News from ‘Further Down South’ covering Zambia, Zimbabwe and beyond


(Posted 22nd February 2017)


A New Puppy

Internet Woes


Thorn Tree Safaris

Cycling Club

New Customs Facility

Lake Tanganyika Threatened

Luangwa-Feira Road damaged

Britius Munkombwe from GRI

Rangers shot in Eastern Province and Kafue

Kariba Dam Repairs

Daisy’s Daughter

Kwando Carnivore Project on poaching of trees

Kuiseb Flows

Donkey Slaughterhouse in Outjo

Bad news for Conservation in a BBC report

Some Videos

Elephant Attack in Chobe

Elephant Voices

Infant elephants have a lot of fun – so much so that sometimes they don’t notice that others are starting to move on (though of course no one would leave him behind). The reaction of Pat Derby’s son, when he suddenly realises that his mother has walked a few steps away, is so cute! He is like a little wind-up-toy elephant. We are glad if this short clip lifts your spirit a tiny little bit during a time of unease and conflict. Wishing you all a peaceful weekend! Joyce and Petter

For a bit of a smile about Namibia vs Trump’s America

Donkey Slaughterhouse Petition

Alain St. Ange – my man for the UNWTO Top Job


(Posted 22nd February 2017)

(Alain St. Ange seen here a few days ago in Kampala, addressing participants of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo at the launch of the EATP ‘East Africa Tourism Portal‘)

Some friendships are made for life and some others last only as long as the ‘friend‘ holds a significant office before, sooner or later, loyalties are ditched and the proverbial knives come out in the dark while trying to curry favour, and at times funds, from others who now walk the corridors of power.
Alain St. Ange and I knew of each other way before we met for the first time, notably in Kampala where he had come to attend a tourism and trade conference for Eastern Africa and COMESA.
From then on, when he was appointed as Director of Tourism Marketing at the Seychelles Tourism Board – put forward by a private sector fed up with the ‘same old same old‘ in those days – and when he rapidly rose to become CEO of STB we were in constant touch with each other.
Alain valued advice and experience and proved to be a man not shooting from the hips before all facts were on the table and known, and even then opted for persuasion and convincing others of the right way forward rather than rushing into rash statements and actions.
The fortunes of Seychelles Tourism rose and rose while he was at STB, the Carnaval de Carnivals, aka the Carnival International de Victoria was launched in 2011 and this master stroke propelled the archipelago into the global media like never before and resulted a year later in Alain being appointed Minister of Tourism and Culture.
Our relationship prospered, not in material terms I hasten to point out but by allowing for yet more professional exchanges and interaction, as the juggernaut of Seychelles’ marketing had found a new champion. Swiftly did St. Ange engage with the global aviation industry, brought Routes Africa to Victoria and become a much sought after key note speaker for tourism events around the world, who wanted to know the secret of his success and how Seychelles punched consistently above their weight, given that the islands only have 90.000 inhabitants.
St. Ange also became a champion of Seychelles’ tourism investors and stakeholders, professing his belief that Seychellois needed to take back their industry and begin to offer a unique product reflecting Creole traditions and culture and pour those ingredients into the melting pot of the hospitality industry.
A strong supporter of industrial training did he throw his weight behind the Seychelles Tourism Academy, which today is a case study for other countries, how cooperation and innovation led to STA becoming the Indian Ocean’s leading institution for tourism and hospitality training. Currently undergoing the final touches of phase two of a three phased expansion, can St. Ange be proud of getting the private sector on board and support vocational and tertiary training of young Seychellois keen to make a career in the industry.
Arrivals grew and grew some more with some phenomenal results in recent years, when visitor arrivals set new records from 2009 onwards, now in excess of 300.000 tourists per annum. January this year saw a rise of 34 percent more tourists streaming into the islands, to a large part attributed to a liberalized aviation regime which St. Ange influenced, adding frequencies, larger
aircraft and new airlines calling on Mahe’s international airport, while at the same time Air Seychelles prospered too with new passenger records year after year.
When St. Ange a few weeks ago threw his hat in the ring as candidate for the post of Secretary General of UNWTO, he first resigned so not to use the resources of his government for his campaign, even though from the President of Seychelles H.E. Danny Rollen Faure to the grassroot stakeholders in the industry and all in between have endorsed him in glowing terms.

