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Turkana Land: Discover the unventured cradle of Human Kind

Turkana Land is where you can relax kabissa! ‘Kabissa’ means ‘completely’ in Swahili language. It boasts miles upon miles of palm fringed, unspoiled sandy beaches on the shores of Lake Turkana, the world‘s biggest permanent desert lake. Swimming in its slightly alkaline waters cures many skin ailments, making it a giant natural spa.

For those who are fascinated by the fundamental questions of who we are and where we come from, there is no better place to follow the traces of our ancestors. Some of the most significant archeological findings of pre- and early manhood have been made here, and Turkana Land righteously claims the title Cradle of Mankind. This is the place where all humans stem from – so: Welcome back home!

In many ways you can regard Turkana Land as largely unexplored which offers you an opportunity to make your own discoveries and experience true adventures like nowhere else. Enjoy the open spaces and breathe freely, something which is getting hard to find in other regions of Kenya and the world.

Highlighted below are some of the amazing attractions that Turkana has to offer which can easily be explored in three circuits.

A unique cultural wealth

There are view places remaining in Africa of today where you can witness a traditional culture of such beauty and integrity. The Turkana culture is vivified by a unique wealth of dresses, hairstyles, jewellery, sayings, tales, songs, craftsmanship and knowledge. A visit to Turkana Land offers you the chance to experience the fascinating pastoralist way of life.

Rewarding hiking and rock climbing

There are many mountains, such as Silali Volcano, Loima Hills, Mogila Range or the Lokichar Hills that invite you for rewarding rock climbing and hiking tours. As camels are abundant in Turkana Land, you might also decide to use them as a support for carrying your equipment. Just be prepared to act as your own trail blazer and you will have the trip of your life time. These are truly virgin grounds which are waiting to be conquered by YOU!

Water games

Lake Turkana, the infamous Jade Sea offers a huge potential for water sporting, whether you love swimming, boat riding or fishing trips. You could also do a sailing cruise with fishing dhows or try balancing on a traditional raft. Winds are favourable for both, wind surfing and kite surfing, though for the time being you will have to bring your own equipment along.

Come, play in the wild!

The vast lands of Turkana are a no-limits playground for cross bike riders, 4WD fanatics and GPS freaks, plus anybody else who loves to be out in the bunduz. Make the campfire your kitchen, starry skies your ceiling and the freedom to move in any direction at any time a normality.

Experience real wilderness

Turkana Land is a wide and a wild country, where to the south, especially within the South Turkana National Reserve, elephant, leopard, oryx antelope, gazelle, warthog as well as an exceptionally high number of Kori bustard roam. Along the border with South Sudan in the extreme northwest, the massive savannah grassland of the Lotikipi Plains forms another haven for wildlife which is currently undergoing gazetting as National Reserve and definitely is worth visiting.

An island out of this world

A wilderness with an out-of-this-world flair is Central Island National Park, the home of thousands of birds and crocodiles in the middle of Lake Turkana. Three crater lakes talk of the volcanic origin of Central Island, one offering a home to flamingos, another to tilapia fish and the third to crocodiles. Ferguson Gulf near Kalokol with an abundance in pelicans, flamingos and other waterfowl is a bird watcher’s paradise and so are many other spots of Turkana, making it a prime destination for ‘birdies’.

Shopping of traditional handicrafts

If you want to treat yourself and shop something beautiful to take home with you, you will find plenty of artful traditional jewelry, like the colorful necklaces of Turkana women or the carved wooden elders’ stools on sale almost everywhere. Equally typical is the skilful basketry woven by Turkana women from dried doom palm leaves. The basketry market in the centre of Lodwar probably offers the best choice.

Learn more about Turkana Land:- http://www.visitturkanaland.com/

World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean 2022 winners announced at KICC, Nairobi

The stars of the travel, tourism and hospitality aligned at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi, Kenya to find out who amongst them had won the industry’s ultimate annual honours.

A capacity audience of 400 VIP guests, industry figureheads and media were in attendance for a sensational World Travel Awards (WTA) Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2022.

Big winners at the red-carpet reception included Maldives winning ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination’ and ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Tourist Board’. Cape Town picked up the coveted honour of ‘Africa’s Leading City Destination’. Kenya topped off an evening that will live long in the memory by scooping the major title of ‘Africa’s Leading Destination’, capital Nairobi claimed the prize for ‘Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination’ and KICC for ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’. ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Wedding Destination’ went to Mauritius, while ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’ was won by Seychelles. Thanda Island took the trophy for ‘Africa’s Leading Luxury Island’.

