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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

 

 

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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

Country: Sri Lanka

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Located in the Indian Ocean south of India, Sri Lanka offers a plethora of attractions to keep any visitor happy along with fantastic food and friendly people. Sustainability and ecotourism are important in Sri Lanka, and a number of locally owned companies such as hotel groups promote environmentally responsible travel.

Sri Lanka is an island of diverse attractions from ancient cities, fantastic wildlife, beautiful sandy beaches, lush green tea plantations and of course a fascinating culture. A holiday here can combine any number of these elements, and can be as busy or relaxing as you’d like.

Sri Lanka also offers excellent value – and a private tour tailored to your preferences provides you with the opportunity to focus on your interests and make the most of your time in this beautiful country.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Jetwing Travels

Photo courtesy of Jetwing Travels

Photo courtesy of Jetwing Travels

Photo courtesy of Jetwing Travels

Sri Lanka – Including The North

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Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time.  It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where the lands beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Very few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.

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Sri Lanka – Including The North

This itinerary would suit for your second visit to Sri Lanka or if you have more time and an interest in this fascinating area on the island. The North is dryer than the rest of Sri Lanka and has a distinct Tamil influence which gives you yet another dimension to this intriguing destination.

Day 1:   Mud House

Day 3:   Jaffna

Day 6:   Coast stay

Day 9:   Sigiriya

Day 12:   Kandy

Day 14:   Home or extend your tour to include much more of the island.

Sri Lanka

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This itinerary would suit for your second visit to Sri Lanka or if you have more time and an interest in this fascinating area on the island. The North is dryer than the rest of Sri Lanka and has a distinct Tamil influence which gives you yet another dimension to this intriguing destination.

 

Day 1

Your guide/driver will meet you once you have cleared immigration and head north from Colombo. For the bold there is an option to stay in a rustic lodge which has a great reputation for its food, most of which is grown in their grounds. However there are more traditional lodges who will welcome you just as well. A full day exploring Wilpattu National Park, which is much quieter than most of the other Parks and has good numbers of elephant, deer, leopard, crocs and a host of birds.

1 night in Wilpattu area

Day 3

On your way to the far north you will visit Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. The Dagobas (Stupa) here are huge, intricate and a feat of engineering especially when you consider when they were built. The lake here is man made and again built 2,500 years ago. Finally visit the Bo Tree – a truly holy place for Buddhists as it is claimed to have grown from a branch of the Bo tree under which Buddha received enlightenment.

As you cross on to the Jaffna Peninsula you pass through Elephant Pass where there is a museum about the recent civil war. Jaffna itself has a European fort that goes back to 1632 and over the next few days explore the beaches and Hindu Temples of the region, particularly at Point Pedro.

3 nights Jaffna

Day 6

Come down the east coast of Sri Lanka and you come to Trincomalee, one of the world’s biggest and safest natural harbours. Time to relax on silver sanded beaches. For the more energetic a trip out to Pigeon Island gives you wonderful diving and snorkelling opportunities.

3 nights North East coast/ Trincomalee

Day 9

Sigiriya is your next destination with its Lion Rock or “The Fortress in the Sky”. Here an ancient king built his palace on the top of an ancient volcanic plug and the ruins are spectacular with views around that encompass the surrounding country. The frescoes half way up the Rock are beautiful and amazingly fresh.

While here you can visit Polonnaruwa, another ancient capital if Sri Lanka with an excellent museum, a host of temples and array of Buddhas in different poses carved in to the rock. On the way back visit Minneriya National Park famous for being the home of elephant, buffalo, crocs and, if you are lucky, leopard.

3 nights Sigiriya

Day 12

Your final destination takes you in to the hills of Sri Lanka and another old capital Kandy. On the way up you will stop at Dambulla to visit the caves here that have several hundred statues of the Buddha of varying ages.

While in Kandy you will visit the Temple of the Tooth, the most holy place for Buddhist on the Island, which is close to a man made like to give a tranquil feel to the scene. If time allows visit the Botanic Gardens for a treat of orchids and tropical trees and plants.

