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31 October 2019

Tanzania looks to Hollywood to help achieve 2 million tourists by 2020

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Tanzania has set a target to receive 2 million tourists by 2020; and a number of initiatives have been put in place to guarantee that it happens. And for the country’s tourists’ board, this target, although ambitious, is very much achievable and can even be surpassed. The East African country received about 1.49 million tourists in 2018. In an exclusive interview with VoyagesAfriq at the just ended Swahili International Tourism Expo (SITE), Managing Director of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), Devota Mdachi said there were number of initiatives that the board is working on to grow the tourism numbers to the country.

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31 October 2019

It's time wildlife lovers returned to Zimbabwe

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Our entry point to Zimbabwe was at one of the wonders of the world, a sight that turned even David Livingstone into a rubber-necker: Victoria Falls. Half of our queue at the new international airport was made up of young people with backpacks and baseball caps. The other half were late middle-aged like us, in sensible taupe hats. Guess who had studied the “before you go to Africa” tips in their safari guidebooks? We were billeted for a night downstream at the Gorges Lodge (several stone houses set in a tropical garden on the edge of a ravine above the mighty Zambezi). This was instantly Africa. An Africa of thorn and dust and thatched dwellings. To the north west we could see a distant mist: the Falls – otherwise known as “the smoke that thunders”.

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30 October 2019

New Atta Members this month - October 2019

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Mayo Wynne Baxter - Professional Partners - United Kingdom Cape Grace - Accommodation Suppliers - South Africa Grande Roche Hotel - Accommodation Suppliers - South Africa Donak Safaris - African Based Travel Specialist - Tanzania Elkano - Somos Mundo - Latin American Based Travel Specialist - Argentina Miracle Experiences Tanzania - African Based Travel Specialist - Tanzania African Travels - European Based Travel Specialist - Netherlands Zuri Zanzibar - Accommodation Suppliers - Tanzania Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve - Accommodation Suppliers - South Africa Journeys Namibia - Accommodation Suppliers - Namibia African Magazine - Media and Publications - Germany Nature Discovery - African Based Travel Specialist - Tanzania

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30 October 2019

Could synthetic urine help save Africa's endangered wild dogs?

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Researchers in Botswana hope to recreate urine produced by African wild dogs at their scent marking sites as a way of keeping them safe within protected areas. There are only around 700 packs of wild dogs, also known as painted dogs, left in a few dozen fragmented areas between South Africa and Chad, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The biggest threat they face is when they stray into farmlands or areas close to human settlement. That’s when they kill livestock and then get targeted by angry farmers. Or they get run over by cars or trapped in wire snares.

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30 October 2019

Application for Membership - Outbound in Africa

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Outbound in Africa has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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29 October 2019

South Africa to host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022

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South Africa will host Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 after the World Rugby Council awarded the hosting rights for the premier tournament to South Africa at its Interim Meeting in Tokyo today. In September 2022 the eighth edition of the showcase event will take place in Cape Town in what will be the first time that Rugby World Cup Sevens has been hosted on the African continent. The world’s best 24 men’s and 16 women’s rugby sevens teams will take to the field at the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point where they will compete for world champion status over three days of exhilarating action. The 55,000-capacity stadium is the same venue that has hosted the hugely successful HSBC Cape Town Sevens since 2015, and for the first time this year will host both men’s and women’s teams across three days of competition as part of the new-look HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

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29 October 2019

Application for Membership - African Ascents

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African Ascents has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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28 October 2019

Malawi launches Online E-Visa Service

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The Malawi Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services wishes to announce the launch of an online visa service for visitors to Malawi effective 1st November, 2019. The online visa service compliments the efforts the Department embarked on in the quest to ensuring timeliness and efficiency in facilitating travel to Malawi. Through the Malawi online visa service, applicants will be able to register and login on the e-visa platform, fill and submit and applications, upload supporting documents including applicants photo and pay the visa fees in advance in line with new payment arrangements. Once the application is approved, a notification is sent by email and similarly on the login page where an approval document authorising entry into Malawi can be downloaded for use to facilitate the applicants travel arrangements and endorsement of a visa sticker onto the traveller’s passport at the port of entry by an Immigration Officer.