The event marked the return of business tourism with a bang, and gave cause for unbridled celebration for Kenya Airways with a hat-trick of top aviation honours. Kenya’s flagship carrier claimed success in categories for ‘Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class’, ‘Africa’s Leading Airline Brand’ and the ultimate prize of ‘Africa’s Leading Airline’. Ethiopian Airlines took the title of ‘Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’. Air Seychelles celebrated with the honour of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ with ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Brand’ won by Air Mauritius.

Travel industry VIPs from 25 nations attended World Travel Awards comeback event at KICC in heart of Kenya’s vibrant capital city, Nairobi.

Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, said: “What a breath-taking event and what a truly memorable experience was had by our blue-chip audience. WTA had the privilege of recognising the region’s leading lights as the industry marked its triumphant return in style. As stellar examples of tourism excellence, our winners have helped to once again raise the bar”.

“Nairobi is a pulsating city, rich in heritage but with a dynamic, forward-thinking business focus. And at its epicentre is the majestic KICC. I would like to put on record my heartfelt thanks to Nana Gecaga – the KICC’s superstar CEO and her fabulous team, as well as extend my gratitude to our generous Event Partners and Supporting Partners. I’ve been travelling the globe for the last 29 years heading up our annual Grand Tour of gala ceremonies. Tonight was amongst the very best I’ve had the privilege of leading. As the industry bounces back better and stronger, Kenya should take its place at the high table of world class tourism destinations”.

The refined elegance of Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club claimed the ultimate hospitality award for ‘Africa’s Leading Hotel’, with Radisson Blu taking top honour for ‘Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand’. Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa won the prize for ‘Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ with Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria taking the title ‘Africa’s Leading Business Hotel’

The hotly contested category for ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort’ went to Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island; the award for ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Resort’ went to Andilana Beach Resort; Madagascar, ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Island Resort’ was awarded to Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi; and ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort’ was won by Vakkaru Maldives.

Travel provider winners included Flight Centre, South Africa (‘Africa’s Leading Travel Agency’) and Thompson’s Africa (‘South Africa’s Leading Destination Management Company’). In the Indian Ocean region top honours went to Get Into Maldives Travel ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator’, Simply Maldives (‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency’) with Mautourco taking the honours for both ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination Management Company’ and ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Tour Operator’.

The next red carpet events on the WTA Grand Tour 2022 will take place in Amman, Jordan (Middle East) followed by Muscat, Oman (Grand Final).

Find more information and a full list of winners on the official WTA website.

Going Beyond the Safaris: Travel Experts Open Up About Kenya

It’s well known that Kenya is one of of the best spots in the world to take a safari. But did you know that it is also rife with topographical diversity? I’m talking about glacial mountains, Rift Valley volcanoes, coral reefs and desert escapes. Sounds pretty amazing, right? I thought so too, which is why I reached out to three travel experts–Jason Florio, of FlorioPhoto.com, Marcello Arrambide, of Wandering Trader, and Matt Gross, editor of BonAppetit.com and the author of The Turk Who Loved Apples–to get some of their best tips for traveling through this eclectic East African country.

Gnus and zebras in Mara Masai National Reserve. Image courtesy of Marcello Arrambide

Gnus and zebras in Mara Masai National Reserve. Image courtesy of Marcello Arrambide

What is your must-try food or beverage in Kenya? And why?

JF: I would go for a Somali lamb stew in the  Eastleigh neighborhood of Nairobi, which is also known as Little Mogadishu. Why have this in Kenya?  Because you don’t need six armed guards as your dining companions, which you would need if you went out to eat it in (Big) Mogadishu. As for drinks, I hate to be cliche, but it has to be the national brew, Tusker.

MA: The food I would say that everyone has to try are samosas and chapatis. Both are inspired by Indian cuisine but are found commonly throughout Kenya. They’ve become a common staple of Kenyan cuisine.

Samosas are what some may call an African version of an empanada. They are triangular in shape and deep fried, which creates an outer coating that is crispy brown. Inside you’ll find a tasty filling of spicy meat or even veggies.  You can find them alongside the endless number of street carts in the country (especially Nairobi). Samosas are one of my favorite things to eat while on the road in Kenya. Chapatis, on the other hand, can be compared to a pita flat bread.  No matter where I ordered this dish it was always the right texture and taste. Just soft enough to allow you to roll it into a pita and just hard enough to have with coffee or tea. It’s a great snack.

