Archive for March 15th, 2017

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Two very different responses to Uber – Kenya and South Africa The Conversation
Uber is currently the dominant ride-sharing app used in Africa. It has rapidly grown its African footprint and now has operations in eight countries; …. Read more>>

Kenya’s Immigration Department To Issue e-Passports From April 2017 iAfrikan
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Barking baboons and slithering snakes at Luangwa River

Robin Pope Safari recently welcomed a new member to the team, Michael, and his first week was certainly a busy one! Michael is currently hosting at Nkwali, and then will …
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The best of Zambia this week on Instagram

It’s been hot and humid in Zambia this week, with plenty of rain and storms across much of the country. But that makes for spectacular images, with the vegetation looking …
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More questions than answers as Kruger park continues shooting buffalo


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More questions than answers as Kruger park continues shooting buffalo

13 March 2017 | Times LIVE | Adam Cruise | Free to publish credit CAT

Confused explanations at a public meeting in Skukuza on Saturday are concerning stakeholders as the Kruger National Park forges ahead with its program of shooting buffalo as part of a sustainable offtake program that does not appear to have clear objectives. Buffalo by the Crocodile Gate in the Kruger National Park. File photo. Image by: … Full Story →

The big problem with legalising rhino horn sales

15 March 2017 | News 24 | Melanie Verwoerd |

Last month Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa made two announcements relating to rhinos in South Africa. The big news was that there had been a 10% decrease in the number of rhinos killed in South Africa for their horn. This was largely due to a drop in killings in the Kruger National Park and even … Full Story →


Timbavati risks tourist backlash to hunt a super tusker

8 March 2017 | Daily Maverick | Don Pinnock | Free to publish credit CAT

Main photo: There are only about 25 to 30 super tuskers in the world and all in Africa. (Don Pinnock) Synecdoce is an interesting but seldom used word of Greek origin which means a part of some object or action which represents the whole. An example is the application by the Timbavati reserve to hunt … Full Story →

Ndege News from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport

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March 2017 – May 2017
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Through the Pearly Sands to Mnemba
The drive from Nungwi to the point where we will cross over to Mnemba island takes place on market day. It’s not yet noon, the sun is already…..

In the Brier at Chaka
She gets up, languid, looking away, seemingly unconcerned but for the twitch in her ear and almost imperceptible wriggle of her nostril. The cub doesn’t protest but tries to…..

Walk Wild from Kicheche’s Valley
A dust cloud flies off the heel of Mika’s tyre-sandaled foot, pairing Peter’s booted stride ahead. I stretch my neck, matching the two…..

Dream time in Solio

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Raptor Refuge at Lake Naivasha

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Escaping to Kinondo Kwetu

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Seven candidates to vie for the UNWTO top job


(Posted 15th March 2017)

The highest global tourism office is the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World tourism Organisation, in short UNWTO and for the coming May elections seven countries have put forward their candidates.

Dr. Taleb Rifai from Jordan will retire at the end of this year after serving his maximum two mandates as Secretary General and seven candidates are now vying to replace Dr. Taleb in Madrid where UNWTO is based.

Brazil, Columbia, Georgia, Armenia, Korea, Zimbabwe and the Seychelles are all in the race. The country which wins this race will have an impact on the happenings in tourism destinations, in air access, in cruise ship business and in the development of sustainable tourism development framework for the next four years which is why it is important for a country that understands tourism to win this coming election. Tourism is a fragile industry and the ability for the new Secretary General of the UNWTO to work as a Team is more important today that ever before. Appreciating the Safety Label of countries as a key USP, believing in Sustainable Tourism and protecting what we all have as natural, cultural and historical attractions, realising the need for the UNWTO to be closer to Member States through the creation of Satellite Offices, working on an intensified PPP, short for Public Private Sector Partnership with WTTC, PATA and similar bodies, engage with ICAO, IATA and IMO and to be conscious of the plight of Small Island Developing States are all key messages advocated by Alain St.Ange, the candidate for the Seychelles who said repeatedly to this correspondent when visiting Kampala recently: ‘Tourism is for all. We have but one tourism industry and we must therefore work hard to bring tourism destinations together at the UNWTO so we can work together for a more consolidated industry for everyone. We must respect everyone immaterial of colour of their skin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual preferences and those with or without disability. We must see a person and associate with what unites us and not see differences with which we can divide ourselves. Respect people, respect humanity and together grow tourism for all" said Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles‘.

