Chobe Water Villas and Mokuti Etosha Lodge temporarily closed until 30.9.21

Due to the ongoing Corona pandemic and lack of demand, O&L Leisure decided to temporarily close Chobe Water Villas and Mokuti Etosha Lodge until 30.9.21 to save costs and ultimately save jobs longterm for the re-start and the future.

“The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism industry in particular, and the commensurate mitigating measures taken by governments around the world whereby industry revenues collapsed, can be described as worse than the worst-case scenarios anticipated locally and globally”, says Norbert Wurm, Managing Director of O&L Leisure.

Click below to read the full statement.

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Rare Earth Retreats free night specials extended until end of 2022

Rare Earth Retreats will continue to offer their popular 3=2 and 4=3 free next specials for their safari lodges and luxury boutique hotels until 2022. The 4-Star lodges “Ekuthuleni” and “Tshwene” in the Welgevonden Game Reserve as well as the 5-Star lodges “The Outpost” and “Pel’s Post” in the Pafuri region of Northern Kruger offer a 4=3 all year. The luxury Boutique Hotel “The Old Rectory”, just 50 meters off the beach of Plettenberg Bay even offer a 3=2 all year, great to discover the highlights of the Garden Route.

Under the following link you can see these specials valid for 2022.

Rare Earth Retreats Specials 2021/22

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Renovation at Strand Hotel Swakopmund from 2.8.21

O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges are using the unfortunately still low demand to carry out various renovation measures in their iconic Strand Hotel, in a prime location on the Swakopmund pier, in 2 phases from August 2nd, 2021. First and foremost, the ventilation, cooling and heating technology in all parts of the hotel will be optimized, all rooms, suites and public areas will receive cosmetic repairs and the Farmhouse Deli Restaurant will receive new floors. Noise disturbance for guests is to be expected only minimally.

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Further renovations completed at Konkamoya Lodge

The Konkamoya Lodge in the Kafue National Park, the largest national park in Zambia, managed personally by the Italian owner, has been further renovated: After the construction of only 4 spacious guest tents last year, the main building – the “Lapa” – with kitchen, restaurant and bar Lounge completely renovated and supplemented with an infinity pool.

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Mateya Safari Lodge – renovations and new specials

The Mateya Safari Lodge, one of the most exclusive luxury safari lodges in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, took advantage of the forced break and carried out various renovation measures for the guest rooms and public areas:

The 5 spacious and ultra-luxurious guest villas (175 m²) have completely new roofs made of sustainable material and have received cosmetic refreshments in the interior and the pool decks. In the public areas of the lodge, the roofs were also sustainably renewed and the wooden decks oiled.

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Jack’s Camp reopened after renovation

One of the most original and exciting camps in Africa, the newly rebuilt Jack’s Camp continues to keep up its tradition to surprise and delight. Here we go on a Kalahari desert expedition in a world of style. Over-flowing with the same enduring old-world glamour Jack’s is adored for; desert culture, adventure and the unconventional takes on a life of its own. Now with more space, unfathomable comfort for desert life, luxury fit for a maharaja and adventure beyond the absurd, the new Jack’s Camp will leave you awestruck. This is where new is old and the old is new. Adorned with a classic East African safari feel, yet maintaining the much-loved 1940s campaign style, five generations of the Bousfield family have collected antiques and artifacts from around the world, each one telling a story and adding to Jack’s distinctive design character.

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Meet our partners online at the virtual “OurAfrica.Travel” show 1.-5. March 2021

Rare Earth Retreats and almost all our partners will exhibit at the OurAfrica.Travel-Show and want to invite you to virtually meet up during the European week, which takes place 1-5 March 2021. If you have registered yourself already, please request your preferred meeting slot through the scheduling system. 

If you have not registered yet, the registration is free of charge and you can allot your time fully flexible as you like, all meeting slots are 15 minutes long or can be extended to 30 minutes. For full details about the event and to register as a “buyer” please click here.

Following partners will exhibit and would be thrilled to catch up with you: 
Rare Earth Retreats: Leanne Grobler
Seasons In Africa: Sue van Diggele
Mateya Safari Lodge: Shai Goodman
Natural Selection: Nadine Smith
O&L Leisure Hotels: Lisa Roos
Konkamoya Lodge: (Mr.) Andrea Porro

You should receive your login-details from the organizers latest end of next week to schedule you meetings.  

If you have questions, please feel free to ask us any time.

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We will travel again in 2021

Dear trade partners and friends,

with best wishes for a better year 2021 we quickly want to say hi to you, that we are still around in good spirit and so are our partners, who are all ready for the restart in international tourism.

As a reminder, we proudly represent in Central Europe:

Seasons In Africa
O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges
Mateya Safari Lodge
Konkamoya Lodge
Rare Earth Retreats
Natural Selection
Wellworth Collection

The current situation is still difficult for travelers and travel agents alike, with travel restrictions, mandatory testings, quarantines etc., but with the approved vaccines we will all be able to travel again much easier in 2021 which should give us hope and new motivation.

Almost all hotels and lodges of our partners have reopened with strict hygienic protocols in place, well trained and highly motivated staff, inclusive of automatic social distancing in small lodges in remote areas, and boutique hotels which are mainly far off the touristic crowds. And for those travelers who want to be completely for themselves, most of our partners offer exclusive use of their lodges or family villas and also private aircraft and helicopters for charters. Ask us for details.

In general all our partners have amended their t&c’s very obliging and flexible for 2021, with full refunds for any covid related cancelations, also at short notice even up to the day of arrival (please ask for the individual t&c’s of each company). Additionally very attractive specials and lodge combos are in place until the end of the year, which we gladly send to you upon request or you can look them up on our or our partners’ websites. Otherwise if you need any assistance or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

All staff of our partners’ properties are looking forward to your guests in the future and will welcome with a bright African smile, which you can see in their eyes even if wearing masks for the time it is necessary. For agents are special educational rates available on request, if somebody wants to break away from the Covid hectic and the European winter – we had quite a few tour operator partners in South Africa and Namibia recently who made use of them.

When we are getting back to a (new) normal, we will send out newsletters with product news again, to keep you updated. And as soon as the situation allows, we will meet again personally during visits in your offices or on roadshows and trade fairs, can’t wait to see you again face to face!

With kind regards, please stay strong and be safe

Ingo Jacob + Ilona Hinken
Travel Consultants International
(Picture: Lekkerwater Beach Lodge)

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