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Take an exciting journey to Africa and combine the wildlife of Kenya with the wonders of Egypt.

Travelling through the game parks of the Masai Mara, Samburu and the Rift Valley, you will experience the fascinating world of Africa’s animals, as well as encounter the cultural side and witness first hand some of the many tribes in the region.

Travel north from here to Egypt and experience a different culture and history and step back in time to the days of the Pharaohs and life on the River Nile in Ancient Egypt.

14 Days / from $3,860 per person

Naipoki our foster elly from Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya (pictured right) and the orphans are in a jovial mood and enjoyed playing as they ran around trumpeting. Naipoki, Ishaq-B, Kihari, Sities and Kainuk were especially enjoying themselves and continued playing long after the rest had began browsing!

All true Africa addicts know that the travel bug can bite when your guests are least expecting it, a welcome spark of wanderlust often triggered by mundane meanderings of daily routine. And, before they know it, there they are, asking you to create a magical adventure in places they’ve always dreamed of going. When it’s the tang of African dust they can taste in the air, you know it’s time to start planning their next &Beyond adventure – so that, the next time they think about it, they’ll already be there.

Here’s some travel bug inspiration to help you start your guests on their next journey to Africa and India’s most exhilarating wilderness destinations…

This month we take you on a journey where time stands still, where seven magnificent habitats invite guests to explore and discover Africa’s awesome wonder. Endlessly captivating, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is a place like no other, where in one day guests can encounter a dozen different wildlife experiences, all converging into one breathtaking safari destination. If your guests ever imagined an extraordinary adventure where myriad possibilities create breathtaking thrills around every bend, &Beyond Phinda is the place where the adventurer in them will be reborn.

With an enthralling collection of striking landscapes standing sentry to a vast and varied tapestry of seven interconnected ecosystems, each as unique and abundant as the other, &Beyond Phinda boasts a staggering range of wildlife and a seemingly infinite variety of experiences. At Forest and Vlei Lodges, set in the rare sand forest, a glance out of the window reveals a jumble of massive trees, cacti, orchids, ferns, mosses and creepers where tiny suni, shy red duiker and Tonga red squirrel graze. Out on the golden savanna, stately lala palms salute in the distance as your guests watch a cheetah teach her cubs to hunt. At Mountain and Rock Lodge spectacular views of craggy ranges and rugged hills greet each day. Guests can spend the morning tracking rhino and the afternoon lounging on the golden beaches of nearby Sodwana Bay. They can step into the vibrant traditional world of the Zulu amidst the hustle and bustle of the local community. Or gallop along the beach on a beautiful forest trail. Trek the wilds on a thrilling bush walk and sleep out beneath a million stars.

Combine all this and more on a breathtaking adventure through Phinda’s Seven Worlds of Wonder for your guests.

As much as &Beyond is dedicated to caring for the land, the wildlife and the people, it is only thanks to the guests that you, our travel partners, send us that we can make a meaningful difference. As your guests enjoy a warm African welcome at &Beyond Phinda, you can help us to celebrate and be inspired by the projects that your support allow us to be involved in. Joyful laughter rings out in the voices of children in the 104 classrooms we have built with the Africa Foundation. Entire communities benefit from health care at the two clinics built and renovated. More than 16 000 school children splash in running water that they previously did not have access to. Income from the colourful crafts at the Mbhedula Crafts Market indirectly supports 300 people. Guests continue to be mesmerised by the amber stare of a leopard that the Munyawana Research Project, through pioneering legislation, has ensured will be protected for generations to come and enjoy the sight of elephant browsing, knowing that a contraception programme prevents their numbers from getting too high for the natural resources in the reserve. By sending your guests to stay with us at &Beyond, you help make all of this possible.

Read more about &Beyond Phinda’s work in conservation and community here.

Take an exciting journey to Africa and combine the wildlife of Kenya with the wonders of Egypt.

Travelling through the game parks of the Masai Mara, Samburu and the Rift Valley, you will experience the fascinating world of Africa’s animals, as well as encounter the cultural side and witness first hand some of the many tribes in the region.

Travel north from here to Egypt and experience a different culture and history and step back in time to the days of the Pharaohs and life on the River Nile in Ancient Egypt.

14 Days / from $3,860 per person

Experience the spectacular scenery, mystical culture and history of Morocco on this fascinating 11-day journey. The privately guided tour takes in UNESCO Heritage sites, the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages, the Sahara Desert with the dunes of Erg Chebbi, and coastal towns of the Atlantic Ocean.

