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TRAVEL &<br />


AWARDS<br />

AFRICA <strong>2019</strong><br />


Image by: Zoltan Tasi<br />

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TEAM<br />

CEO<br />

Robert Bruce<br />


Katherine Lozell<br />


Marcs Bacera<br />


Stanley Lucas<br />


Brian Anson<br />


David Hyde<br />


Azim Aftab<br />


Tasmai Dave<br />

Jacqui Irvine<br />

Joseph Wilton<br />


Antoine Jackson<br />

Hafiz Arslan<br />


Adam Cole<br />

Joseph Malabanan<br />

Zach Ford<br />

Peter Clement<br />

Joyce Lee<br />

Contents<br />

CRITERIA 6<br />

MOROCCO10<br />

Morrocon Wine13<br />

Domaine de Baccari 14<br />

Taroudant, Morocco’s Hidden Gem17<br />

GHANA 20<br />

Ghana, An Introduction23<br />

Accra25<br />

Tamale29<br />

Jeyads Lodge32<br />

NIGERIA 34<br />

Cultural Experience 37<br />

TANZANIA 40<br />

Adventure Holiday43<br />

Mbeya City47<br />

Tesha Home48<br />

Dodo Group Tanzania Ltd.50<br />


The Big 5 55<br />

The Stunning Eastern Cape59<br />

Casa Mia Health Spa and Guesthouse 60<br />


Beach Lovers Paradise65<br />

Sail Seychelles69<br />

MAURITIUS 70<br />

Top 3 Things to do 73<br />


Jerald Jaime<br />

Mukul<br />


Tracy Morgan<br />

Joseph Malabanan<br />

Aisha Ahmed<br />

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Excellence in Service is an important category, as customer<br />

service can often be responsible for having guests return<br />

year after year. We look for the hotels and tour operators<br />

that go out of their way to please their guests, those that<br />

provide a personal level of service and take the time to<br />

get to know each visitor so that they might anticipate their<br />

every need. This can be something as simple as a 24-hour<br />

concierge desk, a hotel manager who offers a personal<br />

greeting or a tour guide who is happy to create bespoke<br />

private tours – but whatever it is, we are always pleased<br />

when we encounter staff that have been trained in the art<br />

of customer satisfaction.<br />


It is no question that style and design plays a big part in<br />

selecting our awards shortlist. A guest will form an opinion<br />

about a hotel as soon as they arrive so it is important<br />

to us that all our winners make those first impressions<br />

count. We’re certainly not partial to a particular period of<br />

architecture – but whether we’re judging a gothic castle or<br />

an environmentally friendly lodge, the criteria remains the<br />

same. We consider factors such as architectural features,<br />

use of materials, creation of spaces, décor and the overall<br />

feel. We love it when we find a hotel that tells a story<br />

through its design and construction, or offers a design that<br />

is sympathetic to the natural surroundings of its location.<br />


Knowledge of the local area is essential for any<br />

organization, be it a hotel or a tour operator. The quality<br />

of services takes a great hit when the quality of this<br />

element is not up to the mark. Quite a few of our winners<br />

in this category are because they have displayed excellent<br />

knowledge about the surrounding areas. The criteria for a<br />

hotel is slightly lenient <strong>com</strong>pared to a tour operator, as the<br />

latter is expected to have thorough knowledge of the area<br />

in order to provide good services.<br />

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<strong>Award</strong>-winning guest rooms <strong>com</strong>e in all shapes and sizes,<br />

but they all have one thing in <strong>com</strong>mon – a home-awayfrom-home<br />

feel. The <strong>com</strong>fort of the facilities on offer are<br />

of vital importance; we look for luxurious linens, stylish<br />

bathrooms and a coordinated colour scheme that work<br />

together to create a cohesive sense of relaxation. Additional<br />

touches, such as <strong>com</strong>plimentary toiletries, free wi-fi or tea<br />

and coffee making facilities are always a bonus in making<br />

us feel wel<strong>com</strong>e. We’re always impressed to find hotel<br />

rooms that embrace technology and offer amenities like<br />

tablets or smart thermostat systems, but this does not<br />

always necessarily trump the traditional – four poster beds,<br />

ornate fireplaces or antique furniture can add a touch of<br />

decadence to a hotel stay.<br />


Location is one of the most important factors, but also<br />

one of the most subjective, as the ‘ideal’ is very much<br />

determined by the type of visitor and the type of hotel<br />

itself. However, there are a few factors we take into<br />

consideration when determining the winners of locationbased<br />

awards. The first is convenience; that is, hotels that<br />

are easy to travel to. Many of our winners in this category<br />

are in convenient locations, such as adjacent to airports,<br />

close to beaches or found in the heart of easy-to-navigate<br />

cities. We are always impressed when hotels go the extra<br />

mile to take the hassle out of traveling and offer such<br />

additional services as airport shuttles or car hire services.<br />

However, we’re always excited to <strong>com</strong>e across a hotel<br />

that is, to use a familiar phrase, off-the-beaten-track. A<br />

hotel that can offer something a little different, in terms of<br />

natural surroundings, can make the difference between a<br />

good holiday and an incredible one.<br />

In today’s modern age, a hotel or tour operator cannot<br />

rely on word of mouth to get their message out into the<br />

world. As social media has be<strong>com</strong>e a vital part of everyday<br />

life, we like to see <strong>com</strong>panies that go the extra mile to<br />

engage with their guests, both past and future. Attractive<br />

and informative websites and engaging and honest<br />

content are what we look for when judging a <strong>com</strong>pany’s<br />

use of marketing; how well they display their services, how<br />

up-to-date their content is, how well they get their brand<br />

message across, and, most importantly, how well their<br />

marketing can tempt us to go and see what they have to<br />

offer for ourselves.<br />

What better way is there to know about an organization<br />

than by getting first hand reviews? Customers are the best<br />

judges of any service out there as they are the ones who<br />

experience them and can assess whether they were up to<br />

the mark or not. Considering reviews from hundreds of<br />

customers gives us a fair idea about the general pros and<br />

cons of any organization and also gives us valuable inputs<br />

for the other criteria as well.<br />



Diversity is one important aspect that needs to be taken<br />

into consideration when in the travel and hospitality<br />

industry. It is essential to have staff that has varying diversity<br />

to ensure that the organization can properly connect with<br />

their guests. Diversity is taken into account in terms of<br />

gender, nationality as well as languages spoken among<br />

other factors. Not only do we take the diversity of the staff<br />

into account but even that of the facilities and services<br />

offered; a hotel or tour operator providing a better range<br />

of services is preferred over those that do not.<br />

It is of prime importance that an organization has thorough<br />

industry knowledge. Without knowing the nit-bits of the<br />

in, it is difficult to flourish and provide services which are<br />

a class apart. Before any organization ventures into the<br />

industry, it is essential that they know how the industry<br />

is moving and how they should make changes to their<br />

methodologies in order to remain relevant and also be a<br />

top-performing organization.<br />




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Morrocon Wine<br />

Although one might not necessarily associate Morocco with winemaking, prior to<br />

