Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Helsinki, Finland: Avoid Forenom Merihaka - zero service is included! | Избегайте Фореном Мерихака!

#AvoidForenom #NoServiceForenomHelsinki #IgnoranceForenom #BadServiceForenomMerihaka #ИзбегайтеФореномМерихака #ЖалобаФореномМерихака

Avoid Forenom Merihaka - zero service is included
Think twice if you wish to stay at Forenom Merihaka hostel in Helsinki, Finland. You may be given boiling hot room on sunny side of the building with no air-con and no possibility to open windows. You may be given invalid entry code and you are going to stay on the street waiting for passersby to try to enter apartments because you can not do it with invalid code.
Nicest of all is that your problems remain solely yours - no one from Forenom bothers to do anything to fix it.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Namibia: Hardap Resort after renovations in February 2017 | Хардап Намибия

Namibia: Hardap Resort after renovations in February 2017

Hardap Dam is the largest man-made dam in Namibia. Below photo gallery was shot in February 2017 in the middle of dry season after almost a year of dry spell.























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Monday, 3 July 2017

Namibia: Aerial views from drone - near Swakopmund, southern Africa | Дрон Намибия Свакопмунд

#VideoNamibia #AerialVideoNamibia #ДронНамибия
#АэровидеоНамибия #NamibiaDunes
 
Namibia: West Coast dunes aerial view | Дрон Намибия Свакопмунд | Portfolio

video

Aerial views from drone - near Swakopmund, Namibia

Flying above Namibian coast with Phantom
 
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Botswana: Rra Dinare opening - Under One Botswana Sky | Рра Динаре Ботсвана




#UnderOneBotswanaSky #GomotiRiver #Setswana #РраДинареБотсвана
 
Under One Botswana Sky announces the opening of their new camp Rra Dinare. Adjacent to Moremi Game reserve on south eastern side of the Delta, overlooking the Gomoti River and its flood plains, Rra Dinare are located in a private concession of 272 aquare km and have been designed to embrace the natural surroundings of the riverine forest.
Rra Dinare (Setswana for Father of many Buffalo), is the first of 2 new camps being opened by Under One Botswana Sky this year, the other is due to open in August. Rra Dinare is a classic 8-tented camp overlooking the Gomoti River floodplains.

RRA DINARE INCLUSIONS
- All meals
- Drinks
- Park Fees
- Laundry
- Emergency medical evacuation

RRA DINARE FACILITIES
Both central areas have been built in keeping with our other properties with open, thatched space allowing guests to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, whilst watching wildlife and birds from the comfort of an armchair or the bar. The swimming pool and curio shop at each camp complete the luxurious, relaxed feel that Under One Botswana Sky safaris are known for.

ACTIVITIES ON OFFER AT RRA DINARE
Game drives (day & night) in a private concession adjacent to Moremi Game reserve, on & off road, 6pax per vehicle, driver & tracker (on night game drives). Seasonal water activities on Gomoti river and game walks available depending on local conditions.
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Вредитель У148РН197

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26.06.2017 года в 08:30 я двигался по Ленинградскому шоссе в сторону аэропорта Шереметьево, и возле поворота на Юбилейный проспект стал свидетелем нарушения сплошной линии разметки и езды по обочине водителем автомобиля Мицубиси гос. № У 148 РН 197, который совершил обгон по обочине.
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Вашему обращению в Управление ГИБДД ГУ МВД России по Московской области, направленному 01.07.2017 в 22:04, присвоен идентификатор 50-1003367880.

Обращение в автоматическом режиме направлено в Управление ГИБДД ГУ МВД России по Московской области (129110, г Москва, Слесарный пер, д 1) для регистрации в порядке, предусмотренном Федеральным законом от 2 мая 2006 года N 59-ФЗ, и дальнейшего рассмотрения.

