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Friday, 02 May 2014 22:35

14 day Luxury Tanzania Honeymoon

14 day Luxury Tanzania Honeymoon

Day 1-Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport. Meet and assist and transfer to Mountain Village for overnight stay.

Day 2-After breakfast, depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon gamedrive follows. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.

Day 3-Full day at Ngorongoro Conservation Area with morning and afternoon gamedrives. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Day 4- After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon gamedrive follows. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.

Day 5- Full day at Serengeti National Park with morning and afternoon gamedrives. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge

Day 6-After breakfast, depart for Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon gamedrive follows. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge.

Day 7-After early breakfast, depart for Arusha. Transfer from Arusha Airport to Selous by air, landing at Mtemere Airstrip. Meet & greet at airstrip, transfer by road to camp. Lunch, evening boat trip, dinner and overnight Selous Impala Camp.

Day 8-Game drive, lunch, afternoon game drive or boat trip. Dinner and overnight Selous Impala Camp.

Day 9-Game drive, lunch, afternoon game drive or boat trip. Dinner and overnight Selous Impala Camp.

Day10-Depart at 9.30am for flight from Selous to Ruaha. Meet and greet at Msembe airstrip, transfer to camp, game drive on the way and lunch. Dinner and overnight at Mdonya Old River.

11-Breakfast, lunch, two game drives or one full day drive with picnic. Dinner and overnight at Mdonya Old River.

Day12-Breakfast, lunch, two game drives or one full day drive with picnic. Dinner and overnight at Mdonya Old River.

Day13-: Breakfast, lunch, two game drives or one full day drive with picnic. Dinner and overnight at Mdonya Old River.

Day14-Transfer to airstrip after breakfast. 11:45am flight from Msembe, Ruaha to Arusha. Arrive at 2pm. On arrival, check-in for international flight home.

DREAM IT! CHOOSE IT! BOOK IT! DO IT!

Friday, 02 May 2014 22:33

South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is situated at the southern tip of the great continent of Africa and is flanked by the warm Indian Ocean on the east (Mozambique) and the cold Atlantic Ocean on the west. Our African neighbours to the north are Namibia on the northwest, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to the northeast.

With an area of just over 1.2 million square kilometers, South Africa is 5 x larger than Great Britain and makes up 4% of Africa. South Africa has about a total of 362 000km of roads of which 74 000 is paved. We have a well developed road system and can be compared to Europe. There is also a well developed train system which connects over the whole country.

We are home to 46 million people of great diversity, spread over 9 provinces and speaking 11 official languages. English is understood and spoken by most of the people.

South Africa has fantastic and diverse natural beauty. We are home to the Big5 in the animal kingdom which comprises of the lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino and elephant. There are many game reserves where they are home and where they and other animals can be viewed in their natural environment. South Africa also has fantastic biodiversity across the country. On the west of the country, we have a dry climate and sparse vegetation. On the east we find subtropical conditions.The seasons in the southern hemisphere are opposite to those in the north so that we have summer from November to February. The country has one of the worlds highest average daily hours of sunshine.

Telecommunications is an integral part of the infrastructure and we have 3 mobile telephone companies and a fixed line telephone company. We use the GSM mobile system so you could also roam in South Africa on a local network. Travelers to South Africa should never have a problem and can keep in touch wherever they are in the country.

We have a reliable supply of electricity and the voltage and hertz is the same as in Europe so there is no problem with European appliances.

South Africa is 2 hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time and 1 hour in advance of central European winter time.

It is customary to tip in South Africa and the rate is 10 – 15% in restaurants if you have had good service. Tipping is voluntary.

General information

Hospitals

South Africa has good public hospitals and excellent private health care. Most of these are open 24 hours a day.

Public Transport

South Africa has an extensive rail network which connect most major towns and cities. There are long distance coach services connecting most of th

e country. When you travel by train it is best to make sure that you travel 1st class and avoid traveling at off-peak times. Taxis do not cruise as in other countries. Check with your hotel or if hailing a taxi yourself, make sure that the taxi is accredited and uses a meter system or has its tariffs displayed.

Banking and other money matters

The South African currency is Rands & Cents. R1 = 100 South African cents. Banking hours are from 08h30 to 15h30 Monday to Friday.

Bureau de change's are generally open until 17h00. Try not to change money at the airports or hotels as they offer a very bad rate. Travellers cheques are widely accepted in the cities but may be a problem in rural areas. You could also draw money directly from one of the many ATM machines but make sure that you protect your PIN nr.

Tipping

It is the norm to tip waiters in restaurants between 10 – 15% depending on the service. Restaurants will ad a 10% service fee for larger tables. Porters normally get 2-3 Rand per bag. It is also customary to tip petrol attendants 2-3 Rands.

Food

The food in South Africa is of a very high standard and in general the portions are generous. You will find many restaurants that cater for all tastes. The oceans around South Africa provide a fantastic choice of seafood and rock lobster locally known as crayfish is widely available.

