Blog - Xplorato Ventures - Xplorato Ventures http://sundownertourstravel.com Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:44:18 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb What you need to know about tipping while on an African safari http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/220-what-you-need-to-know-about-tipping-while-on-an-african-safari.html http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/220-what-you-need-to-know-about-tipping-while-on-an-african-safari.html What you need to know about tipping while on an African safari

Africa is a continent filled with some of the most beautiful people around the world. But one of the things that Africans are known for is their kindness and willingness to help wherever they can. Be it as part of their job or just a concerned citizen, you will not run out of a group of people who are ready to help you. While the culture of tipping in Africa varies according to a country and in most cases according to the individual themselves, it is not pertinent that someone give out a tip after enjoying a service.

So with that in mind, it's no surprise if you want to be prepared when it comes to whether or not you will tip as well as what is the right amount to tip your waiter, cab driver and so forth. You want to make sure you tip just right. Below are a few things to keep in mind about tipping while on your African Safari.

When to Tip: Restaurants & Service staff

If the service is good, go ahead and tip. One thing you will realize when it comes to restaurants or most service related jobs in the area is that the tip is already taken into consideration when they bring you your bill at the end of your stay or at the end of your meal.

That is why you will find not many people go out of their way to tip for the service they receive. This act of kindness is mostly according to the individual and the usual amount one should consider is ten percent if you truly feel that the waiter/ waitress, bar staff, hotel staff etc. has done an exemplary job.

When to Tip: Cabs & Public Transportation

Take into consideration whether or not they own the means of transport. Here it all begins with the number of people you are travelling with. If you find that you are hiring from a company then a tip will be appreciated due to the fact that most of the revenue goes back to the company while the cab driver is not left with much.

So depending on the group and whether or not the cabbie owns the car or not you are safe with around 10-20 percent. If the cabbie owns the cab you will want to find out the normal rates of the area to know whether or not you have been overcharged or not, this will help you know if you should tip.

The same goes for public transportation, they tend to hike fare so it is normally not advisable to tip in these situations.

When to Tip: Helpful people

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." Scott Adams

Africans are naturally very helpful and you will find someone coming to your aid while on your African Safari. From Street kids that help you park your car to the petrol attendant who wants to make sure your car is in tip-top shape for the journey ahead, they are there in the plenty.

Coming across this people is an everyday affair so discretion is advised. Remember that while these people can be helpful, they do not have an obligation to guard your property and the like. So according to the currency of the area you are safe with say for example Ksh. 20 for a tip or something like lunch and so forth.

But again this is all dependent on your level of generosity. Be sure to tip in the country's currency as well for most African currencies score low in comparison with their international counterparts. So do not feel the need to unless you truly feel that the service merits extra remuneration.

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lashominde@gmail.com (Lashaun Ominde) blog Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:05:06 +0000
Hotels in Nairobi with the best roof top restaurants http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/219-hotels-in-nairobi-with-the-best-roof-top-restaurants.html http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/219-hotels-in-nairobi-with-the-best-roof-top-restaurants.html Image courtesy of Sankara Hotels

Fine dining is a trend that has slowly taken hold of the Kenyan people. One will find that more people are choosing to have a nice dinner out with friends instead of staying in and having the same meal they did the previous night, and restaurants have noticed this. You will find a plethora of them lining up the streets of Nairobi. But when one is a true foodie there is more to the fine dining experience than just what meets the palette.

Rooftop restaurants offer diners a unique experience that combines food and ones senses to delight the mind, body and soul. But the best of the best are located in beautiful hotels that highlight style and luxury at an affordable rate for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Below is a look at our top five picks of rooftop restaurants.

Level 8 - Best Western Premier

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Enjoy a contemporary style. Located along Argwings Kodhek Road, Hurlingham, Nairobi, the Best Western Premier is chic and stylish offering dinners a contemporary yet modern dining experience with cuisines from around the world. With a health club that has a rooftop pool feature; this hotel is one of the go to hotels for not only food but leisure.

Feast your eyes on a view money cannot buy. When we think of Level 8, we think of a skyline that will melt our hearts. Not only is it an award winning Bar & Lounge, the establishment offers you a relaxing experience as you say goodbye to the day with a sunset that will help you leave your worries at bay.

