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 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.
We are very excited to welcome our new deputy manager Graeme Gullacksen to the Islands. Graeme’s happy and proffessional demeanor is proving a great hit with our guests. We wish him the very best of luck in his future at the lodge.
We are delighted to announce that we have joined forces with two other lodges downstream from Siankaba and are offering a three day canoe trail.
This allows our guests to follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone when he first witnessed the wonder of Victoria Falls. Guests spend the first night at Islands of Siankaba, then canoe down to The River Club to spend their second night there and then the next day canoe down to Victoria Falls to view them from “Livingstone Island”. The final night is spent at Stanley Safari Lodge before guests fly home. The trips run from 1st July until the 1st February.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Simon at email@example.com for more details.
Some of our staff were slected for customer service awards at the recent Labour Day celebrations – they were given their awards by the district commissioner. Our congratulations go to Gerard, Brighton, Jackson, Lubasi, Shadreck and Joseph.
KLM will serve Lusaka three times a week using an Airbus A330-200. The aircraft has space for 243 passengers, 30 in World Business Class and 213 in Economy Class.
Starting 15 May 2012, flight KL561 will depart from Schiphol on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 12:30 hrs, arriving in Lusaka the same day at 22:10 hrs. The return flight, KL562, will depart Lusaka at 23:55 hrs on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights and arrive in Amsterdam at 09:55 hrs the next morning.