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Why You Should Consider Joining Us On An African Experience

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While the above image is fairly typical of what most people expect to see in Africa – majestic wildlife, in surreal landscapes – there is much more to an African Experience than just the wildlife sightseeing – even if that will take up a huge swathe of our time. So what else is there to look forward to you may ask?

First we have the natural sights and locations. On our tour we skirt the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. We wonder at the incredible lakes and their bird-life including Lake Naivisha, Lake Manyara and Laka Nakuru. We see the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti where you even have the chance to take a balloon ride to  get it all in perspective.We get a chance to see the unique landscapes of the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Volcano.

Then there is how we rest at night. While we do have your usual hotel or two we expand on that and take in some of the best ways to encounter Africa with stays at permanent tented camps, some of which are better than local lodges and hotels, seasonal tented camps – located specifically to make wildlife sightseeing easier, and then there is the Ngorongro Farmstead a unique farm-style lodge that bring back tastes of regional Africa. The accommodation itself is part of the experience.

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Finally there are the people of Kenya and Tanzania themselves, during our trip we will be able to see the modern cities, traditional villages and lifestyles, we will see Soapstone carving and visit local orphanages.

Wildlife, Stunning Vistas, Friendly People and a variety of accommodation – Africa is a destination with something for everyone. Should you wish to join our departure in June 2016, you can review the tour here, or contact us at My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters on (02) 4421 5577 or nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au for more details

A Look Into My Mississippi Experience

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In May 2016, alongside our industry partners of Evergreen and the American Queen Steamboat Company, we have a fantastic programme for those that enjoy river cruising, have a love of music, enjoy experiencing unique historical sights and cultural experiences. From Arrival in Atlanta on the 18th May 2016  until departure from New Orleans on the 31st May 2016 there is something to enjoy, experience and encounter on a daily basis.

Note: Just a quick note that for those seeing this on their e-mails, then perhaps you may want to click on the link at the bottom of the page and see this online at our site – there are several videos below that won’t appear in the e-mail version.

Joining us either ex-Australia (with Evergreens Partner Fly Free Deals) or at our Hotel in Atlanta, this tour leave Atlanta for Nashville,  where we will encounter the heartland of Country Music in the USA, before heading onto Memphis, the home of music legends such as Elvis (Gracelands pictured above), BB King, Aretha Franklin, Justin Timberlake and many more. From Memphis we cruise our way down the Mississippi to New Orleans, moving from the Capitol of Rock to the Birthplace of Soul.

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Our Journey from Memphis to New Orleans will be aboard a traditional paddlesteamer , these are restored vessels owned and operated by the American Queen Steamboat Company, and are a true taste of the south with the old fashioned parlours, round deck walkways/verandahs, traditional styled theatres, classic southern dining and some incredible onboard entertainment that will take you to the heart of Dixie, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Country.

At AU$11,235 per person share twin including port taxes and surcharges, partner fly free deal and an exclusive My Travel Expert discount worth up to AU$400 per couple/twin this is a fantastically inclusive price for an incredible voyage. All cabins aboard the American Queen will be in (at the minimum) Outside Staterooms with Bay Windows (images above as well as base floor plan) and you can upgrade to Staterooms with Verandahs, at additional cost. Single Cabins are also available at additional cost – please ask us for details.

Before you do though take a look look at a quick video clip of this fantastic Cruise Vessel …

… and take a review of the day by day itinerary, land inclusions and extras that we bring to the table by packaging this product up with our industry partner (Evergreen Tours)

 

14 Days sounds Of The South & Mississippi Cruise, 18th May – 1st June 2016
Reservations can be made through My Travel Expert in Nowra.
Full Conditions and details available on application

SUPERB SERVICES

  • 7 Day Eastern USA Experience
  • 7 Night Mississippi River Steamboat Cruise on board the traditional and luxurious American Queen
  • Premium First Class hotels including all hotel service charges and porterage
  • The services of an Evergreen Tour Director
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Return airport transfers

