Africa, Middle East

Dubai World Expo packages

Monday, 27 September 2021 21:52

Innovative Travel has released packages for the Dubai World Expo which will operate from 1 October 2021 until 31 March 2022.

‘With NZ looking to reconnect to the world, we hope that there will be the opportunity for New Zealanders to visit the long awaited Dubai World Expo, along with expats offshore,’ says Innovative Travel MD, Robyn Galloway.

The expo will be the largest event held in the Arab world with 192 countries exhibiting and 25 million visitors expected.

SA still has tourism potential

Friday, 27 August 2021 03:43

South African Tourism acting CEO Sthembiso Dlamini says the country’s tourism sector still has the potential to create jobs and its importance to the economy has not relinquished.

Speaking at the media launch for Africa’s Travel and Tourism Summit (ATTS) last week, Dlamini said governments are committed to supporting the tourism industry’s revival.

Private groups equal high value

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 03:55

Excluded, boutique style lodges in the wide open spaces of Africa will provide agents with revenue opportunities post Covid while ticking the boxes for many clients seeking safe travel, says Norman Harper, sales manager Australia and
New Zealand for &Beyond.

Harper was in New Zealand late May, working closely with niche wholesaler World Journeys and catching up with key retailers.

Viking's jump in Egypt sales

Thursday, 18 March 2021 01:51

Interest in Egypt as a river cruise destination continues to climb as Viking sees a 25% jump in sales weeks after announcing a new addition to its fleet.

‘The expansion to our Egypt fleet with the debut of Viking Aton in September 2022 has generated a significant surge in interest and bookings from New Zealanders and Australians,’ says Michelle Black, Viking ANZ managing director. ‘The addition of Viking Aton takes our Egypt river fleet to three, alongside Viking Osiris and Viking Ra. We have also secured exclusive docking rights near Karnak Temple in Luxor, one of the region’s highlights, meaning no double docking for our ships on the Nile.’

Jordan: partial tourism opening

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 21:57

Jordan has announced it is opening for partial tourism, with safety measures to allow for the recommencement of international transfer passengers, via Amman Airport, reports Innovative Travel. To transit Amman Airport all clients must provide proof of a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival, with a maximum transit time not exceeding 10 hours.

For visitors entering Jordan, pre boarding proof of a negative PCR Test within 72 hours of departure and health insurance are required. A further negative PCR test is paid for upon arrival at a cost of 28JOD (approximately US$40) per person. 

OurAfrica opens to NZ trade

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 20:49

New Zealand travel agents and brokers, as well as product managers and others in the wholesale sector, can register now for OurAfrica.

The format is a two-week show with two time-zones and 123 exhibitors have already registered from around Africa. The platform is free and was tested successfully when used in 2020.

Botswana begins to open up

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:19

Botswana’s borders began progressively opening this week. The country’s President has announced a phased approach that will see air travel resume at Botswana’s three key airports: Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Kasane and Maun.

International air travel will then follow, resuming from 1 December at Phillip Gaonwe Matante International Airport in Francistown, as well as the opening of ground crossings at the commercial

South Africa to open borders

Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:06

South Africa will be opening its international borders amid further easing of restrictions as announced in a statement by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa this week.

Travel into and out of South Africa will be allowed for business, leisure and other travel with effect from 1 October 2020. This is subject to various measures.

Safaris in the ‘new normal’

Thursday, 03 September 2020 04:51

As the world starts to adjust to new ways of travelling and countries around the world have begun opening up, World Journeys says that there can be no easier 'distancing' than in the African wilderness on safari.  

The company has a wide range of options as clients look for comfort, security and exclusive experiences away from big crowds.  ‘From trekking gorillas in Uganda staying at the small, comfortable Buhoma Lodge to perhaps a sole-use stay for a family at Wilderness Safaris' Jao Villa in Botswana's

Stay in the Train on the Bridge

Monday, 25 May 2020 23:39

World Journeys reports that a new luxury accommodation offering in South Africa is due to open later this year.

Fly-in safari set for 2021

Thursday, 21 May 2020 23:16

A Walker’s World is promoting fly-in safaris to  luxury tented camps on a private concession in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and 2020 rates are being held for 2021.

The small intimate camps of no more than 20 guests are set in thousands of hectares of African wilderness.  

Jill Grant, managing director of A Walker’s World says the emphasis is on viewing game close-up in its natural environment , unaffected by too many landrovers and tourists. There are a variety of game-

Abu Dhabi webinars

Monday, 11 May 2020 22:41

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi will be hosting online training webinars for travel agents so they can upskill during Covid-19.  Afterwards, a fun Kahoot quiz will be held and three prizes will be given away following each webinar, sourced from the winners’ local area. 
The webinars will be hosted every Tuesday at 12:30pm (NZ time) covering the topics: Culture and TraditionAction and Adventure and Family Fun

Great Migration explained

Thursday, 07 May 2020 21:11

The latest in the World Journeys series of ‘armchair training’ topics is the phenomena of the Great Migration of wildlife across the plains of East Africa.  

