Archive for March 8th, 2017

News from ‘Further Down South’

MORE NEWS FROM ZAMBIA AND ZIMBABWE AND BEYOND

(Posted 08th March 2017)

Thanks once again to Gill Staden for her tireless efforts to bring us news from her part of Africa.

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Inside

It keeps raining

Livingstone Business Directory

New Dog Unit for Lusaka

More Solar Power

Kasama Clean-up

Driving Liuwa in the Rains

Bangweulu Wetland and their Shoebills

Concerns over Lake Tanganyika Exploration

Permit required for Drone Use

Earthquake in northern Zambia

Dogs help Cheetah research

Ginger, the lion, in Luangwa

Zambia to pay for Kariba Dam Repairs

Airlink flights to Vic Falls

Wildlife relocation to Mozambique

Bogged down in Kazuma

Solar panels stolen in Zambezi National Park

Man killed by elephant after organising his selfie

Dereck and Beverly Joubert injured by buffalo in the Okavango

Orphaned elephant rescued in northern Botswana

Brown Hyena pics in Namibia

South Africa rescues donkeys

Giant Rats help pangolins

Just one video clip this time:

Tech Insider UK

November 24, 2016 ·

This portable turbine turns a river’s energy into power for your home.

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Air Seychelles’ new Duesseldorf flights make waves in Germany

AIR SEYCHELLES NEW DÜSSELDORF FLIGHTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

(Posted 08th March 2017)

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, hosted a media conference in the German capital Berlin today as part of the run-up to the upcoming launch of its Düsseldorf service.

Set to commence on 30th of March, the twice-weekly service is being showcased at ITB Berlin, the largest annual tourism fair in the world, which kicked off this morning and is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors.

The press conference panel was headed by Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Seychelles, who was joined by Thomas Schnalke, CEO of Düsseldorf Airport, Goetz Ahmelmann, Chief Commercial Officer at airberlin and Sherin Francis, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board.

Roy Kinnear, CEO of Air Seychelles, said: ‘In just three weeks’ time Air Seychelles will begin serving the great city of Düsseldorf, connecting our one-of-a-kind tropical islands to Germany. The excitement is building quickly and ITB Berlin, as the biggest travel exhibition in the world, is the perfect event to meet the future holidaymakers who will be flying with us. We are working closely with our partners, especially airberlin and the Seychelles Tourism Board, on a collaborative approach to make our new air link from Germany a success‘.

Thomas Schnalke, CEO of Düsseldorf Airport, responded when he said: ‘We are all looking forward to welcoming Air Seychelles to Düsseldorf Airport on the morning of 31 March, 2017. We feel honoured that Air Seychelles has chosen Düsseldorf as their second destination in Europe. The Seychelles archipelago is a popular leisure destination in Germany and we are sure the service will be well-received by the millions of travellers that fly out of Düsseldorf every year‘.

Goetz Ahmelmann, Chief Commercial Officer at airberlin then added: ‘airberlin has built a strong and valuable relationship with Air Seychelles since we signed a codeshare agreement in 2013, and will be working together to offer our mutual guests fantastic connections to Mahé and other points in Seychelles and the Indian Ocean via Düsseldorf from a number of domestic points in Germany and Switzerland‘.

Sherin Francis, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board completed the responses when she added: ‘Everyone in the Seychelles tourism sector is eagerly anticipating the launch of non-stop flights from Düsseldorf, which will offer convenient travel options to one of our most important tourism markets. Last year nearly 39,500 people from Germany set foot on our shores, and we are sure our national airline’s new service will boost these numbers further‘.

During ITB Berlin, which runs from 08th until 12th of March, Air Seychelles will have a presence at both the Seychelles Tourism Board and the airberlin stand, where visitors will be able to meet cabin crew and learn more about the airline’s travel offering.

In addition, Air Seychelles and the Seychelles Tourism Board will co-host a cocktail reception for travel, trade and media representatives at the official Seychelles stand tomorrow, 9 March.

The Air Seychelles service between Düsseldorf and Seychelles will be operated on a wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft with 18 Business Class and 236 Economy Class seats.

Flight schedule for Düsseldorf flights, commencing 30 March:

Flight No. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Day Aircraft
HM14 Seychelles (SEZ) 21:55 Düsseldorf (DUS) 06:10 (+1) Thursday, Sunday Airbus A330
HM15 Düsseldorf (DUS) 19:55 Seychelles (SEZ) 08:00 (+1) Monday, Friday Airbus A330

*All departures and arrivals above are listed in local time.

