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Relaxing after your South African safari – in Mozambique

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Vicki Tester

 

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

 

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.

Please call us to add this in to your bespoke tailor made safari adventure Tel: 01323 446550 or Email:  info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of  Machangulo Beach Lodge

Picture courtesy of Machangulo Beach Lodge

 

Picture courtesy of  Machangulo Beach Lodge

Picture courtesy of Machangulo Beach Lodge

 

Picture courtesy of  Machangulo Beach Lodge

Picture courtesy of Machangulo Beach Lodge

 

Picture courtesy of  Machangulo Beach Lodge

Picture courtesy of Machangulo Beach Lodge

 

A Mixture of African Experiences

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Vicki Tester

 

Here is a suggested itinerary that can be adjusted to meet your requirements:

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 Day 1  Arrive in Johannesburg and pick up your hire car. Depending on the flight that you have taken either spend one night in the city or drive to the Kruger National Park. Here you will have three nights in a lodge in a Concession within the Park which ensures that you have the best of game viewing. Kruger remains one of Africa’s prime game watching places and being in a Concession will allow you to join night drives or walking safaris. You should have plenty of wildlife encounters and your guides have an extensive knowledge of the area and amazing eyesight for spotting animals.

Day 4  Head south and into Swaziland for an overnight stop. Take the opportunity to learn about this mountain kingdom and its culture. The cooler air is very welcome as are the people who you will meet.

Day 5  Today has you back in South Africa in KwaZulu Natal and your destination is Isimangaliso Wetland Park and a two night stay in a forest lodge deep in the park. Here you have the chance of kayaking or boating on the lake and looking for the myriad number of birds, hippo and other game that live here. There is a chance to track turtle at the right time of the year.

Day 7  Transfer to the coast and time to enjoy the miles of pristine sands and the Indian Ocean. This location offers South Africa’s best snorkelling and some great diving sites. The other option is enjoy the sea and remote location.

Day 9  Leaving the coast and wetlands behind you have a short drive to Hluhluwei Mfolozi Park for a two night stay in the Park – the only lodge within the Park. All of the big 5 are here and you can also add in whale and dolphin watching in the season.

Day 11  Your next destination is set with the Battlefields and Zulu culture very much in mind. Take a tour of the main Zulu War battle sites and then add in a dinner in a Zulu village to learn about their culture and watch their dances.

Day 13  Drive down to Durban or back to Johannesburg for your flight back to the UK.

This gives you a real flavour of South Africa and can easily be adjusted to meet your interests, time constraints and budget.

And the Pound is currently strong against Rand making Southern Africa a great destination.

So to plan your bespoke tailor made holiday please give us a call or drop us an email – 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

Kenya – the home of the safari and still one of the best places for wildlife viewing

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Vicki Tester

 

It was good news at the end of last week when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office revised its views on travel to Kenya. Apart from those regions abutting the border with Somalia, the rest of the country is considered safe for travellers.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Being one of the first to take advantage of this news could ensure you have a wonderful safari in iconic African surroundings, finishing with time on one of the world’s best beaches and all at very reasonable prices. Provided you do not want to go in school holidays or when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara then you could very well be going for a 4 night safari followed by 5 nights on the beach and including your flights for under £2,500 per person.

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Nor are we talking about large hotels and crowded minibuses. We are thinking of small tented camps in some of the best locations in Kenya. Because you will be in a Conservation area or Game reserve that exists alongside the National Parks, you will have a feeling of safaris as it was when it all started. Then there is time to relax on a stunning silver beach and the warm Indian Ocean to swim in. Relax, snorkel, dive or deep sea fish – it is all up to you.

Direct flying time is just over 8 hours and usually overnight allowing you to start your safari soon after you arrive.

Act soon and contact us on: Tel: 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Windstar Cruises’

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Sue Riggs

 

How would you like to explore the possibilities of a small ship luxury cruising?

Windstar cruises are launching two wonderful all suite yachts this Spring. Sail the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, South East Asia, the Indian Ocean and closer to home Italy, Greece, Turkey and many more amazing destinations. Windstar’s unique themed voyages offer you the chance to see some of the world’s exclusive destinations and events whilst their Ocean cruises do what sailing yachts were designed for. Time for you to spend exactly as you desire, sunrises and sunsets with fascinating ports waiting on the horizon. The beauty of a small ship is the ability to sail into some of the tiny harbours and hidden coves that the much larger ships cannot access.

Star Breeze and Star Legend – All Suite Yachts

With only a maximum of 212 guests on board it’s no wonder, from the moment you step on-board, it feels like you’re on your own private yacht.

The newly refurbished suites have a spacious living area with ocean views, giving you the wow factor from the minute you enter. Once you have settled into your suite make your way to the fantastic public areas. Relax in one of the lounges or try your luck in the casino and wind down in the tranquil Windspa.

Meals are a treat for your senses, all prepared by a first class chef and served with style along with a collection of fine wines.

For more information on this and other small ship cruising around the world give us a call on 01323 446550 or send us an e-mail to info@experienceholidays.co.uk.

 

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