10 years on... Who’d have thought it, that noisy northerner who opened his marketing and representation agency exactly a decade ago this month is still here, seemingly making more noise than ever. It was in Zambia in 2006 that my light-bulb moment occurred. Why not combine all of my passions – marketing, photography, wildlife and Africa travel – all into one amazing new role? Leaving my ad agency job, I was intent on making my mark on the safari business.
Kamili, since 2012, Kameric has been representing larger safari companies, whilst Kamageo works with national tourist boards. And we now publish our own mag that’s in your hands right now! Plus we’re planning bigger and better trade events as well as extending our marketing services, too.
First, the company needed a name. Ideally, an African name with a bit of meaning, but nothing too obvious. I sat with a Swahili phrasebook and a glass of vino, in search of a meaningful as well as nice sounding word. So stumbling upon the Swahili for “perfect”, my work was done. And Kamili was born.
In the industry, we’ve seen vibrant new start-ups like Yellow Zebra, Tracks Safaris, Sundowners and African Tailormade and sadly seen the sad and untimely departures of industry luminaries like Tim Best and Roger Diski. Positive changes in the business have included a growth in indigenous ownership of high-end safari companies and a reduced need for msungu lodge managers, as well as the timely demise of activities like ‘walking with lion cubs’; whilst we’ve also seen the trade show landscape irrevocably changed by Serge Dive with Pure and We Are Africa.
From day one, I was committed to building a brand, not an agency, with clients. Instead, I wanted to have recognised and accepted values, consistent not only in our marketing but in each of our partners too. But why a brand? Well, if the likes of Wilderness Safaris, Asilia or African Bush Camps opened a new property tomorrow, you’d have a good idea what it’d be like in terms of standards, size and look. Importantly, you’d probably put clients in there, knowing what they’d get, without the need for you to necessarily visit yourself beforehand. So why couldn’t I do the same for the smaller, independent guys who were too busy delivering the client experience to be doing their own marketing as well?
Encouragingly, interactions with local communities and conservation have become key ingredients for travellers as the growth of experiential travel not just uber-luxury has come to the fore. But meanwhile, lion and elephant numbers in particular are plummeting across the continent. So what of the next ten years? Will Africa still have its Big 5 in the wild? Will Brexit have boosted the British economy? Will ATR have created yet another industry leading website? Will Nigel still be at the helm at Atta? One thing is for sure. God willing, this northerner will still have plenty to say about it.
Initially, we had a distinctly three-star feel to our portfolio, but as the years have gone by, we’ve moved distinctly upmarket, but without betraying our roots. Value for money, remains at the core of what we’re all about.
Thanks for making the decade so enjoyable and here’s to the next ten years. All the best, Tim H
So what’s changed over those 10 years? Well, we’ve expanded from just me to 12 staff and three brands. In addition to 2
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Khwa i t ent e d cam p The Khwai Community concession is an area rich in wildlife. UK representative, Kirstine Vercoe, was lucky enough to see two separate sightings of leopards (one with cubs), a clan of hyena outside their den, and lions mating all within a 24 hour visit. Wildlife aside, guests staying at Camp also have the opportunity to visit the local village and see their community-led projects.
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Super Mums Marking Their Spot At Tuli One member of the Big Cat family is nearly a guaranteed sighting in The Northern Tuli Game Reserve. This is a result of several cheetah generations successfully raising large litters to adulthood.
Whilst it is common for cheetahs to have litters of 3-5 cubs, the youngsters are very vulnerable and there is usually a high mortality rate (up to 90%) within the first few months. So having had several cheetah mothers in the reserve raise three or more cubs to adulthood is fantastic news!
And these lovely bundles of fluff are new cheetah cubs that have been frequently spotted by the lodge recently. Both Mum and youngsters are very relaxed with game viewers so the next generation of Tuli cheetahs seems to have arrived! Tuli Safari Lodge is situated in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, just an hour’s flight or a straightforward drive from Joburg. This puts this special part of Botswana on the doorstep, therefore fitting well as part of a South African itinerary or as a standalone destination. Tuli has 10 elegant suites that are nestled into spacious green gardens, which are always a few degrees cooler than the surrounding reserve.
One female, called Mapula, managed to raise her very first litter of five cubs to adulthood in 2011, and this breeding success seems to run in the family as one female offspring went on to raise three cubs herself in her first litter last year. Having gained an impressive reputation as ‘Super Mums’, guides in the reserve are keeping track of cheetahs with an ID kit that was initially assembled by researchers based in the area a few years ago.
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Guests at Tuli Safari Lodge have been enjoying the antics of 4 sub-adults who will soon be ready to set off on their own … 5
Unearthing the wonders of Ethiopia Fam trip report Just ahead of my first trip to Ethiopia, I was asked “what is your favourite country in the world?” and having given my answer, I was advised to prepare myself to be changing it Ethiopia Fam trip very soon. Ethiopia is unlike anywhere else on the planet. A rich tapestry of culture, history and wildlife in a landscape that’s as breathtaking as it is varied. Where as much of sub-Saharan Africa travel is to encounter is remarkable fauna, Ethiopia not only has this (with unique species, to boot) but its awakens the senses with the tribes of the Omo Valley, the misty secrets of the Simien Mountains and the wonders of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Early this summer, seven UK Africa specialists headed out to Ethiopia with Kamili’s partner, Dinknesh Ethiopia Tours. They came from quite different tour operators – from highend tailormade to budget overland – so their differing views and opinions made for interesting discussion. Over two separate trips - one of 11 days in the South, the other 6 days in the North, they experienced the best that Ethiopia had to offer.
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Chris Morris (Into Africa), Sally Ells (Dragoman), Tessa van der Walt (Jacada Travel) and Sue Anstead (Specialist Africa), embarked on an 11day trip through the Southern circuit in Ethiopia. They enjoyed boat trips on Great Rift Valley Lakes, including the renowned ‘Crocodile Market’, on Lake Chamo, reputedly the world’s greatest concentration of crocodiles, surrounded by abundant water birds and hippos. This was after encountering the Ethiopian Wolf on the Sanetti Plateau and visiting the vibrant market, Dimeka, as well as the tribal homelands of the Tsemay and the Hamer. Extending their cultural journey, they travelled to numerous villages along the Omo River, meting the Karo, who with only 2000 people is Ethiopia’s smallest tribe, before heading eastwards to see the Dasenech people, famous for their body painting and scarification. Chris told us that “the famous Ethiopian wolves were surprisingly easy to spot and ironically, we saw one saw one of Africa’s rarer sights - a pack of African Wild dogs in Mago National Park.” Although luxury properties are few and far between, there are still plenty of clean, very comfortable and friendly accommodation options throughout Ethiopia. Sally of Dragoman praised Paradise Lodge (in Arba Minch) as boasting “amazing views of Lake Chamo and Lake Abaya”, whilst Sue described Bale Mountain Lodge as “ a simply beautiful property, and we were served excellent food”. The group also visited the Jupiter Hotel, Sabana Beach Resort, Haile Resort, Buska Lodge and Eco Omo. 7
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The Northern Circuit was visited Roxy Cox of Aardvark Safaris, Caroline Bayly from Classic Escapes and Richard Latham of Zeta Tours, experiencing Ethiopia’s religious buildings and picturesque landscapes. They set off on a 6 day trip exploring the historic regions of Gondar and Lalibela, along with the stunning scenery of the Simien Mountains.
Caroline Bayly described her favourite part of the trip as “An afternoon spent in the middle of over a hundred Gelada Baboons” She’d recommend two days in the Simien Mountains “to make the most of the baboons, the hikes and the birding.”
Axum is the start point for the country’s ancient historic route, but due to poor weather conditions, the group was unfortunately not able to make it up this far north. In fact, Dinknesh don’t ever recommend travelling to Axum during the months of July and August.
Roxy Cox was equally taken with the Geladas. “They’re an extraordinary sight, and there is something really captivating about being able to sit amongst these fine creatures observing their antics and general behaviour.”
They did however visit Lalibela, to witness the well-sculpted rock-hewn churches. Roxy went of to tell us, “Each church was so impressive, carved straight from the rocks, and you wonder how on earth these magnificent buildings were created without the machinery and modern day tools.”
These operators described Limalimo Lodge as the most topend accommodation they visited in Ethiopia. The property boasts beautiful panoramic views and a unique spot overlooking the Simien Mountains.
They stayed at the Goha Hotel in Gondar, which Roxy praised as being in a ‘great location to see the Churches’.
The group also visited the Jupiter Hotel, Mayleko Lodge, Mountain View Hotel, Golden Tulip Hotel and The Sheraton in Addis Ababa. 8
“The northern circuit is rich with culture and heritage, and at every turn there’s a building or a site that tells a story” Roxy Cox of Aardvark Safaris.
