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Kumuka Worldwide ceases trading

Friday, July 20th, 2012
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It is with sadness that we confirm that overland travel company, Kumuka, has ceased trading. Kumuka's Senior Travel Consultant, Ibrahim Dar, confirmed yesterday via telephone that the last tours will depart 22 July 2012 from their Chertsey office in the United Kingdom. All Kumuka trips have been removed from the OverlandingAfrica.com website.  We have contacted all clients who had made Kumuka bookings via OverlandingAfrica.com. Kumuka’s official website homepage now has an important notice banner stating that Kumuka have ceased trading.

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Established in 1983, the overland travel company operated routes all around the world through Africa, Australasia, Asia, Antarctica, North America, Latin America and Europe. Judging by the response they have received on their Facebook page, the announcement has come as a great shock for everyone. As booking agents for Kumuka trips, OverlandingAfrica.com Sales Manager, Ellena van Tonder says, “It is such a pity to see a valuable member of the tourism industry close their doors. We're yet to see the impact it has on the industry.” According to a recent press release posted on their site Kumuka says, “We apologise unreservedly to all Kumuka passengers and we are working hard to respond to all enquiries.” Kumuka has released the following information about refunds for their trips.

Kumuka refunds - travelling from Australia

You can claim a refund for the funds lost via the Travel Compensation Fund.

Kumuka refunds - travelling from New Zealand

If a traveller has paid for their trip with a credit card, they should initially claim against their credit card company. Travellers in New Zealand, who are not resident to Australia, who travel via Australia, can make a claim against the Travel Compensation Fund. If not travelling via Australia, travellers will still be able to make a claim via the Travel Compensation Fund, but the payment is discretionary and needs to go to the Board for approval.

Kumuka refunds - travelling from UK

If you have booked and paid for your holiday in United Kingdom then you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Kumuka holidays are ATOL Protected by this organisation. For more information, visit the ATOL website.

Kumuka refunds - travelling from Canada

Kumuka Worldwide Inc is registered with the Ontario Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO). TICO is an organisation mandated by the Ontario Government to administer the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and an industry financed travel compensation fund. For more information visit the TICO website. For travellers who are looking to book an overland trip with a different company over the period of time they have taken leave for, feel free to contact our Senior Travel Consultant, Mixo at mixo@overlandingafrica.com.

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Tags: news, news-feed


Which airlines offer flights to Zimbabwe?

Friday, October 14th, 2011
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Which airlines offer flights to Zimbabwe?
There are regional airlines who still fly to Zimbabwe. These include Air Malawi, Kenyan Airways and South African Airways. According to iol Travel, Emirates Airline will offer flights five days a week between Zimbabwe, Zambia and Dubai in 2012. 

An Emirates plane parked at King Shaka airport. Picture: Zanele Zulu

In February 2012, Emirates will commence services five days a week from Harare and Lusaka to Dubai,” said an advert placed by Emirates Group looking for staff to run the new flight operations. Air Zimbabwe cut down their services because of employees constantly striking.

Huge debts are also a cause of the cut back in flight numbers as the company tries to maintain their ageing fleet. Pilots of Air Zimbabwe went on strike for over five months in 2011 in protest of unpaid salaries and allowances.

The airline currently holds debt of about $100 million. A handful of  international airlines, including EgyptAir, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa and Quantas have put an end to flights to Zimbabwe because of dwindling passenger numbers. Book your trip to Zimbabwe and the stunning Victoria Falls today! iol Travel

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Tags: news, zimbabwe


A Toxic Solution to Rhino Poaching in South Africa

Friday, September 9th, 2011
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According to News24, Environmental protection organisations are unsure about whether the treatment of rhino horn with toxic substances is a safe, effective way to combat rhino poaching in South Africa. Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) are concerned that if the concoction makes humans sick, then surely it will make animals sick. "If they say it won't hurt the environment, they must be using a synthetic compound that hasn't been proven to be toxic to humans," said the Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies at the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort.

The Rhino Rescue Project (RRP) recently treated animals at the Rhino and Lion Reserve in Kromdraai, north-west of Johannesburg, more than a year ago with the substance, and say that there appear to have been no negative behavioural or environmental effects.