it be<strong>com</strong>ing an Islamic nation in the 7 th century, the country had a history of wine<br />

production that predated the Roman Era. Following the French colonisation in the 19 th<br />

century and Spanish influence in the beginning of the 20 th century, Morocco began to take<br />

wine production more seriously.<br />

Under the influence of two successive Kings, foreign investment in production has<br />

increased considerably and in the last two decades or so, Moroccan wine has been<br />

building a strong international following. It is currently the second biggest producer of<br />

wine in the Arab nations, after Algeria.<br />

Château Roslane in Meknès is a<br />

favourite with wine connoisseurs. It<br />

spreads over 700 hectares of vineyards,<br />

gorgeous bio gardens with fountains<br />

and a seating area and it contains a huge<br />

wine cellar. Make a reservation for an<br />

unforgettable experience of lunch with<br />

wine pairing and a tour of the vineyard<br />

and herb garden. There are excellent<br />

varieties of bold, superbly oaked and<br />

fruity red wines. Try the great texture of<br />

the dark fruity Premier Cru Rouge.<br />

Despite Morocco being a very hot country,<br />

the majority of vineyards are located in<br />

the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and<br />

so majorly benefit from the breeze of the<br />

nearby ocean. The climate here is relatively<br />

stable and this helps the production of<br />

balanced wines.<br />

Three quarters of the wines made here are<br />

red and traditionally the grapes belonged<br />

to the Carignan, Cinsaut and Grenache<br />

variety. More recently, improver varieties<br />

such as Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon have joined the production.<br />

Approximately 20% of wine produced<br />

here is Rose and Vin Gris and there is<br />

only a minuscule amount of white wine<br />

production.<br />

There are 5 main wine regions in Morocco:<br />

the East, Meknès/Fès region, the Northern<br />

Plain, Rabat/Casablanca region and El-<br />

Jadida region. Within these regions there<br />

are 14 Appellation d’Origine Garantie<br />

(AOG) areas. Some of the most <strong>com</strong>mon<br />

appellations include Guerrouane and<br />

Beni MTtir in the Meknes religion, which<br />

in fact account for approximately 65% of<br />

Moroccan wine production.<br />

For a more relaxed wine tour, opt for<br />

Le Val d’Argan, only a 20-minute drive<br />

from Essaouira. This is a smaller vineyard<br />

with a very personal feel to it. It started<br />

as a tiny 5-hectare field and currently<br />

measures over 55 hectares. The lunch<br />

contains many vegetarian options and<br />

wine tasting takes place underneath the<br />

olive trees. There is unlimited wine of<br />

numerous varieties, try any of the Roses<br />

for subtle bursts of flavour.<br />

Another one worth visiting, also in the region of Meknès is the Volubilia-Domaine<br />

de la Zouina. It offers a beautiful, picturesque vista of the countryside and the staff is<br />

remarkably friendly here. They specialize in the Syraz and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties<br />

and the delicious lunch is paired with 5 different wines. The owner Muhammad is a very<br />

friendly and gracious host and takes his time explaining the history of the vineyard.<br />

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The <strong>Award</strong> for Excellence in Service<br />

Close to Meknes,<br />

at the heart of<br />

Morocco’s winegrowing<br />

region since ancient times,<br />

Domaine de Baccari is<br />

located in a serene setting<br />

with hilly terrain and natural<br />

beauty. At an altitude of<br />

650m, Domaine de Baccari<br />

nestles on the foothills of<br />

the Middle Atlas mountain<br />

range. It sits on fine, red<br />

clay and a soft limestone<br />

under soil. The <strong>com</strong>bination<br />

of this generous country<br />

and a sunny, if cool, climate<br />

produces a soil ideal for<br />

growing wine with a strong<br />

identity. For the sake of<br />

biodiversity, we also grow<br />

cereals, almond trees and<br />

olive trees; the Meknes<br />

region is widely known for<br />

its famous olive oil and<br />

almonds.<br />

Morocco ♦ Tel +212 668125017 ♦ domainedebaccari.<strong>com</strong><br />

The winery operates by applying<br />

sustainable agriculture methods,<br />

respectful of the land, plants, the<br />

environment and people, with the<br />

aim being to produce high-end<br />

Moroccan wines which meet the highest<br />

international standards. Additionally,<br />

Domaine is also into organic conversion.<br />

The Domain’s grape variety is <strong>com</strong>posed<br />

of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and<br />

Cabernet Franc for red wines, Cinsault<br />

and Grenache for rosé. The Cabernet<br />

Franc has shown itself to be perfectly<br />

suited to the soil and the production of<br />

balanced, delicate, fresh and <strong>com</strong>plex<br />

wines. This grape variety, emblematic<br />

of limestone soils, perfectly matches the<br />

desired style of wine.<br />

The winemaking in Morocco goes back to the ancient Phoenicians and Greeks, and owes<br />

its development to the colonization by the Roman Empire. The wines produced in this<br />

region had a strong reputation. The wine tradition prolonged throughout the centuries<br />

and reached its flourishing success in the 20th century during the French Protectorate.<br />

The proprietors of this family-owned land, since generations, have embarked with energy<br />

and passion on this exciting adventure, devoted to preserve this noble heritage, with<br />

an innovative and ethical spirit, respecting nature and humans, in permanent quest for<br />

excellence, to produce the best Moroccan wines.<br />

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Taroudant, Morocco’s Hidden Gem<br />

Spending any time in Taroudant makes you truly feel like you’ve gone back in time.<br />

It is a small city nestled in the Sous Valley of Southern Morocco. Ramparts that were<br />

built in 1528 under the Saadi Dynasty specifically to attack the Portuguese fortify the area.<br />

The entire city is contained within these walls, which are 7 kilometers long. Taroudant is<br />

often referred to as “Little Marrakesh’ and was in fact once the Capital city of the country,<br />

albeit for a very short while.<br />

Taroudant is full of charming souks and squares bathed in the magical Berber culture. The<br />

town is small enough and it is worth exploring it on foot, getting lost in the little alleyways.<br />

