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Madagascar: Southern Highlights (10 Nights)

This itinerary has a heavy focus on wildlife and culture and is what we consider to be the best way to see the highlights of southern Madagascar in the most time efficient, away from the tourists and without too much driving.

Mandrare River Camp   dance

Depending on what time your inbound flight lands, your holiday may start with an overnight at a hotel in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo (or just Tana for short). The following morning, your guide will take you east to Andasibe, a stunning rainforest park, about 5 hours drive from the city.

Andasibe consists of two protected areas, the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park. Perinet is world famous for its population of Indri lemurs, which are the largest living lemur species. This first element of your trip would allow you to get a close encounter with these incredible animals.

Mandrare River Camp   spinney forest

You would spend two nights here exploring the ecosystems with a visit to Lemur Island, Vakona Lodge’s private reserve that protects a number of habituated lemurs. There are four species to see, the bamboo lemur, the black & white ruffed lemur, brown lemur and one diademed sifaka. You would also spend time exploring Mantadia National Park – a naturalist’s goldmine with many seldom seen species of endemic mammals, reptiles and birds.

Andasibe   ChameleonAfter your two amazing nights in Andasibe, you would drive back to Antananarivo for a flight south to Fort Dauphin.

Landing at Fort Dauphin airport, you will be met as you step off the plane and driven up to the beautiful Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge for three nights of secluded bliss.

Manafiafy Beach Lodge   mangroveThis beach experience would be completely different to anything you’d find elsewhere in the world! While you could of course just relax with a cocktail in a hammock, there are also so many activities on offer such as whale watching from the lookout tower, enjoy an open air massage in the spa pavilion, travel up the coast for a picnic lunch, tour the local fisherman’s village of Manafiafy, visit the local markets and schools. All of this while enjoying day and night guided walks through the surrounding rainforest to search for lemur, flying fox, chameleon, or any number of the endemic animals that live in this area.

Manafiafy Beach Lodge   forestYou’ll be welcomed back to the lodge every evening with open arms to enjoy a sundowner on the beach before tucking into a delicious cooked meal on the deck.

Manafiafy Beach Lodge   beach

After three nights at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge, you will drive across to Mandrare River Camp (via Fort Dauphin) for the final portion of your holiday.

Mandrare River Camp   lakeMandrare River Camp is a unique lodge that has garnered a very special relationship with the local Antandroy tribe. The Antandroy tribe are nomadic people ‘of the thorns’ who were never conquered by French or Madagascan government. Think of the Maasai tribe of Kenya that have only really very recently become accustomed to tourism. They believe their ancestors live in trees so protect the forest that surround them.

Mandrare River Camp   spinney forestYour time at Mandrare would be spent exploring lemur filled forests (including an amazing baobab area) and visiting the tribe’s sacred areas with the village chief. It really would be a truly unique and phenomenal experience! With only 4 ‘rooms’ at Mandrare, every day can be tailored to you. If you’d rather just relax by the pool, no problem!

Mandrare River Camp   Pool

After your three incredible nights at Mandrare River Camp, you will drive back to For Dauphin for your return flight back to Antananarivo. Depending on your outbound flight departure time from Antananarivo, you may have to overnight again at one of our preferred hotels.

Country Profile

Madagascar is a truly unique country full of surprises and beauty. This huge island (the fourth largest in the world) has incredibly varied landscapes, from huge sweeping sand dunes, palm-fringed beaches, volcanoes, jagged limescale pinnacles and stunning baobab forests, many of which have been protected by the government.

Owing to Madagascar’s impressive size and relative underdevelopment, many of these incredibly beautiful areas are difficult to access. What this does mean however is that the few who do make the journey are handsomely rewarded!

Wonderful Wildlife

Having been isolated from Africa for such a long time, Madagascar has essentially been in an evolutionary ‘bubble’ where flora and fauna has been allowed to evolve independently from the rest of the world. The result of which is an incredibly rich and diverse ecosystem where more than 80% of its wildlife is endemic.

With over 100 species of lemurs (including one that could comfortably sit in an eggcup!), over 75 species of chameleon, the bizarre fossa and roughly 13,000 plant species all found nowhere else on Earth, Madagascar is the perfect destination for anyone wanting a holiday full of fascination and intrigue!

Sample itineraries

Madagascar: Southern Highlights (10 Nights) From £5,342 ($6,947) per person…

When to Go

As the weather in Madagascar varies significantly month by month, it is important to time your visit well.

From late December to April is cyclone season when we would recommend avoiding travel to the country. From April to June the weather can be intermittent with some periods of glorious sunshine, then heavy downpours.

July to November is the best time to visit as the weather is predominantly dry and cooler. The days get hotter and hotter throughout the year until November and December when the rains start again.

