Near-fatal buffa;p charge

Dereck and Beverly Joubert share intimate details of near-fatal buffalo charge

National Geographic explorer-in-residence, Dereck Joubert, has shared the gory and intimate details of a buffalo charge that nearly claimed the life of fellow explorer and wife, Beverly Joubert.

Just over a month after the incident took place on Friday, 3 March, in the Okavango-Delta in Botswana, the Jouberts shared an intimate account of it on their Big Cat Conservation Facebook page.

The incident resulted in Dereck’s having to coax his wife to consciousness several times due to a wound that missed a major artery in her neck by mere inches and almost damaged one eye.

Ironically,  it all came to pass on World Wildlife Day, the same day the award-winning South African documentary filmmaker Dereck celebrated his birthday.
Read more: 


Special Savings of $100.00 Per Person When Booked by May 15

SAA Vacations® has introduced the perfect package for that upcoming family getaway for those who have not yet made their summer travel plans. The “Family, Culture and Safari” package is designed to allow families the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich heritage and culture of South Africa, combining it with an adventurous game safari to view spectacular wildlife, including Africa’s Big 5. 

The “Family, Culture and Safari” air-inclusive package is offered from $4,799* (restrictions apply) per person for adults and $2,299* per person for children under 12 years of age (restrictions apply) .  A special saving of $100.00 per person is also being offered by SAA Vacations® for packages purchased by May 15, 2017.  This special offer can save a family of four $400.00 on their South Africa vacation.

The family vacations start with round-trip Economy Class air transportation from New York-JFK International Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport to Johannesburg, on South African Airways, the national carrier of South Africa and the continent’s most awarded airline.  Upon arrival in South Africa, travellers will enjoy 3 nights’ hotel accommodation at the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg and cultural tours of the World Heritage Cradle of Humankind, Lesedi Cultural Village, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum.  The itinerary then continues on to Sun City, one of South Africa’s premier family vacation destinations, for 2-nights’ accommodation at The Palace of the Lost City in Sun City, followed by 3-nights’ accommodation at Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, adjacent to South Africa’s malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park.  Days will be filled with safari game drives viewing wildlife and exploring the South African bush country.  Opportunities to relax, indulge in a spa treatment or participate in additional nature activities abound at this luxury retreat.

“For 2017, we have added some exciting new air-inclusive packages, with our latest offering,  the “Family, Culture and Safari” package,” said Terry von Guilleaume, president of SAA Vacations®.  “This package serves to build a great bonding experience for the family while combining educational and adventure experiences, as travelers learn about the rich history of South Africa and enjoy the amazing wildlife.  Memories of this unforgettable family vacation will be cherished forever..” 

SAA Vacations® – “Family, Culture and Safari” package includes:

Round-trip air transportation on award-winning South African Airways
Three nights’ accommodation at the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg with daily breakfast included
Full-day tour of The Cradle of Humankind and  Lesedi Cultural Village
Full-day “Journey to Freedom” tour of Soweto and the Apartheid Museum
Two nights’ accommodation at The Palace of the Lost City in Sun City with daily breakfast included
Three nights’ accommodations at the Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, with all meals included
Two safari game drives in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park
Round-trip airport transfers within South Africa
Destination meet and greet service by SAA Vacations® representatives.

The “Family, Culture and Safari” package is available for daily departure between April 01 &  August 31, 2017. Travelers are encouraged to contact SAA Vacations’® Africa Specialists at 1-855-FLY-SAAV or their professional travel consultant. Tailor-made itineraries are their forte and the team of Africa Specialists is standing by to assist them in creating the vacation of a lifetime.  For additional information on the, “Family, Culture and Safari” package, visit

*Terms & Conditions – Family, Culture, and Safari

Price is per person, based on double occupancy and limited to availability. The child price is applicable for children under 12 years of age.  Prices are valid as of March 20, 2017, for departures from New York (JFK) or Washington, DC (Dulles) between the dates of April 01 and August 31, 2017, \\. the same itinerary will be available at higher prices during other travel periods. The $100 per person discount is offered for packages purchased by May 15, 2017.  Other departure points and domestic flights within the U.S. can be booked. Prices for other departure cities and/or travel dates may vary.  They are subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings only, are not retroactive and may change without notice.  The package includes all government- and airline imposed taxes and fees. Baggage and optional service fees, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply.



New CEO for Seasons in Africa

Since he and his wife, Liesel, opened Knysna Hollow Country Estate in 1998, Clive Battell has been with the Seasons in Africa Team for 19 years. With their hands-on approach and personal service evident at all Seasons in Africa properties, Clive and Liesel developed Knysna Hollow into the lush, 90-room estate it is today.

Clive took on the additional role of Brand Manager for the six Hollow Hotels in 2013 and his appointment into the position of CEO of Seasons in Africa is an organic move, which will cement the unique and personal ethos of the Seasons in Africa brand further.

Liesel will take on additional responsibilities at Knysna Hollow and assume control of day-to-day operations at the hotel in the position of General Manager.  
Read More
Newe CEO

UNWTO-IIPT Global Summit now open for registration

The UNWTO – International Institute for Peace through Tourism Global Summit website is now open for registration.

 The official conference of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development will begin with the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening, September 17.  
The Opening ceremony will take place on Monday morning, 18 September and the conference will continue on Monday and Tuesday, 18 and 19 September, ending with a Gala dinner on Tuesday evening

The Summit will feature keynote addresses by World Leaders, Ministers of Tourism and Leaders of the Travel and Tourism industry. A series of concurrent sessions will also be held,  with leading professionals and practitioners presenting “Success Stories” and “Models of Best Practice” regarding sustainable tourism development and the role of tourism, culture and sport in fostering mutual understanding and peace, conflict resolution and healing wounds of Conflict.

