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RwandAir launches Cotonou flights


(Posted 01st August 2017)

RwandAir is shortly launching their inaugural flight from Kigali to Cotonou, the capital city of Benin.
This will be the 23rd destination of the airline and the 7th in West Africa, expanding the network of Africa’s fastest growing airline even further.
The aircraft regularly used on the route will be a Bombardier CRJ900NextGen of which RwandAir now operates two, both purchased directly from the manufacturer and offering a two class configuration of business and economy classes.
The flights, which will operate three times a week, will route via Libreville and after turning around in Cotonou again stop over in the Gabonese capital. (KGL – LBV – COO – LBV – KGL)
Traffic days were given as Monday, Wednesday and Friday but are subject to change as is the routing.

oneworld airline alliance announces award for best alliance for wine

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Raise a glass to oneworld – best alliance for wines

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Judges at a leading wine-tasting competition have raised their glasses to the oneworld® alliance and many of its member airlines.

oneworld is named the best alliance for wine in the 2017 Wines on the Wing survey published today by US magazine Global Traveler – regaining an award it previously won two years ago.

The result echoes the findings of the Cellars in the Sky awards presented by the UK’s Business Traveller in February this year – and retained by oneworld for multiple years – which means that oneworld’s now holds both awards presented to recognise the quality the wines served by member airlines of a global alliance.

Besides winning the “best alliance” title, oneworld’s member airlines also flew high in the Global Traveler Wines on the Wing awards – just as they did in Business Traveller’s Cellars in the Sky.

American Airlines received the toast as best North American airline for wines in First/Business Class, as well as taking gold for North American First/Business Class White Wine and Red Wine and a silver award for International First Class Champagne.

American and British Airways, along with airberlin, also took several runners-up placings.

Thirty two airlines submitted 56 white wines, 61 red wines and 28 champagne or sparkling wines currently served on their international Business Class and North American premium class wine lists for a blind taste test in the Wines on the Wing awards. The tasting was organised by Global Traveler magazine, using 21 independent judges who are noted wine-industry experts.

This latest award further confirms oneworld’s standing as the most highly prized global airline alliance. Besides the two wine awards, oneworld is the current holder of seven “best airline alliance” titles:

  • 2017 Trazees Favorite Airline Alliance, for the second time.
  • Global Traveler magazine’s 2016 GT Tested Reader Survey – for the seventh year in a row.
  • FlightStats’ Airline Alliance On-Time Performance Service Award for 2016, for the fourth year running.
  • Business Traveller’s 2016 Best Airline Alliance for the fourth year running.
  • Business Traveler North America’s 2016 Best in Business Travel Awards, for the second consecutive year.
  • World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Airline Alliance 2016 for the 14th year running.
  • Premier Traveler’s Best of Travel Awards – for the third year running.

For full details of Global Traveler’s Wines on the Wing awards 2017, see Global Traveler’s news release.

oneworld is an alliance of some of the world’s leading airlines, committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers. They include airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and around 30 affiliates.

As part of oneworld, these airlines:

  • Serve more than a thousand airports in 150 plus countries, with 14,000 daily departures.
  • Carry some 550 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of 3,500 aircraft.
  • Generate US$ 130 billion annual revenues.

oneworld member airlines work together to deliver consistently a superior, seamless travel experience, with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including earning and redeeming miles and points across the entire alliance network. Top tier cardholders (Emerald and Sapphire) enjoy access to more than 650 airport lounges and are offered extra baggage allowances. The most regular travellers (Emerald) can also use fast track security lanes at select airports.

Another ‘Best’ for the Seychelles


(Posted 01st August 2017)

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Seychelles was represented at the Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards ceremony held in New York City last Wednesday.

Some 200 guests attended the event hosted by Travel + Leisure’s Publisher, Mr. Joseph Messer and their Editor in Chief, Mr. Nathan Lump.The ceremony saw the presentation of accolades to top hotels, islands, cities, airlines, cruise lines, spas, among others, as voted by readers of the New York-based travel magazine.

Readers of Travel + Leisure are given the opportunity to rate their travel experiences around the globe on an annual basis.

The Seychelles Tourism Board’s Regional Director for Africa and the Americas, Mr. David Germain was presented with the award designating Seychelles as the best island in Africa and the Middle East.