Level 8 offers dinner's local and international cuisines as well as a vodka made only of grapes, now who wouldn't want to see that? Sit back, relax and enjoy a rooftop feast of the senses.

Where is it located? The Best Western Premier is located about 7 minutes from the CBD and 30 minutes from JKIA.

Tabourin - Villa Rosa Kempinski

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One word to describe it: there are none. The Villa Rosa Kempinski is the perfect definition of "....you get your money's worth." They say nothing is perfect but we say this hotel comes pretty close to achieving that. It oozes luxury as soon as you step in, from the ambiance to the great customer service, you will not be disappointed.

Enjoy the Arabian Nights in Nairobi. The Tabourin is exotic with a beautiful back drop that offers fantastic hues that relaxes you as you enjoy a drink or maybe some shisha with friends. This rooftop location not only has the right music soothing you but they also offer a wide range of Arabian delicacies that are made to perfection.

If you are looking for the Aladdin experience with a Nairobi sunset, then look no further.

Where is it located? The Villa Rosa Kempinski is located just 20km from the airport (JKIA), on Chiromo road.

Sarabi Restaurant and Supper Club at Sankara

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Sankara Hotel is luxury at its best. A five star hotel located within Westlands, Sankara is your little hub of indulgence in Nairobi. The inside boasts stylish and one of a kind décor that offers you an experience that is made just for you. The rooms offer one space and a view that cannot be beat with art stemming from Africa to amenities that are a dream, you can expect all that and more.

Sarabi: An ambiance of chic relaxation. This rooftop location provides you a hub of relaxation by the pool during the day to an al fresco dining experience by night. Sarabi offers you a scrumptious selection of tapas, juices and cuisines that go well with the scenic view of the Nairobi skyline.

Not just your ordinary lounge, if you are looking for a social experience then this is the place to visit with events such as the Sunday Movie Night that is present from 7:30 pm with a selection of bites that go well with the movie of the night.

Where is it located? Sankara Hotel is located just a few minutes after the CBD, within Westlands, Nairobi.

Waterhole - Ole Sereni

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Ole Sereni is convenience at its best. Ole Sereni Hotel is conveniently located next to the airports in Nairobi, and is an award winning hotel that overlooks Nairobi's National park, on Mombasa road. With African inspired décor the hotel is known not only for its excellent amenities and features but also for its local and international array of cuisines.

Come be one with nature. The Waterhole can be considered the foodie hub for most Kenyans and travellers. This beauty is a two in one location because while it is a simple yet modern café during the day, at night it transforms to a relaxing bar, perfect to end the day at.

It has a picturesque scene and you are guaranteed to enjoy some delicious local and international cuisine not to mention a steakhouse that will leave your taste buds begging for more.

Where is it located? It is 10 minutes away from JKIA and Wilson Airport.

Nest - The Tribe

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It is all about the views. With more than one scenic view to drink in, The Tribe Hotel will leave you feeling like you are definitely one of the tribesmen/women. The hotel is one that never disappoints and the aesthetic leaves up to the luxurious standards that its patrons expect. You not only get a beautiful feast for your eyes in the rooftop bar but you also get to enjoy the well put together architecture and décor of the location. From the rooms to the dinning, nothing was left to chance here.

Simple, cozy and a dream is what you can expect at The Nest. If you are looking to enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city but still have it within sight, then this is the location for you. The Nest is an outdoor bar that gives you simplicity and warmness that makes for a cozy experience with friends and loved ones.

With affordable drinks here you can sip on their famous martinis while you enjoy some shisha and intimate spaces.

Where is it located? Tribe is located along Gigiri Road, on the outskirts of Nairobi.

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lashominde@gmail.com (Lashaun Ominde) blog Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:28:10 +0000
Everything you need to know about tailor-made African safaris http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/218-everything-you-need-to-know-about-tailor-made-african-safaris.html http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/218-everything-you-need-to-know-about-tailor-made-african-safaris.html Everything you need to know about tailor-made African safaris

Anytime you decide to pick up your bags and head on a safari, the daunting task of having to pick just the right tailor made safari that will cater to everyone's needs in the group, can be a bit of a challenge. So what exactly is it that you need to know to make your search that much easier?

