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SAA Travel Trade Fares – South Africa Tourism Conferences


(Posted 17th February 2017)

South African Airways Offers Special Travel Industry Fares for 2017 Tourism Shows in South Africa
Conference Delegates Can Benefit From Affordable Fares for Travel to
Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Destinations throughout Africa

South African Airways, the national carrier of South Africa is once again offering special travel industry fares for upcoming tourism conferences in South Africa.
The 2017 travel trade fares are being offered from North America for travel industry delegates that are attending the World Travel Market – Africa April 19th to 21st, with International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM-Africa) April 21st to 23rd and We Are Africa May 01st to 04th, all hosted in Cape Town. Indaba, Africa’s premier and longest- running travel show, hosted by South African Tourism, will be held in Durban from May 16th to 18th.

These special fares start from $519.00* (restrictions apply) for Economy Class and $4,619.00* (restrictions apply) for Business Class travel round-trip from New York-JFK Airport or Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Cape Town or Durban, with fares slightly lower for travel to Johannesburg. Special low add-on fares are also available to select destinations on SAA’s extensive route network throughout Southern and East Africa to give delegates an opportunity to travel around the region to explore and experience the beauty, culture and wildlife of Africa on pre and post conference tours.

As the leading airline to South Africa, one of SAA’s missions is to assist in fostering the development of tourism to the region through the promotion of these upcoming travel industry events‘ said Stroebel Bekker, Vice President Sales – North America for South African Airways. ‘We are pleased to offer these special fares to our Travel Partners and industry colleagues to provide them with an affordable way to travel to these conferences to learn more about selling Africa and the new business opportunities for further developing tourism to the continent. With the very favorable exchange rate for the U.S. Dollar, now is a great time for travel professionals to not only visit Africa for themselves, but to sell an African vacation of a lifetime to their clients‘.

South African Airways offer the most services from the U.S. to South Africa, with the only daily nonstop service from New York-JFK Airport and daily direct service from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Johannesburg. As one of the world’s most awarded airlines, SAA has been named “Best Airline in Africa” for 14 consecutive years by Skytrax and has received numerous honors from leading travel publications in the U.S.
With fully-flat bed seats in Premium Business Class, industry-leading legroom in Economy Class, sumptuous cuisine and award-winning complimentary South African wines, SAA provides an in-flight experience designed for pure comfort. Individual audio & video entertainment systems deliver an extensive selection of first-run movie and music choices.
From its Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to cities and destinations across the African continent and the Indian Ocean islands, including South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

*Fares all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. The $519.00 fare for Economy Class and $4,619 fare for Business Class is valid for travel from New York-JFK or Washington, DC-IAD to Cape Town and Durban, with slightly lower fares to Johannesburg. Applicable to selected SAA destinations with flight # range 001-999 for round-trip or open-jaw travel only. SAA must be used on the transatlantic sectors in order to qualify for the domestic / regional add-on fares within Africa. Travel must originate from JFK or IAD only between April 19 and May 17, 2017, and return travel completed no later than May 31, 2017. A minimum stay of three days is required and must include at least one of the conference dates. Tickets must be purchased within five days of reservation being made or 14 days prior to departure, whichever comes first. Cancellations before departure will be assessed a $300.00 service charge and after departure the ticket is non-refundable. Date change fee: $150 + any applicable fare difference. Child and other discounts do not apply to these fares. Seats are limited at these fares, but other low fares may also be available. Baggage and optional service fees may apply. Fares available for travel agents with a valid IATAN identification card and other conference delegates will valid registration for ILTM-Africa, We Are Africa and/or Indaba.


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Lillian Gaitho’s weekend thoughts this week focus on kids activities in Nairobi

Six Kid Activities for Nairobi Weekends

Long or short, weekends make for a special time to bond with our children, after a weeklong of early mornings and late evenings for both working parents and school going tots. As special as lazing on the couch, catching up over special family-kitchen treats and napping for rest can be; there are great benefits to reap from taking children outdoors to socialize as well as engage in physical activities for wellness. Here are a number of activities from the Jumia Travel advisors, that you can enjoy with your little ones.

Rock Climbing at Diamond Plaza

The three meter wall gladly offers a beginner’s challenge for climbing enthusiasts and is the first of it’s kind in the East African region. The best bit about this experience is that you can all take up the challenge as a family, or can opt to have some of you as cheerleaders as the willing ones scale the height. This offers a great outdoor activity, as well as an opportunity to instill moral teachings on discipline and focus.

