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Rich and I visited the US in August. What a fantastic trip! While playing, we did a little work in the Big Apple. We got the chance to chat to APTA (Association for the Promotion of Travel in Africa). Through our sister company Going Africa, APTA has been supporting community projects back in SA. More about these projects on our website http://www.africanavenue.co.za 
APTA and Going Africa have formed great partnerships over the last few years, and we hope for it to continue in the future. After all, who wouldn’t want to invest in the growth of our country and its children?
 
Hawaii was the last stop on our travels. Yes… sun, sea and volcanoes. It was great to see so many familiar faces of those we had met a year earlier in SA. A special thanks for all their warm hospitality. It was wonderful to see you all and hand over the ‘vuvuzelas’ for safe keeping. 


Kruger Walking Safaris – 3 nights



The Kruger National Park is one of the last great conservation areas in Africa. Kruger is the size of Belgium... a vast area. And you can still stand on a hill and see only wilderness stretching to the horizon in all directions.
Rich and I, with family and friends, have just experienced the Napi Wilderness Trail in the Kruger... and it was mind blowing. The wilderness trails are set in remote regions of the park and this ensures that your small group of adventurers does not see another living soul in the two-day walk.

Your group of only 8 hikers is lead by two experienced guides who know the area well.

While on the trail we stayed in a small rustic tented camp out in the middle of the bush. It’s basic but you have hot water, en-suite bathrooms, good wholesome meals, and a bed with a roof over your head at night. Each of the tents overlooks the Biyamiti River from where you can spot game coming down to drink.

There is nothing like sitting around a fire in the evening and hearing only the sounds of the African night. Perhaps a lion might roar in the distance, an owl hoot from nearby, the call of a hyena… and with the southern stars shining down on you.

It’s a special place and one that very few ever get to see. It will be our pleasure to bring you here to experience this timeless landscape.
Have a look at a site Rich put together for more info (work in progress)
http://www.krugerwalkingsafaris.yolasite.com

Kids on Safari –
Luangwa Safari House

 
This amazing house is situated in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia – bordering the famous Luangwa National Park. It is perfectly designed for groups of up to 8 guests and is the ideal safari for those folks who want to bring their kids along. http://www.robinpopesafaris.net/luangwa-safari-house/
The Luangwa House welcomes children and individually tailor-makes safari activities for each family. The house is an ideal place to stay as the privacy it affords means your family can be totally relaxed and feel at home.
  • Open from mid-March to early-January
  • Children have to be over the age of 7 for safety reasons
  • It’s a private house that comes with its own private chef and host
  • There are 4 large en-suite bedrooms and huge dining and sitting areas
  • Activities and meals will be designed to suit your specific requirements
  • You have your own private vehicle and guide which allows you flexibility
  • It has a pool for those warmer African months
  • A child minder can be arranged if need be during the day or evening



Kid’s activities include:

  • Nature walks to collect pods, seeds and feathers
  • Visits to the camp kitchen, helping the chefs make cakes and biscuits
  • Paper- and greeting-card making
  • Painting and drawing
  • Face painting
  • Swimming games and races
  • Visits to Kawaza Village and School, as well as Chimpembele Wildlife Education Centre 
  • And not to forget game drives in a Big 5 area

CONTACT US:

Tel: +27 (0)13 751 2148
Fax: +27 (0)86 520 9872
Cell: +27 (0)83 285 0505
Website: http://www.africanavenue.co.za

EMAIL US
Three Tree Hill Lodge

 

This gorgeous home-away-from-home is run by Simon and Cheryl Blackburn. Three Tree Hill Lodge is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensburg Mountains overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve. Spectacular scenery, locally-grown food and superb hosts makes for the ideal environment in which to unwind.
 
Both Simon and Cheryl are experienced safari and mountain guides, African-born, with the bush in their blood. They have spent much of their time together exploring remote parts of Africa and connecting with local communities.

This is such a gem discovered by good friends of ours from the States. They had amazing things to say about their stay at the lodge and give it the thumbs up for anyone travelling down to the battlefields in KwaZulu-Natal.

 
Check their website out http://www.threetreehill.co.za 
 
Overture Restaurant – Franschhoek personified

 

Overture is set on the Hidden Valley wine farm with views of Table Mountain, Stellenbosch Valley and Robben Island. A stunning location for anyone in need of a lazy lunch accompanied with incredible food and fine wines. Overture is said to be an overnight gastronomic destination. Chef Bertus Basson continues to meet high expectations with his sophisticated spin on contemporary winelands cuisine. Rich and I personally love the wine-pairing courses, where each item on the menu is paired with a local wine – perfect. If you want to indulge...  spend an afternoon or evening here! 



Yoga in the Bush – October 2011



Yes it’s that time of year where we start sending out invites to our dear clients and their friends to join Lynette Chase from Gypsy Yoga Studios – on her yoga safari trip.
With our interest in the safari and Lynette’s interest in yoga, we have put together another unforgettable trip, this time focusing on the incredible Nkomazi Lodge.Known as the ‘place of water’ the Nkomazi Game Reserve represents the true symbol of Africa – the real Africa with its vivid scenic beauty, dramatic landscapes, thunderstorms, rolling savannah, bushveld, wildlife, relaxed atmosphere and its fascinating cultural history. The tented lodge is surrounded by towering ancient mountains, broad river valleys and impressive grasslands. Check out their website for more details http://www.nkomazireserve.com

This 7-day retreat will consist of yoga sessions, relaxation, spa pampering, quiet and spiritual exploration. Please take a look at the itinerary and contact either Lynette or myself, if you are interested in joining this trip. http://www.gypsyyogastudio.com 

African Avenueare offering post-trips that can be added onto the yoga safari – be it to the unforgettable city of Cape Town or more safaris in the famous Sabi Sands area. Vic Falls is also close by with a possible three-day addition to your trip there. EMAIL me for more info.


Kilimanjaro –
we are climbing it!

 
We have a group of 8 going up in February. Too exciting for words! We know it is going to be incredibly challenging, but with a little preparation and a strong mind… we will set off and conquer. We have climbers flying in from all over the world! Jane from the States; Peter and Bayardo from Hawaii; we have Elizabeth, Daniel and Sigrid from Switzerland; and then Ethne and me from South Africa. Go team go! We still have place for 4 more – so if anyone wants to join at the last minute, you are more than welcome! 


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