More news from Uganda, the Pearl of Africa and from Magical Kenya
In the ongoing series of reproducing interesting newsletters and broadcasts, this little marvel arrived in my inbox today from Marasa Africa – too good NOT to share … enjoy!
Year-end update from Marasa Africa – EAST AFRICA’S FINEST SAFARI LODGES
In this issue we once again invite you to share the updates from our safari lodges, each of which represents the combination of the very best of what is on offer at these destinations.
Marasa Africa is one of the largest providers of high quality, comfortable and charming lodges in East Africa.
Please enjoy the newsletter and do let us have your feedback
The Ark gets fitted with Landscope long-range observation binoculars
The new Landscope Long-Range Observation Binoculars will add a new dimension to your experience at The Ark. This will be particularly helpful to spot those rare elusive animals that use the perimeter of the forest to hide from view
Mara Leisure Camp welcomes Michiel Reinecke
Michiel is a results-oriented hospitality professional with 19 years experience in different 4 to 5 star operations. He was most recently General Manager at a 4 star hotel & resort in Western Uganda. He worked in South Africa from 2003 after returning from the America. He opened and managed several high end operations that included restaurants, casino hotel operations, convention centers, lodges and a 200 year historical hotel. He was promoted to several positions including Operations Manager, Group General Manager and lastly Operations Director before he decided to take up a post in East Africa.
Recent Sightings at Mara Leisure Camp
Mara Leisure Camp hosted a guide-ranger workshop in November. MLC has started working with meru cheetah program (http://marameru.org/eng/about-us/partners/) which assists with capturing cheetahs sightings as well as data collection and monitoring Mara cheetahs.
The Aberdare Country Club is now home to Sykes monkeys
There have been new sightings in the private sanctuary at the Aberdare Country Club – The Sykes monkey. It is very dependent on humid, shady areas with plenty of water. It eats mainly fruit and leaves, but will take some slower-moving invertebrates. It prefers to live in tall trees, which provide both food and shelter.
Golf at The Aberdare Country Club
The beauty of playing golf on the course at the Aberdare Country Club is that one can play amongst the animal population within the Club’s private grounds. Tee off with Zebra and Giraffe in the near distance! On the 8th of December there will be a golf tournament to introduce and invite back the old Club members to this beautifully renovated property.
The Solio Game Reserve still strong with Rhinos
Sighted regularly and with increased protection against poaching from the KWS
Hennie Carstens has been in the hospitality industry for 20+ years, working in restaurants, lodges, catering companies and hospitality management companies.
After leaving school he did his military service in South Africa, and then went on to study Hotel Management. After qualifying, he worked for a privately owned Hotel/Lodge in Mpumalanga called Casa do Sol, then moving to a group of Hotels called Karos Hotels. From then on his experience grew working for the Kegg Restaurant Franchise Group, as well as Southern Sun. Hennie is passionate about wine and started his own restaurant called The Pinotage Restaurant and Wine Cellar. He then joined Celsius Hospitality as Operations Manager; handling big banquets for clients such as Northwest Premier and President Jacob Zuma. Since then he has worked in Western and Eastern Africa. We welcome Hennie who will no doubt deliver great contributions for the future growth of Mweya Safari Lodge.
Mweya Safari Lodge works with UWA to introduce Night Game Drives,
Our Vehicles using special night lights for viewing game and animal behavior at night
Murchison Falls National Park attracts hundreds for Solar Eclipse!
(Kim – GM, Chobe Safari Lodge, greets the President on airstrip)
Not only was H.E President Museveni staying at Chobe Safari Lodge during the Eclipse, but the lodge was completely full during this historic time.
The Marasa lodges were on everybody’s lips as the preferred hosts for the Eclipse chasers, dignitaries and celebrities wanting to share this spectacle and lodges deliver beyond expectation.
Yoga at Chobe Safari Lodge – The Perfect Getaway for Mind, Body and Soul
Leyla Ahmet recently started Yoga workshops at Chobe Safari Lodge. She is extremely experienced and has traveled the world hosting workshops as well as practicing Reiki massage healing together with her husband, Peter Meredith,
TIA adventures rafting the section in front of Chobe Safari Lodge during a recent scouting trip on the section of the Nile.
Paraa Safari Lodge Luxury Tents completed
The new luxury tents at Paraa Safari Lodge will have similar amenities that our tents at Chobe
Safari Lodge and Mweya Safari Lodge have. We realize that some of you may prefer to stay in accommodation that is a little more exclusive and away from the main lodge building, giving you a more private and intimate nature experience. All our tents have a fantastic view over the river Nile flowing below.
Premier Safaris has launched Game fishing safaris on the river Nile
Premier Safaris, specialists in adventure/luxury safaris in East Africa, is launching Fishing Safaris in Uganda on the River Nile with professional fishing guides for short trips and specialist guides for longer trips. Rates for a seven day/six night Fishing Safari start at $2806 per person sharing for a group of six and include accommodations, park fees, boat and fishing specialist, and exclude international flights and domestic flights from Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park and return. Anglers can fish from the banks of the Nile at Chobe Safari Lodge as well as from a boat at Paraa Safari Lodge, near Murchison Falls, where the river gushes through its narrowest point to form a foaming pool below called the Devil’s Cauldron. The park has extraordinary game viewing and birding and the area is internationally famous for its plethora of Nile Perch. The largest game fish in Africa, weighing in at 250 pounds, was caught here.
Dr Gladys’s Intimate Gorilla Experience
Premier Safaris known for providing some of the most intimate Safari experiences on earth has joined forces with Ugandan conservationist Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka to ensure not only an informative Gorilla tracking experience, but also to provide a unique insight into gorillas, their health as well as other conservation aspects that impact on their survival. This unique new way of approaching Gorilla Safaris is only available to Premier Safari’s tour operators. Click here for more information
ATCNews : Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome is the publisher of ATCNews, Eastern Africa’s leading aviation, tourism and conservation news blog of its kind. Wolfgang has over 45 years of experience in the tourism, aviation and conservation fields in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, covering all aspects of safari operations, hotel operations and air operations. Since 1992 he resides in Uganda, previously living for 17 years in Kenya.