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Tips for choosing the Right Safari

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Vicki Tester

 

 

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Safaris are a holiday that most people want to experience once in their lives. There are several things to think about before deciding on where and when you go on safari and the following are some of the questions to ask:

  • Choose your destination with care. You will be very disappointed if your favorite animal is a rarity in the country that you choose.
  • Check the right time of the year to go. Parts of Africa have heavy rain making getting around very difficult.
  • Choose a conservancy for an exclusive experience with wildlife and not fight for position with tour buses for a glimpse of a beleaguered animal. Many of the eco lodges have the benefit of being right in the bush with the wildlife passing right in front of your tent.
  • Stay longer in each destination for a fuller experience of that Park or Conservancy.
  • If you can afford it, fly between parks and camps. This particularly applies when the alternative could see you spending 6-8 hours on the road.
  • Choose accommodation that offers the authentic African experience with the wildlife and local people at the heart of its being.
  • Pick the right time of the year to see the migrations – animals, birds and whales. There is no guarantee with wildlife but there are norms.
  • Pack with the right safari clothes and do not pack too much. Many lodges and camps offer laundry facilities.
  • Read up about your chosen destination and ask someone who knows the area well for advise re the above.

That is all there is to it!

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Around Zimbabwe

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Vicki Tester

 

Times are changing fast in Zimbabwe and tourism, which in the recent past has concentrated on the Victoria Falls area, but is now looking to expand across the whole country.

There is much to offer the traveller who has a love of Africa or those that want to visit before too many others arrive. While this itinerary concentrates on the wildlife areas of the country it can easily be built upon to include the cultural and historic side of a diverse and fascinating country.

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Around Zimbabwe

 

Day 1:         Victoria Falls

Day 4:         Hwange National Park

Day 7:         Mana Pools

Day 10:      Bumi Hills/Lake Kariba

Day 12:       Victoria Falls

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This itinerary gives you the highlights of what Zimbabwe has to offer from the scenery and wildlife point of view. We can easily ensure you have plenty of cultural and historic aspects of the country.

 

Day 1

With Victoria Falls International Airport recently refurbished and more major carriers flying in to it, getting to this town has become easier. On arrival transfer to your hotel either in or close to the town or consider one in a National Park along the Zambezi River.

Over the next couple of days, you will explore the Falls and involve yourselves in the activities that abound here. When in the year you go will determine what type of experience you will have at the Falls. At the end of the rainy season the Falls are in full flood and good soaking guaranteed. However, when the rate of flow drops so the adrenalin activities (such as white water rafting) begin.

Day 4

Transfer to your lodge deep in the Hwange National Park. For a really different way of getting half way there, consider taking the train that runs along one of the boundaries of the Park. There is something magical in sitting in an open sided carriage looking out for the wildlife and with a cool drink close to hand. Your lodge’s 4×4 will meet you at the station and give you a game drive as you head to your lodge.

The next couple of days will have you exploring this huge Park with some of the largest herds of elephants and sable antelopes in Southern Africa.

Day 7

Transfer to Mana Pools National Park on the border with Zambia brings you to one Africa’s most iconic and beautiful spots on the Zambezi River with excellent wildlife around. Getting there could be a long drive and the chance to see the country up close or catch a small plane direct to the Park – and a chance for a different view of Zimbabwe. The Long Pool offers large numbers of crocs and hippo with a host of games animals coming down to drink. This in turn brings in the predators. A true untouched African scene.

As well as being a World Heritage Site parts of the Park are a Ramsar Site so bird watching is at a premium. For the adventurous you can canoe on the Zambezi, join a lion tracking walk or consider a guided and even unguided walking (if you are comfortable with being in a true wilderness) tour.

Day 10

Transfer to the Bumi Hills alongside Lake Kariba. With time to unwind you can go fishing on the lake, make the most of the stunning views from your lodge overlooking the Lake. There is still plenty of wildlife and bird life around the Lake to keep you experiences going.

Day 12

Return to Victoria Falls and your homeward flights.

 

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Being a few yards from a full grown elephant and on foot (downwind), as you watch as he/she feeds from the bushes and trees.

