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Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, in partnership with Dragonfly Africa, who was the South African Destination Management Company, was awarded a SITE Crystal Award at the recent annual SITE (Society of Incentive Travel Executives) Congress in Florida, USA.

SITE is a global network of meeting and event professionals. The highest level of workplace performance is reached by individuals and teams that are strongly motivated. The SITE Crystal Awards are known as the “Oscars” of the Incentive Travel Industry and serve to honour top professionals and programs that recognize the power of connecting motivational experiences to solid business results.

Only 10 SITE Crystals were awarded for this year.

The award was in the category – “Responsible Experiences – Most Impactful Effort Toward Corporate Social Responsibility as Part of an Incentive Program”.

This was a feature of the 2012 Microsoft Gold Club Incentive for 650 people, where a school supplier drive was held at Sun City.

Microsoft’s goal was to create a memorable experience that tied back to one of the company’s initiatives, “to empower youth to change their world.” With this in mind, Aimia and Dragonfly Africa designed a program to equip four local schools with the supplies the schoolchildren needed. The donations came from the trip participants themselves.

The Dragonfly Africa Group has won 8 SITE Crystal Awards since 1995.

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There’s never a bad time to visit Cape Town. In recent years the city has received a deluge of accolades paying homage to its undeniable natural beauty. This year the city is destined to get even prettier as it takes on the title of World Design Capital for 12 inspirational months. Expect sculpture-lined green spaces, sustainable projects, and further regeneration of former industrial districts such as Woodstock and The Fringe, now the stamping ground of trendy shoppers and gourmands. The main goal of the design team, though, is to bridge the gap between Cape Town’s disparate population, so venture on a tour out of town to see how innovation is turning things around in the disadvantaged townships, then explore suburban sights on the swanky bus system that’s finally making Cape Town feasible on public transport

As of January 2014, three East African countries, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, will benefit from a single visa deal that was announced during the recent World Tourism Market (WTM) in UK. This will facilitate free movement of tourist and citizens alike.

Speaking after announcing the launch of the joint visa, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Mrs. Phylis Kandie, Uganda’s Tourism and Wildlife Minister Ms Agnes Egunyo and Rwanda’s High Commissioner to UK Ambassador William Nkurunziza said deal was a major boost to tourism.

“We have been in discussion over this matter for the last six months and we are proud today to announce that we finally have a joint visa that has made the three countries borderless. This is an opportunity us to increase tourist numbers as we will jointly offer diversified tourism products,” Says Kandie.

Tanzania, a competing country in Tourism and other economic pillars in the region was not represented in the launch.

Livingstone can be really proud of its stylish new International Arrivals and Departure Terminal which is a most impressive building.  Although already operational, staff is still being trained, additional seating installed and shops being fitted out.

In the departures area there will be Premier Lounges and details will be communicated once finalised. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout. Arriving passengers have to clear immigration and customs prior to making their way to the main arrivals hall where they are met by their driver at the front entrance to the Terminal.

It is possible to pay for a visa by Visa, Mastercard or American Express but there are occasions when networks are off line so we recommend passenger carry US$ cash for their visa.

There is a bank and ATM machine to one side of the main Arrivals Hall.

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The Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi, located within the larger commercial area of Nairobi, commenced operations 01st August 2013 with a soft opening. It’s rated 5 star and among the best of the Nairobi hotels.

The hotel has 200 rooms and suites elegantly presented in a fusion of European and Pan-African style distributed throughout 10 floors, including a Presidential Suite on the top floor.

In the Masai Mara, Kempinski took over the formerly Olare Ntiakitiak camp, now renamed Olare Mara Kempinski (located at Olare Orok conservancy, bordering the Masai Mara). It has 12 luxury tents as well as a honeymoon tent. Access is via chartered flight out of Nairobi.

Other properties at Olare Orok Conservancy are Porini Camp, Kicheche Bush Camp, Mara Plains Camp, and the now opened Mahali Mzuri belonging to the Virgin Group.

