We understand that holidays are not always family time and sometimes couples need time alone without the children running around. The Inspirational Travel team have selected a few lodges and camps within Africa, that we think are ideal for couples to get away and not worry about their children.
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Ramadan is a spiritual month for Muslims – but logistical nightmare for travellers? Heed the advice on our country-by-country to travel during the Ramadan month!

For most of us, the joy of travel stems simply from the chance to sample an unknown country, environment and culture. No trip would be complete without gorging on traditional cuisine, wandering through bustling markets, and sharking a drink in local watering holes. BUT what if your arrive to find everything shut down and the streets near-deserted?

Ramadan falls in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar year, Ramadan is an opportunity for Muslims to strength their religion with their God, Allah. Healthy adults retain themselves from smoking, sex, drinking and eating during the daylight hours, with some even choosing not to swallow saliva. In some cases, public observance of the fast is mandatory even for non-Muslims, but this various by religion. It’s not all about deprivation, however: this is an intensely spiritual month, which ‘purifies’ the soul and brings families and friends together.
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As Inspirational Travel knows most things Africa, we have put together a by month calendar of when and where to go in Africa, we have linked it with just one of the top hotels in the destination that we think is the perfect accommodation to stay in.
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Here are just some of the worlds most spectacular migrations in the world, and also where you can see the migrations happening if you wish to.
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The Inspirational Travel team have selected just a few of the best hotels located in South Africa from the ones we have on our website, that we think are a must see in your lifetime.
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The Inspirational Travel team have selected the best National Parks within Africa for you to visit within your lifetime. These National Parks have something for everyone, a great diversity of wildlife and birdlife to see.
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MASAI MARA, KENYA

The Masai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya on the border of Tanzania. It is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves and stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and rises 1,500-2,170 metres above sea level. It is home to over 95 species of mammals including; lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe and elephant to name a few, as well as 570 recorded species of birds. The area has been classified among the “Seven Wonders of the World” due to the extraordinary annual migration from July to November when 1.3 million wildebeest and zebra cross from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in search of greener pastures.

OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

In the north-west of Botswana, the Okavango River empties into the Kalahari sands, creating the largest inland river delta in the world. While the Okavango Delta is home to relatively few large game animals in companies to other areas of Botswana, its clear waters and myriad small islands are home to an astounding variety of bird, plants and smaller species of animals.

THE SERENGETI, TANZANIA

With its unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing and seeing Africa at its most untamed, the Serengeti National Park offers a synchrony of beauty and nature like no other place. This world-famous park is renowned for the largest wildebeest and zebra migration on the planet, which is usually triggered by rains in locations many miles away from where they are. This migratory pattern, observed by close to three million animals, is undoubtedly the biggest animal spectacle in the world. The Grumeti River harbours the biggest crocodiles in Africa and the mere sight of them is chilling! In some ponds, they do co-exist with the huge uncompromising hippos, where a clear-cut boundary is set between the distinct groups of animals and clearly, there is much respect of each other.

NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA

The Ngorongoro Crater is a magnificent natural amphitheatre showing an amazing wildlife show. Often described as the ‘Eight Wonder of the World’ and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. it is so spectacular that it touches all the senses. A volcanic crater of over 300 square kilometres, with surrounding walls rising 609 metres above it, the crater is a natural sanctuary of over 25,000 animals. Also referred to as “God’s Zoo” the crater is home to almost every species of African plains mammals, including the densest population of lions in African and the endangered Black Rhino. It is also a conservation area inhabited by the Masai tribe.

ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK, NAMIBIA

Etosha National Park is made up of a vast salt pan so large it can be seen from space. The ‘Pan’ provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. As a water source there is abundant wildlife that congregates giving you almost guaranteed game sightings.

KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, UGANDA

Kidepo Valley National Park is located in Karamoja region, in north-east Uganda, and situated in Kaabong District. The park consists of two major valley systems of Kidepo and Narus River. The National Park is mostly open tree savannah; vegetation and animals population vary between the two valleys. Game viewing is possible by vehicle on dirt roads; the dirt roads crisscross the southern and western parts of the park together. Kidepo Valley is home to 77 mammal species and around 475 different type of bird species.

CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world, wildlife that can be seen in this game reserve includes; South African giraffe, brown hyena, South African cheetah, Cape wild dog, African leopard, Transvaal lion, blue wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, kudu and red hartebeest. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is an extensive National Park in Kalahari Desert of Botswana.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA

This vast bushveld ranges for hundreds of miles and has probably the greatest diversity of wildlife and birdlife in Africa, from the mighty elephant to the tiny field mouse and over 500 species of birds. Luxurious accommodation options are plentiful and you can sleep under the Milky Way with down duvets and percale cotton high in a tree or under Ralph Lauren sheets in a suite with your own heated pool.

 

We have put together the iconic destinations to visit in Africa in a lifetime. The destinations we have chosen have something for every traveller whether its for families, couples or honeymooners, we have made sure there is something that appeals to everyone.
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Traditionally the peak wedding season in the UK was July and August but today more and more couples are tying the knot at other times of the year and can find if difficult to know where would be best for their honeymoon. At Inspirational Travel we have complied the following calendar to assist you with your honeymoon planning. Each month highlights a key destination that would be perfect to visit in that month plus a couple of other suggestions. These are not always the “peak” months but are periods when you will enjoy wonderful weather a good value-for-money prices.
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The Inspirational Travel team appreciate that family holidays are important and that they should be enriching and rewarding for all of the family. We also make sure that they are hassle-free so you can spend your time with the family enjoying your hard earned holiday.
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THE CARIBBEAN

The Caribbean is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, reefs, and cays scattered like bright, sun-drenched jewels in the Caribbean Sea. Cliches about the Caribbean abound, and they are all true. These islands really are picture perfect with palm-backed white beaches, crystal clear azure waters and year-round sunshine. What’s more the people are friendly and welcoming and the pace of life is laid-back and relaxed. Whatever you heaven is, five-star nothing with ice in a deckchair, full on adventure in the jungle or somewhere in between, you’re looking at the right destination.

