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6 of Africa’s best Safari Camps & Lodges {Part 2}

A few months ago, SleepOut.com published the first part of Africa’s best safari camps & lodges. This article picks up from there, focusing on 6 more camps & lodges that will offer you a comfortable stay and unique experience of the African wild.

 

Shompole Lodge, Kenya

Shompole Lodge is an exquisite lodge perched on the edge of the Great Rift Valley on the site of the Nguruman escarpment.

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The beds, bathrooms and private plunge pool are cleverly concealed in the landscape to ensure privacy and allow for an all-out experience. Game drives offer close-up views of incredible wildlife in the expansive savannah while night drives, sundowners on the plains and trips to the flamingo-smothered Lake Natron make up for a memorable safari experience. You can now book your accommodation here.

 

Gorah Elephant Camp, South Africa

Sheltered under thatched canopies deep in the heart of the Addo Elephant National Park, Gorah Elephant Camp recalls of the golden era of safari in the early 1900s.

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The camp has 11 tented suites, luxurious and spacious, each enhanced with the fine comfort and excellence associated with Hunter Hotels and private decks offering a panoramic view of the endless savannah plains.

The tents also have a plush interior enhanced through the simplicity and the authenticity of solar power lighting and ceiling fans, and en suite bathrooms discreetly situated to allow for complete privacy. Click here to book your stay.

 

Ivory Lodge, Zimbabwe

Ivory House is neatly nestled in a lush private concession just outside Hwange National Park, off the Bulawayo/Victoria Falls main road and an hour and a half drive from Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe.

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The lodge boosts meticulously constructed tree houses, rustic and aesthetic, to quench the thirst of any exploratory traveller with 9 grass-thatched lodges all commanding uninterrupted view of the private waterhole. The rooms have mosquito nets and electric blankets for the winter months and are fairly open for wild but safe safari experience. Visit SleepOut.com to book your accommodation.

 

Ndole Bay Lodge, Zambia

Ndole Bay lodge is strategically located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Zambia on its own private beach.

The lodge has various accommodations ranging from camping, 2 non en suite, 8 en suite, 2 double luxury beachfront chalets with private deck and indoor waterfall shower feature. There is also a 2-bedroom luxury beachfront chalet with adjoining lounge.

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While here, you can enjoy a variety of watersports including tubing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking among others. Book your stay here.

 

Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania

Rubondo Island Camp is the only camp on Rubondo Island, the largest island national park in Africa.

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The camp is set on an elevated outcrop of rocks amidst scattered trees providing the perfect setting for a dining and lounge area, offering a splendid view of the lake and bay.

Rubondo Island Camp has eight new luxury chalets nestled under the huge trees just 60 metres from the sandy lake-shore and a swimming pool surrounded by decks close to the beach.

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For adventurers Rubondo Island is the place to be as it offers opportunities to exploring the expansive forest and water around the island. On land you can enjoy guided forest walks, Chimpanzee scouting, and bird viewing or game drives through the dense forest. Click here to book your accommodation.

 

Camp Amalinda, Zimbabwe

Camp Amalinda is considered a “wilderness granite” and is located 45 kilometres from Bulawayo, just outside the Matopos National Park, a World Heritage site.

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The camp has 9 exquisite luxury rooms set within the granite boulders, each with a distinctive look and feel due to slightly different furnishing offering a unique accommodation experience.

Some of the activities you may engage in while here include hikes to the tops of giant granite dwalas, walks to the world renowned caves and bushman paintings, game drives, abseiling, rhino walks and access to our spa and salon. Visit SleepOut.com to book your stay here.

 

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Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro gets first official nudist beach

Brazil’s second largest city Rio de Janeiro has opened its first nudist beach after a successful campaign by pro-nudity activists.

Abrico Beach, Rio de Janeiro. [Photo/ msn.com]

Abrico Beach, Rio de Janeiro. [Photo/ msn.com]

Though Brazilians are known for their floss-like string bikinis, Rio de Janeiro is viewed as a traditionally conservative city with many locals being against topless sunbathing and public nudity.

Abrico Beach, which will now allow nude sunbathers, is located about an hour from the city centre and while Rio has miles of other pristine beaches close to its commercial neighbourhoods, the move to award the beach a “nudist status” is intentional ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.

“This is a courageous decision by the Mayor and it will help Rio become a cultural and tourist reference point, especially with the city about to celebrate its 450th anniversary and the 2016 Olympic Games,” Paula Nogueira, a pro-nudist activist said.

Last year, Nogueira and another activist Ana Rios organised a topless “protest” in Ipanema beach near the city centre to celebrate the start of summer but only six women showed up. The new move, however, is set to increase the number of attendants to such nudity events in Rio de Janeiro.

