Southern African Kids Programme
Southern Africa is a region going through immense change and whilst huge progress has been made over the last 20 years, there is still a long way to go.
First of all – Thank You. By visiting our website it means you are probably planning a trip and there is nothing that the people and the area need more than a continued growth in visitors. In addition there are other ways you can help the country more directly ad at Fleewinter we have searched for programmes we can encourage our clients to support. From 2010 to 2012 we supported Umthombo, a programme to help get children off the streets of Durban and back into mainstream life. In 2013 and 2014 we supported the Mafambisa programme on the Eastern borders of South Africa. Since 2015 we have been supporting a new school in Harare, Zimbabwe, which we have been involved in right from the word go. Collectively, we have raised more than £20,000 in support of worthwhile education projects and that’s thanks to all our friends and clients for contributing.
A focus on Children
There are a wealth of good causes to support in Southern Africa and we have chosen to focus on children’s ones, specifically those aimed at education of the youngest and most vulnerable. In a rapidly developing region we passionately believe that education is fundamental in creating an integrated community and minimizing the chances of new generations being sucked into the spiral of poverty and crime.
To ensure that every penny you donate goes directly to the programme, the funds we raise are managed by We See Hope, a UK based charity. It is with our commitment that they have been able to use the money to introduce a new local pre-school in Zimbabwe.
Wise Hare Pre-school
The project aims to provide education support to orphans and vulnerable children in the area. The money we have raised through Fleewinter holidays pays entirely for the Wise Hare School.
The school has a good reputation in the local area already, which has been built on its brilliant teachers, new facilities and outdoor playground. The next challenge will be sustaining this success and opening the doors to more students. Wise Hare is more than just a school project – it also integrates the local community and provides a footing for a “Villagers Investment Programme” which means that within 4 years the project will be self-supporting and your funds can used to set up a new project.
The economic climate in Zimbabwe is a tough one and the future is by no means set for the Wise Hare School. Low disposable income makes it difficult to sustain growth, however they have introduced some small projects to help raise money to buy food for the children. This includes an onsite tuck-shop and a vegetable garden, the latter however made difficult by the recent drought. It has been great to see that the community spirit in Chitungwisa is rife, as many local people are donating food to the school.
How it works
It couldn’t be simpler – we donate £10 for every booking we make and we also add a matching donation onto all our client invoices, making £20 in total. Of course your donation is entirely voluntary and clients who prefer can ignore it. On the other hand, everyone is welcome to increase the donation at the time of booking or anytime thereafter…
We were delighted to see 29 children graduate to primary school in 2015 and the expectation is that this pre-school enrolment number will continue to grow.
With continued support from teachers, guardians, the local community and the church, Wise Hare School should soon be able to take up to 40 children. The church has already begun to raise money to add another classroom, which they are hoping will be underway by next year. If this happens, coupled with the help of additional teachers, the school will be able to enroll up to 100 students, which would be a fantastic result.
To learn more about We See Hope’s vision, click here
Thanks again for your support and please do ask if you want more details
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Barbados Island Experience Tours
Barbados has so much to offer, apart from 365 days of tropical sunshine, the manicured golf courses and the luxury accommodation. Treat yourself and enjoy a 7 day action packed discovery of Barbados, there is so much to explore!
Our Barbados Island Experience, incorporating two of our luxury Barbados villas, with transfers for all activities throughout the week, enjoy!
Seascape Villa + Barbados Island Experience Tour
7 Nights at Seascape a lovely four-bedroom villa, just steps from the tranquil Caribbean Sea at Gibbes Bay. The property has a wonderful open feel and the staff is ready to make your best holiday yet!
Barbados Airport – return transfers.
- 7 Nights at Seacsape Villa
- Catamaran lunch cruise, with transfer to and from the catamaran.
- Guided tropical reef dive on the Atlantic Submarine, with return transfers to and from the submarine.
- Guided open air “Island Safari” tour, with villa collection.
- Return transfers throughout
Price per person £978 (8 person package) excluding flights.
*MUST BOOK BY JUNE 1ST, VALID MAY 1ST THROUGH TO NOVEMBER 30TH 2016
Evergreen Villa + Barbados Island Experience Tour
Evergreen is a wonderful four-bedroom villa located, on the prestigious Sandy Lane Estate in Barbados. The experienced team of staff, private beach cabana on Sandy Lane Beach and lush mature gardens with a variety of tropical plants and flowers makes Evergreen the perfect location to explore Barbados from.
