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Dusit Hotels International Brings Hybrid Hospitality to Nairobi

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Dusit Hotels International Brings Hybrid Hospitality to Nairobi - TRAVELINDEXNairobi, Kenya, August 8, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The new Dusit Princess Hotel Residences Nairobi features a unique hybrid collection of one-bedroom apartments, studio apartments, and deluxe hotel rooms in the leafy commercial hub of Westlands in the city of Nairobi. Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has continued its global expansion with the opening of a unique hybrid property in Nairobi – Dusit Princess Hotel Residences – which features 100 spacious deluxe hotel rooms and apartments in the city’s prime Westlands neighbourhood, just 40 minutes by road from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport via the newly built Nairobi Expressway.

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Designed to meet the needs of business and leisure travellers alike, the new upper-midscale property is tastefully furnished in a contemporary style and offers superior in-stay essentials for short and long-stay guests.

Throughout its 14 deluxe hotel rooms, 30 studio apartments, and 56 one-bedroom apartments, guests can expect highly comfortable beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, high-pressure showers, and thoughtful working spaces complete with USB charging ports and complimentary high-speed internet access. The one-bedroom apartments also feature a kitchenette and dining area with a built-in fridge, microwave oven, a four-plate induction cooker, and a washing machine with dryer. High ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows allow for plenty of natural light and stunning views of the city’s skyline.

Alongside Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality, artfully blended with Kenyan culture and heritage, guests will enjoy a wide range of facilities, including a heated swimming pool, an ultra-modern rooftop gym, and five state-of-the-art meeting rooms whose combined capacity can seat up to 150 guests in theatre style.

For dining, guests can choose from an efficient, convenient grab-and-go outlet and two exciting additions to Nairobi’s food and beverage scene – The Olive Restaurant and The Aviary Lounge Bar.

The Olive Restaurant is a modern Italian-inspired all-day dining outlet whose décor bears the colours and images of harvested grapes and olives. Alongside buffet breakfast, it offers a carefully curated variety of international cuisines and local favourites.

The new rooftop hangout The Aviary Lounge Bar, meanwhile, is a vibrant place to meet, mingle and relax in a modern, stylish setting inspired by the life of birds, flora and fauna. Decorated with elegant bird cages and featuring sweeping views of the city, The Aviary Lounge elevates the bar experience even further with its wide range of classic, innovative cocktails, creative bar snacks, and atmospheric beats from an in-house DJ.

Guests and residents at Dusit Princess Hotel Residences Nairobi will also benefit from the property’s unique local connections offering numerous opportunities to explore the rich heritage of Kenya’s capital and the natural wonders of its broader surrounds. The Nairobi National Park, the only national park in the world within a capital city, is only a 45-minute drive from the property. A day trip gives guests the opportunity to spot big game such as lions, buffaloes, leopards, rhinos, and more.

“Dusit Princess Hotel Residences Nairobi has all the elements to deliver comfort and convenience at excellent value for international guests and locals alike,” said the property’s General Manager, Mr Franco Rienzo. “Our prime location in the exclusive Westlands neighbourhood is only five kilometres from the CBD, and our unique blend of one-bedroom apartments, studio apartments, and deluxe hotel rooms ensures we are the ideal base for short trips and extended stays – a great option for anyone looking to work remotely from the hotel in style.

“With global travel rebounding and Kenya’s tourist arrivals on the rise, we look forward to welcoming the world to discover Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality at Dusit Princess Hotel Residences Nairobi, an exciting new addition to Nairobi’s hospitality industry.”

To celebrate its opening, Dusit Princess Hotel Residences Nairobi is offering a special room package starting from only USD 3,500 per month for a one-bedroom apartment and USD 120 per day for the entry-level room (deluxe room with breakfast). The offer is inclusive of all taxes and valid from 1 September to 31 December 2022.

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About Dusit International
Established in 1948, Dusit International or Dusit Thani Public Company Limited (DUSIT) is a leading hospitality group listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Its operations comprise five distinct yet complementary business units: hotels and resorts, hospitality education, food, property development, and hospitality-related services.