2 nights Kandy

Day 14

Return to Colombo International Airport for your flight home.

Sigiriya Rock

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Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka

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Sigiriya Rock

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Walking along the perfectly preserved Dutch/Portuguese/British battlements of the Star Fort at Galle and gazing down on a turtle feeding on the seaweed just below. Then retiring to the shade of a restaurant in the town (unchnged exteriors) for a reviving glass of beer while watching the world go by.
 

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Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with a very interesting and documented history.  We had a very good driver who was also a very knowledgeable and excellent guide.  Nothing was too much trouble, and he even accompanied us on all of our outings including climbing the Sigiriya Rock and the Rock Mass at the Dambulla Caves.

(Mr & Mrs Rees – Feb 2017)

Enchanting Vietnam

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Vietnam located on the South China Sea is known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities with Hanoi as its capital known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences.

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Vietnam

Vietnam located on the South China Sea is known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities with Hanoi as its capital known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences.

Day 1: Hanoi

Day 3: Halong Bay

Day 5: Hue

Day 7: Hoi An

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 13: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Lang Co Fishing Village

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With stunning scenery, a fascinating history, enchanting culture and friendly people, Vietnam has all of the ingredients to make for a fantastic holiday destination. Whilst it is often included as part of a wider Indochina holiday combined with Cambodia and Laos, Vietnam has so much to offer that it can easily offer a varied holiday experience on its own. Here is just one itinerary to show you how.

 

Day 1: Hanoi

Arrive into Hanoi, located in the north of the country. Here, visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the One Pillar Pagoda and the Hoa Lo Prison (more commonly known as the Hanoi Hilton). Take a walking tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter or experience a Water Puppet show – a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form.

Two nights Hanoi

Consider slotting in a visit to Sapa from Hanoi – an inland mountainous region accessed by overnight train or by road. A stay here would provide an opportunity to see rural Vietnam.

Day 3: Halong Bay

Travel by road to Halong Bay, providing a chance to enjoy the scenery – predominantly farmland – en route. Look out for farmers on scooters transporting water buffalo! World Heritage listed Halong Bay is a beautiful place, comprised of limestone rock formations dotted throughout the bay. The best way to view this is from a cruise on a traditional junk ship.

Two nights Halong Bay Cruise

Day 5: Hue

Leaving Halong Bay behind, returning to Hanoi before flying down to Hue. Here explore the Imperial Citadel, take a ride through the ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake with its lotus flowers in summer, visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Mausoleum of Tu Duc.

Two nights Hue

Day 7: Hoi An

Travel by road to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th Centuries. The scenic route passes through the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds (Hai Van Pass). Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchant’s houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market.

Three nights Hoi An

At certain times of the year, Hoi An provides a good beach stay destination, in which case a longer stay might be preferred.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

Fly down to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon). From here, take a tour out to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during the wars. In the city itself, visit the War Remnants Museum, the History Museum and the former Presidential Palace. The Old Saigon Post Office, Dong Khoi Street, Continental Hotel, the Opera House and City Hall provide an insight into the colonial past.

Three nights Ho Chi Minh City

Day 13: Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Today, depart the city for the onward or homeward journey.

Halong Bay

Imperial Citadel Hue

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Indochina

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With iconic historical attractions such as Angkor Wat, stunning coastal areas such as Halong Bay, and the vital lifeline of the Mekong River, Indochina offers diverse experiences along with a chance to learn about the culture, traditions, and way of life of the people

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Indochina

Indochina is comprised of three countries in the Far East – Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Their geographical location, shared histories and fascinating culture make these three countries the perfect combination for a holiday in the Far East. With iconic historical attractions such as Angkor Wat, stunning coastal areas such as Halong Bay, and the vital lifeline of the Mekong River, this region offers diverse experiences along with a chance to learn about the culture, traditions, and way of life of the people.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh
Day 3: Siem Reap
Day 6: Luang Prabang
Day 8: Elephant Explorer
Day 9: Hoi An
Day 11: Hue
Day 13: Hanoi
Day 15: Halong Bay
Day 16: Hanoi

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Indochina is comprised of three countries in the Far East – Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Their geographical location, shared histories and fascinating culture make these three countries the perfect combination for a holiday in the Far East. With iconic historical attractions such as Angkor Wat, stunning coastal areas such as Halong Bay, and the vital lifeline of the Mekong River, this region offers diverse experiences along with a chance to learn about the culture, traditions, and way of life of the people.

Vietnam Airlines now offers a direct flight to Ho Chi Minh City from London Gatwick, making the region more easily accessible. Alternatively, there are plenty of flight options via other Far Eastern gateways – Bangkok being one of the most popular.

The region can be explored independently by the more adventurous traveller, or one can join a small-group tour if preferred. The below independent itinerary provides an example of a comprehensive holiday to the region, but is by no means the only option – there are almost endless possibilities to consider.

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh
Arrive into Phnom Penh for a two-night stay. Take time to explore the Royal Palace, the majestic Silver Pagoda, and gain an insight into Khmer history at the National Museum. Visit Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields, and learn about the Khmer Rouge regime and the legacy this has left.

Day 3: Siem Reap
This morning, depart for Siem Reap by road. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Over 100 temples are spread over a vast area and the site easily lives up to its status as one of the seven wonders of the forgotten world. Witness sunrise at Angkor Wat and explore some of the many other temples, including the ruins of the tree-covered Ta Prohm. Take a river cruise on Tonle Sap Lake – the second largest freshwater lake in the world and home to the famous floating village, where you’ll see floating houses, a school and even a floating hospital.

Day 6: Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang for a two-night stay. Luang Prabang is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of Indochina’, and is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. The ancient royal city is surrounded by mountains and is situated at a junction of the Mekong and Khan rivers. Watch the ancient ritual of local monks collecting alms, take a boat trip to Pak Ou Caves, or visit stunning Kuang Si Falls. In the evening, visit the vibrant night market.

Day 8: Elephant Explorer
Today, begin a two-day adventure by elephant, providing the opportunity to explore the region and learn about these magnificent creatures.

Take an elephant ride through forests and over hills to the hidden valley of Huay Sae Valley. See the secluded waterfalls and swim in the natural pools. Continue by foot across bamboo bridges, passing waterfalls and dense jungle. Raft down the Nam Khan River, floating slowly downstream passing local farmers and fishermen going about traditional village life, and stopping en route at the Tad Sae waterfall. Stay overnight in a luxury tent

Day 9: Hoi An
Get up early with the magical sunrise atmosphere and trek to the jungle to collect the elephants from their forest home. Together with the Mahouts, the traditional elephant drivers, walk back down to the river for their daily morning bath. Ride bareback on the elephant’s neck, wash it, scrub it and guide it through the river to the camp – an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. Return to Luang Prabang, fly to Danang and transfer to the charming town of Hoi An. Explore traditional houses and temples and see the Japanese Bridge. Relax on the beach, or take a boat trip through ‘Water Coconut Palm Canal’ – a tranquil area little visited by tourists, and learn about the likes of the local fishermen.

Day 11: Hue
Today, your destination is Hue but en route visit the Marble Mountains; an important religious site with a number of imressive caves, temples and viewpoints. Drive the short distance to China Beach with a chance to enjoy a refreshing swim in the South China Sea. Continue on to Danang City to visit the Cham Museum. The Cham people occupied this area of Vietnam from the 2nd to the 17th century and the museum houses the best examples of Cham sculpture anywhere in the world. Complete the drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hue. Here, relax on the beach or take time to explore the old Citadel.

Day 13: Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital for a two-night stay. Explore the vibrant Old Quarter and visit the ancient Temple of Literature. Watch a water puppet show or visit the Hanoi Hilton prison.

Day 15: Halong Bay
This morning transfer to Hon Gai, the gateway to Halong Bay. Considered Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts over 3,000 limestone islands that rise out of the sea to provide a spectacular natural environment. Take an overnight cruise on a wooden junk ship on the bay, exploring fishing villages, islets, and caves and with a chance to swim.

Day 16: Hanoi
Return to Hanoi today for the onward or homeward flight.

More time? Consider adding a cruise along the Mekong River – a great way to see small riverside villages and learn about the local’s traditional way of life. Explore Ho Chi Minh City, see the Cu Chi Tunnels, discover Vientiane – the capital of Laos, or add a beach stay in Thailand.

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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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Cape Town and Garden Route

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This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining the world class city of Cape Town with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

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Cape Town and Garden Route

 

This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining a world class city with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

Day: 1 Cape Town

Day 4: Hermanus

Day 5: Franschhoek

Day 7: Robertson Valley

Day 9: Oudtshoorn

Day 11: Plettenberg Bay

Day 14: Jefferie’s Bay

Day 16: Safari

Day 19: Port Elizabeth

South Africa - Cape Town

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

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South Africa is a magnificently diverse country with stunning scenery, incredible wildlife, a fascinating history, interesting people, enviable vinyards and a great food scene.  Couple with this the fact that as it’s located due south of the UK, there is minimal time difference and no jet lag, and South Africa makes for a fantastic holiday destination.

This itinerary provides a perfect ‘first time visit’ to South Africa, combining a world class city with the winelands, garden route, coast and wildlife.

Day 1: Cape Town

Arguably one of the world’s most beautiful settings with the advantage of Table Mountain as a backdrop – Cape Town has plenty to offer. Visit the Kirstenbosch Gardens, take a cable car to the summit of Table Mountain for panoramic views. Visit also Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years – or drive the Cape Peninsula.

Three nights Cape Town

Day 4: Hermanus

Leave the city behind and head to the coast. Hermanus is famous as a destination for whale watching. The bay here provides a winter home to huge numbers of these majestic mammals and can often be seen from the shore, as well as from a cruise. Nearby Gansbaai is a key departure point for shark cage diving.

One night Hermanus

Day 5: Franschhoek

Head inland to the Winelands, through the scenic Franshhoek Pass – your destination is the lovely little town of Franschhoek – a gourmet’s paradise in idyllic surroundings. Rugged mountains surround this little oasis tucked away and waiting to be discovered. Take the wine tram to tour the vineyards surrounding the town.

Two nights Franschhoek

Day 7: Robertson Valley

Continuing east via the Franschhoek Pass to Worcester and into the Robertson Valley – here you find further vineyards, rugged craggy mountain scenery and pretty little towns.

One night Robertson Valley

Day 9: Oudtshoorn

The next stop takes you along the spectacular route 62, passing to the northern side of the mountain range, where the climate becomes arid and dry. Vineyards still nestle in fertile hollows – Calizdorf is particularly famous for its port wine. Take time to explore the Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert and the Cango Caves. This area is also famous for its Ostrich farming – thousands of these lanky and unwieldy flightless birds as far as the eye can see.

Two nights Oudtshoorn

Day 11: Plettenberg Bay

A choice of routes today, crossing the Outeniqua Mountains, and descending again to the coast. This – technically – is the Garden Route. Explore the Tsitsikamma National Park, Natures Valley, Storms River Mouth, and the coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.

Three nights Plettenberg Bay

Day 14: Jeffrey’s Bay

Continue east to the seaside town of Jeffrey’s Bay. Relax and unwind in this laidback surfer town, which is also home to a number of factory stores such as Quiksilver and Billabong.

Two nights Jeffery’s Bay

 Day 16: Safari

Today head to a private game reserve on the Eastern Cape, providing a chance to see some of the incredible wildlife that South Africa has to offer. Many of the reserves are home to all of the Big Five animals, plus plenty of others besides. There are options to suit most budgets and preferences.

Three nights Safari

Day 19: Port Elizabeth

Drive to Port Elizabeth for the onward or homeward journey.

There are plenty of possible extensions to add to this itinerary – consider Kwa Zulu Natal and the Drakensburg Mountains, Swaziland and the Indian Ocean coast, Kruger National Park, or perhaps take a trip up to Victoria Falls – the possibilities are almost endless.

 

Cape Peninsula

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Cape Town - Elephants

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Cape Town - Safari vehicle

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White Lions pumba

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Cape Town - Winelands

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Seeing the rare white lion at Pumba Private Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape provides a unique and exciting wildlife experience.

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I suspect your general view is no news is good news from your travellers.  You are correct! But I just wanted to reassure you of that.  And to add that we are having the most wonderful time.

Your advice and preparation have been seamless, your choices often spectacular. This as I sit on the balcony of our penthouse suite overlooking Jeffrey’s bay.

Thank you.

We are compiling a sort of diary that you may be interested in seeing later.

 In the meantime forgive me if I go now.

Paradise awaits you see!

 

KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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KwaZulu Natal, the scenery seems to fit the experience – the emptiness of the plains around Isandlwana, the rolling waves on the long empty beach at Thonga and the density of the bush as you look out for rhino in Hluhluwe.  The friendliness of those that you meet along the way enliven your visit to this part of the world.
 

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KwaZulu Natal

The scenery seems to fit the experience – the emptiness of the plains around Isandlwana, the rolling waves on the long empty beach at Thonga and the density of the bush as you look out for rhino in Hluhluwe.  The friendliness of those that you meet along the way enliven your visit to this part of the world.

 

Day 1 : Durban

Day 3: Drakensberg Mountains

Day 5: Isandlwana and the Battlefields

Day 7: Isimangaliso Wetlands (St. Lucia) – part 1

Day 9: Isimangaliso Wetland (St. Lucia) – part 2

Day 12: Hluhluwe

Day 14: Beach

 

KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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Offering a mixture of amazing scenery, wildlife, experiences, history, food and beach, KwaZulu Natal has to be a destination that will please most people.  Getting there is easy as is driving around, and the people are truly welcoming.  This is Africa with a huge variety of interests and all within reasonable travelling distances.

Day 1: Durban

Spend time in Durban to acclimatise and explore the many attractions that this seaport has to offer.  With a fusion of African, Indian and European influences the food on offer has always been good – particularly their take on curries.  A visit to uShaka Marine World and the Botanic Gardens are worth pitting on your agenda.

2 nights Durban

Day 3: Drakensberg Mountains

Make your way to the beautiful Drakensburg Mountains and to a property that nestles at the foot of these.  Here you have the chance to relax with the stunning views, take yourself on hikes up into the mountains or join a full day walk with guide and lunch provided.  Archery, fishing, mountain biking and horse riding are also available.

2 nights Drakensberg Mountains

Day 5: Rorke’s Drift

Your next destination has you stepping back into the Zulu Wars and learning about Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift from both the Zulu and European points of view.  There is something special in being shown around Isandlwana (one of the few undeveloped battlefields of the world) by a Zulu and then hearing about the heroic fights as you walk through the building and grounds of Rorke’s Drift.

2 nights Rorke’s Drift

Day 7: Kosi Forest

Next spend time in the natural environment of lakes and forest, including Raffia Forests.  Drive out to the Kosi River mouth for snorkelling, swimming and a picnic.  Take a tour through the Raffia Forest looking out for the Palm Vulture, the only vegetarian vulture in the world.  Consider a canoe trip through the forests and out in to the lake.

2 nights Kosi Forest

Day 9: Beach Stay

Head to the coast for a stay close to and Indian Ocean beach.  Much of the area is protected and consequently beautifully productive for snorkelling, diving and other water sports.  Turtles haul out to lay their eggs at certain times of the year and guides will take you along the huge beach to show you their activities.  In the evening join on a scorpion and spider hunt.

3 nights Beach 

Day 12: Hluhluwe National Park

For your wildlife experience head to Hluhluwe National Park, South Africa’s oldest.  This park has something like 2,000 white rhino and 500 black rhino, so you would be unlucky not to see them.  The drive to your lodge is through rolling hills with stunning views and wildlife to be seen quite regularly.  Al of the Big 5 are here as well as wild dog.  Either take yourself around the park (easy to do) or jopin an organised game drive from your lodge.

