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Ningaloo Reef, Monkey Mia and more…

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Explore the Ningaloo Reef on this coastal Western Australia itinerary. This part of Western Australia is undiscovered and off the beaten track, but offers a reef experience second only to the Great Barrier Reef – or better some would say

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Ningaloo Reef, Monkey Mia and more…

This part of Western Australia is undiscovered and off the beaten track, but offers a reef experience second only to the Great Barrier Reef – or better some would say.

Day 1: Ningaloo Reef
Day 3: Coral Bay
Day 5: Monkey Mia
Day 8: Kalbarri
Day 10: The Pinnacles
Day 11: Perth
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Western Australia is often on the list for a second time visit to Australia and is an area that few Aussies have visited, never mind overseas visitors.  This is a land of vast open spaces, long straight roads, road-trains, road-houses and the wonderful Ningaloo Reef.

Day 1: Ningaloo Reef
Fly north from Perth to Exmouth. Pick up your car and make your way to the wonderful Ningaloo Reef. Easily accessible, it is home to 500 species of fish, sharks, enormous manta rays, humpback whales, turtles and dugongs – there is always something to see. However long you plan to stay here will probably not be enough; this area is not inundated with tourists and does not have a huge choice of international resorts and accommodation. It is a remote and secluded treasure and second only to the Great Barrier Reef.
Ningaloo Reef 2 nights

Day 3: Coral Bay
Drive south dropping in to the coastal town of Coral Bay, a remote and secluded gem. The bay itself is contained within the Ningaloo Reef which offers it perfect protection from the ocean outside. Here, glass bottomed boats take you to view the coral, whilst longer expeditions will take you further afield, skilfully negotiating the narrow channels through the reef.
Coral Bay 2 nights

Day 5: Monkey Mia
Drive to Shark Bay and the dolphins at Monkey Mia. The scenery changes dramatically several times en route. Stop for lunch in the small coastal town of Carnarvon. Shark Bay is another gem; pristine coastline, dolphins and dugongs by the dozen and a delightful lack of tourists.
Monkey Mia 3 nights

Day 8: Kalbarri
Continue south to the town of Kalbarri. This little town is quite unique, located at the mouth of a river gorge that emerges from the local National Park which is well worth exploring.
Kalbarri 2 nights

Day 10: The Pinnacles
Continue south to the Cervantes for a look at the Pinnacle, a major natural attraction in the Nambung National Park. There are several scenic drives that one can take as an alternative here and with enough time, these would be worth taking.
Cervantes 1 night

Day 11: Perth
Return to Perth through the Swan Valley, so time for a little wine tasting. Spend 3 nights in Perth giving you time to visit Rottnest Island, perhaps take a cruise on the Swan River or simply explore the city.
Perth 3 nights

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Stop by at Shark Bay, a World Heritage area famous for its stromatolites.  These living fossils provide a unique insight into what the world was like at the dawn of time.
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‘Sal Salis was the highlight of our trip – a wonderful beach camp and close enough to the Ningaloo Reef that we felt we could almost touch it’
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New Zealand in 3 Weeks

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An itinerary idea for spending three weeks in New Zealand.  The land of the long white cloud, two main islands that hold such appeal and rightly so.  This itinerary offers a three week option, but if time allows, do stretch your time to four weeks – you won’t regret it:

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New Zealand in 3 weeks

The land of the long white cloud, two main islands that hold such appeal and rightly so.  This itinerary offers a three week option, but if time allows, do stretch your time to four weeks – you won’t regret it:

Day 1: Auckland
Day 2: Coromandel Peninsula
Day 4: Rotorua
Day 6: Napier
Day 8: Wellington
Day 9: Abel Tasman Park
Day 12: Punakaiki
Day 13: Fox Glacier
Day 15: Wanaka
Day 16: Te Anau
Day 18: Queenstown
Day 20: Lake Tekapo
Day 21: Christchurch
Day 22: Depart Christchurch

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A volcanic land of mountains, fjords, and glaciers, white sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities, romantic hide-aways, the land of the Lord of the Rings , the Bungy Jump and the white knuckle jet-boat ride. The land of immaculate vineyards and fine cuisine; New Zealand, technically half way around the world, metaphorically just around the corner – a land so beautiful it is impossible not to fall in love again and again.

