadvantaged scholars through environmental education, active participation in keeping their communities clean and exposing them to tourism experiences in their region.

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01 October 2018

Wami River Bush Retreat (Kisampa) Anti- Poaching Project

Wild Things Safaris

Wami River Bush Retreat also know as Kisampa is 140,000 acre private conservation sanctuary on the south western border of Saadani National Park and in the month of August while on a walk about over 30 snares were pulled up on various boundaries. These snares are set by the locals killing the game for food. Kisampa charges a community levy to help fund the local villages and to discourage cattle grazing in the conservancy area.

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01 October 2018

JoyCo’ Goes Social With African Trilogy Properties

JoyCo'

Important new acquisition for the Southern European Representative Agency as the South African brand African Trilogy has entrusted JoyCo’ with all Social Marketing activities for the Italian market. JoyCo’ confirms that way its flexibility in providing clients with the right tools to choose within a wide range of services, so to build together a customized long–lasting marketing plan.

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01 October 2018

Travel Africa magazine sponsors Safari Roadshow 2019

Kamageo

Safari Roadshow to be sponsored by Travel Africa Magazine Kamageo has announced that Safari Roadshow’s media sponsor for 2019 is ‘Travel Africa’ magazine, which provides an additional incentive for UK tour operators to attend this popular event. UK Africa specialists will gain one free entry per country session that they attend, which will be entered into a prize draw to win a year-long advertising campaign in print (half-pages) and on line with the world’s premier Africa tourism title, Travel Africa, with creative work by Kamageo (if required). Craig Rix, Publisher of Travel Africa explained, “We have worked with Kamageo on all of their African destinations.

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