- 7 Nights at Evergreen Villa on Sandy Lane
- Return transfers throughout
- 4 Hour guided “Beauty of Barbados Tour ” in your own private taxi, with a traditional “bajan” lunch at Sunbury Plantation.
- Nicholas Abbey Rum Distillery and Historical Tour.
- Harrison’s Cave Tour, explore the cave from the safety of your guided tram, as you enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.
Price per person £1115 (8 person package) excluding flights.
*MUST BOOK BY JUNE 1ST, VALID MAY 1ST THROUGH TO NOVEMBER 30TH 2016
For more information on our accommodation in Barbados visit our website.
The first season on Argentous has now finished and if you want to see the photos and stories from 2015, visit the facebook page at www.facebook.com/argentousyacht
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Late Morocco Offers
We still have some great Morocco Holidays available – check our offers page of give us a call
Moonshine Schooner Bay – Barbados
A beautifully furnished one bedroom apartment, located on a magnificent west coast beach great for swimming and snorkeling.
Moonshine is part of Schooner Bay, a beachfront condominium consisting of three blocks of luxury apartments centred around a free-form swimming pool, and is perfectly situated for relaxing and sightseeing.
This apartment includes King size bed, marble floors and quality fittings throughout throughout the apartment; including a custom-made Italian kitchen with granite work surfaces. It is fully air-conditioned with cable TV and high-speed internet.
The apartment provides a roomy and tranquil space perfect for relaxing after a day on the beach or exploring the island.
Briggs & Riley Luggage Competition
Dreaming of your perfect holiday but don’t want to shop around for luggage?
Enter our Briggs & Riley Luggage Competition
Fleewinter has teamed up with Briggs & Riley a leading premium travelware company to offer the chance to win a super-smart BRX Excursion Backpack.
Briggs & Riley whose range of products includes suit cases, brief cases, backpacks, tote bags and holdalls, offer Lifetime Performance Guarantee that even covers airline damage (no other luggage company offers this unique promise).
The BRX Excursion Backpack is engineered for any type of travel, making it the ideal carry-on. It has a large u-shaped top providing easy access to the main compartment and a padded laptop slip pocket.
For details on how to enter this competition go to http://www.fleewinter.com/home/briggs-riley-luggage-competition/
Get off the beaten track in Cambodia
If you want to get off the beaten track in Cambodia and see the country a little differently to everyone else, then this is the perfect tour for you. If you don’t mind walking through the jungle with rescued elephants, sleeping in a luxury tent besides a remote temple or kayaking through green, luscious mangroves, that is. And if you’re lucky you may just be rewarded with an Irrawaddy dolphin spotting in the Mekong River. If you take this tour of Cambodia you’ll see the country in a very special and unique way.
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BEACH CLUB – From our mountain side 1’000 feet above sea level we descend daily to our speedboat at Soufriere harbour, then effortlessly whisk you to the local beaches. The roads to these beaches are difficult and this is a far more glamorous and faster way to get there!
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Annual Game Census Availability
LATE OFFER: Ants Nest & Hill in the malaria free Waterberg still have some rooms available on the annual game census – 31 May – 08 Jun! This is a week of amazing hands on working with wildlife helping out with anything from capturing giraffe or eland to assisting in moving sable or treating sick animals. No experience needed – trained staff and vets teach you many of the behind the scenes aspects of wildlife management. This is perfect for anyone who wants to get a more intimate bush encounter and enjoy some pretty amazing game viewing whilst doing it! You also do not have to be a horse-rider to enjoy this experience as there is vehicle back up and sometimes being in the vehicle gets you a bit closer to the action! I am personally addicted and will be attending my 3rd annual game census this year! Cost is from £2 225 per person which includes 8 nights’ accommodation, return shared road transfer from Johannesburg, all meals, local drinks plus all game activities – including game drives and horse-riding and tons of fun! International flights are excluded. Please call us on 020 7112 0019 for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Zanzibar: Mwaka Kogwa Festival
Wondering when to take your trip to the barefoot paradise that is Zanzibar?
