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26 April 2019

Wildlife Education at El Karama Lodge, Laikipia: Tracks and Signs Course May 24/25/26 2019 with Professional Guide Andreas Fox

El Karama Lodge

El Karama Lodge, Laikipia's family-focussed eco lodge is hosting their 2019 Tracks and Signs Short Course on May 24th to 26th 2019.  The lodge has been offering a unique events and short course calendar for the past 3 years including enigmatic speakers such as Adventurer Charley Boorman, Environmental Activist and Author George Monbiot, Explorer Col John Blashford-Snell and Paleoanthropologist Don Johanson.  Short Courses have included Tracking, Walking with Dangrous Game, Botany, Entomology, Geology, Open Air Cooking and Astronomy.

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25 April 2019

Flatdogs Camp Guides benefit from additional guide training

Flatdogs Camp

Guides at Flatdogs Camp spent 10 days with guide trainer Schalk Pretorius from Ulovane Environmental Training school. Schalk shared his knowledge and skills with the team of nine guides, focusing on detailed subjects such as tracking, botany, geology and astronomy. This in-depth training has helped the guides to expand on their already existing knowledge, so that they are able to delve deeper into these specific topics with their guests.

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25 April 2019

Wetu goes to Indaba

Wetu Tourism Solutions

Wetu will be exhibiting at Africa’s Travel Indaba from 2 to 4 May 2019. This year marks our 10th birthday and we’ll be celebrating in style in collaboration with our partners, Akilanga.  There have been some exciting developments for both our operator and supplier clients. Progress with Machine Translations for itineraries is on-going, with the functionality now available in German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian and Swedish.

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25 April 2019

Pack For Conservation By Ultimate Safaris Namibia

Ultimate Safaris Namibia

The perfect solution to that FAQ on what guests should bring along on a Namibian safari as gifts! Ultimate Safaris and the Conservation Travel Foundation have partnered with a Namibian owned outdoor retailer with a significant online presence and a staunch supporter of Namibian conservation efforts, and created an online portal where guests which are imminently travelling to Namibia with Ultimate Safaris, can purchase much needed field uniforms and gear on a cost recovery basis.

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24 April 2019

Steenberg Hotel and Catharina's Restaurant closing for renovations

Steenberg Hotel & Spa

Steenberg is a complete leisure destination in idyllic Constantia, Cape Town, and is home to a 5-star Hotel and rejuvenating Spa, exceptional cuisine, outstanding wines and an 18-hole championship golf course. From Wednesday, 01 May 2019, Steenberg Hotel and Catharina’s Restaurant will be closed for renovations and will reopen on Monday, 02 September 2019. A selection of Hotel rooms will be refurbished to create a new look and feel when welcoming guests back in September.

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24 April 2019

Saruni introduces ‘The Northern Express’ in Kenya

Saruni

Connecting Kenya’s Northern tourism destinations just got easier… Saruni introduces ‘The Northern Express’: a custom-made vehicle, based at Saruni Samburu, allowing for quick, comfortable and safe transfers between Saruni’s two northern Kenya properties and various tourist attractions in the region. The 7-seater, air-conditioned car connects by road Saruni Samburu (Kalama Conservancy) to Saruni Rhino (Sera Conservancy) and both properties with the not-to-be-missed Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (Namunyak Conservancy). Saruni guests can also travel in comfort and style to other destinations, like the Ololokwe ‘Sacred Mountain’ hiking experience and to the wider Laikipia plateaux and beyond. Read more HERE.

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23 April 2019

Mantis Enters the Serengeti

Mantis Collection

The Mantis Group welcomes Siringit Serengeti Camp into its prestigious family, becoming our first experience in the Serengeti. Mantis took over the reins on 15 April 15 2019. This permanent tented camp allows Mantis guests the opportunity to link the Northern Circuit safari with an exclusive experience at their sought-after Nungwi Dreams by Mantis in Zanzibar. For more information contact reservations@mantiscollection.com

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23 April 2019

In the footsteps of the forest’s gentle giants

Singita

Deeply engaging experiences often require venturing off the beaten track – to journey into untouched places where the wilderness and wildlife allow you to regain your perspective and sense of belonging in the natural world. And few encounters can be as soul-restoring as gorilla-trekking in Rwanda’s northwestern reaches. The survival of endangered mountain gorillas has been a prominent environmental concern for decades. While they were once critically endangered – and expected to be extinct by the millennium – there is renewed hope since their numbers now exceed 1,000, and are still growing. Of these, more than a third find refuge on the slopes of the dramatic Virunga Mountains in Volcanoes National Park.

