Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sleeping in trees, value in Uganda and cheetah cub update

TOSEA's Camp Cecil on Isla Espiritu Santo aglow below the milky way.
Photo: Keenan Shoal Warner
New Frontiers: The Zambian government has introduced new taxes with immediate effect and with no prior warning that will impact travelers (existing and new bookings). Visit this page for the full New Frontiers briefing.

Luxurious Kingston tree house at Lion Sands is a firm
favorite of honeymooners
Want to take your adventurous client's Southern African safari up a big notch? Plan a night for them in a tree house recommended by New Frontiers! Tree houses can range from rustic to luxurious, and will give guests a totally different and unique experience in the bush. Check the menu on each destination page on the Agent Zone to see fun and beautiful tree houses throughout Southern Africa. From Makgadikgadi Pans to Mana Pools, you'll be dreaming of how to weave these special spots into your travelers' itineraries!

Classic Africa Safaris: Just a reminder as we announced in July, Uganda's visa fees have been cut in half to $50, and a new online visa application system is in place and working perfectly. And don't forget gorilla and chimp trekking permits are discounted during April, May and November ($50 off chimp permits and $150 off of gorilla permits). If you have a potential client wavering on price and also flexible with their travel dates, these discounts can really make a difference! Ask Classic Africa Safaris about permit availability.

Todos Santos Eco Adventures guides after their
recertification course
Todos Santos Eco Adventures: Safety first! The expert guiding team from Todos Santos Eco Adventures just completed a rigorous and thorough recertification course for water rescue with Guri Sejzer's Aquatic Safety Department. TOSEA's guides are all certified Wilderness First Aid Responders, as well as being highly trained in open water kayak rescue. You can feel secure that your clients traveling with TOSEA will be in the best hands when experiencing all of the adventure on offer in Baja California Sur's amazing waters!

Jascivan Carvalho of Tropic Ecuador, Jimmy Rogers from
Maya Trails and Sergio Jauregui from Todos Santos
Eco Adventures at AdventureNEXT 
Tropic Ecuador: The Kusini Collection's Latin America portfolio were all present and accounted for at last week's ATTA AdventureNEXT symposium in San Luis Posoti. Buyers, delegates and media had the chance to discover the destination, to network, and to brainstorm about adventure travel. Tropic Ecuador has long been considered a leader in sustainable tourism, and as such, Tropic GM Jascivan Carvalho spoke about 'Investing in the Future: Long Term Community Tourism' at the symposium. The aim of the discussion was to explore how the adventure travel industry needs to tackle challenges of balancing conservation and cultural preservation with local community enrichment.

Travel Ethiopia: Addis Ababa continues to grow and enhance its infrastructure. Along those lines, Travel Ethiopia is excited to announce that Bon Hotels has a new property under construction in the bustling metro. Just 10 minutes from Bole International Airport, the boutique hotel will offer 48 spacious and funky rooms, along with a restaurant with all day dining. The feel is planned to be upmarket and cutting-edge, and the property will be a great option for travelers. The hotel is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017.

HNP013 - a very successful cheetah mom with a few of her
subadult cubs
Imvelo Safari Lodges: Dogs and cats are thriving in southern Hwange! Following on the amazing story of Cusp the wild dog, Imvelo Safari Lodges reports that the five cheetah cubs born in May this year are thriving! Cheetah HNP013 (we're waiting for a proper name!) had the litter on the Bomani concession, and guests have loved spotting them on game drives and walks. New born cheetah have a very low survival rate so the fact that all 5 are still thriving makes this female a Super Mom!

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