Islands of Siankaba is very proud to be one of the sponsors of a fantastic GBP25,000 trip to Zambia for 2 for the winner of this competition. Keep reading for more information:
And the winner of the Safarious.com Travel Photography competition is……
After 6 months of themed heats, more than 3,500 entries, and 18 finalist images, at last we have the grand winner of the Safarious.com travel photography competition!
The winner of the once-in-a–lifetime safari to Zambia with wildlife photographer Sue Flood and top of the range travel goods, is Indian amateur photographer, AJAY VISWANATH with his image “Husks fly away”.
“I was on a solo trip to KuruvaDweep, in the WayanadDisrict in Kerala, India. It’s a remote place where technology has not yet completely taken over the old, traditional methods of farming. It was a sunny day in the late morning and I came to a junction of two roads – one where all the tourists were going and the other with just a few locals passing by. I tookthis road, and after a kilometer, I saw these women working on their farm, cracking their husks and surrounded by dust. I knew I wanted to share this image with the world – I am so glad I took the right road!”
Ajay is a 25-year-old software engineer from Tamil Nadu, in India who is passionate about travel and photography. The image was taken with a Canon D55
A panel of professional judges chose the six finalist images from our Top 18, and from there it was up to theSafarious community as well as the public to decide who would win the safari to Zambia worth $35,000. Ajay garnered an impressive 1, 750 votes from around the world!
Ajay will now make plans to embark on his two week holiday to Zambia, with top wildlife photographer Sue Flood. The contest was a huge success, and we would like to thank everyone for their participation and support, as wellas a big thank you to our generous sponsors: The Bushcamp Company, The Islands of Siankaba, Remote Africa, Sue Flood Photography, Minox, Paramo, Gitzo, Steppes Travel and Proflight Zambia.
Here is a reminder of what he has won:
- 7 nights for two at The Bushcamp Company Lodge or Camp of their choice located in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia www.bushcampcompany.com
- 4 nights for two at the luxury Zambezi River Lodge, Islands of Siankaba, Victoria Falls www.siankaba.net
- 3 nights of wilderness camping for two at Tafika, in the South Luangwa Valley www.remoteafrica.com
- Photo tuition and trip documentation by award-winning wildlife photographer Sue Flood www.sueflood.com
- Top of the range binoculars from one of the world’s top optics makers, Minox www.minox.com
- A $1,200 voucher for high-performance travel wear from Paramo www.paramo.co.uk
- A camera tripod from Gitzo, the brand favored worldwide by professional wildlife watchers www.gitzo.co.uk
- International flights supplied by ethical travel company Steppes Travel www.steppestravel.co.uk
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We are delighted to welcome Sam Phillips to the Islands team as our new Lodge General Manager. Sam gained extensive experience over the last two years managing Wasa and Luwombwa Lodges, campsites and supervising Shoebill Island Lodge for the Kasanka Trust. Sam is very much a people person with a hands on approach and fits our Islands philosophy perfectly. Sam’s appointment allows Ryan Dhana (who has been running the lodge since September) to increase focus on operations and assist with marketing.
Sadly we will be saying goodbye to Bonnie Wilde at the end of February. Bonnie has been involved in the lodge from its inception – and I know she will be sorely missed by the Islands Team and our agents. The Islands reservations office will be moving to the lodge at the end of February and all bookings will be handled by Kolo Ngenda, who joined us late last year at the lodge and has proved to be an invaluable asset, not only in the office but also with our guests. Kolo worked in the Reservations Department at Wilderness previously and has good experience in this field. We know you will be in safe hands. She is currently working with Bonnie to ensure a seamless handover. Contact Details will remain the same (email – firstname.lastname@example.org and Cellphone: +260 977720530) but please note that the Landline Number will no longer be operational.
The Islands of Siankaba was lucky to have Frank Willems from the Kasanka Trust to train our team of guides earlier on this month. Frank is undoubtedly one of the leading bird experts in Zambia and our guides benefited greatly from his training. Over twenty new bird species were added to the Islands of Siankaba bird list and the training was enjoyed by all. A great couple of days – many thanks Frank we hope to see you again soon.
This week we sadly said farewell to Brett and Claire Bayman, who have been our lodge managers at Islands of Siankaba for the past couple of years. Brett and Claire recently had a baby boy and have decided that lodge life is not conducive to raising a family and have decided to return to South Africa.
We are, however, delighted to welcome Ryan and Karen to the Islands of Siankaba team. Ryan Dhana, who many of you will know from the Tourism Industry in Zimbabwe will be working closely with David and myself on the day to day running of the lodge as well as various enhancements and improvements at the lodge with the aim of elevating our overall guest experience. Ryan runs his own business in Zimbabwe but will be with us for the next 3 months, giving us some invaluable insight and experience which we are very excited about.
We have a fantastic new manager ready to join us from early December – and more news will follow on him in the next few months. Ryan will be ably assisted by Karen Adams on the Camp Administration side. Karen assisted us when Claire was on maternity leave so is very familiar with the lodge and may be known to many of you already. Karen comes with a wealth of experience in the Tourism Industry having worked as a Journey Specialist with Wilderness Zambia for many years, and in Marketing with TUI in the UK.
The management team also consists of Adam Van Wyk and Humphrey Mwinga. Adam has been with the lodge since the beginning of the year and with his background being in guiding, his focus will be mainly on the front of house guest experience including all our in-house activities. Humphrey has been with the lodge since its inception and after recently undergoing an in-house trainee management programme, has been promoted to Junior Assistant Camp Manager. We would like to assure you of our continued commitment to ensuring your stays with us exceed all expectations.
Islands of Siankaba is proud to announce the arrival of some of South Africa’s finest wines from the country’s top farms. These include the iconic Meerlust Rubicon, De Wets Hof ‘The Site’ Chardonnay and the multiple award winning Delaire Graaf Sauvignon Blanc.
Our two barmen, Adorable Matale and Evans Hichaba have undergone extensive training and will make sure your meals are paired with the perfect wine.
Islands of Siankaba now has new amenities in all its rooms. Made on a farm in Zambia, the SKIN Range is all hand made with products based on organic and/or natural oils, butters and waxes with preservatives kept to an absolute minimum. We are also stocking a range of their products in our gift shop.
There was great excitement on a recent sunset cruise at Islands of Siankaba when Brighton the boatman heard baboon calls so they went closer to the banks of the River and saw a big male leopard on the bank. Sadly no photos to tell the tale!
At the Siankaba Nursery School we are starting a vegetable garden for the children so that they can learn about agriculture as well as grow food for their school lunch.
We are delighted that 10 of our staff members succesfully passed a First Aid Training course that was held at the lodge this week.
We were privileged enough to host a wedding for a couple from the UK last month. Our local community were great and really made the happy couples day extra special. They exchanged vows in the nearby village church and were transported to and from the venue in true African style…..Ox Cart and dug out canoe!
We are delighted to have supported an NGO called Greenpop which recently arranged for over 200 International volunteers to plant over 4135 in the Livingstone area – our heartfelt thanks go to those kind guests that supported this great effort – please see www.greenpop.com
We have launched a competition for our ex-guests to upload their photos of Victoria Falls on our Facebook page. The winner of the competition can win a free stay at the lodge.