Here is one idea for a 3 week self-drive itinerary, covering the North and South Islands. 4 weeks would be even better; there is so much to see in this beautiful country.

Day 1: Auckland
Arrive in Auckland, City of Sails, taking time to climb the Sky Tower for fantastic views of the downtown skyline, harbour, bridge and surrounding hills. Auckland is built on an isthmus, a narrow of finger of land surrounded by water. Of the 3.8 million population of New Zealand, approx. one third live in Auckland and whilst it is not the nation’s capital, it is the most cosmopolitan of all cities and a past host for the Americas Cup Challenge.
One night Auckland

Day 2: Coromandel Peninsula
Collect your hire car and head south today, through Auckland and on to the Coromandel Peninsula; a delightful coastline. Dig your own thermal bath on Hot Water Beach.
Two nights Coromandel Peninsula

If time allows, a visit to the Waitomo Caves at Hamilton is interesting for their abundance of glow worms. If you feel energetic, see the glow worms on a full day abseiling and tubing excursion.

Day 4: Rotorua
Today’s journey takes you through the Bay of Plenty area to Rotorua. One of the original Tourist attractions in the mid 19th Century, the once famous pink and white terraces were destroyed in a volcanic eruption. The area has re-gained its popularity as the centre of geo-thermal activity. Visit the museum, take time out to visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the Whakawerawera hot pools, geyser and bubbling mud.
Two nights Rotorua

Day 6: Napier
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo, the largest in the country, taking a quick look at the Huka Falls en route. Continue towards Napier. The route crosses the mountains that contain Hawkes’ Bay and brings you to Napier, famous for its Art Deco style and wonderful vineyards.
Two nights Napier

Day 8: Wellington
Today’s drive takes you through the Central Plateau area .Your destination is Wellington, New Zealand’s Capital city on the southern tip of the North Island. Visit the Te Papa Museum a wonderfully informative and hands on museum. Explore the Kapiti Coastline.
One night Wellington

With more time available consider including the Taranaki area to your itinerary

Day 09: Abel Tasman National Park
Drop your car this morning at the ferry terminal in Wellington and take the Inter-Islander ferry across the Cook Straits to Picton on the South Island. The second part of the journey takes you through Marlborough Sound – a wonderful introduction to the South Island. If time permits, take the Queen Charlotte Drive eventually arriving in Nelson. The Abel Tasman Park is not far from Nelson – if you feel energetic, drive to the Park entrance and take a water taxi up the coast. The taxi will arrange to pick you up at a given time giving you several hours (or days) to hike the well marked trails.
Three nights Nelson

Day 12: Punakaiki
Coming down the west coast, stop overnight in Punakaiki. This is the home of the Pancake Rocks – a strange rock formation, and the overnight stop simply allows you to take your time as these roads are so scenic that you will simply have to keep stopping for more pictures.
One night Punakaiki

Day 13: Fox Glacier
Continuing down the coast to Fox  and Franz Josef Glaciers. Weather and time permitting, take a scenic flight around Mount Cook or visit the highly informative Visitor Centre to learn about the glacier and its formation.
Two nights Fox Glacier

Day 15: Wanaka
The journey today takes you over the Haast Pass to lovely Lake Wanaka. Simply beautiful – this little town is surrounded by mountains and is the Queenstown of yesteryear.
One night Wanaka

Day 16: Te Anau
Te Anau is the gateway to Fjordland National Park – for both Milford and Doubtful Sounds. For either, you can visit for a day or take an overnight cruise. Of the two, Milford offers the most dramatic scenery, but Doubtful is the quieter with fewer visitors.
Two nights Te Anau

Day 18: Queenstown
Sitting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a sizeable town with activities for every adrenalin junkie! Here you will find bungee jumping, sky diving, a luge and plenty more. Much of the Lord of the Rings was filmed in this area, and although the sets had to be removed, the scenery will seem familiar. For those not into extreme sports, a drive to Glenorchy is beautiful.
Two nights Queenstown

Day 19: Lake Tekapo
North to Lake Tekapo and a visit to the Mount Cook National Park. This is also a great place for stargazing.
One night Lake Tekapo

Day 20: Christchurch
Return today to Christchurch for your final night. This most English of cities is compact and easy to navigate. A central hotel brings you within walking distance of the main city centre attractions. With a little more time, take a trip up to Kaikoura – a sleepy little seaside town world famous for whale watching.
One night Christchurch

Day 22: Depart Christchurch
Return to the airport for your onward or homeward flight.

