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31 March 2020

ATTA® Presentation - Virgin Limited Edition’s Africa Portfolio

ATTA®

In this webinar, Genevieve will be exploring Sir Richard Branson’s Private retreats throughout South Africa and Kenya featuring Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyard, and Mahali Mzuri Kenyan Safari Camp.  Sit back and let the wildlife come to you at Ulusaba and Mahali Mzuri or take part in the action at Mont Rochelle by picking and stomping grapes during our harvest.

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31 March 2020

Green Safaris: Love and Empowerment in the Time of Coronavirus

Tongabezi Lodge

Did you know that an elephant’s gestation period is 22 months? This means that a baby elephant sits inside its mother’s womb for almost two years, curled up in the dark, doing nothing at all, just waiting to be born. It’s only been just over three weeks since the coronavirus was officially labelled a pandemic. Responsible travellers around the world are delaying their dream holidays and staying at home.

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31 March 2020

ATTA® Presentation - Sharing the Story of Zuri Zanzibar

ATTA®

Opened in 2018, Zuri Zanzibar is a 5-star lifestyle resort located in a prime position in Kendwa on the north-west coast of Zanzibar. It boasts a 300-metre long pristine beach that is unaffected by tidal movements and is ideal for swimming all day long and viewing the daily breath-taking sunsets.

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30 March 2020

New ATTA® members this month – March 2020

ATTA®

Kusini Safaris - UK Based Travel Specialist- United Kingdom Journey's Intent - North American Based Travel Specialist - United States Wildlife Experiences - European Based Travel Specialist - Italy Primate Expeditions - African Based Travel Specialist - Uganda

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30 March 2020

Keep the Dream Alive - personal message from Dereck Joubert

Great Plains Conservation

At Great Plains Conservation we love to surprise you. In a good way! A bush dinner, a hand made gift, small things to make your safari a momentous experience. I will personally be taking on that responsibility now. Stand by.Just because borders are closed, and airports have become like hot zones, preventing you from experiencing a Great Plains Conservation safari for real… it does not mean you have to shut down your senses and not experience our wildernesses at all.  I will be sendi…

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30 March 2020

ATTA® Presentation - Beyond Kilimanjaro: 3 Superlative treks on African giants in 2021

ATTA®

Kilimanjaro has always gripped the minds of travellers for literally thousands of years. In recent times however, it has become extremely popular as a trek and yet it is but 1 of many peaks and highlands in the immediate region. This presentation is an eye opener to the other great options for adventurers and how you can explore them.

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27 March 2020

Covid-19- A Message from One&Only Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town

At One&Only, our absolute priority is the health, safety and well-being of our guests and colleagues.  Based on the travel advisory issued by the Government of South Africa on 23 March 2020, the South African borders have been closed, as well as all non-essential businesses.  Therefore, we have closed One&Only Cape Town.  We respect and observe all directives by governmental authorities.

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27 March 2020

JABULANI continues to CARE FOR ELEPHANTS during LOCKDOWN in South Africa

Jabulani

On Monday, 23 March, the South African Presidency announced the decision to put South Africa in full lockdown, in response to the compounding risk of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. As of midnight, Thursday 26 March, Jabulani will remain closed until we reopen on 17 April 2020.

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27 March 2020

Wilderness Safaris Continues to Support Hwange’s Anti-Poaching Unit

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris’ Sustainability Fund has allocated urgent funds necessary to ensure that Hwange’s Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit can continue to operate for the next eight months, despite the current global tourism challenges. The funds will ensure that the Zimbabwean-based team maintains their crucial year-round presence within the park, which is vital in the fight against poaching.

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26 March 2020

ATTA® presentation - Sudan, the Land of the Black Pharahos by I.T.C. Sudan

ATTA®

I.T.C. Sudan is the leading tour operator based in Khartoum, we offer great itineraries, we own exclusive accommodations: the Nubian Rest House in Karima, the Meroe Camp and the New Experiential preset camp in Tombos. We are specialized in cultural, archaeological, adventure, business and luxury tours.

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26 March 2020

Ethiopian Airlines Africa Route Update - 26 March 2020

Ethiopian Airlines

As of 26 March Ethiopian Airlines is still serving the following African destinations

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26 March 2020

Financial Wellbeing and Planning - Coronavirus - Where to begin

Claire Cooper HR

We appreciate that many will be concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on your financial stability and therefore as ATTA's HR Advisors we have put together Financial Wellbeing & Planning guide to support you in planning ahead for the coming months. This guide has been written from a UK Perspective with UK contact details and information.

