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42 Travel Zambia November 2009 People People Vakacha Vakacha Habitat Habitat Nkani Nkani NEWS IN BRIEF Making the grade Safari operators in and around Kafue National Park have got together to improve road access to the southern sector. With their contributions and the kind loan of a grader from Zesco ( the Zambian Electricity Supply company), work began in September on grading the whole Itezhi- Tezhi road, from the Great Western Road turn- off to the Itezhi- Tezhi Dam. This will greatly improve and speed up journeys to the park and its surrounding game management areas. TAKING OFF Airline alliance Profl ight Zambia has joined forces with Zambezi Airlines in an alliance that aims to benefi t travellers, tourists and Zambian aviation in general. Zambezi Airlines will operate regional fl ights only while Profl ight Zambia will continue to service the country's domestic route network. The alliance will optimise connections between regional and domestic fl ights, through the introduction of the Zambezi Airlines regional routes, and will offer increased frequency and capacity on the existing Profl ight Zambia domestic schedules servicing Mfuwe, Ndola, Solwezi, Chipata and Livingstone. It pledges to offer an excellent service on all regional and domestic scheduled fl ights, with high standards of reliability, customer service and safety. For details visit www. profl ight- zambia. com BA schedule update BA has changed its schedule to arrive and depart Lusaka on Mondays instead of Tuesdays. This change is effective from 25 October- 23 December 2009, though the period may be extended. SAFARI Island camp for Chongwe In 2010 Chongwe River Camp will be opening Tsika Island Camp, offering guests a chance to spend two days canoeing the Zambezi River with an overnight stay on the island in comfortable, fully serviced tents. The community at Mugurameno have pledged the use of the Island to Chongwe River Camp, who in turn have pledged $ 50 of each bed night to the community. Details at www. chongwe. com Changes at Chiawa Chiawa Camp has taken over entire ownership of Old Mondoro, which it previously shared with Sausage Tree Camp. This will not affect existing reservations, though from 2010 guests will benefi t from an upgrading of Old Mondoro's four rooms. Meanwhile Chiawa has converted all its own rooms into superior suites. Canvas sides and thatched roofs blend into the surroundings, while open- fronted bathrooms and teak decks overlooking the Zambezi allow excellent wildlife viewing. The camp has also boosted its award- winning guiding team with Sebastian Sakala and Rory McDougall from Zambia, plus Andrew Smith from Zimbabwe's Mana Pools. McDougall is both an accomplished artist and one of Zambia's top ornithologists. Details at www. chiawa. com DID YOU KNOW? The Zambezi Boat Club, founded in 1905, hosted the world professional sculling championships in 1910. Men's and women's crews from Oxford, Cambridge, South African universities and elsewhere - including six gold medallists and four silver medallists from the Athens, Sydney and Beijing Olympics - have since competed on the same course. Luangwa community levy Safari operators in the Luangwa Valley are introducing a voluntary ' Conservation and Community' levy to their rates. This will help support their ongoing work with the South Luangwa Conservation Society ( www. slcs- zambia. org) and the North Luangwa Conservation Project ( NLCP), and help secure the long- term future of their many community programmes. The fees are $ 10pppn on rates over $ 300, $ 5pppn on rates under $ 299 and $ 1pppn for campers. Revenue will be split evenly between conservation and community projects. The operators involved include Bushcamp Company and Mfuwe Lodge, Flatdogs, Kafunta, Remote Africa Safaris, Robin Pope Safaris, Shenton Safaris and Wildlife Camp. From Africa Zimbabwe: 226,428 Tanzania: 106,284 South Africa: 95,415 Central Africa: 80,674 Other Southern African Countries: 59,096 Other East African Countries: 17,457 From Overseas United Kingdom: 46,516 United States of America: 33,870 Other European Countries: 22,038 Germany: 12,099 France: 9264 Canada: 9183 Italy: 5190 COUNTING VISITORS The ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources has published 2008 visitor statistics for Zambia. These include the following. Canoeing at Chongwe CHONGWE RIVER CAMPCHIAWA CAMP Comfort at Chiawa

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