Monday, March 21, 2016

THE KUSINI COLLECTION PORTFOLIO MEMBERS SHORTLISTED FOR AFRICA CONSERVATION AWARD

Kusini Collection portfolio members Imvelo Safari Lodges and Ultimate Safaris have been Shortlisted in the prestigious 2016 We Are Africa Innovation Awards in the Conserve Africa Category. This honor is awarded to those African tourism companies “demonstrating outstanding leadership in the complex area of conservation and embarking on bold initiatives to protect Africa’s natural resources.”

Mountain biking on elephant paths in remote
Hwange National Park near Jozibanini Camp
Imvelo Safari Lodges was nominated for the conservation story behind their new camp Jozibanini in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. In the far south-west of the park, five hours drive through sandy 4×4 country from the nearest civilization, a ranger station named Jozibanini was abandoned 14 years ago and tragically elephant poaching raised its ugly head there in recent years. Why not establish an outpost at Jozibanini to use as a base for both management of water resources for wildlife and a safari experience unlike any other? Presence in the area would also deter poachers, and who better to employ to protect the new project than ex- poachers who have turned over a new leaf.  And so Jozibanini Camp was born. This is a small, exclusive camp in a wild place, providing a unique, untamed wilderness experience. Sleeping under the stars or game viewing by mountain bike are just a few of the exciting new activities on offer.

Ultimate Safaris guests can participate in big cat
conservation at the AfriCat Foundation in Namibia 
Ultimate Safaris received commendation for their highly-regarded conservation-themed Namibia safaris in conjunction with their own non-profit the Conservation Travel Foundation (CTF). The objective of these safaris is to create a platform from where conservationists and scientists can invest short periods of their time to involve guests in an exclusive and unique ‘behind the scenes’ experience, for absolute maximum return on the investment on the part of their organizations. By the end of 2016, Ultimate Safaris will have raised a total of ZAR 1.2 million ($79,000) for various organizations in Namibia including the AfriCat Foundation, Desert Lion Conservation, Save the Rhino Trust (Rhino Ranger Program) and the Giraffe Conservation Fund.

Attendees of We Are Africa are eligible to vote in the Innovation Awards here. The winner in each category will be announced at the We Are Africa African travel show in Cape Town, May 2-5, 2016.

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The Kusini Collection represents New Frontiers Tours in South Africa, Classic Africa Safaris in Uganda, Ultimate Safaris in Namibia, Albatros Travel East Africa, Imvelo Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe, Travel Ethiopia, Tropic Journeys in Ecuador and Maya Trails in Guatemala. We strive to keep our trade partners in North America updated and ahead of the game, as well as confident and efficient in their product training and knowledge in the destinations where we work. For more information: www.KusiniCollection.com, info@kusinicollection.com, Facebook.com/KusiniCollection or Twitter.com/KusiniCoRep.


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