Come As A Stranger And Leave As A Friend – Barrydale Karoo Hotel

April 18, 2014 on 10:52 am | In Africa, Cabinweb, South Africa | Comments Off



Located in the heart of one of the Klein Karoo’s most charming dorpies, just 2 1⁄2 hours from Cape Town,South Africa, on the scenic R62 route, the Barrydale Karoo Hotel is a rare find.

Come to explore the picturesque village or surrounding mountains, unwind in the nearby natural hot springs,sample the region’s wines in front of a crackling fire, relax around the large pool… Get down at one of the regular live music events, or simply join the locals and plunder the well-stocked bar.

A country experience with a twist that includes interesting artwork and colourful décor. It’s typically intimate, with just fifteen uniquely-styled rooms available. You could spend your entire stay relaxing in the hotel’s many nooks and crannies, by the large pool or a crackling fire.

If privacy and tranquillity are what you’re looking for, the hotel becomes your very own retreat: restore your body and soul at the Warmwaterberg hot springs, walk the labyrinth for a spiritual experience, or just relax with a glass of wine and plate of Karoo food and watch the day go by.

If food and wine are your passion, the hotel offers its guests a hearty Karoo breakfast included in the rate. Come lunchtime you can choose to dine under the trees by the pool, the pub, the restaurant, or experience some of the local cuisine in the hotel restaurant. The real culinary delight comes in the form of dinner, with an accomplished executive chef and offering a menu that includes fresh organic salads to traditional Karoo delights (the Karoo lamb curry is not to be missed!). The hotel stocks all the wines from the Klein Karoo wine estates.

Come as a stranger; leave as a friend. Because the Cape’s funkiest country hotel still offers that most vital ingredient: warm, old-fashioned Karoo hospitality.

Visit the website: www.barrydalekaroohotel.co.za


Wilderness Collection’s Segera Retreat Offers the Ultimate Wellness Escape in the Heart of Laikipia, Kenya‏

April 18, 2014 on 10:42 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, Kenya | Comments Off



Situated in Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau on 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of protected land serving as a vital migratory corridor for species like elephant, Wilderness Collection’s Segera Retreat offers the ultimate health and wellness retreat for guests committed to the conservation of nature, as well as to the conservation of self – mind, body and spirit.

Segera is a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to a sustainable lifestyle focused around Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce (the 4Cs). It is located at the foot of Mount Kenya, offering an inspirational backdrop for a journey that exudes the very essence of Africa: freedom, spectacular vastness, untamed fauna and fascinating encounters with ethnic traditions and African art.

“Before our guests even begin to explore the incredible Laikipia area and its offerings, they are drawn into our culture of wellness that extends to the soil, the environment and the communities that surround us. Our cuisine focuses on optimum nutrition; all our bath products are made from natural materials; and our Wellness Centre offers a variety of luxurious holistic treatments and therapies – it truly is a wonderful retreat to relax and reconnect, whilst still making a positive contribution to conservation and communities”, says GM Jens Kozany.

A range of treatments and massages can be enjoyed in the privacy of guests’ villas or at the spa, which also boasts a Rasul Chamber, a salt-water swimming pool and a-state-of-the-art gymnasium. An array of scrubs (made from soil, salt and local spices), full body therapies and massage treatments help guests unwind in luxury and comfort amidst the peace and beauty of Segera’s surroundings.

A Kenyan spa expert with international experience manages the exclusive offering at Segera, ensuring that all oils are blended with herbs from the garden and that body wraps and detox treatments use locally grown ingredients. Various spa packages are available and can be combined with a range of activities, including yoga, Pilates, meditation and walks.

“We also ensure that our culinary offering includes a lot of raw food and herbal teas to guarantee a holistic wellness experience”, added Jens. “Incorporating local traditions and ceremonies into the treatments on offer is extremely popular with our guests with one of the favourites being our rock bath experience with lavender, sage and camel milk.”

Click here for more information on Segera’s wellness offering.

For further information on Segera Retreat and the Wilderness Collection or to make a reservation at Segera Retreat, please visit www.wilderness-collection.com or call + 27 11 807 1800.

www.wilderness-collection.com

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Summer Camps Made Affordable for 10 – 19 Year Olds

April 17, 2014 on 12:21 pm | In Cabinweb, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



YHA (England and Wales) has made its summer camp experience, for young people aged 10 – 19, more affordable and accessible than ever before. Low income families can qualify for up to 50% off the cost of a week-long summer camp. There’s also a pay monthly option and reduction for siblings and friends – solving the perennial problem of how to entertain the kids during the six weeks’ holiday.

