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January 2010

In response to some concerns over the recent news surrounding Airlink's aircraft, the airline has released this official statement:


** NEWS RELEASE: 21 JANUARY 2010 **
AIRLINK JETSTREAM 41 FLEET CLEARED TO RE-ENTER SERVICE

JOHANNESBURG – Airlink, the Southern African regional airline, welcomes the SA Civil Aviation Authority’s (SA CAA) decision to allow its Jetstream 41 aircraft to return to service.

Earlier today, the SA CAA cleared Airlink’s Jetstream 41 fleet after wrapping up its intensified inspection of the aircraft - a process underway since the fleet was grounded on 23 December 2009.

“The SA CAA’s reinstatement of the Jetstream 41’s Certificates of Airworthiness is a welcome relief and confirms that Airlink maintains its Jetstream 41s in full compliance with South African and international regulations and with the manufacturers’ prescribed procedures,” explained Airlink CEO, Rodger Foster.  

“At this time, I want to thank our loyal customers for their continued support and apologise sincerely for any inconvenience and anxiety they’ve suffered as a result of the disruption to our normal services,” he added.

“While the SA CAA’s decision positively endorses Airlink, we will continue our drive to enhance safety in everything we do.  We will regroup and work hard to restore public confidence in our airline after what has been the most difficult four months in Airlink’s otherwise very safe and successful 17-year history,” he added.

Airlink intends putting six of the 13 Jetstream 41 aircraft back into service, keeping the others in reserve.  Airlink is also in the process of acquiring four additional Embraer 135 twin-jets, which will all be in service on the recently-consolidated route network by the end of this month.

Airlink serves 25 destinations in 7 countries with over 3,300 flights a month.


December 2009

Our final Bush Blog of 2009 is now out - check it out here.  Hopefully by next year we will have some more interactivity on this site so that readers can comment on the Blogs and add their two cents... which is nice!


November 2009

  • Jos & Rob have just returned from a successful marketing trip to the UK which included attending the World Travel Market - exhibiting on the busy Mozambican stand - and conducting a 'roadshow' of African travel operators in southern and west England.

  • We now have new email addresses, although our One Africa addresses still apply so no need to change your address books madly!



October 2009

We have just received the first few clips from the new National Geographic premier film on Gorongosa which is due out on the Nat Geo Channel next year (2010) across the world.  The footage is truly stunning and we will be trying to get some clips on our site soon to give you a taste of the brilliant filming (and beautiful setting) of this exciting movie... watch this space!


September 2009

  • Jos & Rob will be visiting the UK in early November for the World Travel Market and look forward to touching base with some of our UK-based operators, past guests, family, and friends... for those who would like to see us at WTM or during our planned 'roadshow' thereafter, please This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to make an appointment...

  • Rob will be heading up to the huge Niassa Reserve next month for the first of what we hope will be many set-departure expeditions to this magical wilderness reserve.  This trip is a birding special, organised in connection with Africa Geographic magazine and is hosted by Rob and our friends up in Niassa, Derek & Paula, with Ian Michler as the trip birding guru.


August 2009

Our partner, Greg Reis, was up in Gorongosa to visit the project recently.  He had a great week with us with many great game-viewing and birding opportunities.  He was very lucky to see a Fish Eagle catching a fish in one of the pans, as well as spending some quality time with some elephants who were making themselves regulars at Paradise Pan around midday every day of the week.  Greg also had some time to catch up with the team and stay in the newly placed Tent 2... lions pacing around and roaring right outside his tent on his final night was a great way to end his visit.  We look forward to seeing him back in paradise soon...


May 2009

May means the Travel Indaba, and this year Rob & Jos will be down in Durban again from the 8th to the 12th of May.  If you will be at Indaba this year, please come round and see what we are up to or drop Jos a line to book a more detailed appointment.  We are on the Mozambique Stand in the DEC... see you there!

Explore Gorongosa was this month featured in the Skyways Magazine, SA Airlink's in-flight glossy... for the whole article, click here... 