DINKNESH ETHIOPIA TOURS Upon their return, the operators were all brimming with praise for Dinknesh – for their knowledgeable guides, their close relationships with local properties and the overall professionalism of the company. Sue Anstead said “The tour itinerary ran like clockwork – despite people arriving on different days.” Chris Morris also emphasised his guide, Eyob’s English was “superb” and Roxy went on to say “His interest in the country and its history was infectious! He was clearly incredibly wellrespected across the country as everywhere we went, he was greeted so warmly.” Both groups thoroughly enjoyed traditional Ethiopian cuisine with Dinknesh on their last night, accompanied by traditional Ethiopian folkloric dances. Ethiopia is definitely a destination for the more seasoned Africa traveller. Make sure clients pack their walking shoes, a sense of adventure and prepare to be educated! And a tip from Kamili – don’t forget to try the Ethiopian coffee!!
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â€œThe tour ran like clockwork - despite people arriving on different daysâ€? Sue Anstead - Specialist Ethiopia
I s U ga n da t h e HOME OF a d r e n a li n f ue l l e d a dv e n t u r e? For many, with an appetite for adventure, Jinja - around two hours east of Kampala - proves the perfect base to indulge in a variety of high octane activities – from world-class white water-rafting and exhilarating bungee, to scary speedboat trips and fabulous quad-biking. We recently heard Jinja described as “Vic Falls, without the Falls” which does sum up many of the wide range of activities on offer, but somehow Jinja is the more vibrant and youthful in its feel. But Jinja is far from alone for delivering adventure in the Pearl of Africa. … The Rwenzori Mountains have permanently snow covered peaks reaching over 5100m, the Rwenzoris (or Mountains of the Moon) are one of East Africa’s most stunning hiking destinations. Unlike some of its more famous neighbours, like Kilimanjaro or Mount Kenya, the Rwenzoris see far fewer visitors. The higher areas should only be attempted by experienced climbers, but most treks stay below the snow line at 4500m which removes the likelihood of altitude sickness. Mount Elgon National Park sits on the Uganda / Kenya border, Elgon’s highest peak – Wagagai – reaches 4231m making it Africa’s 8th highest. It is not a difficult mountain to climb and whilst accessible year round, June to August and November to March are best. Several different trails are available of varying lengths, the most popular being a day’s hike to and from Sipi Falls with its impressive 99m drop.
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pa rt i ci pat e i n CHIM PANZEE HABITUATION i n t he forests of k iba l e We sent Keith Drew, Author at Rough Guides on the hunt for Chimpanzees in Uganda. He spent a day with rangers learning the chimpanzee habituation process in Kibale Forest National Park. “Wow, will you get to see the gorillas?” asked my envious colleagues when I told them I was going to be spending a week in Uganda researching a couple of articles for our website, roughguides.com.
Bosco, our guide. Within minutes, we could hear the crashing of branches overhead and the whooping and hollering that comes with a troop of twenty chimpanzees swinging through the treetops.
Well, yes, I would. But I would also get to see the chimpanzees of Kibale, an experience that is going to prove hard to better as one of the most incredible wildlife encounters of my life.
We followed them as they moved through the forest, dodging discarded half-eaten figs and the occasional Number Two that hit the forest floor with a thud. They leapt from tree to tree. They played. They rested. We were joined for an hour by other tourists, who were taking part in the much shorter Primate Walk. The chimps dozed. The other tourists left.
A beautiful swathe of thick equatorial rainforest, Kibale National Park boasts the highest concentration of primates in all of Africa. Its thirteen species include black-and-white colobus monkeys – looking rather wizened with their snowy “beards” – red-tailed monkeys and impish grey-cheeked mangabeys. But everyone’s here for the chimpanzees.
Then, as the midday heat started burning through the upper branches, the chimps descended, sliding down vines and striding right past us. At ground level, the hierarchy amongst the group was obvious, and it was fascinating seeing the power-struggle play out between Magezi, the ageing dominant male, and Totie, his increasingly confident challenger. We watched as the younger males obediently followed Totie, and as they gathered to studiously groom him just a few metres away. At one point, Totie started making a drawnout melancholy whine – a sign, according to Bosco, that he was about to “demonstrate”. And sure enough the great ape sauntered towards a nearby fig tree and pummelled its buttress roots with such force that the ground around us shook.
With the muted purple light of dawn creeping through the canopy, we set off into the forest on our day-long Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, just me, my four fellow tourists and
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li ttle pea r l s of uga n da ziwa rhino & wildlife ranch Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch, located in the Nakasongola district is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda (which therefore officially makes the country a Big 5 location!) The Rhino re-introduction project is a joint venture between Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority. Located less than 200km north of Kampala on the road to Murchison Falls, the sanctuary is home to fifteen southern white rhinos. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists for rhino trekking, bird watching and nature walks.
Rwakobo Rock Lodge This eco-friendly family-run 3-star lodge is nestled on a granite outcrop with expansive views across Lake Mburo NP and the Ankole ranch lands. Environmental and social responsibility are core principles for owners Chris and Katherine Roberts, so they use 100% solar, using solar water heaters and fridges and are fully reliant on rainwater. They support the community programme - the school has a rainwater collection system, a 10,000 litre tank and a new playground. Rwakobo has 8 comfortable cottages which enjoy elevated views of the park below.
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla lodge Aka Nkuringo Gorilla Camp is an award winning property that provides affordable accommodation and is a sister company to Nkuringo Walking Safaris.
Brovad Sands Lodge Despite numerous visits to Uganda over the last decade, we knew little of the Ssesse Islands which boast white sand beaches on the waters of Lake Victoria. Brovad Sands Lodge has 13 private cottages on the charming island of Bugala, each with views across either the lodge’s beautiful gardens or onto the lake itself. Meet Farouk from Brovad on the Uganda Roadshow (see page 24) or at WTM.
Mahogany Springs After The Huffington Post named Uganda the world’s second most “Unforgettable Honeymoon Destination” and chose Mahogany Springs as “The place to stay”, it seemed only right to build a specific honeymoon suite! It’s a stunning new room with an extra-large bed, a bathtub in addition to the open terracotta shower and lots of small details to make your clients’ stay extra special. Meet them on the Uganda Roadshow (see page 24).
The Lodge has four intimately hand crafted en-suite cottages, six beautiful ensuite Virunga Terrace rooms and a Family cottage with the most amazing view of the Forest that sleeps up-to 5. Meet the dynamic owner, Lydia Nandudu on the Uganda Roadshow or at WTM
Ev en non- b ir der s s eem TO LOVE bi rd in g in U ga n da It’s an odd comment to make, we know, but we think the birds of Uganda make for such an entertaining spectacle that even those less keen on our feathered-friends find the whole experience enjoyable and that it adds to their overall Uganda trip. It’s an odd comment to make, we know, but we think the birds of Uganda make for such an entertaining spectacle that even those less keen on our feathered-friends find the whole experience enjoyable and that it adds to their overall Uganda trip. Uganda is arguably Africa’s richest birding destination, with an impressive 1063 species identified across the country’s varied environments. Each of the country’s ten national parks hosts an impressive list of both residents and visitors, with most life-lists capable of being increased by 100 or more species in each. Mega-ticks (the fraternity’s name for a prized sighting) include Shoebill Storks, Rwenzori and Great Blue Turacos, Green-breasted Pittas, African Finfoots and African Green Broadbills. But then for the less twitchy amongst us, there are the numerous species of colourful kingfishers, weavers, sunbirds, along with the national bird of Uganda - the crowned crane, that fill the gaps between the sightings of gorillas, chimps and the Big 5 that make a Ugandan safari all the more enjoyable.
For the enthusiast, Uganda’s diverse environments from the snowcapped Rwenzoris, to the Albertine Rift Valley, from the montane forests of the Virunga mountains to the desert plains in Kidepo – all provide outstanding and varied birding. But because Uganda’s species are visible, varied and colourful enough, they excite even the most “occasional” birdwatcher and add enjoyment to a more general safari. Most Ugandan guides have a good knowledge of the country’s avian attractions, but for the enthusiast, many of Uganda’s DMCs are able to access excellent birding guides on behalf of your clients. But there is also a select set of true birding specialist operators who offer exceptional trips focused on this popular activity. For more information on birding in Uganda, do contact email@example.com. Whilst we’d never claim to be birding experts, we can certainly put you in touch with Uganda specialists who are. Note, there will be a birding focused fam trip to Uganda in early 2017. Register your interest now.
tr a ppe d in pa r a dise The chimps of Kyambura
The 5-mile Kyambura Gorge lies in the Rift Valley, to the east of the Mweya Peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National Park and plays home to just over 20 chimpanzees. Whilst it contains a deep and ancient forest, the gorge has been separated from other forested areas for over two decades, effectively imprisoning the resident chimpanzees.
With just 5 females of breeding age and an average of only one baby every five years, the communityâ€™s growth potential is extremely limited. So the birth of every chimpanzee is greeted with great excitement and trepidation amongst Kyamburaâ€™s researchers, in the hope that a female will be born.
With two further chimp-inhabited forests within 7 miles to the south-west and south-east, it is less obvious to see that the chimps in Kyambura are under any particular threat, but sadly the two routes are frought with danger. Whilst they are only a dayâ€™s walk away, one route passes through highly cultivated land populated by humans, whilst the other enters lion territory. Whilst older male chimps might stand some chance in a lion encounter, younger females (those most likely to leave the gorge, in search of a mate from a new gene pool) would easily fall prey to lions.