Revised 2017 flight schedule and tariffs for Coastal Aviation in Tanzania

Coastal Aviation publishes revised tariffs and schedule changes

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Coastal Aviation’s latest schedule release is online!

Download the revised schedule and price list for flights beyond the 1st of June 2017.

For your convenience New Flights, Recent Updates, Fast Class Flights, Shared Charters and Inducement Flights have been highlighted by a color code which allows an easier identification of the updates.

In particular the changes introduced in this edition are:

  • the Serengeti – Mara connection has doubled, in partnership with AirKenya and Safarilink.
    Flights connecting with AirKenya are listed to/from Tarime. Flights connecting with Safarilink are listed to/from Migori, as usual, because they include the transfer across the border.
  • the new Arusha – Serengeti – Ruaha – Zanzibar – Dar FAST CLASS flight
  • a new flight has been added (CQ207) from Manyara to the Migration Capital at 09:45 hrs. It replaces the later flight at 11:30 hrs (CQ241) whenever available.
  • Tarangire / Kuro has become a possible stop departing Arusha also at 07:45 hrs (CQ201)
  • the flight out of Kilimanjaro at 14:30 hrs (CQ261) has been postponed to 15:15 hrs
  • the flight out of Dar at 16:30 hrs (CQ137) arrives 40 minutes earlier in Arusha (17:40 hrs), because it will be operated by a faster PC12
  • Dolly for KiliGolf’s stop added on the flights out of Dar at 08:30 hrs (CQ135), out of Arusha at 07:45 hrs (CQ201), out of Serengeti at 10:45 hrs (CQ202) and 16:45 hrs (CQ262)

For more information you can also download and check our useful route description, that highlights in detail our services.

Download both files here!

Best regards

The Coastal Flying Safari Team

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Ol Pejeta ‘Escapes’ …

March on Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Welcome back to Ol Pejeta Escapes. We have some amazing specials for the month of March. Don’t miss out.

THE SAFARI SHUTTLE IS RUNNING AGAIN

Back by popular demand, Ol Pejeta’s Safari Shuttle allows you to spend a day on the Conservancy and enjoy the wildlife and many attractions Ol Pejeta has to offer without having to worry about transport and fuel cost. Departing every Sunday from Nanyuki at 11am, the Safari Shuttle will run the whole month of March. Learn more or call us on 0707 187 141 to book.

Safari Shuttle

50% OFF FOR KIDS AT THE STABLES

During the month of March, kids go half price at The Stables. The Stables offers basic but comfortable accommodation facilities. With a full board nightly fee of just $45, we offer great value for money.
>> Contact us on  info@olpejetaconservancy.org

The Stables @ Ol Pejeta

3 NIGHTS FOR 2 AT PELICAN HOUSE

Pay for 2 nights and get the 3rd one free at Pelican House this entire month.
Offer valid for citizens and residents only.
>> Contact us on  info@olpejetaconservancy.org

Pelican House

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

OL PEJETA BUSH CAMP – Rates valid the entire month of March and April

Non-resident: US$460 per person sharing per night – 01 Mar – 31 Mar, US$400 per person sharing per night – 1- 30 April. This includes full board accommodation, all drinks (except premium), scheduled day & night game drives, guided walks, sundowners, bush breakfasts, transfers to/from Nanyuki airstrip and laundry service.

Resident: US$250.00 per person sharing per night – 1 Mar – 30 Apr. This includes full board accommodation, all drinks (except champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits), scheduled game drives, sundowners, bush breakfasts, laundry service, a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and feeding Baraka the blind rhino.

Visit info@asiliaafrica.com or reservations@asiliaafrica.com

Safari Cottages

SAFARI COTTAGES – A 20% reduction in residents rates

Amazing offer at the Safari Cottages this month for residents:

  • Accommodation only: Ksh 9,900
  • Full board (3 meals per day, mineral water, tea, coffee and soft drinks): Ksh 14,900
  • Fully inclusive (game drives, meals tea, coffee and soft drinks): Ksh 19,900

Conservancy fee and vehicle entry fee not included. These are payable at the gate on entry. Children Under 12 half price and under 3 stay free of charge

Visit  info@thesafaricottages.com

Sweetwaters Serena Camp, Ol Pejeta Conservancy

OL PEJETA HOUSE & SWEETWATERS SERENA CAMP – EAST AFRICAN RESIDENTS RATES

Sweetwaters Serena Camp – Ksh 9,900 per person per night on full board basis.
Morani Wing and Ol Pejeta House – Ksh 12,500 per person per night on full board basis.

