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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Embark on Private Sunset Dhow cruise

And being on a private island ?

Do not tell us that the idea has ever crossed your mind for your honeymoon dream …

As we arrived very well to read in your mind, we have selected for you the lodge Azura Quilalea on the private island Quilalea.

The Quirimbas Archipelago lie down from Pemba to the Northern border with Tanzania. Quilálea is located in the very southern part of the archipelago which forms a fully protected marine sanctuary.

This Indian Ocean island is completely uninhabited and offers complete exclusivity with an unparalleled natural beauty.

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It is the ideal place to spend your holidays in love with its nine private villas overlooking the magnificent view of the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

In relaxed a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ castaway style, Azura at Quilálea is a hidden jewel, a place to retreat from the rush and stress of daily life.

This is paradise for lovers of marine life and marine experiences. The island possesses 4 large sandy beaches and the villas are spread along 2 of them. The main beach is home to dozens of nesting turtles and is an excellent spot for a private picnic lunch

Your ultimate romantic moment? Admire the sunset during a sailing trip on a traditional dhow called “Mustajabo” made entirely by hand by local artisans in the village of Guludo.

Love navigates on waters…

Bubbly on top of Table Mountain

Love is made to fly from vertices to vertices…

About Summit, in Cape Town, in fact, here’s a great opportunity for an unforgettable romantic moment during your honeymoon: Take with you a a bottle of champagne and toast to your new happiness at the top of Table Mountain during the nightfall with the sun that kisses of a thousand colors of the Cape Peninsula and save this magnificent panoramic view of the city nestled below, its beautiful beaches and the Atlantic Ocean far as the eye.

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You can extend it by a romantic walk in the sparkling atmosphere of Love …

Mysterious and enigmatic Namibia

Mysterious and enigmatic, Namibia possesses a unique beauty. From the harshly inhospitable Skeleton Coast with its shipwrecks to the vast salt pans of Etosha National Park, Namibia is one of the most amazing countries in Africa.

Massive, shifting sand dunes, said to be the highest in the world, form an ever changing interplay of light and shade under the hot Namib Desert sun at Sossusvlei. This area is a must for photographers. Not only are the dramatic shapes of the red sands wonderfully photogenic but here you may get a picture of the magnificent desert oryx.

Mysterious Namibia Desert

Botanists and zoologists are often keen to observe the adaptation of both animal and plant species to the apparently hostile environment. Namibia offers a rare chance to see fascinating animals such as the oryx, known as ‘’master of the desert’’, and the endangered desert elephant, both of which are very specialised. The Huab Valley also has rare specimens of Welwitschia mirabilis, a strange tree that has been stunted by the desert climate and is a supreme example of evolutionary adaptation.

In Etosha National Park you will see more familiar wildlife, indeed all of the ‘’big five’’ (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) may be found here. Springbok, wildebeest, eland and zebra range the park and congregate at the water holes in far larger numbers during the dry months of June to December. There are good numbers of lion and leopard and black rhino. Ongava Game Reserve, next to the Park, even has white rhino.

Swakopmund is a quiet seaside town with considerable charm. An extremely comfortable base from which to explore the desert and coast, this is a wonderful place from which to take exciting dune rides on quad bikes, to dune board at speeds of up to eighty kilometres per hour or, perhaps take a trip to the Cape Cross seal colony, There is even one of the only four desert golf courses in the world.

The desert is a wonderful place for those seeking solitude and the time in which to reflect, yet Namibia also offers so much more. Fascinating animals, a strange and interesting plant world, the heart-pounding thrill of adrenaline sports and some of the most strangely haunting landscapes in the world.

Keep the African Wild Dog… wild

African Wild Dog conservation (AWDC) is a long-term research project established to conserve the endangered African Wild Dog conservation in Zambia.

The study which was originally based in the lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia, with its rugged escarpment to the north, the river, and its numerous islands, lagoons and floodplains attracts most of the wildlife, has now been expanded into the South Luangwa National Park, which is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

Wild Dog Zambia Protection

Habitat fragmentation and persecution were the major causes of the wild dogs’ historic decline, and these factors causes still represent the principal threats today. The current project is designed to implement management strategies developed from the previous research and to conserve a large population of African wild dogs in eastern Zambia.

“Whale Shark! Whale Shark!”…

Just imagine… You started the day with maybe one of the most beautiful dives you can think of.

From manta rays gracefully hovering around you to leatherback turtles peacefully sitting on a reef, you’re amazed but it’s not over yet.

You go back on the boat, take off your diving gear and then you hear your skipper yelling : “Whale Shark! Whale Shark!”…

Whale Shark In Mozambique

Whale Shark In Mozambique

Everybody jumps back into their fins, masks and snorkels and goes back in the water…

The whale shark is the largest shark and the largest fish. It is up to 40 feet (12 m) long and weighs up to 15 tons. You’re in total respect, but it’s not over yet.

On your way back to land, coming out of the blue, 3 Bottlenose Dolphins breaching in the bow wave of the boat…

By the way, you’re in Mozambique.

My canoeing safari in Botswana

For this adventure you need one canoe, two paddles, two travellers and one Wilderness !