PREMIUM INCLUSIONS

  • In depth tour of the country music capital of the world, Nashville including a visit to the famous Studio B
  • Learn of the fascinating life of Elvis Presley with a visit to Graceland
  • Live the rock and roll dream with a tour of Memphis including the birth place of rock’n’roll, Sun Studios
  • Discover the Mississippi River and its fascinating and historical towns and plantations in depth
  • Explore exemplary examples of antebellum architecture including Stanton Hall in Natchez
  • Get to know the historic plantation town of St Francisville
  • Tour the impressive Nottoway Plantation, one of the largest southern plantations in existence
  • Be guided through the lively and colourful New Orleans and explore the fascinating the French Quarter

YOU’RE INVITED

  • Tour the most iconic country music venue in the world with a guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, with dinner and a show at the Grand Ole Opry
  • Get to know the essence of the home of blues with dinner and a show at BB Kings Blues Club

PREMIUM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the cosmopolitan city of Atlanta
  • Take a stroll down Honky Tonk Row where country music never sleeps
  • Experience the neon lights and blues clubs at Memphis with a walk down Beale Street
  • Discover the rich culture and musical heritage of the deep South
  • Uncover the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge

DINING HIGHLIGHTS

  • 29 superb meals including 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L), 8 Dinners (D) & 2 Highlight Dinners (HD)

Itinerary:
Programme Subject to Confirmation of 2016 Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Atlanta: Welcome to the USA! On arrival at Atlanta Airport you will be met and transferred* to your hotel. Atlanta is a world class modern city with a rich and passionate history, and it is the hub and commercial capital of Georgia. Overnight Stay: Marriott Marquis

Day 2: Atlanta – Nashville (B,D): Journey to Nashville or “Music City” the home of country music. Since its inception, Nashville has been linked to music, from Davy Crockett to Miles Davis, from Bob Dylan to Beyoncé, the best of the best come here to learn and share their art. Get a taste of this incredible city with a walk along the famous Honky Tonk Row. You’re Invited: Take a guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, followed by dinner and a show at the legendary musical institution, the Grand Ole Opry. Two Night Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton

Day 3: Nashville (B): Tour the recording studios of Music Row where some of the greats of Country Music have recorded, then visit the Country Music Hall of Fame that houses one of the best collections of country music memorabilia, instruments and costumes in existence. The rest of the day is free to explore Nashville, the “Music City”.

Day 4: Nashville – Memphis (B,D): Travel to Memphis, the blues capital of the world. Tour the famous Sun Studio, known as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll we explore the memorabilia and hear fascinating stories of fame and fortune, excess and success. Then visit Graceland, the home of “The King”, Elvis Presley. Explore his mansion and see his private planes, costumes, gold records and awards. You’re Invited: Head to BB Kings Blues Club and get a taste of some true southern rock and blues. Enjoy BB Kings favourite southern dishes as you listen to the best of Memphis music. Two Night Stay: Westin Memphis

Day 5: Memphis (B): Today is free for you to discover Memphis. Discover More: Take a Discover Memphis tour, or jump on board the music bus with a tour of Memphis’ musical heritage (additional expense)

Day 6: Memphis – 7 Night Mississippi Cruise (B,D): Transfer to the pier to board your magnificent cruise ship. Check into your comfortable Inside Stateroom (upgrade to Outside Stateroom with Window or Outside Stateroom with Veranda additional expense) on the luxurious American Queen Steamboat and settle-in for an unforgettable 7 night voyage along the extraordinary Mississippi River.

Day 7: Greenville (B,L,D): Greenville is at the very heart and soul of Mississippi Delta and is the birthplace of B.B. King and many other blues singers, so naturally Greenville has Blues integrated into its culture. The town is also known for its many authors and writers, gardens and museums. This beautiful town is sure to win your heart with its southern charm and soul!

Day 8: Vicksburg (B,L,D): Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg. Take in the diversity from National Historic Landmarks to the Waterways Experiment Station. Visit the Church of the Holy Trinity and a wide selection of museums.