MG: I guess you have to eat ugali, which is sort of like the Kenyan version of polenta. They eat a lot a maize and corn there, and grind it up with flour to create this polenta-like semi-solid porridge that everybody eats at every meal. The other thing that’s pretty good is sukuma wiki. It’s a braised kale dish.

Giraffe licking Marcello in Kenya.

Giraffe licking Marcello in Kenya.

In your opinion, what’s an important “do this” or “don’t do that” when it comes to traveling in Kenya?

JF: Do learn how to paddle a tiny balsa wood canoe on Lake Baringo with the charming Njemp fisherman, and watch the fish eagles snatch fish from the lake around you–mind the hippos though.

Do not try and take pictures of the ferry crossing in Mombasa. The local security has come up with a neat little shakedown if they see you taking pictures. They have no authority and there are no clear signs about not photographing, but they will threaten you with police action. It cost me a $5 bribe and left a bad taste in my mouth–but that was soon washed out with a Tusker.

MA: When in Kenya interactions with the animals are a must. Outside of the common safari, I would highly recommend a visit to some of the orphanages and nonprofit organizations that allow tourists to get close to the animals. You can feed giraffes at the Giraffe Centre and even have breakfast with them at the Giraffe Manor.  Another exciting up close encounter would be the Elephant Orphanage where a massive family of elephants comes out for a feeding and to interact with the keepers. And then just outside of Nairobi the adventurous tourist is able to ride ostriches at a local ostrich farm. Tourists are even allowed to order ostrich for lunch as well.

MG: Do say hello to everyone–people you pass on the street, people you meet anywhere. Be happy, friendly and polite, because in Kenya people are friendly. They want to meet you, talk to you and hear about what’s going on. I got invitations to have dinner at random people’s houses because I was running past.

Don’t try to rush things. It’s a big country. It’s a bit messy and rough in places. You can’t assume that just because it is 30 miles from point A to point B that you should be able to get there in half an hour or that everything will be ready. You must be patient. You must also plan a lot of free time to account for the fact that things do not move as smoothly as they do in North America. But that can be enjoyable. It gives you more time to say hello to everybody.

Njemp people who live and work around Lake Baringo paddling their canoes made of balsa wood. ©Jason Florio 2013.

Njemp people who live and work around Lake Baringo paddling their canoes made of balsa wood. ©Jason Florio 2013.

Jason, what was one of the biggest challenges you, as a photographer, encountered while shooting in Kenya for the AFAR story, Runner’s High?

JF: Thinking I could make photographs of athletes sprinting along side giraffes.

Marcello, you saw the Big 5 on your first Kenyan safari, so I’m curious what your best tip is for someone going on their first African safari?

MA: I’d recommend that someone spends more time on a safari. The cheapest safari available is a three day safari where one drives all day to the reserve and a small drive is taken during the end of the day. The following day is a full day of safari and then an early departure the third and last day.  There are so many unique opportunities that can happen at a moments notice that one day just isn’t enough.  Also, make sure to have a good enough camera with a great zoom, even if you have to rent one. Safaris are a once in a lifetime experience and it would be shame if you couldn’t take pictures.

And finally, Matt, you spent two weeks running in the town of Iten for the AFAR story, Runner’s High, so what is your best advice for travelers who would like to go to Kenya to run?

MG: The thing is not to be intimidated. I was one of the slowest people for hundreds of miles around, but I ran twice a day and people recognized that. I remember coming back from one run, just like an afternoon/evening run that was like 10 miles, and, as everyone does, someone asked me, ‘How far did you run this afternoon?’ And I said, ‘10 miles.’ And they said, ‘Oh, oh, that’s nice.’ They were one of those professional Kenyan or British runners. And they were impressed that I did 10 miles after already having done five or seven in the morning. Forget all about your self-consciousness and just run, you’ll get respect for that.

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Top 10 Luxury Travel Destinations in the world

To most people, travelling in luxury seems like a very far-fetched dream. But the promise of privacy, beautiful views and special treatment doesn’t have to be something that’s completely unattainable. With a little bit of saving, you could be jetting off to the most exclusive villas in the world. Or maybe a luxury safari is really what you’re looking for? The promise of beauty, gourmet food and the most glamourous travelling experience should be enough motivation to get you up and working. To get you started, we’ve got the Top 10 Luxury Travel Destinations. And if it’s something you won’t be able to experience, it doesn’t hurt to dream now does it?

