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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Client Feedback


I meant to get back to you.

Geoff had a fantastic time on "MY DREAM HOLIDAY". The safari experience was unreal and the hotel, diving, service and food at the Palms was outstanding apparently.

Some day I may be able to afford a similar holiday. I've always wanted to go after Christmas but its perhaps the most expensive time.

Bruce I'm known it the drinks trade in Ireland as "Minister for Tourism" with the level of incentive trips we do. I am always asked for advice and opinion from people and customers (bar owners) re various holidays. I will have no hesitation in recommending you and Pure Zanzibar in the future. You will definitely get business out of it in the future.

Thanks for everything.

Kind regards


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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Client Feedback

Dear Ed,

Hope you are well. I have booked my Emirates flights for the agreed dates. After 3 months of researching, having everything booked for my honeymoon is a dream. Me and my partner are so excited and I have to admit that I am much more excited about my honeymoon than my wedding.

I owe you a massive thank you. I re-iterate that the whole process of dealing with yourself was one of the best customer services experience I have ever had. You have been very very patient throughout several conversations we have had right from the start. You always came across very friendly and were fully happy to hear what I wanted, in order to cater for my needs and budget. I found all your help and advice very honest, completely impartial and all in my interest. Personal recommendations such as exactly which room/suite to stay in a specific hotel for its decor and better views is just stunning and is something that will always stick in my mind. Little things like where to eat and what tours to do. You never expect such detailed advice. Such local knowledge is invaluable in deciding an important trip. I also appreciate you trying to get good deals and offers from your providers for our honeymoon.

All in all, I am so happy to have booked my honeymoon through yourself. I absolutely love my itinerary and find the price to be competitive. Having all local flights, transfers and hotels organised really has taken all headache away.

I hope the trip itself is as good as the experience of organising and booking it has been. It has been a pleasure and I would certainly book with Pure Zanzibar and most certainly with yourself again.

Thank you.

Dr. Khan

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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Antelope Release Success

Action for the Wild, Colchester Zoo's charity, is thrilled to report on the release of several antelope species at the Umphafa Private Nature Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

In total 7 impala, 21 red hartebeest and 22 blue wildebeest were introduced to the reserve in April and have settled in very well. It is hoped that the introduction will increase the future breeding populations of antelope species at the reserve. Antelope are important for providing a prey base for carnivorous species, like the cheetah, but are threatened by the spread of human settlements, increased farming and increased demand for meat.

Breeding stock
Rebecca Perry, Conservation Director said ‘These recent releases are exciting developments for UmPhafa. The releases of the wildebeest represent the first for this species on UmPhafa and the new populations of red hartebeest and impala will serve to top up our existing herds. It is hoped that these species will go on to breed in the future and help us on our way to reaching carrying capacity for these species.'

Action for the Wild opened the reserve in 2006 and has been working to rehabilitate and restore the previously over-cultivated land of the reserve, whilst introducing native species to create a haven for South African wildlife. The reserve has already released thirteen species to date including giraffe, zebra, blesbok, servals, African rock pythons, common reedbuck, nyala, waterbuck, leopard tortoises and white rhinos. The white rhinoceros release has been particularly successful with the introduced females having both given birth to new young this year.

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Monday, 6 June 2011

Gorilla fee reduced for off-peak treks.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has announced that it is to cut the cost of gorilla tracking permits in low demand periods.

The new rates will be:

Foreign non-residents will now pay $350 - reduced from $500
Foreign residents will pay $250
East Africans will pay Shs100,000 from Shs250,000.

Gorilla tracking is the major earner in the Uganda's tourism industry. Uganda's two parks are home to more than 50% of the world's mountain gorilla population, thought to be around 840, across Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda is habilitating two new families of gorillas which will join six others later in 2011. Each gorilla family is allowed eight visitors a day.

It is thought that the reduced rates will apply from March to May and October.

Please follow the link for more info on Gorilla tracking and Clouds Mountain Lodge.

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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Three Poachers Shot

Soldiers have shot three poachers in the north of the Olifants River in the Kruger National Park.

"The poachers fired on the South African soldiers who then returned fire," says spokeswoman Lieutnant Colonel Marinda Meyer. "An AK47 rifle, one Bruno .458 hunting rifle, two axes and two cell phones were found in their possession."

Anti rhino poaching role
The troops are patrolling the border area within The Kruger Park, as well as in the Mbuzini and Komatipoort areas. The troops are working with the police, South African Revenue Service and other government departments involved in crime-combating operations, the military said. The SANDF contributes and plays a very critical role in the curbing of rhino-poaching as part of their support to SAN Parks along the Kruger National Park which borders the neighbouring countries."

In April SA Army soldiers deployed in the KNP arrested four Mozambican nationals, also for suspected poaching. They were in possession of a hunting rifle, cell phones, binoculars and axe, the Department of Defence said in a statement at the time.

The state BuaNews agency reported in late March that some 165 troops had been deployed to patrol the international border between the park and Mozambique to re-establish state authority and combat poaching. "For the safety of our borderlines and the escalating rhino poaching incidents we have decided to add our troops and divide them so that others will help in the Kruger to [combat] rhino poaching and other cross-border related crimes," said provincial SANDF commander Colonel Nceba Bobelo.

South African National Parks (SANParks) chief executive David Mabunda last month said that 71 rhinos have been killed at SANParks reserves since the beginning of this year, while 333 rhino deaths were recorded last year. Since the beginning of January 2011 159 rhinos have been poached throughout the country, 134 suspects arrested and 17 suspects fatally wounded.

All borders to be patrolled
The SANDF is currently deployed along stretches of the Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Lesotho borders At the end of the financial year 2012/13 the SANDF hopes to patrol the entire 4471 kilometres frontier between South Africa and Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, and Lesotho.

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu overnight warned poachers that the military will return fire with fire in the KNP and other areas along the border. "The SANDF will do anything to protect our national asserts, we will not allow criminals to do as they wish in our parks, we also want to send a very strong message that poachers who shoot at soldiers must know that we will return fire with fire", the minister said.

The minister added that the SANDF and the South African National Parks will cooperate in protecting all national parks. The cooperation will include joint operations, sharing of information and training.

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