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Horsing Around In Africa

Kenya’s horseback heritage dates back to the first European explorers who ventured into the vast interior of East Africa. Nowadays equine safaris are a unique way to experience nature — enabling riders to get up close and personal with the wildlife without affecting behavior or intruding on their space. Imagine the exhilaration of riding alongside a herd of zebra on the open plains or quietly strolling past a family of grazing elephant.

Whether guests choose to ride for just one morning (as an alternative activity to a game drive) or set off on a week-long mobile equestrian safari, Cheli & Peacock can customize your ideal horseback experience using Kenya’s most experienced riding outfits. Our horseback safaris are supported by a team of grooms, chefs, waiters — and well-schooled horses — to ensure your maximum safety and comfort.

Morning rides generally begin at dawn, returning to the lodge or camp in time for a delicious breakfast. On our longer mobile horseback safaris (recommended for experienced riders only), guests are in the saddle between four to seven hours each day, covering distances of up to 30 miles depending on terrain, weather, and wildlife.

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Robben Island Museum thanks all who contributed to successful rescue

It is business as usual. The trips to Robben Island are continuing.

On Friday 15 September 2017, Thandi, one of Robben Island Museum’s (RIM) chartered passenger ferries, experienced trouble during its return trip to Cape Town. Once Port Control received the distress call from the ferry, Port Control immediately implemented emergency procedures, along with notifying the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) to get everyone back to shore safely.

“Due to the quick response and effective communication from all parties involved all 64 passengers and five crew members were returned safely to Cape Town. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the NSRI, ER24, V&A Waterfront, all other emergency services and the RIM team for their quick response to the scene and for a successful rescue operation,” says Mava Dava, CEO of RIM

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South African Airways Vacations® Introduces 2018 Collection Brochure

South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations®) launches its 2018 Collection brochure, featuring an expanded portfolio of affordable air-inclusive vacation packages to a variety of destinations throughout Southern and East Africa. The new 2018 brochure features a curated collection of the most popular value-packed vacation packages along with product information on South African Airways (SAA) and South African Airways Vacations®. Once again, SAA Vacations® is offering a digital version of the Collection brochure to make it easier and more efficient for both travel agents and consumers to explore options and book an African vacation of a lifetime.

For 2018, SAA Vacations® has introduced an array of 15 new hotels and safari lodges, nearly doubling their product offering to some of the most popular destinations throughout Africa. From trendy four and five- star hotels in cosmopolitan cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town to luxury safari lodges, where guests can experience the “Big Five” wildlife, the enhancement of the SAA Vacations® portfolio greatly increases travelers’ options of affordable air-inclusive luxury packages to Africa.

“SAA Vacations® offers exciting and varied itineraries to both Southern Africa and East Africa that are fully customizable to cater to both luxury and budget travelers,” said Terry von Guilleaume, president of South African Airways Vacations®. “We are excited to partner with some of Africa’s best hotels and lodges to bring spectacular packages for 2018. And with air-inclusive packages starting at just $1899, travel to Africa is more affordable than ever.”

The South African Airways Vacations® 2018 Collection brochure is available online. Travelers are encouraged to contact SAA Vacations’® Africa specialists at 1-855-FLY-SAAV or their professional travel consultant. For more information about our 2018 Collection visit: www.flysaavacations.com.


Delaire Graff Estate Construction Update

Polished and refined, DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE is a place where wine, food and panoramic views meet art and diamonds.

We revealed earlier this year that the jewel of the Cape Winelands was undergoing a face-lift and expanding their offering – but have you kept up to date with the progress? Don’t worry – we have, and here’s the summary.

6 LUXURY LODGES — located beneath the current 4 Luxury Lodges with the same generous proportions and elegant styling.
4 BEDROOM VILLA — on the slopes beyond the spa deck featuring a private pool, kitchen, expansive living spaces and 4 en-suite bedrooms complete with private terraces.

PEAK SEASON — no construction between 15 December and 9 January.
THE VIEWS — protected by temporary boarding obscuring the construction site from view and slightly interrupting the lower view of the Luxury Lodges.
NOISE? — some expected during day-time hours.
COMPLETION — expected to be in the second quarter of 2018.

WEEKDAYS — 07:30 – 18:00
SATURDAY — 08:00 – 13:00

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Siringit Serengeti Camp – In the heart of the Serengeti!

