Unsung Heroes in Tsavo West National Park…! What a great story from Kenya!
Unsung Heroes in Tsavo West National Park…! What a great story from Kenya!
TSA Finds Python Hidden In Hard Drive
ABC News reports airport security agents stopped a woman from boarding a plane with a python wrapped in a nylon stocking concealed in a computer hard drive Sunday. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said its agents stopped a real-life version of “Snakes on a Plane” from happening after an agent noticed the ball python. “A traveler on her way to the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados attempted to smuggle the snakelet inside of an external hard drive packed in her checked bag. If you think airplane seats can feel constricting, imagine how this little guy felt! Talk about bad memories!” the TSA continued. “While the python itself posed no danger to anyone on the aircraft, an organic item concealed inside electronics raises security concerns, which is why our officers took a closer look. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was notified. They responded and took possession of the snake and cited the traveler. Both the traveler and the snake missed their flight,” the TSA added. “Conversationally, this python had not gone full monty. It was wearing a nylon stocking.”
If You Owe The IRS It Could Cost You Your Passport
EtN reports if you have a seriously delinquent tax debt, the IRS can certify that debt to the State Department for action, and that department generally will not issue a US passport to a potential traveler after receiving certification from the IRS. This is all in plain print at the IRS website: “Upon receiving certification, the State Department shall deny your passport application and/or may revoke your current passport. If your passport application is denied or your passport revoked, and you are overseas, the State Department may issue you a limited validity passport good only for direct return to the United States. Seriously delinquent tax debt is an individual’s unpaid, legally enforceable federal tax debt totaling more than $51,000 (including interest and penalties) for which a Notice of federal tax lien has been filed and all administrative remedies under IRC § 6320 have lapsed or been exhausted, or seriously delinquent tax debt is limited to liabilities incurred under Title 26 of the United States Code and does not include debts collected by the IRS such as the FBAR Penalty and Child Support.
Anguilla Retains Best Caribbean Island Ranking
Travel + Leisure reports the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) is pleased to announce that for an unprecedented second year in a row, Anguilla has been ranked #1 island in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas in the 2018 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, honoring the top travel destinations and companies around the globe as rated by its readers. Frangipani Beach Resort has been ranked #1 in the Top 25 Caribbean Resort Hotels category and #3 in the Top Hotels Overall category. The Four Seasons Resort & Private Residences Anguilla has been ranked #12 in the Top Caribbean Resort Hotels category; Zemi Beach House was ranked #15; and Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort was ranked #18 in the Top Caribbean Resort Hotels category. The World’s Best Awards appear in the August 2018 issue of Travel + Leisure, on sale July 27, and online: travelandleisure.com/worlds-best.
Singapore Airlines To Launch Non-Stop Flights From LAX To Singapore
Airlines Load Factor Hits All-Time High
Forbes reports that if you think that airline flights are much more crowded than they used to be, you’re not wrong. The passenger load factor of commercial airlines has risen significantly over the past decade. In 2005, airlines had an average load factor of 75.2%, so on average, just three out of every four seats were sold. The recession of 2007-2010 stopped load factor growth. But by 2018, the average airline load factor hit 81.7% worldwide. In the US load factor has increased on domestic flights from 67.88% in 2002 to 86.08% in 2018, while the number of domestic flights has stayed almost constant, from 8,085,083 in 2002 to 8,176,610 in 2017. The US airline industry has clearly gotten better in filling seats as revenue passenger miles rose from 471,652,206 in 2002 to 684,221,393 in 2017. The days of having a whole row to stretch out in coach, or even an empty middle seat separating you from your neighbor, increasingly seem like a distant memory. The airlines are busy shrinking seats and cramming in additional rows into smaller, more fuel-efficient jets.
Amtrak Service Declines As It Becomes An Airline On Rails
Travellers United reports Amtrak service is becoming more airline-like with a former airline executive in charge, former Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson. His Amtrak service changes bring the railroad closer to service practices in the airline industry. Some of the changes: – Hot dining car meals prepared on-board, included in the fare for first-class sleeping car passengers, are being replaced with cold pre-prepared meals served in-room on the Chicago-New York and Chicago-Washington routes starting June 1.
– Amtrak no longer offers discounts to veterans, students and AAA members, and the minimum age of eligibility for the senior discount (which is now 10% rather than 15% was raised to 65 from 62.
– The railroad’s cancellation policy is now more airline-like. There is now a 25% penalty for most reservations canceled more than 24 hours after booking, even if the value is credited to the passenger as an eVoucher (redeemable for future ticket purchases) rather than as a cash refund. Luckily, Amtrak still does not charge change fees.
– First Class amenities like a lounge car for sleeping car passengers have been removed from several routes, and two routes have lost Business Class seating.
– A number of stations have lost their Amtrak Customer Service Representative(s), employees who do everything from selling tickets to handling baggage and assisting passengers with special needs.
– Amtrak has stopped operating charter and special trains in partnership with rail museums and preservation nonprofits, tour groups, sports teams and others, jettisoning a source of revenue and public goodwill in the name of operational convenience.
