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Plastic Bag Ban in Kenya

September 2017

Plastic bags will be removed from visitors when they land at Jomo Kenyatta Airport

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New Timbavati Conservation Levy

September 2017

The Timbavati Game Reserve has increased their levy

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Tie The Knot At Garonga

September 2017

This intimate bush camp repeatedly wins awards and is the perfect spot in which to exchange wedding vows – be it up in the tree house, in the beautiful boma under the stars - or on Garonga’s beautiful deck as the sun sets.

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Big 5 Photo Safari

September 2017

Serena is delighted to announce a brand new “Big 5” photo safari tour to Kenya for February 2018 which will be conducted by Award Winning Photographer Bryan Pereira.

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Big 5 Photo Safari

September 2017

Serena is delighted to announce a brand new “Big 5” photo safari tour to Kenya for February 2018 which will be conducted by Award Winning Photographer Bryan Pereira.

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Big 5 Photo Safari

September 2017

Serena is delighted to announce a brand new “Big 5” photo safari tour to Kenya for February 2018 which will be conducted by Award Winning Photographer Bryan Pereira.

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Lalibela's New Look Lentaba

September 2017

Lentaba Lodge at Lalibela Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape reopened on 1 September having undergone a complete refurbishment and upgrade. Not only has it got a fresh, vibrant “new look” with all rooms enlarged - but an additional two new rooms have been built, making Lentaba now a 10-roomed lodge.

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Mashatu: All Decked Out

October 2017

Mashatu Lodge in Botswana is delighted to share the first glimpse of the new decks which have been added to the rooms... and their Boulders and Baobabs package...

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Families Love Lalibela

October 2017

Lalibela Game Reserve in South Africa's Eastern Cape is the perfect safari location for families - just an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth airport. It is malaria free - which ticks a big box for many families with younger children – and combines well with a beach stay in the Eastern Cape such as Plettenberg Bay or Cape St Francis - or after exploring the Garden Route.

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MalaMala's New Dawn - A Sneaky Peek

October 2017

After months of planning and preparation, the re-imagination of MalaMala Main Camp and Sable Camp has begun and to whet your appetite, we can share some detailed “renderings” of the re-imagined suites. All changes are being hidden discreetly behind the scenes and screens.

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Fairlawns - Now with Added Bubbles

October 2017

Probably Johannesburg’s best kept secret, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa is an exclusive cocoon of pure indulgence – tucked away in extensive gardens, just a stone’s throw from Sandton’s hub of trendy shops and restaurants. Now there is even more reason to linger longer before or after your safari - with the addition of its exclusive new champagne bar, MUSE!

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Amboseli Serena Wins Award

October 2017

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge’s Kimana’s Women’s Group Economic Development Initiative has emerged the winner of the 2017 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award.

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Serena Beach Resort Wins Award

September 2017

Serena Beach Resort & Spa is happy to have been announced the winner of the SDG 14: Life Under Water award for its turtle conservation project at this year’s Eco Warrior Awards.

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Family-Friendly KZN

July 2017

The province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is the perfect place for a family holiday. Check out the fantastic "kids stay free" special offers for the 2018 UK summer holidays at Ghost Mountain Inn, Pakamisa and Cathedral Peak Hotel!

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Serena News Highlights

July 2017

From riding with rhinos, hotel refurbs and a great new Mivumo Villa pacakage.

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The Re-imagination of MalaMala

June 2017

South Africa's most iconic Big 5 reserve will be undergoing a major refurb, starting in October 2017.

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Garonga Green

April 2017

The ethos behind Garonga is all about conservation, and lots of thought, time and money has been invested to ensure that it is environmentally sustainable.

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Ethos to represent Fairlawns

April 2017

Ethos is now representing Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Johannesburg, an exclusive 5* sanctuary, conveniently situated in the leafy suburb of Morningside Manor.

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Fancourt launches new international tournament

February 2017

The first ever Fancourt International Tournament will be held in December 2017.