If you are travelling to Madagascar to see humpback whales as the migrate from the Antarctic to calve, try to plan your visit between July to September.

Practical Information

Time Zone: UTC +3

Currency: Madagascar Ariary Pula (MGA)

Visa: The majority of nationalities require a visa to enter Madagascar.

Travel Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/madagascar

Health: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/madagascar

A “pick and mix” of the most demanded events around the world

Dear Friends & Partners,

I hope all is well and everyone has had a good start to the week 🙂 !

Please find below a “pick and mix” of the most demanded events.

As usual, all the options offered include complimentary delivery to the attendees’ hotel/local address as well as the usual referral fee or discount depending on which Agreement you’re running.

Please note – additional options and categories for all the events are available on request! These are just selected offers, so if you need/want anything else that you don’t see listed, just let us know 😉 ! ! ! info@lifestyleandroses.com 

 

Maroon 5 Red Pill Blues Tour

Scheduled to perform on Friday,14th of June
in the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, UAE

  • Golden Circle for 580 USD per person
  • Block 115, Level 1B for 690 USD per person

Block 102, Level 1A for 940 USD per person

Wimbledon 2019

Roland Garros

Ladies Semi Finals

  • Category 2 for 480 euros per person
  • Category 1 for 560 euros per person

Men Semi Finals

  • Category 3 for 1,190 euros per person
  • Category 2 for 1,510 euros per person
  • Category 1 for 1,985 euros per person

Ladies Final

  • Category 3 for 595 euros per person
  • Category 2 for 755 euros per person
  • Category 1 for 875 euros per person

Men Final

  • Category 3 for 1,235 euros per person
  • Category 2 for 1,550 euros per person

Category 1 for 2,150 euros per person

Quincy Jones 

To be performed on Saturday the 13th of July,
Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Auditorium Stravinski

VIP/Hospitality for 1,430 euros per person, this includes:

  • Best seats located in the Balcony Center, guaranteed to be within the first 5 Rows
  • Access to the “Le Jardin” Hospitality Village with VIP reception by hostesses
  • Welcome aperitif with champagne
  • Seated lunch served at the Montreux Palace (Fairmont)

VIP accompaniment to the venue/concert

5 days program visiting Casablanca and Marrakech

We can customize any trip.

Day 01: Casablanca Airport / Marrakech

Welcome at Med V airport by our Travel Representative transfer to Marrakech, Panoramic tour of Marrakech check in to the selected hotel dinner and overnight.

Day 02: Marrakech City Tour.

Breakfast at the hotel, full day tour of Marrakech visiting: The Menara,

The Koutoubia, Bahia Palace and the Saadian tombs. Free time for an optional lunch, Afternoon visit of the famous Djemaa El Fna Square. Optional dinner with fantasia show and folklore back to the hotel, overnight.

Day 03: Marrakech / Essaouira / Marrakech

Breakfast at the hotel, Orive to Essaouira, the former Mogador and Portuguese stronghold, Essaouira stirs awake the artist that slumbers within each of us. The azure blue of its horizon, its rosy ochre fortifications, and white houses with their blue shutters make up a perfect watercolor. Behind its walls, protected from the wind, a timeless world goes about its nosiness.

Here, the architects of days gone by spark the creativity of new generation.

Free time for an optional lunch and leisure, return to the hotel in Marrakech, overnight.

Day 04: Marrakech /Casablanca

Breakfast at the hotel, check out from the hotel drive to Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, visit the central market, free time for an optional lunch ,

Continue to visit Mohamed V Square, the residential area of Anfa and the outside of Hassan II Masjed ,dinner and accommodation at the selected hotel in Casablanca.

Day 05: Casablanca Hotel / Casablanca Airport

Breakfast at the hotel, check out from the hotel transfer to MED V Airport assist by our Travel representative for the departure procedures.

Services included:

  • Welcome & assistance at airport by our travel staff.
  • Transportation done by modern deluxe vehicle according to the number of participants
  • Hotel accommodation on bed & breakfast
  • Profesional multilingual tourist guides (English, French, ltalian, Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Service of local guides at each city during the
  • Luggage Portage services at airport &
  • Tips of hotels & restaurants employs

Our complete assistance

 

9 days tour from Casablanca

Day 1: Arrive at Casablanca Airport meet and welcome by our representative, transfer to the selected hotel check in and overnight.

