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Friday, 26 November 2010

Did you know?

Ruaha wildlife park is the second largest National Park in Africa.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Royal Footsteps Honeymoon Safari

This wonderful luxurious and very romantic itinerary follows in the footsteps of Royalty, following the same itinerary as was recently followed by Prince William and Kate Middleton. Lewa Safari Camp is the location where the young Prince chose to propose marriage! Come and see for yourself why this was the perfect choice of location for this historic moment.

See and book the same itinerary as the happy couple: Royal Footsteps Honeymoon Safari

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Attempted military coup in Madagascar

FCO have released the following update following reports of an attempted military coup in Madagascar

"There is continuing political unrest in Madagascar. The situation is volatile and you should avoid demonstrations and political gatherings. You should exercise particular vigilance in Antananarivo and throughout the whole country following the referendum on 17 November.

The situation in the centre of Antananarivo remains unstable and potentially volatile. The Ambohijatovo, Lac Anosy, Antaninarenina and Analakely areas, as well as military barracks, are potential flash points and have been subject to such gatherings and outbreaks of violence. Further disruption is expected in the coming days.

On Wednesday 10 November 2010, there were disturbances in the Antanimena area, including the burning of vehicles. The unrest extended to Behoririka, Ankadifotsy and the Pochard market areas. Tear gas was used to disperse the demonstrations and some barricades were erected. You should avoid these areas where possible, including the Malacam stadium and Magro site in Antanimena."

The African Travel & Tourism Association ATTAK Newsletter - http://www.atta.travel

Tuesday, 16 November 2010



Prince William and Kate Middleton have just announced their engagement and will marry next year. The couple got engaged on the Lewa Conservancy in Kenya in October.

Romantics and honeymooners can follow Prince William and Kate Middleton to Kenya, and stay at Lewa Safari Camp on the Lewa Conservancy.

Please contact our Safari Experts now.

Call: 0044 (0)1227 753181

Monday, 15 November 2010

Pure Safari in Tatler

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Kenya – VISA fees back to $50 per person in 2011

The temporary reduction in fees for Kenya visas will come to an end from January 1, 2011. The fees will revert back to $50 per adult and $25 per child. The government had temporarily halved the fees following problems with violent protests in early 2008 after the national elections, but prices will go back to previous amount from January 1st 2011.

Tanzania – Miracle rescues by hippo in Serengeti

We would like to share this really sweet and tender story with all of you, what we believe might be the first ever recorded rescue of a baby zebra and wildebeest by the same hippo on the Mara River close to Lemala Mara Camp. Both were rescued within space of 10 minutes as they crossed over from the Lamai side, by mid October.

The photos and videos were captured by guests at Lemala Mara Camp as they were watching a major wildebeest crossing at the time.

The hippo was watching as the wildebeest herd swam past. As soon as the calf jumped in, the hippo swam up to it and pushed it along all the way across until it had reached safety on the other side. It then went back and did the same for a zebra foal just minutes later.

The wildebeest and zebra continued then moving down in large numbers from the Maasai Mara across the Lamai plains and crossing the Mara River.

Pure Safari in GQ

Keep your eyes peeled for Pure Safari in the January GQ magazine.

The Tides Beach Lodge - Pangani

The Tides is an exclusive, friendly and unpretentious beach resort located in the spectacular and untouched coastline in Pangani, combining the experience of the bush with rustic luxury accommodation.

The cottages at The Tides are situated right on the beach, in a tropical setting surrounded by palms, each cottage offering its own private sunbathing area.

Together with the relax and exclusivity created by the privacy and the boutique style of The Tides, guests may enjoy activities such as snorkel or scuba dive on the pristine coral reefs of the Maziwe Island Marine Reserve. Swimming, sailing, fishing or kayaking are some of the activities available.

The Tides is a family owned business: James & Alex Balfour own The Tides, and they sympathetically renovated the hotel after buying it in 2004.

It is a great place not only for the beauty of its simplicity and the great food and service but also because of the way The Tides participates with the local surrounding communities.

The Tides employs 30 people from the local village of Ushongo, donates books to the local school and makes a monthly contribution to the village directly linked to the number of guests staying at the hotel. The Tides also encourages its guests to make contributions to benefit the village and busy as much as possible from the local community, and harvests the coconuts grown at the hotel plot and donates the proceeds to its staff. Moreover, The Tides Lodge financially supports a conservation project at the Maziwe Marine Reserve, which preserves marine life and provides income for the local fishermen in a sustainable way.

The Tides Lodge is small and intimate, offering a high level of personal service in an unobtrusive and unpretentious manner.

Facilities include a beach front bar, where lunch, cocktails and a full range of drinks are served; a fine dining restaurant over looking the ocean; recently built swimming pool and shop with internet facility.

The restaurant and bar are right on the beach. The restaurant boasts excellent cuisine as well as excellent views of the Indian Ocean. Freshly caught seafood is one of the specialties. Alternatives are available for those who are vegetarian or do not eat seafood.

The cottages, which are set amid the palms lining the beach, are spacious, bright and breezy and have large well appointed bathrooms.

Accommodation consists in just 9 rooms (including 2 suites)
with bright, spacious and stylish interiors. All the cottages have modern ensuite bathrooms, and fresh tropical flowers are placed in guests rooms every day. Rooms features include king size beds with mosquito nets, electric fans, solar heated hot water and fresh drinking water, as well as locally made soaps, bathing robes and beach towels. Each room enjoys private verandahs with superb and relaxing sea view and private sunbathing area.

Activities are also one of the key features to the hotel and there are a wide range to choose from including snorkeling and SCUBA diving on nearby Maziwe Island Marine Park, game fishing, cultural tours of Pangani, beach walks and village tours, kayaking, and other water sports.

The Migration Movement Update!

The wildebeest are currently quite dispersed due to the rains in both Maasai Mara and Serengeti National Park.

Clients have had great sightings at Mara River with various river crossings as well as the rhino and 2 leopards. Nevertheless, the migration is also as far down as Lobo already and clients are seeing wildebeest in their hundreds. Soon they will be in the Seronera Valley!