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Why is Ethiopia’s Omo Valley region so rich in culture?

Ethiopia is home to some of the most fascinating indigenous tribal communities in Africa and culturally, the highlight of southern Ethiopia is South Omo.

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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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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 be...

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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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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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How to create Kenyan bush cuisine like a professional.

Antonia’s Kitchen offers fabulous inspirational bush cookery courses in the Kenyan bush, where guests will learn to cook with passion, imagination, flair and lots of laughs!

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What are the 11 key ingredients of South Africa's Cape Malay cuisine?

The next time you find yourself in the city of Cape Town, make a turn past the vibrant Bo Kaap district to spend an afternoon on a savoury safari, creating a spread of spice-infused curries and snacks that are typical of Cape Malay cuisine.

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Interesting Festivals in Africa

The next time you contemplate travelling on a safari, perhaps you might like to take in a festival, such as a wine festival in the Cape, South Africa or a music and cultural festival in Mozambique or perhaps the Lamu festival in Kenya whilst ending your saf...

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Festival on Ibo Island, Mozambique.

The most famous annual festival on Ibo Island in Mozambique is called Kueto Siriwala, meaning “to not forget your roots, regardless of how far away from home you are”.

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Family Safari Holidays

For me, the best family holidays are family safari holidays! I take my own family every year on safari back to Africa where I spent most of my life and it entirely enthrals them! There is always simply so much to do and so many new, exciting adventures to try!

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Elephant Back Safaris

Elephant Back Safaris are the most unique and in our opinion, one of the best ways of going on safari in Africa!

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Wonderful cultural experiences whilst on safari in Tanzania and Kenya

The main reason the vast majority of first-time visitors to East Africa make the crucial decision to go on a safari is to see the wildlife. But it isn’t until one gets to Africa that a truism kicks in: it’s the people you meet that make your stay even more ...

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4 enchanting secret desert gems in Southern Africa

Lucia Van Der Post, the well-known writer for the Financial Times’ How To Spend It magazine, recently travelled to Botswana and Namibia for a life-changing desert experience, meeting the precious cultures of the San people that have lived here for tens of t...

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Wonderful Festivals Celebrated Throughout Asia

In addition to the fantastic music festivals which take place in Rajasthan, and the cattle fairs of Nagaur and Pushkar, the following festivals in Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Burma are also worth noting!

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Sufi Music Festival, Rajasthan, India

We are spoilt for choice with so many wonderful festivals that occur in India. However, whilst the Jaipur literary festival is always interesting, it is hard to beat the world sufi spiritual festival.

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A journey through the foothills of the Himalayas

If sitting on a recliner and looking out at the impossible bright blue sky or gazing at the snow capped mountains at a distance with a cup of tea, cookies and a delicious novel entices you, then join me on my holiday into the foothills of the Himalayas to L...

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Where to go to India to experience the height in luxury

I recently visited the hugely atmospheric city of Hyderabad which is a gateway to the south. Famous for its Charminar and Golconda Fort it now also has an incredible Falaknuma Palace hotel recently renovated by the Taj Group.

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Awe inspiring places to visit in the Himalayas

Find yourself a bit of high ground – not hard if you happen to be wandering in the Himalayas, get comfortable and wait for the Sun to sink low enough that its rays refracted by dense atmosphere, haze and water vapour, paint the high peaks in rich hues of or...

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What should the best vacations in India include?

Well it may be difficult to answer for many but a couple of years back I was very lucky indeed to experience a real gem in Central India. Just an hour and half away from the deserted city of Mandu is the gorgeous Ahilya Fort, right in the centre of the acti...

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Unique must-do experiences in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has seduced travellers for centuries. Marco Polo described it as the finest island of its size in the world, while successive waves of Indian, Arab and European traders and adventurers flocked to its palm-fringed shores, attracted by reports of ra...

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Best Luxury Tours of India

In November last year I set out on a holiday to rediscover Shimla, the erstwhile summer capital in Oberoi style. It’s one of the best luxury tours of India! I boarded an express train at the Delhi railway station to Kalka, one of the major rail junctions co...

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Luxury North India Rajasthan

Rajasthan can be daunting if you are a first-time traveller to this region and you want more than just a “Golden Triangle holiday”. How to plan such a holiday? How to avoid the pitfalls or mass market tourism? How to make sure the holiday is of the right qu...

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Luxury Kerala Holidays

Kerala can now offer a fantastic experience to the discerning traveller. Nowhere in India will you find a more gentle and relaxed state than Kerala; tucked away in the south west corner, between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats.

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Himalayan Holidays

The great soaring peaks of the Himalayas, stretching in a vast arc across the north-eastern borders of the subcontinent – and indeed defining the subcontinent – are today one of the last natural wonderlands of the world.

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Homestays in India, Sri Lanka & Nepal

Staying at establishments which are owner managed is becoming increasingly popular, allowing one to experience the subcontinent in a far better way. An owner managed retreat or a home stay is similar in concept to that of a bed and breakfast.

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Jamtara Wilderness Camp in Madhya Pradesh

Jamtara Wilderness Camp is the only camp located at the northern entrance to Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh and this is just one advantage of this superb camp. It is the creation of a truly passionate wildlife enthusiast, Amit Sankhala, who has himse...

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Exploring the Stunningly Beautiful Regions of Ladakh

Historically, Ladakh as a region encompasses a patchwork of several inspiring landscapes. However contemporary Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, the Lahaul and Spiti to the south, the Vale of Kashmir regions to the west and the trans-Kunlun territory of Xin...

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Luxury holidays to The Ganges River & Varanasi

This is a perfect holiday to The Ganges River, which is the spiritual heart of India and where it is better known as Mother Ganga. For visitors, to immerse one’s self in this sacred river has the effect of washing away any previous negative karma.

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