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31 July 2020

Holidaying safely in Namibia

Gondwana Collection Namibia

Since the reopening of most of its lodges on 2 June, Gondwana Collection Namibia has been delighted to welcome local guests that have felt the need to catch a breath after the lockdown period and make their way to one of the various accommodations across the country. Hopes are high that very soon the establishment is able to welcome international guests again and while the lockdown may have meant no tourists, Gondwana took this time to prepare.

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31 July 2020

The River Club Zambia - Staff Relief Initiatives

The Explorer Club Africa

Due to the current Covid-19 situation we are facing and as a result of global travel bans, the lodge has temporarily closed (we are however taking bookings for future stays). As our staff and their wellbeing remain a primary concern we have launched a Staff Relief Fund, of which 100% of proceeds generated will go to our Zambian staff living in the local community. By entering our lucky draw to win one of three accommodation prizes at the lodge (each $50 donation is awarded an entry), participan…

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30 July 2020

Little Kulala’s Enhanced Dining Experience – Immersive, Mindful and Private

Wilderness Safaris

Little Kulala’s newly enhanced food experience is designed to reflect the camp’s conservation story through the use of immersive dining and a mindful menu that celebrates Namibia’s sustainable and indigenous ingredients. Currently undergoing a refurbishment, Little Kulala is the ideal post-COVID travel destination, with a wide variety of private dining options that range from stargazing dinners to exclusive dining in its underground wine cellar, as well as superb sundowners that boast picturesque sunsets and redefine exclusivity.

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30 July 2020

AtholPlace in Johannesburg goes exclusive-use!

Morukuru Family

In 2014, Morukuru Family acquired AtholPlace Boutique Hotel in the upmarket suburb of Sandton in Johannesburg. The stylish boutique hotel was renovated and a new 4-bedroom villa was added, before re-opening in 2015 as AtholPlace Hotel & Villa. Over the years we welcomed many happy guests, including some Royals even.

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30 July 2020

New ATTA® members this month – July 2020

ATTA®

Proactive Hospitality Solutions - Professional Partners - South Africa Waterberry Zambezi Lodge - Accommodation Supplier - Zambia

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29 July 2020

The Elewana Collection begins phased opening of Camps and Lodges

Elewana Afrika

Earlier this month, the President of the Republic of Kenya, announced that residents can now travel internally, with domestic flights resuming on 17 July and Kenya’s International Airports will open on 1 August 2020. In conjunction with this, The Elewana Collection has implemented a phased opening strategy with Elewana AfroChic Diani opening on the 17 July, followed by Elewana Kifaru House (Lewa Wildlife Conservancy), Elewana Tortilis Camp Amboseli and Elewana Sand River Masai Mara i…

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29 July 2020

OurAfrica.Travel 2020 - Virtual Trade Show

Inyati Game Lodge

We haven't been able to see you face to face at any of the trade shows this year, we are so pleased to be able to reconnect with you virtually in an innovative way.  Join us as we stand together on one platform over 3 weeks and take part in the OurAfrica.Travel Virtual Trade Show as we showcase Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

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28 July 2020

Wilderness Safaris DumaTau – Preserving a Critical Conservation Corridor

Wilderness Safaris

Currently undergoing a major rebuild, DumaTau continues to play a crucial role in the biodiversity conservation of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area and the preservation of important corridors that enable free wildlife movement between five African countries. The new camp will celebrate the phenomenal Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, not just through its purposeful décor but its ongoing contribution to a number of local conservation projects.

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28 July 2020

Announcing the Return of the Safari Pioneers! Departing November 2020

Great Plains Conservation

Today, we are announcing a bold initiative for you to return home to Africa, to the warm welcome of our communities and staff, to the conservation-based safaris that are synonymous with Great Plains Conservation and to the spectacle of Mother Nature.

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27 July 2020

Vayeni's newest venture - Safari Escapes with Kelly

Vayeni

Safari Escapes with Kelly is a fun and creative new safari show hosted by Kelly Hougaard of Vayeni.  The show dives into some very entertaining discussions with many leaders of the safari industry across Africa.  The first three episodes have been released and feature the following:

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27 July 2020

Safari Soul Episode 2: Cow Safaris? Hideaways and Venter Tours Speak ‘Out The Box’ Travel Ideas born in Lockdown

Hideaways

For some, lockdown has been fertile ground for the growth of new ideas. With adaptation a necessary truth, Hideaways has been tracking inspiring stories and fresh perspectives within tourism. Venter Tours, Germany, have chosen transformational travel, their new product certainly being “out the box” and into the tractor!

