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The Long Way Down

Partner: Tuk South

Location: Kenya

Date Published: 5th October 2021


The recent pandemic has seen the travel and tourism sector suffer, causing parks and the rangers that work to enable conservation to suffer in turn. To help combat this, four boys living in Kenya have decided to take to their Tuk Tuk.

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Sleeping Under the Stars

Partner: Nomad Tanzania

Location: Tanzania

Date Published: 5th October 2021


Our friends at Nomad Tanzania have told us about their fly-camping experience, and why Katavi is the perfect place to do it. 

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Celebrating World Animal Day with Kerrio

Partner: The Sheldrick Trust 

Destination: Kenya

Date Published: 4th October 2021


The Sheldrick Trust shared this story on World Animal Day - it's a story of loss, hope, and the importance of organisations like theirs.

In Nairobi, Kerrio found herself back at the trust’s nursery, but a saddening twist in her already devastating story revealed itself.

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Mallets at the Ready!

Partner: Ndali Lodge

Destination: Uganda 

Date Published: 30th September 2021


Aubrey and Clare of Ndali Lodge have an exciting new project underway - bringing croquet (and strawberries) from North Yorkshire to the heart of Uganda. 

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New Camp, New Sightings

Partner: River Camps 

Destination: Uganda 

Date Published: 30th September 2021


Situated between the stunning Murchison Falls and Kibale Forest National Park is Nguse River Camp, recently opened by our partners at River Camps Uganda.

Since opening, the camp has had some curious new guests... 

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Cycling for Change

Partner: Masaka Cycling Club

Destination: Uganda 

Date Published: 30th September 2021


A cycling club in southern Uganda are helping disadvantaged children ride towards their dreams and work towards better equality in the biking community.

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World Rhino Day

Partner: Great Plains Conservation

Location: Botswana

Date Published: 22nd September 2021


The photo here is not one you see every day: one of two rhinos being airlifted over the Okavango Delta.

After a flood arrived cutting them off, action had to be taken quickly to ensure their survival.

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Brilliant Africa's Emerging Talent

We at Brilliant Africa use photographs every day to illustrate the amazing sights of East Africa, so much so, that we’ve decided to spotlight a few of our favourite emerging talents each month. 

Our aim is to repost the work of these emerging talents to help boost their platform and shine a light on the amazing talent East Africa has on offer! 

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Starting the Conversation

Partner: Asilia Africa

Location: Kenya and Tanzania

Date Published: 21st September 2021


Asilia’s aim is to better serve international guests who require driver guides, and so they've widened their pool of multilingual speakers based in both Kenya and Tanzania. 

This change utilizes how fascinating and broad Africa is linguistically.

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Spotted something, Mara Naboisho

Conservation With Hemingway’s

Partner: Hemingway's Collection

Location: Kenya

Date Published: 21st September 2021


Hemingways Watamu is a founder and financial supporter of the Watamu Marine Association, supporting the natural biodiversity and ecosystem of Watamu on the Kenyan Coast. 

Further inland, Hemingways Ol Seki Mara is supporting The Big Cat Project, helping secure the future of the lion, cheetah and leopard. 

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No.1 Hotel in the World!

Partner: Virgin Mahali Mzuri

Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya

Date published: 21st September


Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari Camp has been ranked as the Number One Hotel in the World.

This is a testament to the beauty of Mahali Mzuri; the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards provides inspiration and guidance to some of the most passionate travellers. 

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Mahali Mazuri - Richard Branson's award-winning lodge

Reducing the Footprint

Partner: Asilia Africa

Location: Tanzania

Date Published: 21st September 2021


Singita has introduced a levy to help make all new bookings with them carbon neutral. 

This comes after a change in 2016 when the Tanzanian government pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by 10-20%

Dunia Camp in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Wildebeest all the way down, Serengeti

Ride 4 Girls

Partner: Kara Tunga

Location: Kenya

Date published: 21st September 2021


Kara Tunga is aiming to provide 20 vulnerable girls from various communities along the Tour of Karamoja bike trail with the opportunity of receiving life-changing education. 

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Milk to Market

Partner: The Sarara Foundation

Destination: Kenya

Date published: 21st September 2021


The Sarara Foundation is proud to announce the Milk to Market Program - an initiative for the Samburu women to sell their excess goat milk to the nearby elephant sanctuary. 

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Walk a Wonder of the World

Partner: Nomad Tanzania

Destination: Tanzania

Date published: 2nd September 2021


Entamanu Ngorongoro lodge is offering some incredible walks not to be missed. The lodge has a private driveway spanning 9km; blissfully secluded, they occupy the only spot in the world where you can see the Crater and the Serengeti simultaneously, making it a destination in its own right.

Take an epic amble along the edge of one of the wonders of the world; spot game from above, and see through the eyes of your Maasai guide. Better yet, drop in on a Maasai boma for a warm welcome into another existence. 