It takes roughly an hour to walk the length of the entire town.<br />

Unlike exceptionally busy Marrakesh,<br />

hawkers and touts are not a <strong>com</strong>mon<br />

feature here, although you can still try out<br />

your haggling skills in one of the markets.<br />

In fact, this is one of the major pastimes for<br />

tourists visiting the area. The town is known<br />

for its two markets, mainly catering to local<br />

people. A variety of items are on offer<br />

here, including beautiful jewellery, silver<br />

and carpets so visitors are unlikely to leave<br />

empty-handed.<br />

Large orchids and palm trees add to the mythical feel of this quaint little town, with the<br />

Atlas Mountains towering in the background.<br />

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The former home of Spanish Artist<br />

Claudio Brave has recently been<br />

turned into a stunning museum full<br />

of interesting artefacts and is fast<br />

be<strong>com</strong>ing one of the area’s most<br />

popular attractions. There is even the<br />

option for being served tea in the<br />

gardens of the Pavilion overlooking<br />

the lake.<br />

Taroudant is usually an<br />

overnight stop for travellers<br />

on their way to Agadir or<br />

Marrakech. However, it is also<br />

a great base for exploring the<br />

nearby Atlas Mountains and<br />

there are tour <strong>com</strong>panies that<br />

arrange a variety of exciting<br />

treks and hikes. There are<br />

some virtually undiscovered<br />

areas and some of them only<br />

a 45-minute drive from the city.<br />

Head for the Afensou/Mentaga<br />

Valley, for a magnificent hike<br />

through wild argan forests<br />

and river pools suitable for<br />

swimming.<br />

Venture even further for a<br />

breathtakingly scenic trek of the<br />

palm-filled gorges of the Anti-<br />

Atlas Mountains. And for an<br />

even grander day trip, Tafraout<br />

is a tiny oasis in the central part<br />

of the Anti-Atlas Mountains<br />

certainly worth exploring.<br />

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GHANA<br />

Image by: Kobe Subramaniam<br />

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Ghana, An Introduction<br />

Ghana is known as the ‘golden child’ of West <strong>Africa</strong>. This is due to its successful<br />

democratic constitution and steadily growing economy. The country first began<br />

establishing trade with Europeans in the 15th century when it was known as The Golden<br />

Coast because the abundance of gold that was found on its land.<br />

One of the most stable countries of West <strong>Africa</strong>, Ghana is a popular tourist destination.<br />

Situated right on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana’s tropical climate means there is<br />

warm weather all year round. The country has an incredibly diverse wildlife and multiple<br />

national parks and gardens filled with exotic flora. It also boasts many miles of white sandy<br />

beaches.<br />

After a lengthy period of<br />

colonisation by the British, the<br />

country declared independence<br />

in 1957 and named itself Ghana,<br />

literally meaning “Warrior King’.<br />

Ghana’s population is multi-ethnic<br />

and rounds up to nearly 31 million<br />

people, the vast majority being<br />

Christian of various denominations.<br />

English is widely spoken across<br />

the country, as are many different<br />

languages and dialects.<br />

In a 2011 Forbes survey, Ghana was ranked the friendliest country in all of <strong>Africa</strong> and the<br />

11th friendliest country worldwide. This is largely due to the vivacious, colourful energy<br />

of its people and the cultural diversity of this beautiful country. It is very <strong>com</strong>mon for<br />

<strong>com</strong>plete strangers to greet you in the street and there is a widespread ‘sharing is caring’<br />

attitude that extends to foreigners or ‘oburani’, as they are amicably known.<br />

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Accra<br />

Accra is Ghana’s splendid capital and it will likely be your first point of contact with<br />

the country. Accra is hot all year round, with a couple of short rainy seasons; one<br />

between April and mid-July and another one occurring in October. When it does rain, it’s<br />

not usually a lengthy downpour but rather short bursts of intense rainfall, gladly wel<strong>com</strong>ed<br />

by the locals due to the levels of humidity in the area.<br />

Over the last 2 decades, Accra has developed considerably. It has a great selection of<br />

shopping malls, brilliant nightlife choices and ample opportunities to sample delicious<br />

Ghanaian cuisine. Because of its rich history, Accra offers a range of options for culturehungry<br />

visitors.<br />

Getting around in Accra is pretty easy,<br />

despite regularly congested traffic. There<br />

are various intercity bus routes that cover<br />

the entire area and taxis are literally<br />

everywhere and cheap enough. You can<br />

also easily get an Uber. For a truly local<br />

experience, hop on a tro tro, a shared<br />

minivan that follows a specific route in and<br />

around the city centre.<br />

Make sure to taste kelewele (caramelised<br />

plantain), a local delicacy you can find almost<br />

everywhere. Many snack bars prepare authentic<br />

local cuisine at very cheap prices so allow<br />

yourself to be immersed in the warmth of the<br />

local hospitality. Coffee culture is a big thing in<br />

Accra with hip and quirky coffee shops popping<br />

up all around the city, frequented by cool youths<br />

eager to share their latest escapades with you.<br />

Accra hosts numerous art exhibitions<br />

and there are various galleries to<br />

visit if you are an Art enthusiast.<br />

Tiga <strong>Africa</strong>n Art Consultancy houses<br />

remarkable paintings and sculptures.<br />

The Artists’ Alliance Gallery features<br />

excellent items to buy at considerably<br />

reasonable prices, including wooden<br />

carvings and curious artefacts and<br />

local souvenirs.<br />

Though Accra is a coastal city with<br />

long sandy stretches, it’s worth<br />

venturing a few kilometres west to<br />

find Bojo, one of the most glorious<br />

and pristine beaches of the area.<br />

Far quieter and cleaner then its main<br />

<strong>com</strong>petitors, this is a lovely spot for<br />

relaxation, swimming and sunbathing,<br />

suitable for the entire family. To get to<br />

the actual beach you board a little<br />

boat and pay a small entrance fee- all<br />

worth it just to be able to lie one the<br />

unspoiled sandy beach and get lost<br />

in the clear blue skies. There is also<br />

a restaurant that sells fresh food and<br />

drinks.<br />

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Ghana<br />


Apartments<br />

Independence Arch is 11 km from the<br />

apartment, while Wheel Story House is<br />

3.8 km away. The nearest airport is Kotoka<br />

International, 13 km from Green Court, and<br />

the property offers a paid airport shuttle<br />

service.<br />

The ac<strong>com</strong>modation offers a children’s<br />

playground. A car rental service is available<br />

at Green Court.<br />

Green Court Off Tenth Street, Tesano, Tesano, Accra, Ghana<br />

Located 9 km from Kwame<br />

Nkrumah Memorial Park, Green<br />

Court provides ac<strong>com</strong>modation with<br />

a shared lounge, a garden and a<br />

shared kitchen for your convenience.<br />

Both WiFi and private parking are<br />

available at the apartment free of<br />

charge.<br />

Certain units are equipped with<br />

air conditioning, a flat-screen TV,<br />

washing machine and a kettle,<br />

<strong>com</strong>pleted with a kitchen.<br />

Guests at Green Court can enjoy a<br />

continental breakfast.<br />

Couples particularly like the location —<br />

they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.<br />

We speak your language!<br />

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Tamale<br />

Tamale is one of Ghana’s fastest growing cities and the third most populous area of<br />

the country. Although Ghana has be<strong>com</strong>e a popular tourist destination in the last two<br />

decades, Tamale is still relatively unknown and remains well off the beaten path. This is<br />

what makes this city so unique: it’s an authentic introduction into the remarkable North<br />