April 2009

We had our firts guests this month!  Tym & Charlene Tombar from Houston, Texas, spent part of their honeymoon with us.  Charlene, an amazing singer, gave us an impromptu starlight serenade one evening around the fireside which was something that just needed to be bottled and preserved forever.  It is experiences like this that make Explore Gorongosa so unique and special.  Check out their feedback in our Guest Book...

We also had Greg Reis come out to join us in camp for a few days and he seemed to really enjoy the freedom and relaxation that hanging about in Gorongosa provides.  He also really enjoyed spending an afternoon with a pride of 8 lions, cubs and all... surprising that!

Explore Gorongosa's Bush Blog for April 2009 is now out...

Explore Gorongosa featured in the well-known Prestigio Magazine in Mozambique this month.

Gorongosa National Park is featured in the April 2009 Portuguese addition of National Geographic magazine.



March 2009

The Explore Gorongosa Bush Blog for March is now out...

The foundations have been cast for the Park's impressive Environmental Learning Facility which will host school visits from nearby community schools and other visiting education programmes to Gorongosa.

 


February 2009

Our February Bush Blog entry is now available with some pictures from the green, green wet season!

Also in February,
Explore Gorongosa was featured in the daily online TravelHub travel updates:

One Africa offers Gorongosa Walking Safaris

ONE Africa has introduced exclusive walking safaris in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. The Gorongosa National Park spans almost 4 000 sq km in central Mozambique and is described by the company as a “relatively unexplored” wild area.

Gorongosa National Park is one of Mozambique’s flagship conservation areas with a remarkable history. Before the onset of civil war in the 1970s, the park was considered one of Africa’s finest with large populations of both herbivores and predators. Now it is one of the most exciting travel destinations with a restoration project in place to bring it back to its former glory, a project initiated by the Government of Mozambique and the Carr Foundation.

One Africa’s ‘Explore Gorongosa’ is the first private safari activity to be offered within the park. Although predominantly a mobile walking safari product, Explore Gorongosa also provides guests with first-hand insights into the innovative restoration project under way within the park.

“Through walking and water-based safaris (season dependent), guests will be introduced to this amazing yet fragile ecosystem. Our highly experienced regional guide will lead guests on this wonder-safari through the ever-changing eco-zones, incredible birding and abundant game-viewing opportunities of Gorongosa.”

These walking safaris cater for groups of up to eight people and will be based from the semi-permanent tented camp, Explorers, with various light wilderness fly-camp options. Fly-camps are flexible and ideally positioned, dependent on guests’ interests. There is also an option to sleep on platforms among the trees.

One Africa package game drives with its walking safaris in order for guests to cover all the areas of the park.

 


January 2009

The first entry in our Explore Gorongosa Bush Blog is now available

On January 21, 2009, the Gorongosa Restoration Project was awarded a conservation fund grant from Boise Zoo, the city zoo of Boise, Idaho, in the western United States. The grant will provide funding to research and protect the lions of Gorongosa National Park. The choice of the awarded projects was made through votes cast by the Boise Zoo associates, and Gorongosa was one of the few chosen recipients from among several competitive applicants.

 


November 2008

We have just returned from London after a very successful WTM (World Travel Market), where we met with many interested agents, operators and journalists, all keen on finding out more about this new safari experience in Mozambique. 

It seems Mozambique is quite the travel destination at the moment with its beautiful blend of beaches and unique bush experiences such as
Explore Gorongosa and Moja Explore in the Niassa Reserve. 

Another interesting outcome was to see that attendance at WTM was up almost 12% from 2007 which indicates that the global recession is not putting too much of a damper on travellers, especially those who are looking for something new, exciting and different... just like One Africa's
Explore Gorongosa walking safari experience in Gorongosa National Park!

Gorongosa National Park was also highlighted in the November 2008 issue of Getaway Magazine in a feature article entitled Where Noah left the Ark by Alison Westwood.

 


October 2008

Recent media interest in Gorongosa:

 


 
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