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27 February 2020

New Atta members this month – February 2020

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Bundox Safari Company - Accommodation Suppliers - South Africa Horizon Guides - Media and Publications - United Kingdom Gondar Hills Resort - Accommodation Suppliers - Ethiopia Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa - Accommodation Suppliers - South Africa Karibu Camps & Lodges - Accommodation Suppliers - Tanzania Aspera Exploration - European Based Representation - Russia Isibindi Africa Lodges - Accommodation Supplier - South Africa Micha Travel Mexico - Latin American Based Travel Specialist - Mexico Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa - Accommodation Suppliers - South Africa Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve - Accommodation Suppliers - South Africa CEE Tourism - European Based Representation - Czech Republic Remote Africa Safaris - Accommodation Supplier - Zambia

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27 February 2020

B2B travel tradeshow, Experience Africa, returns for a third year

ATTA®

Experience Africa offers a unique opportunity for UK and international buyers to meet hand-picked African suppliers in the UK. The invitation-only, B2B show provides delegates with up to 42 meeting opportunities as well as a full seminar programme, multiple networking events and three unforgettable evening events. The show serves to promote African travel, an increasingly popular destination for travellers. With Namibia recently winning gold in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards, and eSwatini, South Africa and Tanzania appearing in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020, it’s clear that consumers are seeking adventures in Africa.

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27 February 2020

WTM Africa Conscious about Sustainability in Travel

WTM Africa - Powered by Reed Exhibitions

WTM Africa 2020 is tackling travel sustainability at macro and micro levels this year, by lining up a number of eco-conscious initiatives alongside recognising game-changing sustainability practices in the African travel industry.   Major international events like WTM Africa have an impact on their environments, and the Reed Exhibitions South Africa team is encouraging visitors to this year’s show to be more responsible in the choices they make while they’re in Cape Town – and beyond.

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25 February 2020

Major Kenya news: Angama Safari Camp launches

Orbital Communications

Angama is opening a seasonal exclusive use mobile camp of four stunning tents in the private south west corner of the Mara Triangle. Angama Safari Camp opens 1st July until end of September 2020 (October on request) looking onto the plains and the heart of the mega herds of the Great Migration. For more information please email simon@orbitalcommunications.co.uk

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25 February 2020

Ethiopian Airlines Welcomes New UK PR Manager

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the Largest Aviation Group in Africa welcomes Sally Peters as newly appointed PR Manager for the UK. Sally Peters joined Ethiopian Airlines on 3rd February 2020 further strengthening the UK marketing team at their London offices in Chiswick. Sally brings a huge amount of experience to the fast-growing African airline, having previously worked in the airline and tourism industry.

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25 February 2020

Explore the magic of Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp with our new video

Sanctuary Retreats

We are proud to present our newest video showcasing the exceptional Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp... Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is a luxury camp set in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda. At Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, once-in-a-lifetime encounters with Uganda’s endangered gorillas await guests, as they track these incredible creatures through one of Africa’s most remarkable landscapes.

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24 February 2020

Get to know Nomad Tanzania in 2020

Nomad Tanzania - Camps

"Maisha marefu" is a Tanzanian toast which means "long life" in Swahili, and is our wish for our wild places. We’d love to raise a toast with you in 2020, either at a Trade Show, or with us in Tanzania on one of our fam trips. Please follow this link to find out where you can meet with us throughout the year, starting with ITB next week. Rupert (rupert@nomad-tanzania.com) and Petra (petra@nomad-tanzania.com) will be flying the Nomad flag in Berlin so please do drop them a line if you’d like to set up a meeting.

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24 February 2020

Kamageo launches ‘Go West’ - a dedicated West Africa trade event.

Kamageo

CENTRAL LONDON / THUSDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2020 After gauging interest levels amongst UK Africa specialist tour operators, Kamageo will be hosting a one-off trade event for West African destinations to showcase their offering to the UK trade and the media.