Day 9: Natchez (B,L,D): Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum south in Natchez. Visit historic Jefferson College, tour antebellum mansions and take a tour of Stanton Hall which was built in 1857 and is considered the grandest of the Natchez mansions. Also see Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion and William Johnson House.

Day 10: St Francisville (B,L,D): This quaint town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River is your window to the past. With over 140 buildings on the National Register, beautiful plantation homes nestled in the rolling countryside, and bustling Main Street shops, you’ll find plenty to keep you interested.

Day 11: Baton Rouge (B,L,D): The capital of Louisiana, visitors delight in the seamless blend of past and present. Tour the USS Kidd, the Old Governor’s Mansion, St. Joseph Cathedral, the current Governor’s Mansion, the Louisiana State Capitol building and the Capitol Park Museum.

Day 12: Plantation Road (B,L,D): Enjoy an included tour of Nottoway Plantation, the South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion. This stunning historical plantation lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and offers a view of a truly grand plantation. Enjoy a guided tour of an American Castle as we explore within the pristine walls of Nottoway followed by a stroll through the lush grounds and gardens.

Day 13: New Orleans (B,D): Disembark early this morning and transfer to your hotel. New Orleans is the home of Jazz and is steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond. Our local guide joins us for a tour of the French Quarter which is the oldest neighbourhood and cultural hub. Visit an historic cemetery, referred to as the “City of the Dead”, then visit St Charles Avenue and the Garden District which is home to some of the best preserved Southern mansions in the country. Overnight Stay: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Day 14: Depart New Orleans (B): Transfer* to the airport to board your homeward flight.

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For More details or to book aboard please contact My Travel Expert and Shoalhaven Solo Sisters today on (02) 4421 5577 or nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

My Rhine & Rhone Experience – August 2016

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With 2016 rolling ever closer, we have passed out of the “preview” stage for our Rhine & Rhone Experience and entered the Early bird booking phase. Available from AU$11395 per person in the lead in cabin category and using Travelmarvels Fly Free Deal (all subject to availability – terms and conditions apply see in store for details), this is the perfect way to combine two cruises and see the best of the Rhine and Rhone, starting in Paris before journeying north to Amsterdam then cruising South to Switzerland where we take a short overland trip before cruising south to Nice and the French Riviera finishing with a few days in Monte Carlo before heading home!

For a full itinerary please refer to our tours section, or for more details please contact us at My Travel Expert on (02) 4421 5577 or email at nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

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Classifieds Update – Antarctica, Canada, New Zealand and Scandanavia

It has been a while since we let everyone know about some of the trips we have being sought through our classifieds section, and there are a few that cover some of the most incredible scenic locations across the Globe, so if you are looking for someone to travel with, and are trying to figure out a destination .. perhaps these are possibilities!

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If you have ever thought of visiting Canada and Alaska by cruising the Inside Passage we have a single lady whom is looking for a travelling companion to do just that with a preference for September of this year (2015), with the possibility for adding in a trip around the Rocky Mountains. If this September is too soon then let us know and we may be able to match you up for your desired time!

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In January 2016 we have a lady seeking a companion to discover the land of the Long White Cloud. This is for a trip covering the highlights of both the North and the South Island of New Zealand –  preferably by coach tour, though dependant on options they are willing to consider a shared option for a self-drive package.

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From early 2016 (dates are flexible) we have a single lady seeking a travel companion to journey to Scandinavia. The focus of this journey will be a cruise of the Norwegian Fjords and possibly extending to see the highlights of Lapland, and Sweden.

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Lastly we have a lady seeking a companion for an Trip to Antarctica in early 2017. This trip is for a Southbound Cruise from Usuhia or similar location with a Wildlife focus, and possibly extending to tour within South America

So if any of these incredibly scenic areas seems to be something you are after, give us a call and we will see if we are able to match you up on one of these possible getaways.

