Venture into a country of diverse wildlife and natural beauties that guarantee an action-packed vacation for travellers. Enriched by large pools of water and vast areas of land, Zambia is one of South Africa’s awe-inspiring tour locations.
Fancy a game drive to spot the African buffalo? Thrilling rides at the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park are one of the top things to do in Zambia, which is easily reachable in a 27-minute drive from Avani Victoria Falls Resort. Explorers will be able to spot a wide array of wildlife species from birds to feared predators. Among them are the Angolan giraffe, warthog, impala, Burchell’s zebra and sable.
Take strolls down Zambian National Parks to enrich your stay in the country. This South African exploration may seem like quite the challenge at first glance, but with the guidance of armed guards and professional guides, it will seem like a walk in the park, only much better and exciting. The guided walks will open the doorway for travellers to discover fauna and flora that haven’t been spotted before in their lives.
A Dinner Cruise Down Zambezi River
Connect with Zambian nature as you cruise down the Zambezi River by Victoria Falls. The river cruises create space for travellers to get up close and personal with the surroundings of the river and the astonishing offerings of Zambian nature. The Zambezi-style dinner at the dinner cruise is a bonus to your experience.
The jaw-dropping view of Victoria Falls is guaranteed to linger in your memories for years to come. Back in the 1800s, the tribal people, Kololo described the cascade of waters as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, which translates into ‘The Smoke That Thunders’, owing to the grandeur standing of the waterfall as the greatest curtain of falling in the world.
A rich and important aspect of UAE history and culture is pearl diving. Many of the riches and traditions that still exist in the nation today are a direct result of it. Even if pearl diving is no longer done for profit, it nonetheless contributes significantly to the industry and continues to attract tourists! Here are a few things you should know if you’re planning to do it.
Why is pearl diving so popular in the UAE?
In the past, pearl diving was a thriving industry in the UAE, supporting numerous prosperous careers. It frequently established the solid financial groundwork for numerous affluent Arab families. In the UAE, pearl diving is still regarded as a precious tradition and a significant aspect of local culture and is one of the most popular tourist activities in Abu Dhabi.
Where to go pearl diving?
From Yas Marina, travellers will board an authentic Emirati dhow and set sail toward a diving site one nautical mile away. You can join the hosts in singing along to classic Emirati songs while listening to legendary tales about pearl diving. After you’ve anchored at the diving location, you’ll be instructed in the traditional techniques for harvesting actual oyster shells from pearl beds in the Arabian Gulf.
Places to stay in Abu Dhabi
While admiring the city’s fantastic high-rises, which appear to defy structural logic, take advantage of a variety of beautiful beaches, gardens, and promenades to stroll or cycle. Several top-notch restaurants and shopping opportunities are nearby, from chic malls to souks. You can find many luxurious accommodation options such as Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort.
How did the commercial pearl diving industry decline?
In the 1920s, the Gulf pearl business started to decline. By the late 1920s and the early 1930s, it had further deteriorated. At that point, the Japanese had developed a method for creating perfect artificial pearls. This was the primary cause of the pearling industry’s downfall. Pearl divers in the UAE lost business as a result of the start of the Great Depression and the decline in returns from the pearl banks.
Ao Nang is home to many beaches, located in the Krabi Province. Some of the best beaches in Thailand are in Ao Nang, and the view, the waters, and the relaxing time you spend will be the most memorable. Here is the list!
Undoubtedly the number one beach in Ao Nang and one of the most scenic beaches in Thailand as well, this beach is popular for the turquoise blue clear waters, the white glistening beaches and paradise-like views. If you’re staying in any Ao Nang beach hotels, this would be a minute’s ride for you, especially from resorts like Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort.
Pai Plong Beach
Another picture-perfect beach is located quite close to Ao Nang beach; this beach is hidden behind a gigantic limestone cliff. You can enjoy a luxury private beach experience here without having to pay any money. The palm tree hues, surrounding cliffs, and longtail boats resting on the sand make the view even more beautiful.
Tonsai beach has many breathtaking views and a few limestone cliffs surrounding the beach, where you will see many backpackers and rock climbers often wander. There are several reggae bars around the area and budget-friendly dining options too. So if you’re on a tight budget and need to save some cash, Tonsai beach is the best place to relax and enjoy your vacation.
After reading this informative guide, your experience on the Abu Dhabi desert safari will be so much better. Discover the ideal time to visit, how to pick the finest excursions and advice on how to dress for your safari.
What is a desert safari?