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28 October 2019

Application for Membership - Shamwari Private Game Reserve

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Shamwari Private Game Reserve has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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25 October 2019

Youths from around the world champion wildlife protection

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Environmental crime has become the world's fourth-largest crime sector, growing at 2–3 times the rate of the global economy. INTERPOL and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) estimate that natural resources worth up to US$258 billion are being stolen by criminal syndicates, depriving countries of their resources, revenues and development opportunities. The World Youth Wildlife Summit took place in September at the Kruger National Park in South Africa, bringing together educators and conservation leaders to discuss and address the threat of wildlife crime. About 150 young conservationists from the Southern African Development Community and their counterparts learned how to influence environmental policies at national, regional and international levels.

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25 October 2019

Kigali International Peace Marathon

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The Kigali International Peace Marathon, entering its 16th year in 2020, is now in collaboration with a co-founder and several members of the team who created and organized the Rock n Roll International Marathon Series and Center for Global Sports.  Plans are in place to elevate KIPM to a major “destination” marathon with great potential for international runners. Rwanda’s proximity to Ethiopia and Kenya already help the marathon draw world class athletes, but Rwanda has other attributes that are very appealing to running tourists from around the world. Rwanda is not only ranked the safest country in Africa (5th in the world – WEF 1918) but Kigali is also widely regarded as the cleanest city on the continent.

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24 October 2019

New maps show where giraffes live — mostly outside protected areas

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You know a giraffe when you see one. But where in Africa can you see one? Unlike lions and rhinos, the world’s tallest animal is grossly understudied, with very little known about it, including its distribution in Africa. Until recently, maps of where giraffes occurred had been based largely on crude estimates and some guesswork. Now, by combining the latest data from on-the-ground and aerial surveys, following movements of GPS-tagged animals, consultation with experts, and reviewing the scientific literature, researchers have produced a series of giraffe distribution maps in a new study, which they say presents a more accurate picture of where the giraffe lives. As it turns out, around 70 percent of the giraffe’s range occurs outside government-managed protected areas, the study found.

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24 October 2019

Ethiopian to resume flight to Athens

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Ethiopian Airlines, the Largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline, proudly announces the resumption of its flight to Athens, Greece effective Dec 13, 2019. Ethiopian has resumed the service to the city of Athens after 18 years. Athens marks Ethiopian’s 20th destination in Europe. Filled with incredible historical sites, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and Europe’s historical capital where democracy was invented. The thrice weekly flight to Athens will be operated by the ultra-modern B787 Dreamliner.

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23 October 2019

Rwanda ban's all single-use plastics

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Rwanda becomes the first country in East Africa to issue a complete ban on all single-use plastics. Retailers have three months to clear their stocks and find alternatives, while industrial users and producers of single-use plastics have a two-year deadline. The ban affects all plastic carry bags and other single-use plastic items such as wrappers, plastic containers, bottles, straws, plastic cutlery, folders, and balloons. Plastic duty-free bags are not authorised to be brought into the country. The country first adopted a law against plastic bags in 2008 and a new law gazetted in August this year adds to the list of other types of plastics deemed equally harmful to the environment.

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23 October 2019

South African tourism statistics remain flat

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Overseas tourist numbers to South Africa are almost identical to last year’s August numbers, according to the August 2019 Tourism and Migrations Statistics report published by Statistics SA. August saw a drop in travellers from Europe and Australasia, while North America, the Middle East and Central and South America saw an increase. Asia has remained flat.

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22 October 2019

Texas Game Wardens Begin Exchange Program with South African National Parks Game Rangers

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Texas Game Wardens recently traveled to Kruger National Park in South Africa to begin an annual professional exchange program with South African National Parks Game Rangers. A news release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) gave information on the goals of the program. The program is aimed at providing professional growth and leadership development opportunities between the two agencies and to increase education and awareness of international wildlife trafficking, which negatively effects conservation efforts in both Texas and South Africa, according to TPWD.

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22 October 2019

New Land Purchase to Create Botanical Garden in Tanzania

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This month, Rainforest Trust and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) purchased a 9-acre property near the Magombera Forest Reserve in central Tanzania. Local NGO Reforest Africa will partner with TFCG to turn the site into a new botanical garden. The three organizations have already worked together to protect Magombera, spanning over 6,000 acres of habitat for species like African Elephants and the Endangered Udzungwa Red Colobus monkey, earlier this year. But unlike most land purchases Rainforest Trust supports, this parcel isn’t simply a reserve extension. In addition to preserving existing habitat, this property will be a botanical garden connected to Magombera Nature Reserve’s conservation efforts. The new botanical garden aims to use native plant species for education, research and conservation.