As well as offering three deaf-friendly camps, in partnership with NDCS, YHA has frozen the prices on its 2014 Summer Camps programme, increased funding for children from low income families, discounted bookings on two or more places and introduced a pay monthly option.

YHA is offering 50% funding to young people in receipt of free school meals. It is also providing a 20% friends and siblings’ discount on camp prices, which start from £335 for the residential five night, four day activity breaks.

The range of funding and discounts will enable more young people to have an amazing experience this summer, get outside and enjoy the fresh air, learn new skills and develop friendships outside their immediate circle.

There are six different camps to choose from this year – Go Extreme, Equine Adventure, Performing Arts, Action Adventure, Watersports Plus and Future Leader – which are being held at five Youth Hostel locations in England during July and August.

YHA Summer Camps are being run from 20th July until the 24th August at five Youth Hostels. Locations include YHA Lee Valley in North London, YHA St Briavels Castle in Gloucestershire, YHA Edale and YHA Ravenstor in Derbyshire and YHA Coalbrookdale in Shropshire.

Caroline White, YHA (England and Wales) Chief Executive, explained: “Our summer camps are not only fun and a great opportunity to learn new skills and make friends, but they offer young people the chance to take back their “wild time”, swap screen time and get outdoors. YHA is committed to helping young people face new challenges while being looked after in a safe, fun and challenging environment. Without fail young people grow in confidence at our Summer Camps.”

Since 2003 more than 60,000 young people have experienced YHA’s popular Summer Camps. This year YHA is hoping to reach even more young people following its partnership with NDCS, with places available for NDCS members on the Summer Camps taking place at YHA Edale.

For further information about the camps or bursary funding, visit www.yhasummercamps.co.uk   or call 01629 592 530.


King Zwelithini Opens Bird Aviary

April 17, 2014 on 9:04 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, South Africa | Comments Off



Flocking together in the heart of Zululand recently to witness the official opening of Gooderson Leisure’s DumaZulu Game Lodge and Cultural Village exotic new bird aviary, a 3 000 square metre wonder world which includes an elevated walk way, waterfall features, seated areas amongst local fauna and flora.

This is now the home to a wonderful collection of winged friends, including split white California quails, black swans, cape teal, stone partridges, silver pheasants, eared doves, diamond doves, cut throats, superb starlings, red factor canaries, jawa sparrows, pied jawa sparrows, ribbon finches, Von Decon hornbills, brown Bahama pin tails, blue winged kookaburra and many more.

This fascinating and beautiful aviary will provide a beautiful and entertaining treat for all that visit, The DumaZulu Cultural Village is an absolute must-see and learn everything there is to know about these exciting creatures.


Helpful Holidays Extend Green Cottages Scheme To 20 Properties

April 17, 2014 on 8:59 am | In Beachbooker, Cabinweb, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



West Country self-catering specialist, Helpful Holidays, has extended its green cottages scheme to 20 environmentally friendly properties in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Cottages qualifying for the initiative, which aims to encourage home owners to think sustainably, are featured in a new brochure and carry a green tree symbol.

Each cottage is assessed by Helpful Holidays against 69 aspects which help them make a lesser impact on the environment. Particular regard is given to energy, pollution and water as well as the environmental effect on local wildlife and landscapes.

In addition the agency looks at whether the cottage owners have provided information on public transport, bike hire, walking routes and farmers’ markets as well as suggestions for car-free days out and will provide practical advice to holiday home owners to improve their sustainability.

Among the holiday homes recently qualifying for the Green Cottage scheme is Puddaven (ref A205), which sleeps four. Around 2.5 miles from North Bovey in Dartmoor National Park, it has been beautifully converted from a barn on three levels with beams, natural colours and good fabrics. A free standing bath in the window recess of the ground floor bedroom has long views to Easdon Tor, while the second ensuite bedroom is under the eaves on the top floor. A camp fire is available between July and October when guests can sleep out under the stars; there’s also 32 acres of farmland to explore. Prices start from £343 (£86 per person) for a week’s stay; pets welcome.

