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My name is Cephas Shonhiwa, I am born and bred in Zimbabwe. I am the Managing Director and one of the founder members of Malachite Travel and Tours. I am also the founder member of Travel Africa Association. I qualified and have vast experience in Conservation and Wildlife Management, Tourism, Community Development.

Tourism has always been my passion since childhood. I tried to do other things but never materialized until I devoted all my time to tourism.

Rhino trekking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda

ZIMBABWE TOURISM

According to Lonely Planet, a journey to Zimbabwe will take you through an attractive patchwork of landscapes, from Highveld, balancing boulders and flaming msasa trees, to laidback towns, lush mountains and lifeblood rivers. Here you can spot the Big Five (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo) in its national parks, discover World Heritage–listed archaeological sites and stand in awe of one of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls.

  • Victoria Falls
  • Hwange National Park
  • Mana Pools National Park
  • Natural History Museum
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Gonarezhou National Park
  • Matobo National Park
  • National Heroes Acre
  • Lake Kariba

Authorities need to continue marketing destinations internationally. They need to support the smaller companies as collectively we bring in a vast amount of revenue.  More conservation programmes should be advocated in order to safe guard the dwindling wildlife.  

With Prof. Wolfgang Thome, publisher of ATC News

KARIBA

Kariba is situated on of the largest bodies of water in Southern Africa, Kariba Dam. It has an enormous wealth of natural resources and has the potential to become one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the region. The major industries of Kariba include the Zimbabwe Power Corporation’s power station at the Dam wall which oversees the generation of the majority of Zimbabwe’s electricity requirements, the fishing industry, which includes both kapenta fishing and fish farming, crocodile farming and of course, tourism, and tourism related industries.

Kariba is undoubtedly a ‘jewel’ in Zimbabwe’s tourism crown. The Lake and its facilities of Houseboats, Hotels, Lodges, Game and Birdlife on the shore, combined with fishing, make it a unique destination.

MALACHITE TRAVEL & TOURS

Malachite Travel and Tours is a Destination Management Company (DMC), which renders its services in 7 countries: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and we expect to extend our services to Malawi and Rwanda in the near future. 

The name “Malachite” was derived from a Bird called ‘Malachite Kingfisher. This kingfisher has blue upperparts but has black banding with pale blue or greenish-blue on its forehead. The green colour on the forehead resembles that with Malachite Travel and Tours there is always a green light.

Our Vision is to be The Africa’s best tourism destination management company. As a Destination Management Company, apart from crafting itineraries we strongly believe in partnerships with other tour operators in destinations out-side our parameters, to ensure the best service to our clients. 

TRAVEL AFRICA

The Travel Africa (TA) is a tourism networking body responsible for the development and connections of African Tourism, Buyers Worldwide, Travel writers and destination marketers across all African countries. Travel Africa is an association and the hub for all Africa tourism players. The network is very well connected and stretches across the entire African continent. It is comprised of member specialised in leisure tourism, MICE tourism, Transporters (Airliners, Ground and water), tourism agencies and Authorities, Destination Management Companies (DMCs), Travel Agents, Tour operators, Accommodation Facility Providers, Travel Writers and other tourism related organizations.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION

I am yet to identify one since I haven’t visited other destinations to compare. But as of now my best destination is Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda.

On a ferry across the Nile at Paraa Crossing, Murchison Falls NP

FAMILY & SOCIAL LIFE

I am happily married and have one child.

When I am away, as long as communication networks is available, I am constantly in touch with my family. With this technology one can have a video calling with the family and that way they and I feel like I am physically available.

I enjoy body building, watching TV and reading traveling magazines.

Now, I think my thrust mainly is bringing out African thought. I’m very Afrocentric. In my approach, I am not apologetic at all, because my drive is that let those who write stories about Africa be Afrocentric. What I don’t like is for us to be a people in relation to other people overbearing us. But we think we should be a people in reference to our selves. Let African people take the centre-stage and begin to understand their world from their own perspective.

Pathisa Nyathi

Here is the concluding part of the Pathisa Nyathi interview… You can find the first part of the interview here.

