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“Kamageo owned

Destinations. Again!

These were the words of the Destinations Show organisers, following our impactful stunts on behalf of Zambia and Uganda.

We took our “Everyone Falls for Zambia” campaign to the next level, by creating a specially commissioned 20 x 16 ft 3-D artwork of Victoria Falls which was the centre-piece of the show’s Africa section and drew visitors keen to photograph themselves and enter the ‘win a holiday’ competition. Seen from some angles, the artwork had little impact, but once viewers stood at the cleverly created angle, the entire image came to life providing the illusion of being right there in Zambia. Kamageo’s Rich Whiston explained,

“ Hundreds of people have taken fun pics of themselves alongside the Falls and shared them on social media. More than 250,0000 would-be visitors have now viewed this artwork ” Exhibiting tour operators stated that they’d seen a good increase in Zambia enquiries, including less visited places like Kafue, Kasanka and Liuwa. This year’s Destinations again proved to be the best location for sighting Mountain Gorillas in London, when Rushenya the (animatronic) gorilla visited the show each day. Attracting huge numbers of excited visitors, Rushenya was part of UTB’s marketing efforts which saw a 200% increase in interest levels if measured by the number of brochures taken by would-be travellers. Many UK Africa specialists who exhibited at the show reported significant increases in requests for Uganda holidays, again emphasising the destination’s newly-increased appeal. Malawi and Swaziland stands also saw major increases in enquiries as both destinations are currently enjoying significant media coverage and interest.


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What a start to 2018! Let’s hope the business levels that you are currently reporting last long into 2018. Africa seems to be very much in vogue this year, with encouraging levels of enquiries coming in across the board.

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The consumer shows were all buzzing – especially Destinations – and now it’s into the trade show season, especially Safari Roadshow (UK) and ITB Berlin.

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We’ve seen a few personnel changes at Kamili and Kamageo and we hope to be announcing some exciting new partnerships soon. As ever, we are the go-to agency for all things African… if we don’t represent exactly the product or destination you are looking for, we are still keen to help. Our four country partners – Uganda, Zambia, Malawi and Swaziland – are all gearing up for big things this year, so do contact us regarding fam trips, images, ideas and media sponsorships.

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And across the Kamili portfolio we’ve an array of great value fam-trips allowing you to experience and learn about Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Botswana, Madagascar and Zambia!

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See you soon, Tim H To contact us call +44 (0)1664 823 750

Malawi is now officially the hottest African destination for 2018 Newspapers, magazines and websites around the world have been tripping over themselves to include Malawi in ’Top Destinations’ lists for 2018. Malawi’s stunning beaches, beautiful and varied landscapes and friendly cultural experiences have long been some of the best that Africa has to offer. But with the wildlife transformations courtesy of African Parks, Malawi’s safari experiences are now starting to match its other attractions. Top Media plaudits have come from the likes of Equire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Forbes, Wanderlust, CNN, The Guardian, Rough Guide and The Independent. S ee page 8


“ We wanted to reveal the true Ethiopia, enabling the outside world to witness the historical, cultural and natural wonders of our country. ” Dinknesh is one of Ethiopia’s premier tour companies, with a total staff of forty-five. Since 2002, they have been organising group and private trips to all areas of Ethiopia, with different tours types including historical, cultural, wildlife and even adventure. We spoke to Mulugeta, Dinknesh’s MD, for his story behind Dinknesh:

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with a very different and positive perception, well beyond their expectations.

Mulugeta Muluneh (Dinknesh’s MD) had used his Economics degree in the banking sector for more than three decades, before switching to Mulugent PLC - an importing and exporting business. Here he became aware that due to negative media images, Ethiopia was only associated with famine and drought. He passionately wanted to change that, so Mulugent PLC launched Dinknesh Ethiopia Tours.

Araya admires many aspects of his homeland, but he’s a big wildlife fan with the endemic Ethiopian Wolf and Gelada Baboon his favourites. He states that if he wasn’t in tourism, he’d have done Humanitarian work, as he says “I’d do anything to support Ethiopia as a country to develop”.

Dinknesh wanted to reveal the real situation in Ethiopia and enable the outside world to witness the historical, cultural and natural wonders of the country. For the last 18 years, they have worked incredibly hard to promote the destination and change its image!

Mulugeta feels that Ethiopia has become an emerging tourist destination and has recently gained plenty of positive media coverage. “The image of the country is changing with more and more people planning to visit”, he added.

They have a great range of in-house expertise and this has helped establish a good reputation within the tourism industry. They travel to many conferences across the world, promoting the destination and all the tourist attractions that can be found in and around Ethiopia. Deputy manager, Araya Mulugeta has a MBA degree from Addis Ababa University and has been a university lecturer specialising in tourism.

Dinknesh are keen to see an increased focus on responsible tourism, in particular sustainability. As Araya stated “Most tourism products are so delicate and can easily be lost. Unless we manage them in a responsible manner, we cannot ensure they stay around for years to come. Tourism in Ethiopia is growing at a steady rate - however we still have a long way to go in terms of sustainability”.

Dinknesh’s management unsurprising love gaining feedback from happy clients that have enjoyed the experiences and services they provide. Clients sometimes start their visit with a very negative perception of Ethiopia but all finish their tour

The main selling point of Dinknesh Ethiopia Tours is its efficient and quality service – they feel they offer the best value for money of any DMC. Mulugeta feels that in recent years the number of Ethiopian DMC’s has increased by more 6

than 200%. Whilst he states that this is a positive trend, he is concerned to see that many are competing solely on price by using old vehicles, run-down hotels and inexperienced guides. As Mulugeta states “This often leads to customer dissatisfaction, which will hurt the reputation of not just that DMC, but Ethiopia’s tourism as a whole.

“ We believe we have the best organised operational system for an efficient service, with prompt responses. We focus on customer satisfaction and safety at all times, and I can confidently state that our guides are some of the best in the industry ”

To illustrate their innovative approach and to increase travel options, they now have excellent mobile camping equipment, using the very latestV8 land cruiser. Dinknesh has recently updated their code of conduct that focuses on responsibility and sustainability, as well as updating their Tour Operators Crisis Response Plan. Dinknesh are about to move into new purpose-built offices in Addis. Spacious and scenic, they include a dedicated client welcome suite where guests will be briefed and invited to sample a legendary Ethiopian coffee.

Dinknesh strongly recommend UK operators conduct Dinknesh fam-trips to experience and build confidence in the company as well as developing a good understanding of what Ethiopia offers. “It helps operators see how we work and witness our strong relationships with stakeholders in the industry for themselves”.

For more information on Dinknesh, please email Araya via or contact Tim Henshall at Kamili


Malawi - a complete destination Long known as “the warm heart of Africa” because of its friendly, welcoming people, Malawi is fast gaining a reputation as a fabulous safari destination too.

Image supplied by Tongole Wildnerness Lodge

his position on the African Parks Malawi Board. In 2014 Brighton commissioned the region’s first Illegal Wildlife Trade Review. Recognising that Malawi is now southern Africa’s major illegal wildlife trade route, he has worked tirelessly and in less than three years has personally secured Presidential commitment to fight wildlife crime; led the development of Malawi’s new Wildlife Act (with some of the toughest penalties in Africa); established the Inter-Agency Committee for Combating Wildlife Crime, a model for the region, and supported the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus.

Three of its reserves – Majete, Liwonde and Nkhotakota – are now run by conservation organisation African Parks which has been busy regenerating them and reintroducing wildlife. To further highlight Malawi’s Rough Guides status as the place to visit in Africa this year, 2017 saw further wins for Malawi, so check-in now before the crowds do!

Malawi Wins Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa Malawi yet again proves its dedication to wildlife development with conservationist Brighton Kumchedwa winning the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa.

Nkwichi Wins Big at World Travel Awards

Brighton was instrumental in negotiating the agreement for African Parks to manage Liwonde and Nkhotakota National Parks, which were suffering from significant poaching and lack of investment. This was a game-changing decision and Brighton will continue to provide strategic leadership through

No longer Africa’s best kept secret, Nkwichi Lodge is thrilled to announce that they have been voted and declared the winners of two categories in this year’s World Travel Awards – Africa’s Leading Green Hotel and Responsible Tourism 2017. 8

More than a lodge, Nkwichi is a complete experience offering a unique taste of Africa with exquisite lakeside scenery and unparalleled tranquillity. With its unique, all-embracing approach to tourism over the last 15 years, Nkwichi is intrinsically linked to the surrounding communities and their natural environment. Nkwichi is an integral part of the Manda Wilderness Project, an initiative designed by Nkwichi’s investors to bring the communities of the area together and help them use their environment and resources sustainably, making sure it brings the concrete benefits they need.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge wins ‘Best in Africa’ awards

Evolving Serendib offers business and pleasure

Rapidly emerging African destination Malawi was in the spotlight at the 2018 Safari Awards, held at the World Travel Market in London on 6th November. This was largely due to the huge success of Tongole Wilderness Lodge, proudly receiving Best in Africa awards in three categories - Best Community Focused Safari property in Africa, Best Ecologically Responsible Safari property in Africa, Best Value Safari property in Africa.

Serendib Hotels are attracting international visitors with the variety of their hotels now on offer as they grow strongly in Malawi. With the newly acquired Zaburi Beach on the Mangochi lakeshore, the impressive Blue Waters at Senga Bay and a range of hotels, conference facilities and suites on offer in Blantyre, the hotel chain is quickly gaining recognition. The Blue Waters by Serendib hotel is an elegant getaway amidst tranquil surroundings situated at Senga bay. Further down the lakeshore, at Mangochi, is Serendib’s latest venture Zaburi Beach by Serendib. And finally, The Lotus hotel, Heritage Hotel and Serendib Suites and Conference Centre are known collectively as Serendib Blantyre. Close to one another, the group offers a variety of accommodation for tourists and business travellers.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge was conceived with two main objectives. Firstly, to establish an eco-friendly business that would create employment opportunities and long-term benefits for people from a particularly disadvantaged region of Malawi. Secondly, to provide a sustainable link between tourism, conservation and communities around the reserve. Tongole has proved itself to be an ethical and responsible safari destination, whilst offering the highest standards in all aspects of guest experience. The lodge is perfectly situated, overlooking the Bua River in the heart of Malawi’s Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve (NWR). The reserve has also been in the spotlight a lot recently, due to one of the largest elephant translocations ever; with 500 more elephants being introduced, making Nkhotakota a vital sanctuary for the conservation of Africa’s elephants.