It’s the second year in a row that Seychelles is rated in the top spot in this category by Travel + Leisure.

Said David when receiving the trophy: ‘The Award is confirmation that our beautiful islands is becoming more and more popular in North America, topping the list of the most desirable holiday destinations worldwide‘.

Visitor arrivals from the Americas to the Seychelles increased by 69 percent from January to June this year.

Mr. Germain remarked that U.S. consumers choose to visit Africa because of the wildlife, history, geography and people, hence Seychelles is in a unique position to attract visitors from the U.S. thanks to its proximity to Africa.

Our mission is to promote this message, to a cross-section of U.S. audiences: consumers with a passion for international travel and the travel suppliers who serve them‘ added Mr. Germain.

Opportunities to increase arrivals from the North American market lies in the Seychelles Tourism Board’s ability to participate in exhibitions and trade shows in North America. Seychelles needs to be consistently present in the marketplace, in order to be included in travel packages with other destinations in Africa & the Middle East.

As part of efforts to improve connection with North America’s travel trade, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) recently joined the United States Tour Operator Association, USTOA.

The Seychelles Tourism Board Chief Executive, Mrs. Sherin Francis has also highlighted the intention to seek further collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines in the near future, to support twin-centre holiday packages targeting specifically the U.S. market.

Reunion Island – End your Year with an Adventure

Reunion Island Tourism Updates

Reunion Island boasts unique experiences that has made this tropical gem a must visit destination for that much needed year-end break.

01st of August 2017

Reunion Island – End your year with an adventure

Reunion Island boasts unique experiences that has made this tropical gem a must visit destination for that much needed year-end break. Situated 3000km off the coast of South Africa and only a 4-hour flight from Johannesburg, you can be on your way to new adventures before you know it!

Escape the Mundane

Trade the boardroom and midweek traffic for a trip to Cirque Salazie which is known as Reunion Island’s greenest and most accessible cirque. Scale the rugged terrain and make your way through the forested landscapes to encounter spectacular views such as Cirque de Mafate, one of Reunion Islands most sought after locations as it offers remarkable views of the entire island domain.


The Experience

After descending from your adventures in Salazie, you can enjoy a trip around the Island with a quad bicycle experience which allows you to explore Reunion Island in comfort while getting your heart racing and adrenaline pumping. Cruise along the pathways and roads that span across the island and embrace the tranquillity of Reunion’s natural geography.


If a thrilling quad experience isn’t your style then try a hike up to Maïdo or travel along Trou de Fer! Both these locations offer great hiking trails and allow you to immerse yourself in the natural splendour offered by Reunion Island. Maïdo, a volcanic peak found on Reunion Island, has some of the most remarkable tracks that will lead you through the heart of the forests found on the Island, while Trou de Fer boasts breathtakingly beautiful natural waterfalls that cascade from the rocky mountainsides. These natural formations make for striking photographic experiences as well as the opportunity to get a little wet while enjoying a dip in some of the natural water bodies found at the base the waterfalls.


Reunion Island will ensure that your year-end break is not only memorable but also relaxing and rejuvenating. This jewel of a destination has a wide variety of options which include adventure packed activities or simply relaxing with a cocktail at one of the delightful spas before heading to a destination such as Grand Anse, which boasts pristine white sandy beaches. Food lovers will have a great time exploring local delicacies as the island cuisine is made up of a mix of Creole, Indian, Chinese and French cultures making for a true cultural experience. Revel in trendy beach restaurants that serve the catch of the day or indulge in mouth-watering Creole specialties in quaint little restaurants.


Choose the perfect package for that oncoming year-end retreat and dive into the pleasures offered by Reunion Island!

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Your bimonthly update from the Northern Rangelands Trust

News Updates from the Northern Rangelands Trust

June & July 2017 update from NRT
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June & July 2017

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Photo of the month – orphaned elephants with their Samburu keepers at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Namunyak Conservancy. Photo by Ami Vitale.
VIP USAID Visit to Kalama

Kalama Community Conservancy were proud to host a VIP delegation from USAID at the end of May, that included USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Carrie Thompson and Director of Forestry and Biodiversity for USAID Cynthia Gill.