"Travelling, it leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a story teller." Ibn Battuta

Take a look below at our top two things you will need to consider as you plan to embark on your tailor-made African safari.

Do your homework

Research is creating new knowledge. Neil Armstrong

As with everything in life, ensuring that you do your research will save you from getting a safari that will not suit you and your family’s needs. When we speak of research here you must look at:

  • Where you will want to stay
  • The places you will want to visit
  • The type of accommodation you will all be comfortable with

The above is but a few of the things you will need to research in order to make the best plan for you. This has to be done because you will find some lodges are cheaper than others, the reason being, maybe, they are outside the reservations or you will find out that local tour guides are way more affordable than international ones, so doing your research counts.

If you are not ready to go through dozens of websites looking for a schedule that suits you, you could visit one of the numerous online travelling forums and place your program there. By doing so you will get advice and help from other people who may have gone through the same process you are going through at the moment.

Contact and Compare

Once you have done your due diligence, you should now contact the locations/ reservations you have picked and compared the pricing of each. This will help you find the right place that will not break the bank.

But first, check with your airline of choice about booking your tickets around the time that you had planned to travel. Sometimes you find that after booking your room and board your airline may not have a seat available for that day. So make sure to check this first then move to the next thing.

Calling ahead will help you further make your decision by stripping away locations that may not offer what they said they would. It never hurts to double check in such situations so go ahead and make those calls.

Also, when you ask advice from people on forums you can use the information you gather there to see which pricing is best for you.

But note, that when you reach this stage you should have put down what activities you and those you may be travelling with would like to do while on Safari so that as you make you calls you tick this off.

In Conclusion

We travel some of us forever to seek other places, other lives, other souls. Anais Nin

Every tailor-made safari has its own special things, what you need to know more than anything, is what you and your loved ones want from the experience. From the memories, you create to places where you shall create them. Figure that out and your adventure will have already begun.

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lashominde@gmail.com (Lashaun Ominde) blog Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:12:09 +0000
6 African wildlife photography blogs to follow in 2016 http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/217-6-african-wildlife-photography-blogs-to-follow-in-2016.html http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/217-6-african-wildlife-photography-blogs-to-follow-in-2016.html 6 African wildlife photography blogs to follow in 2016

It would seem with the changing times we get to see the best wildlife through the lens of some of the best photographers from around the world. But if you are looking to see mind blowing art in motion then below is a list of our top six photographers who capture African wildlife effortlessly.

The Insatiable Traveler

Simple, clean, yet thought provoking, Susan Portnoy left the concrete city of New York for an adventure behind the lens. Her blog features stunning wildlife photography from Botswana to Tanzania. She challenges herself to bring to the audience raw and authentic photography that will highlight a moment, a day or an event happening at that time.

From the Amboseli to the lands of Madikwe, each African location she has crossed she tells a story that keeps you engrossed with every shot. Not only that, but you can get to learn the tips and tricks she uses that make her photographic experience easier and more in-depth.

It could be something as simple as a beetle's journey or portraits of baboons that make you feel closer to nature then you thought you were. The insatiable Traveler brings out the true beauty of African wildlife.

The main African Highlights are Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

The Global Photographer

An adventurer at heart with an innate love for the wildlife, culture and African people is what you can find when you take a look at Andy Biggs blog: The Global Photographer. Internationally recognized, he has won numerous awards including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the 'Wild Places" category in 2008.

His photography is rich with color, texture and an emotional consistency that leaves you lost in a shot. He gives you an inside look into the wild side of the African plains while also educating you on how you can improve your photography skills if need be.

But most of all this blog is good for anyone looking to take their photography skills to the next level with helpful tips and lecture updates that you can attend to learn more.

Paul Kirui Safari

Characteristic is what we call Paul Kirui's photography blog. Once you enter his page, you get a personal feel to the pictures of different locations he has visited around the continent. The pictures have a closeness to them showcasing the bond that animals have with one another while also celebrating their independent characteristic in all its glory.

He has a lot of experience having been a part of the BBC 'Big Cats' team as well as being a professional safari guide. He has a unique perspective as he captures a lion hunting for his meal or elephants strolling in the fields, one thing is for sure, you will not miss a variety of shots to look at and maybe even fall in love with and purchase.Here you can take a virtual safari with Paul Kirui from the comfort of your home. That is how good his photos are, they take you right to the action. 