As further evidence of its growing reputation and international emergence, Malawi is now also becoming prominent on ‘the lists’: Wanderlust, the UK’s top travel magazine, included Malawi on its prestigious Travel Hotlist for 2017 CNN included no less than 3 Malawi locations in its list of 26 of Africa’s most amazing places (no other country had more) (website of ABTA) included Malawi not once but twice in its Top 10: Up and coming Africa & the Middle East as the #500Elephants project began If you aren’t yet offering Malawi, or aren’t offering as extensively as you might, now is the time to capitalise on the increased demand for the country as it continues its emergence. We have a complete set of Trade Resources available to you ( including some amazing new videos of the country’s main attractions. As well as having superb lake, landscape, culture, and recent transformations of its wildlife, Malawi’s safari experiences are now starting to match its other attractions, offering the ideal opportunity to experience real Africa. 9

Zambia lead s t h e way for Sustainable to u ri sm i n to 2 0 1 8 2017 was the year of ‘world first’s’ for Zambia as two of its highly praised National Parks claimed prestigious titles regarding sustainability. between April 1st and May 15th.

The unique status of “Sustainable Wildlife Park” was bestowed upon South Luangwa NP in November by Dr. Taleb Rifai the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation UNWTO.

Many camps and lodges support Conservation South Luangwa, (CSL) through the Luangwa Conservation and Community Fund including Kafunta Safaris. Flatdogs donate funds that pay the Community Resource Boards to employ forest guards to monitor behaviour in the fragile environments they work in to protect the habitats they rely on. Derek Shenton from Shentons Safaris has been on the board of CSL since inception 20 years ago and have worked with them and privately funded patrols since inception as well as raising funds through their conservation levy and client donations.

Zambia’s President Edward Lungu announced the award at the UNWTO International Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Lusaka stating that the momentous declaration will ensure that the national park remains a natural wildlife sanctuary, managed in a sustainable manner for generations to come. South Luangwa National Park already has numerous examples of socially responsible development, but the announcement means more support to the sector and the park itself.

President Lungu also highlighted that tourism in Zambia is a critical tool for sustainable development :

One of these developments is Project Luangwa, a charity set up by Robin Pope Safaris, Kafunta Safaris, Flat Dogs, Shentons Safaris and Croc Valley Camp. Project Luangwa enables the building of schools, sponsorship of children, running of girls clubs, teaching women skills that earn them a living and much more. In the last 7 years since Project Luangwa was set up, Flatdogs alone has generated around $400,000 of funding for these projects that give a significant benefit to the communities. Kafunta Safaris are adding to their initial support generously this year as an extra $20 per night will be donated to the fund for guests staying 5 nights or more

“ This is why tourism has been designated among the top three economic sectors to drive the national economic diversification programme. We will be increasing investment in the tourism industry ” 10

By offsetting 1,200 tonnes of carbon emissions, Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro are protecting an estimated 403 hectares of Zambian forest (approximately 3,228 trees), and removing enough CO2 from the atmosphere to be equivalent to taking 215 cars off the road for a year.

Down in Lower Zambezi NP, thanks to the BioCarbon and the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project 2017, the park became the world’s first national park to achieve a carbon neutral status -for the second year in a row! BioCarbon’s project REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is a project that helps farming communities in Zambia improve their livelihoods, protect disappearing forests and create a sanctuary for globally threatened wildlife. Every camp within the national park is part of the project – including lodges on the outskirts.

“Tourism can have a positive impact on the world’s natural environment. We’re committed to providing an amazing Zambia for future generations to enjoy.” – Grant Cummings, Chiawa and Old Mondoro Other camps and lodges involved in achieving carbon neutrality include Anabezi and Amanzi Camps, Baines River Camp and Royal Zambezi Lodge.

Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro Bush Camp purchased carbon credits from the Lower Zambezi REDD+ project, using internationally accepted values for fossil fuel use, to offset the carbon emissions both properties produce.

Tourism is the world’s largest service sector industry, with significant energy, fuel and food production needs, the success of this project makes it a shining light for Africa’s sustainable tourism.

Chiawa Camp & Old Mondoro also offer guests the opportunity to offset their own carbon emissions from their associated air travel via the website Stand For Trees where they can select the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project at

If you have clients that are particularly keen on the growing market for sustainable and responsible travel, Zambia really is the destination for them.


M ak i n g a sn are b ead, h ow h ard can i t b e? Located on a well-trodden elephant path in the Zambian bush, local craftswomen of Mulberry Mongoose are making jewellery by hand using natural materials from the South Luangwa valley. Their most celebrated collection mixes snare wire with semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls and hand carved wooden beads. Snare wire is made from steel and hard to work with – many men can’t do it. The Snare wire is collected by the brave rangers of Conservation South Luangwa working in partnership with DNPW as they patrol for up to 10 days in the Zambian bush. These rangers risk their lives to prevent poachers harming our iconic wildlife. Once collected the wire is cut using heavy-duty pliers and hammered flat with a metal hammer and an industrial anvil. Or it is coiled into tight wire beads. Needless to say their courageous ladies’ biceps rival Madonna’s! Then comes the drilling. The ladies get through 5 steel drill bits a week due to the tough nature of the wire. They then grind each piece, taking the edges and top coat off. The wire is then sanded by hand and coated in metal protector. One snare bead takes over 1 hour to hand make. It’s a labour of love, creating beauty from brutality. It celebrates the story of conservation, female empowerment, craftsmanship and beauty. Visit for more information. Proceedings from each piece sold supports the local community and conservation work. 12


Edging away from a ‘traditional’ safari menu, these camps and lodges across Zambia all offer something unique.


Konkamoya Lodge – Local ingredients, Italian Twist The Italian owner-run lodge situated in prime game viewing area in Kafue offers a unique authentic Italian infused cuisine that’s remembered long after you leave the lodge. For those wanting a change from ‘traditional’ safari food yet still sourced locally, Konkamoya offers just that- from a chilled gazpacho to a hearty crayfish linguine, freshly caught from the Kafue River. They often offer traditional Zambian dishes such as Nshima and often take requests. Nibbles throughout the day consist of various Italian breads and pastries fresh from their infamous underground oven, which simply bakes using coal, a corrugated metal sheet and the blazing Zambian heat.

Flatdogs camp - Eat a la carte in Luangwa Stepping away from the traditional safari mealtime setting, Flatdogs camp philosophy takes into consideration the hospitality needs of several different types of traveller. With no set meals or meal times, guests can order what they’d like to eat and when they’d like to eat it. Their extensive bistrostyle menu is created using locally-grown and raised produce and include a variety of different food and cuisine options, good for families with young children. Dishes include a simple steak baguette lunch, tasty grilled haloumi starter and fiery Asian pork meatballs.

Anyone for Sausage and Mash? Sausage Tree Camp and Potato Bush Camp appear to go hand in hand when it comes to food. The camps offer an African Inspired fusion menu, changing from season to season, including vegetarian options. They both offer exciting dining experiences. A ‘Water Lunch’ lets guests dine on a sandbank in the middle of the Zambezi River – in which a buffet selection is provided with dessert. ‘Bush Dinners’ are operational on request meaning guests can dine in the middle of the National Park where a buffet dinner selection of salads and roast vegetables are provided as well as a choice of meat cooked on an open flame barbecue.

The River Club’s Kosher Kitchen History being a core element to the lodge, Zambia’s small Jewish community is a personal passion for Peter Jones, owner of The River Club. He decided the club would offer an opportunity for observant guests to visit the Zambezi River and magnificent Victoria Falls. Their ‘Kosher Lite’ kitchen has been set up to follow the laws of Kashrut. The River Clubs own chef works on the dishes in a separate kitchen and guests are invited to view the set-up or to visit during meal preparation times. Their dedicated or ‘strict’ kosher kitchen enables guests to invite their own kosher chef to accompany them on their trip and use the specialised kitchen. 13

See Luangwa from the air With Remote Africa


Flying with Remote Africa’s Cessna 210 aircraft isn’t just a mere transfer. Take a look at some amazing views from a bird’s eye view of South Luangwa National Park on the way to Tafika Camp. © Bryan Jackson 15

T h ree ri v er s exceed s ex p ect i on s Three Rivers Camp wasn’t quite what we expected as we became their second and third guests, back in May 2017. We’d anticipated that it would be in a nice area and be built to a high standard but little did we expect such a gorgeous little camp in a simply stunning location! As the name suggests, the property has been built at the confluence of three rivers – the Kapamba, the Lusangazi and the Luangwa itself, providing wonderful views throughout the day and especially at sunset. The five guest rooms are a real treat – roomy, airy and stylishly decorated. Our two favourite features were the private verandah (made all the better by the clink of ice in a cold G&T) and the day-bed / star-bed that’s on a raised platform, joining every room. Due to the fenced walkway along the 15 feet between the main room and the raised platform, if you do get nervous in the middle of the night, you can simply slip back down to the stairs to your main bedroom! Game in the area is plentiful, although some early reports mentioned it being a little skittish at times, perhaps reflecting the area’s former hunting status. But as the 2017 season progressed, the guestbook quotes attest to the wildlife calming down and high quality sightings were frequent.

For more information on Three Rivers Camp or to hear more of Tim’s experience at the lodge, please contact or call us on 01664 823750

We’d recommend combining TRC with sister properties – Kafunta River Lodge and Island Bushcamp to not only see three different areas, but also to benefit from an outstanding 5+ night deal.


GO WILD, DO GOOD Help us promote South Luangwa in April & May 2018, taking advantage of our very attractive rates while at the same time supporting the local community through a generous donation to Project Luangwa.

