Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ethiopian lions, rain(!) in Namibia and the most remote camp in Zimbabwe

The star beds at Jozibanini make for an unforgettable sleep out in Hwange NP
What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:

The majestic black-maned lion captured on film in
Bale Mountains NP. Photo: Çağan Şekercioğlu
Travel Ethiopia: Visitors to Ethiopia are richly rewarded with exploration of ancient churches, sampling incredible food, witnessing intriguing traditions and viewing exciting endemic wildlife. Travelers headed to beautiful and remote Bale Mountains NP not only have the chance to see the endangered Ethiopian wolf, but also black-maned lions! Bale Mountain Lodge averages 1-2 lion sightings weekly during 'lion season' from April to October. Get a glimpse of these gorgeous cats in this recent National Geographic video and ask Travel Ethiopia about incorporating Bale Mountains NP.

New Frontiers: In the "boring but VERY important" category, the requirement by the South African and Botswana governments for presenting unabridged birth certificates (both parents' names must appear in full) for minors upon entry remains unchanged despite reports to the contrary. This has not decreased demand in South Africa, and because of the pressure for space, New Frontiers must implement a 2 week automatic release on all provisional bookings with immediate effect, though some properties have an even shorter release period. Your consultant will advise you if this is the case. More details as well as exciting new product updates from across southern Africa here.

Ephemeral rivers are flowing after rain arrives in Namibia 
Ultimate Safaris: Very few of us have had the privilege of seeing a dry riverbed in the Namib Desert filling with water as it pushes towards the ocean, but that changed this week as much-needed rains arrived. Ultimate Safaris reports that ephemeral rivers have begun to flow and there is even a salt pan where iridescent amaryllis lilies are blooming in a blaze of pink, purple and white. What an extraordinary sight for travelers, and just one of the small miracles that makes Namibia such an incredible destination!

Maya Trails: Looking for a great family destination that isn't too distant, provides great value and is fun for everyone? Guatemala is a great choice! Maya Trails' Guatemala Family Getaway hits highlights for every age group - peanut butter and chocolate making for the kids (and parents!) to get their hands dirty, horseback riding, kayaking, zip lining, and hiking on an active (but safe) volcano so everyone gets a bit of adventure, and a visit to the jungle to see Guatemala's wildlife and ancient Mayan sites. It's perfect for spring break or summer! Contact Adriana for more information and to start planning!

Did we mention Jozibanini's awesome "Look-up" blind?! Wow. 
Imvelo Safari Lodges: Imvelo Safari Lodges' Jozibanini Camp is situated in the remote southwest corner of Hwange NP. The Times fell in love with the beauty of its simplicity, wildlife and setting. It has just three ensuite tents, and dining happens alfresco under a starry sky near a crackling campfire. Want a star bed? Beds can be rolled out onto the deck! Wildlife close-ups abound from Jozi's hide, and walks and mountain-biking excursions are available. The real luxury here is the total exclusivity - 100km from the nearest camp! - afforded to Jozi's few lucky guests.

Classic Africa Safaris: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel is making life a little easier for guests planning to track gorillas in Volcanoes NP, Rwanda. They now have gaiters available for complimentary use by hotel guests. They come in handy for myriad reasons including protection against mud and insects, and it's one less thing trekkers have to remember. Check Classic Africa Safaris' Rwanda Info Pack for additional recommendations on what gear trekkers should bring on safari in Rwanda.

Camel safaris are just one of the activities available at Sasaab
Albatros Travel: In case you hadn't heard, Kenya is an IT destination for 2017. The latest recommendation comes from CNN in their '20 Travel Destinations the Experts Say Not to Miss,' where the country appears twice! Segera Retreat and Sasaab both get a mention. Segera (in oh-so-hot Laikipia) is highlighted for its 'eco-retreat' features and Samburu's Sasaab for its great variety of activities. Albatros Travel can help your clients get the very best out of a visit to East Africa on a customized luxury safari.

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