South Africa: Tau Game Lodge’s main complex Ddestroyed by fire | Тау Лодж ЮАР

#SouthAfrica #TauGameLodge #ТауЛоджЮАР #ЮАР #MadikweGameReserve
#TauGameLodgeDestroyed

Tau Game Lodge’s Main Complex Destroyed by Fire

The main complex in Tau Game Lodge in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve caught fire in the early hours of 16 June 2017 and sadly most of the main lodge has been lost. Fortunately, the chalets, conference centre, spa and other buildings were not affected, however Tau Game Lodge is currently closed. We will advise as soon as possible on future bookings.


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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Вредитель 0809АО50

#Crime0809АО50 #Вредитель0809АО50 #Нарушитель0809АО50 #НарушениеПДДРоссия

Вредитель
0809АО50

22 июня 2016 года я стал свидетелем нарушения правил дорожного движения. Я двигался от ст. Щербинка по Староникольской ул. в сторону Остафьевского ш., на перекрестке со светофором (Пересечение с Молодежной ул.) стоящие машины объехал мотоциклист Гос. № 0809 АО 50 Rus., тем самым нарушил Ст.12.15 ч.4 КоАП РФ.


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Вредитель 8857АС50

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Вредитель
8857АС50

10.07.2016 года в 17:52 я двигался по проспекту Юных Ленинцев в сторону МКАДа, и напротив автосалона "Русь-Авто" (на жд переезде) стал свидетелем нарушения двойной сплошной линии разметки водителем мотоцикла гос. № 8857АС50, который совершил объезд стоящих на жд переезде автомобилей по встречной полосе.
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Вашему обращению присвоен идентификатор 77-306544, и оно в автоматическом режиме направлено в Управление ГИБДД ГУ МВД России по г. Москве (127473, г Москва, ул Садовая-Самотечная, д 1) для регистрации в порядке, предусмотренном Федеральным законом от 2 мая 2006 года N 59-ФЗ, и дальнейшего рассмотрения.

Вредитель У595КО750

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12.07.2016 года в 06:03 я двигался по Рязановскому шоссе из пос. Знамя Октября в сторону Остафьево, и  стал свидетелем нарушения сплошной линии разметки водителем автомобиля гос. № У 595 КО 750, который совершил обгон автомобиля по встречной полосе.
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Вашему обращению присвоен идентификатор 77-307621, и оно в автоматическом режиме направлено в Управление ГИБДД ГУ МВД России по г. Москве (127473, г Москва, ул Садовая-Самотечная, д 1) для регистрации в порядке, предусмотренном Федеральным законом от 2 мая 2006 года N 59-ФЗ, и дальнейшего рассмотрения.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Вредитель Н752ВН777

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07.07.2016 года в 18:58 я двигался по Чечерскому пр-ду в сторону Проектируемому пр-ду № 1113, и возле дома № 31 стал свидетелем нарушения требования предписывающего знака 3.4 водителем автомобиля ЗИЛ гос. № Н 752 ВН 777, который проигнорировав его повернул налево на Проектируемый пр-д № 1113.
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Вашему обращению присвоен идентификатор 77-304699, и оно в автоматическом режиме направлено в Управление ГИБДД ГУ МВД России по г. Москве (127473, г Москва, ул Садовая-Самотечная, д 1) для регистрации в порядке, предусмотренном Федеральным законом от 2 мая 2006 года N 59-ФЗ, и дальнейшего рассмотрения.

Вредитель М858КХ77

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09.07.2016 года в 19:40 я двигался по Чечерскому пр-ду в сторону Веневской улицы, и на пересечении с ул. Горчакова стал свидетелем нарушения правил проезда перекрестка водителем автомобиля Хендай Грандье М 858 КХ 77, который повернул налево на ул. Горчакова без разрешающего сигнала светофора (стрелка налево на момент поворота не горела).
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Вашему обращению присвоен идентификатор 77-306428, и оно в автоматическом режиме направлено в Управление ГИБДД ГУ МВД России по г. Москве (127473, г Москва, ул Садовая-Самотечная, д 1) для регистрации в порядке, предусмотренном Федеральным законом от 2 мая 2006 года N 59-ФЗ, и дальнейшего рассмотрения.

