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June 2014 Newsletter
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ROSIE 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… Rosie Kate Prangley. She was born on 23 April 2013 and has been the light of our lives ever since. Rich and I have been loving the experience of being “Mum & Dad” 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.
CONTACT US!

We would love to hear from you, whether sending us feedback on your last trip or to plan your next trip.
Susie: +27 (0) 83 285 0505              susie@africanavenue.co.za
Rich:   +27 (0) 76 085 7443              rich@africanavenue.co.za
BIRKENHEAD HOUSE
Excellence personified; luxurious, warm and truly unforgettable; Birkenhead is one of our favourite hotels to visit on the Whale Route.
Birkenhead House has 11 beautifully furnished suites that offer vistas of either Walker Bay or the towering Kleinrivier mountain range.
 
From its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale-watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House offers the perfect seaside experience. The hotel’s contemporary feel is an artful mix of classic beach-house style and quirky opulence, with furnishings and artwork that are arresting and eclectic.
 
While Birkenhead House is Hermanus's luxury accommodation at its best, the hotel is characterised by a relaxed and easygoing atmosphere where you can breakfast at noon, take tea on your balcony, then watch the ocean at dusk over a cocktail or two. Dinners are leisurely, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the pace is laidback.
BIRKENHEAD HOUSE WEBSITE
LAMAI SERENGETI – NOMAD CAMP
Lamai Serengeti occupies arguably the most dramatic site in the Northern Serengeti.
 
A few years ago the Tanzanian government chose a handful of responsible companies to build small permanent lodges in the remote far northern sector of the Serengeti National Park.  Nomad Tanzania was offered the prime site.
 
Lamai Serengeti now sits tucked among the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, just a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River.  For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you'll find the migration.
  
The rooms have been designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location, its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are split between two separate lodges, the Main Lodge of 8 rooms and a smaller Private Lodge of 4 rooms.
If you are visiting the migration, this is the place to be.
LAMAI SERENGETI WEBSITE
THE TEST KITCHEN – CAPE TOWN – FOODIE MUST
The Test Kitchen is one of South Africa’s top culinary destinations. If you are visiting the Cape, make sure you book ahead, as it is a very popular restaurant!
 
Luke Dale-Roberts opened The Test Kitchen in 2010. British-born Luke trained in Switzerland and England before heading to Asia for a five-year stint, launching several restaurants in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the Philippines. Since coming to Cape Town in 2006, Luke has consistently proven his world-class standing with a string of awards and accolades – the restaurant was awarded top restaurant in South Africa for last two years.
 
Heston Blumenthal, chef and owner of The Fat Duck says: “Luke is a truly fantastic chef, he has this ability of putting seemingly incongruent ingredients together in such a way that they work amazingly well – which is something close to my heart.”
 
Luke opened his own restaurant because he craved complete freedom for his creativity and talent. He has succeeded in achieving fantastic recognition of that in under three years at The Test Kitchen.
THE TEST KITCHEN WEBSITE
 
WHAT OUR VISITORS HAVE TO SAY
For those who have not seen this video its worth a watch. 

RECONSIDER SOUTH AFRICA

We couldn't agree more and can't wait to show our continents beauty to our growing family of friends from around the world. 
 
SOMETHING FOR THE TWITCHERS

Sonto Temba is one of the reasons why an African safari is so special and unique. It is because of dedicated and passionate guides that we are able to get so close to nature. Guides like Sonto are an integral part of any safari and we always seek out these unique experiences for our guests. Birds may not be high on your list, but it's the dedication and talent of Sonto that reflects what I find so fascinating about the art of guiding in the African bush.
YOU TUBE VID OF SONTO
OKAVANGO DELTA GETS ITS OVERDUE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE STATUS

It's great to see that African conservation is not all about doom and gloom. Amidst horrific reports of increasing elephant and rhino poaching, imminent mining on the fringes of national parks, and highways slicing up ancient migratory routes, it's refreshing to receive some good news.
Last week Botswana's Okavango Delta was inscribed as the 1 000th natural world heritage site. This comes after nearly a decade of work by conservationists, such as Dr Steve Boyes, who have made it their mission to protect one of the world's last untouched wilderness areas. Have a look at the link for more information, and although there is still work to be done to conserve the upper catchment regions of the Delta, this announcement is certainly a step in the right direction.
ARTICLE ON THE DELTAS NEW STATUS
KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE

We visited Kambaku Safari Lodge in October last year. Kambaku is a lovely lodge (mid-range budget) set in the heart of the world-renowned Timbavati Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. The lodge is owner-run which makes all the difference. Bryce, Nicola and their attentive staff made sure that we felt right at home from the moment we set foot in camp.

In our opinion Kambaku is a great value for money option and ticks all the right boxes. Located in a game-rich area, comfortable accommodation, professional guiding, wholesome food and friendly staff added to our wonderful experience.

Bryce and Nicola have just recently opened Kambaku River Sands which is the more luxurious option. The new lodge is set on a dry river bed and has its own spa. The chalets all have private decks overlooking the bushveld. The pool is a huge attraction to a local herd of elephant – and they often stop by for a quick drink of water.
KAMBAKU WEBSITE
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