Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beach hopping by kayak, new airport in Kasane and Swahili head massage

Flamingos are a highlight on a visit to Lake Nakuru with Albatros Travel

What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:

The MV Origin is one of Tropic's preferred small boats in
the Galapagos
Tropic Ecuador: Tropic Ecuador innovated land-based travel in the Galapagos, and we think it is a fantastic way to see the Islands. That said, we know that some people have their hearts set on a cruise, either for a particular species that can only be seen on one of the remote islands, or because they find it more 'traditional.' Tropic also books cruises and works with a number of boats where 20-25% commissions are possible. There are a few holiday spaces left (these will go quickly!), and Tropic is also able to offer some excellent specials at other times of the year. Contact Cristina for cruise rates and more information

Albatros' set departures in Kenya and Tanzania are an
amazing value
Albatros Travel: After some excitement due to last-minute changes to concession fees in Tanzanian national parks, Albatros Travel is pleased to announce the release of 2018 rates. Most of the programs are the same for 2018, with some minor adjustments and changes to a few of the products. Happily, Albatros is continuing with their weekly set departures in Kenya and Tanzania, with the opportunity to combine the two itineraries, allowing for a fantastic East Africa safari at a great price. Contact Jennie for price lists and with any questions.

Whales are just one of the fantastic species guests can see
when visiting Baja California Sur
Todos Santos Eco Adventures: Did you know that Mexico is one of only 12 'megadiverse' countries on earth? That means that they have 60-70% of the world's biodiversity represented within their borders! If you're just learning this fascinating fact, you must have missed our Todos Santos Eco Adventures webinar last week. You can watch the replay on our website in which Bryan Jauregui provides a short-and-sweet virtual tour around the region and the exciting experiences on offer. You'll be booking your own flights before the webinar is over! You'll also get a sneak peak into Todos Santos Eco Adventures' new beach-hopping by kayak with full service camping! 

Dona Miriam Adanis invites guests into her home in Tarcloes,
a small town on the Pacific
Costa Rica Sun Tours: It can be a challenge for travelers to immerse themselves into the local culture. The team at Costa Rica Sun Tours makes every effort to share special cultural exchanges with guests - leading them off the beaten track to meet the people that make the place. What better way to remove boundaries than being invited into a local family's home to share a delicious and typical homemade meal? Costa Rica Sun Tours' exclusive home lunches allow guests to freely experience the essence of country life with warm hosts and plenty of Costa Rican flavor! Learn more about this special activity on the blog.

An otherworldly landscape in Bale Mountains NP. Photo
Gretchen Healey
Travel Ethiopia: Great news for travelers to Ethiopia! Travel Ethiopia has shared that the government has introduced a new online e-visa system. Applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Once the application is approved, travelers receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and will have their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa. The new e-visa will make it even easier for travelers to enjoy Ethiopia's wonders, including trekking in the remote and surreal Bale Mountains National Park, one of the last strongholds of the Ethiopian wolf.

The entrance to the shiny and new Kasane International
New Frontiers: If you haven't traveled through Kasane, Botswana, recently, you will be surprised on your next visit! New Frontiers reports that the dilapidated old airport building is gone, replaced by a new, state-of-the-art facility. The new airport features plenty of signage, lots of screens with flight information and plenty of seating. The bad news is it's still a bit of a work in progress. There are still queues at immigration, as only two officials are on duty at any one time (requiring them to move between arrivals and departures). Additionally, only one shop that sells beverages and snacks has opened, but no restaurant or curio shop as of yet. We'll keep you posted on developments.

What inclusive treatment would you choose?
The Manta Resort: Need just one more reason to include The Manta Resort on Pemba Island in your Tanzania and/or Kenya itineraries? How about one spa treatment included per person per day? The trained therapists at the Kipepeo Spa welcome each guest to relax and recharge on a daily basis. Who passes up a complimentary aromatherapy or deep tissue massage? Another day, another treatment...a pampering facial? A pedicure? Our pick? The Swahili head massage - an exotic Indian massage of the neck, shoulders, and scalp. Swoon! This is an incredible added value to any itinerary. Contact us for more information or a full spa menu.

The stunning view from the deck of Kalize Island Lodge
Ultimate Safaris: Nambwa Lodge, one of Ultimate Safaris' recommended properties in the Zambezi region, has introduced a sister lodge, the Kazile Island Lodge, to their portfolio. These are the only two lodges located within the Bwabwata National Park, where no stay is complete without an iconic sundowner at Horseshoe Bend on the Kwando River, ideally watching a herd of elephant browsing and drinking at the lagoon. To learn how to make a visit to the Zambezi region part of your clients' Namibia safari, contact Birgit.

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