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Mexico is a delight for visitors, with a coastline that stretches more than 80 miles along the Caribbean and crystal clear waters that are home to hundreds of different marine species. It is filled with breathtaking landscapes and a vibrant, diverse culture rooted in pre-Columbian and European traditions and striking natural spectacles.

Where To Stay

Las Ventanas al Paraíso is a window to paradise. With a name like that you wouldn’t expect anything less than luxury and a touch of glamour, which is exactly what you get. The carefully decorated suites and inspired cuisine makes this beach hideaway a sanctuary of renewal and revitalization.

What To Do

There is a lot to do in such a beautiful place, but the most luxurious of activities is no doubt hopping on your own yacht and sailing into the sunset with the deep blue waters at your feet. With Cabo Adventures, you will be able to enjoy the warm winds of Cabo whilst onboard their most luxurious yachts. Spend the day exploring the stunning coastline secluded coves and beachesand encounters with dolphins and whales.

Cabo San Lucas Enjoy a touch of paradise in Mexico

St Jean, St Barths

St Barths is synonymous with wealthy and well-known celebrities looking to get away from hordes of paparazzi for a private holiday. The wonderfully warm waters and glorious sparkling sand beaches perfectly complement the surrounding natural beauty of this tiny, yet charming island.

Where To Stay

Isle de France is the island’s most sought after hotel, offering world class rooms, views and services. A gentle blend of simplicity and elegance in the heart of the Caribbean makes Isle de France the ideal place to escape from reality and live like royalty for a few days.

What To Do

Explore the promenade along the front of the harbour where you will find the very best in high-end luxury boutiques and designer wear. Whether it’s a custom Rolex, a swimsuit or a once-off designer piece, you will definitely find it in one of these extravagant stores.

St Barths St Barths is an ultra luxurious destination

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco needs little introduction. It’s a city known for opulence, luxury and wealth. But it also has a a revered culture and old money class. Known for beautiful people, glitz and glamour, casinos, and its famous Grand Prix, you really couldn’t find a better place to relax and enjoy the luxury of natural and man-made luxury.

Where To Stay

With all of Monaco’s splendour, you would expect to find a hotel just as magnificent – and Hotel Metropole definitely delivers. The hotel’s architecture and decor are classic and timeless with a touch of contemporary allure. It has a warm Mediterranean spirit with an innovative and dynamic character offering the very best of personalised service to all its guests.

What To Do

Nothing says luxury like being behind the wheel of a fast sports car in the home of the F1 Grand Prix. Liven Up gives you the opportunity to explore Monaco and the Grand Prix circuit in a Ferrari, where you will drive on scenic roads with breathtaking views of Monaco.

Metropole Hotel Monaco is known for luxury and extravagance

Crete, Greece

The stunningly white buildings and wonderfully blue waters in Greece are an absolute luxury in themselves. Greece’s fascinating history – with tales of gods and goddesses, the original battles of the Olympic Games, and as one of the first countries to have a democratic government – is made even more appealing by the warm and friendly locals. They’ll be ready to tell you everything there is to know about one of the oldest civilisations in the world.

Where To Stay

Elounda All Suite Hotel epitomises luxury island living. At Elounda’s All Suite Hotel you are guaranteed an ultra exclusive stay, what with the best of their rooms having private access to the beach as well as private pools. As a small boutique hotel all of their suites are private and secluded. Add to this great facilities like their own gorgeous spa, gourmet restaurant, wine cellar, seafront bar, and even a 50 seat cinema, and I’m sure you’ll agree a stay at Elounda All Suite Hotel is an experience you deserve.

What To Do

Blue Dolphin Diving Centre, the pioneers of diving in Crete, will make sure that you have a memorable diving experience while you’re in Greece. The clear waters and ample marine life make their job a little easier, but it’s their list of locations and helpful, experienced instructors that sets them apart from the rest. With Blue Dolphin’s efforts, Crete now has an abundance of fish life and other underwater species in an area that is the first natural protected resort for divers in Greece.

