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The Safari Guide

Safaris can be exciting and thrilling places, when on safari its best to be knowledgably and know the safety guidelines to get the best experience you possible can out of your safari experience.

Things you might need
Camera – there’s no better to document the magical Safari memories!! Make sure to bring plenty of film and Batteries with you as you may end taking more photos than you thought

Water
It’s hot out there in the savannahs so keep yourself hydrated, as nobody wants to catch a case of sun stroke ruining their Safari Holidays. Bring plenty of water with you unless your planning to visit the crocodiles down by the river.

Suitable attire
As I’ve noted its Hot out there and you don’t want to be draped in thick layers of clothing, keep to short and t shirts a breathable fabric if possible, a hat to keep the sun off your head and sun glasses to keep the suns glare out of your eyes.
Animal Knowledge

Doing some research on what animals you’re looking for and where would find them will be a great essential as you can act as an extra eye for the tour guide as he may miss a mesmerising sight that you might of spotted then you can take some credit for your tracking achievements.

Calm and Quite
When the safari Jeep comes to a halt and the engine cuts it’s probably for a good reason, many of the animals you may encounter may be timid such as Leopards and Rhinos. So please remember to keep quiet and still when your around most of the animals, Elephants and Giraffes tend to be quite friendly and aren’t usually phased by fast movements and Sounds, your safari guide should set some guidelines before the tour starts.

Don’t leave it to chance
In peak season Safari excursions are booked full or prices may be absurdly high so contact a specialist in the area of Africa you may be visiting from Mozambique Holidays to South Africa Holidays with a specialist booking your trip expect to get the best safari experience possible.

Travel to Johannesbury for world cup 2010

If you were to visit Johannesburg for World Cup 2010, herewith below are the suggested attraction and destination while you were in Johannesburg. Johannesburg not only offers World Cup 2010, but there are also a lot of things that you can see and do.

Before you travel, always remember to search for travel deals for flight, tour etc, and hotel deals for Johannesburg hotel. And do not forget to use phone card or calling card when you call from Johannesburg – this will save you a lot of money that you can spend during your holiday.

 

Ellis Park Stadium

Kruger National Park

It is not visiting Africa if not take a look at the wildlife. In other countries when you want to see wildlife, you can simply goo to the zoo. However in South Africa, you can see the animals and wildlife living in the wild with your naked eyes; you can experience like in what discovery channel and national geographic camera man always experiences. Imagine yourself seeing your favourite animal’s style of living.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is a must visit if you would like to experience the wildlife experience. The national park is about 2 million hectares wide and a home to hundreds of trees, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Even if you are not a wildlife fan, visit Kruger National Park for once in a lifetime experience! 

Heia Safari Ranch

If you only stay for a short time for the world cup and on the rush but still want to experience the famous African wildlife, you ought to stay at the Heia Safari Ranch. During your stay, you will meet animals such as Zebra, Giraffe, Monkeys, Gazzels walking just outside your Bungalows or hut. You can enjoy your meal here with view of Zebra, Giraffe etc.

When you fell not enough only by seeing the Zebra, Giraffe, Monkeys at the ranch, you can also join the “Game Drivers” provided by the ranch where you will be sitting in a drive and guided throughout your journey of about 1.5 hours seeing rhino, buffalo, hippo, wildebeest, impala, kudu, giraffe, eland in wilderness.

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For World Cup fans, 15 safety tips for visiting South Africa

For World Cup fans, 15 safety tips for visiting South Africa

Is it crazy to go on a soccer vacation to a country with one of the highest rates of violent crime on Earth? There’s also a risk of smaller crimes, such as the theft of wallets and cellphones, as well as credit card fraud.

South African authorities have promised a safe World Cup, with 41,000 police to be deployed during the monthlong tournament beginning June 11.

Yet the statistics are alarming: more than 18,000 murders a year; more than 70,000 sex crimes; more than 121,000 cases of robbery with aggravated circumstances in the same period. Car hijackings, robberies at businesses and robberies at homes all have risen sharply.

