Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia located in Hwange NP become some of the most sustainable camps in Zimbabwe being accredited the Green Tourism Gold Award and nominated for the We Are Africa “Design Africa” Award
African Bush Camps, through its camps Somalisa and Somalisa Acacia, is continually working towards more sustainable methods to reduce their carbon footprint and ensure the long term conservation of Africa’s wildlife and habitats. Green Tourism, the world’s largest and most established sustainable tourism certification program, recognised African Bush Camps Somalisa and Somalisa Acacia with the Green Tourism Gold award.
To achieve this prestigious accreditation, Somalisa and Somalisa Acacia were recently graded on-site by qualified and independent environmental assessors against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas such as energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and social involvement and communication. Green Tourism has three grading levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) awarded according to the assessments carried out. Achieving a Gold Certification Award means that Somalisa and Somalisa Acacia scored 80% and above and are recognised as “Outstanding / Inspirational” by the Green Tourism Team.
African Bush Camps is delighted with this award and they are committed to continuing to operate in accordance with recognised quality standards appropriate to both their customers’ needs and the long term well being and preservation of the areas in which they operate.
Somalisa and Somalisa Acacia were recently rebuilt ensuring that they are minimising their impact on the planet. We Are Africa Innovation Awards has recognised African Bush Camps environmental efforts nominating them for “Design Africa Awards”, the first time African Bush Camps has been short-listed for an award at this prestigious event.

Somalisa Camp
Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, known as the land of the giants for its large elephant herds. Nestled in a stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breathtaking views of the savannah plains across the famous Kennedy Vlei line. Recently re-built, Somalisa Camp has upgraded its level of accommodation to that of complete comfort and luxury whilst still maintaining its focus on the guiding and hosting of guests to ensure the ultimate guest experience.

Somalisa Acacia
Somalisa Acacia has recently under gone a complete rebuild and now comprises of 2 Family Units with inter-leading walkways between the parents and children’s rooms which are both en-suite, as well as 2 standard Sail Tents. Each tent includes gauze sliding doors, a wood-burner fireplace for the cold winter nights, and 
for the hot summer days, as well as en suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets, an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a copper slipper-style bathtub. All the simple but luxurious tents are on slightly raised decks, under the dappled canopy of a grove of Acacias.

For futher information please contact:
Adele Cutler, Kameric PR

[email protected]  Tel: +44 (0)1664 823750   M: +44 (0) 7976 578988

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Originally a summer training program for cross-country skiers in Scandinavia, Nordic walking has become one of the fastest growing fitness activities around the world and is now available in Swaziland.

New to the Kingdom of Swaziland for 2016, the country is one of the first on the African continent to embrace this latest fitness trend. Swaziland is an ideal location for Nordic Walking due to its varied landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains plus stunning wildlife reserves all in a small, compact and safe corner of Africa.

No longer limited to the likes of Norway or Finland, Nordic walking is a technique not to be confused with trekking or hill walking, that can be performed anywhere. This type of walking is a full-body method of walking using poles to propel yourself along. Nordic walkers burn around 50% more calories than their regular walking counterparts.

Swaziland is one of the few places where you can safely walk in wildlife reserves. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, a pioneer conservation area located in Swaziland’s “Valley of Heaven”, is the oldest protected area in the country and gave birth to the concept of nature conservation in the Kingdom. This reserve is ideal for Nordic Walking, because of its main network road though the reserve. There are no big predators here, but visitors will see lot of wildlife around them such as zebra, antelope, wildebeest and hippo.

Mlawula Nature Reserve in the north-eastern part of the country gives another chance for short walks and hiking trails, offering the rare opportunity for visitors to walk self-guided through the bushveld to experience intimate encounters with nature and wildlife. Enjoy a long a day walk in Mbuluzi Game Reserve which is nestled between the Mbuluzi river and the Lubombo mountain range. The views in every direction are breath taking. You can see zebra, kudu, impala, warthog and giraffe as you make your way through riverine forests and rocky cliffs.

In Swaziland visitors can also find ‘Sibebe’ Rock, the largest exposed granite pluton in the world, where they can experience some of the best views in Africa! There are many walking trails to arrive to reach the summit adapted to all fitness levels, so everyone can enjoy the expanse of the African bush from Sibebe summit.

Whilst in Swaziland a visit to Hlane Royal National Park, is not to be missed. Home to the largest herds of game in the kingdom, walking is not permitted here but games drives offer the chance to see some of the kingdoms big five including Elephant, Lion and Rhino and a fantastic variety of birdlife.

For further information please contact:

Adele Cutler
Swaziland Tourism UK
[email protected]

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Thursday, 25 February 2016 12:57

Swaziland celebrates The Marula Festival

The Kingdom of Swaziland, well known for its many cultural festivals will stage “Emaganwini” or Marula Festival, celebrating the harvest of Marula Fruit, between now and mid-May.

Marulas are the most popular fruit in the country, due to its believed medicinal and fertility properties, as well as being the main ingredient of the delightful Marula beer!

Becoming one of the countries most exciting traditional ceremonies, Marula Festival starts at the royal residence, Ebuhleni, when King Msuati III and the Queen Mother are presented with gifts and Marula beer from each household. Only after the royal family has first tasted the Marula Beer, are the rest of the nation permitted to join in and drink. After this King Msuati III and the Queen Mother start to travel across the country, joining the nation in song, dance and celebration. 