The desert has always fascinated travellers, but many were put off by its harsh weather and lack of water, not to mention the potential for getting lost among the endless miles of sand hills. A desert safari is an expert-led tour of the desert where you can engage in a variety of activities that the native Bedouins of the area enjoy, examine the desert’s natural habitat, engage in exhilarating desert activities, or unwind by watching a desert sunrise or sunset.
When to go?
The best time for desert adventures in Abu Dhabi is during the winter, which lasts from October to April. To ensure that your trip is enjoyable, the weather throughout the winter months is neither overly humid nor overly hot. Visit the country during its summer months, which are between May and September, if you want to get more reasonable hotel prices.
What to wear?
Before pre-dawn, the weather can be a little chilly, so you should bring a light cardigan. After sunrise, the temperature rises. Dress in long trousers made of fabrics like cotton or linen with t-shirts or tops made of the same materials to be able to manage between both temperatures. The temperature starts to fall in the evenings, so it’s not as hot. You can bundle up against the cool that starts to set in about sundown by dressing in trousers and shirts and carrying a lightweight jacket or sweater.
Where to click nice pictures?
Locations such as Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara will look stunning on your Instagram profile whether you enjoy sharing travel photos there or just want to showcase your gorgeous vacation in the desert. The Abu Dhabi desert offers fantastic photo opportunities everywhere.
A stunning beach town in Southeast Vietnam, Mui Ne is a must-visit travel destination for all fun-loving humans. From dune bashing and quad biking to kitesurfing and visiting fishing villages, there is so much to explore in this vivid city!
Being a beach town, watersports are naturally one of the best experiences to indulge in. Surfing, kitesurfing, diving, swimming, and kayaking are some famous things to do in Mui Ne. You can easily borrow the gear from the local spots or seek assistance from the staff at Anantara Mui Ne Resort.
Sunrise and Sunset Tours
Catch a desert safari to explore the sand dunes during sunrise or sunset to witness the magical golden hours and the vibrant skies. These views make the most captivating captures for your Instagram and keep you awestruck during the entire tour.
Visit the Fishing Villages
If you seek a taste of the local life, visiting a fishing village will be the best opportunity to observe the villagers, fishermen, and small kids running around. You can bargain a pretty good deal for some fish, and taste some local dishes made with freshly caught fish.
Indulge in Local Cuisines!
Wherever you go, if you haven’t tried the local cuisines, you haven’t completed your stay! Mui Ne offers a wide variety of local food such as pancakes, spring rolls, soups, and peanut milk. The freshly-prepared meals will leave your cravings satisfied, and make you feel wholesome!
Ever heard of all-year-round golf courses? Golfers can rejoice because there are plenty of those in Doha! Read on to uncover what you can expect before your tee-off time in Doha.
Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, why not stay at one of the best hotels in Doha? With many choices of resorts, such as Al Najada Doha Hotel by Tivoli offer comfortable and convenient stays so you’re never too far away from a golf course too!
The natural landscape of Doha makes for some stunning and unforgettable courses. From dunes, dramatic cliff edges and stunning ocean views, a walk around some of these courses will make you want to take up golf just for the views!
Doha Golf Club
Come and take a swing at the premier golf course in the country, the Doha Golf Club! This 18-hole course has been designed in keeping with international standards, and is perfect for both professional and avid golfers alike!
Education City Golf Club
Yet another club to visit is the Education City Golf Club. With plenty of facilities to challenge both professional and amateur players, this club is a must-visit when playing golf in Doha. There are also additional 6- and 9-hole courses for golfers to practice their swings before they tee off.
The Underwater World is a great choice for those who want to learn more about life under the sea! Apart from frolicking amidst the waves and chilling on the beach, make sure you stop by this attraction to have yourself a superb time!
Hotels in Pattaya
Whether or not you’re travelling with a group of people, there are plenty of Pattaya resorts to choose from! Centrally located hotels such as Avani Pattaya Resortare a great idea since they are also SHA+ certified guaranteeing guests both comfort and peace of mind on their break!
What is Underwater World!
As the only aquarium in Pattaya, it makes it a worthwhile attraction to visit whether you’re travelling with kids or just young at heart and want to learn more about corals, critters and life under the sea!
With over 150 meters of large, see-through tunnels, visitors can experience marine life like never before! From coral gardens to an abundance of jellyfish dancing about in the water, it’s a surreal way to experience life under the sea, on land!
Apart from the largest collection of jellyfish, the tunnels are divided into different zones. With a special collection of corals, sharks and stingrays, each area is replete with fun facts and information to ensure you leave knowing more about these mysterious underwater creatures than when you walked in.