Day 2: Casablanca / Rabat / Meknes / Volubilis / Fes

Breakfast, check out from the hotel, start the tour of Casablanca visiting the Hassan 11 Mosque from the outside, afterwards, we will leave to Rabat, visit the Hassan Tower and the Oudaya Kasbah, continue to Meknes, another significant imperial city

in Morocco, known as the lsmaili capital of Morocco, you will see the famous gate Bab Mansour, the Sahrij Souani Bassin, and the Moulay lsmail Mausoleum. After an optional lunch, your journey continues to the Roman city of Volubilis, where you will get a chance to see the wonderfully preserved original

mosaics, Roman road, and city layout. As we travel through the Moroccan countryside we will pass by the Holy City of Moulay ldriss for a photo opportunity. reach Fes check in to the selected hotel and overnight.

Day 3: Full day exploring Fes

Breakfast at the hotel, start an explorative journey of the Medina where you will visit the many hidden treasures that only the inhabitants of the place know about. Fes served as the capital of Morocco for more than 350 years and is home to the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest operating university in the world. Your guided tour will take you to Moulay ldriss mausoleum, the Nejjarine Fountains and the Tanneries. After an optional lunch you will also view the exterior of the Royal Palace and walk through

the famous Jewish quarter “the Mellah”, where you will have the option to visit one of the few living synagogues in Morocco.

includes a short visit to the famous ceramic factory, and then yo.u can enjoya wonderful panoramic view over the whole Medina of Fes, evening optional dinner with fantasia show and folklore, back to the hotel, overnight

Day 4: Fes/ lfrane / Midelt / Erfoud / Merzouga

breakfast, check out from the hotel, you will leave towards the southeast following the Caravan roads to Merzouga.

During this journey we will  experience glimpses of the Middle Atlas and Higher Atlas Mountains. Stopping at the Cedar forest,

the largest one in Morocco, over the Middle Atlas Mountains where we may well sight the apes over there. After an optional lunch in Midelt, will continue through the large open high desert, Arrive Merzouga, check in to the selected hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Merzouga

Early Morning an optional excursion to the desert by 4 x 4 cars to enjoy the sunrise over the sand dunes of Merzouga and Camel Ride. Return to the Hotel

for breakfast. Free time to explore the area, return to hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Merzouga / Ouarzazate.

Breakfast, check out from the hotel, drive to Todra gorges, the highest, narrowest gorges in Morocco. After lunch in the heart of the gorges, continue to visit Atlas studios

in Ouarzazate,check in to the selected hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Ouarzazate / Marrakech

Breakfast then check out from the hotel, start our journey to reach (fortified village) of Ait Ben Haddou where we will visit the famous Kasbah (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986). Famous films have been shot in this spectacular stage, including Gladiator, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile, Sahara with Penelope Cruz…etc

. After visiting the kasbah we   continue to Marrakech, on our way we will see tichka port, check in to the selected hotel, and overnight.

Day 8: Full free day in Marrakech

Breakfast at your hotel, you will enjoy the sites with historical and cultural interest, including the Koutoubia Minaret, the Saadian tombs, the beautiful Palace of Bahia and the Ben Youssef Coranic School. then walking tour through the medina alleys getting a chance to admire all the different artisans performing their crafts before arriving at the famous Jamaa El Fna Square. An optional lunch ata restaurant near the square, in the afternoon visit the gardens at Majorelle, and have a short tour at Gueliz the new part of Marrakech, overnight at your hotel.

Day 9: Marrakech / Casablanca Airport

Early breakfast then check out from the hotel, transfer to Casablanca airport for final departure with assistance of our representative to catch your flight back home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand and koh samui-Last time trips from Spain

Day 1 Spain / Bangkok

Departure by plane to Bangkok. Night on board

 
Day 2: Bangkok

Arrival in the morning and transfer to hotel. Free rest. Accommodation.

 
Day 3: Bangkok, including city tour.

Breakfast. Stay in Bangkok. We include a panoramic tour of the city and its temples: tour of Bangkok’s main avenues, the Chinatown neighborhood, and along the Chao Praya River to the Wat Pho Temple, known for having one of the largest Buddhas in the world (the reclining Buddha), and the Temple of Marble. Accommodation.


 Day 4: Bangkok / Rio Kwai

Breakfast. Early morning departure by coach to the province of Kanchanaburi, known among other places for the famous bridge over the river Kwai and for being this, scene of some events during the period of the Second World War.


