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  1. Having had a fantastic safari last year in Tanzania( Selous, Ruaha, Katavi, Serengeti - report posted in Trip reports , Tanzania ), we have now decided our next safari will be ( provisionally ) to Zambia in 2017. We are thinking of two weeks -most likely to include South Luangwa and Kafue. We have never been to Zambia before ( other than Victoria Falls), so would welcome comments, advice , suggestions, tips, etc , regarding locations, camps,time of year , etc. Early days yet but two things are decided for definite, we will be booking it with ATR and the maximum budget, excluding international flights, will be £6000 ($9000) per person. Obviously I can get a lot of info from ATR's website but would also prefer to have, as well, the advice of those of you who have been there. All suggestions welcome, please.....
  2. Any chance that TO / Camp owners, on their website, when promoting camps, lodges etc, actually concentrate on giving details and using photo's of the actual camp / lodges rather than dozens of photo's of lions, buffalo's, wildebeest etc.? I get the fact that most, if not all of us, are there for the wildlife, but there are thousands, if not millions of photo's of Wildlife on the internet, but not necessarily so of the camps, which I believe is important to actually help the traveler on where to stay. Not sure if it is just me or not, but i always feel that if you cannot "show off" or explain / promote your camp / lodges correctly then there is something to hide, which of course, I appreciate, may not be the case.
  3. Hello everyone, A first time poster here. We are planning a Tanzania northern circuit safari in mid-May 2017. This will be our first trip to Tanzania and we could use your collective expertise and advice in planning this trip. We have contacted a few trip operators and are considering the following itinerary. Day 1: JRO to Arusha (African Tulip) Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire (Maramboi Tented Lodge) Day 3: Tarangire to Serengeti National Park (Kubukubu tented camp) Day 4: Serengeti National Park (Kubukubu tented camp) Day 5: Serengeti National Park ( Kubukubu tented camp) Day 6: Serengeti National Park to Western Corridor (Mbalageti Safari Lodge tented chalet) Day 7: Western Corridor (Mbalageti Safari Lodge tented chalet) Day 8: Western Corridor to Ngorogoro Conservation Area (Ngorogoro Sopa Lodge) Day 9: drive back to Arusha for 11:30 AM international flight For budget reasons, we are considering reducing one day (if we do, where would you cut?). A few questions: Is this a balanced itinerary? Any changes you would make? For mid to late May, is it worth going to the Western Corridor and up to Grumeti? Would you consider Ntudu during this time instead? What do you think of the lodges/camps that are listed above and would you recommend any changes (that are comparable in price)? Another itinerary has us doing Lake Manyara, but we read that during this time, Lake Manyara and Tarangire may not be at their best. Would you omit both and add this time to Serengeti? Looking forward to your thoughts and thanks in advance!
  4. News bit from my time at WTM London last week with the newly announced merger of Cheli & Peacock into the Elewana Collection. Beautiful camp/lodge collection already individually, but this will see Elewana take a stronger hold in Kenya with Cheli & Peacock camps adding to their portfolio and other operations. http://apta.biz/blog/2014/11/05/elewana-and-cheli-peacock-create-a-new-east-african-union/
  5. Lise Hanssen / Bwabwata Story The engines of the small Beechcraft 1900 airplane drone loudly in my ears as we descend over the vast Caprivi area and I feel a surge of excitement to look down upon the light brown, coarse stubble of the landscape after the two-and-a-bit flight from Namibia’s capital Windhoek. Barely twenty minutes later the pilot taxies on a seemingly deserted runway of Katima Mulio and, as the plane’s wheels roll across the sweltering tar, fellow passengers start fidgeting with cell phones and hauling out briefcases and carry-on luggage. Most appear to be businessmen; although for the life of me I have no idea what brings them to such a remote corner of the country. The stifling Caprivi heat hits me like a ton of bricks as I emerge form the plane and, following the small crowd of people towards the airport building, I gasp a sigh of relief to find the in-door shade. Katima airport doesn’t really see a huge amount of traffic, so the arrivals procedure is swift and prompt. My luggage awaits me outside on the pavement of the terminal building after I emerge from a quick visit to the bathroom. Most passengers have already journeyed on. What a difference with the madness and the cold rainy weather at Cape Town International en route to Windhoek the day before where it was hot and sunny and people seemed carefree and pretty relaxed! The reason for my travels is to learn more about the field work conducted by carnivore expert Lise Hanssen, who has been studying the conservation status of the Caprivi’s spotted hyaena population for the last three years. For a decade and a half prior to her current research, Lise worked with Africa’s three biggest cats: cheetahs, leopards and lions before turning her attention to the arguably most despised predators on the continent. Spotted hyaenas are a good indicator species when it comes to assessing the overall health of the system they inhabit, Lise informs me. The relevance of this study then is of utmost importance to the Caprivi, after having endured so much destruction and decimation owing to war. Prior to Lise’s work, no official research or