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27 August 2020

Zola Nene on celebrating South Africa in Unchartered Season 2

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The saying ‘If you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life’ rings true for South African chef Zola Nene. She is incredibly talented, warm and vivacious and this all translates into her unparalleled expertise as one of South Africa’s top chefs.

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27 August 2020

Tourism Coup As More Visitors Flock to Tanzania

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TANZANIA'S decision to reopen its skies is now paying dividends after the East African nation registered a record tourist's arrival since June 1 this year.

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26 August 2020

Namibia to reopen for international tourism from 01 September 2020!

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Namibia’s Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, has announced the implementation protocols for the country’s international tourism revival initiative. The initiative, which targets leisure travellers, will come into effect on 01 September 2020. It will be reviewed bi-weekly and amended if neccessary as implementation proceeds. The full implementation protocols are still to be released, but the Minister announced a few of the “pertinent requirements” during his announcement:

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26 August 2020

Four More Airports to Operate Under Level 2

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In addition to the 14 airports already permitted to operate, four more airports have been given the green light to resume operations, says Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

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25 August 2020

The Cabinet has approved the new conservation fee structure for National Parks and Game Parks!

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The Cabinet of Namibia has approved the request by the country’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MET) to introduce a conservation fee payable by visitors to Namibia’s National Parks and Game Parks. The conservation fee is to be charged to all visitors in addition to existing park entry fee.

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25 August 2020

Wildlands Conservation awarded R34m relief funding

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The Wildlands Conservation Trust in KwaZulu-Natal has been awarded $2 million (about R34 million) in emergency relief funding by the Wildlife Ranger Challenge, a non-profit fund raising initiative, to make up for the financial loss suffered as a result of COVID-19.

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24 August 2020

Scientists extract more eggs from last northern white rhinos

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Scientists have successfully harvested ten immature egg cells from the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. Najin and her daughter Fatu live in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, they are unable to carry calves and so egg extraction is needed. Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research had inseminated using IVF in the hopes of creating viable offspring to save the species.

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21 August 2020

GPS tracking helps identify threats to endangered vultures

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Between July and August 2020, 10 critically endangered African white-backed vultures have been discovered dead in four separate incidents in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

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21 August 2020

Lufthansa expands South Africa-Europe repatriation flight programme

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Lufthansa has expanded its repatriation programme to include further flights between Frankfurt and Johannesburg/Cape Town as well as biweekly flights between Zurich and Johannesburg by Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS).

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20 August 2020

Cape Town receives global Safe Travels stamp

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The Mother City has received a Safe Travels stamp, securing its place as a safe destination for travellers to visit. The stamp is the first of its kind and it indicates that a destination is safe to venture to in terms of its strict health and safety protocols.

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20 August 2020

Passengers From 130 Countries Exempted From Mandatory Quarantine When Entering Kenya

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Nairobi — Passengers of 130 states traveling to Kenya will be exempted from the mandatory 14-day Quarantine aimed. Released by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, the countries include all East African countries, with the exception of Tanzania.

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20 August 2020

Kubayi-Ngubane: SA tourism sector's road to recovery has now begun

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PRETORIA - CAPE TOWN - Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said that the coronavirus pandemic had devastated South Africa’s tourism industry.

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19 August 2020

Latest Birth On The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Of The Rhino Fund Uganda Brings Overall Number To 32

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Just over two weeks since the last birth of a rhino baby on the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary has the Rhino Fund Uganda reported the birth of another one little one, number 27 in the long line of this most successful breeding project.

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19 August 2020

Female rangers shine at Witzands Nature Reserve

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In light of Women’s Month, the City of Cape Town is showcasing the success of two female rangers, Khuselwa Mabuyane (32) and Cindy Adams (24). The pair work at the Witzands Aquifer Nature Reserve and have gone from strength to strength in their respective careers.

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18 August 2020

Africa Travel Week is set to launch their virtual Meetings & Masterclasses this September

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“After the 2020 edition of Africa Travel Week was postponed, we rolled out phase one of our strategy to enter the virtual space with the introduction of our online platform, Africa Travel Week Connect,” says Megan Oberholzer, Reed Exhibitions Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism & Creative Industries.