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25 March 2020

Agents Notice 005-24th March 2020 Kenya Airways Suspends All International Flights

Kenya Airways

Dear Travel Partner Government of Kenya has issued a directive that requires all incoming and outgoing international passenger traffic to and from Kenya to cease from midnight on 25th March 2020. To comply with this directive, Kenya Airways have therefore temporarily suspended all international services effective midnight 25th March 2020 until 6th April 2020.

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25 March 2020

Airlink To Suspend All Operations Between Midnight 26 March And 20 April 2020

Airlink

25 March 2020, Johannesburg – Airlink, the South African-based domestic and regional airline, is suspending all operations after midnight this Thursday, 26 March 2020 in support of South Africa’s lock-down to slow and contain the spread of the COVID-19 “Coronavirus”.

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24 March 2020

Saxon Hotel, Villa and Spa | Covid-19

Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

Dear Guest, At the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa the wellbeing, health, and safety of our guests and colleagues have always been a top priority of our team. In order to ensure our environment is safe for all, we feel that the best course of action we could take to limit the spread of the Coronavirus would be to temporarily close the hotel until the 30th April 2020.

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24 March 2020

Shop for Safari and Outdoors and Save in The Safari Store Sale

The Safari Store

With up to 60% off selected items, The Safari Store’s sale is the perfect opportunity to shop for Africa and outdoors and save on premium apparel for every adventure. With offers covering luggage, clothing, and accessories, get more premium safari and outdoor gear for less while stocks last. The Safari Store recently launched their very exciting sale, offering huge discounts for key safari and outdoor goods.

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23 March 2020

Inyati Game lodge, Sabi Sands Game reserve COVID-19 Update

Inyati Game Lodge

Dear Valued Partners and Guests Amidst the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and in line with public health advice, we have taken the decision to temporarily close Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sands Game Reserve with immediate effect. It is our intention to reopen on 1 May 2020 provided that it is safe to do so. While this was a hard decision for us to make, we believe it is the socially responsible thing to do and it is important to take the required precautionary measures to protect our team, our guests, our families and our communities.

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23 March 2020

A message from Auric Air Accountable Manager in response to COVID-19

Auric Air Services

Dear Partners, As you are all aware, so much has happened in the last few weeks. COVID-19 has made the world a different place from how we know it. First and foremost, our thoughts go out to all those that have been affected by this situation. We would like to extend, wholeheartedly, our sincere gratitude to the unselfish efforts, however small, rendered by all people to steer us through this.

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23 March 2020

Ethiopia Quarantine

Ethiopian Airlines

To control the spread of COVID-19, the Ethiopian Government has decided to quarantine all arriving passengers entering Ethiopia for 14 days at the expense of the passengers. All passengers arriving into Ethiopia after 00:10 a.m. on March 23, 2020 will be placed in mandatory quarantine at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel for 14 days at passenger expense. Additional hotel will be selected and advised in due course.

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20 March 2020

Kigali and Nairobi flights suspended until further notice

Coastal Aviation

Dear Partners, We continue to chart our way through the global pandemic that we are all facing. The Kenyan and Rwandese governments have imposed travel restrictions, as many other countries are doing. We are sorry to inform you that all our Kigali and Nairobi Coastal operated flights on CQ231/2 and CQ271/2 will be suspended with immediate effect, until further notice.

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20 March 2020

SAA Suspends All International Flights Until The End Of May 2020 Johannesburg

South African Airways

20 March 2020 –South African Airways (SAA) has announced that it will immediately suspend all international operations until 31 May 2020 in response to a government travel ban aimed at stopping the transmission of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

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19 March 2020

Covid-19 - Flights Status, Airlines Waiver & Refund Policy

Rickshaw Travels

Dear Clients, We regret to inform you that due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, most international and domestic airlines in East Africa have had schedule changes and flight cancellations.

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19 March 2020

RwandAir To Temporarily Stop All Flights For 30 Days

RwandAir

Following instructions from the Rwandan Ministry of Health, RwandAir, the national airline of Rwanda, is to take further measures to help the global fight against Covid-19 coronavirus and temporarily suspend its commercial passenger flights.

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17 March 2020

Kenya Airways Temporarily Reduces its Services LHR-NBO-LHR

Kenya Airways

Dear Travel Partner This is to inform you that due to Covid-19, Kenya Airways is forced to make changes to its current flight schedule. Effective 19th March 2020, Kenya Airways will operate on the following days to and from London Heathrow (LHR):

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17 March 2020

fastjet offers fully flexible date changes

FastJet PLC

TRAVEL NEWS | COVID-19 RELATED UPDATES Update: Monday 16 March 2020 | 5:00pm Given the ongoing developments regarding COVID-19, fastjet acknowledges that customers may wish to amend their travel plans for a future date.