The group’s portfolio of hotels, resorts and luxury villas includes more than 300 properties operating under a total of six brands (Dusit Thani, Dusit Devarana, dusitD2, Dusit Princess, ASAI Hotels, and Elite Havens) across 16 countries worldwide. The group also operates culinary schools and hospitality colleges in Thailand, plus catering companies for the education sector in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Dusit International’s diversified investments in real estate development, hospitality-related services, and the food sector are part of its long-term strategy for sustainable growth, which focuses on three key areas: balance, expansion and diversification.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Rebuilding Confidence in Intra-Africa Tourism

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Rebuilding Confidence in Intra-Africa Tourism - VISITSEYCHELLES.org - TRAVELINDEXVictoria, Mahe, August 8, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The Aviation & Allied Business Journal has published an interview with Alain St.Ange former Seychelles Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine on “Rebuilding Confidence In Intra-Africa Tourism” republished because the points made are seen as interesting for Africa and its islands.

Q: You were the successful tourism minister of the Seychelles who turned tourism around to reach new heights. What are you doing now?

A: After my years in Government of the Seychelles that ended with me as the island’s Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine I ran to become the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in my country’s bid to get Africa to lead this UN Body, but politics can often bring out the worst that left our continent licking its wounds. But that is history, and after that UN Saga, I launched my very own Tourism Consultancy (Saint Ange Tourism Consultancy) and have been actively working with Tourism Boards, Ministries of Tourism and also the Private Sector groupings all over Africa and in the ASEAN Block.

This keeps me very busy, and more so with the reopening of tourism in this post-covid era. I was also one of the three Presidential Candidates for our island nation in the 2020 Presidential Election because I was determined to use tourism and aviation to recreate a solid economy for Seychelles. I was not successful but the seeds sown to keep tourism alive with diversification possibilities within the tourism industry continues to be heard as discussion points on a daily basis. Today I continue to do what I love and deliver with passion and this is assisting tourism to grow where ever my expertise is called for.

Q: Tourism is no more the same as the pre-covid times. Your thoughts.

A: Tourism cannot be the same as before. Sitting on our past approaches and successes is only a remedy to disaster. Covid showed the world how fragile tourism and aviation was and how easily economies depending on this industry could find themselves in trouble. One can ask if we have learnt our lessons, or if we are acting as ostriches and burying our heads in the sand hoping for the best. Nothing will happen by itself and if you are talking about our great continent of Africa, we can all see approaches of the past and the inability for our States to call in their human assets beyond their political party lines and ‘place square pegs in square holes and round pegs in round holes’ and in so doing give the country a fighting chance to bring a break for our investors.

Q: This brings us to our burning question. Can the key tourism source markets of pre-covid be taken for granted, and is it time for a new impetus for Intra-Africa approaches?

A: Africa is the continent for the future. It has everything, but it is also not able to reap the benefits of what it has been blessed with for the benefit of it citizens. The first step for Africa to do is to get to know Africa and then decide for Africa to work with Africa. Out key tourism source markets are still salvageable, but they have their own challenges. They have a thirst for travel after being locked up two years, but their economy is going through difficult times, inflation is hitting them badly, and the new Russia – Ukraine war has brought about new challenges. The reality check for 2022 onwards is saying loud and clear – reassess, re-plan, re-launch and to be more focused. Keeping a foot in each camp is today essential as we should be working to re-grab our key traditional tourism source markets as we should be energizing regional and continental options.

Uniting countries in marketing groups to create a new tourism destination as was done successfully in the Indian Ocean with the Vanilla Islands concept is today worth exploring, but opening doors to our very own Intra-Africa options is over necessary. African discerning travelers are good holiday makers and should be targeted and tourism and travel shows across Africa should be given new clout as this will give continental options to our continent’s potential travelers. Yes we have a lot of tidying up to do, but it can be done and if we take the line of President Obama of ‘Yes We Can’ and ride on this wave there will be a stronger re-bound of our continent’s industry.

Q: What sort of challenges and tidying are you talking about?

A: Africa needs to deliver on what we say we are. Value for money is more important than ever, and for Africa Governments to accept that tourists are not milking cows. We have to earn every dollar we make and stop dreaming of new taxes and fees. But we also need to go back to basics with inhouse training and assessments. Get outside help to bring the industry together as the saying of ‘No One Is A Prophet In His Own Country’ is also still true. Get the trade to embrace the need to relook at tourism with a post-covid eye and to accept the idea that tourism is not just our bread and butter, but that is can be a full breakfast if we are together as one in this needed public-private sector task force to deliver for our respective economies.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Legendary Expeditions Helicopter is Back for Private Adventures

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Legendary Expeditions Helicopter is Back for Private Adventures - TRAVELINDEXArusha, Tanzania, July 19, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / We’re thrilled to announce that the Legendary helicopter is back, once again providing guests with the opportunity to indulge in exhilarating aerial adventures. Now operating out of Arusha, our home base allows the freedom to offer an even wider range of flight options: from scenic transfers and breath-taking excursions to full-blown journeys. The sky is the limit.