Вредитель К287ЕС750

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09.07.2016 года в 20:07 я двигался по Рязановскому шоссе в сторону Подольска, и возле поворота на Старосырово стал свидетелем нарушения сплошной линии разметки водителем автомобиля Опель гос. № К 287 ЕС 750, который совершил двойной обгон по встречной полосе.
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Вашему обращению присвоен идентификатор 77-306491, и оно в автоматическом режиме направлено в Управление ГИБДД ГУ МВД России по г. Москве (127473, г Москва, ул Садовая-Самотечная, д 1) для регистрации в порядке, предусмотренном Федеральным законом от 2 мая 2006 года N 59-ФЗ, и дальнейшего рассмотрения.

Botswana - news from Ker & Downey - Dinaka Safari Lodge | Динака Лодж Ботсвана

#DinakaSafariLodge #Botswana #KerAndDowney #Shinde #Kanana #Okuti #ДинакаЛоджБотсвана

 Ker & Downey Botswana is excited to announce that they have entered into negotiations to acquire Dinaka Safari, owner of Dinaka Safari Lodge.

Ker & Downey Botswana’s intention is to expand their portfolio to include a fourth camp of the same standard as their existing properties; Shinde, Kanana and Okuti. The expected opening and welcoming of “Dinaka’s” first guests, under the new ownership, is 1st March 2018.

The safari lodge will continue to operate as is until the 11th December 2017, at which time the lodge will close and undergo its transformation into a Ker & Downey Botswana camp.

Dinaka will become a 16-bedded camp offering seven twin/double bedded tents and one family tent sleeping a maximum of 5 pax. The minimum age at Dinaka will be 7 years old and the activities on offer will include game drives, night drives, walking safaris and a sleep out deck.

An exclusive private reserve hugging the northern edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Dinaka is host to classic Kalahari predators and plains game.

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South Africa: Lion Sands River Lodge damaged by fire

Lion Sands River Lodge Damaged by Fire

Lions Sands River Lodge was damaged by fire during the early morning of 21 June 2017, destroying the public areas. The cause of the fire, as confirmed by a forensic fire inspector, was due to an ember passing out of the chimney and lighting the thatch.

Fortunately, no-one was hurt in the blaze and the reserve has not been affected, however, the lodge will be closed until 28 February 2018 for a complete rebuild of the damaged buildings. All affected bookings have been or will be contacted.

Lion Sands Ivory, Tinga and Narina Lodges are operating normally and any confirmed Treehouse bookings at either Chalkley’s or Kingston will operate as per normal.

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Namibia: Salt works for sale in Henties Bay | Продается соляная фабрика в городе Хентис Бей в Намибии

#Namibia #SaltWorksForSale #HentiesBay #Продаетсясолянаяфабрика #ХентисБей #Намибия

Henties Bay Salt Works business for sale
CC Registered and selling 100% members interest for N$44 Million + Claim Rights for N$1 Million. Going concern, everything included - claim rights / all houses / buildings / sheds / workers accommodation / machines / equipment / plant / gensets / axle weighing scale / bagger / certain vehicles (still to be decided on) / stock available / reverse osmosis plant (700 l /h) tanks - everything that is needed for the mining operation as it is currently being operated. Huge potential for expansion on coarse salt production.

Business is almost 20 years in operation by the same owners. Reason for sale: owners retiring.
Very good net profit on a turnover of in excess of N$10 million per annum. Financial statements for seriously interested parties only.
Price US$ 3,2 Million negotiable.

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South Africa: update from Lagoon Beach Hotel Cape Town | Лагун Бич Отель Кейптаун ЮАР

#SouthAfrica #CapeTown #LagoonBeachHotel #WinterWonderland #MotherCity

Winter Wonderland - Kids Room
COMPLIMENTARY FOR ALL IN-HOUSE KIDS
The school holidays are upon us, and if you’re planning a family getaway to the Mother City look no further than Lagoon Beach Hotel as your home away from home to entertain your kids these holidays.This Winter Wonderland will provide the ideal escape for all kids looking to get away from all the boring adult stuff.
08H00 - 20H00 daily
during the July holidays

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Namibia: new maritime museum in Luderitz

The harbour town of Luderitz in southern Namibia is hoping to attract more tourists with the construction of a new maritime museum.