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September – the perfect month to explore America’s beautiful South-West…

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Vicki Tester

 

If you are still thinking of a holiday for later this year then consider a drive taking in some of North America’s most spectacular National and State Parks.  Without the summer crowds and with perfect temperatures for walking, October is a great time to explore the mountains, canyons, deserts, lakes and rivers of Arizona and Utah. Begin your adventure in Phoenix or Las Vegas. With stops for 1 or 2 nights at the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly and Sedona, this will be a truly memorable journey through some of the most dramatic and breathtaking landscapes imaginable.

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For more information on booking your tailor made, bespoke holiday contact us now.

You can also take a look at our website at www.experienceholidays.co.uk where you will find tailor made, bespoke itineries to suit all tastes.

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe

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The Victoria Falls have always been one of Africa’s main attractions and for very good reason. When it is in full flood it is a thunderous, soaking experience with its spray visible for miles around.
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The Victoria Falls have always been one of Africa’s main attractions and for very good reason. When it is in full flood it is a thunderous, soaking experience with its spray visible for miles around. Even when the volume of water drops the Falls are amazing to see with the best views being on the Zimbabwe side. When the Zambezi is down it does allow for other activities to take place, such as swimming in the Devil’s Pool right on the edge of the Falls or white water rafting the Zambezi below the Falls. If you are flexible as to when you travel, check what levels of water are likely to be going over the Falls when you plan to be there.

Getting here is straight forward with a number of flights arriving from different parts of Africa in to Livingstone or Victoria Falls. Or consider taking the Rovos Rail train from Pretoria (or return to) and have a stylish rail journey that is a wonderful way to start or finish your African odyssey. But book early – places go fast.

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While here we would recommend that you consider a safari in to the Parks of Zimbabwe to see some Africa’s pristine country and wildlife. Our suggested itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 – Victoria Falls

Choose the level of accommodation that suits you as there is a whole range of hotels and lodges to choose from. You could be in a National Park in a tent on the Zambezi with elephant and lion around, in Colonial splendour or a hotel in town near the Falls.

Visit the Falls, take an elephant ride or white water raft depending on the time of year.

Day 5 – Eastern Hwange National Park

An hour flight or 4 hours on the road has you settling in to your tent overlooking the plains with its attendant wildlife. The lodges have popular waterholes and the chances are that you may even have a dinner under the stars somewhere on the plain one night.

HwangeNational   Park with its large herds of elephant, wildebeest and sable is just a short journey away, making you well placed for a wildlife feast. Game drives are in the morning and afternoon but highly recommended is joining the all day “pump run” that takes you deep in to the Park to supply the waterhole pumps with fuel and the attendants with food and wages. For a completely different take on the area join a night drive.

Day 8 – South Eastern Hwange National Park

An extended game drive through Hwange to the South East sees you arriving in a camp that is truly wild Africa and well away from everyone – just African nature to keep you entertained. Consider having your bed made up on the veranda of your tent and sleep out under the stars. Enjoy game drives daily here.

Day 10 – Victoria Falls

Return to the Victoria Falls area for the onward or homeward journey.

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Walk out onto the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia and watch the fearless bunjee jumping down towards the Zambezi River.

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Planning your holiday – It’s never too early (or late)

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Yvonne Dann

 

It’s never too early or too late to start planning your next holiday adventure.  With news from the USA that the Tioga Pass road, at Yosemite National Park, California, recently opened for the summer season following the annual closures for the winter, it is good to remember that some of the popular National and Provincial Parks in the USA and in Canada have quite a short summer season.  With more and more people looking to visit these beautiful areas, it is also wise idea to think about making your plans well in advance.  Others are of course open year round, and accommodation all round can become extremely busy during peak months.

Whether you are thinking of planning a wonderful last minute trip this year or a fantastic self drive trip for next year, we are here to help.  Stay in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, renowned for the diversity of plant and animal life.  Travel through the Grand Teton National Park and on to Yellowstone National park, with wildlife, geysers, hot springs and mudpots, and on to Glacier National Park – being sure to travel the length of the magnificent ‘Going to the Sun’ Road.  The National Parks of the Canyonlands feature towering peaks, incredible rock formations, giant lakes and deep canyons, and further west Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and then Yosemite.