 

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Adventurous Russian teenager scales Hong Kong’s skyscraper to take selfies!

If you thought selfies are so 2013, wait till you see this. A Russian teenager Alexander Remnov has taken the art of taking selfies a notch higher, in its literal sense.

[Photo/dailymail.co.uk]

[Photo/dailymail.co.uk]

Remnov and his friends are “sky walkers” who travel the world in search of skyscrapers that are the highest, scariest and hardest to reach the top of. They then climb them and take maniac selfies at heights in excess of 360 metres.

Their latest showpiece comes from a skyscraper in Hong Kong where all they needed was a camera, a customised selfie pole and their nerves of steel to take these scary but captivating images in which they dangle by one hand and pose close to the edge of the building.

[Photo/dailymail.co.uk]

[Photo/dailymail.co.uk]

In all these, surprisingly, Remnov’s worry is meeting cops and not the heights they have to scale to take the selfies.

“We were lucky not to meet any police but we did have some discussions with guards. Once we explained our mission to them and then showed them our cameras, they simply smiled and let us free,” says Remnov.

[Photo/dailymail.co.uk]

[Photo/dailymail.co.uk]

Remnov seeks to see cities around the globe from a different point of view, whether from roofs of buildings or the highest points of skyscrapers and get the best selfies from these spots.

 

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World Travel Awards Grand Finale to be held on December 7

World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony has been scheduled for Sunday, December 7th 2014 at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla.

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This will be first time the Anguilla Tourist Board and the luxurious resort will host a World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony which seeks to support the island’s economic recovery and show solidarity following Hurricane Gonzalo which occurred in October this year destroying its infrastructure.

Anguilla was set to host the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in October but the plans were shelved following the hurricane and the resumption of the gala event is set to put it back on track in the world tourism circles.

“We have a moral commitment to support our partners destinations in their hour of need and by staging the World Travel Awards Grand Final in Anguilla this year we will give the island, its businesses and its economy a major boost at a time when it is most in need of international support,” said World Travel Awards president Graham Cooke.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry and are held across the world in a series of event from the beginning to the end of each year. The grand finale is set to attract hundreds of dignitaries, luminaries, international media, government leaders and tourism industry players.

 

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UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism set for November 19-20

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) European Conference on Accessible Tourism will be held on November 19th to 20th 2014 in San Marino.

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The conference will be held alongside the 14th meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) that recently declared accessible tourism for all as one of its top priorities.

Top on the agenda is discussing policies and measures that will help in promoting universal accessibility in tourism in respect to human rights and the economic trends. The conference will feature good practices of universal accessibility and design for all in a wide-range of tourism destinations in Europe with special focus on heritage cities.

There will also be discussions on different approaches in developing a policy framework and strategic action plan that will make accessible tourism a reality.

The event has been jointly organised by the Government of the Republic of San Marino and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

 

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Didier Drogba, Lionel Messi feature in new Turkish Airlines ad

Chelsea striker and Ivory Coast footballer Didier Drogba, and Barcelona ace and Argentina skipper Lionel Messi have featured in the latest advertising campaign by Turkish Airlines.

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The “Widen your World” campaign is set to use TV, Cinema, Press , digital, outdoor media and social media to pass its message centred on being “culturally curious” and explore the concept that food is the only true way to experience different cultures.

The advert aims to highlight the worldwide destinations that Turkish Airlines serves and the importance of food to the Turkish Airlines flying experience as it shows how culturally curious the football stars are, with Drogba seeing photos of Messi in restaurants around the world and flying Turkish.

The YouTube clip has gone viral online, received over 5 million views less than 3 days after it was posted online. Check it out.

 

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Nairobi ranked eighth most visited city in Africa

Nairobi is ranked eighth most visited city in Africa this year, according to MasterCard Global Destination Index.

Kenya’s capital Nairobi. [photo/muthaigatravel.com]

Kenya’s capital Nairobi. [photo/muthaigatravel.com]

The ranking places Kenya’s capital ahead of Dakar, Entebbe and Tunis among other cities in Africa in terms of forecasted international overnight visitors, numbers that are set to increase by nine per cent from 568,266 last year to 619,506 this year.

“The proactive push for intra-African tourism has had a positive effect on the number of international visitors coming to Kenya,” said MasterCard East Africa Vice President and Area Business Head James Wainaina.

“This has been spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism’s campaign in other African countries to attract business and leisure tourists to Nairobi, the getaway to some of the world’s leading safari destinations,” he added.

According to the Index, international visitors are forecasted to spend Ksh28.5 billion in Nairobi this year, up 13 per cent from the Ksh25.2 billion spent last year.