My Travel Experiences – 2016

With most of our 2015 programmes filled, its time for us to let people know again what we are doing in 2016. We have a fantastic array of programmes which are available to all travellers, and if you are a single traveller as always we can look at matching you up! In any event here are our fantastic Group departures for 2016, all of which will run with a minimum of 2 travellers, and which will be fully escorted with a minimum of 10 – for any questions, queries or to book aboard do not hesitate to Contact My Travel Expert

IMG_2897In January 2016 we have an incredible tour headed to Egypt – put together by our Middle East expert who has been handling groups into Egypt and the surrounding region for over 15 years, and knows all the little unique things that truly make a voyage here come together. Departing 6th January 2016, and covering Cairo (including the Giza Plateau), Alexandria (including El Alamein), the Nile (including Luxor, Aswan, Kom Ombo and Edfu) and Abu Simbel over a 14 day period. This tour is currently available at AU$6031 per person including airfares- call us now to Book aboard My Egypt Experience.

singapore2_1In February 2016 we are running one of our “Introduction” tours to Singapore. These programmes are fantastic for the first time traveller or those that are looking to combine some free time with some scheduled services.  Departing on the 6th  February 2016 this 9 Day programme combines a perfect balance of visiting the highlights of Singapore, with free time available to getting out and seeing your own highlights, whether they be the shopping malls, the ww2 memorials or otherwise. This tour is currently available at AU$2888 per person share twin including airfares – call us now to book aboard My Singapore Encounter

cn_image.size_.american-queen-river-cruise-boat-0812In May 2016 we are setting out for a truly unique trip as we encounter the “Sounds Of The South”, visiting the country Music Capital, then onto Memphis – home of legendary Rockstar Elvis, plus music legends like BB King, Aretha Franklin and Justin Timberlake. In Memphis the highlight of our trip starts as we board the American Queen and take a stately steamboat cruise down to New Orleans in traditional southern style, enjoying the robust history of the South and the sounds of Rhythm, Blues, Dixie and Soul. This tour starts in Atlanta on the 18th May 2016 and is available from AU$10095 per person twin share plus airfare – call us now to book aboard My Mississippi Experience.

photo (21)We voyage to the Dark Continent in June 2016, setting out on a tailored programme to capture the best of Kenya and Tanzania, visiting the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Ngorongoro, the Salt Lakes and more. Combining lodges with Hotels, Tented Camps and Farmstays this trip will be a truly unique way to visit Africa. Departong the 4th June 2016, this programme runs 10 Days Sydney to Sydney from AU$9630 per person share twin including airfares – to book aboard My African Experience call us today!

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Leaving Paris on the 21st of August we have a fantastic combination Cruise that will journey along the Rhine and Rhone Rivers, starting in Paris and travelling south to Switzerland, where we change ships and then cruise down to Nice. This progeamme covers an incredible array of historic, cultural, natural and culinary sights and is the perfect way for someone to explore Southern France. Available from AU$11095 per person share twin plus air we recommend that you call us today for more information on My Rhine and Rhone Experience

Hassan-Ii-Mosque-Casablanca-MoroccoThere are few countries out there with such an incredible blend of cultures and histories as can be found in Morocco. Departing on the 10th September 2016 we head out to visit the Imperial Cities of Morocco – Casablanca, Marrakech, Fez, Erfound, Ouzzazarte, combined with a desert experience and a look at some of the counties most unique sights and locations. At 18 Days Sydney to Sydney this programme is available from AU$6010 per person share twin including air, to book aboard My Morrocan Experience please contact us.

Most people these days have heard of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and some have even been lucky enough to experience these cities. Few though have considered the country beyond these cities – which is exactly what this tour encompasses. Combining the two major cities this tour takes you out along the old Spice route, enjoying Al Ain, the Musandaum Mountains, Hatta and the Desert. Starting at AU$6875 per person share twin including air, this programme is a truly fantastic way to visit the United Arab Emirates and get a taste of more than just the Modern Metropoli. To book aboard or for more information on My UAE Encounter please contact us!