It would take twenty years for a forest planted by man to bridge the gap between Kyambura and either Maramagambo or Kalinzu, but this has to be a topic high on the agenda if the chimps of Kyambura are to survive. In the meantime, the chimps are fully habituated to humans and clients are able to enter the steep-sided gorge to trek to encounter these incredible primates. The trekking is tougher than elsewhere in Uganda, but the story behind the chimps makes this a very special place and well worth the extra effort.
“ Why did the lion climb the tree?” It sounds like an updated version of the chicken and the road anecdotes, but this really is the most asked question in the Ishasha sector of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park The Ishasha Sector runs south from Lake Edward along the Congo border and is most famously home to a sizeable population of “tree-climbing lions” who clamber up into their favourite fig trees for all to (hopefully) see. So why do they do it? Well, there are, as you’d imagine, numerous suggestions as to why these top predators take to the trees. Some say it is to escape the heat of the middle of the day, whilst the most popular theory is that it was an attempt to escape biting insects like tsetses, who were once far more prevalent in the park than they are today, so the lions have simply got into the habit of being arboreal. So woe-betides any unsuspecting antelope that wanders underneath, or any human who takes to the tree to evade a charging lioness. This unusual behaviour adds to the charm of this less visited park, which is often viewed by tourists simply en route between the more popular Mweya sector of QENP and the gorilla trekking start-points in the Bwindi forest. There is generally good and varied game in Ishasha and pleasingly it retains a “less visited” wilderness feel. Clients will encounter few other vehicles whilst in the park, which in itself can justify spending a night or two here, especially as there are a couple of properties well worth knowing about. For more info on Ishasha, be sure to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thanks to radio-tracking collars that the rangers use to monitor and research the lions, a siting is guaranteed. Vehicles are able to go off-track and get up-close to these magnificent animals, making it an experience not to pass up whilst visiting QENP. Clients are also able to visit the local communities surrounding the park and be involved in their cultural activities in support of wildlife conservation. “It was such a fantastic experience to be able to work with the Uganda Carnivore team, tracking lions, going off the usual park roads, and learning about the flora and fauna of the park as a whole.” - Sarah Gilbert, Journalist
Based in Queen Elizabeth National Park the Uganda Carnivore Program (UCP) is an organisation devoted to the research and conservation of Uganda’s large carnivores.
This is a unique opportunity to join the park rangers on a research outing and use radio tracking to keep tabs on this fascinating population of lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Due to the limited nature of the experience, bookings must be made in advance through Mweya Safari Lodge. 20
take to the skies ab oVE MWEYA on a hot air balloon s afari Flights are USD $380 per person and can be booked through Mweya Safari Lodge or direct at www.ugandaballoonsafari.com.
Experience unparalleled panoramic views of Queen Elizabeth National Park, on a hot air balloon safari. Wake up early to catch the sunrise and admire the herds of buffaloes and elephants, waterbuck and hyena and not forgetting Africa’s big cats! Fly high above the trees and hills to enjoy the serene tranquility of the African bush from the morning sky. Ugandan based Balloon Tours Ltd. offer an alternative activity for Safari enthusiasts. With over 10 years experience they work only with professional, well-trained pilots that have a minimum of 1,000 hours flying hot air balloons. The company has one balloon that can accommodate 16 people and will soon be launching a second balloon, which can carry up to 24 people, and has teamed up with Mweya Safari Lodge which provides a sumptuous bush breakfast for clients to enjoy on landing. So jump on board for 1 hour exploring Queen Elizabeth National Park with a birds eye view, capturing every aspect of its magnificent flora and fauna.
s a ddle up fo r s a fa r is in la k e m b uro Exhilarating horse safaris are available in Lake Mburo NP from Mihingo Lodge, a stylish 12-room property, set overlooking this pretty national park. Ralph and Suni, the owners of Mihingo Lodge, explained, “If you are very lucky you may see eland and buffalo, but you will nearly always see a mixture of warthog, topi, impala, duiker, bushbuck, waterbuck and zebra”. Mihingo Lodge has been operating horse safaris inside the national park since 2009, with the most exhilarating ride (ideal for more experienced riders) being a 4 to 5 hour ride which reaches the grassy Warukiri hills in the middle of the park. From high on the Warukiri ridge there are stunning 360 degree views onto 9 of the 12 lakes surrounding Lake Mburo National Park. Mihingo also offers overnight horse trails, staying in a fly camp either on the shores of Lake Mburo or on top of one of Lake Mburo’s many hills, so clients can enjoy spending the night under the stars in the middle of the Park. For more information, contact your DMC or see www.mihingo-lodge.com 21
fa m tr ip s How up to date is your Uganda knowledge? Why not take our quick quiz to test whether you need to visit >>> Where is Bakers’ Lodge? Name the three most popular places to see habituated chimps What’s the price of a gorilla permit in low season? Which town hosts Uganda’s whitewater rafting?
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Which national park is in Uganda’s north east? Which bird is the national symbol of Uganda?
If you can confidently answer these questions (answers below*) and you’ve been to Uganda in the last 3 years, then we’d say you’re pretty much up to speed…but if not, why not talk to us about a UTB funded fam trip. You’ll have to pay your own international flights, but then the rest is on us…including gorilla and chimp permits.
If press coverage is a measure of a destination’s appeal, then Uganda is undoubtedly Africa’s hottest spot right now.
Uganda has also significantly increased its tourism offering – activities like mountain trekking, specialist birding tours and religious tours, so there’s plenty of newness to unearth.
In ‘Wanderlust’, Sarah Gilbert wrote 9 pages about her experiences in Bwindi; in ‘Journeys’, there’s a 5-page article by Emma Gregg, which highlights the plight of the chimps in Kyambura; whilst in ‘Travel Africa’, editor Laura GriffithsJones reflects on her chimpanzee encounters in Kibale. Meanwhile, Keith Drew from Rough Guides wrote about chimpanzee habituation in Kibale for its online site and was so impressed with Uganda that he is now working on the publisher’s first guide to the country.
We’ve 10-day trips leaving in December, January, February, March and April. Mainly visiting the main tourist circuit (Murchison, Kibale, QENP, Bwindi, Mburo) there are also trips to more off-the-beaten track locations or specialists like Semliki, Kidepo, Mount Elgon and/or Rwenzoris etc
With BBC Wildlife, NatGeo Traveller, Lonely Planet, the FT, Telegraph and Sunday Times all lining up further trips later this year, it’s clear that Uganda is grabbing all the right headlines.
We’ve limited places, so let us have your details and preferred dates asap and we’ll be in touch.
Talk to our PR Director, Adele Cutler or new PR Assistant, Bex Knight about any PR ideas you may have regarding Uganda.
Email email@example.com *(Murchison Falls NP; Kibale, Kyambura and Semliki; $350; Jinja; Kidepo; Crowned Crane) 22
24 h ou r s in en teb b e... Entebbe international airport is the entry point into Uganda. A short drive from Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, Entebbe is an up and coming area with lots of accommodation options and things to do. Hugging the shores of Africa’s second largest Lake, Victoria, this town offers a wealth of things to do whether it’s a stopover or a place to relax for a day or so on arrival or before your departure in Uganda. Newly back from Uganda, we asked journalist Sarah Gilbert to give us her thoughts on ideal things to do whilst in Entebbe.
Continental options in its restaurant - just a stone’s throw from the airport. Her table was on the terrace, which offered a great lake view. Sarah opted for one of the tandoori style dishes but insisted visitors save room for one of the famous desserts.
Entebbe international airport is the entry point into Uganda, so visitors often find themselves with time to kill in this fastgrowing town. One to two hour’s drive out of Kampala, Entebbe is an up and coming area with lots of accommodation options and things to do.
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Hugging the shores of Africa’s second largest Lake, Victoria, this town offers a wealth of things to do whether it’s a stopover or a place to relax for a day or so on arrival or before your departure from Uganda.
Sarah stayed at Boma Guesthouse, set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb just a few minutes drive from the airport. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere was supplemented by a private swimming pool, and Sarah hired a bike for short trips around Entebbe and to the botanical gardens.