New Zealand

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Auckland

Picture courtesy of Chris McLennan

New Zealand

Picture courtesy of Erehwon Colin and Pearl Frankling

Wanaka

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Wellington

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South Luangwa Safari

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South Luangwa is one of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas and is also one of the leading destinations for walking safaris.

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South Luangwa Safari

South Luangwa is one of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas and is also one of the leading destinations for walking safaris. This is truly unique way of viewing the animals, birds and flora of this region and getting to know your guide, guard and support team. The following suggested tailor made itinerary will give you a cross section of experiences of the area and lodges:

Day 1: Arrive South Luangwa National Park

Day 3: Change camps

Day 5: Change camps

Day 7: Change camps

Day 9: Change camps

Day 10: Depart South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National PArk

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Liions at South Luangwa

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South Luangwa has been one of Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas and has also been one of the leading suppliers of walking safaris. This is truly unique way of viewing the animals, birds and flora of this region and getting to know your guide, guard and support team. The following suggested itinerary will give you a cross section of experiences of the area and lodges:

Day 1: Arrive South Luangwa National   Park

There are a number of ways to get Mfuwe, the small airport that serves the South Luangwa National  Park and the chances are it will be a small aircraft for the final leg. Begin with a stay in a lodge with a view over the river. Depending on the time of the year the river could be flowing but later in the year it will become a series of pools offering a lifeline to all the animals in a dry landscape. This afternoon, enjoy the first game drive in to the Park. A couple of nights here allow for acclimatization to the new environment.

Two nights

Day 3

Game drives this morning go deep into the Park and to the first seasonal camp (they are all dismantled as the rains arrive). These camps are all well located along a tributary river that leads down to the main Luangwa River. They are small sized, sometimes with just 8 – 10 guests. Game drives here will include viewing some of the special animals to be found locally such as the rare Thornicroft Giraffe, Puku, arguably the prettiest zebras – Crawshays zebra and over 400 different birds. All of the Big 5 are here except the rhino which has been poached to extinction. The chances of seeing large prides of lions and packs of wild dog is high and sightings of leopard a regular feature. Two nights here gives a good chance to get to know the area. Meals are likely to be under a giant tree or in an open area overlooking the river. A great chance to swap stories and think about what opportunities the next drive may bring.

Two nights

Day 5

Today, transfer to the next small camp with the option of going in the safari vehicle or setting out on foot. There will be only a few people walking and the guide, guard and support men all have very sharp eyes do not miss a thing. How long the walk takes will depend on the speed of the slowest member and any detours around lion, elephant etc that may be needed. The fact that you are on foot gives a frisson and an alertness that is absent in the vehicle. It also allows time to see the small animals and to find tracks of lion, python and all that has passed that way recently. In addition it puts the size of the animals encountered in to a personal perspective. The guides inform you of what you pass and see and ensures your safe passage to the next camp. Again two nights is recommended here to make the most of the surroundings.

Two nights

Day 7

On to the next camp, again either on foot or by vehicle. Each camp has its own distinct character and the staff members are very loyal to their group and proud of the quality of service they offer. For those that want a truly different experience there is the chance to sleep out on a sand bank under a mosquito net with just you, the stars, the animal noises and a camp fire. In truth the guard and guide are camped not very far away ensuring all is well. Spend two nights here.

Two nights

Day 9

Return to a camp on the Luangwa River for the last night of the safari. Perhaps undertake a night drive to see those animals that only come out after dark.

One night

Day 10: Depart South Luangwa National   Park

Start the journey home or combine time here with a few days on Lake Malawi or at the Victoria Falls.

South Luangwa National Park

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The adrenalin rush of taking a walking safari instead of travelling by vehicle makes for a very exciting safari experience.

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