Archive for August, 2013

Make a date with Arusha’s Safari Marathon on 08th September

ARUSHA’S SAFARI MARATHON TO BENEFIT TOURISM

(Posted 31st August 2013)

This year’s Safari Marathon will be the fourth edition of what has become an annual and well attended event. For many still remembering the Mt. Meru Marathon, now fading away in people’s recollection, the Safari Marathon has filled a huge gap left by the initial sporting event, which at the time took place in June every year before it ‘expired’. Over 2.000 participants are expected to assembly at the starting line in the centre of Arusha on the 08th of September, where the iconic Clock Tower has been chosen to launch the races. Besides the 21 kilometre ‘half marathon’ – the full distance of 42 kilometres will not be run – are shorter races on the programme, like the 5 kilometre family or fun run, the 5 kilometre corporate run and a race for those with disabilities over 10 kilometres.

Arusha, half way along the classic Cape to Cairo route, often traversed by adventurers in those days now long gone by, some by foot and others by horse or other means, has since the town was established over 110 years ago entrenched itself as the undisputed ‘safari capital’ of East Africa. From the city one can reach the Arusha National Park within an hour, can climb Mts. Meru and Kilimanjaro or embark on the Northern Circuit which includes Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti, all names which raise heads and attention when spoken around the world. The chairman of the marathon organizing committee was quoted earlier in the week to have highlighted the event’s potential to promote tourism to Tanzania and indeed, as seen elsewhere in the region, can sporting events lead not just to an increase in sports tourism itself but attract visitors per se into the destination.

Good luck to all the runners, may the fundraisers attached to the marathon benefit many in need and of course, conducive weather – lock the rain dancers away for a day. Visit www.safarimarathon.com for more information on the route, how to register and how to help sponsor the event.

Ethiopian leases 3 more B787’s while considering an additional order

ETHIOPIAN SET TO ORDER MORE DREAMLINERS

(Posted 31st August 2013)

Information was confirmed by a source in Addis Ababa that Ethiopian Airlines, presently already having 5 B787 Dreamliners’ on their fleet and 5 more in the delivery pipeline from an order placed years ago as Boeing’s African launch partner, has committed to lease a further 3 such aircraft due for delivery in 2014.

Subsequent to receiving the information it was also learned that the Ethiopian flag carrier will order yet more of this aircraft type, going by what the airline’s CEO said during the week: ‘We like the airplane, it is our future, we are going to order more and we are going to enjoy the benefits of this airplane. If Boeing can produce them then we will add more’.

The new aircraft was dogged with a series of problems on commercial launch, and suffered a global flight ban for nearly 3 months earlier this year following repeated malfunctions of the new Lithium Ion battery systems, which in several cases overheated and in at least one case caused a fire on an aircraft which had landed a short while earlier.

You see the problems of launching a new aircraft are not new. What is new is that every flicker in the cabin lights will be tweeted or posted on Facebook or appears on aviation blogs. I have been around long enough to remember the launch of other Boeing jets, the 747, the 757, the 767 or the 777. Back in those days it was the crews who reported issues to their airline and the airline then passed the details on to Boeing. Few passengers would ever know unless they were aviation insiders with a pipeline to those who had to know. Airlines and manufacturers learn about how their aircraft perform only when these aircraft fly on a regular daily basis. Test flights are done with a small fleet of aircraft and findings are discussed and implemented. But when you have 50 or 80 or more such aircraft flying under different conditions, the inflight information and data gives you information which test flights might not have captured. Therefore, I personally think that the B787 has percentage wise not more or less issues than any other brand new aircraft type launched in the past had. I fly on the B787 because it is safe and we use it in service because we are confident that the aircraft is safe’ added the source on condition of anonymity though willing to share his insight and experience.

Elsewhere in the region is Kenya Airways expecting to take delivery of their first B787 Dreamliner by March 2014. KQ has an order of 9 such aircraft pending and several purchase options which are expected to be converted to firm orders once the new aircraft have started to arrive in Nairobi. Watch this space for regular and breaking news from Eastern Africa’s vibrant aviation sector.

Zambia Tourism prepares to visit the Seychelles

ZAMBIA HEADING TO SEYCHELLES TO PUT LIVE INTO MOU

(Posted 31st August 2013)

The recently signed Memorandum of Understanding for closer cooperation in all matters concerning tourism, between Zambia and the Seychelles, will be filled with more life and concretized in coming weeks as a delegation from Lusaka is expected in Victoria for a bilateral meeting.

Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St. Ange, extended the invitation when meeting with Zambian Vice President Guy Scott who was accompanied by Zambia’s Minister for Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo and Zambia’s Foreign Minister Wilbur Simuusa.

During the 2013 Carnival International de Victoria was Zambia already represented by the Deputy Minister for Tourism and Art who led a delegation to the event and yet closer cooperation, even under the framework of the annual Carnival event, is now expected that the MoU has been signed.

Other areas of potential cooperation, beyond promoting twin centre holidays, will very likely be tourism training. The Seychelles Tourism Academy’s current expansion and transformation into a world class facility is well on course and it is foreseen that selected Zambian students will be able to secure study places in what must be the world’s most scenic tourism academy, overlooking parts of the island and the Indian Ocean from its high vantage point at La Misere.

Minister St. Ange during the meeting in Zambia, incidentally held while on a cruise on the Zambezi River, had this comment to share: ’Seychelles and Zambia complement each other in the world of tourism. The iconic and mighty Victoria Falls and the abundance of big game for memorable safaris and the unrivalled white sandy beaches of the mid-ocean tropical islands of the Seychelles and their big game fishing experience can be marketed as a unique holiday option for long haul travellers from Europe, the Americas, and Asia’.

(Minister St. Ange seen here with the Zambian delegation led by Vice President Guy Scott [seated])

Nominations are out for Good Safari Guide Awards 2014

GOOD SAFARI GUIDE RELEASES LISTINGS OF FINALISTS FOR 2014

(Posted 31st August 2013)

An extensive listing of nominees for the next round of the ‘Good Safari Guide’ awards is now out with lots of familiar names as well as new ones seeking to have their fame spread among those ever keen to find the best Africa has to offer. Leading by numbers of nominations are as expected Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with home boys Uganda only able to field two candidates, the Apoka Safari Lodge – located in CNN’s top rated Kidepo Valley National Park – and Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in Nkuringo / Bwindi. From neighbouring Rwanda only the Virunga Safari Lodge made it into the nomination ranks.

The full listing is shown below, allowing friends, supporters and aficionados of bespoke safari experiences to vote for their personal favourites:

The Good Safari Guide has sponsored these awards since inception in 1998. If you have experienced any of these safari lodges, camps and operators first hand, and wish to share your knowledge with us, we would be grateful if you could click on the name of the safari property or operator below and you will be taken to their voting/rating page at www.safariawards.com.

Thank you.

Rosanne Cobb (Editor) – The Good Safari Guide

African Horseback Safaris
Duba Plains Camp
Kanana Camp
Karibu Safari
Letaka Safaris
Motswiri Camp
Okavango Horse Safaris
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp
Selinda Camp
Selinda Canoe Trail
Selinda Explorers Camp
Zarafa Camp

Alfajiri Villas
Borana Lodge
Camp Tsavo
Chui Lodge
Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp
Delta Dunes Lodge
Driftwood Beach Club
Elephant Bedroom Camp
Encounter Mara Camp
Karen Blixen Camp
Karisia Walking Safaris
Keekorok Lodge
Kiangazi Safari House
Kicheche Laikipia Camp
Kicheche Valley
Kinondo Kwetu
Kipalo Camp
Lake Naivasha Country Club
Lion in the Sun
Mara Bushtops
Mara Explorer Luxury Tented Camp
Mara Intrepids
Mara Ngenche Tented Camp
Mara Plains Camp
Mara Toto Camp
Mara West Camp
Naibor Camp
Nigel Archer Safaris
Offbeat Riding Safaris
Ol Donyo Lodge
Ol Malo
Ol Seki Mara Camp
Porini Amboseli Camp
Richard’s Camp
Ride Kenya
Sabuk Lodge
Samburu Intrepids Camp
Sarara Tented Camp
Serian
Severin Safari Camp
Sirikoi Lodge
Sosian, Laikipia
Tassia Lodge
The Emakoko
The Funzi Keys
The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille
Tijara Beach


Kaya Mawa
Ndomo House


Azura at Quilalea
Azura Benguerra
Ibo Island Lodge
Londo Lodge
Lugenda Wilderness Camp
Machangulo Beach Lodge
Nuarro Luxury Eco Lodge
Vamizi Island


