For those of you that have been on safari you will know that it is not exactly a relaxing experience. The early morning starts, being on the lookout for the wildlife and the general roughness of the terrain ensure that you do not nod off. The lodges and camps that you stay at are often very comfortable but you will keep an eye on what is happening at the waterhole in front.
So perhaps a few days of R&R after the safari would ensure a great finish to a magical holiday. Just a short flight away or a 4 hour drive from the Nelspruit South of the Kruger National Park you could be stepping on a speed boat in Maputo marina (Mozambique) to take you to Machangulo Beach Lodge.
Picture courtesy of Machangulo Beach Lodge
Picture courtesy of Machangulo Beach Lodge
An hour later (and possibly escorted by dolphins part of the way) you will cross the silver sands to your luxurious room and the start of your unwind. This is true Indian Ocean unspoilt and ideal for doing very little other than enjoy yourself. There is also a spa to add to your enjoyment. As you would expect food is fresh, delicious and influenced by Southern African recipes. Not surprisingly, fish features strongly but there is plenty of other dishes on the menu.
For those with a wish to explore then there are deserted beaches almost in all directions and safe bathing areas. Add in snorkelling and diving on pristine reefs and a huge array of colourful corals and fish which will keep you heading back to the sea.
Walks in the dunes and the forests are right at hand and exploring these gives you a different experience altogether. Visit one of the local communities with a guide and perhaps pick up your souvenirs from the little shops found here.
For those that enjoy their fishing or those wanting to try sea fishing then the Lodge offers surf fishing, deep sea fishing and night fishing – all subject to weather and sea conditions.
All in all, a wonderful way to finish your Southern African adventure.
I know it seems a long way off yet but if you are starting to think about your 2017 holiday why not look at something unique – sailing through the Panama Canal on a ship that carries just 64 passengers.
During this seven night cruise you will start off in Panama City. From there you will have an amazing opportunity to experience the untouched Darién Jungle. You will explore the Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot and travel down the Mogue River by motorised dugout canoe. Your expedition guide will be on hand to help you identify the many species of wildlife that live in the jungle.
Explore the flora and fauna of the mostly uninhabited Pearl Islands. At certain times of the year this is where you will be able to see dolphins and humpbacks so keep your eyes peeled.
At the Mira Flores Locks you will travel the 48 miles of the Panama Canal as you go between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. You will learn the history of this important waterway with a presentation from the Panama Canal Authority.
Take a step back in time as you walk among the battlements and canon of San Lorenzo Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Changres River is Panama’s largest river and was the used to transport the Incan gold in Colonial times. As you experience the river first hand by paddle board and kayak look out for the hundreds of birds and other wildlife that surround you.
Ever had the dream of being on a stunning white sand beach surrounded by nothing but palm trees then this will become a reality as you visit some of the 360 islands that make up Guna Yala. Experience daily life as you visit a village and spend time with the locals. Visit the market and buy a souvenir or a gift for friends and family.
This is a new cruise and with only 32 cabins don’t wait as it’s likely to sell quickly, call us today on 01313 446550 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about your next bespoke tailor made adventure.
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