Water

The water from the tap is some of the cleanest you will find in the world. It is however recommended to drink bottled water if you go to remote areas.

Malaria

South Africa is normally a low risk area. It is however advisable to take malaria prophylactics if you visit the Kruger national park and the northern borders of the country. It is best to contact your local doctor for up to date information.

Communications

Phonecalls can be made from your hotel but these are normally very expensive. International calling cards are a good option and less expensive. You could also use your own mobile phone and buy a local sim card. South Africa has a well developed mobile telephone network and good coverage over most of the country. Internet cafes are widely available.

Inoculations

No special inoculations are prescribed for South Africa apart from yellow fever vaccination but it is advisable to consult with your local doctor. Bear in mind to allow time for the medicine to reach effective levels before you travel.

VAT (value added tax)

All goods sold in South Africa are subject to vat. As a foreign visitor you are allowed to claim it back when you leave the country subject to some rules. Find out the latest rules from your hotel in the country.

Please plan to visit South Africa with us!!!!

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe Air port.

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by our representative from Nature Friendly Safaris who will transfer you to Kampala, Fairway Hotel or similar (C) or Ivys Hotel (B). BB

Day 2: The Source of the river Nile
After breakfast drive to Jinja, this is the second largest town in Uganda. It is characterized by the Asian quarters, the brewery industries and the colorful gardens. Visit the Source of the Nile on Lake Victoria, the monument of Gandhi, and then proceed to the “Bujagali Falls”, to view the spectacular rapids on the river Nile a few kilometers from the source.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 21:05

3 Days Kidepo National Park Safari

Safari to Kidepo Valley National Park (3 Days)

SAFARI HIGLIGHT

This is a 3 days wildlife Safari to Kidepo Valley National Park, one of Uganda's best national parks for game viewing. Kidepo Valley National Park is located on Uganda’s border with Sudan and Kenya in the extreme corner in the Northeast of the country. Despite the fact that it is Uganda's most remote national park, Kidepo Valley National Park is worthy to visit given the immense tourism resources within this park. The park comprises of rolling savannah grassland and rugged spectacular mountain landscape. The park is accessible by road or by Air from Entebbe. You will board a charter flight from Entebbe and back.

TOUR ITINERARY - KIDEPO WILDLIFE SAFARI

Day 1: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park
You will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to board a chartered light aircraft to Kidepo. Arrive at Apoka Lodge. After lunch, enjoy panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and photographic opportunities of wildlife from the verandah of the lodge. An evening game drive along the Narus River Valley for game Viewing and photography of Elephants, herds of Buffaloes, Jackals, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Klipspringer and possibly Lions.

Dinner and overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge

Day 2: Game viewing Safari - Kidepo Valley National Park
After an early breakfast, go for morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring. A variety of animals can be seen roaming around including Ostrich. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon have a cultural experience that will bring you in contact with Karamajong people at Karenna and Kapedo. Meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them. They will show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more interesting items. Return to the Apoka lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Guided Nature Walk - Return Trip to Kampala
After breakfast, enjoy a guided nature walk and after lunch, you will board a charter flight back to Entebbe.

End of the Uganda Safari to Kidepo Valley National Park


Wednesday, 30 April 2014 21:04

Community Tourism

COMMUNITY TOURS

Nature Friendly Safaris is proud to be a pioneer Safari Company to support Community tourism in Uganda and East Africa. We encourage our Visitors to support the communities around the Protected Areas (P.As) through their projects such as being accommodated in their Campsites, buying their local handcrafts, participating in traditional dances, as a means of promoting WIN-WIN Scenario among others. We at Nature Friendly Safaris strongly believe in sharing the natural resources of surrounding community with visitors from home and overseas for the sustainable benefit and development of that local community whilst conserving the natural environment and controlling conflict between the Protected Areas and the Local Communities.

Activities you can do to help or participate in Community tours
Participate in a day to day activity of an African Man and you will find it very interesting and inspiring.
Take a village walk while on your tour and you will be introduced to so many things that you did not expect.
Volunteer on any of our community projects

Why take a Community Tour?
Community tours take you beyond the main extreme tourism activities as you enjoy the magic of true Ugandan hospitality and friendliness. You'll meet people of different ethnic groupings and learn far more about them and their culture than on conventional tours. You'll feel better knowing that your visit is genuinely helping your hosts.

In all our community tours, we make sure there are planned with the involvement and consent of local communities, Give a fair share of profits back to the local community, involve communities rather than individuals, be environmentally sustainable, respect traditional culture and social structures, have mechanisms to help communities cope with the impact of western tourists, keep groups small to minimize cultural / environmental impact, brief tourists before the trip on appropriate behavior, and leave communities alone if they don't want tourism. Leave nothing but foot prints, Take nothing but photographs while on a Community Tour with Nature Friendly Safaris.

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