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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Star Clippers – Discover the Hidden Wonders of Thailand

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Star Clippers who offer a different sailing experience with the character of traditional sailing but still with the comfort and luxury found on most modern cruises, are offering an adventurous cruise around the hidden parts of Thailand and Malaysia.

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Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

These sailings explore some of the most iconic and beautiful parts known as the “Pearl of the Orient” with un spoilt beaches and islands that form part of the

National Marine Park here. The people are friendly, the water beautifully clear and the marine life amazing.

 

Nor do you have to bring your own snorkel and flippers, they are provided. If you need other activities as you sale around the islands and along the coast, you can try sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking – all complimentary.

 

 

 

For 7 nights cruising, 2 nights pre cruise in the Sala Hotel in Phuket and flights the cost is from £2179 per person and always subject to availability.

Please call us for more information on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Travel in Style across Peru

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Travelling across Peru in style has become easier with the launch of the Andean Explorer Train. This is seriously comfortable train travel with your own cabin and off train excursions to some of Peru’s most iconic sites. The journey has the following itinerary:

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Day 1

Board the train in the ancient city of Arequipa, settle in to your cabin and acclimatise to the unforgettable style of the train as you start the journey towards Puno. Join your fellow travellers in the bar car before sitting down to a refined Andean dinner in the dinner car. All the while the scenery changes as you settle in to luxury train travel

Day 2

The sun will be rising over Lake Titicaca as you awake and then head for breakfast before a day of exploration. Time to explore the world’s highest navigable lake, firstly in a traditional boat out to Uros, a man made island constructed of interwoven reeds. The people that live on the island also construct their homes, ships and tools from the same reeds.

From here you will head to Taquile Island with its stunning terraced agricultural strips. The inhabitants here live by the same social code that has been in place for the past centuries. Their hand woven fabrics are regarded as the best in Peru. Enjoy lunch on the Collata Beach followed by a performance of local dancers and a chance to watch artisans at work.

Return to the train for a delicious tea and relax as the train heads towards to Cusco.

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Day 3

Breakfast this morning is accompanied by stunning views as the train heads sets off from Marangani. You will have an off train excursion to Raqch’I archaeological site of a once important Inca settlement.

 

All too soon you will be arriving At Cusco, the former Inca capital. Time to bid farewell to the train crew and the start of your next Peruvian adventure.

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

 

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

Cape Town to Victoria, South Africa or Vice Versa

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Visiting these two iconic African locations is now easier. South African Airways are now flying direct between these two prime Southern African cities. The flights are daily, except Saturdays, departing Cape Town early (08:30) and arriving at Vic Falls at 11:15.

The return flight leaves at 11:45 and arrives in Cape Town at 14:40.

You could be soaked by the spray from The Falls and on top of Table Mountain all in one day!

Victoria Falls

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Cape Town

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Kenya Railways – Nairobi to Mombasa or Vice Versa

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Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, launched the revitalised/ new Standard Gauged Railway between Nairobi and Mombasa last week. This has cut the travelling time to just over 4 hours for the trip and with prices set at US$9-00 for economy class and US$30 for First Class this has become a real alternative to flying or buses.

There are plans to include a Business class carriage as well but these have yet to be delivered from China.

 

Kenya Lion

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This gives travellers another option for travel between thee two popular cities but you could also use the train for access to Tsavo East and West National Parks and the Taita Hills with the train stopping at Voi and Mtito Andei. Providing the service is maintained this is another way to see this beautiful country without the experience of some of the rough roads.

For expert advice on your tailor made holiday to Kenya call us on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

 

Kenya

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Sunrise Turtle Landing

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Today we received a quick newsletter from one of our suppliers AfriAsia.  This we thought was a wonderful turtle sighting and experience, and something that you yourself could witness if staying at this luxury resort in Malaysia:

 

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels and TanJong Jara Resort

 

 

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels and TanJong Jara Resort

 

 

 

 

This special early morning visit took place on the beach right under one of the resort’s sun umbrellas as the sun began to rise.
Once her eggs had been safely laid, this majestic creature returned to the South China Sea.

The Turtle Hatchery currently holds 25 nests and a total of 2274 eggs – of these, two batches of hatchlings have already been released. Guests have enjoyed witnessing this amazing experience and the Nest Adoption programme has become a great hit.

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels and TanJong Jara Resort

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels and TanJong Jara Resort

Iceberg Alley – Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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When it comes to viewing icebergs, Iceberg Alley is one of the best places in the world. On a sunny day, view these 10,000-year-old glacial giants from many points along the northern and eastern coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador in every shape and size. The colours of each iceberg differs ranging from snow-white to the deepest aquamarine.

There are a number of ways to experience these amazing natural spectacles. Go on a boat tour, paddle along in a sea kayak or hike along parts of the 29,000 km of coastline and watch a sparkling spring berg parade down Iceberg Alley.

 

Quirpon Island Zodiac Iceberg

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To mark this occasion an Iceberg Festival takes place every June on the Great Northern Peninsula. It celebrates the coming of spring in the north and the annual arrival of icebergs. The festival features music, food, entertainment, history, culture, great hospitality and of course icebergs. Dip your toes into the North Atlantic! Have a dance! Eat seafood fresh from the sea! If you want breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, fantastic fare and good company, you belong at the Iceberg Festival!