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24 February 2020

Katchikally – the ‘tame’ alligators of The Gambia

The Gambia Tourism Board

The Gambia, known in tourism circles as The Smiling Cost of Africa, is home to a unique family of alligators or crocodiles that live side by side with their human neighbours.  Visited by thousands of European tourists every year, the crocs live in a sacred pond called Katchikally in the bustling ancient town of Bakau, about 12 kilometres from the country’s capital city of Banjul and a short taxi ride from the main resort hotels.

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21 February 2020

Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa Announcement

Tsogo Sun

Tsogo Sun Hotels is delighted to welcome the Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa to our luxury portfolio, effective 1 April 2020. Located in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere, the 145-bedroom hotel includes facilities such as a top 10 nationally ranked championship golf course, an award-winning spa and conferencing facilities for up to 350 delegates.

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21 February 2020

Botswana and Zambia Safari Roadshows sell out

Kamageo

Kamageo's exclusive Safari Roadshow (part 1) takes to the road next week - 24th to 27th February, taking in Manchester, The Cotswolds and London. For this event, all 20 exhibitors are from Botswana and Zambia, with UK Africa specialist tour operators coming out in force to meet with them. "We're delighted by the trade response, with well over 40 different UK tour operators booked to attend" enthused Events Director, Mandy Henshall. Part 1, which works on a round-robin basis, is completely sold out.

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21 February 2020

[NEW RESEARCH] Turn Independent Travellers into Tailor-Made Devotees

Vamoos

We in the travel industry are all painfully aware of the rise of “DIY bookers” - those who decide to research and reserve their own travel, rather than go with a tailor-made holiday deal. When it’s easier than ever for travellers to book their own flights, hotels and even excursions, and when algorithms seem to know people better than they know themselves, it would appear they see little need for the expertise of a travel company.

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20 February 2020

CITW Rwanda Awards 80 Scholarships to Bisate Learners

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris’ non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness (CITW) has awarded 80 six-year scholarships, valued at USD120 000, to learners at Bisate Secondary School. Provided by Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge guests, the scholarships will cover school fees, books and uniforms costs for the full duration of their secondary school education.

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20 February 2020

More ways to create memories at Chem Chem Safaris

Classic Portfolio

In our quest to include the most unique memories in awe-inspiring locations, we are so excited to announce the latest experience from Classic Portfolio member, Chem Chem Safaris. New and immediately available for guests staying at Little Chem Chem and Forest Chem Chem is the option to enjoy their very own #ChemChemMoment with the remarkable bull elephants on the concession.

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19 February 2020

Auric Air is exhibiting at ITB Berlin 2020

Auric Air Services

Auric Air is exhibiting at ITB Berlin from 4th March 2020 – 8th March 2020  at Tanzania stand located in Hall. 21.A/Stand No.128 Meet us to discuss various flight options within Tanzania, to/from Serengeti, Selous, Ruaha, Zanzibar, Mafia, Manyara, Tarangire, Pemba and between Serengeti/Entebbe, Serengeti/Kigali, Serengeti/Masai Mara.

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19 February 2020

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge's Polaris Buggy

Governors' Camp

Late last year we were thrilled to introduce the newest member of the Sabyinyo team - our Polaris buggy! This nifty little vehicle was introduced to help with transporting our guests from the Sabyinyo car park to the main building of the lodge, carrying a maximum of 4 guests at a time.

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19 February 2020

Serengeti Balloon Safaris is now Carbon Neutral

Serengeti Balloon Safaris

As we all begin to understand our responsibilities for the environment that we depend on, we are developing ways to mitigate our activities. Here at Serengeti Balloon Safaris, we've been working on a Sustainability Policy, and though it isn't ready yet, one of the key elements is to offset the carbon that we consume. So we haven't wasted any time, we selected Carbon Tanzania as a well-respected, local organisation to provide the offsetting for us.

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18 February 2020

“Mr Google” at Camp Kuzuma

Hideaways

It’s much more than the location, wildlife, bespoke accommodation and landscape that makes the Hideaways experience so life-changing. An incredibly important component of our guests’ safari holiday is the personalities and capabilities of our incredible staff. The characters of Camp Kuzuma each play an important role in the experience of our guests and we would like to introduce some of them to you to give you a taste of what to expect.