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23 April 2019

Jack's Camp, Botswana will be rebuilt and reopen in May 2020

Natural Selection

The iconic Jack’s Camp in the Makgadikgadi, Botswana is to be rebuilt by and will reopen with a luxurious new look in May 2020 to celebrate the camp’s 25th anniversary. The new look Jack’s will feature ten spacious safari tents, almost double the size of the existing tents, with an interior floor area of 130m2. The tents will retain the same traditional dark green exterior canvas and iconic interior lining. Furnished with antiques that have been passed down through generations of the Bousfield family, the new larger guest tents will each have their own miniature natural history museum, each one a cabinet of extraordinary curiosities ranging from stone tools to fossils, all collected and curated by Bousfield himself.

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23 April 2019

Mahlatini’s tribe continues to grow in Cape Town

Mahlatini Luxury Travel

Since opening the doors on its first permanent base in Africa last August, Mahlatini Luxury Travel’s dedicated sales and product office continues to expand. This month the leading tour operator welcomed another three recruits to the team in response to a sustained period of growth. Greg Fox, Co-founder and Director of Sales, commented, “Our clients have always appreciated our specialist, first-hand knowledge; they love working with travel experts living on African soil to create their bespoke travel itineraries. A Cape Town base affords direct access to our trusted supplier network ensuring we deliver the absolute best travel experiences for our clients.”

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22 April 2019

Elewana Collection: Best reasons to Getaway to the Indian Ocean Mid-Season

Elewana Afrika

Elewana Collection has two stunning beach properties, one on the Kenya coast located on Diani Beach, a magical setting where white sandy beaches, rustling palm trees and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are a stone throw away. Elewana AfroChic enjoys beach front ocean views and delicious sea breezes on a quieter, more secluded section of Diani Beach. Diani Beach is the ultimate holiday destination with a wide variety of activities and excursions on offer.

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22 April 2019

Unveiling the Ultra-Luxury Geoffrey Kent Suite

Sanctuary Retreats

- Introducing exceptional luxury to the Masai Mara - The Masai Mara is arguably the most renowned safari destination in Africa, home to the big five and stage to the great annual wildebeest migration. Now, the most luxury travellers can immerse themselves in this wildlife experience, connecting with ancient forces of nature, from the secluded ultra-luxury Geoffrey Kent Suite at Sanctuary Olonana.

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22 April 2019

Three Elewana Collection properties closed for the season

Elewana Afrika

This is a reminder that the following three properties will be closed for two months from 1st April to 31st May; Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp, Mara North Conservancy Luxury bush camp with outstanding wildlife viewing in the heart of the Masai Mara. Elewana Elephant Pepper Camp is one of Kenya’s original, very small and exclusive tented camps, located away from other lodges in the pristine Mara North Conservancy, making it the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the Mara.

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17 April 2019

African Bush Camps Partners With ‘How Many Elephants’ To Raise Awareness Of The African Elephant Crisis

African Bush Camps

African Bush Camps has joined forces with How Many Elephants to support their annual talk held at the prestigious Royal Geographical Society in London on 6th June. This years talk ‘On the Front Line’ offers an evening of adventure with inspirational speakers from the front line of conservation in Africa. As a conservation driven organization African Bush Camps promote and influence travel to Africa on a global scale while operating with an environmentally sustainable footprint. Employing an ethos that strives to empower local communities in the areas in which they operate, a strong focus on conservation is at the heart of their operation.

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17 April 2019

Ruaha Balloon Safaris Available again this year June to October

Serengeti Balloon Safaris

We're preparing for another dry season of hot-air balloon safaris in Ruaha and it reminds me just how gorgeous the flights were last year. The breathtaking scenery, the tranquility of floating above the Ruaha River and baobab forests, I could go on and on about it... What is a Ruaha Balloon Safari? In the pre-dawn, your balloon safari adventure begins as you leave your lodge or camp and there’s the chance you might glimpse a leopard or another nocturnal hunter on your way to the launch site. The anticipation and excitement builds as you meet your pilot and watch the balloon being inflated as the sky lightens.