Book 5 nights for only $1725 rack per person and Kafunta will donate $100 straight back to Project Luangwa. community by giving its children access to better education and providing more growth opportunities for the Malama

The end of the green season is an exceptional time in South Luangwa. Following the heavy rains, the bush is wonderfully green and the vast river sparkles with shimmering sunshine. With fewer people around and unbeatable rates, it is the perfect time to come on safari. Sightings are amazing, and memories of radiant landscapes and striking skies will remain forever.


The longer the stay, the more we give! For every guest staying 5 nights or more between April 1st and May 15th, 2018, Kafunta Safaris will donate $20 per night to Project Luangwa to help the remote Malama community. Located about 30 km south of Kafunta, the Malama chiefdom is often forgotten from community projects. For more information on this offer please contact Izzy at or to find out more about Project Luangwa please visit

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First timers in...

K af u e N P & L iv ing sto n e

Kamageo’s Marketing Exec, Izzie Ludbrook and PR Exec, Bex Knight ventured into Kafue National Park and Livingstone on their first trip to Zambia. Kafue National Park’s obvious key attraction is its exclusivity combined with really rewarding game viewing. As this was our first time in Zambia, you may have expected that we’d head for South Luangwa, but as we explored Kafue, it truly felt like we had it to ourselves and there’s no better introduction to ‘authentic Zambia’ than that! One of the last true wilderness areas in Africa, Kafue is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks covering an area larger than Wales. It means vast areas of the park remain unexplored and hold a wealth of wildlife thanks to its huge size and varied habitat, making it a truly special experience. The park is easily accessed from both Lusaka and Livingstone with a 2-4 hour drive although there is an option to fly. Accommodation varies from remote tented campsites to luxurious safari lodges complete. Whatever the budgets and taste, Kafue can accommodate.

we both looked at one another as the camp quite literally appeared from nowhere. The Busanga Plains alone is roughly 720km2, an area larger than Singapore, and you essentially have it all to yourself. And there’s no better view than by hot-air balloon. The plains are vast, dotted with thick foliage allowing the pilot to rise and descend at any time granting a stunning 360 view of the surrounding area, as well as flitting inches above trees and skimming the remaining pools of water. The only vehicle we spotted below was the ground crew heading to meet us with a bottle of champagne and hot breakfast.

Ila Safari Lodge & Special Anti-Poaching Unit Having over-nighted at the delightful new Ila Safari Lodge (which is run by Green Safaris who offer a totally carbonneutral experience, aided by electric game-drive vehicles!), we headed to the headquarters of SAPU (Special Anti-Poaching Unit) in Kafue to meet with Clive Dickinson, their Senior Technical Adviser.

Shumba Camp The Busanga Plains were our first stop with the rolling plains playing host to lion, cheetah, zebra, lechwe and abundant birdlife. The flat grassland plains are dotted with wild date palms, sausage trees and fig trees. There are numerous prides of lion, whilst it’s Zambia’s best areas for cheetah and for wild dogs.

SAPU is an intelligence led law enforcement unit providing rapid response capability in and around the Kafue National Park and neighbouring GMA’s, tackling poachers, dealers and traffickers. SAPU is supported by the Kafue Conservation Department with the primary objective of eliminating poaching hotspots within the Park, as well as disrupting illegal wildlife trade routes. From the outset, it was clear how passionate Clive is about Zambia’s wildlife. He moved

Wilderness Safaris’ Shumba Camp truly is a wilderness property; when Isaac, our guide shouted, “We’re here!” 18

to Kafue to teach about the impact poaching, not only the devastating effect it has on wildlife, but also on tourism. The work they do is tough, but it is having an impact; in one month SAPU recovered 9 firearms, 68 snares, over 350kg of bush meat and arrested 15 suspects, protecting the invaluable wildlife and environment of the Kafue National Park.

KaingU Safari Lodge KaingU is situated in the Namwala Game Management Area on a spectacular and remote stretch of the Kafue River. Parking up at a small bay area and speed boating through the granite rocks on the boarder of the central and southern province of Kafue felt like something out of Jurassic Park and I half expected to see a Pterodactyl land in front of me at any moment. The middle sector of the Kafue is a water haven with huge granite rocks that felt as though we had been transported back to prehistoric ages as we canoed down the waters. As it was October, the waters were fairly still, so it was a really relaxing row, allowing us to stop and take pictures of the bird life and hippos as we floated nearby.

sparky and warm-hearted nature and it was clear they were extremely excited and grateful for our visit.

Konkamoya Lodge Set on the shores of Lake Itechi Techi, it’s here in the southern sector of Kafue that the terrain flattens out with views of open plains as far as the eye can see - the lodge clearly sat in prime game viewing territory. Upon arrival at lunchtime, we were greeted by Italian owners - Laura and Andrea - who appeared to be accompanied by a small troop of resident mongoose. We were soon tempted by a beautiful guispacho lunch with various breads. The Italian influence is evident in the excellent cuisine. Game driving here we were stopped in our tracks by an unbelievable amount of elephant traffic including a herd of around 40 females plus their youngsters, stampeding just a few metres in front of our vehicle.

Here, the Kafue River is a myriad of channels and islands lends itself to a fantastic range of river-based activities including sunset boat safaris, fishing, birding and river trails. That evening we decided we wanted to continue our active day with a walk. KaingU is ideal for this as large granite boulders can be found all around the lodge, which makes for a great nature walk before a sun downer. Mpamba Rock is one of the famed rocks in the Namwala GMA and we had a 360° of nothing but nature whilst we watched the glorious Zambian sunset.

Each game-drive proved that this part of the park is extremely game rich. During our two-night stay, we easily spotted 25+ different mammal species. The guides were quick to find less-seen animals such as a lone tortoise, an agile genet and a poised pearl-spotted owlet.

The following morming, Lynda and Rick (KaingU’s owners) included a boarding school visit, where the lodge is a sponsor. The girls here had so much enthusiasm for their school and the opportunity to learn. It was a pleasure to witness their

Once back at our extremely spacious and comfortable tents I settled down to the echoing sounds of the African bush. 19


for couples, families and large groups. We each stayed in one of their ‘standard’ suites, which was anything but standard! Nestled amongst the trees along the edge of the river our suites consisted of two bathrooms, a bathtub, a balcony and a queen sized bed with a fantastic view looking out over the river. Its luxurious nature combined with their extensive list of cultural and historical activities is clearly popular amongst visitors wanting a more upmarket experience.

The River Club A long, but manageable, 7-hour transfer from Kafue to Livingstone gave us ample time to reflect on our time in Kafue. Arriving at River Club, we were pleasantly surprised by the polished appearance of this boutique owner-run lodge. Edwardian and colonial inspired architecture combined with Zambian historical references give the lodge a unique yet authentic character. Located on the banks of the Zambezi River the setting was tranquil but the atmosphere upbeat. A river cruise highlights that this part of the river is abundant with hippos and crocodiles and the banks were teeming with playful vervets. But it was refreshing to see guests taking in the beauty of the scenery and the relaxing smooth waters rather than focusing purely on the wildlife.

Victoria Falls & Devils Pool In late October, the waters are low and the current down the Falls is weak so we opted for a helicopter flight to view the entire structure of the falls before taking a dip in the Devil’s Pool. The helicopter flight was a good opportunity to see how big the falls were and get some great GoPro aerial shots but most conveniently it offers the chance to see the views from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side without having to obtain a univisa. One thing to note is that views can be restricted for the passenger in the middle seat however the pilot accommodates the flying pattern to give all passengers great views and they were simply breathtaking.

The River Club consists of 7 standard suites, 2 luxury suite with plunge pools and 2 family suites – offering a variety of options

Devils Pool, however, was the highlight of our trip to Livingstone. No one can fully prepare for exactly how you’re going to feel once you’re sitting at the edge of a 108-meter drop, that’s for sure! Arriving at Livingstone Island, we were welcomed by a fantastic guide who gave us a tour and brief history of the Falls as well a safety briefing. Feeling extremely comfortable entering the pool, excitement overrode any fear. The entire team on the scene were both very reassuring and 20

helpful, assisting where necessary and taking plenty of photos and videos on visitors’ behalf. It was a surreal experience to say the least.

Waterberry Zambezi Lodge We were rewarded by a tranquil evening river cruise on the Zambezi River at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge. Sharing the boat with just one other couple, it was most definitely quiet and relaxing. As they were keen birders, our guide was quick to point out various species of birds with a lot of knowledge behind him. Sat with a glass of wine and nibbles, we watched a family of Kudus curiously playing with some vervet monkeys and baboons on the banks of the Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe. Waterberry’s secluded location and quiet setting depicts a sense of real privacy. The thatched chalets come in various sizes; two intimate honeymoon suites with private terraces sit on the banks of the river whilst larger chalets suitable for small families lie in the beautiful grounds. The gardens are rich with colourful flowers and plants and small trees intertwined with rustic, recycled metal garden ornaments really add to Waterberry’s unique charm.

For contact details, rates and images of any of Zambia Marketing Group’s outstanding properties, please see or contact Izzie Ludbrook via 21

A real s afari feel i n L i v i n g sto n e Livingstone is known as the base for global travellers wanting to explore one of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. Livingstone has numerous accommodation options, but for those still wanting to get their ‘safari’ fix close to the falls, Islands of Siankaba, Toka Leya Camp and Waterberry Zambezi Lodge all offer their own twist.

