News & Events in July 2021

World Ranger Day!

This Saturday, July 31st, is World Ranger Day!

As UNESCO puts it: World Ranger Day is celebrated on 31 July to commemorate Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and to celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the world's natural and cultural heritage.

If you want to take part in celebrating World Ranger Day, check out the virtual event from Global Biodiversity Festival. In their own words: This virtual festival has a simple goal, celebrating incredible men and women, doing incredible things around the world, day in and day out.

Date published: 30th July 2021

Ethiopia Airlines adds Wi-Fi!

*Partners & Services*

Ethiopian Airlines now offers onboard Wi-Fi, allowing you to stay connected even whilst you are cruising along the stratosphere en route to your East African adventure. All A350 aircraft already offer this service, with B777 and B787 currently being equipped.

The in-flight Wi-Fi hotspot utilizes a satellite-based connection and can provide connectivity when flying over most countries. This service can be paid for at the ticket office check-in counter, boarding gates and even on board.

Did you know that you can enjoy massive discounts on domestic flights, when you fly in on Ethiopian Airlines? Enquire for details

Date published: 29th July 2021

Stories From July 2021

New Baby Gorilla!

*Destination Update*

Wonderful news from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: a new baby gorilla has been born in the Bitukura family. The monitoring rangers from UWA report that the mother - Ruhara - is caring for her baby well. The newborn brings the total number of gorillas in the Bitukura family to 13. 

The Bitukura gorilla group is one of the 4 habituated groups found in the Ruhija area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The family names comes from the nearby Bitukura river. There are a number of gorilla families in Bwindi, including Bitukura, Oruzogo, Kyaguriro, and Mukiza in the Ruhija area.  

The latest gorilla survey completed in December 2019 puts the total number of gorillas in Bwindi at 460. 

Learn more about gorilla trekking in Uganda here

Thanks to Destination Jungle Safaris for the story!

Date published: 26th July 2021

Accommodation Discounts

*Special Offers*

Stay 6 nights but pay 4 at Kigelia Ruaha in Ruaha National Park, and Sand Rivers Selous in Nyerere National Park

Kigelia Ruaha

The small, intimate bush camp was designed to place as little as possible between you and these epic surrounds - and indeed, elephant drift through Kigelia as though it weren't there. Behold them from bed, digging for water in the sand beneath your tent. 3 magical nights here will get you your big game fix before heading onto the Sand Rivers...

Sand Rivers Selous

On a mile-wide bend in the Great Rufiji River in a part of the park no one else knows, there's a patch of paradise that lends itself to every kind of adventure you can imagine.

Boating, fishing, walking, fly-camping, game drives, pool-lounging, sundowning, massaging... 3 nights here will give you a sample of the smorgasbord we're spoilt with, being way out here in the wild.

Date published: 26th July 2021

Kenya & Tanzania 2021-2022 Season Begins

*Destination Update*

The month of July marks the start of the 2021-2022 travel season in Kenya and Tanzania. It's been an extremely difficult year for everyone in the industry, but we're all looking forward to welcoming travellers back to the camps, parks, and beaches of East Africa! 

The Great Migration is well underway, with massive crossings occurring daily in the northern parts of the Serengeti at the Mara River. The migration appears to be a little more unpredictable this year, partly explained by the below average amount of rainfall experienced from March to May. The wildebeest are further north than usual...it's all happening in East Africa!

Ready to start planning your East African adventure? Get in touch with our team, or check our destination guides below.  

Date published: 23rd July 2021

Kilimanjaro Guide Qualifications

*Partners & Services*

We are delighted that our friends and partners at Nature Discovery have completed the Wilderness First Responder certification via Sentinel Outdoor Institute, and all 38 guides have been re-certified for the 2021-2022 season. 

The Wilderness First Responder qualification demonstrates our collective commitment to safety and customer care. 

Ready to take on Kilimanjaro? Check out our guide to Kilimanjaro and example itineraries

Date published: 23rd July 2021

New Openings in Kenya & Tanzania

*Partners & Services*

Giraffe Manor announces the opening of their new Retreat from 1st August 2021, featuring a new swimming pool, Daisy’s café, sun deck, spa with sauna, hot tub and treatment rooms and four en suite day rooms. Spa treatments and day rooms are bookable only for guests who have booked another Safari Collection safari property, as well as Giraffe Manor (same rules as the Garden Manor). General facilities such as the pool and lounge areas can be enjoyed by Giraffe Manor guests.

