And while at it, sharing news about East Africa with you,here is the latest update from Marasa Africa … enjoy!
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.
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Anil Ghei,Director of Operations
Aberdare Country Club Wellness Center and Spa to introduce Ayurvedic treatments
Shirodhara, one of the Ayurvendi treatments that will be on offer at Aberdare Country Country
An experienced Ayurveda doctor, Avinash Tiwari, has joined as Wellness and Spa Manager and senior trainer. A Therapist, Rajesh, has also joined Dr Tiwari and brings with him a wealth of experience from the Four Seasons, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Gili luxury resorts in the Maldives. Apart from the Maharishi Mahesh yogi Foundation in Holland, Dr Tiwali has also managed a chain of spas in Ukraine.
Dr. Avinash Tiwari
Rajesh has worked in the acclaimed Ananda in the Himalayas – rated as the world’s no 1 destination spa.
The Ark and Aberdare Country Club – an Angler’s dream
The Aberdare Ranges offer some spectacular views and rivers which form part of a water system that is essential to the ecosystem. Karura Falls is just one of the places where we can take guests to not only hike, but to experience some great trout fishing too! Come fishing with us and experience being closer and in harmony with nature.
Hiking Heaven in The Aberdares
Hiking is a great way to keep fit, while exploring the terrain and landscape in and around the Aberdare ranges. There are various waterfalls and scenic hiking routes available to explore, in particular the Karura Falls displayed here
Hiking through very scenic terrain
Mara Leisure Camp works hand in hand with Kenya Wildlife Service wardens
Michiel Reinecke, GM Mara Leisure Camp, pictured with the wardens at the Talek Gate
Building a strong relationship and working hand in hand with the wardens at the Talek gate is essential in order to protect our local community, enhance security and safety for visitors, and towards the conservation of wildlife. General Manager, Michiel Reinecke, regularly meets with the wardens to assess and discuss any issues relating to the local community and surroundings, as well as wildlife. In the same way, the wardens rely on our cooperation in order to carry out their jobs in the most efficient manner.
Mara Leisure Camp provides drinking water for the Maasai Manyata community
The picture here shows an aerial view of the village in the immediate vicinity of where Mara Leisure Camp is located. This is the Maasai Manyata community, which we support by providing free, clean drinking water which is essential for the local Maasai people to cook, and stay healthy.
Chobe Safari Lodge works with UWA to build a Game Hide
Game hides are extremely practical solutions to not only enhance game viewing experiences but also to help with conservation. Wild animals are naturally fearful of human activity and so building a game hide is the perfect solution so as not to deter any wildlife from coming close to our waterhole, and also to ensure a great game viewing experience where you can take photos and capture all the amazing flora and fauna
The Game Hide under construction at Chobe Safari Lodge
The Hippo Double-decker boat on the Kazinga Channel
Mweya Safari Lodge purchased a brand new boat at the end of last year and we named it Hippo. Feedback from our guests has been extremely positive with the upper and lower decks providing ample space for those photography and wildlife enthusiasts.
Mweya Safari Lodge rescues eagle
The Juvenile Martial Eagle is recovering well at Mweya Safari Lodge
A Juvenile Martial Eagle rescued after being hit by a vehicle, leaving it’s left wing badly broken. Unfortunately no UWA vet was in the area at the time. Under the leadership and guidance of Hennie, Mweya’s General Manager, the staff at Mweya strapped the broken wing and the eagle was set free after it’s wings function returned to normal.
Thirupathi Balaji joins Mweya Safari Lodge as Executive Chef
Chef Thirupathi studied hotel management and catering technology from Kodaikanal Christian College, in India. He has 19 Years of experience in the culinary industry.
Later, he joined the Capitol Hotel in Dubai as a chef de partie. Thirupathi says, “ that is where I made the strong foundation of my career for a period of eight years, becoming Executive Chef.” During this position Chef Thirupathi attained the skills to cook authentic Italian, French, Latin American, Mexican and Mediterranean cuisines.
Stay at Silverback Lodge during April & May and benefit with discounted gorilla permits
For the months of April and May you can benefit from discounted gorilla permits. Each permit for this period is only $350! Book your holiday now and Silverback Lodge will do the rest!
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Godfrey Musamali joins as Silverback Lodge General Manager
Godfrey Musamali, New General Manager
Godfrey is the new Manager in charge of Silverback Lodge. He joined on the 1st March 2014. Godfrey holds a diploma in food and beverage management from the Sulzberger Tourismusschulen Klessheim Salzburg, Austria and has attended other courses in general management, economics of business, marketing research, financial and management accounting.
He has experience in hotel management which he acquired from various hotels and lodges in which he worked. He worked with the Madhvani Group at the Kakira Guest House, nestled in the vast sugarcane plantations. He also worked at Mweya Safari Lodge and Paraa Safari Lodge at a managerial level in food and beverage from 2004 until 2009, before he went to Southern Sudan to work as a Manager for Amarat Classic Hotel.
David and Christopher Baker visit Paraa Safari Lodge
From Left to Right: David Baker, Crispus Mwamidi – GM PSL, Cristopher Baker and concierge staff
On 10th January 2014 , David Baker and his brother Christopher Baker visited Paraa Safari Lodge for a two night stay as they embarked on placing historical markers on the trails used by their Great great grand Father Sir Samuel White Baker and His wife Florence Baker in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. Their visit was part of the launching of "The Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker Historical Trail" meant to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Baker’s expedition in Uganda.
This second visit followed that of last year carried out during the months of January-February 2013 during phase two of the Great African Expedition which was spear headed by African Explorer and Anthropologist Julian Monroe Fisher and his team that included David Baker, the great-great-grandson of Sir Samuel Baker and his daughter Melanie. This team was accredited with correcting maps of Uganda by establishing the true location of Baker’s View, the location where Sir Samuel Baker became the first European to see Lake Albert and to subsequently name the lake for Prince Albert.
Premier Safaris organises Explorers Club Gorilla Experience at Silverback Lodge
The Explorer club presentation and gathering in Uganda
The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professionalsociety dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904,the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and
scientists worldwide. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon-all accomplished by members of the explorers club – www.explorers.org
President of the explorers club “Alan Nichols” joined Premier Safaris and specialist Gorilla conservation and health practitioner Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka for a better insight into Bwindi’ s Gorilla families with the team from CNN Inside Africa as they followed Premier Safaris clients
while they tracked and inspected the nests and did a heath analysis of the Mubare mountain gorilla Family in Bwindi
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.