Favourite hiking trail in England and Wales turns 50.

The Ridgeway Trail, a national trail of England and Wales that partially follows a prehistoric path, is 50 years old this year.

The trail, possibly one of the oldest routes in Britain, runs for 140 kilometres from Avebury in Wiltshire through the North Wessex Downs and Chilterns to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.

‘…oldest in Britain…’

There is a path that links to Wayland’s Smithy, a Stone Age tomb more than 5,500 years old, and the mystical Uffington White Horse. Other stretches run across chalk downs to Avebury, home to the largest stone circle in Europe, all following the old ways of ancestors who shaped this landscape.

‘…tomb more than 5,500 years old…’

The Ridgeway Trail is also a sanctuary for wildlife, from rare moths to birds of prey and skylarks. The name ‘Ridgeway’ is a term that originated in Anglo-Saxon times, to refer to ancient tracks that run along the high ridges of hills. They are unpaved, relying simply on the hard ground to provide a suitable surface for travelling on.

‘…sanctuary for wildlife…’

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Your much-needed downtime is around the corner.

December is just around the corner; it’s a busy month filled with holidays and festive season activities. December is also the perfect time to embrace in some much-needed downtime, it’s the perfect time to book your holiday!

The world is huge with magnificent destinations to choose from; if you’re unsure of where to go, don’t worry, let us attend to the travel logistics while you clear your mind and get ready to end the year stress free. All you have to do is pack your favourite travel bags while we plan your chosen vacation. We suggest these top star captivating places to take your breath away.

‘…top star captivating places…’

Caribbean Estates KwaZulu Natal

In the lush tropical KwaZulu Natal South Coast in South Africa is the private estate Caribbean Estates. Bordered by the Indian Ocean on the East and the Umtamvuna River on the South, the estate has magnificent three, four or six bedroom villas available for the holiday of a lifetime. The villas are exquisitely furnished and equipped.

Caribbean Estates is a beautiful swimming pool complex with tennis courts and a playground for children. There is an open entertainment area with pool tables, a juke box and kiddies rides. Direct access to the unspoilt beach and the grand Umtamvuna River is via scenic walkways through a beautiful conservation area, where a variety of birdlife can be seen. The patient observer may even come across small buck species and Samango monkeys.

‘…unspoilt beach and the grand Umtamvuna River…’

Garden Route Villas Garden Route

The amazing surrounds and the convenience of being so close to many wonderful facilities, is the reason Garden Route Villas is a firm family favourite. The resort is on the renowned Garden Route, the perfect place to create moments to cherish for a lifetime; a place to celebrate things that truly matter in life.

At Garden Route Villas, time is not of the essence and each day can be savoured. Guests can explore the area at leisure, in a way that suits them best. Each unit offers the privacy, comfort and pleasure of a residential home with a private garden, patio and swimming pool. The four-bedroom chalets are ideal for tourists to explore the magnificent Garden Route, westwards towards Mossel Bay and eastwards to world-renowned Knysna, or inland over the mighty Outeniqua Mountains to historic Oudtshoorn.

‘…explore the magnificent Garden Route…’

Monateng Lodge Gauteng

Whether you ‘just want to relax’ or are looking for a true safari experience, Monateng Lodge has something to keep the whole family entertained for hours on end. You can take time-out and spend the day at the pool or take a game drive that’s a must-do for the entire family.

 Monateng Lodge is on a lavish bushveld estate that gives a pleasant African stay with an abundance of birdlife in a peaceful atmosphere. The buildings blend effortlessly into the bushveld and the superior chalets are refreshingly cool, spacious and comfortable. There is a variety of popular fun games; the crazy golf game on a mini-golf course, the dedicated kid’s play area that guarantees fun, the tennis court and volleyball field to enjoy while working up a sweat. The lodge is a peaceful fun-filled venue for relaxing and unwinding in in Gauteng South Africa.

‘…African stay with an abundance of birdlife in a peaceful atmosphere…’

Mnarani Club & Spa Kenya

A breath-taking place in Kenya on the cliffs of Kilifi Creek where the creek meets and merges with the Indian Ocean is Mnarani Club & Spa. Mnarani has a perfect beach and a turquoise ocean with activities and adventure of creek-life. It’s the ultimate destination for a family holiday, a well-deserved romantic getaway or an unforgettable honeymoon. Mnarani make every effort to cater for all ages; the variety means there’s always something that appeals to everyone.