Travelers also can take simple steps to reduce the risk of crime:

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South Africa countdown: Cats and elephants (oh, my)

South Africa countdown: Cats and elephants (oh, my)

As the countdown continues to the opening World Cup match in Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 11, soccer travelers seeking critter contact have a lot to sort out.

Much of the best game viewing is in Kruger National Park and other spots relatively distant from the 10 stadiums that are staging matches. But there are a lot of easily accessible places to see animals too.  Some are an easy day trip from Johannesburg (which has two World Cup stadiums) or Cape Town (which has one).

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The Kingdom of Swaziland

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 Swaziland has been independent since 1968 and is one of the three last monarchies left in Africa. His Majesty, King Mswati, rules over this lush land, known for its fertile valleys and gigantic mountain ranges that encircle the Kingdom.

The country is snuggled between South Africa and Mozambique and is home to giraffe, antelope, crocodiles, waterbuck, zebra, wildebeest and many more. One of the larger reserves is at the Phoponyane Falls. The reserve is 500 hectares large and contains one of Swazilands many legends.

According to the folktale, a beautiful maiden fell in love with heroic warrior. In tradition, if a warrior wanted to wed a maiden, he would have to present a leopards skin, hunted from the Gobolondo mountain. After the warrior had climbed the slopes, he came across one of the residential witches. She turned him into a white flower for trespassing on her land, so that he would spend the rest of eternity blooming with the season.

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Tragic Bus Accident in South Africa

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Top 6 Treehouse Hotels around the globe

Whether youre planning a vacation on a beachfront or in the middle of a rainforest, youll find plenty of treehouse hotels that wont just give you the basic amenities but wow you completely. No longer is the treehouse the realm of Ewoks and little boys alone. Now, theyre also the trendiest lodgings for adventurous travelers. Read on to find out which treehouse hotels around the globe are worth the visit.

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa: Tsala Treetop Lodge

Top 6 Treehouse Hotels around the globe

This one of a kind treehouse lodging overlooks the Tsitsikamma Forest and is artfully made from stone and glass. The lodge itself consists of 10 suites, each one built with floor-to-ceiling windows. The living room of each suite has a fire log, and you can also enjoy the privacy of your own deck which opens to an infinity pool. You can get from one point of this lodge to another through wooden walkways.

While youre in the Tsala, you should book a day to discover the Garden Route of South Africa. This path goes through the botanical beauty of the West Cape. On other days, you can also enjoy sunbathing on the beaches of Plattenberg Bay.

Lenox Massachusetts: The Aviary

Top 6 Treehouse Hotels around the globe

If you want a place you can forget the world with and just relax, the Aviary Treehouse located at the Berkshire Mountains is the perfect choice for you this weekend. This is a two-floor treehouse lodging designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. The first floor is a wet room with limestone floors and a gorgeous soaking tub. A spiral staircase will lead you to the sleeping quarters upstairs, also built with an impressive entertainment system.

Not exactly the best choice for the purely outdoorsy types, the lodging offers the best of their bounty at the Dining Room restaurant. Art and history fans will also have a grand time exploring the vicinitys nearby museums, antique shops, and art galleries.

Ashford, Washington: Cedar Creek Treehouse
Top 6 Treehouse Hotels around the globe

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British Airways expects to take more than 2.5 million customers during forthcoming FIFA 2010

British Airways expects to take more than 2.5 million customers during forthcoming FIFA 2010

During forthcoming FIFA 2010 British Airways are expecting to take more than 2.5 million passengers to South Africa. The airline scheduled seven flights per week to Cape Town and 19 flights to Johannesburg, in addition to outstanding connections to domestic and local places provided by its branded authorization carrier, Comair.

 Between the matches, tourists can take benefit of the aptitude to pre-book Avis car rental in Cape Town through British Airways to travel one of the most gorgeous places on the planet to watch African penguins at the Boulder Bay, visit Stellenbosch and sample some extraordinary South African wine or just merely experience the views the famed Garden Route provides. British Airways is helping football fans get into the spirit of the World Cup.

