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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

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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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The six principles of Fair Trade Tourism

Fair share
All participants involved in a tourism activity should get their fair share of the income, in direct proportion to their contribution to the activity.

 Fair say
All participants involved in a tourism activity should have the right and opportunity to participate in decisions that concern them.

Both host and visitor should have respect for human rights, culture and environment. This includes:

 Safe working conditions and practices

  • Protection of young workers?
  • Promoting gender equality
  • Understanding and tolerance of socio-cultural norms
  • Reducing consumption of water and energy, as well as reducing, reusing and recycling waste
  • Conservation of biodiversity and natural resources
  • HIV/AIDS awareness?

The services delivered to tourists should be reliable and consistent. Basic safety and security for both host and visitor should be ensured.

Tourism businesses should establish mechanisms of accountability? These include that:

 Ownership of tourism businesses must be clearly defined?

  • Employees and other participants should be able to access information that concerns them
  • Sharing of profits, benefits and losses must be transparent?

The tourism businesses should strive to be sustainable. This includes Increased knowledge through capacity-building

  • Improved use of available resources through networking and partnerships
  • Economic viability through responsible use of resources
  • Reduction of leakage through local purchasing and employment
  • Support to historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs

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Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti Offers The Big Five Family Safari

Share five – or more! – fun-filled days with those most special to you during a magical family safari vacation. With a day-by-day itinerary helping families discover the very best of the Serengeti, children will learn about the “big five” – the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhinoceros – during carefully designed, fun and engaging activities. Rise over the Serengeti Plains at sunrise for a spectacular hot-air balloon safari, discover the secrets of local cuisine with a family cooking class, and gaze out at passing wildlife from your room, suite or villa. Our Kijana Klub and Discovery Centre will even provide relaxed hangouts for children’s downtime at the Lodge. Meals, beverages and return transfers from Seronera Airstrip are also included.

Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
Beverages, including local beer, spirits and wines
Round-trip transfers between Seronera Airstrip and the Safari Lodge
Hot-air balloon safari
Two half-day game drives
Family cooking class
Standard Internet access
Laundry credit
Luxurious accommodations

Anabezi & Amanzi – Season Opening

The beautiful, abundant rains have come to an end, the park is looking lush and we welcome our staff back to camp. Anabezi is now open for guests and Amanzi opens on May 1st. The season has got off to a very wet start with the Chiwengwa and the Mushika still flowing from what has been one of the wettest seasons in years.

 Our builders have been hard at work at Anabezi, moving 5 tents to the opposite side of our Zambezi deck. All 12 tents are now river facing and a family unit has been added onto the tent closest to the Mushika deck. In answer to popular demand to accommodate for families, we have designed the perfect tent. The Anabezi family unit features a connected room with two single beds, outside shower and toilet, leading  off the private deck. Both Anabezi and Amanzi now have family suites.

 For the first time in more than a decade, there has been a positive siting of a cheetah in the Lower Zambezi National Park. What looked like a large male, was spotted behind Sausage Tree Camp. This is exciting, because it was thought that cheetah had died out in the park due to predator competition.  However, this recent development means there is a chance that a viable population is still present in the park!

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Kambaku Kubs Klub

Kambaku Safari Lodge intoduces Kambaku Kubs Children’s Program

Children participating in the Kambaku Kubs Program will receive a safari pack containing activity books, check-lists and various surprises to keep them busy during certain times of the day. The safari pack which includes the following supplies:
-Safari activity book that can go with on game drives
-Spoor guide for spoor identification
-Spoor casting kit
-Set of colored pencils
-A pencil and eraser
-A puzzle for the older kids
-A busy Sprogs pack for the little ones
-Additionally there is a box of activities for children to choose from, such as sand art, glitter and foil art, wooden brain puzzles, etc.

The Kambaku Kubs’ Ranger will to cover at least 5 activities with the children, ranging from a bush skills orientation to a master tracker course where the kids will have the opportunity to sit in the tracker’s seat at the front of the vehicle. The Kambaku Kubs course also covers tree and bush identification, spoor and dung identification as well as more hands-on activities such as a guided walking safari, bug collecting, show & tell, fabricating their very own bow & arrows, and more!