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21 October 2019

'I'm here to save Mother Nature' – meet the man battling poachers in Zambia

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Benson Kanyembo is this year’s winner of the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award, initiated by the Duke of Cambridge. Sarah Marshall shares his story. Frowning with concentration, Benson Kanyembo stares through the window of a Cessna 180, scanning every inch of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Flying low and slow, the light aircraft glides above a sun-scorched savannah, where mopane trees cling on to their last remaining leaves, sandbanks are streaked with hippo trails and herds of elephants march towards the river in a weary, thirsty parade. Although scenic, these flights have far greater importance. The law enforcement adviser is searching for smoking embers from fresh fires, tell-tale signs that poachers have invaded the park. This morning – to everyone’s relief – only old scars pockmark the landscape, although they serve as a reminder of why Kanyembo and his team can never give up.

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21 October 2019

The real Jurassic Park: Inside story of the wild zoology experiment that could have gone horribly wrong

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It was like a cross between Jurassic Park and Noah's Ark: take a cartload of animals, including chimpanzees, elephants and giraffes, leave them on a remote island in Africa and see what happens. Five decades on, Jessamy Calkin travels to Rubondo Island to see how things worked out. Viewed from the air, Rubondo Island is so supernaturally green that it looks like a cartoon. A thickly forested atoll sitting in the vast expanse of Lake Victoria, the island is little known, but in 1966 it became the setting for an audacious experiment, the initiative of an eccentric German conservationist named Professor Bernhard Grzimek.

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18 October 2019

Application for Membership - Nature Discovery

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Nature Discovery has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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18 October 2019

Double harvest: Maasai women keep bees and get to conserve their environment

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At night the women on the Maasai Steppe are busy with their harvest. One by one hives stored in the branches of the trees are lowered to the ground and the honeycomb carefully removed. The hives are then again restored high up in the canopy. The Steppe itself is massive stretching from the Usambara to the Great Rift Valley across the borders of Kenya to Ethiopia. This bee keeping initiative is focussed in the area outside the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Most of the people who live here are Maasai, many are are now semi nomadic, raising cattle in the traditions which have lasted for centuries. The women own and run their bee keeping operation as a business. Their initial funding in the form of micro grants and training comes from a non-profit organisation called African Wildlife and People (AWP).

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18 October 2019

New Whale Heritage Site - Durban, South Africa

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The Bluff in Durban, South Africa and Harvey Bay were both officially accredited as the first Whale Heritage Sites on Friday 11th. The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is very excited about this wonderful news and congratulate Durban, South Africa for the excellent and hard work that they put into it, for being an outstanding whale watching destination and for leading the way in responsible and sustainable tourism.

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17 October 2019

Ellen DeGeneres has raised $5 million for the conservation of mountain Gorillas

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A fundraiser organised by popular American TV personality and comedian Ellen DeGeneres has raised some $5 million (about Rwf4.6 billion) as her efforts to raise funds for conservation of mountain gorillas in Rwanda kicks off in earnest. Ellen DeGeneres was, over the weekend, joined by her wife Portia de Rossi and a host of other big names in the entertainment world for the ‘Gorillapalooza’ event in Los Angeles, California. The proceeds were more than double the initial target, she said on her popular show, The Ellen Show, earlier this week. “We were hoping to raise $2 million. That didn’t happen. We raised $5 million. This is so important because there are only 1,000 mountain gorillas left,” she said.

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17 October 2019

Wheels Up on More Flights to the African Continent

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New nonstop flights are dramatically cutting travel time and linking more African cities to the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Flights from the United States to the African continent can take 30 or even 40 hours depending on the routing, and many travelers face lengthy layovers in Amsterdam or London, or Dubai or Doha in the Middle East. But that might be changing soon: Airlines are increasingly introducing nonstop flights, dramatically reducing travel time and further linking the United States to major African nations.