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The owners of Lion Sands and Madikwe Safari Lodge announced they are adding Marataba Safari Lodge to their fold. The Lodge comprises 15 luxury tents and operates in the Marakele National Park. Just a three hour drive from Johannesburg, this malaria-free, Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino) reserve, is a 23000 hectare private concession at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains. The property will pair well with Madikwe Safari Lodge (1.5 hour’s drive away) in creating the ultimate family safari circuit. Early in 2014, they will be looking to create an upmarket 2 and 3 night walking trail product, as well as introducing a water-based safari activity allowing guests to view game from a boat, so watch this space…

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Dragonfly Africa, Southern Africa’s Leading Travel Company, was awarded “Outstanding Achievement in Destination Promotion by a DMC”.

The award was presented at the New York Library during a formal evening hosted by South African Tourism to recognize top achievers in promoting tourism to South Africa from North America.

South African Tourism commented: “One destination management company exceeded all expectations in producing the largest number of qualified buyers for the recent Meetings Africa trade show held in Johannesburg, for this important event and in delivering that “wow” experience.  These challenging-to-recruit high-level decision makers were a key contribution to the Americas tying with India for top numbers globally.

These buyers from corporations, top incentive houses and associations, all have potential business for South Africa and returned home as enthusiastic ambassadors for our country.”

In addition to the Dragonfly representative, the SAT personnel pictured from L to R include Mr. Thulani Nzima, CEO South African Tourism, Hon. Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South Africa's Minister of Tourism and Ms. Sthu Zungu, President, South African Tourism North America.

South Africa’s Gauteng Regional Tourism announced that THE DINOKENG GAME RESERVE now has BIG 5 roaming freely through its more than 18’000 hectares.

What this means is you can now potentially come face to face with Africa’s most dangerous royal game – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant within 60 minutes of clearing your luggage from OR Tambo or 30 minutes from leaving Pretoria.

In addition Hayward’s Grand Safari Company has its headquarters at the Bobbejaansberg Private Nature Reserve, (itself renowned as a walking with wildlife venue). This is a few kilometres from the Dinokeng Reserve’s main gate.

Dinokeng has also introduced free roaming cheetah, sable antelope, vast herds of wildebeest and hartebeest, giraffe and zebra, hippo and crocs. Good rhino populations are also present. This bush veld region known as the Waterberg Biosphere has magnificent bushveld trees and landscapes and is malaria free.

Dinokeng also has one of South Africa’s highest 24 hour bird species counts totalling over 350 and access into tribal heartlands of the Ndebele, Pedi, Tswana and Sotho.

Hayward’s plays a decisive role in the future of Dinokeng, offering large VIP groups of up to 200 explorers access into this region, on exciting alternatives such as steam safaris with Rovos Rail to the historic diamond mining town of Cullinan from where they get to see the world’s biggest diamond pit containing the worlds biggest diamonds and visit the old trading shops before heading to Hayward’s a mere stone throw away.

The owners of More Hotel have had a dream to combine Tinga Game Lodge (in the Kruger National Park) and Lion Sands Private Game Reserve (in the Sabi Sand Reserve) into one single safari experience.  This would afford guests the ‘once in a lifetime’ experience to enjoy both the Kruger and Sabi Sand in one single game drive. The added benefit is access to 37 kilometers of Sabie and Sand river frontage.

They have informed us that their dream is now a reality.

The first step that they have taken with immediate effect is the renaming of Tinga as Lion Sands. Lion Sands Game Reserve will therefore now have a stable of five Lodges; 1933 (4 suites), Ivory Lodge (6 suites), Narina Lodge (9 suites), Tinga Lodge (9 suites – previously known as Legends) and River Lodge (20 rooms). Lion Sands Game Reserve will be regionalized into Lion Sands Sabi Sand and Lion Sands Kruger National Park.

They have proceeded with the application for traversing between Lion Sands Kruger National Park and Lion Sands Sabi Sand. The timing for being granted permission for Lion Sands Kruger National Park traversing within the Sabi Sand will be advised in due course.

Over and above the introduction of the redefined brand of Lion Sands Game Reserve (with 5 lodges in the Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park), we are also really excited about the reopening of Skukuza Airfield as a scheduled regional airport on the 1st November 2013. This will allow for easier access to the lodges.

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