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30 November 2012

Federal Air cuts Vilanculos

From Atta member Federal Air   From February 1st Federal Airlines will cease Vilanculos scheduled flights, with the last operational flight on January 31.   “After 10 years of operation, it has been a difficult decision to make, however with the global economic downturn, the airline has seen a continuing decline in passenger numbers,”   Federal Airlines will retain the service until the end of January to give passengers an opportunity to make alternative arrangements…

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30 November 2012

Kenya Airways increase flights across Southern Africa

Madagascar Kenya Airways has announced increased flights to and from Antananarivo increasing our frequencies from 4 to 6 flights a week from 3rd December 2012   Flight Start Frequency Route Dep Arr KQ 756 03Dec12 MON / FRI NBO-TNR 0840 1200 KQ 757 03Dec12 MON / FRI…

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29 November 2012

Fastjet, will it open up cheap pan-African Holidays?

Does the launch of Africa’s first low-cost airline promise to open Africa's skies and cut costs for tourists who can only access Africa by purchasing expensive air tickets? Fastjet, part-owned by easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, will operate its first scheduled flight in Tanzania this week and plans to expand first across East Africa and then to Ghana and Angola. Tourists could soon combine safaris in Kenya with gorilla treks in Uganda and end the holiday on&n…

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27 November 2012

Gamewatchers launch tented new camp

Gamewatchers Safaris is pleased to announce the opening of their new Tented Camp in Lake Nakuru National Park in December 2012. This small and intimate bush camp is located within Lake Nakuru National Park on a special site designated by the Kenya Wildlife Service for use by a genuine mobile camp having no permanent structure or use of concrete. The camp operates from December to February and from July to October. For more information and rates please call Helen and Sally or link to: http://ww…

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27 November 2012

ZIM Private sector "Bring on UNWTO 2013"

ZIMBABWE TOURISM INDUSTRY READY FOR UNWTO 2013 UNWTO General Assembly, August 2013 "Bring it on" say Zimbabwe’s private sector tourism players! Council for Tourism (ZCT) president Glenn Stutchbury, who leads the tourism business apex body says his members are leaving no stone unturned to show off the best of Zimbabwe during the meeting of the world’s travel industry leaders, policy makers and media. “There’s no doubt about the increasing levels of confidence i…

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26 November 2012

World Speed sailing record broken in African Waters

The revolutionary speed sailing boat "Vestas Sailrocket 2" has become the world’s fastest wind powered craft, smashing the current Outright World Speed Sailing Record*, in dramatic style in African waters in Walvis Bay, off the coast of Namibia.   The new world record of 59.23 knots* (109kph) set the best average time over 500m and broke the previous mark of 55.65 knots with a peak speed of 63 knots (119kph). This represents the biggest jump in performance in th…

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23 November 2012

and the winner is... Cape Town

Readers of the  The  Daily Telegraph in UK  have voted Cape Town their ‘Favourite City Worldwide’ for 2012, and South Africa their ‘Third Favourite Country Worldwide’.  17 000 resaders participated , voting for the cities, countries, travel websites and travel apps they favour most. CEO of Cape Town Tourism Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold responded: 'What makes this win so special is that, not only have readers voted for Cape Town as number one, b…

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22 November 2012

TZ to switch of analogue radio Dec 31

Tanzania switch off Analogue Tanzania will keep the Dec. 31 deadline for switchover from analogue to digital TV broadcasting,  the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) said on Monday. The December deadline was consented by all East African Community (EAC) countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda but some member states, notably Kenya, have already announced their intention to push back the date until they are through with general elections, citing …

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22 November 2012

Namibia saving the Cheetah

Namibia has more cheetahs than any other country in the world, but even here these speedy creatures are in a race for their lives. I visited Naankuse, a wildlife rescue center in Namibia that is trying to save the cheetah and other iconic African animals. Cheetahs who will let you scratch their back, a caracal cat that can leap 12 feet in the air, and leopards and wild dogs that escaped a death sentence. These are some of the animals Marlice van Vuuren introduces us to at her Naankuse Wildlife…

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19 November 2012

Uganda records success with Gorillas

Uganda's Mountain Gorillas A permit to track gorillas in Uganda can cost around $500 and the World Wildlife Fund estimates that each gorilla brings in up to $1 million in revenue each year for the East African country. The population of Uganda's mountain gorillas has grown to 400, from 302 in 2006, according to a census conducted last year. This brings the total number of mountain gorillas in Africa to 880, giving hope to conservationists trying to save the critically endangered specie…

