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(Posted 19th April 2017)
50 kph or 40 kph
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
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 Makanga to Central African Wilderness Safaris
During a boat safari at Mvuu camp an Elephant had a lucky escape from crocodile jaws on 10.04.2017
SYLVAIN BOSC JOINS LCC FASTJET AS CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
(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‘.
SEGERA RETREAT’S JENS KOZANY LOOKS BACK AT FIVE YEARS IN KENYA
(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.
African Diaspora Tourism and the 2017 UNWTO – IIPT Sustainable Tourism Conference in Montreal in September
NEW RAILWAY STATION FOR MOMBASA LOCATED IN MIRITINI
(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.