Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Good news on Cape Town's water situation, sleep like a bird and shopping in Ethiopia

The Manta Resort is about a whole different kind of luxury...the luxury of
relaxing and reconnecting with nature

What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:

What could be better than lemonade after a bush walk?
Photo ©Bill Gozansky.
Ultimate Safaris: There are many things that set Ultimate Safaris apart from their competitors. In addition to the 'big things' like their award-winning, knowledgeable, on-staff naturalist guiding team, and incredible roughing it in style Journeys Under Canvas, Ultimate also knows how the little things can make a huge impression. Consider their new 'Trail Treats' - creative, wonderful moments of surprise for guests that seem really coming upon a lemonade stall out in the bush at //Huab Under Canvas. Talk about a refreshing surprise!
VIDEO: Things are looking up for the water situation in Cape Town

New Frontiers: Late last week, New Frontiers provided a more positive update on Cape Town's water situation and its impact on tourism. Just yesterday, it was announced that Day Zero (when the regular water supply is cut off and distribution points take effect) has been pushed out to June 4 thanks to aggressive conservation efforts, and there is consensus that it is now unlikely to happen. It is important to note that in peak tourism months, tourist water consumption represents less than 1% of total water usage. Additional water sources will be coming online soon, and in the unlikely event that Day Zero occurs, water supply will not be cut off to key commercial areas, including most hotels.

New EBB-NBO flights from Jambojet start this week
Classic Africa Safaris: Classic Africa Safaris has let us know that Jambojet, a subsidiary of Kenya Airways, will operate two daily flights between Entebbe and Nairobi beginning Feb 15. The introductory price of a one-way ticket would be approximately $115, inclusive of taxes, with a flight time of 80 minutes. Flights will depart Nairobi daily at 9:10 am and 5:30 pm, while return flights will depart Entebbe at 11:00 am and 7:20 pm. These new flights will make it easy for travelers to combine Kenya and Uganda for safari, giving them a chance to see the diversity of East Africa.

Gorgeous Ethiopian textiles drying in Sabahar's garden
Travel Ethiopia: CNN Travel calls Addis Ababa 'rambunctious, manic, beguiling and exciting,' and we couldn't agree more. This vibrant Ethiopian city has much to offer visitors, including some of the world's best coffee, fantastic local and international food, museums, night life, and excellent culture, art and shopping. Guests exploring the city with Travel Ethiopia can plan a shopping day where they will visit artisan shops like Sabahar - offering stunning fair-trade Ethiopian textiles, or Makush Art Gallery - where they discover talented local artists, and perhaps stick around for a delicious Italian meal afterward.

CRST's exploration of local cuisine might include platos
typicos such as this
Costa Rica Sun Tours: Costa Rica Sun Tours offers a fun and informative tour of local cuisine in Manuel Antonio! Guests join a guide to visit the local market in Quepos where they can browse the stands to pick out ingredients for lunch. With a basket full, they head to the nearby farming community of Londres to meet up with expert local chefs. Cooking in the Costa Rican kitchen can include making exotic ceviche, old-fashioned rice "tico style", or maybe a "picadillo" (chopped veg mixed with spices and meat). After eating, there will be time to walk the trails at a beautiful ranch or into town, or enjoy a swim!

Sonya found herself mesmerized in The Manta Resort's
Underwater Room
The Manta Resort: You've been looking at stunning photos and hearing about Kwanini for months. Now, following a recent visit to The Manta Resort on Pemba Island, Sonya has much to share, so stay tuned in the coming weeks for her stories and a trip report! In the meantime, if you've been wondering about the experience, the destination itself, how to include it in an itinerary, best times to go, and personal insight as to what makes Manta so incredibly special - please contact Sonya to schedule a call - she'd love to talk about it!

Happy kids at Ngamo school who benefit from Imvelo's
community projects
Imvelo Safari Lodges: Imvelo Safari Lodges is best known for their incredible lodges and unique Zimbabwe safaris, but one thing that really sets them apart are their community and conservation programs. In 2017 alone, Imvelo and their partners and supporters drilled new boreholes, built multiple new classroom blocks, a new clinic, new kitchen facilities for community buildings and much more. Imvelo provides all the logistical support for the projects without charge. Every cent raised or donated by well-wishers is spent on materials and labor only, and Imvelo contributes the rest.

The totally unique, totally extraodinary Nay Palad at
Segera Retreat
Albatros East Africa: As if Kenya's Segera Retreat wasn't fabulous enough, Albatros Travel tells us they have opened the Nay Palad 'Bird Nest.' This stand alone room offers a unique concept of nesting and sleeping like a bird - set above the ground with a 360 degree views of the wilderness. Guests are brought to Nay Palad just before sunset to find it lit by lanterns with a champagne dinner waiting (and oh how we *love* the food at Segera!). Accommodation consists of inviting beds (either open-air or within the shelter of the first floor) and a fully-equipped bathroom. It's perfect for two guests, but a cozy family would also enjoy a stay.

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