Thursday, May 4, 2017

Innovative new Tanzania products, 2018 dates/rates for Ultimate Namibia and Maximon's new home

Costa Rica Sun Tours guide Alex Arias' special approach to wildlife viewing
pays off in spades!

What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:

'Bush Rovers' - unique accommodations off the beaten
path in Tanzania
Albatros Travel: We often hear from agents looking for new, innovative and unique travel products. Albatros Travel delivers all of the above in their latest update from Tanzania. We love the Bush Rover, a safari vehicle transformed into your own private retreat complete with hot bath, and our appetites have been whetted with the introduction of private, mobile dining from a chef trained in Michelin-starred restaurants. In addition to the aforementioned luxuries, you can learn about yoga in the bush (even the guides are doing it!), the Manyara Tree Top Walkway and Albatros' community projects on the Kusini blog.

Some of the irresistible treats found in Republica del Cacao's
'Chocolate Lab'
Tropic Ecuador: In seeking out more delicious opportunities for travelers, Tropic Ecuador has partnered with Republica del Cacao to enhance their 'May I Introduce You' programs of exclusive experiences. Tropic's Quito city tours will now visit the Republica del Cacao museum to learn more about the production and history of chocolate in Ecuador, with each visit incorporating a tasting. Tropic now also offers a dessert cooking/baking class in Republica del Cacao's 'Chocolate Lab,' or an after hours fine dining cooking class with their resident chef. Email Cristina for additional information.

Alex generously shares photography tips as well as his love for
Costa Rica's wildlife with his travelers
Costa Rica Sun Tours: We are awed by Costa Rica Sun Tours' guide Alex Arias' photographic skills and approach to viewing wildlife. He has an uncanny ability to capture Costa Rican wildlife in its raw form. A guide since 1995, Alex's specialty is photography and adventure tours. He has competed in adventure races in Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama, and has led friends up to the peak of Chirripo (Costa Rica's highest) several times. As a bonus, families with children love him for his enthusiasm and caring personality! Visit the blog for an interview and to view more of his inspiring images.

Get nose-to-snout with Hwange's elephants at Imvelo's 'Look-
up' blind
Imvelo Safari Lodges: Last call for the Imvelo Safari Lodges' Zimbabwe FAM June 6-11! This is your chance to experience what makes Zimbabwe such a special safari destination while learning more about the incredible impact of Imvelo's lodges on the communities they support. Witness Hwange's massive ele herds from the Look-Up blind, enjoy a full day safari "Pump Run" and spot game from the one-of-a-kind Elephant Express trolley! Discover what's behind the buzz about Imvelo! Space is limited so contact Tad for more information ASAP.

Botswana's new Tourism Development Levy is effective
June 1
New Frontiers: Cross Botswana off the list of entry fee-less African destinations! Effective June 1, 2017, all travelers will be required to pay a $30 tourism development levy payable upon arrival at any of the country's ports of entry - this includes Chobe day-trippers from the Vic Falls area. The objective of the levy is to raise funds for conservation and tourism development to support the growth of the industry and broaden the tourism base, and aims to further improve the lives of the people of Botswana. Full details from New Frontiers on the Kusini blog.

The Ultimate Namibia safari will ensure your clients will
love Namibia, too!
Ultimate Safaris: Breaking news! Ultimate Safaris has won the Experience Africa Innovation Award at We Are Africa! It's wonderful recognition for the Ultimate Tribe and the tireless work they do for Conservation Travel in Namibia!

2018 dates and rates have been announced for the immensely popular Ultimate Namibia Safari from Ultimate Safaris. The guaranteed departure continues to offer the best value for money to be found in Namibia, and is still priced well below any comparative safari offered in the marketplace. Nearly all departures sold out for 2017 which has led Ultimate to schedule to schedule additional departures for next year, bringing the total number to 38 (up from 22). Now's the time to promote this itinerary as we expect our 2018 trips to sell out as well! Click here for dates, rates and itinerary updates for the 2018 safari.

Dolores brings Guatemala's history and spirituality to life
for travelers
Maya Trails: Spending a day touring Lake Atitlan with Maya Trails' guide Dolores is an incredibly enlightening, educational, and in many ways spiritual experience. She speaks nearly perfect English, and having lived it, conveys the history, traditions and culture of the Maya in a very personal way. Dolores and her family have been chosen to host the Mayan folk saint Maximon in her home village of Santiago Atitlan starting this month! This means even more insider access for Maya Trails clients visiting Lake Atitlan and environs. Ask Adriana to include a visit for your travelers.

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