Stay with Sanctuary Retreats at either Sanctuary Baines’ Camp or Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp and you’ll have almost 350 square kilometres for your own exclusive use in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Sanctuary’s arrangement has led to a flourishing and mutually beneficial relationship with the local villagers who form the company’s key source of staff, and to establish best practice standards designed to better preserve this spectacular corner of pristine wilderness.
A three-to-four-night stay at Sanctuary Baines Camp is priced from about $800 per person per night twin-share (Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp from about $585).
Kangaroo Island … a photographer’s delight.
Kangaroo Island Odysseys has partnered with professional photographer Andy Rasheed to offer a three-day, all-inclusive, small-group Kangaroo Island photographic tour later this month [September] and next.
Photography enthusiasts will visit popular and iconic locations such as Remarkable Rocks and Seal Bay Conservation Park, see amazing wildlife and stunning landscapes, as well as discovering some of Kangaroo Island’s hidden gems, all while learning to take better photographs.
Andy will also run various workshops over the three days, focusing on philosophy and approach, using natural light, composition and night photography.
Prices start at $1959 per person twin-share, including all meals, return transfers to Kangaroo Island with SeaLink, travel in an air-conditioned 4×4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter, and three days of photographic tuition.
Phone 08 8553 0386 or visit www.kiodysseys.com.au.
Historic Darlington … largest settlement on Maria Island.
From October 1 until next May 1, Tasmania’s Maria Island Walk will revert to its summer schedule of four-day/three-nights itineraries.
The first two nights are spent in the rustic Casuarina and White Gum camps, with two experienced guides will helping the group explore five fabulous beaches and the amazing mountains, and to discover flora from rainforest settings to the world’s largest stand of Tasmanian blue gums.
On night three the group will arrive in Darlington for a final night of shared experiences over Tasmanian gourmet food and wine.
Prices start from $2400 per person, including return transfers from Hobart to Triabunna, the scenic cruise across Mercury Passage to the isthmus of Maria Island, gourmet food and wine, National Park entry fees, accommodation and use of waterproof jackets and day packs.
TS Suites … just moments away from cafes, restaurants, bars and shopping outlets
Escape for eight nights to Bali’s chic TS Suites for from $1399 for two adults (valued at up to $3441 for two).
The resort, located in cosmopolitan Seminyak, is just moments away from cafes, restaurants, bars and shopping outlets, and features a rooftop bar and infinity pool.
The package includes all-day breakfast, a global smorgasbord buffet dinner, daily poolside cocktails, four Balinese massages plus nightly tacos at Motel Mexicola.
The offer is available for purchase until September 18 for travel until December next year.
Phone 1300 889 900 or visit www.LuxuryEscapes.com.
Bannisters Pavilion … hosting special wine-and-food events
Bannisters Pavilion, a boutique hotel at Mollymook Beach, on the NSW South Coast, has launched an ‘Experience Series’, which will utilise well known food identities to introduce guests to producers in the Shoalhaven region, and to follow the food from paddock-to-plate and from dock-to-dish.
The series will kick off on September 25-26 with the enigmatic Paul West of the River Cottage Australia TV series providing a two-day gourmet getaway.
Local food experiences will include meeting Ben Ralston, a fifth-generation local oyster farmer on the Clyde River, and a native-food experience with indigenous elder Noel Butler.
West will also host a three-course dinner at Bannisters Pavilion, collaborating on the menu with chef Gareth Sykes to feature a bounty of local produce and matched wines.
Prices are from $1995 per couple.
Phone 02 4455 3044 or visit http://www.bannisters.com.au.
A ‘Loverly Lady Afternoon Tea’ … inspired by My Fair Lady
The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel has created special experiences for theatre fans this spring to celebrate the 60th anniversary of My Fair Lady, which is being directed by Julie Andrews at the Sydney Opera House until 5 November.
Among the offers is the ‘My Fair Lady So Cultural’ package, priced from $821 per room, including accommodation and breakfast for two, a two-course pre-performance dinner at the hotel’s Garden Court Restaurant, plus two A-Reserve tickets to see My Fair Lady.
There’s also a ‘Loverly Lady Afternoon Tea’, which includes a quintessential English High Tea, inspired by My Fair Lady, with guests indulging in a decadent selection of sweet and savoury delicacies including lavender-and-mango macaroons, strawberry tartlet, blueberry cheesecake and truffled egg sandwich.
The experience is priced from $55 per person.
Phone 1800 676 960 or visit http://www.sofitelsydney.com.au.
Cruising China’s Yangtze River.
There’s less than a week to go before the September 16 cut-off for early-bird prices on Wendy Wu’s 2017 Asian group tours.
The specials include savings of up to $1400 per person on a selection of itineraries to China, Tibet, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Japan, India and Nepal.
The 14-day ‘Majestic Yangtze’ itinerary is currently priced from $4140 per person twin-share, offering savings of $600 per person.
All itineraries include return international economy airfares ex Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, accommodation, all meals, comprehensive sightseeing, all transportation, visa fees for Australian passport holders, taxes and charges and gratuities.
Phone 1300 815 269 or visit https://www.wendywutours.com.au.
Wildlife aplenty on Globus’s African journeys … just don’t get out of the car.
Globus has launched its 2017 tour programs for Africa and Asia, offering experiences in some of the world’s most remarkable locations — from the prolific wildlife of the Serengeti to the ruins of past civilisations in the forests of Cambodia.
The programs offer an early-bird saving of 10 per cent, plus a free air credit of $200 per couple, for bookings made by September 13.
The 10-day ‘Kenya: A Timeless Safari’ itinerary, for instance, is priced from $4859 per person twin-share and includes Nairobi, Samburu National Reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and chimp sanctuary, Nyahururu Falls, Lake Nakuru National Park and the Maasai Mara National Reserve.