Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cape Peninsula NF Escapes style, Stimlea Star inaugural journey and Belize special

Exploring the Cape Peninsula on foot on a New Frontiers Escapes excursion

What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:

Getting ready to kayak with penguins
New Frontiers: New Frontiers has taken exploring the Cape Peninsula to the next level and then some. Tad and Gretchen had the chance to join a group of tour operators on a New Frontiers Escape just prior to We Are Africa. They explored local cafe culture, kayaked and walked with penguins, played in sugar soft sand, picnicked on the beach and mixed local botanical potions to make a smokey fynbos cocktail. Read about their day here, and visit the New Frontiers Agent Zone to learn more about their fantastic New Frontiers Escapes, available in the city, the Cape Peninsula, the Winelands and the Overberg!

Learn more about Costa Rica on our webinar
Costa Rica Sun Tours: Did you attend our recent webinar with Costa Rica Sun Tours (CRST)? Sonya was joined by CRST guide Alex Arias for a photographic webinar presentation on Costa Rica, highlighting the country's many unique features, as well as talking about what makes CRST special. Costa Rica Sun Tours is celebrating 30 years in business in 2018, and have crafted some new and exciting itineraries and experiences in honor of their anniversary! Listen to a replay of the webinar here, or learn more about Alex and enjoy some of his images on our blog.

The Times covers the Stimela Star's launch
Imvelo Safari Lodges: The Stimela Star overnight sleeper train brought to life by Imvelo Safari Lodges has made its inaugural run from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park, and journalist Sue Watt of The Times couldn't have been more pleased to have been on board! She captures the character of the Star perfectly, and clearly also 'gets' what Imvelo is after with their safari operations in Zimbabwe - a positive impact on conservation and community. "I've been on safari before, but not like this." Read about her unforgettable safari and rediscovery of Zimbabwe with Imvelo here.

No one left a master painter, but everyone had fun!
Tropic Ecuador: The Independent has come up with a great list of activities in Quito including craft beer tasting, exploring the local art scene, checking out indie cinema and sampling the city's street food. Add in some Tropic-style ideas, and your visitors will have an unforgettable stay! Tropic Ecuador has a number of unique 'May I Introduce You' programs across Ecuador that give guests an inside track with locals. They can meet (and paint with) a local artist, cook with a talented chef, spend time in the studio of a master weaver and more! Ask Andrea to help choose the right program for your clients.

Adventures at Ka'ana are tempting, but relaxing possibly
more so...
Maya Trails: Belize is an adventurer's paradise, and Maya Trails is excited to make it super accessible to your travelers. They are currently offering 25% off stays of four or more nights at Ka'ana Resort for bookings made before May 31 for travel through Dec 17th, 2018. Ka'ana offers a huge range of adventures, as well as the opportunity to totally unwind in a luxurious tropical environment. Stays include a private tour for two to the ancient Maya city of Xunantunich and a craft cocktail workshop with one of Ka'ana's Master Mixologists. Contact Adriana for details and availability.

Auric Air's new flights help guests maximize their time
Classic Africa Safaris: Our favorite thing about new flights is when they allow travelers to maximize their time on vacation. That's why we're very excited about the news from Classic Africa Safaris that Auric Air has introduced flights connecting Serengeti to both Kigali and Entebbe! The flights make connecting the spectacular wildlife of the Serengeti with the mountain gorillas (and other wildlife) of Rwanda and Uganda seamless. The schedule is set in such a way that guests have the chance to avoid a night in transit - time that is better used for game viewing. View the new timetable here.

Act fast for your clients to get on the road on an Ultimate
Namibia Safari
for 2019
Ultimate Safaris: Details for the 2019 Ultimate Namibia Safari are out! Despite a (200%!) jump in park entrance fees, Ultimate Safaris has kept the average rate increase of their guaranteed departure safari to around 10%. The 10-day safari continues to offer the best value for money for a journey of its nature in Namibia, and it is still priced well below any comparative safari offered in the marketplace. Keep in mind that high demand means departures sell out quickly. There are departures nearly every Tue in peak season - 40 in total for 2019. A detailed itinerary and rates are available here. Contact Clemensia for availability.

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