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Africa has been a trending destination for travelers in recent years, with air travel within the continent approaching pre-pandemic levels. Here’s a look at what’s new and what’s hot in this gorgeous continent.

Radisson Hotel Group New Hotels in Africa

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Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Nairobi Arboretum

Radisson Hotel Group is adding seven new African hotels, bringing over 1,200 new guestrooms to its portfolio, including its first in Tanzania. With these additions, the Group now has nearly 100 hotels in operation and development across the continent, with a target of 150 hotels within the next five years.

Tanzania is a key market in Radisson’s expansion strategy and will boast two new hotel signings. In Nigeria, Radisson maintains a leading position with 13 hotels in operation and under development, including five new hotels signed in 2023. The recent signing of the Radisson RED Hotel Abuja has increased the number of hotels under development in Abuja to four.

In Morocco, Radisson has grown from one hotel in 2020 to over nine in operation and four in development. Casablanca is a strategic hub, and the signing of Radisson Blu Hotel & Apartments Casablanca Finance City and Radisson RED Hotel Casablanca Finance City supports the Group’s goal of over 25 hotels in Morocco by 2030.

Other new hotels include Radisson Blu Hotel & Conference Center, Tunis (Tunisia), Park Inn by Radisson Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Radisson Hotel Mwanza (Tanzania).

For more information, visit radissonhotels.com.

Saruni Basecamp: A New Era in Sustainable Kenyan Safaris

Saruni Samburu Villa 6 lounge and bedroom. (Photo by Saruni Basecamp)

Saruni Basecamp, formed from the merger of Basecamp Explorer Kenya and Saruni Lodges and Camps, enhances sustainable tourism in Kenya. This new entity offers immersive safari experiences in Kenya’s diverse landscapes, including the Great Migration, rhino tracking, and exploring Northern Kenya, Samburu and the Mara savannah.

Operating 12 lodges and camps, Saruni Basecamp emphasizes community-based conservation, cultural respect and biodiversity preservation. Their mission, rooted in the legacy of Basecamp and Saruni, has evolved from humble beginnings to a major conservation and hospitality force. They now help conserve over a million acres across Samburu and the Maasai Mara, including six community-owned conservancies.

The camps are managed by a team of over 300, 90 percent from local communities, ensuring that tourism benefits the residents.

Saruni Basecamp leverages responsible tourism to protect Kenya’s natural wonders and uplift local communities. Clients who participate in safaris contribute to conservation efforts.

Among their offerings are The Supreme Safari, a 6-night, 7-day journey through Samburu and the Maasai Mara; The Protect and Change Safari, a 9-night, 10-day adventure through Samburu, Lewa and the Maasai Mara, focusing on conservation efforts; and The Great Migration Safari, a 4-night, 5-day adventure in the Maasai Mara, featuring the Great Migration and predator encounters.

For more information, visit sarunibasecamp.com.

Family Safari? Stanley Safaris Say Yes!

Governor’s Camp. (Photo by Stanley Safaris)

Safaris, once reserved for couples, are gaining popularity among families. Shaun Stanley, founder of Stanley Safaris and an experienced safari guide with over 40 years in Southern and Eastern Africa, shares three reasons to consider a family safari this year.

Firstly, safaris offer a rare chance to disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other. This experience allows families to spend meaningful time together in stunning natural settings. Many camps provide a secluded environment with minimal WiFi access, encouraging a focus on wildlife and the outdoors.

Secondly, safaris offer rich educational experiences. Children are exposed to diverse cultures, fostering empathy and global awareness. Learning about different lifestyles and conservation efforts helps raise compassionate global citizens.

Lastly, private camps provide a tailored family experience. Many lodges cater specifically to families, offering a home-like environment. These lodges often include children’s programs, like mini ranger adventures and interactive activities with guides, ensuring a memorable and enriching vacation for both kids and parents.

For more information, visit stanley-safaris.com.