Zambia & West Africa Newsletter- Safari- Festivals & Culture

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Africa Awaits!

Featured below are
Safaris in Zambia
&
Cultural Tours and Festivals in West Africa

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Zambia Safaris

Enormous, remote and wildlife-filled

If you are looking for that very remote African wildlife nature experience,
you will love Zambia!
Zambia is unspoiled by mass tourism, and is rich in wildlife, superb forests and meandering rivers.
Of course it’s also where you can see the world’s biggest waterfall, the Victoria Falls.
It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world!

We are featuring two Zambia safaris on this newsletter:

10 Night South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi & Victoria Falls 2019
Stylish comfort in prime safari destinations
&
10 Nights Great Parks of Zambia 2019
Journey to Zambia’s untouched gems

*Keep an eye out for more unique safaris in the near future!

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What’s happening in West Africa?

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Ghana, Togo and Benin: Odwira Festival 2019
12 Days / 11 Nights

Our fantastic cultural odyssey to the most remote regions of Ghana, Togo and Benin
to discover lost tribal worlds ruled by traditional chiefs and ancient spirits.

Apr 21st 2019, the Ashanti people will celebrate
the 20th anniversary of Reign of their King with big Akwasidae.
This particular festival will be quite unique as it will also incorporate for the first time in many years
the ODWIRA FESTIVAL,
meaning the cleansing and purification of the souls by several religious rituals.
Apart from one of these main traditional events, participants to the tour will always attend the following events:
an interesting voodoo ceremony
a spectacular fire dance
an “Ashanti funeral”: festive celebration that consecrates the return of the spirit of an ancestor.

Indeed the most complete and spectacular way to discover West Africa rich patrimony
of Tribes, Kingdoms, festivals and ceremonies.

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Ghana: Dipo Ceremonies & Aboakyer Festival
10 Days / 9 Nights
April 26th, 2019

A unique amazing journey where we attend two of the most important festivals of the country.
The Krobo region is famous for its glass beads and for initiation rites which only apply to girls.  Dipo is the name of the “process” through which a young girl becomes an adult woman, fully integrated into her society.

Aboakyer, also known as the ‘deer hunting festival’,
is organized in honor of the tribal God of Winneba, a fabulous opportunity to experience the climax of a Fanti festival.
The tour is enriched by the visit to the Ashanti people, one of the last glorious African kingdoms.

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Finding Your Roots in West Africa
10 Days / 9 Nights Ghana – Togo – Benin

Finding your roots!
This is a specialized itinerary focusing on the history of slavery and voodoo,
considering that the last originated in Togo and Benin, brought to America by the slaves.
Therefore, we think that a trip aiming at discovering the roots must take voodoo in great account.
The other focus is the Ashanti kingdom as the symbol of “African pride”.
They were the ones who fought the colonizers with a tough resistance
and today their origin makes them very proud Ashanti people.
Lastly, we included the city-life of Accra and Lomé.

For more information, please contact us @ Africa Discovery:
1 800 886-7321, (415) 444-5100
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Tanzania- Private Mobile safari- Check this out! 

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Go on an African Adventure in 2019!

Featured here is a 10 day Private
Mobile Safari in Tanzania.

We at Africa Discovery love the flexibility of having our very own private mobile tented safari camp for families and close friends, the magic number here is 6!

This particular safari offers a mix of Lodge and your very own ‘private intimate mobile tented camp’ in the beautiful Tarangire Nantional Park! Traverse through the stunning Lake Manyara, stay in a the lovely Plantation Lodge near the Ngorongoro Crater. Meander with your private vehicle and guide onto the Central Serengeti on Game drive with a night in the Central Serengeti until you arrive at your very own ‘private intimate mobile tented camp’ at the banks of the Mara River in Northern Serengeti. This is strategically placed near the crossing points of the Wildebeest annual Migration! You will be able to witness several crossings with your own eyes as they make there way back down across the Mara River into the north Serengeti!

To get more information about this wonderful adventure, click below
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*Stay tuned for more newsletter’s about unique safari’s

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For more information, please contact us @ Africa Discovery:
1 800 886-7321, (415) 444-5100
or Email us

A safari with a difference! Become a Wilderness Eco-Expert

Learn from the best and become an expert on Africa’s rich ecosystem, conservation agendas and the ancient art of tracking wild animals.
Our pioneering seven-day programme offers a life-changing wildlife experience in remote Botswana, where your classroom is one of Africa’s finest wilderness areas, and your teachers highly-skilled Wilderness Safaris private guides.