Botanical Gardens Sarah felt that these huge gardens were perfect for leisurely walks along pathways through a huge variety of vegetation from pristine gardens, dense forests to abundant flowers and along the shores of lake Victoria. Along the way you can spot plenty of monkeys including black and white Colobus and over 115 species of birds. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary Although she didn’t get chance to do it for herself, Sarah had been keen to take the 45 minute boat ride to Ngamba Island, home to 49 orphaned chimps rescued from throughout Uganda. Here you can closely observe and interact with these fascinating great apes in quite a unique setting. The Island provides an excellent secondary forest habitat for the chimps and other wildlife including fruit bats, fish eagles, otters and monitor lizards. You can book tickets and transport on firstname.lastname@example.org Wildlife Education Centre Sarah enjoyed her visit to the WEC, describing it as not a zoo as such, nor a safari park, but as a centre where you can learn about the animals of Uganda and the ecosystems in which they live. Visitors are able to observe some of Uganda’s most exciting indigenous species here too including chimpanzees, shoebill and several monkey species. Where to go: Sarah visited Faze 3 restaurant, the younger sister of much talked about Faze 2 in Kampala. She enjoyed its Indian specialities, but noted that it also offered British and 23
Here’s the chance to meet with more than 20 of Uganda’s top properties, from across almost every major tourist location in the country including Bwindi, Mgahinga, Kibale, QENP, Entebbe, Semliki and Kidepo Plus we’ve five different DMC’s allowing you to meet with local partners to coordinate your clients’ trips
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A : A surprisingly comfortable wooden pillow B : A dainty finger piano C : Taboo figure to ward off evil spirits. D : Lip plate used by Mursi tribe in Ethiopia
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Can you name or explain the use of each of these artefacts, collected by Kamili on our African travels? Answers below.
Whilst research shows that Madagascar is a much-sought after destination, few UK operators are capitalising. In 2016, we undertook a major research and audit programme, closely monitoring which African destinations were being offered by which UK specialist tour operators. Less than 50% of you currently promote Madagascar on your websites and few offer it as a lead-in destination. This is despite the popularity and appeal of the island continent amongst travellers. We sought the views of “seasoned travellers” (the criteria being that they’d either visited Africa once or had been on a long-haul wildlife orientated trip before). When offered fifteen African countries to choose from and asked to select their favourite three, guess which came out on top. Yes, you guessed, it. Madagascar.
Why not chat to Hely from ICTours at WTM (or contact Kamili for information). As a native Malagasy, she knows her country really well, whilst her European education ensures she understands international standards and requirements. ICTours has a strong customer base in the UK as they provide excellent ground handling and DMC services.
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A new luxury Luangwa camp for 2017 from Kafunta Opening to safari enthusiasts on the 25th May 2017, Kafunta’s new tented venture takes ‘bush camp’ to a whole new level. Three Rivers is a seasonal camp, and like sister property Island Bush Camp, Three Rivers will focus on walking safaris, but still offer game drives in this game rich area. As the name suggests, Three Rivers Camp will be located at the confluence of the Luangwa, Luzangazi and Kapamba Rivers. The new location is between Kafunta River Lodge and Island Bush Camp, and is 7 km up-river from Island Bush Camp, making it the perfect distance for a morning walk. This area of the Luangwa Valley borders the South Luangwa National Park on two sides. The area features open lagoons and is teeming with wildlife, being particularly noted for the number of big cats. Three Rivers Camp is the only safari operation in the area so clients are privileged with a private safari experience. The camp accommodation will be five luxury en-suite tents. All will be stylish yet earthy, with a hint of contemporary and boast their own deck, raised on a high platform. Their main feature will be a sleepout deck directly next to the tent, where guests can sleep out under the stars, enjoying superb views of either the river or the lagoon. 28
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Waterberry Lodge, resting on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, has a new website www.waterberrylodge.com is a one-stop shop for all of the property’s latest pictures, news, activities, rates, community projects and lodge updates, so the easy to navigate site is packed full of useful information.
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Waterberry Lodge boasts a secluded position on the river just 35 minutes from Livingstone, but far away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. The small, friendly, informal lodge is famous for its staff, food, gardens and tranquil riverbank setting. Waterberry’s seven cottages are set around sweeping gardens and lawns – some on the riverbank, some overlooking the private lake with its beautiful birdlife. A range of over twenty in-house and external activities are on offer including; swimming in Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls, a Game Walk to see white rhino close up in Mosi Oa Tunya Park and a sunset cruise on the Zambezi.
Located just a couple of hundred metres along the river, sister property River Farmhouse also has a brand new website. Find out more by visiting www.riverfarmhouse.com
The lodge is the perfect base for visiting the Falls and enjoying the wide range of activities around Livingstone before heading off to explore Zambia. It is also within easy reach of neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
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Waterberryâ€™s gone wild for wildlife. Back in issue 27 we revealed that Waterberry Zambezi Lodge was expecting some new faces in their grounds. And now, after months of planning, Waterberry has received ZAWA clearance to add game to the small conservation area surrounding the lodge.
will continue as they move onto building a school upriver from Waterberry. See the next edition of Safari Magazine for more updates!
A herd of Impala are the first new residents to call the lodge home. They are pleasingly proving to be comfortable around guests, even venturing into the lodge gardens. Waterberry is inordinately proud of its gardens that are a little green oasis, even during the dry season. Originally criss-crossed by paths, with numerous snares, the conservation area was grazed almost bare by wandering village cattle. The lodge has seen duiker, bushbuck and a variety of small cats, but they wanted somewhere safer for more game and for the abundant birdlife gathered in the areas riverine woodland. As a result, Waterberry has built a new, easier road for the villagers, fenced off the conservation area surrounding the lodge, followed by a fingertip search for snares and the digging of a waterhole. The next addition will be ostrich and zebra â€“ and the extra jobs created locally for the fence builders
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C onservat i on in Kaf u e s aves Konk amoya’ s Che etahs In 2015’s dry season (April to October) Konkamoya Lodge, in Kafue National Park, Zambia, was blessed with the presence of a family of five cheetahs. This September, due to the lodge’s close links with the Zambian Carnivore Project, Konkamoya’s guides were able to identify that the same Cheetah family had returned. A mother with her four cubs: three males and one female, has chosen to stay on the lakeshore, near to the lodge. This is a perfect environment for them, with wide lowlands and plenty of antelopes to hunt. Konkamoya works with Kim Young (from the project) who checked their spots to positivly identify them. The Carnivore Project was launched in 2014 by Panthera, an organisation devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 38 wild cat species and their ecosystems. Their scientists identify cheetah population sizes, corridors connecting these populations and the gravest threats facing various species. Panthera is also supporting and expanding, existing anti-poaching initiatives and working with the local community to ease the problems Big Cats cause in villages. Kafue National Park is an important sanctuary for some of Africa’s most threatened species. Small camps like Konkamoya can have a tremendously positive impact on conservation efforts. Andrea Porro, Konkamoya’s owner and Honorary Zambian Wildlife Police Officer, explained, “Konkamoya is the only lodge on the Itezhi Tezhi Lake, a huge territory in the southern sector of the park. We know that our presence can make a difference to protecting the environment by assisting the park authorities in anti-poaching, as well as intelligence and ecological research. We are so happy that our family of cheetahs is back at the lodge and we hope to see them around for a long time!”
Bringing a Taste of Italy to Safari Konkamoya prides itself on cooking mouthwatering Italian cuisine, fresh from a traditional, underground oven. Andrea, Konkamoyaâ€™s owner, is originally from Milan and his passion for wildlife and photography brought him to Kafue. Since 2010, he has actively contributed to the development of the camp, living between Milan and Konkamoya, managing the lodge in the high season and the marketing in the low season. For the ultimate safari experience, with a tempting Italian twist, Konkamoya has put tagliatelle, pizza, focaccia and tiramisu on the menu. Clients can enjoy the feel of a traditional Italian restaurant, boasting wonderful views of Lake Itezhi Tezhi and hundreds of Pukus, Impala and Elephants. The lodge collects vegetables from a local farm, whilst fresh breams and crayfish are caught everyday from the Kafue River. Konkamoyaâ€™s chefs are happy to treat guests with their favorites dishes or to satisfy special dietary requests.
For more information on Konkamoya, images and rates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.konkamoya.com 33
Th e Fa s hio n Ind ustry joi n s s aba To S ave Th e Elephants Launched on 9th September at New York Fashion Week, the #KnotOnMyPlanet campaign sees the cream of fashion royalty back the drive to end the slaughter of elephants.
The social media campaign was developed by creative consultancy, Blood, on behalf of the Elephant Crisis Funda joint venture between Save the Elephants and Wildlife Conservation Network. Millions of supporters from all over the planet have posted knots, from tied shirts to phone cords, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The headline grabbing everyone’s attention is the shocking news that up to 30,000 elephants are being killed in Africa every year – that’s one every 15 minutes murdered for nothing but their tusks. The latest campaign, supported by past and present supermodels, as well as big fashion brands, actors and even Prince William, highlights the ongoing ivory crisis that demands action now more than ever. Model Doutzen Kroes is leading the Knot On My Planets campaign, and is backed by Tiffany&Co. The campaign features models wearing a knot in their clothing and an 18k gold elephant broach, which Tiffany has donated to the cause.
Save the Elephants is a UK-registered charity, founded in 1993 by Iain Douglas-Hamilton – also the founder of Elephant Watch Camp. Research & conservation organisation, Save the Elephants has a principal research station in Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya, based just downstream from Elephant Watch Camp.
Constance Jablonski, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista are pictured in black and white whilst models Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr, Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Cara Delevigne and Karlie Kloss posted their knot pics on social media, sharing their support.
Leonardo DiCaprio stated, “The Elephant Crisis Fund is a game-changer and my foundation is pleased to support it. The ECF is also changing environmental philanthropy by eliminating bureaucracy and overheads and making sure funding can reach the very best elephant conservation projects.”