We will visit the Museum and war cemetery, where the prisoners who lost their lives during the construction of the bridge are located. We will take a boat trip along the Kwai River and upon reaching the bridge we will take the famous train of Death to the Tamkrase station. During the railway journey we will cross beautiful landscapes testimony of an important part of the history of the country. Lunch at the peculiar Tamkrase station. We will also know the unusual railway section known as “Hellfire Pass”. This step was built by allied prisoners of war (mainly English and Australians) during World War II. Transfer to the hotel in the Kwai river and free time. OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: The most adventurous will have the possibility of going up the river with boats and letting themselves be carried by the current, down river equipped with life jackets to the resort. Accommodation

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Day 5: Kwai River / Ayutthaya / Lopburi / Phitsanulok
Breakfast. Our first visit of the day will be in Ayutthaya, ancient capital of the kingdom of Siam and archaeological center par excellence of the country. We will visit its archaeological site of great historical interest and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Ayutthaya is a remnant of the importance and wealth of this country. Then we will go to Wat Phra Prang Sam Yot, a famous sanctuary nearby, known for the large number of monkeys that live this temple and where we can enjoy a fun visit with these peculiar animals. Later we will leave towards Phitsanulok, population located in the heart of Thailand and considered one of the most important centers of Buddhist pilgrimage in the country. During the journey we will witness the change in the landscape, becoming more and more leafy and green and advancing the jungle landscapes of the north of the country. Lunch during the route. We will arrive in Phitsanulok in the afternoon. Accommodation.

Day 6: Phitsanulok / Sukhotai / Chiang Rai

Early in the morning, and for those who wish, we will go to the Wat Phra Putthachinarat Temple to make an offering to the monks and to experience one of the most important rituals of the Buddhist culture. Breakfast. Departure to the city of Sukhotai. The star visit of this day is the Archaeological Park that houses this population, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its incredible beauty and sample of the several centuries of prosperity of the Thai civilization, raising monumental cities and sophisticated temples. After this visit, we will go to Chiang Rai via Lampang, and enjoy the wonderful views of the road and Lake Prayao. Lunch en route. Arrival in Chiang Rai in the afternoon and accommodation.

Day 7: Chiang Rai / Chiang Mai

Breakfast. Visit to the “Golden Triangle” of the Mekong River, which covers areas of Thailand, Laos and Burma formerly dedicated to opium trafficking. Therefore, we will take advantage of a visit to the “Opium Museum” located in the town of Chiang Rai before leaving for Chiang Mai. During the trip, about 3 hours, we will make a stop to the spectacular and contemporary White Temple (Wat Rong Kun in Thai). The color white means purity and the crystal means the Buddha’s wisdom as the “light that shines in the world and the universe”. The villagers think that Buddha crossed the bridge of the temple to preach the dogma for the first time. Lunch en route. In the afternoon, arrival in Chiang Mai and accommodation.

Day 8: Chiang Mai, including Women Giraffe

Breakfast. Transfer to the elephant camp, located in the middle of the jungle, to see how agile these great creatures are to carry out the work of the field. After this small exhibition we will begin our safari on the back of an elephant, following the riverbed and crossing the dense vegetation of the jungle until we reach an enclave where tribes of different ethnic groups of the country coexist, among which the striking Giraffe Women (Long Neck) original by Mae Hong Son. lunch

Day 9: Chiang Mai / Spain

Breakfast. Free time until the time of transfer to the airport to leave in flight back to Spain. Night on board

Day 10: Spain

Arrival in the morning and end of our services.

VARIANTE KOH SAMUI

 Day 9: Chiang Mai / Koh Samui

Breakfast. Free time until the time of transfer to the airport to depart in flight to Koh Samui. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

 
Day 10 and 11: Koh Samui

Breakfast. Free days on Koh Samui, Thailand’s third largest island, tropical oasis covered in coconut trees, coral reefs and white sand beaches: Chaweng, Lamai, Maenam, Bo Phut, Big Buddha and Choeng Mon. Relax and enjoy the fresh air, the sea breeze and the benevolent tropical climate that caresses the island throughout the year. Accommodation.

Day 12: Koh Samui / Spain

Breakfast. Free time until the time of transfer to the airport to leave in flight to Bangkok. At the scheduled time, departure in flight back to Spain. Night on board

Day 13: Spain

Arrival in the morning and end of our services.

 DEPARTURE DATES

October 1 to December 11

Tuesday

Other departure days, please consult. The circuit operates from Bangkok on Fridays.

INCLUDE

Air ticket, Turkish Airlines base, class V, departure from Barcelona and Madrid. Other cities, consult.
Transfers
7 nights (10 with Koh Samui) of stay at the planned or similar hotels.
Visits, tours and tickets, as indicated in the program.
Daily breakfast and five lunches.
Spanish-speaking local guides. In English on Koh Samui.
24-hour / 365-day assistance service in Spanish.
Travel insurance.