Sunday, 17 September, will include a full-day “Educators Forum”, a full-day “Student/Youth Leadership Forum” and a meeting of the “IIPT Global Family”, followed by an Inter-faith service and the Start of the Official Conference of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development with a Welcome Reception on Sunday evening.
A series of “Special Events” are planned for 21 September – the Closing Day of the Summit and the UN International Day of Peace:
Read More
IIPTGlobal Conference

Mauritius: The best Africa destination you know almost nothing about

Magnificent Mauritius: If you knew more about this small island state, you’d already be planning a vacation.

Mauritius is a model of true democracy for every African country. It’s also one of Africa’s great destinations, located in the middle of the turquoise Indian Ocean and inhabited by a peaceful, multi-racial people. Mauritius boasts an old colonial capital, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of the oldest horse-racing tracks in the world and one of the world’s best botanical gardens

Covered in great golf courses, it offers myriad activities – water sports, mountain trekking, hunting, bird-watching etc.   .

The luxurious resorts pride themselves on their  three- and four-star hotels, which offer delicious food.  Last, but not least, visitors can enjoy the good night-life, beautiful beach bars and spectacular sightseeing.


Piper & Heath launches The Long Ride To Free Them

March 2017 – In partnership with Piper & Heath Travel, Wilderness Safaris will be sponsoring ‘The Long Ride to Free Them’ initiative, which will see lifelong environmentalist, Matt Meyer, cycle over 3 000 kilometres (2 000 miles) down the West Coast of the USA from 17 April to 17 June 2017, while towing a life-size fibreglass rhino to raise much-needed awareness and funds for rhino conservation. Read More…


Zambia Travel Expo set for April

The Zambia Travel and leisure Agency (ZTA) in partnership with the government from the republic of Zambia and the private sector would like to inform local and international industry partners of the 3rd Zambia Vacation Expo (ZATEX) that will be held from 26-28 April, 2017 at the Mulungushi Global Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. Read More

Ellerman House Welcomes New General Manager

Ellerman House is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Bruce-Brand  as new General Manager  of Ellerman House.  From the 1st of May, Paul will be taking over from Ella Cuyler  and aim to continue the enduring success of Ellerman House.
Paul Harris, Owner of Ellerman House says, “We carried out an extensive process to find the right person to take the hotel to even greater heights.  During her five-year tenure as General Manager, Ella polished the jewel, leaving a string of prestigious awards in her wake. She will be departing on an absolute high and we wish her well with her future endeavours.”
Read More 
Paul Bruce-Brand

Cape Verde Islands, overflowing with activities

The exotic volcanic archipelago on the northwest coast of Africa, the Cape Verde Islands, has experienced a significant tourism boost.

 According to the National Statistics Institute in Cape Verde, foreign visits to the archipelago increased by 13.6% during last year, the islands of Sal and Boa Vista being especially popular tourist spots.

This breathtaking island chain offers an intriguing combination of mountains, beaches and peaceful seaside villages. The climate is warm, with sunny skies year-round and temperatures varying between the mid-70’s in January and mid-80’s in September.
Cape Verde Islands

Best of Both Worlds Promotion at Marataba Trails Lodge

To our Partners in Travel

Acting on our guests’ and agents’ feedback regarding the Marataba Walking Trails Experience, we will include both walking and open-vehicle safaris in the daily schedule, with immediate effect . We believe this will offer the ‘Best of Both Worlds‘ in one of South Africa’s most remarkable reserves – walking in the morning, followed by a game drive and/ or Ms. Mara boat excursion in the afternoon.

It appears that many people are unaware of the ease of access into Marataba, with daily flights from/ to Johannesburg on Marataba’s Air Taxi. Marataba offers an Air Taxi Service in partnership with Angel Gabriel. The service operates from Grand Central Airport, with complimentary shuttles from/ to OR Tambo International and Lanseria Airports. Click here for comprehensive travel options. The Air Taxi can be booked through our reservations team.

As a drive to promote the convenience of the Marataba Air Taxi and raise awareness of the evolved Marataba Walking Trails Best of Both Worlds‘ experienceat the same time, we have put together a promotion to add \to the attraction of the deal.
From 04 April until 17 December 2017, guests who book three nights at Marataba Trails Lodge, will receive a complimentary one-way Marataba Air Taxi flight, or return road transfer.
Read More

Please contact our reservations team or your dedicated Sales Manager for bookings or enquiries. 
Best of both worlds 

aha Hotels Expands into Ethiopia

Gondar Hills Resort, owned by Jacaranda Tours, Ethiopia,  is to be managed exclusively by aha Hotels and Lodges and incorporated fully under the aha brand.

 The resort, situated in one of the Northern Historical Sites, holds remains of several royal castles, including those in Fasil Ghebbi (the Royal Enclosure- the remains of a fortress-city within Gondar).

This luxurious, eco-friendly development, with its modern stone-and-glass finish, which has been hailed as the first of its kind outside Addis Ababa, is set to invigorate the Ethiopian tourism sector with its special features and unprecedented service standards.

01 September 2017 is the anticipated launch date of the mountaintop property.   It  will feature 78 rooms, a restaurant, a  bar and a swimming-pool,  as well as conference and other facilities.
Read More
aha Hotels