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18 August 2020

Wonders of Africa Project Unveils Teal Leaders After Launch

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The much awaited Wonders of Africa Project was last month launched during a zoom conference hosted by Ikechi Uko, as team leaders across Africa were also unveiled. The Wonders of Africa Project (WOA) among other aims is to get 3 million or more Africans to travel within Africa in the next 30 months and also grow tourism and travel business back to a prosperous level.

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17 August 2020

Five countries join forces to fight poaching

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The five partner countries of the Kavango Zambezi (Kaza) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA), including Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, are committed to working together to reduce poaching and illegal wildlife trade. They have recently launched an initiative to strengthen their partnership.

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17 August 2020

In Kenya, Maasai Entrepreneur Moves Conservancy Beyond Tourism Hit By Pandemic

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Nashulai Maasai Conservancy — As the coronavirus pandemic has dried up vital tourist dollars for Kenya's Maasai, one entrepreneur is finding ways to diversify sources of income for a community-run conservancy When Nelson Ole Reiyia first tried to get his Maasai community to plant kitchen gardens around their mud-and-thatch homesteads, clean up a nearby river and make honey, hardly anyone listened.

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17 August 2020

Tourism says it's ready to reopen safely as SA enters lockdown Level 2

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President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that South Africa would enter lockdown Level 2, and the country's tourism sector has indicated that it is ready to reopen safely.

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14 August 2020

AAVEA announces partnership with SA Tourism

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The African Association of Visitor Experiences and Attractions (AAVEA) is pleased to announce its new partnership with South African Tourism (SAT), the marketing agency for the Department of Tourism. SA Tourism will partner with the association for the organisation of its popular annual conference, which will be presented in a new virtual format this year, on 20 August 2020.

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14 August 2020

TourismRestart: Malawi to resume international flight services in September

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The Government of Malawi has announced the first week of September as the date for the resumption of international flight services to the southern African country.

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13 August 2020

How social are lions? Candid Animal Cam heads to the Savannah

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Camera traps bring you closer to the secretive natural world and are an important conservation tool to study wildlife. This week we’re meeting the only cats that live in groups: lions.

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13 August 2020

Global Body Gives Tourism in Tanzania the Safety Nod

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Dar es Salaam — The government expressed its optimism yesterday after a global endorsement of Tanzania as a destination that has implemented safety measures and precautions against Covid-19. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) gave Tanzania the "safe travels" nod, which the government said will now give travelers confidence to visit its rich and varied attractions.

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13 August 2020

Kruger opens some of its camps

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Kruger National Park (KNP) will partially open some of its camps for accommodation from Friday, 14 August 2020 in line with the Level 3 regulations on intra-provincial travel. The park's management said there the regulations would be strictly enforced, and travellers may only overnight in their province of residence.

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13 August 2020

Experience Africa, will return to London from 21 to 23 June 2021

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We are delighted to announce that Europe’s B2B travel show, focused on Africa, Experience Africa, will return to London from 21 to 23 June 2021.

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12 August 2020

We celebrate World Elephant Day

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To celebrate World Elephant Day on August 12, Akashinga: The Brave Ones, will air on National Geographic. Produced by Academy Award winner James Cameron and Directed by Maria Wilhelm, the film spotlighting an all-female team of rangers fighting elephant poaching in Zimbabwe.

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12 August 2020

Tourism Business Council of South Africa launches Covid-19 protocols safety app

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The new app will aid in the safe reopening of the industry by training business owners on the safe implementation of the Covid-19 tourism safety protocols.

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11 August 2020

Lions are less likely to attack cattle with eyes painted on their backsides

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The predation of livestock by carnivores, and the retaliatory killing of carnivores as a result, is a major global conservation challenge. Such human-wildlife conflicts are a key driver of large carnivore declines and the costs of coexistence are often disproportionately borne by rural communities in the global south.

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11 August 2020

We're developing risk management plans for tourism industry - Malawi's Tourism Minister

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The Government of Malawi is currently working on developing risk management plans for the tourism industry, which will ensure proper management of the current Coronavirus situation and future crises.

