KWAZULU-NATAL: TOWN LODGE UMHLANGA OPENS
The 154-room Town Lodge Umhlanga, located on the corner of Umhlanga Ridge Boulevard and Meridian Drive recently opened its doors. The 4-storey hotel features 2 boardrooms, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a social deck, gardens and 110 parking bays. Guests can enjoy a selection of dining options nearby and the hotel offers in-hotel dining brought to the property for guests to enjoy in their room.
KWAZULU-NATAL: WI-FI UPDATE AT AHA ALPINE HEATH RESORT
aha Alpine Heath Resort recently completed its Wi-Fi installation project. The high-speed internet facilities are available to all guests visiting the resort and is accessible from all 100 chalets on the property.
LIMPOPO: NEW TENTED CAMP OPENS
Abelana Game Reserve has opened its first accommodation offering in Greater Kruger, the Abelana Safari Camp in August 2019. The camp is located between the Lowveld towns of Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa. The camp accommodates 8 guests in 5 Meru-style en-suite luxury tents and features a central lounge and dining area, and a fire pit. Guests can explore the area surrounding the camp on foot and on horseback. Other activities include morning walking safaris and afternoon game drives.
MPUMALANGA: SIMBAVATI RIVER LODGE UPDATE
The Simbavati River Lodge in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is now under the management of African Inspiration Hotels and Lodges and has refined its offering with the addition of 2 tented pool suites. The glass doors and windows of the suites open on to wooden decks and a private plunge pool. Each suite can accommodate 2 guests and features an en-suite bathroom with 2 outdoor showers. The main lodge has been modified and extended and features a new fitness centre and a Cubs’ Club for kids.
KENYA: LUXURY LODGE OPENS
The Elewana Collection has opened Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs in the Loisaba Conservancy, offering guests a private experience featuring 8 individual tented rooms. Every tent is assigned an Elewana Guest Ambassador to cater for guests’ every need, including a dedicated safari vehicle, driver and qualified Elewana field guide. Guests can enjoy activities including game drives, bush meals, bush walks, bush sundowners, horse and camel riding and 3 different routes of the Loisaba Running and Trekking Track.
ZIMBABWE: ABSEILING AT VIC FALLS
Abseil Victoria Falls (AVF) is set to resume abseiling this month in the Batoka Gorge. Abseiling was suspended earlier this year due to the high water levels in the Zambezi River, but the water levels have since receded, making it possible to resume the activity. During the temporary closure, Abseil Victoria Falls took the opportunity to service the machinery and put up new sets of ropes. Other activities in the area include the gorge swing, bridge swinging, white-water rafting, sky diving and bungee jumping.
ZIMBABWE: SINGITA MALILANGWE HOUSE REOPENS
Singita Malilangwe House in southeast Zimbabwe recently reopened following a redesign. The property is a sole-use 5 bedroom villa in the private and remote Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve and features a rim-flow pool on the main deck, a dedicated chef, a private deck, butler, private game vehicle and experienced field guide. The former master bedroom has been transformed into a double-volume space and features an indoor-outdoor shower experience. Itineraries, activities and meals are tailored and guests can enjoy fishing, sundowner cruises on the Malilangwe Dam, in-room yoga and massages, stargazing, wine tasting, community visits, bush walks and visits to ancient rock art sites.
ZIMBABWE: VIC FALLS CAFÉ REOPENING DATE
The reopening of the Wild Horizons Look Out Café has been postponed until 1 December following fire damage back in December 2018. The rebuilding is being done with composite deck flooring supported by a steel frame and IBR roofing sheets. The café can accommodate 140 people inside and will feature overhead fire suppression in the kitchen with improved electrical cutout switches to minimise the chances of another fire.
ZIMBABWE: VICTORIA FALLS GOES GREEN
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) along with Victoria Falls tourism players are setting up a solar farm in the town to promote green tourism and curb power shortages. According to Wild Horizons Spokesperson, Barbra Murasiranwa, “We are looking at going green as an industry instead of continuously drawing from resources that we will never be able to replace.”
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Please note that our offices will be closed on the following Public Holidays:
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 – Heritage Day
Monday, 16 December 2019 – Day of Reconciliation
Wednesday, 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day
Thursday, 26 December 2019 – Day of Goodwill