(From left to right Ms. Carmen Nibigira of EATP, UNWTO Candidate Alain St. Ange and yours truly)

Alain a few days ago came on invitation of the East Africa Tourism Platform and of Uganda’s Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. the Hon. Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, to attend the annual Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo in Kampala. As a key note speaker and guest of honour at the EATP launch of their ‘Destination East Africa‘ web portal he used the opportunity, as he did in the following panel discussions, the Ministerial Round Table and a series of one on one meetings with the East African movers and shakers in the tourism and aviation industry, to present his vision.
His manifesto, submitted with his candidacy documents during FITUR at the UNWTO head offices in Madrid, speaks for itself, as it foresees a transformation of UNWTO into an organization to serve the entire tourism industry as it presents itself in the 21st century, democratize it and bring services to the member countries in the field rather than relying only on the functions of the UNWTO office in Spain alone.
I was able to conduct an interview with Alain as the world was still in awe over his interviews at Sky News’ with Adam Boulton, with CNN’s Richard Quest and then on the BBC Focus on Africa programme, where he made a perfect case why he should be THE candidate for UNWTO’s top job.
At that stage, something writers and journalists rarely do but which in my case was prompted by various developments, attributed to other candidates’ reactions to the St. Ange candidacy and to a minute minority section of other travel media which broke protocol by openly showing their partiality in reporting. When they ditched journalistic principles of fairness and equality, I decided it is time that I too take a stand.Therefore, I now stand side by side with Alain St. Ange as I declare my support for his campaign and without inducements, promised or anticipated favours endorse him as my candidate for the upcoming UNWTO elections in May.
That is more by the way than I can say about others who professed friendship when Alain held office and moved to greener pastures when, principled as he is, he resigned to run his own campaign without using his government’s hard earned tourism revenues or neglecting his duty as a minister by being on the campaign trail for several months.
Below is the link to the YouTube clip of the interview conducted at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel just hours before Alain’s departure for Turkey.

Brussels Airport News

Brussels Airport’s News Updates
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On 15 February Brussels Airlines turned 15
… which is why they want to thank you and all their passengers for your continued trust! And to really put their 15th anniversary in the spotlights, they transformed the airport especially for the sequel to the famous Mr. Smith video. Want to see the result?
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On top of that, Brussels Airlines will be spending the rest of the year looking for superheroes who deserve the ultimate extra smile. So if you know anybody who has devoted themselves to helping others, let us know and we may well find a way to reward them!
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Brussels Airport has a heart for passengers
Especially for Valentine’s Day, Brussels Airport spoils its passengers with the best Belgium has to offer: Brussels waffles and Belgian chocolate. A token of gratitude for their continuing to choose Brussels Airport.

4000 waffles in all were handed out in the departure hall at Brussels Airport. With the help of employees from the various companies active at Brussels Airport. With thanks to: Brussels Airlines, TUI fly, Autogrill, ICTS, Axxicom, Iberia, IDF and Aviapartner.

Passengers either in transit or arriving at Brussels Airport were also treated to around 25,000 heart-shaped chocolates.

Showing just how much of a heart we have for our passengers and how much we look forward to welcoming them back for their next flight.


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Taking a hoverboard or e-cigarette on board?
E-cigarettes and hoverboards, along with other devices that run on lithium batteries, are considered dangerous goods. The majority of these devices may not be transported in the luggage hold of an aircraft. We therefore advise you to check your airline’s policy regarding dangerous items before your flight.
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Tour of Flanders
This celebrated road race for professional cyclists has been a highlight of the Belgian cycling calendar for many years. Did you know that the first edition was in fact held in 1913 and that it is often referred to as “Flanders’ Finest”?
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Ian Duncan returns to the East African Safari Classic Rally 2017

The East African Safari Classic Rally News Updates

The February 2017 Safari Classic Rally newsletter shares a regulation change and the return of double champion, Ian Duncan!
Welcome to the second newsletter for the 2017 East African Safari Classic Rally. We hope you enjoy reading our latest news. Feel free to email pictures of your preparations for the 2017 Safari Classic Rally through to media for inclusion in the next edition. Please contact us with any questions: we look forward to hearing from you!
**Stop Press** Safari Classic Rally regulations now permit Power Steering
Hot off the press is the news that the East African Safari Classic Rally regulations are being amended to permit power steering for all entries. See advisory text below from the rally’s General Manager – a copy of the letter and full bulletin to follow on the website.

