British Airways recently announced that they were stopping their direct London Heathrow to Lusaka, Zambia flight – the last flight departs Heathrow on the 25 October. However, this should not deter people from considering going to Zambia for their safari holiday, as you are missing out on a wonderful wildlife experience. Not to mention the spectacular scenery, the opportunity to top or tail your trip to Victoria Falls, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, and for the more adventurous, the chance to do a 3-4 night walking safari into the bush, sleeping out under canvas with just the sounds of the wild to lull you to sleep.
You can still fly with BA or South African Airways direct to Johannesburg overnight, and then connect with a morning flight from Johannesburg onto Lusaka with South African Airlines, which is just 2 hours. Currently, the flight from Johannesburg to Lusaka departs at 1030, and lands at 1230.
Otherwise, you can also consider flying with Emirates via Dubai and then onto Lusaka, or Kenya Airways via Nairobi and onto Lusaka.
KLM also offer a flight schedule via Amsterdam and Harare.
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South Africa is a great destination for a fly/drive style holiday: From Cape Town and the Garden Route to driving around the Kruger National Park, the roads are generally in good condition, it is easy to get around, and the scenery can be spectacular.
There are a few things that visitors may find a little different from home. Some of these are unexpected pleasures such as petrol stations where you will have someone re-fuel your car, wash your windscreen and maybe check your oil, wheras others can be frustrating such as road signs that suddenly disappear or places that can be known by two or even three completely different names.
Given the erratic nature of the road signs, it is not uncommon that you may need to ask for directions at a petrol station or in a town, and if this happens you may be surprised to get the response “turn left at the next robot…”. You have not suddenly been transported into a Star Wars film: a ‘robot’ is the South African term for traffic lights.
I’m sure we were not the first or last visitors to be disappointed that we were not taking directions from R2D2…so these are not the droids you are looking for.
Our extensive guide to driving in south africa will give you a good idea of what to expect if you are visiting on a self-drive holiday, and covers issues such as driving licences, road conditions, what to do if you get stopped for speeding, and some general tips for having a safe and happy holiday.
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Travel Butlers were delighted to win Best Tour Operator at the 2013 SATOA Travel Awards.
Speaking after last night’s ceremony in central London, Paul Campbell of Travel Butlers said: “This is a really special award for us as it is voted for by the people who matter most to our business:our clients and our friends and colleagues in the travel industry.
“This is the second year running that we have been fortunate enough to win this award, and we would like to thank everyone who has helped us arrange such amazing holidays for our clients, and of course many thanks to everyone who voted for us.”
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Amaze your friends and family with these 10 facts about the Caracal.
1. The caracal is also known as the desert lynx.
2. As well as the usual ‘cat-like’ sounds of hissing and purring, they also make a barking sound.
3. They have long black tufts of hair on the tips of their ears.
4. Leading on from Fact 3, the name ‘caracal’ comes from the Turkish words ‘kara kulak’ – meaning ‘black ear’.
5. Whilst they favour small prey such as spring hares, mice and birds, they have been known to take down a springbok or a steenbok.
6. They can catch birds by leaping 2-3 meters or more into the air from a standing position.
7. Fur colours varies from reddish-brown to tawny-grey, and occasionally you may find a rare all-black caracal.
8. Caracals are usually solitary animals.
9. Females can give birth to as many as 6 young.
10. Caracals in captivity have been known to live up to 16 years.
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South Africa is an amazing and diverse country, and is steeped in history and culture. From penguins to windmills to vast national parks, there is so much to treasure about this wonderful country.
Amazing Things That You Never Knew About South Africa
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