[COVID COMMENT] There is only one way to roll a rhino
08 June 2020

There is only one way to roll a rhino ...

that is TOGETHER

In this analogy, the rhino is the process of opening international travel again. The people helping the rhino are all of us in the African tourism industry.

We do not know when travel will resume. The information out there is contradictory. And while one border may be open, the access to it can be via another which is closed.

In the meantime, South Africa is travel-ready, and reports that South Africa’s international tourism will only reopen in 2021 are premature as South Africa’s Risk-Adjusted Strategy is based on levels of lockdown, not dates. The industry is lobbying for phased reopening of international inbound tourism as close to 1 September 2020 as possible based on stringent safety and health protocols.

What can you do?

  1. Share this PRESS RELEASE with your community.
  2. Watch & share the SATSA Webinar International Inbound Recovery 5 June 2020.

And who is open?

As Tanzania announces they are open for international flights, Little Chem Chem is the first camp in our Portfolio to announce a fixed opening date of 1st July.
Across our Portfolio our other members are ready to accept guests. With no firm flight access they are waiting in anticipation for the skies to reopen. As we hear more we will keep sharing updates with you.


Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 16:30
(South Africa time zone)

Join the discussion as I chat with some insightful thinkers around being conscious and connected, to more committed and captivating. This week, we are joined by Angus Sholto-Douglas and Graeme Mann from Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, André Uys from Marataba Conservation Camps and Grant Cumings from Chiawa Safaris.

They will share their passion for what they do, give an insight into managing privately owned game reserves (Kwandwe and Marataba) in comparison to a national park concession (Chiawa). And following on from feedback on our last Tuesday Talk we will also discuss active participation for guests in conservation experiences.
Conscious. Connected. Committed. Captivating
André UysSouth Africa
As a wildlife veterinarian, André has spent the past 2 decades re-establishing wildlife populations in protected areas and national parks across the continent, where they catalyse the resurrection of depleted areas into sustainable ecosystems. Though involved with Marataba almost since its inception in 2001, André left private practice in 2010 and joined Marataba Conservation full-time as the general manager.
Angus Sholto-DouglasSouth Africa
After several years of working as a naturalist-guide in Southern Africa, Angus had the opportunity to purchase property in the Eastern Cape, formerly farmland. It took the shared vision, resources and relentless energy of four dynamic individuals, including Angus and his wife Tracy, to create Kwandwe in 2001 and return a piece of this land in South Africa’s Eastern Cape to its former glory, rehabilitated with wildlife.
Graeme MannSouth Africa
Graeme has spent the last 15 years immersed in all things Kwandwe - an independent, forward-thinking, conservation and community development business. He is a passionate and vocal advocate for ethical guiding, sound and sustainable conservation practices, and driving a business model that truly benefits the rural economy and inhabitants of the Eastern Cape.
Grant CumingsZambia
Born and brought up in Zambia, Grant has vast experience in guiding, conservation and the safari industry. The Cumings family pioneered tourism in the Lower Zambezi National Park in 1989. Today, Chiawa Safaris operates an authentic Zambian safari, working closely with Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ), where Grant is a founding member, to protect the wildlife and habitat of the LZNP.

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Hang in there. I know we are all looking forward to business resuming to some kind of normalcy. When it returns I do not believe it will be the same as it was in the past. Our partnerships, collaborative thinking and commitment to a more sustainable way forward is more essential than ever.

We are all in this together and we will emerge stronger.
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
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Sustainable Africa

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Príncipe is an adventure. A tiny island topped by a canopy of green broken by spires of primordial rock, join us to discover this magnificent lost world, offering fantastic beaches, jungle exploration, snorkelling, fishing and birdwatching.

As the smaller, northern major island of the country of São Tomé and Príncipe lying off the west coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, Príncipe has an area of 136 square kilometres (53 sq mi) and a population of approximately 7,000. The island is a heavily eroded volcano speculated to be over three million years old. Here you will discover a place that time forgot and where you feel you have stepped off the edge of the world. It is distinctively West African with a very strong Portuguese influence and this gives it a rhythm of its own which sets it apart from any experiences in East and Southern African.


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The vast 220 000-hectare private NamibRand Nature Reserve, an International Dark Sky Reserve, offers a landscape of red dune belts, gravel plains, mountains and "inselbergs". It is incomparable to anything you have ever experienced. The powerful silence of this wild desolation beckons your soul. It is simply out of this world. Located only 60 kilometers from the coast, summer evenings are cooled by refreshing west winds, while winter mornings make for exceptional photography with layers of fog in the desert. Here you discover two exclusive experiences which combine to create the most immersive journey through this desert wilderness - Wolwedans Private Camp and Boulders Safari Camp.