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New Director of Marketing at Thomson Safaris

August 25, 2014

Joel Cody will bring a wealth of industry expertise to her new role Boston, MA – Tanzanian safari leader Thomson Safaris is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Cody to the position of Director of Marketing. Cody brings years of experience in the travel and marketing industries to the position. Previously, she worked for over a decade as the Chief Marketing Officer for ACIS educational travel, a leader in exceptional study abroad experiences for middle and high school-aged students, as well as performing arts groups. Most recently, Cody spearheaded a marketing overhaul for CEA Study Abroad, transforming the branding, strategy, and organization for the company. “This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the Thomson team,” Cody said. “We’re growing as a company right now, and there are huge opportunities to creatively and effectively reach more travelers ready for an adventure of a lifetime. I can’t wait to get started!” In her new role, Cody will be overseeing... Read More →

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2014 Nedbank Tour de Tuli, a Resounding Success

August 19, 2014

Botswana’s Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama cycled the first stage of the Nedbank Tour de Tuli, which took cyclists through some of Africa’s most remote and beautiful areas. The 2014 Nedbank Tour de Tuli has been lauded a resounding success, once again living up to its reputation as one of southern Africa’s premier mountain biking events. Organized by Children in the Wilderness (CITW), the 10th edition of the event saw 340 participants cycle across over 250 km of challenging and remote terrain in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa from August 1-6, 2014.  “While traversing national parks and manoeuvring through some technical sections, participants were rewarded with plentiful elephant sightings and spectacular scenery”, said Nicola Harris, Tour Director. The Tour started at Pont Drift border between South Africa and Botswana, followed by two days of exploring the Northern Tuli Game Reserve on ancient elephant trails. From here, cyclists crossed... Read More →

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New Research Project for Free Roaming Lion Population Opens up to Participation by Field Study Groups

August 18, 2014

© M. Faulkner 10th August is World Lion Day, to celebrate the importance of lions worldwide and to raise awareness for their conservation – a fitting time to highlight a particular effort for lion conservation. A team of conservationists based in South Africa’s Mapungubwe Private Nature Reserve have launched a long-term monitoring project of one of southern Africa’s last free-roaming lion populations, and are opening up the project to educational groups. “These lions are one of the last free ranging populations in southern Africa. They move between South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and are only protected in small pockets like Mapungubwe in South Africa and the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana. In all other areas they are not protected and are actively hunted.”  Martin Bornman, SA Operations Manager African Conservation Experience In 2005, the lion population in the transfrontier region was estimated to be as low as 20, with only 2 adult males  – a blink away... Read More →

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The Okavango Delta Is Inscribed as the 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage Site

July 21, 2014

BOTSWANA – The Okavango Delta was inscribed as the 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage site during the 38th Session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) being held in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday 22, June 2014. This was announced yesterday at a Press Conference in Gaborone. The Okavango Delta inscription came about in fulfillment of the UNESCO listing criteria due to its unique hydrological event (Criteria IX. Outstanding Ecological Biodiversity and Hydrological Processes): as it is one of the few inland deltas that floods in the dry season, busting into an oasis wonderland during the harsh, dry and dusty winter season. In addition, the vast natural scenic, alluvial systems from which the waters never reaches the sea, but drains into the desert sands of the Kalahari basin and extensive Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Moreover, the outstanding example of ecological and hydrological process supports diverse forms of life including 1000 species of plants, 130 species of wildlife, 480 bird species, 90... Read More →

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Asilia Africa Opens Namiri Plains, Serengeti

July 7, 2014

Asilia Africa opened its newest camp in the Serengeti, Namiri Plains, on July 1, 2014. Namiri Plains offers one of the most exclusive experiences in the Serengeti with just six classic safari tents set 70km from the closest neighbour. The area around Namiri Plains has been closed to the world for the past 20 years to create a safe haven for cheetah, today the area has an exceptional population of big cats including one of the highest density of cheetah in East Africa. The six spacious tents offer king or two twin beds covered in crisp linen duvets, en-suite bathrooms, flush loos and hot bucket showers. The modern and sleek furnishings mimic the natural tones of the surrounding savannah and yellow fever trees. Ecoco Natural Therapy created a bath product line especially for Asilia’s camps that contain the purest organic essential oils, extracts and herbal ingredients from a wide range of beneficial trees, land and marine plants. Guests explore the area on twice-daily game drives which... Read More →

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Cottar’s 1920s Strikes Gold!

