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Whether you’re looking for adventure, journeys, nature, great food and wine, events and culture, islands and beaches to relax on or to connect with the oldest culture on earth, there’s nothing like a holiday in Australia.

 

Nature & Wildlife

 

Discover ancient rainforests and red deserts, climb snow-capped mountains and swim in clear waters fringed by white-sand beaches. Escape the city and get close to Australian animals in their natural habitats. There's so much wild beauty in Australia, but here are just a few of the experiences you won't want to miss.

 

Aquatic & Coastal

 

From city beaches to secluded spots where you’ll share the sand with more wildlife than humans, there are gorgeous beaches around every corner of the country. Sail through the Whitsundays, swim with playful sea lions in South Australia or embark on a coastal drive in search of the perfect spot for a surf. It won't take long to find. 

 

Food & Wine

 

From the humble flat white to fine dining, Australia boasts a flourishing culinary culture that is both steeped in tradition and infused with creative twists. Taste farm-fresh produce at some of the most innovative restaurants in the world, discover more than 60 wine regions or head to one of their foodie events to sample it all.

 

Culture

 

The Aboriginal people of Australia have a rich, living culture stretching back at least 50,000 years. Throughout Australia, you'll find opportunities to explore and immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture while modern Australia offers cultural experiences rich in art, dance, music and theatre, all waiting to be explored.

 

Sports & Events

 

Australia plays host to a huge range of events that take place throughout the year. From food and wine festivals to surfing competitions, the Australian Tennis Open, the Australian Grand Prix, and so much more. There is always something on Down Under.

 

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is a country that offers something for everyone – with its diverse range of landscapes and activities, you can have a holiday full of adventure, a food and wine connoisseur’s dream trip, or the most relaxing getaway from life’s hustle and bustle ever.

Glaciers or beaches, thermal wonders and lakes, mountains and the best vistas in the world – it’s all here in New Zealand. Best of all, you don’t have to travel far within New Zealand to experience it all. 

New Zealand has a temperate climate all year round, although it’s generally warmer at the top of the North Island and gets cold and sometimes snowy down south in the winter – with amazing pockets around the country where the sun is often shining, like in Nelson or Marlborough. You can be skiing in the morning and home for a surf at the beach by the afternoon.
 

There are four distinct seasons in New Zealand:
 

Spring, September-November 7-17C/ 45-63F,  

Summer, December-February: 12-23C/54-75F

Autumn, March-May: 8-18C/48-65F 

Winter, June-August: 3-12C/39-55F

 

If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience there are many on offer, from beautiful golf courses to spectacular wineries and restaurants to enjoy, the chance for a soak in a natural spa or just a relaxing day spent at one of New Zealand’s many beaches.

New Zealand has an abundance of different food and wine experiences available to you, from fine dining to casual café culture with great coffee. New Zealand also has some of the best wineries in the world, producing many award-winning wines including a Kiwi favourite, the Sauvignon Blanc.

New Zealand is a young country, but one with a rich culture and history. There’s a vibrant arts culture, with many museums and art galleries including– Te Papa their national museum – in the capital city, Wellington. The unique Māori culture of its indigenous people can be explored around the country, with plenty of chances for visitors to visit a marae or see a traditional kapa haka (Māori performing arts) show.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

So many wonderful reasons to visit including:

  1. Wildlife

  2. Natural Beauty

  3. World class facilities

  4. Adventure

  5. Good weather

  6. Diverse Experiences

  7. Friendly people

  8. Great wines/culinary

 

So many great places to visit including:

 

  1. Cape Town & Cape Peninsula

  2. The Winelands

  3. Garden Route

  4. Johannesburg

  5. Kruger National Park

  6. Durban

  7. Robben Island

  8. Soweto

  9. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

  10. Wild Coast

Tourism:


Since the demise of apartheid, international tourist arrivals have surged, making tourism one of the fastest growing sectors. The tourism industry is well-established with an exciting sector of emerging entrepreneurs. The country is strong on adventure, sport, nature and wildlife travel and is a pioneer and global leader in responsible tourism.

 

Climate:


South Africa has a temperate climate and is known for its long sunny days, hence the title: 'Sunny South Africa'. Most of the provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape (winter rainfall). Winter is from May to August; Spring from September to October; Summer from November to February and Autumn is from March to April.

 

Communications:


South Africa has an exceptionally well-developed communications infrastructure. A number of cell-phone providers provide national coverage and there are well-established landline phone networks. Internet and Wi-Fi are easily accessible in most urban areas.

 

Travel by Road and Rail:


South Africa has an extensive road infrastructure including national highways and secondary roads. Speed limits are set at 120 kilometres on highways; 100 kilometres on secondary roads and 60 kilometres in urban areas.


Health and safety:

 

South Africa is well-known for its medical skill since Professor Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant in 1967. There are many world-class private hospitals and medical centres around the country, especially in the urban centres. Most of South Africa is malaria-free but always check with the game reserves you're planning to visit and take precautions if necessary. Make sure you have the latest safety tips from the establishment where you will be staying and take common-sense precautions as you would when travelling.

 

KENYA & TANZANIA

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Out Of Africa” with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, you’ve likely dreamed of experiencing the natural beauty and thrill of the legendary Serengeti and Masai Mara in East Africa.  The vibrant countries of Kenya and Tanzania have so much to offer with their abundant wildlife and fabulous parks and reserves. 

The wildebeest migration is one of the best reasons for combining these two fabulous destinations.

 

The best wildlife viewing months in both Kenya and Tanzania are during the Dry season from late June to October. The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Masai Mara in July and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania.

 

Wildlife viewing is good year-round, but this can differ for some parks.  The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February.

 

Kenya highlights:

 

Kenya is the land of the Masai Mara with the millions of wildebeest and zebras migrating and the great predators of Africa following in their wake. It’s home to the endangered species like black rhinos managing to maintain their precarious foothold. Kenya’s also home to the red elephants of Tsavo and the Amboseli elephant families in the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro. And then there are the massed millions of pink flamingos stepping gingerly through lake shallows. Africa is the last great wilderness where all these wonderful creatures survive. And Kenya is the perfect place to answer Africa’s call of the wild.

In Kenya, some of Africa’s best-known peoples include the Maasai, the Samburu, the Turkana, the Swahili, and the Kikuyu.  These are the peoples whose histories and daily struggles tell the story of a country and of a continent.

 

Their daily fight for survival is in some of the harshest conditions on earth and there continues to be tension between those who farm and those who roam. Drawing near to these cultures is a highlight for anyone's visit.

Tanzania highlights:

Wildlife, beaches, friendly people, fascinating cultures, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Mt Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar Archipelago – Tanzania has all these and more wrapped up in one adventurous, welcoming package.

Tanzania, more than almost any other destination, is the land of safaris. From the wildebeest stampeding across the plains to the hippos jostling for space in muddy waterways to the elephants wandering along seasonal migration routes and the chimpanzees swinging through the treetops. Throughout the country there are unparalleled opportunities to experience this natural wealth.   

 

Mt Kilimanjaro, with its shadow crossing Tanzania's northern plains, beckons visitors with its graceful, forested flanks and stately snow-capped summit. It is Africa's highest peak and the world's highest free-standing volcano.

More than anything else, the Tanzanian people, with their characteristic warmth and politeness, and the dignity and beauty of their cultures make visiting Tanzania so memorable. 

 

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