Okahirongo River Camp
The Mushara Lodge
Ultimate Safaris
Wolwedans Dunes Lodge


Virunga Safari Lodge


Amakhosi Safari Lodge
Ant’s Hill
Ant’s Nest
Bakubung Bush Lodge
Bartholomeus Klip
Chitwa House
Chitwa Private Game Lodge
Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway
De Zeekoe Guest Farm
Duma Manzi Eco Lodge & Spa
Etali Safari Lodge
Gondwana Game Reserve-Kwena Lodge
Gorah Elephant Camp
Grootbos Forest Lodge
Hamiltons Tented Camp
Horizon Horseback Adventures
Ichobezi Safari Boats
Inyati Game Lodge
Jamala Madikwe
Jembisa Bush Home
Karkloof Safari Spa
Kuzuko Lodge
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
Kwandwe Melton Manor
Kwandwe Uplands Homestead
Leobo Private Reserve
Limpopo Horse Safaris
Mabula Game Lodge
Mateya Safari Lodge
Molori Safari Lodge
Morukuru Family
Pondoro Game Lodge
Pumba Private Game Reserve & Spa
Royal Malewane
Three Trees at Spioenkop
Wait a Little Horse Safaris


Asanja Africa
Baraza Resort and Spa, Zanzibar
Beho Beho
Boutique Hotel Matlai, Zanzibar
Breezes Beach Club and Spa
Chem Chem Safari Lodge
Echo Beach Hotel
Eco Lodge Africa
Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp
Elewana Serengeti Pioneer Camp
Firelight Safaris
Fundu Lagoon
Gibb’s Farm
Greystoke Mahale
Kilindi Zanzibar
Lamai Serengeti
Lemala Ewanjan
Lemala Kuria Hills
Lemala Ngorongoro Luxury Camp
Machweo Wellness Retreat
Mbalageti Serengeti
Onsea House
Plantation Lodge
Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge
Sanctuary Kusini Camp
Sanctuary Swala Tented Camp
Selous Riverside Safari Camp
Serengeti Bushtops
Serian’s Serengeti North
Serian’s Serengeti South
Singita Faru Faru Lodge
Singita Sasakwa Lodge
Tarangire Safari Lodge
Tarangire Treetops
The African Tulip
The Manor at Ngorongoro
The Palms Zanzibar
The Retreat


Apoka Safari Lodge
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge


Chiawa Camp
Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust
Chongwe River Camp
Chongwe River House
Conservation Lower Zambezi
Kaingo Camp
Kapani Lodge
Lion Camp
Luangwa Safari House
Maramba River Lodge
Marula Lodge
McBrides Camp
Mchenja Bush Camp
Mwamba Bush Camp
Norman Carr Walking Safaris
Old Mondoro
Robin Pope Mobile Safaris
Royal Zambezi Lodge
Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
Sausage Tree Camp
Sindabezi Island
Tena Tena
Thornicroft Lodge
Tongabezi


Antelope Park
Bomani Tented Lodge
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
C. Brightman – Vic. Falls Anti Poaching
Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge
Chundu Island Camp
Elephant Camp
Imbalala Zambezi Safari Lodge
Ivory Lodge – Amalinda Collection
Singita Pamushana

The Good Safari Guide is dedicated to consolidating and sharing the knowledge of those who have been on safari with others planning their adventure. If that sounds like you, we would be grateful for your opinions, thoughts and suggestions at www.goodsafariguide.com and we welcome you to our global community.

The Good Safari Guide and The Safari Awards are independent media faithfully reporting news and reviews from the safari industry worldwide.

St. Ange hits the ground running by meeting Caribbean counterparts

MINISTER ST. ANGE HITS THE GROUND RUNNING

(Posted 31st August 2013)

No sooner was Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St. Ange, elected to the UNWTO Executive Committee, did he take advantage of the presence of tourism ministers from the Caribbean region, to discuss closer cooperation between their group, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Vanilla Islands Cooperation, which brings together the islands off the African continent. St. Ange was earlier this year re-elected as President of the Vanilla Island Cooperation and promptly promoted the idea to include other islands in the Indian Ocean, not part of the original group, to also be included. Launch members were La Reunion, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mayotte, Comoros and the Seychelles with Rodrigues, Nosy Bay, Praslin and La Digue coming on board next. St. Ange however set his sight much higher by inviting the Indian Ocean islands further off, such as the Maldives, Sri Lanka but notably also Zanzibar off the Tanzanian mainland as well as the Mozambiquean islands to become part of the group which primary objective is to promote inter island cooperation and joint marketing activities.