Ghanaian culture and hospitality and genuine snapshot of the West <strong>Africa</strong>n way of life.<br />

Tamale has been consistently voted<br />

the cleanest city of the country by the<br />

Ghanaian Government. It has a distinctive<br />

architecture that <strong>com</strong>bines modern highrise<br />

buildings with traditional mud houses<br />

and an array of intricately designed<br />

mosques. The city is easily explored by<br />

bicycle and bike tours are the best way to<br />

get lost in the humble neighbourhoods.<br />

Located in the northern region of<br />

the country, the city’s population is<br />

predominantly Muslim. Praying is an<br />

important requirement of the Islamic<br />

faith and the Call to Prayer can be heard<br />

echoing through the city 5 times a day.<br />

Tamale’s Central Mosque is the most<br />

popular one, a humongous and imposing<br />

structure with tall minarets and emerald<br />

domes, right in the centre of the city.<br />

It is a well-known fact that people in Ghana<br />

are extremely friendly and approachable;<br />

the same goes for Tamale. Locals simply<br />

love to get to know visitors and will<br />

frequently start conversations in order to<br />

know more about you but also share their<br />

own stories and wisdom. Language is not<br />

a barrier as English is widely spoken. With<br />

their warm attitude and eagerness to<br />

help, the locals will easily win your heart.<br />

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Strolling around the local markets should probably be number one on visitors’ lists. The<br />

National Cultural Centre is the place to go for cheap souvenirs and original traditional<br />

crafts. Some days, later in the evening when the weather cools down, you can enjoy<br />

and even take part in traditional Ghanaian dances and cultural performances.<br />

One of Tamale’s greatest attractions can be found 120 kilometers west of the city.<br />

Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest wildlife conservatory and is certain to be an<br />

unforgettable experience. Here you can really experience elephants in their natural<br />

habitat as well as spot antelopes, vultures, beautiful birds and monitor lizard to name<br />

just a fraction of the incredible fauna of the area. There are various safari tours that can<br />

be arranged for different times of the day. The park is never very busy and there are<br />

options to go for day excursions or stay over night in one of the hotels, if you’d prefer<br />

to take your time exploring the Ghanaian Savannah.<br />

As Ghana’s most fertile area, Tamale is an agricultural heaven and offers some of the<br />

greatest produce in the country. This means that local restaurants cook delicious hearty<br />

meals at very reasonable prices. There are also various tours you can join, from cotton<br />

spinning to traditional food cooking as well as spending time with local families and<br />

learning about how the locals live, earn a living and have fun.<br />

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Ghana<br />


Lodge<br />

Yendi, Salaga Rd, Tamale, Ghana ♦ Tel +233 55 255 9442 / +233 243337288 ♦<br />

<strong>www</strong>.jeyadslodge.<strong>com</strong><br />

Jeyads Lodge has a serene environment where you are assured of good relaxation, <strong>com</strong>fort<br />

and luxury. All of their rooms are well ventilated with air conditioning, water heaters, cable<br />

TV, fridges and free Wi-Fi. Your health as lodgers is their priority, hence the fitness bay, which<br />

offers you the opportunity for good exercise at all times. The chefs are experts in continental and<br />

local dishes. The bar is also well stocked with an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.<br />

The staff is well trained, hospitable, friendly and will provide you with great memorable service<br />

you will always want to <strong>com</strong>e back. Great Ghanaian and northern hospitality is assured during<br />

your stay with us.<br />

Each and every room is fitted with queensized<br />

beds, large enough for occupancy<br />

of two guests per room, with private<br />

washrooms. Enjoy a delicious breakfast<br />

too, as it is served to you each morning.<br />

The staff and reception are always on<br />

stand-by to attend to every guest’s needs<br />

24/7 in order to make your stay at Jeyads a<br />

memorable one. The facility also provides<br />

laundry services to guests; ranging from<br />

washing, dry cleaning and ironing. As a<br />

convenience to guests, they provide free<br />

shuttles to/from Airport and Transport<br />

Stations. Before you touch ground, the staff<br />

will be there to pick you up. The amazing<br />

restaurant provides continental and local<br />

dishes with a well stocked bar with an array<br />

of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.<br />

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Image by: Ovinuchi Ejiohuo<br />

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Cultural Experience<br />

With over 200 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country of the continent<br />

and thus nicknamed the ‘ Giant of <strong>Africa</strong>’. The country has phenomenal cultural<br />

diversity, with over 250 different ethnic groups that altogether speak approximately 500<br />

different languages. There is an abundance of historical sights of interest making this a<br />

culture-rich travel destination.<br />

Nigeria was colonised by Britain by the beginning of the 20 th century. Under British rule<br />

in 1914, the northern and southern parts of the country were joined in what was known<br />

as the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria. The country gained independence from the<br />

UK in 1960 and has since gone on to be<strong>com</strong>e one of the fastest growing <strong>Africa</strong>n nations.<br />

Being a coastal country, its stunning<br />

beaches attract flocks of tourists each<br />

year. But by far the most enticing<br />

advantage of Nigeria is its vast cultural<br />

mixture and associated customs and<br />

traditions. The three most prominent<br />

ethnic groups in the country are the<br />

Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo. They each<br />

have their own caste systems and<br />

administrative policies as well as differing<br />

political and religious ideologies.<br />

One of the most popular destinations in<br />

Nigeria can be found in the ancient town<br />

of Abeocuta. Olumo Rock stands tall at<br />

137 meters above seal level and was<br />

once used as a fort and watchtower. The<br />

area is full of unusual trees and mystical<br />

monuments and once you reach the<br />

very top you are treated to a panoramic<br />

view of the surrounding city.<br />

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The megacity of Lagos, the country’s financial<br />

hub and former Capital, is a melting pot of<br />

cultural traditions. This is one of the best<br />

places to visit in order to savour the incredible<br />

cultural diversity Nigeria has to offer. Lagos<br />

acts as a microcosm of the entire country,<br />

representing customs and ideas from a wide<br />

range of tribes.<br />

There are plenty of impressive galleries<br />

where one can learn about arts and crafts<br />

and multi-functional concept spaces that hold<br />

numerous recreational events each season.<br />

Nigerian artists often get their inspiration<br />

from the country’s rich history. Some<br />

artists integrate Nsibidi symbols, a type of<br />

indigenous scripture, in an attempt to honour<br />

and preserve bygone eras.<br />

Fashion is fast be<strong>com</strong>ing a huge industry here and there are regular displays that showcase the<br />

country’s vivacious colour palette. Nigerian fashion is really unique, with elements of traditional and<br />

pre-colonial dress styles mixed with modern materials to produce show-stopping pieces.<br />

