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Botswana, a landlocked country in southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods. Luxury safari camps are common, and in the Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, dug-out canoes are used to navigate past birdlife, hippos and crocodiles. On dry land, wildlife includes lions, leopard and black and white rhinos.

3 DAY KAYAKING ADVENTURE

Okavango Delta

Why not combine a safari with a 3 day mobile kayaking adventure. There is no better way of getting up close and personal with wildlife than floating silently past them and sleeping out under the African stars in the bush. 

Available: June, July, August

Includes: Park fees, all meals, transfers, accommodation, guide.

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3 DAY VIC FALLS LUXURY ADVENTURE

Zimbabwe

You have traveled this far, why not visit the famous Victoria Falls. Be transferred by road and visit the adventure capital of Africa where you can go on helicopter flights, enjoy magical sunsets on the Zambezi River or walk with the lions.

Available: All year round

Includes: Deluxe accommodation, Lion encounter & sunset cruise combo, Elephant Back Safari Sunrise, Classic Zambezi sunset cruise, 15 minute Helicopter Flight over Vic Falls, local drinks, park fees and transfers.

from 2320$
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In the middle of the Indian Ocean lies the Seychelles archipelago of 115 granitic and coralline islands. . It’s a sight that will stay with you forever, like a living postcard etched into your memory.

Here you can surf or stand up paddleboard (SUP). Thanks to warm, safe waters, no crowds and manageable waves, this is the ideal location to learn or enjoy either of these sports. 

The waters here are alive with myriad fish, sea anemones and brightly coloured corals. The island is also a favourite nesting ground for turtles, with egg laying season spanning from October to January.

In the middle of the Indian Ocean lies the Seychelles archipelago of 115 granitic and coralline islands. . It’s a sight that will stay with you forever, like a living postcard etched into your memory.

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Outdoor adventures in the Seychelles
The Seychelles

In the middle of the Indian Ocean lies the Seychelles archipelago of 115 granitic and coralline islands. Before you touchdown at the international airport in Mahé, from a window seat you’ll be able to view the expanse of azure ocean below you, dotted erratically with large and small outcrops, covered in lush green vegetation. It’s a sight that will stay with you forever, like a living postcard etched into your memory. The runway is located alongside the ocean, making for a thrilling arrival. Welcome to paradise.

Almost 50 per cent of the islands are national parks and reserves and there are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the archipelago – Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and Vallée de Mai on Praslin, once believed to be the original site of the ‘Garden of Eden’. Home to the smallest frog, the heaviest land tortoise and the only flightless bird of the Indian Ocean – there are sights and sounds found only in Seychelles.

As the largest island of the archipelago and also the cultural hub, Mahé has a lot more to offer travelers than just pristine beaches. But they’re not a bad place to start. Head south of the island to Baie Lazare, one of the most popular beaches on the island, where you can surf or stand up paddleboard (SUP). Thanks to warm, safe waters, no crowds and manageable waves, this is the ideal location to learn or enjoy either of these sports. The waters are crystal clear and during the months of April and May and October and November, visibility is at its best, reaching up to 30 metres. The waters of the Seychelles are teeming with exotic fish of all sizes in a multitude of colours; if it’s the right time of year you’ll also spot turtles and rays. This is what makes an SUP adventure a great way to spend a few hours; paddling along and looking down at a real life aquarium below you.

There is no shortage of activities to experience on Mahé – from zip-lining through palm fronds and rock-climbing steep cliff faces to diving with whale sharks in the bay of Port Glaud and hiking to hidden waterfalls far from the crowds, the mainland offers outdoor adventures at their best. However, if you’re making the trip to the Seychelles, it’s always a good idea to island hop if you can – each island has its own rare natural discoveries and excursions to offer.

A 10-minute boat ride from Mahé will get you to Sainte Anne Island, the largest of six islands set in the Sainte Anne Marine Park, declared a protected environment since 1973. The waters here are alive with myriad fish, sea anemones and brightly coloured corals. The island is also a safe haven and favourite nesting ground for turtles, with egg laying season spanning from October to January. It’s mostly Hawksbill and Green turtles who visit the shores, both of which are endangered species. After two months of incubation, the turtle eggs hatch and tiny little creatures make their way to the sea for the very first time – visitors to the island may be lucky enough to witness this if it’s the right time of the year. This is the ideal place to hop in a glass-bottomed kayak and paddle your way around the 220 acre private island, where you’ll not only see abundant sealife, but views of the neighbouring islands of Moyenne, Cerf and Mahé in the distance – breathtakingly beautiful.

A little further afield lies Silhouette Island, 20km northwest of Mahé, which was once home to pirates. Since 1987 it has been a marine national park and home to rare species like the incense tree and sheaf tailed bat, an abundance of diverse fauna and flora and some 125-year-old giant tortoises.

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The highest summit on the island is Mount Dauban, cocooned by a lush virgin rain forest (one of only two in Seychelles), full of exotic botanical delights, like rare hardwood trees and orchids. Hop on a bicycle and pedal your way around the land, taking in all the sights and sounds of the glorious nature; hike up the mountain and through the forest and finish with a snorkel along the beach. Silhouette is also home to the Eco Centre, where the only 5-star PADI diving centre with decompression chamber is available in all of Seychelles. All dives are guided and done by boat, ranging from 15-minute to 40-minute excursions, and from beginner to experienced level; an underwater oasis awaits.

There is so much to see and do in the Seychelles whether travelling solo, with friends or as a family. Let our experts help you plan your perfect adventure escape to Eden.

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