Saturday, 25 March 2017

Botswana: reopening of Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains Camp reopens

Duba Plains Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta reopened on 01 March 2017 after a complete rebuild.

The camp comprises a central mess tent with private and communal dining areas, interactive show kitchen, wine cellar, library and media room. From here the camp’s focal point is the extended deck, with a fire pit, day beds and dining areas overlooking the swamp.

The 5 Guest Tents of 120m² each, in addition to a Two Bedroom Tented Suite, each offer guests their own private plunge pools, rosewood decks, inside and outside showers, outside sala bed, professional Canon camera equipment and Swarovski binoculars.

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Botswana: two new lodges of Under One Botswana Sky

Under One Botswana Sky to Open two New Lodges

Under One Botswana Sky’s new 27 700-hectare game-rich private concession borders the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve on the south-eastern side of the Okavango Delta.

The classic 8-tented Rra Dinare (Setswana for “Father of many Buffalo”) Camp overlooking the Gomoti River floodplains is due to open in June 2017. The second camp is due to open in August/September 2017 and will be a 9-tented camp set on the banks of the Gomoti River. Both camps will have swimming pools, curio shops and family tents, and will be common-rated with Pom Pom Camp.

The exact opening dates as well as further information and rates will be available closer to the time.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

South Africa: reopening of Blue Mountain Lodge

Reopening of Blue Mountain Lodge

Following a 6-year closure, this world renown small Hotel / Lodge and restaurant at Blue Mountain Lodge (Kiepersol – Hazyview) plans to reopen on the 3rd of March 2017, with a new name, new staff and new ownership.
Formerly known as Forever Resort Blue Mountain Lodge at Kiepersol, the facility was purchased in November 2016 by the Lefe Group BV (privately owned) of the Netherlands.
The lodge will be rebranded as the Lefe Blue Mountain Lodge and operate under 5 stars.

The previous owners (Forever Resorts) closed the lodge to the public late September 2011.
Since November 2016 the lodge was under reconstruction and maintenance as to bring a fresh and new look to this icon of Mpumalanga.

From 3 February 2017 till  1 March 2017 we will be running a test phase as to get the lodge up and running.
On 3 march 2017 the lodge will be officially opened and our website will be update with new photo’s.
From Monday 6 March 2017 Blue Mountain Lodge will be fully operational.
From April 2017 we will also be open for weddings.
We proudly open Blue Mountain Lodge for your guests.

We will have an introductive rate for February 2017 and March 2017, which means that guests can book their accommodation with us at a special discount price of 15%.

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Botswana: opening of Gomoti Plains Camp | Гомоти Кемп Ботсвана

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Gomoti Plains Camp Opens

Machaba Safaris’ new camp, Gomoti Plains Camp, situated on the edge of the Gomoti river system in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, officially opened on 01 March 2017.

The lodge comprises 10 Luxury Tents which include 2 Luxury Family Tents and 8 Luxury Double Tents, all with en-suite bathroom facilities.

The Gomoti region is known for its large concentrations of wildlife which thrive on the Gomoti plains and waterways. Guests can enjoy game drives, walking safaris and mekoro safaris while staying at the lodge.

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Namibia: Okahirongo news | Окахиронго Намибия

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Dining in the Desert at Okahirongo
Culture started at the dining table, when people began to cook food and wait for each other. At Okahirongo, we believe it is impossible to live well without eating well. That’s why our menu is an ode to healthy yet tasty, classy food.
Spontaneous grocery store trips are something most of us rely on. Just a quick drive down the road, run in, grab what you need and run out. However, when it’s a two-day round trip to the nearest decent shopping centre, a little more forward-planning is involved. Situated in the remote area of Kaokoland in the North West of Namibia, Okahirongo Elephant Lodge has their work cut out for them when it comes to finding and transporting ingredients. However, despite these challenges, chefs at the lodge never fail to amaze guests with the spectacular culinary creations.
Fusing local traditional flavours with modernist twists, it’s bush-dining at its best. Dinner is served by candlelight in one of the two dining rooms, or around a fire, under starry Namibian skies. Fresh bread and muffins are baked at the lodge daily and most of the fresh produce comes straight from the lodges organic garden.
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Namibia: news from Onguma | Онгума Намибия

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Onguma Ounona Survival Walk for Namibia's children

On the 10th March, Onguma Reserve (Eastern Etosha, Namibia) Lodge managers, Pieter Oosthuizen and Uwe Hanssen set off on an epic hike along the infamous West Coast of Namibia, to raise money for the homeless children of Namibia. This 135 km long Ounona Survival Walk,  started at the Ugab River Mouth on the 11th March and ended in Henties Bay on Thursday the 16th March 2017.

With no food or supplies and with only 6 liters of water to start off with, they had to survive only on what Mother Nature had to offer. This walk truly tested their willpower and endurance.

