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Peru

Nuevo Mundo specialise in luxury travel in South America.

Current offers include this 11 day Inca Trail package travelling from Lima, through Cusco and on to Machu Picchu. Prices start from €1,755 per person sharing + €465 tax and includes all travel, accommodation, meals and support staff.

Find out more www.nuevomundo.ie

Amalfi Coast

ClickandGo.com have a range of 5* packages across Europe at the moment.

This deal for 7 nights at the 5* Grand Hotel La Pace on a B&B basis including flights, transfers and all taxes and charges from just €868 per person is excellent.

Flights are from Dublin to Naples and departure date for this package is October 13th.

Find out more www.clickandgo.com

Beijing, Xi’an & Shanghai

This three centre China package from The Travel Department is billed as perfect for the solo traveller.

The  hotels in each city are all 5*plus meals, guides, transfers and flights are all included starting from €1,799

Find out more www.thetraveldepartment.ie

Barbuda

Experience the white sandy beaches of Barbuda with this package to the Caribbean from gohop.ie.

Includes 7 nights at the 4* Grand Pineapple on an all inclusive basis, return flights and all taxes from€1,299

Find out more www.gohop.ie

San Francisco

Brighten up your winter with this 4 night city break to San Francisco from Escape2.

The package includes return flights from Dublin, 4 nights at The Metropolis (or similar) plus all taxes and charges from €799 per person sharing.

Find out more www.escape2.ie

South Africa

Explore Cape Town and the Garden Route and take in some Safari time with this package from Travel Focus.

Starts at €1,350 + €490 tax and includes flights, transfers,  all accommodation and 9 days car hire.

Find out more www.travelfocus.ie


Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

Known amongst locals simply as “The Mara,” this reserve is located in the southwest of Kenya, and derives its name from the Maasai tribe that still lives there. The reserve is notorious for its “Big Six”: lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos, elephants, and whales. You can also spot antelopes, cheetahs, giraffes, gorillas, hippos, and zebras, amongst others. Together, they inhabit the area against a backdrop spotted with trees, scrub and savanna.

 


Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Situated in southern Tanzania, the Selous Game Reserve was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. Neither permanent human habitation nor other permanent buildings are allowed within its limits. The animals that the park is most famous for include elephants, hippopotami, African wild dogs, cape buffalos and crocodiles.


Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta is the biggest inland delta that the world has to offer. Surrounded by peace and quiet, you can view the wildlife typically found in wetland as well as savannah landscapes. Animals to look out for on land include tsessebe, wildebeest, kudu, sable, and Red Lechwe. In or near the water, try to spot waterbuck, hippopotamus and crocodiles.

Okonjima Main Camp, Namibia

Staying at a family-run establishment instead of a large lodge can greatly reduce costs. Once a family farmhouse, the Okonjima Main Camp has a total of sixteen rooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. Ten of them have bush and mountain views, while the other six overlook a lush garden.

Though Okonjima means “Place of the Baboons,” the area’s wildlife includes numerous other species, from brown and spotted hyena to ground squirrels, as well as over 250 bird species. In addition, Okonjima houses The Africat Foundation, an NGO that has run the world’s most extensive cheetah and leopard rescue-and-release initiative.

 

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is part of the greater Kruger National Park. As a private reserve, it is known for having high prices. The key to finding an affordable option is the season, as well as the type of accommodation. Siyabona Africa Travel, for example, offers accommodation in thatched rondavels, which is significantly cheaper than staying in the luxury or even honeymoon suites. Click here for the entire list of prices. If interested, you can even book Night and/or Off-Road Game Drives here. Whether you go during night or day, you have the possibility of sighting “The Big Five” –  lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, and elephants.