Director Ange Pirie says the company is trying to keep the inspiration levels up, and keep travel dreams alive.

Conservation in crisis

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 01:44

Wilderness and wildlife are under increased threat as global Covid-19 travel restrictions impact wildlife tourism operators.

Raise your glass

Thursday, 27 February 2020 23:58

Stays at Great Plains Conservation camps and lodges are now inclusive of all top-shelf spirits, wines and champagnes, at no extra charge to clients, advises World Journeys.

South Africa on rise

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 00:19

Large increases in New Zealand travellers to South Africa following the removal of visa requirements to the country indicate that the time is perfect for Kiwi agents to refresh their knowledge of the destination, says South African Tourism.

Exotic Morocco

Friday, 31 January 2020 00:03

Exotic Holidays is promoting an 11-day Morocco package priced from $3499 per person twin share.

Safari space in 2020

Monday, 20 January 2020 23:30

The Safari Company NZ has a number of spots available on tours this year, including the 10 May departure of the 13-night Southern Explorer.

Free nights in Zimbabwe

Thursday, 16 January 2020 23:02

Until 31 January 2020, agents can offer their clients up to two free nights when booking their Elephant’s Eye lodge stay in Zimbabwe with Jenman Safaris.

Going slower gains traction

Monday, 13 January 2020 22:22

African safari specialist Jenman Safaris, predicts 2020 will see a spike in ‘slow and mindful travel’, where travellers can enjoy deeper and more meaningful connections with nature and locals.

Kiwi co expands into Africa

Sunday, 01 December 2019 23:50

Queenstown-based adventure company, Active Adventures is tracking ahead of budgeted bookings for the new addition to its portfolio – Africa.

Gourmet & golf in Mauritius

Monday, 18 November 2019 21:56

World Journeys has a week-long experience in Mauritius for keen golfers.

New game lodge near Joburg

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 02:17

Inzalo Safari Lodge has opened in Welgevonden Game Reserve, a 34,000ha area in South Africa’s Limpopo Province.

Play to win a South Africa famil

Thursday, 03 October 2019 22:27

South African Tourism in collaboration with South African Airways and MW Tours, is giving six agents the chance to win a spot on a famil to South Africa thanks to the launch of its brand-new gaming app.

Focus on Botswana

Monday, 23 September 2019 22:29

Adventure World has launched its 2020 Africa and Middle East collection with a focus on wildlife opportunities in Botswana.

Cairo attraction update

Monday, 19 August 2019 22:19

Innovative Travel’s Cairo director, Elhamy ElZayat MNZM, is touring New Zealand in September to present a special update on the new Grand Egyptian Museum, due to open in Cairo in 2020.

AD50 deal with Safari Company

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 04:12

An opportunity exists for an agent or broker to join the Gorilla’s, Gameparks and Beaches Safari departing Kampala on 8 September 2019, with The Safari Company. The 32-day safari, personally hosted by kiwi born/Nairobi-based Andy Kibby and his Kenyan chef Nico Kamanga, has a special one-off agent AD50 deal. Normally $13,500pp, it is reduced to $6750 per person, share twin from Kampala to Zanzibar for a travel agent and companion.

South Africa ramps up tourism technology

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:04

A public private collaboration between South Africa’s National Department of Tourism, tourism industry stakeholders and Amadeus will bring much-needed technology across the country’s tourism sector.
The ‘Jurni’ platform will use different modules to capture, curate and analyse data that can be fed back to tourism operators. It will be particularly useful for rural businesses and SMEs which will be able to access a booking system and business app.

Africa: facing the tourism challenges

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 01:58

The importance of tourism to Africa’s economy was emphasised from the ‘top’ last week when South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed delegates at Africa’s Travel Indaba expo in Durban.
He spoke of the potential for the continent’s tourism to grow exponentially and how it could bring its people into the mainstream of the economy.

Africa’s visitor numbers surge

Monday, 06 May 2019 22:14

Visa relaxation and the work of Ethiopian Airlines to develop Ethiopia as a regional transport hub have been the catalyst for a massive 48% increase in international visitor arrivals, making it the fastest growing tourism market in the world in 2018.

Trafalgar’s incentive to Africa

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 23:32

Trafalgar’s annual agent incentive trip, Acclaim, will visit the brand’s newest destination of Africa in 2019, and three agents from New Zealand will have a chance to be on it.


Savings, photos in Africa

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 00:40

Adventure World Travel has a sharp offer on its small group journey through the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Parks.

‘Remarkable’ Africa sales

Monday, 17 September 2018 22:39

Response to Trafalgar Tours’ new Africa programme has been beyond the wildest expectations of the company’s chief executive, Gavin Tollman.

South Africa famil spots

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:29

Travel agents can be in to win one of six spots on an eight-night South African famil with South African Tourism and South African Airways.

