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Skiing in 2015

Ever get that feeling that all your holiday getaways are begining to look the same? Well, we have an answer to your feeling! Why not try skiing for the coming year? Also, this makes a great family getaway!

We usually have two annual ski-trips, the first is from 14th -21st February, 2015 to Arabba, Dolomites in Italy and the second is  from 4th - 13th April,2015 in Zürs, Italy.

About skiing in Arabba, Dolomites, Italy:

This ski trip to the Dolomite Mountains in north-eastern Italy will take place over half term in February, where we will stay at Hotel Portavescovo, which is a 3 star hotel situated in the village of Arabba, right at the foot of sella Ronda ski lifts.

Arabba is the highest resort in the Dolomites, one of the most famous tourist destinations in the Alps. It is part of the largest ski area in the world, the Dolomiti Superski with 1,200 kms. of slopes to enjoy.

Situated between the more well known ski resorts of Corvara and Canazei, with breathtaking scenery of the Sella Massif and Portavescovo Mountains, towering on either side of the village, Arabba is surrounded by mountain passes or ridges.

Arabba itself offers 52 kms. of slopes, 27 modern lift systems and an excellent link with the other areas of Dolomiti Superski and the Sella Ronda. One of the most notable aspects of this area is the skiing area around "Porta Vescovo" the home mountain of Arabba, which is almost 2,500 meters high.

The village is charming, with much use of wood as used in the Tyrol, a traditional Italian mountain village. Other activities in Arabba include: outdoor ice skating, snowmobiling, ski tours and helicopter rides.

About skiing in Zürs, Italy:

For those of you have not skied with us in Zürs, it is a small village situated in a high valley in the mountains of the Arlberg, in the west of Austria, at an altitude of 1,720m. Zürs has a reputation for good late season snow, and over the years that we have been skiing there we have not been disappointed.

The Arlberg ski pass  includes Zürs, Lech and all of the resorts in the St. Anton area. It boasts 260 kilometers of groomed slopes, serviced by 85 modern ski lifts and cable-cars, which open up a tremendous variety of skiing.  We have found that there is plenty to keep skiers of all abilities happy and occupied. And there is a wonderful range of off-piste skiing available in fresh snow.

Hotel Erzberg is a traditional, comfortable and stylish hotel, owned and run by Barbara Schneider and her daughter Sabrina. It has a great location, with the village centre and the closest lift only 50 meters away. When there is good snow you are able to ski right back to the ski room door! All 25 rooms have private bath /shower, WC, hairdryer, satellite TV and safe. Most have a balcony. There are five rooms that take a family of four. The bar and lounge make for fun “après ski”, and the sauna, steam room and relaxation area, with infra red therapy cabin, and a possible massage, are wonderful to help ease away your aches and pains. Skis and boots are stored in a heated boot room.

The larger resort of Lech, with greater choice of shopping, restaurants, ice rink and toboggan run, is only 4 kilometers away, serviced by a frequent bus, which is included in your ski pass. The town of St. Anton, for shopping and a different scene for “après ski”, is easily reached by bus or taxi.

Both trips still have availability, for enquires and bookings, please contact us by emailing us info@letsgosafari.com .

 

24 Hours in Mauritius: A Guide On How To Spend A Day In Paradise

Ever wondered if you were given 24 hours in a destination such as Mauritius, what would you do? Today we received a very imaginative email from our friends at Air Mauritius which we just had to share with you to let you create that holiday in your mind to steer you into actually taking it!

For a moment, let’s just imagine you have 24 hours to spend in Mauritius... Perhaps you’re on a cruise, in transit to somewhere else, or you took the wise decision to include a stopover in your business trip itinerary. Regardless of the reason, if you find yourself in the fortunate position of having an entire day to spend in Mauritius, then you need to make the most of it.

Morning

Start your 24 hours in Mauritius early in Port Louis, soaking up all the sights and sounds of the daily market. Discover a whole new world of exotic fruits and vegetables, breathe in the heady scents of hundreds of different herbs and spices and sample some typically Mauritian street food like gajak (deep fried vegetables with chili), roti chaud (flatbread filled with butterbean curry) or a glass of alouda (a sweet, traditional Mauritian drink made from flavoured milk and agar agar).

Once refreshed, head to Royal Road, the main thoroughfare of Chinatown, where you can browse tightly-packed shops stacked with all kinds of fascinating goods or even get your future predicted by Mrs. Kwok, the nation’s most beloved fortune teller.

Then stroll back down to the 170 stores of the Caudan Waterfront and witness one of the country’s best traditions at the M.A.S.T – where exquisitely crafted wooden ships are handmade before your eyes – before stopping for a delicious seafood lunch overlooking the water at Le Capitaine. 

Afternoon

It’s time to discover a bit of colonial Mauritius, with a trip to the Bois Cheri tea plantation. Established at the end of the 19th century, the 250 hectare site produces up to 700 tons of tea every year. You can watch the tea-pickers at work, take a guided tour, sample all manner of unusual teas on the open-air terrace and get some stunning views of inland Mauritius thrown in too.