Here you can take a virtual safari with Paul Kirui from the comfort of your home. That is how good his photos are, they take you right to the action.

Greg Du Toit

Having been exposed to the beauty that is Africa from a young age, Greg Du Toit, is an 8th generation African-born South African whose photography can be described simply as, peaceful.

Why may you ask? Because of the how he shots turn out and the focus and attention to detail each has, you could say the simplest photo speaks a thousand words.It could be a bird simply perched on a tree to a storm forming in the distance; each photo has such power it's hard to look away. I=One thing is for sure, you will definitely find a piece that you will want to take home with you.

It could be a bird simply perched on a tree to a storm forming in the distance; each photo has such power it's hard to look away. One thing is for sure, you will definitely find a piece that you will want to take home with you.

Morkel Erasmus

A photographer with a love for Africa, Morkel Erasmus is the epitome of the phrase, 'one with nature.' His photographic style seeks to bring out the beautiful moments he witnesses from behind the lens to your screen.

From the classics to developing his own unique style his photography brings out the animals true nature and if you stare long enough you can feel what was going on at that precise moment. It's a journey of the mind and soul.

Safari Architects

This blog offers you something for your eyes while also tempting you to go on safari with the co-owners and friends, Bradley Thomet and Chris Renshaw. Two friends with a love for adventure came together to create Safari Architects, which is a safari company that takes you on a getaway that is specifically tailored to your needs.

But not only that, their blog hosts some of the best wildlife photos taken by the pair with Chris Renshaw winning the Africa geographic Photographer of the year in the year 2015 and also appearing on the discovery channel for a number wildlife documentaries.

A story with a shot is what you can expect as you go through the numerous photos of the African destination that you shall embark on if you choose them for your African safari.

Conclusion

There you have it folks, six of the best though provoking photographers who highlight the beauty of Africa with ease.

 

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lashominde@gmail.com (Lashaun Ominde) blog Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:57:15 +0000
What you ought to know about Zebras while on an African safari http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/216-what-you-ought-to-know-about-zebras-while-on-an-african-safari.html http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/216-what-you-ought-to-know-about-zebras-while-on-an-african-safari.html What you ought to know about Zebras while on an African safari

Africa is a continent filled with some of the most beautiful wildlife the world has to offer. From lions to elephants, you can never run out of something to feed your sight. But one of the most common animals you shall encounter while on an African Safari is the Zebra.

Commonly known as Punda Milia in Kenya and closely related to horses and the like, this animal is in plenty in the African fields with its stunning black and white striped body. Below are a few facts about Zebras that you can use to enrich your travel experience.

A social lot

Zebras are one of the most social animals in the animal kingdom with their favorite friends being the wildebeest, topi and hartebeest. Spread evenly through the different reservations one will find that they are most present in the Mara where they can be found in the thousands.

They travel around in huge groups some of which are known as harems which could compromise of 30 zebras or less. The only time they would be seen as not social is when the Zebra foals are born and the mother has to keep the others away so that the foal may recognize her.

Foodie alert

In the case of diet, well Zebras are herbivorous animals and are known to eat a variety of grass, shrubs and so forth. They stay close to waterfronts due to their thirsty nature which requires them to be well hydrated.

Even so, these animals are threatened by loss of habitat due to farming issues that arise from people taking over the land as well as the animals now having to fight for water with the local livestock in the area.

But the most obvious threat would be the rapid climate change and poachers looking to make a profit from their skin.

Fun facts

A little something that puzzles many people is the old age question as to whether or not zebra's stripes are black or white. Well, firstly it is said a zebra's stripes act as a form of camouflage that helps protect them from predators but also from insects. Even with that advantage already these animals are quite quick on their feet averaging a speed of 65km/h.

After research was done it was found that zebra's skin is actually black with the animal having white stripes that appear when it ages.

All in all, Zebras are as majestic as their counterparts.

