Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Animal Spotlight: The Giraffe

Tall. Lean. Graceful. Magnificent. Can you guess which African animal encompasses all of these characteristics? If you guessed the giraffe, you’re absolutely right.

Known for being the tallest mammal in the world, the giraffe is also one of the most spectacular to observe in nature. In fact, some people go to Africa for the sole purpose of seeing a giraffe in at least once in their lifetime. Observing the giraffe’s towering neck, friendly aura, peculiar black tongue, and mesmerizing colors and patterns is unlike any other experience, making this creature one of Africa’s most unique animals.

What else makes these animals so spectacular?
  • The average giraffe’s legs are 6 ft. tall, while the neck can be 20 ft. tall! Their total body height is around 13 – 15 ft.—and they’re quite lanky.
  • They can sprint up to 35 miles per hour.

  • Remember the black tongue mentioned above? It can grow anywhere from 18 - 21 in. long!
  • Giraffe’s travel in herds ranging from 20 – 40 individuals and are led by a male giraffe—also known as a bull.

  • Each giraffe has a different set of patterns, which are unique to that individual giraffe.

  • While the average human baby is around 7 ounces, the average giraffe baby is around 6 ft. tall and weighs 100 – 150 lbs. and endures a nice 6 ft. drop as the mother gives birth—agonizing for both the mother and the baby. Wouldn't you say?
Game drives, walking safaris, and horseback riding safaris, are some of the best ways to observe a giraffe herd up close. Watching their gentle movements offers a refreshing change from observing a lion pounce on its prey.

Isn’t it time you went on the African safari vacation of a lifetime? Let Hills of Africa Travel plan for you an authentic and completely tailored itinerary guaranteed to satisfy all of your personal preferences. Whether you want to plan an African family safari, honeymoon safari, or any safari in between, Hills of Africa Travel is dedicated to making your dreams come true. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802. Africa awaits you . . .

Friday, April 3, 2009

Little Vumbura: Experience the Magic of this Spectacular Oasis

Explore the unspoiled wilderness of the eclectic Little Vumbura, as you enjoy an authentic African safari vacation. With its private feel and stunning landscape, it’s no wonder Little Vumbura is one of the most highly acclaimed destinations in Africa. Situated at the northern region of the Okavango Delta, this island is nothing short of fascinating.

Adding to the memorable experience, the prestigious ecotourism company, Wilderness Safaris, offers exceptional accommodations, excursions, safaris, and amenities for all its visitors. Little Vumbura has six luxurious tents, which is the perfect way to spend your evenings among the serenity of nature. Situated in a legendary Okavango forest, the camp has a pool and patio area overlooking the sprawling landscape.

The bushveld and floodplains in the area offer spectacular game-viewing year-round. The wide spectrum of vegetation is a haven for exotic birds and other forms of intriguing wildlife, while the multiple waterways spread throughout the area are home to hippos, antelope, and crocodile.

The surrounding floodplains are a popular place to view zebra, wildebeest, and Cape buffalo as they quench their thirst in the hot African sun.

An adventurous Little Vumbura safari is nothing short of a sheer delight! Not only is the area one of the best spots for game-viewing in Africa, but the landscape is absolutely stunning.

Little Vumbura safaris:
  • Enjoy a wide spectrum of game, such as the waterbuck, giraffe, elephant, Cape buffalo, vervet monkey, cheetah, lion, and baboon. The full range of creatures in the area, and the opportunity to see all of the animals known as the Big Five, makes this location a must-see destination.

  • Observe a vast amount of vibrant birds, such as the wattled crane, egret, little bee-eater, and fan-tailed widowbird.

  • Choose from various types of safaris in the area, such as a game drive, walking safari, dug-out canoe (Mokoro) safari, or power boat safari. Whatever your preference, Wilderness Safaris is there to make sure you’re satisfied.

Experience a world like no other on the eclectic island of Little Vumbura. Hills of Africa Travel is dedicated to creating the perfect itinerary for you, around your every preference. Whether planning an African family safari, or honeymoon safari, Hills of Africa Travel is there to make your dreams come true. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802. Isn’t it time you took the trip of a lifetime in the hills of Africa?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Emin Pasha Hotel: Treat Yourself to an African Safari Trip of a Lifetime

Relax in the lap of luxury while on an exquisite African safari vacation at the enchanting Emin Pasha Hotel, in the capital of Uganda, Kampala. This boutique hotel, situated outside of the bustling urban life of the City, boasts an elegant and charming atmosphere, and is the perfect place to stay while on a gorilla trekking safari, family safari, or honeymoon safari.

The Emin Pasha Hotel is:
  • Defined by its constant, exceptional service. Whatever your need, the staff at The Emin Pasha Hotel is dedicated to fulfilling that need to your complete satisfaction.

  • Full of fantastic, modern amenities, sure to satisfy your every desire while on an African safari vacation.

  • A boutique hotel, equipped with 20 luxurious rooms. After a long day on an adventurous African safari, retreat to your room where the majestic landscape and magical aura of Africa comes to life through the room’s set up and d├ęcor. Egyptian cotton sheets, wrought-iron bathtubs, elegant hardwood floors, and the perfect bed to rest, are just a few of the many elements included in each room.

  • Recognized for its extraordinary dining and world-renowned wine selections. The celebrated Fez Brasserie and Wine Bar is considered one of the most exclusive and high-end places to dine in Uganda. Your palate will be delighted by each dish, as they offer a fusion of international and local flavors.
  • Well-known for its majestic spa. Enjoy a day of pure bliss as you relax in the spa’s tranquil setting while receiving a relaxing facial, sensual massage, or delightful pedicure, among many other services.

  • Known for its awe-inspiring architecture and interior design. Old-world Africa fuses together with a modern flare to create a truly exceptional and unique atmosphere at the Emin Pasha Hotel.
  • Located in two acres of relaxing exotic gardens full of flowers, intricate vines, and canopying trees. The Emin Pasha Hotel is also the perfect distance from the center of town, where shopping, dining, and entertainment thrives.

Don't miss out on staying at one of the most celebrated hotels in Africa. Isn’t it time you indulged yourself with a luxurious African safari vacation ? Or the perfect honeymoon safari vacation? Hills of Africa Travel is dedicated to building the perfect travel itinerary around your every personal preference. Contact us today at (877) 845-4802, to learn more about a life-altering African safari trips