A private helicopter trip is truly a legendary experience and promises to be a highlight of any itinerary. Our expert pilots, high performance H125 helicopter and incredible landscapes provide more than enough reason to explore the endless horizon. Choose from any of our unforgettable adventures to leave guests truly inspired.

SCENIC TRANSFERS
Upgrade your standard fixed wing transfer from a Legendary Expeditions or Chem Chem Safaris property to a thrilling, private helicopter flight to your next destination.

SCENIC EXCURSIONS
Include a scenic helicopter excursion as an additional safari experience, exploring the unspoiled wilderness from above and discovering otherwise unreachable destinations.

FULL JOURNEYS
For the ultimate all-encompassing expedition, our helicopter is available to be exclusively reserved for the entirety of your East African safari circuit.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Barefoot Elegance at Sala Beach House on Dolphin Coast

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Barefoot Elegance at Sala Beach House on Dolphin Coast - SOUTHAFRICATOURISM.org - TRAVELINDEXDurban, South Africa, July 9, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The exquisite new Sala Beach House opens on South Africa’s Dolphin Coast. South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coastline has an exciting new boutique hotel – the effortlessly stylish Sala Beach House which opens this month.

Sala (meaning “stay” in Zulu) is an intimate, privately owned & run boutique hotel nestled between Ballito and Shaka’s Rock and offers breathtaking, uninterrupted ocean views Dolphin Coast, with private beach access to the protected tidal pool and gorgeous, sandy sheltered swimming beach at Thompson’s Bay.

The property comprises a main house with four luxury guestrooms, three incredibly spacious suites sharing the use of 2 pools, as well as a separate, self-contained 3-bedroom private villa with its own pool.

Soft textured furnishings and muted tones partner perfectly with carefully selected contemporary, natural furnishings and décor. The mood and balance set is one of rest, relaxation, sea air and sunshine.

No expense has been spared with in-room amenities and conveniences – from coffee makers to USB ports and international sockets (in abundance on both sides of the bed – this excites us !)

We are sure this new hideaway will fast become a firm favourite with singles and couples wanting a smaller, boutique offering and the coastal surrounding. However, with just 10 rooms, Sala Beach House is also the perfect sole use location for celebrations and multi-generational gatherings too.

Sala’s prime location guarantees “wow” factor as a backdrop to its infinity pool, yoga deck and fire pit. Just twenty minutes from King Shaka International Airport, Sala Beach is positioned as the perfect ‘beach’ partner for a safari pairing in northern Zululand.

The Sala Spa will be launching in August and promises to deliver rejuvenation and relaxation with signature treatments and locally sourced amenities.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

A Zambian Dining Experience at Avani Victoria Falls

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A Zambian Dining Experience at Avani Victoria Falls - TOURISMAFRICA.org - TRAVELINDEXLivingstone, Zambia, July 6, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Guests at Avani Victoria Falls Resort can immerse themselves in a truly Zambian dining tradition during a boma dinner at the resort’s African restaurant, Mukuni Boma. Sit under the stars, lounge fireside with a Zambian feast, enjoy live bands, traditional dancing and ground yourself to the beautiful Zambian rituals on the banks of the majestic Zambezi River.

Dining under glow

The setting of the boma dinner depicts a Zambian village where guests sit under the stars and lounge fireside for an authentic boma meal, which is a traditional, open-air African dinner. When walking into the Mukuni Boma, guests are greeted by the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa before being seated and invited to taste the local brew. A four-course menu consisting of Pan African food and game meat on barbeque is then served. An indigenous Zambian dish sure to delight guests is Chikanda, a snack prepared with a tuber of chikanda orchids. The small-sized tubers are dried and pounded, and then combined with a thick mixture of peanuts and dry chili peppers. Chikanda is often referred to as African polony, because of its meat-like consistency. Ifisashi is another popular Zambian meal made with peanuts, tomatoes, onions, and greens such as pumpkin leaves, sweet potato leaves, spinach and collard greens. The ingredients are cooked until the peanut sauce achieves a desired, thick consistency.

