3 Animals that have Mastered the Art of Social Distancing!

As we have all been struggling to adapt to changing social norms, here are inspiration from nature to learn how to better adapt to social distancing.

Leopard

You will often find this cat practicing social distancing while relaxing on the branches of an Acacia tree in the Serengeti, well camouflaged and trying its best to hide from any human safari enthusiasts.  Leopards are a member of The Big Five.  They hunt and live alone, and only associate with another adult long enough to mate.

Leopards are most active in the hours of dawn and your best chances of seeing them are either as you head to a hot air balloon safari at dawn, or during an early morning game drive, just after sunrise.

Fun fact: Similar to a first-year university student, offspring remain close to their mothers for several months. Often getting maternal handouts such as free food as they try to adapt to ‘adulthood’ and hunt for themselves.

 

Black Rhino

The Black Rhino weighs an average of between 2,000 to 3,000 pounds (900 to 1,360 kilos), and they are therefore not very good at hiding due to their size. The black rhino is strictly a browser (not the internet kind but the kind that likes to browse leaves, herbs and shrubs for food).

Your best chance of spotting one of these endangered beauties is in the open grasslands of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.  Male Rhinos are typically solitary, though they are friendly when meeting other male Rhinos at the watering hole and will enjoy having a drink with the lads.

Fun fact: Lions known as ‘the king of the jungle’ are frightened by the Black Rhino.  With their front horn, volatile temper, poor eyesight and high speed, the vegetarian black rhino can make for a scary opponent.

 

Pangolin

The most socially distant on the list is the ground pangolin. This shy, scaly mammal is so good at self-isolating that it will often evade even the most skilled safari guides for their entire career.  Not only is this animal very evasive, it is also a master of camouflage.

Pangolins are about the size of a house cat and are covered in protective scales, almost like a knight in shining armor. This is meant to protect them from predators and not necessarily to attract a mate. Legend has it that the reclusive pangolin can be sighted on the plains of the Serengeti, with the aid of night vision binoculars.

Fun fact: Did you know that World Pangolin Day is on the third Saturday of February, every year?  Although the pangolin is not a very famous animal, it has a special day in the calendar, dedicated to the conservation awareness of this endangered species.

 

Experience the magic of Rhododendrons in the Himalayas, India

While we are all under lockdown, some miracles are still happening and remain untouched by the current situation. The Rhododendrons are blooming in the Himalayas and this year no one will witness this artistry of nature, except the fortunate ones who live high up in the mountains. These bright red bell-shaped beauties, locally known as burans, grow on small evergreen trees between March and May. There are around 80 species and 10 subspecies of the tree in the Himalayas. It is the state flower of Himachal Pradesh, the national flower of Nepal and the tree is the state tree of Uttarakhand and Sikkim as rhododendrons have a deep-rooted local cultural significance. The landscape in these mountains turns bright red as the flowers blossom in the valleys.

The social, economic, and religious aspect of these flowers makes them an elemental part of Himalayan village life and a prized commodity for the locals as the rhododendrons have many assorted benefits. For instance, wine (Sur) made from the flower, apart from being a great drink, prevents altitude sickness. Further, these flowers are used to treat various ailments, including diarrhea, headache and inflammation, as well as bacterial and fungal infections. They are also intertwined with the religious aspect of life. Local community members use the flowers as sacred offerings to adorn their deities in temples and monasteries.

You can experience the magic of Rhododendrons while you take a short hike or visit a local village home. Community members will welcome you with freshly squeezed Rhododendron juice. In addition to juice, they use the flower to make jam, jelly, chutney, tea and local wines. You can try and buy these products in most Himalayan villages.

A must-try experience in Kangra valley is Rhododendron tea. You can learn to make this special tea from a local and enjoy a cup in the serene vistas of the valley under the shade of a Rhododendron tree.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town Tourism has launched a new campaign with the theme “We Are Worth Waiting For!

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Mauritius a Beautiful Destination for a Holiday

There are a bunch of beautiful destinations in the world, but as far as islands go, Mauritius has to be on-top of the list. Whether you are there to Kite surf, play golf, explore the markets of Port Louis it’s bound to be one of the best holidays of your life. Open below link to watch the video.

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Stay safe, stay inspired Let’s keep the spark of travel alive, together. We are proud to be!

