Friday, 26 August 2016

Zambia: AVANI Victoria Falls Resort presentation | Авани Виктория Фоллз Ливингстон Замбия


AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
15 km at 17 minutes to/ from Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport. - Livingstone, Zambia

Zambia: AVANI Victoria Falls Resort presentation | Авани Виктория Фоллз Ливингстон Замбия

Zambia’s warmth and hospitality shines through in this family-orientated 3-star hotel, a sister hotel to The Royal Livingstone Hotel. From its colourful décor to its unpretentious and welcoming style, the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort is as vibrant as the people themselves. Opened in 2001, the hotel has established itself as a high value getaway for families as well as a top conference destination – all within a five-minute walk of the Victoria Falls.

Zambia: AVANI Victoria Falls Resort presentation | Авани Виктория Фоллз Ливингстон Замбия
Double room
AVANI Victoria Falls Resort offers affordable luxury underpinned by the Zambian people’s strong family-orientated culture. And the countless adrenalin activities in the area make this a prime destination for the young at heart.

Zambia: AVANI Victoria Falls Resort presentation | Авани Виктория Фоллз Ливингстон Замбия
Lobby area
Accommodation at AVANI Victoria Falls Resort:

202 en-suite guest rooms.
Paraplegic Room.
Standard Queen Room.
Standard Suite.
Family Room.
Standard Twin Room

Zambia: AVANI Victoria Falls Resort presentation | Авани Виктория Фоллз Ливингстон Замбия
Lobby area
Child Policy:

Children of all ages are welcome.

Access Details:

Road transfers from the following airports: Livingstone Airport, Victoria Falls Airport and Kasane Airport.

Conference Details:

Lozi Meeting Space - This space fits up to 25 people standing or 20 seated

Luangwa Boardroom - Make important decisions in this boardroom style space. Hosts up to 10 people

Tonga and Lozi - Combine these flexible interconnected spaces that hold between 20 to 50 people.

Tonga Meeting Space - Can host between 10 to 20 people

Falls Convention Centre - This large-scale location offers flexible spaces for 250 to 450 people making it perfect for large events, weddings, or conferences

Standard conference equipment: Projector screens, Pointer torches, Public address system, ISDN data lines, DVD, Pens and paper, Flip charts.

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Namibia: water shortage in the north | Засуха в северной Намибии


As of today a huge portion of northern Namibia will be faced with water shortage, Namwater has informed stakeholders.
In a statement sent to regional governors and local authorities, the following towns and surrounding areas will be affected by severe water crisis. These are Ongwediva, Oshakati, Ondangwa, Helao Nafindi, Omuthiya and Eenhana.
NamWater Marketing and Corporate Communications head, Johannes Shigwedha said this has been caused by "insufficient raw materials to Oshakati treatment plant and will affect the normal flow".
"Our water pumps at Calueque Dam inside Angola experienced power failure, resulting less water being pumped into the Canal."
Although NamWater has resumed pumping into the Canal, it will eventually take a few days before normal supply is restored.
To ensure that there is some amount of water available, water will be rationed every day from 22H00 in the evening to 04H00 in the morning from today until the 29th of August.
The move spells a curse on Namibia's biggest investment and trade exhibition, the Ongwediva Trade Fair which kicks off on August 26 till September 3 and is expected to attract over 30 000 visitors into the town.

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Namibia: Elephants hamper construction at Nambwa Tented Lodge | Намбва Лодж Намибия


Elephants hamper construction at Nambwa Tented Lodge

Exciting further construction at Nambwa Tented Lodge has been constantly hampered by the herds of elephant who are drawn to the last of the Camelthorn pods scattered around the building site.
Anybody who has ever been brave enough to start a safari lodge will know that building in the bush comes with its own set of unique, and frankly, quite bizarre challenges. As if it wasn’t hard enough just arranging the transport of building supplies and finding skilled people to help, wild animals have no concept of deadlines and won’t hesitate to disrupt the process. Whether it’s a family of swallows building their home in the middle of the renovations, or a couple of giraffe who’ve decided they like the taste of thatch, you never know what to expect when building in the bush!
Nambwa Tented Lodge is completely geared around letting the elephants have their space. Honouring the elephants’ right of way, a timber walkway has been built in the trees, towering above the giants’ pathway below. It connects guests to the ten tented suites at Nambwa.

The elephants, however, don’t seem to feel the need to return the pleasantries by respecting the Nambwa team’s space. These gentle giants seem completely oblivious to Dusty Rodgers and his team of builders working on the building site.

