August 22, 2012 - Botswana does not ban hunting

The Botswana Government has poured cold water on the belief that it has banned the hunting of wildlife after this has been reported in the press last week. Mable Bolele from the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, has denied a ban has occurred. “Instead, what is being done is to encourage photographic tourism and […]

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- Opinions differ on plans to create separate game lodge category

In developing news, The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) has declared that there are plans underway to design a separate Game Lodge category in its revised grading system. All lodges were given a chance to provide feedback on the existing criteria during the initial consultation process. Thekiso Rakolojane, Marketing & Communications Manager at […]

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- Cape Town welcomes Zambezi Airlines

In some exciting news, Zambezi Airlines recently undertook its first flight to Cape Town International Airport. Using a Boeing 737-500 aircraft, The Zambezi Airlines will operate a direct service three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Livingstone and Zambia. Zambezi Airlines Commercial Manager, Sidney Siwabamundi, expressed the excitement that management was feeling […]

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- Closure Update of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Update: The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway in Cape Town will be closing for annual maintenance from July 18-31. As a result of the closure, Cable Card applications will not be processed during these dates. The cableway is to re-open for business on August 1.

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- Community levy to be introduced

In recent developments, South African National Parks (SANParks) has revealed plans to support communities in areas neighbouring to national parks under SANParks’ management through a 1% community levy charged on bookings. The levy will commence from June 1, 2012. The idea behind the community levy is to create education and health facilities, such as schools […]

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August 18, 2012 - SANParks takes fight to Rhino Poachers

South African National Parks (SANParks) has received over 1000 rhino DNA sample kits from the Faculty of Veterinary Services of the University of Pretoria (UP) and are hopeful this will assist in prosecuting poachers who are increasing their activities in the parks of South Africa. The aim of the DNA testing is to link the […]

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- Debate about Sossusvlei

Debate has arisen in the tourism sector of Namibia as to whether Sossusvlei is being damaged by excessive tourism. Some such as Ben Beytel, former Director of Parks and Wildlife Management in the Namibian Ministry of Tourism believes this is the case. He says that heavy traffic and increases in the number of lodges was […]

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- Travel & Tourism Indaba 2011

A number of staff recently returned from a 2 week trip to south Africa to attend South Africa’s annual Travel & Tourism Indaba in Durban. The event is the largest travel event in Africa and is a showcase of the vast array of travel options available through southern Africa. There was a wide range of […]

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