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17 April 2019

Just a Drop's Easter Treat - 20% off 'For the Love of Nature' talk with the filmmakers behind Netflix series Our Planet

Just a Drop

There are limited tickets still available for this year’s Just a Drop talk at the Royal Geographical Society on 25th April.  ‘For the Love of Nature’ will see the award-winning filmmakers behind the epic new Netflix series Our Planet and the ground-breaking BBC series Life and Planet Earth – Just a Drop Patrons Huw Cordey and Patrick Morris – share the stories that have inspired them across their thirty years of wildlife filmmaking. The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A led by Just a Drop Patron Stephen Sackur, presenter of BBC's HARDTalk. Hurry - book by the end of Easter Monday, 22 April, to get 20% off with code EASTER20 Tickets: www.justadrop.org/Event/for-the-love-of-nature

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17 April 2019

Travel with Purpose with Wilderness Safaris – Hwange Elephant Collaring

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris’ Travel with Purpose itinerary, Hwange Elephant Collaring, offers guests a unique behind-the-scenes conservation and community experience in Zimbabwe’s largest national park. Taking place from 14 to19 September 2019, all proceeds from this life-changing journey will be donated to the Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit. “Our guests should expect to get their hands dirty participating in planned activities such as the collaring of an elephant cow, game counting and helping the Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit conduct a snare sweep. We want to involve guests in what has been our core purpose for more than 35 years now, to conserve and restore Africa’s wilderness and wildlife.

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17 April 2019

For up-close-and personal game viewing our Safari Lodge is the place to stay! So good, we even named them the Elephant rooms 🐘 🐘 🐘

Virgin Limited Edition

Safari Lodge Safari Lodge fits snugly into the bush located beneath a canopy of ancient trees on the edge of a dry riverbed. You’ll love the sense of adventure as you access some of the rooms by swing bridges. Your room will provide fascinating views of the animals as they stroll past on their way to the nearby watering hole. The rooms at Safari Lodge include a Treehouse Suite overlooking the nearby Xikwenga Dam while other rooms have their own private plunge pools. Kids over the age of 12 are welcome to stay at Safari Lodge.

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16 April 2019

Hideaways Welcomes Nicole Jacobs As Sales Manager

Hideaways

Nicole Jacobs has been appointed as Hideaways Sales Manager. This is a new position as Hideaways is expanding significantly with exclusive new properties and activities. Nicole moved from Jenman African Safaris’ Series division and has been with the company for 6 years. Over the past years she has earned a proven track record in delivering service excellence for guests and agents in the Operations Department and then over the past 2 years as the manager of the Series Department. She brings with her amazing attention to detail, innovation as well as a fantastic relationship with agents and clients alike.

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16 April 2019

Meet Peter Pittendrigh - Jenman African Safaris' New Head Of Sales

Jenman African Safaris

Jenman African Safaris has appointed Peter Pittendrigh as the new Head of Sales. Peter comes from a background of Sales, Adventure Travel, and Online Technology & Sales and has previously worked for Xscapesa and Travelbud. Peter says that he loves how intertwined the sales department is with the other departments and is very excited about the future; we are confident about the inspiring new energy he will bring to the Jenman African Safaris sales department focusing on quality service delivery for partners.

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16 April 2019

The Rufiji™ BUGTech™ Explorer Gilet: your safari and adventure companion

The Safari Store

A multi-pocket gilet is an extremely useful garment for safari and all outdoor activities. The latest release by The Safari Store is the multi-tool of safari clothing. Designed for men and women, this sleeveless jacket offers lots of pockets and fabric benefits for game drives, walking and active safaris, and specialised safaris like birding in Africa. Our popular MaraTech™ Multi-Pocket Gilet now provides even more value for safari-goers in our specially-developed BUGTech™ insect repellent fabric. A multi-pocket vest is a handy addition to any outdoor wardrobe for carrying gear and keeping your belongings on you.

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16 April 2019

The Secret is out – at Beverley Hills hotel

Tsogo Sun

The Beverly Hills, an iconic, landmark hotel in uMhlanga, has launched ‘The Secret Garden’ – an exciting new venue space in the neighbouring property, which is owned by Tsogo Sun, by transforming it into a beautiful venue for events and special occasions. The secluded and picturesque grounds with uninterrupted sea views present a blank canvas for clients to use their ideas and visions and create their own perfect event. The facilities can cater for cocktail functions up to 150 people and set lunches and dinners for up to 100 guests.

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15 April 2019

Lemala Ngorongoro Rejuvenated

Lemala Camps and Lodges

Lemala Camps & Lodges are pleased to announce to our trade partners that after a complete major refurbishment Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp re-opened on 12th April 2019. Both the main communal tent with comfortable lounge and bar and the nine spacious guest tents have been fully upgraded with new furniture, soft furnishings and décor, and 100% recycled decking on the floors that has been produced locally from recycled plastic collected in and around Arusha in Tanzania. Additionally, we have installed innovative new charging stations that allow guests to each have a separate lockable charging drawer for their cameras, phones and other devices.

