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Grand Coulee man killed by train

EPHRATA – An 81-year-old Grand Coulee man died when his vehicle
was struck at an Ephrata crossing by a westbound freight train.

William Hertenstein was reportedly driving a 2007 Jeep Cherokee
that stopped on the tracks at Third Avenue Southwest and Division
Avenue Tuesday morning at about 9 a.m.

The train struck the vehicle, which bounced off of a railroad
signal housing and ended on the side of the tracks, according to
the Washington State Patrol.

Officials were investigating how the vehicle stopped on the
tracks at a crossing with operable gates, flashers and bells,
according to Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus
Melonas.

No members of the train crew were injured, while there was some
damage to the lead locomotive. Melonas said crews spent Tuesday
afternoon inspecting cargo for damage.

Approximately 20 trains a day travel the rail line. It is the
main route between Spokane and the Puget Sound region. The
collision reportedly delayed five other trains on the BNSF
line.

The train involved in the collision was headed from St. Paul,
Minn. to Tacoma and was not transporting any hazardous materials,
Melonas said.

He did not know how fast the train was travelling at the time of
impact, although freight trains in the Ephrata corridor are
generally allowed to travel up to 60 mph, according to Kathy
Hunter, deputy assistant director of transportation safety for the
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC).

The WUTC is the agency with authority to set speed limits on
most railroad tracks throughout the state, except where unique
local safety conditions exist.

Hunter clarified there may be an order in place for lower speeds
within the Ephrata city limits and she did not know the speed of
the train that collided with Hertenstein’s vehicle.


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Best Western Facebook Fans Can "Be a Travel Hero" & Win a Vacation of a …

PHOENIX, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire around COMTEX/ –
Best Western International is reversing a guilty feelings of being divided from friends and family while roving on business by rewarding travelers this open with a new “Be a Travel Hero” Promotion on a Facebook page. The contest, that runs in tandem with Best Western’s® “Stay Three, Stay Free” Spring Promotion from Feb 6 to Apr 8, 2012, allows Best Western Rewards (BWR)® members to build a vacation for their family and friends as a prerogative for their calm and support of their ‘heroes’ ‘ business travel. Once they devise a practical trip, participants can entice their friends and family to join in for a possibility to win a dream vacation and other good prizes that they have warranted from all their nights on a highway as “travel heroes.”

To attend in a Best Western “Be a Travel Hero” promotion:

Best Western Facebook Fans will need to pointer in or enroll as BWR members.

They will afterwards select a dream end of their choice and entice adult to 15 of their Facebook friends to probably join a trip.

If one of their Facebook friends accepts an invite, a referring member will be awarded with an additional entrance to win.

Prizes embody a grand esteem dream vacation that includes 150,000 Best Western Rewards points that are good for hotels, atmosphere travel, automobile rentals and more; 5 nights during any Best Western hotel; and one $5,000 MasterCard® Gift Card. Other weekly prizes embody Best Western Travel Cards adult to $500 in value, MasterCard Gift Cards adult to $500 in value, Avis® let automobile vouchers and present cards, AAA/CAA memberships, gas cards and many more.

“Best Western understands a needs of business travelers and we know that time divided from friends and family can be challenging,” pronounced Dorothy Dowling, comparison clamp boss of selling and sales. “We wish to remind everybody that highway warriors are heroes to a people behind home, and this graduation is a approach to bond a dots between creation a vital and vital it adult with those we love.”

BWR members who emanate a outing with a “Be a Travel Hero” graduation will be automatically purebred for Best Western’s “Stay Three, Stay Free” Spring Promotion for a possibility to acquire a giveaway room night and accelerate their favourite status. The Spring Promotion will prerogative members who stay 3 apart times between Feb 6 and Apr 8, 2012 with a giveaway night voucher, good during any BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® or BEST WESTERN PREMIER® in a universe until Jun 30, 2012. Register for a graduation and perspective Terms and Conditions at
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Scottsdale man finds niche as Africa safari guide

Childhood dreams to travel to Africa on a safari often remain just that — dreams. But Scottsdale native Mathew “Mat” Dry refused to give up on his childhood aspiration.

