DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S SEVEN WORLDS BBC SERIES FEATURES MALAWI
David Attenborough’s popular BBC series, ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ has covered North and South America, Europe, Antarctica, Asia and Australasia; and now, the best has certainly been saved for last… Africa. The Africa special will cover various parts of the continent, including the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa and Malawi. With the producers looking to film animals, new behaviours and take a new slant on Africa, up-and-coming Malawi was sure to be included in the series. Malawi has incredible biodiversity, but has rarely been covered by natural history TV. Its land-based wildlife conservation efforts have made the headlines in recent years, with massive animal translocations bringing a huge positive transformation of Malawi’s safari experiences, making it an even more attractive country to visit for travellers.
GAUTENG: ROSEBANK HOTEL UNDERGOES REFURB AND REBRAND
Crowne Plaza – The Rosebank, is soon to be rebranded as Southern Sun Rosebank, making this trendy hotel part of southern Africa’s most iconic hotel brands, Southern Sun. The refurbishment of the hotel is set to include the reception and lobby areas, the Circle Bar, the Fresh Restaurant and the opening of The Grill Jichana. The first phase of the refurbishment is set to be completed in January 2020. Further upgrades, including the suites, will be completed over the course of 2020/21 with minimal disturbance of hotel operations.
GAUTENG: NEW HOTEL SET FOR SANDTON
The Catalyst Hotel, a premier establishment managed by Newmark Hotels, Reserves, Lodges and Residences, is set to open in Sandton and cater for both business and leisure travellers. The hotel is set to open in the middle to last quarter of 2020. The Catalyst Hotel is located close to the Gautrain station, ensuring easy connectivity to various parts of the city and airport. The hotel features 207 rooms with deluxe bathroom finishes and top-class in-room conveniences. Guests can enjoy a full-service spa and modern business and leisure facilities including a fully equipped conference facility and a state-of-the-art gym.
BOTSWANA: SEASONAL CAMP SET TO OPEN
African Bush Camps is set to open Migration Expeditions in the Nxai Pan National Park from December to March each year. The camp will feature 6 canvas guest tents set on low decks with bucket showers and have 2 main tents with lounge and dining areas. Activities will include morning and afternoon game drives, day trips to Baines’ Baobabs, birding and photography.
BOTSWANA: QATAR AIRWAYS EXPANDS OFFERING
Middle Eastern carrier, Qatar Airways, has introduced a new service to Botswana. The airline now offers 3 weekly flights to the Sir Seretse Khama Airport in Gaborone, Botswana operated by an Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
ZAMBIA: WILDERNESS SAFARIS INTRODUCES NEW FLIGHTS
Wilderness Safaris is set to introduce daily flights to the Busanga Plains during August, September and October. The new service will offer flights between Kafue National Park and Lusaka or Livingstone, in partnership with Wilderness Air Zambia. This initiative offers travellers easier access to one of the most remote and pristine wilderness areas in Zambia.
ZIMBABWE: NEW RIVER CRUISES LAUNCH
Bushlife Safaris is now offering river cruises on the Zambezi at Vundu Camp in Mana Pools. The motorised pontoon can seat up to 8 guests and has a removable canopy. The afternoon river cruises provide up-close wildlife encounters and include snacks and drinks, which are served on all river and fishing cruises. Vundu Camp features 8 thatched chalets, with 1 large family room. Other activities at the camp include game drives, night drives, fishing, walking and canoeing safaris.
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