Fashion brands Ralph Lauren and Rag & Bone have also tweeted their knots; Leonardo DiCaprio’s Foundation is matching donations up to $1 million; and Snapchat has made elephant filters to join the fight.
On the 22nd September, Prince William spoke at the Time for Change event organised by Tusk Trust, the wildlife charity of which he is patron. “We have the chance to say that ivory is a symbol of destruction, not of luxury, and not something that anyone needs to buy or sell.” Doutzen Kroes visited Elephant Watch Camp in May, where she was joined by her family and Glamour magazine to raise awareness of elephant poaching. Elephant Watch Camp guides have been trained to recognise each of the sixty-six families that are resident in Samburu, with all observations being shared with Save the Elephants researchers and fed into their long-term monitoring database. #KnotOnMyPlanet has a fundraising goal of $15 million, and the money is used directly to end the trafficking, poaching and the demand for ivory. Join the fight, tie a knot and donate at www.knotonmyplanet.org. 35
kilimanjaro for all - a hike on the shira plateau A Kilimanjaro challenge to suit almost everyone Exploring the Shira Plateau on foot is an exclusive activity on offer at Shu’mata – one of Africa’s most stunning safari camps. Resting on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, this breathtaking property gives guests the opportunity to experience the Kilimanjaro challenge, no matter what their fitness level may be. Clients will enjoy the tremendous landscapes as they take a relaxed hike across the Shira Plateau, which is one of the most fascinating and scenic areas on Kilimanjaro. This full day activity includes a picnic lunch on the top of Africa! The day begins leaving Shu’mata Camp in an open topped vehicle, driving through a 2 ½ hour picturesque route, passing through different climate and vegetation zones, before reaching a height of 3,400m on the Shira Plateau. The drive to and from Shira offers magnificent views of the Great Rift Valley, studded with mountains. Among them Mt. Meru and Longido are especially prominent. On arrival, leaving the wide open steppe behind, hikers enter the flowering green highlands at the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park. The destination is the alpine landscapes at 4000m. Once the cloud curtain opens, a captivating view of the nearby Kibo Peak of Kilimanjaro appears. Guests then hike the Shira Day Trail for 3 hours through heath and moorlands where wildlife, including colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, elands, buffalo and leopard, are often spotted. Kilimanjaro For All is suitable for children aged 12+ and can be experienced in conjunction with a stay at Shu’mata Camp.
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s e e k i n g o u t l ess “C omm ercial” M a s ai V i l l ag es in tan z an ia The semi-nomadic Masai are one of Africa’s most famous tribes. Over the years, a cultural visit to a Masai Boma (village) has turned into a commercial encounter. That’s why Takims explore off the beaten track parts of Northern Tanzania. Something that stood out for Takims on their initial visit was that there was absolutely no attempted selling of local souvenirs, unlike the more business minded Masai of the Ngorongoro. This allows your clients to have a more open and focused experience getting to understand the Masai’s traditions and their way of life.
The goal was to locate authentic, non-commercial Masai villages where your clients can have a truly educational and exciting experience. On the western foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro lies an area where the wildlife and local Masai live in harmony. Located two hours from Kilimanjaro International Airport, this is a secluded wildlife management area ignored by the vast majority of safari goers as they rush to visit the more popular safari parks or climb Kilimanjaro.
Visitors will witness the cows being milked and have a chance to share some tea with the villagers. The Masai here are very welcoming, polite and happy to have a rare visitor.
The first rule here is that you show up completely unexpected, which ensures that the meeting is not choreographed. Their own personal Masai guide will escort clients as they visit the village early morning, before the Masai head out with their cattle.
Takim’s recommended accommodation in this area includes Kambi Ya Tembo ($270 pppn - full board peak season rack rate) or the luxurious Shu’mata Camp ($383 pppn - full board peak season rack rate). 38
Aside from the Masai Bomaâ€™s there are also other enticing safari activities in this area: Game drives in the wildlife management area where off roading is permitted. Borders the Amboseli ecosystem known for its lone bull elephants. Half day and full day hiking tours to Mount Kilimanjaro with a local Masai guide. Fresh mountainous air and amazing views of the mountain from the West side in a low traffic zone. Great stopover point if clients are driving from the Namanga border onwards to Arusha.
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Drinking Um B ongo in the C ongo Chloe McCormackâ€™s Blog
You may remember in issue 29 we featured our May trip to Congo, where we were joined by seven UK Africa specialists and a leading journalist. We were venturing deep into the Congo rainforest to experience Odzala Discovery Camps for ourselves. Following the success of that educational, Chloe from Farside Africa, shares with us her experience and feedback for Odzala. luxurious Radisson Blu. For all those nervous as to whether you can have your normal luxury safari comforts in the wild of the Congo the hotel name alone should provide some comfort.
The more I visit Africa the longer my bucket list gets, however for my latest adventure I was heading straight to the top of the list and heading to the Congo. I imagine this will conjure a mixed bag of responses (as it did from my family and friends) however for me this was a trip of a lifetime. Only for the adventurous, the Congo is an exploration to rival all others. From wading belly button high in dark muddy waters to snipping your way through leafy canopies, to sitting among a group of western lowland gorillas, the Congo is a truly wild place where you can feel like one of Africaâ€™s original explorers. Only you have talented and knowledgeable guides to explain your discoveries and you can sit back and relax in luxurious rooms when your feet tire and the sun sets.
We then took a short flight to Olombo before a road transfer to Etoumbi where Odzala has a hotel you can stay in before you embark on your jungle trek. Due to it being refurbished we chose to carry on with the 4 hour journey into the wilderness. We swapped the minibus for landrovers and met our guides for the trip Alon & Andreas, with darkness fast approaching we crossed the river by boat into the jungle.
It has to be made clear this is not a place to go and see the big five or lots of game, here is a place to appreciate the little things you may have missed when in search of the more famous animals. The treks through the forest and to see the gorillas can be strenuous but are always immensely rewarding and of course when you return to camp the staff are only too happy to help you relax those soggy feet with cool beers, hot showers and hearty and delicious meals.
It is a long journey to the Odzala camps but if you are lucky you will see the bustling village life as you pass through various communities, some even with their own lit up pubs and dance floors. The further you travel the more it becomes a game drive and even in the dark we managed to find a few giant pouched rats which we found pretty exciting. We arrived around 11pm to a delicious curry and quick camp briefing before hitting bed.
We landed in the Congo on a rather cloudy Thursday in Brazaville staying in the incredibly 41
like getting your feet or your pants wet-this is not the place for you but I must stress it is totally worth it. Passing herds of buffalo and huge flocks of grey parrots we suddenly came across a clearing with a shallow salt bai and a large luxurious lodge!
Waking up in the jungle was incredible, the cabins at Mboko are right on the riverside and hidden among the forest itself. With monkeys in the trees and butterflies everywhere you feel as if you are in the heart of Africa. With 12 chalets Mboko is the biggest of the camps, the main area has a large sundeck overlooking an open grassland and huge termite mounds which is frequently visited by elephants. Here we embarked on our first jungle walk. Throwing us in the deep end we waded through a large body of water before we even got into the trees!
At Lango Camp we embarked on more jungle walks through the forest following old elephant pathways that now acted as shallow streams or animal highways. We found head banging termites, colourful fungi, a rather terrifying and, thankfully, dead whip spider, moustached monkeys and a rather grumpy water buffalo. If you would like a more relaxed afternoon Lango has an expansive viewing deck where you can relax and watch the flocks of parrots and palm nut vultures coming down to drink, elephants wander by or the resident buffalo, Herbert, grazes. If you are very lucky you may see some of the river hogs, bush pigs or even a Bongo visiting the salty bai.
Stopping to look at the mass of beautiful fungi, flowers and colourful insects, listening to bird calls and learning how to both look at your surroundings yet hop over tree roots in low lighting. After a sweaty run around we returned to camp for lunch before embarking on an afternoon boat cruise where we spotted our first forest elephants, quite magical as the sun set, cold beer in hand these unique and elusive beasts allowed us to watch as they peacefully fed by the river Our next adventure was between Mboko and Lango camp. Embarking on a canoe trip down the river we paired up, I thankfully with a local guide who pretty much let me use this as a lazy lagoon due to my lack of paddling skills. Gently drifting down the river we managed to see forest elephant hiding amongst the riverside foliage, a male chimpanzee checking us out, water buffalo, many species of birds and some wild limes which we stopped to pickapparently we were running low for our G&Ts. When the river got too shallow to paddle we tied up the kayaks and continued on by foot, the mud was deep but the cool water was actually a welcome revive from the muggy weather. If you donâ€™t 42
mosquito bites and presence of dry feet! Off on our forest adventures we were determined to find pangolins, leopards and monkeys. We sadly didn’t, but I can’t say it spoilt our bush walks. We found a group of bright swaying spikey caterpillars, huge varieties of butterfly, lots of monkeys as well as hearing many birds, seeing lots of insects and learning about the different plants in this area.