HUE-CITADELWhile not in 2016, our first set tour for 2017 will be a journey through Vietnam, ending up in Saigon over TET (Vietnamese New Year) when the streets are filled with flower displays and festivities, and will be followed by a voyage on the Mekong up to Cambodia ending in Siem Reap – the home of the ancient city of Angkor Wat.  Departing Hanoi on February 3rd, this programme is available from AU$6495 per person share twin plus air – for more details on My Vietnam and Mekong Experience please contact My Travel Expert!

Experience the Sounds of the South in 2016

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In 2016 we are heading off to the USA for a truly unique cultural experience, and while we are waiting for the dates to be set (due to sailings with the American Queen Steamboat Company), now is the best time to secure your space aboard.

From the bustling Modern City of Altanta to New Orleans, the heart of the South, this programme takes in the best of Tennessee and Louisiana, combining the culinary tastes of Cajun, Creole and Classic America with the sounds of Country, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Dixie and Soul.

For over a century the Mississippi and its Tributaries have been a source of life, work, war and culture in the United States. With a combination of Coach Touring and River Cruising this trip takes in the best sights of the Mississippi and surrounds, and covers a wide base of American History, from Slavery to Music, from Mark Twain to the War of Independence.

So if the though of culture, cuisine, history and great music sound appealing, this may just be the trip for you ..

The Sounds of the South Tour is currently in “Pre-sale”, which means we are waiting for dates and prices to be set, but where by placing down a holding deposit of AU$250 per person, you can ensure that when prices launch you will have guaranteed access to the best available prices including companion fares, cabin upgrades and more.

Running this departure in conjunction with the American Steamboat Company and Evergreen Tours, we are able to assure you that we will have one of the most inclusive possible programmes where even the hassle of learning how to handle tipping and gratuities is mostly taken care of.

So read on for a look at what we expect to experience and cover during this 14 day programme.

Pre-Cruise Tour:

Before we head off on the cruise portion of the trip we start by covering a dew places not easily reached within a day tour of the Mississippi and well worth incorporating into a tour based around the musical history of the USA.  This section of the tour starts with an overnight in Atlanta to accommodate guests arriving into the states before it heads out to cover two important music centres of the region ..

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Nashville: Home of country music in the USA, we will walk Honkey Tonk Row, take a guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, see Studio B, visit the country Music Hall Of Fame and much more.

Memphis: Birthplace and home to music legends, this city is associated with music legends like B.B King and Aretha Franklin to modern day chart toppers like Justin Timberlake. While here we visit the famous Sun Studio, “Gracelands” the home of “the King” Elvis Presley, enjoy time in BB Kings Blues Club, discover Beale Street and more!

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The American Queen:

One of the highlights of this tour is the cruise aboard the American Queen, a traditional styled steamboat / paddlesteamer that will take us on our voyage from Memphis to New Orleans. With its decor set to traditional styles its a taste of American history as you cruise the waterways that inspired the tales of Mark Twain. With nightly entertainment reflecting the regional history and culture, fantastic meals daily using local produce to create authentic dishes of local cuisine favorites this is a fantastic way to explore the Mississippi

AQ_OurVessels_Entertainment_680x300The Cruise will cover the musical highlights of Memphis, the historic landmarks of Vicksburg, the traditional plantation lifestyle in the South and more as we cruise on down to New Orleans, a boiling pot of cultural influences with some of the most incredible sights in the USA.

AQ_Dining-Main_680x300The rooms on the Queen of America, start with the Interior cabins on the lower decks working their way up through a variety of cabin types including Outside Cabins with display windows and Verandas to the Deluxe Suites with private Verandahs .. so there is something for everyone in the style of travel.

For a taste, a mere sample, of what the American Queen has to offer,  we suggest that you take a look at the following video from the American Steamboat Company (people receiving this blogpost by e-mail will need to visit our site to view) …

Doesn’t that look incredibly appealing?  At this stage, as mentioned before, we are waiting for dates in 2016 to be set, but on a similar trip with Evergreen in 2015 you would be looking at a cost of AU$8895 plus airfares, based on per person in share twin starting with the interior cabins. So far it is expected that 2016 prices will be similar, with some variance to be allowed for currency fluctuations and possible rate increases.

