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We had the great pleasure of chatting to Johan, a vet at The Wildlife Centre Shamwari Game Reserve in the East Cape of South Africa. Shamwari, which first opened in 1992, is one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. Due to hunting and over-farming, wildlife numbers in the Eastern Cape had been dramatically reduced, but Shamwari’s relentless conservation and rehabilitation efforts over the last 25 years is going a long way to rectify that. Shamwari also has six separate 5-star lodges, an Explorer Camp, three different education and rehabilitation facilities – the ideal environment for discerning guests to enjoy a sublime pocket of South Africa, flourishing with free-roaming wildlife.
No one can disagree that the backdrop for the 2016 Olympics in Rio is one of the most, if not, the most stunning in the history of this media-saturated sporting spectacular. The weather, on the whole, has lit up the golden beaches, emerald forested mountain outcrops and the shiny Rio skyscrapers.
Ten years ago Shyama regularly shared her passion for cooking with her friends by hosting popular dinner parties. One evening a guest, who happened to work in the travel industry, convinced her that she really ought to run her own business giving cookery demonstrations for the many visitors to Pondicherry in South-east India. What started as a dinner party conversation led to a profession welcoming guests and presenting the region’s rich gastronomy. Here she shares an insight into her profession and explains how she sees opportunities for women in modern India developing.
Over the last fifteen years National Guide Yan Naing Htun has witnessed the cultural and political changes that Myanmar has undergone. As a well-read, intelligent local he describes how the nation has begun to open up to the outside world, despite facing challenges along the way. Having met Yan, his passion for attracting more travellers to Myanmar is obvious, but he stresses the importance of a sensitive approach to the country’s culture and religion to get the most from your holiday in Myanmar.
Christmas is a magical time at home for many, but lots of us would willingly board a plane and exchange winter attire for beachwear. Our destination specialists have shortlisted five destinations across the globe, for those in hot pursuit of a villa or tailor-made holiday in the sun this coming Christmas.
Travel is in Catherina Van Coillie’s blood, taking her across the globe from her native Belgium. Her latest ‘home’ is the city of San Francisco, where she guides visitors around the city’s many cultural sights and beyond.
Is there a place on earth that can beat the vast expanse and wild beauty of the USA for a totally unforgettable road trip? We’re not sure there is. Road trips are becoming increasingly more popular with couples and families and there is no better way to switch off from the stress of work and mundanity of everyday life, than to drive through this mammoth country, with the windows down (and preferably roof off), the wind blowing through your hair as you sing along with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. In the USA, you are spoilt for choice with awe-inspiring rock formations, immense national parks and rugged coastal roads. Everything here happens on a huge scale; not only the vast open road and seemingly endless horizons, but the cars themselves and the portions served in the restaurants along the way.
Dave Doudle is a charming, passionate ambassador for the Port Lincoln area of southern Australia. This autumn I had the pleasure of spending a sunny afternoon pulling up lobster pots with him in Coffin Bay as he recounted his 11 year journey as a guide in this beautiful wilderness, a region he refers to as the ‘real Australia’. Afternoon quickly became evening our lobster became dinner at the exquisite 1802, with a chilled bottle of Boston Bay.
An African safari is on most people’s bucket list – who doesn’t want to see the great migration of wildebeest in Tanzania or Kenya, come face-to-face with a gigantic mountain gorilla, or traverse the inland wetlands of the Okavango Delta? These are tantalisingly evocative experiences that live with you forever. However, for the safari lodges and camps competition is healthily competitive and keeping guests engaged outside of the typical daily 4×4 game drives and game walks is currently the focus for many safaris operators; appealing to the niche traveller in ever-more detail is the name of the game. Here are some of the more unusual activities you can enjoy alongside traditional safari activities.
Each and every breath-taking Maldivian island has a distinct character; the sparkling cobalt ocean, sandy white beaches and laid-back lifestyle make these islands near enough to paradise on earth.
The Maldivian islands are home to some of the best resorts in the world. So whether you want a thrilling week enjoying water sports or a relaxing and revitalising spa session, the Maldives can provide the very best, it’s just a case of knowing where to look.
Red Savannah’s Indian Ocean expert, Melissa Matthews, takes a look at the best Maldives resorts for each and every holiday.