Africa

Uganda VAT tax increase

Last month, Uganda's Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka announced that the Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption for hotel accommodation will be formally withdrawn on July 1st of this year. VAT in Uganda is currently at 18 percent and hotel...
Tanzania Tourism Development Levy (TDL) In a bid to acquire more revenue from the tourism industry, Tanzanian members of parliament have passed several new tax hikes and a Tourism Development Levy (TDL), during this year's annual financial budget meeting...
Cape Town's romantic side Cape Town’s romantic side is second to none. Discover a different element of the African continent, all with a good dose of local delight and within the confines of one of the world’s most beloved cities, and...
Kenya and its conservation It is a little-known fact that about 8% of Kenya’s land mass is protected area for wildlife conservation. Protected areas are gazetted landscapes or seascapes that have been surveyed, demarcated and gazetted either as National...

Nakuru town hidden gems

Nakuru town As you enter the heart of Nakuru from Nairobi, you can't help but see a pink horizon at the edge of a lake. Like a well painted picture, the small town welcomes you with its clean environs...
Often one is inspired to journey on an African safari adventure for the love of wildlife. After experiencing an African safari, a common aftereffect is an increased and deeply felt desire to contribute to charity groups dedicated to...
What is a genet cat? A cat-like carnivore with a leopard pattern—the genet cat is a unique critter that will surely grab attention on your African safari. Even if it may hang around the safari lodge with its highly...
So, you want to see the Kalahari? Are you planning a safari to Botswana? Is Central Kalahari Game Reserve on your list of places to visit? I just returned from a safari to this magnificent country, where I was...

Safari safety guidelines

It’s easy to get drawn into the safari scene—the mixture of wild and open spaces, excitement and the element of danger when viewing wildlife in their natural safari environment. But, when we go on safari, we must shape...
The South African story, the country’s breathtaking beauty, friendly people and impressive wildlife continue to charm people around the globe.  The popular media network Where Are You Now (WAYN) recently hosted a contest to find the world’s dream...