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Our world is both spiritual and material. It becomes a challenge for some people therefore to traverse and transcend the material world and get on to the spiritual world. Only when you do that are you going to appreciate the African. But because they do not understand this, it’s so easy and convenient for them to dismiss everything as being material. Or it is all superstition; then the African is dismissed. As a result, we are not tapping into the wisdom of African from the past generations, and to me that is tragic. That’s the situation. It is a situation that we need to arrest. We need to change, but Africa has to be Afrocentric, push an Afrocentric agenda and not be apologetic about that one. But we need that to come from people themselves, being very spiritual who have Western education. So that they are not going to say, “Ah ha, but you are primitive, you do not have Western education.” It will be done by people who are well educated in the western sense of the word, and also are spiritualists in the African sense. That is the generation that is going to push the African agenda forward.

SANGANAI

First, just the word Sanganai-Hlanganani suggests a meeting of people. It’s a market place. This is where we are trading. It’s a traders’ forum. That’s what I understand about it. But what are we trading? People all over the world have an adventurous mind – the degree of adventure may differ. However, we all have that craving in us to see something out of the mundane, out of the ordinary, out of the everyday life. We love that. And to achieve that, we travel. That’s tourism. We travel to have new experiences. Experiences different to those we are exposed to on a daily basis. So what we want to see, we see…

In the past and we see an imbalance here… It has been European countries coming out to Africa, the so called primitive world. In a way they’ve finished off their wildlife, so they’re coming to Africa where Africa has managed until recently to preserve and conserve their heritage, whether natural or cultural. So that gives them exposure. But at Sanganai, you’re bringing people from various parts of the world, so that they get to know the tourism offering that is available in Zimbabwe. So that they can come and partake of that which is rich heritage, Zimbabwe heritage, but which ought to be shared and consumed by other citizens of the world. Here we are thinking of our world heritage sites, cultural and natural. Great Zimbabwe – very cultural 100%. Khami Monument – 100% cultural. Matobo heritage site – 100% cultural. Then we have Mana Pools, we have Victoria Falls – both of them 100% natural. But there’s much more than that beyond these. Our wildlife, people have an interest. We have bird species that are not available elsewhere. Remember, Africa is the cradle of mankind. You want to see those species that have been associated with humanity over the centuries. And then the people themselves.

There was a time when people used to enjoy partaking of the environment, seeking the pristine vegetation, the pristine forest; but now I think we see a change and people want to learn about other people’s experiences. In other words, there is now cultural tourism – what are people doing, their ways of life, their culture, their artefacts, their ceremonies, their rituals, etc. So when we talk tourism, we are going beyond the historical and traditional idea of tourism as it relates to the natural environment. Culture becomes very important, and for us as Zimbabweans – as I said to somebody – we need to reflect that new thrust. That when we have embassies in various parts of the world, we have what I might call cultural attachés, over and above military attachés, economic attachés. That is an important one which will avail our offering – our cultural offering, our natural heritage offering, cultural heritage offering to the people of those countries where we have embassies.

So, here we are at Sanganai, here we are at Hlanganani and bringing the people together “Ba Hlangana, Ba Sangani” as the two words suggest both in Shona and Sindebele – and we are here to share ideas. And we are selling, not so much physical objects, material objects. We are selling ideas. We are selling destinations. We are selling a heritage trade. We are selling pleasure – that’s what we’re selling here and people are here to trade in those non-material items. So this becomes a very important veritable platform for that way.

I think the first thing would be to really commend ZTA. They’ve gone out of there way. They have brought the media persons, for example at Amagugu we had quite a number of these coming from various countries in Africa and beyond – Germany, USA and many other places. Locally Ghana, Nigeria, and then our own local media, which is good. They gave these journalists an opportunity to sample what is on offer in Zimbabwe by way of heritage availability, but also natural heritage – what is available. It was on that basis that they came to Amagugu. You are going to Great Zimbabwe, you’re going to other places. So that you have a rich package. A package that you can sell. The idea is to get people coming here. That has spin-offs. Many people benefit: the tourism industry, those that offer bedding or accommodation, room service, and then those that offer heritage, museums, monuments – all these people stand to benefit. Finally, government itself through taxation, because these people who offer these various facilities are going to pay to government. So it’s a contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) – and that’s what we want. So we really appreciate what ZTA is doing, especially for Zimbabwe growing the gross domestic product of this country. And that translates to national development, economic development, social development. The people are benefiting through the visits of other people through tourism.

