We would like to bring to your attention the current delays we are experiencing at OR Tambo International Airport.
The South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) recently implemented Bio-metric scans for all travelers applying for Visas on arrival, previously there where two queues, one for Visa applications and one for non-Visa or Visa already issued travelers, unfortunately this has now been reduced to one queue which has resulted in an average queuing time of 1 – 1hour30 minutes.
Collectively as an Industry we are again lobbying the DHA to staff up accordingly and until this has been addressed by the DHA the situation remains chaotic.
We would like to suggest that for guests with close connecting times, that we include meet and greet services in their itineraries. Although not always permitted, we do have access to the fast track counter which for the large part we can use to get your guests through and onto their connecting flight. We would suggest that nothing less than 3 hours is factored in when booking connecting flights.
A small new property in the Sera Conservancy offers the unique opportunity to track black rhinoceros.
Ranger tracks rhinos that have microchips embeded
Some facts on the black rhino of Sera Conservancy:
- Through traditional Samburu tracking methods and transmitters that are connected to a microchip in the horns of the 11 black rhinos – guests will track within metres of the rhinos
- This is East Africa’s only black rhino tracking experience on foot
- This is the first time in East Africa a local community is responsible for the protection and management of the highly threatened black rhino
- This is a historical moment - 11 black rhino were relocated last year to Sera, a vast private wilderness of over 350,000 acres in northern Kenya
- Black rhino haven’t been in Samburu for over 25 years. The key objective of this project is to protect and increase their numbers
- Very few tourists have ever been to Sera – this community partnership opens up this vast and pristine wilderness to low impact tourism
- The rhino are located in a 54,000 hectare fenced sanctuary within this vast wilderness
- In addition to tracking the rhinos, your stay at Saruni Rhino will allow guests to visit the incredible bird watching paradise called “Fifty Wells”, where hundreds of thousands of birds congregate every day; the nearby newly-opened Reteti Elephant Orphanage operated by NRT; and to explore one of the most spectacular regions in Kenya where the traditional Samburu culture remains unchanged
About the lodge
- Must be over 16 to experience the rhino tracking
- Small, rustic and intimate with just two cottages sleeping four–six people
- An additional tented camp inside the rhino sanctuary will be added soon
- Opens 1st February 2017
How to sell it
- Suggested itinerary is two nights at Saruni Samburu and two nights at Saruni Rhino
- All bookings to Saruni Rhino must be combined with Saruni Samburu
- Fly in and out of Kalama (in Samburu) on scheduled flights
Contact your ARP Travel Group Consultant for details.
Please be advised that Uroa Bay in Zanzibar will be closed for renovations starting 01 May 2017 for approximately three weeks. While the hotel remains a preferred choice of many families and business travellers alike, these extensive renovations will allow us to provide the very best hotel experience to their valued clients.
During the renovation period, they apologise for any inconvenience and offer our sincere thanks for your patience and support.
Citing plans for extensive renovations and low business, the owners of Kenya's Galdessa Camp in Tsavo East have announced that the camp will be closing on 01 November and will remain closed through 2017.
Bisate Lodge (opening June 2017) will be located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone – the word bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke and Karisimbi rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Twelve guests will stay in six sumptuous en-suite rooms that maximise comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda.
Bisate is within easy driving distance of Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Its vision of reforestation and rehabilitation means that each guest is invited to participate in our biodiversity conservation efforts, as well as engage and meet the local community – in addition to learning about and making a far-reaching positive impact on an iconic endangered species: the mountain gorilla.
Aside from tracking one of the ten habituated gorilla groups, other attractions include Iby’wacu cultural village, the Twin Lakes of Buhondo and Burera, the lava tunnels of the Musanze Caves, Dian Fossey’s grave, and even seeing the endemic golden monkey. Walks on the extensive property offer birding and participation in the reforestation programme.
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Camp
Continuing with their ongoing efforts to keep improving the Sanctuary Retreat properties across Tanzania, they are delighted to announce that both Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp and Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp have undergone significant upgrades.
The classic safari tents at both properties have been raised off the ground using beautiful and sustainably sourced teak wooden flooring. This is to improve the safety and comfort of our guests, as well as decrease the camps' impact on the environment.
Building on their brand's history of providing luxurious accommodation in the heart of the African wilderness, further improvements have also been made inside the tents, with the addition of new toilets, showers and other amenities.
Guests to these properties can still expect all the usual indulgences one has come to expect from Sanctuary Retreats, such as delicious dietary-sensitive food, expert guides and first-class service.
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp offers stunning forest vistas, with views overlooking deep into a valley of lush rainforest.
The journey to Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp is also spectacular, with the crater rim made up of an intricate serpent of roads in the clouds. Driving between the Maasai herders, their cows and the region's wildlife as the light plays with various shades of green gives an eerie sense of timelessness.
Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp
Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp moves between three different locations, literally following the migration as it travels across the Serengeti.
Depending on exact migration movement, the camp will be in the Western Serengeti from April to July, the Northern Serengeti from August to November and the Southern Serengeti from December to March, ensuring guests never miss the action.
As the Great Migration moves into the Serengeti, both Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp and Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp are perfectly positioned to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Perched on the rim of an extinct volcano, Nomad Tanzania’s latest properties offers stunning view and exceptional service. The camp opened on 1st August and has left guests delighted with their stay. Roomy tents are complimented by a comfortable lounge tent and intimate dining tent.
If you would like to book your clients’ stay, contact your ARP Travel Group specialist.