NOT INCLUDED

Air rates. Expected amount: € 415

Optional insurance and cancellation. Amount: € 65

Services not specified in the “Include” section

HOTELS

Rio Kwai: Resotel (3 ★ sup)

Phitsanulok: Topland (4 ★)

Standard option

Bangkok: Furama / Narai (3 ★ sup)

Chiang Rai: Wiang Inn (3 ★ sup)

Chiang Mai: The Empress (4 ★)

Koh Samui: Chaba Cabana (3 ★ sup)

Superior Option

Bangkok: Novotel Fenix ​​Silom (4 ★)

Chiang Rai: Grand Vista (4 ★)

Chiang Mai: Holiday Inn (4 ★)

Koh Samui: Nora Beach (4 ★)

REFLECTIONS OF THAILAND

Double Standard Option € 1,116 Indiv. € 1,345

Superior Double Option € 1,210 Indiv. € 1,530

REFLECTIONS OF TAILANDIAY KOH SAMUI

Double Standard Option € 1,517 Indiv. € 1,904

Double Superior Option 1.631 € Indiv. € 2,131

KOH SAMUI SUPPLEMENT (per person per night)

CHABA CABANA 1 from Nov to 23 Dec. 4 € 8 €

Air rates (to add to the base price) € 415

 

A day on safari

We often get asked what a typical day on safari at a luxury lodge entails. If you’ve never had the privilege of experiencing one first hand, we hope this post of ours helps you to get an idea.

While no two days are the same, and every destination, lodge and guide give their own feel and ‘flavour’, there is a general format that you can come to expect. Let us paint a picture for you. Allow your imagination to run wild…

A day on safari borana view

Early wake-up call:

As the old adage goes ‘the early bird catches the worm’. In the safari world this couldn’t be truer. The animals are most active during the cooler hours of the day, so an early wake-up is in order to maximise your chances of seeing some action. You’ll usually be woken up around 5 o’clock with a nice cup of coffee.

Morning activity:

Up at the main deck, just as the first rays of sunlight are just starting to climb over the horizon, your guide will greet you and explain what the plan is for the morning activity (a general itinerary for your stay will typically be discussed upon your arrival at the lodge).

Depending on where you are in Africa, your morning activity will vary in length. In some countries, particularly in East Africa, you will often be out all morning, stopping off for a bite to eat. In Southern Africa it will often last around 4 hours before you head back to camp.

If you’re lucky, you might stop off for some light breakfast in the bush with a nice slug of Amarula in a coffee to round off the morning.

Examples of morning activities:

  • Game drive
  • Bush walk/big game walk
  • Boating or mokoro safari
  • Horseback safari
  • Hot air balloon safari or helicopter
  • Quad biking
  • Cultural experience
A day on safari drinks stop

Morning bush walk:

On the way back from your morning activity we recommend trying to get in a bush walk. It’s a great way to stretch your legs and really earn your breakfast. It’s also provides a fantastic opportunity to see the wild from a different perspective. Make sure to let your guide know that you are interested in a walk when you arrive.

Breakfast:

If you didn’t eat out in the bush, breakfast back at camp is usually quite a hearty affair. A Full English while watching elephants drinking from the water hole in front of camp is surely everyone’s dream (or maybe just ours).

A day on safari elephants in water

Mid-morning/Lunch:

This is a great time to relax by the pool while reading a book and sipping a cocktail. You’re on holiday, it’s 12 o’clock somewhere!

From here you can roll back to deck for a light lunch before returning to lounge in the shade avoiding the African heat. This is the hottest time of the day and when the majority of the animals will be doing exactly the same. As Noel Coward once sang, ‘Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun’.

For those of you that can nap, a post lunch siesta is highly recommended. If not, enjoy a massage to pass the time.

Afternoon tea and game drive:

After a quick coffee to revive you from your day of indulgence, it’s time to head out into the bush again. Your afternoon game drive will often include a delightful pause for a sundowner. Don’t be afraid to tell your guide if you’d rather keep going in search of animals, or stick with the ones your watching.

My favourite trick if I’m very thirsty is to ask the guide to place the cooler box in reaching distance so you can sip your G&T while watching a leopard patrol its territory.

A day on safari sundowner

Dinner:

Once you arrive back into camp it will likely be dark. As such, you will be escorted back to your room by a security guard (please don’t be tempted to walk alone while it’s dark). Time to quickly freshen up before dinner.

Dinners on safari tend to be a jolly communal affair where you can regale the stories of your day. By the time dessert has been cleared away you’ll be ready for bed and pleasantly surprised it’s only about 9.30. Get some well earned rest, it all begins again tomorrow when the sun comes up.

If you’re lucky you might be treated to a ‘Bush Dinner’. This is where you eat out in the bush in a specially prepared area. This is a truly awe-inspiring experience as you can hear and feel everything that’s going on around you.

A day on safari bushdinner

So there you have it – a typical day on safari. We hope that this has given you a slightly better understanding of what it’s like on one of our trips.

South Africa: complete (14 nights)

South Africa 1 Overview

This fantastic 2 week trip includes the unique metropolis of Cape Town, awe-inspiring vistas in the Winelands, the hidden gem that is safari at the Phinda Private Game Reserve and finishes with a few days unwinding on a secluded beach in KwaZulu-Natal province.

