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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 special and memorable.
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How can my luxury holiday to Africa remain sustainable & responsible?

How can you help Africa’s endangered wildlife and environment and support local cultures and communities whilst still enjoying the splendour of this magnificent continent? By ensuring that your luxury safari holiday is taken sustainably and supports important projects.
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How to take great Safari and Wildlife pictures like a Professional Photographer?

The Explorations Company have recently updated their ‘Meet and Discover Events’ calendar and are proudly inviting clients old and new to a specially designed Master-Class series for Safari and Wildlife Photography lovers.
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Explore Liuwa Plains Zambia and Nosy Ankao Island in Madagascar

The ultimate, get away from it all, chic, luxury safari, perfect for somebody searching for a pristine, untouched Africa with five star luxury accommodation. Start your safari adventure exploring a completely new luxury property in the magnificent Liuwa Plains National Park.
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A Life changing Gorilla encounter in Bwindi, Uganda

What exactly is it that defines a life changing journey? I suppose it is as much about the individual, as it is about the experience being had. I have a feeling that being gently nudged out of the way by a 200 kilogram Silverback as it brushes past you to pacify a squabble between its infant family members, is going to bring you closer to that definition than ever before.
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The secret about my gorilla trekking safari in the Congo

Trekking in the Republic of the Congo to see the western lowland gorilla is a different and more adventurous experience than that on offer with the mountain gorillas in Eastern Africa. This is one of the richest eco systems in the world and the experience here is real life, untamed, wild and completely natural. I recently explored the Odzala forest on a trekking safari.
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More secrets revealed about my Gorilla trekking safari in The Congo

Odzala forest in the Congo is the home to the endangered western lowland gorilla, but there is so much more to see here too. Today I am on an adventure exploring the wilderness of the forest of Odzala National Park.
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A luxury beach holiday in Mozambique

I recently visited a truly stunning corner of the globe, the Bazaruto region of Mozambique, consisting of the town of Vilanculos and its glittering archipelago of un-spoilt islands. Here you can have the most relaxing and unique island holiday.
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How to choose the best safari accommodation for families

There are many different elements that make up the perfect family safari, but one of the foremost in terms of children’s interest overall is likely to be where one stays. Not only will carefully choosing the right location and style of property or camp ensure that everyone gets a good night's sleep, it can (and will) also fire the imagination of everyone participating.
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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 thousands of years.
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7 reasons why Elephant Watch Camp in Samburu, Kenya is so successful

If World Elephant Day has piqued your interest about these wonderful creatures, right now is the time to visit Kenya for some fabulous elephant viewing. Going to Samburu to stay at Elephant Watch Camp would be right up there on my list of fantastic places to visit.
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Ethiopia’s top 9 amazing places to visit on holiday

Ethiopia, with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa, is a country of many contrasts. There are a wide range of altitudes and many distinct areas, from the highest point in the Simiens to the lowest in the Danakil Depression, lying below sea level.
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6 Primates you should see on safari in Africa

From the Agile mangabey to the Zanzibar colobus, there are more than 116 primate species in Africa and that is not even considering the 70 plus lemur species in Madagascar. Our closest relatives are simply amazing and spending quality time observing them whilst on safari, enhances any visit to Africa.
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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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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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Where are the 3 most amazing places in Africa to see the endangered Rhino?

As the rhino population unhappily declines, you really should move heaven and earth to see this remarkable creature in the wild before it's too late. Rest assured though, your safari can also help to save the Rhino too.
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Where can you 'bake a cake' on a Family Safari in Africa?

With baking having become the new fashionable hobby spanning all generations we cannot ignore the trend! On family safaris (our favourite type of safari) baking is an essential ingredient to ensure younger children have fun!
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Where are the top 3 Malaria-free regions for family safaris in South Africa?

South Africa is a magnet for travellers seeking diversity in all if its glory, a simple two week journey can incorporate so many different experiences and contrasting landscapes. One of the added bonuses is that it offers the chance to observe magnificent wildlife, in areas that are 100 % malaria free.
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What to expect on your first African safari holiday

Touching down on African soil again during a recent visit reminded me of how excited I was the very first time I travelled on safari in this most wonderful of continents. This visit, like every other, did not disappoint and all of those wonderful memories and feelings came flooding back as if I was reliving that very first time all over again.
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Discover how Liuwa Plains in Zambia is setting new standards for 'Sustainable Tourism'

When one talks about sustainable travel achieving a low impact on a national park or area of natural importance, one park that defines this is the Liuwa Plains in the far western side of Zambia. Roughly the size of Wales, the park has only one tourism lodge within it which caters for a maximum of 12 guests in an area spanning 3660sq.kilometres.
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Where are the best walking holidays in the Himalayas?

This is an experience that I would implore everyone to undertake! I would, however, recommend that prior to taking this walk, that some form of cardio fitness is undertaken just to make the beginning easier. The other alternative, is that like me, you get fit along the way!
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Tiger viewing in Tadoba Park, Central India

My latest research trip took me back to the national parks of central India. I had one of the most wonderful opportunities to walk from the beautiful Kanha National Park to Pench which became hugely popular due to the BBC documentary ‘Spy in the Jungle’.
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Exploring beautiful Rajasthan by Bicycle and Train

Cycling isn’t new to anyone however at The Explorations Company we invented a perfect way to rediscover the world slowly, to see it and to absorb it. Cycling and train tours of Rajasthan can be very thrilling without compromising on any comforts.
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The best family holidays in Sri Lanka

If you were to design the perfect family holiday, it would involve plenty of opportunity to enjoy the nature and wilderness, a bit of soft adventure and certainly beaches. That, broadly speaking, describes Sri Lanka.
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Where are the best family holidays in Asia?

There is no better way for your children to experience other cultures than by travelling. We all know that travelling with children can be extra work - but the rewards are surely more than worth it! Children love seeing new places and doing new things. They love adventure. With its riot of sounds, sights and smells, India can prove overwhelming for first-time visitors, not least children. One of the best places to acclimatise is mellow Kerala, where families can enjoy the country’s richness of nature, history and culture with complete ease.
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Bespoke and customised luxury travel options and itineraries throughout India

At The Explorations Company we love luxury and style but we also love to engage with the destination and its local community. If that means the odd bumpy road or eccentric hotel in order to see something truly special, that's fine by us.
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The best Indian vacations for older people

Kerala is extremely popular for its panoramic and scintillating views. The fun filled beaches, backwaters and adventurous sanctuaries make it one of the best places to spend your vacation. Kerala is a quiet place and offers a great experience to the visitor. After reading our travel blog I am sure you will agree that it’s one of the best Indian vacation spots or older people.
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Customised luxury travel options in India

Cochin and the Kerala backwaters have a lovely collection of luxurious boutique hotels ranging from converted colonial mansions to retreats in the midst of spice plantations and idyllic waterways that are ideal for spending a holiday with an emphasis on relaxation. It’s fair to say that if I were to suggest a region that has some of the best customised luxury travel options in India, Kerala would top the list.
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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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