Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kusini Weekly Update - April 5th

Africa travel show season is just around the corner - we look forward to seeing
many of our partners in Cape Town at WAA and in Durban at INDABA!
Time flies and WAA and INDABA are right around the corner! This week we share details on which shows our partners will be attending plus other Kusini Collection news. We hope to see you in South Africa next month!

The following Kusini Collection partners are exhibiting at 
We Are Africa, May 2-5 in Cape Town:

  • New Frontiers Tours will be attending We Are Africa represented by Craig Smith
  • Imvelo Safari Lodges, Zimbabwe will be attending We Are Africa represented by Hayley Plaskitt
  • Ultimate Safaris Namibia will be attending We Are Africa represented by Tristan Cowley

The following Kusini Collection partners are exhibiting at 
INDABA, May 7-9 in Durban:

Join the Kusini Collection for sundowners 'Durban style' on Sunday May 8th from 5 - 7:30pm at the Big Easy Wine Bar at the ICC Hilton. Hosted by Imvelo Safari Lodges, Ultimate Safaris Namibia, Albatros Travel Africa and Adventure Travel Trade Association! RSVP here.

Classic Africa Safaris reports changes to vaccination certificate requirements when entering Rwanda and Uganda. Travelers entering Rwanda or Uganda must now provide proof of current yellow fever vaccination. Vaccination proof is not a new requirement, however enforcement at all entry points is new. Due to an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola, the governments of Rwanda and Uganda are implementing preventative measures against the importation of cases into their countries. Unvaccinated travelers will have the vaccine administered to them upon entry (at a charge). CAS strongly recommends travelers carry their 'International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis' with them throughout their travels.

Some of Ecuador's culture and history
on display at Casa del Alabado
Where can you find 7,000 years of Ecuadorian history under one roof? Casa del Alabado is tucked into Quito's historic district and houses more than 5,000 pieces of archaeological art. During 2016, Tropic Journeys and the museum owners are working on a range of special behind-the-scenes, hands-on experiences exclusive to Tropic's clients. One experience is about the medicinal and spiritual use of plants, and during a privately guided journey guests will be immersed in their ancient healing powers. Contact Andrea to learn more about this special experience.


Elephant-proofing Nehimba's plumbing
The Imvelo Safari Lodges team just returned from the field and has shared progress and photos from the ongoing refurb at award-winning Nehimba Lodge. Improvements include soft refurb touches as well as structural enhancements. See the full project list on our blog. The soon-to-be-finished refurb coupled with incredible wildlife sightings and consistently happy travelers (Trip Advisor reviewers can't say enough wonderful things about Nehimba!) demand a visit to this special lodge deep inside Hwange National Park. Perhaps best of all, there have been significant late rains in Hwange, providing relief to human and animal residents alike!

New Frontiers has shared news about big changes at MalaMala. Michael Rattray, founder and previous owner of MalaMala, Stephen Saad, owner of Kirkman's Kamp and members of the N'wandlamhari Communal Property Association have formed a private public partnership that will operate the 'new' MalaMala Game Reserve. The guest experience will be much the same with some notable enhancements including upgrades to Main and Sable Camps, a new camp in the Southern section in 2019, a new photographic vehicle and new traversing rights. 2017 rates will stay the same, though Federal Air rates have increased. Contact Faith for further information.

For more information on any of the updates included above, please contact the Kusini Collection or your tour consultant at the appropriate operator.

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