Second Dreamliner for Air Tanzania?


(Posted 20th July 2017)

(Artist impression courtesy of Boeing)

News are coming out of Tanzania that the recently presented budget to the national parliament has apparently build in the down payment for a second Boeing B787 Dreamliner, which, if and when confirmed, would bring the order to two wide body jets.
While the presentation was made in Kiswahili, the full text shown below, has the following translation been obtained:

Original text:

Mheshimiwa Spika, ujio wa ndege hizo mbili aina ya Bombardier Dash 8 – Q400 pamoja na ile iliyokuwepo aina ya Dash 8 – Q300 umeiwezesha ATCL kutoa huduma za uhakika za usafiri wa anga katika maeneo ya Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kigoma, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Bukoba, Mbeya, Dodoma, Zanzibar na Moroni (Comoro). Kwa kutumia ndege hizo tatu, ATCL inatarajia kupanua huduma zake katika maeneo ya Mtwara, Mpanda, Songea na Tabora kuanzia mwezi Juni 2017. Safari za nchi jirani za Entebbe (Uganda), Nairobi (Kenya), Bujumbura (Burundi) na Kigali (Rwanda) zitaanza baada ya kupata ndege ya tatu ya aina ya Bombardier Dash 8 – Q400 Julai 2017. Aidha, mara baada ya ndege aina ya Bombardier CS 300 kuwasili nchini, ATCL itaanza safari za kwenda Afrika ya Magharibi, Afrika ya Kati, Afrika ya Kusini, Mashariki ya Kati na India; na baadae kufanya safari za masafa marefu kwenda China, Ulaya, na Marekani baada ya ndege ya Boeing 787 kuwasili.

Mheshimiwa Spika, katika mwaka wa fedha 2017/2018, Kampuni ya Ndege (ATCL) imetengewa shilingi milioni 500,000 kwa ajili ya kukamilisha malipo ya ununuzi wa ndege 3 ambapo ndege mbili (2) ni za aina ya CS 300 zenye uwezo wa kubeba abiria 127 kila moja na ndege kubwa moja (1) ya masafa marefu aina ya Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner yenye uwezo wa kubeba abiria 262. Aidha, fedha hizo pia zitatumika kwa ajili ya gharama za bima, mafunzo (marubani, wahandisi na wahudumu), gharama za kuanzia (start up cost) pamoja na malipo ya awali ya ndege nyingine ya aina ya Boeing 787 (Dreamliner).

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Start of Translation:

Mr. Speaker, the arrival of the two Bombardier Dash 8 – Q400 aircraft with the existing Dash 8 – Q300 airline enabled ATCL to provide air transport services in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kigoma, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Bukoba, Mbeya, Dodoma, Zanzibar and Moroni (Comoro). By using these three planes, ATCL intends expanding its services in the areas of Mtwara, Mpanda, Songea and Tabora from June 2017. Travels to Entebbe (Uganda), Nairobi (Kenya)Bujumbura (Burundi) and Kigali (Rwanda) Will start after getting a third Bombardier Dash type 8 – Q400 in July 2017. In addition, soon after the [first] Bombardier CS300 aircraft arrives in the country, ATCL will begin trips to West Africa, Central Africa, South Africa, East Central and India; And later travel long trips to China, Europe, and the US after Boeing 787 aircrafts arrive.
Mr. Speaker, during the fiscal year 2017/2018, the Airline Company (ATCL) has been awarded 500,000 Million Shillings for the completion of the 3-flight purchase payment of two aircraft (2) of CS 300 capable of carrying 127 passengers One and one (1) large-scale Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner range capable of carrying 262 passengers. In addition, the funds will also be used for insurance costs, training (pilots, engineers and staff), starting costs (Start up cost) with the original payment of the Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) flight.

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The announcement also sheds light on the plans for domestic, regional, continental and intercontinental expansion the airline is now eying after the top management and board were changed and substantive funds injected into the previously moribund carrier.

