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Best places to visit this Valentine’s day

With Valentine’s day around the corner, we’ve put together some romantic getaways to inspire you and your loved one. Let the romance blow you away!

Amsterdam, Netherlands – The Magere Brug Bridge – a kiss on the bridge guarantees eternal love!

Bundle up warm and take a romantic snowy walk through the beautiful streets of Amsterdam, crossing over the Magere Brug Bridge. It is rumored, a kiss on the bridge brings eternal love. Do you dare to take the chance?

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Celebrate your love with the language of dancing the tango!

What is your love language? For some it is showering one’s partner with chocolates or leaving little notes for them to find. Why not find your love language in the passionate tango while exploring the vibrant night life of Buenos Aires!

Serengeti, Tanzania – Romantic hot air balloon safari!

Take a romantic African safari this Valentine’s day and tell the one that means the most to you just how much you care, whilst floating in a hot air balloon high above the African plains.

Koh Tao, Thailand – Romantic turquoise getaway, take the plunge with your loved one!

Take the plunge into the beautiful turquoise waters of Koh Tao Thailand this Valentine’s day. Spend your days relaxing on the gorgeous beaches, snorkeling or scuba diving with the one you love or even a group of adventurous friends.

If you’d like to discuss your romantic getaway this Valentine’s day please contact your Lekker Boutique Travel expert.

Uganda – a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Julia recalls her recent visit to Uganda

I recently returned from a very humbling and life-changing trip with Singing Gorilla Projects to Uganda.

Singing Gorilla Projects funds and manages community based projects in remote parts of Uganda that improve the welfare of communities and enrich the lives of individuals. The charity builds and manages health facilities, builds schools and sponsors children to continue their schooling, and funds water delivery programs with water tanks, water filters and water pumping projects.

I spent a week in the remote town of Nkuringo, overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (home to the endangered mountain gorillas) and the majestic hills and volcanos of south west Uganda.

We visited numerous schools, opening new classrooms, looking at various water projects and most importantly meeting the children. What struck me most was how warm and friendly everyone was, and how grateful the community was for the assistance they’re receiving in improving their lives and having the opportunity to educate their children. A sign I saw at one of the schools sums it up best “Education is the key to opportunity”.

An exclusive opportunity for you

Lekker will be working with Singing Gorilla Projects to provide a unique opportunity to combine an African safari and mountain gorilla encounter with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to visit the schools and community supported by the charity and get personally involved in the incredible work that Singing Gorilla Projects is doing.

If you’d like to find out more about visiting Uganda or sponsoring a child, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Introducing Lekker Africa

Happy new year! We hope you’ve had a wonderful festive season.

To kick-start the new year, we’d love you to join us in 2019 on an exclusive journey to explore the many wonders of Africa.

Why Lekker Africa?

Over the years we’ve noticed a gap in the market for luxury tours to Africa that are quick and easy to book, are reasonably priced, and allow you to travel with the people you choose on dates that suit you.

So we’ve curated a selection of our favourite African itineraries especially for you.

Book online

Visit www.lekkerafrica.com. Select your preferred itinerary from our Africa collection, your chosen level of comfort, the number of people in your party and arrival date, and then book online with a few simple clicks.

If you have any questions or you can’t find the exact itinerary you’re looking for, request a callback and we’d be happy to create a tailor-made holiday just for you.

Happy travels and all the best for 2019,
Julia and the Lekker Team

Your Easter Break Sorted

It’s one of the best times of the year to get away, so why not experience a truly ‘Lekker’ Easter break this year? With our 2018 Easter destinations we’re focusing on breaks that offer a wealth of experiences – so whether you’re into outdoor adventure, cosmopolitan vibes or classic culture and charm, we’ve got you covered.

Argentina

If you’re looking for energy and excitement, the fast pace of Argentina makes for an ideal break this Easter. Touch down in the cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires, and start exploring the uniquely Argentinian mix of vibrancy and charm that’s always on full display. Get into the city’s rhythm with a traditional tango show (or, for the more sure-footed among you, a private dance class!) Sink your teeth into a delicious steak dinner paired with the finest in world-class wine. In Buenos Aires the night is always still young, whether you’re taking in a show at the Teatro Colòn (one of the finest opera houses in the world) or putting your newfound dancing skills to use at one of the city’s many lively bars and nightclubs.

But there’s more to Argentina than city life. For lovers of the great outdoors, your trip simply isn’t complete without visiting the incredible peaks and panoramas of Patagonia. This vast region covers three quarters of the Argentinian landscape and offers some of the most stunning natural sights in the world, from mighty Glaciers to Tierra del Fuego, the legendary End of the World. Despite the region’s remoteness, the plethora of exclusive hotels and cruise options in Patagonia ensure that you’re never too far from luxury either!

Brazil

Argentina’s neighbouring country Brazil also offers a sizzling combination of culture and climate for your Easter break. The world-famed Carnaval may finish on Ash Wednesday, but the vibrant atmosphere and lively culture lingers on year-round in Rio de Janeiro. Stop in Rio to see the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and take in sweeping views of the city atop Corcovado mountain. Savour traditional Brazilian Churrascarias (barbequed meat) and then samba the night away, pausing only to sip on your Caipirinha – perfection!