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lashominde@gmail.com (Lashaun Ominde) blog Wed, 30 Mar 2016 07:32:29 +0000
Amazing all inclusive Kenya safari you need to try right now http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/215-amazing-all-inclusive-kenya-safari-you-need-to-try-right-now.html http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/215-amazing-all-inclusive-kenya-safari-you-need-to-try-right-now.html Amazing all inclusive Kenya safari you need to try right now

Picking an ideal safari for you and your loved one can be a bit tricky, with their being so many options out there. But what if you could get everything you ever wanted to do and experience into one ideal all-inclusive Kenyan Safari offer?

Below is just that and more. From hot air balloons to nature walks with a naturalist, this safari is one you definitely do not want to miss.

Day One to Four

Samburu Saruni - Stay for 3 nights

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You begin your journey by enjoying a three-night adventure where you shall get to feast your eyes on the picturesque landscape of the Kalam Conservancy.

As you enjoy your stay there, you will get to witness the Samburu Special Five: The Reticulated giraffe, the Grevy zebra, the Beisa Oryx and the Somali ostrich and the gerenuk, in all their glory.

The location hosts rich culture from the local Samburu warriors present in the conservancy and your taste buds will get to enjoy the most scrumptious cuisines around. With ecofriendly modern villas overlooking the expansive 200,000-acre land, this will be an authentic experience for your senses.

Activities & Services

Game drive and walk, picnics and bush meals, Swimming, helicopter expeditions and cultural visits

Day Five to Six

Chui Lodge Naivasha - Stay for 2 nights

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Thereafter you shall head down to Chui Lodge for a two-night stay where you will find spacious living quarters with an authentic African touch. From the carvings present in the lounge area to the African-inspired furniture in the dining, you will feel welcomed and get to be one with Mother Nature.

Here you have conservation sanctuary for animals and humans alike. This lodge is set overlooking the scenic shores of Lake Naivasha making it one of Kenya’s well-kept secrets.

From a delightful bush dinner that is simply decadent to a massage in their well-stocked spa, you will be relaxed and ready for your next location.

Activities & Services

Swimming pool, Game drives, Champagne, Bush Breakfast, Boat Ride, Fishing

Day Seven to Ten

Olonana Mara - Stay for 3 nights

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You will then move on to Olonana for a three-night stay. The tented safari camp is located on the secluded stretch of the Mara River, Olonana Camp has earned a Gold Award from Ecotourism Kenya and is the winner of "Africa's Leading Eco-Lodge" in World Travel Awards held in 2015.

It is a little private paradise that has it all: Hot air balloon rides, flights over the beautiful sanctuary, bush dinners and so much more. The camps are well known in the Mara and if you are looking to witness the great wildebeest migration, then look no further. You can catch it happening live right in its backyard.

You will get to enjoy nature walks with their onsite naturalist to a scenic float over the reservation and so much more.

Activities & Services

Game Drives, Cultural visits, Walks, Local School Visit, Swimming Pool, Hot Air Balloon

Day Eleven to Fifteen

Baobab Resort, Diani - Stay for 5 nights

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You shall end the safari by spending five nights at Baobab Resort Diani. This location will have you hula hooping all the way to relaxation.

With a spa, tropical gardens and scenic views, Baobab Resort & Spa is a peaceful slice of heaven and the perfect way to end your Kenyan Safari.

The management team and staff are well equipped and are ready to take care of your every need should you wish.

The location has made sure not to disturb the indigenous coastal vegetation and palm trees that surround the area.

Activities & Services

Swimming Pool, Water Sports, Fishing, Snorkeling, Walks

This safari is one that will leave your wanderlust feeling satisfied.
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lashominde@gmail.com (Lashaun Ominde) blog Mon, 21 Mar 2016 06:48:24 +0000
What you need to know about going on an African Safari as a disabled or with a disabled person http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/214-what-you-need-to-know-about-going-on-an-african-safari-as-a-disabled-or-with-a-disabled-person.html http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/214-what-you-need-to-know-about-going-on-an-african-safari-as-a-disabled-or-with-a-disabled-person.html What you need to know about going on an African Safari as a disabled or with a disabled person

One cannot control the need for wanderlust when it sprouts in their life. It does not discriminate, and whether you know someone who is disabled or are disabled yourself, you may be thinking of taking some time out to head on a safari, but are scared that it might be too much of a hustle.

Not to worry, here are a few tips that you can use to guide you before you embark on your journey.