My dialect or the language of the people spoken here is Sindebele which is a language which was introduced to this part of the world about 1839 by King Mzilikazi coming form Zulu. So our language is a language of clicks. The Guni language was influenced by clicks from the San people that they found in South Africa. So we came here and brought that language – that’s the language which is spoken in this region, Matabeleland.

Sawubona…

Too bad, Saint-Louis has not been as exciting as Saly for me. The problem was not with the city though. It was just the arrangement I had. If I had had someone like Diallo on ground, it would have been great. I can’t visit a place and not get to see the attractions when I’m working. If I was on vacation, it would have meant nothing, but as it is, I can’t go back and tell my boss stories. We need content! I had figured last night from the information I got, I probably won’t make it to Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, except I want to spend an extra day in Saint Louis. Djoujd was a day trip and I don’t have that time.

I opted for the Langue de Barbarie National Park instead, after Adama assured that we can do that comfortably and still get to see another attraction, La Réserve Spéciale de Faune de Geumbeul. That didn’t seem bad and I can leave town by midday, hopefully and be on my way to the Gambia – with a stopover at Kaolack though.

Adama came over in the morning with a taxi and we left for Langue de Barbarie.

Some local getting salt from a lake on our way…
Arriving at Zebrabar
Zebrabar…

We arrived at Zebrabar, a lovely accommodation facility on the banks of River Senegal after a 2hr drive. After about a 30mins wait we got on a pirogue and sailed on the river to the bird park. I learnt the island where the birds are was shrinking with water level rising. The Langue de Barbarie like I mentioned earlier is a peninsula with the Atlantic on one side and the River Senegal on the other. It was not accessible from Hotel Djamarek, even thou we were on the peninsula. We had to do a 360 journey to get to Zebrabar where the pirogues to the park are.

Still Zebrabar. View of River Senegal
Adama walking down the ramp to the boats

After we returned to shore, we got in the cab and set out for Geumbeul. It was past 13:00hrs and thankfully there wasn’t too much to see there, except the tortoise.

La Réserve Spéciale de Faune de Geumbeul

We returned to Saint Louis, and stayed on the mainland where Adama got another taxi that was to take me to Kaolack. Adama offered to come with me to Kaolack, for a fee of course, but I declined. My new cabbie spoke no English and I wasn’t happy with that, but the guy radiated a certain benign ambience, I agreed.

Farewell Saint-Louis…

We left Saint Louis as it approached 15:00hrs and didn’t get to Kaolack until around 21:00hrs. My cabbie managed to find Hotel Adjana – he was a great guy. A shame we couldn’t communicate much because of language barrier. I checked in and he left afterwards. I don’t even know his name.

Hotel Adjana…
Mirror image. Outside Room 134
Mirror image. Inside Room 134

After a while in my room, I thought about going out to explore Kaolack. I asked the reception to get me a cabbie who spoke English. They called me sometime later that a cab was waiting. Unfortunately, he didn’t speak English and we couldn’t agree on a price being negotiated by the reception. So I let go of the idea.

Addis Ababa:  4 April 2019 

Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group which is the largest and the most successful Aviation group in Africa, would like to acknowledge the preliminary report of the accident of ET 302/10 March, 2019 and would like to appreciate the hard work of the investigation team.

The preliminary report clearly showed that the Ethiopian Airlines Pilots who were commanding Flight ET 302/10 March have followed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved emergency procedures to handle the most difficult emergency situation created on the airplane. Despite their hard work and full compliance with the emergency procedures, it was very unfortunate that they could not recover the airplane from the persistence of nose diving. As the investigation continues with more detailed analysis, as usual we will continue with our full cooperation with the investigation team. 

Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam said that “ All of us at Ethiopian Airlines are still going through deep mourning for the loss of our loved ones and we would like to express our deep sympathy and condolences for the families, relatives and friends of the victims. Meanwhile; we are very proud of our pilots’ compliances to follow the emergency procedures and high level of professional performances in such extremely difficult situations. We are also very proud of our Global standard Pilot Training Center and the Ethiopian Aviation Academy which is one of the largest and most modern in the world equipped with state of the art and latest training technologies . I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our valued customers, the travelling public, the media and Global aviation professionals for the remarkably high level of vote of confidences and strong support that you have been giving us starting from the day of this tragic accident. We will double our efforts every single day to win your confidence and earn your business. Your Safety will remain our top most priority and we will continue to work together with our partners around the world to make air travel safer and more comfortable. My highest appreciation also goes to my 16, 000 colleagues at Ethiopian Airlines for their resilience, high standards of professionalism and their continued commitment for operational excellence and their award winning customer services which enabled us to continue our business with out any operational disruption, flight delays nor flight cancellations.”

“My view is that we have as an African people to be independent. Africa is too much of a beggar and will never be a respected people when we are beggars – and the danger is that he who pays the piper will call the tune, and I don’t think it’s fair for Africa to be dancing to somebody’s tune when we have got our own drums. Let’s beat our own drums and dance to our music. And then we are going to take our rightful position in the community of nations.”

Pathisa Nyathi

Pathisa Nyathi is the founder of Amagugu International Heritage Centre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. A writer, author and publisher, the former Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Writers’ Union is an art, culture and heritage protagonist who is very unapologetic about his Afrocentric views and perspectives.

I met Pathisa Nyathi for the first time at his centre during a media tour organized by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) for the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo. A few days later, I ran into him at the expo grounds and with the help of my good friend and ace photographer, Steven Chikosi, we quickly set up an interview on the spot…

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Introduction:

I am Pathisa Nyathi from Zimbabwe, based in Bulawayo. I am an art, culture and heritage person, and I run Amagugu International Heritage Centre. I have had interest in African thoughts in particular that which we share with people in Nigeria, Mali, Gabon, Kenya Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa. In other words, going beyond our colour; what is it that characterizes us as Africans? Is it being resident on the African continent? Or there is more to it? For me, I think it is much more than being resident on the African continent. But it is a certain worldview, a certain cosmology; our ideas about the world, ideas about society.

I am a writer, to my credit more than 30 books. I’m a publisher, I’ve published several books – most of them being mine. I’m a researcher and writer at the same time, concentrating in particular on history, culture, the arts and heritage. I have attended many conferences. I have been to Oxford to give papers. Last year, I was in Brazil, Sao Paolo. I’ve been to Rome, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania and many countries. Now, I think my thrust mainly is bringing out African thought. I’m very Afrocentric. In my approach, I am not apologetic at all, because my drive is that let those who write stories about Africa be Afrocentric. What I don’t like is for us to be a people in relation to other people overbearing us. But we think we should be a people in reference to our selves. Let African people take the centre-stage and begin to understand their world from their own perspective.

Recently I appeared on BBC and when I got to London I did – I was invited to do some Facebook interview, one hour and it was very popular with thousands upon thousands of reviews by the end of that interview, people from as far field as United States, Nigeria, Ghana and other places in the world. So in a nutshell that’s me pushing the African agenda – that let the African be centred and begin to understand the world from his perspective. Rather than saying it’s all superstition, it’s all demonic, it’s all… something that has been demonized. I think this is a giant continent with a people that are in the process of reawakening – and that is going to happen much sooner than some of us think.

Background:

I think I as an individual have always been an arts, culture and heritage person. While I was in school I was involved in theatre, drama, as an actor, as a director; and I’ve belong to several institutions, writers’ bodies. One time I was Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Writers’ Union which was the first in the post-Independence period. I still remember our conversations with people from Nigeria, from Ghana… So I think from that time, I’ve always been interested in arts and culture and heritage. Then I think all that remained was an opportunity where the spark will ignite into a conflagration – and that came about when I participated as Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe Writers’ Union at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair which brought together many African writers. Then I remember coming into contact with South African publishers and they were showing me magazines showing their artifacts, their crafts and I got excited about that. I think from there, I said I was going to build a centre that was going to showcase, that was going to preserve our heritage, something that was going to promote our heritage, document our heritage, so that people begin to appreciate; not from a heritage that is looked down upon, but a heritage that is a source of pride, a source of identity. So indeed about 2012, I started building the centre from my meagre resources.