The real fun begins after dinner as guests are treated to an interactive traditional African drum show and performances. Traditional singers, djembe drum performers and expert Amakhezi traditional dancers spark the night with vibrant and energetic songs and dance. The engaging and welcoming atmosphere means guests can fully take part in the evening’s festivities by joining the dance and beating the drums to create an unforgettable experience.

Beauty close to the edge

Avani Victoria Falls Resort is situated in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and offers unmatched encounters with the majestic and spectacular Victoria Falls and Zambia’s amazing wildlife. With complimentary and unlimited access to Victoria Falls, guests at the resort can witness one of nature’s greatest treasures throughout their stay. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away and a selection of clearly marked pathways take visitors to different sections of the falls, including vantage points where views of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot where the river heads down the Batoka Gorge are merely several metres away.

Adventures of a lifetime

The resort’s strategic location and eclectic environment mean the possibilities of recreational activities are endless. Guests can lift their spirit with a scenic adventure on one of the resort’s helicopters tours or microlight flights and marvel at the incredible power of the falls from a different perspective. The exquisite tranquility of the river and the exhilarating thrill of authentic Africa can be experienced by canoeing through the Zambezi River. Rare sights of birds and river wildlife can be spotted as visitors raft down the Zambezi and explore quiet channels. A visit to the historic Livingstone Island provides a one-of-a-kind swim at what feels like the edge of the world in the Devil’s Pool. Panoramic horseback trails take novice and experienced riders along the striking African Bushveld with the exciting possibility of spotting wildlife.

About Avani Hotels & Resorts
Launched in 2011, Avani Hotels is part of the global hospitality group Minor Hotels (BKK: MINT) and was designed for the millennial-minded traveller whose priorities are style, value and comfort. Avani is an upbeat and contemporary hotel concept that delivers the perfect balance, with a focus on good sleep, designed social spaces, locally inspired sustenance and friendly service.

Avani welcomes guests to over 30 properties in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Seychelles, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, the United Arab Emirates and Portugal, with a rapidly growing pipeline across Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Storrington PR Appointed by Leading Namibia Safari Group

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Storrington PR Appointed by Leading Namibia Safari Group - TOURISMAFRICA.org - TRAVELINDEXWindhoek, Namibia, July 5, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Award-winning Ultimate Safaris is a Namibian Conservation Travel Company, dedicated to the protection and preservation of one of the most pristine and delicate wilderness areas on earth, has appointed established luxury travel and lifestyle agency Storrington PR to handle its UK public relations.

Considered one of the leading authorities on travel in Namibia, Ultimate Safaris boasts one of the most experienced, creative, and respected teams of experts in the industry. Since its founding in 2008, it has pioneered new ways to experience the awe-inspiring natural world of Namibia through conservation initiatives, seamless personal service, exceptional leadership, and an unwavering commitment to local communities.

Ultimate Safaris works with communities through its Conservation Travel Foundation to ensure that the future of the environment lies in the hands of the people living there. Their involvement is a critical element to the operation of Ultimate Safaris, fuelling a passion for the development of responsible and sustainable tourism, not just locally but in wider forums on the national level.

Tristan Cowley, Managing Director of Ultimate Safaris commented: “I am delighted to partner with Storrington PR to communicate our unique new approach to luxury safari experiences. Our focus is on redefining luxury to capture the essence of what a Namibian safari should be, as we continue to realise our vision of environmental sustainability, community development, and conservation.”

“We believe privacy, exclusivity, a focus on the quality of experience, plus total flexibility, are all possible while being perfectly comfortable in a captivating natural environment. Our guests are looked after by extraordinary people whose only desire is to ensure that each moment spent with us is as perfect as possible.”

“In our camps, guests fill their days with thrilling encounters, their nights with long-lasting and magical moments.”

The camps operated by Ultimate Safaris are designed to offer a true “back to nature” experience as today’s travellers are keen to experience the original safari concept of touching, smelling, and feeling the wild, with their feet occasionally skimming through the African dust. This ultimate connection with the earth, culture, and wildlife in a uniquely close way offers a truly exclusive connection, as well as being very different from everyday life.

