Archive for April 19th, 2017

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UN World Tourism Organization News Updates

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More news from ‘Further Down South’


(Posted 19th April 2017)


50 kph or 40 kph

Arm Giving

Dogs at Lusaka Airport

Were Mukula logs in transit?

New dogs at North Luangwa

Collaring young elephants in Kafue

Barbel in Liuwa
News from Conservation Lower Zambezi

Boundary in Lake Tanganyika

Kazangula Bridge photo

Elephants collared in Mana Pools

Bhejane Trust news

Arrest of poachers in Zim

Lions around Kariba town

Water, water everywhere in Botswana

Update on Dereck and Beverly Joubert

Expedition into the Okavango

Water levels still rising in the rivers

Villagers moved again from flood prone Caprivi

Timber corruption in Mozambique

Pakistan’s Billion Tree Tsunami

Some videos

Taita Falcon Lodge. This is a promotional video but it shows how beautiful the gorges are downstream of the Victoria Falls. These are the gorges we will lose if Batoka Dam goes ahead.

This is why we should all buy COMACO products in Zambia. COMACO products are sold under the name It’s Wild.

Alexander Amuli M’betti Makangato Central African Wilderness Safaris

Malawi ·

During a boat safari at Mvuu camp an Elephant had a lucky escape from crocodile jaws on 10.04.2017

Fastjet appointment of new Commercial Director completes new leadership


(Posted 19th April 2017)

Fastjet boss Nico Bezuidenhout completed his raid on other airlines executive suits when he brought his latest recruitment, the new CCO Sylvain Bosc on board, who also previously worked at South African Airways.
The growing team of aviation specialists recruited filled the last gap this week as former South African Airways Chief Commercial Officer Sylvain Bosc joins the carrier to lead its commercial activities. He succeeds Richard Bodin who opted not to move to Johannesburg when the airline relocated its head office from Gatwick Airport.
Sylvain joins a team of industry heavyweights assembled by CEO Nico Bezuidenhout to rebuild, restructure and redevelop the business.

Sylvain’s credentials include a highly successful tenure as Chief Commercial Officer at French carrier Corsair, prior to which he was engaged as Group Strategic Planner for the Air France KLM Group as well as holding several key commercial positions at Air France earlier in his career.

Fastjet holds significant potential as a business‘ says Bosc before adding ‘and righting the business and positioning it for inevitable growth is an absolute priority‘. He then also said that the concept of a truly pan-African low-cost airline, making air travel accessible to the second most populous continent after Asia, presents a significant socio-economic and commercial opportunity.

The impact of mobile telephony on the continent has networked markets and contributed substantially to increased economic growth in Africa. The potential for aviation, and low-cost travel, is not dissimilar. ‘There has been a marked stimulation of tourism and trade growth in markets where fastjet operates. Typically, aviation fulfils a significant role in the development of these two sectors as well as empowering publics who have not had the opportunity to fly before‘ commented Bosc further before concluding: ‘I look forward to fastjet partnering with relevant authorities, governments and private industry to further fuel growth on the continent‘.

CEO Nico Bezuidenhout believes that the team he has now put in place represents the top talent in aviation with appointments reflecting the direction of the business. ‘Fastjet already holds substantial market share on routes that it operates and plans are that it will become the market leader on the continent‘ said Nico, ‘Sylvain’s appointment will go a long way to re-establish a solid and formidable commercial foundation. His experience, particularly in Africa, insight and lateral thinking will stand fastjet in good stead‘.

Five years and counting as Segera remains Kenya’s top ranked safari property


(Posted 19th April 2017)

The Segera Retreat’s General Manager Jens Kozany is today celebrating his 5 Year Anniversary at Segera – Congratulations Jens and to many more years to come!
Said Jens in a communication earlier this morning:
What an incredible time it has been… It feels like a lifetime ago that we sat down and planned what would become THE most special place for me, all of our guests, neighboring communities and spectacular wildlife. None could have been achieved without our team of staff, who over the years have become my family – the Segera Family‘.

Jens, a German national, arrived first in Africa in 2004 and after spending five years in the world-famous South African Winelands, he joined North Island in the Seychelles as Operations Manager. Here he became addicted to the concept of a remote existence – and the African sun among many other things to do with Africa no doubt!

According to his own admission he gets the most enjoyment from being able to connect experiences in the wild with a unique, exclusive lifestyle, matching the beauty of nature with fine wines and culinary delights, and some pampering in the spa. All in all, what he loves best is creating a superb guest experience far away from their homes with personalised attention to detail, luxury and attention to the fascinating cultures of the land.

And is that not the truth and nothing but, as this correspondent can attest to from experience.

