Friday, January 6, 2017

Off the beaten path in Ecuador, new flights to Victoria Falls and the Uni-Visa returns!

Cusp and her pack greeted 2017 and Bomani guests on a New Year's Day drive!
Photo: Imvelo Safari Lodges

What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:


Flight news: Happy News! Ethiopian Airways will commence direct service to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (VFA) beginning March 26th. Bypassing JNB, flights will be 4x/week (Tu/Th/Sa/Su) from Addis Ababa (ADD) at 8:35 am for a 12:15 arrival into VFA - leaving enough time for an afternoon activity for guests! Return flights depart VFA at 1 pm for a 9:30 pm arrival in ADD via Gabarone. These align perfectly with the 7:10 am arrival/10:50 pm departure of the Washington Dulles (IAD) flight. Check out all the new Southern Africa flights making travel planning easier on our blog. 

Namibia's value isn't the only thing that will thrill your safari
clients during a visit. Photo by Jason Nott
Ultimate Safaris: The travel world has been abuzz about visiting South Africa because of the rand's weakness against the dollar. Little has been said about the value of traveling to Namibia, however, but now the secret is out. The Namibian dollar is pegged to the value of the rand meaning that it's also an incredible deal for safari enthusiasts! So much so that Lonely Planet named Namibia among its 'Best Value Destinations for 2017.' Ultimate Safaris' offers both customized and set departures to explore Namibia's wonders.

Albatros Travel: The New York Times '52 Places to Go in 2017' was just released and Laikipia, Kenya made the exclusive list! The malaria-free Borana Conservancy gets a special mention. It is 90,000 protected acres of beautiful land that is home to elephant, lion, rhinoceros and more. Game activities abound, as do glimpses into Samburu and Maasai culture. A variety of accommodation options are available - ask Albatros Travel which property would be a good fit for your clients.

Visitors to Ecuador's cloud forests will revel in the area's 
wildlife and waterfalls. Photo: Mashpi Lodge
Tropic Ecuador: Michaela Trimble of Vogue magazine decided to get off the beaten path on a visit to Ecuador and was delighted with her discoveries. She came up with a list of '5 Outdoor Havens That Aren't the Galapagos' that will please everyone from culture seekers to adventure junkies. Ideas for exploring the Andes, learning the mysteries of the cloud forest and seeking sloths in the Amazon make for inspirational trip planning. Tropic Ecuador has expertise in all of the areas covered, and can customize a journey for your clients.

New Frontiers: The much anticipated return of the popular Uni-Visa for Zambia and Zimbabwe has arrived! The $50 visa is valid for 30 days and covers multiple entries into both countries through specific ports of entry, as well as day trips to Botswana via the Kazangula border. New Frontiers cautions that visitors must request the Uni-Visa, otherwise there is a good chance they will be furnished with a single entry visa or asked to pay the higher fee for a double entry visa. Get all of the details on our blog.

Bomani Tented Lodge will see a new family suite and pool for
the hot summer months!
Imvelo Safari Lodges: There will be more beds at Imvelo Safari Lodges' properties in 2017!  The additions will take Zambezi Sands River Camp, Nehimba Lodge and Bomani Tented Lodge to their ideal sizes and ensure that Imvelo has the capacity to meet the increasing demand while still allowing their properties to retain their intimate charm and personalized touch. Details of the additions and upgrades(!) can be found on the Kusini blog. The additions will be ready on August 1, and are currently available for booking from that date forward.

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