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18 February 2020

New direct flights from Seronera to Zanzibar !

Auric Air Services

Auric Air always keep passenger comfort as their first priority. We keep on adding various services and schedules keeping our tourists clients in mind. One such step is being taken by us which is – Direct flight from Seronera to Zanzibar.

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18 February 2020

Bisate Lodge Pioneers a Visionary Ecotourism Model

Wilderness Safaris

For more than a year before its opening in 2017, Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge was fully committed to its reforestation project, germinating over 100 000 indigenous tree seedlings each year. This visionary programme has since seen more than 30 000 trees nurtured into complete independence from the care of the lodge. Besides its pioneering reforestation and conservation model, the lodge has also engaged with the Bisate community through a number of projects.

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17 February 2020

Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon sold out! Online entries for the Econet Victoria Falls Marathon (05 July 2020) are open

Wild Frontiers

Two iconic African marathons which should be on every runners bucket list are organised annually by Wild Frontiers, your safari specialist since 1991.  The Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon, set to take place in Moshi on Sun 01 March, has attracted record entries and both the full and half marathons are sold out! Runners may still enter the 5km fun run, locally at registration.

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17 February 2020

Karibu Camps & Lodges - Ngorongoro Lions Paw, Atop Crater Rim

Karibu Camps & Lodges

Karibu Camps & Lodges proudly introduces Ngorongoro Lions Paw, Atop Crater Rim. Set in the magnificent quiet grove of Red Thorn Acacia Trees, high atop of the Eastern Rim of Ngorongoro Crater is where our Tented Lodge is based. Located 45mins away from Loduare Gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the tented lodge fits naturally into its surroundings amongst the acacia trees.

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17 February 2020

Malawian Style Photographic Safari

Malawian Style

For the first time we are offering set departure guided photographic safaris with tuition from celebrated photographer Robin Bruyns.  A 9-day photographic safari in Liwonde National Park, Malawi and South Luangwa National Park, Zambia!  Turn your hobby into a passion and learn the basics and more about wildlife photography with professional tuition in the classroom and out in the field.

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14 February 2020

The Ultimate Laikipia Adventure – El Karama Lodge & Karisia Walking Safaris launch - The New Trans Laikipia Walking Safari

Campbell- Bell Communications

El Karama Lodge & Karisia Walking Safaris have joined together to create an exciting new safari concept, an 8-night walking adventure from Karisia’s Tumaren Camp to El Karama Lodge led by experienced and passionate guides who will explore the stunning Laikipia landscape with you on foot on what is perhaps the Ultimate Slow Safari.

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13 February 2020

The Classic Safari Travel Wallet – New from The Safari Store

The Safari Store

The new canvas and leather Classic Safari Travel Wallet is your passport to easy airport style. Crafted in Kenya, it is made to take everywhere – and, if you are familiar with The Safari Store’s safari duffels and bags, this travel wallet is the easy way to complete your luggage collection. The Safari Store’s luggage range features safari-grade canvas and leather items designed specifically around the rigours of African travel.

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13 February 2020

New Carbon for Conservation scheme launched - offset your flight emissions and help re-green Kenya and other wildlife areas

Real Africa

The charitable trust of Real World Travel & Conservation,  Explorers Against Extinction has launched an online carbon calculator tool offering a fast and easy way for people taking flights to offset their carbon footprint by contributing to vital tree planting and habitat protection programmes around the world. 100% of funds go to support three nominated projects.

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13 February 2020

St Helena confirms additional mid-week flights from Cape Town to St Helena throughout its summer season

St Helena Tourism

Travellers now have the option to discover both Cape Town and St Helena as a twin centre break St Helena in the South Atlantic has launched an extra mid-week flight from Cape Town to St Helena with Airlink. During December 2020 to February 2021 and December 2021 to February 2022, visitors will have the opportunity to explore both Cape Town and St Helena in one trip.

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12 February 2020

Newmark Hotels: UK-Born Cheetah Brothers Arrive Safely on African Soil

Newmark Hotels

Captive bred cheetah brothers land in Cape Town, South Africa after their flight across two continents to be rewilded Paarl, South Africa - February 2020: In a world first, Saba and Nairo, the two 2.5 year-old captive bred cheetah brothers from Howletts Wild Animal Park in the UK, arrived safely at Ashia’s Cheetah Centre in Paarl, South Africa on Friday 7th February 2020 for the start of their rewilding journey.

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12 February 2020

Electronic Signatures In South Africa [Part 1 Of 3]

Louis Neil -The-Lawyer

Footnote: I've Decided to Interrupt My 'Defamation/Social Media' Series Yet Again! The Reason Is That I Have Had Some Many Enquiries About Electronic Signatures That I've Decided A 3 Part Article So Here We Go!

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12 February 2020

Tongabezi Joins the Green Safaris Family

Tongabezi Lodge

2019 was a big and in some ways devastating year for the Tongabezi Team, so we are beyond excited to let you know that one of Ben Parker’s personal visions for Tongabezi is finally coming to pass.   We are officially part of the Green Safaris Family!

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11 February 2020

New decade goals with The Safari Collection

The Safari Collection

2020 has arrived, bringing new dreams, new paths and new promises. As we embark on our journey into a new decade, the climate crisis and the rate of technological developments bring some uncertainty. But one thing is certain: travel will continue to be highly prized as a way to spend quality time with loved ones, disconnect from busy lives and do something that feels good.

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11 February 2020

Buffalo Camp already has its special reading room!

Kananga

As you know, our Buffalo camp is located in the midst of the Masai Mara’s endless savannah. Julia’s River Camp is an amazing place where the breathtaking wildlife views are guarantees. It’s the perfect place to begin your safari and when you finish you can relax in a special place because we know you will need it. And because we want you to be as comfortable and as relaxed as possible we thought about that too, so... from a few weeks ago, we have a new reading room in Buffalo Camp.

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11 February 2020

The Blue Train's 2020 Safari Makeover

The Blue Train

In 2019 South Africa’s legendary Blue Train reinvented its classic Cape Town/Pretoria journey, extending it to a 2-night “slow travel” experience. Now they are giving their Hoedspruit safari departures a complete makeover for 2020 – making it a round trip including sunrise & sunset Big 5 game drives, a boma dinner under the stars and even some traditional cultural dancing!

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10 February 2020

Masuwe Primary students plant trees as part of Bushtracks Footprint initiative

Bushtracks Africa

Bushtracks Footprint is an initiative aimed at promoting responsible tourism in our areas of focus. We aim to contribute to community upliftment, wildlife conservation efforts and lessening our environmental impact. Bushtracks Africa has partnered with Treeco in order to encourage reforestation in the Victoria Falls area. In an attempt to offset our carbon emissions, one tree will be planted for every Bushtracks Steam Safari train ticket sold.

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10 February 2020

Singita Castleton Redefines Exclusive Bush Safaris

Singita

Steeped in history and set in the heart of the Sabi Sand Reserve, Singita Castleton is the former home of the grandfather of Singita’s Founder, Luke Bailes, making it the perfect setting for families and friends to experience the magic of the bush together. Over the years, this stately African farmhouse overlooking a busy waterhole has evolved with the needs of modern travellers, while still providing guests with a classic safari experience that’s intimate, warm and welcoming.

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10 February 2020

Newmark Hotels, Reserves, Lodges and Residences Expands its European Reach with Strategic Acquisition in Portugal

Newmark Hotels

In 2007, the genesis of Newmark gave rise to a vision: To offer a diverse range of properties the opportunity to be part of a group that progressively accelerates their credibility within the hospitality sector whilst retaining their unique identity. With a heritage spanning over a decade this proud tradition of bringing operational and strategic excellence to its prestigious properties still remains. It is with these insights that the company set out to acquire a significant stake in a successful hotelier operating within Portugal’s tourism sector.

