My wife and I were having a wee chat about our most amazing holiday and after much discussion we both agreed that our most
memorable holiday with so much included had to be to Kenya for our 30th
We stayed in the Baobab Hotel in Diani Beach and upgraded our room which was amazing as long as you remembered to close your balcony door to stop the monkeys invading your room, we organised our own safari and spent the most amazing few days travelling through Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Amboseli National Parks.
We were fortunate enough to see so many animals in their natural environment including lions, giraffes, buffalo, gazelles and even leopard and so many more yet to me the most amazing animals were the Elephants, I have never seen such beautiful and giant animals and I felt truly humble observing them, they will forever be my most long lasting holiday memory ever.
Now picture this, we wanted to visit a real Masai village to which the chief must come out and say whether you can come in or not, we got the approval and when in the village I asked why one of the mud huts was green and not the usual mud colour, while asking I was sticking my finger in and prodding the mud which was quite soft, the chief had a smile on his face as he explained the mud was new and not yet dry and that it was mixed with elephant dung which gave it the green tinge, OMG I had my fingers in that.
My ex boyfriend (in the late 70's) did a VSO in Kenya & brought back tales of how the children tried to pick his freckles off his arms &, when he moved his one false tooth at the front of his mouth, they ran 😁
Elephants are spectacular, you're so lucky. They are up there with meerkats & monkeys as my favourites. 👍
Barbados was our first trip to the Caribbean for our 25th wedding anniversary - couldn't get over the perfect pink sand beaches and the warmth of the sea. Still look at the photos with great fondness - one beach is actually my screen background on the PC.
South Africa was just amazing - we spent 5 days in a lodge just outside Kruger park and saw virtually everything on the "must see" list ,including the biggest gathering of rhinos in the world on one reserve. Went to Cape Town for the balance of the trip, went up Table Mountain in good weather and visited the Cape of Good Hope amongst other trips.
We have also been to the Baobab on Diani Beach -fantastic hotel and beach -and flew up to the Mara in a small plane for a 4 day safari - got VERY close to several prides of lions and saw the end of the Great Migration over the Mara River.
South Africa in 2012 comes a close second though. We loved Capetown and the Cape Provence. OH hiked up to the top of Table Mountain though I chickened out of the hike and rode up to the top in the cable car.
Way back in 1987 we visited Kenya and had a holiday similar to the one Kiltman describes . The animals, the open spaces and the wonderful light made the holiday something to remember.
Next year will be our Golden Wedding celebration so I'm looking for somewhere special to visit which could possibly become our new best holiday ever.
I'd also love to visit somewhere without light pollution. When I see films of the sky filled with thousands of stars I'm so envious, I just want to be there.
Also the mountains in Pakistan are stunning, really picturesque 👍
Judith it will be difficult for you to find a new destination. Have you been on a cruise before?
I would like to visit Iceland, but that will have to be a summer trip. Our anniversary is in February.
I always thought I wouldn't like cruising until I did the first one as a means to an end - it was an easy way of doing a fjords tour. I still don't think that I would like to go on one of the really big ships but the C & M ships are vey small by today's standards and are adult only. Also, whilst there is an entertainment programme it is all very low key and there are plenty of nooks and crannies and quiet areas to escape to. It was never a problem to find somewhere to go and sit with a book (or in my case the knitting!) plus there was plenty of outdoor seating to just sit and watch the scenary glide by of an evening or early morning. In fact on the 2 days at sea there was never a problem finding a sunlounger to stretch out on if you wanted to be in the fresh air.
Booking now for 2018, there are some really good bargains to be had for their Icelandic and Norwegian cruises. You never know, he might be tempted!
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