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16 October 2019

Kenya birdwatchers log migrating birds for Spring Alive

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As the winter season slowly approaches in Europe, bird enthusiasts are in for a treat as migratory birds start arriving in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Conservationists say this season’s migration has started earlier than usual much to the delight of bird watchers and nature lovers. Twice a year, millions of birds fly hundreds and even thousands of kilometres across continents in search of food and the perfect grounds to breed and raise their young ones. James Kimaru, senior warden at Lake Bogoria National Reserve 150 miles north of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, said eight species of migrants have been spotted in the past two weeks during the latest water-bird count.

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16 October 2019

Kenya Stats July - September

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KTB Reports that international arrivals to Kenya within the period (July – September), closed at 591,996, compared to the same period last year which posted 587,385, indicating a growth of 0.8%. During the period, arrivals through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) closed at 420,770 which is a growth of 4.8% compared to 401,533 in 2018/19. Moi International Airport Mombasa (MIAM) received 28,850 visitors, compared to 28,614 in 2018/19, representing a 1.1% growth.

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15 October 2019

Development of Walvis Bay waterfront and marina well on track

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The development of a Waterfront & Marina, identified by Namport to better combine sea port activities with recreational and tourism activities, is well on track with the actual Marina, which will supplement the Waterfront, expected to be completed by 2020. Namport, as the land owner, facilitates the development of a waterfront at the present waterfront area, which on completion could become the main citizen and tourist attractions in Walvis Bay.

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15 October 2019

Polish airline launches weekly Mombasa flights

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A Polish charter airline will be flying weekly to Mombasa as it moves to cash in on the festive season. The maiden flight to the coastal town on Saturday had 189 passengers. The carrier dubbed Smartwings Airlines will be operating bringing in about 200 tourists from Poland, and is expected to push up the regions hotel occupancy rates above the current 70 percent. It will be operating once a week until end of the year before increasing its frequency to twice a week from January to March next year.

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14 October 2019

Expansion of a famous elephant park holds out hope for Africa’s big tuskers

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There is a scene at the start of the film Last of the Big Tuskers where a man is having his upper arm tattooed. As the artist puts the finishing touches to the work and dabs away blood, the camera pans out and an inky face with enormous tusks emerges. Elephants have always had a way of getting under people’s skin. That much was clear at the South African premiere of the documentary, which played to a nearly full theater in Durban this week. Much of the documentary, which focuses on the plight of Africa’s big and super-tuskers — elephants with tusks exceeding 45 kilograms (100 pounds) each — is filmed in South Africa’s Tembe Elephant Park, immediately south of the border with Mozambique, 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Durban.

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14 October 2019

Application for Membership - Journeys Namibia

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Journeys Namibia has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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11 October 2019

Kenya launches first mountain race

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Meru Governor H.E. Kiraitu Murungi on Tuesday officially launched the Mt. Kenya Mountain Running Championship, scheduled to take place in February 2020. Under the theme ‘Challenging the Heights’, the race will be the first of its kind in Kenya and will hopefully attract runners from around the globe, therefore promoting the county as a tourism, investment and sports hotspot. Mt. Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa, and with 40% of the mountain being in Meru, the county government is hoping to leverage on this and bring more tourists to the county.

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11 October 2019

Registration Opens for Film Tourism Festival

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The Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STTP), organisers of the inaugural International Tourism Film Festival-Africa (ITFFA), has opened registrations to attend the festival taking place in Cape Town and the Northern Cape from 20-24 November 2019. “As we have limited spaces available, we suggest that interested parties register as soon as possible or by 30 October at the latest,” says James Byrne, Executive Assistant to the ITFFA Festival Director.

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10 October 2019

New electric vehicle charging station benefits local businesses

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South Africa’s first electric vehicle road trip Africa (EVRT Africa) brought to the country by Generation.e, has launched a new electric vehicle charging station powered by ACDC Dynamics at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town, on 9 October 2019. Ben Pullen points out that one sector which will benefit is the tourism industry which is a large contributor to the economy of the country. “Launching charging stations at local hotels, such as the Vineyard, not only provides direct opportunities for their business, but also has a knock-on effect on the surrounding restaurants and tourist attractions that will benefit from an increase of thoroughfare in the area of those who are needing to charge an electric vehicle.”