The two groups agreed in principle to organize a meeting alongside the next World Travel Market in London in November this year but until then will the Vanilla Islands Cooperation meet in La Reunion from September 10th to chart our their course forward. Said Minister St. Ange in an emailed communication to this correspondent when asked about the geographical challenges of getting his vision transformed into real cooperation: ‘Yes the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organisation sit on the other side of the world from each other, but our challenges remain the same. We are all small island developing states vulnerable from climate change phenomenon and dependent on availability of good, efficient and regular air access and need to meet as organisations and discuss joint actions to keep our respective islands relevant and visible’. When asked about the upcoming meeting of the Vanilla Island Cooperation Minister St. Ange then added: ‘This meeting will see for the first time representatives from Seychelles, La Reunion, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Mayotte joined by Maldives, Rodrigues of Mauritius, Nosy Bay of Madagascar, Praslin of the Seychelles and La Digue of the Seychelles. We need to work with our island brothers and sisters to take their USPs and make them the region’s USPs. We need to develop cruise ship itineraries that will offer the diversity of this region which encompasses Africa, India, the IOC (Indian Ocean Commission) Islands and Asia. We will be even more unique as a region when we work together as a region’.

When meeting his Caribbean counterparts, the Hon. Wykeham McNeill, Minister for Tourism and Entertainment of Jamaica, and the Hon. Stephen Cadiz, the Minister for Tourism of Trinidad & Tobago, Minister St. Ange was accompanied by La Reunion’s Pascal Viroleau, CEO of the La Reunion Island Tourism.

(Jamaica’s Minister for Tourism Hon. McNeill and Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism Alain St. Ange)

Kigali launches new city transport system today

NEW TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR KIGALI LAUNCHES TODAY

(Posted 30th August 2013)

The City of Kigali will today launch their new public transport system. Three tender winning transport companies will operate their busses across four different ‘zones’ spread over the city while the central business district is the only area accessed by all bus companies. The three operators, now holding a 5 year contract, are obliged to offer services every day, irrespective of workdays, weekends or public holidays from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.

The new system is aimed to decongest the city and provide reliable services for residents but also visitors wanting to use public transport as opposed to the more expensive use of taxis.

It could not be ascertained however if the international airport will be part of the destinations offered by the three bus companies, though all the main bus parks, in particular the one where long distance busses across Rwanda and into the wider region like Uganda begin and end their journeys, are ‘connected’ to the new city bus routes. Rwanda, once more taking the lead – well done.

Seychelles News Briefs

SEYCHELLES NEWS BRIEFS

(Posted 30th August 2013)

The Seychelles’ first privately owned and operated FM radio station, Pure FM, will take this morning to the airwaves across the main island of Mahe, across Praslin, La Digue and some of the inner islands. Broadcasting on a 24 / 7 basis the new station will use frequencies from 90.0 over 90.7 to 95.7 MHz but will also be available through their web service via www.purefm.sc for Seychellois abroad and the many friends the archipelago has overseas.

Pure FM has been described as a ‘full service station’ offering news broadcasts, sports bulletins, general island information and of course plenty of music, interspersed by the financially all important commercials.

Meanwhile was information received that the island of Praslin has received an additional large backup generator to be used in case of failure of one of the other units presently in use and in particular while maintenance and overhaul works are going on over the next few week.

And in final news is the Annual General Meeting of the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation taking place at the International Conference Centre in Victoria, where our very own Ugandan Inspector General of Police, Lt. General Kale Kayihura, handed over the instruments of office as outgoing chairman to the Seychelles’ Police Commissioner Quatre. Over 60 delegates had come to the Seychelles for a series of meetings in which increased cooperation, data and intelligence sharing and mutual logistical support were discussed. The Annual General Meeting of EAPCCO was officially opened by the Seychelles Vice President Danny Faure, holding fort at home while President James Alix Michel is on a State Visit to Vietnam.

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