With other regional airlines now well established, such as RwandAir, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian will Air Tanzania no doubt face a competitive battle over the skies of East Africa while in Uganda, they probably need to wrap their heads around that coming last in such a game worth billions of US Dollars vis a vis the cost of state of the art airline fleets, and with no cash in sight, that ship has sailed.

Tomorrowland – here we come


(Posted 20th July 2017)

For the sixth year in a row is Brussels Airlines flying thousands of festival goers from around the globe to Tomorrowland. The 13th edition of the World’s Best Dance Festival is spread over two weekends.

This year, Brussels Airlines brings 10.207 festival goers to Belgium to celebrate at Tomorrowland in Boom. All these music lovers come to Belgium on 236 different flights from 79 cities all over the world. The most popular departure cities are Geneva, Madrid and Barcelona. About 500 Tomorrowland goers chose a Discover Europe Package, in which they can combine the festival with a visit to several European cities.

Before getting on the plane, festival goers will be treated to a pre-party at the gate at 24 departure airports. 47 flights take the party up in the air with music on board, of which 8 flights even host a live DJ-set at 30.000 feet. The party flights can be followed online here.

This year, Brussels Airlines proudly organizes party flights with Amare, the fourth Airbus A320 in the airline’s Belgian Icon series, dedicated to Tomorrowland. Amare was chosen as the fourth special livery plane because Tomorrowland really has become one of Belgium’s icons, the festival being famous around the globe. Guests on board of Amare will be in the Tomorrowland mood right from their departure, with its special mood lighting and music installation on board. Tonight, DJ Yves V will play a live DJ set on board when Amare flies 180 party goers from Ibiza to Brussels Airport. Michelin star chef Roger Van Damme serves a special Tomorrowland dessert for everyone on board.

New this year is that Brussels Airlines, in cooperation with Brussels Airport, will test a baggage drop off point at the Dreamville camping, so Tomorrowland goers don’t have to carry their bags and tents to the airport themselves and can have a relaxed trip home or can enjoy a nice day of sightseeing before heading to the airport.

Tomorrowland will welcome 200.000 festival goers on each of the two weekends. The global interest for the ticket sale was overwhelming once again. People from all over the world will visit the festival and make Tomorrowland the most international event on the planet. Together, Brussels Airlines and Tomorrowland unite the world in Belgium every year. In an effort to bring people from different nationalities together, Brussels Airlines is challenging all foreign Tomorrowland goers to take a photo with a Belgian and to share it on Instagram with the hashtag #brusselsairlinesunitestheworld. More information about the contest here.

At the festival site, Brussels Airlines brings everyone with their heads in the clouds, with The Loop, a giant ferris wheel that offers the best view over the magnificent landscape of Tomorrowland and far beyond. A ride on The Loop (previously called the Cloudrider) is, like every year, free for every Tomorrowland visitor.

From East Africa is Brussels Airlines connecting Entebbe – five times a week – Bujumbura – once a week – and Kigali – all these six flights also route via the Rwandan capital – with the European capital city and from there into an extensive European network but also to North America and India.

Seychelles’ Tourism Minister on tour again across Mahe


(Posted 20th July 2017)

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, has visited another 8 tourism properties on Mahé, as part of his ongoing door-to-door visits to holiday accommodations in Seychelles.

The eight establishments chosen were mostly Seychellois-owned small self-catering properties, located at Anse aux Poules Bleues and Anse Soleil, in the Baie Lazare district.

The aim is to be aware of the various services and products on offer, to appreciate the successes and gain an understanding of challenges faced by these establishments.

The Principal Secretary for Tourism Mrs. Anne Lafortune accompanied the minister on last Friday’s visit, as part of the tourism department’s ongoing efforts to align itself with key stakeholders in the tourism industry.

Starting off at Anse aux Poules Bleues, the first stop was at Zeph self-catering, which offers two self-catering accommodations set in a quiet location. The property owned by Ms Agnielle Monthy has been in operation since 2013, and strives to offer a Creole touch to its guests, who are mainly German visitors.