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Warriors exposed to good grazing in action

70 young warriors visit Ol Pejeta to see how good rangeland management benefits cattle, wildlife, and their local economy. Get the full story.

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Most loan companies would say no. The Northern Rangelands Trust says yes. And here’s why…

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World Rangers Day Highlights The Real Cost of Wildlife Conservation

Ol Pejeta Conservancy reflects on World Ranger
Day and the contributions to conservation they make

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31st July is World Rangers Day, commemorating wildlife rangers killed on duty, as well as acknowledging their vital contribution to the protection of endangered species such as elephants and white and black rhinos.

Did you know?

  • More wildlife rangers have been killed in the last ten years than British and American military personnel. Over 1,000 have been killed since 2003.
  • Data suggests that we have 10 to 15 years of elephants and rhinos left if they continue to be killed at the current rate
  • Up to 100 elephants are killed by poachers every day.
  • 22,000 rangers in Africa are on the front line of this conflict, involving military tactics which are escalating all the time.
  • Rangers do dangerous work in difficult conditions, often lacking basic equipment such as boots and socks.
  • Just $500 properly equips one ranger for a year.
  • For Rangers is a charity championing rights and raising money for wildlife rangers in Africa.
  • Its volunteers do this by undertaking the most difficult physical challenges on Earth, including running in the world’s toughest ultramarathons.

For Rangers founders Pete Newland and Sam Taylor’s day job is to train rangers in the skills needed for their difficult work. Both from military and conservation backgrounds, they have seen how a lack of basic kit makes the ranger’s lives even more dangerous.

This led them to start calling in favours from friends. Then, as a result of a campfire discussion they decided to start raising money by completing multi-day endurance events.

They have now raised over $500,000 in just two years, with over $600,000 of in-kind support. This has been achieved with just $27,000 of the founders’ own capital, and minimal promotion – an incredible success story.


Donations to For Rangers go directly towards improving the lives of wildlife rangers – as well as towards looking after the families they leave behind.

For Rangers look after over 2,500 of the 22,000 rangers serving in Africa. The cost of adequately equipping a ranger is $500 a year. They therefore hope to secure $1,250,000 a year in order to meet the needs of the rangers it supports.

On average, 5 rangers are killed each year on For Rangers’ core conservancies. An endowment of £7.5 million would cover the education of up to three children, five year’s salary for each ranger killed, and a sustainable initiative that will support their families in perpetuity.


The team have recently entered a new fundraising phase. For Rangers are now working towards planting their flag on the summit of Mount Everest in June 2019, in order to draw global attention to the work done by wildlife rangers. The amount needed for the expedition, for training, equipment and expedition fees, is in the region of $250,000.

For Rangers is looking for investors to be part of this project and its ongoing work, helping preserve some of the world’s most threatened wildlife by supporting those that put themselves in danger every day.

Donations to For Rangers can be made here.

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Zambia, Egypt, boots, rhinos and ostriches

Enjoy the latest edition of the Travel Africa Extra Magazine

Information, stories, interviews and advice for readers of Travel Africa magazine

Welcome to the July issue of Travel Africa Extra, our monthly compendium of information, stories, interviews and advice for readers of Travel Africa magazine, delivered to you by email at the end of each month.
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Cape Town from the sky

The Mother City as you’ve not seen it before, by Mauro Matalone

Zambia’s highlights

Something new to discover in every corner

If the boot fits

Buying the correct hiking boot involves doing a little legwork

Egypt, month by month

Hottest months, coolest months, best months

Location, location, location

The intricate art of home building in the natural world

Shaping the continent, part 2

Come rain or shine

The ostrich

"Don’t put your head in the sand, I’m watching you!"

Partner Profile

We meet the co-founders of Part of Africa, an exclusive sales and marketing agent for a private reserve in Botswana’s Tuli Block

Walking with rhinos

Jenny Bowen leads her first Walking Women holiday in central Swaziland, with crashing success

Q&A: Grant Reed

When it comes to wildlife experiences, there isn’t much that this man hasn’t seen or done

Seeing is believing

A new column by Mike Unwin exploring the weird world of African wildlife, starting with the outlandish shoebill

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