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March 29, 2017

Indaba Tourism: 6-8 May 2017

Where? Durban Central, Kwazulu Natal

When? 6-8 May 2017

Overnight? See Durban Central accommodation, in Kwazulu Natal

Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar.

It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products, and attracts international visitors and media from across the world.

Exhibitor categories include accommodation, tour operators, transport, game lodges, online travel and industry associations.

Outdoor exhibitors include transport, camping and safari companies.

Venue: Albert Luthuli [...]

 
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March 13, 2017

Tazara railway needs $200m upgrade

The scale of the investment required to rehabilitate the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (Tazara) has become clear.

New managing director Bruno Ching’andu has calculated how much money will be required to stabilise the operating company, aside from efforts to upgrade the line. It has debts of $700m and needs another $200m for new rolling stock and track improvements.

Tazara was built in the 1970s by the Chinese government, with Chinese finance and workers. It was developed to give Zambia a means of exporting its copper, via the Port of Dar es Salaam, without moving it through Apartheid-era South Africa. It still carries Zambian copper but a lack of investment over many years [...]

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March 13, 2017

One of Africa’s Last Great Tusker Elephants Was Killed by Poachers

The massive Satao II was found dead in Kenya, likely shot by a poisoned arrow. Conservationists are mourning the loss.

One of Kenya’s last great tusker elephants was reportedly shot and killed by poachers.

During a routine flyover on January 4 by the conservation group Tsavo Trust in southern Kenya, the body of a famous, roughly 50-year-old African elephant known as Satao II was discovered, though news of his death was only announced Monday. While the cause of death has not been confirmed, conservationists believe he was killed by a poisoned arrow while feeding in the eastern region of the park. The area is known as a “poaching hot spot.”

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November 7, 2016

17 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT LESOTHO, THE WORLD’S HIGHEST COUNTRY

It just turned 50

Yes, it’s happy birthday to Lesotho, which reaches a half-century of independence today, having shrugged off Britain’s colonial overcoat on October 4 1966. In other words, it has been a sovereign state since just after England won the World Cup. Neither England nor Lesotho has seized football’s big prize since. Which of them will be first to break their dry run? Lesotho are currently ranked 150th best team in the world. Could go either way.

It’s land-locked…

In fact, Lesotho is a country within a country, surrounded on all sides by South Africa. Specifically, it lies around 300 miles south of Johannesburg – or 50 minutes by aircraft.

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