Juliet Twena: The Must-See Places on My To-Do List – Part 1
This list reflects the feelings most have about travel right now. Many of us see the New Year as an opportunity to embark on new experiences. It’s just the excuse we need to start ticking off some of those bucket list trips.
In this two-part series, I’ll discover island huts miles from civilization, world-famous beachside spots with an air of elegance, and villas with private pools that deserve to be recognized, as well as the most incredible encounters with animals and unique moments. lifetime expeditions.
This is the ultimate wildlife encounter and it’s at the top of my list for as long as I can remember. Fascinating scenes unfold before you, with mothers feeding tiny babies, toddlers somersaults through bushes and brambles, youngsters posing, flirting or stuffing their faces with bamboo while big dads in. silver backs watch over them all. While a permit only allows you a precious hour with these majestic animals – and it’s a pretty expensive hour – it’s worth every penny of this unique experience. The permit money also helps finance the survival of around 880 of our critically endangered mountain cousins. Win-win in my opinion.
Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is dense, rugged, and home to some 400 mountain gorillas, including 11 groups accustomed to tracking. While in neighboring Rwanda, 480 mountain gorillas roam the Virunga Volcanoes National Park. Some, like the Susa group studied by the famous primatologist Dian Fossey, live at an altitude of more than 3,000 m. In July, the annual baby gorilla christening ceremony – Kwita Izina – draws thousands of people, but it’s great for gorilla viewing all year round.
Elephant Hills brings a new approach to animal watching vacations by combining luxurious accommodation with the beautiful natural scenery of Thailand’s rainforest and a firm commitment to animal welfare. The resort invites you to explore all the natural wonders of Khao Sok National Park, including the unforgettable experience of interacting with the resident herd of Asian elephants.
Each of the two to four day tours of the park takes you on a journey through this unspoiled wilderness with the help of an insightful English-speaking local guide, and includes the award-winning ‘the elephant experience’, allowing you to get up close and personal. up close and personal with the gentle giants of nature in a responsible manner. Watch the elephants bathe in mud pools before giving them a coconut scrub and feeding them their daily meals. Despite its remote location, you won’t be expected to give up on your comfort while staying at Elephant Hills. Instead, you’ll stay in one of the luxury bespoke tents at the Elephant Camp or the Floating Rainforest Camp, which sits on the emerald waters of Cheow Larn Lake – a popular choice for couples, honeymooners and honeymooners. families.
A big favorite among my clients and frequently requested by families, couples and honeymooners is “a safari”. Although I was fortunate enough to travel all the way from Cape Town to Kenya, I wanted to focus on one of South Africa’s major game reserves and the malaria-free region of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. .
Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a luxury safari and hunting lodge in the ecologically and culturally significant Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. One of South Africa’s foremost game reserves, this is where you’ll see the coveted ‘Big Five’ roaming the landscape, alongside flora and fauna native only to Cape Town.
Staying in Shamwari (“my friend” in Shona) means that you are participating in a hugely successful conservation project, which has restored the land to the rich biodiversity for which it was once famous. Shamwari partners with Virginia McKenna’s Born Free Foundation to provide rescued lions and leopards with a safe haven and environment in which to live. Shamwari is dedicated to the preservation of the ecosystem of the surrounding savannah and invites families to come together to discover the importance of conservation practices in a luxurious setting.
Barefoot luxury in the Maldives
What does your own private oasis sound like? A place to escape the heat of a tropical island or a point of view to admire the view of the vast ocean that awaits you. In the shelter of sculpted gardens or an open space? Look no further as I introduce you to the Maldives.
These paradise islands are another from my own list. For many years, I had planned a trip for my 40th birthday to this paradise destination. I dreamed of diving in crystal clear waters and swimming with stingrays. But that wasn’t supposed to be the case, as I gave birth to my son just four days before my birthday – and so he stays on the list.
There are private pool villas with pristine white sands, magical Maldivian sunset views, water retreats, and an ocean home to 250 species of coral teeming with over 1,000 species of fish. The Maldives have one of the most delicate environments on the planet. Coral reefs are the base of islands and reefs provide protection as a natural defense.
I always tell guests “one island, one resort” which means the Maldives offers that true private island experience. Accessible by seaplane or speedboat, each resort offers something different, from adult-only boutique collections to an assortment of larger family resorts; There is something for everyone.
Last on this week’s list, but not the least, is the iconic Route 66. From Chicago on the east coast of the United States for 2,400 miles to Los Angeles on the west coast, The Mother Road ( as it is also called) has inspired films, songs and great memoirs.
But why is this old road still so popular? For many, it conjures up images of a simpler era, family businesses, and icons of a mobile nation on the road. It offers an authentic United States that might be hard to find in big cities or to see beyond the bright lights. It can be hard to look past the plastic fantasy and bling that is now so synonymous thanks to the Kardashians and Trump. But dig a little deeper and discover a common heritage through historic places that recall those images and experiences that are reminders of the past and evidence of a once great nation.
lFor more details on these trips or any other trips on your list, please contact us and I can arrange a meeting to chat and talk about anything travel related.