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Staying in the Great Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Vicki Tester

 

Samara Private Game Reserve has grown to 70,000 acres of former agricultural land that is being returned to the eco-system that supported so much wildlife before the advent of European arrival. The herds of springbok, wildebeest, zebra, eland and blesbok are increasing and rhino and cheetah have been re-introduced successfully.

Making this part of your self drive bespoke holiday is well worth the extra miles that it could add. As well as the wildlife the scenery here is amazing with views from the mountains that overlook the plains. The lodges are the kind of place you want to be to celebrate a special occasion or for a place to relax completely but with plenty for you to do and see if you are so inclined.

Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

The staff ensure your stay here is special and the guides will delight in showing you want can be achieved when wildlife is given a chance to recover. You will have the opportunity to see cheetah up close and the much talked about and elusive aardvark is seen regularly. Join a walking trip to see the smaller animals, birds and flora that can easily be missed when in a vehicle.

Your guide’s knowledge of all that you see makes this a memorable way of learning about the Great Karoo. Finish your game drive with a sundowner overlooking the plains and watch the sun disappear at the end of an exciting day. It is wonderful to see the return of so much wildlife and to see the dream of dedicated people coming to fruition. Definitely consider making this part of your bespoke, tailor made experience of South Africa.

To start planning your holiday please call us on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

 

Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

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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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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