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17 March 2020

An important message from Coastal MD in response to COVID-19.

Coastal Aviation

Dear Partners, Following the outbreak of COVID-19, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those that have been affected by this situation. We also extend our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the selfless efforts and sacrifice made by our health workers and authorities to steer us through this.

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17 March 2020

SAA to Offer Customers One Free Change on Certain SAA Flights Due to Coronavirus

South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) advises all customers that due to the COVID-19, we will allow one (1) free change on SAA operated flights subject to the conditions below:

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13 March 2020

CITW Zimbabwe Launches Community Papermaking Project

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris’ environmental and life skills programme, Children in the Wilderness (CITW), has officially launched a Zimbabwean papermaking initiative involving eight women from Jabulani. In conjunction with the Mapepa Paper Project, these women are contributing to Jabulani’s journey towards sustainability, one sheet of paper at a time. Using what would otherwise end up in landfill, instead they create beautiful products and souvenirs such as bookmarks, notecards, origami boxes as well as A4 paper.

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13 March 2020

Classic Portfolio & Machaba Safaris

Classic Portfolio

Classic Portfolio is delighted to announce that Machaba Safaris are welcoming two camps into the fold - Ingwe Pan in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park and Kiri Camp in a private concession in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Both camps embody the Machaba ethos of 'eco-luxury safaris that capture the spirit of an authentic African experience'.

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12 March 2020

Suspension of Service: Rome - Geneva Route

Kenya Airways

In response to the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, Kenya Airways has suspended its flights on the Rome – Geneva route effective Friday 13th March 2020 until 30th April 2020. We have also activated our Crisis Management protocol to proactively address situations as they arise and implement appropriate actions.

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12 March 2020

Jabulani Launches New JabuJuniors Programme

Jabulani

Do You Know About Our JabuJuniors Programme? We have renamed our “Team Tusker” programme.... JabuJuniors, still giving our young safari-goers the chance to experience the best of South African wildlife and to dig deeper into the fun world of soulful conservation.

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12 March 2020

The First Destination Spa Will Soon Open in Victoria Falls

Africa Albida Tourism

The largest and first purpose-built spa is set to open in Victoria Falls in September, placing Zimbabwe’s top tourist attraction on the map as a wellness destination, and tapping into the boom in wellness tourism. The spa, being constructed by hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism, whose accommodation portfolio is made up of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites and Lokuthula Lodges – Victoria Falls, will be named Victoria Falls Safari Spa.

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11 March 2020

The Scottish Maasai Power walk in Amboseli a great success!

Elewana Afrika

The Scottish Maasai Power Walk, which started at Elewana Tortilis Camp and ended at Esiteti Primary School, achieved their goal to raise money for the installation of solar power in the new library.  The General Managers of the camp were accompanied by Kris Smith & Kirsty Nicol, Barry, Judy & Rachel McGonigle, Guests and Staff plus a number of Maasai from the local community, who all power walked a distance of 10km through the Amboseli wilderness.

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11 March 2020

Best of Chobe & Hwange Hideaway: Route-ing for Innovative Itineraries

Hideaways

Innovative travel is at the heart of Hideaways. Our safari specialists have designed an entirely new route which encompasses the best of our Hwange and Chobe properties and experiences. Conceived with the intention of celebrating connected travel, we have fashioned an immersive itinerary for our guests.

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10 March 2020

Keep Calm - Travel To Africa

Ethos Marketing

There is a lot of negative press and social media going around in the UK and worldwide related to the Coronavirus, which is making people panic, bulk buy supplies and generally feel anxious about being in public spaces. The situation is changing and developing on a daily basis. It is vital that everyone follows the guidelines to prevent the virus spreading – but we also need to have a little balance and perspective because the world cannot afford for the tourism industry to be completely decimated either.

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10 March 2020

Ker & Downey Botswana appoint specialist representation company, Small World Marketing

Small World Marketing

Small World Marketing (SWM) have been appointed to represent Ker & Downey Botswana (KDB) in the UK market, further enriching its portfolio of exclusive properties in Africa with this exceptional addition. Ker & Downey Botswana have been luxury safari pioneers since 1968 and have a compelling safari offering across five camps in prime locations across the Okavango Delta (Kanana and Shinde/Shinde Enclave), Moremi Wildlife Reserve (Okuti) and the Central Kalahari (Dinaka).