The builders seem equally unperturbed by the elephant’s presence as they work against the clock to finish the latest project. Man and beast working harmoniously alongside each other…

A little more about Nambwa Tented Lodge

Nestled high amongst majestic trees of the Mayuni Conservancy in Namibia, Nambwa Tented Lodge is the only lodge uniquely situated inside the Bwabwata National Park in the heart of the Kavango – Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, (KAZA). Built with privacy and comfort in mind, each spacious tented suite is linked by a wooden walkway and boasts their own private viewing deck.

The main feature of the lodge is the majestic viewing deck, with rewarding views of the floodplains below and the large herds of elephant, buffalo and plains game that seek refuge and security under the tented suites for the night. The area is a sanctuary for more than 35 species of both large and small game and over 450 different bird species. The unique landscape combination of floodplains, woodlands and Kalahari sand dunes ensures a truly unique safari experience.

Contact Nambwa Tented Lodge - below

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Namibia: aerial video of central Swakopmund | Дрон видео - Свакопмунд, Намибия


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Aerial view of central Swakopmund, Namibia, with Woermann Haus and Kaiser Wilhelm strasse view.

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Namibia: All Roads Lead to Nambwa Tented Lodge


All Roads Lead to Nambwa Tented Lodge

Nambwa can be ideally packaged with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
°    Daily Airline flights from Johannesburg & Cape Town to Vic Falls (Zimbabwe), Livingstone (Zambia), Kasane (Botswana)
°    4 Flights a week from Windhoek to Katima
°    Air charters or road transfers available from all airports
°    Vic Falls/Livingstone to Nambwa – 4 to 5 hours
°    Kasane to Nambwa – 3 to 3.5 hours
°    Katima to Nambwa – 1.5 hours
The above times include a 15 minute boat transfer from Kapako, the drop off point on the Kwando River to the lodge.
°    Nambwa is located 1150 km from Windhoek.
°    Ideal overnight stops en route are Rundu (440km from Nambwa) or Bagani on the Okavango River (200km from Nambwa).
°    The lodge is only accessible with a 4x4 vehicle.
°    The lodge is situated 14km south of the entrance gate.  2x4 vehicles can be left at the gate and a complimentary transfer is offered from the gate to the lodge.
°    The duration is approximately 40 minutes.

Nambwa Tented Lodge is located in the Eastern Zambezi Region of Namibia along the Kwando River. It is the only lodge uniquely situated inside the Bwatwata National Park, in the heart of the KAZA and is nestled high amongst majestic trees, honouring the elephants’ right of way below. An authentic walkway joins decadently spacious tented suites, which emanate a feeling of vastness and evoke a gentle balance of serenity.

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News from Zambezi Queen | Новости Замбези Квин

#ZambeziQueen #ZambeziNamibia #IchingoChobeRiverLodge #ZambeziQueenCollection

Dear friends,

It gives great pleasure to introduce Shameena Masoet and Genevieve Paulsen to everyone.
Shameena and Genevieve have recently started with us at the Zambezi Queen Collection and will be based in our Cape Town office, they will be looking after the reservations functions for the Chobe Princesses and Ichingo Chobe River Lodge.

Having spent a full week on the Chobe River experiencing our full product range including the Zambezi Queen, the Chobe Princesses and Ichingo Chobe River Lodge and enjoying every moment on the river, they are now fully aware of how we operate and are looking forward to assisting with their day to day functions in our reservations department.

Shameena and Genevieve have a strong background in the travel industry having both worked for various hotel and lodge groups in their reservations departments prior to joining us.
We recently made the decision to move the Johannesburg office to our Cape Town offices as of the 23rd of June 2016 and the entire Zambezi Queen Collection is now in the same premises.

Lisa Dyboll, Sales and Marketing Manager for the Chobe Princesses and Ichingo Chobe River Lodge will still be based in the Johannesburg office.

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Botswana: fire at Mankwe Lodge | Пожар в Манкве Лодж


Message from Shaun Clemence - General Manager of Wildside Africa

It is with great regret that I have to announce that our oldest and most well-known Lodge, Mankwe Bush Lodge suffered a fire on Friday 26th July 2016 at 13h55. The lodges main structures have burnt down completely, however the tents and kitchen have not been affected.

We are working closely with everyone involved to ensure no guests that are traveling are seriously inconvenienced by this unfortunate incident. We will be back up and running soon, and I would personally like to thank everyone for their support in difficult circumstances.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

MalaMala - Safari Doyen Retires


MalaMala - Safari Doyen Retires

Michael & Norma Rattray – 25 July 2016

The Doyen of the South African Ecotourism Industry Retires

After more than 52 years at the helm of MalaMala Game Reserve, Michael Rattray has sold his remaining equity stake in the business to Stephen Saad, owner of Kirkman’s Kamp. Together, Stephen and the N’wandlahmari Communal Property Association now own the world renowned MalaMala Game Reserve (Pty) Ltd.