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Machangulo Makeover

January 2017

Machangulo Beach Lodge in Mozambique has recently undergone a fantastic makeover, enhancing the look and feel with vibrant colours and textures.

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Ethos to represent Cape St Francis Resort

November 2016

Ethos is delighted to welcome into its portfolio the Cape St Francis Resort and Beach Break villas in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

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Newmark Expands into Zambia and Zanzibar

May 2016

Newmark has announced exciting plans to expand further into Africa - including opening their first office outside of South Africa in Lusaka, Zambia and the creation of the “Kaufela Collection”.

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Amanda’s Blog on Graaff-Reinet

February 2016

A short and very easy flight from Cape Town and we land at Port Elizabeth. We head back to Avis to pick up our next Toyota Corolla and to hear the sweet tones of Serena guiding us on our three hour journey into The Karoo and to South Africa’s fourth oldest town, Graaff-Reinet. Now if truth be told, I was wondering why I was heading to a town that no-one in the UK really seemed to want to promote. However, Malcolm, from The Independent Traveler, had enthused about Graaff-Reinet, telling me how so many people really were missing a trick. I needed to find this out for myself.

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Celebrating 200 years of Zulu Heritage

January 2016

2016 is set to be a momentous year for celebrating “all things Zulu” as it marks the 200th Birthday of the Zulu Nation – for it was in 1816 that the iconic King Shaka kaSenzangakhona defeated all opposition and merged the Nguni clans into one Zulu Nation.

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Giraffe’s Nest Reopens

January 2016

Imagine waking up in your very own tree house in the middle of the African bush ... where the only alarm clock is birdsong and the warmth of the rising sun on the horizon on your face as the bush slowly wakens and com es to life . This is the Giraffe’s Nest experience ... promising an unforgettable night of adventure at Motswari Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s Timbavati , which adjoin s (no fences) the Kruger National P ark.

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Newmark to open Jo’burg property Hallmark House

December 2015

Hallmark House, which was built originally in the 1970s as a diamond - polishing center, is in the heart of the Maboneng district on the east side of the Johannesburg CBD. Maboneng – which means ‘place of light’ in Sotho - is owned and being developed by Propertuity. It is an exciting and vibrant new neighborhood that’s quickly becoming a destination for people who enjoy seeing the expression of current creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in all its modern urban forms: from graffiti to art centers and photo walks; from markets to yoga studios and new designer shops; the area is edgy and vital. Newmark’s boutique hotel in Hallmark House will reflect this character in its style and ambience and will offer business people and tourists alike the opportunity to stay in the heart of this multi - cultural city hub and explore all the area has to offer.

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Meet Jean Toucher – Safari Manager at Ghost Mountain Inn

September 2015

Jean Toucher is the Safari Manager at Ghost Mountain Inn in Mkuze, Zululand, who not only skippers the unforgettable boat cruises and tiger fishing trips on nearby Lake Jozini – but also takes guests out on a wide variety of excursions including guided game drives, walking safaris and birding trips in Mkhuze and Hluhluwe. She also leads fascinating and authentic Zulu Cultural Walks as well as scenic hikes up to the top of Tshaneni (Ghost Mountain). She also loves to take the children out on grubby bug walks and Nature Treasure hunts as part of the kids programme.

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Ghost Mountain for families

August 2015

Ghost Mountain Inn prides itself on being an oasis for families, and the team go out of their way to make its youngest visitors feel welcome with special kids sheets on the beds, a Kiddies Menu, a playground and games room with snooker and darts for older kids.Children are welcome to join safaris and boat trips and resident guide Jean will arrange Grubby Bug walks for the kids, where they go on an ‘insect safari’. Baby-sitting facilities are available to give parents some down time.

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Family Fun in Cape Town with Newmark

May 2015

Cape Town is a fantastic family holiday destination. Not only is it an easy overnight flight from London (great if the kids sleep the whole way), but the time difference is minimal meaning there is no jet lag to contend with . The flights are probably the biggest expense, but once you are there , South Africa offers fantastic value for money in terms of eating, drinking and enjoying some fantastic activities available - for all the family.

