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Friday, 25 February 2011

Client Feedback

Hi Bruce

Well first let me say well done Bruce! You did a fantastic job and found us a dream holiday :)

The service we received from you from the start of our enquiry to our return has been first class. Pure Zanzibar should be very proud of it’s employees if they all work as well and efficiently as you.

Everything was as you had described it . You listened and understood what we were looking for in our holiday and really came up trumps. All the advice and information you gave us was accurate and very useful. I would have no hesitation in recommending either Pure Safari or Pure Zanzibar to anyone.

The flights all went smoothly, the Safari Camp in Selous was amazing. The game drive started from being picked up from the airstrip. And wow what a game drives we had!!! There was so much game at times it was difficult to know where to look first. The guide could not have tried harder to please and we saw everything we asked for from Warthogs to Lions!!! The people were all fantastic. I honestly could not fault the staff in any way they started our holiday with a swing they were such good fun and very friendly and helpful. The food was fab and the beer even better. If I really wanted to find fault the only thing I can possibly think of was the swimming pool could have used a little TLC. The river safari and the walking safari were both wonderful, very relaxed but full of information.

Ras Nungwi was very nice hotel with everything we could have needed. We had a wonderful time and once again the staff were faultless and the food very good. Iskaka was one employee who stood out. He was so helpful and welcoming without being in any way obtrusive it was a real pleasure to meet him.

Echo beach. Well that’s an experience all of it’s own!!! The snorkelling straight from the beach was amazing at high tide. As was the snorkelling trip arranged via their dive centre. The food was superb the people were a joy to be around. The accommodation was well thought out and heavenly with large beds on the veranda to lazy on whilst looking out over the bluest of blue seas. Or listen to the bush babies call as darkness falls.

Stonetown was great fun. Yes there were lots of people who wanted your attention and wanted to sell you an amazing array of stuff but at no time did I feel bothered or hassled in any way.
I would have liked to have spent more time there although the hotel was not for the faint hearted with the number of stairs to climb!!!! But I should have perhaps expected that, with the buildings being so old etc.

Thanks again Bruce it was a holiday which will always stand out for so many reasons – all of them good :)

Although the holiday was not cheap I really do feel that we had amazing value for money. Some of the places we went to and things we had the chance to see and do were the stuff dreams are made of.

Well done :)

Kind regards

Mandy (with the great big smile! )

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Rhino Love

Just a year after relocating four Northern white rhinos from a zoo in the Czech Republic to Kenya, they are now mating.

The move from captivity back to the wild - under the protection of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy - is part of a final bid to save the Northern white from extinction.

The rhinos are four of just eight known Northern white rhinos, so hopes that they would settle comfortably into their new environment have been surpassed with the news that they are mating - offering a chance of survival for the sub-species.

The first mating was between Fatu and Suni, both former residents of Dvur Kralove Zoo. The second mating was Sudan - the oldest northern white male - with a southern white known as Aramiet.

‘To see the old boy has still "got it" is hugely encouraging and he also has his eye set on Taura, another one of the southern white females,' says a Conservancy spokesperson.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in the Laikipia district of Kenya and the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa.

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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Visa fees at the Vilanculos Airport have increased to USD 95, per person with immediate effect. (Visa fees do vary according to entry point)

Visitors from UK are advised to obtain their entry visa in advance to avoid delays at the airport. The visa fee if obtained from the High Commission in London for example, taking 3 days to issue,is £40.

If this not possible, visitors are advised of this increase to ensure they have the correct amount available in cash $US, to obtain their visa at the airport.

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Thursday, 3 February 2011

Tanzania – update on the progress of the Serengeti Highway.

Despite world protest and a recent offer from the World Bank, Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania, states that the northern route through the Serengeti will be built.

Recently, a leading Pan-African organization dealing with human rights and animal welfare has filed a case at the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) in Arusha, against the proposed construction of a highway through Serengeti plains.

The African Network for Animal Welfare is seeking an interim order of injunction to restrain the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania from constructing the proposed Arusha-Musoma highway which is reportedly going to cut through the Serengeti National Park.

Lawyer Saitabao ole Kanchory of Kanchory & Co Advocates representing the Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) filed the case at the EACJ chambers located within the Arusha International Conference Centre complex. With this case in court, it may buy a little more time. More time to get more people participating in charting a positive way forward for our wildlife and local communities in Serengeti.

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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Yellow Fever

We hope this email finds you very well.

We are sending you this urgent information regarding the changes in Government regulation in Zanzibar with respect to the yellow fever vaccination as a requirement to enter the islands. You will recall that the current regulation made it compulsory to show the yellow fever vaccination only when coming from countries where there is yellow fever, but not when coming from any European airport direct into Tanzania, for example.

This has changed and we have just been informed by the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators that the Government of Zanzibar has implemented as on 26th January a new regulation by which yellow fever vaccination certificates will be asked to all the tourists at all the entry points (airports & ports), regardless of their origin and routes.

Whilst the measure has been implemented in Zanzibar alone for the time being, we expect the mainland Government to implement it soon, and therefore we are addressing this email to you to ask you to inform all your clients arriving in Tanzania (either by road, sea or air), to carry with them their International Certificate of Vaccination with a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate.

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