Feeding baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Orphanage

The David Sheldrick Orphanage is a sanctuary for orphaned elephants, also located along Lang’ata road, in the Nairobi National Park. The center is home to orphaned elephants, rhinos and most recently hippos-offering them a foster home before finally being reintegrated into the wild. Best time to visit is between 11 am to noon, when the babies come for their mud bath, play time, and bottle feeding.

Indoor ice skating at Panari Hotel

Yet another of East Africa’s first, the 15,000 square feet ice rink offers an experience of it’s own kind. Usually, professional instructors are present throughout the sessions to ensure safety, as well as give needed assistance to the beginners. Lessons for those seeking to go pro are also available, and so is a recommendable gateway to kick starting not just a hobby, but also to nurture talent which could turn into professional career. The ice rink is open everyday, compete with other assorted activities offered by the Panari Hotel on Mombasa road.

GP-Karting in Langa’ta

This is definitely for thrill seekers, and the bold at heart who thirst for an adrenaline rush once in awhile. Located at the Splash, off Lang’ata road and next to the Carnivore is the circuit track where the races are hosted. If this is not for any of your family members, there is paintballing as well as water activities that you can engage in.

Row and sail away at Uhuru park

This was the hallmark of our young days; splattering our little feet up and down the little island at Uhuru Park, feeding the gaily fish with bread crumbs and watching with so much excitement as they all appreciated the little feast, and finally posing for that one photo that loudly put you on the “been there, done that” wall of fame. The nostalgia will definitely catch up, and if it’s your first time, then you will no doubt appreciate the calmness and simplicity of life.

Get lost and found at Paradise Lost

So, you have that bevy of kids who have different energies, are all interested in totally different adventures and cannot be contained in one place? Well, then head to Kiambu road for an all-under-one-roof kind of weekend. Paradise lost, just a few kilometers from the city center will play a perfect match to your needs. Explore the century old caves, enjoy refreshing picnics by the lake, take up camel rides, face painting and nature walks all at the same location.

By Lillian Gaitho

Jumia Travel

Balala opens Safarilink lounge for direct boarding access


(Posted 17th February 2017)

It was Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala who earlier today formally commissioned the Safarilink lounge, now granting direct access to the airline’s aircraft for boarding.
Previously, come rain or shine, were passengers compelled to use the KAA security gate but with all regulatory approvals now in place – long as it took – can the airline finally cash in on their investment in scanners and other equipment, plus staff training, worth over 10 million Kenya Shillings.

(Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala greeted by Safarilink’s CEO Mr. John Buckley earlier today when he officially launched the new boarding lounge)

Safarilink has over the years steadily grown and operates a fleet of Cessna C208B Grand Caravans and now two Bombardier Dash 8’s. The latest addition, a Dash 8-300 is already in service while the sistership, a Dash 8-100 is undergoing heavy maintenance but expected to return to service before the end of the month.
Passengers booked with Safarilink are as of today able to board their aircraft to such destinations as Kitale, Lodwar but also Lamu, Ukunda and Vipingo, besides almost all of the national parks directly from the lounge, after undergoing a full security check on entrance into the check in area where all bags and passengers must undergo scanning in line with global safety standards.
The lounge offers space for as many as 100 passengers at a time. A full range snack and drink service coffee shop is available at the airside for tea, soft drinks and a range of sandwiches and light meals. Notably have passengers, while waiting for their flight to be called, access to free high speed WiFi in the lounge.

Rainbow Airlines now eyes Johannesburg route after Victoria Falls


(Posted 17th February 2017)

After making its inaugural flight from Harare to Victoria Falls on the 26th of January has Rainbow now given the clearest indication yet that services to Johannesburg will be launched in the space of the next few days.
The new start up airline currently serves Victoria Falls three times a week and intends to also fly three times a week to Johannesburg, every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
It is understood that a second Bombardier CRJ100 is due to join the fleet before the middle of the year to then expand flights to both destinations. Applications for flights into the wider region are pending including services to Durban, Cape Town, Lubumbashi / Kinshasa, Maputo and Nairobi, Domestic flights were also mentioned as a target, such as Kariba and Bulawayo among others.

The new airline is reportedly 100 percent Zimbabwean owned and the CEO of the airline is Mr. Ed Berry, who is with other accountable managers based in Harare.

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