Archive for February 14th, 2017

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates


BON Hotels adds tenth property to their Nigerian portfolio Construction Review Online
BON Hotels which is a hospitality company that possesses, manages and markets hotels throughout the growing African region has recently added a tenth property to their Nigerian portfolio…. Read more>>

Hospitality sector gears up for Africa aviation summit 2017 The Herald
The event is part of the Aviation Africa series launched a couple of years ago. The initiative seeks to foster dialogue and build sustainable networks in the continent’s aviation sector supply chain…. Read more>>

Zimbabwe Tourism set to train local exhibitors ahead of Sanganai


(Posted 14th February 2017)

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority will be conducting exhibitor training workshops on exhibitor participation ahead of the Sanganai/Hlanganani 2017 World Tourism Expo in Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and Nyanga at the end of February 2017. The training programmes are meant to assist exhibitors on how they can maximise value out of their business exchange and interactions with international buyers during Sanganai/Hlanganani.

The training which will cover, marketing (exhibition planning, exhibition strategy and stand designs), speed dating sessions, package development, experiences from the best, negotiation and closing of sales contracts will be undertaken by ZITF, ZTA and a few renowned operators with vast international tourism experience.

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority is urging all interested persons who have been registered for Sanganai/Hlanganani 2017 to revert by return mail to enable ZTA to ascertain the number of exhibitors required to receive this crucial training. Attached is the booking form for Sanganai/Hlanganani 2017.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Director- National Convention Bureau – Mrs Tesa Chikaponya on e-mail: ncb or telephone: +263 772 417 723.

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I Love, Love, Love Africa!

Travel Africa Magazine says they Love Love Love Africa … and not only on Valentine’s Day

Jambo! Thank you so much for the amazing response we had to our new Travel Africa Extra, its been fantastic to hear from so many people and to get a better idea of what you’d like to read about. All your feedback is very much appreciated! Our next Extra will be published on February 28th, and we’ve got some cracking content lined up for you…

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one that you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

Shots in the dark

We’re half-way through a lengthy 18-hour stretch in a hide in the bush in South Africa’s game-rich KwaZulu-Natal province. It’s midnight, pitch-black, and we’re still at our posts. You need to suffer for your art, right?

If this is suffering, bring it on. We’re in comfy, executive-style chairs, cameras secure on sturdy tripods, washing down chicken pies from the reserve’s lodge, reheated in the microwave here, with a couple of cold beers from the fridge, while checking our email and catching up on world news. Yes, this hide even has wi-fi and the connection’s way faster than at home.

Ann & Steve Toon go on the photographer’s dream safari at South Africa’s Zimanga Game Reserve.

Africa’s best beaches

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

Serengeti moments

Wildlife photographer Lou Coetzer was so excited about his recent visit to the Serengeti that we asked him to share some of his images. In particular he enthused about how zebras seemed so much more astute about the river crossings than the wildebeest. And, of course, great big cat sightings… Capturing such moments on camera well requires great technical skill, and Lou is a master.

Protecting cranes

The grey crowned-crane is an endangered species in Rwanda, with the population falling by 80 per cent in the past 45 years. Dr Olivier Nsengimana is trying to rehabilitate the birds and return them to the wild.

Boots on the ground

How do you explore a country only slightly larger than the Tokyo Metropolitan Area? Try walking across the Kingdom of Swaziland, Africa’s smallest country, often referred to as the "nutshell nation".

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Joan Wandegi Nthiga shares her thoughts on the Laikipia Land Invasions


Laikipia is not a bad place. Residents here are among the most diverse of any Kenyan county. People who choose to live here are often a little bit on the “adventurous” side. They take risks as they live alongside wildlife. They like the big spaces of this high plateau. They take on the challenges of business, ranching, and agriculture on big and small lands.

More recently, tourism has come to figure prominently in our economy. We offer some of the best tourism products in the Country. We’re also good at growing grass and ranching. And as a result, our wildlife populations have thrived. Right now we seem to be feeding the livestock of Isiolo County (25,336 square kilometres), Samburu County (21,000 square kilometres), and Baringo County (8,655 square kilometres). We are 9,700 square kilometres in size. That’s about 2.4 million acres.
And for us, it’s all about land use.

  • Large ranches of mixed African and European origins own 37% of Laikipia.
  • Areas under pastoralists occupation or ownership include 32% of Laikipia
  • 21% of the land of Laikipia is owned by small-holder agriculturists
  • 10% of the land is under municipalities, towns, villages, or trading centres.

These are the facts. Not those being peddled by newspapers and politicians.

Laikipia is hurting right now. We are facing a set of challenges that presently outstrip our capacity to join together and to help each other. We are being challenged by powers we can’t see or that we ignore; and by politicians that play with our heads and our land.
It’s not about who owns the land. It’s about how we share access and use of natural resources – grass, water and wildlife – while respecting each other, healthy lands and good land use.

We are losing our vision of Laikipia – our unity in purpose, our strength in diversity, and our ability to listen and support each other through good and bad times.
No one really knows the number of immigrant herders in Laikipia, and no one really knows the number of illegal cows. Illegal cattle numbers in the press are based on an LWF funded sample survey conducted in April 2016. There are more cows illegally in Laikipia now than in April 2016. That’s a fact. There are also more sheep and goats than in April. But again, the actual numbers are imprecise.

The number of immigrant herders are also a guess. No one has really counted the number of herders. The press is guessing when they write, “10,000”. The number of guns on this landscape is equally unknown.