Crete Crete is an exclusive and unique destination

Fregate Island, Seychelles

There are very few things that scream ‘luxury travel’ as loud as a private island, where the footprints on the sand are all your own. The Seychelles, a melting pot of different traditions, promises to transport you to an island paradise miles away from any disturbances. In a place where there’s more sun than rain and where the birds and island animals work with the the sea and mountains to create an unmatched atmosphere of peace and harmony, you’ll find the Seychelles, a dream destination unlike any other.

Where To Stay

Fregate Island Private in the Seychelles is nestled right beside the coastline. If it’s privacy you want then you’ve come to the right place; all suites have a luxurious terrace, private infinity pool and daybed, and dining pavillion overlooking the lush jungle and deep blue seas.

What To Do

Being on an island means there is a lot to explore, so why not take a nature walk with one of the resident conservationists? Here you can learn more about the island’s ecosystem, observe some of the work the conservationists do and even help out by searching for tiny sea turtle hatchlings emerging from their nests or checking nest boxes for eggs or chicks. You can also make a valuable contribution to protecting and sustaining the island’s flora and fauna with the Tortoise Adoption Programme.

Seychelles Nothing says luxury like a private island

Bwejuu, Zanzibar

Not only will you be blown away by the clear coastline and lush green forests that make Zanzibar a tropical paradise, but you’ll also get an insight into the history and culture of the African island. With a past teeming with stories of sultans, pirates and princesses, and a diverse and interesting local culture, your holiday in Zanzibar will be a welcoming and magical experience.

Where To Stay

Villas at Baraza Resort are designed to characterise classic Swahili architecture. Dramatic arches and intricate hand carved cement decorations makes this resort completely unique. Rooms are spacious and complemented with beautiful fabrics, hand carved furniture and brass lanterns. As tempting as it is to stay in your beautifully decorated room, don’t forget that you’re in an outdoor paradise – venture out to the private pool or get a bird’s eye view of the island from your very own terrace.

What To Do

Enjoy an authentic Zanzibar experience aboard a dhow with Safari Blue. Safari Blue dhows, which are sailing boats made from African Mahogany, are kept well maintained. The dhows are equipped with communication equipment, sunshade, boarding ladder, gas inflatable life jackets, and waterproof bags. All you need to do is to sit back and enjoy the relaxing ride along the coast of Zanzibar.

Zanzibar Zanzibar is a tropical and exotic luxury destination

Lech, Austria

Snow-capped peaks, warm Austrian hospitality and lively après-ski events will make your stay in Austria unforgettable. Their unique cultural heritage and distinctive imperial history add to the allure of a place filled with luxury villas lit up by crackling fire-places. The best time to go is when it’s snowing, it adds that extra magical touch. You can keep warm by drinking delicious mugs of hot chocolate while looking out of the big, glass windows.

Where To Stay

Lech is one of Austria’s most posh and pricey resort towns, so you can expect only the best stay at one of the town’s best hotels, Kristiania Lech. Each room is individually decorated, from the rooms that focus on contemporary artwork, to the small, intimate rooms that uses nature as a theme, and my personal favourite, a Chinese style room that features an Oriental atmosphere. Who says you can’t have Asia in Austria? Very few things epitomise exclusivity as well as uniquely decorated rooms. All the suites at Kristiania boast contemporary artworks and antiques that set new but exquisite standards of living linked to the traditional Alpine heritage.

What To Do

Go for an unforgettable horse-drawn ride through the wonderfully scenic winter landscape. The ride starts in Lech and goes to the village of Zug, where you can indulge in afternoon tea and deliciously decadent cakes.

Austria Lech is a posh and luxurious winter wonderland

Male, Maldives

For an escape to an idyllic and unique destination you should venture to the Maldives. Set in the Indian Ocean you will enjoy superb sunshine, warm weather and an even warmer welcome from the locals. There’s nowhere better for gourmet dining, pampering spas and outstanding hospitality.

Where To Stay

Reethi Rah Resort in the Maldives lies among a string of corals,lagoons and white sands, so you can just imagine how breathtaking the views are. With a promise of warm hospitality, privacy and a magical time on the island, you are sure to fall in love with the Maldives. Reethi Rah’s villas are on the beach, secluded by lush tropical greenery, whilst others are set above the clear, protected waters of the lagoon all designed in an elegant, contemporary style.