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15 April 2019

New Lake Natron Camp Website is Live!

Lake Natron Camp, Ngare Sero

Lake Natron Camp is very pleased to announce the launch of our new website. www.lake-natron-camp.com Lake Natron Camp is a 10 tented unique, ecological camp set in one of the most extreme locations in the world!

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15 April 2019

Updates from ITC Sudan

ITC Sudan would like to let all the Atta community know that we are all safe and well here in Khartoum and Northern Sudan. We are watching the evolution of the current political situation that ended a 30 years dictatorship . We add very few people in the country at the time as it is the end of a very successful travelers season.

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12 April 2019

‘For the Love of Nature’ With Huw Cordey and Patrick Morris, filmmakers of Planet Earth, Life, Galapagos and The Hunt

Just a Drop

Just a Drop will host For the Love of Nature with Huw Cordey and Patrick Morris, the award-winning filmmakers behind the ground-breaking BBC series Life, Planet Earth, Galapagos and The Hunt, on 25 April at the Royal Geographical Society. For the Love of Nature will see Huw and Patrick share the stories that have inspired them across their thirty years of wildlife filmmaking, including the making of upcoming Netflix series Our Planet, narrated by David Attenborough and due for release in April. The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A led by Stephen Sackur, presenter of BBC's HARDTalk and Just a Drop Patron.

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12 April 2019

Singita Sweni Lodge Redefines Luxury Bush Experiences

Singita

Over the past 25 years, Singita has intuitively curated guest experiences that incorporate a novel approach to the restorative effects of unconstrained time and space. At the heart of this mindset lies a set of values based on the expectations of savvy travelers, as well as a longing for nurturing natural encounters. Singita Sweni Lodge, set in a remote stretch of South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park, beautifully embodies all the layers of a luxury that suspends time and space.

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12 April 2019

andBeyond announces plans for ultimate desert escape

&Beyond

Conservation-led travel company andBeyond has announced grand plans for the rebuild of andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia. The updated design ethos pays homage to the surrounding untouched desert landscape and maximises the scenic opportunities for guests while leaving as light a footprint as possible. Showcasing the splendour and solitude of the desert, ten beautifully-appointed suites will spread out along the curve of the escarpment.

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11 April 2019

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Actress Virginia McKenna

Elewana Afrika

The Elewana Collection is delighted to announce that Virginia McKenna will join guests at Elewana Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park to celebrate 20 years since the property opened. Special events will take place from the 3rd to 6th July 2019 including a special sundowner on George's rock, dinner under the stars followed by a screening of Born Free, a bush breakfast near the grave of Elsa and a book signing and tea with Virginia. Named after Elsa, the lioness upon who the film Born Free was based, Elewana Elsa’s Kopje is located on the Mughwango Hill (Kopje) above the site of the original campsite where Joy and George Adamson raised Elsa the lioness.

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11 April 2019

Additional Departures for Jenman African Safaris Intimate Botswana and Zimbabwe Encounter in 2019 & 2020

Jenman African Safaris

Our Intimate Botswana and Zimbabwe Encounter remains one of our most popular NEW tours! This is why we have increased our departure dates for 2019. The new dates are as follows: 5 May 2019 25 September 2019 – Tour offered in reverse, starting in Maun and ending in Vic Falls. This tour expertly combines the must-sees and do’s of Botswana and Zimbabwe ensuring that our guests experience uniquely Zimbabwean highlights such as a luxury houseboat experience on Lake Kariba, rhino-tracking in Matopos, and the mighty Victoria Falls.

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11 April 2019

New Kenya FGASA Qualification course in the Masai Mara

EcoTraining

EcoTraining, Africa’s oldest and largest guide training school will be offering the FGASA level one qualification within the Masai Mara from September this year. As part of this qualification course, participants will traverse 3 different conservancies during the 55day course, accessing 16 000 hectares, providing ample access to different elements that make this a truly sought after course for the industry as well as nature enthusiasts.

