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Dear <<First Name>>,


We're working to kick-start 2021 with as much fervor as we closed out 2020 with ... FAMs, Trip Reports, updates and more. We trust you'll find the information below useful as we have links to all new marketing assets from our partners, new specials on offer, links to the reports from the four counties we visited late last year, etc.

But first ... we have an opportunity for you to TRAVEL TO KENYA this FEB with BROOKE. While we have never sent out an invitation this way, Brooke has been asked to put together two FAMs to Kenya very quickly (we're actually amazed at how much last-minute travel is happening right now), and so we want to give you the high level details and if you are interested, please contact her directly for details, cost, and confirmation. Both of these are being operated via private charter flights with Scenic Air Safaris:

  • Feb 1-10: 1 SPOT LEFT: Hemingways, Ol Donyo, Ol Jogi, Cottar's 
  • Feb 15-24: 5 SPOTS LEFT: Hemingways, Finch Hattons, Cottar's, Sarara

If you haven't seen it yet, here is Brooke's Trip Report from being in South Africa in December

Other recent trip reports on visiting Africa NOW:
Aug 2020 - Kenya Trip Report
Sept 2020 - Zambia Trip Report
Oct 2020 - Uganda Trip Report

We look forward to hearing from you and catching up soon ... we know we're all working to catch our breath from daily changes in the industry, so if we can help in any way please let us know.

Cheers,

Johann & Brooke

Johann and Far Country Collection:
Uganda: The Uganda Safari Company & Wildplaces Africa
Kenya: Campi ya Kanzi, Scenic Air Safaris
Zambia: Sausage Tree Camp, Tongabezi/Green Safaris, Zambian Ground Handlers
Madagascar: Madagascar Classic Collection

Ethiopia: Kibran Tours

Brooke and Karoo Consulting:
South Africa: Tswalu Kalahari
Kenya: Ol Jogi, Cottar's Safaris

West Africa: TransAfrica (DMC operating in multiple countries)
Green Safaris has completed construction on two beautiful new lodges, Shawa Luangwa Camp in South Luangwa National Park and Chisa Busanga Camp in remote Kafue National Park. We look forward to these opening for the season in May and June respectively, as they make for an excellent combination in a circuit with Tongabezi & Sindabezi, Ila Safari Lodge and also Kaya Mawa in Malawi. Several of these camps are smaller and perfect for a family or small group to book on an exclusive basis.

For anyone with flexibility to travel now through May, wanting to escape winter and Covid surges in home countries, we have an exciting Long Stay Special with rates starting at $195 pppn! Perfect for digital nomads who can work from anywhere, homeschooling kids while they experience a less constrained environment, for finishing that book or writing project, or just to escape to sunny Africa and enjoy the fresh air.

We're also grateful that we've been able to weather this crises well; retaining most of our staff, keeping up on maintenance and renewing or even increasing our focus on conservation and community development.

Dropbox resources.
As a full-service DMC specializing in a combination of driving and especially flying safaris all around Uganda, The Uganda Safari Company is ready to introduce your clients to the myriad attractions that makes Uganda the up-and-coming destination in East Africa. Many itineraries include the Wildplaces Africa properties, as they are among the best in Uganda, but will also include others that meet your guests’ standards and expectations. With talented guides, comfortable vehicles, charter or scheduled flights, TUSC personalizes safaris to combine luxury, style, service and authenticity. The focus is exclusive, high-end, individualized travel, which might be built around gorilla tracking, walking or hiking, photographic interests, ballooning and helicopters, birding or fishing, cultural tours, or simply working holidays.

Sister company to TUSC, Wildplaces Africa operates intimate, safari-style lodges in Uganda's wildest areas, all with a unique sense of place and style. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in the lesser-populated southern section of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (I just love that name, even if it's not that hard to penetrate or even hike across ... see our recent Uganda Trip Report) has some of the most breathtaking views in Africa and right now gorilla trekking permits are heavily discounted at $400 pp. 

Even further off-the-beaten-track in Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Semliki Safari Lodge just completed extensive renovations that included the complete rebuilding of five tests

For the ultimate in scenery and game viewing in Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park's Apoka Safari Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this extraordinary region.

Wildplaces Africa lodges form a perfect flying circuit covering many of Uganda's highlights and can be booked through TUSC or any DMC you work with.

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Brooke is heading back to Kenya next week and looks forward to connecting with the Scenic Air Safaris team again, and to enjoying the unparallelled Kenyan scenery form the air while whisking between lodges. Scenic lives up to their motto to "Make Your Journey as Exceptional as the Destination", for many a highlight of their entire safari!

It's about more than just efficiently getting guests to and from lodges in style and comfort. They also create completely unique custom flying safaris that can be personalized to your specific needs anywhere in Eastern and Southern Africa, all of which are perfect for families, couples, and small private groups.