Why not in Summer when you can see the Mwaka Kogwa Festival. Mwaka Kogwa is the Zanzibar new year!
This four-day event in July/August is a must for visitors to Zanzibar, when village men thrash each other with banana stalks to settle arguments from the previous year. Women dress up, sing and dance, a straw hut is set on fire and then a feast!
Number one accommodation in Essaouira!
Amazing news and congratulations from the Fleewinter team today!
we are pleased to announce that Rebali Riads has been voted #1 of 170 B&Bs / Inns in Essaouira!
Well done to Mohamed and the team, what an achievement!
Check out the great reviews left by their guests at;
See our listing for this fantastic accommodation here –
Anthea Update – Gibbs Farm, Ngorongoro Crater
Anthea’s adventures have taken her to the Ngorongoro Crater!
The Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres (100 square miles).
Anthea will be staying at Gibbs Farm.
18 upgraded farm cottages, each nestled in the lush gardens with private veranda and panoramic views. The bathroom has large glass windows looking to the garden and there is a wraparound fire place. Located half way between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater and en route to the Serengeti National Park.
Our new Luxury yacht programme!
Great review of our new Luxury yacht programme in this month’s Sailing today!
Anthea Update – The Serengeti Migration
Take a look at the itinerary where you can experience the migration too!
The Serengeti Migration is a visual feast – there is nothing quite like experiencing thousands and thousands of wildebeest plus zebra gathering in one place affording the eye literally a sea of animals! We have carefully selected a unique seasonal camp that migrates with the animals ensuring you are in the ‘hot seat’ irrespective of which time of year you visit.
Anthea Update: Serian Serengeti Camp
An Anthea update!
Anthea is following a wildebeest herd across the Serengeti and staying in the Serian Serengeti Camp. But this is a camp with a difference…
The key to a safari with Serian is that each group has their own open-top safari vehicle with a dedicated guide and spotter team who will share the wonders of the Serengeti with you. This freedom allows you to get the most out of your day – either head out for a full day with a picnic in the bush or have a lazy siesta at camp before sundowners.
There are only 8 tents, each with wrought-iron double beds flanked by wooden side tables and writing desks and tasteful decor. The en-suite bathrooms include a bucket shower and flushing toilet! The tents offer a perfect balance between colonial camping with home away from home bush comforts.
Read more about this fantastic camp!
Places To Eat – South Coast Barbados
Coffee Barbados Cafe at George Washington House on the Garrison was a real find. The setting is lovely the food is freshly prepared so sometimes you have to be prepared to wait but it is always worth it. They serve dinner on Friday nights and once a month it is a Jazz Band on the Friday night which is excellent. This place is very popular with tourists as well as locals. Friday nights reservations are essential and recommended at lunch if you want to be guaranteed a table but you can just walk in but you may have to wait, however the surrounding are beautiful and you could always tour George Washington House or even take a tour of the recently discovered tunnels. Forgot to mention it is open for breakfast from 7:30am on weekdays and 9:00am on Saturdays. The omelettes are great.
Property highlight : Cocoa Island
An intimate private island with 33 unique suites designed to look like the traditional dhoni boats – the gently curving wooden vessels used by local fishermen – connected by simple wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon.
Cocoa Island is more intimate than others, with only 33 suites on the island but with plenty of facilities on the island, including a calming spa, dive and water sports centre, 25 metre infinity pool, gym, meditation and relaxation area, yoga pavilion and even a hydrotherapy pool.
Other activities can easily be arranged, including cruises to neighbouring islands and beaches and even private dinners at secluded locations.
The rooms have their own private terrace, with access into the turquoise lagoon below. They all have air conditioning, a ceiling fan, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, DVD player, safe and wi-fi.
To read more about this independently run island visit the Fleewinter site at – http://www.fleewinter.com/sri-la…/accommodation/Cocoa_Island
South African “Hillside” – property of the week
Looking for a little bit of luxury in South Africa? Have you considered the Garden Route – Nestled in Plettenberg Bay is “Hill Side”. A wonderful, luxurious 2 bedroom apartment centrally located an easy walking distance to the shops and restaurants with stunning views, lovely viewing terrace and private pool!
The nearest beach is Central beach which is less than 15 min’s walk down the hill – irresistible!