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10 April 2019

Golden Africa Safaris announces additional Okavango Delta 9 night departure for September 2019

Golden Africa

Following on from the great success of the mobile tented and lodge safari combinations that Golden Africa Safaris is running in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, an additional departure has been put on for the peak season this year from 7th – 16th September; a time of year when game-viewing is at its very best in this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. The safari runs for 9 nights, and compromises of 3 sets of 3 nights, located in the Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai community concessions at either end of the itinerary, sandwiching a stay at the fantastic Machaba Safaris’ Gomoti Plains Camp. The safari is for 4-12 pax, and will be exclusive to any group booked of 6 pax or more.

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10 April 2019

Flatdogs Camp receives chef training for their à la carte restaurant

Flatdogs Camp

Flatdogs Camp welcomed chef trainer Nicky Bryden back to further improve their unique à la carte menu. Nicky spent 10 days in the camp kitchen where she worked with nine chefs to expand on their existing skills. She focused on new recipes and working on different styles of presentation, which has helped to improve the safari camp’s overall restaurant experience. The camp is positioned in a remote location just outside of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, making it a real challenge to run an a la carte restaurant with such a wide variety of options.

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10 April 2019

African Bush Camps “Wild Game” is open

African Bush Camps

“Nyamatusi” –lightly translates to “Wild Game,” this transcends perfectly to its location. Nyamatusi is set in one of the most remote parts of Africa the old untouched landscape of Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. African Bush Camps are proud to announce this wonderful addition to our Mana Pools portfolio which provides a signature alternate for our guests travelling in the area. Nyamatusi Camp welcomed our first guests on the 1st April in time for the beginning of the Mana Pools season. Our first guests were met by a jubilant team who were thrilled to see how all their hard work had paid off. Nyamatusi will enchant visitors with uninterrupted views of the Zambezi River and the escarpment beyond, the camp is submerged in raw Africa and surrounded by wild game.

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09 April 2019

2 Fantastic Indaba Fam Trips available with Hideaways

Hideaways

Hideaways is offering agents the opportunity to familiarise themselves with its amazing new property Rio Azul. Spend 4 days unwinding after the hustle and bustle of Indaba in a secluded tropical wilderness where you can explore the pristine mangrove forest and blue lagoon surrounding the lodge, while feasting on fresh seafood. Exciting activities such as dhow sailing trips and excursions to Pansy Island are planned, but there is also ample time for leisurely beach strolls, solo adventures on your own private tinnie boat and refreshing dips in the pool with a view. This Fam trip is from 5 - 8 May.

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09 April 2019

Wilderness Wellness Safari with The Safari Collection

The Safari Collection

This May, The Safari Collection will be hosting a Wilderness Wellness Safari that is set to Nourish your body, soothe your soul and help you reconnect with nature. Experience the diversity of Kenya’s wild landscapes and the incredible and variant wildlife as you journey to three diversely stunning safari locations. Game drive through the iconic Nairobi National Park – the oldest park in Africa – and photograph many of the ‘big five’ against the skyline of Kenya’s bustling capital. Journey to the rugged north where you will glimpse Samburu life and indulge in four days of nourishment for the mind and body through a specially designed wellness programme.

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09 April 2019

Hiking in the Udzungwas

Wild Things Safaris

Bordering the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Udzungwa Forest Camp (Hondo Hondo) offers something different than the traditional safari. This park has many different hiking routes. Guests can go hiking within the park (no vehicles allowed). The park is one of the lesser-known parks in Tanzania, even though the Udzungwa Mountains are among the most biodiversity hotspots in the world, with many endmic plants, birds and primates – Udzungwa Red Colobus and Sanje Mangabey (The Red Colobus are often seen at the camp in front of the bar).

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09 April 2019

Kenya Airways activates codeshare in the US market

Kenya Airways

National Carrier, Kenya Airways has activated its codeshare with Delta Airline that opens seamless travel in the US and Canada. The arrangement will enable both the business and leisure travelers enjoy greater connectivity and efficiency in 11 US cities and 4* Canadian cities. The arrangement is an opportunity for travelers to connect from New York, using the direct flight from Nairobi, to other cities within the US and Canada opening many more opportunities at more competitive fares.

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08 April 2019

ResRequest is travelling to Cape Town for WTM Africa 2019

ResRequest

ResRequest is travelling to Cape Town for WTM Africa 2019. ResRequest is a comprehensive Central Reservations (CRS) and Property Management System (PMS) which can help you leverage your availability, increase your sales and track your business. You can have many people and properties, in different locations, all accessing the same information at the same time: sales, accounts, operations; there is no limit.