Research

This is the number one key factor that anyone should consider. You want to do your research in order to find out which reservations cater to your specific needs and which do not. Make a list and see which one you favor the most. From the right type of transport to staff who can help you when you need them, you want to find all this out ahead of time so that you can make the necessary arrangements.

Be sure to make a note of the different packages and their timings so that you are mentally ready for the early morning or safari routes and the like.

Inform Others

You will find that there are many safari operators that cater to different disabilities and/or special cases. Make sure that when you are scheduling your bookings, from the airline to the room you will be staying in, state clearly the things you will need to make your stay much more comfortable.

Another way you can ensure that you do not run into any snafus is by, requesting an in-country assistant that will be by your side whenever you need them. Ensure that you have back up medication and equipment, just in case.

Choosing the Lodge

Every lodge has different services that may be suitable for different needs. From flying lodgers from one site to the next to ensuring that the bed height will not be straining on their customers. So do not be afraid to ask all the questions you need to put your mind to rest.

In essence it is all about your comfort when you are on safari. So ensure that you also talk to your medical practitioner to help you come up with a list of instructions that will ensure you are well taken care of.

Conclusion

Safaris are for everyone and the only thing that can inhibit your need for adventure is you. There are numerous lodges, facilities and individuals who can help you set up a safari experience that is just for you.

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lashominde@gmail.com (Lashaun Ominde) blog Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:19:37 +0000
Enjoy an early morning hot air balloon safari in the Mara coupled with bush breakfast http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/213-enjoy-an-early-morning-hot-air-balloon-safari-in-the-mara-coupled-with-bush-breakfast.html http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/213-enjoy-an-early-morning-hot-air-balloon-safari-in-the-mara-coupled-with-bush-breakfast.html Enjoy an early morning hot air balloon safari in the Mara coupled with bush breakfast

The thrill that comes about when you try something new and exciting can never be replaced. But one of the best adventures if you are thinking of heading to the Mara for some much deserved R&R, taking a Hot Air Balloon Safari over the beautiful scenes of the Mara.

Below find a few of the experiences you can expect to experience that will mentally prepare you for an amazing time in the blue.

A Symphony in the Sky

The thrill of being in the hot air balloon will sink in when you, board the carriage (when it is tipped over), watch as the team fills up the balloon and you begin your accession with your pilot. It’s like a symphony in the sky as you see the beautiful wildlife pass you by below. But before you get there, you will have a call time that will be pretty early in the morning, so you will want to ensure that you get to bed early the previous night if you are to make it.

After a quick safety introduction and overview with your assigned pilot, you will be introduced to the hot air balloon where you can watch as it is put together for the journey ahead. The carriage of the balloon is big enough to fit close to twelve people comfortably, so not to worry if you are travelling with friends or family.

Once you are in the air chasing the sunrise, you will find that the ride is smooth and it will not hit you how high you are until you look down because of this. It is a peaceful introspective journey that would leave you feeling one with nature and appreciating the beauty that is Mother Nature.

From watching wildlife go about their day to seeing the intricate small mountains that line the Tanzanian border, a hot air balloon ride, be it around the Mara or around Africa, will always leave you with memories that cannot be matched.

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The Unexpected Surprise

After that soothing trip, you will be treated to a scrumptious breakfast in the bush as you land on location. The food and attention to detail will leave your eyes and tummy wishing you could stay at the Mara forever.

So as you enjoy your eggs benedict, you can let your eyes feast on the vast fields of the Mara.

In Conclusion

From a champagne toast at the beginning of your journey to a surprise bush breakfast you can expect all that and more. You can never go wrong when you choose to go on a hot air balloon safari, and yes while it may be a tad bit costly, it is an experience that shall be worth it.

But don’t take my word for it, the best teacher is the experience. Try it out for yourself and be prepared to have the time of your life.

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lashominde@gmail.com (Lashaun Ominde) blog Sun, 06 Mar 2016 05:40:43 +0000
What you ought to know about planning a family safari to Kenya http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/212-what-you-ought-to-know-about-planning-a-family-safari-to-kenya.html http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/212-what-you-ought-to-know-about-planning-a-family-safari-to-kenya.html What you ought to know about planning a family safari to Kenya

A family vacation is a great way to experience something new, such as culture, as well as the fact that it helps bring the family closer. This is because of the shared experience and time away from everyone else that you and your family get to enjoy. Combine that with Kenya and you have the perfect recipe for an out of bounds time in the wild.

