Sunday, 21 September 2014

Cheetah Safari - One of our favourite itineraries in Kenya

Kenya is such a magical place and the wildlife is simply breathe taking. Our Cheetah Safari is a traditional seven-night safari visiting Samburu, home to unique wildlife, followed by the Rift Valley Lakes where thousands of pink flamingoes often tint the horizon. The final destination is the Masai Mara where vast numbers of plains game and spectacular big cats abide.
Safari holidays to Kenya
Everyone in the office has been on safari in Kenya and the experience is simply amazing. On Darren's last trip he even had a Cheetah jump on the top of his safari vehicle, using it as a look out post to find it's cubs some breakfast.
The Cheetah Safari is a comprehensive safari, covering amazing areas including the breathe taking Masai Mara which is home to some of the worlds best wildlife, Cheetah, Lions, Elephants, Zebra and so much more. 
Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.
On arrival transfer to the Safari Lounge, where you can freshen up and store any additional luggage before departing for the Aberdares (180 km - approximately 4 hours). Arrive in time for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing, or on a nature walk with the resident naturalist (weather permitting). Overnight: Aberdare Country Club (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
DAY 3 TUESDAY SAMBURUDrive north across the equator to the Samburu National Reserve (190 km - approximately 4 hours). Lunch before a late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
DAY 4 WEDNESDAY SAMBURUMorning and late afternoon game drives in this open savannah which is traversed by the Ewaso Nyiro River. The river is populated by hippos and crocodiles, whilst the park is home to a host of animals including several species which are rarely seen in numbers elsewhere, including Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffes and long-necked gerenuks. Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
DAY 5 THURSDAY ABERDARESDrive to your lodge in time for lunch (240 km - approximately 4 hours). Spend the afternoon viewing game from the lodge, or join a nature walk led by a local guide (payable locally and weather permitting). Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
After breakfast, descend into the Great Rift Valley and continue to Lake Nakuru Lodge (240 km - approximately 4 hours). Lunch. Afternoon game drive in the national park. Drive to Lake Naivasha (80 km - approximately 1 hour). Overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
DAY 7 SATURDAY MASAI MARADrive to the Masai Mara National Reserve (320 km - approximately 5.5 hours). Arrive in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
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DAY 8 SUNDAY MASAI MARAEnjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Alternatively, take an early morning balloon flight over the Mara followed by a 'bubbly' bush breakfast (optional extra). After lunch, relax before a late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
DAY 9 MONDAY EXTENSION OR HEATHROWAfter breakfast, return to Nairobi by road (300 km - 5 hours), or fly from the Mara to Nairobi: morning flight (from £170); lunch in the Mara and afternoon flight (from £240). Proceed with your chosen beach extension or return to Heathrow. (b) Alternatively, fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa, including lunch in the Mara (from £370). Light aircraft baggage allowance - 15 kg.

NotesThis itinerary operates with a maximum of 6 passengers, all guaranteed a window seat.
On occasion the itinerary may operate in a different order, or different lodges used according to availability and road conditions.
Travel times vary on road conditions and game sightings.
Pack a mixture of warm and light clothing in soft bags, plus sunglasses, camera and insect repellent.
Minimum age 8 years

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Egypt and the Middle East with Escape Worldwide

The countries of the Middle East offer a wealth of interest to the visitor, from the incredible history of Egypt to the modern metropolis of Dubai. With guaranteed sunshine, top quality hotels and short flight times, it’s no wonder this region is so popular.

Holidays to Cairo - the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza

There’s nowhere quite like Egypt for accessible history, unique sights, amazing diving and guaranteed weather, and its all just a 5 hour flight away! While it’s seen its fair share of change in the last few years, once Egypt is
back on its feet it will return to its place as one of the world’s best visitor destinations. A Nile cruise is a superb option for taking in a few thousand years of history in comfort, while the Pyramids and Sphinx should be on  anyone’s ‘must see’ list. Divers flock to the Red Sea and it’s easy to see why, plus there’s loads for non-divers too.

Holidays to Dubai with Escape Worldwide

Dubai has firmly established itself as one of the world’s leading destinations over the last few years, and offers an incredible range of luxury hotels, endless shopping opportunities and plenty to see and do, including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa - Darren visited the viewing platform near the top recently, and found out that you can feel it sway a little! Dubai is also one of the world’s best connected cities, so works brilliantly as a stopover on the way to other destinations across the Indian Ocean and Far East.

Holidays to Oman with Escape Worldwide
Other areas in the Middle East such as Oman and Abu Dhabi are also developing for tourists, with quality hotels, interesting culture, great food, plenty to see and do - and a genuinely warm welcome.