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Journeys : Apr May 2011
RACT Travelworld’s Travel Sales Manager Christine Benbow loved travelling in Africa – she described it as one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of her many travel journeys. “I found out late last year that one of my colleagues, Helga Saxarra, has been to the African continent 25 times and that Here, there, everywhere with RACT Travelworld Hobart Corner Murray and Patrick Streets Phone 6232 6455 Hobart Collins Street RACT Travelworld Shop 1, 110 Collins Street Phone 6222 9222 Rosny Park Rosny Mall 2 Bayfield Street Phone 6212 6777 Safari is the Swahili word for journey – the word alone has the power to stir most people’s imagination and conjure up images of limitless hor izons and wide- open plains filled with unique w ildlife. My love for the African continent began 21 years ago when I first observed these magnificent wild animals in their own environment, with no man-made restrictions or fences. For me, that is one of life’s greatest pleasures and privileges and it continually draws me back. After 25 visits, African wildlife never loses its excitement or magic. There is an incredible feeling of connection to nature when obser ving these wonderful animals in the wild – it creates vivid memories that last long after you retur n home. On a mor ning game-dr ive, anticipation builds in the brisk air before sunrise – what might we experience today? We see and hear baboons noisily descending from their trees to forage for food while the youngsters chase and play. Will we be lucky enough to spot an elusive leopard, heading home after a night of hunting, or resting on a rocky outcrop in the warmth of the early morning sun? A special highlight of a late-afternoon game drive is to wait quietly by a waterhole, obser ving herds of elephants coming dow n to drink. The young elephants frolic noisily in the water – some don’t quite know how to use their tr unks for dr inking but they’re brave enough to charge the shy antelopes tentatively making their way towards the Helga Saxarra Into Africa her passion for Africa is undying – she loves the sights and sounds of this magnificent countr y and cares deeply for the w ildlife and people in it. “ Helga is heading back for the 26th time w ith her specialist small group, personalised Safari to Southern and Eastern Africa. Helga leaves this year on 31 August for 18 days, visiting the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the mighty Victoria Falls bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe, Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and the unforgettable Masai Mara at the time of the annual zebra and wildebeest migration. “Travelling with an African expert on this amazing journey could be your personal safar i of a lifetime – why not join her! For more infor mation, please contact Helga on (02) 4940 2222 – or call me for initial enquiries on 6236 4321.” water as well. And then, the incredibly coloured African sunset! Accommodation on the Safari jour ney I’ll be leading is in very comfortable permanent Safari tents, all with their own ensuite bathrooms and all facilities to ensure your comfor t. Sleeping under canvas is very much part of being on my Safari, especially when the silence of the African night is interrupted by the sound of a distant lion’s roar or hyena’s whoop, while you’re tucked safe and sound in a comfor table bed. If you’d like more infor mation about my 26th African Safar i, please contact me direct on (02) 4940 2222 – I look forward to shar ing my excitement for this wonderful travel exper ience! 54 April / May 2011
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