That is why he spent the past four years working as a safari guide on an African reserve.

Dry, 40, has returned to Scottsdale to launch his own safari guide agency, TIA (This is Africa) Safaris, and promote his book, “This is Africa — True Tales of a Safari Guide.”

“When I was on the reserve I would write e-mails about my experiences,” Dry recalled. “I went back (to the e-mails) and I said, ‘You know what? I could get a book out of these.’ “

“This is Africa” is a collection of Dry’s favorite stories from his trips. The book is scheduled to be released on Amazon.com in late February.

Dry plans to launch his own business for leading guided tour trips around Africa.

Overall, he hopes to not only increase tourism from the U.S. to Africa, but to educate Americans on African wildlife preservation.

“I love Africa and I want everybody to love Africa,” he said. “It’s going through some tough times, environmentally, so I see half my job as educating people so that it can survive.”

That is why Dry has chosen to give 33 percent of his book’s proceeds to the African Wildlife Fund.

He also has volunteered to speak in local schools and give “virtual safaris” to students to teach them about different species and the importance of wildlife conservation.

As a child, Dry loved animals and wanted to become a zoologist, until he found tennis, which earned him a college scholarship. He traveled and played tennis until he was 30 and had to quit due to injuries. After that, Dry attempted to make screenwriting, another lifelong hobby, into a career.

“I gave myself five years to make it and if I didn’t make it I’d find something else to do,” Dry said. “When I was 35 and hadn’t made it as a screenwriter, I went on a trip to Africa.”

Dry spent two months on his initial trip to South Africa. He loved it so much that when he learned he could go to school and train to become a safari guide, he decided to become one, another lifelong dream of his.

Dry returned to Scottsdale, sold his home, donated most of his possessions and returned to South Africa.

“I thought he was crazy,” said Sandy Gerber, Dry’s longtime friend. “But he was doing something he loves and he’s probably one of the happiest people I know.”

Dry found the Ulovane reserve near Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The reserve offered a yearlong program in which students could earn their qualifications to guide safari trips.

After completing his training, Dry worked as an overland trip guide at the Amakhala Game Reserve.

Dry guided dozens of trips over the next four years. He said he led groups of tourists from all over the world and of all ages on trips throughout the entire continent.

One special guest on a trip was Dry’s father, Ken Dry, who was 66 at the time of his first of two trips to Africa.

“I was usually twice as old as most of the people on the tours,” said Ken, now 68.

Ken said his trips to Africa were incredible experiences with his son as his guide. He slept in a tent for two weeks, whitewater rafted on the Nile River and met several friendly locals.

He was also impressed with his son’s skills as a guide.

“He seemed to be one of the most knowledgeable guides,” Ken said. “Whenever the other tour guides couldn’t answer a question they came to Mat for help. It made me proud as a father.”

Ken said he knows his son’s business will take a lot of work, but the younger Dry has the potential to do great things with it.

“I always told him and his brother, ‘The most important thing is to be able to look in the mirror every morning and like what you see,’ ” he said.

To learn more

For more information about Mat Dry and his trip opportunities, visit tiasafaris.com.


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YouTube adds cars and transport to the channel line-up

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YouTube has launched dual new engine channels to supplement to a ever augmenting operation of strange content.

The Motor Trend channel is described as a “never-ending automobile expo” and will promote programming from brands such as Hot Rod, Motorcyclist, Lowrider and FourWheeler.

A blog post announcing a new channels pronounced Motor Trend will listen to viewers feedback and tailor a calm accordingly.

The second new channel, Drive, looks behind a scenes during a enlightenment of cars from “the highway to races to factories to studios.”

Youtube has also launched a new transport channel called Vacationer, sponsored by Alamo Rent-A-Car, that will embody calm from National Geographic, LonelyPlanet and a TravelChannel.

The proclamation of these new channels shows that YouTube is already creation good swell in a $100m expostulate to attract strange calm from obvious party brands.

In Dec it redesigned a homepage to concede users to emanate their possess choice of channels, touting a pierce as a approach of bringing a broader operation of party to users and yield advertisers with a new approach to rivet with a tellurian audience.

Since afterwards YouTube has combined channels from a Wall Street Journal, a WWE and Reuters.

