Africa News – October 2015

October 6, 2015  By: Gretchen

Ubwira or Courage, Baby Gorilla Named by Kent Redding at 2015 Kwita Izina Naming Ceremony, Rwanda - courtesy of Rwanda National ParksGorilla Doctors Matching Campaign

While the population of mountain gorillas has stabilized in recent years, they are still critically endangered, with only about 900 total remaining in the world. We want to help preserve these magnificent apes, which is why we’ve established the Ubwira Mountain Gorilla Matching Fund, a donation matching program to support the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, aka Gorilla Doctors. Their international veterinary team provides hands-on medical care to ill and injured mountain and Grauer’s gorillas living in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Please join us in funding this important work and we will match donations, up to $1,000 total, through October 31, 2015.

Kenya Visa News

Good news for travelers heading to Kenya: the government has reinstated visa counters at arrival airports, allowing visitors to obtain their visas upon landing in Kenya. This postpones the complete launch of Kenya’s new e-visa platform, which requires tourists visiting Kenya to register their particulars on an electronic visa page, upload a digital passport photo and submit the application to be processed by the Department of Immigration Services in advance of their trips. President Kenyatta recently said that, although the e-visa  application is in use, it will run concurrently with manual applications at entry points so as not to lock out last minute visitors to the country. Please contact us with further questions.

Gorongosa National Park on PBS

AAC Gorongosa wildlifeExperience the incredible and inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through the eyes of an Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman. American-born, African-raised Bob Poole embarks on an amazing adventure: spending two years living in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, joining scientists and conservationists in the battle to re-wild this once-legendary national park. In addition to giving us stunning images of Africa’s iconic wildlife, large and small, hoofed and winged, Bob Poole and Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise take us by the scruff of the neck into one of the most exciting conservation stories happening in the world today. We’ll be watching!

Marriott Will Be Landing in South Africa

Are you brand loyal? Many of our clients love the perks that they earn by staying in their favorite hotels, and seek out stays at those properties whenever they can. If you are partial to the Marriott brand, you will be excited to learn that they are undergoing their first-ever expansion into South Africa, with two properties expected to open in the trendy Melrose Arch neighborhood in Johannesburg by February 2018. We will share more details as they become available.

Ubirwa photo courtesy Rwanda Tourism Board
Gorongosa photo courtesy PBS