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Choosing The Best Time Of Year To Holiday In Tanzania

Africa - Ross French - November 7, 2020

A safari can be a magical experience where you get to enjoy seeing native African animals in their natural habitat. There are many different types of animals that you get to see on a safari.

Choosing the best time of year to go can have a significant impact on the success of your trip. There are many different factors you will need to consider. Some of which are listed below, which will help you to select the best time of year for you to go on your dream safari. Continue Reading

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Top rental luxury villas for a dream holiday in Morocco

North Africa - Ross French - January 29, 2020

If you dream of enjoying an exotic blend of camel treks, spicy aromas, striking landscapes, imperial cities, and bustling souks, Morocco can be your dream destination. It’s varied topography makes it an ideal tourist hotspot. The country not only has sweeping desert expanses and mountains, but also idyllic beaches that lure trippers. To add to it, there are hotels galore to choose from. You can select from a wide range of luxury villas by Villanovo in every style, class and budget range. If you are hunting for that perfect villa for your Moroccan sojourn but don’t know where to begin, this article presents you with some of the best options.

Dar 138

This beautiful riad located in Marrakech has two bathrooms and two bedrooms. A maximum of four people can stay here enjoying the splendid views of La Mamounia’s gardens. It is an extremely stylish bolthole that is perfect for private holiday and group of people. This house presents Moroccan-tiled designer patio, guest cloakroom within the entrance hall, leading into two bedrooms with bathrooms ensuite in each. The first floor has a massive open-plan space for living as well as a modern kitchen and dining area that can accommodate six people. The terrace has a lounging area and a solarium and offers amazing views of the olive gardens.

Type: Budget villa (can accommodate a maximum of four persons)

Rate: 150 € to 170 € per night

Location: Marrakech-Medina

Villa Lester Royal Palm

This villa is a luxurious property located in Domaine Royal Palm’s heart in Marrakech. It is ideal for couples who love to play golf and more than two couples can stay here. This property has a private pool, a chef who you can call on request, a garden and a spa. You will find a wood-burning fireplace and Sonos wireless speakers to enjoy your favourite music inside the living-room. For the comfort of guests, Villa Lester Royal Palm provides daily cleaning facilities.

Type: Medium-budget villa (can accommodate a maximum of six persons)

Rate: 500 € to 700 € per night

Location: Near Marrakech-Royal Palm

Villa Essaada El Majal

The Villa Essaada El Majal is a luxurious four-bedroom villa that is fully-staffed and has a tennis court. It lies in the heart of Marrakech. There is an open patio large enough to accomodate people in an Arab-Andalusian form of yard. Other amenities include hammam, private garden and a heated swimming pool.

Type: Medium to high budget villa (can accommodate a maximum of eight persons)

Rate: 572€ to 1243 € per night

Location: Marrakech-Palmeraie

Villa Alkhozama

Villa Alkhozama is a two-bedroom villa and is located in one of Marrakech’s luxurious estates. Travelers staying here can make the most of the chauffered car and concierge services. It villa has a very contemporary ambience and is decorated with traditional items, crafts and local materials. Children are welcome here and there are baby cots too in this child-friendly villa too. Moreover, you can also order special meals for them.

Type: High budget villa (can accommodate a maximum of four persons)

Rate: 1185€ to 1896 € per night

Location: Near Marrakech-Palmeraie

So what are you waiting for? Rent a luxurious villa, or one of the charming riads in the land where modernity blends perfectly with tradition enjoy a relaxing holiday.

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5 Destinations all Wildlife Lovers Should Visit

South Africa, Travel Blog - Ross French - September 11, 2018

If you’re a wildlife lover, it makes sense to want to travel somewhere full of opportunity to spot some of the biggest, most majestic and exciting animals out there. With that being said, here are five destinations all wildlife lovers should visit.

South Africa

A safari is indisputably one of the best travel experiences to see an abundance of animals in their natural habitats, and South Africa is one of the best places for it.

Kruger National Park has an abundance of opportunities to spot beautiful animals in the wild – perfect for first timers, as well as those travelling on a budget, it’s here that you’ll get to see the Big Five for yourself. Lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo can all be found in Kruger’s five million acres.

Whether you want to live in luxury during your stay or instead try something more exhilarating, gorgeous lodges and camping safaris are both available in South Africa alongside many more options.

Borneo

Although it’s under constant threat of deforestation, effectively putting the lives of hundreds of species at risk, Borneo’s rainforest is a luscious, thriving wonderland full of thousands of beautiful animals from the Bornean orangutan all the way through to the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros.

Visiting this severely underrated and highly threatened part of the world will certainly allow you to tick an abundance of animals off your bucket list. There’s some lodges and other accommodation choices here to allow you to be in the heart of it all – come quick before the effects of nearby plantations and farming devastate the rainforest further.