Other places on Dartmoor include Three Hares Barn (ref A84), an upside down, beamed cottage for four on a farmstead near Chagford with ponies, rare breed sheep and hens at prices from £324 per week (£81 per person) and Marden (ref A9), two miles down the pretty Teign Valley from Dunsford. Sleeping five, this granite cottage is surrounded by 50 acres of mixed woodland and pasture with a two acre lake, where mallard and kingfishers can sometimes by seen – great for anyone with a passion for wildlife. Prices start from £279 per week (£56 per person); pets welcome.

At Ringmore in Devon’s South Hams, Ayrmer Path (ref L79) is a large detached period house for eight with stunning, uninterrupted views to the sea. A footpath leads down 600yds to the little shingle/sand beach and South West Coast Path, an unspoilt haven for rare birds and dragonflies. Prices start from £805 per week (£101 per person), pets welcome

For a family group or friends taking a break together Avocet (ref L153) is a huge, contemporary house for 12 at Bigbury-on-Sea just 200 yards up from the magnificent sandy beach; facing south, it has sensational panoramic views over the bay to Burgh Island and beyond. Every thought has gone into making this brand new seaside home stylish and superbly comfortable, while the latest green technology makes it possible to leave the smallest of footprints on the environment. Interiors are light, spacious and bright with good fabrics, relaxing colour schemes and oak or tiled floors throughout. On the seaward side there is a big, enclosed, lawned garden with a paved suntrap patio and six-personhot tub, all ideally positioned to while away lazy days or balmy evenings enjoying the captivating coastal views and fabulous sunsets. A week’s stay starts from £1,670 (£139 per person).

Further west at Edmonton in North Cornwall is Figtree Cottage (ref P44), which sleeps four. Converted from a barn, the upside down eco-friendly cottage is tucked away along a no through road with lovely long views, yet its just 500 yards from the village pub and Camel Trail. A week’s stay is from £370 per week (£93 per person); pets welcome.

For a copy of Helpful Holidays Green Cottages guide and their main brochure call 01647 434063 or visit www.helpfulholidays.com. Their full portfolio currently includes nearly 700 special places to stay sleeping 2 – 48 guests throughout Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

Helpful Holidays is a recommended provider by Which? Travel, having come top in their members’ survey for 2012 and 2013, and won The Sunday Times 2013 travel editor’s choice award. In addition it won the 2013 British Travel Award in the Best Cottage/Self Catering Booking Company with between 600 and 2,000 rental units (UK properties)


Weddings At Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales

April 17, 2014 on 8:53 am | In Adventure Travel, Cabinweb, United Kingdom, Weddings Honeymoons | Comments Off



Say ‘I do’ in the romantic and scenic Yorkshire countryside

Natural Retreats is delighted to announce that they are now offering weddings at their beautiful Yorkshire Dales location, a truly picturesque setting boasting endless views of rolling hills and acres of unspoiled countryside. The area is idyllic, perfect for a romantic and memorable wedding. With a variety of packages available to suit every bride and groom, Natural Retreats weddings at the Yorkshire Dales are tailored to meet couples’ every whim.

Offering a unique venue at The Sanctuary, versatile outdoor space, awe-inspiring views across Swaledale and a rustic ambience, Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales is the ideal spot for a charming English countryside wedding. With a personal wedding planner on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly, couples barely have to lift a finger. From pre-wedding spa treatments to fresh flower arrangements on the big day, all aspects can be taken care of, ensuring that the bride and groom are completely relaxed to say ‘I do’.

The Sanctuary

Stylish and spacious, The Sanctuary is the perfect venue for both the ceremony and the reception. Bathed in natural light with an expanse of glass, The Sanctuary boasts incredible views and creates a wonderfully romantic atmosphere. Whether the bride and groom want a sit-down breakfast reception for up to 100 people or a lavish evening event hosting up to 200 guests, The Sanctuary provides the perfect setting. There are three rooms of varying size to choose from, or couples can hire the whole space for larger weddings. Indeed, for the grandest affairs, add a marquee or quirky tepee-style tent on the adjacent land, adding even more space for revellers to celebrate and dance the night away. On the other end of the spectrum, those looking for a small and intimate ceremony can enjoy the beautiful Aislabeck room; a beautifully presented and delightful suite perfect for a more private affair.