Their aim is always to enrich, educate, and enlighten through the unique experiences built into each journey. Flying safari packages give you the flexibility to discover remote destinations or create itineraries unavailable with scheduled air routes. You can also access the most coveted accommodation and arrange exclusive insider-access local experiences, creating a truly unique and unforgettable trip. 

Dropbox resources.
As highlighted in our recent Zambia Trip Report, Sausage Tree and Potato Bush Camps are privileged to be situated in the very best game viewing region within the Lower Zambezi National Park, and their guaranteed private guiding for every booking ensures ample social distancing and complete flexibility to focus on your clients' specific interests - the ultimate luxury!

Apart from their guaranteed private guiding, there will also be no rate increase for 2022 (essentially keeping the same rates as 2020 and 2021) and every booking for four nights will still qualify for complimentary flights to/from the lodge from throughout Zambia (Livingstone, Kafue, Mfuwe, Lusaka). We also have exceptional discounted rates for full camp bookings and for clients staying longer (5th, 6th, 7th nights at ca. $300 pppn).

All Covid protocols are in place and the team is looking forward to welcoming guests from April 1!

Dropbox Images: Sausage Tree Camp and Potato Bush Camp
2021/2022 Rack Rates
We're actively booking itineraries for the upcoming season and into 2022. Apart from offering great value and exceptional diversity and animal viewing, Brooke and I found Zambia to have Covid precautions in place when we visited last September and we had an incredible time on safari as we highlighted in our Zambia Trip Report.

The Zambian Ground Handlers website was updated recently and features several sample itineraries offering excellent value.

To keep up with the most recent updates, ZGH also created a specific Travel To Zambia in a Time of COVID …Your Questions Answered PDF to highlight current requirements, testing options, etc. Please reach out to the team for the very latest info as these can of course change at short notice.
Madagascar Classic Collection has revolutionized the typical approach to itineraries showcasing the amazing diversity of Madagascar, where around 90% of animal and plant life is endemic. With limited infrastructure in the country, driving around is not the way to go for most clients and flying between lodges set in different eco-systems, with wide ranging wildlife highlights in each, is more analogous to how you approach safaris in any other country in Africa.

Though there is still some uncertainty about exactly when Madagascar may reopen, we're gearing up to be ready to open Mandrare River Camp and Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge when that time comes. We tailor itineraries all over Madagascar based on clients' budget and interests. Apart from our camps, these often include the likes of uber-luxe Miavana, remote Tsara Komba, even more remote Masoala, and many others.

Dropbox images.
What the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust is all About

Campi Ya Kanzi and Kanzi House are currently closed due to long-term plans initiated well before the onset of Covid. We're developing plans for an exciting new high-end lodge that will re-define sustainability and still share the magic of the Chyulu Hills and surrounding areas. Please watch this space for updates!

At the heart of everything we do in the Chyulus is the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT). Conservation and communities always go hand in hand and the Trust is a shining example of what can be achieved when passionate people set out to protect one of Africa's great wilderness areas.
MCWT Impact Report 2019 and other recent news/reports.



Here are highlights from Brooke.

For more information on
Tswalu Kalahari, Ol Jogi,
Cottar's Safaris, or TransAfrica-WestAfrica DMC
 contact Brooke@KarooConsulting.com.

Tswalu updated its asset library:

Video Content: 
https://tswalu.canto.global/s/R66JC
Image Library:
https://tswalu.canto.global/vIHG01
Rates & Promotions: 
https://tswalu.canto.global/b/PD181
Fact Sheet: 
https://tswalu.canto.global/b/H53FD

Tswalu has a NEW sleep-out, the Naledi; a NEW photographic vehicle to complement the photo studio; has made great progress on the Klein JAN restaurant; and extended specials with the addition of Stay 4/Pay 2! 

Ol Jogi has a NEW DropBox asset library for you to use that includes NEW images, access to six NEW videos, and all important documents.

Ol Jogi has a NEW e-vehicle on property; a NEW art gallery and boutique on property; and has been getting exceptional press coverage with reviews and more, such as this Conde Nast Traveller review

I'm off to Kenya next week and will cover real time updates on traveling to and through this coveted country. Follow along with me on Instagram or Facebook.
Cottar's Safaris has a NEW Canto asset library for you to use that includes NEW images of Cottar's 1920s Camp since the refurb in Nov; videos, rates, itineraries, and lots of info documents.

Cottar's Refurb Press Release

Cottar's has created a Stay Longer package and launched various new impact activities for guests at any of the three properties. They also updated info on what you need to know to travel to Kenya NOW and added January-specific updates.
TransAfrica has updated all of the information for the 12 countries they operate in on their website.

If you would like to use photos or videos to market West Africa, please email me for access and permission.

The team is currently on the ground leading tours and exploring Mauritania (Roberto pictured).

In addition to wonderful multi-country itineraries, TransAfrica has also created single-country itineraries.
Uganda
Guinea-Bissau & Senegal
Zambia
Ghana, Togo & Benin
South Africa
Kenya
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