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Air Namibia news | Эйр Намибия

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News from Air Namibia

Six months into operation, Air Namibia ups the capacity on the Windhoek-Gaborone-Durban routes. From its inception in October 2016 till date, the routes were operated with ERJ135, all economy class with a seat capacity of 37 seats. Commencing Sunday 26 March 2017, the operations will be done with an Airbus A319-10 with total of 112 seats – 96 seats in economy class and 16 seats business class.

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Namibia: news from Mowani Camp | Мовани Кемп Намибия

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Elephant Drives at Mowani Camp, Damaraland
Mowani Camp Damaraland, Namibia

Mowani Camp Damaraland, Namibia
Namibia's population of desert adapted elephant roam the river beds and vast plains of Damaraland and Kaokoland areas of the country. They are uniquely adapted to their arid environments and it is truly something special to see them in Namibia.
Mowani Camp Damaraland, Namibia

Mowani Camp Damaraland, Namibia

Mowani Mountain Camp offers a morning Elephant and Dune drive in an open-air vehicle with local guides to explore the area searching for the rare desert adapated elephants. The guides share an intimate knowledge and respect for the land that they have built up over a lifetime.



Mowani Camp Damaraland, Namibia - desert elephants

Mowani Camp Damaraland, Namibia - desert elephants

Mowani Camp Damaraland, Namibia - desert elephants
Desert elephants are found in northern Namibia, Damaraland and Kaokoland.
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Namibia: Tsumkwe Lodge - San Culture & Traditional Villages | Цумкве Лодж Намибия

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Tucsin Tsumkwe Lodge - San Culture & Traditional Villages

So much rain, its hard to comprehend we had a serious drought until recent. Vast parts of the landscape in the north of Namibia are saturated by good rains.
TUCSIN Tsumkwe Lodge reported, the Nyae Nyae Pans are full of water, many aquatic birds will soon flock to the pans edge to feed and breed. Roads in and out of Tsumkwe are still fine and can be driven.


Guests visiting the area can access the lodge without any trouble. Some of the traditional San villages in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy are not accessible for the moment.
Cultural tours are conducted either in a half day or full day program. Participating with the Ju/’hoansi San Bushmen on activities will afford guests the unique opportunity to have direct contact and insight into the precious - but rare - value systems of traditional hunter-gatherer societies.


TUCSIN Tsumkwe Lodge is not only an accommodation facility, it’s a non-profit organization that uplift the San community through Tourism, as well as supporting schools and learners, providing training opportunities to adults and youth, and assist the Ju/’hoansi people to preserve and celebrate their culture while learning to adapt to modern society.

In support of the San Culture, Tucsin Tsumkwe Lodge invites you to visit one of the last remaining wilderness areas, home to a unique group of people, deeply rooted within a culture that stretches as far back as the first humans on the African continent.

Activity Option for a longer stays


Guests who stay at the lodge are invited to a storytelling experience with a group of school children at around 6 pm at no additional cost
    Next morning - travel 25 km North to the village of //Xa/oba to join their San hunting guides for a full day hunt
    Overnight option in the village campsite at //Xa/oba, possibly including a traditional dance performance from the villagers around the campfire
    Take part in a bush walk to learn about the ancient survival techniques still practiced today by the Ju/’haonsi here in Tsumkwe. Return to the TUCSIN Tsumkwe Lodge for lunch or later for dinner, depending on your preference.


Both of our Ju/’hoansi guides have level 2 certification, possess a vast knowledge of the culture and local environment and are fluent in English. Join us for an unforgettable experience.
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Monday, 20 March 2017

Namibia: Ichingo Chobe River Lodge | Ичинго Лодж Намибия

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Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

The perfect platform to experience all that the Chobe area has to offer.


Ichingo Chobe River Lodge lies on Impalila Island, shaded by a magical tree top canopy with exotic bird life, and overlooking an enchanting area of the Chobe River. Impalila Island offers a unique Chobe River experience, with an intimate location and expert guides.
The perfect platform to experience all that the Chobe has to offer, the 3-star Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is secluded and personalized. Ideal for couples, families and groups, Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is equipped with 8 air-conditioned Meru safari tents, including 1 family tent which sleeps 2 – 4 children aged 12 and under.


Activities


Ichingo Chobe River Lodge offers daily safari excursions on motorized tender boats, allowing guests to explore all that this unique area has to offer:
. Take a magical excursion up the Kasai Channel to the great Zambezi River
. Spot wildlife along the banks of the Chobe National Park with our highly experienced guides
. Visit a 2000-year-old ancient baobab tree on the breathtaking Impalila Island
. Mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise
. Try your hand at landing a tiger fish in these world renowned waters
. Visit a traditional local village
. Capture Africa's unique beauty on a photographic safari
. Also included for guests staying with us for 2 nights or more – A land based ChobeNational Park game drive on the day of departure (time permitting).

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