Islands of Siankaba A n i n t i m ate, r em ot e a n d c u ltu r a l p r i vat e i sl a n d exp er i en c e

Arriving only by boat or mokoro to the lodge, Islands of Siankaba is situated on two small quaint islands on the shallower, smaller channels of the Zambezi River. It’s 7 luxury tents are nestled on the banks and hidden within the forest for an authentic raw African feel. All tents are connected via a wooden walkway, intertwining within the trees and in the company of curious vervet monkeys. A rope and wooden walkway leads the tents to the main veranda, which again is nestled amongst the trees and looking onto the river banks, giving easy access to all water activities. Its dining area is situated in the same environment with a panoramic terrace view surrounding the pool area, which in accompanied by a bush spa. ‘Bush dinners’ are also offered on request where guests can dine ‘al fresco’ under a canopy of Mahogany and Milkwood trees on the island’s nature trail. The local village choir regularly serenades guests as they enjoy their evening meal, all under atmospheric lantern and starlight. Islands of Siankaba offer village walks by foot and bike as well as community visits and guided nature walks so that guests can experience true Zambian culture. Mokoro trips are a must for those wanting an authentic perspective of the river and islands in a one to one guide experience. 22

Toka Leya Camp A feeling of true wilderness clo se to the fall s

Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, Toka Leya Camp is located within the core of Mosioa-Tunya National Park and is only 12 kilometres from the Falls. Twelve spacious en-suite safari-style tents, (including three family tents), with expansive decks sit just shy of the banks, soaking up the views of the river and active wildlife. Hippo, crocodile and elephant are all regularly seen near camp as well as a diversity of birdlife. Wooden walkways snake between the tents and the main area, limiting the footprint on the pristine area. Situated on risen decking complete with infinity pool and convivial fire pit, guests can sit with a drink and relax in true safari style, whilst looking out onto the river. Dining under canvas but in an open setting create stunning 360 degree views of nature in an intimate environment. Two very different camp experiences, both bringing a sense of wild Africa to the busiest tourist destination in Zambia. For more information on both camps or lodges and camps in Livingstone, please visit our website at or contact

Game drives into Mosi-oa-Tunya Park are on offer for guests wanting to experience African wildlife. The park hosts species such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and white rhino. There is also rich birdlife, including the sought-after half-collared kingfisher and Schalow’s turaco. Rhino tracking on foot is also available on request, accompanied by a scout. 23


Waterberry Zambezi Lodge & River Farmhouse R EL AXI N G AF TER S AFAR I OR R EC OVERING F ROM A GRU EL L I N G LON G H AU L FLIGHT Falling asleep to the grumbling of hippos making their way out of the river to graze on Waterberry’s lush lawns and the night sounds of lion, hyena and elephant across the river in the Zambezi National Park, then waking to morning Zambian coffee and biscuits served on a private terrace and enjoyed while dressed only in your Zambian chitenge gown is simply living the safari dream. This traditional 7-room lodge where service is the key feels far away from the buzz of Livingstone’s other success story – the numerous adventure and cultural activities that make it such a popular destination. Guests can enjoy peace, quiet and relaxation in this haven of beautiful gardens – but in just 30 minutes be driven through beautiful Mosi O Tunya National park to enjoy all the adventures to be had around Victoria Falls. For groups who want a private experience and to be spoiled by their own chef, boat, infinity pool and stunning gardens River Farmhouse is just 200m downstream from the main lodge. Waterberry guides are eager to share their love of birdlife with a list of 140 to be sought in the private conservation area, along the beautiful riverbank and while cruising this peaceful section of the Upper Zambezi. Game abounds in the National Park on the opposite bank – either to be followed by boat or to be spotted from the comfort of a chair on the terrace. Waterberry is famously committed to the local community, with an adult skills centre opened this year to add to the existing schools project. Going green is the target for 2018, with particular emphasis on waste reduction, including building projects using that bane of wildlife areas – old plastic water bottles. For more information on both properties contact or contact 25


Why I g o ba c k to

K o nk a m oya

Serial safari-er and ex Engineer ‘John Tynan’ used to manage the Elephant Orphanage in southern Kafue in 2007 and has visited Kafue every year since staying at Konkamoya Lodge. He talks about his invaluable experience at the orphanage and why Kafue keeps surprising him. How did you get involved in the elephant orphanage? I was asked by Melanie Shepherd (CO of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation) in 2007 to volunteer to manage a new orphanage for baby elephants in Kafue NP. The Phoenix Project was named after our first elephant who was raised in Mundawanga Conservancy (Lusaka). She was 6 years old when we transferred her to her new home in Kafue. I was surprised at her size having been told that she was a baby. I could just reach her shoulder on my tiptoes plus she weighed two tons.

Describe your most memorable experience at Konkamoya. Over my visits I have seen most of the wildlife. Aardvark, aardwolf and pangolin. elephants mating in the lake, wild dogs in front of a backdrop of 100 elephants, serval, leopards and cheetah. Possibly the best sighting was a pride of nine lions bringing down a male buffalo by the lake.

Sum up your experience managing the orphanage. The journey went without a hitch. It would take many pages to explain how difficult things were during the initial weeks. During the months that I was managing we took on a further three babies Chamalandu, Chadoba, and Zama. The whole thing was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

I hope to visit many more times. Konkamoya has to be my home in Zambia.

What made you go back to the Kafue? One of my duties at the orphanage was regular visit to the ZAWA village of Ngoma 25km from camp to collect drinking water. The wildlife was in abundance but unfortunately I never had much time to enjoy it. So I just had to return. So from 2008 I have returned to Kafue each year staying at Konkamoya Lodge. What makes you go back to Konkamoya Lodge every year? It has a location that’s second to none - on the shores of Lake Itechi Techi. Its tented accommodation overlooking the lake is extremely comfortable and hearing distinctive sounds of the wildlife throughout the night is just enchanting. As you can imagine I have become great friends with Andrea and Laura and all of the staff. I love the food and the company.

Konkamoya Lodge is situated on the shores of Lake Itechi Techi in southern Kafue NP. For more information, rates and images please visit 27

KaingU Safari Lodge; P ri vat e s et t i ng s t hat encap s u l ate a tru e wil d ern es s exp e rien c e

KaingU Safari Lodge is situated in the eastern central section of the Kafue National Park, on a remote stretch of the Kafue River. Its unique surroundings appear almost pre-historic with green banks and shallow pools amongst hundreds of granite rocks. Its location offers ultimate seclusion and escape, lending itself to a variety ‘off the beaten track’ more exclusive activities. Island ‘sleepouts’ are a unique way to feel truly immersed within the wilderness. KaingU run these either as standalone activities or as part of a canoe trail. The canoe trail option has proved successful, as it’s not a particularly strenuous trail. The trip usually takes around 3-4 hours, (approx. 2 hours longer than a usual canoe trip), taking guests into the river further upstream. They then stop at an island for the night before continuing to the lodge in the morning for a hearty mid-morning breakfast. For the more adventurous guests, the sleepout can also act as the midway stop in between two full days of paddling and rapid running.


Brunches often coincide with the journey back from guests’ morning game drive, organised as a complete surprise.

KaingU has three camping options for guests, one being a traditional dome tent, an open bed option with mosquito nets or a night in their unique ‘Tonga Basket’ treehouse. Everything is set up and food is dropped off prior to guests arrival. They have the option for a guide to be present on the island, however those in the treehouse often prefer to be left with just a radio. A huge part of the experience, however, is simply sitting around the fire under the stars.

There are various rock pools within the shallow parts of the river surrounding KaingU where two locations are used for guests to relax, explore and take in the unrivalled beauty of the area. One location is within walking distance of the lodge where guests can self explore. The other is 15 minutes away by boat where a guide accompanies guests. Rocks used to create small dam walls, which in turn create clear pools and can be 100% clear of croc activity!

Another island experience on offer is their popular Island Dining. These mostly take place at breakfast and brunch but are also available for evening meals too. A completely hidden island is usually chosen, shaded by Waterberry trees.

On hot days in October, visits to the pools are very popular set with a rug to lie on, a bottle of wine and a good book. The privacy of the activity is also appealing for those guests wanting to experience the beauty of the surroundings and its wildlife entirely to themselves.

For more information on KaingU Safari Lodge and their unique activities, please contact or you can find out more about our lodges and camps in the Kafue by visiting 29

P roflig h t ' s P o rtfo li o of E xt r aor d i n a ry G u ests Zambia’s leading domestic and regional airline, Proflight Zambia, has recently helped rescue an orphaned baby elephant following their successful transportation of a 120kg hippo calf. Upon arrival she found the fragile female orphan in desperate need of help; dehydrated, stressed and showing the initial signs of shock. With some intensive care by Ms O’Brien, Chipembele’s Anna Tolan and her team, the calf was in the best possible hands, to give her a chance for survival. While the fate of Matizye’s mother is not known, it’s speculated that she may have fallen victim to poachers, who are known to operate in the area.

Matizye has won the hearts of people throughout the world after embarking on a 577km mercy flight across the country in order to bring her to safety. The tiny two-month-old elephant was rescued in the South Luangwa National Park, after she was found by local residents in the bush: alone, starving and terrified. Proflight Zambia flew into action and dispatched a 12-seater C208 Caravan aircraft to collect the elephant and fly her to the safety of the Lilayi Elephant Nursery operated by Game Rangers International in Lusaka. “Who said elephants can’t fly!” said Captain Emmanuel Nyirenda, who flew the 90kg elephant to her new home along with colleague Captain David Ndumba.

As Zambia’s leading domestic and regional airline, this is not the first time that Proflight has helped rescue a wild animal. They have repeatedly flown other orphaned elephants in the past and in 2013 Proflight flew Douglina, a 120kg orphaned hippo calf to its new home in South Luangwa.

“ We carry thousands of passengers across the country every year to see Zambia’s fantastic wildlife and national parks, so it is only fitting that we put something back by helping little Matizye and ensuring that our natural wonders are cared for ”,

Douglina, the baby hippo was found orphaned and alone by conservationists in the Lower Zambezi at only 4 months old. Thanks to conservation intervention, she was rescued and nursed back to health by Conservation Lower Zambezi, (CLZ). To get her safely to her new home in South Luangwa, Douglina had to be flown in a passenger aircraft, as road travel deemed too stressful to her. Weighing 20 stone, she may have taken up a lot of room but she most certainly was the most popular passenger on board. Douglina, formally known as Douglas, even bagged herself a frequent flyer card with Proflight!

he added. Matizye was originally rescued by officers from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) with support from the Conservation South Luangwa charity. With quick action and veterinary support the calf was taken to the nearby Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust where she was cared for by Game Rangers International’s consultant vet nurse Liz O’Brien who Proflight rapidly flew to the scene.

She now resides happily at her new home at Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre on the banks of the South Luangwa River, being cared for by former Thames Valley police officers, Anna and Steve Tolan. The husband and wife team, originally from Oxford, moved to Africa 12 years ago and are the founders of the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust. 30

Lion Camp Refurbishment Update The walkway now carves an elegant winding path through the bush, and all the curves put at the centre of the architectural design are now clear to see in all their glory.