For more information please contact Serena Sales Centre on  cro@serena.co.ke or sales@serena.co.ke

MUTARA TENTED CAMP

PORINI RHINO CAMP

Porini Rhino Camp Non-Resident Specials: (Valid for stays up to 15th April 2017)
FREE Night at Porini Rhino Camp – Book two nights at Porini Rhino Camp and stay a 3rd night absolutely FREE

The above rate is an all inclusive price based on per person sharing in a twin or double tent per night.

No Single Room Supplement – Lone travellers can take advantage of our special offer of NO Single Room Supplement for sole use of a tent at Porini Camps and the Nairobi Tented Camp. Valid for stays between 19th up to 15th April 2017.

Rates include:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the romance of the wilderness
  • FREE drinks ranging from mineral water, soft drinks, juice, house wine, beer, gin & tonic
  • Exciting and anticipating day and night game drives (in a shared 4×4 open sided vehicle) searching for the roaring king, and going after the elusive serval cat…
  • Fun nature walks escorted by Maasai warriors, kids learn how to throw the spear and light a fire like the warriors do.
  • A touching visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Baraka the Blind Rhino when staying at Porini Rhino Camp; A lot of kids activities too.
  • Nanyuki Airstrip transfers upon arrival and departure from Porini Rhino Camp.

Rate excludes:

  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy fees. Self drive clients can pay at the gate entrance
  • Entry to the Endangered Species Boma at Ol Pejeta

Visit  info@gamewatchers.co.ke

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Let’s get this show on the road

The Travel Africa Magazine says: Let’s get this show on the road

Jambo! Whether you’re a reader, a traveler or an adventurer, these blogs may just give you the inspiration and information you need to explore your next destination!

Let’s get this show on the road

Phil Clisby recounts a recent(ish) self-drive trip around Namibia, accompanied by his soon-to-be-wife and two-year-old son. In part one, he journeys from Windhoek to Sossusvlei via Erongo and Swakopmund

It’s hot. And I’m sweating profusely, despite the air con. A complete contrast to the freezing December weather we left behind in the UK; our winter coats thrown into the depths of the boot of our 4WD, to be left unseen for the next two weeks.

We drive out of Windhoek, heading for the wilderness of Erongo. After a couple of hours easy travelling on smooth tarmac we turn off the highway on to gravel, for our first experience of off-roading. We soon get the hang of it, skipping across the surface at a good lick, so as not to feel every bump and divot.

After 10km of dust flying in our wake – having belatedly remembered to close all the windows first – we reach the entrance to Erongo Wilderness Lodge. A sign informs us that the lodge is 800m up a very steep hill.

We take a deep breath, engage 4WD, slam our trusty steed into first gear and make our way up the slope at a speed that resembles that of a 180-year-old tortoise; the vehicle rocking as if we are on a boat, as we crawl up the somewhat uneven track.

Read the full blog to discover the best way to catch rock hyrax, why you should be careful where your dog has a wee and the benefits of an indecent proposal

How will Donald Trump’s presidency affect African tourism?

Do you remember that old children’s song where Nellie the Elephant lost her trunk and cried for help with a “trumpety trump”? The million dollar question is: did her “trumpety trumping” make things better or worse? I ask the same question: will a Trump president make things better or worse for African tourism? Read more…

Take a walk on the wild side

Trekking in wildlife reserves in Africa is a truly memorable experience. The Kingdom of Swaziland positively encourages people to explore its game parks, of course only those that have do not have any of the Big 5 – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. Escape mass tourism and discover real Africa on foot. Read more…

Highlights for our next edition of Travel Africa magazine include:

  • A practical guide to help you plan your trip to Zambia’s Luangwa Valley
  • Bush skills and bushmen trackers in Botswana’s Central Kalahari GR
  • All you need to know about self-drive in Namibia
  • Ten secret parks for wildlife enthusiasts in South Africa
  • Child-friendly spots along Kenya’s coast
  • High adventures in Uganda’s Jinja
  • The benefits of responsible tourism in Malawi
  • Stunning photographs of Morocco’s saffron industry… plus so much more

Subscriber copies of the Spring edition (78) will be mailed out at the end of March, sosubscribe today if you’d love to get your hands on a copy!