*Rental prices of The Sanctuary for ceremony and reception start from £2,500

Wining & Dining

Natural Retreats offers a mouth-watering selection of dishes to suit every taste and every budget. Carefully selected caterers ensure that guests receive only the very best in food and service. Upon arrival, guests receive welcome drinks, with a delicious selection of canapés, from succulent tiger prawns to tasty quail’s eggs, as an optional extra. There are a variety of menu options available; the Silver Wining & Dining Package offers delicious delights such as honey roast duck breast, tenderloin of pork and profiteroles, while the Platinum Wining & Dining Package provides pure indulgence, with treats such as caramelised red onion and goat’s cheese tart and fillet of English beef with béarnaise sauce. With delicious wine throughout the meal and crisp champagne for the toasts, attendees will feel well and truly spoilt. Traditional English touches such as cans of Pimm’s and miniature Yorkshire puddings add a real sense of quirky British character to the proceedings.

*The Silver Wining & Dining Package costs £68pp, The Gold Wining & Dining Package costs £75pp, and The Platinum Wining & Dining Package costs £87pp

Accommodation

After experiencing this unique location and truly impeccable service at Natural Retreats, guests will never want to leave; and they don’t have to. With 18 beautiful 3-bed lodges on site having recently undergone impressive refurbishment, the award-winning lodges boast floor to ceiling windows and open-plan living, reinforcing the rural location and emphasising the endless stretches of beautiful countryside in all directions. Featuring state of the art commodities, stylish interiors and eco-friendly timber frames, these stylish lodges seamlessly combine sustainable living with luxury accommodation. Wood burning stoves make the properties delightfully cosy on those chillier evenings, creating a wonderful setting, while welcome hampers full of fabulous treats are sure to be an added bonus on top of the celebrations.

*Lodges are available for hire at the price of £360 per lodge for a 2 night stay when the entire site is hired.

*Lodges are available for hire at the price of £395 per lodge for a 2 night stay when smaller groups of 6 lodges are hired.

Pre-Wedding Celebrations

Whether it’s a hen-night, stag-do or simply an excuse to prolong the celebrations, guests can enjoy an extra 2 nights at the Yorkshire Dales properties and take part in a variety of exciting excursions. From a pampering spa session in the comfort of your private lodge, to an exhilarating day out paintballing, all interests are catered for. The wedding party can also enjoy their pre-wedding celebrations in Natural Retreats’ other fantastic properties. How about a weekend surfing and horse riding in picturesque Cornwall or whiskey tasting and embarking on a sea safari in John O’Groats? Whatever guests are after, Natural Retreats offers the very best outdoorsy activities for pre-wedding trips.

*Pre-wedding trips to the Yorkshire Dales start from £150pp, trips to John O’Groats start from £125pp, trips to Llyn Peninsula start from £140pp, and trips to Cornwall start from £155pp

For more information visit http://www.naturalretreats.com/uk/weddings-yorkshire-dales/ or to book a consultation call +44 (0)844 384 3166 or email info@naturalretreats.com.

Notes to Editor – About Natural Retreats

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain’s quote is as relevant today as it’s always been and reflects the sense of freedom and adventure we like our guests to experience on a Natural Retreats escape.

At Natural Retreats we pride ourselves on being a unique leisure and travel company offering extraordinary experiences at a selection of stunning coastal, countryside and wilderness locations around the world. We all work and live by the principles that underpin the company forever on a quest to help or guests and customers explore, dream and discover.

We are your guides to life’s most amazing experiences and guardians of quality time understanding how important your leisure time is to collect moments to form memories that will last a lifetime.

Natural Retreats truly believes in sustainability, the communities and landscapes within which we develop are the real amenities. We have a real passion for these rural communities; after all, this is where its founder, Matthew Spence, came from having developed the first location in the Yorkshire Dales on his family farm back in 2006.

Now, Natural Retreats operates 18 destinations across Europe and the USA, each offering extraordinary experiences, activities and accommodation. Highlights include John O’Groats, North Highlands, Scotland, Trewhiddle, South Cornwall, England, Tsaina Lodge in Alaska and South Fork Lodge, Idaho, USA.