After a magical jungle experience it was off to see the main attraction the gorillas at Ngaga Camp. After a brief struggle up the muddy hill, with expert distraction techniques of butterfly identification and photographic opportunities we made it. Similar to a treehouse the main lodge is raised so you can look down the valley over the tree tops as troops of monkeys swing. It was here we met Dr. Magda Beremejo who has been studying the gorillas in this area for 17 years!
We were lucky enough to embark on two gorilla treks whilst here. At Odzala they rather smartly decrease the price of the trek permits the more you do which is a cost effective way of encouraging guests to repeat the experience. The permits are also much cheaper than in Uganda and Rwanda.
Having habituated 2 families, and on her way to a third, she knew all 24 families in the area as well as some satellite males. Using camera traps and daily observations from her local team, it was an absolute privilege to be able to chat to her about our experiences on our treks as well as her showing us some incredible footage of the gorillas, chimps and the elusive leopards in the area.
Odzala camps really do have incredible attention to detail, from the little helpful messages they pop in your room, to sweets for your treks, insect repellent (essential), to the warmth they create at each of the camps as they take care of you on your stay.
We were warned we would have to work for our sightings so we were expecting a long trek and probably through thick vegetation however it seemed almost as soon as we had started we were told to crouch down and put on our masks.
As mentioned, this was high on my bucket list and it surpassed every expectation I had. Whilst some of the activities may seem challenging, or even a little scary, your expert guides truly make you feel comfortable and your camp hosts make sure you are well looked after.
Still faffing over our fogging up lenses and getting our masks on, the whole family of gorillas passed in front of us crossing the pathway we were on including the huge silverback male who protectively waited for the family to cross before moving on.
It is not going to be for everyone, however it is so rare to find a safe part of Africa that is relatively untouched by tourism.
Back for showers and refuelling, your afternoons can be used to explore the area, which, unlike the other camps, isn’t quite as damp - hugely noticeable, by the declining
Mbali Mbali More than just a nice sounding name, Mbali Mbali sums up this collection of properties, as it translates as “far, far away” in Swahili. With properties across many of western Tanzania’s premier locations including Gombe, Mahale, Tarangire, Katavi and in the Serengeti, Mbali Mbali provides an opportunity for clients to experience a far less visited side of the country. Since the dynamic Fatema Lalji took over the reins of the business (as Operations, Sales & Marketing Director), the entire brand has morphed into an increasingly market-right portfolio of highly attractive properties. She has overseen significant investment into the upgrading of all of the camps, as well as major improvements in their lodge management, service standards and central reservations. In the past, Mbali Mbali’s more famous / illustrious neighbours, might have cast them simply as “a cheaper option”, but now emerging from the shadows, Mbali Mbali lodges justify attention and a reassessment of their potential. See the following pages for information on each, or alternatively contact Steve Ody at Kameric via email@example.com or call 01664 823750.
kungwe beach lodge “Fabulous ape encounters – a really amazing experience for wildlife lovers” Accessible only by boat or air, Mahale Mountains National Park is among the most isolated, yet beautiful parks in Africa. With golden sandy beaches framed by jungle-covered peaks, Mahale covers 1613 square kilometres of rugged terrain along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika. Kungwe Beach Lodge sits on a stretch of secluded beach, with a dramatic mountain range rising up from behind and clear waters of the lake in front. Ten spacious safari rooms, on raised platforms, have been strategically placed at the edge of the forest with private decks looking out to the lake. The main area is shaped like a dhow and contains the central dining and lounge facilities. The primary activity in the park is chimpanzee trekking, with Mahale being home to approximately 800 to 1000. This offers great opportunities for close up encounters, even within the grounds of the lodge, when the trees are in fruit! Mahale is a pristine, natural experience, where birds, primates, monkeys, small predators and butterflies are often encountered on a morning forest walk, while warthog and bushbuck wander along the fringes of the forest and are often spotted on the sandy beaches. Boat safaris, kayaking and fishing excursions are also on offer. GPS: 6°07’45.89”S ; 29°43’54.63”E, 46
katuma bush lodge “An abundance of wildlife, with stunning views across the plains” Katavi National Park is the third largest, yet least visited park in Tanzania. Its main features are the wetland grass plains to the north and the palm-fringed Lake Chada to the south-east, but game viewing is best along the Katuma River. Katavi hosts Tanzania’s densest concentrations of hippo with up to 200 coming together in a single location at the end of the dry season. At this time of year Katavi truly comes into its own. An estimated 4,000 elephants converge on the area, together with several huge herds of buffalo, while an abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings for the numerous lion prides and spotted hyena clans whose territories converge on the floodplains. At the centre of Katavi National Park lies Katuma Bush Lodge, which offers a truly remote and authentic experience away from regular tourist routes. All eleven rooms have been designed to blend into the surroundings. The main deck houses a swimming pool, lounge and dining facilities and has stunning views of the Katisunga Plains. The newly built Sable Suite offers an even more exclusive experience for clients. GPS: 6°53’12.74”S ; 31°10’18.62”E,
gombe forest lodge “You get close to Freud, Frodo and Merlin – the very chimps that Jane Goodall wrote about”. One of Tanzania’s smallest National Parks, Gombe Stream is a thin strip of ancient forest bordering the second deepest lake in the world, Lake Tanganyika. This park is worldfamous for being the location where Jane Goodall completed her ground-breaking chimpanzee research. Gombe Forest Lodge offers complete privacy by catering for just 14 guests in seven, elegantly furnished, luxury tents which are set on wooden platforms beneath mango groves on the lakeshore. This is the only lodge in the National Park. In addition to the famous chimpanzees, olive baboons, redtailed and red colobus monkeys are also present. Leopard and bushbuck are also residents in the dense forest, along with fish eagles and palm-nut vultures, which are often seen flying overhead. Chimpanzee trekking is conducted in the mornings, leaving the afternoon free to relax or hike towards the spectacular waterfalls of Kakombe, an easy thirty-minute walk. GPS: 4°38’16.24”S ; 29°37’52.23”E, 48
s oroi serengeti lodge “Enjoy captivating views of open skies and look down on the vastness of the Seremgeti” Soroi Serengeti Lodge is set high on a natural hilltop with endless views of the Musabi Plains in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti. Twenty-five individual thatched chalets are tucked away amongst acacia trees, offering private, uninterrupted views of the plains below. The chalets feature large expanses of glass and spacious decks for stunning views, whilst the suites enjoy an extended lounge area with wifi & TV. Raised timber walkways link the guest rooms to the threetier, decked main area, which houses a swimming pool, fire place and open plan dining area. The Lodge uses solar hot water geysers, inverters with batteries and organic room amenities, ensuring a low carbon footprint. GPS: 2°24’26.19”S ; 34°37’15.80”E, 50
tarangire river camp “Amazing game viewing…and there was almost no one else there!” Tarangire is one of the most diverse parks in Tanzania, covering an area of 1,360 sq km. A mix of acacia woodland, baobab and palm trees, plains, swamps and rivers, means there is an abundance of big game, with herds of up to 300 elephants as well as wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle and hartebeest. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, and the one place in Tanzania where fringe-eared oryx and long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. Tarangire is also one of the places where tree-climbing lions can be seen. Set within a 25,000-hectare concession area, Tarangire River Camp is located 3.5 km from the main entrance of the National Park. Twenty one elegantly furnished safari tents have been built on elevated wooden platforms allowing for the movement of wildlife through the lodge. Family safari rooms are also available. Views of Tarangire River can be enjoyed from the elevated restaurant, lounge, fireplace and swimming pool decks and day activities include game viewing (which is also available at the nearby, Lake Manyara), or cultural visits to the bomas of the Maasai and Datoga people. GPS: 3°47’26.37”S ; 35°57’27.47”E 51
Celebrating 50 Years of Independence in Botswana Tuli joins in with the 50th Festivities were made at farming cash crops (including peanuts) under irrigation. In 1964, just as the Northern Tuli Game Reserve was founded, Johannesburg businessman, Monty Fuhr, purchased the property and started transforming the farm into a safari lodge. Monty set a precedent that has stayed with Tuli to this day by warmly welcoming children of all ages, and by establishing the lodge’s idyllic gardens. The heart of the lodge is little changed from Monty’s day, retaining the charm and character of the era. The bar is built around the base of a 500 year old Nyala berry tree – one local lady recalls being lifted up into the branches of this tree by her grandfather to protect her from lions!
Botswana is 50 and so is Tuli. Oh ok, so actually it’s 52, but this must make Tuli Safari Lodge one of the longest established photographic safari lodges in Africa. Whilst Tuli Safari Lodge is thoroughly modern in all respects, and was entirely rebuilt following the damaging Limpopo floods in January 2013, this long pedigree lends the lodge a rather unique feel. Tuli really does feel like a home in the bush. Its extensive, tranquil and shady gardens are always a few degrees below the surrounding reserve. And unusually for a safari lodge, there is plenty to do within the lodge itself when not out on game drives or bush walks. There’s a good sized pool, a walking trail, various vantage points over the reserve and the Limpopo River and lots of space to just ‘chill’.
