Employment Opportunity at Trans Africa Safaris
Trans Africa Safaris has the following vacant positions in our Cape Town office:
- Lead and motivate team
- Project and operations management
- Assist with product development
- Negotiate rates
- Maintain inventory
- High level of attention to detail
- Able to work under constant pressure to meet deadlines
- Be driven by reaching and exceeding targets
- Technical knowledge and understanding of the industry
- Excellent multi-tasking and communication skills
- Maintain a meticulous database which in turn assists our consultants in providing a professional and quick turnaround on quotes and bookings
- Tourism Diploma is advantageous
- Minimum 3 years Tourplan Database experience
- Destination and product knowledge is required
- Attention to detail and good numerical ability
- Good admin and organisational skills required
- Must cope under pressure
- Enthusiastic and self-motivated candidate will thrive in this position.
Please send CV and enquiries to Jen@transafricasafaris.com
Early this month, Belmond unveiled its new-look Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in the Chobe National Park, following multi-million dollar redesign. Savute Elephant Lodge, one of Belmond’s three safari experiences in the heart of Botswana, reopens as a Timeless Explorers Lodge, connecting its guests to nature. Surrounded by abundant flora and fauna, the lodge includes 12 tented rooms, spa, lounge, bar, open deck with pool, fire-pit and wildlife viewing hide overlooking the watering hole – a first in the area.
The lodge’s unique viewing hide allows guests to connect with the wildlife at eye-level, giving them a front row seat on nature’s drama. From first light to dusk, lions, elephants, cheetahs, hyenas and antelope gather for a refreshing drink.
To celebrate the reopening of the lodge, Belmond has commissioned acclaimed wildlife photographer Stephen Tuengler to capture the playful spirit of the animals in the Savute region, one of the world’s true natural wildernesses. The very essence of Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is to allow guests to experience timeless exploration in the heart of wild Africa.
The Savute region has long been associated with some of the world’s greatest explorers, including David Livingstone who arrived in the area in 1851 and observed the dramatic surroundings of one of Africa’s greatest wildlife spots, whilst observing and documenting every detail.
Belmond’s tented oasis, set beside the mysterious Savute Channel, will offer an exploratory base for guests in the heart of the national park. The newly designed interiors by Inge Moore of Muza Lab are visually calming, yet dramatic, filled with rich textures and colours, reflecting the earthy and dynamic surroundings. The contemporary lounge and bar connects with the open deck and the eye is drawn straight to the vast view across the plains. Curved and textured rattan chairs with leather detailing and furniture made of local materials fill the public spaces, allowing guests to sit and relax and document their memories following daily safari adventures.
Bedrooms feature writing desks and impressive four-poster beds, vibrant pops of colour can be found throughout the rooms as well as in the bathrooms, contrasting with the natural tones of the savannah.
Respecting the nature and the wilderness of the region, sustainable design features include the removal of all concrete; the use of eco-friendly composite bamboo decking in the principal areas and the lodge will function on a 95% solar grid system.
“I have a huge love and respect for nature and the wilderness; it’s something we as humans need to cherish and protect – so being able to design a project in the Savute is a real passion; honour and huge responsibility. I aim my design to be sensitive to the surroundings but to also create spaces where people can really cherish nature and each other, and take home memories without leaving scars on nature. I work on creating spaces that feel innovative; of the time and place; yet layered and relaxing to be in,” Comments Inge Moore of Muza Lab.
The re-design of Savute Elephant Lodge follows the total refurbishment of Belmond Eagle Island Camp in November 2015.
- Belmond Safari
Ten years ago, Great Plains Conservation, phased out the use of plastic water bottles for guests and replaced these with aluminium canteens. On arrival at their lodges, each guest is given an aluminium canteen with fresh, cold water. When empty, canisters are washed, sterilised and re-used. Guests love this initiative and continually compliment the staff on these environmentally-friendly efforts.
GPC are now further reducing their reliance on plastics and strengthening their positive impact on the environment by no longer purchasing or using plastic straws in any of their Botswana camps.