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07 February 2020

NEW: Focus on Conservation with Robin Pope Safaris

Robin Pope Safaris

Malawi has an incredible story to share on its conservation success stories and our new package, Focus on Conservation gives our guests an insight into it! Decades of lawlessness and poaching had eradicated the majority of Malawis wildlife so much so that by the early 1990s, species such as black rhino and cheetah had disappeared and all hope was lost for these species to ever be seen in the wild again.

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07 February 2020

Wilderness Safaris Botswana Pioneers Community Farming Project

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris has invested over P800 000 into a local conservation farming project that aims to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and generate income for community members of the Okavango Community Trust (OCT) villages adjacent to the Vumbura Concession. Together with Ecoexist and the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Department of Crop Production, they will guide the farmers on developing communal plots into cluster farms to produce staples such as beans, maize, millet and sorghum.

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07 February 2020

Launch of The Orbis Rugby Challenge - Sport with a Purpose, Malawi

Orbis Expeditions

Rugby 7's star Ollie Phillips is heading to Malawi in September 2020 to host the inaugural Orbis Rugby Challenge and is looking for a team of 25 to join him. This is an amazing 7 day coaching expedition working with Rugby in Africa & the Bhubesi Pride Foundation, and our linked school on the shores of Lake Malawi. As a Sport with a Purpose expedition, the team will be aiming to raise funds for a specialist sports training facility for the local community.

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07 February 2020

Celebrating the 2020 Harvest at Leeu Estates

Leeu Collection

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Celebrate the Harvest Season: With an estimated harvest of approximately five tons of grapes per hectare, amounting to about 1.5 kilograms per vine, the Mullineuxs are highly expectant for the 2020 harvest. As the beginning of the year sees in a new harvest season, the Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines team can barely contain their excitement to reap what they’ve sown a year ago. In the last week of January Chris and Andrea Mullineux officially lead their team into the 2020 harvest.

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06 February 2020

Atta Events - What’s Coming Up - February to April 2020?

ATTA®

This is your February rundown of all things Atta in the next couple of months. This write up now happens once a month and will be released as a news item in the daily and weekly newsletters, it also means that if you’ve missed anything important you can have quick access to it here. Please login to view the content.

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06 February 2020

Changes to SAA’s Network

South African Airways

The joint Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) of South African Airways (SAA) today announced further initiatives to support the airline’s transformation into a sustainable and profitable business. These measures include targeted changes to the route network, deployment of more fuel-efficient aircraft, optimisation of organisational structures and renegotiation of key contracts with suppliers. The BRPs have identified which routes will be retained to drive the restructured national carrier towards profitability.

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06 February 2020

A new collection of images for Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs

Elewana Afrika

The Elewana Collection are delighted to announce a full complement of stunning images for Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs that showcase the main areas, including dining area, lounge and stunning infinity pool with incredible views of the Laikipia landscape that stretch for miles.  We invite you to view the portfolio of the new Images taken by Niels van Gijn, who runs a small design and photography studio in Wiltshire, UK.

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06 February 2020

Introducing Sanctuary Tambarare: Authentic Luxury in the Heart of Laikipia

Sanctuary Retreats

Nestled amongst fever trees in the shadow of Mount Kenya, the brand new Sanctuary Tambarare, opening 1 July 2020, in Laikipia delivers the perfect balance of adventure and serenity. Sanctuary Tambarare, meaning 'plains' in Swahili, looks out across the grassy plateau of the award-winning Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 90,000 acres of unspoilt African landscape, where the Big Five roam, including the last two northern white rhinos on earth. With just 10 luxurious guest tents, Sanctuary Tambarare is a peaceful haven that reflects its surroundings – with a generous helping of indulgence.

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06 February 2020

fastJet airlines collaborate to Expand Kruger Connections

FastJet PLC

fastJet subsidiary, Federal Airlines are proud to announce an expansion to its Kruger-Mpumalanga (KMIA) shuttle flight offering. From 6 July 2020, Federal Airlines will offer seamless connections to guests wishing to combine Victoria Falls and Kruger National Park as part of their safari itinerary.