The rains have arrived in Luangwa and thankfully so has the final truckload of building materials for Lion Camp. The new rooms and main area have now been rebuilt with more space between each room.

The camp are working closely with Nzito, an innovative Zambian furniture design company based in Lusaka, to produce a range of bespoke items for the camp woven out of plant roots to create weaver nests, scaling up from egg baskets to light fittings.

Here is a first glimpse of the stunning designs for the new interiors. All at camp have been longing for the moment that Oscar wheels out his sewing machine to start making the canvas walls for the rooms. The thatch roof has been completed on most of the rooms - just before the heavy rain arrives - and you can start to see how the new rooms will look from the inside.

Lion Camp has also introduced a Carbon Levy to offset the operations of the camp from reopening in May. This has been done in partnership with Biocarbon Partners Trust and will see each guest paying $5 per night to offset their stay meaning operations will then be carbon neutral.

The pallet of dusky neutrals is evident through all building materials that have been carefully selected, even the enormous structural gum poles that have been sanded back to reveal a silvery finish that complements the beautiful Rhino Wood.

LZNP Celebrate Tusk Ranger Award Camps and lodges in the Lower Zambezi are celebrating their very own ranger’s well-deserved Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award. Starting out as a junior ranger in Zambia in 1999, Solomon Chidunuka wanted to tackle the poaching trade. Going undercover he would win over the confidence of poachers and then summon his colleagues to arrest them. He’s one of the first rangers in Zambia to receive paramilitary training and his ambitious nature means not even his recent amputation of his left leg will stop his tracks.

Proflight is proudly announcing two more new Domestic routes in 2018

Throughout his career, he’s progressed into becoming Senior Wildlife Warden, getting involved in various undercover missions and being in charge of three National Parks. Having built up a group of connections, he states he’s successfully made around 200 arrests. Working in the Lower Zambezi for 13 years, some of his achievements consist of slashing elephant poaching within the National Park and he hasn’t lost any of Zambia’s only population of black rhinos.

They will offer Livingstone to Lower Zambezi direct daily in the peak months from mid-June through to midOctober. They will also commence scheduled services to Kafue National Park from Lusaka in March, making the Kafue much more accessible to visit. The Lusaka to/from Kafue flights will operate on twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. These dates are on request for Kafue including the Chunga and Busanga Plains airstrip.

Anabezi and Amanzi camp lead celebrations amongst ZMG members on social media, “A huge congratulations to our very own Solomon Chidunuka! Well deserved recognition for all the hard work in the Lower Zambezi and Zambia... a proud day for all of us that know you! “

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Much e nj e he l p s f u nd ma bel e s c h oo l m i ni b u s


Muchenje Safari Lodge, situated on the quieter western side of the Chobe National Park, has been involved in an exciting project initiated by one of their recent guests, Chris Gray, from Cardiff and Director Matt Smith. The bus, along with the generous donations, left the British Isles bound for Botswana early October, eventually being handed over to the Muchenje community on the 3rd November with much celebration. Thank you to Chris and all the schools and individuals involved.

During his stay, Chris visited the Muchenje Village and Mabele Primary School, one of the wonderful activities guests can enjoy when staying at the lodge. Mabele’s school children all live in the neighbouring villages and many, some as young as 7 years old, have to walk a few miles each day through dangerous game area, in the early morning hours (when wildlife movements are at its peak).

Some recent guests that returned from their stay at Muchenje gave the following feedback:

Muchenje was a founding lodge in the ‘Pack for a Purpose’ initiative back in 2001, an organisation which gives guidance to travellers on suitable items to pack – the benefits of which can make quite a difference to local communities. Since then have introduced hundreds of guests to the children and local community, who have in turn supported hundreds of children through school.

“ We visited the school which Rambo (Muchenje Safari guide) had attended as a child and were fortunate to meet the Headmaster and spend time in the reception class. This whole experience was truly the best part of our whole holiday and we feel so fortunate to have experienced it. ”

After his visit, Chris returned back to the UK and made it his mission to supply something a little more than the usual school books and pencils. With months of planning, collaboration and fundraising between Chris, Matt, and later the Bushways Foundation, fund raising commenced with the aim to buy a much needed school minibus - meaning that local children can be collected in safety and returned home after school. The fundraising total was quickly reached and, once the bus was purchased, Chris flew two willing drivers down to drive to Wales, where it visited Chris’ local primary school and communities around Wales, all of whom filled it with all sorts of goodies.

For more information and rates for Muchenje Safari Lodge, contact Kat Day at


T h e B otswana S afar i Destinatio n you di dn ’ t know existed

When people think of Botswana, it’s the likes of the Delta, Chobe and Kalahari that generally spring to mind. But these popular tourist destinations are only a small piece of what the country has to offer. Botswana is home to a treasure trove full of hidden gems that many visitors don’t get to see. Tuli is one of these gems. The Tuli Block sits is the southeastern most corner, where the country meets South Africa and Zimbabwe, just upriver from the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site. And, at just over an hour’s flight, or a straightforward drive from Johannesburg, Tuli really is ‘Botswana on the doorstep’.

Great game viewing Game viewing and birding is diverse and has the added bonus of an amazing backdrop. With three of the Big Five, Tuli is best known for its large elephant herds, and has a good record for leopard, cheetah, lion and hyena sightings. It also has vast quantities of giraffe and great herds of game, including the eland.

One widely held assumption is that Botswana is a very seasonal location even inaccessible during the summer months. But being in a semi-arid zone, Tuli is definitely a year-round destination. Pont Drift must also be one of the smallest and friendliest border crossings in Africa, with the added bonus of a border crossing undertaken by cable car when the Limpopo River is flowing!

Varied activities Guests have a range of safari activities to choose from at Tuli, allowing them to explore the bush in many ways! Game drives, bush walks, hides with the option of sleep outs, horseback safaris and mountain biking (home to the Children in the Wilderness ‘Tour de Tuli’) are all on offer.

We can list many, many reasons why Tuli should be included in Botswana itineraries. Here are the top five reasons to look beyond the obvious Botswana destinations and give Tuli a try.

Stunning scenery The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is quite unlike the rest of Botswana in terms of its stunning scenery – typified by huge vistas and big skies, rocky outcrops and baobab-studded plains. It’s a photographer and geologist’s dream location! 34

Great getaway destination with links throughout the region

Family friendly Unlike so many lodges in Botswana, most of the accommodation options in Tuli welcome children of all ages and it’s an ideal spot for multi-generational family getaways – with a wide range of activities and plenty of opportunity to relax.

Tuli is a perfect standalone destination offering an authentic and varied safari experience. It also makes a great stopping point for those travelling between South Africa, Botswana and beyond. Tuli fits well with visits to the northern part of South Africa, including the Kruger National Park, Mapungubwe, Madikwe, Waterberg and Marakele. And with regular flights into the reserve from Johannesburg, Tuli can easily combine with any other destination in Southern Africa.

This is a special part of Botswana that’s right on the doorstep. Rates at Tuli Safari Lodge start from $460pppn with a 4-night fly-in special at $2310pp.

Botswana’s ‘true wilderness’ Northern Tuli Game Reserve is often missed off the Botswana itinerary because, in comparison to other national parks, it has been notoriously difficult to get to from Maun. Close to the border with South Africa, Tuli has always combined well with the Pafuri region of Kruger National Park, which is just 3 hours away by road. It wasn’t until recently that the Limpopo Valley Air Taxi was introduced between Johannesburg and Tuli, reducing the journey time to Tuli to an hour. As an extension to the Johannesburg route, in June 2017 further routes in and out of Limpopo Valley Airfield were introduced meaning that Tuli is now connected to Maun (2 hours) for the Okavango, Kasane (1hr 30) for Victoria Falls and Kruger via Polokwane (2 hours). To add to this, in 2018 an additional route will link Tuli to Vilanculos, Mozambique’s beach destination in 2 hours. Now is the time to complement your Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique itineraries with Tuli Safari Lodge, just a 10minute transfer from the Limpopo Valley Airfield. Rates for Tuli start at $460pppn, with a 4 night fly-in package at $2310 per person. For more information or to download flight details and rates, visit or contact Kat Day at


Swa z iland 50/50 C e l e brati on s : T h e G o lden Year 2018 is a double celebration for the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland as they celebrate 50 years of independence and King Mswati III’s 50th birthday. Swaziland officially became independent from the United Kingdom in 1968. Then headed by King Sobhuza, the country was re-established as one of Africa’s few remaining monarchies. Independence Day ceremonies take place every year in the Royal Capital, Lobamba. The ceremony showcases Swaziland’s vibrant culture with hundreds of locals’ dressed traditional costume, including the Prime Minister. However, next year will also include celebrations for King Mswati III, to mark his 50th birthday. The youngest son of King Sobhuza, King Mswati III took the throne when he was just 18 making him the world’s youngest ruling monarch at the time. Plans are underway for the festivities and will involve thousands of warriors in traditional dress, carrying spears and cowhide shields marching into the stadium in Ezulwini. Swaziland is passionate about their way of life, traditions and people, and 2018 promises to be a year full of celebration for this tiny Kingdom. More information on Swaziland Tourism Website: 36

Swa z i land lea d s Afr ica in the C e l e brati on o f the Ma rula Fru i t Although the Marula fruit can be found throughout Africa, it is in Swaziland where it is found in abundance and is celebrated to the fullest. They have a vast range of uses for this juicy fruit from medicinal to the delightful (although very strong) Marula beer. The skin of the fruit can be burnt and used as a substitute for coffee, the wood from the tree is soft and used for carving whilst the inner bark can be used to make rope. Inside the flesh are a couple of very small tasty nuts, which provide a rich source of fat and protein to local communities. The oil from the nuts is used in skincare products, as they are known to make the skin supple and radiant. Their green leaves are eaten to relieve heartburn, and the bark contains antihistamines.