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27 July 2020

Classic Portfolio - Tuesday Talk - Take a walk on the wild side in Zambia

Classic Portfolio

TUESDAY TALKS || In this week’s Tuesday Talks, we’re inviting you to talk a walk on the wild side in Zambia! Zambia offers some of the most authentic, connected and inspiring wildlife experiences amongst breath-taking natural beauty. From the well-known South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi to the remote North Luangwa, Bangweulu Swamps and Kafue, we have another panel of experts discussing what I consider to be one of the finest safari destinations in Africa.

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24 July 2020

Wilderness Safaris and CITW Drive Zambezi Community Support During COVID-19

Wilderness Safaris

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wilderness Safaris and its non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness (CITW), have embarked on a mission to support rural communities in the Zambezi region, through the provision of food relief, hygiene products as well as educational assistance in the form of student allowances. Valued at USD31 600, the support has impacted an average of 4 200 people in 18 villages.

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24 July 2020

Desert & Delta Safaris Help Fund Disco Lights To Deter Elephants , For Communities In Conservation Areas

Desert & Delta Safaris

Desert & Delta Safaris Help Fund Disco Lights for Communities in Conservation Areas Yes you read correctly. Botswana based NGO, Elephants Without Borders (EWB) have realised not everyone likes to dance and discovered new ways of protecting farmers crops in conservation areas from elephant damage. By turning up the sound and putting on the disco lights!

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23 July 2020

Safarilink Resumes Domestic Flights

Safarilink Aviation

Safarilink recently hosted senior dignataries of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Tourism Board, and Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Catarers last week when relaunching services to Diani and other destinations in Kenya.   Captain Gilbert Kibe, Director General Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, commented: “I am pleased to report that Safarilink has adhered to our laid out COVID19 safety guidelines; I request all passengers to strictly observe the new protocols to safeguard the health & safety of all airport users.”

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22 July 2020

RwandAir to resume flights on 1 August 2020

RwandAir

RwandAir will resume flights on 1 August 2020 starting with selective African routes where borders are open, as well as Dubai. More destinations will be added as countries lift travel restrictions. Schedule of available routes can be found on the RwandAir website.

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21 July 2020

The tougher the times get, the better giving feels

The Safari Store

As posted last week by Remote Africa, in July 2020 Nick, & the Walk Luangwa team, are walking 350km through one of Africa’s wildest places, the Luangwa Valley, to raise urgently-needed funds for conservation. We at The Safari Store have donated two of the best walking & safari shirts we make as prizes - the Women’s Pioneer & the Men’s Explorer Anti-insect Safari Shirts - to help Nick to raise these funds.

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21 July 2020

Hideaways explores Beyond the Lodge and Under the Sea: Episode 3: Rio Azul, Mozambique – Join live on the 22nd July @16:00

Hideaways

In the spirit of adventure and sustainable tourism, Mike Varndell joins Hideaways for our next episode of Beyond the Lodge: Rio Azul. As the managing founder of Malawian Style, Mike has an eye for high quality travel experiences which satiate the need for adventure wrapped up in the ethos of responsible travel.

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20 July 2020

Bushtracks Africa presents a Virtual Tour of the Falls

Bushtracks Africa

We are extremely excited to introduce our brand new Virtual Tour of the Falls. This exciting new "virtual activity" will allow guests to enjoy a tour of the iconic Victoria Falls from anywhere in the world! The educational tour is based on our signature Tour of the Falls activity which allows guests to enjoy this natural wonder of the world from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides.

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20 July 2020

Asilia - welcoming guests back to East Africa

Asilia Africa

With Tanzania’s borders open and international travel slowly becoming a reality once again, we wanted to take a moment to update you on the protocols Asilia has put in place on the ground to ensure the safety of both our staff and your guests. Welcoming you and your guests back into East Africa, is our Kenya Operations Manager Sushil Thakar. Based in Nairobi, Sush has watched the collapse and gradual rebuilding of tourism in East Africa over the past 4 months and has been heavily involved in ensuring our camps and staff are ready to receive your guests when travel resumes.

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20 July 2020

Kenya Airways clear for Take-off – Revised Schedule

Kenya Airways

Dear Travel Partner, We are delighted to announce that we are back in the skies with our Domestic flights from Nairobi to Mombasa and Kisumu resumed on 15th July 2020 and International flights to commence from 1st August 2020. We look forward to welcoming our guests on-board and flying them safely, efficiently and to the level of service and hospitality that made us the Pride of Africa.