Chui Lodge by Lake Naivasha recently opened Chui House, a four bedroom private safari house with chef, house attendants, safari guide and vehicle, offering an exclusive and entirely flexible safari experience for families or groups of friends. They will also open Kiboko House, another private house, coming soon.

The Z Hotel in Zanzibar has added several new facilities for their guests to enjoy: the new Sky Spa on the third floor of the hotel, featuring products by Inaya of Zanzibar, a fourth floor yoga deck with regular yoga classes and a new gym fitted out by Life Fitness USA.

Date published: 21st July 2021

Accommodation Discounts

*Special Offers*

Finch Hattons in Tsavo West National Park:

  • Stay 3 nights but pay 2 for travel from 2nd January 2022 - 14th June 2022, and from 15th October 2022 - 21st December 2022. Or, stay 4 nights but pay 3 for travel from 15th June 2022 - 14th October 2022. 

&Beyond – Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya:

  • To celebrate &Beyond’s 30-year anniversary, stay 4 nights but pay 3 at any &Beyond property for travel 11th January 2022 - 20th April 2022, and 1st November 2022 - 20th December 2022. All 4 nights must be at one camp and not split between multiple properties.

Date published: 21st July 2021

Tour of Karamoja

*Upcoming Event*

Cycling took off in a big way in Uganda during the first lockdown in March 2021. The restrictions eventually lifted, but the bikes stuck around. What started as simple weekend cycle events that followed a few different routes from Kampala to Jinja has grown to fully-fledged cycle routes that span far beyond the capital city walls. 

The flagship cycling event in Uganda is the Tour of Karamoja, a breathtakingly beautiful route that passes by the Karamojong and Turkana tribes. The trip used to run just once per year, but it's being run twice in 2021 in both April and October. The tour began in 2017, and was the brain child of the cyclist Paul Sherwin who moved to Eastern Uganda when he was 6. 

The 2017 event only had 25 participants, but it has grown year-on-year. In 2020, the route stretched further into the Kidepo Valley National Park, making it the first cycling event to ever pass through this remote wilderness. 

Date published: 20th July 2021

Ride The Rift 2021

*Upcoming Event*

If you were given the chance to grab a mountain bike and travel across the Ethiopian Rift Valley, surrounded by staggering views and mountains vistas, passing through rural villages and stopping only for picture-perfect picnics and fresh Ethiopian coffee; all while raising money for a great cause - would you take it?

The first Ride the Rift event took place in November 2020, and was a huge success. The event was a fundraiser to raise money for tourism workers in Ethiopia who had gone without income due to COVID-19 (over 600,000 Birr was raised). Two more events were held in 2021, and we are working with our partners to run more events later this year. Get in touch with us for details, and check out the incredible photos and videos by clicking the link below!

Date published: 2nd July 2021

Kenya & Tanzania Camp Updates

*Special Offers*

Kenya

Atua Enkop has released a special new offer. Combine 3 nights Elephant Bedroom Camp with 3 nights Mara Ngenche and spouse gets 50% off the nightly rate. Valid for stays until 14 July and 1 Oct – 20 Dec 2021.

Great Plains reopened Mara Plains this month, with a new two-bedroom suite coming later in June. They have also reopened Mara Toto as a seasonal migration camp, which will operate each year between May and November.

Kicheche Camps have introduced a new electric vehicle at Kicheche Mara, and a specialized photographic vehicle based at Kicheche Bush Camp.

Tanzania

Serengeti Balloon Safaris are flying high above the northern Serengeti skies from their base in Kogatende, from now until mid-November.

Legendary Expeditions - stay 5 nights or more and get 25% off your nightly accommodation rate. For stays until 19 December 2021.

Gibbs Farm stay 3 nights and pay for 2, from 1 November – 18 December 2021, or stay 4 nights and pay for 3 from 1 September – 31 October 2021.

Date published: 2nd July 2021

Stories From July 2021

Matemwe Special Offer & Ongoing Discounts

*Special Offers*

For all new bookings at Matemwe for July and August 2021, we are now offering a huge saving of 40%. This special can be applied to romantic breaks at the Retreat, relaxing beach getaways at the Main Lodge and family holidays at the Beach House.

Date published: 1st July 2021