Nor is that all you can do while in this beautiful region. Here nature is very much to the fore and the scenery is spectacular. The people very welcoming and it is still one of those places that is well off the well trodden holiday destinations.

If you would like more information on tailor made holidays to Canada then please call us on Tel: 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Green Gardens, Gros Morne National Park

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Iceberg Near Triton Island, Green Bay

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Puffins

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Why you should consider Hwange National Park for your Safari

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There are very good reasons to consider Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe, for your safari destination and the key ones are as follow:

  • Hwange is close to Victoria Falls which is easy enough to reach by a number of airlines. The airport there is becoming a bigger International destination which will make it even easier to fly in to the region.
  • Hwange has about 43,000 visitors per year which gives a density of 3 people per KM2 per year. This compares with the Serengeti density of 23 people per km2 per year, Kruger at 85 and Masai Mara at 912.
  • It is home to about 46,000 elephants and during the dry season it is not unusual to see herds of hundreds at waterholes. None of the other Parks can boast such large numbers of elephant. In fact there are more elephants than visitors.
  • It has the some of the densest numbers of sable antelope, cheetah, wild dog and lion in Zimbabwe
  • Your guides here serve an apprenticeship of 5 to 10 years and their professionalism is considered amongst the best in Africa. They will take you on walking safaris within the Park and teach you about all that you see, including tracks, flora and fauna. This will enhance your African experience immensely.
  • Hwange Park lodges and camps are small and personal. On average 8 rooms serving 16 clients

 

Elephants

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Africa

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Elephants

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

If you would like more information about a tailor made safari to Hwange and Victoria Falls or Safaris in South Africa then please contact us on – 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

A little gem – Pumba Private Game Reserve

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We’ve been thinking about ‘little gems’ in the office – places or experiences that provide a ‘wow factor’ of some kind during a holiday. For me (Angie), several come to mind and below is one of them.

Pumba Private Game Reserve is located on the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and works perfectly at the end of a self-drive holiday from Cape Town and along the Garden Route. The Eastern Cape has a number of game reserves, which have the advantage of being malaria free, but what makes Pumba stand out over the others is that it is home to the rare white lion.

 

White Lions pumba

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

A recessive gene gives white lions their unusual colour, making them appear even more majestic than a tawny lion. Easier to spot, the white lion cannot rely on camouflage when hunting – which makes it harder for this beautiful animal to survive in the wild. Luckily for Pumba’s pride, a couple of years ago a female gave birth to not only white cubs, but also a tawny cub. This tawny lion will be integral for the survival of the pride – whilst the white lion distracts the game, the tawny lion will pounce.  

There are two lodges within the game reserve. Bush Lodge is built in front of a waterhole, which attracts a wide range of animals. During my stay, a whole herd of elephants came to visit, with the babies playing in and around the water. The accommodations are of an exceptional standard, with outdoor showers and private plunge pools. 

The second property is Water Lodge – accommodations are of the same standard but slightly different in style, and still with outdoor showers and private plunge pools. The lodge overlooks Lake Kariega, which is a regular haunt for hippo and good for bass fishing too.

 All in all, Pumba Private Game Reserve offers an incredibly special experience, and one that I would highly recommend! For more information, give us a call on 01323 446550 or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk.

Pumba water lodge - lake

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Elephants at Pumba

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

 

Mozambique as a Family Destination

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One of our favourite lodges on the coast of Mozambique has decided to streamline its cost base and make going there better than ever. Nuarro Lodge has just offered a 5 night stay for families at US$ 125-00 per person per night. This includes the following: Vehicle transfers to and from Nampula Airport/ Nacala Airport / Ilha De Mocambique, accommodation in the chalets with three meals, coffee & tea, snacks, unlimited shore diving for advanced diver buddies, unguided snorkelling, kayaking, mountain bikes and one massage per booking.

indaba and moz Mozambique

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The fact that it is in a wonderful location with pristine seas to explore and truly idyllic beaches makes this a wonderful family get away. Visit their website www.nuarro.com to see what you could be doing! 

One of things that has put off clients going to Mozambique is the difficulty of getting there. The good news is that the Government of the country is opening up the country by asking for tenders for flights in and around the country. Hopefully this will make it easier for future travellers to this beautiful country.

indaba and mozambique

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indaba and mozambique

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Air Canada introduces Premium Economy for certain routes

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Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline and the largest provider of up to 70 non-stop flights per week this summer to seven major Canadian cities scheduled from London Heathrow Terminal 2.

The airline is updating its international fleet with state-of-the-art, fuel efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliners. With the conversion of existing Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, Air Canada has introduced a much-desired Premium Economy Class on select international flights from London Heathrow to Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver.

Great Lakes Safari

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Premium Economy offers superior comforts in a dedicated cabin, a larger seat, more recline and extra legroom compared to Economy Class. Passengers in Premium Economy can also enjoy a premium meal service, enhanced amenities and priority airport services.

If you are planning a tailor made holiday to Canada this summer, then please get in touch to discuss your flights and ground arrangement.  Call us on Tel: 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Great Lakes Safari

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

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