Developers say the museum, planned to be opened in 2019, will be housed in an old power station following renovations. The site will also serve as a research center for the Namibia University of Science and Technology.
 

Sam Nujoma, Namibia's founding president, attended a presentation about the project in Luderitz. The promoter is Angel Tordesillas, a former fishing company executive.

Luderitz was booming a century ago because of the discovery of diamonds in the area. Today, most shipping goes through Walvis Bay, further north on the Atlantic coast.

Luderitz resident Crispin Clay describes the maritime museum as a "magnificent project" and says: "I just hope it works."

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Zambia: Taita Falcon Lodge history | Таита Фалкон Лодж Замбия

#TaitaFalconLodge #Zambia #Livingstone #BatokaGorge #ZambeziRiver

A bit of history
One late-summer's morning way back in 1994, Faan Fourie took a long walk through the untamed and rough African bush east of the well-known Victoria Falls. He came upon a site so breathtakingly beautiful, that he felt it would be a wrongdoing not to share it with others. The view before him was the grandeur of the Batoka gorge in its entire splendour 230m deep, embracing the swirling waters of the Zambezi River in its depths.
And so it was that in 1995, Faan and his wife Anmarie took on the challenging task of building Taita Falcon Lodge where no road existed and with no Hardware Store around the corner to go to for building material. Undeterred and using indigenous materials from the surrounding bush, they meticulously set about making their dream a reality and the lodge slowly took shape. A self-taught carpenter from a nearby rural village was appointed to make the necessary furniture. This he did all by hand, from the chopping of a suitable tree, sawing the logs with a pit saw and producing the finished product with the very basic of tools.
In March 1997 Taita Falcon Lodge had their first clients  and this year we have been operating for 20 years.

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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Zambia: two new lodges opened | Торн Три Лодж Замбия

#ThorntreeRiverLodge #Livingstone #KingLewanikaLodge #LiuwaPlainsZambia #ТорнТриЛоджЗамбия

Two new lodges have opened their doors in May this year in Zambia: Thorntree River Lodge in Livingstone, and King Lewanika Lodge in the Liuwa Plains of Western Zambia.

Thorntree River Lodge is set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls, and has been completely rebuilt with an environmentally conscious design. The lodge has 8 twin rooms and 2 family units.

King Lewanika Lodge is the only permanent camp operating in Liuwa Plain National Park. The camp blends seamlessly into woodland and has been designed by award-winning architects. It has 6 open-fronted luxury tented villas on raised platforms.

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Friday, 2 June 2017

South Africa: new Ivory Wilderness Riversong Camp

#Klaserie #KlaserieRiver #IvoryWilderness #IvoryWildernessRiversongCamp

New Camp in the Klaserie - Ivory Wilderness
We'd like to introduce the latest camp to the Sun Destinations portfolio, Ivory Wilderness Riversong Camp in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. This intimate and luxurious camp overlooks the Klaserie River, and is located in a sought after area.
The gentle Klaserie river meanders its way through a myriad of wild habitats. Hugging sandy river banks, fighting through tightly woven reeds and cutting across protruding boulders; the Klaserie river provides an oasis and refuge for a variety of wildlife.
Ivory Wilderness Riversong Camp is elegantly perched on a raised outcrop overlooking the river and gives the impression of being a protective guard over the mysterious landscape below. This spot is most certainly in an enviable position. Fall asleep to the sound of a lion’s roar echoing through the land and wake-up to the splendour of birdsong reverberating through the valley below.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Namibia: Namib Dune Star Camp

Namib Dune Star Camp

Namib Dune Star Camp is situated on the crest of ancient sand dunes overlooking the spectacular landscape of the Namib Desert.

