Singita Serengeti House

Singita Serengeti House – reopening June 2017

Singita Serengeti House embodies sophisticated safari living in one of Africa’s most iconic conservation areas.  The driving force behind Singita’s conservation work in the Serengeti is a 100-year purpose of preserving and protecting large areas of African wilderness for future generations and the success of these efforts means unrivaled wildlife sightings and high concentrations of game throughout the year.

Reopening in June 2017, this modern African home on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill offers uninterrupted views across the open plains of the Serengeti. Designed for exclusive use, there’s a sense of relaxed freedom for families or friends to enjoy shared experiences in nature at Serengeti House. Read More 

Proflight Durban

New Schedules & Routes for Proflight Zambia

Proflight will be offering direct connections between the South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi in both directions on a daily basis.   In 2018 they will also be operating daily direct flights between Livingstone and the Lower Zambezi, avoiding the traditional connections through Lusaka. These direct links will be helping to reduce travel times and improve convenience.  To make the Kafue more accessible,  there are also plans for 4 flights a week into Lufupa with extensions available to the Busanga Plains in the north and Chunga in the central area.

In related news, Proflight Zambia has launched a promotional 20 percent discount fare for travelers heading to Durban from June 25 to July 11 for the ‘Vodacom Durban July’ – Africa’s greatest horseracing event. Proflight has direct scheduled flights to Durban through its Lusaka – Durban route with Flights to and from Durban on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Read More

Tswalu Foundation

Tswalu Foundation Tracker Academy in the Kalahari

The Tracker Academy, supported by the Tswalu Foundation, has started a tracker training course at the Tswalu Kalahari Training Centre. The fundamental ambition is to restore indigenous knowledge in Africa. The aim of the training is to empower tracker graduates to become ambassadors for the African wildlife industry by bringing authenticity and accuracy to environmental education, wildlife protection, eco-tourism, monitoring and research. Read More

Casablanca's Marché Central

Casablanca’s Marché Central to be Renovated for Gourmet Dining,Tourism

Le Marché Central, located in the old city of Casablanca, will be renovated and converted into a gourmet dining and a tourist area. Directorate of Local Collectivities (DGCL) and the Regional Council of Casablanca-Settat region allocate MAD 15 million to this project, which has been piloted by Casablanca Patrimoine, an organization for local social development.  “The project’s main goal is to renovate Le Marché Central and turn it into a gourmet food market, meeting international standards,” Casablanca Patrimoine told Morocco World News. Read More

VFSL Main Area

Re-thatching Project at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

The main structure at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge will be re-thatched between June 1st and 15th, 2017.  We would like to reassure you that during this project your valued guests will experience the same high standards you have come to expect!

Regrettably, the MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, Buffalo Bar and swimming pool will be closed during this period. Victoria Falls Safari Club guests will receive the same exclusive extras and will remain unaffected by the re-thatching project.

The Boma Café will be serving the newly launched delightful breakfasts as well as lunches.  The Boma three-tiered swimming pool and playground will be available as usual. Dinner options will include a limited a la carte menu served on the deck at Victoria Falls Safari Club and a Bush Dinner situated nearby overlooking the waterhole at the Safari Club.

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show will be open to all customers offering a fun filled evening as always, and a courtesy shuttle will be provided to transfer guests around the resort as required.

RESERVATIONS – Tel: (+263) 13 43211-20  |  


Venn's Town

Third UNESCO World Heritage Site for Seychelles

Seychelles is set to have a third UNESCO World Heritage Site after it completes the final dossier for Venn’s Town, site of an old mission community’s ruins, a top research official said. The Principal Research Officer of the Seychelles National Heritage, Julianne Barra, said that work on the dossier to have Venn’s Town declared a United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) site started five years ago.  Read More


Pending TANAPA fee increase

The Tanzania government has announced intentions of raising the fees that lodges and permanent camps located within Tanzania’s National Parks pay each night to the government. Click Here

At the moment, there are a number of challenges to this move by hoteliers and tour operators to have this increase postponed until January 2018. However, indications are that the government intends on holding firm in its position and the implementation will be from 01 July 2017. 

The parks to be affected by this potential increase in levy are Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Gombe, Mahale, Katavi, Ruaha, Mikumi, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Saadani, Rubondo, Mkomazi, Udzungwa.


Ritz Carlton

Marriott to debut Ritz-Carlton in Zanzibar

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited, to debut The Ritz-Carlton brand in the exotic Zanzibar Archipelago, with the 90 room all-suite and villa resort to open in 2021. The Ritz-Carlton Zanzibar, located within a 45-minute drive from Zanzibar International Airport, will provide easy access to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town – the cultural heart of Zanzibar. Read More


Ostrich riding disappears after practice ruffles feathers

Two major ostrich farms in the Oudtshoorn area have stopped offering ostrich rides to tourists, responding to concerns from European clients and others about the birds’ welfare. A third farm is sticking with the feature, saying its regulations include tourist weight restrictions and that an ostrich does not experience discomfort while trotting with someone on its back for 10 seconds or so.

The debate is part of a wider discussion in Africa and beyond about whether it’s right for humans to interact with certain animals for entertainment or other purposes. Read More

Afraica's best

Africa’s Best and Brightest Revealed at the 2017 Innovation Awards

The Innovation Awards were designed to uncover the most inspiring, bold and unexpected achievements in African travel, from conservation and community projects through to high concept design and the individuals having a big impact on the scene. This year, two new categories, RISE AFRICA and SUPPORT AFRICA, recognized the efforts of up-and-coming African travel stars and progressive voices outside the continent. These are the Innovation Award winners for 2017

tourism for Travel Awards

WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2017

The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are aimed at recognizing best practice in sustainable tourism within the industry globally, based upon the principles of
environmentally friendly operations;
support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage;
and direct benefits to the social and economic well-being of local people in travel destinations around the world.

These annual awards are among the highest accolades in the industry and represent the gold standard in sustainable tourism.  Candidates can apply in one of five categories: Community Award, Destination Award, Environment Award, Innovation Award and People Award.

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