It takes place along the Selinda Spillway, an ideal setting for a canoeing safari in Botswana.

The trip consists of three full days of paddling and three nights in impromptu mobile camps along the way, in an area well known for its considerable wildlife and for its birding paradise.

Selinda-Canoe-Trail-Botswana

The Selinda Spillway is a waterway that links Botswana’s Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Kwando marshes, rivers and floodplains.

You can also walk  to areas where herds of elephant and hippo drink from the verge. Or even move on to the bush, to spy on lions and leopards if you feel brave enough.

The wide bottom Canadian canoes accommodate two travellers responsible for their own paddling. The team that will host each Salinda canoe Trail departure consists of 4 members (a cook, two camp hands and a guide) carefully selected to give you an even more memorable experience!

Farm 215, nature and green retreat

Farm 215 is an excellent example of sustainable tourism and illustrates perfectly the new generation of eco-friendly accommodations in South Africa. Accredited by the Fair Trade Tourism association and winner of the Cape Fox Award 2007 for best management of land in the Western Cape they have rehabilitated an old farm to transform it into a pristine 800 hectares nature reserve hidden in the middle of the beautiful Cape Floral Kingdom.

Farm 215 nature and green retreat

Everything is done to preserve as much as possible the environment and limit the footprints left. The spacious Fynbos suites operate with solar power, waste and water recycling and bio degradable detergents. The delicious 3 course dinners are made with ingredients sourced in the local farms and organic products. The integrity of the natural ecosystem is protected; the water-ways are cleared from alien vegetation and re-forested with indigenous species to restore the original flow of the streams.

Farm 215 is a very good starting point for a horse trail ranging from 1 hour to a few days with African Horse Company whose horses gallop freely amongst the proteas and fynbos of the reserve.

South Africa, the New Hollywood (?)

Southern Africa has a vibrant, growing film industry that is increasingly competitive internationally. Local and foreign movie makers are attracted by South Africa’s highly skilled film crews and technicians, excellent infrastructures, European look-alike scenery, abundant wildlife, indigenous forests and pristine beaches… add to that, no language barriers, a favorable exchange rate, low production costs and good weather, especially during the American and European winter.

10 000 BC  Angelina Jolie

Building on this reputation, a lot of successful big budget international productions, which you have certainly seen already, have been filmed in the area. This includes Blood Diamond with Leonardo Di Caprio, shot in South Africa and Mozambique, Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage as a global arms dealer – with Cape Town appearing as 57 different settings, also 10 000 BC and Beyond Borders with Angelina made in Namibia…

Sharing the spotlight with the foreign counterparts, the home-grown filmmakers are also in the Hollywood eye with successful local productions; the jewel in the industry’s crown being Tsotsi which won an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2006 and the most unconventional is last summer’s hit District 9 !

Awe-inspiring stay into the dunes

Wolwedans nestles into the dunes and surrounded by an extraordinary natural beauty. Located in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve, the Lodge provides the perfect base  to explore vast stretches of awe-inspiring and undisturbed nature.

Each camp is designed to meet each guest’s individual needs. At Wolwedans you have a choice between the rustic of the Dune Camp and the more elaborate Dunes Lodge. Or else the Mountain View Suite, a quietly secluded Private Camp or the latest gem, Boulders Camp, secretly tucked away amidst large granite rocks.

Wolwedans Lodge Namibia

Wolwedans is not just a ”dune hotel” or a one night stop over destination and which can be just ticked off en-route. It is a place where to stay, to learn and unwind, whilst being looked after by a friendly and involved local team.

You will marvel at your exclusive chance to get up so close to the nature… in the absence of five-star city luxury, marble bathrooms and air-conditioned rooms. A liberating thought. Wolwedans provides an intriguing window to experience the desert’s elusive grandeur and its breathtaking beauty.

Between Scenic Drives, Scenic Flights, Ballooning, photography and trekking, or even sleep under a sky studded with stars, Wolwedans should be one of your next stop.

”For the Sake of the Children”

Ebenezer Child Care Trust was founded in March 2001 by Ranji Chara, and was initially a feeding program for street.

Today, it has expanded into a school for orphans and has also built 3 homes where orphans are givens a sense of a family  they have lost.

The Founder of this Organization is Mrs. Ranji Chara, a Sunday School teacher. She joined the Sunday School department in whichever town her husband was posted to, since she always has a passion to work with children.

Ebenezer Child Care Trust Zambia

Mrs Chara, went every morning into the streets of Livingstone, and picked up children who were sleeping on the streets and eating from dustbins, and brought them to their church premises. A few months later Ranji was able to rent out their first Orphanage Home for these homeless children.

Ebenezer Village (Orphanage) is located just on the outskirts of Livingstone, on the way to Botswana, and next to the Mosi-O-Tunya Wild Life Reserve. It is a very modern facility with its own bore hole for fresh water, electricity in each building and a bright and cheerful atmosphere. It is presently home for 51 children who are fed, clothed and taught social skills, family values, Christian values and love.

Details and more information on the website : http://www.ebenezerchildcare.org/