Project Luangwa Newsletter, September 2015

Last June Project Luangwa had its fifth birthday – yes, that’s right Dave and I have been living and working here in Mfuwe for over five years. At the time we were a bit too busy to celebrate or even look back at all that has happened . . . …

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Zambia poised to reach 1 million tourist arrivals in 2015

Authorities in Zambia have expressed optimism that the country will be able to capture the targeted 1 million tourist arrivals in 2015, the country’s investment agency said on Tuesday. According to a statement posted on the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) Facebook page, the country was expected to hit the 1-million mark …

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State-of-the-art Convention Centre in Zambia’s Tourism Capital

THE Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) has made a lot of progress on the construction of a state-of-the-art Convention Centre in Livingstone at a cost of about US$ 300 million. ZICA president Wesley Beene said the project, whose ground breaking ceremony and laying of the foundation stone took place …

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Going Green in Kafue National Park

By Sarah Davies Eco-tourism – we hear it all the time but what does it really mean? We read about “green” safari camps who “contribute” to their local communities and “empower” staff but how can we really be sure that such lofty declarations aren’t just another clever marketing tool? Recently …

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Pieter Kat on the lifting of the big cat hunting ban

The following was written as a response to Christopher Clark’s recent post, ‘Lifting the big cat hunting ban: Some thoughts and a call’ after it was republished on Untold Africa. Pieter Kat is a trustee and co-founder of LionAid. He has a PHD in ecology and evolution from John Hopkins …

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The Copperbelt has more to offer than just copper

NKOMBO KACHEMBA THE Copperbelt Province is synonymous with mining, but this is slowly changing with the growth of other sectors such as the tourism industry. The province, which is endowed with rich mineral resources, also has the potential to become one of the preferred tourist destinations in Zambia. According to …

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Extremely rare melanistic genet sighted in Kafue

Jeffery & McKeith Safaris, Musekese Camp The afternoon game drive started out like most in the Kafue, with the hope and expectation of something interesting and unusual ahead, heightened by the incessant alarm calls of the baboon troop along the river. It was still light when we set off, in …

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Project Luangwa Sewing a Better Future for Local Women

Some of you might have seen a previous post here about the truly comendable work being done by Project Luangwa in and around the town of Mfuwe just outside the famous South Luangwa National Park. Project Luangwa is an NGO, supported by a handful of local safari operators as well …

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Lion Cubs Take Over Camp in Liuwa Plain National Park

Three cheeky lion cubs as well as a cheetah have been making the refurbishment of Matamarene Camp in Liuwa Plains, a little tricky. We’ve been watching Norman Carr Safaris over the last few months; Matamanene Camp has been given a facelift – we’ve seen new bathrooms being built, new floors …

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One Eyed Male Leopard – proving he’s still boss!

Leopards, an awesome sighting any day and almost a guarantee in the in Zambia, nicknamed the Valley of the Leopard.  Sleeping in trees, wandering about, on the hunt, mating and fighting, we thought we had seen it all this year. But the South Luangwa delivered again for this Norman Carr …

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Norman Carr Safaris Opens Operations in Liuwa

We are thrilled to announce that as of May 2015 we will offer safaris in Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. We are giving the existing camp, Matamanene a soft facelift and will be operating 4 and 5 night set departure safaris guided by veteran Norman Carr Safaris‘ guides; this will …

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Proflight flys to Kafue

The wonders of Zambia’s largest national park – Kafue – will be more accessible thanks to the new route being launched by Proflight Zambia from July 1. News of the new service to the remote Busanga Plains was enthusiastically received on Proflight’s Facebook and Twitter pages – @proflightzambia – with …

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Elefest: 2015’s Wildest Festival

At EleFest 2015 we are celebrating the beauty of Zambia’s wildlife and reminding ourselves why we need to preserve it. We invite you to a nature-themed musical journey with some amazing local and international bands. The incredible line-up includes jazz and soul divas Pink Blues, soul secret Chitalu Musonda, blues-infused …

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US $2.4 Million Spent on Zambia’s Tourism Marketing

The Zambian government has said it is spending US $2.4 million on tourism marketing this year, in a bid to draw more attention from the international market. Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Stephen Mwansa said that “as the government, we are doing a lot” and that the private sector players in …

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Zambia Tourism Putting Zambia in Print

You may remember that towards the end of last year a small team of from Zambia Tourism embarked on an an epic 7 week tour around the country with a view to expanding and updating the content on this website, growing relationships with operators, lodge owners etc on the ground …

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Music festival to Support Zambia’s Wildlife

CACTUS Agony, Kapiri Mposhi Top Rank Suite, a reggae band from South Africa and guest disc jockeys from the United Kingdom are some of the attractions at this year’s EleFest, a musical initiative that is meant to support Zambia’s country’s wildlife. This year’s EleFest, described as Zambia’s wildest music and …

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Another Accolade for Robin Pope

National Geographic Traveler magazine has today announced that Robin Pope Safaris’ Mobile Walking Safari experience has been chosen as a 2015 Tour of a Lifetime. In its 10th annual list National Geographic Traveler selected 50 of the world’s “most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours.” More details can …

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Zambia’s provincial HQs to get new cultural centres

CONSTRUCTION of cultural centres in the 10 provinces has commenced to enhance tourism activities in Zambia, Tourism and Art Minister Jean Kapata has said. Ms Kapata said yesterday that so far, Government had put up cultural centres in four provinces, while the other six, would be erected during the year. …

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North Luangwa: Hope for Zambia’s Rhinos

Roughly 40 years ago, Zambia had one of Africa’s highest rhino populations, with about 4,000 of a total population of 12,000 being found in the beautiful and wildlife-rich Luangwa Valley region. By 1998, thanks to rampant poaching, rhinos were declared extinct in Zambia. Despite this loss, South Luangwa National Park …

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New Promo Video to Boost Zambia’s Tourism

We are proud to announce that as of today, our slick new promotional video welcomes visitors to the Zambiatourism.com website. We hope that the video will add another level of allure to our comprehensive site and continue to help take Zambia’s online tourism footprint to new heights. The video was …

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