JANUARY TO MARCH 2012

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ISSUE NUMBER 5

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Happy Easter from Wildspace!
Featured Asian Experience Featured African Experience

What better time to start planning your mid-year break than after a relaxing weekend gorging on chocolate eggs. This edition of our newsletter brings to you an easy walk through the bucolic Himalayan foothills, a Featured Asian Accommodation deluxe hotel deeper into the same mountains in Bhutan, an intrepid ranger training course in South Africa Featured African Accommodation and an idyllic beach stay in Zanzibar. Make 2012 the year for doing something completely different! Give us a shout.

Upcoming Festivals

VILLAGE WALK IN THE HIMALAYAN FOOTHILLS, INDIA

Africa
K n y sn a O y s te r F e st iv a l K n y sn a J u ly 6 to 15 The annual Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa's most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party! More than 100 exciting events ranging from cycling, running and adventure races to wine and whisky tastings and gala evenings, are expected to draw about 65 000 people to the beautiful Garden Route town over the 10 days of the festival. Discover more...

The concept of the "Village Trek" is unique as it provides an insight into the lives and daily routine of the Kumaoni villagers in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. Overnight stays in the village houses give you a chance to experience their warm and genuine hospitality. The accommodation is rustic but clean and has all the basic amenities. The walks end at a different village each afternoon and this short trek can be slotted into any Indian itinerary.
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Asia
Esala Perahera S ri L a n k a J u ly 1 9 to A u g u st 2 Celebrated since 300 AD , K andy Esala Perahara is a popular religious festival in Sri Lanka. This festival m arks the full m oon Poya day in the Buddhist month of Esala. Equally popular am ong the Hindus and Buddhists, Kandy Esala Perahara is a w ay to invoke the gods to bless people w ith fertility and the crops w ith rain. The distinguishing features of this fiesta are the colorful processions that include decorated elephants, traditional dancers, fire w alking and oboe-tooting m usicians.

TWO WEEK GAME RANGER COURSE, SOUTH AFRICA

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In order for people to experience a slice of a game ranger's exciting life, Wildspace has teamed up with a South African partner operating a two week long Field Guide Training. Our Game Ranger Experience will give participants a taste of what it is like to be a game ranger and will focus on some of the more interesting aspects of the job including the counting and monitoring of animals, the maintenance of fences, the supply of water, and how to measure the physical condition of animals.
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AMANKORA, BHUTAN

Did you know?
The Sterkfontein Cave system, just outside Johannesburg, is the site w here the oldest hum an skeletal rem ains in the w orld w ere found. Since 1936, num erous early hom inid rem ains have been found at the site, som e of w hich date back 3,5 m illion years. This is quite literally the place w here the hum an race was born! In 2000, Sterkfontein situated w as w as declared the a World of Heritage Site and the area in w hich it is nam ed 'Cradle Hum ankind'.

Combining the Sanskrit word for 'peace' with kora or 'circular pilgrimage' in Dzongkha, the Bhutanese language, Amankora is a series of lodges across the central and western valleys of Bhutan. The sole surviving Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom, Bhutan is located between the Tibetan Plateau and India, making it one of the most remote and pristine environments on earth. To best experience all that Bhutan has to offer, Wildspace can tailor journeys that include a combination of its lodges located in the valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang.
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RAS NUNGWI BEACH HOTEL, ZANZIBAR

Coming Soon...3 New Regions
D uring the next quarter, Wildspace intends to roll out three exciting new destinations Turkey, Vietnam and N ew Zealand. Look out for our broadcasts as each new region com es online.

On the northernmost peninsula of Zanzibar Island, Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel overlooks a sparkling expanse of iridescent Indian Ocean, a cluster of whitewashed and palm thatched cottages in rich tropical gardens. Infused with the laid-back, exotic yet ultimately natural spirit of Zanzibar, this is the place to relax and enjoy all that this extraordinary part of the world has to offer. The lush gardens drop down onto one of the finest and most unspoilt beaches on the island, which in turn is fringed by a wide and thriving coral reef. A few nights here is a fantastic way to unwind after following the wildebeest herds across the Serengeti.
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