April Travel Offers – Great deals on African safaris and Arctic Cruises

Take advantage of today’s great exchange rates when booking your next holiday

The Pound is currently enjoying a very strong exchange rate against the US Dollar, Euro and Rand, reducing the cost of holidays to Africa, Asia, and the Polar regions. Coupled with regular offers from hotels and airlines, there has never been a better excuse to travel!

Below are some of our favourite travel offers, but if you have a particular destination or property in mind, please do contact us as there are more offers than we have space for. Please do also take a look at the special offers page of our website, which we update regularly with new travel offers.

Madagascar
Kenya Airlines have just announced additional flights to Madagascar, with six flights a week to the capital Antananarivo. Madagascar is a fascinating destination with unique wildlife, unusual scenery, beautiful beaches and fabulous French influenced cuisine. The island is larger than you might imagine so careful planning is essential to get the most from your holiday. Our clients always return raving about Madagascar so why not find out for yourself why this destination is so popular.

Current special offer valid to 15th July 2014:
Sainte Marie pristine beaches – 8 days
7 nights at 4* Soanambo, half board, return flights Tana – Sainte Marie. Only £845 pp twin share.
Madagascar overview – 11 days
Transfers, excursions and accommodation. Only £745 pp twin share.
Nosy Be – 8 days
7 nights at 3*Anjamorango Beach Resort, B&B and return flights Tana – Nosy Be. Only £795 pp twin share.

Namibia
The western access to Etosha National Park has just recently opened. The Western region of Etosha is extremely underdeveloped and receives very few visitors, so the opening of this gate is exciting news. Namibia is a fantastic self-drive destination, with quiet, safe roads and stunning scenery. Ask us for itinerary suggestions. Alternatively, check out these current offers:

A 13 day self-drive itinerary to the Tsaris Mountains, Swakopmund, Kamanjab region, Etosha and Okonjima. Includes 4×4 vehicle, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and only £1200 pp twin share.
Or a 12 day self-drive itinerary to Kalahari, Fish River Canyon, two night guided walking tour in the Namibrand reserve, Sesriem for the dunes and Gamsberg. Includes 4×4 vehicle, accommodation, most meals and only £1595 pp twin share.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
On August 1st a new camp in the Kaokoveld region opens. This is one of the most remote areas of Namibia, a region of dramatic, rugged landscapes, dotted with ancient welwitschia plants, dry riverbeds, soft sand dunes and extraordinary oases.
Opening offer: £375 pp per night which includes a return scenic flight and coastal excursion to the Skeleton Coast on a three-night stay. This is currently one of the most affordable ways to visit this remote and stunning region of Namibia.

Arctic Cruises
Bowhead Whale Safari Voyage with free charter flights!
Voyage to Disko Bay where you can observe Greenland Whales amongst the gigantic ice-bergs of the Illulissat Ice-fjord. This 8 day voyage departs May 22 – May 29, 2014 on board a 3 mast-schooner ideally suited for expedition cruising among the fjords of Greenland. The vessel offers good open deck viewing areas.
From £1575 per person.

South Spitsbergen  –  Aurora Borealis
Sail from Spitsbergen to Bear Island and see the Aurora borealis. Cruise the fjords of the spectacular Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen amid towering mountain peaks.
The voyage departs Longyearbyen, 18 – 22 September 2014 for four nights and ends in Tromsø.
From only £850 per person, this is a fabulous voyage for a long weekend.

India
Enjoy 4 nights in 5-star accommodation in Northern India, visiting the bustling capital of New Delhi and the romantic lake city of Udaipur. Only £595 pp for 4 nights / 5 days and valid 15th April – 31st August 2014.
Includes: Accommodation in Leela Palace Hotels in Delhi (Grand Deluxe room) and Udaipur (Lake View room), breakfast, discount on spa treatments, and a free activity of choice (high tea in Udaipur or a 45min boat-cruise on Lake Pichola).

Why not combine the sights of India with a Tiger safari? Now is an excellent time to visit India’s famous Tiger parks. As winter comes to an end in the North of the country and the land begins to dry, the Tigers can reliably be found at the few permanent water sources, making for excellent viewing opportunities. Ask us for a quote.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
From the 1st January 2014 gorilla permits will increase from US$500 to US$600 per permit.
However, we can offer discounted rates for gorilla permits during the months of April, May and November 2014 at US$350 per permit, a discount of US$250 per permit! Contact us for a quote.

South Africa
Bush & Beach

Celebrate the re-opening of the exclusive Thonga Beach Lodge after a total refurbishment. Only here can you spend time in the bush viewing the big 5, then two hours later be sipping cocktails on the beach!

Two nights at Leopard Mountain Lodge (full board, AM/PM game drives, water hole experience, walking safari), followed by two nights at Thonga Beach Lodge (full board, kayaking, sun downer drives, coastal forest walks, Mabibi village visit and a complimentary massage).
Until April 2014 £650 per person, May – Aug 2014 £630 per person, Sep – Dec 2014 £695 per person. You can combine Thonga Beach Lodge with many other lodges – just ask us for a quote.

Coast and Safari
This 12 day self-drive holiday incorporates some of South Africa’s most sought-after destinations. Spend 8 nights’ in delightful hotels along the Garden Route followed by 3 nights in a Luxury Suite at Kariega River Lodge, where you can enjoy morning/evening game drives, river cruises, hiking trails, canoeing, boating and fishing. This very affordable itinerary is from only £1250 pp twin share, inc. 12 days car rental.

Botswana
Low-cost Camping Safari
This is among the best value camping safaris in Botswana. Visit Botswana’s prime National Parks and reserves – Chobe National Park, Savuti, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. This 7 day safari includes a professional guide, cook, camping and National Park fees, game drives, equipment, meals and services of local polers in the Okavango Delta. Departing Kasane every Thursday, this affordable safari is just £635 per person twin share.

Single Traveller?
If you are a single traveller we can suggest lots of great properties where you pay no single supplement. Alternatively, we have excellent open group tours available for single travellers wishing to join with others, such as our African small group safaris and our open group trekking and climbing holidays. For further details, contact us.

Don’t forget that, although best known for planning Africa Safaris and Kilimanjaro climbs, Gane and Marshall have in recent years spread our wings to include destinations such as Costa Rica, Indochina, India and Nepal, as well as various wildlife hot spots around the world. If you are unsure of where you want to go, feel free to contact us for guidance.

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