A quick reminder that we’ve teamed up with Silverfox Travel & Outdoors www.traveloutdoors.co.uk to bring you the chance to win one of three travel bundles worth more than GB£100 each! Each bundle includes a pocket blanket, a portable charging device, a travel adaptor, a trekking towel, two Water-to-Go bottles and a flight bottle set, all packed up in an Osprey Daylite daysack – its a great bundle, and one could be yours if you subscribe or renew your subscription for two years or more by the 24th of March, 2017. (You only NEED to renew your subscription if you’ve received a letter in the mail from us, but if you haven’t had a letter you’re still welcome to renew in order to enter the competition – your call!)

Subscribe, extend or renew your print subscription by clicking here

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St. Patricks Day at The Dragons Den

The Nesbitt Castle set to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Dragons Den

One of my favourite places in Zimbabwe, just at the outskirts of Bulawayo, intends to paint the castle green
for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day … So if you are in the neighbourhood, don’t miss this party …

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The following events are happening in the near future at The Nesbitt Castle. Make sure you do not miss out! Click on the event images below to go to our website for more details on these events.
Come party like the Irish!! St. Patricks Day at The Dragons Den!
Lots of green “juice” and Pizza from The Pizza Den!!

Mandy Mash live at the vocals!

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Austria reduces Air Travel Tax by half as other countries drag their feet

IATA APPLAUDS CUT IN AUSTRIAN AIR TRAVEL TAXWHILE IN AFRICA THE COST OF TICKETS REMAINS SKY HIGH


(Posted 08th March 2017)

IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the announcement that the Austrian Air Travel Tax will be halved from 01st of January 2018.

The Austrian Ministers Council confirmed that the decision was taken to increase the attractiveness of Austria as a business and tourism destination, to secure the future of Vienna airport as an international aviation hub and to create jobs and increase economic development.

In cutting its travel tax, the Austrian government has taken an important step in the right direction. This is great news for Austrian air travelers and for everyone thinking of visiting Austria for tourism or business. Other countries should take note, particularly Germany and the UK, which continue to heavily tax air passengers. In fact, the UK Chancellor has an opportunity in today’s budget statement to signal that Britain is open for business with a major cut in UK Air Passenger Duty‘ said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

The new structure of the Austrian tax will be €3.50 for short haul, €7.50 for medium haul, and €17.50 for long haul. The cuts will create economic benefits, but these would be maximized if the tax were reduced to zero. Analysis by IATA in 2015 revealed that completely removing the tax would increase international travel by 2.7% and create 1700 jobs in the country.

While the tax cut is good news, it is not the end of the story. There is more that the government can do to strengthen air transport in Austria. Ultimately, the tax should be scrapped completely. And Vienna airport needs a third runway. With expansion seemingly blocked in Munich and Zurich, the region is suffering from a lack of airport capacity. Austria has a golden opportunity to take a leadership position if it can put a vision forward for Vienna to be a major hub. And with the industry’s strong environmental commitments, this can be done sustainably‘ said De Juniac.

Plans for a third runway at Vienna have been delayed by environmental concerns. The aviation industry takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously, with tough targets for carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and to halve 2005 carbon emissions by 2050. The industry pushed for a global agreement for a Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). In October last year the Austrian government was one of more than 60 countries worldwide that volunteered to implement CORSIA from 2021. Alongside this, the industry is investing heavily in new technologies and fuels that will reduce noise and emissions.

In stark contrast do aviation taxes remain unsustainably high in Africa and Eastern Africa is no different.
Instead of translating their summit pronouncements into real action have East Africa’s heads of state failed to impose aviation tax cuts on their finance ministers to the detriment of travelers in the region, which face some of the highest ticket costs, when huge taxes have been heaped on the basic fares.
Though decrying the high cost of air travel among East African member states have the fundamental cornerstones not been moved, those being a wide range of tax measures, including airport taxes of up to 40 US Dollars per person despite AFRAA, the African Airline Association on a regular basis engaging with governments to seek a reduction in such taxation.

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