Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New East Africa flights, Bomani family suite and your moment of zen

Check out this week's video from The Manta Resort (below) to get a glimpse
of life below the water's surface (though it's pretty nice up top, too!)

What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:

There's no shortage of photo ops in Antigua
Maya Trails: Anyone that's ever visited Antigua, Guatemala doesn't need encouragement to go again. With a stunning backdrop of volcanoes, beautiful colonial architecture and charming vibe, it's an easy place to love. But if your travelers don't know its particular draws (Coffee! Chocolate! Fantastic food! Markets!), this article from The Culture Trip might help inspire them to buy a plane ticket. You can work with Maya Trails to craft an adventure that uncovers all of Antigua's hidden gems, or check out their signature tours in the Travel Trade area of our website. And don't forget there's a lot more to explore in Guatemala!

The new family suite is generously shaded by camelthorn
Imvelo Safari Lodges: Built within a beautiful grove of Camelthorn trees and slightly away from the rest of the lodge for privacy, the new family suite at Imvelo Safari Lodges' Bomani Tented Camp has spectacular views across the plains that feature regular wildlife sightings as animals drink from the nearby waterhole. The 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite (complete with outdoor showers!) can accommodate up to six when extra beds are added. The large lounge and dining areas let families spread out, and allow for optional private dining. It's perfect for families or small groups, and guests can take advantage of all that Bomani has to offer, including its new plunge pool! The rack rate for 2018 is $419 pp/pn and Imvelo's great stay/pay specials are valid now - April 2018, and again at year's end!

Camp Cecil has been turning heads since day one!
Todos Santos Eco Adventures: The weather is turning and the Sea of Cortez is calling! We think it's perfect timing that Camp Cecil on Isla Espiritu Santo just opened for the season (November 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018). With a year already under their belts and one rave review after another (here's the latest), we can't wait to see what's in store at Todos Santos Eco Adventures' award-winning Camp Cecil this year! There is still space available so if you have a couple looking to get away, or an entire family looking to take it over, let us know as soon as possible!

Tropic's trusty steeds help take you farther afield in the Andes
Tropic Ecuador: It's hard to convey the stark beauty and vastness of Ecuador's Andes and the landscape around Tropic Ecuador's Chilcabamba Mountain Lodge. That's why it's nice to see this gorgeous photo blog from Where is Per that does its best to give travelers an idea of what a weekend escape to Chilcabamba looks like - figuratively and literally. Wide open, wild mountain scenery greets travelers and invites them to explore - whether on horseback, bicycle or foot - while the lodge welcomes them at the end of the day with a cozy fire, a warm drink and gooey s'mores. What more could you ask for?

We can't wait to nestle into one of Selati Camp's newly
refurbed rooms!
New Frontiers: Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in South Africa has unveiled the new look for its Selati Camp. The seven gorgeous suites epitomize vintage style and elegance, perfectly capturing the 19th century grand steam train era when the Selati railway line passed through the land carrying gold to and from Mozambique. The intimate lodge has been long-admired for its authentic railway memorabilia and classic style, and with this beautiful refurb, the camp retained all of its charm while developing ultra-luxurious touches. Tip: Always double check with New Frontiers on space - even if online avails appear bleak, there's often space!

Chase away November grey with this glimpse under the sea
The Manta Resort: Ready for your zen moment of the day? Take a minute to sit back and watch this video from The Manta Resort. We'll take you underwater to share the incredible diversity and abundant life now thriving in their conservation area in front of the resort. Trust us, if you're working though a grey November day today, you'll thank us! We're here to assist when you're ready to chat about offering the incredible Manta experience to your guests!

CRST's new city tour helps guests uncover San Jose's
Costa Rica Sun Tours: San Jose is not just Costa Rica's capital, but also a social and cultural center, however most travelers never venture into the city, which is a shame. Costa Rica Sun Tours (CRST) aims to change that with their new San Jose Walking City Tour. The tour gives visitors the chance to discover the city's distinct neighborhoods, its parks, museums and culture. To top it off, CRST shares some of their top restaurant and cafe recommendations, allowing for a delicious stop or self-directed culinary exploration after the tour. Learn more about the tour here, or email CRST to add it to your client's itinerary.

Precision Air is making it easier to explore more of
East Africa
Classic Africa Safaris: Following a three-year hiatus, Precision Air has reinstated its popular Arusha/Kilimanjaro - Entebbe route. This enables clients to cover the distance in under two hours, rather than the much longer connection via Nairobi or Kigali. Guests arriving on the Precision Air flight for a Uganda safari extension with Classic Africa Safaris can now connect to the internal Aerolink circuit that stops in Kihihi, Mweya, Kasese and Semliki. Precision Air flights operate 3x/week (M/Th/Sa), though there is hope that frequency may increase if demand warrants. Contact Hilda with questions on timing.

Game viewing in Etosha and //Huab has been incredible!
Ultimate Safaris: Game viewing in Namibia has been leaving guests breathless! Etosha sightings are amazing at the moment - guests are having regular sightings of leopard, cheetah, rhino, elephant and lion, sometimes seeing all of these in just a few drives! Add to that the two herds of desert-adapted elephants that have made the area close to //Huab Under Canvas home, along with the chance to track desert-adapted rhino in an exclusive use concession, and your guests traveling with Ultimate Safaris will come home raving about their journey!

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