Eco-tourism Helps To Reverse Rural Exodus In South Africa

April 16, 2014 on 9:08 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, South Africa | Comments Off



More than 1.5-million foreign tourists are drawn to South Africa every year for its Big 5 wildlife experiences and scenic beauty. What they often don’t know is that their dollars and Euros spent in the country’s many game reserves are contributing to the upliftment and development of impoverished rural communities.

Apart from the employment that game reserves themselves create, they’re also developing small local farmers and supporting suppliers of seasonal, local produce for the dinner table. In the process, they’re not only ensuring an all-round authentic experience for tourists, but also securing the economic sustainability of rural communities.

Rural flight has become a common phenomenon in developing countries, with people attempting to escape poverty by moving to cities where they believe employment opportunities will be better. The influx of rural migrants to cities tends to have the opposite effect, however – increased urban sprawl, housing shortages, pressure on urban infrastructure and services, and rising unemployment.

Poverty and its accompanying social problems affect both the rural communities, where the economically unproductive youth and elderly are left behind, and the cities where the rural migrants take on unskilled, low-paying jobs as they lack the education and skills to secure decent work.

South Africa’s booming eco-tourism industry is helping to reverse this trend and injecting new life into rural areas. Improved infrastructure and sustainable employment are key spin-offs of investment in tourism and environmental conservation.

Game reserves in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, many of them converted from commercial farming operations, have impacted positively on both environmental conservation and socio-economic development, according to research commissioned by Indalo, the association of private nature reserves in the province, which aims to promote biodiversity conservation in a socially responsible manner.

The researchers from the Centre for African Conservation Ecology at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University showed that the game reserves create 4.5 times more jobs than farming, and most of these are better paying, skilled jobs.

The economic impact goes even further, says Vernon Wait, a co-owner of Lalibela Game Reserve, a Big 5 reserve in the Eastern Cape “Where we could be ringing up the big established produce suppliers in the city, we’ve instead made the choice to source as much as possible within a 15km radius of Lalibela,” he said.

The benefits of helping small local farmers to supply the reserve’s needs are many – increased local economic activity and employment, as well as a reduced carbon footprint for the food served on Lalibela’s legendary hearty buffet tables and local, seasonal produce adding to the authenticity of the guests’ experience.

“It’s harder work to build up a supply chain of small, local and organic suppliers, but we realise the benefits in terms of community upliftment, and our guests understand and appreciate what we are doing,” Wait said.

Lalibela Game Reserve lives up to its promise on local sourcing –organically-grown olives and olive oil are supplied by Springvale Olive Estate in the district, free-range eggs, chicken and venison from neighbouring farms, and vegetables from informal farmers who are being mentored by the Lalibela team to produce not only for the reserve’s needs but to become small commercial farmers supplying a range of local customers. And guests really appreciate being told about the efforts taken by Lalibela to source locally:

“Those tomatoes might not look perfectly round like those in the supermarkets at home, but they taste like real tomatoes,” said Londoner Marjory Black.

American visitor Mitch Davitz comments: “At home in New York we can eat anything 12 months of the year – strawberries in winter if you like – but here you know what you’re being served is home-grown, local and truly seasonal. Who needs quail eggs flown in from Europe when you can be having free-range eggs from the farm next door?

“The fact that you’re supporting local farmers in the process, adds tremendously to the value of the overall experience.”

Lalibela employs about 100 people, most of them from local families who’ve lived in the area for generations and with employment on the reserve as well as business opportunities through local sourcing, having become double-income families with more stable and reliable income.

While an up-close-and-personal wildlife experience will always top the list of reasons for visiting a Big 5 reserve like Lalibela, the experience is about more than the animals. Wait says tourists value the interaction with local people with close ties to the land over generations.

“We just loved being able to hear all the local history, legends and stories of colourful characters from people who have grown up and lived on this land their whole lives,” said Dutch guest Anna de Wolff.

“We’re trying to make sure that we have a positive impact not only for guests and our own employees, but on the surrounding area that we call home. This really is what sustainability and responsible tourism is all about,” says Wait.