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10 October 2019

Arsenal Defender David Luiz Expected in Rwanda

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Arsenal defender David Luiz is expected in the country on Thursday for a two-day visit. The visit is part of the 'Visit Rwanda' partnership between the Government of Rwanda and the English club. "I have heard wonderful things about the breath-taking beauty of Rwanda and its people, and I can't wait to experience the country and all it has to offer. Football has the amazing power to bring communities together and drive social change, and the Arsenal shirt has a unique ability to reach fans all over the world. I am very proud to represent Arsenal to help tell a global audience of Rwanda's modernisation into a luxury tourism destination, its amazing culture and its enthusiasm for football development," the Arsenal star said in a joint statement.

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09 October 2019

e-Visa pilot to start ahead of Festive Season, making travel easier to SA

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Starting November 2019, visitors to South Africa will be able to apply for visas online when the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) launches a pilot scheme for the e-visa system. This will make travel much easier for foreign tourists, as they will be able to apply for their travel documents from the comfort of their homes, which was especially problematic for visitors from India and China. South Africa has been rolling out much-needed reforms to its visa regime, including visa-free entry for residents of New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with visa waivers in the pipeline for Ghana, Cuba, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Visa requirements have also been simplified for China and India.

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09 October 2019

Elephants turn Mt Elgon Park caves into maternity units

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Deep in Mt Elgon National Park, on the Kenya-Uganda border, are five caves that elephants have turned into maternity wards. Elephants consider the caves a safe place to bring forth new ones because they are secure, have salt for them to lick, and there is plenty of food in their neighbourhood. The caves are protected by rangers. “The elephants are known to travel from the neighbouring Trans Nzoia County and Uganda to these caves, where they give birth and bring up their young ones,” said Mr Renson Makheti Wanyonyi, Bungoma County tourism executive.

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08 October 2019

This South African student is fighting animal poaching using wildlife photos

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It's a shocking image: A huge rhinoceros pinned to the ground while a grimacing man shreds a power saw through its horn, white shards shooting off in a blur of high speed. The photograph, taken by 20-year-old student Neville Kgaugelo Ngomane, shows the radical lengths that are now being taken to protect vulnerable rhinos from the poachers who hunt them down for their horns. Though it seems cruel, this is now a standard practice in some parts of Africa to keep rhinos alive. Robbed of the horns that fetch high prices in illegal trade, the rhinos will be left alone.

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08 October 2019

Chester Zoo celebrating birth of a baby bongo - Africa's rarest large mammal

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First-time mum, Safi, gave birth to the critically endangered eastern bongo calf on Wednesday, September 4, after a nine-month-long gestation. It is the first eastern bongo – the world’s largest forest-dwelling antelope - to be born at the zoo for more than 11 years. Zoo experts have hailed the female calf’s arrival as “incredibly important”, with latest estimates suggesting as few as 70 may now remain in its native East Africa.

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07 October 2019

South African Airways Announces Codeshare Expansion to New York with Air Seychelles

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South African Airways (SAA) is pleased to announce the expansion of the codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles (HM) to New York effective 1 November 2019. SAA will be the operating carrier on the Johannesburg (JNB) – New York (JFK) sector and Air Seychelles will be the marketing carrier. The codeshare flights will open for sale on 15 October 2019 and the effective date of travel will be from 1 November 2019.

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07 October 2019

Recovery and renewal: the return of wildlife tourism in Zimbabwe

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Nature tourism in Zimbabwe is undergoing a renaissance. In spite of recent political instability, a new landscape of luxury lodges and private concessions are offering affordable wildlife experiences, where the big five vastly outnumber humans. “They’re not running — this is a good sign,” remarks Scott, with a pleased nod, as these wandering grey mountains melt back into the bush. Until three years ago, this area — the Sapi Concession, in the far north of Zimbabwe — was a hunting ground, and, according to conservation manager Scott, the experience has left mental scars on much of the wildlife here, particularly the lions and elephants. But in 2016, the government leased the 463,000sq mile concession to eco-tourism operator Great Plains Conservation, which converted it into a private photographic reserve; a fine example of how the safari scene is evolving in Zimbabwe.