conservation work on any carnivore species in the west Caprivi had taken place whatsoever. The Caprivi is certainly an exciting place to be right now. Wild animals are re-claiming the bush within the Bwabwata National Park, formerly known as The Caprivi Game Reserve, an area that is incorporated into Africa’s newest and largest of the Peace Parks: the Kavango Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA). No fewer than five participating countries form part of the KAZA TCFA; Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is good news for the animals, as well as for Lise researching them. Getting to her very basic research camp is easy enough; the Trans Caprivi Highway is as smooth as a baby’s bottom and facilitates an easy ride, despite Lise’s having to repeatedly slow down and honk the horn at road-dwelling cows and goats. The Eastern Caprivi is largely characterised by traditional rural villages and livestock, which is exactly where the problem sets in for spotted hyaenas, as it is these predators that are believed to be responsible for over 50% of livestock losses in some of the conservancies. Lise’s first two years were tough; the hyaenas were elusive and despite every effort, she failed to capture a single individual. That was until April 2009, when she captured and radio collared her first study animal, a female weighing in at about 50kg. For another five months the animals evaded her but in September four more hyaenas were darted, only a few weeks before my visit. Lise’s camp sits on the opposite bank of the Bwabwata National Park across the Kwando River and falls within the local communities, which means that there’s less predator density than on the other side of the river. Chances of personal meetings with monitor lizards, snakes, hippos and crocodiles are plentiful though so I take to bathing in the river somewhat hesitantly. The best experience of my visit occurred when a lone hyaena wandered into the red filtered spotlight close to the baiting tree inside the park one evening. Lise expertly darted what turned out to be a female hyaena and set to work as soon as the predator had succumbed to the effects of the tranquilliser. It was a fantastic experience to see Lise’s work in action, but after roughing it in he bush for a full week, it was time for me to move on. Purring along the reed-lined banks of the Kwando River on a flat-topped boat towards a lodge within the perimeters of the Bwabwata Park with a slight breeze wafting certainly felt like a good sort of change. We dock at an unpretentious jetty at Susuwe Island Lodge, which is caressed by tall leafy trees and shrouded from the oppressive Caprivi summer heat. A multi-coloured fruit drink and cool hand towel later I am escorted to my chalet, one of only six luxury suites with its own wooden deck and plunge pool overlooking the lily-studded river. Lush and green, with bellowing hippos just around the next river bend, I ease into lodge life like a crocodile to water. The bird life has even the most die-hard bird watchers chirping in delight and I, as a novice, am not one to argue. Wattled crane, Racquet tailed rollers, Wood owls and African crakes are just some of the lesser-known species amongst the roughly 400 individuals species that frequent the area. Set on an a small island within the heart of the Bwabwata National Park, Susuwe Island Lodge was developed as a joint venture partnership with the Mayuni Conservancy, which has been cited as one of the more successful pilot conservancy projects of future based community / conservation / tourism projects. In the year 1999, Islands in Africa started negotiating with Chief Mayuni to build a conservancy campsite called Kubunyana, which was funded by Islands in Africa. This then in turn provided job opportunities to the local people and an income for the community before the lodge was built. Since those early days, conservation projects such as the development of an anti poaching unit have been initiated as well as a longer-term conservation programmes that involves the local communities and provides the with specific skills and education. Susuwe’s general manager Peter Gava and his wife Anesu have been looking after the lodge since March 2009 after having worked at several other lodges. Peter worked with National Parks in Zimbabwe for 14 years before moving to the Caprivi. He tells me that most of his work in Zimbabwe involved Terrestrial Research, including monitoring of weather and climate, vegetation surveys, EIA's, geology, zoology, biology, botany and anti-poaching. He then studied Wildlife Management at Mweka College-Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and, with a variety of tourism related qualifications in hand he felt it was time to apply his expertise in other areas. His enthusiasm is palpable and it is nice to be able to have such an informal rapport. He tells me about his adventures as a guide, assistant manager and head guide in South Africa, Tanzania and Namibia. Peter’s wife Anesu, Susuwe’s First Lady, is equally experienced. She was in fact the first black woman to become a professional guide in Zimbabwe after initially training as a schoolteacher. Describing themselves as a wildlife family, Peter and Anesu feel very much at home in their African paradise and revel in the opportunity to connect to international travellers with whom they share their dreams and passion. The Bwabwata National Park is, as they say, the new Jewel in Namibia’s crown. Having evolved from the worst of human disturbances through war, decimation and oppression, the park now singes with all the possibilities to support a wide variation of wildlife species into the next generations to come. As