We prefer to use smaller camps and lodges that have the ability to provide an intimate experience.

Please note: All of our online itineraries are examples. We will design a bespoke itinerary based on your preferences

Day 1 to 4: Cape Town

Take in the amazing views of Table Mountain and the surrounding areas as you land in Cape Town. From the airport head to the heart of the old city and check in to the stunning Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel just off Kloof Street.

There is so much to see and do in Cape Town, amazing restaurants, shops, art galleries, historical sites and incredible hikes. One of our experts will provide you with some tailored advice and personal recommendations.

South africa 1 Cloud 9

Day 5 to 6: Winelands

Drive from Cape Town to the stunning winelands of Franschhoek. La Petite Ferme is a stunning little hotel and a firm favourite of ours for a quintessential vineyard hotel experience. Relax and take in the beauty of this area with a glass of wine in hand.

If you’re feeling adventurous ask us about the sidecar vineyard tour!

South africa 1 Petite Ferme

Day 7 to 10: Safari

It’s time for some wildlife. From Franschhoek head back to Cape Town Airport and fly to Durban. From Durban head up to Phinda Private Game Reserve. Phinda is one of Africa’s absolute hidden gems. Phinda offers some of the best game viewing and most beautiful sceneries on the continent. In this example itinerary you would stay at the stunning Phinda Rock Lodge in the south of the Reserve.

South africa 1 Phinda Rock Lodge

Day 11 to 14: Beach

And now for the beach. A short drive up from Phinda is the stunning KwaZulu-Natal coastline, the best place to stay here is Thonga Beach Lodge. For pure relaxation to round off your South African adventure of a lifetime this is the perfect spot.

South africa 1 Thonga Beach Lodge

Cost:

From £5,608 ($7,532) per person. Includes all internal travel.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this itinerary, don’t hesitate to send us an email at info@lifestyleandroses.com  Alternatively,  or call us directly on +34 656161634.

Kenya Mara Riding Safari (7 nights)

With outstanding game viewing from horseback and superb riding country, this fantastic Mara Riding Safari itinerary will exceed all expectations. Operated by our partners ‘Offbeat Safaris’, who are well know to be the best in the business and boast 30 years of experience, this riding safari will give you a completely different perspective on African wildlife.

This week long safari offers the pure bush experience. With 4 different camp locations you will literally ride from one side of the Masai Mara to the other, covering over 250km.

Please note that you must be an experienced horse rider to book this itinerary

Day 1 – Olare Lamun

You will either be collected at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or if you have arrived earlier from your Nairobi Hotel and transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight at 10:00 am to Naboisho. It is a beautiful flight passing over the fertile Kikuyu Highlands before reaching the Great Rift Valley. You will fly across the volcano studded floor of the Rift before reaching the Loita Hills and Naboisho Air strip. You will be met by your guide and there will be an hour’s drive to camp. We reach our camp in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick) Lunch will be served and you will have a little time to relax before meeting your horses and setting off on your first gentle evening ride.

Kenya Riding Safari 2

Day 2 – Olare Lamun

After an early morning ride we will come back to camp for a light breakfast and then set out for a game drive and walk up a hill nearby called Oloiburmut returning to camp for a brunch/lunch. There will be time for a siesta and at around 4pm we will drive up the hill to visit the local Masai Village.

Day 3 – Olare Orok

Our first moving day and we break camp in good time as it is the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50kms. We will meet the vehicles to break the ride with a picnic breakfast and lunch along the way. Riding across the rolling open plains the game generally becomes more plentiful as we approach the Mara ecosystem. We should see herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle and there is a good chance of seeing elephant and buffalo as well. We reach our camp on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve on the Olare Orok lugga late afternoon. From camp we are likely to hear lion and hyena at night and the abundance of game is apparent everywhere.

Kenya Riding Safari 7

Day 4 – Olare Orok

A full day of morning and evening rides from camp with the option of driving into the game park for some good photographic opportunities. From the landrovers we can get much closer to lion, elephant and buffalo than we are able to do from the horses.

Day 5 – Escarpment

Our second moving day; we head west across the Mara plains and reach the Mara River on the Park boundary. We hopefully ford the river (unless in complete flood) at one of the famous wildebeest crossings and then head south-west across the Mara Triangle where we have our picnic lunch before ascending the Soit Olololol Escarpment to reach our camp in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem.

Kenya Riding Safari 5

Day 6 – Mara River

Today we will descend the escarpment again and ride through the Triangle once more to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. We head in a North Westerly direction and after a picnic lunch we find our final campsite set up on the banks of the Mara River. Close by there are some hippo pools and their grunting at night is a special feature of this camp.