CEO Salar Kamangar has also suggested that a video pity website could deliver a subscription service for some of a reward content.

It is partial of a devise to change people’s notice of YouTube from a place where we go to watch a three-minute viral shave to a end for a longer ‘lean-back’ observation experience.

MSN has also relaunched a homepage to move calm to viewers in 5 opposite channels focusing on news, sport, entertainment, lifestyle and cars.

Executive writer Peter Clifton told us that a importance on strange calm is a absolute apparatus for his ad sales group as allows sponsors to associate themselves with calm that is singular to MSN.

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Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution: Stretch Your Travel Dollars With Budget’s 2012 Rental Fleet

U.S. Vehicle Roster Features the Redesigned Hyundai Accent and Ford Focus, and the New Fiat 500


PARSIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — If you made a New Year’s resolution to save money, Budget Car Rental wants to help you achieve your goal. Budget’s 2012 fleet can help travelers maximize their travel dollars without ever compromising on quality or service. From the fuel-efficient and redesigned Hyundai Accent and Ford Focus, to specialty vehicles such as the Fiat 500 and Jeep Wrangler, Budget has vehicles to meet the unique needs of its customers at the airport and in their neighborhood.

“At Budget, we offer the latest makes and models to meet virtually any vehicle rental need, at affordable prices,” said Tom Gartland, president, North America, Avis Budget Group, parent company of Budget. “These new vehicles, coupled with Budget’s convenient locations and outstanding service, are sure to provide the budget-minded traveler with the most ‘bang for their buck.’”

Now available at Budget locations nationwide, model-year 2012 vehicles offer travelers a number of ways to save at the gas pump. Half of the vehicles in the 2012 lineup are rated 28 miles per gallon (mpg) or better (highway) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These include the redesigned Hyundai Accent,which boasts a fuel efficiency rating of 40 mpg, the Ford Focus sedan and hatchback, with a fuel efficiency rating of 38 mpg, and the fun and fuel-efficient (39 mpg) Ford Fiesta,also available in sedan and hatchback.

The 2012 Fiat 500 joins Budget’s fleet. This Italian car, measuring 11.63 feet long, 4.98 feet tall and 5.34 feet wide, is often called “cute” and “compact” and is available for rent at select Budget locations.

New to Budget’s premium car class is the Lincoln MKZ. Travelers will appreciate the 263-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, seating for five people, Lincoln premium sound system and Lincoln SYNC®. Lincoln SYNC allows renters to connect their Bluetooth®-enabled phone for hands-free usage, plug in their compatible MP3 player or USB drive for music and entertainment, and more.

Budget’s 2012 rental fleet also features other specialty vehicles, including the Ford Mustang Convertible, the Ford F-150 SuperCrew pickup truck, the Ford Econoline E-350 12-passenger van and the Jeep Wrangler. Vehicle availability will vary by location. For more information, customers should visit www.budget.com.

Those looking to save money in 2012 should also consider Budget’s Pay Now rates, available at budget.com. Customers can lock in a discounted rate by choosing to pay for their rental in advance, as opposed to paying at the rental counter. Travelers can also subscribe to “Hot Deals,” Budget’s monthly e-newsletter, and receive money-saving offers via email available only to subscribers.

Travelers looking to save time when renting can enjoy the benefits of membership in Fastbreak®, Budget’s express rental service. Customers simply sign a Master Rental Agreement which stores all their rental preferences, from vehicle type and ancillary products to optional coverages and payment method. Then, customers can expedite the reservation process on budget.com, and can go straight to their waiting car when picking up the rental vehicle, saving valuable time.

For more information or to make a reservation, customers should visit www.budget.com.

About Budget

Budget Rent A Car System, Inc. is one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 2,700 locations in more than 120 countries. Budget is an industry leader in providing vehicle rental services to value-conscious travelers and also operates the second-largest truck rental business in the United States, through a network of approximately 2,300 corporate owned, dealer and franchised locations. Budget is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For further information, visit www.budget.com.

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Australian Road Trips iPhone and iPad app

A new Apple iPhone and iPad app has been released, surveying 25 long-distance highway outing suggestions and many weekend getaway ideas for transport in Australia. Developed by transport publisher Lee Atkinson, a app is accessible now for $4.49.