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11 August 2020

Leopard seal spotted on Robberg Beach

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A leopard seal was spotted on Robberg Beach in Plettenberg Bay making its way toward the surf. This is as rare a sighting as they come as their usual range are the chilly waters of the Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic islands.

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10 August 2020

Tourism Industry Seeks Sustainable Green Tourism Strategy

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Players in tourism are keen to invent new strategies to ensure sustainability of the lucrative industry amid calls the sector needed to move away from over-dependence on rain-fed water activities. There are fears some tourism activities would in the long run be affected by climate change, in the wake of erratic and delayed rainfall patterns, rising temperatures and human activities.

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10 August 2020

Baby rhino Kolisi dances for joy

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Kolisi is a white rhino orphan that was attacked by hyenas in 2019. He suffered extensive trauma to the bone and tendons in his hind foot.

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07 August 2020

Schroders unveils multi-asset offshore fund in South Africa

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Global asset management firm Schroders has launched an international fund for South African investors who want to access a multi-asset portfolio. The firm said the product will meet demand in the country for “quality” offshore multi-asset funds. The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA)-approved International Selection Fund Global Managed Growth fund is offering local clients “strong diversification benefits at a time when they need it most”. Schroders now has a total of 12 funds approved for distribution by FSCA.

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06 August 2020

Kenya unveils Health and Safety Protocols for MICE Sector

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Kenya has adopted the World Travel & Tourism Council health and hygiene global standardised protocols for its Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition (MICE) sector. This is a crucial step in the recovery process which ensures that safety and hygiene of travellers are the top priority.

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06 August 2020

South Africa prepares for the ultimate re-opening of tourism

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Inbound international travel might still be a way off for South African tourism, but at last there's light at the end of the tunnel. While the country remains very much in the grip of an unprecedented health crisis, things are slowly starting to change, and hope runs high in a country that relies on tourism for almost 3% of its GDP.

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06 August 2020

Tourism Season Unfolds in Style, As Major Flights Jet in

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THE new tourism season that was launched in June this year is unfolding in style as major airlines restart flights to and from Tanzania, bringing in a substantial number of tourists. Of latest, has been the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) that landed at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) with more than 177 tourists who are here to enjoy the country's abundant tourist attractions.

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05 August 2020

Tourism recovery plan gives sector hope

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The Department of Tourism has released their draft recovery plan for the tourism sector, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns. According to EWN, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa has welcomed the draft and said that recovery in their sector was expected in the next few months as a result.

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05 August 2020

Uganda Reports 2 New Gorilla Babies in Bwindi National Park

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Two new baby gorillas have been discovered in a Ugandan national park where a beloved primate named Rafiki was killed in June, a wildlife official announced Tuesday, saying the infants are part of a baby boom in the protected forest popular with tourists.

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04 August 2020

FCO Updates – 04 August 2020

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In the last 24 hours, the FCO has updated advice for the following countries.

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04 August 2020

Saved from poisoning, these rare African vultures take wing again

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Three critically endangered African white-backed vultures saved from poisoning last year have been released back into the wild in Zululand, South Africa. Those involved in local vulture conservation have welcomed the release as a crucial step to helping the species survive. The trio were saved from separate poisoning incidents that claimed the lives of 51 birds in total in northern KwaZulu-Natal province between October and December last year.

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04 August 2020

Rwandan airports reopen to travellers

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Rwandan airports on Saturday reopened to international travellers, more than four months after the East African nation suspended commercial passenger flights to mitigate the Covid-19 outbreak.

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03 August 2020

Africa marks sixty years of dedicated Chimpanzee research

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Jane Goodall marks sixty years of dedicated Chimpanzee research Tanzania and other regional member states of the East African community are marking sixty years of chimpanzee conservation, setting a new path for regional tourism development through visits to chimpanzee communities.

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03 August 2020

SANParks welcomes relaxation of regulations

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The South African National Parks (SANParks) has welcomed the announcement by the Tourism Minister on the relaxation of travel and leisure regulations.

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03 August 2020

Wildebeest migration captured in Maasai Mara

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Every year, more than a million wildebeest migrate between Tanzania and Kenya, along with other animals like zebra and antelope in search of greener pastures.

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