Siringit Serengeti Camp, which opened last month, is the latest addition to the portfolio of Intimate Camps properties.


The camp is located six kilometres East of Seronera Airstrip on a site originally selected to host a group of visitors from Yellow Stone National Park. Because of its convenient location, natural beauty and abundance of wildlife, this idyllic spot was gazetted as an official private campsite.


The camp has 8 accommodation tents and a 2-bedroom family tent. The entire camp enjoys 24 hour electricity from a state of the art solar system (with back-up generator). Piped hot and cold water are also available night and day throughout the property. All tents, including the lounge and dining tents, sit atop raised wooden platforms manufactured using sustainable teak timber from the Kilombero Valley in Southern Tanzania.


Tim Allen-Rowlandson has joined the Intimate Places team as General Manager of Siringit Serengeti Camp. Tim has 20 years’ experience managing properties for Hilton Hotels and The Elewana Collection. He is also the holder of a PhD in wildlife ecology and is a fountain of knowledge on both wildlife and the Serengeti environment.


Tim also heads the guiding team. Our guides have gone through extensive guide training and have many years of guiding experience.


As with Siringit Villa on the outskirts of Arusha, catering at the camp is sub-contracted to ‘Axel Janssens Signature Catering.’ Axel is generally considered to be the most exciting chef on the Northern Safari circuit and he and his highly trained team create exceptional culinary experience for all of our guests in both properties.

For additional information about Siringit Serengeti Camp, please contact our reservations team at reservations@intimate-places.com.


Four Seasons Safari Lodge Stay Longer – 4th Night Free

Nestled in the Central Serengeti for the best wildlife observation, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti ensures your peace of mind with strategic fencing and an expert security team of local Masai who are familiar with life in the Serengeti. Elevated wooden walkways keep you safely above the animals while providing a superior viewing perspective.


Three meals per day and beverages, including house wines, local beer and well spirits
Complimentary fourth night with every three consecutive paid nights
Laundry credit
Standard Internet access

All offers are subject to availability at time of reservation. Offers are not valid in conjunction with any other offer or contract and do not apply to groups. Rates are per room, per night, vary by arrival date and/or length of stay, and do not include applicable taxes, service charges, levies, resort fees or surcharges unless otherwise noted. Early departure fees may apply. Rates are subject to change. Taxes are controlled by the government and are subject to change without notice. Due to unique nature of the Safari Lodge, only guests aged two years and older are permitted to stay. Minors are required to share accommodation with an adult and must be accompanied at all times. Rates do not include national park fees, airport transfers or game drives unless otherwise stated.

A 4-night minimum stay is required.

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Festive Season Availability in Africa

There is still limited space this festive season at some of the properties within the Classic Portfolio collection of privately owned, unique experiences committed to sustainability.

Make sure your clients’ December holiday dreams come true – it’s still possible! Create the itinerary here…

AVAILABILITY ON 25 DECEMBER – book it whilst you can:

VICTORIA FALLS — THE RIVER CLUB, use the 3-NIGHT OFFER for best value (combine with TANDA TULA SAFARI CAMP which has availability until 22 December).

ZAMBIA — BILIMUNGWE & KAPAMBA have space on the big day, combinable with ZUNGULILA afterwards.

GORILLAS — celebrate in the Republic of Congo at ODZALA DISCOVERY CAMPS.

MOZAMBIQUE ISLANDS — festive sun at Azura QUILALEA and BENGUERRA is still possible!

TANZANIA — CHEM CHEM LODGE works over Christmas with GIBB’S FARM before and LITTLE CHEM CHEM after…..book quick!

KENYA — a whole I LOVE KENYA circuit can work with either ANGAMA MARA, SALA’S CAMP or GIRAFFE MANOR on the 25th December.

ZAMBIA — These South Luangwa BUSHCAMPS are open for Christmas: BILIMUNGWE (until 26th Dec), KAPAMBA & ZUNGULILA (both until 5th Jan ’18).
KRUGER — STAY 4 PAY 3 at TANDA TULA now also from 1 Nov – 15 Dec 2017.

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British Airways launches flights to Seychelles – March 2018

The Seychelles are to welcome British Airways back in March 2018.

British Airways has announced that it will be resuming scheduled flights to Seychelles as from March 2018.

The United Kingdom’s flag carrier, also one of the world’s leading scheduled international passenger airlines, will launch direct flights to Seychelles as of March 24, 2018.