The more time you spend Nigerian people,<br />

the more likely it is that you’ll be lucky<br />

enough to encounter some of the unusual<br />

traditions that are the trademark of Nigerian<br />

culture. For example it is imperative that<br />

natives who choose to get married have<br />

not one but…three weddings: a traditional<br />

one, one at the town hall and then one<br />

more at the church or mosque. Other<br />

quirky customs include ‘showering’ people<br />

with money at various events as an act of<br />

appreciation and….ensuring you never<br />

extend your left arm to greet, eat or in<br />

fact do anything at all whatsoever as this is<br />

highly frowned upon!<br />

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Adventure Holiday<br />

Some of the world’s most famous sights and wonders are located in the mountainous<br />

and densely forested plains of Tanzania. Serengeti, Mt Kilimanjaro and the<br />

Ngorongoro nature reserve are amongst some of the most visited destinations. Tanzania<br />

is filled with abundant wildlife, captivating cultures and some of the world’s most revered<br />

safari experiences. It is not by chance that the country’s name translates as ‘Sail in the<br />

Wilderness’<br />

With a <strong>com</strong>bination of stunning natural beauty, unusual rocky formation and endless<br />

magnificent woodlands, Tanzania offers a variety of adventurous and challenging hiking<br />

trails.<br />

Mount Kilimanjaro<br />

Kilimanjaro is Tanzania’s best-known mountain and the world’s tallest freestanding volcano.<br />

For many, climbing Kilimanjaro is fulfilling a major life goal and thousands of people each<br />

year make the pilgrimage to the top. This climb is not for the faint hearted but with right<br />

physical and mental attitude this iconic peak can be conquered.<br />

The mountain is vast so there are numerous routes to choose from, each going through<br />

a variety of landscapes. Some are a lot more demanding than others and more suitable<br />

for super fit and experienced hikers. Fitness levels aside, other factors to take into<br />

consideration are acclimatisation profiles, ac<strong>com</strong>modation preference and seasonal<br />

restrictions. It is especially important to be<strong>com</strong>e familiar with the symptoms of altitude<br />

sickness and definitely inform your guides immediately if you start to feel unwell.<br />

Here are 2 of the most popular routes to the top:<br />

Machume Route<br />

Probably not for beginners, this route offers outstanding views of the Lava Tower and the<br />

Barranco Wall. Parts of it are highly strenuous so this is it a tough hike with steep trails<br />

for long distances. The route is best done in 7 days to account for acclimatisation. This<br />

in fact increases the chances of successfully reaching the summit<br />

Rongai Route<br />

This trail has overall great success rates. The ascent is very steady and the route is far<br />

less crowded that the main <strong>com</strong>petitors due to it being more expensive. It is moderately<br />

difficult and therefore more suitable for less experienced hikers. The Rongai route is<br />

thought to be less scenic than some of the other main routes but it makes up for it by<br />

allowing for encounters with wildlife (antelopes and elephants make regular appearances)<br />

map from <strong>www</strong>.media.followalice.<strong>com</strong><br />

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Other points of interest<br />

Beyond hiking Kilimanjaro, there are a variety of lesser-known trails worth pursuing.<br />

Olmoti Crater Walk<br />

Located near the Ngorongoro Nature Reserve, this hike is perfect for beginners who<br />

want an easy, pleasant trail without missing out on gorgeous vistas of the surrounding<br />

plains. The gentle ascent through lush greenery and rocky formations finally lead to<br />

some spectacular views of the volcanic crater and the Munge Waterfall.<br />

Udzungwa Mountains National Park<br />

Located in Southern Tanzania, this is another top destination for hikers who love trails<br />

filled with wildlife and crystal clear plunge pools. Trails here range from short walks to<br />

longer 2 to 3 night hikes offering the chance to encounter species endemic to this area.<br />

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Mbeya City<br />

Mbeya is a small city in Southwest Tanzania surrounded by a range of high<br />

mountains. Virtually unknown before the 1930s, the city then became popular<br />

due to the nearby gold deposits. It currently functions as a business hub for the<br />

surrounding countries. Mbeya is the quintessential ‘off the beaten path’ destination in<br />

Tanzania, surrounded by stunning natural wonders and beautiful scenery. You can fly into<br />

Mbeya easily from Dar es Salaam or get there by bus if you don’t mind the long journey.<br />

Though Mbeya’s centre is rather unassuming, the surrounding area has been called<br />

‘the Scotland of <strong>Africa</strong>’, with heather and bracken cloaking the hillsides. The region is<br />

mountainous, with Loleza mountain towering over behind the town. There are over 10<br />

dormant volcanic craters located in and around Mount Rungue, the tallest mountain in<br />

the area.<br />

For outdoor enthusiast’s, Mbeya will not disappoint. There are numerous natural reserves<br />

and national parks to visit and plenty of available tour operators that can arrange day<br />

excursions and hiking trips. Witness the cosmic wonder of the Mbozi meteorite, one of<br />

the largest to have been found on earth weighing 12 metric tons. Get lost in the scenic<br />

fields of Kitulo national park and take in the view of the endless plains full of exquisite<br />

flowers and wildlife. A visit to Mbeya wouldn’t be <strong>com</strong>plete without a trip to Ngozi crater<br />

lake, for a picnic looking over the captivating beauty of this ancient crater<br />

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Tanzania<br />


Guest House<br />

Block T, Tanzania House 106, Mbeya City, Tanzania ♦ Tel +255 757 466 315 ♦ teshahome.<strong>com</strong><br />

Tesha Home provides traditional Home Stay ac<strong>com</strong>modation located in the centre of<br />

