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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.
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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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Contact us for the 2013 3 night special.
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Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

KNP ON A MISSION TO KEEP KRUGER CLEAN

kruger National Park's (KNP) HOD: Tourism and Marketing, Ms Lucy Nhlapo has officially launched the "Vukani the Vulture" mascot today, Wednesday (25 July 2012) during the Keep Kruger Clean Campaign. The mascot will assist in keeping Kruger clean by influencing people to change their behaviour about littering in the park.

"It is so important to us, that we cannot stop this campaign because KNP receive more than 1.4 million visitors per year. The increase in the number of people means an increase in the number of many other things, one of which is littering" said Ms Nhlapo.

Keep Kruger Clean campaign been running for the past six years since its launch in 2006. The objectives are to create awareness in the park and outside about the dangers of littering and to educate learners at the young age about the important of clean environment." We want to involve communities, staff, business associates and society at large to say, please help us to keep Kruger clean" concluded Ms Nhlapo.

This year the Keep Kruger Clean campaign was held at the following gates: Punda Maria, Phalaborwa, Orpen, Numbi, and Crocodile Bridge while the main event was at Kruger Gate. The events took place simultaneously under the theme "Collectively striving for a clean Kruger and healthy environment. This allowed school kids from the neighbouring communities to participate at the gate closer to them.

For any further information regard SAN Parks please dont hesitate in contacting Marc Reading and marc@talkingstickmktg.co.uk

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Skukuza: As the country continues to see an onslaught on its rhino population at an alarming rate, South African National Parks (SANParks) has today(31 July 2012) inaugurated the first group of the 150 new Field rangers as announced by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms. Edna Molewa at the beginning of the year as part of its International Ranger Day celebrations.

Speaking at this function which included the Passing-out Parade of the newly recruited Rangers in the Kruger National Park (KNP), SANParks, Chief Executive Officer, Dr David Mabunda said the new recruits are coming at a critical time when the South African conservation agencies as well as private individuals are paying a high price with the senseless killings of the country's rhino population.

He said South Africa continues to suffer an alarming surge in commercial rhino poaching, driven by the insatiable appetite for rhino horn in Asian countries, where rising incomes have made it possible for a growing population to afford illegal rhino horn. The horn is desired because of an unfortunate superstition that attributes healing properties to rhino horn, despite modern scientific evidence to the contrary.

"It is for this reason that we need to denounce the killing of our animals by ensuring that we close up the syndicates who are enticing the poorer members of society to engage in criminal activities, recruiting them to be in the front line of these evil operations. It is therefore our hope that integration of these new recruits, who are members of our communities, with the current cream of the crop in the Ranger corps should signal our seriousness in winning the fight against rhino poaching."

"We believe that the passing-out of these 49 new recruits will step up the crime fighting ability against the brutal onslaught on our rhinos, as these new recruits will be adopting a multi-disciplinary approach and will draw skills and expertise from various law enforcement agency currently deployed in the fight against poaching."

He said, with the assistance from South Africa's corporate world, and the support we receive from the SANParks Honorary Rangers (a group of volunteers committed to conservation in support of SANParks), SANParks is managing to acquire some of the much needed equipment to effectively take the war to the poachers. "This is an indication that South Africa has realized that the fight against poaching will not only be defeated through the work of law enforcement agencies alone, but by a unified front 'United Against Poaching'."

He said this as he accepted a R 5 million cheque from UNITRANS Volkswagen & Audi in support of anti-poaching activities in the KNP. "The role played by corporate South Africa has been phenomenal and well appreciated as it will go a long way towards the realization of a stop to the killing of our rhino."

Dr Mabunda also applauded the Environmental Affairs Minister and her provincial counterparts for the establishment of a national unit and strategy that deals with the scourge of environmental crimes including poaching in national and provincial protected areas, as well as in private lands.

He also welcomed the assistance by the South African Government in the deployment of the SAPS and the military to patrol the 450 km national border on the eastern boundary of the KNP.

The parade was inspected by SANParks top rangers, Dr Mabunda, SANParks management, high ranking officials of the South African Police Services and South African National Defense Force border patrol units.

In conclusion, Dr Mabunda wished all the new recruits well in their mission and encouraged them to work with honour as they carry out their tasks in this fight. "We must let the poachers know that we will seek them out, we will find them and they will be dealt with accordingly. This is a war that we plan on winning," he warned.

For any Further information on SAN Parks please dont hesitate in contacting Marc Reading at marc@talkingstickmktg.co.uk

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