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Why not visit Ol Malo, Kenya

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

 

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

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo

 

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

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

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

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

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

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

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

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

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

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

Picture courtesy of Ol Malo 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

Algonquin Park Wolf Howl Canoe Trip

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Is this for you?

Have you ever thought of combining a canoe trip with camping in the pristine nature of a National Park? Well Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada has a 2 night/3 day trip that is proving popular. Nor do you have to be a canoeing expert – this is a beginner friendly experience.

Your trip starts with an overnight stay in one of the Park’s unique forest cabins and then you set off. Imagine paddling through the early morning mist on the lake and then taking a walk through the forest on one of the numerous forest trails looking out for the animals and birds that live here.

After setting up camp and getting the fire going, you all gather by the lakeside and send out a group wolf howl. This is very often answered by the nearby wolf pack, which should send a tingle down your spine.

Wolves at Yellowstone

Picture courtesy of Helen Wibley

If you go in the autumn you will have the extra benefit of seeing the beautiful fall colours as well.

To make this part of your bespoke tailor made holiday to Eastern Canada please give us a call on 01323 446550 or email  info@experienceholidays.co.uk or if you would like information on other tailored holidays to Canada.

 

Solar Eclipse Safari in the Quirimbas, Mozambique – this September

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

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

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

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

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

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

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

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

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Namibia Tribes

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This itinerary takes you on a guided camping trip to visit Namibia tribes and to deep in to the heart of the very north of Namibia.  This is a truly wonderful way to explore an area not accessible to regular travellers and to learn first hand how these tribes live in this harsh environment.

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Tribes and Wild Camping in Namibia

This itinerary takes you on a guided camping trip deep in to the heart of the very north of Namibia.  This is a truly wonderful way to explore an area not accessible to regular travellers and to learn first hand how these tribes live in this harsh environment.

Day 1: Damaraland
Day 2: Opuwo
Day 3: Kunene River
Day 6: Kaokoland
Day 9: Damaraland
Day 10: Windhoek
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This itinerary takes you on a guided camping trip deep in to the heart of the very north of Namibia.  This is a truly wonderful way to explore an area not accessible to regular travellers and to learn first hand how these tribes live in this harsh environment.

Day 1: Damaraland
From Windhoek, begin the journey to Damaraland in the north west of the country. Almost immediately you will see wildlife at the edge of the road as warthogs and baboons forage along the road edge.  Relax with a sundowner looking out over the waterhole with the birds flocking in to the reeds as the darkness falls.
One night Damaraland

Day 2: Opuwo
An early start as you head north to Opuwo, keeping your eyes alert as there is a good chance of seeing the desert adapted elephants on the early part of the journey. The guides will set up the tents and then head off into town to buy the provisions for the next few days.
Take this opportunity to go with them and to wander through the town. Here the Herero and Himba tribe mix and many of them are in their traditional dress. The Herero women in their Victorian style long dresses and magnificent head dresses and the Himba with not much more on other than their beautiful jewellery, a skirt and wonderful red coloured skin (you will learn more about how they maintain this colour later in the trip).  A somewhat incongruous site is seeing a Himba lady wandering down the street in full costume and on the mobile phone!
One night Opuwo Camping

Day 3: Kunene River
Today you head to the very north of the country and the Kunene River, which marks the border between Angola and Namibia. Here you will camp for the next three days with the Epupa Falls thundering in front of you and crocodiles sunning themselves on the little islands in the river.
During your stay here you will visit the Himba villages with a guide to learn about their nomadic life, their values and their way of life. The guide ensures that you are welcome and the tribe benefit with the food, snuff and other items given to them. This ensures all benefit from your visit.
Three nights Kunene River Camping

Day 6: Kaokoland
The next part of your journey takes you in to the really wild parts of this region as you begin your search for the animals that have adapted to the desert. You will still occasionally come across Himba villages and Himbas herding their cattle, sheep and goats as you move from one valley to the next. The scenery is stunning and the wildlife beginning to return in numbers.
Here you will have a mixture of camping totally in the wild with the occasional stop at a camp site with shower etc. Your days start with the sunrise and end when the wine bottle is finished. You will be tempted to take many photos, particularly of the elephants, rhino (if you are really lucky) and other animals that are re-colonising the area.
Three nights Kaokoland Camping

Day 9: Damaraland
Heading back towards civilisation, stop overnight in Damaraland, having had a final day’s game drive. A chance to take those final sunset photos of Damaraland. Leaving the peace of the true wild may be difficult.
One night Damaraland

Day 10: Windhoek
Return either to Windhoek for your final night or to Swakopmund if you intend adding to your itinerary to this fascinating and diverse country.

We can offer an alternative journey that will give you time with the San people and this is combined with wild camping in the west of the country and then on to the Caprivi strip.

Namibia tribes - camp      Namibia tribes - Himba Girl

 

Namibia tribes - Himba Tribesman      Namibia tribes - Orumpembe

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