What To Do

Maldives has a number of islands that you can explore. Venturing out to these tucked away land masses is the perfect way to get a taste of the culture. Island hopping allows you to take in all the different aspects of the Maldives, whether its visiting an inhabited island and watching the locals making boats, arts and crafts or going to an uninhabited island and exploring the untouched beauty. For breathtaking views across the turquoise waters of the Maldives and to get an aerial view of the different islands you can charter a seaplane. Good luck with that – it does take a little skill.

Maldives Escape to the idyllic and secluded beaches of the Maldives

Laikipia, Kenya

From the wide grasslands of the Masai Mara to the majestic wildlife that roams within it, there is no place like Kenya. And although a safari might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of luxury travel, Kenya’s offerings rival some of the best and most expensive destinations. From its pristine white-sand coastline and rich cultural background to top class resorts and impeccable service, the northern African country is the ideal destination for a luxury holiday.

Where To Stay

Accommodation at Loisaba is luxurious and authentically African. You will be pampered and well looked after while experiencing the atmosphere and energy of wild Africa. If you want a really unique wildlife experience, how does a night under the Kenyan stars sound? With Loisaba’s Star Beds you are treated to a slumber under the undisturbed African sky with only a blanket of stars above you.

What To Do

Hot Air Safari gives you the unique chance to experience Africa’s wildlife from above the ground in one of their fleet of five hot air balloons. The balloon flights take place in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. You can choose from group flights or private flights over the Mara. The reserve is in the northernmost part of the spectacular Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, home to scores of wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, various antelope species and ostriches. Other wildlife which you might get a chance of spotting include hyenas, lions, cheetahs, crocodiles and hippos. As this is a wilderness area with free-ranging wildlife that is not fenced in, seeing these animals in their natural habitat is a matter of luck and going at the right time.

Kenya Kenya is authentically African and luxurious

Nadi, Fiji

Fiji is an area proud to promote eco-tourism and the Fijian people cultivate a wholesome, proactive attitude as a means to protect the island’s natural beauty. You don’t often find luxury travel that is conscious about the environment, but Fiji manages to combine the two, which in turn provides tourists with the opportunity to see crystal lagoons, idyllic waterfalls, lush rainforests, and vibrant coral reefs.

Where To Stay

Just a few guests can be accommodated at Royal Davui, so be prepared for an exceptionally exclusive experience from the moment you arrive. You’ll be treated to the warmth and hospitality of the Fijian people, something that will make your stay even more memorable. Royal Davui use purely Fijian products in the bathrooms and spa as well as 90% locally grown produce. They limit the amount of waste that they produce and ensure any waste that is created is disposed of in a careful and responsible manner. This is ideal for environmentally conscious tourists who enjoy luxury travel as you’ll be free to enjoy your stay knowing that you are doing your part for the environment.

What To Do

Granted, being strapped in a harness does not sound like the epitome of luxury, but it’s all worth it when you are zigzagging across the breathtaking Wainadoi River. While experiencing that rush of adrenalin (and a little bit of fear), be sure to take in the sights of flora and fuana and wilderness from a rather fast-paced, aerial perspective. With Fiji’s Finest Tours’ highly-trained guides you will be securely strapped in and shown how to use the special equipment and techniques; there’s no need to worry about safety, just enjoy the ride.

Fiji Indulge in luxury in eco-friendly Fiji
-Guest Travel Writer, Source: Essential Travel

Date a Man Who Travels

Date a man who treasures experience over toys, a hand-woven bracelet over a Rolex. Date the man who scoffs when he hears the words, “vacation”, “all-inclusive”, or “resort”. Date a man who travels because he’s not blinded by a single goal but enlivened by many.

You might find him in an airport or at a book store browsing the travel guides – although he “only uses them for reference.”

736289010_692 You’ll know it’s him because when you peek at his computer screen, his background will be a scenic splendor of rolling hills, mountains, or prayer flags. His Facebook friend count will be over-the-roof, and his wall will be plastered with the broken English ‘miss-you’ of friends he met along the way. When he travels, he makes lifelong friends in an hour. And although contact with these friends is sporadic and may be far-between, his bonds are unmessable and if he wanted, he could couch surf the world… again.

Buy him a beer. Once a traveller gets home, people rarely listen to their stories. So listen to him. Allow him to paint a picture that brings you into his world. He might talk fast and miss small details because he’s so excited to be heard. Bask in his enthusiasm. Want it for yourself.