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08 April 2019

Running Wild: The Serengeti Girls Run 2019

Singita

Experiencing the magic of the Serengeti plains on foot is a privilege few will ever be able to appreciate, and the sheer joy exhibited by the participants of last year’s inaugural Serengeti Girls Run – as well as their camaraderie, perseverance and passion – inspired this year’s follow-up event in October. The run is an all-women event that forms part of Singita’s signature collection of conservation safaris called ‘Safaris With A Purpose’, and is held in partnership with the Grumeti Fund to support the empowerment of girls and women in rural Tanzania. This year will see double the number of runners participate in the once-in-a-lifetime adventure that’s set in one of the most iconic wilderness areas in Africa, covering 21km daily over three days.

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08 April 2019

Campi Ya Kanzi – Wildlife Pays

Campi ya Kanzi

Campi ya Kanzi was built in partnership with the Maasai of Kuku Group Ranch in 1996 to promote environmental conservation and sustainable community development through ecotourism.   Maasai land is, traditionally, where human beings and wildlife co-exist. In fact, the most visited National Parks in East Africa have been Maasai land.

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08 April 2019

Jenman African Safaris Touring Africa Responsibly: Removal Of Orphanage Visit In Tanzania

Jenman African Safaris

A core part of Jenman African Safaris’ business beliefs is responsible tourism, and part of this is a mission to positively and beneficially engage with the local communities of the areas we travel to.  When it comes to the children of those communities we take extra care to ensure that they benefit sustainably from any interactions that are planned on our itineraries or happenstance. After careful discussion, research and debates, we have with immediate effect removed the visit of the orphanage on our East African Migration Discover and Tanzania Wildlife & Cultural Explorer tours.

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08 April 2019

Press Release - Rack Rates 2019-2020

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

We take great pleasure in extending our 2019 rates into 2020 – expiring 29th February 2020. We have noticed an increase in demand for longer lead time bookings as well as the need for rates to be valid from one calendar year into the next.  We have taken your feedback on board and will be setting a new rate validity season starting 01st March running through to the end of February the next year. Therefore, our current rates will be extended and our new rates for 2020 will start 01st March and run through into the first two months of 2021.

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05 April 2019

Hot Air Ballooning at Vumbura Kicks Off for the 2019 Season

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce the start of its hot air ballooning season at Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura camps in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. From 1 April through 7 October 2019, guests can enjoy a unique hot air balloon safari, drifting slowly over the pristine 60 000-hectare Vumbura Concession. “This exciting excursion offers more than just a balloon ride; it is the ideal opportunity for us to share with our guests the wonders of the Delta from a completely different perspective, offering a bird’s eye view of some of the spectacular remote areas that are not often explored on game drives”, commented Attorney Vasco, Wilderness Safaris Botswana Sales Manager.

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05 April 2019

Africa-Experience at INDABA: new tours, new destinations, new developments

Africa-Experience

The dates may have changed, but you will still find us at our regular spot in the outdoor area at INDABA 2019 in Durban. Africa-Experience is a tour operating business: we plan, organise, and run safaris, tours, hiking trips and mountain climbs in Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, and South Africa.

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05 April 2019

Wilderness Holdings Announces New Group Sustainability Manager

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Holdings is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Neil Midlane as its new Group Sustainability Manager as of 1 April 2019. This appointment reflects the company’s ongoing vision to conserve and restore Africa’s wilderness and wildlife through high-end ecotourism, and to ensure that its 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation underpins all of its operations.   “Sustainability has been the core tenet of our business for over 35 years and remains the key driver of everything that we do”, commented Derek de la Harpe, Wilderness Chief Sustainability Officer.

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05 April 2019

Yoga week launches at The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille – northern Kenya

The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

An increasing number of our guests have been enjoying yoga during their stay with us, partly due to our iconic views and partly due to the fact that Gill has been a fully qualified yoga instructor for a few years now. Gill has over 500 hours of yoga instructor training behind her and with the help of some additional yogis we are running a yoga week. Diet  All food will be vegetarian, with vegan diet offered. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices throughout.

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05 April 2019

TAASA Lodge Welcomes Tawanda Munengiwa as Managing Director

TAASA Lodge

TAASA Lodge announces that its Board of Directors has appointed Tawanda Munengiwa as the Managing Director for Tanzania. Munengiwa will assume his new role effective April 3rd, 2019.     “During this time of growth and expansion, there is no better person to lead TAASA Lodge than Tawanda Munengiwa. He is a proven leader with over a decade of experience and knowledge within the Tanzania lodging industry.” said Jim Roane and Peter Taunton, TAASA Lodges coowners.

