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Staying fit and healthy while working as a game ranger or tracker in a game reserve is not as easy as it sounds. Forget about putting on a pair of trainers and heading out for a run or hopping onto a bike for a quick ride. Potentially dangerous animals are right outside the door and not even the fittest or fastest runner could ever be a match for a hungry lion or an opportunistic leopard. When they do go on leave, many of the guiding staff make straight for a bike or hiking trail to satisfy their training needs; while others opt for more adventurous pastimes - diving, sailing, fishing, and canoeing - although of course, nothing is quite as adventurous as a Sabi Sabi safari!

The mouth-watering cuisine at Earth Lodge is so sensational that it is easy to overindulge. Over the years many guests have expressed an interest in burning off a few of the "chef-induced" calories and now they have the opportunity of doing just that, thanks to the newly opened gym at Earth Lodge. Glass-fronted and looking out onto the unspoilt bushveld so as not to miss a minute of the action, the gym is a perfect place to exercise.

Small and intimate, the gym can house just a few people at a time and is equipped with a state of the art rowing machine, treadmills, training bike, mats, weights and exercise balls. Sweat towels and bottles of ice cold water are provided; while back at the suite after a workout there is always the promise of a refreshing dip in the private plunge pool or a cool-down under the outdoor shower.
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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:38

The only Camp in Kruger...

And could it be South Africa's most beautiful?

It surprises many to learn that Plains Camp is the only place where you can stay under canvas in the whole of Kruger. With just four guest tents, the camp is part of Rhino Walking Safaris, and usually combined with the luxurious Rhino Post Safari Lodge, which also sits within their private concession inside the Park.

At Plains Camp, the focus is fully upon walking safaris, despite the offer of game drives from the lodges in their concession and within the public areas of the National Park (which are available exclusively after hours allowing clients to experience some fabulous night drives.)

For the more adventurous client, there is also the option to stay overnight at ‘Sleepouts’ where guests literally sleep out on raised platforms under just mosquito nets and the African Sky! Everyone who “braves it” comes back saying how exciting the experience is.

And don’t forget to combine these in with Isibindi African Lodges other properties: Thonga, Kosi Forest and Isibindi Zulu Lodge for some truly incredible package prices.

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June 2013: The Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, which is located on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park, is donating 1% of its accommodation bookings to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) specifically for its rhino anti-poaching projects.

The newly refurbished hotel on the banks of the Sabie River in Mpumalanga offers an affordable luxury getaway. 
Situated only 100 metres from the Paul Kruger Gate of the Kruger National Park, the luxurious Protea Hotel Kruger Gate provides GUESTS with the ideal location from which to experience wildlife first-hand, including rhino whose numbers are increasingly threatened by poaching.

Protea Hospitality Group Marketing Manager Nicholas Barenblatt says the hotel’s proximity to these magnificent animals prompted the STAFF’s desire to contribute to their conservation.

“All the money they raise will be given to the Endangered Wildlife Trust, which has various programmes that support rhino conservation. Among their projects are a 5-day law enforcement training course, a rhino orphan response project, providing logistical and financial support for various provincial rhino conservation efforts, running awareness campaigns in rhino horn demand countries such as Viet Nam,  and the training and deployment of sniffer dogs to locate rhino horn and track poachers.

“One of the main reasons we decided to work with the EWT is because of their broad-based approach to ensuring the survival of the rhino species so that our children and their children in turn can one day see a live rhino, rather than just hear about these magnificent creatures that used to roam the African bush.”

Barenblatt says besides the accommodation spend donation, the hotel will also be selling a number of novelty items to raise additional funds, such as shirts and caps.  The hotel has also formulated an educational programme around rhino conservation which is communicated to GUESTS and children through various activations within the hotel experience.

“We are privileged to have a hotel in such an incredible location and as a company the Protea Hospitality Group feels compelled to lead the battle against rhino poaching.

“The hotel is extremely popular and this money and energy that is being put into raising the funds and awareness will make a difference.   Our GUESTS are the heroes of the day as just by them staying at the hotel whether it be on leisure or for a conference is helping us support this campaign.”

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If you have clients staying at Idube Game Reserve please note that there are new controls for entering the Sabi Sands Reserve.

Due to the rapid increase in rhino poaching, the Sabi Reserve has implemented an additional contro lfor guests arriving at the Sabi gates.  Guests will now need to produce proof of their reservation at any of the Private lodges before entering the reserve.  If they cannot produce the required documentation they will be delayed at the gate while authenticity of the booking is checked with the lodge.

Andrew Parker, the CEO of the Sabi Wildtuin, says, “ Based on losses for the year to date, the projection is that South Africa will lose 1000 rhino to poachers this year alone. Already this year we have lost more than were lost in 2009, which in itself represented a year of record losses which have only been surpassed each subsequent year since. Despite everything that is being done, South Africa is losing the war against rhino poaching. Strategically, the SSW has adopted any number of measures to try and proactively counter the threat but these have been rendered largely ineffective due to the tactical advantage that the poachers enjoy – they are dictating the time, place and scale of engagement and can hide in plain sight within the neighbouring communities. They also have easy access to our entire 75km perimeter. Almost all of the SSW’s losses have been within 1km of the fence which means our window of opportunity to catch the poachers is very narrow indeed. This is compounded by the fact that we have no jurisdiction beyond the perimeter fence. Hence, unless we get advance warning of a planned incursion, our ability to deflect the threat is greatly constrained. In any war where the terms of engagement are dictated entirely by an enemy that is not constrained by any rules whatsoever, there can sadly be only one winner. The loss of over 150 rhino this year alone is testimony to this reality.