He’ll squeak like an excited toddler when his latest issue of National Geographic arrives in the mail. Then he’ll grow quiet, engrossed, until he finishes his analysis of every photo, every adventure. In his mind, he’ll insert himself in these pictures. He’ll pass the issue on to you and grill you about your dreams and competitively ask about the craziest thing you’ve ever done. Tell him. And know that he’ll probably win. And if by chance you win, know that his next lot in life will be to out do you. But then he’ll say, “Maybe we can do it together.”


Date the man who talks of distant places and whose hands have explored the stone relics of ancient civilizations and whose mind has imagined those hands carving, chiseling, painting the wonders of the world. And when he talks, it’s as if he’s reliving it with you. You can almost hear his heart racing. You can almost feel the adrenaline ramped up by the moment. You feel it passing through his synapses, a feast to his eyes entering through those tiny oracles of experience that we call pupils, digesting rapidly through his veins, manifesting into his nervous system, transforming and altering his worldview like a reverse trauma and finally passing, but forever changing the colors of his sight. (Unless he’s Karl Pilkington.) You will want this too.

Date a man who’s lived out of a backpack because he lives happily with less. A man who’s travelled has seen poverty and dined with those who live in small shanty’s with no running water, and yet welcome strangers with greater hospitality than the rich. And because he’s seen this, he’s seen how a life without luxury can mean a life fueled by relationships and family, rather than a life that fuels fancy cars and ego. He’s experienced different ways of being, respects alternative religions and he looks at the world with the eyes of a five-year-old, curious and hungry. Your dad will be happy too because he’s good with money and knows how to budget.

This man relishes home; the comfort of a duvet, the safety stirred in a mom-cooked meal, the easy conversation of childhood friends, and the immaculate glory of the flush-toilet. Although fiercely independent, he has had time to reflect on himself and his relationships. Despite his wanderlust, he knows and appreciates his ties to home. He has had a chance to miss and be missed. Because of this, he also knows a thing or two about goodbyes. He knows the overwhelming uncertainty of leaving the comforts of home, the indefinite see-you-laters at the departure gates, and yet he fearlessly goes into the unknown because he knows the feeling of return. And that the I’ve-missed-you-hug is the best type of hug in the whole world. He also knows that goodbyes are just prolonged see-you-laters and that ‘hello’ is only as far away as the nearest internet cafe.


Don’t hold onto this man. Let this man go and go with him. If you haven’t travelled, he will open your eyes to a world beyond the news and popular perception. He will open your dreams to possibility and reality. He will calm your nerves when you’re about to miss a flight or when your rental blows a flat, because he knows the journey is the adventure. He will make light of the unsavory noises you make when you – and you will – get food poisoning. He will make you laugh through the discomfort all while dabbing your forehead with a cold cloth and nursing you with bottled water. He will make you feel like you’re home.

When you see something beautiful, he will hold your hand in silence, in awe the history of where his feet stand, and the fact that you’re with him.

He will live in every moment with you, because this is how he lives his life.


He understands that happiness is no more than a string of moments that displace neutrality, and he is determined to tie as many of these strings together as he can. He also understands your need to live for yourself and that you have a bucketlist of your own. Understand his. Understand that your goals may at some points differ, but that independence is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship when it’s mutually respected. You may lose him for a bit, but he will always come home bearing a new story and a souvenir he picked up because it reminded him of you, like it was made for you, and because he missed you. You might be compelled to do the same. Make sure that independence is on your bucketlist, and make sure it’s checked. Independence will keep your relationship fresh and exciting, and when you’re together again it will forge a bond of unbreakable trust.

He’ll propose when you’ve breached your comfort-zone, whether it be a fear like skydiving or swimming with sharks, or sitting next to the smelly person on an overcrowded bus. It won’t be with a diamond ring, but with a token from a native culture or inspired by nature, like the penguin and the pebble.

You will get married somewhere unassumed, surrounded by a select few, in a moment constructed to celebrate venturing into the unknown together again. Marry the man who’s travelled and together you will make the whole world your home. Your honeymoon will not be forgotten to a buffet dinner and all-you-can-drink beach bars, but will be remembered in the triumphant photographs at the top of Kilimanjaro and memorialized in the rewarding ache of muscles at the end of a long days hike.


When you’re ready, you will have children that have the names of the characters you met on your journeys, the foreign names of people who dug a special place in your heart if only for a few days. Perhaps you will live in another country, and your children will learn of language and customs that open their minds from the very start, leaving no room for prejudice. He will introduce them to the life of Hemingway, the journey of Santiago, and empower them to live even bigger than both of you.