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05 February 2020

Great Valentine’s Gifts for Africa-Lovers from The Safari Store

The Safari Store

Love is in the air miles and there’s no denying that safari and great gear are the perfect pair. Spoil the safari-lover in your life with made-for-purpose clothing, luggage, and apparel from The Safari Store. If someone special in your life is going on safari this year, a key clothing or luggage item is a thoughtful way to show them you love them this Valentine’s Day.

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05 February 2020

Hwange Game Count Reveals Abundant Wildlife Densities

Wilderness Safaris

The results of the annual 24-hour waterhole game count that took place in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park in October 2019, have revealed an abundance of diverse species in Wilderness Safaris’ private concessions, including two rare sightings of aardwolf and brown hyaena. Making up 3.6% of the entire park, Wilderness Safaris’ private Makalolo and Linkwasha concessions comprise 52 300 hectares in the south-eastern corner of the Park, offering exceptional year-round game viewing.

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04 February 2020

Destinations Show Delivers For Kamageo's Own Destinations.

Kamageo

Destinations Travel Show has again proved a major success, with the event organisers suggesting that over 40,000 would-be travellers visited the show over the 4 days at London's Olympia. Kamageo successfully represented five African destinations at the event : ZAMBIA : There's been a sharp increase in the number of travellers keen to visit this most authentic of safari destinations.

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04 February 2020

Lemala Camps and Lodges taking RECYCLING to new heights

Lemala Camps and Lodges

Lemala Camps and Lodges is super proud to share with you our latest achievement.  As part of the refurbishment of our Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp we partnered with Dunia Designs to remove 7.6 tons of plastic from our National Parks and surrounding areas and turned it into a fully sustainable new deck for our main dining and lounge areas.  The finished product blends beautifully with the new interiors and that is 7.6 tons of plastic that wont find its way to landfill.  Come and see for yourself www.lemalacamp.com

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04 February 2020

The Wellworth Safari Collection is proud to announce its newest 5* Luxury Property:

Wellworth Hotels & Lodges

Tarangire National Park, named after its life giving Tarangire River, is famous for fostering one of the largest concentration of  Elephants in Tanzania who live and co-exist with other wildlife in their natural habitat. The Park is also famous for its abundance of Boabab trees. Indulge in lavish luxury at the Tarangire Kuro Treetops Lodge, which is nestled deep within the heart of the National Park.

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03 February 2020

Shinde Rebuild - 2020

Ker and Downey Botswana

Shinde is an iconic camp, one of the first in the Okavango Delta and loved by many. The new Shinde will be built in a way that pays homage to its former self. Retaining the authentic classic safari style, the new tents and main area will provide a luxury experience with a touch of historical charm. The décor can be described as having the best of nature within an authentic safari design - still with the understated, friendly and intimate KDB feeling. Think Elegant, Classic, Opulent ‘Out of Africa’. A ‘worldly’ sophisticated safari experience.

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03 February 2020

andBeyond launches Ngala Treehouse

&Beyond

andBeyond Ngala Treehouse will launch on Monday 10 February 2020. This is a brand new sleepout will offer guests the chance to experience the romance, adventure and magic of Africa at andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Cocooned in a pristine bush setting, the four-level treehouse features a choice of two sleeping areas – an enclosed and weatherproof bedroom with a king-sized bed, hot running shower and flushing toilet on the third level or an elevated sleep-out platform set beneath a retractable awning on the rooftop.

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03 February 2020

Natural Selection is pleased to present their Namibian flying Safari

Natural Selection

Take to the skies with Natural Selection on their 6 night Namibia flying safari. The trip departs from Windhoek every Sunday from March 2020 and will take in Namibia’s most iconic sights.  The journey begins in Windhoek, before soaring across Namibia's desolate landscape to Sossusvlei where you will spend the first 2 nights at Kwessi Dunes in the 200 000 hectare Namibrand reserve.

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