Day 7 – Mara River

With a full day camped on the river we will follow the same morning and evening ride routine and often take the opportunity to cross the river close to the hippo which is an exhilarating a highlight. A walk or drive will be on offer after breakfast; providing another good opportunity to take photographs.

Kenya Riding Safari 6

Day 8

We will have a final early morning ride before breakfast and after saying goodbye to your horses we will drive to the airstrip to meet your flight back to Nairobi at around 11am in time to do some shopping in town and relax before your evening flight or in good time to reach your onward destination.

Kenya Riding Safari 8

Cost:

From £4,499 ($5,899) per person

If you’re interested in finding out more about this itinerary, don’t hesitate to send us an email at info@lifestyleandroses.com  Alternatively,  call us directly on +34 656161634.

Tanzania: Southern Explorer (12 nights)

This 10 night sample itinerary combines Tanzania’s wild and untamed Southern Circuit with several days unwinding on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar. It’s a great option for the more adventurous travellers wanting to get ‘off-the-beaten-track’.

This fantastic itinerary begins with 4 nights in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park before travelling East to the vast Selous Game Reserve. The final 5 days of this unforgettable trip are spent on a secluded beach in Zanzibar.

We prefer to use smaller camps and lodges that have the ability to provide an intimate experience.

Please note: All of our online itineraries are examples. We will design a bespoke itinerary based on your preferences

Day 1 to 4: Ruaha National Park

Despite being the largest national park in Tanzania, Ruaha attracts surprisingly few visitors. Perched on the edge of the Ikuka Escarpment with breath-taking views over the savannah below, your home for the next three nights is the stunning and exclusive Ikuka Safari Lodge.

Jumping out of the light aircraft at Msembe Airstrip you’re first game drive is about to begin! Meandering through the bush on your way to camp, keep your eyes peeled for elephant, cheetah and giraffe. You’ll be welcomed into camp just after 5pm with a cocktail and quick tour around the small and intimate camp. With only 6 expansive tents, exquisite food and stunning views, Ikuka is one of our favourite camps in the Ruaha. Time for a quick freshen up before settling down for dinner.

Walking up early the next morning, you’ll head out into the bush on foot with one of the highly experienced guides tracking rhino and other big game. Stop off in a clearing for a cup of freshly made coffee and a light breakfast. No, you’re not dreaming – this is Africa!

Southern Explorer Ikuka

Day 4 to 8: Selous Game Reserve

After four incredible days exploring the Ruaha, it’s time to make your way east to the immense Selous Game Reserve. Shadowed by trees on the banks of the Rufiji River, your base for the next few days is the luxurious Sand Rivers Selous. With it’s airy thatched main lounge area and open fronted rooms, you’ll feel like a true adventurer!

Your next few days will be spend boating up the Steiglers Gorge, heading out on walking safaris and out on game drives. For something extra special, extend a walking safari with some overnight fly-camping in the wild!

You’ll be amazed how quiet the Selous is! Sometimes you won’t see anyone for an entire day.

Southern Explorer sand rivers

Day 9 to 13: Zanzibar

After 7 nights in the bush exploring the wilderness of Africa, it’s time to fly up to Zanzibar for 4 nights of blissful relaxation. You’ll be staying at the fantastic Matemwe Retreat in the quieter eastern Matemwe region of the island.

Matemwe probably the best diving and snorkelling on the island, plus some excellent kite-surfing, sailing and reef-walking. If you’re craving some civilization after your time in the bush, day trips to Stone Town can be arranged. Otherwise, kick-back and enjoy the last few days of your holiday of a lifetime relaxing in the sun with a book in hand!

Southern Explorer zanzibar

If you’re interested in finding out more about this sample itinerary, don’t hesitate to send us an email at info@lifestyleandroses.com . Alternatively, call us directly on +34 (00) 656161634.

 

Bonamy safaris by Lifestyleandroses

We started collaborating with Bonamy to offer you the best safaris of the world.

https://bonamy.co.uk

 

WHO WE ARE
Bonamy is an African-travel company passionate about creating unique and awe-inspiring experiences for individuals, families and groups who care about the environment they travel to.
Bonamy is focused primarily on the quality of the safari experience, ensuring that you have access to the best guides in Africa.
Was founded by Toby Pheasant, a lifelong safari enthusiast who has been working in the industry, as a guide, lodge manager and tour operator, for over 10 years.
Is  dedicated to conservation and ethical ecotourism.
We firmly believe that our best hope of saving the world’s wild areas and animals is through sustainable ecotourism.