Check out the property details here – http://www.fleewinter.com/garden-r…/accommodation/Hill_House
Or explore other properties on the Garden Route here – http://www.fleewinter.com/garden-route/
Barbara returns from her Bali exploration
One of our intrepid explorers Barbara has just returned from nearly a month in Bali! (Doesn’t it sound like a dream job!)
From infinity pools to Komodo dragons, there is something new to be seen around every corner.
But what should you definitely not miss? Find out here – http://luxurytravelinasia.com/best-bits-bali
Tobago Carnival is coming soon!
Did you know that Tobago Carnival is in February in 2015?
Many visitors flock to this huge street party and cultural event. Normally the main roads are full with attendants dressed in tattered, sparkling outfits and feathered head dresses as they dance to Soca music. The event usually features a Soca music competition, a steel pan band competition and the crowning of the Carnival King and Queen.
Tempted? Check out our Tobago accommodation page, we have everything from villas to hotels (just use the menu at the top of the page)! – http://www.fleewinter.com/tobago/
This months property of the week is in Barbados!
Fed up of grey skies?
Take a sneaky peek at this weeks property in Barbados!
Sunset Reach is a charming beachfront apartment located on the white sands of Mullins Beach, St. Peter. This apartment has two air-conditioned bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and sleeps four persons comfortably.
There is also a spacious sundeck equipped with lounge chairs, which is ideal for those who wish to bask in the Caribbean sun with the shimmering sea below!
Find out more about Sunset Reach – http://www.fleewinter.com/barbad…/accommodation/Sunset_Reach
Dreaming of a Thailand getaway?
Dreaming of a Thailand holiday?
Built on three levels into the hillside, the design of Samujana 17 is stunning!
Flat roofs, sleek white walls and the seamless infinity pool combine with natural materials and protruding rock formations to create a wonderfully elegant affect.
See more pictures and learn more at- http://www.fleewinter.com/thailand/accommodation/Samujana_17
Want something more secluded; look at our other properties- http://www.fleewinter.com/thailand/
Fleewinter is Guardian Award Winner!
We are very proud of the holidays and service we provide our customers, and were over-the-moon to win the best Short Break Tour Operator 2014 award from the Guardian & Observer Newspaper. We also only missed best overall small tour operator by 0.8%! Many thanks for everyone who voted for us.
How to pick the Best Halong Bay Cruise
We adore Halong Bay. With huge towering islets piercing through disarmingly tranquil waters, most people agree that Halong Bay is a highlight of any trip to Vietnam. But with more and more cruises emerging, promising you a trip of a lifetime it is becoming harder to pick the right boat and know where to start. Fortunately here at Fleewinter we have inspected every single boat that we offer to our customers (and have been on a further 10 or so to help us decide our favourites), so can give you lots of tips to help you make the right decision for your holiday.
To help get you started, we’ve written a few blog posts for you to browse:
If you are interested in taking a cruise through the Unesco-heritage site of Halong bay then take a peek at our blog – How to Pick the Best Halong Bay Cruise .
If you are looking for top notch luxury to mirror the natural beauty of the bay then take a look at our post entitled The Most Luxurious Cruise in Halong Bay: Paradise Peak.
But if you’re priority is to get off the beaten track and avoid the crowds, start with our blog all about The Best Halong Bay Cruises to get off the Beaten Track
And of course, if chatting is more your thing then reading, please give our expert Delia a call on 020 7112 0019 or email her at email@example.com.
Easyjet launch direct flights London-Essaouira
Starting May 2015 you can now fly direct to Essaouira, our favourite part of Morocco, and with the Luton service on Fridays and Mondays what a great weekend trip. To celebrate we are offering an extra 10% off stays at our client’s favourite, Rebali riads (about 15 minutes from the airport), for stays in May and June if you book this month.
Return flights to Marrakech £33.82
Much as it pains me to help Ryanair with their advertising, return flights Luton to Marrakech in January for less than £34 per person are pretty gobsmacking. My tip would be book the flights today then wait for the new year to to get a late offer on riad and what a great 2015 escape…
We are supporting new charities in Vietnam & Cambodia
We are delighted to announce that we are now working with two new charities in Vietnam and Cambodia. In Cambodia we are supporting Riverkids, a tremendous charity based in Phnom Penh that works with some of the capital’s most vulnerable children and seeks to give them one of the greatest gifts of life – an education. And in Vietnam, we are supporting Hue Help, a charity that works with disadvantaged children in central Vietnam to improve their health, education and future prospects.