Galapagos Islands

People who visit the Galapagos Islands often say it’s the experience of a lifetime. One of the most famous destinations in the world for wildlife, this archipelago boasts over ten islands, all of which offering very unique natural features as well as an incredible amount of beautiful, curious, intriguing animals.

From the iconic Galapagos tortoises to flocking penguins, from soaring albatross to majestic sea lions basking on one of the islands’ shores, the Galapagos are a fulfilling and almost overwhelmingly exciting destination for any animal lover. Add to that some of the most gorgeous natural scenery in the world, and it’s a true place of wonder.

Mauritius

Want to try a spot of diving? Head to Mauritius – not only is this island known for its paradisiacal beaches, crystal clear waters and luxurious accommodation, but there’s a thriving world beneath the surface that deserves your attention.

Winning the World Travel Awards’ best Indian Ocean diving destination a record five times, Mauritius certainly has a reputation to live up to. Visit for yourself and it’ll do just that.

Not only are there nearly 500 marine species and 200 coral species underneath the surface to discover, but the volcanic activity upon the island has led to a number of incredible natural underwater features such as caves, tunnels and even a “cathedral” – a majestic cavernous section on the western side of Mauritius.

Sri Lanka

Many people flock to Thailand in pursuit of up-close experiences with elephants, but Sri Lanka is arguably actually the best place to see the beautiful creatures. With thousands of them thriving in the wild, opportunities to see elephants in Sri Lanka aren’t exactly scarce – visit some of the country’s sprawling national parks to see them roaming the plains.

It’s an alternative to an African safari, and Sri Lanka is a great choice if you’re looking for something a bit more lowkey from your wildlife getaway.

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Top Wildlife Reserves in Africa for a Picture-Perfect Holiday

Africa, Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - August 12, 2018

Africa spoils its tourists when it comes to choosing which wildlife reserve to visit. Africa undoubtedly is one of the most spectacular tourist destinations in the world today and offers many exciting attractions ranging from adventures in Uganda to bungee jumping to having close encounters with wildlife in their natural habitat! We feel that nothing is as exciting as the view of the king of the jungle chasing its prey, mountain gorillas or the popular wildebeest migrations. It is not easy to decide which place to visit and thus we have compiled a list of the top wildlife reserves in Africa for a picture-perfect holiday:

1. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This reserve is as magical as you would expect it to be and much more! It is a pristine landscape dotted with Savannah, stunning acacias and roving herds. Serengeti is the recommended destination if you want to look at the Great Migration, which is the greatest spectacle of the animal species on earth with over 2 million zebras, gazelle and wildebeest changing their habitats! It is known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers some of the most spectacular views in this region!

2. Kruger National Park

Think of wildlife in Africa, and Kruger will come to your mind! In fact, the number of animal species that one can sight here makes it one of the best national parks in the world! It is situated in South Africa and some of the most commonly sighted animals here include the hippo, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard and rhino.

3. Volcanoes National Park

Another exciting and intriguing national park is the Volcanoes National Park located in Rwanda. It houses some of the most exotic and attractive animals, especially mountain gorillas that lure tourists from all around the world to Africa. Coming face to face with these vibrant apes and clicking a selfie with them is in the bucket list of many!

4. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This is listed as a world heritage site and is located in Uganda. The abundance of mountain gorillas in this national park makes it one of the most popular national parks here. This reserve is set over a steep mountain rainforest and the latest count reflects approximately 35 gorillas in this park to today. It remains one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Africa and you should definitely visit it during your time in Uganda.

5. Kidepo Valley National Park

While it might not be as well known as a few others in this list, it is the most beautiful park in Africa. It is set against the stunning mountains of Mount Morungole and the plains of Kidepo and Narus Valley. The most popular animals one can sight here are the voracious Kidepo lions.

We hope that the above list will help you decide which wildlife reserve to visit during your time in Africa! Pack your trekking shoes and sunglasses and embark on an adventure of a lifetime!

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TOP THREE PLACES TO VISIT IN DURBAN

South Africa - Ross French - September 8, 2017

Attractions in Durban

Durban lies beautiful on South Africa’s Indian Ocean Coast, with its sandy white beaches, rich culture and tropical beauty. Spend your days exploring its trendy bars, stylish restaurants, and lip-smacking street food. The most popular stretch of beachfront in Durban is the Golden Mile, where you can take part in various water activities. This city is also popular for its extensive marine life and various festivals. There are so many attractions in Durban that you will never face a dull moment while you spend your vacation in South Africa. To start things off, here is a list of the top three Durban attractions which you must visit while you spend your holiday in Durban. Continue Reading

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