Watch out for a full feature article on Segera coming up over the next week or two, narrating how when one has to languish in sheer luxury it can as well be at the Segera Retreat, as after all it is close enough to home, being one of if not THE top ranked 5 star property on Kenya’s safari circuit.
Hence look no further if you really seek that experience of a lifetime, hop on a plane to fly with Safarilink from Wilson to Nanyuki by scheduled flight and get picked up by the Retreat’s 4×4 or else charter directly into the Segera airstrip.

2017 UNWTO – IIPT Sustainable Tourism Conference in Montreal in September

African Diaspora Tourism and the 2017 UNWTO – IIPT Sustainable Tourism Conference in Montreal in September



The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) – International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Summit will take place on September 17-21 in Montreal, Canada. This is the 2017 Official Conference of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and Peace. UNWTO – IIPT Global Summit website is now open for registration at:

Venue for the Global Summit is the prestigious Hotel Bonaventure in downtown Montreal, just minutes away from historic “Old Montreal”.

The official conference of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development will begin with the Welcome Reception, Sunday evening September 17 with the Opening ceremony taking place Monday morning, 18 September and continuing Monday and Tuesday, 18 and 19 September ending with a Gala dinner Tuesday evening.
As an official event of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the UNWTO-IIPT Global Summit will feature plenary sessions with world leaders and leaders of the travel and tourism industry addressing the contribution of travel and tourism to key global issues related to sustainable development and peace.

Dr. Taleb Rifai, the present UNWTO Secretary General will deliver the keynote address at the Official Opening Ceremony.

Visit for more information or contact IIPT founder and president Lou D’Amore at


Journey with Juanita C. Britton,

Queen Mother Botwe Nana Adobea II

Ghana, West Africa July 24-31, 2017





Join the Queen Mother and the Literary Empowerment Action Project (LEAP) on a tour to Ghana to participate in mini Durbur ceremony and library ribbon-cutting and dedication. On this tour you will participate in missions and helping to host the joint symposium at Ashesi University in Berekuso. While on this tour you will also indulge in the cultural heritage of Ghana, visit slave castles, historic sites and sample authentic cuisine. This tour will include restaurant visits, beach fun, festive events and all types of merriment. Your participation will help to build bridges between corporate and community-based entities while supporting communities through literacy education, youth development and community engagement. Learn more


About Juanita (Busy Bee) Britton

Juanita C. Britton, Queen Mother Botwe Nana Adobea II of KONKO Village

An Advisor for the Literacy Empowerment Action Project (LEAP), Britton is a communication and public relations expert who focuses on building bridges between corporate and community-based entities. A consultant, motivational speaker and trainer, who is affectionately known as “Busy Bee,” she enjoys working with aspiring entrepreneurs, rural women on micro-economic developments projects, and creative artists and merchants from around the world.

A driven entrepreneur and community leader, Busy Bee operates several business ventures in hospitality, tourism and cultural heritage simultaneously. In October 2011, she was official bestowed the honor of being enstooled as Queen Mother Botwe Nana Adobea II of KONKO Village in the Eastern Region of Ghana, West Africa. She is responsible for development projects and educational improvements for a community of over 400 citizens of Timber Nkwanta.

Learn more

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Mombasa’s new SGR railway station nearing completion


(Posted 19th April 2017)

The new passenger services by Kenya Railways will launch on or about the 01st of June after the new SGR, short for Standard Gauge Railway, has been officially launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Trial runs are presently underway to test the line in regard of train speeds and train loads but have been described as meeting expectations at this stage.
Two passenger trains will run every day in both directions, one being a one stop fast train, said to take only 4 1/2 hours while the second train will stop at seven stations along the route to allow passengers to get on and off the train.

Among those stations are the towns of Voi, Mtito Andei, Kibwezi, Emali and Athi River with in particular the towns of Voi and Mtito Andei of interest for tourists as they can from these locations access the Taita Hills, Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks offering new business opportunities for transporters and new exciting itineraries to those parks with the combined use of rail and road.

Mombasa’s new station however has been constructed at Miritini, leaving passengers to cover the distance to Mombasa proper by either cab or being dropped and picked up as no special transport arrangements by Kenya Railways for a collection / drop off point have been made public at this stage, if at all KR does plan to offer such a service.

In contrast will Nairobi passengers, embarking and disembarking on the new SGR passenger trains, be able to use the current commuter trains from the main Nairobi Railway Station to Syokimau where they change trains, or so it is understood.

(Final touches being put on the Nairobi and Mombasa main SGR stations)

The new passenger trains will according to information offer air conditioned carriages with First Class and Regular to choose from, a dining car but also service trolleys being wheeled through the train for passengers to get coffee, tea and snacks from their seats.
It is widely anticipated that the three times a week passenger service by Rift Valley Railways will end when the new SGR passenger trains begin to operate as their 14 hours long journey time can simply not compete with the 4 1/2 hours on the new SGR trains, apart from the service standards and condition of the coaches.
All railway stations have been constructed with enhanced security features for boarding passengers who have to undergo baggage and personal scanning similar to what is taking place at airports.

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