July 7, 2014

We are delighted to announce that Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp & Mara Homestead have been awarded the impressive Gold eco-rating from Ecotourism Kenya. The Gold Eco-rating is the highest level of certification that is awarded to camps and lodges that demonstrate outstanding best practices, and who have achieved superior and replicable levels of excellence in responsible resource use, environmental conservation and socio-economic investment. There are only 12 Gold Eco-rated camps in Kenya! To see why Cottar’s Camp was presented with this prestigious certification, click here! Congratulations to the entire Cottar’s team!  Read More →

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Volcanoes Safaris Marks 10th Anniversary of Virunga Lodge with the Unveiling of Two New Deluxe Bandas

July 1, 2014

On Friday, 20th June 2014, Volcanoes Safaris celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Virunga Lodge with the opening of two new deluxe bandas, Ibiyaga and Ibirunga (meaning lake and volcano in the Rwandan language, Kinyarwanda). To commemorate the occasion there was a celebration in the presence of Rwandese Dignitaries and the British High Commissioner, as well as a celebration of the Sunzu Community/Volcanoes Safaris electricity partnership, which has provided 60 households in the local village of Sunzu and Virunga Lodge with electricity. Praveen Moman, Founder of Volcanoes Safaris, commented on the anniversary: “Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the opening of Virunga Lodge is a very special milestone in the history of Volcanoes Safaris. When I first started looking for land to build a lodge here the country was very different, it was just coming out of conflict so slowly we built this very simple lodge in very difficult circumstances. And today, thanks to the staff who come... Read More →

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Botswana Tourism Launches Specialist Training for North American Travel Professionals

June 23, 2014

Annapolis, MD – Promoting Botswana travel with confidence just got easier. The Botswana Tourism Organization (BTO) U.S. Office is pleased to announce the launch of its Botswana Specialist Training Program, an e-learning program created specifically for travel professionals located in North America. Travel professionals can access the program at The comprehensive, six-module e-learning program is designed to enhance travel professionals’ knowledge about Botswana’s prime and emerging tourism regions, its history and culture, as well as providing essential travel planning information. In addition to education about the destination, the site provides other helpful resources for travel professionals, allowing them to sign up for the BTO North American trade newsletter, order destination marketing collateral, and view or download tips about promoting Botswana to clients. Keeping travel professionals’ busy schedules in mind, the program can be completed... Read More →

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CNN Highlights Kili Base Adventure’s Work to Improve Kilimanjaro Climbs

June 17, 2014

Let’s share the good news too All too often we read about the negative impacts of tourism, the effects of the modern world encroaching upon unspoilt wildernesses and the impacts of the pursuit of wealth at any cost. We should also reflect upon success. Highlight best practise and applaud those involved in achieving positive change. Kilimanjaro seems like an unlikely candidate. However a recent report from CNN uncovers a different side to the story which is rarely spoken about – even amongst hardened travellers and weary travel professionals. Efforts by the local National Parks Authorities (TANAPA) have led to a dramatic improvement on the mountain. Stricter controls, raised awareness, careful management and a combined effort by everyone who makes a living on, from and near the mountain have resulted in reduced waste and a better environment. Kilimanjaro is surely one of many such examples – so let’s share more of these stories and inspire more change. To learn more about... Read More →

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Call for Entries Announced for National Geographic Travel World Legacy Awards

June 17, 2014

Applications are being accepted through Aug. 20 WASHINGTON —The World Legacy Awards Call for Entries was announced today — the result of a groundbreaking collaboration between two giants in the world of travel: National Geographic and ITB Berlin. The National Geographic Society reaches more than 500 million people worldwide each month through its magazines, television, documentaries, radio, books, and other media platforms, products and events. ITB Berlin is the largest travel gathering on the planet, attended annually by nearly 200,000 delegates. The World Legacy Awards will showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations — ranging from airlines to ecolodges and from cities to countries — that are driving the positive transformation of the travel industry based on sustainable tourism principles and practices. Applications are being accepted now through Aug. 20, 2014, at Dr. Christian Göke, chief executive... Read More →

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