Mbeya, a city in Southwest Tanzania.<br />

Guests at Tesha home be<strong>com</strong>e a part of our family for the duration of their stay. We love<br />

to show them what true Tanzanian hospitality feels like. Our guests have the opportunity to<br />

engage authentically in the daily activities alongside locals.<br />

Enjoy gardening or strawberry picking, or even popping to the local market to buy fresh<br />

produce and cook back at home. We love explaining our cultural values and we like to teach<br />

Swahili as well as hear our guests’ own stories.<br />

We offer 3 very <strong>com</strong>fortable rooms with a<br />

uniquely traditional atmosphere. All rooms<br />

have en-suite bathrooms with hot shower<br />

facilities- perfect after a long day’s hike.<br />

Breakfast in included in the price and the<br />

House offers free WIFI connection.<br />

Completely untouched by the madness<br />

of modern tourism, Mbeya has a lot to<br />

offer our guests. The surrounding area is<br />

literally a hiker’s paradise. Go on day hikes<br />

up mount Rungwe at an altitude of nearly<br />

3000 meters. Get up close and personal<br />

to the numerous volcanic craters or have<br />

a picnic over looking the breath-taking<br />

beauty that is the Ngozi Lake Crater. The<br />

rural landscape is filled with incredible<br />

nature and wildlife and thus has earned this<br />

area the nickname “Scotland of <strong>Africa</strong>’<br />

We have our own local guide who enjoys<br />

yoga and hiking. You can join one of his<br />

yoga classes for free and heal your mind<br />

and body.<br />

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Tanzania<br />



Tailor Made Tour Company<br />

P.O.BOX 6850 KILIMANJARO-TANZANIA ♦ Tel +255 754 537 513 ♦<br />

Cell +255 (0) 674 517573 ♦ <strong>www</strong>.dodogrouptz.<strong>com</strong> ♦ e-mail: info@dodogrouptz.<strong>com</strong> ♦<br />

Facebook.<strong>com</strong>/dodogrouptz ♦ Twitter.<strong>com</strong>/dodogrouptz.<strong>com</strong> ♦ Skype.<strong>com</strong>/dodogrouptz<br />

In addition to wildlife safaris and treks,<br />

Dodo Group offers exclusive helicopter<br />

tours to the summit and around Kilimanjaro<br />

region. Don’t miss out on their selection<br />

of handpicked beach holiday tours that<br />

let you experience the best of the Indian<br />

Ocean. Adventure enthusiasts can also opt<br />

for bike tours across Tanzania and other<br />

parts of <strong>Africa</strong>.<br />

Tanzania, with its endless savannahs and mesmerizing national parks, is a mecca for<br />

wildlife enthusiasts. Its exquisite wildlife, <strong>com</strong>prising the renowned “big five” game,<br />

draws tourists from all across the globe. Its rich natural beauty is perfectly <strong>com</strong>plemented by<br />

the secluded beaches of Zanzibar. If you want to plunge into the depths of Tanzania’s vast<br />

wilderness, make sure you book a tour with Dodo Group Tanzania Limited.<br />

This tailor-made tour <strong>com</strong>pany is located in Moshi, home to <strong>Africa</strong>’s highest mountain, Mt.<br />

Kilimanjaro. From jeep safari tours in Serengeti National Park to gorilla tours in Uganda - Dodo<br />

Group offers a plethora of customized packages to choose from. Moreover, they organize treks<br />

to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru as well as day trips to the major attractions of Tanzania. The<br />

best part is that all these tours are tailored according to your preference and budget.<br />