How do we support the charities?
We will be inviting all new customers to these countries to make a small donation to the charity in the country they are visiting when they book their holiday – and we will match that donation.
It’s a huge privilege to us to be able to support the work of both of these tremendous charities – to read our blog post about why we do this click here. To read more about Hue Help click here, or Riverkids please click here.
Rod’s Medina Tips!
We especially liked the Majorelle Gardens which is only a short and cheap taxi ride away from the Medina. Very peaceful and relaxing inside with an interesting Berber museum and a small café which offers a nice lunch.
La Mamounia is a really luxurious and expensive hotel but a well worth a visit. Have a drink in the grounds and then wander around the gardens.
Of course the souks in the Medina are a must. Avoid the local guides who will come up to you and offer their services. Be polite and refuse them but if you do need a guide your riad will arrange one at a sensible price. We prefer to find our own way around and have some friendly banter with the stall owners many of whom speak English. We even found one character who spoke a little Welsh!
The Place Djemaa el Fna (The Square) is a great place after dark when the whole place comes alive with all sorts of activities and shows going on. We did not have any problems but I should imagine that it is a great place for pickpockets to operate in the crowds whilst watching the snake charmers etc. so don’t walk around wearing expensive watches or taking more than a few Dirhams for use in the evening. Our riad had a safe so all valuables could be left safely there whilst out and about.
The Best Spa Hotel in Vietnam: Fusion Maia, Da Nang
Perhaps somewhat of a bold statement… but Ladies and Gentlemen we think we may have just found the best spa hotel in Vietnam. Fusion Maia in Da Nang is the ultimate place to head for a week of feet tickling, shoulder rubbing and feet fondling. Prices start at just £250 per night and all spa treatments are included (and there’s no limit). We think it’s pretty spa-tacular (pardon the pun!). We are currently offering guests a deal where if you pay for six nights you get a seventh absolutely free.
To read more about this gorgeous luxury spa in Vietnam read our travel blog post here. To make a booking drop us an email here.
Happy South Africa Client Review
Always rewarding to receive back such positive reviews:
I wanted to write and thank you for your help in arranging our wonderful holiday, it really was fantastic. After the initial hiccups, all worked very well. My suitcase caught up with us in Cape Town, so I was able to change my underwear (I know, too much information !!!). The hotel at the airport was confused about our booking, but, in the event, we didn’t need the room, as the taxi driver was already there! Had we paid for it?
All the accomodation was first class, the scenery fantastic and the people so friendly. The safari was brilliant, Arathusa is a superb location and the staff so enthusiastic, particularly our Ranger, Cedric. He was extremely knowledgeable, and always seemed to be the first to find the animals – he got quite emotional when we saw a mother leopard with two 6 week old cubs on the move in open country, and we saw his first cheetahs for 3 months.
I should have taken your advice and booked direct flights, we had another panic transit across Frankfurt airport to get our connection to Heathrow. We just made it, and so did our luggage!!
Anyway, once again thank you for all your help, the cake and bubbly on the train were a surprise for Marion, and the crew insisited on singing “Happy birthday”.
We shall have no hesitation in recommending Fleewinter to our friends, your flexibility and helpfulness were just what we like, and resulted in a “taylor-made” holiday. Only sorry we weren’t able to meet.
All best wishes
Catts, United Kingdom, Oct 2014
5 Best Rooftop Bars in Saigon
If you like a high-altitude tipple then visiting Saigon is a must. Home to some of the world’s best rooftop bars, we have compiled a list of our top five bars with a view in Vietnam’s southern city of Saigon. (Warning: best read with a gin and tonic in hand).
PRIVATE ISLAND OFFER: SONG SAA, CAMBODIA
We are grinning from ear to our – our favourite private island in South-East Asia, is offering some brilliant deals over the next year. Read on for the details…
This all-inclusive private island off Cambodia offers unrivalled luxury; with over-water villas, private plunge pools and white sandy bays, we can’t think of a better way to holiday. Read more about Song Saa Private Island here.