More about Lalibela Game Reserve:

Lalibela is a Big 5 game reserve on the Eastern Cape coast of South Africa, 90km east of Port Elizabeth, the nearest airport. In addition to the Big 5 (lion, rhino, elephant, leopard & buffalo), the 7 500 ha (about 18 500 acres) reserve is home to other predators such as cheetah, hyena, jackal and lynx, as well as numerous plains animals including giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala, wildebeest, blesbok and various other antelope species. Overlooking indigenous bush and watering holes, accommodation is in a luxury tented camp and cosy safari lodges. The reserve is known for its relaxed informality and warm hospitality, with buffet meals enjoyed at communal tables or under the stars in an outside dining boma.

www.lalibela.net


Blooming Great Value May Breaks from Eurocamp – Seven Nights in Vendée from Just £328 Per Party Including Travel – Saving £126

April 15, 2014 on 8:54 am | In Cabinweb, France, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Travel to Vendée in May with Eurocamp and not only are there big savings to be had on a seven-night stay at one of the outdoor holiday specialist’s handpicked parcs, but with a £55 discount on return fastcraft crossings too it’s all aboard for a great value break that’s ideal for couples and young families alike.

Staying at Eurocamp’s Les Ecureuils parc at St Hilaire-de-Riez, there are miles of fantastic beaches on the doorstep, not to mention a horticultural extravaganza on offer in nearby Nantes with the prestigious International Flower Show, which is held just once every five years, taking place from 8-18 May.

Close to the parc there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from. The Puy du Fou theme park is ideal for a fun day out and about; and there’s the option of journeying through the countryside by ‘vélo rail’ – 10km of old train lines which can be explored for up to four hours.

Back on-parc and there’s a four-pool complex complete with indoor pool to enjoy, along with tennis and a gym for those who like to keep active.

A seven night break from 10 May 2014 staying in a 2 bed 1 bath Classic Plus mobile home with decking at Eurocamp’s Les Ecureuils parc will cost from just £328 per party, including return Portsmouth to Cherbourg fastcraft crossings and a total saving of £126 if booked by 30th April 2014.

Alternative crossings and fly-drive packages are available at a supplement.

Check out the Eurocamp website at www.eurocamp.co.uk  – packed with great new videos, more images and holiday ideas to inspire – for more information or to book, or call 0844 406 0552.


Safaris with soul – new fly-in safaris that give that real African experience.

April 14, 2014 on 1:19 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe | Comments Off



Real Africa, a small tailor-made safari specialist based in Norfolk, is this week launching a new range of five star fly-in safari modules. Each module can be incorporated easily within a longer tailor-made itinerary and has been hand-picked by the team at Real Africa because of the distinctive experience offered by each.

Sara White, Marketing Manager explains, “The lodges in each module stand out because of their unswerving commitment to local conservation and community. This is what makes them shine and deliver that special real African experience. ”

At Singita Pamushana in Zimbabwe, guests can witness ‘modern conservation’ in action – the relationship between wildlife, tourism and the local community. The lodge is the ecotourism arm of the not-for-profit Malilangwe Trust, and its role is to help foster the sustainability of the wildlife and broader ecology, while enabling guests to share the magic of the lodge and the 130,000 acre wildlife reserve.

Guests can visit projects, such as the Child Supplementary Feeding Programme, initiated by Singita Pamushana in partnership with the Trust, following the acute drought of 2002. 19.000 children, most under five, benefit daily from the programme. Guests can also learn about the rhino re-introduction programme which has been a great success with black and white rhino thriving in the reserve.

Crucially, each module offers guests more than simply staying in luxury and seeing the Big Five.

Fly-in modules:

Kenya – Samburu Singing Wells and the Mara fly-in 6 days from £3195 per person
• Combines 2 nights at Sarara Lodge in the dramatic Mathews Range, Northern Kenya with 3 nights at Kicheche Valley Camp in the Masai Mara. The Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, which works in partnership with Sarara Camp, is widely recognised as one of the most successful community and conservation projects in Africa.

Highlight – sunrise visit to the Sarara Singing Well where the local Samburu tribespeople come to water their cattle. The Samburu warriors form a human chain to bring water up from the well, chanting as they do so.

Tanzania – Singita Serengeti fly-in
4 days from £2699 per person
• 3 nights in a private luxury cottage at Singita Sasakwa, in the Grumeti region of the Serengeti, protected by the Grumeti Community and Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Highlight – Serengeti wildlife and meeting students from the Environmental Educational Centre, dedicated to educating local young people about the Serengeti Ecosystem and the importance of conservation.