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04 April 2019

JWS 360° : Introducing Intana Global

J W Seagon and Co Insurance Brokers

Dear Safari Plan Client, We wish to inform you that as of 1st April 2019 we have changed the JWS 360° service provider from CEGA to Intana Global and as a result there are a few important changes to note: 1. The JWS 360° emergency telephone number has changed to +44 208 865 3466. Please inform all the members of your team of this change as the old numbers will no longer be in use. 2. Please take the time to read our newly revised JWS 360° documents – the product offers the same benefits. You will find the updated JWS 360° Flyer attached.

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04 April 2019

New San Deck showcases the best in African elegance

Tsogo Sun

One of Sandton’s most stylish outdoor spaces – San Deck, has undergone a full refurbishment, bringing to life a uniquely African meeting spot carved into the Sandton skyline. With a spectacular location in the iconic Sandton Sun, the San Deck has got a vibrant atmosphere – it is designed to take full advantage of the spectacular sunsets and offering guests a variety of unique space.

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04 April 2019

Walking with Gibb's Farm

Gibb's Farm

On foot, with the smell of damp earth in the forests and the call of birdsong in the gardens, immerse your senses. Each step promises a new memory and we encourage our guests to explore Tanzania from more than a safari vehicle. Step outside and truly discover what it is to be in Africa. From longer safari walks, to gentle morning strolls through our organic farm and time with a traditional healer, we offer a host of options to suit every fitness level and cater for a diverse range of interests.

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04 April 2019

Join Dame Kelly Holmes to take on three incredible trail runs through Southern Malawi this October!

Orbis Expeditions

Join Dame Kelly Holmes to take on three incredible trail runs through Southern Malawi this October! In October 2019, Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes will be returning to Malawi to headline ‘The Orbis Challenge - Sport with a Purpose' event. Along with 30 international participants, Dame Kelly will undertake three hill & extreme trail challenges including a 25km ascent of Mount Mulanje, Central Africa’s highest free standing mountain, a 20km traverse of Zomba Plateau, the country’s old colonial capital, and a scenic 20km race along the shores of Lake Malawi, witnessing the beauty of Malawi’s stunning scenery.

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03 April 2019

The Safari Store launches the Rufiji™ Safari Traveller Bag

The Safari Store

The Safari Store is proud to release its biggest safari duffel bag yet. In full canvas, this essential holdall is soft, squashable safari luggage simplified – offering exceptional value and practicality for African and adventure travel. Made from the same safari-grade canvas as the rest of The Safari Store’s safari luggage range, this bag is strong enough for the holds of charter planes and the dust and parameters of transfers in open 4x4s typically associated with many luxury safaris. With no side pockets, the space offered by this holdall is remarkable and is an exciting new addition to The Safari Store’s collection.

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03 April 2019

Island Continent Tours at WTM - Africa Stand B05

Island Continent Tours Madagascar

Island Continent Tours will be exhibiting at WTM Africa - Cape Town from April 10th to 12th at Stand B05. After a very successful ITB last March this year, here we are again in Cape Town, this time to meet all our worldwide partners who are mainly focussed on Africa and Indian Ocean. We will launch new products, some of them are part of "Vanilla Island" concept, also new special interest tours. For appointment,  send us an email at direction@ictours.mg or just use the WTM Africa appointment system.

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03 April 2019

Borana Lodge to launch Farm to Table activity in May

Borana

Borana Lodge will be launching an exciting new activity in May, in time for the busy season.  This is the only Farm to Table activity offered in Kenya, a truly immersive experience bridging the gap between shamba and fork. This exclusive lunch time activity is included in guest stays at Borana Lodge at no extra cost and is perfectly suited for the entire family. The menu is completely customisable to guest preferences and is a fantastic way to spend time in the heat if the day. For more information, photographs and for a full fact sheet please get in touch with Eloise Best.

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03 April 2019

Celebrating 10 years of Extraordinary!

Extraordinary

Extraordinary is celebrating 10 years of creating memories this year! Anniversaries are opportunities to recollect our memories and to cherish them again. We are so grateful to have this opportunity to celebrate our milestone with all of you. We all value your loyal support and friendship over the past ten years. It is rightly said that it doesn’t matter where you go in your life, but what matters the most is whom you have beside you all the way.