Within Canada, think about visiting the famous Canadian Rocky Mountains, home to the National Parks of Jasper and Banff and further south, Waterton National Park – close to the border with the USA.  Kluane National Park in the Yukon, for somewhere a little more off the beaten path, Grasslands National Park and Prince Albert National Park are both found in Saskatchewan, and further east in Ontario is Algonquin Provincial Park where water adventures await you.  The Parc National de la Jacques Cartier is found in the province with French flare, Quebec, and the Atlantic Provinces bring you places such as stunning Gros Morne National park on Newfoundland, where the ancient landscape is a Unesco World Heritage site.

 These are just a few of the sights that you could visit for yourself – there is so much more to explore. 

 The same applies to the rest of the world – if you are thinking of Australia or New Zealand, Africa or South America contact us now to start planning your bespoke tailor made holiday. 

 Tel: 01323446550   email:  info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Yvonne Dann

Yvonne Dann

 

Yvonne Dann

Yvonne Dann

Visiting Canada’s National Parks just got cheaper in 2017 – well actually free!

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Vicki Tester

 

The Government of Canada announced free admission for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. 

This celebratory year provides an excellent opportunity to add a new national park or national historic site to your itinerary at no additional cost. For example escape to the outdoors in La Mauricie National Park (200 km from Montreal), or stop by Laurier House, home to two of Canada’s Prime Ministers (Ottawa). Parks Canada’s 168 National Historic Sites tell the stories of Canada’s history.

Picture courtesy of Quebec Tourism

Picture courtesy of Quebec Tourism

This is also a great opportunity to offer you the added value of one of Parks Canada’s special programs such as guided tours, interactive activities or behind-the-scenes experiences (fees apply). This gives you the opportunity to become a “Soldier for a Day” and fire a musket at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site or taste heritage chocolate at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Relax as you take a dip in the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs, or become energized as you watch the sun meet the sea on the Skyline Sunset Hike in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

With so much to offer – and now some of it is for free next year – Canada is always a great destination and just a call away – 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk – Let us help you make the most of your bespoke tailor made holiday.

 

Picture courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Couture and Heritage

Picture courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Couture and Heritage

 

Picture courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Couture and Heritage

Picture courtesy of Nova Scotia Tourism Couture and Heritage

US National Parks

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Vicki Tester

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

This summer sees the 100th Anniversary of the US National Parks, and across the USA National Parks will be celebrating this benchmark year. 

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

For Wyoming the centennial is a major milestone, with some of the most incredible places to visit such as Yellowstone (the very first National Park), the Grand Tetons National Park, the Devils Tower (the first National monument), 25 Historic Landmarks plus 11 nationally recognised recreational areas, trails and monuments – Wyoming is a fantastic destination with so much to offer.

 

Explore all of these places and more on your own self drive itinerary this summer.  Call us, pop in to see us or email us to talk about your ideal bespoke, tailor made holiday to the USA.

Call 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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Picture courtesy of Rick Carpenter

 

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Wondrous Yellowstone

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Amanda Skingle

 

Yellowstone National Park is spread over 2 million acres of stunning wilderness, so it’s no surprise there are many natural wonders to be seen. Here are 5 of the best reasons to make Yellowstone high on your places to visit in the USA.

  1. Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – The canyon, which is over 20 miles long and up to 1,200 feet deep, is carved by the Yellowstone River. One of its most photographed features is the 308 feet tall Lower Falls waterfall.
  2. Lower Geyser Basin – This is the largest geyser basin in the park. Several geothermal features can be found in clusters throughout the area including mud pots, geysers, hot springs and fumaroles.
  3. Yellowstone Lake – The largest alpine lake in North America. Popular with anglers, boaters and photographers alike. Visitors can hire a boat, watch cutthroat trout swim or use it as a base to explore the area.
  4.  Lamar Valley – This area, in the northeast corner of the park, is best known for the variety of wildlife that can be spotted here – elk, moose, wolves, bison and of course bears.
  5. Tower Fall – This dramatic 132 foot waterfall is popular all year, especially with hikers, as there is a short but steep trail that leads from the Tower Fall General Store at the top to the thunder of water hitting the bottom for an impressive view keen photographers will love.

If this has given you some inspiration for your trip to North America then call us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk and start planning your bespoke tailor made holiday today. 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

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