They recently started an initiative in the Tsutsubega community, which is located in the Okavango Delta about 25 kilometres northwest of Maun, as well as another in the Chobe enclave. Here ladies from the community sustainably collect Letaka reeds and turn them into drinking straws as a zero plastic waste initiative. The reeds are stripped, cut to length, the inside cleaned out and the ends are sandpapered to provide a smooth finish.
Each straw takes several minutes to makeand is labour intensive, but the initiative revolutionises the throw-away straw industry!
Trans Africa Safaris applauds these efforts and similar ones such as Kenya’s banning of plastic bags last year.
There is an infectious mood of positivity in the country and we look forward to the future with great anticipation and excitement.
Viva South Africa, Viva!!
This year Trans Africa Safaris celebrates its 100th anniversary and to recognize this milestone, we have produced a new brochure, a commemorative calendar, a book documenting the company’s history and we have two wonderful agent educational trips. Plus a few other surprises to be revealed during the course of the year …
The company was started in Cape Town in 1918 by two survivors of the battle of Delville Wood in France during World War 1. In 1954, the late Brian Paterson began his career with
Trans Africa Safaris. Upon his passing in 1993, Jennifer Paterson, together with sisters, Beverley and Lesley, brother-in-law, André Botha, son, Michael, and a committed team, have built the business into one of the most highly-regarded boutique inbound operations on the continent.
HELP OUR AILING OCEANS
Saturday, 16 September is International Coastal Clean-up Day and a number of Trans Africa Safaris’ staff are lending a hand on Cape Town beaches. Events are planned in Hout Bay (Cape Town), Plettenberg Bay and a number of other coastal towns in effort to spread awareness of marine pollution, and assist in beach clean-up operations.
This is a chance for us to reflect on the impact that our species has on the marine environment and hopefully an opportunity to do something, no matter how small, to relieve the pressure on the re st of the species with whom we share this space.
Propelled by the wind and ocean currents, litter – which is highly persistent in the environment – travels very long distances and becomes widely dispersed throughout the oceans. With this pollution increasingly in the form of tiny plastic bits, picking up a few bottles left on the beach can feel far removed from the massive problem of miniscule plastic bits (known as microplastics) floating out at sea. Plastic starts breaking down, or degrading, when exposed to light and high temperatures from the sun. This process known as photo-oxidation happens much faster on land than in the comparatively cool waters of the ocean.
On a sunny, warm beach, a plastic water bottle starts to show the effects of photo-oxidation. Its surface becomes brittle and tiny cracks start forming. Those larger shards of plastic break apart into smaller and smaller pieces. A brisk wind or child playing on the beach may cause this brittle outer layer of plastic to crumble. The tide washes these now tiny pieces of plastic into the ocean.
Once in the ocean, the process of degrading slows down for the remains of this plastic bottle. It can sink below the water surface, where less light and heat penetrate and less oxygen is available. In addition, plastics can quickly become covered in a thin film of marine life, which further blocks light from reaching the plastic and breaking it down. And so these microplastics can exist for many decades in our oceans.
Some of the devastating effects of marine pollution are:
• One million seabirds are killed by marine pollution every year
• 100,000 turtles and marine mammals, such as dolphins, whales and seals, are killed by plastic marine litter every year around the world
• Plastics are the most common man-made objects sighted at sea, with 18,000 pieces of plastic litter floating on every square kilometre of the world’s oceans!
• Six million tonnes of debris enters the world’s oceans every year, weighing about the same as a million elephants!
• More than 260 animal species worldwide have become entangled in or consumed fishing line, nets, ropes and other discarded equipment
• An astounding 86 per cent of all marine turtles are affected by marine debris
• Every day ships throughout the world discard 5.5 million pieces of rubbish into our oceans
• Carbon emissions into our atmosphere are killing our coral reefs! Our oceans are absorbing the excess carbon dioxide and becoming more acidic. The acid is literally ‘eating away’ the skeleton of the corals