For a limited time only we can offer the following deals:
- Book a last minute stay this Christmas – there are still a few nights available over the festive season and even better – Song Saa have lifted their usual four-night minimum.
- Stay 4 nights – Pay for 3 Nights: This great deal is available for large parts of January to April as well as November and selected dates in December.
- Stay 4 nights – Pay for 2 Nights (half price): This tremendous deal is available from May to October.
To read more about our stay on the island read our blog post here.
St Lucia – Autumn/Winter Special
Staying in St Lucia, just got a whole lot better, now you enjoy your tropical stay at Sand Dollar with our free nights offer!
- Pay for 5 nights and stay for 7
- Or stay for 3 weeks and pay for only 2 weeks
- Applicable on travel dates between October 7th 2014 – Dec. 14th 2014
- Applicable on the 2 and 3 bedroom rates, subject to availability
Flights launched from Cambodia to Phu Quoc island
Stop the press: We now have a new, perfect beach destination for all Cambodian holidays – Vietnam Airlines have just launched flights between the Vietnamese island Phu Quoc (aka Tropical Paradise) and Cambodia. We can’t think of a better way to soothe those tired-temple-tramping feet! More details at our travel blog here.
Top 10 Things to Do in Hanoi
Hanoi is probably our favourite city in Vietnam – oodles of history, great food and interesting architecture. Being more conservative in its nature, it hasn’t developed as fast as its sister in the south (Saigon), which is part of its charm. If you’re considering a trip to Hanoi, be sure to check out our top 10 things to do here. Spoiler alert: It includes Tai Chi at sunrise and our favourite food walking tour of the country!
Top 5 Boutique Hotels in Siem Reap, Cambodia
After cycling the streets of Siem Reap through monsoon downpours and sticky afternoons, our Cambodian expert Delia has put together a blog post on her favourite boutique hotels in Siem Reap – take a look at her final selection here.
We are very proud of our drivers!
I would just like to drop you an e mail to say what a wonderful holiday we have just had in Morocco – the Riad and Hotels were all first class and the whole tour worked like clockwork.
Your driver Mahjoub is worth his weight in gold – he was helpful in every way, and took us just where we wanted. His experience in the desert was a godsend as the camp at Chiggaga had been cut off for two days, but he managed to get us in and out with this local knowledge.
Many thanks and rest assured we will be recommending Fleewinter to our friends
Astonishing Flight Prices to Marrakech
Easyjet currently have flights to Marrakesh in December from only £50-70 per person return which is the lowest we have ever seen. Couple this with riad special offer and we reckon you could do a 3 night stay in a luxury riad including flights and transfer for less than £200 per person. You’d save that of your heating bill at home (well almost…)
Barbados Special Offers
Barbados special offers, book 7 nights and pay for 5 on a wide range of our Barbados villas and apartments, on holidays taken between October and November 2014. Call our Barbados specialist team on 020 7112 0019 for the latest availability.
Yoga in the Sahara Desert
Yoga instruction will be provided at the Luxury Camp of Erg Chigaga from 4 to 8 November.
It is NOT though a yoga retreat. It is an optional activity that guests can choose to participate in. Private lessons costs 50 euros.
It is therefore an enhancement to ones desert stay
‘Excellent well informed efficient service. Barbara listened to what we wanted and made excellent suggestions without ever pushing anything. She was very fast at checking availability and confirming bookings. I have recommended Fleewinter to everyone I know because the service was so exceptional.’
Les Alizes and the Photographic Museum
‘Restaurants we ate at Les Alizes In Essaouira and the food was exceptional – this was in the list of recommendations that you provided.
In Marrakesh we had lunch at the Photographic Museum which was also really excellent, their chicken tagine was amazing.’
‘At the riads the best evening meal was provided at Rebali Riads where the chicken tagine and couscous was also excellent.’