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17 July 2020

PRESS RELEASE: Kenya Airways Resumes Domestic Passenger Flights

Kenya Tourism Board

Kenya Airways to resume domestic services with 2 daily flights to Mombasa & 1 daily to Kisumu Nairobi, July 12 2020: Kenya Airways (KQ) will resume its domestic flights on Wednesday 15 July 2020, following the lifting of the restriction of movement in and out of Nairobi and Mombasa counties as directed by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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16 July 2020

Remote Africa Safaris' Nick Riddin walks 350km through Zambia's Luangwa Valley to raise awareness and support for communities and conservation

Remote Africa Safaris

Nick Riddin, ecologist and manager at the family-run Remote Africa Safaris has dreamt of walking the length of the Luangwa River in Zambia's Luangwa Valley. On 27th July this year he starts to realise that dream by walking 350km over the course of 17 days through the home of walking safaris. The small group of five will begin their journey at Marula Puku, North Luangwa's conservation headquarters, walking down the MwaleshiRiver, and then following the Luangwa river through North Luangwa National Park, Luambe National Park and to the southern end of South Luangwa National Park.

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16 July 2020

New website launched for Lewa Wilderness

Lewa Wilderness

Discover the new Lewa Wilderness website We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new website. It has a fresh new look with our wonderful new photography throughout. Enjoy more detailed explanations of everything we have on offer, 360 degree tours of our rooms and main house, a detailed WALKING WILD page and of course a wonderful new dedicated Conservation page.

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16 July 2020

Elewana AfroChic Diani is reopening on the 17th July 2020

Elewana Afrika

We are delighted to announce that after three and a half months, Elewana AfroChic Diani will once again welcome guests to enjoy our warm coastal hospitality. Located along a secluded section of Diani Beach, the hotel offers a magical setting of white sands, rustling palm trees, and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The hotel has earned itself a reputation for a “home away from home” atmosphere, excellent seafood and friendly service.

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15 July 2020

Kenya Airways clear for Take-off!

Kenya Airways

We are delighted to announce that we are back in the skies with our Domestic flights from Nairobi to Mombasa and Kisumu starting from 15th July 2020 and International flights to follow from 1st August 2020. We look forward to welcoming our guests on-board and flying them safely, efficiently and to the level of service and hospitality that made us the Pride of Africa.

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15 July 2020

Your Safety is our Top Priority!

Safarilink Aviation

By: Anu Vohora Safarilink Aviation Safarilink has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the traveller’s journey, to ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees. In line with the guidelines by the ministry of health, every measure we have implemented is to stop the spread of Covid-19, and our aim is to make flying with us as safe as possible.

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15 July 2020

Talking Stick Global, re brands with new website and management 

Talking Stick Global

“Having been established in the United Kingdom since 2006 as a traditional marketing and representation company we felt the timed was right to rebrand and expand our service offering" says, Marc Reading founding partner. With the new brand come new services and staff. David Reading returns from Dubai as Managing Director and Zoey Strzelecki joins as Digital Marketing Director both bring a wealth of knowledge and new ideas.

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14 July 2020

Sign up: Episode 2: Guide Chronicles with Jenman African Safaris: Inspirations and Tribulations of a female guide with Chantel Van Der Linde

Jenman African Safaris

Sign up to join us on Thursday 16th July 16:00 for episode two of our “Safari Guide Chronicles” series as Chantel speaks to CEO Katja Quasdorf into establishing her name in the guide world, building trust and confidence with clients, as well as her love for Africa; a passion emanated in her stories of expeditions over the last 18 years.

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14 July 2020

Ultimate Safaris is preparing for you...

Ultimate Safaris Namibia

As negotiations continue in Namibia for a controlled low risk opening of borders, probably with a test-phase being planned imminently, we are preparing to communicate all the hard work that has been done over the last three or so months to ensure that when Namibia does re-open, Ultimate Safaris is prepared.

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14 July 2020

Orbital Communications now representing Lengishu in northern Kenya

Orbital Communications

Simon Beck is proud to be representing Lengishu an exclusive use family home found at the heart of the Borana Conservancy, Kenya’s newest and most successful rhino sanctuary. Accommodating up to 12 guests, this exclusive use private home is perfect for large family gatherings and groups of friends, boasting uninterrupted views of the Lewa-Borana landscape and deep into Kenya’s Northern Frontier.

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13 July 2020

Borana Conservancy releases Conservation Newsletter & launches new website

Borana

Borana Conservancy has released its annual newsletter which gives details of the various conservation efforts across Borana and beyond. This newsletter gives in-depth information on how tourism and ranching are committed to the sustainable conservation of land, wildlife and building local livelihoods.