Children will receive a Kambaku Kubs Junior Ranger certificate with stickers for each activity they complete, signed by their Ranger.

Please contact us to find out more!

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SAA Vacations® Introduces Air-Inclusive Packages To Senegal & Ghana

Variety of Packages That Focus on the History and Culture of These West Africa Destinations

Fort Lauderdale, FL (May 2, 2017) –South African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations®) has expanded their portfolio of air-inclusive vacation packages with the introduction of new programs to Senegal and Ghana in West Africa. These multi-faceted packages are designed to immerse travelers in the history, culture, and traditions of these African countries to provide an enriching travel experience. From short city-stays in Dakar, Senegal and Accra, Ghana to longer itineraries throughout each country, these packages offer an extensive choice of accommodations, activities and sightseeing tours.

The city-stay packages to Dakar, Senegal or Accra, Ghana are offered from $1,799* (restrictions apply) per person and include round-trip Economy Class air transportation on South African Airways (SAA) from Washington Dulles International Airport, 2-nights hotel accommodations, and airport transfers. Optional activities and sightseeing tours are available to the top historical and cultural sites in each city. Longer stay packages with more extensive itineraries are offered in Senegal and Ghana, which include tours throughout the country to visit local wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.

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 in planning your West Africa vacation.

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SAA & Hawaiian Airlines Launch New Interline Partnership

Say “Aloha” to Seamless Connections Between Hawaii and Destinations Throughout Africa!  South African Airways and Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii’s largest and longest-serving carrier, announced today that they have established a new interline agreement, that provides new and convenient flight options for both SAA and Hawaiian customers traveling between the Hawaiian Islands and Southern Africa. With immediate effect, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel on flights of both carriers in one simple transaction and enjoy convenient connections via New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport between Hawaiian Airlines’ neighbor island network in Hawaii and over 75 destinations in Africa served by SAA.

This new partnership will offer increased convenience to customers by allowing travel on one single electronic ticket and through interline baggage transfer upon check-in with either SAA or Hawaiian Airlines in the U.S. or Southern Africa. New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport is a primary gateway for SAA in North America, with the only daily nonstop service to South Africa, so the new interline partnership with Hawaiian Airlines will provide convenient connections and a smooth travel experience for travelers during their entire journey.

“This new interline partnership enables SAA and Hawaiian Airlines to broaden their route networks to provide some of the fastest connections between Hawaii and destinations throughout Africa,” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president-the Americas for South African Airways. “Our mutual customers will enjoy the warm traditional South African and Hawaiian Island hospitality throughout their journey from two award-winning airlines.”

Free shuttle bus service to Bryanston Organic Market & Liliesleaf Farm

In a bid to attract more visitors to Johannesburg, increase tourism and create more job opportunities, Joburg Tourism, Bryanston Organic & Natural Market and the Liliesleaf Farm heritage site have jointly introduced a free shuttle bus service between selected Sandton hotels and the two prime tourist attractions in northern Johannesburg.

The service allows tourists to combine a visit to Liliesleaf Farm, (the African National Congress’s hide during struggle years), and an unforgettable shopping experience at a well-established market in a tranquil and leafy outdoor setting in Bryanston. Joburg Squirrel provides visitors with this hassle-free and reliable door-to-door service on Thursdays and Saturdays – catering for guests at hotels such as Maslow, Hilton, Radison Blu, Holiday Inn, Balalaika, Michelangelo, Da Vinci Suites and Sandton Sun. There are three pickups on each of the two days – at 9am, 10am and 1pm. Return trips take place at 12.15pm and 3pm.
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The tallest tree in Africa

 Africa’s tallest indigenous tree has been discovered in a remote valley, at the foot of the highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.

Last year, researchers exploring a remote valley on the mountain (two hours’ walk from Mrusunga Forest in Kidia ward, Moshi rural district), discovered the towering tree, which  reaches 81.5 metres into the sky and sets a new record for the tallest tree on the entire Continent of Africa.

Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA), one of the 16 national parks in the country, which fall under the Tanzania National Parka (TANAPA), is exploring strategies to maximise the tourist potential of the tall tree.
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