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10 March 2020

Reaction Vs Reality: How to Make Responsible and Sensible Travel Plans

Hideaways

How may travel plans be disrupted? What would happen if I became ill during my travels? As global citizens, making responsible and proactive decisions are key to having a positive impact on world wide health issues. Hideaways’ CEO Katja Quasdorf shares an interesting and enlightening conversation she held with Dr Simon King from Park Doctor, highlighting the importance of collaboration across business sectors and countries, finding strength in unity as the Covid-19 situation continues.

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09 March 2020

New Men’s and Women’s Safari Jackets from The Safari Store

The Safari Store

From Hemingway to the runway, the safari jacket is one of the most abiding fashion items of all time. Classic styling meets modern features in the all-new anti-insect safari jackets from The Safari Store. At The Safari Store, we always advise our clients to pack a warm layer for their safaris – no matter what time of year they are set to travel. The new safari jackets boast styling based on the classic bush jacket, but with outdoor performance to match the aesthetics of the designs.&…

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09 March 2020

Vayeni appoints new staff to Key Positions

Vayeni

Appointment of Kelly Hougaard as Sales & Marketing Manager We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kelly Hougaard to the post of Sales & Marketing Manager for Vayeni.  Kelly has a fantastic reputation in the luxury safari industry and years of superb experience behind her.  Most recently she managed all Sales & Marketing for The Hide in Hwange as well as Changa Safari Camp in Matusadona, Kariba.

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09 March 2020

The 2020/2021 Namibia Tourism Travel Directory is your complete resource for travel information on Namibia

Brochures Namibia cc

The 2020/2021 Namibia Tourism Travel Directory is your complete resource for travel information on Namibia. It is the officially endorsed publication by the Namibia Tourism Board. This is the 7th edition and has proven to be a valuable tool for the trade when seeking travel information on Namibia for the purposes of planning itineraries. It includes information on:

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06 March 2020

Flexible bookings are key to retaining confidence as resilient UK holidaymakers continue to make travel plans according to new research by Finn Partners

Brighter Group

Leading travel marketing and communications firm, Finn Partners have commissioned a nationwide survey that reveals that 44% of British consumers are still happy to book a holiday if there is a great deal to be had in spite of the negative COVID-19 headlines sweeping the country. In fact, the survey of 1,000 Brits reveals as many as 61% confirm that publicity around COVID-19 will not stop them from making new holiday bookings. Importantly, 68% of respondents say they would happily book their holiday if they could change it at no extra cost and avoid losing money – making flexibility the key priority for the travel industry right now.

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06 March 2020

Saruni’s 4 Properties: the First Collection Video

Saruni

Saruni is proud to share its first collection video showcasing the magic of its four authentic and intimate lodges; Saruni Mara, Saruni Wild, Saruni Samburu and Saruni Rhino – together in this beautifully-shot 3-mins’ film. Watch it HERE. Shot by the talented videographer Laura Scatena, the video captures the essence of the Saruni experience in all its aspects: accommodation, activities, staff, landscapes, indigenous cultures, abundant wildlife and much more.

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06 March 2020

Coronavirus Protocols - tranquilico's Top 10 Tips

tranquilico

As the virus outbreak continue to attract even more media attention and subsequently customer and staff attention, Tour Operators need to ensure they have all their planning and communication in place to try and mitigate any impact and also to assist in reacting to any potential issue.

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05 March 2020

The Elewana Collection embraces the Slow Food Movement

Elewana Afrika

Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. As part of our commitment to the movement we have introduced African fusion tapas lunches at Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs. Our Chef comes out to meet our guests and introduces each of the dishes. The food is fresh, varied and tasty, and uses locally sourced produce.

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05 March 2020

Our Responsible Tourism Programs

ZaraTours Inc.

We offer our clients the opportunity to make a difference to the communities they visit by getting actively involved in our Sustainability Campaign. Planting trees connects the Tourists with the land showing them that they did not only enjoy their adventure but also made a positive long-lasting difference to the host community and the world at large.

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05 March 2020

Rickshaw Travels Joins Lufthansa City Center in East Africa

Rickshaw Travels

The Rickshaw Travel Group is delighted to inform ATTA members that we have recently entered into partnership with Lufthansa City Center (LCC) in our East African branches. Joining a network of 650 travel agencies and best-value destination management companies around the world represents another thrilling milestone in our constant attempt to strive towards excellence and to design journeys of a lifetime for our clients.

