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Why is Bhutan such an extraordinarily special kingdom?

Bhutan is an extraordinarily special kingdom and the only country in the world, where a government policy includes gross national happiness! Druk Yul, as it is otherwise known, is the perfect example of a successful country that preserves its ancient past whilst embracing economic development.
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Where are the very best and most exclusive places in India?

With such a vast wealth of places to visit and sights to see, it can sometimes be quite overwhelming when considering which regions to include in a journey to India, for first and even second time visitors.
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Enjoy Sri Lanka’s hidden secrets by special arrangement only!

Sri Lanka is blossoming right now. For the last few years this pretty island has quietly been establishing its mark as a must visit destination, high on cognoscenti’s travel lists.
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How can you enjoy privileged access to experience China’s out of bounds locations?

Regarded as one of the cradles of civilisation, China is one of the most mystifying travel destinations in Asia. It offers so much for anyone interested in history, architecture, breath-taking scenery, incredible art work, culture, trekking, river cruising and of course food!
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A great Nepal combination - Helicopter to Everest Base Camp and soft trekking in the Annapurna Mountains

Nepal offers so much for anyone interested in breath taking scenery, incredible art work, culture, wildlife and trekking.
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Out of bounds Japan – by private invitation only!

Leisure travel can be characterised in two ways - vacation and journey. A vacation often focuses on the frills and indulgence, as its purpose is to relax and rejuvenate.
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North Island, Seychelles – a private island paradise with conservation at its heart

Flying in from Mahé by helicopter to North Island, it is a short 15 minute flight, where you can experience magnificent views of clear turquoise waters and untouched white sandy beaches.
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Why should India be on everybody’s travel list?

It is almost impossible to fathom the depth of culture and complexities of this incredible country, but that is what makes India so enticing. It is a nation that is constantly evolving, at a rapid pace, yet where there are so many places seemingly so far behind, where tradition remains firmly in place, where fascinating historical buildings are at the centre of buzzing hives of activity and where ancient forts and monuments still stand strong in both countryside and cities.
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Damaraland – the place of the Damara people and breath taking scenery and wide open spaces

I have recently returned from what I consider to be the best safari in Namibia! Unlike her other African counterparts, Namibia offers such entirely different sensory experiences.
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Why my recent trip home to Botswana proved to be such a delight!

My recent trip ‘home’ to Botswana where I grew up, lived and worked in the safari industry, once again reminded me just how wonderful this country is. A recent good rainy season had replenished waterholes and the grass levels in some places were as high as an elephant’s eye.
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Where can you experience both authentic and luxury safari camping in Kenya’s Masai Mara?

The aircraft slowly circles the green expanse, and as we get closer the small white dots become a mass of wild flowers, fresh from the new rains.
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How do you combine five star luxury lodge status with a caring social programme?

Visiting Zimbabwe, you will encounter an overwhelming sense of friendliness, humour and integrity amongst its people, with some of the top trained guides and highest standards of service throughout Africa.
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Why you should experience the Way of Tea in Japan!

“Konnichiwa! Hajimemashite.” I was greeted in Japanese by a gentle old lady dressed in an elegant kimono, as she welcomed me into her beautiful traditional townhouse in Kyoto.
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Why Namibia is the perfect destination for curious travellers’

Having just returned from a month in Namibia, I have taken time to reflect on what an extraordinary country this truly is and why everyone should visit it – even if just once in their lifetime!
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Where are the very best Riding Safaris in Africa?

Riding Safaris in Africa are simply fantastic! Once you have ridden in Africa, we warn you that this could become addictive! (not only our own point of view, but also our returning riders who travel each year for another ‘fix’).
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What are the 9 critical steps travellers often overlook when planning a visit to Africa?

In the first stages of planning a holiday or safari to Africa and eventually as the days draw closer to packing and departing, one very useful motto springs to mind – Be Prepared!
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How has the Black Rhino been re-introduced into Rwanda after over 10 Years?

Last seen in Rwanda 10 years ago, Black rhino have returned to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park.
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Why has Sasaab Camp, Samburu, Kenya been attracting so much publicity?

Sasaab Camp, which is located close to Samburu National Park, aired on BBC television’s Amazing Hotels with Giles Coren and Monica Galetti, is an absolutely glorious camp located in a breath taking part of Kenya’s central region.
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Where in Kenya can you share breakfast with a Rothschild Giraffe?

From Nairobi’s international Airport, Jomo Kenyatta, it is around a 40 minute to 1½ hour's drive to Giraffe Manor, as this very much depends on the traffic and the time of day.
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Galápagos in 3D

It would be hard to imagine that anyone would not find a wildlife series fascinating when it was presented by the national treasure that is David Attenborough. Even the mention of his name associated with a new wildlife series seems to attract even the least likely of fans to watch the antics of wild animals and other natural phenomena.
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Mashpi Lodge Ecuador - Paradise in the Clouds of the Rainforest

I love diminutive (by Latin America standards) Ecuador, in fact, at the risk of being accused of favouritism, I have rather a soft spot for it. Perhaps because it is often overlooked by visitors in favour of its larger neighbour Peru or even by its scene-stealing islands, the Galapagos Islands. This is a shame because it has some amazing treasures of its own.
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Antarctica – the Ultimate Wildlife Journey

Antarctica – the last great and remote wilderness. Whilst many destinations claim to offer the journey of a lifetime, we think this is the ultimate in that category. What could compare to arriving on an uninhabited continent to find colonies of penguins, seals reclining lazily on ice floes and whales plying its icy waters. Truly magnificent!
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Choosing the best Antarctica cruise

Travelling to the far south to the mesmerizing ‘White Continent’ is a big decision. It is perhaps the ultimate destination for adventurous travellers; a destination that truly deserves to warrant the phrase ‘the holiday of a lifetime’.
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Discover the 12 attractions that make Botswana a wonderful safari destination

Botswana is one of Africa’s most notable safari destinations and countries, peaceful, a true democracy, a conservation haven, extraordinary scenery, remote and pristine. I lived and worked there for over 20 years, and dearly love the country.
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A first timer’s guide to exploring Rajasthan

India is the visual explosion of bright sarees, cows pretending to be natural roundabouts, marigolds and lots of sunshine. It is everything, and more, all at once. An orchestra thanks to beeping horns, high-speed Hindi and the cawing of thousands of crows.
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What are the 3 most perfect Island getaways in Tanzania?

Whilst everyone has probably heard of the island Zanzibar, not everyone has heard of Pemba, Mafia, Fanjove and Thanda Islands. These are the kinds of places you would beg to be marooned on!
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Why are so many primate species endangered?

Gibbons, lemurs, orangutans, chimpanzees, and gorillas all are endangered primate species, in fact almost all primates are now threatened and around 300 species face extinction in the next 30 years.
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Explore the most idyllic luxury beach holiday in Malawi

Lake Malawi is so vast that spending time on its foreshore along the lake seems like a beach holiday. Likoma Island, where I stayed on my recent visit to Malawi, is without a doubt the most idyllic location on the lake.
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Why is Malagarasi in Tanzania an Eden for 'Sustainable Tourism?

I recently spent a month in Tanzania where I had the luxury and privilege of experiencing Malagarasi – Tanzania’s perfect Eden, where the owners have been conserving wildlife and working with locals using sustainable travel, in a labour of love.
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Why is Babylonstoren on Conde Nast's Gold List for 2017?

Babylonstoren has to be my favourite place in The Winelands, so I'm delighted that it has been chosen as one of the Best Hotels in the World by Conde Nast Traveller. It lies in the picturesque Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Paarl and is surrounded by the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Mountains.
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