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The Pride Of Mkhuze

February 2014

History was made recently when four lions were released into Mkhuze Game Reserve after a long absence of 44 years. These big cats (a male and two females) are the first of a total of eight destined for the Mkhuze section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. They were trans-located from Tembe Elephant Park (www.tembe.co.za)by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority and its conservation partner, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. A fantastic conservation victory on the #ZuluRoute in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa -restoring this beautiful game reserve to "Big 5" status!

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Ghost Mountain Wins Diners Club Award

February 2013

The Ghost Mountain Inn in Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal is very proud to have won a Diamond award in the prestigious 2012 Diners Club Wine list awards. The hotel’s wine list is selected and collated by Ross Rutherfoord who has an obvious passion for wine and years of experience in the wine industry. The Ghost Mountain Inn entered the awards for the first time in 2011 and won a gold award. This year they are one of 10 establishments in KwaZulu Natal to win a Diamond award. This award confirms the Ghost Mountain’s ambition of being a premier destination for wine lovers in Northern KwaZuluNatal and recognizes its commitment to providing an extensive and unique wine selection to its guests.

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Celebrate 50 Years For Less Than A Fiver In South Africa

June 2012

In celebration of their 50 year anniversary, Ghost Mountain Inn is offering some crazy, special last-minute offers during June and July! In fact, if you sign up for their newsletter they will randomly send out notifications of their impromptu 48 hour sales, in which they sell their rooms online for R50 per person sharing – that’s less than £5!

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Twitters & Tweets To Fly For

June 2011

For a real “tweet” “au natural” why not escape to KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa for some tweets and twitters of an altogether different kind! You don’t need to be a birder, twitcher or ornithologist to appreciate the amazing bird-life you will see in KwaZulu-Natal. You don’t even need to know a single bird name to be converted into someone with an appreciation and basic knowledge of birds. Just leave that to us!

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Elephant Coast Honeymoon Escape

July 2008

At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mo untain in Mkuze, nor thern KwaZul u Nat al lies the privat ely owned 4 Star Ghos t Mountain Inn - a perfect sett ing to experience the allure of Africa in stylish comfor t. This intimat e and beau tiful hotel is the ideal location from wh ich to exp lore the array of wildlife and coast al reserves in Maput aland and the Elephant Coast . Nature enthusias ts will appreciat e the abundance of wildlife and the scenic splendo urs of this rich and diverse region during ga me drives, guide d walks and boa t cruises in the com pany of knowl ed geab le rangers. Back at the hot el, the spa offers a range of skin and body treatmen ts and hea lthy lunche s in a tranqui l environment . Those who prefer the relaxing sound of birdsong and the war mth of the African sun will find their respit e at the pool side w ithin the glorious indigenous gardens of t he Ghost Mount ain Inn.

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Ethos Marketing to represent Ghost Mountain Inn

January 2008

Eth os Marke ting is d elighted to announce their appoin tment as the UK office for Ghost Mountain Inn, Zululand’s fines t countr y Inn! Situat ed in Nort hern KwaZ ulu-Na tal, at the foot of the legendary Ghos t Mountain , this privat ely- owne d 4 St ar hot el is a l argel y undis covered gem. Jus t 3 hours d rive nor th of Durban, or 5 hours from Johannesburg, this is the perfect retre at for takin g time out to rel ax and experience the char ms of the Elephant Coast in co mfor t and st yle

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Battle And Birding Weekend

January 1970

In commemoration of the Battle of Tshaneni on the slopes of Ghost Mountain in June 1884, the Ghost Mountain Inn has invited renowned guide and historian, Ken Gillings to recount the events around the Zulu Civil War and specifically those relating to the Battle of Tshaneni between the two principal rivals, Prince Dinuzulu, the son of the deposed Zulu King Cetshwayo, and his Usuthu warriors, and Zibhebhu, head of the powerful Mandlakazi section of the Zulu nation.

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