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04 March 2020

Jenman African Safaris & medical professional Dr Simon King address current industry concerns

Jenman African Safaris

Our CEO Katja Quasdorf interviews medical professional Simon King. In the interview we answered some of the industry’s concerns about the current Covid-19 situation. Dr King outlines the similarities of Covid-19 to other influenza-based illnesses we have previously encountered, how to approach testing, as well as precaution and prevention in travel. [Full article]

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04 March 2020

Qorokwe Builds New Kgotla for Ditshiping Village

Wilderness Safaris

In consultation with its neighbouring community partners, Qorokwe Camp is proud to build a new kgotla for Ditshiping village in Botswana’s wildlife-rich Okavango Delta. In addition to providing plans for the structure, and new tables and chairs, a fence will be erected around the kgotla to help combat various human-wildlife conflict issues, ensuring a safe enclosure for the community.

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04 March 2020

New Hotel – La Maison D’été Hotel Added To The Newmark Portfolio

Newmark Hotels

Mauritius – The V&A Hotel Group under the management of Newmark Hotels, Reserves, Lodges and Residences is proud to announce its acquisition of La Maison d’Été Hotel in Mauritius – a luxuriant, hotel beckoning those in search of an opulent tropical escape. The La Maison d’Été hotel is set within an enclave of pristine beaches, azure ocean waters and lush tropical vegetation – making this hotel an idyllic beach escape that will be indelible for those who stay here.

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03 March 2020

We are all in this together #allinthistogether

ATTA®

Due to the developing COVID-19 threat, we are in uncharted waters, and we will all have to meet each challenge as it arises.  ATTA® undertakes to keep our members updated on the likely impact that this threat may have on the future trade events we are attending. Following the cancellation of ITB we are in contact with the various organisers and as of today, March 3rd 2020, all future events are scheduled to go ahead as planned. Should that position change, we will provide updates as and when they become available.

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03 March 2020

Selous Safari Company: Revised Terms & Conditions - Corona Virus (Covid-19)

Small World Marketing

With the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) Selous Safari Company are aware that a number of guests are concerned about how safe it is to travel or continue to book future travel without the guarantee of some protection.  We are closely monitoring the situation and the safety of our guests and staff which are of paramount importance to us and therefore we introduced proper safety measures as suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) and local health departments.

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03 March 2020

Wilderness Safaris Renews its Commitment to the Lionscape Coalition

Wilderness Safaris

Showcasing its long-held commitment to lion conservation in Africa, Wilderness Safaris has renewed its membership of the ground-breaking Lionscape Coalition for a further two years, contributing to the protection of even more lions across the African continent. “As a founding member of the Lion Recovery Fund’s (LRF) Lionscape Coalition, Wilderness Safaris remains devoted to helping the LRF achieve its vision of doubling the number of lions in Africa by 2050”, says Wilderness Safaris Group Sustainability Manager, Neil Midlane.

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03 March 2020

B2B Travel Tradeshow, Experience Africa 2020 Intends to carry on as usual amid COVID-19 uncertainty

ATTA®

Experience Africa aims to take place as planned from Monday 22nd to 24th June 2020 at CCT Venues Plus, Canary Wharf, London

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02 March 2020

Coastal celebrates World Wildlife Day

Coastal Aviation

The first thing that always comes to mind when we think about World Wildlife Day is heading out on a safari or any botanical conservatory and reminding ourselves of the vast variety of life our world offers.  Being pioneers of a Flying Safari network capable of accessing some of the most remote parks of Tanzania and East Africa, Coastal has made it possible for customers to view some of the most majestic animals in the world, in their natural habitats.

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02 March 2020

Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris - Travel for Exploration and Conservation

Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris

Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris have developed a travel for exploration and conservation package. It is a self-drive adventure through South Africa that makes your travel matter!  Along the way you will visit game reserves and enjoy excursions that are committed to conservation and preservation of the wonders of our planet.

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02 March 2020

Karibu Camps & Lodges - Upgrading Sametu Camp, Central Serengeti

Karibu Camps & Lodges

Set in the remote area on the Eastern Edge of Central Serengeti, Located less than 60meters away from the Ngarenyanuki Riverbed, away from the hustle and bustle of tourists, the camp fits naturally into its surroundings which also boasts quiet seclusion and awe-inspiring panoramic views of the vast Savannah Plains. The Central Serengeti is home to the serene Seronera Valley hosting an array of flowing rivers that draw large numbers of various wildlife.

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