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British Travel Awards 2014

We are delighted to announce that we have been nominated for the prestigious British Travel Awards in 2 categories.  If you enjoyed your holiday with us, or our advice at the planning stage, please do take the time to vote for us! There are some great prizes to be won for taking part.

How to Vote?

In the first section (‘…best holiday companies for specific types of holiday’), we are listed under ‘Best Safari, Wildlife and Nature Holiday Company’ (at the bottom).

Under the fourth section (‘…best holiday companies to Africa and the Middle East’), we are listed under ‘Best Holiday Company to Sub-Saharan Africa’, (in the middle).

The easiest method is to quickly find ‘Africa Odyssey’ on the survey page, (using Ctrl F on a PC or Command F on a Mac); we are listed twice.

Short on time? Don’t worry, you do not need to vote in any other category, or fill in the survey afterwards; Just leave it blank, scroll to the end of the page and click ‘submit survey’.

Please see the screen grab below for more help, and click on this link now to vote

Sadly only those with a UK postcode are eligible to vote, Good Luck !

British Travel Awards 2014

Please click on this link now to vote!

Kwihala Camp

Kwihala as part of Asilia

On 1st June Kwihala Camp opened as part of the Asilia family. During April and May we refreshed the soft furnishings and put in place a new menu, but kept the spirit of this popular bush camp firmly intact.

This season Kwihala Camp is in the very capable hands of Sandy Mellet. Many of you will know Sandy from Matemwe where she was our Front of House Manager. Sandy is going into her third season with Asilia.

Guiding this season we will have Lorenzo Roskelly and Festo Rafaelle Ntayaye full time. Pietro Lurashi will be in camp from the 1st July – 1st October and Marius Swart arrives on the 1st November.

What makes Kwihala Camp special

  • Kwihala Camp has one of the best locations in the park, close to the Mwagusi Sand River where the most exciting game viewing happens! In the mornings, Kwihala guests tend to have this area to themselves, allowing them to move on when others start to arrive.
  • The camp has a reputation for excellent guiding and we are pleased to announce that the guides who built this reputation will be continuing to guide in the 2014 season.
  • It is one of the only camps in Ruaha to offer game drives, walking safaris and night drives. NB: walking and night drives do need to be pre-booked.
  • Kwihala is one of the smallest camps in Ruaha. With just 6 tents this means we can deliver the kind of personalised service that Asilia has become famous for.

Why go to Ruaha?

  • Exclusivity: Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest National Park at over 20,000km2. There are approximately 150  tourist beds in the park which means 130km2 of space for each guest!
  • Big Cat viewing: Ruaha is home to 1 in every 10 of the world’s lions and the density of lions per km2 is higher than the Serengeti (0.27 per km2 in Ruaha compared to 0.16 per km2 in Serengeti). Cheetah and leopard are also seen regularly.
  • Elephants: Ruaha is also home to Tanzania’s largest elephant population (aprox 20,000).
  • Diversity: Ruaha is a transition between southern and eastern eco-systems and this is what accounts for its incredible diversity with over 1600 plant species and 500 bird species.

Namiri Plains

We are very excited to bring you the first photos of Namiri Plains. The 6 tents have fresh and contemporary décor, with accents of reclaimed steel and wood to keep it in harmony with nature. Stand out features include bold geometric rugs contrasted against organic, plant print textiles. Bathrooms have traditional bucket showers.

Namiri Plains



We have also had some incredible game sightings in the last weeks. A recent FAM trip saw a unbelievable 6 species of cat in 8 days.  The 3 big cats; lion (95 different individuals), leopard (6 individuals) and cheetah (20 Individuals including some young cubs), were abundant, but also their smaller cousins were seen: wildcat (3), caracal (2) and an elusive serval. Namiri Plains is living up to its name as the place where the Big Cats Roam.

Namiri Plains


The Namiri Team

Namiri Plains will be run by Epimark Mwaklianga who many of you will know from Ubuntu Camp. Epimark has been with Asilia for 9 years and has worked his way through the ranks from waiter to manager. Assisting Epimark and leading the guiding will be Blessed Mpofu, originally from Zimbabwe but who many of you will know from Explore Gorongosa Camp in Mozambique. A Professional Walking Guide, Blessed has worked in camps across Africa.

What makes Namiri Plains special?

  • Exclusivity and remoteness – Serengeti on your own: Namiri Plains is the only camp in the area (and will be for a while) which means other vehicles are a rare sighting in contrast to many other areas in the Serengeti
  • Permanent water source means unrivalled access to fantastic wildlife, especially cheetah, lion and leopard year-round
  • Access to the great migration for a long period of the year (Nov-March and June-July)
  • An amazing variety of Serengeti landscapes: short grass plains typical of the south contrasting with the valleys and rock formations that are more recognisable of the north

Governors’ Camp Collection News May / June 2014

As we approach the high season all our team have been hard at work preparing. The Mara saw a little rain which arrived very late and the resident wildebeest migration from the Loitas spent the month moving around the reserve in vast numbers. At the start of June we got our first sighting of the big wildebeest migration as the first herds from Serengeti crossed the Talek River and are moving towards our area of the Masai Mara. We are a waypoint for the new Herdtracker app and will be reporting sightings there so you can follow the movement of this epic migration online. Mfangano Island Camp has been a hive of activity completing our new cottages which are looking stunning and at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge we welcome new managers Finlay and Wendy. Nelis and Tracy are moving to Governors Camp where they will be managing the camp.

We have some fantastic special offers still available for this year including our newly released free flights from Nairobi to the Masai Mara offer for new 4 night or more bookings at Governors Camp or Little Governors Camp, this offer is available for a limited time so you will need to book soon to take advantage of it.

We were delighted to receive Tripadvisor Certificates of Excellence this month and the new Health Centre at Mara Rianda is going from strength to strength providing real, ongoing, critical healthcare to the community.

We look forward to welcoming you and your clients on safari with us.

Governors’ Camp Collection

Kwando newsletter June 2014

Wild Dogs at Lebala……

The first dog den of the season was found at Lebala a few days ago.  A highly unusual situation has arisen, with three females in the pack of 8 dogs being pregnant. On the 4th June, two females went into dens only 50m apart, and judging from the squeaks heard from inside the termite mounds, both have had litters.

The third female has yet to give birth, and has been harassed by the other dogs. With no female showing clear dominance at the moment, the situation is quite fraught. Whoever gains dominance is likely to kill the other female’s pups, or possibly adopt them.

We all hope for the best!

In the meantime, a pack of five dogs with a pregnant female, has been seen in the last few days around Lagoon, but has not denned as yet………….

We will keep you updated.