Swaziland’s Marula Festival (24th February – 4th March this year), celebrates the harvest of Marula Fruit, between now and mid-May in Swaziland. The festival pays tribute to the riches of Mother Nature, and is the highlight of the Swaziland calendar. It is initiated by King Mswati III and the Queen Mother, Her Majesty ‘Indlovukazi’, who travel all over the Kingdom leading the nation in animated celebration. It starts with women and children collecting the fallen Marula fruit to store until it turns to a creamy yellow colour – the sign that it’s ripe. It is then placed into sugar and water, left to ferment, and eventually creates Marula beer. First to sample the brew is the royal family, and only after this is the rest of the nation permitted to drink and celebrations can officially begin.

Tourists are welcome at Swaziland’s Marula festival to join in song, dance, and celebration. And of course, a mug or two of Swaziland’s finest Marula beer.

Across Africa this fruit is used in many weird and wonderful ways. Well known as the fruit that ‘drives elephants wild’ as when fermented it becomes very alcoholic which means you may stumble across drunken elephants – or they may stumble across you! In the north of South Africa, the Sotho people believe that the Marula tree is sacred as the spirits gave it to them. To respect this, and the way of their ancestors, the Marula tree will be the only tree left standing in field once is has been ploughed. The Shangaan tribe use the stone of the Marula fruit as dice and cast their “bones” to predict the future and help their clients with problems and ailments. For more information Swaziland’s festivals, please visit or contact Kelly at

In Zimbabwe they use an infusion of roots and leaves to wash the body and prevent possession from evil spirits. By bathing in the concoction it also acts as a cleanser before treating infectious diseases.


Three destinations, Two days, One event not to be missed. Manchester Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th February 2018 Mere court hotel & conference centre

Cirencester Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th February 2018 The crown of crucis

London Wednesday 28th February & Thursday 1st March 2018

or Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd March 201 8 The grange wellington hotel

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Tanzania Exhibitors

I ntimate places tanzania M bali M bali M elia serengeti lodge N imali A frica L ifest y le safaris T akims holiday s T he zanzibar collection H oopoe S afaris T anzania T ourism B oard


UGANDA Exhibitors A dventure vacation safaris A S YA N U T T O U R S A N D S A F A R I s B uffalo safari camps N kuringo walking safaris M arasa africa let ’s go travel T he uganda safari co . / wildplaces M ahogan y S prings U ganda L odges V olcanoes safaris


Zambia Exhibitors C hiawa camp & old mondoro

F latdogs camp kafunta safaris L ion camp norman carr R emote A frica S henton S afaris T he B ushcamp C ompan y Waterberr y & R iver farmhouse W ilderness safaris


M a ke the m o st o f Ma daga s ca r We asked Hely Rakotomanantsoa, MD of ICTours to give some tips regarding Madagascar trips. LANGUAGE.


As you’ll probably know, the island is francophone, so UK clients really must have fluent English-speaking guides, even if they are able to speak French for themselves. Guides are not just there to provide transportation and point out animals; they should be informative, educational and entertaining to clients, sharing about all aspects of Malagasy life. As you’d expect, all of our guides that are allocated to our growing UK business are fluent in English.

There are no obvious circuits to Madagascar, other than to the likes of Tana, Perinet and Berenty. So every trip really can be tailor-made with journey times; attractions; environments; trip-length and all budgets able to be satisfied. Transfers can be lengthy affairs so trying to do the entire island in a single trip is probably not that great an option, unless you have a few weeks, of course. Understanding what the client would ideal like to see can ensure we can develop their set of highlights which may differ enormously from even a quite similar client.



Different clients visit Madagscar for many different reasons and those criteria can hugely impact upon an itinerary. Whilst most British travellers visit to see lemurs and chameleons, many others seek out the diverse culture of Madagascar, our pot-pourri of cuisine styles and influences; the hugely varied landsapes and eco-systems…even the pristine beaches. All of the ICT team are native Malagasy and we’d like to think our product knowledge is second to none.

With a few famous exceptions, there is little high-end luxury accommodation available in Madagascar, so be sure that your client is happy to stay at mid-range properties, which are often the only option in the wildlife rich areas. If the client wants experiences rather that pure luxury, then Madagascar can certainly deliver! Thankfully, we’ve been able to negotiate good rates across the board, making us really competitive.

TRY IT FOR YOURSELF Our beautiful island rarely fails to exceed the expectations of visitors (as long as they accept the points about), so we recommend tour operators come to experience it for themselves. Sadly fam-trips to Madagascar are rarely cheap, but we do our best to keep costs as low as possible, but we do feel them well worth the investment because as soon as you return to the UK, we’re confident that you’ll be hugely enthusiastic about our destination and will sell lots of trips! For more information on ICTours or if you are interested in our Madagascar fam trip please contact



Uganda’s hotlist 2018 Here’s what’s happening this year surrounding the Pearl of Africa...

Celebrating 25 years of Gorilla Tourism Mountain Gorillas have survived in Uganda, largely due to conservation efforts. These are directly assisted by tourism, which first started in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 1993. Originally, just one family - named ‘Mubare’ after the hills in which they lived - was habituated allowing just 8 tourists a day to have a magical gorilla encounter. Twenty-five years on, the number of habituated groups stands at 15, with park visitor numbers increasing from 1,313 to almost 20,000 in 2016. It’s not just the gorillas that have benefitted - local communities living in the region now have better healthcare, education, sanitation and employment opportunities, all aided by tourism.

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The magic of Queen Elizabeth National Park Spanning across the equator, Uganda’s most popular safari destination provides classic big game, as well as ten primate species and over 600 species of birds. Experiencing tree climbing lions in Ishasha and a river cruise through the Kazinga channel offer outstanding wildlife viewing, including the world’s largest population of hippo! There are stylish accommodation options throughout the park, with a new safari lodge opening in May 2018.

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Bwindi Gorilla Census starts in March The highly-anticipated census of Bwindi’s gorilla population is due to start in March 2018. Home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas, Bwindi has seen a recent baby boom, so official numbers of this critically endangered species are expected to rise. The census is a huge task with 321sq km of dense forest at altitudes of up to 2607m to be monitored. Researchers will analyse the status of the population, assess the impact of threats and evaluate the effectiveness of conservation strategies.

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25 years

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mountain gorillas have succeeded. For the last 10 years, Uganda has led the way and our numbers are increasing, especially after our recent baby-boom. In Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga National Park, we now have well over 50% of the world’s gorilla population.”

Mountain Gorillas have survived in Uganda, largely due to conservation efforts and these are directly assisted by tourism, which first started in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, twenty-five years ago. Back in 1993, just one family - named ‘Mubare’ after the hills in which they lived - was habituated to humans, allowing just 8 tourists a day to have a magical gorilla encounter. For gorillas to become relaxed with human presence there is a long, drawn out process, which can take up to 5 years. The process sees them gently introduced to rangers, who edge ever closer, whilst also staying a little longer each day. Once the gorilla family is deemed to be fully comfortable with humans, tourists are permitted to spend a magical hour in their company, as they interact with other group members. Twenty-five years on, the number of habituated groups now stands at 15, with park visitors increasing from 1,313 to almost 20,000 in 2016.

So what better time to send your clients?

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is responsible for maintaining the mountain gorillas’ forest home. With no mountain gorillas ever surviving in captivity, it highlights just how vital protecting their natural habitat is to their survival.

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Numbers are expected to rise in Uganda’s upcoming

Gorilla Census

“Thanks to investment from tourism and national conservation efforts, the population figures are set to rise. We’re really excited to see the results of this census”.

The highly anticipated census of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest’s mountain gorillas is due to commence in March 2018. Home to half of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas, Bwindi has seen a recent baby boom, so official numbers are expected to climb from the 400 estimated by the last census, which was completed in 2011. The census is a huge task with 321sq km of dense forest at altitudes of up to 2607m to be monitored. Researchers will analyse the status of the population, assess the impact of threats, and evaluate the effectiveness of conservation strategies. A team of rangers, wardens and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) staff will be assembled along with key supporting partners to comb the forest for evidence of gorillas. Teams will move systematically through the undergrowth recording gorilla nests, evidence of movement (broken branches and pathways) and faecal samples, which are collected for genetic analysis. The next census is broken into two phases – beginning in March, whilst the second will be conducted in October 2018. The genetic analysis will provide an accurate population figure soon after the data capture is completed. This will allow for the development of gorilla conservation strategies for the future. Whilst the official global population was last recorded as 900 individuals, this is significantly up on the 600 low-point recorded in the 1990s. Mountain gorillas have survived in Uganda, largely due to conservation efforts. Their habitat has been protected and managed by UWA who have also supported local communities living in the region with better healthcare, education, sanitation and employment opportunities, all aided by tourism.

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Uganda Lodges’ newest luxury property Currently under construction and due to open mid-2018 is Uganda Lodges’ newest luxury property, Elephant Plains. Elephant Plains is scenically located just two kilometres from the equator, nestled on top of a hill boasting panoramic views over Lake Kikorongo and the extensive savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP), as well as Lakes George and the famed Kazinga Channel in the distance.


Elephant Plains will be the closest, luxury accommodation to QENP’s Kasenyi Plains on the western shores of Lake George just near to the area where the Kazinga Channel confluences with the lake. Sleeping just 20pax, the luxury guest accommodation will comprise of six en-suite Twin/Double Rooms with private verandas and two Family Cottages, featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a private veranda.

Onsite amenities include an extensive comfy lounge, a spacious restaurant with an outside deck, a bistro bar and wine cellar and a swimming pool. In addition to this the site is wheel chair accessible and there is free Wi-Fi in the public areas. For more information on Elephant Plains and Uganda Lodges, please contact Kat Day at 51

Sipping on a coffee and tucking into a hearty breakfast whilst listening to the sounds of chimpanzees and absorbing the breath taking views that Bwindi Forest has to offer sounds like something from a dream…

Located only a short distance from Volcanoes Safaris’ Bwindi Lodges is Bwindi Bar. The Bar serves a variety of fragrant local coffee and tea, delicious breakfast options that blend international and local tastes as well as a popular Ugandan Street food, the “Rolex”. However, it is much more than a place to experience local cuisine, it’s a community project that provides practical training and skills to create job opportunities for disadvantaged local youth living near the Bwindi National Park in Buhoma. Trainees gain practical skills in food and service before they intern at the cafe for two months. They are then sent for further internships at nearby lodges. Volcanoes Safaris’ colourful Bwindi Bar and Training Café won the Best Community Engagement prize at the PURE Life Experiences awards in 2016 and continue to engage their clients with the local community, ensuring the locals benefit directly from tourism. If you’re lucky you might just spot a gorilla on your coffee run!

