Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New Guatemala set departure, Baja is a 'Top 10' adventure and the Ultimate mannequin challenge

One of many lions Gretchen spotted last month while on safari in Kenya with
Albatros East Africa. Stay tuned for her trip report in an upcoming newsletter.

 What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:


Reporter Ann Abel says that 'watching' didn't describe her
experience with TOSEA, but 'communing' came close
Todos Santos Eco Adventures: It's the time of year where we see round up lists that highlight 'best of's' and the like. They make for fun reading, and never more so when a reporter nails it on the head, like Ann Abel of Forbes Magazine. Ann shared her '10 Best Adventures of 2016,' and among them was whale watching in Baja California Sur with Todos Santos Eco Adventures, who she says is 'raising the bar on eco luxury.' Read about her special experience communing with the whales, then get your clients to Todos Santos for their own Baja magic!

Classic Africa Safaris: Classic Africa Safaris reports that Mahogany Springs in Bwindi is looking especially smart these days! They've recently gone through a soft refurb, adding pops of color, upgrades and special touches throughout the lodge. They've also added a new honeymoon suite, which is in high demand and receiving rave reviews from travelers! The Lodge has released 2017 specials for your gorilla trekking clients, and you can spruce up your website collateral with their new professional photos. Read the full blog post for specifics.

Jozi's beds can be wheeled onto the deck allowing guests to
sleep under the stars
Imvelo Safari Lodges: Imagine being lucky enough to spend six weeks traveling throughout Africa. It would allow for an incredible number of amazing and memorable experiences. Imagine now what the ultimate highlight might be. For recent travelers visiting Imvelo Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe, the highlight of their six week African adventure was a stay at Jozibanini Camp in the wild and remote southern reaches of Hwange NP. They 'felt like they were at the end of the world' at the rustic and totally exclusive camp. A stay at Jozibanini provides a unique, untamed safari experience!

Maya Trails: Maya Trails is pleased to announce a new weekly scheduled small group departure (min 2/max 16)! On their 'Must See Guatemala' trip, visitors spend 5 days exploring some of Guatemala's best sights in Antigua, Lake Atitlan and Chichicastenango, with the option of adding 2 days to visit the Mayan ruins at Tikal. Three, four and five star options are available. The 7-day luxury version features Casa Palopo (Relais & Châteaux!) and Posada del Angel. At just $1590 net, it's a great value for top boutique properties in Guatemala!

We are so ready to test out the new bathrooms
at Little Bush Camp.
New Frontiers: More news of lodge refurbs from New Frontiers. Sabi Sabi's Little Bush Camp and Bush Lodge have seen some major changes this year. Little Bush has lightened up its main area with some innovative new design elements, and the six suites have gorgeous new bathrooms. Bush Lodge has also seen some major design upgrades, with a total refurb of the main areas as well as a much lighter feel and look to the suites. A full accounting of the changes as well as lots of gorgeous photos can be found on the Agent Zone.

Tropic Ecuador: Tropic Ecuador is excited to report that they have partnered with Sani Lodge in the Amazon to sponsor Paul Bertner to be the resident lodge photographer for 2017. Paul is internationally known for his macro portraits of reptiles, amphibians and insects. His photos have found a global audience in the BBC, the Discovery channel, Scientific American and other news outlets. His residency at Sani Lodge means travelers with Tropic will have unique and exclusive opportunities to work with Paul on their photography skills. Contact Cristina for more information and to book!

VIDEO: Some of the Ultimate Tribe in the office
Watering Hole - yes, a pub at work!
Ultimate Safaris: We love the festive season, and we've started seeing a lot of great holiday greetings for 2016. You can get some holiday cheer along with a virtual and funny tour of Ultimate Safaris' new offices in Windhoek in their new holiday video! Capitalizing on the YouTube Mannequin Challenge (how did we miss that?), the whole Ultimate Tribe gets in on the fun. Get a glimpse of the team enjoying a bit of relaxation and holiday fun when they aren't busy creating amazing journeys for your clients!

Albatros East Africa: Albatros East Africa has an incentive for travelers to explore beyond Tanzania's popular Northern Circuit - their Azura Selous and Park Hyatt Zanzibar special. Guests will enjoy the wildlife in the Selous Game Reserve while staying at the beautiful and exclusive Azura Selous wilderness retreat, followed by a relaxing getaway to Zanzibar for a bit of beach time. An optional upgrade includes a private vehicle and villa room at Azura, plus a deluxe ocean view room in Zanzibar for just $285pp.

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