Besides Alain St. Ange is also Dr. Eng. Walter Mzembi from Zimbabwe in the race, repeatedly also featured here since his was the first to enter the race in early 2016.
However, none of the other candidates has yet found the time to present their manifesto and reasons why they should be elected to this correspondent, failing therefore to impress any of the more than 1.4 million readers this site has accumulated over time, all the more a reason why this must be Africa’s time to capture the UNWTO top job and ensure in coming years that Africa is respected, heard and included in global tourism developments.

Oman Air confirms the launch of Nairobi flights from end March


(Posted 15th March 2017)

Come 27th of March, less than two weeks from today, will Oman Air launch a four times a week service from Muscat to Nairobi, using a Boeing B737-800NG on the route.
The flights will leave Muscat every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 14.50 hrs local time and are scheduled to land in the Kenyan capital at 18.55 hrs local time,
The return flights are then leaving at 00.45 hrs the following day, i.e. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, landing at 06.50 hrs in time for connections into the fast growing international and regional network of the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman.
Mr. Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, the Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President- Commercial, said when confirming the new destination: ‘This new Oman Air route to the Kenyan capital Nairobi is a significant development for both countries. Trade between Kenya and Oman has been growing steadily over the years and I hope this new flight will facilitate the increase in bilateral trade and investment opportunities. We are committed to ensuring that our guests have greater choice and the opportunity to discover new destinations with Oman Air and we are delighted to be offering thousands more business and leisure travellers the opportunity to travel between Oman and Kenya and beyond‘.Hopes by the Kenya coast tourism fraternity that the flights might route via Mombasa however were not fulfilled, largely due to the hurdles the Kenyan authorities place in the way of foreign airlines to land in Mombasa.
In a related development has Oman Air last year leased two of Kenya Airways’ Boeing B787 Dreamliners while Kenya’s national airline is undergoing restructuring and financial consolidation.

Seychelles affirms moratorium for large resorts


(Posted 15th March 2017)

Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne has confirmed that a moratorium on the planning and construction of larger scale resorts across the archipelago will remain in place while 18 projects already approved will go ahead through the final stages of planning or construction.
The moratorium was announced in mid 2015 by then President James Alix Michel, halting planning permission for several controversial projects while encouraging the construction of smaller locally owned resorts which portray the Creole culture and architecture. Local Seychellois have a monopoly on hotels and resorts of up to 15 rooms or villas with this segment strictly reserved for local investors into the hospitality industry. It was at that time that then tourism minister Alain St. Ange coined the phrase that Seychellois need to take control of their tourism industry and this shift of policy has since taken root with many more locals entering the sector.
The government of President Danny Rollen Faure has now reaffirmed the moratorium which will remain in place until at least 2020.
Among the projects already approved are Anse Boudin Hotel, Bayview Estate, KRG Resort and Spa, Police Bay Hotel, Sunset Beach Hotel, Zilwa Grand Barbe, Sea View Resort and Spa, Anse Lazio, Epitome Resort, Beau Vallon Eco-friendly Hotel, a 5-star Hotel at Bel Ombre, Water Front Development, Downtown Properties Ltd, Platte Island, Takamaka Resort, Le Privilege, and Long Island Resort. 12 of these properties will be located on the main island of Mahe and two on the second largest island of Praslin while the remaining projects will come up on four other islands, among them Silhouette and St. Anne.Tourism is the Seychelles’ primary economic activity ahead of fishing and general trade and linked to the prosperity of the archipelago in every respect.

More than half of the archipelago’s land area is set aside for conservation purposes as is a large section of the ocean surrounding the islands. A pristine marine environment is thought to be essential to maintain Seychelles’ marketing slogan ‘Another World‘  to set the islands apart from other competitors. The moratorium, inspite of record arrival numbers last year, will therefore be instrumental to preserving the natural integrity of many scenic spots around the main island and other of the inner islands and stop in its tracks any suggestion that the Seychelles will ever become a mass tourism destination.

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