During June and July extraordinary on-board statements will be made on South Africa flights to request passengers to back the England 2018 Bid. Dedicated aircraft painted with black and white football nose cones will function on some of the flights. Football expert and former England striker Gary Lineker who helped British Airways launch its hold up for Backing the Bid mentioned that to host the World Cup in 2018 would be a benefit and a huge boost for English football. They have a 100 per cent record in home World Cups and it would be magnificent to continue that routine.

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Preview for the World Cup 2010: the Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth

The Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth remains one of the most sought-after destinations for people visiting South Africa. The place is also known as the Friendly City and is surrounded by pristine beaches and home to South Africas most iconic public figures, including the statesman Mandela himself.

Preview for the World Cup 2010: the Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth

You can find this bay at the Eastern Cape province and notice how its buildings provide a physical timeline of architectural progression since the 19th century. The Opera House, for example, exudes Victorian architecture without any apologies, and its set against the richest collection of Art Nouveau buildings youll ever see anywhere else. The Nelson Mandela Bay is also a bustling port city, being the motor industry capital of South Africa.

Preview for the World Cup 2010: the Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth

If youre here, you shouldnt miss out on the sunshine coast. This has immaculate, virgin beaches and Hogsback, which was purportedly the driving force behind Lord of the Rings books. The recent ravings about the port city is probably largely because of the football craze, though. Undoubtedly, the Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth favors football, rigby and cricket among other sports.

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Top 8 Driving Routes out of the U.S.

For most travelers, its not really about the destination. Its about the journey. This is never truer for anyone else than for those who love to drive. Some people find that driving actually relaxes them. If youre planning to fly out of the U.S. and rent a car to explore the landscape, these are the best driving routes to take.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

Top 8 Driving Routes out of the U.S.

While this driving route is not ideal for those who are only used to casual driving, people who love challenges will find this interesting. Filled with narrow, two-lane highways, adventurous drivers will be kept on the edge of their seats while traversing this path. The best road to take is Highway 1. However, word has it that it has plenty of potholes. Youll need a pretty sturdy vehicle for this drive.

Despite the challenges, youll be rewarded with great sights and weather. Even if youre an excellent driver, though, you shouldnt try to take this route at night. Staying well below 50mph will also keep you away from accidents.

Northern Tunisia

Top 8 Driving Routes out of the U.S.

Its no Nurbrugring circuit, but Northern Tunisia certainly has entertaining roads by the mountain that are worth driving through. Avoid this route if youre driving a fragile, exotic looking sports car, though, because youre most likely going to encounter extreme roads. While sometimes they come with warning signs, most of the curbs dont, so caution is necessary.

P15 and P17 of this route are always good places to be in, although sometimes, the road quality here changes too. The only downside here is that locals tend to drive slow-and thats an understatement. You can probably entertain yourself with the unique scenery while waiting for the car in front of you to move faster.
There are a lot of Roman villages along the road, too, so you can consider the trip an educational one. Who knows, you might just find something interesting enough to take a picture of along the way.

Western Cape, South Africa

Top 8 Driving Routes out of the U.S.

If you think that the only way to traverse the Safari is through a Land Rover, think again. Despite the commercialized image, thanks to Hollywood movies, African roads are actually pretty well-maintained. The N1, N7 and N2 (Western Cape) are exceptionally impressive, although top speeds are kept at 75mph. Just watch out for animals that may be crossing the roads.

Taking this route can be therapeutic especially along the Cape of Good Hope and the South Atlantic. It may even remind you of the Mediterranean. The climate is also quite similar.

M8, Scotland

Top 8 Driving Routes out of the U.S.

If youre a driving enthusiast, its most likely that youve explored almost all if the UKs challenging roads. However, have you tried driving in Scotland? If you havent, youre missing out on a lot. Scotland has a pretty diverse landscape, and between the Highlands, the Southern Uplands, and the Central Lowlands, youre sure to have a generous share of challenging roads.

A mountain pass tagged by the locals as Rest and Be Thankful is even notorious for making vehicles overheat at least once while their ascending. While the M8 is the main highway, youd probably want to explore its secondary arteries more. Youll be surprised at what youll find-from an old Scot castle to mind blowing twists on the road. Just make sure you come with a trusty map on your dashboard.

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