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Robin Pope Safaris announces educationals for 2019

Participants of the RPS-educationals might enjoy this view from Nsefu Camp over the Luangwa river

In 2019 Robin Pope Safaris offers interesting educationals to the destinations Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Explore and get an impression of the quality of the lodges and camps as well as the safari activities:

Trip 1 Malawi Highlights
(Mkulumadzi, Kuthengo, Pumulani)
6 – 12 May US$ 582 pP sharing
(incl. transfers von Blantyre to Lilongwe, full board, activities)
Trip 2 Luangwa Valley, Zambia
(Nkwali, Tena Tena, Nsefu, Lion Camp)
13 – 20 June US$ 1.012 pP sharing
(incl. air transfers from/to Lusaka, full board, activities)
Trip 3 Zambia Highlights
(Chiawa, Anabezi, Luangwa Safari House, Nsefu)
22 – 31 Oct US$ 1.521 pP sharing

(incl. air transfers from/to Lusaka, full board, activities)

Trip 4 Classic Zimbabwe
(Ilala Lodge, The Victoria Falls Hotel, The Hide, Changa Camp, John’s Camp)
24 Oct – 01 Nov US$ 1.670 pP sharing
(incl. air transfers from VicFalls to Harare, full board [VicFalls B&B], safaris)

If you would like to join one of these educationals, please contact Hella Göbel. Seats on the educationals will be allocated depending on the sales volume already achieved and/or further business potential. The trips are advertised internationally. Participants must be prepared to share accommodation and only one person per company can travel at any one time. A confirmation of travel will only be made after receipt of payment. For details about the educationals please click here.

Namibia: Onguma launches ‘Rhino – Protection levy’

White Rhino – under the protection of Onguma Private Game Reserve

For ten years now, Onguma Game Reserve, located directly at the Etosha National Park, has been participating in a conservation programme for the extremely endangered black rhino. With huge investments in equipment and training of guards, the Onguma Private Reserve has become a bulwark in the fight against poaching. This programme is now being expanded to include a stock of white rhinos. To finance the comprehensive measures, Onguma is introducing a rhino protection levy of N$ 100 per overnight stay on the reserve, which is listed as a separate item on the invoice and is due upon booking. Onguma is convinced that this small contribution will enable guests to contribute to the conservation of the rhino species for future generations. Overnight stays on the two Onguma campsites are not affected.

Namibia: Wolwedans with extended program of activities

Looking for the ‘little secrets’ of the desert – bush walks with local bushmen at Wolwedans

“Get out of the comfort zone!” – this is how Stephan Brückner describes a new concept on Wolwedans, by which he wants to animate the guests to increased activities in the famous NamibRand Nature Reserve. In addition to the opportunity to find peace and quiet in the expanse of the 2,000 square kilometre nature reserve, the reserve and the unique Wolwedans accommodations also offer a multitude of other attractions to get away from it all:
– Meditation
– Bushman walk – under the guidance of local Khoisan Bushmen, participants will gain an insight into the flora and fauna of the Namib Desert.
– Water walk – on the traces of the rare elixir of life in the desert
– Riding excursions
– Wolwedans Village Tour, during which Wolwedans’ award-winning sustainability concept will be explained.

Botswana: Ghoha and Nogatsaa with attractive combination package

Nogatsaa Pans Chobe Lodge

From 4 nights on, a visit to the lodges Ghoha Hills and Nogatsaa Pans in the regions of Savuti and Chobe will be even more attractive in the future, as the guest receive one of the booked nights free of charge in the combination. In the low season (1 April – 14 June & 15 October – 30 November) the stay costs US$ 2,630 per person sharing under the slogan “stay 4 and pay 3”. This price includes full board, local drinks, safaris and park fees as well as transfers from Kasane to Ghoha Hills (by flight), from Ghoha Hills to Nogatsaa (as a gamedrive) and from Nogatsaa back to Kasane. In the 5-night version “Stay 5 and Pay 4” the program costs from US$ 3,205, for 6 nights “Stay 6 and Pay 5” costs from US$ 4,155. For more details follow this link.

South Africa: Garonga fills the motto “Safari for the Soul” with new content

The yoga deck of Garonga well prepared

Bush bath of Garonga newly designed

In addition to the classic safari experience of ‘Big5 and Little5’, Garonga has always promoted the slogan ‘Safari for the Soul’. For owner Bernie Smith this means, for example, a romantic open-air bath in the bush, massages in a sala close to the wild, a picnic on a tree, or the adventure of a night on the ‘Sleep Out’ in the middle of the reserve. A yoga deck attracts guests to meditate in the wilderness of the Makalali Private Reserve, shielded from disturbing glances and yet with a clear view.

Botswana: Machaba Safaris with several awards

Gomoti Plains Camp in Okavago Delta is ‘Best Tented Camp in Botswana 2018’

At the recent World Travel Awards Machaba Safaris received the ‘Best Tented Camp in Botswana 2018’ award for Gomoti Plains. Gomoti Plains is located in the southeast of the Okavango Delta on the private concession NG 32, and has earned an excellent reputation since opening in 2017. In 10 luxury tents, guests experience authentic safaris in the animal-rich wilderness. A clear understatement of the Machaba philosophy of “affordable luxury”.
And note: Little Machaba did not want to be inferior to this. At the Boutique Hotel Awards 2018 in London, Little Machaba was awarded first prize in the category ‘Best New Boutique Hotel’. Little Machaba is located in the famous Khwai region in the east of the Okavango Delta. The camp with only four comfort tents is especially sought after by romantics, honeymooners and friends wanting a private safari experience.

South Africa: Ant’s Collection starts 2019 with a detoxification programme

An active and healthy start of 2019 – with a ‘Detox-Safari’ at Ants Collection

The two lodges of the Ant’s Collection already take excellent care of the physical well-being of their guests. But for the start of next year, the owners Tessa and Antony Baber have come up with something very special. From 9 January to 9 February 2019, a “detoxification” program specially tailored to the active safaris in the private reserve offers guests the opportunity to forget the “sins” of past holidays. “Wild Moving, Wild Eating, and Wild Living” – this is the triad around which everything will revolve during the four weeks at low season prices. In addition to the Ants-typical safaris on horseback, by bike or on foot and by off-road vehicle, offers such as Pilates, meditation, jogging, swimming and strength endurance training are on the programme. There is also a free massage for three overnight stays. The menu in these weeks is extended by fresh fruit and vegetables from local cultivation, Smoothies, juices and further light food. Find out more…

Malawi equips the wilderness – Giraffes for Majete

Arrival after a ‘journey’ of 2.500 Km – Giraffes from South Africa for Majete in Malawi

It is the continuation of a success story: With the resettlement of 13 giraffes in the Majete Reserve, the conservation organisation African Parks is continuing its successful efforts to establish Malawi as a major player in safari tourism. Since 2003, African Parks, in association with other organisations and local service providers such as Robin Pope Safaris, has settled 2,900 animals in the Majete Reserve in southern Malawi. The total animal population there has grown to more than 12,000 animals, including rhinos, elephants and – for the first time in 40 years in Malawi – lions. While the giraffe population in southern Africa has been declining for decades to less than 100,000 animals, Malawi’s resettlement is expected to result in a growing population in the future. “The introduction of the giraffe in Majete is an example of how cooperation can help save giraffes in the wild before it is too late,” said Dr Julian Fennessy, Director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, concluding, “without giraffes, the African landscape is poorer.”

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