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Originally used only by hunters, the term ‘Big Five’ refers to five of Africa’s greatest wild animals – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Today we are featuring three Big 5 destinations in Africa.

Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is the largert reserve in South Africa. Nearly 2 million hectares of land that stretch for 352 kilometres from north to south along the Mozambique border, is given over to an almost indescribable wildlife experience, including the Big 5. Certainly it ranks with the best in Africa and is the flagship of the country’s national parks – rated as the ultimate safari experience.
The Kruger Park is a self-drive destination, although there are guided tour operators, with an excellent infrastructure that includes picnic sites, rest camps, waterholes and hides. The Kruger Park is a remarkable reserve offering an incredible experience of Africa at its most wild.

The Serengeti
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value. With more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, it has the greatest concentration of plains game including the Big 5 in Africa. The wildebeest and zebra moreover form the star cast of a unique spectacular – the annual Serengeti migration.

Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8 000 square kilometres (3 100 square miles) of pristine African wilderness. Inspired in design by the Maasai mud-and-stick manyatta (homestead),
The Crater floor is a natural sanctuary for thousands of animals and many species of insects and birds. Lush highlands surround the Crater, falling away to the tawny plains and alkaline lakes of the Great Rift Valley.

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African Travel Quiz 4

This weeks question is related to the 2010 Soccer World Cup seen as there are only 195 days to kick off.

According to FIFA, what is the capacity of the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point: See options below

A) 25 000 people

B) 68 000 people

C) 99 000 people

Add your answers to the comments.

Last weeks answer to the Quiz was Mark Twain. Mark Twain was also the auther of the famous book Huckleberry Finn.

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This great picture of the African lilies was taken in the Graskop area of the Drakensburg in South Africa

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Earlier in the week we featured two Malaria Free destination in Africa. Today we are featuring a Madikwe Malaria Free family holiday.

Sun City and Madikwe family holiday

Please note that this is a suggested itinerary only … if this does not suit your needs exactly, then we can create an itinerary that does.

Day 1

You will be met at Johannesburg international airport and transferred to the Cascades Hotel in Sun City (ask one of our travel experts for more information on Sun City).

Spend three nights at the Cascades Hotel – there is so much to do here from the Valley of the Waves Water Park and Kamp Kwena children’s centre; a game drive into the nearby Pilanesberg Game Reserve; playing golf on world class courses, playing slots at the casino or relaxing by the pool.

Day 4

Transfer from Sun City to the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, host to an incredible diversity of species. Spend three nights at Thakadu River Camp in a family suite enjoying activities such as morning and evening game drives in the Madikwe Reserve and relaxing by the pool.

The camp caters for children and child minding facilities are available if required.

Day 5

Transfer back to Johannesburg airport for your onward arrangements.

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Whats on in Cape Town and surrounds this week:

There is always something exciting happening in and around Cape Town. If you looking to spend a Sunday afternoon enjoying a lovely picnic, stretched out in breathtaking gardens while listening to the very best of the South African music scene then the Backsberg Picnic concerts will be perfect.

Backsberg Estate Cellars are delighted to introduce a new live music series in the beautiful and scenic landscape of the Cape winelands. The series, which runs every Sunday from 29 November 2009 to 31 January 2010 brings a superb musical line-up of South Africa’s best-loved artists to Backsberg.
Backsberg Estate Cellars offer the perfect summer outing of leisurely afternoon spent with family and friends.

Audiences can anticipate sunset acoustic performances from the likes of:

* Valiant Swart – 29 November 2009
* Koos Kombuis – 6 December 2009
* aKING – 13 December 2009
* Lize Beekman – 20 December 2009
* Gert Vlok Nel – 27 December 2009
* Robin Auld – 3 January 2010
* James Stewart – 10 January 2010
* Laurinda Hofmeyr – 17 January 2010
* Neo Muyanga – 24 January 2010
* Albert Frost – 31 January 2010

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South Africa offers two excellent choices of Malaria Free Destinations; Madikwe and the Eastern Cape.

Madikwe Game Reserve
The  Island mountains of Madikwe have a wonderful diversity of interesting landscapes and vegetation and has become one of South Africa’s prime eco-tourism destinations.
It is now home to the Big Five.
The reserve is aimed at the more exclusive end of the market, and luxury lodges. Madikwe offers game viewing in the early morning, late afternoon and at night is in open 4×4 vehicles, there are also guided walks.

Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape is returning to its frontier wildlife days with vast areas of once-farmland returning to wilderness.
But it is not only wildlife and Nelson Mandela that draw visitors to this fascinating region for the province is renowned for its scenic beauty and incomparable diversity.
The Eastern Cape is now drawing visitors to its parks and reserves in numbers

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African Travel Quiz 3

This week’s question is a  travel related Quote. Which famous Author said:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Add your answer to the comments.


 

The answer to last weeks Quiz question is:  A- 1086M

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This amazing  photo was taken of a gorilla in the Ugandan Jungle.

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Featured Itinerary of the week

Zanzibar’s brilliant white beaches provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break from the hustle and bustle.

Spice Island Getaway in ZanziBar

Please note that this is a suggested itinerary only … if this does not suit your needs, then we can tailor an itinerary that does.

Day 1
Arrive in Zanzibar where you will be collected and transferred to your idyllic beach lodge hotel. Spend five nights in paradise relaxing on the beach, or enjoying activities such as snorkelling, diving, kayaking and other activities that can be arranged on arrival.

Day 6
You will be collected early and taken on a tour of Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar known for its narrow winding alleys and large and ornately carved wooden doors. Spend a night at one of the hotels in Stone Town.

Day 7
Your Zanzibar holiday ends and you will be transferred back to the airport in time for your flight home.

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Whats Happening in Cape Town and Surrounds this Weekend:

Boasting one of the most scenic routes on the South African road running calendar, the Winelands Marathon (42.2km) will be run for the 32nd time in 2009. It runs through the stunning winelands of the Stellenbosch and Somerset West area and offers wonderful views of vineyards and mountains. The half marathon (21.1km) will be run for the 13th time and runs along part of the marathon course, also offering runners a scenic route that includes a gravel road section with wonderful mountain views.

The Winelands Marathon has been consistently ranked by the Runner’s World race judges as a well organised and well presented event. Over the last four years it achieved distinction and a place in South Africa’s best loved races. It was voted the ninth best marathon.  It will be run for the 32nd time in 2009. It is usually a qualifier for both the Two Oceans and Comrades.

Mr Price Winelands Marathon & Half Marathon
Date:     21 November 2009
Time:     05h30
Organisers:     Helderberg Harriers Atletiekklub
Distance:     42.2; 21.1; 5;
Province:     Western Province
Start:     Markotter Sports Grounds
Stellenbosch

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