Best described as a soft adventure camp, Namib Dune Star Camp offers the thrill of being out in the desert yet provides luxuries like soft beds and hot showers. The intimate camp has nine cabins, with a fair distance between them. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom, a large bedroom and a spacious deck. The rooms are equipped with a double bed that can be wheeled out for a night under the southern skies. Each room has an extra non movable
single bed making it perfect for families or friends. Extra bedding is supplied for those cooler winter nights under the stars.


The central area’s wide balcony has unrivalled vistas and is the ideal place to sip on a sundowner drink as the
sun bathes the landscape in gold. Sunset is followed by a delicious dinner under a blanket of twinkling stars.


Namib Dune Star Camp is an eco-friendly camp where careful consideration has been taken in the design and
construction to ensure that it leaves a minimum footprint. Solar panels on the cabins provide hot water and lights, and water is pumped from a nearby borehole. Hot water and electricity is limited and no fan, air conditioning or plug points (power sockets) are available. This means that guests are required to step lightly in the desert
environment and be mindful of the resources.

Namib Dune Star Camp allows guests the privilege of spending time in the desert wilderness with its exceptional
views, clean air, open spaces and bright starlit sky.


The Dune Star experience is a one-night once-in-a-lifetime Namib Desert opportunity.
Itinerary
Day 1:
Check-in at Namib Desert Lodge in Namibian Summer Time*: arrival latest at 15:30 to leave for Namib Dune Star Camp at 16:30.
Check-in at Namib Desert Lodge in Namibian Winter Time*: arrival latest at 14:00 to leave for Namib Dune Star Camp at 15:00.
(*Namibian Summer Time applies from the first Sunday in September to the first Saturday in April; Namibian Winter Time applies from the first Sunday in April to the first Saturday in September.)

Kindly note that guests arriving late for the shuttle departing to Dune Star Camp will be charged a surcharge of N$100 per person.
Drive to Namib Dune Star Camp in a 4x4 vehicle. Guests´ luggage will be transferred to Namib Dune Star Camp.
Check-in at Namib Dune Star Camp.
Guided dune walk of approximately 1 hour at Namib Dune Star Camp.
Day 2:
Early start: wake-up call at 5:30 a.m. with coffee / tea / biscuits at the bungalow, followed by a guided sunrise walk (approximately 1 hour) in the surrounding dunes of the Namib Dune Star Camp.
After the walk, you will have time to freshen up and depart on a 30 minute drive back to Namib Desert Lodge, where a hearty breakfast awaits you.
Kindly note that the shuttle for your breakfast at Namib Desert Lodge only departs from Namib Dune Star Camp between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. Unfortunately no earlier shuttle is available. Please plan your further journey on this day or excursions to Sossusvlei accordingly.
 

Keep in mind:
To make the excursion worthwhile and enjoyable, we recommend a one-night stay at Namib Desert Lodge, followed by a night at Namib Dune Star Camp, or vice versa.
When staying at Namib Desert Lodge, please note that check-out time is 10:00 a.m. No day-rooms are available at Namib Desert Lodge.
For the nature walk, remember to wear comfortable shoes and a hat.
Guides are English speaking.
Your rate for the Namib Dune Star Camp is bed and breakfast based, therefore dinners, drinks and any extras incurred during your stay must be paid at the reception of Namib Desert Lodge on departure.
Gondwana is known for having child friendly lodges. We regret that the Namib Dune Star Camp is not suitable for children aged 12 years or younger.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Botswana: Tourism Development levy changes

Botswana Tourism board advised of changes to the new Tourism Development levy that will come into effect on the 1st of June.
CHILDREN AGED NINE YEARS AND YOUNGER
WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE LEVY.

Reminder of the levy details received by our Botswana office follows:
The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organisation is announcing the introduction of an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL)
How much is the levy?
Travellers to Botswana will pay USD30.00.

Purpose of the Levy
The objective of the Levy is to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development in order to support the growth of the industry and broaden the tourism base, resultantly improving the lives of the people of Botswana.

Who is eligible to pay?
All visitors to Botswana in exception of residents and citizens of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states.
Please note: Children aged nine years and younger will be exempt from this levy.