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Mahogany Springs 2017 saw a number of updates and upgrades to Bwindi’s Mahogany Springs. As well as two new rooms; the Honeymoon Suite and River View room, wifi is now available across the lodge including rooms. In addition to this, new furniture and furnishings complimented by the addition of the complimentary high-end, natural and ecofriendly skin care and body products in the rooms called Africology. Another room, Bird View Suite, is due to be open in 2018. This room is located on a piece of land that has a sheer abundance of birdlife and will host stunning views across the river, into the forest making it the ideal room for birdwatchers. Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. It is the perfect base to track mountain gorillas or to do a spot of bird watching. Rates start at $240pppn, for more information contact Kat Day at 54

Gorillas, game and golf Combining a favourite past time (for some) with the ultimate wildlife experience is a rarity. However, a new set itinerary from Great Lakes Safaris, launching this year, combines the perfect blend of the 18-hole experience and the ultimate African adventure! This 2 week (14 days) trip includes the highlights of the Pearl of Africa, including Chimp trekking in Kibale, a game drive in QENP, Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and a game drive and horse safari in Lake Mburo NP. Interjected between the gorillas and game are four rounds of golf at some of Uganda’s best, and oldest, courses. Guests will first play a round of golf at Entebbe Golf Course, a course that consists of 18 holes over 6,684 yards and, being founded in 1901, is one of the oldest golf courses in East Africa. As the trip continues around western Uganda, guests will also visit Toro Golf Club in Fort Portal, Kilembe Mines Golf Club in Kasese and Mbarara Golf Club near Lake Mburo NP. For more information on this or other set itineraries from Great Lakes Safaris Uganda and Rwanda, please contact Kat Day at

SOme of the world’s finest Aribica Proceeds from the walking tour and shop are put back into maintaining the coffee trees, and paying school fees for orphans.

Grown on Mt Elgon is Arabica coffee. This area has a reputation for producing some of the finest washed Arabica in both Kenya and Uganda, and The Sipi Widows’ Group will take you on a guided walk through the coffee plantation revealing how they plant, pick, grind, store and wash the coffee.

Another community group, based in Budadiri, offers accommodation, car hire, guided coffee tours and community nature walks. Do not pass the opportunity to taste their infamous smoked malewa bamboo shoots!

During this walk you will learn about the life of the Sabiny as you meet the locals, and participate in traditional weaving and the preparation, cooking and tasting of local dishes. A visit to the women’s handcraft shop in the main trading centre of the Mt Elgon district is also highly recommended.

Nature lovers can indulge in one of the three trails – the full-day Namugabwe Cave Trail, passing through BaMasaba community land and banana plantations, eventually reaching an historical cave filled with bones; the Dirigana Loop Trail to the Dirigsana Falls and Gabushana Cave passes though local markets and the “Walls of Death”; or the three day walk to the awe inspiring Sipi Falls which reveals the culture of two neighbouring tribes. As you will encounter on these tours, most Ugandan coffee is grown on small farms and in traditional households, women assume the responsibility for growing coffee, which often provides the family’s only source of cash. A variety of wild Robusta coffee still grows today in Uganda’s rain forests and is thought to be one of the rarest examples of naturally occurring coffee trees anywhere in the world. 55

NOT JUST CHIMPS AND GAME AT UGANDA LODGES Uganda Lodges have positioned their lodges and camps in prime positions so that their guests can experience some of Uganda’s highlights on their doorsteps. For instance; Budongo Eco Lodge is nestled in the Budongo Central Forest Reserve, within the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park, making it the perfect place to not only see chimpanzees, but the additional abundance of wildlife that Murchison offers. Simba Safari Lodge is only 2km from the equator and the closest accommodation to QENP’s Kasenyi Plains, and Primate Lodge is in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park, at the start of the chimpanzee trekking. However, its not just these main activities (chimps and game), that guests can participate in when staying with them and it is well worth extending stays by one or two nights, for guests to truly experience what else is on offer and fall in love with Uganda.

Additional activities at the lodges include: Nocturnal forest walks in search for bush babies, pottos and other nocturnal animals. Bigodi Swamp Walk and Bigodi Village Walk Bird watching in search of some of the elusive bird species such as the Paradise Flycatcher and Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Exploration of the Crater Lakes Cultural Heritage and Nature Trails Visits to the tea estates Hiking the Rwenzori Mountains Boat Safaris


The Sunken Forest of

Kyambura Gorge As you approach Kyambura Gorge, driving across the savannah of Queen Elizabeth Park, you will be surprised when seemingly out of nowhere, there is this huge opening in the savannah, a forested gorge known as the ‘Valley of Apes’ stretches over 16 kilometres long and is one of Uganda’s Natural Wonders. This deep and ancient forested gorge is home to a small community of chimpanzees that have been habituated, meaning they go about their daily activities freely in the presence of people. These chimps have been isolated for 20 years after the destruction of a forest corridor that connected them to much larger woodland containing several hundred chimps. They’re under the protection of the Uganda Wildlife Authority and monitored daily however due to being so excluded, chimp numbers are under threat. Other primate species found in the gorge include Red Tailed Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Giant Forest Hogs, and Baboons. This valley is a birder’s Paradise with around 332 bird species recorded in Kyambura Wildlife Reserve.

Kyambura Gorge Lodge is the ideal location for tracking the lost chimps in the sunken forest of Kyambura Gorge nearby and seeing the amazing game in one of Africa’s most beautiful and varied parks, centred on the waterway of the Kazinga Channel where animals come to bathe. The lodge, owned by Volcanoes Safaris, works in partnership with UWA to conserve these chimps. 57


Masai Mara Basecamp Explorer, in the heart of the Masai Mara, was founded with the desire to support and inspire the local Masai community, enabling a sustainable future. A fine example of this is Basecamp’s Masai Head Chef, Benson Ole Soit, renowned for his culinary skills and Basecamp favourites including ‘Masai Giraffe Swiss Roll’ and ‘Wilderness Camp Rocky Road Chocolate Cake’.


Starting originally with Basecamp Explorer as a guard at Wilderness Camp, Benson is a self-taught chef who learnt his skills from cookbooks and cooking shows on YouTube. Over the years, Benson has worked his way up through the ranks after securing a role as kitchen steward and being awarded ‘Best Pastry Chef’ and ‘Best Chef’ in 2011/2012. He is now Head Chef across all of the camps in the Mara – all with thanks to the support and training opportunities offered to him by Basecamp.

During my culinary journey, I haven’t had a mentor neither have I worked under any famous chef. I have learned from books and different online platforms. This has made me more creative making me the man I am today

Teaming up with Basecamp Management, Benson has achieved his dream and published his first cookbook, Eat This!, with proceeds going to a fantastic cause.

Proceeds from the sale of Eat This! fund scholarships (up to $2,500) for young Masai who are passionate about cooking but unable to pay for school fees. These scholarships finance an 18 month course at the Karen Blixen Cooking School in the Masai Mara. Once the course is complete, the young chefs will be offered a place working with Basecamp Explorer under the mentorship of Benson who will train them into qualified chefs.

This is a great opportunity for young, aspiring Masai chefs who wish to pursue careers within hospitality. You can buy EAT THIS! directly through Basecamp Explorer’s camps or by emailing


The sky’s the limit at

Leopard Hill

Flip the switch, lie back and watch the stars appear over your luxury bedroom at Mara Naibosho’s newest tented camp - Leopard Hill. This latest edition to the Basecamp Explorer family has a unique feature - a motorised roof*, allowing guests to view the stunning Africa sky, from the comfort and privacy of their own bed. Built on elevated wooden decks, the camp has just six tents and is situated close to a huge Double Fig Tree and a vibrant series of waterholes. The rooms offer an unhindered view of the local wildlife, whilst enjoying the modern luxury of this delightful new high-end camp.

Rates range from USD 330 – USD 430 per person sharing per night. Price includes: All meals and accommodation, mineral water, airstrip transfers, day & night game drive safaris in open sided safari vehicle, guided walking safaris in the savannah, conservancy fees, unlimited Wifi, optional visit to community projects supported by Basecamp.

Each tent takes inspiration from Manyatas - the round houses of the local Masai people and, due to this, they offer almost 360° views over the waterholes and across the savannah in to the distance. Each has its own large, private terrace with outdoor fireplace, along with both indoor and outdoor showers.

* The roof has almost invisible mosquito net in place, even when open.

Open all year round, Leopard Hill is within an area that is restricted from motorised vehicles meaning that guests can relax, unwind and enjoy the scenery of the expansive savannah, undisturbed.