As most of you will be aware, we have changed the vehicle entry eligibility to 31st December 1985. An effect of the change is that various vehicles with ‘power steering’ fitted as a standard feature may now enter the event.

The organisers have recently attracted entry enquiries from new clients wishing to enter cars already fitted with electric assisted steering, as allowed in other long-distance events. Furthermore, historic requests have been made by older clients to use assisted steering on health and safety grounds.

With the above in mind, the organisers have concluded to allow the use of power assisted steering. A bulletin will be circulated shortly, advising officially of the same.

Ian Duncan confirms East African Safari Classic Rally entry
We are delighted to announce the return of two-time Safari Classic champion, Ian Duncan, for the 2017 East African Safari Classic Rally. Ian will be competing in his Ford Capri RS alongside long-time co-driving partner, Amaar Slatch.

With a famous win on the 1994 Safari WRC event and multiple Kenyan championships to his credit, Ian Duncan is Kenya’s most successful modern day motorsport competitor. Overall winner of the 2009 and 2013 Safari Classic rallies, Ian is fondly remembered for his epic battle with Stig Blomqvist on the 2013 Safari Classic, where the competitors entered the penultimate stage separated by just nine seconds.

The final stage of the 2013 event delivered our closest finish yet. Setting off with a 38-second lead, Blomqvist suffered a puncture, losing four minutes and the chance of his first win in Kenya. Duncan claimed a well deserved victory, having matched the Swede’s pace from the start.

“It is a great privilege to add another former champion to the entry list,” said Raju Kishinani, Safari Classic Rally CEO. “These motorsport heroes are huge favourites for the many thousands of spectators who line the rally route to experience the excitement of Safari.

“Our new route for 2017 explores lots of new territory never rallied before. Ian Duncan and his Ford Capri will no doubt be one of the peoples’ favourites for the 2017 Safari Classic, but we are certain that the locals will turn out in droves to cheer all the East African drivers on through their epic Safari Classic adventure. It should be a really spectacular event!”

Rally-winning Ford Escort Mk 1 for sale
Our friend and great rally competitor, Raaji Singh Bharij, has asked us to share details of his rally-winning Ford Escort Mk1 for sale. This classic Ford finished sixth overall and took a class win on the 2015 East African Safari Classic Rally. Its last outing was the 2016 Rift 1000, where it took overall victory – well done Raaji and team!

The bodyshell was built professionally with a fully installed roll cage, seats and belts are within date and there are two fire extinguishers. Quick steering rack, safety fuel cell and heavy duty engine mounts are ready to go. The cabin has twin Haldas, Brantz & Terratrip.

Power comes from a dry-sumped 2-litre Holbay engine with Weber carbs. An upgraded distributor with latest ignition is fitted. Cooling has been upgraded with a 10-litre radiator, high pressure water hoses and a high-flow cooling fan. A twin-plate clutch helps at high RPM and a high torque starter motor is a welcome addition.

Brakes are from AP Racing with hydraulic handbrake. The suspension features Reiger RCV dampers with hydraulic bumpstops. It has rose-jointed links front and rear, including front TCAs and upgraded diff links. The 5.1 differential was new last year. A TVR Type 5 transmission is fitted and was recently rebuilt.

“The car is undergoing a full rebuild and will be sold ready to do the Safari Classic,” says Raaji. “It comes with a comprehensive spares package including gearboxes, diffs, brakes, spare set of Reigers, propshafts, steering rack and column, wheels and tyres and more.

“If someone buys the car for Safari Classic, the great thing is this car is already in Kenya, so no shipping costs. As a rally winner, the car has proved its reliability but of course it would be available for potential buyers to come and do a test day. It would be really nice to see the car do the East African again!”

Asking price for the complete package is $65,000. Email raajisingh to discuss.

Route Survey for new Safari Classic Rally format almost complete
We continue to make great progress on our brand new route for the 2017 East African Safari Classic Rally. The team has now completed over 90% of the route survey and the work has gone extremely well.

"’We have incorporated a lot of new sections for the route, which have not been rallied on previously," notes Ashok Bhalla, the rally’s General Manager. "Many of these are very smooth roads with fantastic landscapes. The present situation is that the roads are well maintained: mostly freshly graded and repaired. At the moment, these sections look fantastic for rallying."