Where is the levy collected?
The Levy is payable at all ports of entry including airports and border posts, starting 1st June 2017

How is the payment done?
Payments are done at the ports of entry through electronic payment machines through cash (US Dollars), debit and credit card. After the payment, a unique receipt corresponding to the passport will be automatically generated. The receipt should then be presented to Immigration Officials. The passport and the receipt will be stamped and handed back to the traveller. The receipt will valid for a 30 day period and can be used for multiple entry.

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Botswana: Third Bridge access update

#Xomae #ThirdBridgeBotswana #Bodumatau

Xomae Group (PTY) LTD is with great pleasure to inform all concerned that Third Bridge Campsite can be accessed as from the 05th of May 2017. An alternative access road on your left by the Bodumatau junction have been identified/constructed with signage to indicate which route to travel on to Third Bridge campsite. Please note that the detour is only 2.4 km from the Bodumatau junction to the Third Bridge main road. There will be another detour just before First Bridge which is also well signaged to avoid driving through water.
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Namibia: The 3rd annual Brandberg Rhino Run and Ride

#UgabRiverRhinoCamp #BrandbergRhinoRunRide #BrandbergMountain #DaurebIsibCamp

The 3rd annual Brandberg Rhino Run and Ride will take place in Uis on Sunday, 11 June 2017. The event is organised by Nico and Riana Scholtz under their family brand 'Touch and Go'. Funds are raised through this event for the Namibian non-profit organisation, Save the Rhino Trust. The main sponsors are KPMG and RMB Namibia. Bruce Fordyce, long distance running legend and 9 times winner of the Comrades Marathon will attend the event and perform as guest speaker.

Activities on the Sunday will include an approximate 26 km trail run, approximate 13 km trail run and an approximate 7 km fun run/walk, as well as an approximate 31 km mountain bike ride. The mountain bike event will start at 6 am, shortly followed by the running events. The start and finish will be at the Daureb Isib Campsite in Uis. Prize giving takes place at 10 am and will be preceded by a short kiddies run for children under the age of 10.

As a prequel to the running and cycling events on Sunday, the Brandberg FKT Challenge will take place on the Friday, 9 June. The Challenge will entail athletes to compete to improve on the Fastest Know Time (FKT) of 8hrs6min, set by American Fred Zalokar in 2015, up and down Brandberg Mountain. A select group of 10 very fit and able athletes will take place in this event. Tobie Verwey, the Namibian trail athlete who finished in 10th place at the recent 4 Deserts Sahara multistage ultra marathon will be among the hopefuls for the NAD10 000 reward for a new FKT.

All events will take place on trails and tracks within the Tsiseb conservancy with the Brandberg, a National Heritage site, as focal point. The courses are unfenced, unspoilt and sensitive to human impact. The organisers enforce a strict policy racing ‘green’, to prevent impact on the environment while still enjoying the benefits of the natural outdoors. Runners and riders will carry their own water and snacks, and are required to take out what they take in. No off-road driving will be permitted and spectators will only be allowed to support on national roads. For the sake of conserving the sensitive aspects of the Brandberg, only 10 participants will be allowed to take part in the Brandberg FKT Challenge.

Cash prizes will be awarded to athletes, male and female, able to best improve on previous years' records for the same events.

Records held are:

·        Brandberg FKT approximate 25km, 4000m altitude gain and loss, Fred Zalokar 8hrs6min
·        13km Albertinus Goeieman 55m24s
·        13km Bernice van der Westhuizen 1h10min
·        26km Erich Goeieman 1h36min
·        26km Risa Dryer 2h21min
·        31km Luke Munting 1h15min32s
·        31km Lelani Swart 1h31min

This is the first year the event will take place on a Sunday. With most athletes travelling from the coast and far inland, this should allow them to attend the event without having to take the Friday off from work.