The cats and dogs restaurant
‘I wasn’t so keen on the fish restaurant on the beach in Sidi Kaouki. Your notes rave about it and when we went other people eating there did clearly like it and people we spoke to loved it ….but personally I was very put off by the enormous number of dogs and cats roaming around. They literally on the tables. Two donkeys even tried to charge in, which was actually quite funny! The man serving (and I think maybe even cooking the food) would shove the dogs or cats( or both away) then serve the food! Anyone like me who is not keen on lots and lots of animals near food might like to be warned about it. It was certainly an experience. I was told after that there is even a monkey inside but we didn’t see that. My kids enjoyed it and still refer to it as “The cats and dogs restaurant”‘
Counterfeit Visa Websites
We would like to warn our Sri Lanka customers to be careful when applying for their Sri Lanka Visas. A large number of counterfeit websites have appeared on the internet. They look deceptively like the official Sri Lanka Government website, but the visas they issue are not valid. The official website is www.eta.gov.lk and the current visa fee is $30. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.
Pure Riads – Special Offer
We would like to inform you that Riad Adore, Riad Tzarra as well as Riad Hanane are offering 30% discount until the end of August and 20% off in September. The offer is valid for a 3 nights stay and more.
Itineraries on Iphones!
Today we officially launch our new system whereby all our customers have the option to have their travel documents delivered to their phone or tablet using the Vamoos app. It includes interactive maps, real time weather forecast plus of course our famous destination guides. Currently available on iphone and ipad and soon to follow on other devices. If you are travelling this summer don’t forget to ask us
Game Census On Horse-Back
I have just returned from attending my second ‘game census’ trip with Ants Bush Homes in the malaria free Waterberg. The trip was 9 days and every day was different. It got off slowly as we helped to count the animals – all on horse-back taking you deep into the reserve. The horses are well trained and there is literally a horse to suite everyone and being on horse-back allows you to really get close to the animals. This year part of the census included an anti-poaching treatment to the rhino horns to make them unfit for human consumption & devalued as an effort to combat the rhino poaching. It was a privilege to be part of this and never did I think that the day would come that I could say that I helped to roll over a rhino!! During the week we also helped to capture sable antelope, eland, giraffe and buffalo. This is one of the few (if only) places that really allows clients to be able to experience hands on wildlife management, speak to the vet who explains what he is doing and help with whatever is needed. And its not all about hard work – you are spoilt too with great food, competent guides and a beautiful game reserve. One of the guests with me commented ‘I feel like I am in the middle of a wildlife documentary’ and that pretty much sums up what the week is about! I can highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys adventure, being outdoors and wanting an opportunity to be involved with some wildlife conservation without having had any formal training. Dates are already released for 2015 – from 31 May till 08 June and it is booking up fast so if you interested do drop us a line. I have already booked my room…
“We are now big fans of Morocco and are busy recommending it. We enjoyed Essaouira and Marrakech very much, although I found haggling a bit of a fag; just put a reasonable price on it in the first place and I will pay it! On the other hand, my wife thought it great fun. We would recommend Essaouira for a long weekend break by the sea. We didn’t find Marrakech intimidating (just say no and walk on; it’s not difficult) or even that difficult to find our way around in. Either the whole thing is exaggerated or people are incredibly timid and nervous. I would recommend a haircut and shave in Marrakech but you need to ensure that you agree the price up front. We liked the Bahia Palace and the Majorelle Gardens. We also enjoyed our horse and carriage ride.
We ate well on trip with the exception of the mountain visit. We experienced no tummy troubles. Our favourites would probably be Caravane Café and Gwana Blues in Essaouira and La Jardin in Marrakech, where we ate lunch and dinner. We liked the fresh fish grills by the harbour in Essaouira and a café bar right at the far end of the beach, the name of which escapes me [Chalet de le Plage I think-AL]. We drank Moroccan wine every night and didn’t have a bad bottle. ” Tony M May 2014
JUST 2 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE!!!
We’re looking for people to take two mins to vote for Fleewinter in this years Guardian Travel Awards! Just click on the following link – http://www.global-research.net/guta/start.asp and under tour operator type in ‘fleewinter’ and rate our performance! You can pretty much ignore all other boxes and click submit at the end! Thank you so much!
Kruger Direct to Cape Town flights!
Exciting news – the new route between Johannesburg & Cape Town to Skukuza airport has just opened with daily flights. This makes connecting to the game lodges in the Kruger region with Cape Town even easier and much quicker access to the famous Sabi Sands Game Reserve! Do give us a shout if you have not yet planned your South Africa safari holiday!