Girls Day Out – Join Us For A Day At The Races

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In 2014 we were a proud sponsor offering a major prize draw at the “Girls Day Out” at the Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemans Club. Our staff and a number of our clients enjoyed a fantastic day out at the races and we are excited to announce that we are doing it all again! So, we would like to ask you all to come!

Join Us! For “Girls Day Out”At the Races!

When: Sunday 24th May 2015, from 11am
Where: Shoalhaven City Turf Club

We have free entry for up to 40 guests and would love to see you there! To reserve your entry ticket please call (02) 4421 5577 or stop by My Travel Expert today!

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My Travel Exposé a brief recap!

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Despite the weather on Wednesday we had a fairly good turn out for our Travel Exposé and Film Night! The Guest Speakers were as captivating as always, and the enthusiasm shown for some of the tours was absolutely incredible!

So what do we have upcoming in 2015, 2016 and beyond? While the above clip will give you a nice visual taste here is a full listing of what we have on the horizon ..

2015: Danube Cruise from Prague to Paris (September), Western Australia Wildflowers Tour (September), Kangaroo Island and South Australia (October) and a Bangkok Introductory tour with the option to Extend to Chiang Mai   (November)

2016: An incredible voyage through Egypt (January), and Introductory tour of Singapore (February), A Indian Highlight tour covering their “Golden Triangle” (March), a cruise with Carnival to Tasmania (April), a fantastic feast of sound with a Mississippi River Cruise aboard a traditional paddlesteamer (May), a wildlife Safari though Kenya and Tanzania (June), a journey through Kakadu and the Kimberlys (July), a cruise to the discover the highlights of Papua New Guinea (August), a combination Rhine and Rhone river cruise from Paris to Nice (August), a voyage through the Imperial Cities of Morocco (September) and an off the beaten track journey of Dubai and the UAE (November)

2017: We kick off 2017 with a journey through Vietnam and then along the Mighty Mekong to Cambodia (February) with journeys in the works at this stage to cover South America, Scandinavia, the Trans-Siberian and more!

For more information contact us today!

My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters
T: (02) 4421 5577  E: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au

Discover Venice and La Biennale (September 2015)

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Have you dreamed of Venice? Do the Canals and Waterways of this romantic Italian City call to you? Then perhaps we may have something to spark your interest.

We have a traveller looking to attend the Venice Biennale this September (2015) and is looking to share the cost of a hotel for the week, and a companion who is as passionate about art as she is. So if you don’t mind sharing with a fit single lady in her mid 50’s with a passion for art and a desire to encounter Italy please give us a call!

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Travel to the Dark Continent!

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Few places capture the imagination as much as Africa, perhaps its the old tales of the Dark Continent, with dangerous wildlife and primitive tribes,  or maybe its the growing appeal of wildlife sightseeing or cultures so different to what we know and see regularly. Either way, many people have a desire to visit Africa.

Which is why we are going there! Setting out in mid 2016 we will encounter the highlights of Kenya and Tanzania, staying in a variety of accommodation from Hotels to Lodges, from Permanent Tented Camps to Seasonal Camps.

Travelling from Amboseli to Serengeti, from the Masai Mara to Ngorongoro and more you will have the opportunity to discover the Big 5 and more!

If this all sounds appealing, why not join us at our Travel Expose on the 22nd April 2015 and listen to the experts from the Africa Safari Co talk, not only about our great departure but what else they do in the Dark Continent!

When: Wednesday 22nd April 2015, from 5:30pm for a 6:00pm Start
Where:  Shoalhaven Ex Servicemans Club, 157 Junction Street Nowra

RSVP: 15th April 2015
My Travel Expert & Shoalhaven Solo Sisters
T: (02) 4421 5577 E: nowra@mytravelexpert.com.au