South Africa – Cape Town Kalahari fly-in
9 days from £2770 per person
• Combines 4 nights at the stunning Cape Grace on Cape Town’s colourful V&A Waterfront with 4 nights at Tswalu Kalahari, where you have the chance to see the desert black rhino, black maned lion and San Bushmen carvings and to see the work of the Tswalu Foundation.

Highlight – Tswalu’s new Malori Sleep-out deck experience where guests, including families, are invited to sleep out under the stars surrounded by the majesty of the Kalahari. The Malori deck is a raised platform with thatched overhang, complete with luxurious king sized bed and outdoor bathroom.

Zimbabwe – Singita Pamushana fly-in
4 days from £2865 per person
• 3 nights at Singita Pamushana in the remote and exceedingly beautiful far reaches of Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Highlight – seeing black and white rhino, many of which have been re-introduced to the park as part of Singita’s comprehensive programme of conservation and community action.

South Africa – Camp Jabulani fly-in – 4 days from £1745 per person
• 3 nights at Camp Jabulani, situated within a Big 5 reserve near to Kruger National Park and one of only two camps in Africa to offer elephant back safaris. Staff aim to ‘indulge, spoil, pamper and entertain guests, but most importantly, to share with them the story and the experience of the elephants.’

Highlight – interacting with the camp’s herd of elephant and learning about how they came to be there; you can watch them swim, take a night time elephant back safari and visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)

For further details about any of these experiences along with high res images please contact Sara White, Marketing Manager or visit www.realafrica.co.uk/experience.php


Victoria Falls Safari Suites, New Family Friendly Accommodation Comes To Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe‏

April 13, 2014 on 8:55 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Cabinweb, Zambia, Zimbabwe | Comments Off



Introducing six modern Safari Suites in a stunning natural setting adjacent to the Zambezi National Park

April 2014…/ Victoria Falls Safari Suites is a brand new boutique accommodation offering from Africa Albida Tourism (AAT), the experts in Victoria Falls tourism. Adding an inspired variety of rooms to the flagship Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, the Safari Suites first opened in December 2013 and are ideal for families and small close-knit groups of friends. Six stand-alone Suites are now dotted around the spacious landscaped grounds, each with stunning views of the bush, water holes and abundant wildlife.

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There are two 3-bedroom Suites and four 2-bedroom Suites, each en-suite and with a master gallery bedroom upstairs, affording a superb vista over un-spoilt bushveld and spectacular African sunsets. A spacious lounge with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors opens out onto a patio perfect for sundowners and al fresco dining, and there’s a refreshment area to make your own snacks and drinks, complete with mini fridge, sink, Nespresso machine, drinks station and even a popcorn maker. All bedrooms are equipped with king size or twin beds and all have en-suite rainfall showers, some with bath tubs too. Personalised in-Suite check in and concierge service is provided by the Safari Host or Hostess, allowing a completely bespoke experience.

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All Safari Suites are split-level and fully air-conditioned, and offer fans, mosquito nets, hairdryers, telephones, digital safes, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, plus a range of high quality toiletries including insect repellent and sunscreen lotion for those balmy days. Each Suite is equipped with fast Wi-Fi, iPod docking station, kid’s nook with comfy seating, LCD monitor and connection for Xbox, Nintendo Wii and PS3, and outdoor furniture so guests can admire the gorgeous view in comfort.

Guests of the Safari Suites can enjoy all the facilities of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, including the swimming pool and sun deck, Buffalo Bar and MaKuwa Kuwa restaurant. A private continental breakfast service in your Suite is also available. There’s babysitting on request, and a dramatic daily Vulture Culture vulture-feeding spectacle that children will hugely enjoy.

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Following recent investment of more than US$4.5m for significant upgrades and development across each of their locations in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls and Chobe, Botswana, AAT is proud to unveil a new and upgraded luxury, world-class product that represents some of the finest accommodation in Southern Africa.

Nightly rates start from US$790 per 2-bedroomed Safari Suite and US$900 per 3-bedroomed Safari Suite in Green Season and US$1,050 per 2-bedroomed Safari Suite and US$1,200 per 3-bedroomed Safari Suite in High Season 2014.

AAT works with leading Africa specialist tour operators including ECCO Tours, Expert Africa, Africa Travel and Zambezi Safari and Travel Co. to name but a few.

For reservations and more information please visit www.africaalbidatourism.com , call +263 13 43211-20 or email saflodge@saflodge.co.zw


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