Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Camp Cecil in the news, train travel in Ecuador and Google Guatemala

Here's looking at you! Watchful siblings in the Musiara Marsh area of the
Masai Mara. Photo: Tad Bradley
What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:

"This tent was more like a fantasy about beach camping you
never even knew you had." - Kim Brown Seely
Todos Santos Eco Adventures: Camp Cecil is a media darling! Todos Santos Eco Adventures' luxury beachside camp has made recent appearances in both Everett Potter and National Geographic. Reporters were smitten with the opportunity to swim with sea lions and whale sharks, loved the fresh and delicious food, and marveled at the need to pack nothing much more than a bathing suit and sandals. They found the stargazing dazzling, and relished the chance to truly unplug from everything (no Internet!) for a few days. If this sounds like the perfect retreat for your clients (or for you!), email Bryan for availability!

There are lots of ways to wow the kids on safari in Kenya
Albatros Travel: Albatros Travel GM Julian Camm enjoys his job, especially when it involves seeking out ideas for family travel! He took his kids to test drive some experiences in Kenya recently, and got their stamp of approval on a number of things. Kissing giraffes at the Giraffe Centre and visiting baby elephants at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage are guaranteed winners for young and old alike. Getting up close and personal with rhinos is another activity that will inspire awe in the kids. To expend pent-up energy, take the family to Africa's longest zip-line. Learn about these activities and more on the Kusini blog!

Travelers must carry their yellow fever certificate when
visiting Uganda
Classic Africa Safaris: In the department of 'not exciting but definitely important,' Classic Africa Safaris reports that Uganda has adopted the July 2016 WHO policy of lifetime validity for yellow fever vaccines. Those with expired certificates (more than 10 years old) will have them replaced on arrival at for a fee of USD$11. Those without a certificate will be given a shot on arrival for a fee of USD$40 (how's that for incentive to get it done before you go?). Guests who cannot have the shot because of age or health-related issues must present a doctor's letter upon entry. Also important: Uganda immigration has updated the online visa application system, requiring guests to pay for their visa online rather than upon arrival. Contact Hilda with questions.

Exclusive Zimbabwe - Hwange has a fraction of the visitors
of parks like Serengeti
Imvelo Safari Lodges: We can't imagine having to convince someone to visit somewhere as wonderful as Zimbabwe, but if you need a boost to close, have a gander at Imvelo Safari Lodges' 'Top 5 Reasons to go on safari in Zimbabwe.' Exclusivity and diversity of activities top the list, but dig deeper for more compelling reasons. You can find this and other helpful documents like detailed information sheets for each of Imvelo's lodges here. Maps, lodge layouts, drive times, room configurations, activity lists and more are all at your fingertips.

4 night programs are available from either Quito or
Tropic Ecuador: Guests traveling with Tropic Ecuador can experience the country's wonders aboard award-winning Tren Crucero. Lovingly restored and modernized antique steam locomotives pull two luxury cars carrying just fifty passengers, to ensure exclusivity and personalized service. Passengers discover the hidden secrets of Ecuador with a carefully selected collection of experiences including rainforest hikes, visits to artisans' workshops, meeting the last "ice-harvester" of Chimborazo, visits with indigenous communities to learn about Andean traditions and more. Contact Andrea for more information.

The puma's range extends from the Yukon to the southern
Andes. Photo: Alex Arias
Costa Rica Sun Tours: Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park is one of the most amazing destinations the country has to offer. Its been penned "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity" by National Geographic. Visitors can expect to see an abundance of wildlife in the off-the-beaten-path park. Recently, two groups of travelers visiting the park with Costa Rica Sun Tours had the opportunity to enjoy the exceptional experience of seeing a puma in its natural habitat! Read more about Corcovado and the puma sighting on the Kusini blog.

Google Street View is good, but seeing the real thing is better!
Maya Trails: "It was the perfect adventure. Fabulous hotels, amazing guides- culture, jungle and a little action. We loved the tour of villages on Atitlan- Dolores was an AMAZING guide - she even took us to Maximon's house. We totally hit the jackpot with her..." Another glowing review from a happy visitor to Guatemala with Maya Trails. Now your clients can take a virtual tour of the country and its tourism highlights on Google Street View. More than 40,000 stunning images make up the 360 degree views of Guatemala's most beautiful spots.

Happy agents posing for a photo after a successful morning
of rhino tracking
Ultimate Safaris: We've been receiving sporadic reports of awesomeness from Sonya, who has been enjoying her time on the Ultimate Safaris US agents FAM. The lucky travelers have tracked rhino on foot, visited spectacular desert landscapes near Sossusvlei, felt the magic of true wilderness at //Huab Under Canvas and slept under the starriest of skies on the Tok Tokkie Trails in the NambRand Nature Reserve. These #desertadaptedagents seem to be having the time of their lives! We can't wait for a little armchair travel with Sonya via her trip report when she returns!

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