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African Avenues March 2016 newsletter - enjoy the read!
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Zac has arrived!


It has been far too long since our last newsletter.  Life has been very busy over the past year! We are proud to introduce African Avenue’s newest and youngest member… Zac Thomas Prangley. He was born on 13th of August 2015 and has brought so much joy to the Prangley household. Rich and I have been loving the experience of being “Mum & Dad” of two while continuing to produce incredible holidays for our very dear friends… and their friends. Word of mouth is what keeps African Avenue alive and we so appreciate all your recommendations. Thank you.
 

My sister in law, Gretchen Wilson-Prangley is an inspiration to me. She is bringing to life, the first ‘children’s museum’ in South Africa.  An incredible undertaking with such a clear vision.

What is a children’s museum? Children’s museums are major public institutions that offer young children powerful learning enrichment outside the formal classrooms of schools and crèches. They are warm, inviting places where every exhibit is designed to be fully interactive, offering hands-on experiences in arts, ecology, engineering, geography, health, literacy, maths, science and technology. More than 31 million people around the world visit children’s museums every year.Please visit and support!

http://playafrica.org.za/


TANDA TULA


This is one of our favourite camps. The camp is set in the private Timbivati game reserve that is home to the big 5 and shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. In my words, to sum up the Tanda Tula experience: warm, welcoming, down to earth, authentic, amazing game viewing and top notch staff. You cant go wrong with booking 3 or 4 days at this lovely tented camp.

http://www.tandatula.com/


SOSSISVLEI NAMIBIA


Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. It is one of the top 5 places to visit in Namibia because of its dramatic landscapes.

When visiting this area we recommend Sossusvlei Desert Lodge for a few nights. The lodge is surrounded by the mountains and sand dunes of the Namib Desert. Sheer silence, total tranquility and romantic luxury. From stargazing to intimate picnics in the desert, this is an extraordinary desert wilderness.  Rich & I loved getting up early to enjoy the cool morning air and climbing one of these ancient sand dunes. A photographers paradise!


http://www.andbeyond.com/sossusvlei-desert-lodge/

 
VIDEO ON TRAVEL IN SA - worth a click

MOZAMBIQUE BEACHES

 
Dreaming of a deserted beach and a sunset? Visit the exclusive Azura Benguerra Island resort. It is the first eco-friendly resort in Mozambique, was hand-built by the local community and is operated in partnership with it. With just 17 villas, each with a personal infinity swimming pool, thatched roof and spectacular beachside location, Azura offers an enchanting seaside escape.
 
We love Azura because it has as much, or as little, to do as you like. If you are like me you can spend your days being pampered by the pool, or simply lying on beach soaking up the sun. If you are more like Rich you can fill your days with diving, snorkeling and fishing.

http://www.azura-retreats.com/

 

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Midlands Meander

When visiting South Africa, most of our travellers head directly from Cape Town to their Safari destination. For those who want to see a little more of what South Africa has to offer, we suggest a few days on the Midlands Meander to see another side of this lovely country.

The Midlands Meander is set in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal. It is a collection of arranged routes that offer visitors hospitality in truly beautiful surroundings, outstanding accommodation, local events, fabulous cuisine, revitalising outdoor activities, historic landmarks and wildlife conservation. It’s an easy one-hour drive from Durban and four and a half hours from Johannesburg.


VIEW A MAP HERE

 

TERROIR RESTAURANT

 
This is, in our opinion, one of the best restaurants in the Cape Winelands. Terroir opened its doors in October 2004, and has since become one of the most sought-after gourmet destinations, placing Stellenbosch prominently on the culinary map. The restaurant is located on Kleine Zalze, a family owned wine farm that produces wine loved by South Africans and Internationals alike.

http://www.kleinezalze.co.za/