Thursday, June 7, 2018

Fuego eruption, Shipwreck Lodge opens and holiday availability in Galapagos

What a slight delay on the Elephant Express looks like

What's happening this week in the Kusini Collection:

(Almost!) the entire Kusini Africa crew
New Frontiers: After Tad's epic Africa adventures (including an Imvelo Safari Lodges FAM) and Gretchen's Namibia safari it was time for Indaba. But you know it's never just Indaba! This year saw a slew of events including an ATTA Adventure Connect, a private gourmet dinner in Cape Town, an unforgettable day touring the Cape Peninsula with New Frontiers Escapes and more! Check out the blog - not only to see what we were up to, but also to get the latest industry news, straight from the amazing group of people who gathered in Durban just a few weeks back.

Shipwreck emulates its location on the Skeleton Coast
Ultimate Safaris: Shipwreck Lodge officially opened its doors Jun 1st! Located on the rugged and remote Skeleton Coast, the totally unique lodge offers guests the chance to game drive to seek desert-adapted elephant, brown hyena and elusive desert lion; discover enchanting desert flora; sit atop the dunes for spectacular sunsets, beach-comb for whale bones and debris from centuries of shipwrecks, marvel at the geologically-remarkable Clay Castles, and to enjoy one of the most incredible landscapes on earth. Ask Ultimate Safaris how to make a stay at Shipwreck Lodge part of your client's Namibia safari.

Fuego during happier times on our March 2014 FAM
Maya Trails: Fuego Volcano in Guatemala had a very large and unexpected eruption June 3rd. The most surprising part of this eruption was the pyroclastic flow from the volcano which has devastated several communities at the foot of the volcano. Antigua, Guatemala City and beyond were showered with volcanic ash. All of Maya Trails' guests, staff, and families are safe. They will be avoiding visiting Acatenango Volcano and La Reunion Golf Resort for the foreseeable future. All other touristed regions of Guatemala - Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenengo, Xela, the Pacific Coast, Tikal and Rio Dulce - are not impacted. Maya Trails will keep us updated with any developments.

Learn the best time to plan your client's visit for a river crossing
Albatros East Africa: Travelers to East Africa often have their hearts set on seeing the migration. But when is the best time to go? What is the best area? Does it change with the seasons? Planning for your clients to see the migration is more complicated than you might think. Albatros East Africa has put together a super helpful 'Migration Manual' to help you hone your expertise in planning migration safaris for your clients visiting Kenya and Tanzania. It includes top tips, seasonal viewing information, suggested camps and more!

Gorgeous Cindy is faring well
Imvelo Safari Lodges: There are lots of great wildlife updates from Imvelo Safari Lodges on their Facebook page! Don't miss the video of the Bomani pride of seven young adult lions trying (and failing) to take down a wildbeest (viewer discretion advised!) and another epic photo of a lion stopping traffic on the Elephant Express train! You (and your clients!) will be speed reading to get to the happy conclusion to the story of Cindy the cheetah being caught in a snare, and will want to get the latest news on how she's doing (and learn the story behind her name). Happy reading!

Mapula Safari Lodge in Botswana reopened in May
New Frontiers: Sally Moon is hard at work (as usual!) ensuring that we all have the latest product information as soon as it's available. Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana have some exciting new product opening up to the market, as well as some spectacular refurbishments. Sally's in-depth look at what's recently launched and newly refurbished is available on the New Frontiers Agent Zone, an invaluable resource for keeping you up to date on Southern Africa's hot happenings and exciting offerings.

You can still experience Tico culture at Samara and Nosara
Costa Rica Sun Tours: The beautiful Costa Rican beaches of Samara and Nosara are located in the province of Guanacaste, approximately 4 ½  hours from San Jose International. Both beaches share the beauty and lushness of the pacific coastline and remarkably retain some of the cultural elements of the Tico life that are rapidly disappearing around more popular beaches. Marco Fallas and Leo Chaves from Costa Rica Sun Tours made the trek with a mission to visit some preferred properties, and to check the local roads and travel logistics. Visit the CRST blog for the full story of their exploration.

Your travelers might just manage that holiday escape after all!
Tropic Ecuador: Travelers that have procrastinated in their holiday plans might just be in luck if they act quickly! While Galapagos is at 99% full occupancy for the holidays, Tropic Ecuador has saved a few spaces for your travelers. With comprehensive DMC services in Galapagos, Tropic is able to go the extra mile in ensuring your guests have an incredibly memorable visit. These December departures include new surf & yoga classes, a special holiday dinner celebration and a few more surprises along the way.  Contact Andrea immediately for availability and to secure space on one of Tropic's saved land or cruise departures over the festive season.

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