Peter said, “It is indeed the future of the Caprivi”. He tells me that the Park has transformed from dilapidated bush to a well-decorated landscape that includes a diverse range of antelope, carnivores, small mammals, stunning birds as well as the large African ungulates like elephant, hippo, buffalo and giraffe. The large predators, such as leopard, lion and hyaena are also seen on a more consistent basis. A visit to Susuwe Island Lodge certainly provides all the goodies other wildlife destinations hope to offer: game drives in the park with good chances to view elephant, buffalo, red lechwe and leopard, guided walks with the emphasis on environmental awareness and sundowner boat trips on the meandering Kwando River. A visit to Horseshoe Bend, an oxbow lake on the Kwando River, provides guests to witness vast numbers of elephant coming down to drink in the twighlight hours of the day. The elephants traverse from the neighboring Kwando concession in Botswana and, as the only tourist lodge concession in the Bwabwata, Susuwe is able to offer exclusive rights to four of the big five – excluding rhino. As a first-time traveller to this part of Namibia I was not disappointed upon my return home. Lifting off from Katima I bode this extraordinary piece of land goodbye, with well wishes for all the extraordinary people and animals that call it home. Getting there: I went withTravel Associates, Sense of Africa and The Safari Court Hotel. For information on travel to the Caprivi, or special packages which include two nights at the Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek with breakfast, return flights from Cape Town or Johannesburg to Katima Airport, all transfers to and from the hotels, three nights at Susuwe Island Lodge including all meals and guided activities, please call Travel Associates on 0860 400 500 or visit www.travelassociates.co.za For direct information on Susuwe Island Lodge, please call 011 234 9997 or visit www.islandsinafrica.co.za When to go: Wildlife disperses during the rainy summer season, which runs from late October through to early May. The dry winter months, July – October are peak wildlife viewing months. Heath and Safety: The Caprivi is a malaria area and visitors are advised to bring Malaria prophylaxis. Consult your doctor or travel clinic about preventative medication. During the wet summer months, mosquitoes and biting flies are abundant. Please bring antihistamines and insect repellent. Currency: The Namibian Dollar is equivalent to the South African Rand and accepted everywhere. The Caprivi Carnivore Project: Should you wish to make a donation to Lise Hanssen’s spotted hyaena project, please contact carnivores@iway.na or fransje@vodamail.co.za .
  6. 2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of a very special project that took place in the remote and unspoilt South Luangwa Valley; arguably one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas. In April 1994 two one-year old leopards were released by a young game ranger called Graham Cooke, who had been living with and raising the leopard cubs in the South African lowveld. Boycat and his smaller sister Poepface had spent every day of their lives with Graham since they were small cubs, depending on his parental wisdom and guidance until they were ready to face a life in the wild. Once in Zambia, a small and very secluded tented camp was pitched on a remote island in the Luangwa River to oversee the last stages of the cubs' rehabilitation, and it was here that Boycat and Poepface tentatively ventured into the wilderness of their new home over the next weeks. Joining them on daily walks to ensure the cubs were prepared to deal with the new environment, Graham traipsed through some of the area's wildest places which teemed with dangerous animals. Although Boycat and Poepface were initially nervous of their new environment they soon learnt to adjust to the magnificent wilderness where they perfected their ability to live wild. The only thing separating them from the remote wilderness of the national park were the flood rivers that were soon due to dry up with the approach of the dry season. After about a month on the island, before the river had had a chance to subside and formed a natural land bridge to the park, the cubs urgings to leave the safety the small camp provided drove them to cross the Luangwa River and start their life in the wild. With his heart throbbing Graham watched as his beloved charges swam the distance across the crocodile-infested water, heaving a sigh of relief as they arrived safely on the other side of the bank. For Graham it was now time to let go …. Author Fransje van Riel chronicled Graham's story in the book My Life with Leopards, Graham Cooke’s Story in September 2012 (Penguin Books SA and Penguin Global) and since that time the story has met with great interest from people around the world. This year, 2014, is the 20th anniversary of the release of Boycat and Poepface in the South Luangwa Valley and to commemorate this event Fransje van Riel and Graham Cooke will return to the area to follow in the footsteps of the two leopard cubs. Collaborating with Kafunta and Norman Carr Safaris, the very first My Life with Leopards Safari will go underway in October 2014, with others following in 2015. The trip is an exclusive, tailor-made 8-night safari that can accommodate a maximum of six guests. Spending the main part of the safari in the southern side of the park and in close vicinity of the island, guests are then invite to explore the South Luangwa Valley further upstream, enjoying a combination of exciting walking safaris and game drives in comfortable open 4x4 vehicles. Hosted by Graham Cooke, professional safari guide and Fransje van Riel, author of the book My Life with Leopards, published by Penguin Books, 2012. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Safarious My Life with Leopards: BBC Wildlife Magazine Book of the Month April 2013 This compelling story is a “must read” for anyone who loves nature and the challenges of helping two young leopards get back to their wild world. Well written, entertaining and emotional; to be enjoyed. Dr. Richard Leakey No other book I know takes you so deeply into the secret world of the leopard. Brian Jackman BBC Wildlife Magazine 14-My Life with Leopards Safaris.pdf