Rhino Horn

Photo by Sias van Schalkwyk

The treatment is administered by injecting the solution into the horns, and is described as a cost-effective, long-lasting and immediate solution for private rhino owners who don’t have the protection of government assigned security forces to combat rhino poaching in South Africa. "What if the rhinos use their horns to scratch themselves? The toxins may enter the bloodstream and have an effect. Every rhino is an individual with unique behaviour. Our main concern is that this treatment is not damaging rhino or other wildlife." Says EWT's compliance and enforcement spokesperson Rynette Coetzee Lorinda Hern from RRP said that the project made an effort to use a combination of legal chemicals in order to create the treatment.

Richard Burroughs, director of the Centre for Veterinary Wildlife Studies  says, "It might be worthwhile, from a public relations point of view, to those who are reasonably informed. However, poachers are not informed and will still shoot rhinos." Richard went on to say that the way he sees it, it is the right of private owners to treat their animals for protection against rhino poaching in South Africa, but he doesn’t see it becoming national policy.

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Tags: news, poaching, rhino


BBC Mentions Overlanding Africa!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
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BBC gave Overlanding Africa the thumbs-up with a mention in BBC.co.uk’s article about us donating 67 minutes to the less fortunate, on Mandela Day. Of course, we’re all beaming like Cheshire cats. BBC. British Broadcast Corporation. 

The big wigs in world news! Thumbs-up! *BEAM* For Mandela Day, the Overlanding Africa team donated their 67 minutes to restoring the vegetation around Blomvlei Library/Multi-purpose centre.

An act of charity saw small trees planted on the grounds of Blomvlei Primary School a couple of months ago, but without large amounts of water to keep the plants healthy, they would soon go belly-up. So, what we did was dig, scrape, fill and pat; making sure that every tree had a tyre securely placed around its base and was filled with compost and mulch to help retail all the water the tree gets. Voila! Our 67 minutes were spent:

1.  Outside on one of the most beautiful days in Cape Town.

2.  Listening to the laughter of children playing at break time.

3.  Helping out an underprivileged community. 

Overlanding Africa Mandela Day 67 Minutes

Here’s what the team had to say about Mandela Day and donating 67 minutes:

Tania: “Giving money to an organisation is one thing, but actually getting out there and doing something physical really makes you appreciate that you are making a difference.  When you see the result of your efforts first hand you care more and it’s a hugely satisfying experience.”

Minette: “When you think about the hours that are put into helping out the less fortunate it’s amazing. 67 minutes per person, times a nation… that’s a lot of help.”

Kevin: “Mandela is a great man. He has done so much for South Africa and it was great to be able to do something to show my appreciation for what he has done for our country. Wow – Mandela gave 67 years serving the country, the least I could do was give 67 minutes of my time.”

Megan: “Restoring something like trees in the field is great, because you can go back next year, and in many years to come, and say ‘I helped grow that tree’.” The day was a great success and was a great way for our team to bond, get dirty and show our appreciation for what Nelson Mandela has done for South Africa. You rock our socks Madiba… you rock our socks.

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Tags: bbc, charity, nelson-mandela, news, social-responsibility


Vancouver’s Kissing Couple

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
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If you don’t know what I mean by ‘Vancouver’s Kissing Couple’, here’s a quick ‘fill-me-in’. A few weeks ago the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. Needless to say, Vancouver hockey fans were ticked and went on a crazed vandalism and looting spree through the streets of Vancouver. Riot police were forced to clear the streets and while doing so managed to injure a woman. The woman lay in the street, ankle throbbing, unable to get up. Her boyfriend lay down beside her and in an attempt to provide comfort, kissed her. Awww, sweet!

Here is the viral photo of the Vancouver Kissing Couple:

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Above: Alex Thomas and her beau Scott Jones.

*TANGENT ALERT*

Funnily enough, it seems something similar has also happened in the animal world. We’re not quite sure what has happened, all we know is that the couple are nuts about each other.

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Tags: news, vancouver, viral


The Aliens are coming - UFO Spotted in London!

Monday, June 27th, 2011
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England just has the coolest stuff, don’t they? They have the Queen, cucumber sandwiches and UFO’s. On Friday June 24, 2011 UFO's were spotted dashing through the sky above the BBC Radio 1 Building in London.

I rate that the flying/hovering/glowing things in the video could be one of two things:

1.  Migratory birds flying from nuclear hotspot Japan. OR

2.  Actual UFOs from outer space.

Either way… run. Residents of England, grab your backpack, suntan lotion and tinfoil hats and join us on a wicked overland trip. They can’t probe you if they can’t find you.

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Tags: alien, london, news, ufo