Africa

Egypt

Sample itinerary:
A week-long diving safari starting and ending in Sharm El Sheikh concentrating on some of the best wrecks worldwide such as Dunraven, World War II wreck Thistlegorm and the ship's graveyard of Abu Nuhas with Giannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K and the Kimon M.

 

Day 1 - Afternoon/Evening: transfer to New Marina (El Wataneya) Port and embark. Welcome on board, cabin arrangement and boat-briefing. Permission work with port authority, sailing very early next morning.


Days – 2 - 7. Day Morning: sail to nearby dive site for a check dive, after into the Gulf of Suez passing Yolanda Reef that is named after a 74 m long Cypriot freighter which struck the reef on the 1st of April 1980. The wreck laid partially submerged on the reef top until a storm caused it to drop. Most of the ship finally has fallen over the drop-off, leaving a huge scar in the slope between Shark and Yolanda Reef. Although, a quantity of the cargo remains for the amusement of the divers: bathtubs, toilets and bathroom fittings. Continue with the historical wrecks of Dunraven. Recovered in early 1970's, the more than 125 years old wreck is largely intact, totally covered in corals and rich in marine life.


The most famous of the Red Sea wrecks may be even worldwide is the Thistlegorm. The wreck first gained fame when Jacques Cousteau dived it in 1956 but left the actual location a mystery until it was rediscovered in 1992. Lying upright on the seabed at 33 m, the 127 m long and 18 m wide wreck is absolutely impressive. Close to Sha'ab Ali in the early hours of 22 February 1881, the 78 m long Kingston ran aground at the northern edge of the reef that is known as Shag Rock.


Crossing the Gulf of Suez will take you to Abu Nuhas, a paradise for wreck lovers which is best known for the abundance of ancient and modern wrecks that lie here: Giannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K and Kimon M. All are located on the northern side of the reef, a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping coral reef filled with table corals. The reef is very exposed to the prevailing wind and waves and was named after the oldest wreck which was carrying copper (Nuhas in Arabic). If weather permits you can dive the Ulysses or the Rosalie Moller. Only two days after the sinking of the Thistlegorm, the Rosalie Moller was also lying at anchor when hit and went down upright. The location outside of Gubal Island is extremely exposed to the sea, wind and waves. The dive is deep, bottom time is limited and visibility is lower than elsewhere so this dive is definitely only for very experienced divers.


Optional as located far north of Tiran and only reachable with good sea conditions, a rarely dived wreck is the Million Hope. This wreck is one of the youngest in the Egyptian Red Sea and the second largest of the diveable ones. Its size alone makes it a memorable dive.


In between wreck dives you will also visit some outstanding reefs at Sha'ab Mahmoud and Ras Mohammed National Park.


7/8. Day: Depending on guest check out and flight time, there may be another dive or just snorkelling. Return to New Marina (El Wataneya) Port and disembark. Transfer to airport or hotel.

 

£1300 pp

 

Madagascar

Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, is a strange and exotic land ringed by golden beaches and palm trees.

Having separated from Africa almost 160 million years ago, this sparsely-populated island is a nature lover’s paradise – home to an immense diversity of unique flora and fauna, including endemic plant species, chameleons, reptiles, and over 50 different kinds of lemur. Its spectacular landscapes are resplendent in their variety, from grassy plateaus to volcanoes, limestone karsts, dense rainforests, spiny forests, tropical islands and coral reefs. The country is a treasure trove of natural wonders and this is what travellers come to see.

 

Is best of the best hotels and lodges that the country has to offer, and we will get you up close to the wildlife. 

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES!

 

Get close up and personal with the world-famous lemurs during a rainforest hike

Drive along the famous national road 7, leading to the south of Madagascar
Meet with local villagers and learn about their lifestyle and existence
Enjoy a cultural show by folk dancers and musicians in Ambositra
Drive to the forest of baobab trees and medicinal plants
Visit the Vezo village of Ifaty. These semi-nomadic people live along the southern coast of Madagascar existing off sea fishing while having their own unique way of life

Tanzania

 “Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai 'Ngaje Ngai', the House of God. Close to the western summit there is a dried and frozen carcas of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.” Ernest Hemingway "The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories"

  • Climb Africa's highest peak from the remote Kenyan side of Kilimanjaro

  • See rare equatorial glaciers 

  • Feel the beautiful and friendly African culture 

  • View one of the greatest animal kingdoms from 6km a.s.l 

  • Encounter elephants, giraffe, lions, monkeys and more

Standing astride the equator, yet permanently snow-capped at 5895m (19340ft), Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's roof top and the world's highest free standing mountain. Surrounded by some of the world's greatest game reserves, Kilimanjaro towers above these hot, fertile plains like a massive sentinel, beckoning adventurers to climb her. Ernest Hemingway believed that the massif was as "wide as the world itself", and from Moshi or Arusha one cannot fault the great writters impression.

Many travelers are attracted to her highest point - Uhuru Peak on Kibo - which can be reached by several easy walking or scrambling tracks. The two main summits of Kilimanjaro: craggy Mawenzi, 5149m, and 'flat-topped', Kibo, 5896m are separated by The Saddle, a 5km wide, high-altitude, semi-desert. Kilimanjaro possesses a whole range of environments including the summit glaciers, scree, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland then forests which lead down to cultivated foothills.

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