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.

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbIRtaQ29Es

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

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.

 

Somewhere different….

Luxury Floating hotel

Zambezi Queen, Chobe River, Botswana

Each of the 14 suites aboard the Zambezi Queen features luxury comforts and touches such as air-conditioning and a private balcony from which to gaze over unobstructed views of the Chobe River and the wilderness beyond.

The Chobe River draws a diversity of wildlife along the shoreline, hippos are lolling about, and birdlife is just phenomenal, all of which seem undisturbed by the boat. There are also smaller boats for game viewing excursions, which offer even more up-close game viewing, and fishing is possible too. In fact there are quite a few water-based and land-based activities, so you definitely don’t feel like you are stuck on a boat the entire time. The big double beds are positioned so that when lying in bed you are treated to excellent game viewing right outside your window. The bathrooms are exceptionally impressive for a houseboat. The dining area is a lovely space to interact with fellow guests and enjoy refreshing beverages; wine and beers are included but premium alcohol is at an extra charge. The variety of meals served and everything is of a very high standard.

In the evenings, the sunsets are just fantastic, there really is something about an African sunset, especially one viewed from a luxurious houseboat on one of Botswana’s most impressive rivers.

Travel Destination – Dubai

La Perle By Dragone

An unforgettable experience in live entertainment

If you’re a fan of amazing acrobatics, state-of-the-art technology and awe-inspiring action, then you’ll want to take a seat at La Perle by Dragone. Located in the heart of Al Habtoor City, it is Dubai’s first permanent show, staging an impressive 450 performances a year.

All the action takes place inside the 1,300-seat theatre, which has been tailor-made to provide an immersive experience. This is achieved thanks to 3D projections surrounding the theatre on the floors, wall and huge cyclorama and 360-degree surround sound system. A hi-tech ‘aqua-stage’, is filled with 2.7 million litres of water and has the ability to transform from an aquatic stage to a dry platform in less than a minute.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching the cast of talented artists perform breathtaking feats. From diving into the water from a height of 25 metres to flying around the auditorium on high-powered winches and defying gravity on motorbikes in a metal sphere – it promises to be nothing short of amazing.

The show features a cast of 65 artists, all with their own unique set of skills. You’ll be face-to-face with the show’s range of acting, acrobatics, aquatic and aerial stunts during this 90 minute performance. Be prepared for this time to fly though, because you’ll see the performers diving, flying and moving at lightning speed.

Dubai – The Green Planet

A world of exotic flora and fauna

The Green Planet is Dubai’s very own tropical rainforest. With more than 3,000 species of plants, animals and birds, this green oasis is a sanctuary of exotic flora and fauna.

Aiming to educate guests about the important role the tropical forest plays in the future of our planet, The Green Planet exposes Dubai to another world within its glass dome. Responsibly sourced species include sloths, snakes, spiders and a vast array of birds.

Appealing to visitors of all ages, this spot is perfect for a family outing. The bio-dome is made up of four levels: the Canopy, the Midstory, the Forest Floor and the Flooded Rainforest. Each level discusses the role and the importance every part of a rainforest plays.

The Green Planet is an experience for the senses with creatures roaming and waterfalls running. Individual tickets are available to purchase with separate prices for adults and children, as well as multipass tickets. Bookings for groups of 15 or more are also available.

Located at one of Dubai’s most popular lifestyle districts, City Walk, The Green Planet is situated amongst a range of eateries to enjoy before or after your rainforest adventure.