For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact Kat Day by emailing


Kenya fam trip 2018

For just $700, spend five nights within the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara, firstly at Basecamp Explorer’s 3 eco-camps; Basecamp Masai Mara, Wilderness Camp and Eagle View, followed by two nights at Sentinel Camp on the banks of the Mara River. You can join the local, experienced Masai guides on a traditional walking safari, game drives and village visits, learning about the Masai customs and culture as you go. Cost: $700 Date(s): March or April 2018 For more information and to register your interest, please email Kat Day at 61

BOTSWANA fam trip 2018

Add a few nights in Chobe National Park to your Zambia or Botswana FAM Trip itineraries with a stay at Muchenje Safari Lodge for just $150. Located on the western side of Chobe, Muchenje is the only lodge in this area and offers unique and prolific game experiences. Price includes game activities, all meals, park fees, government tax and return transfers to and from Kasane Airport. Cost: $150 Date(s): Numerous, please contact us to discuss futher. For more information and to register your interest, please email Kat Day at 62

BOTSWANA & S.A fam trip 2018

For four days in May 2018 (Post-INDABA) you can experience the magnificence of Northern Kruger with a visit to Pafuri Camp, before heading over the Botswana border to Tuli Safari Lodge. This twocentre trip makes for a perfect client combination of luxury camps in scenic, game and history-rich destinations. Cost: TBC Date(s): 11th-14th May 2018 For more information and to register your interest, please email Kat Day at


Zambia fam trip 2018

On this 5-night trip, you will spend 3 days in the stunning South Luangwa National Park and 2 nights on the banks of the great Zambezi River. You will join Kafunta Safaris’ at their three stunning camps; Kafunta River Lodge, Island Bush Camp and Three Rivers Camp and end the trip at River Farmhouse, only 40 minutes away from Victoria Falls. Highlights of the trip will include game drives and walking safari, rhino walk, village visit, Livingstone Island and a helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls. Cost: $300 Dates: July-October 2018 For more information and to register your interest, please email Kat Day at 64

Uganda fam trip 2018

Experience the best Uganda has to offer on this 10day trip across the Pearl of Africa. On this tour with Great Lakes Safaris and Mahogany Springs, your highlights will include a visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls, and gorilla and chimp trekking. Along the way, you will stay at intimate safari lodges including Primate Lodge, Simba Safari Lodge, Mihingo Lodge, and the perfect gorilla tracking base, Mahogany Springs. Cost: $1020. Gorilla permits are an additional $600 and chimp permits are $100. Date(s): 11th-20th May OR 23rd Nov - 2nd Dec 2018 For more information and to register your interest, please email Kat Day at 65

Madagascar fam trip 2018

Visit Madagascar and its famed lemurs, chameleons, forests and beaches in May 2018 with Island Continent Tours (ICTours). Departing in early May, ICTours have three Fam Trips on offer; an 8 day South-East, an 11 day West, and a 15 day West and South-East. Higlights include: Antsirabe and the thermal springs, Fossa spotting and hiking in Kirindy Park, Hike to the ‘Big Tsingy’, The famous rice fields, baobab forests and red soil of the West, Ferry boat to Belo, Anavadaoka beach, Zombitse and Andasibe National Parks, Allee des Baobabs, Isalo National Park and its famous canyon, natural swimming pool and geological formations, Plateaux de Horombe, Drives through the lands of the Mikea, Mahafaly and Betsileo tribes. 8 Days - 1 pax €1,888 | 2 pax €1015 | 3 pax €760 – not including domestic flights 11 Days - 1 pax €2,278 | 2 pax €1,182 | 3 pax €866 – not including domestic flights 15 Days – 1 pax €2,843 | 2 pax €1,525 | 3 pax €1,155 – including all transport For more information and to register your interest, please email Kat Day at 66

Ethiopia fam trip 2018

Experience the best of Ethiopia with leading Ethiopian DMC, Dinknesh Ethiopia Tours. You have the choice of either 6 days in the North for $1577, 10 days in the South for $1188, or a combination of both (16 days) for $2765. Highlights include Merkato, the largest openair market in East Africa, a boat trip to the monasteries on the Zege Peninsula, the Simien Mountains, the churches of Lalibela, the Bale Mountains and the tribal villages in the Omo Valley. NB: This tour will be provided free of charge by Dinknesh Ethiopia Tours for serious operators who are willing and going to work with Dinknesh in the future. Cost: $1577-$2765 depending on itinerary. Date(s): March or July 2018 For more information and to register your interest, please email Kat Day at 67


The Year for Mbali Mbali 2018 will see exciting changes across the Mbali Mbali portfolio, from rack rates and new management to soft and structural improvements. Tanzania is highly regarded among passionate safari-goers to be the best across the continent and Mbali Mbali has recognised this by carefully selecting the best ecological territories of Tanzania, combined with these upgrades Mbali Mbali Lodges & Camps will now complete your clients safari story.

There’s a new drinks policy from 1 January 2018 where the accommodation rate for all properties will now include drinks (local beers, selection of wine and spirits, water, soft drinks, teas and coffees). Plus the boat transfer is now included to Gombe Forest lodge.

A brand new food menu will be introduced towards the end of January to reflect the high quality improvements being made across Mbali Mbali properties.

No single supplements will be charged at any property meaning solo travellers can stay during low and high seasons; experiencing the magic of Tanzania at no additional cost. 15% off for stays longer than 5 nights that include western circuit properties has also been introduced.


You can now make your clients’ honeymoon even more special with 20% off Mbali Mbali Lodges & Camps. From chimp trekking in the Mahale Mountains to unbeatable game viewing in the Serengeti, your clients are sure to have a honeymoon like no other.

Soroi has gained a new senior management couple who will be implementing and rolling out the new service level standards across the portfolio. Soroi will also see new furnishings between February and May, Katuma Bush Lodge is having major structural changes including a brand new swimming pool and between March and May, Kungwe Beach Lodge is to have a brand new main area constructed with the addition of glass sliding doors for all rooms to compliment the new interiors.

Packages combing the Western parks run extremely smoothly as Mbali Mbali’s sister company, Zantas Air, operate the flights, with the addition of Mbali Mbali’s shared charter every Monday and Thursday. 69

Meet Rama, Mbali Mbali’s Head Guide

Lodge in GNP where he worked for a further 2 years. In 2014 Rama was transferred to Kungwe Beach Lodge in Mahale, where he is now the Head Guide and continues to learn and share his experiences of the Chimpanzees of Tanzania with our guests.

Ramadhani Bilangwa (Rama) was born in a small rural village south of Gombe Stream National Park on the 12th March 1986. His father, Mussa Bilangwa (Mzee Mpofu) was working at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Gombe at the time. Mussa had joined the Institute in 1968 and worked continually with Chimpanzees until 1998 when he retired.

Rama is passionate about “his” Chimpanzees and is eager to share stories of his many experiences with them. One of his most beloved observations began some time ago. Darwin, presently one of the high-ranking males of “M” group, was orphaned at age 3 or 4 years old. In a never before seen situation, he was “adopted” and cared for by 2 males - Nsaba and Ntologi. Ntologi was one of the longest reigning Alpha males and a very fierce leader.

Rama, as a young boy, always had a dream to be a guide or a researcher working with the chimps, and grabbed every opportunity to spend time during his school holidays with his father, where he gained invaluable knowledge and experience observing, and at times, interacting with the chimpanzees. (At that time, the JGI were still feeding the chimpanzees in order to habituate them more fully to human interaction).

Years later, Darwin now has followed this example and has in his time, taken care of and protected other orphans like Figaro, Teto and most recently Quinoco. Rama firmly believes that none of these orphans would have survived if they had not been under the protection and guidance of a strong male… Rama says all humans should take this as a good example and have compassion in your heart always.

When Rama graduated Secondary School in 2005, he began a part time position as a Teaching Assistant. After 3 years he received sponsorship to study at the San Jose Training Trust where he received his qualification as a Guide. In 2010 he was offered a position with Mbali Mbali at the Gombe Stream


Tanzania fam trip 2018

Join safari experts, Takims Holidays on this 7 day/6 night safari of Tanzania’s Northern Circuit. You will fly in and out of Kilimanjaro International and visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, ending in the Serengeti in search of the great migration. Activities include daily game drives and a walk along Tanzania’s first tree-top walkway at Lake Manyara. Cost: $1085.16 Date: 17th-23rd March 2018 For more information and to register your interest, please email Kat Day at 71

Balloon safaris take off in Ruaha National Park Traditionally, balloon safaris in Tanzania have only been possible in Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks, with the Serengeti being a preferred location due to the beautiful landscapes and the possibility of a bird’s eye view of the great migration. Takims Holidays are delighted to inform you that from 15th June 2018, balloon safaris will be operational in the Ruaha National Park for the first time. Covering some 20,000 sq km, Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s biggest National Park and lies in southern Tanzania. Ruaha is a far cry from the busy tourist circuits of northern Tanzania, it boasts a baobab-studded landscape and excellent game viewing by vehicle or on foot and as such, will soon offer a very different flying experience to the Serengeti. MORE INFORMATION: Operating season: 15 June - 31 October 2018 Children under 7 not allowed. Capacity: Maximum 12 pax per day

Join Takims on our Tanzania Fam Trip From the 17th-23rd March 2018 enjoy the very best of Tanzania visiting Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and finally ending in the Serengeti in search of the great migration. See the itinerary at or email for more information and to book your space 72

why choose takims? At Takims, they pride themselves on maintaining their high-level Tanzania industry knowledge and in doing so, they keep right up to date on new properties, special offers, activities, management teams and generally who’s hot and who’s not! It’s this kind of market intelligence that can ensure you are making all the right (informed) decisions regarding client itineraries. Takims are also independent and can therefore provide unbiased views on properties and availability. Of course, as you’d expect they are great on rates; have their own high-spec vehicle fleet and have outstanding guides. With bases in both Dar and Arusha they’re easily able to conduct Northern, Southern and Western circuits, as well as Zanzibar. You should seriously consider joining the growing band of UK specialists using Takims services. Initially they’re often used as a ‘second option’ or for itineraries using more than one brand’s properties. But their services levels often see that status enhanced. Director, Abbas Takim will be present on the upcoming Tanzania Safari Roadshow, but you can alternatively contact for an introduction to their services.


Redearth Education, a UK charity and Ugandan NGO, is seeking to form a commercial partnership with a specialist tour operator.

With the sector set to grow exponentially in the coming years, Redearth wants to support tour operators in driving new business from the UK.

A corporate spokesperson for Redearth Education is keen discuss a number of opportunities, to work together to promote and market Uganda as a travel destination to UK audiences, and harness the nation’s burgeoning tourism sector to become a regional leader. Redearth Education work in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports, and District Education Offices, to improve education standards in Uganda’s emerging market and provide all children with the opportunity to thrive. Together they are creating a national knowledgebase at the forefront of quality education practices and developing hubs of excellence & expertise in teaching of both national and international significance. The tourism sector is predicted to support over 380 million jobs by 2027. It is hoped these skilled positions will be viable career options for the 60,000 children Redearth currently support through government schools in collaboration with the Ministry of Education & Sports.

Please direct initial enquiries to Emma Seery:



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