UN offices in Gigiri, Nairobi

UN offices in Gigiri, Nairobi

“International visitor spending constitutes an important source of business revenue in Nairobi, encompassing the hospitality, retail, transport, sports and culture industries among others,” said Wainaina.

Johannesburg and Cape Town were ranked first and second most popular destination cities by international overnight visitors attracting 4.2 million and 1.6 million visitors this year.

London is the global destination of choice for travellers receiving 18.7 million international visitors followed by Bangkok at 16.4 million, Paris with 15.6 million, Singapore (12.5 million) and Dubai (11.9 million).

The figures look promising for Nairobi, which is considered East Africa’s regional hub in commerce and business, despite the issuance of travel advisories to Kenya.

Daisy Home Guest House, Nairobi

Daisy Home Guest House, Nairobi

The city hosts several multi-national companies and organisations including the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) headquarters and the main coordinating and headquarters for the UN in Africa and the Middles East, the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON).

Nairobi is also known for its world class conferencing facilities including Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) and several world-renowned hotels.

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What you did not know about Skydive Diani

Established in December 2013, Skydive Diani team has moved to create, foster and facilitate sport parachuting, in all it’s facets, within Kenya.
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Pre-takeoff training

The group has taken a lot of people, both Kenyans and tourists, up in the sky to enjoy the ultimate rush of jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft and runs every day, all year operation, just so they can give everyone the opportunity of some airborne action whenever they want.
Skydive Diani offers tandem skydiving for first timers to experience the thrill of free fall and a magnificent canopy flight over the picturesque coastline without any significant training.
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Preparing for takeoff

If you want to learn how to skydive by yourself, you need to check out the group’s Accelerated Free Fall full course for a fee of $2,900. In a few days, you could be leaping out on your own at 12,000 feet.
If you are a licensed skydiver looking for fun, you don’t want to miss the phenomenal drop zone right on the beach. The price for a jump ticket is $40.
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Enjoying the skies in Diani

Skydive Diani has a solid group of experienced skydivers coming down every weekend to jump together, learn some new skydiving skills, and enjoy the company of fellow skydivers. Many regular jumpers have learnt to skydive in Diani, under the tutelage of the group’s experts, and opportunity is open for more people to enroll for skydiving course and join the group of people who simply loves jumping out of plane.
You can book your skydiving session on skydivediani.com and be well equipped for the skies. You can also call +254 40 3204320 for more information.
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BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL 2014

Swaziland’s MTN Bushfire 2015 set for May 29-31

The next edition of Swaziland’s highly acclaimed three-day music and arts festival MTN BUSHFIRE will be held from May 29 – 31 2015.

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Early bird tickets for the event, announced by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see,” will go on sale via the website, www.bush-fire.com from November 17, 2014.

MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 promises 3 days of music, art, personal expression and social activism that celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.

Each year a multi-generational global community of more than 20,000 “bring their fire” to the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to experience this unique event renowned for eclectic and multi-dimensional programming rooted in world music and including a compelling line-up of theatre, poetry, dance, art exhibits & installations, story-telling, puppetry, film, and themed workshops.

A vibrant handcraft market, family-friendly performances & Kid Zone as well as the recently introduced interactive art and dialogue space, The Barn, all combine to create a magically eclectic entertainment experience.

MTN BUSHFIRE is also the one of the only festivals that donates a majority of its profits to charity, and serves, in the words of one journalist, “as a living, breathing, creative ecosystem.”

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Pampered wilderness at Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli National Park

Ol Tukai Lodge is known to be one of the best spots in the world to watch elephants against the background of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Described by many as a Home for the gods, Ol Tukai Lodge stands in a pristine location surrounded by rugged beauty, abundant water, lush grass and savannah scrub within the expansive Amboseli National Park.

Ol Tukai Lodge has 80 luxury chalet-style twin rooms, all with an uninterrupted view of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Amboseli plains creating an angelic scenery especially in during sun set and sun rise.

Ol Tukai

The beautifully-appointed rooms are stylish and comfortable with private bathrooms and individual terraces that open you up to the wilderness.

The hotel has a dining room that opens onto a veranda in the garden where lunch is usually served and on most occasion elephants, zebra and buffalo can be spotted metres away from the fence. The restaurant serves al a carte menus as well as set buffets.

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Theme nights are held throughout the week and include barbecues and Swahili fish menus. Additionally, the kitchen has an in-house vegetarian and Indian cuisine chef.

The pool bar serves snacks and drinks between meal times while the Elephant Bar serves a wide selection of beers, cocktails, liquor and fresh fruit juices and a roof level deck above the bar that offers a splendid panorama of the marshlands and Kilimanjaro. The lodge also has gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and a pool with lounger where you can relax in the evening.

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