The delegation then proceeded to the Red Coconut Self-Catering, owned by Mrs Juliette d’Offay and her husband. Following renovations, the property offers two high-end self-catering accommodations, with breathtaking views of the Anse à la Mouche bay.

Minister Loustau-Lalanne and team also toured the Hill Side Retreat boasting two private wooden cabins, where they met with the owners Mrs Anne-Lise Platt and her husband who reside on the same property.

From Anse aux Poules Bleues, they moved to Anse Soleil where the minister visited the Anse-Soleil Resort, which has four self-catering accommodations offering panoramic views of the Anse-La-Mouche bay. The property is owned by Mrs Paula Esparon, who explained that in spite of being a self-catering establishment, they do cater for special meals upon request, mentioning that guests particularly love fresh local fruits for breakfast.

Mr Andrew Gee was the next owner to be visited and he did not hesitate to take the delegation on a tour of Maison Soleil, boasting two self-catering lodgings, fitting for both couples and small families offering them a rather rustic feel. Commenting on the variety of visitors staying at his establishment, Mr Gee said: ‘People from all over the world seem to find Seychelles‘.

Mr Gee who is an artist, also showcased his gallery where he allows free entrance, while he sells his paintings and hand made products, mostly to the tourists.

Anse Soleil Beachcomber, which has fourteen guesthouses and four self-catering accommodations with superb views of the Anse-Soleil Beach, owned by Dr. Albert was the last small property to be visited, before the minister and his delegation made their last stop at the Four Seasons Resort — the only large hotel featuring on the programme.

At Four seasons, Minister Loustau-Lalanne took the opportunity to congratulate the General Manager, Mr. Adrian Messerli and his team, after the hotel was recently listed among the Top 5 resort hotels in Africa in the Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award 2017.

Mr Loustau-Lalanne said: ‘I am very fond of the level of development which took place at Four Seasons Resort and I admire that they respected the environment right to the point that you can almost touch nature while being at the resort‘.

The Minister was given a tour of the resort, which has 67 rooms in total and visited key spots of the property. He was accompanied by Mr Messerli who took the opportunity to salute his staff for their relentless effort describing them as the resort’s ‘number one source for success‘.

At the end of the visit to another eight tourism establishments, Mr Loustau-Lalanne said ‘all of the properties we visited today are of good standards and I am very pleased at the level of re-investments being done at respective establishments‘.

Jumia Travel links new features to Facebook Messenger


(Posted 19th July 2017)


Facebook Messenger is now fully integrated in Jumia Travel’s system as a powerful channel for Customer Service. The integration of customer service for Messenger in Jumia Travel’s system marks a new dawn for its customer service experience, as it offers a live chat experience on Facebook Messenger. The tool can also be used to instantly request for a hotel room on the platform, where the company’s professional Travel Advisors will offer counsel on the best accommodation options as well as make the booking.

As the first African company to integrate Facebook Messenger in its own system, Estelle Verdier, Jumia Travel’s COO and Co-Founder says that this is a ‘show of our great commitment to always bring the latest technology and high quality services to our customer in Africa’.

On its recently published hospitality report for Africa, Jumia Travel states that 51% of searches done on the website are via smartphones, with 68% of the bookings. This compares to 49% and 32% of searches and bookings respectively done through the desktop.


In Africa, e-mail penetration has remained low especially because it doesn’t provide a fluent conversational experience and is not fitted for mobile. With Customer Service for Messenger integration, we bring to our customers an instant and convenient way to chat with us on mobile from Facebook. We trust that Facebook Messenger will become a major channel in the coming years, and this new feature allows us to scale the communication with our customers on Messenger‘ says Stanislas de Dinechin, Jumia Travel’s Global Head of Customer Service.

The tool will also be used to handle customer queries and requests such as airport pickup, and booking modification among others. With a high ‘mobile first’ population in Africa, Facebook Messenger provides a great opportunity to reach people in addition to other social media platforms, as compared to the conventional browser.

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


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Reunion Island – A paradise for the romantic at heart

Reunion Island – A paradise for romantics but also for adventurers

Reunion Island holds a certain charm that not only entices an adventurous spirit but also warms the need for romance.