If you’re in a mood to try Australia though not unequivocally certain where to start, a Australian Road Trips focus could be a good help. You can name a form of tour we wish to take, name your end and it will lead we a way.

During your tour a app is means to calculate distances to your destination, no matter how distant along a outing we have come. There’s also thousands of images that we can crop before streamer off to safeguard we of a experience.

Some of long, obvious trips embody travelling opposite a Nullarbor, from Adelaide to Darwin, and a Savannah Way from Cairns to Broome, as good as copiousness of Australia’s some-more iconic routes such as a Mereenie Loop Road from Alice Springs to Uluru, and a Great Ocean Road along a south seashore of Victoria.

“Using a classification filters we can emanate a family-friendly highway trip, a epicurean highway trip, arty, 4WD, outback, coastal… whatever we wish really. Or, it will only tell we a best foodie finds or good walking trails nearby you, if that’s all we wish to know,” Atkinson said.

The focus is now accessible by iTunes.



 


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Safari at a home away from home

Chapattis on the dinner table, Bollywood for entertainment and a national holiday on Diwali — for Indians, Kenya might be a home away from home, with wildlife safaris, beach and water sports and a peek into some of the world’s oldest tribal cultures thrown in for added excitement.

On her first visit to Calcutta, Jennifer Opondo (in picture left), the director of marketing, Kenya Tourist Board, spoke to Metro of the growing number of tourists from India, and why Calcuttans need to visit what, for them, has remained a mostly unexplored territory.

Opondo, along with a delegation of hoteliers, tour operators and members of the Kenya Wildlife Service, is on a three-city tour of India.

Ranked fifth amongst the largest tourism-generating markets for Kenya, India is the country’s primary market in Asia. “Unfortunately, we don’t receive too many tourists from Calcutta or eastern India yet,” said Opondo.

A lion in the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya

“Kenya is a unique tourist destination. We have 64 game parks and reserves. We have also beautiful white sand beaches, mountains and 40 ethnic communities in the country,” Opondo said. In Kenya, one doesn’t just go on a wildlife safari. You also have options for beach safari, adventure safari, cultural safari, eco safari, sports safari, birding safari and even golf safari. “In Swahili, safari means ‘to journey’,” Opondo said.

The cities are cosmopolitan, with a large Indian population. “Samosas, dals and chapattis are commonly available. Indian movies release on the same day in Nairobi as they do in India. English is spoken by everybody. Many also speak Indian languages like Hindi and Gujarati. Diwali is a national holiday,” she said.

Opondo suggested a minimum of six nights in the country to take a peek into Kenya’s diversity. “At present, only 3 to 4 per cent of Calcuttans travelling abroad go to Kenya. We are proposing familiarising tours to Kenya, so that we can see for ourselves and educate travellers,” said Anil Punjabi, chairman, eastern region, Travel Agents Federation of India.


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Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution: Stretch Your Travel Dollars With Budget’s 2012 Rental Fleet

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — If you made a New Year’s resolution to save money, Budget Car Rental wants to help you achieve your goal. Budget’s 2012 fleet can help travelers maximize their travel dollars without ever compromising on quality or service. From the fuel-efficient and redesigned Hyundai Accent and Ford Focus, to specialty vehicles such as the Fiat 500 and Jeep Wrangler, Budget has vehicles to meet the unique needs of its customers at the airport and in their neighborhood.

“At Budget, we offer the latest makes and models to meet virtually any vehicle rental need, at affordable prices,” said Tom Gartland, president, North America, Avis Budget Group, parent company of Budget. “These new vehicles, coupled with Budget’s convenient locations and outstanding service, are sure to provide the budget-minded traveler with the most ‘bang for their buck.’”

Now available at Budget locations nationwide, model-year 2012 vehicles offer travelers a number of ways to save at the gas pump. Half of the vehicles in the 2012 lineup are rated 28 miles per gallon (mpg) or better (highway) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These include the redesigned Hyundai Accent,which boasts a fuel efficiency rating of 40 mpg, the Ford Focus sedan and hatchback, with a fuel efficiency rating of 38 mpg, and the fun and fuel-efficient (39 mpg) Ford Fiesta,also available in sedan and hatchback.