  7. If you've read my convoluted planning thread, you may recall that I'm trying to book a trip to Botswana for April/May 2014. Believe it or not, the trip still hasn't been finalized. My agent and I have been working with Wilderness Safari for a few months now. I think my trip is pretty straightforward (staying 14 nights in their camps, 3 at $Beyond- thru them) and I don't understand why we can't get the detail we need to finalize this thing. We've had the camps provisionally reserved for over a month now, you'd think it would be easier to hand someone a bunch of money! There have been numerous mistakes on quotes that I've caught (which admittedly my agent should have caught), as well as complete communication breakdowns. So, my question is... is this normal for Wilderness Safari's? The process is causing me to question whether or not I should pull the trip. They have mentioned that this was due to extenuating circumstances on their side (lots of passing back and forth). I'm losing confidence that anyone there actually looked at my booking. To make matter worse, my agent just left the country for three weeks. So, what am I asking? Heck if I know! I guess I'd like your experience if you've traveled to their camps. Is this normal? Is it a red flag? Did I just fall into a vortex of bad travel karma? Anyway, heads up because if I do pull the trip from them, I'm still going darn it! So, I'll be starting over and looking for advise.
  8. Great Plains Conservation is looking for an experienced and motivated reservations consultant to join their team in Cape Town. To be considered for the below position, which is available immediately, applicants should take note of the following information below, and have a strong background in terms of lodge/camp reservations especially for Botswana and ideally Kenya. Previous experience of working on OPERA will be of benefit in the application process Salary package is negotiable CV's should be emailed to Hilton Walker - hilton@greatplainsconservation.com If there is no reply to your submission within 3 weeks the application should be considered to have been unsuccessful Details on this position as follows: JOB TITLE - Reservations Consultant PLACE OF WORK - Great Plains Conservation Reservations Office, Bantry Bay, Cape Town SCOPE AND GENERAL PURPOSE - Respond to communications from all avenues concerning lodge/s reservations arriving via telephone, email, fax etc. Advise availability of rooms, as per telephonic and email requests received. Do new reservations on the Central Reservations System (OPERA) as well as update and amend existing reservations on the Central Reservations System. Create and send out documentation pertaining to information on the lodge/s as well as confirmation of reservations, pro forma invoices, amendment on reservations as well as cancellation of reservations. Follow – up of information required to finalize reservations as well as payments due on direct reservations and agents/operators account. RESPONSIBLE TO - Reservations Manager and Director LIAISES WITH - Sales Team and Lodge Managers and Country MD’s MAIN DUTIES - To process reservations by email, fax and telephone as well as from alternate avenues e.g: sales, lodge/s etc within a maximum turnaround time of 24 hours - Responsible for handling incoming calls in a professional, efficient, friendly manner. - Know property, room types available as well as lay out and location - Know the selling status, rates and value adds of packages - Know the deposit policy and cancellation policy of Great Plains Conservation - Create, update, amend and cancel reservations on the Central Reservations System (OPERA) - Send out documentation pertaining to information on the lodge/s as well as confirmation reservations, pro forma invoices, amendment on reservations as well as cancellation of reservations. - Communicate reservation information to the hotels and lodges - Assist in any special requests from agents/operators and guests - Ensure the lodge/s are aware of any additional services or requests required for them to action - Follow up on deposits/payments from direct guests and agent/operators - Process advances deposits and final payments on the Central Reservations System (OPERA) - Do general administration as per office roster or requested by management - Maintain a clean and neat appearance and work area at all times OCCASIONAL DUTIES - To assist management where necessary with duties related to the reservations department ABILITIES AND SKILLS - Excellent Customer Service Skills - Ability to work as part of a team - Excellent verbal and communication skills in English - Be Confident, employ Initiative and remain Flexible - Computer literate – Word, Excel, Internet, Outlook, OPERA QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE - Previous reservations experience for safari lodges - Understanding of logistics for guests travelling to Botswana and/or Kenya - 2 years working experience in a similar 5 star or safari company

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