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12 November 2012

South Africa sentences Rhino smuggler

A South African court on Friday sentenced a Thai national to 40 years in prison for his part in a syndicate that smuggled dozens of rhino horns out of the country, the stiffest sentence ever handed down for such a crime in South Africa.Government ministers praised the court for sending a strong message that rhino horn smuggling would not be tolerated. South Africa, home to about 90% of Africa's rhinoceroses, has faced an alarming rise in poaching with 488 of the animals illegally killed th…

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12 November 2012

Mozambique new Marine Park approve

MOZAMBIQUE - The Primeiras and Segundas have been approved as a marine protected area in Mozambique making this diverse ten-island archipelago Africa’s largest coastal marine reserve. Comprising ten islands off the coast of northern Mozambique, and featuring abundant coral and marine turtle species, the protected area will cover more than 1,040,926 hectares. WWF has worked for eight years to secure this important marine reserve, which has been threatened by overfishing and unauthorised …

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09 November 2012

URGENT- Mali and Mauritania

URGENT MALI and MAURITANIA both subject The Atta CEO attended an urgent meeting today with the Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds MP. The Minister has unusually requested that Atta circulates an URGENT Warning to any operators who may have clients in or going to Mali or Mauritania. The situation has deteriorated so rapidly in those two countries that the threat to the lives of travellers is extreme and no attempt whatsoever should be made to pass through or visit those countries at prese…

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06 November 2012

Atta Networking Recession party WTM Wednesday 7th November

  What's up? Recession proof party on Wednesday night of WTM, November 7th 2012 Time? 6.30 -11.00pm Where? Jack's Lounge at Arch 96, 96 Isabella Street London SE1 8DA Come on, we're from Africa where on earth is that? Under Arch 96, behind Southwark Tube station, one stop before Waterloo. So from WTM take DLR to Canning Town then Jubilee line, direction Waterloo ,approx 20 minutes. How much will it cost? Your call, it's a cash bar. Jack's is a chic, cutting edge bar, …

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06 November 2012

Ethiopian Airlines opens Canada route

Ethiopian Airlines New Toronto Route   Ethiopian Airlines  announces that it will start serving its Addis-Toronto route using its brand new and ultra modern B787- Dreamliner starting November 9, 2012. Ethiopian started twice weekly flights to Toronto, its second destination in North America, on 16 July 2012. The flights have enabled Toronto to be connected to Ethiopian extensive network in Africa, via its Addis Ababa hub, including to cities such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dar es Sal…

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06 November 2012

TZ Arusha becomes a city

TANZANIA - Located at the center of Africa, Tanzania’s sprawling tourist town of Arusha has officially been elevated into a full-fledged city, boasting of its rich tourism and ideal position in the African continent. Standing exactly at the middle of Africa between Cape Town in South Africa and Cairo in Egypt, Arusha town is a fast-growing cosmopolitan area in East Africa with modern life blended with African, Europeam, and Asian cultures, all of which attracted international visitors to…

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05 November 2012

Botswana statement on hunting

Botswana President Says No To Hunting During a public gathering in Maun, Botswana on Sunday, President Ian Khama revealed that the Botswana government will stop issuing hunting licenses. Khama believes that the availability of hunting licenses has encouraged poaching in Africa and prevented the expansion of the tourism industry. As of next year, the Environment and Wildlife Ministry will no longer sell licenses to citizens in order to protect wildlife in the Okavango Delta and the Central Ka…

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05 November 2012

South Africa- 1time Airline ceases all flights

1Time Airline said Friday that all of its operations have been grounded with immediate effect after it applied for business liquidation. The low cost airline that flies in southern Africa filed and operated under business rescue since Sept. 17. It said a financial consultant advised the company ‘‘there was no viable way forward to recapitalize the airline to a profitable state.’’ The firm says it had been in negotiations with creditors since March and had short-term…

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05 November 2012

Qatar Airways launches new Mozambiuqe route

Qatar Airways launches flights to Mozambique   Qatar Airways has launched scheduled flights to Mozambique, its latest  on the African continent and tenth new route of the year. The Doha-based carrier inaugurated the first of three weekly services to the country’s capital city of Maputo, gateway to Mozambique’s rich natural resources and a source for strong business. Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said the latest route marked yet another significant milest…

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05 November 2012

Botswana- Hunting

Botswana   Various reports have been circulating in the media over the past week that Botswana will stop issuing hunting licences from next year in a bid to protect the tourism industry.     Dereck Joubert, CEO of Great Plains Conservation respods   While this is not an official announcement from what I can tell, it is certainly consistent with the trend in Botswana and in other places in Africa. It is a move that we would support.   We cannot sustain the high lev…

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