The 2012 Fiat 500 joins Budget’s fleet. This Italian car, measuring 11.63 feet long, 4.98 feet tall and 5.34 feet wide, is often called “cute” and “compact” and is available for rent at select Budget locations.

New to Budget’s premium car class is the Lincoln MKZ. Travelers will appreciate the 263-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, seating for five people, Lincoln premium sound system and Lincoln SYNC®. Lincoln SYNC allows renters to connect their Bluetooth®-enabled phone for hands-free usage, plug in their compatible MP3 player or USB drive for music and entertainment, and more.

Budget’s 2012 rental fleet also features other specialty vehicles, including the Ford Mustang Convertible, the Ford F-150 SuperCrew pickup truck, the Ford Econoline E-350 12-passenger van and the Jeep Wrangler. Vehicle availability will vary by location. For more information, customers should visit www.budget.com.

Those looking to save money in 2012 should also consider Budget’s Pay Now rates, available at budget.com. Customers can lock in a discounted rate by choosing to pay for their rental in advance, as opposed to paying at the rental counter. Travelers can also subscribe to “Hot Deals,” Budget’s monthly e-newsletter, and receive money-saving offers via email available only to subscribers.

Travelers looking to save time when renting can enjoy the benefits of membership in Fastbreak®, Budget’s express rental service. Customers simply sign a Master Rental Agreement which stores all their rental preferences, from vehicle type and ancillary products to optional coverages and payment method. Then, customers can expedite the reservation process on budget.com, and can go straight to their waiting car when picking up the rental vehicle, saving valuable time.

For more information or to make a reservation, customers should visit www.budget.com.

About Budget

Budget Rent A Car System, Inc. is one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 2,700 locations in more than 120 countries. Budget is an industry leader in providing vehicle rental services to value-conscious travelers and also operates the second-largest truck rental business in the United States, through a network of approximately 2,300 corporate owned, dealer and franchised locations. Budget is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For further information, visit www.budget.com.

The Budget Rent A Car logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=11594

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Big and small 'five' on a Botswana safari

When I found out I was heading on an African safari holiday, I’d expected to see huge, open plains and luscious greenery enclosing picturesque waterholes.

But, at first, the landscape I’m actually faced with is more like a scene from an apocalyptic film. It looks like something has bulldozed its way through the trees, leaving a trail of crushed trunks and twisted branches.

Well, something has bulldozed through …

“Elephants,” explains our safari guide, Gareth, as we trundle along in our open-topped Land-Cruiser.

I am in Botswana, home to the largest remaining elephant population in the world.

Our tour has started in Moremi region of the Okavango Delta, in northern Botswana.

A little further on, we suddenly grind to a halt. A painfully sharp cry comes from a tiny bird perched on the tree to our left.

“It’s panic-calling,” says Gareth, scanning the area with binoculars. “There must be a predator nearby.”

And sure enough, moments later, a female leopard skulks slowly across the path, 100 metres in front of us.

Solitary creatures, and excellent at camouflage, leopards are notoriously difficult to spot in the wild, which makes our close encounter feel even more spectacular.

It’s difficult to believe that just hours ago, I was stepping off of a plane. I truly have landed in a different world.

Another few minutes on, Gareth points to the ground, instructing us all to look.

I instantly spot the trail of humungous elephant prints. But, there’s a second set of paw-prints, following in the same direction, belonging to something smaller.

“Lion prints,” Gareth says, echoed by the audible gasp of a jeep-full of excited tourists.

He tells us the prints are fresh. We drive slowly in their direction, and soon, we catch up with him.

Merely leaping distance away, the lion stares right at me, following my nervous gaze. It seems all he’d have to do is rise to his feet, open wide, and I’d be lunch!

Thankfully, he wasn’t hungry – but we humans were, and began our drive to camp.

I’d imagined a site surrounded by protective gates and fences, perhaps an armed guard or two.

Instead, we arrive to find four tents, a campfire and a small marquee. No gate, no fence – but the four staff greet us with huge, welcoming smiles.