11 Days / from $3,895 per person

Cairo is a must on any visit, with its blend of ancient and modern. Combined with Luxor, a city rich in myths and mysteries with cultural monuments just waiting to be discovered. And any trip to Egypt would not be complete without a cruise along the River Nile. Journey along the tranquil waters between Luxor and Aswan on board a cruise boat for three nights with
stops enroute at the many historical temples and monuments, passing local villages and taking a glimpse at the local life which has not changed too much over time.

Combined with Jordan, a fascinating country, dense with history and a well-travelled bridge between sea and desert, East and West. Above the layers of antiquity lies a land of  mesmerising beauty and contrast.

12 Days / from $3,305 per person

Kent & Cotswolds 15th May 2013

A very special tour including a full day at the Chelsea Flower Show on Members’ Day. This tour is designed as a brief introduction to the gardens in two of England’s loveliest counties, Kent and The Heart of England. There are flower-filled gardens, formal and informal, large and small, planned and wild, all bursting into riots of color and overloading the senses with fragrant smells and sights.

Going beyond the usual tourist route in our mini-coach, off the beaten track where those herded on impersonal big buses can’t go, we will introduce you to some local treasures as well as the major sites. Your multi-talented driver/guide will fill in each touring day as time will permit, with visits to some little local gems, participants in the National Gardens Scheme, gardens open for charity. We’ll see properties designed by some of the ‘Best of British,’ Gertrude Jekyll, ‘Capability’ Brown and maybe discover the next ‘Big Thing’ at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The highlight of our gardening adventure is sure to be an annual membership in the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS is the premiere UK gardening organisation. Membership offers a host of benefits including a garden magazine full of gardening advice, discounted/complimentary entrances to dozens of gardens throughout the year and priority access to the RHS Flower Shows. Your tour package also includes a full day ticket to a member only day to the Chelsea Flower Show. This delightful tour is sure to please everyone, avid gardeners and beginners alike!

2013 Chelsea Flower Show dates are 21 – 25 May, 2013; 21 & 22 May RHS Member Only Days and 23 – 25 May public days.

Handpicked Experiences

Visit the acclaimed Chelsea Flower Show on Members’ Day; see Blenheim Palace and gardens; enjoy afternoon tea at the Orangery, Kew Gardens

Tour Inclusions

Transfer from London Heathrow Airport to Hotel
8 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels with private facilities
Breakfast daily
3 Dinners
Afternoon Tea at the Orangery, Kew Gardens
RHS Royal Horticultural Society 12-months Membership
Full Day Ticket Chelsea Flower Show on Members’ Day
All entrance fees to gardens and attractions while with your guide
24-hour Hop-on/off London Sightseeing Tour & Thames Cruise
Transport by mini-coach, maximum 14 passengers
Exclusive services of your driver/guide-companion
All taxes, tolls and tips other than those you may wish to give your guide  A very special tour including a full day at the Chelsea Flower Show on Members’ Day. This tour is designed as a brief introduction to the gardens in two of England’s loveliest counties, Kent and The Heart of England. There are flower-filled gardens, formal and informal, large and small, planned and wild, all bursting into riots of color and overloading the senses with fragrant smells and sights.

Going beyond the usual tourist route in our mini-coach, off the beaten track where those herded on impersonal big buses can’t go, we will introduce you to some local treasures as well as the major sites. Your multi-talented driver/guide will fill in each touring day as time will permit, with visits to some little local gems, participants in the National Gardens Scheme, gardens open for charity. We’ll see properties designed by some of the ‘Best of British,’ Gertrude Jekyll, ‘Capability’ Brown and maybe discover the next ‘Big Thing’ at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The highlight of our gardening adventure is sure to be an annual membership in the Royal Horticultural Society. The RHS is the premiere UK gardening organisation. Membership offers a host of benefits including a garden magazine full of gardening advice, discounted/complimentary entrances to dozens of gardens throughout the year and priority access to the RHS Flower Shows. Your tour package also includes a full day ticket to a member only day to the Chelsea Flower Show. This delightful tour is sure to please everyone, avid gardeners and beginners alike!

