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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge income up to 20% on increased tourists

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, a flagship of Africa Albida Tourism group, says it earned about $23.3 million from sales of nearly 178,000 rooms in 2013, as tourism showed signs of recovery.

Ross Kennedy, Chief Executive, of Africa Albida Tourism said 2013 was a very good year for the lodge. He did not give figures for the whole group, whose portfolio includes the RCI Gold Crown Resort Lokuthula Lodges, also in Victoria Falls, and Ngoma Safari Lodge in the Chobe, Botswana.


Air Zimbabwe seeks to lease two more Embraer Jets

State-owned carrier Air Zimbabwe is planning to lease two more Embraer jets to service its local and regional destinations, according to a government notice.

The airline last year entered into a lease agreement with Solenta Aviation for the mid-range Brazilian built aircraft which serviced the Harare-Bulawayo-Victoria Falls route at better value than offered by its older fleet of Boeing 737-200s which are more expensive to operate and maintain.


Carnival in Zimbabwe

At least 23 African, Asian, European and South American countries will participate at the Harare International Carnival next month including Brazil, Malawi, the DRC, Egypt, Botswana, Nigeria and the UK. Several local groups comprising traditional, contemporary and corporate troupes will also be present.


Zimbabwe's Cultural Heritage - a new series of guidebooks

Khami Ruins

Khami Ruins

Some years ago an initiative was started to publicise Zimbabwe’s varied cultural and historical resources. The country is indeed blessed with thousands of sites of interest – rock art sites, stone ruins and historical buildings, not to mention the vibrant arts sector and rich and diverse cultural traditions.

Despite this apparent wealth of heritage, until recently relatively little was available for the general public to assist in understanding this heritage, let alone guiding visitors (both local and international) around many of the major heritage sites. This absence of relevant and current literature has allowed errors and outdated interpretations to proliferate. Even professional guides have fallen short.


Zimbabwe's four special weather seasons

Dramatic colours in Nyanga during Zimbabwe's rainy season

Dramatic colours in Nyanga during Zimbabwe’s rainy season

Written by Luke Brown & Precious Tawodzera from Vayeni

Africa is divided into five main regions, namely North Africa, East Africa, West Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa. Zimbabwe is situated in the middle of Southern Africa. It is a landlocked country, surrounded on every side byother countries and with no access to the oceans.  Its geographically blessed location, about 18◦ south of the equator places it in a very comfortable position with the weather gods, who smile on it regularly.


Houseboat Special

What A Pleasure Houseboat:  Rates for 2014 are $460 per night off peak and $520 per night peak (school & public holidays).  SPECIAL for new bookings travelling after the 15th January until the 31st March – pay JUST $350 per night.  February Half Term dates still available.  This lovely newly refurbished houseboat with a new engine (put in in November) can sleep up to 12 people.  She has 3 double cabins and 2 double fold out beds on the lower deck and plenty space upstairs for star


Friends of Hwange News

Dear Friends of Hwange

We have at last managed a trip to Hwange. The last time we were there it was August 2012 with the bush bone dry and listless animals, short of grazing, hanging about the pans. Hwange at this time of year could not be more different. It is absolutely bursting with life, a tonic for body and soul. The bush is very thick, green and lush, and the long grass, already tinged with gold, holds a bountiful harvest of fat seeds providing a rich source of nutrients for all manner of creatures.


Gonarezhou – a successful partnership

Down in the far South-Eastern corner of Zimbabwe is a large chunk of hard, wild bush,  Zimbabwe’s second largest National Park,  Gonarezhou.  Covering some 5000 km2, this park that has withstood tough times, suffering heavily from poaching around the 1980’s during Zimbabwe’s transition to independence,  again in the 1990’s as the unrest in Mozambique filtered across the border, then enduring one of the region’s worst droughts ever in 1992.

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