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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Wildebeest Migration

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Vicki Tester

 

For all of you that loved and marvelled at Ben Fogle’s ITV programme on the wildebeest migration and would like to find out more about seeing this amazing event, then please get in touch.

Whether you see the herds in Kenya or Tanzania it does depend upon when you can get away and for how long. Both countries have much to offer relating to the migration and all that happens around it and also with other wonderful Game Parks and scenery.

Certain parts of the migration are very popular to watch, particularly the river crossings, so finding accommodation and/or places can be difficult and expensive.

As always try to plan in advance to ensure your seat at this spectacle and to minimise costs.

Please contact us for more information and advice on building your own bespoke, tailor made holiday to see this spectacular – Tel: 01323 446 550 or email: info@experinceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Visiting Canada’s National Parks just got cheaper in 2017 – well actually free!

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Vicki Tester

 

The Government of Canada announced free admission for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. 

This celebratory year provides an excellent opportunity to add a new national park or national historic site to your itinerary at no additional cost. For example escape to the outdoors in La Mauricie National Park (200 km from Montreal), or stop by Laurier House, home to two of Canada’s Prime Ministers (Ottawa). Parks Canada’s 168 National Historic Sites tell the stories of Canada’s history.

Picture courtesy of Quebec Tourism

Picture courtesy of Quebec Tourism

This is also a great opportunity to offer you the added value of one of Parks Canada’s special programs such as guided tours, interactive activities or behind-the-scenes experiences (fees apply). This gives you the opportunity to become a “Soldier for a Day” and fire a musket at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site or taste heritage chocolate at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Relax as you take a dip in the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs, or become energized as you watch the sun meet the sea on the Skyline Sunset Hike in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

With so much to offer – and now some of it is for free next year – Canada is always a great destination and just a call away – 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk – Let us help you make the most of your bespoke tailor made holiday.

 

Picture courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Couture and Heritage

Picture courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Couture and Heritage

 

Picture courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Couture and Heritage

Picture courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Couture and Heritage

Australia’s Top Shipwreck Dives of all Time

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Vicki Tester

 

Tourism Australia recently sent us their newsletter and we thought this was a great blog to share.  Queensland may be home to the Great Barrier Reef, but it’s also home to some of Australia’s most interesting diving sites based around some of the greatest shipwrecks in history from warships to trawlers. Read on to find out the must dives of Australia:-

 

 1.  SS Yongala

Considered one of the world’s top dive sites, the SS Yongala shipwreck is situated 12 nautical miles off Alva Beach near Ayr. This ship sank in 1911, but it was more than half a century before she was discovered. You’ll find giant groupers and schools of trevally and cobia here, as well as sea snakes and turtles.

2.  Tangalooma Wrecks

Situated within swimming distance off Brisbane’s MoretonIsland are the rusty wrecks of 15 ships that were deliberately sunk to create a break wall for small boats, as well as provide the perfect spot for divers and snorkellers. You’ll find wobbegongs, trevally, kingfish yellowtail and tropical fish at the Tangalooma Wrecks which have been here since 1963.

 

Picture courtesy of Tourism Australia

Picture courtesy of Tourism Australia

 

3.  HMAS Brisbane

Despite its name, the HMAS Brisbane is not situated off the Queensland capital, but on the SunshineCoast between Maroochydore and Mooloolaba. Operating between 1967 and 2001, this former warship was sunk in 2005 and now provides the ideal artificial reef for divers with a huge array of sea life to discover in and around the wreck.

4.  The Lady Bowen

This elegant old lady was built in Glasgow in 1864 and arrived in Australia four months later, but met her fate when she crashed into Kennedy Shoal near DunkIsland in 1894. These days, The Lady Bowen is home to giant groupers, sea snakes, sharks, rays, lionfish and turtles at this dive site.

5.  St   Paul

Divers consider this wreck off MoretonIsland as one of the most challenging, as it sits in an exposed area of sea with no decompression diving. But this wreck carries a tragic history worth exploring. Eighteen people died when it mysteriously hit Smiths Rock back in 1914, during good sailing conditions.

6.  RMS Quetta

Considered one of Australia’s greatest marine tragedies, 133 people died when the RMS Quetta sank in 1899, after striking a coral mount near the Adolphus Channel in the Torres   StraitIslands. Cod, trout, angel fish and barracuda are common here.

The AllSoulsQuettaMemorialChurch on Thursday Island was built in memory of the ship.

7.  Severance

For divers looking for a more intact site, head to LadyElliottIsland in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Just offshore here, you can explore the remnants of the Severance, a two-masted sailing boat that sunk in 1998. So new is this wreck, remnants of the sails can be seen, and you’ll likely encounter a moray eel here.

8.  The Cremer

Situated just 10 metres offshore from KeswickIsland, off Mackay, The Cremer is considered a perfect dive, thanks to its shelter from wind and current. This large steamship sank in 1945 and is now home to giant Maori wrasse fish.

9.  The Singapore

Another treasure of the warm water off of KeswickIsland is The Singapore, which sunk in the late 1800s after striking a large rock just offshore. Considered a more challenging dive than The Cremer, it sits in some 25 metres of water and is home to pelagic fish, sharks and rays.

10. The Llewellyn

Closer to Mackay, you’ll find the wreck of the Llewellyn, which is ideal for novice divers. This coastal steamer mysteriously disappeared in heavy winds in 1919 between Rockhampton and Bowen and was only located in 1997.

11. Cetacea

Off the Southern Great Barrier Reef coastline of Seventeen Seventy you’ll find the remnants of the Cetacea, a 13-metre trawler which sank in 1992. This lady of the ocean sits 32 metres underwater on a sandy bottom, attracting a variety of marine life such as rays, grouper, tuna and trevally.

12. Barcoola

Also around the same area as the Cetacea lays the wreckage of the Barcoola, sunk in 1994. Some believe this is the stand-out dive – she’s in 41 metres of water and home to groupers, cod, kingfish and giant cobia. There are often large rays, bull sharks, and bronze whalers here, too.

13.  Karma

The trawler met her karma in 2003 and now sits upright in 26 metres of water, again off the Southern Great Barrier Reef coastline. This is considered an accessible dive for both open water and advanced divers, and is home to thousands of fish and other marine life.

 

If you would like to find out more or incorporate one or more of these dives into your own bespoke, tailor made holiday then please give us a call on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

 

 

 

Honeymoon in Sri Lanka

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Vicki Tester

 

As some of you know, I recently went to Sri   Lanka for just over 2 weeks on my honeymoon. This is my third visit here; the first being back in 1969 as a wandering teenager exploring the world. It was Julie’s first time here – a change from me dragging her to different parts of Africa.

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

We truly loved it from that first breathe of extremely warm air when we got off the plane in Colombo to our final night in colonial splendour in the Galle Face Hotel. With a recorded history longer than ours, ancient ruined cities only rediscovered 150 years ago, fantastic food, beautiful beaches, more wildlife and sea life than you expect and very friendly people, what is there not to like.

 

 

 

There is a huge variety of experiences, climates, scenery and culture to explore and the option of staying in varying levels of accommodation, many of which allow you to explore the locality right outside your room.

  

 

  

Would I recommend Sri Lanka as a holiday destination – Yes I would and it will not be too long before Julie and I return (still so much more to explore)

Look out for more detailed bespoke ideas about touring Sri Lanka on our website or just give me a call to talk about this fabulous destination on 01323 446550 or email peter@experienceholidays.co.uk

Peter

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

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