Whats sets this tour <strong>com</strong>pany apart is its<br />

team of experienced travel consultants.<br />

Apart from customizing the tour according<br />

to your needs, they also ensure that you<br />

make optimum use of your time there.<br />

Dodo Group also has a power-packed<br />

group of trained safari guides and climbing<br />

specialists who speak multiple languages<br />

including English, French, and German.<br />

They work round-the-clock to ensure that<br />

your tour is of impeccable quality.<br />

The <strong>com</strong>pany provides high-end camping<br />

equipment to ensure that your safety is<br />

never <strong>com</strong>promised with. Wildlife safaris<br />

are organized in luxurious SUV Land<br />

Cruisers equipped with <strong>com</strong>fortable<br />

seats, refrigerators, WiFi, GPS tracking,<br />

and charging points for phones/cameras.<br />

In addition to airport transfers, they have<br />

a dedicated Airport Team to assist you as<br />

soon as you arrive.<br />

However, the most remarkable aspect of<br />

Dodo Group is that they strive to protect<br />

the environment and develop a sense<br />

of <strong>com</strong>munity. Their team works hard to<br />

ensure that the tours don’t have an adverse<br />

effect on the natural surroundings. In<br />

addition, part of their profits is donated<br />

for the upliftment of orphans and disabled<br />

children in Kilimanjaro Region. In an age<br />

when tour <strong>com</strong>panies are be<strong>com</strong>ing<br />

increasingly <strong>com</strong>mercialized, Dodo Group<br />

promises to breathe new life into the<br />

tourism industry.<br />

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The Big 5<br />

A<br />

trip to South <strong>Africa</strong> wouldn’t<br />

be <strong>com</strong>plete without a<br />

carefully planned expedition to<br />

catch a glimpse of five of the most<br />

majestic animals in the South <strong>Africa</strong>n<br />

jungle. Lions, Leopards, Rhinos,<br />

<strong>Africa</strong>n Elephants and Cape Buffalos,<br />

nicknamed ‘The Big 5’, are known<br />

for being extremely dangerous to<br />

hunt on foot. National Geographic<br />

has termed them the must-see list<br />

of iconic ‘mega fauna’. The Big 5 live<br />

amongst hundreds of other beautiful<br />

species in national parks and the wild<br />

terrains of Botswana, South <strong>Africa</strong>,<br />

Kenya and Tanzania.<br />

When to Go<br />

Seeing any of the big 5 is an<br />

unforgettable experience and safari<br />

enthusiasts are known to get up at<br />

the crack of dawn in order to increase<br />

the chances of witnessing these<br />

creatures in their natural habitat. It is<br />

widely thought that the best time of<br />

the year for spotting them is during<br />

the dry season from July to October.<br />

As rivers dry up, animals are forced<br />

to group together to drink the<br />

remaining water. Thinner flora and<br />

folliage during dry season means the<br />

animals are more exposed, less able<br />

to hide therefore easier to spot in<br />

some areas of South <strong>Africa</strong>.<br />

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Popular Spots<br />

There are numerous excellent areas for safaris all<br />

around South <strong>Africa</strong> and researching thoroughly is<br />

highly re<strong>com</strong>mended. Not all 5 animals may make<br />

an appearance and that shouldn’t detract from the<br />

overall experience. However, there are some places<br />

where, with the aid of a good guide and a little bit of<br />

luck, you may be able to see all 5 of them.<br />

South <strong>Africa</strong><br />

Kruger National Park<br />

Kruger Park prides itself for all-year-round Big 5<br />

sightings. It has great infrastructure and facilities<br />

include wheelchair accessibility, WIFI spots and both<br />

walking as well as driving safaris. There are plenty<br />

of ac<strong>com</strong>modation options to suit all budgets and<br />

tastes as well as the choice of private reserves with<br />

far less crowds, making the experience even more<br />

unique.<br />

Most <strong>com</strong>panies organise 3-5 day tours, with<br />

optional extra activities. Some organise longer,<br />

7-day treks. It is not guaranteed that you will spot all<br />

5 in one day or even throughout the duration of the<br />

safari, but the breathtaking beauty of the wilderness<br />

and the numerous other animals roaming free will<br />

more than make up for it. Make sure to check the<br />

weather for the particular area you are visiting as<br />

weather can be quite unpredictable. It gets quite<br />

cold during dry season so pack appropriately!<br />

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The Stunning Eastern Cape<br />

Eastern Cape offers some of the most spectacularly diverse landscape in all of <strong>Africa</strong>.<br />

It includes stunning ancient forests, a seemingly endless, untouched coastline and<br />

the untamed beauty of multiple nature reserves. The province also has the only ski and<br />

snowboarding resort in South <strong>Africa</strong>, operating all-year-round, earning it the nickname of<br />

‘National Treasure’<br />

The enormous variety of things to see and do is sure to satisfy the needs of even the most<br />

demanding traveller. Visitors <strong>com</strong>e to Eastern Cape precisely because of the abundant<br />

wildlife and biodiversity. The area is popular with outdoor enthusiasts, adventurous<br />

travellers and those who like to immerse in deep cultural experiences.<br />

Hiking Trails<br />

Blessed with such gorgeous countryside, trekking and hiking are very popular choices<br />

and trails range from easy to extreme. The Otter trail is quite possibly one of the most<br />

famous in the world. The route follows the Eastern Cape coastline with magnificent views<br />

over the Indian Ocean and it takes 5 days to <strong>com</strong>plete. The Chokka trail takes visitors<br />

through picturesque fishing villages, endless sand dunes and includes a visit to a penguin<br />

rehabilitation centre.<br />

National Parks<br />

Coastline Magic<br />

The Wild Coast is a long expanse of<br />

beautiful coastline filled with rocky<br />

headlands, massive cliffs and an indigenous<br />

forest full of rare flora. It is also the official<br />

home of the native Xhosa people. One<br />

of the most fascinating sights in the area<br />

can be found at Coffee Bay, a small beach<br />

town on the wild coast. Apart from being<br />

a surfing hotspot, this is where you can<br />

start your hike to the ‘Hole in the Wall’. As<br />

the name suggests, this is a natural arch<br />

that has been carved by waves crushing<br />

through the freestanding island.<br />

If you are keen on safaris and close encounters with the Big 5, there are plenty of parks to<br />

choose from. Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve is a Malaria-free zone and offers amazing<br />

opportunities to spot fascinating wildlife including cape buffalos, lions and rhinos. Visitors<br />

can explore the park in their own car or choose one of the experienced operators for a<br />

guided tour. Mountain Zebra National Park offers visitors the chance to track the elusive<br />

mountain cheetahs on foot, an unforgettable, adrenalin-pumping experience.<br />

What ever your choice of activity when in Eastern Cape, there are many different<br />

ac<strong>com</strong>modation options available; from chalets, to mountain cottages or simple oldfashioned<br />

camping facilities.<br />

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South <strong>Africa</strong><br />

CASA MIA<br />



Guest House & Spa<br />

R336 from Addo to Kirkwood ♦ Tel +27 (42) 2330075, ♦ <strong>www</strong>.casamiaspa.co.za<br />

If you are looking for country<br />

charm, natural areas and<br />

a sense of tranquillity, a mere<br />

45minutes drive from Port<br />

Elizabeth, you will find Casa<br />

Mia Health Spa & Guest House<br />

nestled among citrus trees on<br />

a working citrus farm. We are<br />

just 15km from Addo Elephant<br />

National Park on the R336 to<br />

Kirkwood.<br />

Casa Mia Health Spa & Guest<br />

House is privately owned and<br />

managed. Here guests will<br />

find genuine hospitality. Enjoy<br />

our trademark of personal<br />

attention, friendly service and<br />

consistency to deliver high<br />

standards of service to ensure<br />

total relaxation. We are wellknown<br />

for our encouraging<br />

respect for the environment<br />

and nature. We offer 6<br />

spacious, en-suite luxury guest<br />

rooms all with double showers<br />

and baths. Non- Smoking<br />

Guest Rooms. All amenities in a<br />

phyto-effective product range.<br />

– Member of Health Spas Association.<br />

– 4 Star Tourism Grading Guesthouse.<br />

– Best Value Establishment 2018 Afristay<br />

– Sanlam Top Destination <strong>Award</strong>s Nominee 2018<br />

– <strong>Travel</strong> & <strong>Hospitality</strong> <strong>Award</strong> Winner, Eastern Cape, <strong>2019</strong><br />

– <strong>Travel</strong>myth Top 5, <strong>2019</strong> – Ac<strong>com</strong>modation for<br />

Honeymoon, Addo<br />

– Superhost, Airbnb, <strong>2019</strong><br />

Suzette Meyer<br />

Spa Owner<br />

Two of our luxury guest rooms are filled<br />

with personal touches:<br />

– King Size Bed with fine linen<br />

– Private area with jacuzzi and sun loungers<br />

– Nespresso coffee machine (Guest room 3)<br />

– Lounge area with sleeper couch (Guest<br />

room 3)<br />

The Spa boasts 6 specialized treatment<br />

rooms, a Couple’s room, Sauna, Tropical<br />

shower room, Vichy shower, Pilates Studio,<br />

Pool, Hydrotherapy Bath and 3 outdoor<br />

Jacuzzi’s.<br />

While each of our guest rooms are<br />

individually styled and decorated, they<br />

all have some features in <strong>com</strong>mon:<br />

– Complimentary Wi-Fi<br />

– Flat-screen TV<br />

– Air-conditioned rooms<br />

– Breakfast included<br />

– Tea and Coffee Facilities<br />

– Fridge<br />

– Hairdryer<br />

– Bathrobes and slippers<br />

– Bottled Water<br />

We offer self -drive Game drives, Bird<br />

watching, Scenic walks, tours to Scotia<br />

Safari and Elephant Back Safaris are nearby.<br />

Transfers to and from Port Elizabeth airport<br />

can be arranged.<br />

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Beach Lovers Paradise<br />

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands located off the east coast of<br />

<strong>Africa</strong> and surrounded by the Indian Ocean. 44 of theses islands are inhabited<br />

and are collectively known as the ‘Inner Islands’. The picture-perfect landscapes radiate<br />

impressive exotic vibes that make this place one the most photographed areas in the<br />

world. The Seychelles is the perfect destination for tourists who love to unwind on white<br />

sandy beaches or swim in the warm and tranquil emerald waters.<br />

Mahe<br />

Mahe is the nation’s cultural and financial hub and<br />

all visitors’ first point of contact. Approximately<br />

90% of the population lives here and is a place<br />

that is ethnically diverse, and its people hail from<br />

many different corners of the earth. With almost<br />

40 beaches to choose from, there is something in<br />

Mahe for everyone.<br />

The northern part of the island<br />

is also the busiest one. Beau<br />

Vallon is Mahe’s most popular<br />

beach. It offers calm waters for<br />

swimming and is a hot spot for<br />

snorkelling and diving owing<br />

to the crystal clear water. Anse<br />

Major is considered one of<br />

the most beautiful secluded<br />

beaches of the island. This is<br />

not an easily accessible beach.<br />

The fact that you can only get to<br />

it either by boat or by following<br />

a hiking trail means that this<br />

part of the island is <strong>com</strong>pletely<br />

unspoiled. Further down, Anse<br />

Takamaka is the perfect place<br />

to relax and unwind far from the<br />

madding crowds of the north.<br />

The majority of visitors stay in one of<br />

the 3 most popular islands: Mahe,<br />

Praslin and La Digue. These are<br />

highly developed and home to<br />

the nation’s best ac<strong>com</strong>modation<br />

facilities. Mahe Island is the<br />

biggest one, measuring 28<br />

kilometers in length, with 38<br />

beaches. Praslin is a medium size<br />

island with 22 beaches and La<br />

Digue is famous for being one<br />

of the most magnificent islands<br />

in the whole of the Seychelles.<br />

All three islands offer amazing<br />

opportunities for boat tours of the<br />

surrounding islands.<br />

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Praslin<br />

Praslin is a magical paradise that is home to UNESCO Heritage site Vallee de Mai. The<br />

island is covered in a jungle with rare species of flora and fauna and it is home to 2<br />

beaches that have consistently appeared on the Top 10 list of the world’s best beaches:<br />

La Digue<br />

This gem is famous for its breath-taking beaches. Anse Coco is reminiscent of the<br />

scenery in the old classic Blue Lagoon. Perfect calm sea, clean sand and a backdrop<br />

of lush greenery make for a very tranquil and otherworldly landscape. Anse Source<br />

D’Argent offers yet another slice of paradise. Get lost in the majestic ocean in the<br />

background of granite boulders and swaying palm trees.<br />

Anse Lazio is the perfect Seychelles post-card beach. With a very long stretch of fine<br />

white sand and deep turquoise water, this is what dreams are made of. It is exceptionally<br />

well maintained and child friendly with a lifeguard on site.<br />

You can enter Anse Georgette via the adjacent golf club. This is a more secluded<br />

beach and therefore ideal for romantic getaways. Friendly vendors on the beach offer<br />

coconut water and other refreshments.<br />

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Sail Seychelles<br />

The Seychelles islands are the glorious<br />

paradise on everyone’s bucket list.<br />

They are the epitome of the idyllic holiday:<br />

turquoise seas, white sandy beaches and<br />

luxury resorts surrounded by graceful palm<br />

trees gently swaying to the cool breeze of the<br />

Indian Ocean. It is a tropical oasis with great<br />

weather all-year-round and has been a major<br />

tourist destination since the 1970s.<br />

The Seychelles archipelago is made up of 115<br />

islands. It is hardly surprising then, that visitors<br />

ache to discover their beauty and witness for<br />

themselves some of the most photographed<br />

scenery on Earth.<br />

Numerous tour operators offer day boat trips<br />

and excursions and the fleet and prices vary.<br />

Snorkelling is a must as this particular spot of<br />

the Indian Ocean offers a spectacular view of<br />

some of the most rare species of aquatic life,<br />

including the nearly extinct Hawksbill Turtle,<br />

which <strong>com</strong>es to nest only in this area. From<br />

Praslin island, you can follow the footsteps of<br />

Robinson Cruise aboard a modern catamaran,<br />

following a carefully designed multi-stop<br />

route.<br />

Kayaking allows visitors to explore the<br />

majestic landscape and underwater life in a<br />

more eco-friendly way, whilst also keeping<br />

fit. Island tours can be <strong>com</strong>bined with fishing<br />

experiences. Seychelles is a rare fishing<br />

destination so expect unusual catches of the<br />

day!<br />

One of the most popular activities particularly<br />

favored by honeymooners is of course a sunset<br />

cruise. Glide down the Indian Ocean as the<br />

sun starts to set and make a toast while you<br />

take in the unforgettable scenery: a perfect<br />

end to a perfect day.<br />

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Top 3 Things to do<br />

Located off the southeast coast of <strong>Africa</strong>, Mauritius is an island paradise encircled by<br />

the deep turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. With a tropical climate all year round<br />

and no actual Monsoon season, Mauritius is the perfect hotspot for sun and sea lovers<br />

alike.<br />

1. Savour the Gorgeous Beaches<br />

The island is famous for its spectacular beaches. Stunning blue water, long stretches<br />

of white sand and fresh sea breeze make this a magnificent destination for a holiday.<br />

There is no shortage of beaches to choose from and most are surrounded by coral<br />

reefs that burst with aquatic life.<br />

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2. Visit Blue Bay<br />

Blue Bay is one of the<br />

must-see places of the<br />

island. It is located in the<br />

south and though famous<br />

with tourists it is still<br />

relatively undeveloped<br />

<strong>com</strong>pared to the northern<br />

part of the island. Blue<br />

Bay’s fantastic underwater<br />

life makes this a perfect<br />

spot for snorkelling and<br />

scuba diving.<br />

3. Water Sports and Boat Tours<br />

Catamaran tours are a great way to discover the nearby islands that make up the rest of<br />

the country. Sail along the Indian Ocean, snorkel above the reefs and try the delicious<br />

lunch and BBQs on offer aboard the boat.<br />

Dolphin and whale spotting is another very popular choice. And weather permitting, you<br />

can even jump in the warm sea for a swim alongside these majestic giants. For even<br />

more adventurous types, the island offers plenty of water sports opportunities including<br />

windsurfing and parasailing.<br />

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