2013 Chelsea Flower Show dates are 21 – 25 May, 2013; 21 & 22 May RHS Member Only Days and 23 – 25 May public days.

Handpicked Experiences

Visit the acclaimed Chelsea Flower Show on Members’ Day; see Blenheim Palace and gardens; enjoy afternoon tea at the Orangery, Kew Gardens

Tour Inclusions

Transfer from London Heathrow Airport to Hotel
8 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels with private facilities
Breakfast daily
3 Dinners
Afternoon Tea at the Orangery, Kew Gardens
RHS Royal Horticultural Society 12-months Membership
Full Day Ticket Chelsea Flower Show on Members’ Day
All entrance fees to gardens and attractions while with your guide
24-hour Hop-on/off London Sightseeing Tour & Thames Cruise
Transport by mini-coach, maximum 14 passengers
Exclusive services of your driver/guide-companion
All taxes, tolls and tips other than those you may wish to give your guide

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive London

Welcome to London! Today is free so you have the chance to relax or go sightseeing as you wish. Perhaps use your 24-hour Hop-on/off sightseeing ticket, the easiest way to see the main icons and get orientated in London. Hop off when you want then hop back on – a fun way to start your holiday! Don’t worry if you prefer to rest on arrival day – you can the ticket at any time during your stay in London after the tour.
Overnight: Regency Hotel, Rembrandt Hotel or similar.

Day 2

Kent, RHS Wisely & Penshurst Place

Your tour guide will meet you in the lobby of The Regency Hotel at approximately 09:00 this morning and we’ll begin our adventure with a garden that requires no introduction – the RHS Wisley is known the world over! We will spend ample time here, exploring the rock garden, alpine garden, wild garden, formal rose courtyards and all that this wonderful place has to offer. This afternoon, via the marvellously scenic countryside dotted with oast houses and sometimes blooming lavender fields, we’ll have a visit to Penshurst Place. Here, just one splendour is the 11-acre formal walled garden, with records dating back to 1346. Penshurst is one of the oldest gardens in private ownership and remains much as it was when constructed by Sir Henry Sidney in the Elizabethan era. Enroute to our accommodation, if we manage to have some additional time to fill, there is just a wealth of opportunity. This region of Kent is known to be “The Garden of England” for good reason!
Overnight: Kent/East Sussex. (B,D)

Day 3

Sissinghurst & Hole Park Gardens

Today, the fabulous Sissinghurst, Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicholson’s world famous garden will be our main visit. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this intimate and intricate garden and to visit those parts of her home open to the public. Here, we’ll find a Tudor tower complete with Vita’s workshop, a walled herb garden, mixed border gardens, an oast house museum, a white garden and a cottage garden. Certainly something to delight all interests! This afternoon we’ll see the gem Hole Park Gardens. Here, a 15 acre garden surrounded by open parklands, massed bluebells in season in the woodland walk, standard wisteria, orchids in flower meadow, yew hedges, large lawns and specimen trees. First opened in 1927, the gardens offer a walled garden, pools and mixed borders combined with bulbs, rhododendrons and azaleas.
Overnight: Kent/East Sussex. (B,D)

Day 4

RHS Private Gardens & Vann Gardens

Our morning is open for participant input in consultation with your guide – certainly spoilt for choice! Choose a visit to a small, local cottage or farm garden from the Yellow Book Gardens for Charity Scheme; there are rose and clematis walkways, rock gardens, sculpted yew hedges and ponds with water lilies all on offer. Some choices are traditional style, others unique and quirky. There are several RHS recommended properties along our route too. Whichever garden chosen, you should experience the personal touch of meeting the locals and perhaps a bit of sharing of gardening secrets! We’ll be making our way through the county of Surrey, the area that famed garden designer Gertrude Jekyll called home. By special appointment, a visit to a garden called “enchanting” by the Sunday Telegraph, Vann Gardens. Here in the 5-acre wonderland, we can explore the garden ‘rooms’ that boast a variety of styles, both formal and cottage including the water garden designed and planted by Gertrude Jekyll in 1911.
Overnight: Hungerford/Marlborough area, The Bear Hungerford or Castle and Ball Marlborough or similar. (B,D)

Day 5

Malmesbury, Abbey House Gardens, Coughton Court & Cotswolds

Our morning will take us to the historic town of Malmesbury and the labour of love created by ‘the naked gardeners’ Ian and Barbara Pollard, Abbey House Gardens. The 5 acre grounds of the town’s 16th Century Abbey has been transformed in recent years, a popular retreat bursting with a variety of colour – both flowers and the personalities of the designers! Famed gardener Alan Titchmarsh said about Abbey House, “The Wow factor is here in abundance!” We can meander our way north to a place that has been called “breathtaking” by the RHS. Coughton Court offers a wide variety of sections to delight many tastes – enjoy the bog garden, formal lawns and courtyard gardens, veggie garden and orchard plus the main centerpiece, the Walled Garden. The Cotswolds region is famous for honey-thatch cottage villages. Each is unique and pretty in its own right and there are many opportunities for a stop in a tea or antique shop as we wish and as time permits these few days. With our small vehicle, we can get to where the larger coaches can’t and avoid the commercialized ‘honey pots’ to discover the best of the local treasures. This region offers a fine selection of local gardens, definitely lovely and noteworthy!
Overnight: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Swan’s Nest Hotel or The Falcon or similar. (B)