Marry a man who travels and he’ll teach your children the beauty of a single stone, the history of the Incas and he will instill in them the bravery of possibility. He will explain to them that masking opportunity, there is fear. He will teach them to concur it.

And when you’re old, you’ll sit with your grandchildren pouring over your photo albums and chest of worldly treasures, while they too insert themselves into your photographs, sparked by the beauty of the world and inspired by your life in it.

Find a man who travels because you deserve a life of adventure and possibility. You deserve to live light and embrace simplicity. You deserve to look at life through the eyes of youth and with your arms wide open. Because this is where you will find joy. And better, you will find joy together.

And if you can’t find him, travel. Go. Embrace it. Explore the world for yourself because dreams are the stuff reality is made from.

I will be waiting right here.

(source: Ramon Stoppelenburg)

Its Finally Here!!!

You’ve been waiting a while now for it, and its about time too…the Taita Hills Adventure is finally here.

Taita Hills PosterSet for October, this trip promises you lots of thrill, adventure, entertainment, engaging activities, cultural experience, and fun! fun! fun! Get to interact with people from different cultural backgrounds and enjoy time off your hectic schedules.

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Taita Hills Itinerary - ZurukenyaReady to have a blast?…well then see you there!

Some inspiration to get you Travelling

There is a deeper meaning to travel…

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So just why do we travel? some of us travel to broaden our minds, others to embark on a journey to self discovery, and many of us do it mainly for the adventure that comes along with it. Although we may all fancy the thought of travel, more often than not, many of us  tend to get caught up in such busy schedules that leave no room for some fun time.


Perhaps some inspiration to get us off our feet is what most of us need. Something to remind us of the beauty that awaits to be explored out there.

318932_10151049498166673_572814980_nTravel quotes are a good source of this inspiration, many of which are insightful and very easy to relate with. Love traveling, these here quotes should resonate with some if not most of your experiences and if you are yet to embark on any such adventure, the inspirational quotes should do just the trick of motivating you into planning  a trip or two.




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Do these quotes inspire you to go some place you haven’t been yet? These are some of our favorite inspirational travel quotes, feel free to share yours with us. And most importantly, when you get the chance to, explore the world!! My bags are already packed…what about you?



Don’t be a tourist. Plan less. Go slowly. I travelled in the most inefficient way possible and it took me exactly where I wanted to go. – National Geographic’s Andrew Evans



“Trust me. It’s Paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe in search of something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite, and never outstay your welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience and if it hurts, you know what… it’s probably worth it. You hope, and you dream but you never believe that something is going to happen for you, not like it does in the movies and when it actually does you expect it to feel different more visceral, more real, I was waiting for it to hit me……..I still believe in paradise, but now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for ‘cause it’s not where you go, it’s how you feel for a moment in your life…and if you find that moment… it lasts forever.”

~ Richard – The Beach

– See more at: http://www.anewyorkertravels.com/some-of-my-favorite-travel-quotes/#sthash.0KjtRk7I.dpuf

“Trust me. It’s Paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe in search of something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite, and never outstay your welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience and if it hurts, you know what… it’s probably worth it. You hope, and you dream but you never believe that something is going to happen for you, not like it does in the movies and when it actually does you expect it to feel different more visceral, more real, I was waiting for it to hit me……..I still believe in paradise, but now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for ‘cause it’s not where you go, it’s how you feel for a moment in your life…and if you find that moment… it lasts forever.”

~ Richard – The Beach

– See more at: http://www.anewyorkertravels.com/some-of-my-favorite-travel-quotes/#sthash.0KjtRk7I.dpuf

“Trust me. It’s Paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe in search of something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite, and never outstay your welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience and if it hurts, you know what… it’s probably worth it. You hope, and you dream but you never believe that something is going to happen for you, not like it does in the movies and when it actually does you expect it to feel different more visceral, more real, I was waiting for it to hit me……..I still believe in paradise, but now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for ‘cause it’s not where you go, it’s how you feel for a moment in your life…and if you find that moment… it lasts forever.”

~ Richard – The Beach

– See more at: http://www.anewyorkertravels.com/some-of-my-favorite-travel-quotes/#sthash.0KjtRk7I.dpuf