Ethiopia Launches New E-Visa Services
Ethiopia, a treasure trove of history and culture, has become easier to get to with an all in one new e-visa service launched by the Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines. The new service brings the travelers closer to authentic travel experiences and enables them to travel to Ethiopia. All the visitors have to do is process their visa online on a single webpage where they apply, pay and secure their entry visa online. Give it a try and you will get authorized via email to secure your passport stamped with visa upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Call Willamette Intl Travel to discuss a unique holiday in Ethiopia – you’ll be sure to love this beautiful country and the warm-hearted hospitality of its people.
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WIT Founders Christina and John are on their annual trip to Africa this month — this time in Cape Town and Namibia — escorting clients on safari. Every day, we open our email to a brand-new photo from them! Check out these cool pics from their trip!
All captions by Christina
They visited Laura of Laura’s Township Tours in Cape Town, one of our favorite tour guides. Laura organized a birthday party for a young 4-year-old.
The girl is being raised by her great-grandmother, and she has been at the school for two years. She’s the only kid whose family cannot afford to provide a cake for her birthday, plus no one knows her real birthdate.
Laura also bought Lorna a doll as a birthday gift. Lorna wouldn’t take the doll out of the box as she didn’t want to get it dirty! So at nap time, she took the whole box with her to her mattress.
Christina and the crew also took socks for all the kids, and lunch was homemade sausage rolls, juice and cake.
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Of course we couldn’t help but mention the awesome cultural and natural photographs by our friends over at Origins Safaris.
Who can help but “oo” and “aa” over the touching photos of the elephants and rhinos by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
The breathtaking photos of big cats and other African nobles, courtesy of David Lloyd, an NZ wildlife photographer.
We love the storytelling lens of Steven Chikosi’s account!
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Conservationist and photographer Margot Raggett captures snapshots of animals at play, and in peaceful and quiet moments.
Last Thursday, Willamette Intl Travel received the saddening news of the passing of Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. As a longtime partner of Origins Safaris, Willamette Intl Travel has organized numerous trips to Kenya over the past few years, which often included a visit to the elephant orphanage program of this heart-warming and inspiring Wildlife Trust. Christina and John have also taken small groups out to Ithumba Camp, located in a remote area of Tsavo East National Park where the orphans are gradually released back into the Wild. All who have gone with them have said that this was a life-changing experience.
Born in Kenya in 1934, Dr. Dame Sheldrick devoted her life to African wildlife. Together with her husband David, the founder warden of Tsavo East, she transformed Kenya’s largest national park into a safe haven for wild species, including the largest elephant population in the country. Upon David’s passing in 1977, Daphne founded The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which for the past 40 years has been dedicated to the protection of elephants and rhinoceroses. During one of Christina’s very first visits to Sheldrick, she was thrilled to meet both Dame Daphne and her daughter Angela, who will carry on her mother’s amazing work.
In memoriam, Angela has delivered the following words:
What an example Daphne was to us all, and I feel blessed to have been able to call her my Mum because she was quite simply ‘one of a kind’. She was a national treasure and a conservation icon. Her legacy is immeasurable and her passing will reverberate far and wide because the difference she has made for conservation in Kenya is unparalleled.
She will be sorely missed, but never forgotten, and this is what Daphne drew the most comfort from in her final weeks; knowing that her memory and work would continue with the tiny steps of baby elephants for generations to come and that the work that she pioneered has been able to achieve so much for wildlife and wild places throughout Kenya. She died knowing that she will continue to make a difference each and every day upon a land that she held so dear to her heart through the work of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, thanks to a dedicated team she leaves behind. Daphne was fortunate to live long enough to preside over mud baths at Ithumba with well over 100 orphans, ex-orphans and wild friends frolicking, and be able to say to herself, ‘but for I’. What a gift she leaves us all with, as she really is a shining example of the finest of humanity. Thank you all for your love and passion and support.
If you wish to make a donation to commemorate Daphne’s life and help The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust continue to protect the wild lives she loved so much, the Trust has created the following link:
Every dollar donated to the DSWT is put to good use, saving wild lives and keeping families together. Case in point: Last month, the DSWT/KWS Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit freed this tiny calf from a water hole. Racing nightfall they put the baby in their truck (with the pint-sized passenger trumpeting as loudly as he could) and set out to find his mum. The two were successfully reunited and walked off into the sunset together.
For those who attended WIT’s 40th birthday last December, you may remember the beautiful painting of wild elephants at Ithumba Camp, a silent auction presented by Kenyan artist Edwin Selempo. WIT collected and donated the proceedings of that sale to the David Sheldrick
Read more on our blog about the Wildlife Trust, Tsavo East National Park and the Ithumba Safari Camp (where Christina and John have stayed with many clients during their visit to Tsavo and the elephants):
An important note: To stay at either of the Ithumba Camps, you need to take over the entire camp, four tents at each of two camps. Guests must also arrange their own food and drinks and safari driver-guide. Click on the link above to learn more about Ithumba.
All Photos included in this post are courtesy of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust