Government funding of NZ$8 million to maintain and enhance the Great Rides of New Zealand will help ensure the trails are delivering the best possible visitor experience, says Evan Freshwater, Manager Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail Inc. (NZCT).
The government announced criteria today for the NZ$8 million contestable fund over four years.
“This new funding will be used to maintain and improve safety and quality across this world-class network of 23 Great Rides,” says Mr Freshwater.
“For example, the fund will allow trail managers to realign sections of trail where the gradient may exceed what is desirable for their riders, improve the trail surface or build bridges or boardwalks. The funding can also be used to make repairs after storm damage.”
Mr Freshwater says the 23 Great Rides span the length of the country and range from gentle family rides along scenic coastal cycle trails to remote off-road trails that take visitors deep into the great outdoors.
He says the cycle trails have proved a catalyst for new businesses and are creating jobs and wealth in communities throughout the country.
“The Great Rides are encouraging visitors to travel more widely and do more while they are in New Zealand, which is aligned with Tourism 2025, the tourism industry’s new growth framework.
“Tourism New Zealand research shows that around 4% of international holiday visitors do some sort of cycling while they are in New Zealand and that on average, cycling visitors spend more than other international visitors.”
For more information:
Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail
DDI: +64 4 496 4899
Mobile: +64 27 587 3124
Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, invites you to revel in the season where electrifying cocktails, delectable cuisine and an extraordinary setting amplify the days & nights! Celebrate life, love and happiness with Discovery Festive Season events with Christmas tree and decorative lights while various dining venues are offering special festive menus for a memorable experience.
New Year’s will be an extra special celebration as SUPER VEGAS has been dubbed as the official theme party of this year, where vibrant scene is set up with an unparalleled line up that will electrify the night.
Savor the most wonderful time of the year at best beachfront location in Kuta. Your celebrations begin here!
CHRISTMAS EVE BUFFET DINNER
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
An international buffet filled with classic festive dishes, from roast carvings and fresh seafood to live cooking stations and certainly a wide range of delicious dessert
Of course we invited Santa himself to bring joy and lots of presents. Carol singers and live music will keep you entertained throughout the evening.
Rp. 375.000++/person, inclusive of welcome cocktails or mocktails
THE POND Restaurant
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Make your way to scenic view of Tepan Noodle Restaurant and join us for a veritable feast, showcasing signature dishes from around the world. From freshly baked Christmas breads, cakes & pies to extensive selections of International dishes and roast turkey will be on display. We also have live music and Carol Singer who will play Festive classics.
TEPAN NOODLE Restaurant
From 11AM – 3 PM
CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER (SET MENU)
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Bring the beauty of Christmas to your dining table on Christmas Day. Let yourself be pampered by the splendid creations of our culinary team who have created a sumptuous five course set menu for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
Rp. 425.000++/person, inclusive of Christmas Cocktails
LA CUCINA Restaurant
THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Ring in the New Year as Discovery Kartika Plaza bidding a fond farewell to 2014 and welcoming in 2015 with a Bang!
Adapting from Super Heroes & Vegas show, this year line up featuring entertainers that will visually astound you and keep you on your feet dancing until the early hours of the morning, this promises to be the an unforgettable celebrations ever.
Guests will enjoy all-you-can-eat exquisite buffet dinner with free flow of beer, house wine & soft drink while entertained by one of the many spectacular shows on stage.
BEACHFRONT AFICIONADO at TEPAN
Heat up the night at Tepan Deck before making your way to dinner. Or if you prefer cocktails to food, we’ve got you covered. And for those who aren’t ready for the night to end, make your way down to Tepan Deck where our Resident DJ puts all his personality into spinning just the right mix until the wee hour.
Open all day – 2AM
For enquiries or bookings, please contact our festive desk of GRO in the main lobby at extension 7788
www.discoverykartikaplaza.com or call +62 361 751067
DISCOVERY KIDS CLUB
The children will remember this Christmas forever with a range of festive activities featuring all of their favorite things:
X-Mas Tree Decorations
Gingerbread or Cupcakes Decorations
GO GLAM at My Salon by Discovery Spa
Want something completely different for the New Year, at My Salon we will find the look that suits and make the best of you to welcoming the special event.
24 & 25 December
Wash & Style inclusive of Polish Change ( Hands or Feet)
Rp. 250.000 net/person
Super Vegas Glam (Styling & Make-Up)
Rp. 500,000 net/person
Awaken your senses and treat yourself for some New Year day relaxation time. Receive special price on below treatments available from 31st Dec – 1st January
Kartika Signature Massage at Rp.400,000 net/person
Discovery Luxury Retreat at Rp. 2000,000 net/couple
For enquiries or bookings, please contact our festive desk or Discovery Spa in the main lobby at extension 7788
www.discoverykartikaplaza.com or call +62 361 751067
About the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
The Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel enjoys a private beachfront location in Kuta, north of the Ngurah Rai International Airport. With 318 modern rooms, suites and villas, guests can rest in comfort and experience Balinese hospitality with international service standards.
The hotel caters to leisure and business travellers alike with its 7 restaurants and bars, 9 function spaces, a spa, a fitness centre, a spacious sculptured pool, and a helipad. The hotel is adjacent to the Discovery Shopping Mall and a 10-minute walk to Central Kuta.
For more information, please visit www.discoverykartikaplaza.com
Quads, Kitesurfing And Catamarans – Heritage The Villas’ New Family, Camera, Action Holiday In MauritiusOctober 31, 2014 on 5:37 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Beachbooker, Mauritius, Sailing, Scuba Diving | Comments Off
Heritage The Villas, situated on the south coast of Mauritius, is introducing a new Family, Camera, Action Holiday, with the aim of bringing families together and encouraging them to get out into the wild outdoors. Recent research has shown that more than half of youngsters aged seven to 12 spend less than an hour a day outside and the “cotton wool generation” are experiencing an indoor existence. On holiday at Heritage The Villas, families are encouraged to enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities from quad biking in the estate’s own nature reserve, to kitesurfing at the on-site water sports school, all within a safe environment.
Set within a 2,500 hectare ex-sugar plantation estate, known as the Domaine de Bel Ombre, each two to four bedroom villa has been designed with families in mind. There is plentiful space for the kids to run around, large outdoor verandas, private swimming pool, cots and kids’ beds, plus every mod con a family could wish for.
The Family, Camera, Action Holiday costs from £4,289 per family (four sharing) for seven nights on a B&B basis, and includes:
Holiday planning service
Quad biking or Fauna and Flora Discovery Tour with family photo-shoot
Family golfing lesson
Kitesurfing lesson or catamaran boat trip
Preparing for the trip has been made easy for parents with the holiday planning service – a checklist sent via email, asking what each family member would like to do on their holiday. The concierge will then tailor-make a suggested itinerary, resulting in a holiday that runs smoothly and pleases all the family.
Families can enjoy the Domaine’s stunning Frederica Nature Reserve with aquad biking adventure or fauna and flora 4×4 discovery adventure, to explore the native fauna and flora, such as wild deer. Additionally, a photographer will capture the families’ time at the reserve, and a DVD memento will be created for them as a souvenir to take home.
The whole family can have some fun with a family golfing lesson on the 18-hole, par 72 championship course of the Heritage Golf Club. There is also a 9-hole pitch and putt par 3 course – ideal for beginners and children.
A kitesurfing lesson at the Kite Globing Kitesurf School is also an option in the package, so parents and kids (age 8+) can enjoy learning a new skill together. Other water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding and snorkelling are also available at no additional cost. Another option, and possibly one of the highlights of the holiday, is the catamaran boat trip to Benitiers Island, where guests will be able to spot and swim with wild dolphins.
Families can opt to eat out at any one of 12 different restaurants across the Domaine de Bel Ombre, where all tastes are catered for and each restaurant offers a varied children’s menu.
Families can also enjoy traditional fishing in the River Citronniers which runs through the resort, picnics in the gardens of Le Chateau de Bel Ombre – a 19th century colonial style mansion, as well as a variety of active pursuits such as SCUBA diving trips, tennis lessons, sports tournaments and mountain biking.
During their stay, all guests have unrestricted access to Heritage Resort’s extensive leisure facilities which include two hotels – Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali, two world-class spas, the C Beach Club, fitness centres and Le Chateau de Bel Ombre. The resort also offers a kids club (age 2-11) and teens club (age 12+) with a diversified programme of activities.
For more information on Heritage The Villas, please visit: www.heritageresorts.mu/en
To celebrate the announcement of the new British Airways route between London and Kuala Lumpur, launching in summer 2015, Tourism Malaysia has put together the top ten things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
The country’s capital city is a melting pot of cultures, made up of a number of different ethnic groups. With so many cultures in a single city, Kuala Lumpur is a gastronomical paradise and is busy with events and colourful festivals throughout the year.
British Airways has announced that it will be running a daily service out of London Heathrow Terminal 5 from 27 May 2015. The outbound BA033 flight will depart at 20.15, landing in Kuala Lumpur for 16.00 local time, with the returning BA034 leaving Kuala Lumpur at 23.05 local time and arriving into London Heathrow at 05.25 the next morning. The daily service will be operated by a four-cabin Boeing 777-200ER, featuring 12 seats in First, 48 in Club World, 32 in World Traveller Plus and 127 in World Traveller.
Below are the top ten sites to visit during a trip to Malaysia’s capital:
No trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a visit to these 1,483ft tall twin towers to take in the breath-taking views of the city. Half way up, visit the Skybridge, the world’s highest double-decked bridge at levels 41 and 42, before heading to the observation deck on the 86th floor at 360m high. The sun sets around 7pm year-round in Kuala Lumpur so be sure to time your visit well.
The Batu Caves, with its Hindu temple and shrines, is situated seven miles north of Kuala Lumpur and attracts thousands of visitors every day. The caves, which were discovered in 1892, are made of limestone and are a staggering 100m high. A huge statue of Lord Murugan, the Hindu God of War, greets you at the entrance to the site, beside the 272 steps to get to the caves. On your ascent, watch out for the macaque monkeys!
Kuala Lumpur’s biggest collection of roadside restaurants stretches along Jalan Alor, a unique food destination in the heart of the city. From around 5pm, the whole street transforms into an open-air restaurant, with hundreds of tables and chairs. Here, visitors can sample a huge variety of Malay Chinese dishes. Jalan Alor is one of the most famous roads in Kuala Lumpur for food with a loud and vibrant atmosphere throughout the night.
Merdeka Square, located in downtown Kuala Lumpur, was once at the heart of the British colonial presence in Malaysia. Situated on one corner of the square is the Selangor Club, inspired by Tudor England along with the cricket pitch site of the Royal Selangor Club. Also in the square is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, designed by Arthur C. Norman, who took his inspiration from the architecture of northern India. It was at this square in 1957, that the Malayan flag hoisted, signaling Malaysia’s independence as a nation. The 95m flagpole, one of the tallest in the world, marks the spot.
Petaling Street is the Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur, where visitors come to either dine on the famous street food or to bag a bargain on the stalls. Petaling Street is the shoppers’ paradise if you want to purchase clothes or souvenirs and haggling is a common sight here. One of the oldest parts of city, this is a great place to find restaurants and food stalls, serving local favourites.
Thean Hou Temple
This elaborate six-tiered Chinese temple, dedicated to the heavenly mother, Thean Hou, is one of the most ornate in Malaysia. Thean Hou’s statue can be found in the main hall, with Kuan Yin (the Buddhist goddess of mercy) and Shuiwei Shengniang (the goddess of the waterfront) on either side of her. The temple is located atop Robson Heights, overlooking Jalan Syed Putra.
This small district offers an injection of colour filled with the sounds and smells of India. The heart of Little India is the colourful shopping bazaar, Jalan Masjid India, and is the best place to find bright sarees and Bollywood-inspired Indian dresses. This area offers visitors a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Indian community in Malaysia.
Located on level 33 of Traders Hotel is the award-winning SkyBar. Complete with 26m swimming pool and beautiful glass and steel interiors, this bar offers fantastic views of the city and an extensive cocktail menu. This is a great place for those looking to unwind in style after a long day’s sightseeing.
KL Bird Park
Located in the scenic Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, the KL Bird Park is home to more than 3,000 birds of approximately 200 different species. The park is hailed as the largest walk-in, free-flight aviary in the world. Only a ten minute drive from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, the park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Menara KL Tower
Along with the Petronas Towers, Menara KL Tower is Malaysia’s most recognisable landmark. The tallest building in the capital, the tower often known as the KL Tower stands at 421m tall, built on the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve which has been kept intact to ensure a balance in development.
For more information about Malaysia, please visit: http://www.tourism.gov.my/en/uk
Travel Indochina introduces special offers on Cambodia journeys to coincide with airing of BBC’s “Jungle Atlantis”
To celebrate the airing of BBC2 programme “Jungle Atlantis: Angkor Wat’s Hidden Megacity” last night at 8.00pm, leading Asia specialist, Travel Indochina, is offering its clients amazing discounts on a selection of its Cambodia Small Group Journeys for bookings made before the 31st October 2014. As experts in the region, Travel Indochina provides its customers with unique insider experiences of the Angkor area and avoids the crowds often associated with this popular tourist attraction. What’s more, the operator’s passionate local guides have extensive knowledge of Angkor history and travellers are given plenty of time to explore the temples at their own pace.
Travel Indochina’s customers can make enticing savings of up to £350 per couple on the operator’s 11 day “Cambodia Revealed” Small Group Journey, taking in the wonders of Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Kampot, Kep, Takeo, Kampong Thom and Tonle Sap Lake before closing the trip at the temples of Angkor and Siem Reap. Travelling in small groups with a maximum size of 16 like-minded people, guests will explore one of Asia’s greatest kingdoms, experiencing 600 years of Khmer civilisation with an entire day dedicated to the most magnificent of Angkor’s temples.
Unlike other operators, Travel Indochina accesses the mesmerising Angkor Wat away from the crowds with the Asia specialist’s expert local tour guide leading the group through the rare eastern entrance of Angkor Wat to watch the sunrise. From there guests will creep down a jungle path lit by torchlight and past the longest stretch of bas-relief carvings in the world to soak up the atmosphere of dawn at Angkor from the edge of one of the ancient library pools. Other highlights include a home-stay with a local family in Takeo and a trip to a rural village specialising in the production of Palm Sugar. Prices start from just £1,590 per person departing 11th November 2014*.
On the 15 day Vietnam & Temples of Angkor tour, travellers will receive an extra two free nights in Siem Reap, gateway to the temples of Angkor, plus a saving of £120 per couple. This Small Group Journey takes guests from Hanoi to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise, then on to Hue, Hoi An, Saigon, the Mekong Delta, Saigon, Phnom Penh and culminates with the opportunity to explore Angkor. Other highlights include a visit to the eerie stone heads at the west gate of the walled city of Angkor Thom, a walk along the terraces of the Elephants and Leper King and a chance to marvel at the intricately-carved and well-preserved Banteay Srei Temple for a true insight into Cambodian culture. Prices start from just £2,755 per person departing 22nd May 2015**.
Other offers include 5% off the 7 day ‘Highlights of Cambodia’ and ‘Cambodia Revealed’ departures between October and December 2014, and early bird offers for Cambodia Small Group Journey departures between March and December 2015. Bookings should be made by 31st October 2014.
For more information or to make a booking visit www.travelindochina.co.uk or call 01865 268 940
*Price includes return flights from London Heathrow, 9 nights’ hotel accommodation, 1 night’s home stay accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 1 dinner, local English-speaking guides, Western tour leader (based on a minimum of 7 travellers) entrance fees, sightseeing and transfers.
**Price includes return flights from London Gatwick, 15 nights’ hotel accommodation, 1 night’s cruise accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 lunches & 1 dinner, 4 internal flights within Asia, local English speaking guides, Western tour leader (based on a minimum of 7 travellers) entrance fees, sightseeing and transfers.
This is a 7 day trek in the Lamjung Himal, one of the most spectacular sections of the Himalayas that is right next to the Annapurnas but so far remains completely off the beaten track. We have developed this route as an alternative to trekking in the Annapurnas which, whilst fabulous, is very busy, with jeeps now able to drive around the Annapurna Circuit. By contrast this trek takes you through an incredible landscape of rhododendron forest, terraced fields and dramatic waterfalls to Baraha Pokhari (lake) yet with pretty much no other trekkers. There are stunning views over the Manaslu Range, Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain) and the Annapurnas.
As this is completely off the beaten track, there are no tea houses in the area so you need to camp every night in a series of increasingly lovely locations, peaking with the campsite by Baraha Lake. A picture is attached to give you an idea of the view from the lake.
The maximum altitude is 3,100m (although there is the option to climb to a viewpoint at 3,400m) so altitude sickness is unlikely to be an issue, making this an ideal trek for beginners or families.
A 9 day trip to Nepal, including this 7 day trek, costs £750 per person (minimum 2 people) excluding international flights (from £650). This includes all accommodation, food whilst on the trek, mountain guide, porters and local transport.
For more details contact Liddy on 07825 667 083 or call the office on 01728 752 751.
Stubborn Mule Travel specialise in arranging tailor-made tours for families to Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Having travelled extensively with children ourselves, we use that experience and knowledge to create unique itineraries that are tailored to the specific ages and interests of each family. To keep the kids engaged we arrange travel not only by bus but also by tuk tuk, train, boat, canoe, elephant, donkey, bamboo raft or camel; we use hotels with pools wherever possible so that there is somewhere to cool off after a day exploring; we include activities that fire the imagination such as cycling around a lake in Burma, climbing to a remote cave in Cambodia to watch the sunset, tracking lions on safari in Tanzania and riding a bullock cart around a village in Sri Lanka. For more details see www.stubbornmuletravel.com
Backyard Travel have today released news of a new tour that gets beneath the surface of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s dynamic city, also known as Saigon.
Backyard Travel specialize in tours to Asia, full of unique experiences, and on this four-day, three-night tour travellers will enjoy visits to local markets and parks, dine in some of the city’s best restaurants, and have the opportunity to meet writers and artists; discovering the history and culture of Vietnam’s largest metropolis.
The insider’s tour starts with a meeting with a local writer who will guide travellers through parts of the city which are off the regular tourist path, providing a fascinating insight into Saigon’s history. Then the first evening will be spent zipping around the streets on the back of a vintage Vespa scooter, before travellers have the opportunity to dine and dance the night away with the locals.
Led by local specialists, this tour also lets travellers discover Vietnam’s vibrant art scene, with visits to different exhibitions and museums, and a guided tour through an ‘artist’s village’ where the houses are used as studios by local artists.
The fascinating tour will also take travellers to the green spaces of Saigon, with the chance to observe the wonderful spectacle of seeing locals practising the graceful movements of Tai Chi and other early morning activities in ‘Tao Dan Park’, and then experiencing a slice of rural Vietnamese life with a bicycle ride around ‘Thanh Da Island’, which despite its proximity to the center has an abundance of lush vegetation.
Rounding off the insider tour, travelers will learn the techniques required to prepare a range of delicious Vietnamese dishes, before then sampling the gastronomical delights they have just prepared.
“This new tour gives a real insider’s perspective on Saigon and is perfect for anyone looking to see a different side of the city,” said Backyard Travel’s General Manager Maeve Nolan. “Across the four days travelers will not only have the chance to learn about the fascinating history and culture in the city, but also experience some popular local spots, that won’t be mentioned in every guidebook.”
This insider’s tour is priced from $859 per person, which is based on two people travelling, sharing a double/twin room, including daily breakfast three dinners and one lunch. All excursions are private and fully guided, tours and transfers are by private air-conditioned vehicle (unless stated) and all entrance fees mentioned in the visits are included.
About Backyard Travel
Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor-made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan and China.
For more information about Backyard Travel visit the website: www.backyardtravel.com or social media:
Why not take a leaf out of George Clooney’s book and treat your own beloved to an exclusive ‘private island’ retreat luxury honeymoon. The wholly uninhabited island paradise of Azura Quilalea in Mozambique is surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago marine sanctuary, a hidden gem, where a couple (celebrity or not) can completely retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Relax ‘Robinson Crusoe’ style without sacrificing comfort. The 9 villas are built from natural materials and feature indoor/outdoor showers, private decks stretching out to the beach, daybeds and sun-loungers for relaxing on and full private butler service.
On Quilalea you can do as much or as little as you like. Spend the day soaking up the sun by the pool or on the pristine white beaches, bathe beneath the baobabs, or choose from one of the many included adventure activities. Scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, island exploration, historical tours, sailing trips on traditional Mozambican dhows and bird watching are all available on the island. Alternatively you need not leave the secluded luxury of your very private villa…
With 4 beaches on the island you’re sure to find a secluded spot for a private picnic lunch
Languish in the cliff-top African Spa
Indulge your sense of adventure with activities such as kayaking, snorkelling right off the beach and fishing
Embark on a romantic sunset cruise on a traditional dhow sailing boat
Go island hopping around the archipelago, and discover remote beaches to picnic on
To enhance the romantic scene dining is completely flexible, with the Mozambican butler-hosts delighting in a range of special set-ups, from picnics on deserted beaches to a candle-lit lobster feast on the beach with your feet in the sand.
AZURA QUILALEA HONEYMOON SPECIAL
Brides receive a 40% discount off rack rates for stays of 5 nights or more.
The cost for a 7 night all inclusive honeymoon itinerary at Azura Quilalea is £4,280 per person. A saving of £1,350 per honeymoon couple. As arranged by The Turquoise Holiday Company, www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk, Tel: 0207 147 7087
7 night @ Azura Quilalea in a Kaskazi sea view villa
All flight, boat, helicopter and road transfers
International flights with South Africa Airways via Joburg
All meals & drinks (except premium spirits) Mozambican Butler/Host service
All activities (except specialist activities)
Honeymoon Offer Special Treats: bottle of chilled sparkling wine in villa on arrival, private dinner on the last night of their stay, special honeymoon turndown on one evening, souvenir photo disk & room upgrade on arrival if available (one room level upwards only). Please note that proof of recent marriage is required. This is in addition to all the normal inclusions:
BUSH & BEACH EXTENSION: MOZAMBIQUE AND TANZANIA
Guests can now combine bush and beach by staying at two Azura properties. Enjoy a bush experience to remember with a tailor made safari stay at Azura Selous, and then relax on a private uninhabited Island with snorkelling and diving right off the beach at Azura Quilalea. Flight access between the two is offered by Coastal Aviation, using their flight from Dar es Salaam to Quirimba Island.
AZURA SELOUS & AZURA QUILALEA COMBO SPECIAL 2015
11 night itinerary. Prices start from £5,795.00 per person. A massive saving of £2,600 per couple. As arranged by The Turquoise Holiday Company, www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk, Tel: 0207 147 7087
4 nights @ Azura Selous in a tented villa
7 night @ Azura Quilalea in a Kaskazi sea view villa
All flight, boat and road transfers
International flights with Kenya Airways (via Nairobi)
All meals & drinks (except premium spirits)
All activities (except specialist activities)
Special offer highlights
Three free nights. ONE at Azura Selous and TWO at Azura Quilalea
1 complimentary domestic flight for the bride
Various Honeymoon special treats
Brisbane, Australia October 29, 2014 -Australia is nearly as big as the continental United States and home to extraordinary wildlife, remote beaches and remarkable landscapes found nowhere else in the world. No one knows this wilder side of the land down under like Australian-based Epic Private Journeys, who call the vast Australian continent home.
The team from Epic Private Journeys has explored the far-flung regions and hidden corners of this amazing country and brings travelers to areas such as Tropical North Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Kimberley Region.
Tropical North Queensland
An adventure with Epic Private Journeys in North Queensland can begin with a low-level helicopter flight along the reef-fringed coastline of the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest. Landing on a sand cay in the middle of the ocean for a picnic lunch and snorkel offers unforgettable memories. It will likely include a walk through ancient aboriginal rock art sites in Quinkan Country with a local tribal elder.
