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A luxury eco experience in the Kalahari

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

South Africa is famous for its game reserves and national parks and rightly so.Massive tracts of grassland, acacia woodlands, and savannah have been set aside that protect populations of some of Africa’s rarest animals such as the African Wild Dog, Cheetah, and two species of rhinos. Tourists visiting these parks on wildlife viewing safaris hope in particular to see the famous “Big Five” of Africa; the African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros, Lion, Cape Buffalo, and Leopard.

Kruger National Park is a good place to get the Big Five and have a fantastic African safari experience but people who can afford to stay at the Tswalu Game Reserve (another place to see the Big Five) say that game viewing at this luxury reserve just doesn’t get any better. Accommodations and food are excellent but a good portion of the 1,000 dollar a night price tag pays for privacy. With a maximum capacity of 30 guests within 100,000 hectares of restored Kalahari desert grasslands, elbow room isn’t really a concern.

Guests stay in the middle of nowhere in comfortable, traditionally designed housing with waterholes located in front of the buildings for fantastic wildlife viewing right from their front porches. They also enjoy horseback rides that allow close looks at animals such as Burchell’s Zebra, Sable Antelope, and Lesser Kudu (equestrian guides wisely keep away from the huge black-maned Lions that occur in the reserve), and look for animals on expertly guided walks and from Land Rovers.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Tswalu Reserve, though, is the fact that all 100,000 hectares is restored Kalahari Desert habitat. It’s hard to believe how denuded the wildlife rich grasslands and desert landscapes were only a few decades ago when the land for the preserve was a smattering of severely overgrazed farms. As these properties were purchased, one of the largest restoration projects in the world commenced with the razing of all human-made structures and by simply leaving the land alone. Since then, a chunk of the Kalahari Desert grasslands have been brought back to their former glory and even if only the richest of eco-travelers can visit it, it’s still good to know that this piece of wilderness exists.

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Spend Christmas touring the City of the Kings

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Machu Picchu Christmas tour

For Christmas you can follow the masses and head to any number of ski lodges or you can head down the less beaten track. Or more precisely, up the beaten patch, along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Explore the culture of ancient Peru while experiencing the culture of modern day Peru. Voga Travel offers several destination packages to Machu Picchu in a small escorted tour group for a rich cultural experience. For nine days experience the stunning landscapes of Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

Your tour will start by taking in the beautiful colonial architecture of Lima, known as the City of Kings. Then you’ll explore Cuzco, the gateway to Machu Picchu, the new seventh wonder of the world. Cuzco is considered the oldest inhabitated city of the Americas and was the ancient capital of the Incas. The Spanish Conquistadores built colonial mansions, cathedrals and churches in the old palaces of the Incas during the 16th century. Those ruins remain and exist as stunning reminders of what once was.

From Cuzco you’ll have the chance to explore Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Located high in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu was a religious center that today is accessed by train or along the Inca Trail, which you can trek on foot.

Your expedition will continue with a visit to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Lake Titicaca is home to the Uros Islands, a unique area where people still practice the ancient customs that very few people get a chance to see. You’ll see local people, wildlife like llamas and alpacas and, of course spectacular vistas.

Plan a Christmas trip to a destination that gives you a peek into the past. Visit the Voga Travel website for information on how to schedule your tour.

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