Although the Marula fruit can be found throughout Africa, it is in Swaziland where it is found in abundance. February celebrates the start of the harvest season where women and children collect the fallen Marula fruit and store it until turns to a creamy yellow colar. In a nutshell, the flesh from the fruits is then squeezed out, mixed with water, sugar is added and it is fermented and destilled into the delicious and well-known Marula Beer. Marula is also used in skin care products and medicines, popular in the country for its huge fertility properties.

Marula festival is very important for Swazi tradition, not only for dancing and celebration, but where Swazis are give thanks for another ‘fruitful’ harvest, and showing their appreciation in anticipation for the following year.


Despite being the smallest country in the Southern hemisphere, Swaziland more than makes up for its lack of size with a hugely diverse range of attractions and activities. As one of the few remaining Executive Monarchies in Africa, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit. As well as the rich culture, the overwhelming friendliness of the people makes all visitors feel truly welcome and very safe. Add to that a stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country that are home to The Big Five, and you have all that’s best about Africa in one small but perfectly formed and welcoming country.

For futher information please contact: 

Adele Cutler – Swaziland Tourism PR
[email protected]

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Thursday, 07 January 2016 14:27

New Hwange Conservation & Wildlife Fund

A new voluntary conservation levy is to be introduced at lodges within the Hwange National Park area commencing 1st January 2016.

Conservationists and stakeholders of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park region have created a collaborative group and formed The Conservation & Wildlife Fund (CWF). The objective of CWF is to work together with the wildlife authorities of Zimbabwe, to raise awareness, adequately resource local authorities, and promote the sustainable use and management of the precious wildlife resource.

The plight of Africa’s wildlife is a prominent conservation issue, and one that has seen much debate and deliberation. The CWF believes that action is now critical in order in to protect and conserve. In little over three years some African nations have lost over half of their elephant populations; tens of thousands of wild lions killed during three decades; and record numbers of rhinos are needlessly slaughtered on a daily basis.

The founding stakeholder lodges will be introducing a Voluntary Conservation Levy of US$10 per person per night for all visitors travelling to the lodges effective from 1st January 2016. This levy will be applicable for all NEW bookings and will not affect bookings prior to 1st January 2016.

The intention is to increase the levy to a mandatory US$20 per person per night for all guests travelling in 2017.

For 2016, the voluntary levy will be included and shown in the invoice as a separate line item as revenue collected by the safari camps will be passed on to CWF where it will be managed by the trust, whose finances and activities will be audited by a reputable international firm.

Should you wish to ‘opt out’ of the voluntary levy, you will need to notify the team upon confirmation of the booking.

The fight and victory for the success of our wildlife and its future cannot be fought be local conservationists alone. We appeal to the industry to support what we see as Zimbabwe’s game changing initiative for the sustainable management of Africa’s wildlife resource. Most of the founding members of CWF already embark on ambitious conservation and community projects through their independent non-profit trusts and foundations, and will continue to do so through their personal profits.

CWF resources will go directly towards funding National Parks and Wildlife Authorities and embark on supporting the outer communities and conservation areas surrounding Hwange National Park.  


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From the 6th to the 9th of February, London’s Earls Court will be transformed into a cornucopia of world travel as the Times presents Destinations – the holiday and travel show, celebrating its 20th year in London.

Real Africa, an established safari specialist based in Norfolk, is delighted to be joining SATOA on stand AF85 at this year’s show, which promises to be even bigger and better than last year with 25% more exhibitors and eighty new companies.

Over 35,000 visitors are expected to flood through the doors over four days providing an outstanding opportunity to meet directly with consumers who will be treated to a wide range of talks and workshops from travel professionals and celebrities including Martin Bell, Jeremy Bowen and Simon Reeve. There will also be a MASTA Travel Health Zone, new this year, and a Taste the World Zone.

This is an exciting opportunity on behalf of SATOA members, for Real Africa to showcase some of the wide ranging and exciting travel opportunities that the African and Indian Ocean destinations offer.  From traditional 4x4 big game viewing at iconic parks and reserves, or enthralling walking safaris in more remote locations to adventurous challenges, like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, gorilla trekking, or horseback and canoe safaris in Botswana, clients really do have more choice than ever when it comes to selecting an African holiday. 

As such the role of the travel ‘expert’ becomes even more crucial. Speaking directly to someone with years of experience tailoring African safaris can make all the difference and Real Africa will have a number of consultants on hand to help visitors navigate the numerous options, including excellent value 'show specials' plus a range of bush and beach combinations, designed with the wildlife enthusiast in mind.  Combining the thrill of a big game safari with an ocean safari, where you can snorkel with whale sharks or manta rays, or watch whales, dolphins and seals, frolic with penguins or even cage dive with a Great White has got to be the ultimate African experience.

In addition, Real Africa's new brochure will be available to take away and is a valuable source of holiday inspiration with dedicated sections on family safaris, romantic getaways and challenge ideas.

Fellow SATOA members will be warmly welcomed at the stand – put yourself to the test with Real Africa’s ‘trivia dip’, or see if you can identify the mystery objects.  A gorgeous Sandstorm Kenya bag complete with goodies will also be up for grabs.

For more information please contact Sara White, Marketing Manager, Real Africa, The Royal, 25 Bank Plain, Norwich NR2 4SF [email protected] 0780 143 9693.

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