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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Cape Town to Victoria, South Africa or Vice Versa

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Vicki Tester

 

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

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Cape Town

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

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

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

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

 

 

A Little Bit Of Fun..

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Please see below one of the emails that made us all smile.

 

It did arrive in the morning of last Saturday! If you ever wanted to swim in the pool that has full approval of the local resident hippo, just give us a call.

Dear Peter,

Please take note that we will unfortunately be closing the pool area at the Hideaways lodge Elephant’s Eye, Hwange indefinitely. Over the past few months, ‘the hippo’, which we have named Mugabz, who was previously living in the waterhole in front of our lodge, has now decided to move and take up residence in our pool.

Therefore, the pool area will no longer be operational due to the obvious danger and will become in due course a permanent enclosure for Mugabz. Should guests want to cool down, the waterhole in front of the lodge which is now hippopotamus free, is safe to swim in provided there are no predators in the vicinity. Our bath and outside showers are also a great way to escape the Zimbabwean heat.

escape the Zimbabwean heat.

We look forward to Mugabz becoming one of the main attractions at our lodge in the coming months.

 

Why not visit Ol Malo, Kenya

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Last October Angie visited Kenya and one of the places included on her travels was Ol Malo.  In Angie’s opinion this is one place that should be part of everyone’s bespoke itinerary to Kenya and this is why..

 

1. By Helicopter, through the eyes of a bird
Nothing beats soaring above beautiful Kenya. Within minutes you could be enjoying a view too staggering to imagine and only the winds of gods whispering around you. Or with a morning to explore, you could be miles from civilization passing over awe inspiring scenery, catching Nile perch for lunch, watching pink flamingos swarming below you and even if you were to take the same trip over and over – every day is different. On the last day of 2016 guests saw a melanistic serval cat leaping across a river.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo

 

2. Between two ears
All levels of riders from kids on leading rein, beginner adults, happy hackers to 3-day eventers enjoy moving un-noticed among the wild herds. Gently, or at speed enjoying the sure footed-ness of a Kenyan homebred, guests can watch towering giraffe browsing above you or elephant through two pricked ears. Horseback has to be one of the best ways to explore Kenya. Add in an Ol Malo Nomad horse safari and you’re alone in the wilderness, your belongings on a camel, traveling by trusty steed and living life as a Nomad.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

3. On foot, through the eyes of a Samburu
Work off those 3 course meals… follow a bouncing Samburu stride! Stop tripping over those rocks like a town clown and learn to weave in and out of ‘wait a bit’ bushes like a London-er walking down Oxford street in rush hour. Feel that adrenaline rush as you climb a rock and watch peaceful elephant families rumbling below you. Learn about stitching ants and the tracks of last nights’ visitors on the path.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

4. Sitting treetop height – riding a camel!
Swaying at treetop height, no need to concentrate on your footing on the back of a camel. Appreciate their character and hardiness and get close to the game. You can even see lion’s from camels!

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

5. 4 x 4
Of course vehicle is always an option, but lets do them Ol Malo style viewing from the roof seats and add in a night drive…Lately lots of aardvark have been spotted!

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

6. From your balcony or lounging by the pool
Take a break, whilst sipping your morning tea or an evening sundowner scan below you … You can see all sorts from our vantage point on the cliffs, standoffs between elephant and wild dog, cattle and elephant sharing the water trough, good things come to those who wait.

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

 

 

 

 

If this sounds like a place you would like to add to your own bespoke Kenya holiday then contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk 

We are here to offer you first hand knowledge and expert advice.

 

 

Flights to Namibia just became cheaper – but just for a short time

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We recently blogged that KLM, Ethiopian Airways and Qatar are flying to Windhoek, Namibia from the end of this month.

To celebrate their new route Qatar Airways are offering a 25% discount on bookings made between now and 15 September and for travel from now through to 20 June 2017. 

This offer applies to Business and economy class travel.

If Namibia is on your list of destinations then please give us a call – but be quick.

Tel: 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

World Lion Day

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August 10 was World Lion Day and it is worth taking stock on how these magnificent animals are doing in the wild.  With Cecil the lion, and his untimely death showed, many people around the world hold lion in deep affection.

The current situation is a mixture of good and bad news.  To deal with the bad first, the number of  lion in Western, Central and East Africa have decreased by 60% over the past 21 years. However the better news is that their numbers have  increased by 12% over the same period in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

It is encouraging that Rwanda realises the value of having lion in its National Parks and has re-introduced 15 lion to their Akagera National Park – the last time lion were seen here was 15 years ago. 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

The King of the Jungle needs all the friends it can get.  If you want to discuss seeing these beautiful animals in their natural habitat just get in touch.

 We have lots of ideas on how to incorporate this into your own bespoke, tailor made holiday and many other places/parks that are a must visit on your trip.  We will also advise on the best time of year to visit and the length of time you need in each place therefore making the most of your time and money, whilst making the best memories!

Please contact us on Tel: 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Solar Eclipse Safari in the Quirimbas, Mozambique – this September

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Vicki Tester

 

On the first of September this year the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligning in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique for a spectacular and rare annular solar eclipse.  This will be a special event in that the moon doesn’t completely cover the sun and a ring of fire will be observed around the shadow.

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for a select few guests to experience.

One of our favourite Lodges in the Quirimbas have put together an exciting safari to see this spectacle. 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

The five night package includes 2 nights at Ibo Island Lodge and 3 nights fly camping.  You will observe the eclipse from a remote island beach camp in style.

The safari portion will be run with a beautiful 12 meter dhow built to Arab designs with Mozambican skipper, crew and chef on board to whip up those seafood extravaganzas around the camp fire!  You don’t sleep on board – instead mobile camps are set up on various tropical islands and special spots.  You should be sailing in calm, clear and turquoise water with local white traditional dhow sails to break up the endless view on the horizon. Then experience the best view of the eclipse in the Quirimbas from one of the most remote and beautiful corners of our world.

There are only 12 places available (as we put this up) so you need to act fast if you want to join the safari as part of your bespoke, tailor made holiday.

Please call us on Tel: 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Namibia

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Vicki Tester

 

A flight of about 12.5 hours will find you In Namibia – a country that has something to offer for all tastes and expectations.

Whether you want adventure or activities or safari you will certainly find them all here.  Land, air and water experiences include quad biking, 4×4 off road driving, hiking, bird watching, skydiving, kayaking, windsurfing and kite boarding. And the list could go on.

On safari there is an endless variety of self drive adventure packages to fit any budget.  You can stay in various accommodations from guesthouses to campsites to remote lodges and all can be tailored to your own need and specifications whether its game packed parks to the silence and spectacle of the desert. 

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No matter what you choose to do here you will have an unique experience that will live with you and the family for ever. And it is a family friendly environment 

There really is so much to do to make your holiday one to remember and can be easily tailored to you own specific bespoke needs, so why not contact us and speak to someone who know this country very well and can offer expert advice. 

Tel: 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

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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

 

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