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04 October 2019

Tanzania: Kisarawe Introduces Ecotourism to Boost Economy

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Kisarawe District has put in place strategies to turn its abundant reserved forests into effective source of its income through introducing ecotourism to boost revenue collection. The district is home to popular forests of Kazimzumbwi and Pugu, which are near to Dar es Salaam city which has two main gateways: Dar es Salaam Port and Julius Nyerere International Airport. Kisarawe District Commissioner (DC), Jokate Mwegelo was upbeat that the two gateways would help the district receive many tourists. "We are going to make the forests part of tourism in our district, people will be coming for day trips, taking pictures of ecosystems... we have a huge opportunity for building recreational areas," Ms Mwegelo stated during an interview with the 'Daily News' recently.

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04 October 2019

The black rhinos surviving Damaraland’s drought

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Bashing along a basalt boulder-strewn track in Torra Conservancy in Namibia’s Damaraland, our guide cut the engine and whispered “rhino”. About 150 yards ahead was a large black rhino looking straight toward us. Because rhinos have poor eyesight it is most likely that she was listening to the sound of us approaching, but probably couldn’t see us well enough to know what we were. If the cow was aware of our presence, she didn’t show any concern and continued nibbling at the Euphorbia damarana bush in front of her. This bush survives well in the harsh, arid, rocky terrain and climate of Namibia’s Damaraland. It may be one reason why the desert-adapted rhinos of Damaraland appear to be surviving the three-year drought there better than other wildlife. Euphorbia is strongly drought resistant and exudes a thick, milky sap that is so toxic that it can kill browsing herbivores and has been used by San hunters as a poison for their arrows. Rhinos can eat it without ill-effects (as can desert-adapted gemsbok and kudu) and it helps them survive when other vegetation withers and dies.

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03 October 2019

700 new hotel restaurants and bars will be opened in Africa by 2025

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A new study forecasts that 700 new hotel restaurants and bars will be opened in Africa by 2025, in internationally branded hotels. The research involved 410 F&B venues across the 100 internationally branded hotels in the major 10 cities in Africa and W Hospitality Group’s hotel development pipeline report.“Over the last 70 years, the restaurant market internationally has been built on three factors; growing towns and cities, broad distribution of income and a growing middle class. When you take into account that the anticipated rate of urbanisation, expected across Africa, will outpace India and China in the next 25 years, Africa will become one of the world’s most vibrant dining scenes," said Stefan Breg, group strategy director of Keane.

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03 October 2019

Application for Membership - Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve

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Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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02 October 2019

A Journey Into the Rarely Seen World of Kenya's Wildlife Conservation Rangers

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The men and women on the front lines of wildlife conservation in Africa inhabit a world few outsiders truly understand. These brave rangers spend weeks at a time on foot patrols away from their families. living with only the most basic of comforts and facing threats from poachers and the very animals they have dedicated their lives to protecting.

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02 October 2019

Application for Membership - Zuri Zanzibar

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Zuri Zanzibar has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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01 October 2019

Inside The Duke of Sussex's efforts to preserve African parks

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In 2016 The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, flew over a forest reserve in southern Malawi called Mangochi. He was shocked by what he saw. Though the reserve borders one of the country’s most popular safari destinations, it looked badly deforested and neglected. People had started moving in past the park’s borders. “These communities are encroaching way beyond where they should be and this whole place is on fire,” he recalls thinking. Malawi, a sliver of a country tucked into the borders of Mozambique, Zambia, and Tanzania, straddles the environment of both southern and east Africa. The electricity-poor region is reliant on charcoal for energy and reportedly has the highest rate of deforestation in the region. As conservation groups begin to tackle this crisis, a royal effort hopes to exert enough pressure to keep the indigenous forests preserved.

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01 October 2019

Strategic Land Purchase Provides Vital Corridor to Save Wildlife in South Africa

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South Africa’s Soutpansberg mountain range has an extraordinary variety of important and unique habitat types. Resident species reflect that diversity, ranging from small endemic species to large, wide-ranging predators, like the Vulnerable Leopard. But wildlife poaching, agricultural expansion and sand-mining threaten the future of the region’s ecosystem. This week, Rainforest Trust’s local partner, The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), purchased a vital land parcel in South Africa’s Soutpansberg mountain range. The 3,298-acre property takes another important step towards connecting a network of reserves in this unique and biodiverse landscape. Besides purchasing land for conservation, this project engages local landowners in biodiversity stewardship to combat the poaching of leopards and other threatened species. The final goal is to declare the Soutpansberg Protected Area (SPA), covering over 60,000 acres of intact habitat.

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