Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fire at Uganda lodge, ancient Mayan superhighway and Why Zimbabwe?

One of the rewarding views on the Sierra La Laguna Sea-to-Sea trek with
Todos Santos Eco Adventures

 What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:


Imvelo guests usually find themselves without company
at sightings!
Imvelo Safari Lodges: What makes a Zimbabwe safari unique to other destinations in Africa? Imvelo Safari Lodges has the answers in the Top 5 Reasons to Choose a Zimbabwe Safari! Diversity of activities tops the list - walking, canoeing and biking safaris plus the Elephant Express! Plus Hwange delivers exclusivity - about Kruger's size but only 43,000 visitors per year vs 1.5M! Add in flexibility - no set timetable for activities - and you have one incredible safari value. The benefit to local communities is the icing on the cake.

Maya Trails: An ancient Mayan road network has been found in the Guatemalan jungle! Over 150 miles of roadways have been identified in the Peten region, according to laser-based scanning of the area. While researchers have known about the roads since 1967, only with the new technology have they been able to gain an understanding of their scope, which far exceeded expectations. Read the full article on Seeker here, or contact Adriana to understand the variety of options that Maya Trails offers for your clients to explore the ancient Mayan world.

The Quito Polo Club is just 15 minutes from the airport and 30
minutes from downtown 
Tropic Ecuador: Travelers are drawn to Ecuador for well-known destinations like the Galapagos and the Amazon, but Quito is also worthy of exploration. Recently voted one of the '50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World' by Conde Nast Traveler, its attractions range from art to architecture, from cosmopolitan dining all the way to a museum dedicated to the equator. Tropic Ecuador can arrange insider activities with locals, like cooking classes or behind-the-scenes visits to galleries, and a stay at the Quito Polo Club will have guests snug in luxury in one of Quito's genteel suburbs.

Todos Santos Eco Adventures: Baja California Sur is not just about the beaches. If you are looking for a change of pace, consider a sea-to-sea hike through the Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve with Todos Santos Eco Adventures. This unforgettable 2 day/1 night trek across the Baja peninsula is a terrific adventure for avid walkers and campers. With burros carrying all your belongings and guides on hand to do all the cooking and show the way, you can simply relax and enjoy the walk through the magnificent scenery. For inspiration, view the itinerary here!

New Frontiers: 
Wildtrack Safaris Eco Lodge is new to New Frontiers. Ask
about their '4 countries in 1 visit' itinerary!
2016 was an exciting year in southern Africa. Nearly every lodge or camp had some type of spruce-up, including soft refurbs, adding family rooms, new activities and other improvements, and 2017 is shaping up to be just as exciting. Visit the New Frontiers Agent Zone to read Sally's report highlighting a number of new, rebuilt and refurbished properties in Botswana, Mozambique and the Zambezi region of Namibia. Some are new to New Frontiers, and all give you a great variety of options to craft the best possible safari for your clients.

Classic Africa Safaris: We were saddened to learn that Kyambura Game Lodge in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park has closed following a fire that gutted a section of the lodge. Thankfully, no one was injured. 4 cottages and the main area were unaffected, and rebuilding has already commenced. The lodge will reopen March 1st with 4 cottages, and another 2 are expected to be ready by June 1st. Classic Africa Safaris is proactively working with agents and operators on any affected bookings.

One Forty Eight is filled with original artwork, making it
a living gallery
Albatros Travel: Great feedback is flowing in from Albatros Travel guests who have stayed at the new One Forty Eight in Nairobi. Located in the Langata suburb, the boutique property is proximate to Nairobi National Park, great dining and shopping, the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Center. The hotel is intimate with just 8 luxury rooms, and unique with warthog, parrots, peacocks and monkeys freely coming and going through the garden. Tad will be visiting next month, so stay tuned for his review!

Ultimate Safaris: Ultimate Safaris operations manager Tarry, and guides Ronny and Vincent, recently drove 5,000 km to East Africa to deliver 3 vehicles for modification. This takes Ultimate's fleet of specialized Land Cruisers to 18 vehicles. Ronny and Vincent are now spending 6 weeks in the Masai Mara with Alex Walker's Serian Camps on their annual 'guide exchange,' a fantastic cross-training and collaboration opportunity! Tarry had a chance to explore Nairobi National Park and also take a helicopter flight over the Rift Valley before flying back to Namibia. Follow Ultimate's Facebook page for updates from Ronny and Vincent in the Mara!

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