And of course, any trip to Brazil would be remiss without taking in some of its many astonishing natural wonders. Explore the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands and wildlife reserve and a real wonderland for wildlife viewing where you’ll see everything from macaws to jaguars. Witness the majestic Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, from land, by boat or while soaring overhead by helicopter. Canoe through the mighty Amazon to spot fresh water dolphins, or simply soak in the atmosphere on one of the country’s most gorgeous white-sand beaches.

South Africa

The best way to take in both the stunning natural beauty and unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities of South Africa is by safari. Easter falls at the beginning of the country’s dry season, meaning it’s an optimal time for game viewing at the world-famed Kruger National Park. See lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants up close in their natural surroundings – a magnificent backdrop of mountains, bush plains and tropics – then retire to your luxury lodge before the adventure begins all over again the next day.

Once you’ve conquered the animal kingdom, make sure to indulge in some of the diverse array of experiences contemporary South Africa has to offer. The country’s winelands offer magnificent vistas, wonderful wine tastings and world class restaurants. Cape Town and Johannesburg are vibrant urban centres that feature luxury shopping and bars along with the chance to explore the country’s culture and history at sites including Robben Island and Constitution Hill. South Africa is a destination that truly has something for everyone.

Cambodia

If you’re looking for that immersive cultural experience on your Easter break, the small yet magical nation of Cambodia is sure to inspire. Arrive in Siem Reap, the resort town that epitomises the country’s unique fusion of the modern and ancient. Siem Reap is the gateway to the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world and the heart of the historic Khmer empire. Both are vast in scale and beautifully detailed, it’s an experience to savour before moving on to Cambodia’s present-day pleasures. Siem Reap is also home to plentiful spas and shopping, while the country’s modern culture is on full display at the show-stopping contemporary circus Phare.

A similar fusion of culture and leisure awaits in Phonm Penh, the Cambodian capital. Stroll along the ever-popular riverfront and take your pick from the many parks, bars and restaurants on display, before paying a visit to the splendid Royal Palace. This ornate and opulent structure is a must-see along with the absolutely stunning Silver Pagoda complex, where the sight of priceless Buddhist and historical artefacts offer a sparkling way to complete your visit.

Thailand

Thailand is another historic country that combines ultramodern cityscapes with ancient wonders. Get things started in the bustling capital of Bangkok, where you can sample street food and local colour at a weekend market before experiencing this city of contrasts at its most diverse. After all, where else do megamalls sit alongside centuries-old village homes and ancient temple spires co-exist with towering skyscrapers? If you’re looking to truly step back in time, then the quiet charm of Chiang Mai offers a serene alternative to Bangkok with its picturesque views, trekking tours and the chance to pick up traditional Thai skills on massage or cooking courses.

If sun, sea and sand is more your speed, Thailand is also appealing for its truly diverse array of tropical beaches and resorts, from the bustling Pattaya to the fashionable Hua Hin. Whether you’re looking for rest and relaxation on white-sand beaches or daring dive sites and nightlife, you’ll be sure to find that life’s a beach in this beautiful country!

Contact your Lekker Boutique Travel expert HERE for more information

Last minute Valentine’s break ideas

Nothing sets the heart a-flutter quite as effectively as a romantic getaway. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’ve put together some last-minute breaks to inspire you and your loved one. Because it’s never too late to indulge in a little Valentine’s luxury!

ICELAND

Iceland’s landscape of breath-taking beauty is the perfect backdrop to a swoon-worthy getaway, replete with natural wonders from geysers to glaciers. Lucky couples can soak up the country’s unique atmosphere in the luxurious geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. Once you’re thoroughly relaxed from your spa experience, snuggle up to watch the Northern Lights – nature’s most spectacular light show – illuminate the night skies just for you. The temperatures may be cold, but nothing warms the heart faster!

FRANCE

France remains the quintessential romantic getaway for many couples, and for good reason; the mix of alluring sophistication, remarkable scenery and delectable cuisine is enough to seduce any visitor. Couples can drink up the beauty of the country’s wine region or be moved by Normandy’s dramatic landscapes and picturesque villages. And of course no list of romantic destinations would be complete without an appearance from the iconic city of love, Paris! France’s capital offers the opportunity to indulge in unparalleled luxury shopping, stroll along the Seine (taking in legendary landmarks along the way) and lay eyes on some of the most romantic artworks of all time in the Louvre.

ITALY

Falling for Italy is easy, with almost every city featuring enough charm, history and beauty to enchant. You could pay a visit to Verona, the picturesque and historic setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, or escape to the exclusive island of Capri, renowned for its refined atmosphere and truly stunning scenery. But for the classic romantic Italian experience, it has to be Venice. Imagine floating along the city’s legendary canals on a gondola and snuggling up as you pass elegant palaces and historic buildings, all the while serenaded by your gondolier. Your Venetian Valentine’s is best paired with world-class luxury accommodation – complete with fine dining and all those little extras you’ll both love.

Contact your Lekker Boutique Travel expert HERE for more information

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