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Dream Destinations | Chongwe River House

Before we give you issue 21… Here’s another reason why you should download last month’s issue of ZASA Magazine (wet the appetite a bit).

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(Note* Please start by reading the Dream Destinations feature in Issue 20 (May 2017) of ZASA Magazine to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. You can download the magazine for free here)

Here’s a video that provides a virtual tour of Chongwe River House.

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Sources: Chongwe River House website | TripAdvisor Reviews

 

Dream Destinations | Chongwe River Camp

A love affair with nature, Chongwe River Camp offers a unique and unforgettable experience; a place where you can unwind and switch off from the rest of the world.

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(Note* Please start by reading the Dream Destinations feature in Issue 19 (April 2017) of ZASA Magazine to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. You can download the magazine for free here)

Here’s a video that provides a virtual tour of the lodge from all angles… Including a shot from a boat on the Zambezi River!

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Dream Destinations | Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

On Wednesday 13 April 2011, His Excellency Dr Kenneth Kaunda visited Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge to officially re-open the property after an extensive refurbishment. The lodge was originally built in the 1970s for Dr Kaunda, the first Republican president of Zambia, as his private retreat in the South Luangwa National Park.

(Note* Please start by reading the Dream Destinations feature in Issue 18 (March 2017) of ZASA Magazine to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. You can download the magazine for free here)

More from the re-opening ceremony:

The following video gives an overview of the lodge:

For a 360° Image Virtual Tour, click here.

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Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge website

Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge Wetu online iBrochure

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SAA Statement on free flights message on social media

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South African Airways has issued a statement warning travelers of a scam that has been doing the rounds, here’s their official statement below.
JOHANNESBURG. 30 January 2017. South African Airways (SAA) would like to warn customers of a hoax survey prevalent on social media suggesting SAA is offering free tickets to fly anywhere. “SAA is neither conducting an online survey nor offering free flight tickets. We have no association whatsoever with this so-called survey. Free flight tickets are a luxury we cannot afford at this stage as the airline is focusing on restoring financial stability and is managing its costs to improve its performance,” said SAA Spokesperson, Tlali Tlali.
The scam is an open invitation to interested parties, inviting participants to tell 10 friends on WhatsApp about the South African Airways survey.
“Participants are requested to answer four survey-type questions and the steps include distributing or sharing the survey with ten friends. We strongly warn everybody to ignore this hoax survey and to avoid clicking on the link if they receive it. There’s no telling what could happen to the devices of those who click on the link. It is better to heed the warning and exercise restraint than to be brave and sorry,” cautioned Tlali.
All SAA promotional activities are uploaded on the airline’s website (www.flysaa.com) and will also appear on SAA official social media channels. SAA communication platforms are regularly updated and carry all official company messages. SAA Official Information and Communication are:
General Enquiries: +27 11 978-1000
Any person who may have been prejudiced or suffered any loss as a result of this hoax is encouraged to report the matter with the law enforcement agencies.
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Martin’s Drift – Kazungula Route Report (All you need to know)

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If you are planning on traveling through Martin’s Drift border post, please leave early. Reports this morning have come in that at 6am there were queues of up to 7kms for small cars, some trucks have been waiting for up to 3 days. We spent 5 hours when crossing last week. Also be patient and polite with officials and you will get served quickly, your aim is to reach your destination not extend your travel time.

Roads

The good thing is the roads are very good (except for a few patches – see below) but please stick to speed limits as there are a lot of speed traps in Botswana.

Be very careful after Francis Town, we (and 4 other cars while we were stopped changing a tyre) hit a massive pothole 20kms after Francis Town. The road is bad for about 30kms after that and then clears up but still be on the lookout for small potholes every now and then. In Zambia, the roads are good until about 15 kms before Mazabuka. The road is really bad from there up to the Kafue T-Junction so please be very careful as you drive.

Weather

The rains are heavy in Botswana and Zambia especially as you get closer to the Game Park and Mazabuka so please ensure your wipers are in perfect working order or you will struggle to see properly.

Payments

Some shops in Botswana also take Rand if you don’t have Pula so ask the cashiers and they will assist with conversions. Cards are accepted throughout so you should be fine to travel with minimal Pula currency.

If you can sleep in Nata then do so but try to book ahead of time. Nata Lodge can be reached on +267 77 600 954, let them know you are a ZASA Magazine reader and they will give you a discount for your stay – Speak to the manager Gobe.

We recommend starting off from Nata at around 5am so that you go through the Game Park in daylight (PLEASE do not go through the Game Park at night – you will find wild animals crossing the road, elephants especially as they go and sit on the tarmac since it’s still warm from the day’s sun). If you are faced by an elephant – DO NOT HOOT OR FLASH LIGHTS! Rather wait for it to move then proceed, hooting or flashing lights will get you killed.

Safe travels! #zasamag