Responding to the threat of heavy rain in October and November, the organisers have added a second advance car to the rally preparations. The 2017 event will feature a five-day car and a one-day car to check for deterioration in the roads and help plan an alternative route, should it be required.

"If at the last moment we receive reports of last-minute problems in certain parts of the route, we will avoid the affected sections," says Ashok. "Our aim for this year is to deliver the same fun and adventurous rally with fewer long days of travelling.

"The route plan aims to be very service-friendly. Most of the days involve relatively short service distances and being based in Diani for four nights puts less stress on the service crews. They avoid the hassle of so much packing and unpacking and allow more time to relax after challenging days of rallying."

A childhood dream come true: Scott Armstrong’s Datsun 160J Safari Entry
Alongside the sporting challenges Safari presents, this rally is a wonderfully social event and the variety of paths that lead to a Safari Classic entry never ceases to amaze. With up to sixty cars taking part on every Safari Classic Rally, each with its own crew of people around it, our community of past and present competitors has hundreds of stories to tell.

We’re sharing these under the “Safari Story” banner and our first piece tells the story of Scott Armstrong, who is tackling the 2017 Safari Classic with Harpal Sudle in the co-driver’s seat. Scott has saved and prepared for years to take part in Safari, doing his first Safari Classic as a mechanic in 2009 and again in 2015 on Nick Mason’s 260Z.

“I was born and raised in Kenya,” says Scott. “We lived there until I was seven years old, when my family moved to the UK. My dad was a big rally enthusiast and took me to watch the Safari Rally, always bringing his camera along too.

“As I grew up, I became increasingly obsessed by a photo my dad had taken of Shekhar Mehta in the Datsun Violet in 1982. Cars have been my passion since childhood and I have always loved rallying. Slowly the dream emerged to follow in Shekhar’s tyre tracks and do the Safari Rally in the same type of car."

“Scott sent me to Tanzania to source this rally car,” says Harpal. “It was used in the original Safari, as what we think was a recce car for the works team. We bought the shell plus parts and shipped them back to the UK. Our car for the Classic includes much of that parts haul. Scott’s dream has been ten years in the making and I am excited to be part of it.”

“The Datsun 160J Violet is one of the most successful cars in Safari Rally history," says Scott. "It won four times in a row (which people have inexplicably forgotten) with Shekhar behind the wheel. I have spent years tracking down original works parts to complete my car to the proper specification and it is almost ready – just a few jobs to do before shipping.

“It will be a very proud moment when we become the first team to bring a 160J Violet back to Safari for almost thirty years. I have been a "helper" on two Safari Classic events and made good friends as a result.

“My team of buddies includes Pali (the loud one), Billy (the crazy one), Idris (the sensible one) and three of my UK rally service crew friends: Kevin, Alan and Lara. We are hoping to get to the end without too many problems. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and I can’t wait to start the Safari.”

What a fantastic journey! We will be very excited to wave Scott (below, left) and Harpal (below, right) off on their epic adventure this November!

Send us your story

We love to hear how our competitors and their crews came to Safari and the stories of your preparations and ambitions. We look forward to sharing all photos and stories across our channels between now and the start of the rally. Send your Safari stories to media.

Download the latest rally bulletins
For those interested in attending the 2017 Safari Classic Rally or taking part in the event, there is plenty of information available to download on our website.

The full Rally Regulations and the Official Entry Form for the 2017 East African Safari Classic Rally are both available for download here.

Bulletin 1 is available to download in the 2017 downloads section. This covers amendments to the previously published regulations for the 2017 Safari Classic Rally.

Competitors Information Number 1 is available in the 2017 downloads section of our website. This covers hotel room upgrade and supplement rates in addition to the standard rally entry fees. Follow our social media feeds for all rally bulletins as they are released.

Email us with any questions regarding our rally or to discuss the 2017 event.

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IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign

International Coalition for Peace Through Tourism News Updates

February 2017 Special Edition
2017 IIPT Summit Banner Save the dates for the
IIPT 30th Anniversary Global Family Reunion
17 – 21 September, 2017

IIPT Vancouver Summit

IIPT is commemorating its 30th Anniversary with a Global Summit in Montreal, Canada, 17 to 21 September 2017. Save the dates and join us for this “Global Family Reunion” of the many persons who have participated in one or more of IIPT’s 18 international conferences and summits over the past 30 years. Renew your friendships with colleagues from around the world – young and old – and make new ones.