Botswana | Kenya | Madagascar | Mauritius | Mozambique | Namibia
Rwanda | Seychelles | South Africa | Tanzania | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe


We have first-hand knowledge of the lodges and camps we work with.
We know the staff who run them and the guides who will be with you in the bush.
Once we get to know you and understand what you want to experience, we’ll present hand-picked lodges that we consider the most suitable for you, to ensure you enjoy your time in Africa.
Destination Specialists


With our connections throughout the conservation world, we are committed to the sustainability of Africa’s stunning wildlife and many distinct habitats.
We only work with lodges and camps that share our passion. Furthermore, with every booking through Bonamy, we donate a proportion of our commission to Rhinos Without Borders.
Rooted in Conservation


Through our exceptional network, we are able to provide you with the finest guides Africa has to offer.
The Finest Guides
You will save countless hours by booking with us instead of researching and booking direct yourself.
What’s more, we guarantee you’ll spend less booking through us.

INSPIRATION
Paddle silently through Botswana’s Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro canoe
Walk with giants during a mobile or fly-camping safari in Zambia
Admire endangered mountain gorilla in Uganda’s serene Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Witness a colourful Samburu tribal wedding in central Kenya
Spend a week unwinding on a barefoot desert island in the Indian Ocean
Discover South Africa’s winelands around the buzzing metropolis of Cape Town

HOW WE WORK
No two Bonamy itineraries are the same. We put together unique experiences based on your brief, designed to fulfil your travel aspirations.
We meet or speak directly with you to understand what you are looking to experience.
If it’s your first time in Africa, we take the time to explain what is possible and how the world of safari works.
The Bonamy team will put together a number of options which are tailored to your brief.
We will only recommend lodges that work tirelessly to improve their conservational and environmental impacts.
Working with you, we will fine-tune the itinerary until it is perfect.


We will then make all of the necessary arrangements, ensuring you have a smooth and memorable safari.
We are always on hand to help you through every step of your journey.
How much, or how little input you want to have in the planning is ultimately your decision.
Whether you are travelling alone or with one of our guides, we will be in touch once you return home to hear about your trip and listen to your stories.

WHERE WE TRAVEL
Through years of experience, we have developed an exceptional knowledge of safari destinations across Eastern and Southern Africa.
There are many different ways of experiencing safari Africa.
We have first-hand knowledge of the best lodges, camps,mobile camps and fly-camps.
Our expertise extends to the finest beach lodges and hotels in Africa’s favourite cities.
Botswana | Kenya | Madagascar | Mauritius | Mozambique | Namibia
Rwanda | Seychelles | South Africa | Tanzania | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe

“As photographers, making sure that we would have access to the best possible guiding and locations culminated in a truly magical vacation.
 The team at Bonamy educated us about how safari guiding works, allowing for some rather spectacular photo opportunities.
 Careful consideration of our unique requests was always a part of their recommendations.” 
Janis, May ‘18

CONSERVATION
Bonamy is committed to the sustainability of Africa’s stunning wildlife and
many distinct habitats. We believe in ethical game viewing that respects
animals and the environment. We promise we will only ever send you somewhere that shares our core values.
With every safari booking, we donate a percentage to our chosen charity,
It’s a charity that is close to the heart of our Rhinos Without Borders.
founder, Toby Pheasant, who has spent time working with the great cause.


Run by &Beyond and Great Plains Conservation, Rhinos Without Borders aims to move one hundred rhinos from game reserves across
South Africa to secret locations in Botswana over the next few years. The intention of the project is create a new population of rhinos, which can
grow in number away from poaching hotspots.
Through our connections with this fantastic project, we can organise for  you to spend a day with a local ground team as they work to save the rhino –
truly a once in a lifetime experience.

NOTEBOOK
The humble notebook is a key part of any guide’s kit. It’s where we record everything that we see, hear and smell.
It’s also where we note down the sometimes tricky questions we get asked by guests and need to
remember to get back to them on.
Our notebook is our online blog, where we update you on all the wonders of Africa from the latest conservation projects to interviews with safari
experts, to the best vineyards to visit in Cape Town. It allows us to engage with a wider community, all sharing our passion for travel and adventure.

PRIVATE GUIDE
Take your safari to the next level with your own Private Guide
Our Private Guides are among the best in the business.

Travelling with one of our guides will guarantee the highest level of guiding
throughout your safari. Your guide will ensure your safari is optimised according to your interests and previous sightings, enabling you to learn and experience more.
Personalised Experience
Your private guide will have a broad knowledge base with skills including photography, birding, astronomy, tracking and more.
They will be there to help you see the wild through their expert eyes.


Specialist Skills
Your private guide will act as your host throughout your trip, using their local knowledge to navigate the complexities of travel within Africa safely and comfortably.
They will also work in conjunction with the lodges to ensure the best service delivery possible.
Host
Your private guide will help you create a photo journal of your trip.