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Our top trip tips for 2020

Eliza

Eliza

Marketing Manager
Published on

18 Dec 2019

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A new decade is about to begin, and the world is your oyster to explore. Where will you go?

There are so many places we love visiting (and re-visiting) and even though it's our job to travel and we're fortunate to travel more than most, our experts all still have a huge bucket list of places they'd love to see and many favourites they'd like to revisit.

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After much debate between Ben, Ali, Pete, Nathan and Mark, we've narrowed down our list of favourites for next year to our top 12.

Which of these are on your bucket list? We'd love to hear from you!

The definitive safari destination – Tanzania

Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

Tanzania is well known for its northern safari circuit, featuring the Ngorongoro Crater and hosting one of the most renowned wildlife spectacles on Earth - the great wildebeest migration. The grassland savannahs of the Serengeti are mesmerising and my most recent visit took me to some really exclusive areas, away from any other visitors. The south of Tanzania takes you further off the beaten trail and delivers an impressive hat-trick – Selous, Ruaha and Katavi!

The world’s first and second largest lion populations are found in Selous and Ruaha; the former also being Africa’s biggest game reserve. Of the three, Katavi is the most remote, hence least visited and many safari connoisseurs’ ultimate destination. Coupled with the magnificent Indian Ocean islands that lie just of its coast, Tanzania should be in your top 10 any year!”

Marc, safari fanatic

Curious to find out more about the migration? Have a read of this, or better still, call Marc to book a trip there.




Our rising star - Ethiopia

Ethiopian Wolf Eto

“I don’t want to say this too loudly, but for my money Ethiopia is the most interesting and engaging and otherworldly country in the world. A country that 2,000 years ago took a Darwinian left-turn. Whilst the rest of the worlds major civilisations communicated, traded and swapped people and culture, broadly evolving together... Ethiopia struck out alone. Its own man.

And the result is uniquely rich culture which you see immediately in its people, its cuisine, its religion, and its fascinating historical and archaeological sites including 9 World Heritage sites. In 2020 with a dynamic Nobel Peace Prize winning leader at the helm, there is a tangible sense that Ethiopia is on the cusp of a re-awakening.... my recommendation; get there quick!! Whatever you’re expecting it will surprise you.“

Ben, MD and Ethiopia Fan – obviously.

Take a look at our historical Ethiopia tourfor inspiration or give Ben a call to find out more.




Untouched, tropical island relaxation - Sao Tome and Principe

Sao  Tome  Principe

"Two prehistoric islands set fast for millions of years in the mid-Atlantic offering: an interesting cultural history; beautiful primary forest walks; excellent birding and quite simply some of the most amazing beaches you will come across.

At different times of the year you will be able to watch whales breaching, at others you will be able to fight big game fish or witness turtles nest or hatch. Come and see for yourselves before this places hits the front pages for its stunning offerings and the handful of hotels that currently offer a very comfortable but intimate experience become inundated."

Alistair, paradise hunter

Take a look at our turtle nesting holidays or give Alistair a call to find out more.




Penguins, wine and safari - South Africa

Sunway  South  Africa  Boulders  Beach Penguins

"The description – A World in One Country encapsulates South Africa and the incredible range of experiences that it offers. Cosmopolitan Cape Town and the beautiful Cape Winelands are packed with incredible restaurants,

The Garden Route is perfect for families and world-class safaris cab be enjoyed around the Kruger National Park. History buffs will love the battlefields of the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars, whilst the beaches around Durban are perfect for relaxing at the end of a busy trip."

Pete, wine and safari enthusiast in equal measures.

Take a look at our self-drive garden route or give Pete a buzz to find out more.




Private tropical island – Fanjove, Zanzibar

Fanjove Lighthouse Snorkelling

“The most exciting Indian ocean hotel opening in the past years by a mile. People throw phrases like ‘desert island’ bliss around too generously... but for Fanjove they are spot on. A tiny island with all the remoteness and isolation of Robinson Crusoe’s desert island, combined with the spoiling service of a five hotel. If I could whisk my wife away on a romantic break, I know where I’d go.”

Marc, Tanzania fan

Take a little peak at Fanjove island or give Marc a call to find out more and book your trip of a lifetime.




Birdwatching paradise - Gorongosa Mozambique

Gorongosa National Park Safari

“One of Africa’s sleeping Giants is awakening... this year we have sent a handful of customers to Gorongosa in Mozambique – and their experiences have been incredible.

Located at the southern end of the great rift valley Gorongosa now offers a brilliant wildlife experience... lions, elephants and everything else... and a birders delight... someone counted 130 species in one sitting. I think 2020 is going to be the year Gorongosa completes its rehabilitation to its rightful place as one of Africas top safari destinations.”