Southern Africa safari

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:38

World Journeys has released a new 23 day Safari Southern Africa tour visiting Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Africa insights shared

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:45

Adventure World Travel’s destination expert for Africa, Ryan Kendall, has recently returned from a reconnaissance in Africa and shares his top three insights:


1. Two weeks of driving through Namibia brought new highlights such as tracking black rhinos at the Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland, star gazing over the Namib Desert, and climbing the ‘Big daddy’ sand dune in Sossusvlei. ‘Little Kualala is a luxurious desert retreat in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve and each of the 11 climate-controlled thatched kulalas there have a private plunge pool and a roof-top star bed’ Kendall tells of one of his camp stays in Namibia.


2. He also reports on a rebirth of Zimbabwe as a safari destination: ‘I noticed several new lodges and significant investment going into the tourism opportunities says Kendall about changes in the region. Ryan participated in a walking safari in Hawange National Park with Imvelo Safari Lodges. ‘Imvelo are leaders in eco-tourism and if you’re looking for a remote and exclusive destination, one that actually makes a difference to local communities and wildlife, Zimbabwe’s Bomani Tented Lodge is a great choice’ he says.


3. A third insight came from a visit to Cape Town where Kendall attended the ‘We Are Africa’ conference. ‘I was able to get a deep understanding of the diversity of product and stories coming out of Africa but also, that Cape Town is open for business. A tourist really won’t notice any changes due to the water crisis, the area and issue is being well managed so that there is no impact on a tourist’s experience.

Trafalgar Africa gives new opportunities

Monday, 11 June 2018 23:41

Trafalgar CEO Gavin Tollman is anticipating excitement within the New Zealand travel industry around its just launched Africa portfolio.

‘Brand Africa’ for tourism growth

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 23:17

Africa’s 5% share of global travellers (62 million of the world’s 1.2 billion tourists) could be doubled in the next decade with the right collaboration, policies and investment. That’s according to South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona who was promoting ‘Brand Africa’ at the Africa’s Travel Indaba recently in Durban.


‘Africa’s tourism sector grew 8% in 2017, 1% above the global average,’ says Ntshona. ‘The forecast is for continued growth – no other continent has as much potential to grow.’ The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) reports tourism is already an economic force on the continent – contributing a total of 8.1% to the GDP and employing 6.5% of the workforce in 2017. ‘Tourism can take us from poverty to prosperity, specifically women and young people in rural areas,’ says Ntshona who highlighted the number of small, local operators exhibiting at Indaba. ‘Today’s travellers want authenticity, and Africa covers that.’


South Africa itself has an ambitious growth plan for the next five years – to increase its visitors by 40% to 10 million. ‘South Africa has something for everyone, every wallet and every generation,’ says Ntshona. ‘We are seen as a five-star destination but we’ve got three- and four-star. Kruger is as big as Israel and you can observe the same lion from a backpacking tent to six-star luxury.’ Ntshona is also encouraging visitors to combine South Africa with another African country. ‘We are shining the spotlight so that everyone gets to benefit. Instead of spending 10 days in South Africa, how about 20 days in the region?’

Sell-out means long wait for across Africa rail trip

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:21

Rovos Rail fans will have to wait until 2020 for a berth on the new Trail of Two Oceans journey from Tanzania to Angola. When the July 2019 departure was launched in January this year, it sold out in three weeks. It now has a waiting list and the 2020 trip is filling up. ‘We are surprised at how quickly it has sold out,’ says Estee Badenhorst, marketing with Rovos Rail. ‘It’s been mainly repeat clients who have booked the journey,’ explains key account manager, Alicia Taljaard. ‘For ‘country tickers’, the train travels through four countries – Tanzania, Zambia, southern Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.’ The once a year journey leaves Dar es Salaam on 19 July 2019 and, after a three-day turn around leaves Lobito for the return journey on 2 August (this leg is also booked out).


Taljaard says the changing scenery in Angola includes a vast watershed scattered with fisheries and where the railway line is built up on the water. ‘You then travel through green, lush jungle, baobab forests and dry arid dunes. In the Congo it’s remote. There’s jungle and copper mining but the thing I remember most is the warmth of the people.’ When the journey ends in Lobito, guests stay one night at the new Terminus Hotel. ‘We recommend guests then add a side trip to the capital Luanda, flying from nearby Catumbela,’ says Taljaard. In Luanda, points of interest include old forts and the trip incorporates a game drive and river cruise in nearby Kissama National Park.


– Trish Freeman

South Africa looks at online visa solution

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 22:33

Streamlining South Africa’s visa process is ‘top of mind’ according to South African Tourism boss, Sisa Ntshona.

Not just for pros: get clients in safari picture

Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:18

Photography isn’t the niche activity it once was, and agents should be encouraging clients to sign up for photography tours, urges one leading photographic safari operator.

According to Cape Town-based Pangolin Photo Safaris, these days everyone's a photographer and clients interested in the activity need to know photography safaris are no longer just for the pros.

‘There are two things that stop budding photographers from signing up for these kinds of tours – knowledge and equipment. If we can provide them with some training and set them up with the best equipment, everyone