Livestock and people have always entered Laikipia. Some legally. Some illegally. We have always accommodated each other. Sometimes easily and sometimes begrudgingly. But now the situation has changed. Why the violence? Why the looting? Why the killing of livestock, pets, and wildlife? Why the destruction of property? What’s to be gained? There is nothing to be gained. Anger and resentment are running high. Kenyans are dying on both sides of the fence. And fences aren’t working! Violence cannot continue. Confrontation cannot work. Moranis must put away their guns. Police must put away their guns. This is a pre-requisite for discussions. Guns don’t listen; people do.

Here’s our suggestion:

1. You must engage with all of your neighbours. All of them. Not just those you like.
2. Dialog, dialog, dialog……………Don’t like it? Find someone that does, but talk. This is the only way we will work out a solution. It’s one of Laikipia’s land use transaction costs, and what makes us a success if we’re to be successful.
3. We all come to a meeting with a pre-determined agenda. Learn to listen and adapt. Compromise is not a sign of weakness.
4. Our immediate future lies with assisting people in our neighbourhoods to become better custodians of the land. Rangelands management and rehabilitation in these communities are key to our livestock, livelihoods and wildlife.
5. Our future lies in assisting our neighbours to the north and west. The grasslands of these areas are almost ruined. There is still hope in that soil, but we must act now. We will work with NRT and whoever else is chosen to grow grass with communities and conservancies who have so far failed to grow grass successfully and in the amounts that are needed.
6. Livestock management. Simple right? Learn to manage the land using livestock and understand what is meant by the capacity of the land to carry the impact of livestock numbers. Ofcourse Laikipia can help with livestock fattening and markets.
7. Work with communities and conservancies on group ranches and trust lands to register their lands under the new Community Land Act. While this ACT waits for implementing regulations, we can still work to prepare these areas to prepare for security of tenure.

All our communities, our children, our parents, all our residents, and all our businesses are the victim of any aggression. The only way forward is Dialog. Let’s discover peace now, before it’s too late.

For additional comments on this subject please contact the Executive Director Peter E. Hetz on peter.hetz

Best Regards,

Joan Wandegi Nthiga

Communications Specialist

Laikipia Wildlife Forum

Office Cell: +254 726 500 260



Candidate St. Ange – live from London today


(Posted 14th February 2017)

Ethical, clean and fair‘ are words used when describing Alain St. Ange’s campaign approach as the countdown continues towards the May elections for a successor of Dr. Taleb Rifai, who after two terms is not eligible to seek re-election.St. Ange has vowed to keep the moral high ground as others resorted to what has been said are ‘strange campaign measures unfit for someone seeking such high office‘.

Today is Alain in London and will be live on several news stations, including having interviews with Sky News’ Adam Bolton, CNN’s Richard Quest though he is also due to appear on the BBC’s Focus on Africa later. Clearly it does not come any better and going by the word from the grapevine, will St. Ange make an appearance at the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo in Kampala, where the entire association and national tourism offices leadership will assemble for a pre-show meeting.

Alain St.Ange, United Nations World Tourism Organisation Secretary General candidate and former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine goes LIVE from London!

Tune in on Tuesday 14.02.17 to find out Alain St.Ange’s intent and measures he intends to introduce should he become elected as the new SG of the UNWTO.

Find out more here:

Tuesday 14th February 2017

SKY News
10:45 GMT
Watch Alain St.Ange LIVE interview with Adam Boulton in his All About Politics show

BBC Worldwide Service Radio
17:00-18:00 GMT
Listen to Alain St.Ange LIVE interview with host Akwsai Sarpong on the BBC Focus on Africa show

21:00 GMT
Watch Alain St.Ange LIVE interview with Richard Quest on the Quest Means Business Show

Amuka Lodge gets new manager


(Posted 14th February 2017)

The Amuka Safari Lodge, located on the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – the only place in Uganda where rhinos can be seen in the wild – has confirmed the appointment of Erna van den Doel as their new manager.


Visitors to Amuka can book all sanctuary activities, like rhino tracking, shoebill stork tracking, guided nature and bird walks and of late even night walks – all accompanied by well trained rangers and guides – as the lodge is just a few minutes drive from the sanctuary head office from where all the excursions start.

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The lodge, persistently rated by TripAdvisor as the best speciality accommodation facility in the Masindi area – number one out of four ranked – was initially constructed in 2010 and expanded and upgraded three years later.
The cottages, offering both twin and double beds, are, while not luxurious, providing all the needed creature comfort while the food is inspired by home cooking, prepared literally in front of the visitors in the open plan kitchen adjoining the restaurant. Highlight no doubt, especially during the hot dry season, is the lodge’s swimming pool which helps cool down after a long day out in the bush tracking rhinos or seeking out birds.
Erna has been in Uganda a few times before as a visitor and in her own words is very much relishing the challenge and opportunity to raise Amuka’s profile and have more guests stay over before or after seeing some of the 19 rhinos now found on the sanctuary.
According to Angie Genade, Executive Director of the Rhino Fund and the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, is one more birth expected this year while for 2018 as many as five births are predicted, the highest number yet.
This firmly underscores the success of the breeding project initiated by the Rhino Fund Uganda when it set out to raise funds in 2001 to construct the sanctuary infrastructure. Initially dismissed as a castle in the air, then often ignored even by other East African rhino conservation groups, has Ziwa almost single handedly seen numbers rise from an initial four adult rhinos to 19, with the loss of only one still born calf and one adolescent who died of wounds sustained after a fight with the predominant bull, despite immediate veterinary assistance. The reproduction rate has been described as phenomenal, in part induced by a suitable habitat, excellent care by the sanctuary team and the best of security measures to protect the animals.
Recently renovated does the sanctuary head office now shine again as new, arguably the best such facility in the entire Ugandan conservation set up.

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