Some of the camps are semi-permanent and seasonal, but the focus remains fixed on complete comfort. More adventurous guests can choose to go to sleep hearing only the naked sounds of the desert silence and waking up to a chorus announcing the start of a new day. This intimacy can only be achieved in the wildest, remote, and private places, and by keeping guests well away from the beaten path. Warm hospitality is guaranteed whatever the camp designation – whether Comfort, Classic, or Premium.

Travellers seeking complete privacy also have the option of Ultimate Safaris’ Private Retreats, among the most extraordinary in Africa in terms of sustainability, quality, design, and décor while remaining focused on reinvesting revenues into conservation.

Guests are immersed in enchanting Namibian landscapes while enjoying the expert attention of handpicked naturalist guides and award-winning gourmet chefs. Discerning, sophisticated, and understated management is complemented by private butlers who ensure a level of care and an absolute concentration on personal attention which serves as a benchmark of hospitality at iconic and exclusive private retreats in Namibia.

Li Boatwright, Founder and CEO of Storrington PR commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Ultimate Safaris to deliver their concept of harmonious, productive, and life-enriching luxury safari experiences to our UK audience.”

“Modern travellers now value the commitment to conservation, to wildlife, a sustainable environment, and local communities as relevant to their luxury travel experience. Nowhere is this focus more treasured than in the pristine wilderness of Namibia. Luxury travel with a light footprint and a feeling of giving something back is more than desirable, it can be seen today as an essential element of the whole journey.”

Storrington PR is a full-service public relations agency, catering exclusively to the luxury travel and hospitality sector. Comprising an exceptionally talented team, Storrington PR creates innovative and bespoke campaigns that deliver outstanding results for its clients across all media platforms.

About Ultimate Safaris
Founded in 2008, Ultimate Safaris is a multi-award-winning specialist in organising and operating well-orchestrated, privately guided, naturalist safaris for individuals as well as for small and intimate groups and boasts one of the most experienced, creative, and respected ‘tribes’ in the Namibian safari industry.

Their driving force is a carefully selected tribe of experts who are passionate about all aspects of Namibia and who understand the importance of seamless guest services. Ultimate Safaris employs the best naturalist guides and Journeysmiths, all of whom live and work in Namibia; and offers the finest portfolio of lodges, hotels, and camps (including our own); and operates a state-of-the-art fleet of specialized safari vehicles, ensuring an unequalled level of personal attention whilst maintaining the highest standards when planning and organizing Namibian safaris.

Investing heavily in continuous exploration of new safari possibilities makes Ultimate Safaris one of the most progressive and forward-looking safari companies in the country. Ultimate Safaris has also been involved in the development of responsible and sustainable tourism in a wider forum, and our principals have held a variety of executive decision-making positions concerning tourism on a national level.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve Acquires Prana Lodge

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Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve Acquires Prana Lodge - SOUTHAFRICATOURISM.org - TRAVELINDEXChintsa Bay, East London, South Africa, July 2, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The team behind one of the Eastern Capes premier boutique hotels, Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve are proud to announce the acquisition of Prana Lodge, a unique 5-star luxury beach lodge and wellness spa set in a pristine forest alongside the spectacular Chintsa Bay, just outside East London and within minutes of rolling savannah and private game viewing.

Prana Lodge is a well-known luxury retreat on the beach and is the perfect addition to the growing portfolio of boutique properties owned and managed by the Oceana team. Both Prana Lodge and Oceana will now be managed and marketed by the teams’ Management Company, Authentic Retreats.

Chris Roberts, MD of Oceana & Authentic Retreats says;

“Prana Lodge is a fantastic addition to our portfolio and we’re extremely proud to continue to build upon the Davidson family’s legacy. The product offering in this beautiful beachfront destination is phenomenal, and we as a team are hugely excited to grow upon the successes of the much loved, unique Prana Lodge experience”.

Gail Davidson, MD of Prana Lodge says;

“Authentic Retreats will be taking over the management and marketing of Prana Lodge from the 1st of August 2022. Plans have been put in place for a seamless handover, with an emphasis on continuity of the excellent guests experiences that Prana Lodge is known for. It is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to our small piece of paradise. A paradise that has offered us the ability live and love what is so fundamental to the wellbeing of each of us – nature’s own beautiful existence and how she revitalises our souls at times least expected. Being able to offer this experience in the way we have with warm hearts, warm smiles, passion, and commitment, eases the burden of a goodbye.”