Day 6

Stratford-upon-Avon, Hidcote Manor & Blenheim Palace

One main visit today is the gem Hidecote Manor Gardens. Created by horticulturist Lawrence Johnston, this garden consists of a series of small gardens within the whole, separated by walls and hedges of different species. It’s famed for rare shrubs, trees, herbaceous borders, and interesting plant species. Later, the incredible treasure house and garden estate Blenheim Palace, given to Winston Churchill’s ancestor John, 1st Duke of Marlborough. The superb collection here includes fine paintings, furniture, bronzes and the famous Marlborough Victories tapestries. In addition to the opulent palace itself, you’ll have ample time to wander the amazing gardens, designed in part by ‘Capability’ Brown. A trip to Blenheim Palace would certainly not be complete without visiting the Water Terraces, Rose Garden, Arboretum, Cascades or the Secret Garden. There’s a wonderful viewing tower and highly rated restaurant at the Royal Shakespeare Society, so worth a visit even if not attending a performance!
Overnight: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Swan’s Nest Hotel or The Falcon or similar. (B)

Day 7

Cotswold Villages, Waterberry Gardens & Afternoon Tea at Kew Gardens

Another morning we’re we are spoilt for choice! We will make our way via the Cotswolds villages as we wish, en-route to Waterperry Gardens on the edge of Oxfordshire. This is a magical place where you will be surrounded by beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers, classical borders, modern plantings, secret corners and long vistas. Waterperry has been called “a gardener’s garden” by a previous tour guest. Our finale of the day is a guided walk around one of the world’s top gardens. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew is a lavish 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kew is home to the world’s largest collection of living plants, more than 30,000 different kinds! Kew Gardens originated as the exotic garden at Kew Park in 1759 and remains as a ‘must-see’ destination for garden lovers. We’ll experience the highlights of this wonderful property including the Alpine Gardens, Japanese gardens, The Great Pagoda and Treetop Walkway to name a few. Together, we’ll enjoy an Afternoon Tea in the Orangery at Kew Gardens. Later will make our way to our London hotel, arriving early evening. We’ve included Afternoon Tea in lieu of dinner tonight for the option to attend the theatre if you wish – contact Handpicked Holidays for reserved seating or theatre/dinner package.
Overnight: London, Regency Hotel or Rembrandt Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 8

RHS Members Only Day at the Chelsea Flower Show

Today is our grand finale, a full, Members Only day at the Chelsea Flower Show! One transfer will be provided from your London hotel to the show in the morning and one transfer back in the evening. You are welcomed to come and go from the show as you please using public transport. Your Member Day Chelsea ticket is valid from 8am – 8pm. This evening is open so you can enjoy the show until closing and/or have the option of attending the theatre.
Overnight: London, Regency Hotel or Rembrandt Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 9

Depart London

Your package includes breakfast at your hotel this morning then concludes. (B)

 

Dates and Prices

Tour Inclusions

Transfer from London Heathrow Airport to Hotel
8 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels with private facilities
Breakfast daily
3 Dinners
Afternoon Tea at the Orangery, Kew Gardens
RHS Royal Horticultural Society 12-months Membership
Full Day Ticket Chelsea Flower Show on Members’ Day
All entrance fees to gardens and attractions while with your guide
24-hour Hop-on/off London Sightseeing Tour & Thames Cruise
Transport by mini-coach, maximum 14 passengers
Exclusive services of your driver/guide-companion
All taxes, tolls and tips other than those you may wish to give your guide

 

 

 

If your guests are looking for a special place to share the love on a honeymoon or anniversary, there’s no better place than Tanzania. At intimate &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge, they can stroll on the silky white beach beneath the full moon, when the surrounding coral atoll lies fully exposed at low tide. After a day of breathtaking wildlife encounters,
there’s a surprise waiting in the their suite at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – a rose petal bath big enough for two and a bottle of bubbly, followed by piles of Turkish delight and fudge, delivered to the fireside by their private butler. Find out more about a honeymoon or romantic trip.