BARBADOS

After morning mists burn off to expose panoramas of valley and ocean, the Bajan landscape is one one of the most majestic in the southern Caribbean. Barbados is framed for its easy-going calypso culture; a strong sense of history and culture fuses with a laid-back vibe. Afternoon tea remains a tradition on Barbados, cricket is still the national sport and many Bajans speak with a British accent. The island is one of the best for a first time visit to the Caribbean as it has more to offer for its size than any other island. Many visitors then return to Barbados for more visits, till the island becomes a trusted friend.

COLONY CLUB HOTEL, BARBADOS

Draped along Barbados’ Platinum (west) coast is a haven of timeless enchantments. The Colony Club is just 40 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the vibrant capital, Bridgetown. This AA 4-Diamond resort was once a private Colonial Club, and the conversion has successfully preserved its sense of history through architecture, décor and landscape.

ANTIGUA

Antigua, set in a stunning blue sea and circled by furls of pear white sand, is a place to kick back, drink coconut juice and relax amongst the friendly locals. If you can persuade yourself away from the beach, there is plenty do and see; this is the biggest and most sophisticated of the Leeward Antilles islands. Antigua is one of the heartlands of Caribbean sailing, you’ll find plenty of history in Nelson’s Dockyard, nature lovers will enjoy the wildlife in the National Parks and there’s Devil’s Bridge too; a natural phenomenon of colliding Atlantic and Caribbean surf.

BLUE WATERS, ANTIGUA

Blue Waters nestles on the north-east corner of Antigua, where crystal clear Caribbean waters lap gently onto secluded white sandy beaches and the Blue Waters comprises everything an island paradise should be. Featuring a number of small, secluded beach coves, several freshwater pool and 17 acreas of lush tropical gardens, Blue Waters is ideally suited for those in need of lazy days spend lounging by the pool, sipping cocktails on the beach or relaxing with a good book under the shade of swaying palm trees.

CARLISLE BAY, ANTIGUA

With a ravishing beach in a secluded bay, set in a sweeping bay against a backdrop of rolling hills and lush tropical rainforest, two outstanding restaurants, an exceptional spa and a philosophy founded on generous service. Carlisle Bay is simply stunning.

ST LUCIA

St Lucia is fringed with vast stretches of classic white sand with lively beach bars but there are steep-sided hidden coves to discover, too. A growing golf scene, plantation history and day sailing keeps a wide range of visitors from honeymooners to families well-entertained. There are plenty of weekly events to join in with, as well; fish fries in the villages, markets and the famous Friday night entertainment at Gros Lslet.

SUGAR BEACH, A VICEROY RESORT

The sensational landscape that protects Sugar Beach are some of the finest in the world, lending weight to the opinion that St Lucia is the Caribbean’s most romantic island. The towering Pitons are twin volcanic spires rising side by side, over 700m from the sea, and linked by the majestic Piton Mitan ridge. The area is a certified UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to the valley of the Pitons is cited by Oprah magazine as the Number One things you must do in a lifetime. This is just the beginning.

COTTON BAY VILLAGE

As the name suggests, Cotton Bay is designed to offer guests a friendly, convenient community. Its numerous villas are designed to accommodate day guests, while butlers and maids are available to sweep your worries away. The optional butler-service is a speciality of Cotton Bay Village, and guests are provided with a mobile phone to contact them at your convenience; perhaps to arrange a barbecue on the beach or a sightseeing trip along the fabulous coastline.

JAMAICA

Jamaica lies in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, tempting visitors to forget everything for a while along its 635 miles of white sand coastline and under its sun rays. Despite its central location, Jamaica is truly an island apart from the others in the Caribbean archipelago, boasting a beautiful mountainous interior ringed by a necklace of golden beaches lined with tall palms, a rich history and individual culture. With plenty of activities on offer from golf to swimming with dolphins, this island has everything the discerning traveller could wish for no matter how active you wish you holiday to be. This is a real gem of a destination.

HALF MOON, JAMAICA

The highly acclaimed Half Moon is an experience in its own right, complete with everything that you would expect, and so much more. A place where dreams are realised, and memories are made. Just minutes away from Sangster International Airport, Half Moon is a premier Caribbean resort which has continued to attract travellers over the last 50 years.

ROSE HALL RESORT, JAMAICA

Jamaica’s north-coast Rose Hall Resort and Spa is located on the site of a former 18th century sugar plantation, and today continues to draw on that sweet Jamaica air. Rose Hall is located just 7 miles from the International Airport and 15 easy miles from Jamaica’s sublime Montego Bay. Subtly nestled amongst 400-acre of tropical paradise, the Rose Hall Resort is located between the stunning Blue Mountains, and the revered Caribbean Sea.

Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your family holiday to The Caribbean. Call us on 01778 382764 or email info@inspirational-travel.com.

We have picked through the many species available to see on safari and chosen the top 6 and shown when and where is the best place to see these favourite species. We obviously cannot guarantee that you will see these species, however the chance are greatly enhanced in these areas.
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