Perspectives:

My view is that we have as an African people to be independent. Africa is too much of a beggar and will never be a respected people when we are beggars – and the danger is that he who pays the piper will call the tune, and I don’t think it’s fair for Africa to be dancing to somebody’s tune when we have got our own drums. Let’s beat our own drums and dance to our music. And then we are going to take our rightful position in the community of nations. We have got the intelligence, we know what slavery did to us. We know what colonialism did to us. It has injured, shattered our egos. It has shattered our positive image to a point where we have no confidence in ourselves. And a people with no confidence in themselves, I’m afraid, are a people doomed. They are a people lacking seriously in motivation. They will never be creative. They will never be innovative. They cannot stand against the machinations of other peoples of this world. And yet Africa precisely needs that kind of cadre, and I must say that cadre is not going to be the political leadership.

My view is that you need a completely different kind of cadre. The politician was right in perpetrating the political struggle for independence, but we need now to use that independence to push forward towards a better state, which is liberation of the mind. As I have often said, it’s very easy to fire a few shots and get rid of our colonizers which we did. But removing them from the mind is quite a big challenge, and you need a different cadre who himself is already liberated mentally to drive them out.

We are not saying we will drive them out of the continent. That’s not what we are saying. I’ll give you an example. I was talking to a lady who is writing on the Big 5 – the animals. Then I said but the story, the narrative that you are giving us is the narrative that is Eurocentric – knowledge of the Big 5 that is known to the people of Europe. But why are you not given us a fresh narrative? Africans have their own narratives about the same animals. The tragedy in Africa – and Africa will see one day what I’m saying, what we have as these writers, whether they are writing about wildlife, they are writing about the environment in general, these are people with a background of a material world, a physical world. But that’s not the reality of the African world.

…to be continued…

KARIBU-KILIFAIR is the worldwide first tourism expo ever, to present a portfolio of 30 selected Prime Resorts & Hotels of East Africa in ONE dedicated area under one roof. The so called “Prime Resort area” is implemented in a specially decorated 1000 m2 marquee tent for maximum business & leisure opportunities given to exhibitors and their respective visitors.

Axel Janssens’s Signature Catering and his hand selected gourmet partners like Browns Cheese and Red & Wine Spirits, will exclusively indulge the “Prime Resort exhibitors & guests” with specialties of international &Swahili kitchen. Inaya Zanzibar & Spa is offering complimentary Body Treatment services to get a relief from the long fair days.

The 2019 KARIBU-KILIFAIR “Prime Resort area” is certainly one of the highlights of the fair – but only one of many attractions to be discovered from June 7-9th at TGT / Arusha.

Participating Prime Resorts (as of March 30th 2019):
AndBeyond, Arusha                                      
African Tulip Hotel, Arusha                           
Axel Janssens Signature Catering, Arusha  
Baobab Beach Resort & Spa, Diani – Kenya
Barazza Resort & Spa, Zanzibar                  
Bluebay Hotels Zanzibar                               
Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar          
East Africa Camps, Arusha                          
Elewana Collection Afrika, Arusha               
Essque Zalu Resorts & Spa, Zanzibar          
Four Points by Sheraton, Arusha
Gran Meliá Arusha, Arusha                          
Grumeti Migration Camp, Serengeti            
Kili Villa Ltd, Arusha                                      
Mantis Hotel SerengetiMelia Zanzibar, Zanzibar
Melia Serengeti Lodge, Serengeti                
One Nature Camps, Arusha                         
Ramada Encore Dar, Dar es Salaam          
Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort, Zanzibar      
Serena Hotels, Arusha                                  
Sopa Lodges Tanzania, Arusha                    
Swahili Beach Resort & Spa, Diani – Kenya
The Nature Collection, Arusha                     
The Palms, Zanzibar                                     
The Retreat at Ngorongoro, Karatu              
The Zanzibar Collection, Zanzibar                
Tulia Zanzibar Unique Resort, Zanzibar       
Zawadi Hotel, Zanzibar                                 
Zuri Zanzibar Beach Resort, Zanzibar

Addis Ababa:  29 March 2019 

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as the Official Carrier for the 2019 World Press Freedom Day Global Conference to be held in Addis Ababa from May 1-3, 2019

The conference is jointly organized by UNESCO, the African Union and the Government of Ethiopia under the theme ‘Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation’.  

As the official carrier, Ethiopian will provide air transport service to the 1000-1500 participants who will be coming to Addis Ababa from around the globe. 

Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, We are honored to have been chosen to serve as the official carrier for this year’s World Press Freedom Day Global Conference. We are all the more delighted to be part of this noble cause which seeks to advance press freedom around the world. 

As panAfrican airline and the leading aviation group in the continent, Ethiopian has been serving as the Official Carrier for different regional and continental conferences held in African citiesAs always, we will treat conference participants onboard our flights, to the best of our Four Star rated African flavored servicewould like to say to all World Press Freedom Day conference participants, welcome onboard!”  Global, regional and national media stakeholders, high-level government officials, and journalists from across the globe will take part in the conference which will be held at the African Union Commission headquarters. 

Addis Ababa, 26, March 2019 

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, wins the prestigious African Champion of the Year Award on March 26,2019 at the ongoing Africa CEO Forum in Kigali which is being attended by more than 1,800 delegates.  

The AFRICA CEO FORUM is the leading international conference dedicated to the private sector in Africa and hosts the continent’s top CEOs, international investors, experts and high-level policy makers every year.Every year, the AFRICA CEO FORUM AWARDS recognize the companies and investors that have shaped the year in Africa, during the AFRICA CEO FORUM Gala Dinner.

While receiving the awards, Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “We are honored to be awarded as African champion. Thank you very much for the strong vote of confidence that Africa has given us even at the most challenging time in our history. We are still mourning for the loss of the lives of our esteemed passengers and colleagues at the tragic accident on ET 302 on 10 March 2019. My sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences for the families of the victims, the country and the continent of Africa 

But we are very grateful to the traveling public which have stood with us in such difficult time. The vote of confidence is unbelievable. We have never seen such kind of large number of vote of confidence for one of the strongest brands in Africa. Thank you all for all the support you have given us and continue to give us. Together, we will make Africa great and we will put our continent in its right place in the global stage.”    Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline. On November 8, 2017, SKYTRAX, the most prestigious international air transport standards and quality rating organization, has certified Ethiopian as Four Star Airline. SKYTRAX has also awarded Ethiopian as SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff in Africa, two times, and earlier in 2017 Ethiopian has received SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline in Africa.

The next morning, we checked out of Ngalawa Hotel & Resort and were driven to Double Tree by Hilton, Stone Town for a networking session. We had lunch afterwards before embarking on a journey to another part of the island where we were to spend some time.

Never got a chance for a dip in at Ngalawa
Double Tree by Hilton
Speed networking…
Cephas Shonhiwa, MD of Malachite Travel & Tours
Mark Ndlovu

On the way, we stopped for the spice tour, after which we were split into specific buses going to the specific hotels we were allotted. I was on the bus to Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa with quite a few of my friends.

Entering the Spice Gardens
With Pia and Sandra
The Zanzibar Tour Team

We arrived Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa just before 19:00hrs and were welcome with glasses of refreshing fruit juice. We were checked in and after freshening up we went to the restaurant for dinner. We stayed back chatting for a bit.

Arrival at Karafuu Beach Resort
My room…
With Max, Petro and Gengis
Waiting for dinner

In the meantime, a local troupe provided entertainment with some dance and acrobatic displays. Some of us joined in the fun before returning to our rooms for a good night rest.

Addis Ababa:  21 March 2019 

Ethiopian Airlines would like to refute the following wrong reporting of the New York Times titled “Ethiopian Airlines Had a Max 8 Simulator, but Pilot on Doomed Flight Didn’t Receive Training”

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the safest and most dependable airlines in the world, is pleased to confirm that Ethiopian pilots have completed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved differences training from the B-737 NG aircraft to the B-737 MAX aircraft before the phase in of the B-737-800 MAX fleet to the Ethiopian operation and before they start flying the B-737-800 MAX. 

The pilots had also been made aware of, and well briefed on the Emergency Airworthiness Directive issued by the FAA following the Lion Air accident. The content of the airworthiness directive has also been well incorporated in all pilot training manuals, operational procedures and working manuals. 

The B-737 MAX full flight simulators is not designed to simulate the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) problems.

Ethiopia Airlines urges all concerned to refrain from making uninformed, incorrect, irresponsible and misleading statements during the period of the accident investigation. International regulations require all stakeholders to wait patiently for the final result of the investigation.