For more information or advice, please contact Boutique Travel Marketing on info@boutiquetravelmarketing.com or call Tolene on 079 839 56739
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After many months of planning, Hamiltons Tented Camp has proudly unveiled their biggest green initiative to date – an entirely solar powered camp! The luxury tented camp is situated in a remote area within the Kruger National Park. Hamiltons Tented Camp, a member of Extraordinary is located within the Imbali Private Concession, approximately 50km South East of Orpen Gate in the Central Kruger Park. Set within a wilderness zone the camp was too remote to be electrified with Eskom power and to date has relied entirely on generator power. Wouter Pienaar General Manager of Hamiltons Tented Campand the Imbali Private Concession said “this is truly a giant green step in the right direction, we foresee a saving of around 54 000 litres of diesel per year which impacts on our pristine environment. Although noise pollution has always been kept to a minimum by ensuring that the generator housing was sound proof, we can almost hear the silence now”  

The solar powered system is capable of generating sufficient power to run all the camp’s 220 V electricity demands including the six luxury tented suites air conditioning, ceiling fans, geysers, lighting and of course boreholes and pumps.

Other Green initiatives at Hamiltons Tented Camp include reed beds, a unique design which minimizes the footprint, water saving mechanisms on all taps, removal of all waste from the park to approved recycling operations amongst others.

Hamiltons Tented Camp is the first premium camp in the Kruger National Park to be completely powered by solar energy.

“This is really good news for our “conservation minded” guests who are definitely growing in numbers annually. Hamiltons Tented Camp is fully committed to sustainable and eco-friendly practices and will be focusing on capturing the environmentally aware market segments going forward” says Cindy Sheedy Walker Director of Extraordinary.


 

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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:40

Glen Avon Lodge - Cape Town - New Website

Glen Avon Lodge in Constantia Cape Town has a new and vibrant website.  With much more detailed information and online availability now as an option, it makes for easier quoting to your client.

Glen Avon Lodge, a client of Boutique Travel Marketing is one of Cape Town's premier guest houses.  With 15 superior luxury rooms and easy access to top desitantions like the Cape Town waterfront, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch gardens and The wine route, White sandy beaches and so much more.

Ranked 3 of 28 Constantia B&B's, you know your clients will have the best stay here with excellent cuisine. One trip advisor user rated the food of a higher quality than one of the top restaurants in Franschhoek and less expensive.  

Visit the website on www.glenavon.co.za for more information and images.
For constant information and something you can share with your clients - view and save the IBROCHURE


For more information, brochures and training, please contact the UK marketing office of Boutique Travel Marketing on info@boutiquetravelmarketing.com 
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Bush dinners were introduced earlier this year in the Imbali Safari Lodges private concession, a private concession within the Kruger National Park. This is an exciting new experience that is part of an initiative to enhance the guest experience at all three the lodges within the concession namely Imbali Safari Lodge, Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge and Hamiltons Tented Camp.

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As a single traveller there’s never been a better time to stay at Ulusaba and for most categories of rooms we’ve waived our single traveller supplement, and in others we’ve reduced it by almost 20%.

When is the offer available?
Valid for any stays completed 21st December 2013

How much?
Our rates are priced in South African Rand and include the rate reduction for new bookings for stays before 21st December 2013. Rooms at Safari Lodge start from ZAR 7,500 per night, stays at Rock Lodge start from ZAR 8,250 per night and stays at Cliff Lodge start from ZAR 13,200 per night.
Our rates include accommodation, all meals and drinks, high quality wines and champagne, as well as a team of fabulous staff.

When you’re at Ulusaba…
 Look out for the ‘Big Five’ on the twice daily game drives traversing an area of 13,500 hectares, accompanied by a fully trained and experienced ranger and tracker
 Nose and swirl around a few South African reds and whites in the wine cellar at Safari Lodge
 Experience traditional music in the great outdoors while you dine by firelight and starlight
 Unwind with a soothing Aroma Boma beauty treatment (at an additional cost)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 Stays can be split between Safari Lodge and Rock Lodge
 Offer is subject to availability and applies to new bookings only made on or after 15th January 2013 for stays completed before 21st December 2013
 Blackout dates may apply
 All our normal booking terms and conditions apply
 This offer cannot be combined with any other packages or special offers. Please contact us for further information
 A maximum of three single rooms can be made per booking

 


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Stay at Ulusaba for 5 nights or more and receive the final night FREE!
 
When is the offer available?
Valid for new bookings for stays from 1st June to 31st August 2013

How much?
This offer is based on our current rates, which are priced in South African Rand. Stays at Safari Lodge start from ZAR 5,000 per person per night, stays at Rock Lodge start from ZAR 7,200 per person per night and stays at Cliff Lodge start from ZAR 13,200 per person per night.
Our rates include accommodation, all meals and drinks, high quality wines and champagne, as well as a team of fabulous staff.

When you’re at Ulusaba…
 Look out for the ‘Big Five’ on the twice daily game drives traversing an area of 13,500 hectares, accompanied by a fully trained and experienced ranger and tracker
 Nose and swirl around a few South African reds and whites in the wine cellar at Safari Lodge
 Experience traditional music in the great outdoors while you dine by firelight and starlight
 Unwind with a soothing Aroma Boma beauty treatment (at an additional cost)

Terms and Conditions
 Stays can be split between Safari Lodge and Rock Lodge; the last night of your stay will be complimentary
 Offer is subject to availability and applies to new bookings only made on or after 19th February 2013 for stays from 1st June to 31st August 2013
 All normal booking terms and conditions apply
 Maximum of one free night per booking
 This offer can be combined with the Kids go Free Offer although not with any other packages or special offers. Please contact us for further information
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