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Green Sands at Nomad

Partner: Sands at Nomad

Destination: Diani Beach, Kenya

Date Published: 1st September 2021


The Sands at Nomad is introducing new initiatives to take more steps towards becoming a gold-rated accommodation for sustainable tourism. 

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New Ways to Travel

Partner: Africa Safari Classics

Destination: Kenya

Date published: 31st August 2021


The newly built Chinese express, Standard Gauge Railway, is now operational in Kenya between Nairobi and Mombasa. As of right now, it stops at two major tourist destinations: Mtito Andei and Voi Town. 

Instead of taking the busy highway or catching a flight to Nairobi or Mombasa, you can now easily board this train to your accommodation and explore the surrounding Chyulu Hills National Park, Tsavo West and Tsavo East

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Conservation through Tourism

Partner: Nature Discovery

Destination: Tanzania

Date published: 25th August 2021


A new conservation video series featuring the Tanzanian northeastern circuit - Conservation Through Tourism - aims to “take people on a journey from the snow-capped peaks at the highest point in Africa to the tropical white sand beaches of the Tanzania mainland coast”.

The project provides a unique insight into what's happening on the ground with the aim of further illustrating the importance of leveraging tourism to protect the natural, historical and cultural resources of the country.

Every 5 Acres Project

Partner: Destination Jungle Safaris

Destination: Uganda

Date published: 21st August 2021


Every 5 Acres is a new project from the Association for the Conservation of Bugoma Forest (ACBF). The goal of the initiative is to counter the rapid deforestation of Uganda's forests - in particular the Bugoma Forest - through purchase of land for reforestation, with an initial target set for 100 acres. Current costs per acre of land is $1,900 USD. The first 10 acres has been purchased by donors to the association. 

The reforestation of the land bought through the initiative is managed by the association, and the first 5 acres is currently undergoing reforestation work. 

To learn more about the initiative, watch the video below. 

A new arrival on Namiri Plains

Partner: Asilia Africa

Destination: Tanzania

Date published: 24th August 2021


On Tanzania’s Namiri Plains - Manja - the melanistic serval and his mate have brought a new melanistic serval kitten into the world for a second time! 

The litter is made up of two playful kittens. One has inherited its mothers tan fur with black spots, and the other has taken on its father recessive black colouring. 

Melanism is extremely rare in a serval, so a melanistic serval passing it on to his offspring is nothing short of a phenomenon. The fact that Manja and his mate have managed this successfully twice in less than a year is nothing short of a miracle!

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Conservation, Communities & Cameras

Partner: Asilia Africa

Destination: Kenya

Date published: 24th August 2021


Designed for photographers of all abilities, this new adventure was created to add ‘a deeper dimension to a classic photographic safari’.

The itinerary aims to showcase how wildlife conservation and community empowerment can go hand in hand with tourism.

Ngoron-going for Gold

Partner: Nomad Tanzania

Destination: Tanzania

Date published: 24th August 2021


Entamanu Ngorongoro Camp has been nominated for Tanzania's Leading Tented Safari Camp in this year’s World Travel Awards!

The Entamanu Ngorongoro sits on the remote northwestern corner of the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, accessed by a private road with views over the Serengeti. Its location is tucked away and remote, in a secluded pocket of East Africa surrounded by stunning views. 

A destination in its own right, the camp is the only spot in the world where you can see both the Crater and the Serengeti simultaneously!

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Saruni Goes Green

Partner: Saruni

Destination: Kenya

Date published: 18th August 2021


Saruni Mara and Saruni Samburu have replaced their electric systems with state-of-the-art solar power plants, providing 80 percent of each camp’s electricity both for guests and staff.

This is part of a wider trend across East Africa as camp owners and operators do their best to transition to a more green economy. 

Date Published: 18th August 2021

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New Experiences at Gibb's Farm & Lemala

Partner: Gibbs Farm, Lemala Camps

Destination: Tanzania

Date published: 18th August 2021


Gibb’s Farm are offering horse riding as a new activity for in-house guests as well as day visitors, exploring 8kms of trails on a gentle morning or afternoon ride. Helmets are provided and must be worn. Rack rate US$100 per person, or US$120 if combining with lunch at Gibb’s Farm. Pre-booking is essential.

Lemala Camps & Lodges have launched new multi-day walking safaris in the northern Serengeti, staying in fly-camps and exploring on foot for two or more days.

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Mara River Crossing!

Partner: Safari Soles Tours

Destination: Tanzania

Date published: 3rd August 2021


The migration is well underway in Tanzania, check out the video below of a Mara River crossing taken on 27th July 2021!

Every year, millions of wildebeest, zebra, and other herd animals cross the Serengeti in Tanzania, heading north to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. One of the most incredible wildlife events in the world, the migration is fundamental to the entire Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.

Thanks to Bryson Robert from Safari Soles Tours for the video!

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The Great Migration, a perilous journey.

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