Race number pickup will be on the Saturday afternoon at the Daureb Isib Campsite in Uis. On the Saturday evening there will be an informal social braai at the same venue. An auction of luxury accommodation and adventure packages, as well as valuable collector’s items such as autographed books and photo prints will take place during dinner. Catering will be done by the Cactus and Coffee restaurant and will amount to NAD100 per person. Patrons are to bring their own cutlery, drinks, a camp chair or picnic blanket and a head torch.

Race attendance is by pre-registration only and closes on 4 June 2017.

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Zambia: Proflight new flights to Lower Zambezi & Kafue National Park

LIVINGSTONE - LOWER ZAMBEZI DIRECT
Exciting news! Proflight has announced the introduction of a Livingstone-Lower Zambezi direct flight route for the 2018 safari season. The daily flights will operate on the Cessna Caravan, capacity of up to 12 passengers, between 15 June 2018 and 15 October 2018.  The departure from Livingstone is morning and the arrival back to Livingstone is evening.  The fare on these flights will be the same as the “via Lusaka” fare.

SCHEDULED SERVICES TO LUFUPA AIRSTRIP, KAFUE, COMMENCED
Flights services into Lufupa airstrip in Kafue National Park for the 2018 safari season are being introduced. The flights will be operated by the Cessna Caravan, capacity between 10-12 passengers. They will operate four times weekly in peak safari months June through October and twice weekly in shoulder season months April, May and November. The flight times offer convenient connections to/from Mfuwe, Livingstone, Lower Zambezi and Liuwa Plains.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Namibia: Establishment of two new tourism organisations

Establishment of two new tourism organisations

THE Ministry of Environment and Tourism has appointed a National Tourism Competitiveness Advisory Council (NTCAC) and Inter-Ministerial Committee on Tourism Development (ICTD).

The NTCAC, made up of 32 members selected from various government agencies and non-governmental organisations, such as Namibia Wildlife Resorts, the Namibia Training Authority, Namibia University of Science and Technology and the Tour Guides Association of Namibia, will be a think tank to advise government on tourism business and investment matters.

The council will also advise the ministry on challenges hindering growth of the tourism sector.

The ICTD, with 34 members selected from 18 ministries and two government agencies, will serve as an intermediary between the public sector, ministries and various agencies to harmonise different government policies that impact on tourism.

ICTD members were selected from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration; Ministry of Information and Communication Technology; the National Planning Commission and the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation.

All members of the committees will serve for two years.

Announcing the two bodies on Monday, environment and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta said Namibia has limited resources which should be used wisely to attain solid social and economic return on investments.

"We want to be sure that we spend our money well," he said.

The minister explained that the ICTD will particularly address factors hindering the growth of local tourism, while the council will be responsible for transforming the industry into an attractive destination for tourists and investment.

The national sustainable tourism growth and development strategy and national tourism investment profile and promotion strategy were also launched during the event.

These strategies will address constraints and the strategic repositioning of the tourism sector as a key national economic and development sector.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Namibia: renovations at Norotshama Resort | Норотшама Намибия

#НоротшамаНамибия #Norotshama #Namibia #RenovationsNorotshama

Notice from Norotshama Resort

Please be advised that our restaurant and bar areas will be closed for renovations starting April 2017 for a proximately 6 months, with expected completion 1st October 2017.
We will have a temporary bar+kitchen with outdoor shaded seating for guests who have booked in advance.

While the lodge remains a preferred choice of many families and business travelers alike, these extensive renovations will allow us to provide the very best experience to our valued clients.

Renovations daily will take place 8.am -6:30pm with drilling occurring after 9am.

During the renovations period we apologize for any inconvenience and offer our sincerest thanks for your patience and support.
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Namibia: Water Shortage In Ohangwena Region

Water Shortage In Ohangwena Region

Kindly be advised that Ongula Village Homestead Lodge has been affected by water shortage that is currently experienced in Ohangwena Region. The national water supply corporation (Namwater) have not yet indicated as when this situation will be contained.

The water pressure is very low to fill up the water tank for tap water, however the Lodge have prepared big water containers that will be provided to guests for use at their rooms. Normal shower facilities will be affected and therefore african-style bucket shower will be adopted, providing an authentic adventure.