We are reaching out to everyone who has been to an IIPT Conference – and others not able to attend but wish to do so now – to share stories of the work you are doing – your projects – your current and planned efforts in fostering sustainable tourism and peace – explore how you might collaborate to achieve even more significant and greater impacts – and to determine how together we can broaden the circle of persons wanting to make travel and tourism “the world’s first global peace industry – a sustainable industry that fosters peace within ourselves, peace with others, peace with nature and peace with our Creator – an industry that supports and promotes the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”

The IIPT First Global Conference, Vancouver 1988 was a milestone event for the travel and tourism industry with 800 participants from 67 countries. The IIPT 1988 Vancouver conference has since been credited with being the “Launch of the Peace through Tourism” movement.

2017 is of course the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The 1988 Vancouver Conference first introduced the concept of sustainable tourism, as well as a new paradigm for a “Higher Purpose” of Tourism.

Montreal375The first major international conference on Sustainable Tourism was IIPT’s 1994 Conference in Montreal: “Building a Sustainable World through Tourism” featuring “success stories” and models of best practice from some 50 different countries.

IIPT is now returning to Montreal – where IIPT was born in 1986, the UN International Year of Peace, as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday and Montreal its 375th birthday as well as the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 – the most successful Expo of the 20th Century.

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Please join with us in promoting the Summit among your colleagues and networks. We also welcome your suggestions/ideas regarding the Summit to achieve the most significant impactful outcomes that contribute to resolving conflict and building a culture of peace and understanding through sustainable tourism.

We also invite your ideas regarding potential sponsors and your support for IIPT’s two flagship projects for its 30th anniversary year and the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (and Peace):

1. The IIPT Global Peace Parks Project and
2. IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign.

Please see the article below and contact IIPT: ljd with your suggestions


IIPT Flagship Initiatives for30th Anniversary Year:

Peace Parks and Travel for Peace

IIPT also welcomes the members of our “Global Family” to join with us in promoting our two 30th Anniversary Year “Flagship” Initiatives – the IIPT Global Peace Parks Project with a goal of 2000 IIPT Peace Parks circling the earth by 21 September 2017 – the UN International Day of Peace; and the IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign.

The Global Peace Parks Project builds on the success of IIPT’s 1992 “Peace Parks across Canada” Project commemorating Canada’s 125th birthday as a nation. IIPT conceived and implemented “Peace Parks across Canada” which resulted in 350 Peace Parks being dedicated by cities and towns from St. John’s, Newfoundland on the shores of the Atlantic, across five time zones to Victoria, British Colombia on the shores of the Pacific.
peacewallThe Peace Parks were dedicated on October 8, 1992 as a National Peace Keeping Monument was being unveiled in Ottawa and 5,000 Peacekeepers passing in review. Each park was dedicated with a ‘bosco sacro’ – a peace grove of 12 trees, symbolic of Canada’s 10 Provinces and 2 Territories, as a link to one another, and a symbol of hope for the future. Of the more than 25,000 Canada 125 Projects, Peace Parks across Canada was said to be the most significant.

trkkIIPT International Peace Parks have since been dedicated as a legacy to each of IIPT’s International Conferences and Global Summits including Bethany Beyond the Jordan, site of Christ’s baptism as a legacy of the Amman Summit, 2000 and Victoria Falls, as a legacy of the IIPT 5th African Conference, 2013; subsequently re-dedicated as the featured event on Opening day of the UNWTO 20th General Assembly 2015, co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first President and Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, are shown planting the first of 6 olive trees brought from Bethany Beyond the Jordan by Amman Mayor, H.E. Akel Biltaji.

A one-time voluntary contribution of US$ 500 is requested from each town or city dedicating an IIPT Peace Park. For more information mail to: ljd

globalfamilyThe “IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign” is the second flagship project of our 30th Anniversary Year. The campaign relates directly to the UNWTO “Travel – Enjoy – Respect” consumer campaign of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It seeks to engage travel agencies, tour operators, hotels, airlines and other sectors of the global travel and tourism industry to join with IIPT in encouraging every traveler to be an “Ambassador for Peace” by practicing the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler (below) and the ethic inherent in the iconic Padre Johnson portrait of the Global Family reminding us that we are “One Earth One Family.”