Authentic Retreats is a hotel management and marketing company based in South Africa, specialising in unique and boutique properties with extraordinary experiences. The Authentic Retreats team offer a diverse range of skills and a wealth of collective experience in the hospitality industry, and works to create exceptional guest experiences, add value to business models, protect assets, and build strong individual brands for high end luxury properties.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Wilderness Safaris Supports Giraffe Conservation Research

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Wilderness Safaris Supports Giraffe Conservation Research - TRAVELINDEXHwange National Park, Zimbabwe, June 13, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / With giraffe populations declining throughout Africa, Wilderness Safaris is delighted to be supporting the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) in Hwange National Park (HNP) with crucial field research. Wilderness Zambezi Ecologist, Innocent Mabika, used his local knowledge and expertise to assist with an initial survey in April 2022, during which a total of 2 671 individual giraffe observations were recorded over two weeks of data collection across the company’s private wilderness area in the park.

In just over three decades, giraffe numbers have dropped by almost 30% to approximately 117 000 remaining in the wild. In Zimbabwe, the GCF surveys found similar trends, with giraffe populations having declined by more than 50% during the same period, and by more than 20% in HNP over the past decade. These are alarming statistics for such an iconic African species. The biggest threat currently to the species is habitat loss. The GCF and its partners are working to secure and increase current giraffe numbers throughout Africa.

The survey was mostly conducted around Ngamo Plains, an area surrounded by camelthorn trees, which are favoured by browsing giraffe. Data was also collected around Back Pans, Wexcau, the concession’s airstrip and two waterholes.

The April HNP surveys focused on observations of the population dynamics of giraffes across various habitats. Data was also collected on their dietary preferences and was compared to how much favoured browse was available to the animals. This was determined by conducting 12 vegetation transects across different habitats in Wilderness’ area. The animals’ activities were also observed and recorded, to determine how much time was spent on each activity, at what time of day, and how external factors such as temperature, habitat type and herd size affected this activity.

63 population-dynamics observations were recorded. Initial data suggest that giraffe herds in HNP tend to be smaller in less favourable habitats, where resources are harder to come by, with larger herds found in favourable habitats. Around the Ngamo Pans area in HNP, with its many camelthorn trees and abundant water, the giraffes formed particularly large herds, often with more than 20 animals. It was also observed that different herds of giraffes would merge together at the Ngamo Pans to drink water, feed and interact, then split up and move off in different directions. Giraffe do not form stable herds and make use of fission-fusion dynamics, which is the separation and reuniting of smaller groups in a larger social network. This allows giraffes to adapt their herd size in response to environmental challenges.

916 dietary preference observations were made in the survey, indicating a strong partiality to specific tree species which make up the majority of the giraffes’ diet in HNP. Four – Dichrostachys cinerea (sicklebush), Diospyros lycioides (bluebush), Faidherbia albida (ana tree) and Vachellia erioloba (camelthorn) – contributed to more than 60% of the giraffes’ diet during the late rainy season.

1692 activity observations were confirmed. Giraffes have an extremely large body mass and spend a lot of time browsing to satisfy their nutritional requirements. Initial results indicate that they feed more actively in the early mornings and late afternoons, when temperatures are moderate. As temperatures rise during the day, giraffes become less active and spend more time ruminating in the shade of a tree. Interestingly, they seemed to favour a specific time of day to frequent the watering holes. The majority of these trips were done at midday, between noon and 2pm, and lasted up to an hour, with the animals drinking every few minutes. As predators are more active at night, especially around watering points, giraffes are most likely utilising the waterholes at this time as it is safer.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Radisson Hotel Group Opens 14th South African Property in Durban

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Radisson Hotel Group Opens 14th South African Property in Durban - HOTELWORLDS-TRAVELINDEXDurban, South Africa, June 9, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Radisson Hotel Group is proud to announce its entry into its fourth South African city, Durban, with the opening of Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga.

This opening brings the Group’s portfolio in one of its key African markets, South Africa, to fourteen hotels in operation and two under development.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga is located on the eastern coast of South Africa’s vibrant city of Durban, in its most affluent residential and entertainment hub, Umhlanga. The hotel has easy access to several popular beaches and is within walking distance of the three-kilometer Umhlanga Beach Promenade. Durban has become a must-visit for local and international travelers because of its vast and enchanting landscapes and ideal year-round weather. Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga is close to the Durban ICC with direct access to the luxury Oceans Mall, which boasts a variety of international brands and is just 5 minutes from King Shaka International Airport.

Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East & Africa at Radisson Hotel Group, says: “We are thrilled to make our debut in the welcoming city of Durban and cement our presence in our fourth South African city. South Africa continues to be a key market for us on the continent and we are proud to celebrate our 14th hotel opening milestone with the entry into Durban as we open a flagship property of this caliber. With its prime location overlooking the ocean adjacent to the exclusive Oceans Mall, this property will enhance Durban’s vibrant offering and we hope that we will be welcomed warmly into the local community.

With mesmerizing ocean views and 206 stylish and well-appointed rooms ranging from luxury suites, junior suites, and rooms for business travelers, to accessible rooms and family rooms, this upscale hotel caters to all travelers with a variety of amenities, including an outdoor pool, a kids play area, an executive business lounge, and a fitness center.

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar on the 6th floor will serve North American styled/inspired open flame cuisine and offer a variety of beers and beverages, master-crafted cocktails, and a curated collection of South African wines. Guests can visit the Coffee Lounge on the ground floor for freshly brewed coffee and homemade baguettes from the in-house bakery. The Pool Bar is the perfect location to relax, unwind, and soak up the sun while tasting a selection of light snacks and refreshing cold drinks and enjoying the spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.

Marius Earle, General Manager, Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga, says: “It is an honor to open and lead this flagship hotel. There is great excitement and anticipation in the city about this world-class property and I am delighted to welcome guests to experience our personalized service and stylish spaces, as we aim to make every moment matter for our guests and showcase Durban hospitality at its best.”

The meetings and events area comprises eight elegant meeting and conference venues fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including video conferencing capabilities and free high-speed Wi-Fi. The ballroom seats 600 guests in cinema style and leads into a foyer with access to an outdoor terrace which can cater up to 340 guests, perfect for any big or small occasion.

With the health and safety of guests and team members as its top priority, Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga is implementing the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol program. The in-depth cleanliness and disinfection protocols were developed in partnership with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and are designed to ensure guest safety and peace of mind from check-in to check-out.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Wilderness and Wayo Africa Enter Partnership for Positive Tourism Impact in Tanzania

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Wilderness and Wayo Africa Enter Partnership for Positive Tourism Impact in Tanzania - VISITTANZANIA.org - TRAVELINDEXKilimanjaro, Tanzania, June 3, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / As leaders in conservation and hospitality, Wilderness Safaris is delighted to welcome Wayo Africa into its Wilderness Brand Family, and to join forces to help increase their collective conservation footprint and positive impact in Tanzania, sharing the country’s extraordinary rich natural and cultural heritage with its guests.

“Tanzania is a remarkable wildlife destination, offering a range of rich and diverse wilderness experiences. We are therefore thrilled to be joining forces with the like-minded team at Wayo Africa, to grow our positive conservation footprint in the region, and to craft extraordinary experiences for our guests in some of the country’s most exclusive wilderness areas”, noted Wilderness Safaris CEO, Keith Vincent.

In addition to being one of Tanzania’s most respected safari brands, Wayo Africa’s small and immersive camps are located in remote locations, such as the southern section of Lake Manyara National Park at the base of a waterfall, and walking camps in the northern Serengeti. Their offering is unique and impactful, such as specialist-guided multi-day walking safaris in all the remote Serengeti Wilderness Zones, ensuring intimate wildlife encounters led by expertly trained guides.

Wayo Africa Founder, Jean du Plessis, and Co-owner and Director, Catherine Millington, have extensive experience in Tanzania, having initiated many of the country’s finest on-the-ground, off-the-vehicle activities and excursions. They have led the way in creating sustainable camps, and developing many talented youths into Africa’s most professional safari guides and rangers.

According to Jean, “We are so pleased to join forces with Wilderness, and feel that our combined passion for wild-places and the protection of wilderness for our children and beyond is what’s at the heart of both organisations. This partnership will give Tanzania, its wonderful people, and the entire industry even more of the great experiences we have developed over the past 25 years”.

“We are looking forward to this exciting new chapter for both Wilderness and Wayo, and working together to help support and train our staff, and ensure that our travel trade and all stakeholder relationships continue to be nurtured and grown – all the while focusing on how to maximise our positive impact and empower local communities”, concluded Keith.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News