The beautiful, sheltered little beach at Mnarani Club & Spa has great water sports, from sailing to exhilarating water-ski and wake boarding, or simply enjoying a refreshing swim, or relaxing on a lounger under a thatched parasol. For sunshine and solitude, take a walk down to the private beach and soak up your own little slice of paradise. Alternatively, enjoy the stunning infinity swimming pool; an invitation to relax and let your thoughts be swept away with the waves of the Indian Ocean.

The delicious food with a touch of Kenyan influence is a culinary celebration complimented by an amazing atmosphere and wonderful staff. The restaurant serves a unique A La Carte menu, with a carefully selected assortment of mouth-watering starters, mains and desserts. The menus are loaded with impressive choice foods that provide the finest dining. The chefs pride themselves on the excellence of the culinary delights they prepare; only the freshest ingredients are used ensuring everything is beautiful.

Ranging from indoor activities like table tennis, coconut bowling, a pool table and a pamper-rich beauty spa right through to beach and water sport fun, Mnarani Club & Spa caters for everyone and every mood. Mnarani’s crazy golf will keep you and the kids entertained for hours. Try your hand at a game of table tennis or pool; or spend some relaxed, quality time with loved ones while you enjoy a variety of board games. If you like tenpin bowling, you will love coconut bowling! It truly is a unique experience and the off-round quirky coconut shapes makes for challenging fun.

‘…perfect beach and a turquoise ocean with activities and adventure of creek-life…’

Lagoon Beach Apartments Cape Town

With an unrivalled view of Table Mountain and a 15km stretch of pristine beach line Lagoon Beach Apartments are stylish four star graded luxury apartments consisting of self-catering, 6 sleeper, two-bedroom apartments which have been laid out for maximum comfort. Restaurants, bars, swimming pools, a spa and gym are among the facilities available to all guests for their enjoyment. While enjoying amazing accommodation at Lagoon Beach Apartments you are nearby enjoyable attractions.

‘…15km stretch of pristine beach line…’

The Cape Winelands is known for producing award-winning quality wine; the region is one of the finest in the world. Visitors explore and taste familiar wine brands. Wine connoisseurs are keen to try out signature varieties and experience the natural beauty of the wine lands.

Robben Island’s multi-layered 500-year-old history includes the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years.

Whether it’s covered in a blanket of moody clouds or showing off against a crisp cloudless blue sky, Table Mountain is always spectacular. Table Mountain is home to the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth and was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011.

The V&A Waterfront perfectly joins ocean vistas with mountain views, fresh sea breezes with the warm African sun into a cosmopolitan and vibrant atmosphere. V&A Waterfront is a hub of activity any time of the year and is one of Africa’s most visited destinations with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop. The Waterfront has restaurants, hotels, retail options, museums, live entertainment and leisure options ranging from yachts, helicopters to penguin encounters at the Two Oceans Aquarium.

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An exceptional holiday!

A holiday is a time to relax and enjoy yourself away from home, but an exceptional holiday is on the beach or on safari in Kenya!

Beaches

Kenya boasts a long coastline along the warm soothing Indian Ocean, as a result, the country is home to a number of incredible beaches. There are peaceful beaches, scenic beaches and stunning surfing ones too. The enjoyable have the friendliest atmosphere, top-notch services, warm hospitality, fresh seafood, water sports and relaxing pools.

‘…peaceful, scenic and stunning…’

Safaris

The safaris are unique; guides share stories around camp fires, some that make you laugh out loud and some that give you goose bumps. Sometimes people visit to see the Big Five and big cats but leave with memories of a chameleon crossing their path or stargazing with a local tribe; that’s why wildlife viewing is so exceptional all year-round!

‘…laugh out loud…’

Serene Accommodation

With breath-taking surroundings and entertainment for every taste, Mnarani Club & Spa is perfect accommodation in Kenya. The resort is set on 40 acres of landscaped tropical gardens, fragranced by Frangipani blossoms and pleasant ocean breezes. Footpaths through the attractive gardens lead down to the soft white sand of Mnarani’s private cove, a beautiful, sheltered little beach where water sports, from sailing to exhilarating water-skiing and wakeboarding make for an unforgettable holiday.

‘…private cove, beautiful sheltered little beach…’

Kenya is one of the world’s best safari, sun, and sea destinations.

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