Somewhere different….

Luxury Floating hotel

Zambezi Queen, Chobe River, Botswana

Each of the 14 suites aboard the Zambezi Queen features luxury comforts and touches such as air-conditioning and a private balcony from which to gaze over unobstructed views of the Chobe River and the wilderness beyond.

The Chobe River draws a diversity of wildlife along the shoreline, hippos are lolling about, and birdlife is just phenomenal, all of which seem undisturbed by the boat. There are also smaller boats for game viewing excursions, which offer even more up-close game viewing, and fishing is possible too. In fact there are quite a few water-based and land-based activities, so you definitely don’t feel like you are stuck on a boat the entire time. The big double beds are positioned so that when lying in bed you are treated to excellent game viewing right outside your window. The bathrooms are exceptionally impressive for a houseboat. The dining area is a lovely space to interact with fellow guests and enjoy refreshing beverages; wine and beers are included but premium alcohol is at an extra charge. The variety of meals served and everything is of a very high standard.

In the evenings, the sunsets are just fantastic, there really is something about an African sunset, especially one viewed from a luxurious houseboat on one of Botswana’s most impressive rivers.

A Granite Wilderness

Camp Amalinda, Matopos, Zimbabwe

Set in the distinctive Matobo Hills, the large granite boulders are the distinguishing feature of Camp Amalinda. All the rooms at the lodge are built into the rocks which adds a very ancient and organic quality. Because of these boulders each room has a completely unique size, shape, and layout – so each one feels special. The pool is very big and beautifully framed by the granite boulders, essentially a gorgeous rock pool, and a very cool respite in the heat of summer. The spa is right by the pool. History and dramatic natural beauty are the main drawcards to this lodge, the excursions to visit Cecil Rhodes’ grave and ancient San Rock art are particular highlights and it’s a great place for relaxing and taking in your surroundings. Wildlife isn’t as prolific as say, Hwange National Park but of course, the opportunity to track rhinos in the wild is unforgettable. Stargazing on the rocks behind the pool is excellent as well. The lodge is ideal for couples or small groups, but not ideal for anyone having difficulty with stairs or uneven ground. A relaxing escape for a few days of calm on a holiday and not necessarily of an adventurous safari, but it depends what you are looking for, and if you are looking for Rhinos and self-reflection it’s perfect!

Ethiopian Airlines – new destination

Effective 16 Dec 2019 Ethiopian Airlines will be flying three times weekly to Houston, Texas, USA.

Return fares from:

Economy class USD 796
Business class USD 3656

  • All above fares are return fares inclusive of taxes and exclusive of service charges.
  • Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply

Ethiopian Airlines – new destination

Effective 13 Dec 2019 Ethiopian Airlines will be flying three times weekly to Athens, Greece.

Return fares from:

Economy class USD 680

Business class USD 2376

  • All above fares are return fares inclusive of taxes and exclusive of service charges.
  • Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply

 

Ethiopian Airlines – On-board Wi-Fi Internet Connectivity

Ethiopian Airlines has introduced On-board Wi-Fi Internet connectivity using the latest state-of-the-art broadband satellite technology (Ka-band). Passengers will enjoy reliable connectivity for sending emails, shopping online or even chatting on social media while flying over the clouds!

Passengers can access the inflight connectivity service by purchasing vouchers at Ethiopian Airlines sales outlets, Addis Ababa International Airport Customer Service Desk, Boarding Gates and Cabin Crews onboard the flights. Online sales through credit/debit card and ShebaMiles miles are also additional options for passengers to enjoy the service. The inflight Wi-Fi can be accessed with smart phones, tablets and laptops.

Govt to refurbish key historic sites countrywide

Key historical sites in the country are set to get a facelift.

Sports and Culture Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed while touring ancient sites at the coast said Vasco Da Gama pillar is among priorities as the government looks to increase revenues from the visits to the sites.

With the Sports Fund Act now in place, the Sports and Culture ministry is committing to release funds to refurbish all key historical sites in the country which have remained neglected for years despite their tourism and cultural importance.

Already the government is building a sea wall at Fort Jesus in Mombasa.

Kenya Airways

Bombardier Q400 Aircraft

Kenya Airways has deployed a Bombardier Q400 aircraft operated by Jambojet on select routes locally and in the region to enable you enjoy better connectivity, convenient flight times and seamless connections from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to your destinations.

The Bombardier Q400 is an efficient, comfortable and safe airplane which has a capacity of 78 passengers, two pilots and two attendants (in Jambojet uniform).

Travel Destination – Dubai

La Perle By Dragone

An unforgettable experience in live entertainment

If you’re a fan of amazing acrobatics, state-of-the-art technology and awe-inspiring action, then you’ll want to take a seat at La Perle by Dragone. Located in the heart of Al Habtoor City, it is Dubai’s first permanent show, staging an impressive 450 performances a year.

All the action takes place inside the 1,300-seat theatre, which has been tailor-made to provide an immersive experience. This is achieved thanks to 3D projections surrounding the theatre on the floors, wall and huge cyclorama and 360-degree surround sound system. A hi-tech ‘aqua-stage’, is filled with 2.7 million litres of water and has the ability to transform from an aquatic stage to a dry platform in less than a minute.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching the cast of talented artists perform breathtaking feats. From diving into the water from a height of 25 metres to flying around the auditorium on high-powered winches and defying gravity on motorbikes in a metal sphere – it promises to be nothing short of amazing.

The show features a cast of 65 artists, all with their own unique set of skills. You’ll be face-to-face with the show’s range of acting, acrobatics, aquatic and aerial stunts during this 90 minute performance. Be prepared for this time to fly though, because you’ll see the performers diving, flying and moving at lightning speed.

Tanzania – Visa on Arrival

The government has changed the process at KIA, DAR, ZNZ airports.

Visas are still available on arrival but following the new process as below:

1.Queue for a Government Control number which is required for any government payment

2.Queue to pay the visa fee against the control number at the bank at the airport

3.Queue for immigration to check and issue the visa

The process could take in excess of 2 hours to complete!

We highly recommend you to obtain a visa before departure at the nearest Tanzania embassy or via the e-visa portal (link here) to avoid the long delay on arrival. The immigration services have advised that most visas are issued within 2 to 3 weeks of the application via the e-visa system.

Visit the park that inspired ‘The Lion King’

The film’s setting is real, wild, and open for visitors.

The animators of Disney’s The Lion King traveled to a park with dramatic landscapes in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley to get a feel for the great circle of life. When visitors to Hell’s Gate National Park reach the sweeping cliffs carved by a prehistoric lake that gives the park its name, they’ll discover that Pride Rock’s real-life inspiration is no less majestic.

The fact that you won’t actually see “Simba” is the park’s secret advantage: the lack of predators means you can take in savannas and come face to face with giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and warthogs on your own two feet—or better yet, on bicycle wheels. Hell’s Gate is one of the only places in East Africa where you can hike the totality of a park. You can even go on a biking safari—a far cry from peeping animals through a safari vehicle’s roof.