19th of July 2017

Reunion Island – A paradise for the romantic at heart

Reunion Island holds a certain charm that not only entices an adventurous spirit but also warms the need for romance. Situated 3000km off the coast of South Africa, this island destination makes for the perfect getaway. From picturesque sceneries to rugged mountainous terrain and sandy beaches, Reunion Island effortlessly captures the heart of adventurous romantics.

The tropical breeze and sunshine will certainly set the tone for loved ones looking to spend the day leisurely enjoying each other’s company while indulging in the plethora of experiences offered by Reunion Island.

Romantic Activities & Destinations


Start your romantic adventure on Reunion Island with a hike to the majestic Piton de la Fournaise and experience the beauty of nature alongside this active basaltic volcano, after all a passionate embrace next to a flowing volcano will surely set a heated mood for your island adventures. Why not explore the lush forest terrain of Reunion Island on a helicopter ride as you create new lasting memories while encountering breath-taking waterfalls that cascade along the mountainside and into glistening pools on the forest floors?


End your day with a relaxing candle lit dinner on one of the sandy beaches found alongside the coastal towns on Reunion Island! Enjoy a glass of Rum arrange infused with some refreshing coconut water, before delighting in some local delicacies offered by your host. Afterwards you have the option of either settling in for the night or taking your dancing shoes and exploring the rich nightlife found on Reunion Island, from rhythmic beats played by local bands to dancers that fluidly move across the dance floors. Allow yourself to get lost in the experience offered by this unique destination.

The hotels on Reunion Island have been recognised as some of the most romantic locations on the Island as they boast beautiful settings, perfect for that couple looking to unwind and relax in pampered comfort. Couples can enjoy a tantalising massage at a hotel of their choice before venturing to the village of Cilaos where you can expect some remarkable views of the surrounding Cirques and lakes.

Next, embark on your coastal ventures and explore the 15km protected reef that stretches along the western and southern parts of Reunion Island on a Le Grand Blue cruise experience, which allows you to peek into the aquatic world below through the innovative glass bottom structure! Wonder at the strikingly beautiful colourful fish species that adorn the reef and discover new creatures along these pristine coastal waters.


Reunion Island has something of everything and can keep loved ones enticed throughout their stay, from adrenaline packed couples adventures to warm tropical nights under the starry skies, this tropical gem is the ultimate destination for those looking to rekindle, discover and ignite that passionate romantic flame while delving into new experiences and creating unforgettable memories together.



Of Spots and Fangs

Travel Africa Magazine’a Shamwari News

The stealth and beauty of the leopard

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be."Karen Ravn

Issue 79 is now out

Subscriber copies of our new edition are now in the mail. We hope you’ll receive your copy soon, and that you’ll be as intrigued by the chimps, and blown away by the leopards, as we were. (Sometimes I think that wildlife photography must be one of the best jobs in the world, don’t you agree?)
For non-subscribers who’d like a copy, you can now order it online here.

Spots and fangs

Wildlife photographer Greg du Toit has made it his mission to capture the elusive leopard on camera in an attempt to increase general public awareness of their vulnerability and foster a greater knowledge and appreciation for this iconic cat.

10 breathtaking beaches

Everyone knows about Africa’s diverse wildlife and dramatic landscapes, but fewer people know about its islands and pristine coastlines. Jasreen Mayal Khanna reveals her list of the best spots to soak up the sun.

The changing face of safari

Theforthcoming 80th issue of Travel Africa marks our 20th anniversary, so we thought it would be fun to create a themed issue reflecting on the changes in the safari experience over the last two decades, what it’s like now… and what the safari of the future might look like. It’s going to be jammed with great content and opinion. See our editorial highlights here.

And here’s where YOU come in – where will we safari in the next 20 years?
As we cast our thoughts to the safari of the future, we wonder what African destinations you think will become the ‘hot’ places to visit over the next 20 years, and why? Share your suggestions on email to editor

Could Zakouma be on your wishlist? Photo (above) courtesy African Parks / Darren Potgeiter

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