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A growing number of women are opting to forge their own path out on the road. Tour operator, Acacia Africa has seen a noticeable rise in women booking as single…
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:41

Zim’s first private overnight sleeper train launches

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Imvelo Safari Lodges recently launched The Stimela Star, Zimbabwe’s only private overnight sleeper train.The Stimela Star operates from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park, linking up to the regular Victoria…
At the recent ITB travel trade show in Berlin, Booking.com revealed that it was considering adding flights to its service offering. Booking.com CEO, Gillian Tans, said “one-third of our customers think about…
Wilderness Safaris and Olympus have partnered up to ensure the ongoing conservation of Africa’s remote wilderness areas whilst contributing to the empowerment of local people through conservation education.The partnership was…
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:35

New luxury tented camp in Botswana welcomes guests

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Ker & Downey’s luxury tented safari camp, Dinaka, opened its doors this month, after undergoing a total rebuild in December.The exclusive camp is alongside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which…
The Kenya Tourism Ministry has unveiled plans to deliver a refreshed marketing strategy that aims to reposition Kenya as a premium experiential destination in Africa. This will take place after…
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:27

Air Botswana grows fleet with new aircraft

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Air Botswana is to acquire new aircraft to add to its existing fleet.Kabelo Ebineng, Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Transport and Communication, said: “The fresh investment in new aircraft is…
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:24

VAT update: SA tourism industry responds

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The VAT increase from 14% to 15%, announced in then South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s 2018 Budget Speech in February, met with concern throughout most business sectors in South Africa.Amongst others,…
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 15:15

New UNWTO Agenda set for Africa at ITB

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During this year’s Berlin International Tourism Fair (ITB), an African ministerial working meeting convened by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) agreed to go ahead with a new ten-point UNWTO Agenda…
Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris are proud supporters of rhino conservation in Southern Africa. We particularly support the Chipembere Rhino Foundation in South Africa through The Rhino Ride initiative which…
Friday, 09 March 2018 09:19

Thefinecollection.co to open first hotel in Windhoek

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The latest addition to thefinecollection.co, Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel in Klein Windhoek, will open in July, Brenda Munro, National Sales Manager: Southern Africa, told Tourism Update in an interview.“The elegant 43-bedroom hotel wraps…
Friday, 09 March 2018 09:10

Water-savvy Cape Town pushes back ‘Day Zero’

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Cape Town’s water crisis, dubbed ‘Day Zero’, was originally scheduled for this year, but could now be postponed till 2019, dependent on rainfall and if water savings continue.Leader of the…
With today being International Women’s Day, we wanted to mark it by celebrating the work Betty Ataitai does. Betty is one of our Field Guides at Mahali Mzuri and we’re…
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 12:58

Fairlawns Extends its Spa Oasis

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in Sandton is delighted to share the first sneaky peek at what their incredible new spa extention will look like when it launches later this year -…
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:55

WTM Africa 2018 set to be bigger than before

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World Travel Market (WTM) Africa 2018 expects to see growth in the number of exhibitors on its floor, the number of buyers in attendance and a large global media contingent…
Construction continues along Cape Town’s Sea Point Promenade – between Rocklands Beach and Three Anchor Bay – by the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA).Once work is completed, the…
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:36

Entries open for South Africa’s Lilizela Tourism Awards

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Entries for South Africa’s Lilizela Tourism Awards for accommodation establishments and tourism-related products and services have opened, with entries closing on May 31.The annual awards recognise and reward tourism players…
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:34

Lions reintroduced to Liwonde National Park in Malawi

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Four years after the last lion was seen in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park, African Parks has reintroduced the first of several wild lions.In partnership with the Department of National Parks…
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:32

Air Zimbabwe to start Gaborone-Harare flights

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Air Zimbabwe has announced plans to start flying between Harare and Gaborone, among other planned destinations.Runesu Kwaramba, Manager: Marketing and Planning, said: “We are working on resuming Lusaka, Lubumbashi, Windhoek…
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:30

New maintenance fee introduced at Vic Falls bridge

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A new ‘bridge maintenance fee’ was introduced in February for every vehicle crossing the historic bridge between Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Livingstone, Zambia.The fee affects all self-drive travellers, as well…
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:28

Cape Carnival a tourist drawcard for the Mother City

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Taking a leaf out of Rio de Janeiro’s book, Cape Town has big aspirations to increase its international tourist numbers with its annual carnival.Now in its ninth this year, this…

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