There will be no change in the day to day operations at MalaMala and Alison Morphet will continue in her role as the Managing Director in conjunction with Wayne Boyd, the Operations Director based at the reserve. The management team and the sales and reservations team will remain exactly as is.

Michael and Norma Rattray retire from the daily management of MalaMala but will continue to visit the reserve and assist the habitat team to ensure the environmental integrity of this special piece of Africa is maintained.

Michael Rattray stated "I am grateful to have been able to spend my life dedicated to the conservation of this incredible wilderness area entrusted to me. Simultaneously I am deeply honoured to have had the opportunity to work with a dedicated and passionate team of individuals, and we have, together as a team with our partners in the travel industry, taken MalaMala to the pinnacle of success." He went on to say "Over the decades there have been both successes and challenges but I believe that the time is right for me to retire. We have successfully led the way in the land restitution process in South Africa. Overall MalaMala has exceeded my expectations and as a result, the company is operationally very sound and positioned for continued success under the dynamic and respected new ownership."

Stephen Saad stated "For more than five decades Mike has provided invaluable leadership for MalaMala and for our tourism industry. His deep understanding of what international travellers need for an African safari and his consistent and resolute focus on providing exactly that, has distinguished MalaMala above all others. With the support and engagement of all the team at MalaMala, I am looking forward to building on Mike's legacy and to leading MalaMala to even higher levels of achievement and recognition as we go forward."

In 1964, Michael Rattray pioneered the concept of the photographic safari in South Africa and together with his wife Norma, they have built MalaMala into one of the most recognised game reserves in Africa. They saw the necessity of funding the sustainability of wildlife areas through non-consumptive tourism using ecotourism as the model. They devoted themselves to their beloved MalaMala and have established an internationally recognised brand that continues to set the benchmark for the photographic safari industry in South Africa today. Over the course of 50 years, the success of MalaMala, supported by the travel industry, has contributed enormously to the growth of South African tourism.

One of Michael Rattray’s most significant achievements was his negotiation with the South African National Parks which resulted in the removal in 1993 of the fence between the Kruger National Park and the private game reserves to the west.

"It is significant that as we enter into a new era where the fences that have existed between us South Africans are currently being lifted, that the fence which separated wildlife from wildlife is also being lifted" Michael Rattray, Fence dropping ceremony – 7th July 1993

Michael Rattray must also be congratulated for embracing the land restitution process and successfully concluding a long term co-management agreement with the N’wandlahmari community. We believe that this partnership with the community will be the blueprint for future land restitution transactions.

01 March 2016 - The signing of the long term 'co-management agreement'

Left to right: Stephen Saad, Nomfundo Gobodo, Chief Land Claims Commissioner, Michael Rattray, Willie Mkansi, Chairman of the N’wandlamhari Communal Property Association
Michael and Norma will still be involved in ecotourism as they continue to develop and manage the Mount Anderson Water Catchment Reserve in the mountains above Lydenburg. We look forward to their continued visits to MalaMala Game Reserve where their legacy will be preserved into the future.

Together with the Community and existing management of MalaMala, Stephen Saad will oversee the continued success of this jewel in South Africa’s safari crown. "Our intention is not only to make further investments in the brand but to make this land restitution an example of how the private sector, government and the communities can work together to create local opportunities and an equitable share for all."

We have a number of new initiatives and projects in the pipeline and we are all looking forward to this exciting new chapter at MalaMala – the future is very bright.

“Satisfying a nation does not mean destroying the pristine nature of the various eco-systems, but rather ensuring that their renewable attributes continue renewing themselves for the benefit of posterity and of economic wellbeing." – Michael Rattray, July 1993

"I do not need to emphasise that the South African economy urgently requires revival and one of the quickest and easiest ways to this end is to boost international tourism to the country with ecotourism and our Game Reserves providing the initial key to success!" – Michael Rattray, July 1993

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Namibia: Henties Bay Salt Works for sale | Продается соляная фабрика в Хентис Бей Намибия


HENTIES SOUTWERKE CC  for sale as a goin g concern - everything included - claim rights, all houses / buildings / sheds / workers accommodation, machines, equipment / plant / gensets / axle w eighing scale / bagger / certain vehicles (to be  decided) / stock available / reverse osmosis plant (700 l /h) tanks - everything that is needed for the mining operation as it is currently being operated.


Business nearly 18 years in operation by the same owners.  Reason for selling - want to retire.

Very good net profit on a turnover of in excess of N$10 Million per annum.
Financial statements for seriously interested parties only.