Under the marquee, an invitingly-laid table, lit with candles, awaits.

We enjoy a three-course meal, consisting mainly of locally sourced ingredients, all cooked on a makeshift iron stove.

Our tents each contain a mattress on a raised bedstead, a bedside table and an en-suite with a toilet and a bag shower (yes, that’s a shower in a bag, filled up with water every morning by staff, and attached to the ceiling).

The nearest settlement is a 40-minute-drive away and, though the region is scattered with private campsites, surrounded by total darkness, we are well and truly out in the wilderness.

It feels suitably adventurous yet also surprisingly safe. However, I don’t need to be told twice not to leave my tent during the night.

I sleep lightly – every bird cry suddenly sounds like a panic-call and at one point, I hear loud rustling.

Somehow, I eventually manage to drift off and wake at the crack of dawn to the enticing aromas of freshly baked cakes and bread.

As we tuck into breakfast, Gareth informs us that last night’s rustling was, in fact, a hippo …

I can’t believe it. I feel like I’m on the set of The Lion King movie – not on a Saga holiday!

Today, we have a 5am start. Setting off early gives us the best chance of spotting game. We see plenty of animals, but thankfully, don’t spot a single other Land-Cruiser all morning.

That is one of the joys of Botswana.

Unlike some of the other African safari destinations, Botswana has been careful to keep its national parks open only to low impact tourism, so you don’t see mass convoys of cars. This makes the whole experience feel more authentic.

At the heat of the day – the point at which the sun is hottest, as morning gives way to afternoon – there’s a three-hour siesta-type period.

The animals head for water and rest. We do the same and stop for lunch.

Later, we head east towards the Savuti region. On the way, we spot a pack of lions hiding beneath a bush.

A cuddly-looking cub nestles into its mum’s neck, and they gleefully play, while I look on in disbelief that we’re so close.

However, it soon became clear that this safari holiday wasn’t all about the big predators. Our guide shows as much enthusiasm for insects as he does for big cats, and Botswana is also famed for its vast birdlife – showcased beautifully near our camp on the Savuti marsh.

We witness a feeding frenzy of thousands, made up of 150 different species of birds, all feeding from one pool.

Our guide points out eagles, lilac-breasted rollers, red-billed hornbills, and black egrets, to name just a few.

Later, we stumble across a huge flock of pelicans, all wobbling their beaks simultaneously, to cool themselves down. I can’t help but chuckle; it’s such an amusing sight.

A little later, I have to pinch myself as we stop for a cup of tea and biscuit, and as I sip from my mug, an Ostrich grazes on the marsh ahead, while two elephants chomp away behind.

Then we watch a male leopard leap elegantly out of a tree and prowl straight past us. It’s completely surreal.

This region is a lot busier than Moremi. The Savuti attracts more tourists as the landscape is prettier and the wildlife more concentrated.

Driving across the centre of the marsh, herds of wildebeest, elephant, buffalo, impala and zebra can be seen in one sweep of the binoculars.

After a lucky sighting of rare wild dogs and giraffes, we hop on a boat to neighbouring Namibia.

The Savanna Lodge on the Chobe River, consisting of twelve thatched chalets, is our final stop. After camping, this is pure luxury.

My room is large and comfortable with a balcony overlooking the river.

There’s a small restaurant, lounge area and bar, with incredible panoramic views of the vast floodplains of Chobe National Park.

We explore Chobe by boat. A family of elephants swims by as the sun sets in the background.

It’s the perfect end to an incredible holiday. It may have been an adventurous trip, but it wasn’t particularly active. We only left the car once for a short walk up a rock face to see some ancient drawings, and the drives between camps were long.

But, they were well worth it. And as I sip my gin and tonic watching the sunset, I can’t think of anywhere in the world I’d rather be.

KEY FACTS – BOTSWANA SAFARI

BEST FOR: Couples or friends who have been on safari before.

TIME TO GO: May-October.

DON’T MISS: The “small five” insect species as well as the big five.

NEED TO KNOW: Not all guides are experts, so find a highly qualified one.

DON’T FORGET: Neutral-coloured long sleeves and trousers for early morning drives.


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