Please note that this situation is temporary, however we would like you to advice your clients accordingly to be aware of what they might experience with the water shortage situation in the region. Should water crisis pro-long, we will inform you.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Beeline Russia stolen money | Деньги украденные Билайном

#БилайнУкраденныеДеньги #Жулики #БойкотБилайн #BeelineStolenMoney #AvoidBeeline

Обращение в Роспотребнадзор

Украденные деньги

Списали 200 рублей

Вчера Билайн ограбил меня на 200 рублей, списав за входящий звонок. Избегайте Билайн поскольку компания незаконно списывает деньги с номеров. Обращение в Роспотребнадзор направлено.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Botswana: flooding Bodumatau/3rd Bridge

#3rdBridgeCamp #Botswana #Moremi Game Reserve #Maun #Bodumatau #DWNP #Xomae

Update on flooding at Bodumatau/Third Bridge intersection

The team was dispatched to assess the flooding of Xini/Third bridge access road in conjuction with Department of Wildlife and National Parks. A report was presented by the expedition team on the ground observations in order to map a way forward. A decision was made to continue with the closure of Third Bridge Campsite until an alternative detour route has been identified and constructed with further assessment by park managemnt.
Xomae Group (PTY) LTD will therefore keep you abreast with any new developments regarding accessing Third Bridge campsites.

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New Tourism Development levy in Botswana

New Tourism Development levy in Botswana
 
The Botswana Tourism board informed of the a new Tourism Development levy that has been brought on by the Botswana Government.

Details received are follows:
The Ministry of Environment Natural Resources’ Conservation and Tourism through the Botswana Tourism Organisation is announcing the introduction of an obligatory Tourism Development Levy (TDL).
 
How much is the levy?
Travellers to Botswana will pay USD30.00.

Purpose of the Levy
The objective of the Levy is to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development in order to support the growth of the industry and broaden the tourism base, resultantly improving the lives of the people of Botswana.

Who is eligible to pay?
All visitors to Botswana in exception of residents and citizens of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states.

Where is the levy collected?
The Levy is payable at all ports of entry including airports and border posts, starting 1st June 2017.

How is the payment done?
Payments are done at the ports of entry through electronic payment machines through cash (US Dollars), debit and credit card. After the payment, a unique receipt corresponding to the passport will be automatically generated. The receipt should then be presented to Immigration Officials. The passport and the receipt will be stamped and handed back to the traveller. The receipt will valid for a 30 day period and can be used for multiple entry.
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Botswana: water levels in Moremi


The water levels in Moremi

You would by  now you would all be aware of the unusually high levels of water in and around among other places Moremi Game Reserve.
We have been monitoring the water levels in the key areas for some time now and it has prompted me to offer the following  advice as it will result in come itinerary changes until the game drive roads dry out …if they dry out.
My hope was that the flooding is shallow and that evaporation would take care of the problem and dry out some of the main roads.
However we need to plan for the fact that even a medium flood in the delta which would arrive in May / June could compound the problem ….and the result could be that some of the roads may never dry up this season.
 

Makgadikgadi and CKGR Nxai Pan and CKGR and dry and easily drivable.
The Makgadikgadi area around  Njuca Hills is easily drivable but further south towards the pans it’s still very wet ( but shallow ) and I trust this will dry out in the next month or two.
Moremi
There is significant water on the road between South Gate and 3rd Bridge and Xakanaxa and 3rd Bridge. There is a risk that this water stays for the season.
South Gate to Xakanaxa is easily drivable.
South Gate to Khwai is easily drivable.
There is deep water crossings between Khwai Guest House and the white concrete bridge - hindering progress to Savuti HOWEVER there is a perfectly drivable route from Khwai North gate towards Sankuyo Village to the east and then north to Mababe Village and Savuti.
There is a deep water crossing on the main road just south of Mababe Village but there is a short detour around it.
North of Khwai Village the main gravel road is dry to Savuti.

The main purpose of this notice is to inform you that most places are accessible BUT the game drive areas are restricted.

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