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13 July 2020

Support the ‘Botswana Emergency Fund’ with UK charity, How Many Elephants Mystery die-off cause still to be announced

How Many Elephants

It has been verified on Friday July 10th, in a press conference held by the Botswanan Government, that 281 elephant carcasses have been found since May 2020, in the Okavango Eastern Panhandle in Botswana.

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13 July 2020

Partnering With Local Community To Save Our Common Heritage

Basecamp Explorer Kenya

For the last 23 years, Basecamp Explorer Kenya has been partnering with the local community to create meaningful safari experiences for all our guests. We attribute our success from closely partnering with the local Maasai community by involving them in all aspects of the community projects enabling generations to benefit through this process. We have seen this process transform the areas where we operate in Masai Mara to incredible safari destinations due to them being good places to live in and good places to visit.

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10 July 2020

Little did we know...by Ultimate Safaris

Ultimate Safaris Namibia

2020 will be a year we all remember. However, we believe that challenges like these have effects on mind set and pre-conceptions that will redefine our industry.  At Ultimate Safaris we have therefore used this time for introspection and focus on what we think will be required when international travel resumes, in the knowledge that this will not be what it was before for most of the world.

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10 July 2020

The Exciting Reinvention of Extraordinary’s Mabula Game Lodge is Announced

Extraordinary

The eagerly awaited refashioning of Extraordinary’s Mabula Game Lodge is now complete. Whilst the lodge has been closed due to the lockdown during the COVID 19 pandemic, our team have been very busy finalising the large-scale project. The objective of the redesign was to create a contemporary haven whilst maintaining an African lodge feel throughout the bedrooms and completing the circle of the lodges’ restyling that commenced about twelve months ago.

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10 July 2020

The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Estate Is Set To Partially Open Ready For The New Era

Africa Albida Tourism

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate is set to partially open today (Friday) after being closed for more than three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with new health protocols in place. Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) chief executive Ross Kennedy said: “We are so pleased to be able to open for business after being closed for 100 days.” It follows the reopening of the Victoria Falls rainforest on Wednesday.

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09 July 2020

Exclusive Serengeti: Make Four Seasons Your Safari Home This August with a New Private Villa Experience

Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti

Immersed in the natural beauty of the Serengeti National Park, Four Seasons Safari Lodge boasts an unparalleled location for discovering the animals and nature of Africa's best known wildlife sanctuary, naturally distanced from crowds – aside from the passing wildlife.

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09 July 2020

Biogas and the Maasai

One Horizon Africa

One Horizon’s mission is the implementation of sustainable programs to help lift people out of poverty.   And in every solution those programs have reference to the ecological impact of lifestyle on natural ecosystems.  The health of families and the environment is compromised

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09 July 2020

Watch: Safari Choreographers Garth Jenman and Brett Mcdonald on why safari experiences are like fine wine & how to make guests cry….

Hideaways

An unforgettable safari experience is choreographed from the heart, a value shared between directors Garth Jenman, Hideaways, and Brett Mcdonald, Flame of Africa. It is these values that formed the foundations of a partnership between the two, joining forces and visions to create exceptional African getaways.

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08 July 2020

Safari Guides rally to invest in the future of females in Hwange National Park – Jenman Safaris’ Project Penya

Jenman African Safaris

Education is the currency of survival, however not an economy everyone has access to. This harsh truth pertains mostly to women and is exemplified for the local female residents in rural areas. Jonathan Dube, a Jenman African Safaris Guide, recently spoke to CEO Katja Quasdorf on our “Safari Guide Chronicles” platform about the importance of community project funding linked to tourism.

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08 July 2020

Anderson Expeditions - Introducing the Namibia MTB Expedition

Anderson Expeditions

Anderson Expeditions is thrilled to announce our new Expedition which travels through the private access Palmwag Concession in northern Namibia. This area is a flagship example for the community-driven conservation approach for which Namibia is renowned and stretches over the Damaraland and Skeleton Coast regions - some of the most remote, desolate and wild places on planet earth.

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08 July 2020

Safety is our No.1 Priority!

Coastal Aviation

Dear Partners, In the current environment, we have rolled out some very intensive sanitization procedures to reassure you that along with our in-house engineering and maintenance team, we have taken great care of our fleet of aircraft. All of this, so that when you take to the skies, you will be safe and comfortable flying with us.

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07 July 2020

Serengeti is calling!

Coastal Aviation

While the world was on halt, Mother Nature has been healing, including our Serengeti. Now that the airspace is being opened up and many countries are easing their lockdowns, the Serengeti is ready to welcome us all back.  We have put in place several safeguards to make sure our passengers are safe while flying with us.