A visit to the Tiger Cave Temple is a mandatory checklist item during a stay in Krabi, the beautiful island of coral reef vistas, alluring beaches and breathtaking views. This Buddhist temple situated in the northeast part of Krabi is a worthy uphill climb.
The History of the Temple
Located only 33 minutes away from Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort, the Tiger Cave Temple, also known as Wat Tham Suea attracts guests from so many Ao Nang beach hotels. The story of the temple dates back to B.E. 2518 when a Jumnean Seelasettho, a Vipassana monk arrived at the caves to meditate, where tigers roamed around the cave. However, another legend states that a large tiger occupied the caves, and the temple was given its name due to the tiger paw prints on its walls.
The Tiger Cave Temple, which is also a meditation centre is surrounded by a rainforest and mighty old trees that have stood the test of time. The surrounding grounds of the temple have been a source of ancient artefacts where Thanu artefacts had been discovered. However, the small caves in the Tham Sua region are not accessible to tourists.
Statues Worth a Click
The holy grounds of Wat Tham Suea are decorated with a statue that depicts the religious significance of the temple. The most prominent of all is the golden Buddha statue situated right at the top of the mountain. As one reaches the shrine at the top of the stairs, the statue, along with other temple buildings and the town of Krabi can be viewed.
Pilgrims and visitors can reach the top by climbing up the stairs or taking the lift at the left of the stairs. A recent update was made to the stairs which increased its number from 1,237 to 1,260. At an elevation of 278 metres, the Tiger Cave Temple is also home to monks. Monkeys are known to roam about the stairway and visitors are often warned to act cautiously around them.
Amongst the most enchanting natural attractions in Vietnam, the Mui Ne Sand Dunes are wonderful sights to behold be it at dawn or dusk and here’s more on what awaits.
Where Are the Dunes?
These dunes can be found in Mui Ne, a charming coastal resort town in Southeast Vietnam known for its gorgeous beach and laidback atmosphere. You can stay at properties by the shore like Anantara Mui Ne Resortwhich organises excursions to the dunes. Jeep tours are popular, while bike rental options are available too for independent exploration.
White Sand Dunes
When it comes to catching a captivating sunrise, head to the White Sand Dunes within easy reach for those staying at a beachside Mui Ne resort. The desertscape with its pristine sands and lakes is made even more beautiful in the light of the morning sun; you can even hire a quad bike or for something truly unforgettable, take a hot air balloon ride.
Red Sand Dunes
Once evening draws near, plan a visit to the Red Sand Dunes where a spellbinding sunset awaits. The sand with its reddish and brown colour lends to the allure of this sight which makes for great Insta posts too. To add to your experience, locals hire out sleds that you can take up to one of the dunes for a fun ride down!
The Fairy Springs
As part of your tour of the Red Sand Dunes in Mui Ne, you can also visit the nearby Fairy Springs, well worth exploring too. This idyllic stream is set amidst impressive rock formations that create an enthralling backdrop; you can remove your footwear and enjoy a leisurely stroll in the stream which is only around ankle-deep in water.
Lying off the coast of Abu Dhabi is the enchanting island of Sir Bani Yas which apart from sublime seclusion and beachside bliss, offers lots of outdoor escapades for the whole family.
Wildlife Drives & Nature Walks
The key attraction is the Arabian Wildlife Park home to over 17,000 free-roaming animals. Those staying at properties like Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort can enjoy guided wildlife drives and nature walks here to spot some of these amazing creatures; highlights include the iconic Arabian oryx as well as giraffes, gazelles, ostriches, flamingos, hyenas, mountain sheep and even cheetahs.
Other Popular Activities
Of course, Sir Bani Yas offers many more captivating activities in Abu Dhabi; you can embark on wadi walks traversing past imposing rock corridors and striking salt domes, ride the dunes atop Arabian stallions or mares or use pedal-power to explore off-road trails while mountain biking. Resorts here also offer archery, a great way to get in touch with your inner Hawkeye or Robin Hood!
Archaeological & Natural Attractions
Apart from wildlife, the island is also home to 42 distinctive archaeological sites as well as natural wonders that make the landscape here even more intriguing. You can go on a guided exploration of such attractions including a Nestorian Christian monastery that is said to go back to 600 A.D; don’t miss seeing the salt domes too which are around 20 million years old!
In the Water
There are lots of fun-filled things to do on Sir Bani Yas Island amidst the surrounding waters as well. An activity the whole family can try, snorkelling offers a glimpse of a fascinating underwater world home to protected reefs and thriving fish species. You can also look to go kayaking amidst the mangroves to spot diverse birdlife and enjoy more exploration while stand-up paddleboarding as well.