2 nights Hluhluwe

Day 14: Depart KwaZulu Natal

Head to Durban or Richards Bay for the onward or homeward journey.

KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

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Country: Kenya

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Despite recent troubles, Kenya has an unique experience to offer everyone. Yes it is the most popular country for first time “Africa” visitors but it is also a favoured destination for the seasoned safari hand. It lends itself to the “Bush and Beach” holiday and is very popular with honeymooners.

Its Lodges and hotels vary widely in size and there is the added offer of staying on ranches – many of which have reverted to acting as wildlife sanctuaries. A chance to see and get close to wildlife from the back of a horse or on foot makes for an adrenalin making experience second to none.

Kenya is blessed with stunning backdrops – Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, The Rift Valley and the wide plains of the Masai Mara. Add in a huge variety of wildlife from the semi deserts of the northern frontier to the lush highlands and down to the tropical coast. Nowhere else can you see a million flamingos feeding in the Lake (Nakuru), herds of red dusted elephants (Tsavo), clouds of butterflies in the forest Parks (Aberdares) and the tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra (Masai Mara).

Finish your holiday on the Kenyan beaches, which are rightly famous for their silver sand, great snorkelling, diving and a wonderful place to unwind after the excitement of your safari.

The people are welcoming and appreciate their need for tourism and the benefits it can bring. With over 50 tribes, diversity is a given.

This is an ideal destination for the first time in sub Saharan Africa or for those discerning adventurers willing to seek out what the country has to offer beyond the usual.

All photographs by kind permission of Kenya Tourist Board

Beachbikedow      Hot Air Balloon      Wildebeast Crossing River

 

Kenya, East Africa

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Kenya is the most popular country for first time “Africa” visitors but it is also a favoured destination for the seasoned safari hand. It lends itself to the “Bush and Beach” holiday and is very popular with honeymooners.

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Kenya, East Africa

It is the most popular country for first time “Africa” visitors but it is also a favoured destination for the seasoned safari hand. It lends itself to the “Bush and Beach” holiday and is very popular with honeymooners.

Day 1: Nairobi

Day 3: Samburu National Park

Day 5: Mount Kenya/Aberdare Mountains

Day 6: Rift Valley

Day 7: Masai Mara

Day 9: Amboseli

Day 11: Tsavo West

Day 13: Beach

Day 17: Depart Kenya

 

Kenya - Lion

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This is the land that spawned the safari, drawing such luminaries as Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway. But they were here for the trophies to hang on their walls. After the war came the change in emphasis to using the camera and making safaris more accessible to others. Some would say that it went too far with too many tourists around a pride of lion or any other spectacle. But the truth is that Kenya is huge, the wildlife abundant and the safari experience can be as individual and as private as it ever was.

It is the most popular country for first time “Africa” visitors but it is also a favoured destination for the seasoned safari hand. It lends itself to the “Bush and Beach” holiday and is very popular with honeymooners.

For this suggested itinerary you have the option of being driven between locations or taking light aircraft flights. Or perhaps a mixture of both.

Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive in the capital, Nairobi. Visit the National Park, the only one in the world in a city boundary, which has all of the plains animals and the Big 5 apart from elephant. Consider a trip to Karen Blixen Museum (colonial past), the Elephant Orphanage, the National Museum of Kenya and Snake Park.

2 nights Nairobi

Day 3: Samburu National Park

Today drive north to Samburu National Park. Alternatively catch a small plane for a quick flight to the Park. Samburu is fascinating in that it is on the edge of two types of terrain – the dry semi desert of the Northern Frontier District and the lusher country around Mount Kenya. Because of this, it is home to some rare and different animals, such as Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk and Reticulated Giraffe. The Uaso Nyiro River runs through the Park supporting the wildlife and home to pods of hippo and good sized crocodiles.