South Africa Charity Kids Programme
On a recent visit to the Kruger region I had the privilege of visiting the Mafambisa programme in a remote & forgotten area outside the Kruger Park. It was humbling to see how the care givers, who have less than nothing themselves, willingly offer them time, support and care to a small community of around 75 of the most vulnerable children. Most of them are child headed homes or homes where the parents have become slave of alcohol. These ladies offer them a hot meal and guidance and support that is so critical for them to develop into well rounded adults. The grass roots level of this projects helps to empower the ladies and guide them in the basics of applying for ID documents, budgeting and assisting in gaining the much needed help to care for these children. I am very proud that we are supporting such a good cause and knowing that the money we (and you our clients) raise for this goes directly to the benefit of this community.
Guardian Travel Awards 2014
This year we are in the running for the Guardian’s ‘Best Small Tour Operator’ Award and we would REALLY, REALLY, REALLY like to win! So provided you think we deserve it, we would be so grateful if you would take 2 minutes to fill out the following questionnaire – http://www.global-research.net/guta/start.asp
There are just three important boxes and the closing date is Friday 6th June:
1. Scroll down to the Tour Operator section and type Fleewinter into the ‘specify other’ box
2. Rate our performance
3. Then click through to the last page (ignoring the other questions if you wish).
Thank you all so very much!!
New website about to launch
Welcome to our new website. We are still transferring some of the sections but please let us know what you think of it as it has been the biggest change we have made since Fleewinter was establish more than 10 years ago
Graphic review of Morocco…
Bridget enjoyed her stay with her family in Morocco and being a professional illustrator this is how she memorized her stay. We absolutely love it 🙂
New Pool at Teak House
Exciting news from Sri Lanka today! The Teak House, one of our favourite family villas are taking the plunge and adding a swimming pool to their beautiful garden this Autumn. It will make a huge difference to this reasonably priced coastal villa and better yet the calendar is still open for Christmas & New Year 2014. £2135 per week over the festive season. Click Here to view
Movies in the Winelands
We are excited to announce the return of Movie Nights at the Steenberg Vineyard, South Africa from Wednesday the 8th of May. Curl up for a fire-side viewing of Pearl Harbour or Love Actually while enjoying Chef Brad’s famous aromatic popcorn, homemade wine gums, cheese board and a bottle of Steenberg wine. The estate has this and a whole range of activities to keep you busy during any season. Rooms at the Steenberg Hotel start from £145 per night on a Bed & Breakfast basis from May – October. Click to view.
“Zipping” the question
Gents, do you have a proposal in mind and have set aside a few hours over the long weekend to do some planning? Then look no further. Cap Maison in St Lucia have appointed a dedicated Proposal Concierge at the hotel to be your ultimate planning partner. Recently the concierge has organised a private cruise aboard Cap Maison’s luxury yacht where a groom knelt under a full Caribbean moon and popped the question. However our favourite has to be an inspiring moment that took place on Rock Maison, a cocktail deck perched above the surging waves, where a rock of another kind was zipped down to the couples table via the Champagne Zip Line. Fleewinter can book your stay at the hotel and put you in contact with the concierge.
Goat Racing in Tobago
‘Dogs is America, Horses is England, Camel is Egypt and Goat is Tobago’! There are many ways to celebrate Easter but in Buccoo, Tobago the annual Goat Race is all they are talking about. The contestants have been training for months, the thoroughbred goats have been massaged and prepped, the bookies are deciding the odds and the weeks excitement kicks of tomorrow! If you would like to experience Goat Racing for yourself please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for Easter 2015. You Tube Clip
Marrakech and Atlas Tips
Walk about as much as possible, you see so much more than in taxis (although our tired legs still required 1 or 2 petit taxis)!
Henna cafe is a good idea for henna, not on the square.
Take earplugs if you don’t want to be woken by the early call to prayer.
The restaurant Dar Zelij was amazing, so highly recommended. They send a footman to walk you to the resto – a very good idea in the narrow streets.
Do the cooking class at the Riad.
The Ben Yosef Medersa is a must, buy the dual ticket with the museum for value.
Go to the Jemaa el fna in the evening, but don’t leave it till too late as some of the buzz goes by about 9.30pm.
There are not tons of ATM’s so try to take out money before you need it pressingly.
Go on a guided walk with a picnic, although make sure it is suitable to your fitness.
We ended up coming back an easier way as the trek was a bit tiring!
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