Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Get to know Mana Pools, free upgrade in Kenya and a Kwanini primer

Learn the secrets of Zimbabwe's Mana Pools NP on the New Frontiers Agent Zone

What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:

Visit the Agent Zone to learn what kind of Mana safari is
right for your clients
New Frontiers: Everything you need to know about Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park can be found on the New Frontiers Agent Zone! 'Dr Safari' Sally Moon has crafted a fantastic, comprehensive document that covers everything from lodging to the wide variety of activities on offer. Unlike most parks in south and southern Africa, Mana Pools has a complexity that needs to be understood in order to ensure visitors derive the maximum enjoyment from their safari. This means matching a client's expectations with not just the right camp but with the right style of safari. Visit the Agent Zone to learn more.

Waterfall swimming is one of the many highlights of a stay 
at Santa Juana
Costa Rica Sun Tours: Created to immerse guests in an authentic Costa Rica rural mountain experience, Santa Juana Lodge & Nature Reserve hearkens back to a simpler time. Life in the jungle-covered slopes of the Central Pacific Mountains revolves around an agricultural tradition and the outdoor adventures of hiking, waterfall swimming, and exploring the nature reserve. Santa Juana is an exclusive retreat with beautifully appointed, freestanding cabins, each with panoramic views. Costa Rica Sun Tours recommends a stay for the incredible hospitality, delicious local food and genuine relaxation.

How about a free upgrade to a 4x4 for 2018 Kenya set
Albatros East Africa: Albatros East Africa have just ordered their third 4X4 Land Cruiser in Kenya. With their new vehicle, they have upgraded their excellent, high-value 7-day Kenya Trails set departure into a 4x4 at no extra cost for 2018! Costs will change in 2019, so book quickly to take advantage of this excellent rate. For travelers looking for a broader East Africa itinerary, Albatros' 13-day East Africa Trails set departure is also a great value and takes advantage of the free vehicle upgrade for 2018. These classic itineraries are fantastic lead-in trips at an affordable price.

Macchiato and a pastry at Olivia's is the perfect fuel to
start the day in Addis
Travel Ethiopia: There's more to Addis Ababa than meets the eye. Many travelers might do a day tour of this growing city before heading off to Ethiopia's other attractions, but for city lovers, there's plenty more on offer. Museums, galleries, artisan shops, coffee houses and restaurants can keep visitors busy for days! Nomad's Concierge uncovered a few new gems in the city, and Travel Ethiopia can share others, depending on your client's tastes. The city has a vibrant buzz these days, along with a slew of lovely new boutique hotels, making it well worth spending a bit of time to explore.

VIDEO: scalloped hammerhead shark 'nursery' in Galapagos
Tropic Ecuador: The Galapagos Islands are a constant source of wonder and discovery. Tropic Ecuador let us know that scientists recently discovered a previously unknown breeding site for hammerhead sharks. Discovered along the coast of Santa Cruz Island late last year, researchers are working to collect data and tag the endangered sharks in this 'nursery' for further study. This discovery only adds to the Islands' importance as one of the most densely populated zones for sharks in the world.

VIDEO: a primer on Kwanini
The Manta Resort: Bwana Juma Bakar is a man of all trades and many talents at Pemba Island's Manta Resort! Sonya sat down with him on a recent visit to Manta and loved how he described the resort and it's ethos in the word Kwanini. Bwana Juma says, "'s not only about luxury, but its about the culture, the people, and history - all these things put together with the word Kwanini sets the rhythm for Manta..." We couldn't have put it better ourselves! Take a short break and watch the full video!

Guests at Mt Gahinga Lodge will have a new way to
experience Batwa culture
Classic Africa Safaris: Volcanoes Safari Lodges are upgrading their lodges in Rwanda and Uganda this year. Classic Africa Safaris tells us that the Humula Forest Spa will open in April at Bwindi Lodge, while the Batwa village at Mount Gahinga Lodge is due to be completed by June. The newly built village will allow guests to experience the history and culture of the Batwa during their stay. Kyambura Gorge Lodge is undergoing extensive upgrades throughout 2018, including full refurbishment of guest bandas, a redesigned swimming pool and spa, and improved design and interiors of all communal areas.

Imvelo's 2019 rates are now available
Imvelo Safari Lodges: Imvelo Safari Lodges have released their 2019 rates, and have kindly kept increases to an absolute minimum. They will continue to offer their fantastic stay/pay specials in the green season in 2019. They can all be combined to create excellent Vic Falls and Hwange circuits for your guests! You can also find Imvelo's green season closure dates in the 2019 rate sheets. The Stimela Star overnight sleeper train dates and rates have not yet been released for 2019. Once these are released we will provide an update.

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