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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
africa the real afRica jAMbo, KAribu! these are the first words you will hear when you arrive at Kenya and tanzania and they won’t be the last friendly greeting you hear during your stay. Their great range of natural habitats means that there is plenty to explore – from the great wildebeest migration on the plains of Masai Mara and Serengeti, Lake Nakuru dotted with pink flamingos, Amboseli at the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro, the amazing Ngorongoro Crater to the depths of the Indian Ocean with exotic locations such as Diani, Lamu and Zanzibar! Blessed with a warm and sunny equatorial climate East Africa can be visited year-round, making it an ideal destination for incentives and group tours. Your group can even enjoy what they call in this destination ‘Conferencing under Canvas’ (meetings in a tent, albeit an opulent one), allowing executives to recharge and think strategically in environments that are inspirational. Your corporate group could enjoy al fresco savannah lunches, unique canvas and khaki presentations, Masai feasts, hot-air balloon rides, poolside brain-storming sessions and wrap-up sundowners. Malaria medication is recommended for some areas of East Africa. K Botswana Untarnished, expansive and exquisite, Botswana is greatly respected by its people and is one of the few African countries to realise the importance of ecological preservation and low impact tourism. It is both politically and economically stable. It is home to the Okavango Delta – 15,000 square kilometres of watery paradise which disappears into the sands of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. 46 miceAsia.net enya and Tanzania are famous for their legendary game parks, rich and diverse landscapes, flora and fauna, and warm, hospitable people. Virtually every camp in the delta is accessible only by light aircraft adding to the uniqueness of the experience. You won’t see the huge herds of antelope as one does in East Africa but what you will experience is quality wildlife viewing in serene isolation. Unique in its diversity of regions – green wetlands, forested islands tapering into riverbanks and rivers that eventually run dry into the parched sands of the Kalahari Desert – it offers a variety of different experiences at different times of the year. The months between April and November, when large numbers of animals migrate towards the waterways of the Okavango Delta, is the best time to go. November and December – the calving months – are an excellent time to witness nature’s own timetable of regeneration. Malaria medication is recommended for the Okavango Delta area. ABOVE: African Quest Safaris. Useful websites: www.tanzaniatouristboard.com Arusha International Conference Centre www.aicc.co.tz www.tourism.go.ke The Kenyatta International Conference Centre www.kicc.co.ke www.botswanatourism.co.bw www.africanodyssey.co.za www.cansaf.com www.mdtravelhealth.com www.africanquest.co.ke