Ali – Mozambique expert

If you fancy exploring all that Mozambique has to offer from Gorongosa to its magical beaches, give Ali a call today.




A magical treasure chest to explore - India

Taj  Mahal  India

"India has just completely blossomed as a destination in recent years, with better connectivity between regions and a focus on experiencing the real Indian culture, it is possible to get away from ‘off-the-shelf’ holidays and to have a truly bespoke and memorable trip.

All makes our work more interesting and of course the holidays so much better – I don’t think any 2 this year have been remotely similar."

Nathan – India devotee

India always leaves a lasting impression on our travellers and is a country that people return to again and again. If it's your first visit, take a look at our Golden Triangle and Tigers trip, or talk to Nathan about going somewhere more off the beaten track.




Unspoilt and wild - Zambia

Luambe Camp Luambe Zambia Timbuktu Travel 6

"Often overlooked by visitors who are drawn in by the charms of neighbouring Botswana, Zambia is reinventing itself as a true luxury safari destination, with some world-class lodges found across the country to complement its more traditional bushcamps.

Safaris in the stunning Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Parks are a must-do, whilst those with more time can head off to the North Luangwa, Liuwa Plains and even the tiny Luambe National Parks to follow the road-less-travelled. Of course a few days in iconic Victoria Falls is easy to add to any itinerary in Zambia, with some stunning places to stay here to round off any Zambian safari."

Pete, Zambia aficionado

If you're considering a romantic getaway and want to escape the crows, take a look at this honeymoon safari trip idea or give Pete a call today to start planning the adventure of a lifetime.




Up close and person with the gorillas - Rwanda

Gorilla Twins Gorilla Fund

“Rwanda has completely re-invented itself. As a tourism destination that is.... the place, and the people are as wonderful as they’ve always been – but this fascinating landlocked country in the heart of Africa has in 2019 seen openings by some of the world’s leading luxury hotel brands – One & Only, Singita, and Wilderness to name but a few.

As well as this, they are involved with one of our favourite organisations ever – African Parks – a far sighted conservation NGO that is re-invigorating about 20 National parks in Africa, Rwandas Akagera NP. My recent visit to Rwanda was hands down the most interesting and engaging safari of the year. And of course, coming face to face with a mountain Gorilla for 60 thrilling minutes int he Virunga Volcanoes was thrilling. “

Ben. MD / Rwanda Fan.

If you're interested in finding out more about trekking to see the gorillas, take a look at this awesome itineraryor give our friendly MD, Ben a call.




The ultimate safari and beach combo - Kenya

Kenya  Hot  Air  Ballon  Safari

"The best safari and beach combination available – bar none. You have superbly contrasting topography, incredible wildlife and a vast spectrum of ways to view all of this.

The safari neatly dove tails in with an easy-access stay on a stunning, coral-white sandy beach stay at Diani, or the cultural UNESCO site of Lamu island. This is definitely the best safari/beach holiday for first timers and as you dig deeper you realise that its also great for veteran safari seekers too."

Ali, safari and sun specialist.

If you're interested in combining the opportunity to see the big five with a little bit of beach relaxation, take a look at this trip idea, or give Ali a ring today to find out more today.




The peal of the Indian ocean - Sri Lanka

Tea Plantation In Sri Lanka

"It’s heart-warming to see the spirit with which Sri Lanka is getting back on its feet - prior to the horrible events at Easter last year, the country had experienced a momentous few years, and was THE travel destination of choice.

It took a big knock – but they’re bouncing back with a smile at every corner. Safety-wise Sri Lanka is now back to normal but tourist numbers are still lower than usual, meaning there’s never been a better time to go and have it all to yourself than now."

Nathan – Sri Lanka admirer

If spending your days exploring temples, visiting tea plantations or spotting elephants swimming appeals, take a look at this wonderful tour of Sri Lanka, or better still, give Nathan a buzz and let him inspire your next trip.




A varied and diverse safari experience - Zimbabwe

A Lion In Zimbabwe

"Breathtaking Zimbabwe offers arguably the most diverse and comprehensive safari experiences anywhere in Africa. Iconic parks such as Hwange and Mana Pools are must-dos and provide some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere in Africa, whilst hidden gems such as the Matobo Hills and Gonarezhou are perfect for more adventurous travellers.

A houseboat experience on Lake Kariba is perfect for larger groups, with all visitors to Zimbabwe able to take advantage of Africa’s best guides, who are a hallmark of the amazing safari experiences the country offers."

Pete, Zimbabwe enthusiast

To find out more about Zimbabwe, give Pete a call who will share his enthusiasm and love of the country with you, or take a look at our classic Zimbabwe self-drive trip suggestion.




Feeling inspire? To find out more about any of these destinations and to start planning your next trip, please give us a ring on 01768 603715 - we'd love to share our knowledge with and get you excited about your next holiday!

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