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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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Newest Member of Bush and Beyond Portfolio – Lentorre Lodge

June 16, 2014

Bush and Beyond is thrilled to announce the newest member of our portfolio and a brand new property in Kenya, Lentorre Lodge.  Nestled amongst the foothills of the Nguruman Escarpment, in the heart of the South Rift Valley, just three hours from Nairobi is one of Kenya’s newest luxury safari lodges. Named after the near-by spring that provides year round sustenance for the diverse wildlife that inhabits the Olkirimatian Conservancy, Lentorre Lodge is built on a spur overlooking the vast untouched wilderness below. Comprising of four en-suite rooms that can hold either a double or twin bed configuration and a further two family units with both rooms being en-suite. Each room is a separate and stand-alone structure and has an un-spoilt view of the wilderness looking towards Shompole Mountain in the distance. Each room also has its own dedicated plunge pool, as well as hot and cold running water feeding the incredible power showers and luxurious baths. The Olkirimatian Conservancy is... Read More →

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FTT Calls Industry to Protect Children Against Sex Tourism

June 10, 2014

The South African tourism sector has grown significantly in the past 15 years and is now well on the way to achieving its goal of becoming one of the top 20 destinations in the world by 2020 (NTSS, 2011).  In 2012, over 20 million people travelled in South Africa – including over nine million international visitors and 12.5 million domestic travelers (Statistics South Africa, 2011).  This significant volume of travel movement brings substantial benefits to South Africa; however, the intersection between children and tourism presents critical risks that must be managed effectively to ensure the safety of children. While tourism is not responsible for crimes against children, there is a clear connection between the tourism industry and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) around the world.  South Africa is not immune.  All manifestations of CSEC are occurring in South Africa: child prostitution, child sex trafficking, child pornography and child sex tourism.  Tourism... Read More →

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Stefano Becomes a Knight – or Better, a Cavaliere

June 9, 2014

We are proud to announce that Stefano Cheli received the “Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia” - The Italian equivalent of Knighthood! On 2 June 2014, Ambassador Mauro Massoni, the Italian Ambassador to Kenya, awarded the honour to Stefano at a ceremony on the lovely grounds of the Italian Embassy in Nairobi. Granted by the President of the Republic, the award represents the second highest civilian honor of the State, and is given to those who have achieved special merit in the “promotion of national prestige abroad”. In Stefano Cheli’s case, the award commends his lifelong commitment towards conservation in Kenya and his outstanding achievements as a front-runner in Sustainable Tourism, together with his wife Liz, who together founded Cheli & Peacock Safaris in 1985. Stefano comments: “I am honored to receive such recognition from the Italian Government, and I would like to add that without the great team work within Cheli... Read More →

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