If you’re looking for a more energetic way to spend the afternoon, why not try your hand at one of the activities Mauritius is best known for? The island is considered one of the world’s top golfing destinations, so you could always squeeze in a round at a world-class course like Le Touessrok or The Legend at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Or to really get the adrenaline flowing, try your hand at something new like kite surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding or stand-up paddle boarding. The best location in Mauritius for all of these sports is the wide flat lagoon at Le Morne peninsula on the island’s southwest tip. Here, you can rent equipment or take a lesson with Le Morne Kite School who will help you gain the key basic skills so you can have as much fun on the water as possible.

Evening

If you’ve only got one day on the island then be sure to set time aside to watch the sun go down. There are many Mauritius sunset spots, but one of the best ways to witness this nightly spectacle is on a sunset catamaran cruise – there’s simply nothing like being out on the Indian Ocean with the wind in your hair. Sunset cruises take place all around the island, but the most popular locations are around Blue Bay Marine Park in the south east, and Grand Baie in the north.

Some cruises offer a dinner option too, but if you’d rather eat back on dry land we recommend choosing somewhere with a menu that reflects the best of Mauritian’s multi-cultural heritage, like the Chinese-Mauritian Domaine Anna with its beautiful over-water thatched gazebos, or the much-raved-about Creole seafood curries of Chez Tino in the fishing village of Trou d’Eau Douce.

Tired yet? End your day with a nightcap at one of the island’s many bars. For beers, wine, champagne and cocktails accompanied by the sound of lapping waves, we like the Beach House Bar in Grande Baie, with its retro-rustic interior, mismatched furniture and swaying palms.

So, now that you have the picture in your mind, do we hear "Mauritius here I come?"

 

First published by Air Mauritius- Kenya

Tracking the Wildebeest Migration

It's finally here! Reports from the  Masai Mara this morning suggest that the Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti National Park (TZ) into the Masai Mara(KE) has started. This world celebrated African spectacle is one of the "Seven New Wonders of the World”.

You may be asking yourself, what makes this migration such a big deal?Well, there is no whereelse in the world where there is movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, with over two million animals migrating from one side to the next, whilst crossing the Mara river where crocodiles wait on them to make a feast off the prey. The migration usually takes place in early July through to October, though this year it has come abit early!

"The front end has arrived, the view from tent 37 at Governors Camp this morning, it is a sea of wildebeest out there as the migration joins up with the resident wildebeest and covers the plains from the North East side of rhino ridge, Bila Shaka, Musiara Plains, North East and West of the Musiara Marsh and the Northern Masai Conservation Areas. " Ariana, Governors Camp reported.

Currently we have a great package to the Masai Mara, going at US$ 200 per person sharing for 2 nights and 3 days, including return transport from Nairobi, therfore take advantage of the offer and get to witness this world wonder!

 

Introducing Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary

Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most respected private game sanctuaries in Kenya, has changed its name to Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary.

Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary lies on the shores of Lake Oloidien (once part of Lake Naivasha) in the Great Rift Valley. Game drives in the Sanctuary are exclusive to guests of Chui Lodge and Kiangazi House and free of any other tourist vehicles.
 

The Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary was established over 15 years ago with the aims of protecting the indigenous wildlife of Kenya for generations to come, developing breeding programs that would ensure that the Sanctuary played a key role in the National conservation effort, and to manage the human-wildlife interface in this part of Kenya such that both the animals and the communities could prosper. 

The Sanctuary has done incredibly well, especially with regard to their very successful Rhino breeding program, the protection of the very rare Grevy’s Zebra, and the creation of a stable and safe environment for leopards (one of the highest % of leopard spotting in the whole of Kenya!) and other game, which has seen the Sanctuary’s population grow 3 fold!  Both the Sanctuary and the local communities have prospered and it's a prime example showing that conservation works.
 
Currently many exciting things are happening at the Sanctuary, including turning it into an independent entity to ensure the sustainability and success of the Sanctuary for the next 1000 years and beyond. 

Sadly, until that structure is in place and more funds for security in the Sanctuary are available, a decision was made in the best interest of the rhinos to relocate them to a safer location on a custodial arrangement. Hopefully the Sanctuary will, in the near future, be in a position to relocate a viable rhino population back to its borders.  

A part of the accommodation costs of staying at Chui Lodge or Kiangazi House goes towards the Sanctuary, hence each booking at any one of these fabulous retreats helps to sustain this magnificent Sanctuary.

Original article from the Exclusive African Treasures Newsletter.
 

The changing times of Travel

Sixty years ago, air travel was a privilege, nowadays approximately 8 million people take to the air daily. This year, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of commercial air transport. According to the international Air Transport Association (IATA), the industry got its start in 1st January, 1914 when Mayor Abraham Pheil of Saint Petersburg, Florida, flew from his city to Tampa, a 23-minute flight for which he paid a fare of 5 dollars.

It is estimated that as recent as in the 1950's, the number of people travelling by air was less than 100,000. It is said that not until the middle 1970's that 500 million passengers was reached. European air passengers number is said to have doubled approximately every eight years!

Africa may not have as many airborne passengers as Europe though the number of airlines flying into African destinations has highly increased with our peak being noticed in the 1990's and ever since has been greatly increasing.

If the increase on introduction of low cost carriers in the local Kenyan - East African scene is anything to go by, you can only imagine where air travel will be in the next 10 years!

10 years ago, road safaris were more popular that flying safaris but that has seemingly changed, with more of the middle class buyer opting for a flying safari rather than a road safari. And if these stats are anything to go by.....where do you think air travel will be in the next 20 years?

 

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