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07 July 2020

andBeyond Launches Virtual Travel Experiences to fund Conservation

&Beyond

The coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to tourism activity and around the world the economic benefit flowing from conservation areas to surrounding communities is under immense pressure. Without conservation there is no wildlife. Without wildlife, there is no community upliftment and without community support there is no conservation – a vicious cycle.

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07 July 2020

Ultimate Safaris announces ZERO FEE for Covid-19 related cancellations for new bookings

Ultimate Safaris Namibia

The Namibian government has recently announced their intention to trial the re-opening of our borders for international tourism between 15 July and 15 August, albeit on a limited basis. We are therefore looking at the Terms and Conditions for bookings that will be needed in order to give confidence in a post-COVID-19 booking cycle.

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06 July 2020

New website launched for Blue Zebra Island Lodge, Lake Malawi

Blue Zebra Island Lodge

Discover Blue Zebra Island Lodge through their new website: https://bluezebra.mw/ Tucked away on Nankoma Island: the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation in a tranquil setting, inspired by nature. Learn more about Lake Malawi National Park (the world's first freshwater national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and how the lodge works with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife of Malawi to protect the Marelli Islands.

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06 July 2020

Emergency fund is set up for elephants dying in Botswana from mystery cause

How Many Elephants

Over 400 dead elephants have been counted in the Okavango Delta in Botswana since it was first reported in May 2020, and its being put down to a mystery cause which remains unknown. With the total remaining elephant population on the African continent estimated at 400,000, and with Botswana home to the largest population of 130,000, this could spell disaster for the already dwindling population of the African elephant.

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06 July 2020

Auric Air - Safety, Hygiene and Sanitization Video

Auric Air Services

Partners, as we learn to live with COVID-19, life will return to normal eventually. We will adapt to return to work, to attend meetings and gatherings, to fulfil the needs of daily life which require interactions and to go on holidays with our loved ones. As this happens, rest assured that we, Auric Air Services Limited, recognize this and are taking the necessary steps to keep you as safe as possible.

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03 July 2020

Classic Portfolio - Tuesday Talk - The Congo Basin & beyond...

Classic Portfolio

The Congo Basin makes up one of the most important wilderness areas left on Earth. At 500 million acres, it is larger than the state of Alaska and stands as the world’s second-largest rainforest. This week, our Tuesday Talk features a fabulous line-up of passionate companies striving to establish conservation based tourism in spectacular locations, under very challenging circumstances.

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02 July 2020

Kenya awarded safe travel status by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)

Kenya Tourism Board

Nairobi, Wednesday, July 1st, 2020: Kenya has been awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travel Stamp. This is in recognition of the destination’s adoption of the global health and hygiene standardized protocols dubbed ‘Safe Travels'.

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01 July 2020

Harvesting the Sun in the Lower Zambezi

Royal Zambezi Lodge

Continuing the lodge's ongoing sustainability goals, Royal Zambezi Lodge has announced the completion of an ambitious solar project: Royal is now 100% solar! With an impressive 360 solar panels, a 150kva inverter and 2x 100kw batteries, the team have used this time to upskill and work together to achieve this green initiative during the standstill in global travel.

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01 July 2020

Little Kulala – A Wilderness Restored

Wilderness Safaris

The current rebuild of Little Kulala, Wilderness Safaris’ acclaimed desert retreat in Namibia’s Sossusvlei area, celebrates the camp’s extraordinary commitment to the restoration of the pristine Kulala Wilderness Reserve, and the biodiversity conservation of a range of fascinating arid-adapted and specialised wildlife. The rejuvenated camp will also comprise the lightest footprint possible, powered by an all-new 100% solar energy system.

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01 July 2020

Jenman African Safaris Launches Facebook Live Series; Celebrating Guides as the Ambassadors of Africa

Jenman African Safaris

Launching the ‘Safari Guide Chronicles’ series bestowed an absolute sense of pride. Proud to work with such passionate and dedicated members of the travel tribe, proud to be part of an industry that plays such a vital role in conservation and empowerment, and proud to represent the formidable and diverse continent that is Africa.

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01 July 2020

Hemingways Collection re-opens its Nairobi and Watamu Properties

Hemingways Collection

Hemingways Collection, a luxury boutique hotel chain in Kenya, announced the re-opening of its Hemingways Nairobi and Hemingways Watamu properties from the 24th of June 2020. Hemingways Collection’s Group CEO, Alastair Addison, said the re-opening of both properties came after careful consideration of what it would entail to fully operate both properties while ensuring staff and guests’ health and safety needs are well catered for.

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