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Experience the magic of Rhododendrons in the Himalayas, India

While we are all under lockdown, some miracles are still happening and remain untouched by the current situation. The Rhododendrons are blooming in the Himalayas and this year no one will witness this artistry of nature, except the fortunate ones who live high up in the mountains. These bright red bell-shaped beauties, locally known as burans, grow on small evergreen trees between March and May. There are around 80 species and 10 subspecies of the tree in the Himalayas. It is the state flower of Himachal Pradesh, the national flower of Nepal and the tree is the state tree of Uttarakhand and Sikkim as rhododendrons have a deep-rooted local cultural significance. The landscape in these mountains turns bright red as the flowers blossom in the valleys.

The social, economic, and religious aspect of these flowers makes them an elemental part of Himalayan village life and a prized commodity for the locals as the rhododendrons have many assorted benefits. For instance, wine (Sur) made from the flower, apart from being a great drink, prevents altitude sickness. Further, these flowers are used to treat various ailments, including diarrhea, headache and inflammation, as well as bacterial and fungal infections. They are also intertwined with the religious aspect of life. Local community members use the flowers as sacred offerings to adorn their deities in temples and monasteries.

You can experience the magic of Rhododendrons while you take a short hike or visit a local village home. Community members will welcome you with freshly squeezed Rhododendron juice. In addition to juice, they use the flower to make jam, jelly, chutney, tea and local wines. You can try and buy these products in most Himalayan villages.

A must-try experience in Kangra valley is Rhododendron tea. You can learn to make this special tea from a local and enjoy a cup in the serene vistas of the valley under the shade of a Rhododendron tree.

Nairobi Helicopter Scenic Flights

Take your significant other on a romantic Helicopter Ride around greater Nairobi

for just USD 1000 per couple.

Destinations:

  • Tribe Hotel, Runda
  • Thika Greens Golf Resort, Thika
  • Olepolos Country Club, Kiserian
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Longonot
  • Lake Magadi
  • Ngong Hills

Inclusion:

  • Scenic flight in a Robinson R44 Helicopter
  • Gourmet lunch on all inclusive at destination of choice
  • Moët & Chandon champagne bottle
  • Flight departure Wilson Airport

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo, the largest event ever staged in the Arab world, is set to welcome 190 participating countries, and millions of visitors from across the globe. Here you will experience warm Emirati hospitality at its finest, as well as the United Arab Emirates values of inclusion, tolerance and cooperation. Youth are at the heart of World Expo. That’s why Expo 2020 aspires to create a meaningful legacy that will benefit generations to come, both locally and globally, spanning everything from innovations and architecture to friendships and business opportunities.

4 Nights Package in a 4 Star Hotel

  • USD 559 per person sharing

Inclusion: 4 nights accommodation on bed & breakfast, return airport transfer in Dubai, 2 full day Dubai Expo visit with tickets and return transfer on private, Abu Dhabi day trip: Abu Dhabi City tour, Grand Mosque plus Theme Park access (choose any 1 Theme Park – Ferrari World, Yas Water World,  Warner Bros) and return transfer, taxes & service charges.

Valid from 20 Oct to 10 Apr 2021 (except 25 Dec to 5 Jan 2021). Excludes flights

Sarova Mara Game Camp – refurbishments

Sarova Hotels recently embarked on refurbishments for its various properties, with Sarova Mara Game Camp registering completion of its first phase of newly refurbished deluxe and family tents.

The 21 deluxe tents are now complete with the remaining 31 to be completed in phases by June 2021 in readiness for the Wildebeest Migration season.

The camp boasts of 75 luxury tents, each of which enjoys a spacious en-suite bathroom and does not

compromise on comfort. Out of the 75 tents, 52 are deluxe, 20 are club and 3 are family, all engulfed by

bush serenity. In addition to game lovers, it is ideal for families, couples, and all sorts of corporate needs.

Skyward Express

Additional Flights

Following an increased demand for flights between Nairobi & Mombasa during the festive December January period, Skyward Express have increased seat capacity on some of their flights by use of a larger Jet Aircraft Fokker 70 on Fridays & Sundays between 15 Dec and 05 Jan. Note: these flights will depart & arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Schedule as below: –

Departure NBO JKIA at 1600hrs and Arrive in MBA at 1650hrs.

Departure MBA at 1730hrs and Arrive in NBO JKIA at 1820hrs.