Looking even further back, there is a rock shelter not far from the lodge, from where two charcoal samples were recently taken for carbon dating. These indicate that the site was occupied around 1000 years ago. The shelter also contains rock paintings which may date back even further.
Tuli Safari Lodge was once a farm, originally registered in 1957. The history is a little sketchy, though we know attempts
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In 1996, owners Matt & Lorna recognised the need to escape the hubbub of Kasane and open up the Western Chobe to visitors...
Muchenje joins chobe celebrations As year-long celebrations take place, Muchenje shares with us how the Chobe region has grown from strength to stregnth. Widely recognised as one of Africa’s most stable countries politically, Botswana is applauded globally for its commitment to its people and its wildlife. Along with the five villages that make up the Chobe Enclave, Muchenje Safari Lodge will be very active in helping celebrate 50 years with the 1500 community members from Mabele, Kavimba, Kachikau, Parakarungu and Satau. 2016 is also a memorable year for Muchenje – it is it’s milestone birthday, an opportunity to celebrate 20 glorious years. In 1996, owners Matt & Lorna recognised the need to escape the hubbub of Kasane and open up the Western Chobe to visitors. By escaping the busier eastern region, Muchenje boasts a quieter more exclusive side of the Western banks, enabling guests to marvel at the wonders that Chobe holds, all to themselves. There are numerous opportunities to join in the party – the BTO roadshows, BTTE in Kasane, ITB in 2017 so Muchenje hopes to see you somewhere along the way. This year celebrations are being planned all over the country – and the community of Kasane and the neighbours are no exception. Guests can join the Muchenje family and local community in dancing, singing, poetry and more! The Muchenje Family has also joined Elephants Without Borders, in support of the Global March for Elephants in Kasane. Once again, with the theme “We Are Proud Of Our Wildlife Heritage” and as a community awareness project, it involves the local schools, Community Trusts, Prison Services and anyone else that wants to add their voice to this important movement.
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C ombine Pafuri with Tuli an Unbe li e va b le 6 n ig h t pac kage for $3 060
Together they offer a superb safari combo, linking Botswanaâ€™s Northern Tuli Game Reserve with South Africaâ€™s Kruger National Park
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Both properties are located on the legendary Limpopo River and were fully rebuilt after the floods of 2013. They are of a similar standard whilst offering a truly unique safari experience in scenically different locations.
Number of rooms : 19 Luxury level : 4*+ Game viewing : 6/10 www.returnafrica.com
Dramatically different to the typical safari environment, both properties are tucked away in remote areas, each surrounded by phenomenal landscapes. Tuli is in South East Botswana, although the terrain is hugely different to the remainder of the country, whilst Pafuri is in Northern Kruger close to the borders of both Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
This special package offers 3 nights at both camps This price includes : flight transfers to and from OR Tambo, transfer between Tuli and Pafuri, all accommodation, two guided game activities per day (drive or walk), all meals, teas/coffees, sundowner allowance, water, laundry, bed levy & VAT. Excludes : SA National Park fees, gratuities, curio purchases, laundry.
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A truly hidden gem At Kamili, weâ€™ve long prided ourselves on introducing you to hidden gems and nowhere fits that bill quite as well as Losokwan Camp. The six tents, dining room and lounge tent are all so well hidden amongst the trees, you simply donâ€™t realise you are entering the camp until greeted by your Masai hosts. The camp is located on the site of the original Kicheche Camp in the Lemek Conservancy, just north of the Masai Mara game reserve, so it will be familiar with many UK operators. The pace of life here is very tranquil and relaxed, although game viewing is exceptional.
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Being on safari as a family is a treasured experience for all ages. Creating life long memories, eyeopening experiences and exposing the younger generation to a world beyond technology! Whether guests are embarking on the Walking Trails or game viewing from a vehicle, Basecamp encourages children to interact with the Masai and the Masai guides help to keep them engaged during safari. Children are taught to make a bow and arrow and identify birds by the sounds they make. In the evening, nothing beats sitting at the campfire, under the star filled African sky as a family, listening to the Masai chant and tell stories from their community, accompanied by distant lion roars and hyena laughs!
With vast accommodation options available in the Masai Mara, a safari with Basecamp Explorer offers families an unforgettable and inspiring stay, with each of its Camps; Basecamp Masai Mara, Eagle View, Wilderness Camp or Dorobo Mobile Camp offering guests a taste of the different dimensions of being on safari. For adults and children alike, experiencing the wilderness and tracking wildlife on foot can be a truly awe-inspiring adventure. Basecamp’s signature Mara Walking Trails are an itinerary of 5 nights, 6 days, where clients skip the 4 by 4’s and let their feet do the discovering instead. Perfect for young explorers, clients will learn the methods of Masai huntergatherers, known as the Dorobo.
Rates for Basecamp Explorer’s properties start from just $200 pppn.
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Rates for this are; Green Season (01 April – 30 June) $1905pps or High Season (02 Jan – 31 March, 01 July to 01 Jan) $2430pps. 57
New luxury retreat in Livingstone Opening on the 1st May 2017, Thorntree River Lodge is the newest addition to the African Bush Camps portfolio. Set in Zambiaâ€™s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Thorntree is being completely rebuilt with an environmentally conscious design. Drawing inspiration from local customs and culture, it has a modern contemporary feel with tented roof structures, reflecting the feel of authentic Africa. The lodge will boast 8 twin rooms and 2 family units each comprising of 4 beds. Each sumptuous unit will have its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool with exquisite views of the river and surroundings. The main lodge consists of a lounge with an open dining area which flows into a private temperature controlled wine cellar. A gym and spa overlook the Zambezi River, and there is a small library with WIFI. The communal deck is set on the bank of the riverside, and is home to a sunken boma area and an infinity pool. An additional floating deck moored on the edge of the river helps to achieve a seamless feel between river and land.
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S u pe r Se n s ory S a fa r iS Breathing in the fresh African air, and feeling nature at the tip of your fingertips, African Bush Camps is bringing clients closer to nature, with a hands on safari experience, through the creation of its Super Sensory Safari. This set departure itinerary will launch in April 2017, when guests will fly into Mana Pools National Park, with Safari Logistics, and combine Kanga Camp & Zambezi Expeditions in a 6-night package, fully inclusive. The Super Sensory Safari concept is designed to awaken the senses and soak up the bush through sense stimulating activities. The African Bush Camps team of highly experienced Professional Guides is joined by Biomimicry specialist guide, Rob Janisch, and the team at Imaginature, as well as the high tech equipment and concept of â€˜Soundscape Safarisâ€™, with Derek Solomon, to study natural systems and processes. natural world and his wonderful sense of humour to every expedition. With the use of individual headphones, each linked to sophisticated microphones, animal behaviour specialist and wildlife sound recordist, Derek Solomon, introduces clients to the sounds of the bush. With over 30 years experience recording wildlife and leading special interest safaris, Derek has recorded everything from ants to elephants, underwater communication in hippos and even the individual hisses in several species of snakes. Joining forces with Rob and ABC, they promise to deliver your clients a safari experience like no other! Rob, joined by his sister Claire, has developed Imaginature from his passion for the natural world, attempting to transform the way we perceive it. They lead expeditions all over the planet, aiming to inspire and illustrate the genius of nature. Rob has lived in the wilderness areas of Africa for the past 15 years, bringing his deep experience of the
The 6 day itinerary includes games drives with sound equipment, walking safaris and educational talks. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten years of authentic safaris
Kamili/Kamageo is not the only one celebrating a tenth birthday in 2016. This year, African Bush Camps is also celebrating 10 years of authentic safari experiences. A decade ago its fearless leader, Beks Ndlovu, had a dream to create a range of camps which not only reincarnated the fantasy of ‘Old Untouched Africa’ but also focused on the guest experience and the essence of a great safari exceptional guides. In 2006, African Bush Camps, offering bespoke safaris in luxury tented camps, was born. It has been a decade since it opened its first camp, Somalisa. 10 years of dreams, passion, education, exploration and growth. Since opening Somalisa, the African Bush Camps portfolio has flourished to include 8 different camps across Zimbabwe and Botswana, and soon another in Zambia with its newest venture, Thorntree River Lodge, to open in May 2017.
For the team at Kamili, marketing Pafuri has proved fascinating. When presenting the property to anyone with prior knowledge of the area, the tables are often turned. You seem to want to tell us just how amazing the environment is, just how stunning the scenery is, and how incredible the safari walking in particular is!
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Whilst we all recognise getting clients to book to visit a location less about guaranteed big-game sightings (although Pafuri has certainly been delivering plenty of that, of late) and more about “taking in the beauty of your surroundings”, can be difficult, those operators who have been proactively selling Pafuri have seen it sell remarkably well. Stuart Douglass-Lee at Saga Holidays has been astounded by how well their scheduled trips have been selling.
It’s still early days in the life of the “new’ Pafuri Camp, which opened this year under the ownership of ReturnAFRICA, but the signs are hugely encouraging as both domestic and international markets have been quick to rediscover this undoubted gem in northern Kruger.