2 nights Samburu

Day 5: Mount Kenya/Aberdare Mountains

Drive back to Mount Kenya or Aberdare Mountains for a different type of wildlife experience. Hopefully Mount Kenya will be clear making an excellent backdrop for your photos. The afternoon and evening will be spent checking the wildlife that comes out of the forest to drink and feed in the open area. After a good meal you can either continue watching the floodlit waterhole or retire to bed and ask the night watchman to give you a knock if something you particularly want to see (leopard, wild bush pig or elephant for example).

1 night Mount Kenya

 Day 6: Rift Valley

Today you will drive in to the Rift Valley with your destination being a lodge close to Lake Nakuru National Park or Lake Elementaita. The lakes here are famous for the number of greater and lesser flamingos feeding around their edge at different times of the year. Lake Nakuru has another 450 species of birds in the Park, this is a bird enthusiast’s dream. However there are plenty of mammal species to be found here, with good numbers of white rhino and the much more rare black rhino.

1 night Rift Valley

Day 7: Masai Mara

On to the world famous Masai Mara with its open plains and riverine woods. At the right time of the year, the plains are teeming with wildebeest and zebra as they migrate from one part of the Serengeti to the Mara and back again. If you are here for the migration, you will have the chance of watching the hectic and traumatic river crossing by the ungulates. You have a great chance of seeing the big cats here and also good numbers of elephant. Over 450 species of birds have been recorded here with almost 60 raptors included in this number. A wonderful way of seeing the wildlife here is to take an early morning balloon ride across the plains and finish the experience with a champagne breakfast when you land.

2 nights at Masai Mara

 Day 9: Amboseli

Amboseli is the second most popular Park in Kenya after the Masai Mara and is at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro making for the perfect backdrop for your animal photos. The rain and snow melt from the Mountain, and then permeate down to Amboseli into five swamps, two of which are now protected in the National Park. This water source is relied upon by the wild animals of the Park. All of the Big 5 are found here (although the number of rhino is much depleted due to poaching) as are good numbers of the plains animals.

Take morning and late afternoon game drives out over the plains through the Acacia forests and in to the swamps looking for those animals that are high on your wish list. Ensure you drive to the top of Observation Hill which gives you an excellent view of the Park. Take time to look at the bird life here which is prolific, colourful and in abundance. As the Park is within the Masai homeland, you will have the opportunity to visit them in their manyata and learn about their nomadic way of living.

2 nights Amboseli

Day 11: Tsavo West

Your trip today takes you in to Tsavo West National Park and you will be able to see wildlife along most of the journey. Tsavo East and West National Parks account for 4% of Kenya’s landmass and are not as busy as some of the other Parks in Kenya. However the amount and diversity of wildlife and birds (over 500 species have been recorded here) are second to none.

 Tsavo West is a mixture of plains, wooded grassland, mountains and riverine forests. There is also the spectacular volcanic mountain range of the Chyulu Hills which are well worth a visit. The Park is huge and your game drives will take you to these different areas. All of the Big 5 are represented here and the elephants are renowned for their red/brown colour. This is from their taking dust baths in the very red soil.

Drive to the top of Poacher’s Lookout for an all round viewpoint and ensure that you see the crystal clear water at Mzima Springs. Here you have the opportunity to go in to an underwater viewing chamber to see the tilapia fish and, if you are lucky, hippo walking along the bottom of the spring.

2 nights Tsavo West

Day 13: Beach

Now down to the Indian Ocean and time to relax on a silver sand beach in warm sea water. You can be as active or as lazy as you like here. For those wanting to see places, then Fort Jesus in Mombasa, the Gedi Ruins and Shimba Hills National Park are well worth considering. The water activities include snorkelling, diving, sailing and deep sea fishing.

4 nights Beach

Day 17: Depart Kenya

Today depart Kenya for the onward or homeward journey.

Kenya - Peter Ellis

Peter growing up in Kenya – Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Kenya - Giraffe

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Kenya - Cheetah

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Kenya - Leopard

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Little Gems

Watch a line of elephant trooping towards the swamp in Amboseli with cattle egrets flying over and Mount Kilimanjaro as the final back ground.

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