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03 April 2019

Joyco’ Increases Its Portfolio With Monarch Travel DMC

Important new acquisition for the Italian Representative Agency JoyCo’, as starting from April 2019 the Moroccan DMC Monarch Travel will be included in the agency portfolio. JoyCo’, recognized for its expertise in the Southern Africa region, is now opening its scope to the northern area of the African continent and will apply all its marketing and communication skills to promote the beautiful country of Morocco and increase the incoming Tour Operator business with the Italian trade. JoyCo' thus confirms its professionalism in representing diversified and not competing realities to which the agency offers a tailor made and never repetitive service. The entire JoyCo’ portfolio is present on the representation agency website www.enjoythetourism.com which gives a clear presentation of the services offered and the agency flexibility in proposing long-term as well as of project-based collaborations.

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02 April 2019

Chikwenya and Ruckomechi Open for 2019 Season in Mana Pools

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris’ Chikwenya  and Ruckomechi camps are set to re-open on 1 April for the 2019 safari season in Zimbabwe’s majestic Mana Pools National Park. With both camps offering an authentic and immersive experience strongly rooted in a core purpose, guests can be assured of an exclusive wilderness experience in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife areas, whist giving back to conservation and community empowerment at the same time.

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02 April 2019

Nairobi Serena to Open a New Pan-Asian Restaurant

Serena Hotels

Nairobi Serena Hotel will soon be unveiling its brand new urban Pan-Asian themed, ‘Herbs & Spice’ Restaurant going by the name ‘H&S’. Strategically poised on the ground floor of the newly refurbished wing of the hotel, this restaurant’s style and décor is minimalist –appealing to the trendy set it hopes to attract. Whether it’s a quick midday break or business lunch, H&S has the right ideals for you. The menu will be bursting with flavors and most of the ingredients will be locally sourced. Warm friendly staff and excellent service will continue to be part of your dining experience as per our unmatched standards. fla…

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02 April 2019

Safari.com celebrates its partnership with media giant Caxton & CTP Group

Safari.com

Safari.com, which forms part of the AfriTrip Group (Pty) Ltd, has over 10 years worth of experience in the planning and booking of safari holidays in Africa and has assisted more than 200,000 travellers from all corners of the world. A passion for Africa, incredible supplier relations, and expert safari planning is what Safari.com deems the right combination to unlocking the perfect African experience for each traveler.. Split into two divisions, the company is able to offer travellers a selection of mid-range to luxury trips in Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as self-catering accommodation in more than 20 National Parks across South Africa.

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01 April 2019

Leading Ecotourism operators join forces to launch the Lionscape Coalition

Ultimate Safaris Namibia

In partnership with the Lion Recovery Fund, Africa’s leading ecotourism operators, &Beyond, Conservation Travel Foundation by Ultimate Safaris, Singita and Wilderness Safaris, have joined forces to launch the Lionscape Coalition – an innovative initiative that has seen four commercial competitors come together to help secure a future for Africa’s lions and their landscapes. Africa’s lion population has halved in the past 25 years, and the species is now officially classified by the IUCN as ‘Vulnerable’, with the West African subspecies ‘Critically Endangered’.

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01 April 2019

Journey Beyond looks forward to meeting you at the upcoming Africa Tradeshows

Journey Beyond

We cannot believe how quickly this year is flying…It is nearly that time again... TRADE SHOWS FOR AFRICA! Journey Beyond will be represented by Phillip Lategan at: ILTM Africa 07 – 09 April 2019 We Are Africa 13 – 16 May 2019 Experience Africa 24 – 26 June 2019 Our team will be attending Indaba 02 – 04 May 2019.

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01 April 2019

The Ant Collection joins Ethos' portfolio

Ethos Marketing

Ethos is delighted to have been appointed as the UK representative for The Ant Collection in South Africa’s Limpopo Province from 1 April 2019.  The Ant Collection includes two beautiful bush homes namely Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill, located in their own private game reserve within the magnificent Waterberg.  The lodges offer exceptional riding safaris, walking safaris & game drives amongst other activities. For more details click here.

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01 April 2019

Where focus goes, energy flows – African Bush Camps host internal guides training at Somalisa Camp

African Bush Camps

African Bush Camps annual guides training took place last month, at Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park. African Bush Camps founder Beks Ndlovu, himself a professional guide for over 23 years was on site to formally welcome and thank his colleagues and good friends. Beks and Africa Bush Camps have long acknowledged the need for sustained focus and resources issued to such a vital element of a safari offering. The guides training brings experts from varying fields to orchestrate training over the duration of 7 days in camp. Over 40 guides from across the three countries where African Bush Camps has offerings namely Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe were in attendance.

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