The program aim is to create awareness among all travelers that the privilege of traveling provides them with a unique opportunity to learn more about our common home – planet earth, the wonder of its natural beauty, its diverse people, cultures and heritage – and in the process to foster mutual respect, understanding and appreciation with each person they encounter.

Organizations wishing to become charter members of the IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign in support of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (and Peace) are invited to email: ljd. Appropriate recognition will be given to each charter member.

Charter members to date include: World Expeditions, Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), Sacred Himalaya Travel, The Cultural Angle and Travel Unwrapped.

A one-time contribution of US$ 350 is requested for charter membership in the campaign.

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We invite members of our “Global Family” to assist us in promoting each of these campaigns in support of IIPT’s 30th Anniversary Year, the IIPT Global Summit in Montreal and the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (and Peace). For more information mail to: ljd with your expression of interest.


Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:

  • Journey with an open mind and gentle heart
  • Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter
  • Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life
  • Appreciate all cultures I discover
  • Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome
  • Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet
  • Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and,
  • By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace

    International Institute for Peace Through Tourism

About IIPT
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering travel and tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding, cooperation among nations, an improved quality of environment, cultural enhancement and the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction, reconciliation and healing wounds of conflicts; and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world. It is founded on a vision of the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism – becoming the world’s first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”

For more information:
IIPT Website:
Tel: +1 802 253-8671
Email: ljd

News from The Kingdom of Swaziland

Swaziland Tourism Authority exhibits at Beeld Show 2017

22nd February 2017

The Kingdom of Swaziland exhibits at the Beeld Show 2017

The annual Beeld Show taking place from 24th – 26th February is a big ticket event for many outdoor and holiday enthusiasts.

What better destination to exhibit at the show than the Kingdom of Swaziland. This landlocked country is only slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey at 17.363 square kilometers, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with adventure.

Swaziland’s mountains, valleys, rivers and other natural wonders make it the ideal choice for those seeking adrenaline activities. It has built a reputation for a host of thrilling adventure activities such as caving, abseiling, canopy tours, tubing and white water rafting.

But the adventure does not end there. Swaziland offers activities that will leave adrenaline seekers begging for more. One such quest is ‘kloofing’. A Kloofing Adventure includes hiking through a gorge, jumping down small cliffs, abseiling alongside waterfalls and swimming in natural pools. This is an incredible way to experience the natural splendour of Swaziland!

But the emphasis in Swaziland is to also provide visitors with a more intimate wildlife experience in areas of natural beauty, and to allow them a certain amount of freedom to explore on their own terms. This is no place for mass tourism and convoys of vehicles but instead, walks to learn about the bush and track rare species like black and white rhino.

The Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Hlane Royal National Park, Mkhaya Game Reserve, and Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve offer guests the unique opportunity to witness the spectacular wildlife of Swaziland. While the smaller lodges may not be home to the Big Five, they are deserving in their own right and offer visitors the chance to experience a truly unforgettable Swazi getaway.

Beautiful scenery, diverse birdlife and close encounters with Africa’s legendary wildlife, thrill many visitors and a stay in Swaziland is incomplete without a visit to one of the game or nature reserves.

Swaziland certainly offers a variety of attractions for all of its visitors. This small nation is all that’s best about Africa in one small but perfectly formed and welcoming country.

Make sure to visit the Kingdom of Swaziland Hall 3 Stand Number M14 at the Beeld Show at the Gallagher Estate, Midrand to see what this magnificent country has to offer its visitors.

About STA

The Swaziland Tourism Authority (STA) was established by an act of parliament, the Tourism Authority, Act of 2001. It was established as a public enterprise. In terms of the Act the following objectives have been determined for STA;

  • Develop the tourism sector as a national priority in an environmentally sustainable and culturally acceptable manner,
  • Coordinate and facilitate the implementation of government policies and strategies on tourism,
  • Market Swaziland as a tourism destination through the provision of a platform for industry stakeholders,
  • Encourage, facilitate and promote local and foreign investment in the tourism industry, and
  • Ensure the contribution of tourism to the socio-economic development and continued improvement of quality of life in the Kingdom of Swaziland


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