This experience, if handled and arranged well, is one that will be for the record books. But sometimes travelling with the family can be a bit hard due to the different personalities and age groups present. Here are a few things you can consider when you are preparing for your journey with the family.

All Four One

The first thing you want to do is take everyone's suggestions and thoughts into consideration before you begin packing your bags. With the different personalities, you never want to leave an individual out. This is a fun way to get to know your family members better, at the same time it will be a bonding session filled with family fun.

Get you & your family in order

Once you have settled on where you would like to go and the different activities everyone wants to partake in, you will need to ensure that your family has got their paper (passports) and vaccinations up to date so that you do not encounter any problems on your trip.
The best thing you can do is talk to your physician and embassy so they may advise you accordingly as to what you will need.Location is key

Location is key

When travelling as a group, you want to consider what locations you want to visit with the family and where you will stay. Since it's all about family, you may find that a camp site maybe more intimate because you get your own tent location with your guide and so forth.

With the camping option, you and your family can make your own adventure without having to incur extra costs. But if you are looking for more structure, the lodging option would be more ideal. But this is all dependent on the age of your children and what activities you have planned to undertake.

Alongside this you will want to research the weather during the period of time you shall be there. You do not want to go dressed for winter when the location is experiencing humidity that would make a sauna room jealous. So be sure to know what clothing and accessories you will need to be comfortable enough.

But in honesty, all experiences cannot be the same, but a family safari to Kenya is one that you shall never forget. From the beautiful scenery to the abundance of wildlife, you will never run out of an adventure. The one thing that will save you as you plan is doing thorough research of the places you have chosen and ensuring that you and your family's safety and health are handled at all times.

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A brief guide to an African Safari as a solo female traveller http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/211-a-brief-guide-to-an-african-safari-as-a-solo-female-traveller.html http://sundownertourstravel.com/blog/item/211-a-brief-guide-to-an-african-safari-as-a-solo-female-traveller.html A brief guide to an African Safari as a solo female traveller

Ever had that moment as a woman where you decide that you want to go away for a few days, for some alone time, but change your mind after a period of time?Women often decide not to try and travel by themselves because of the terrible things that friends and family members may tell them as well as the internet. This not only stops the innate need to travel but it also stops one from truly exploring their adventurous side.

Women often decide not to try and travel by themselves because of the terrible things that friends and family members may tell them as well as the internet. This not only stops the innate need to travel but it also stops one from truly exploring their adventurous side.Below are a few things you can think about when the travel bug bites you.

Below are a few things you can think about when the travel bug bites you.Every Penny Counts.

Every Penny Counts

Here we are talking about ensuring that every penny is used accordingly. One of the things you can do to save a buck is to consider taking a flight that will have a layover. By doing this, you not only get a chance to visit certain European countries you may have wanted en route to Africa, but it also saves you a few pennies on your overall trip.

This flight schedule allows you to have a breather in between your traveling and it gives you a chance to experience more countries than you intended to in the first place.

Another way you can save some money is by asking the room and board of your choice; whether or not they can give you a reduction on a single supplement. While some of the hotels may not consider this option you will find others will have no problem with this.

Choose Wisely

When picking the reservations you would like to spend some time at, take the type of visitors they have into consideration. You do not want to book a hotel, get there and when at dinner realize that the location is prime land for honeymooners.

You want a place that you cannot only get the privacy that you desire but also a place that you can mingle with other adventurers at heart.

Transportation

This is one factor you definitely want to know ahead of time. The mode of transportation for African countries differs. For example, you have Uganda where one of the top modes of transport is motorbikes while on the other side you have Kenya where you will find minivans. You want to know all this so that you can pick which mode suits you best.

Also in relation to transportation, the roads are another thing to consider. From the condition of the areas, you want to acquaint yourself with this.

But what is the most important thing to remember: HAVE FUN. Risks are everywhere but if you take the necessary precautions and do your research you will find that you will not have much to worry about expect maybe being a tad bit tardy because you slept in late.

So, pack your bags and plan your next trip, because everyone deserves to enjoy the pleasure of an adventure.

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