Programme Dates (choose one):
10-16 Feb 2019 (Guide Trainer – Letsogile Kamogelo)
10-16 Mar 2019 (Guide Trainer – Victor Horatius)
Cost: $3,750 per person sharing (No single supplement)

Accommodation: Linyanti Tented Camp

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Wilderness Safaris Eco Expert Program

For more information, please contact us @ Africa Discovery:
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The Best of Zimbabwe- African Bush Camps

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Best of Zimbabwe
African Bush Camps

Mana Pools
Kanga Camp
Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoilt, private African safari experience.

Hwange National Park
Somalisa Camp
Award winning tented camp in the heart of Hwange.
If you love elephants, your heart will be lost forever!

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Lake Kariba
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Bumi Hills is home to lion, leopard, big herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as a multitude of different plains game. Guests can indulge in superb fishing in the lake.
*See video below

The Creator of these African Bush Camps – Beks

“I met this young man on the first group trip I escorted to Botswana about 15 yrs ago.
His name is Beks, he was one of the camp managers at Matusadona Water camp on Lake Kariba.
A splendid camp where you had to canoe to get to each floating bungalow
& main camp among the Hippos and crocks!
We became friends & each evening he would tell me of his plans.
He had a dream, he was 26!
He wanted to build wonderful camps in Zimbabwe where he was from, he had specific ideas…….
The rest is history!
Welcome to his award-winning camps in Zimbabwe!”

-Cindi LaRaia
owner of Africa Discovery

To explore the Best of Zimbabwe or to get more details,

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Africa Discovery
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San Rafael, CA 94912
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Ghana, Togo, Benin: Odwira Festival 2019

Ghana, Togo, Benin: Akwasidae Festival

 GHANA, TOGO, BENIN: 

ODWIRA FESTIVAL 

(Special Event) 

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS 

Scheduled departure date from Lome in 2019: 

Apr 12th 

Minimum 2 – Maximum 16 participants 

Our fantastic cultural odyssey to the most remote regions of Ghana, Togo and Benin to discover lost tribal worlds ruled by traditional chiefs and ancient spirits. 

Along the coast, in the heart of voodoo original regions, we encounter practitioners, watch trance-dances and learn about the great influence voodoo spirits still have on people. 

Heading inland from the forest to the savannah, we discover the Taneka tribe on a rocky mountain, then the Tamberma with their fairy-tale clay adobe castles and finally we enter the Ashanti kingdom in Kumasi forests. 

We end our tour exploring the former Gold Coast, with the largest European castles in Africa; centuries remain of gold and slave trade. 

Indeed the most complete and spectacular way to discover West Africa rich patrimony of Tribes, Kingdoms, festivals and ceremonies. 

Great experience combined with the choice of comfortable accommodations. 

For travellers who want to get acquainted with this unique region … and love Africa! 


GHANA, TOGO, BENIN: ODWIRA FESTIVAL 2019 - Map

Apr 21st 2019, the Ashanti people will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Reign of their King with big Akwasidae.

This particular festival will be quite unique as it will also incorporate for the first time in many years the ODWIRA FESTIVAL, meaning the cleansing and purification of the souls by several religious rituals.

Apart from one of these main traditional events, participants to the tour will always attend the following events:

– an interesting voodoo ceremony

– a spectacular fire dance

– an “Ashanti funeral”: festive celebration that consecrates the return of the spirit of an ancestor.

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Fire Dance
For more information, please contact us @ Africa Discovery:
1 800 886-7321, (415) 444-5100
or Email us

Introducing Guide in Training Program by Ultimate Safaris

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Ultimate Safaris believes in providing great opportunities for families to come on safari. Our positive approach means that we allocate a specialist guide to family safaris who is trained and caring, and who can help to inspire children to learn and love the wilderness.

Those families who choose to book a ‘Family Safari’ have their own private vehicle and their own guide who will look after them from the start to the end of their Namibian safari, and automatically qualify for our GUIDED IN TRAINING program.

The program varies for each family and is based partly on the ages, sex, and interests of the children. Our guide’s aim is to not only keep the children entertained but also to ensure that they learn about what they get to see. Generally, activities include mammal, bird and plant identification as well as learning about night sounds and tracking some of the smaller creatures such as lizards and beetles. For family safaris, we also choose to stay in camps/lodges/hotels where staff are accustomed to children and also happy to involve the children in duties where possible – and they are often found helping to prepare snacks in the kitchen with the chefs (NOTE: this is obviously subject to the particular camps/lodges/hotels used). In essence, the children are either busy or asleep, and always happy – and busy children ultimately mean a relaxing holiday for their parents!

Family safaris are not in any way lesser or ‘watered down’ safaris; they still offer great areas, top guides and excellent experiences, but with the high degree of flexibility that families often need.

View program:  Ultimate Namibia Safari

Ultimate Safaris

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