The highlight may well be exploring Daintree, with its populations of marsupials, birds and reptiles in one of the most diverse eco environments in the world. Accommodations in The Botanical Ark Retreat, owned by Alan and Suzi Carle, who have collected more than 3,000 species of tropical plants, one of the world’s greatest private collections of ethnobotanical plants.
The adventure can begin with a sunrise airboat ride on the Mary River floodplains to see wild buffalo and tens of thousands of Magpie geese taking to the air, silhouetted against the rising sun. At sunset, it’s a 4WD wildlife safari to the mouth of the Mary River, renowned for having the highest density of estuarine crocodiles on the planet. Epic’s good friend in the Northern Territory is Sab Lord, who was raised among aboriginal peoples in the area known as the Top End. He has access to some of the otherwise restricted homeland areas for exploring and can bring guests to Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, home to spectacular rock art that’s around 40,000 years old. Accommodations with Sab can include sleeping under stars or staying at the new Cicada Lodge, a luxury property owned by the indigenous Jawoyn people.
This northern adventure begins with a flight into Broome or Kununurra and onward to the Kimberley Region, one of the most remote and wild regions on the planet. Epic suggests a scenic flight along the coast to Cape Leveque flying over hundreds of islands in the Buccaneer Archipelago with a good chance of spotting migrating humpback whales. The adventure continues with a helicopter to Cockburn Range for a hike through wilderness gorge country and a night tenting on the escarpment. Then it’s off to explore Purnululu National Park, home to the tiger striped domes of the Bungle Bungles. Stay at El Questro Wilderness Park in the luxury of El Questro Homestead.
About Epic Private Journeys
For more than a decade, Epic Private Journeys has been hand-crafting trips for discerning travelers to Africa, Australia, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, North & South America and Papua New Guinea. Operating ground offices in the U.S., Australia, South Africa and Tanzania, Epic works with an enviable network of the best operators in each destination. At Epic Private Journeys, nothing is left to chance in pursuit of the rare experience. Visit www.EpicPrivateJourneys.com
flyafrica.com Announces Daily Flights Between Harare – Johannesburg, With Fares 80% Lower Than CompetitorsOctober 31, 2014 on 10:22 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Airlines, South Africa, Zimbabwe | Comments Off
www.flyafrica.com, Africa’s low fare airline, today announced the expansion of its low-fare business model to include daily flights between Harare and Johannesburg. Flights will commence from 1 November with sales having recently opened. flyafrica.com’s commitment to low fares, introduced with its Victoria Falls service, continues with fares from R399 on its new Harare – Johannesburg route.
“Our announcement is another milestone both for our airline and for developing business in Africa,” says Adrian Hamilton-Manns, Group CEO of flyafrica.com. “Business and leisure travellers have being paying too much for far too long to travel between Harare and Johannesburg. Our minimum fare of R399, compared to our competitors’ minimum fare of R1,660, shows flyafrica.com’s commitment to bringing low fares to Africa.
“Our daily flight between Harare and Johannesburg marks our first entry into a traditional business route, and we are confident that companies will welcome the opportunity to reduce their travel cost by 80%. With such low fares and no fuel surcharges, it’s not only the business traveller who benefits. Many leisure travellers want to travel between these two major African cities and until now that has not been possible due to high fares. We are proud to announce that as of today it is possible.”
This route is the airline’s second into the country, after it introduced flights between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg a month ago.
“From the moment we launched, we have been overwhelmed with the support and enthusiasm for our entrance into the market,” continues Hamilton-Manns. “When we launched we promised to introduce low-fares to many African destinations, and we are very excited to be delivering on our promise. We are very happy that the travelling public has embraced our low fare revolution. We are committed to reducing the cost of flying in Africa and we will continue to fight unjust surcharges designed to exploit passengers.”
The airline’s website www.flyafrica.com have already started selling tickets sales for Harare-Johannesburg. flyafrica.com’s fares start at R399 and are available year-round.
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