ReturnAFRICA has not just returned the camp to its former standards. In our opinion its now a far more luxurious camp than pre-floods, under Wilderness Safaris.
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kanana means ‘paradise’. who are we to argue? It’s all well and good talking about your “stylish upgrade”, but it’s another proving that everything is as good as you promised. Well, the hard work and serious investment put into Kanana Camp in pre-season has paid off. Set on the Xudum River, within the Kanana concession – the soft furnishings within the 8 guest tents were all refurbished and an extended decking area was added, allowing for outdoor dining . Due to water levels around the property, it was previously known predominantly as a water-based camp, famed for its outstanding heronry. But following the droughts of 2015, the area has attracted large volumes of game, which has pleasingly remained in the area. Kirstine Vercoe enjoyed repeated sightings of wild dog on the hunt, as well as lion and hyena during her stay, whilst Wild Foot’s Sara Jenner said “The knowledge and enthusiasm of our guides (Steve and Simon) was incredible and the main terrace was the perfect place to enjoy a typical African sundowner after a long day in the bush!”
ho n e y mo o n he ave n i n ma l awi Malawi is a genuine hidden gem in Africa - its world-renowned Lake, Landscapes, Wildlife & Culture make it an exclusive and alluring romantic destination where honeymooners can find everything for their perfect African adventure. Malawi is blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and has nine National Parks/ Game Reserves including the world’s first freshwater national park, which boasts over 700 species of fish. The country provides intense and exclusive wildlife viewing in unspoilt areas of genuine wilderness. All types of safaris are on offer here, on foot, by boat, in 4x4 and even by bike! Malawi has a huge variety of animals, including all the highlights you expect from an African safari – elephants, hippos, rhino, lion, buffalo, zebra, and many, many more. Malawi also has a fantastic variety of birds with over 650 recorded species. Across the country there are many options for honeymooners to enjoy golden beaches, adventure and one of the most vibrant wildlife experiences of their lives. In the south of the country, based on a heart-shaped island in Lake Malawi, Mumbo Island Camp, is perfect for honeymooning. The whole camp is built of timber, thatch reed and canvas, and is perched on high rocks overlooking the water where it blends with the lush foliage to create a Robinson Crusoe atmosphere of rustic charm.
Not too far from Mumbo Island, and still within the Lake Malawi National Park, Pumulani Lodge offers honeymooners the ultimate luxury experience where they can relax on the sandy beach or around the stylish infinity pool. Individually designed villas with distinctive grass roofs reflect the heat of the African sun and offer stunning lake views. At sunset, scenic cruises on a traditional wooden dhow provide the perfect way to experience the romantic beauty of Lake Malawi, where there are also plenty of activities, from sailing to bird watching! The perfect destination in Lake Malawi for stargazing is Nkwichi Lodge. Gazing at the stars while sitting around a campfire inevitably leads to everybody sharing stories. Nkwichi is a complete ‘barefoot luxury’ experience offering exquisite lakeside scenery and unparalleled tranquility. With 8 secluded beaches set on 4 km of Rift Valley coastline, Nkwichi is the perfect setting for honeymooners to discover a lost world. 64
For couples that are looking for a colonial charm, Huntington House, set in the rich landscape of the Shire Highlands tea estates, is the best choice. This lodge in southern Malawi is archetypically romantic; originally a family home built in 1895 surrounded by sprawling manicured gardens with secret patios and terraces waiting to be discovered by guests. For those seeking wildlife adventure, Mvuu Wilderness Lodge is small and intimate; perfect to explore Liwonde National Park, Malawiâ€™s premier wildlife area. The reserve encompasses the wide and scenic Shire River, as well as quiet backwaters and lagoons, marshes, open savanna and floodplains, which support an incredible diversity of plants, animals and birdlife. These are just a few examples of the wonderful offerings Malawi has that are perfect for honeymooners. There are all manner of lodges and romantic hideaways dotted around the country just waiting to be discovered. In this unspoilt, littlevisited gem of a country where all the lodges are small and intimate, an undisturbed, exclusive experience is guaranteed. Malawi is a year round destination. The cooler months (MayOctober) are more comfortable for travellers when maximum daily temperatures hover around the 25Â°C mark, but the lush green summer (November-April) is also a good time to visit. May and June combine the best of both seasons, cooler and still green with great visibility. Game viewing is best in the hotter months of the dry season when the animals are forced to visit water sources. Airlines flying to Malawi from the UK are Ethiopian Airlines (via Addis Ababa), Kenya Airways (via Nairobi) and South African Airways (via Johannesburg).
For further information, contact Kelly White, Malawi Tourism at firstname.lastname@example.org
The animals went in two (hundred and fifty) by two (hundred and fifty) In a real life Noah’s Ark story, Prince Harry has assisted conservationists in translocating 250 elephants to their new home in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in central Malawi. The full translocation will see a total of 500 elephants rehomed and phase two of the process to move the additional 250 elephants from Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve will commence in July 2017. There are also plans to secure a population of lion and cheetah for reintroduction into Liwonde National Park in early 2017. The world’s media has been closely following the operation since the first elephant family was translocated from Liwonde National Park on 5th July 2016. Prince Harry joined the translocation in its final stages, which saw him supporting the African Parks team with the delicate process of darting and capturing the elephants to load them onto trucks for their 350km journey north. Not only elephants were involved in this, one of Africa’s biggest ever animal translocations, other game species, totalling 1117 individuals, were also moved. These included 404 waterbuck, 200 sable, 199 warthog, 122 impala, 100 kudu and 92 buffalo. The operation will help safeguard not only the elephants, but also the livelihood of local agricultural communities. Surplus populations of elephant were resulting in habitat degradation and human wildlife conflict. Their new home is a vast wildlife sanctuary that was once home to over 1500 elephants, but due to poaching only 100 remained. Law enforcement and anti-poaching measures have already been overhauled in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve to ensure the long-term security of the elephants. For more information visit www.500elephants.org 66
Satemwa Tea Estate Ma l aw i Br a dt Guide Lau nc h: You r Chan ce To Wi n!
This unique building in Malawi is full of character and history and will satisfy the demands of even the most selective traveller. The house and bungalow, available for guests to stay in, are located on Satemwa, a working tea and coffee estate managed by the same family since 1874. Satemwa Tea Estate is a definite for tea enthusiasts and even those who stand by a classic builder’s brew. A dedicated guide explains the full tea production process from planting through to harvesting and production whilst various teas produced on the estate are available for tasting including ‘white’ and ‘green’ teas and other Satemwa specialties.
We are pleased to announce the release of the latest edition of the Bradt Malawi Guidebook. This title is the only available standalone guide for Malawi. To celebrate the launch of this fantastic book we’re going to be giving away five free copies! For your chance to win tell us what did lake Malawi used to be called? Send your answers on an email to email@example.com
Afternoon tea is also available for a more indulgent experience. Enjoy a scone and a pot of tea of your choice and delight in knowing that both the cream and milk have come fresh from the cows living on the Satemwa plantations.
Malawi Arts fest ival Set on the pristine white sands of Chintheche Inn on the northern shores of Lake Malawi in the warm heart of Africa, this year’s festival revellers danced until sunrise to musicians from Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Norway, Germany, the UK, South Africa, Spain and more.
Since its inception in 2004, the annual Lake of Stars event has brought its unique blend of local and international talent to all three regions of Malawi, helping to boost tourism across the country and generating over $4 million for the economy.
Swa z i l and: explore ’ s to p se lli ng n ew tou r Explore Worldwide has launched its first dedicated Swaziland trip this year and out of 81 newly launched tours, it was the best-selling long haul itinerary. More departure dates have been added to meet the somewhat unexpected demand. Sarah Fowler, Head of Marketing at Explore said, “Swaziland may be small, but there is so much to see and do! Our 10-day tour is perfect to really get under the skin of the country and learn about its fascinating culture.” This last true kingdom in Africa has a diverse range of attractions and activities. Stunning landscapes with mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country that are home to The Big Five, giving visitors all that’s best about Africa. Sarah added, “The two main highlights for me were the wildlife and the accommodation. We were able to get so close to the animals - at Mkhaya we saw 8 white rhino on a single game drive”. But Explore are not alone in having successfully launched Swaziland this year. 68
Acacia Africa launched new tours, prompting Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia to describe Swaziland as “a rising star on the African travel circuit. Many experts are suggesting the tiny kingdom could well become Southern Africa’s new adventure capital.” Ramblers Worldwide Holidays – experts in guided walking and adventures has also introduce a brand new trip to Swaziland for 2017. Its 17-day tour combines Swaziland with South Africa to make an unforgettable experience for adventure and wildlife lovers. Some of the Swaziland highlights include walking in Malolotja Nature Reserve, Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary and the ancient Sibebe Rock. A handful of other leading tour operators have added tours to Swazliand and the trend looks to be continuing. Kelly White from Swaziland Tourism said that he wasn’t surprised. He emphasised that the compact size and variety of landscape, wildlife and unique culture meant that even in a short period, holiday makers could have the full Africa experience.
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