Africa News – August 2015

August 11, 2015  By: Chris Laskey

Rwanda to Name Baby Gorillas, the Great Migration Arrives in Kenya, Cecil the Lion’s Legacy, and More.

The Great Wildebeest Migration, Where Are They Now?

The Great Migration is firmly in Kenya’s Maasai Mara right now with reports coming in of amazing sightings from our preferred camps and AAC travelers. Tess O’Neil took this amazing photo of the Great Migration (shown left) during her recent safari to Kenya. We are always excited to see such great experiences captured by our guests while on safari. The Great migration is actually constantly moving and never stops. More than 1.5 million wildebeest constantly surge between Tanzania and Kenya, chasing the prevailing rain falls and moving where ever the grass is most lush and plentiful. An ever moving target, let us use our experience and vast network of partners and friends, to make sure you are close to the action when you plan your Great Migration safari.

For the second consecutive year Kent Redding Named to Travel + Leisure’s A-List

We are very proud to announce that Africa Adventure Consultants President Kent Redding has been named to the Travel & Leisure A-List of top travel advisors for the second consecutive year. He is one of only 23 Africa specialists on the prestigious list. According to Travel + Leisure, its 14th annual A-List showcases the best specialists in the business—the people who have firsthand knowledge of destinations on the rise, can get you into sold-out hotels, and provide the best insider travel tips. Read more here.

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Rwanda to Name Baby Gorillas at Kwita Izina

On September 5, 2015, the Rwanda Development Board will host the eleventh Kwita Izina, naming 24 baby gorillas born after last year’s ceremony. Our own Kent Redding will be attending this year’s event, which is taking place as the Rwanda government embarks on a general census of the gorilla population in the Virunga Massif. In 2010, when the last general census was conducted, the gorilla population grew by 26.3% in the seven years from 2003. The theme for Kwita Izina 2015 is conserving now and for the future.

Cecil the Lion’s Death Sparks Conservation Debate

The shooting of Cecil the Lion has caused a world-wide firestorm of debate on big game hunting and conservation. This week, the Wall Street Journal ran a piece sighting human population growth and land use as the greatest threats to wildlife, including dwindling lion populations. Read more here. (Note: you may have to register and pay $12.) Also this week, The New York Times published a story highlighting the view that the big business of trophy hunting in Africa may actually help conserve species. “There’s only two places on the earth where wildlife at a large scale has actually increased in the 20th century, and those are North America and southern Africa,” said Rosie Cooney, a zoologist who is the chairwoman of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. “Both of those models of conservation were built around hunting.” To read the full article, click here.

REMINDER: Kenya Visa Update

Starting September 1, 2015, travelers will no longer be allowed to obtain a visa upon arrival when entering Kenya. Through the end of August, visitors are able to apply online and receive approval for a visa in advance of their trip OR receive their visa upon arrival. The new online process is expected to take a minimum of seven days, so we strongly recommend that travelers begin the process a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of travel. Beginning September 1, 2015, the only way to obtain a visa for travel to Kenya will be via the online process. Visit this website to apply online for a Kenyan visa. Kenya Visa Application

This Month’s Safari Quiz Master is Innocent Tembo. Are you Smarter Than A Safari Guide?

This month’s quiz master is a top guide from Zambia. On any given day, Innocent Tembo can be found educating and entertaining his guests throughout Zambia but more often than not he can be found at Norman Carr Safaris camps such as Liuwa Plains. Innocent has put forth an awesome quiz full of amazing facts that he has picked up over a lifetime of conservation and guiding. See how you do on his quiz and pick up some new knowledge along the way!. Click here to test your Africa IQ this month and see if you can make the grade!

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Migration photo by Tess O’Neil
Lion and gorilla photos by Kent Redding
Passport stamps courtesy of Gretchen Healey

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