British Airways will be resuming flights to Seychelles, after more than a decade of not flying to the Indian Ocean island destination. It will operate non-stop twice-weekly flights from the London Heathrow airport to Seychelles, from March to October, offering greater choice to sun-seeking holidaymakers.

The flights will depart from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on Wednesdays and Saturdays and will be operated by the airline’s newest fleet of aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The return flights to Heathrow will be on Thursdays and Sundays.

The British carrier says the route timetable is perfectly positioned for honeymooners and holidaymakers keen on extending their break in the Seychelles.

“The Seychelles is one of the most beautiful places on earth and we’re delighted to be adding this collection of islands to our extensive route network,” said British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, Sean Doyle.
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ITravelAfrica Visits California

Itravelafrica, Africa’s largest tour operator and DMC by footprint is hosting 3 seminars especially for APTA members and partners thru October in California.

For 144 years the Itravelafrica Group has developed a wealth of knowledge and an unsurpassed product range thru all major tourist and business destinations on the continent.

North American sales and marketing is serviced from New York giving real-time and expedient service to our US customer base.

The San Diego seminar takes place on Tuesday the 3rd of October 2017, the combined Orange County and Los Angeles seminar on Thursday the 5th of October 2017 and the Sacramento seminar on Tuesday the 10th of October 2017.

As with all Itravelafrica presentations, there will be fantastic giveaways.

Dennis Prystaylov our CMO will be in attendance with Gary Perlman our CEO and for further details please contact Dennis on Dennis@itravelafrica.com

Please visit us on www.itravelafrica.com

South African travel agents receive SAQA recognition

Travel agents in South Africa will soon be able to apply for the official designation of Travel Practitioner (TPrac), following the accreditation of the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) by the South African Qualifications Authority. SAQA has recognised ASATA as a professional body and registered the professional designation Travel Practitioner on the National Qualifications Framework.
By registering with the ASATA Professional Programme (APP), travel agents across South Africa will not only be able to update their professional profiles, including their qualifications, knowledge, skills, experience and continuous professional development, but also to submit for review by their line manager and ASATA in order to apply for the designation. 
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Ker & Downey Botswana successfully acquires a new camp, DINAKA, for the 2018 season

Dinaka, an exclusive private reserve, hugging the northern edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve,  is host to one of the most unique bio-diversities in Southern Africa. This ever-changing desert landscape gives refuge to the Kalahari lion, springbok, Oryx and brown hyena. The camp provides the perfect start or finish to any discerning traveller’s Botswana safari.

Guests are accommodated in seven spacious twin- and double-bedded safari tents. Each en-suite bathroom is equipped with both an indoor and outdoor shower, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. In this child-friendly camp, families are accommodated in a two-bedroomed tent, sharing a spacious en-suite bathroom – ideal for families. Dinaka’s tents are well spaced and raised up on wooden decks, providing the perfect vantage point over a permanent water hole. All areas of camp are connected by wooden walkways and therefore accessible by wheelchair  .

Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles. Afternoon game drives often continue into the evening. Our window seat guarantee ensures that there are no more than four guests per vehicle on game drives.
Alternatively, visitors may get more up-close and personal with nature, at the same time gaining some insight into the San Bushmen culture with guided bush walks.
Birdlife is particularly spectacular, as Dinaka is home to more than 200 different bird species, including the Kori Bustard and Crimson-Breasted Shrike, as well as a high concentration of Pale Chanting Goshawks.

The slightly more adventurous can spend the night beneath the vast Kalahari sky at the Dinaka Sleep-Out Deck. Year-round water holes provide spectacular photographic opportunities, either from the vehicle, on foot or one of several hides and an underground bunker – the perfect complement to a stay in the Okavango Delta, with an added hidden treasure!

Rates, packages, and online availability have been published. Contact africa@andreahugo.com for more information.


Air France resumes Kenya service

Super news out of Paris — Air France has announced that starting next spring (2018) the French national airline will resume flights to Kenya as the SkyTeam member serving the Paris CDG–Nairobi NBO route.

From 25th March, Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will operate the route three times a week. Reservations for these flights are already open:

AF814 Dept CDG @ 2050 hours. Arv NBO @ 0550 hours +1 (789 367)

AF815 Dept NBO @ 0900. Arv CDG@1630 hours (789 147)