Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Get out of the vehicle - adventures with the Kusini Collection on the water

Getting out of the vehicle and into a boat in Uganda makes for hugely
rewarding wildlife viewing. Photo by Gretchen Healey.

We love everything about travel, but sometimes what we love the most is getting out of the vehicle and getting our boots onto the ground (or in this case, our toes in the water!) to immerse ourselves in our destination - literally and figuratively. This week we're exploring activities outside of the vehicle on the water...

Manta guests can take the ngalawa to their very own
private paradise
The Manta Resort: An ngalawa is the traditional sailing vessel used by fishermen on the island of Pemba in Tanzania. At The Manta Resort you can opt for your only transportation to be by ngalawa! Whether it's to cruise along the shoreline over the reefs soaking in the sunset, heading out to a snorkel site to experience the vast numbers of marine life and gaze at the colorful reef through the clear blue waters, or perhaps a cruise at low tide to a sandbank of the purest white coral sand. It's the perfect beach to relax on, totally surrounded by the azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean and with nary another soul in sight. The thrill of the sail, fresh ocean breeze, fun local captains, and a cooler box included on all excursions!

Tropic guests can experience the Galapagos' wildlife on
an SUP
Tropic Ecuador: Tropic Ecuador knows how to introduce Galapagos visitors to the Islands - get on the water asap! After a quick change and snack at Baltra airport's VIP lounge, guests take a short ride to reach the Itabaca Channel where they will immediately get on the water. A boat will take them out on the gorgeous turquoise channel for the chance to kayak, snorkel and stand up paddleboard. White-tipped reef sharks, rays, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and more are easy to spot on the water-based activities, and there's nothing to shake off travel like being active! Another Tropic-exclusive SUP hotspot is Floreana Lava Lodge. Visitors can explore the island's rocky coast on their SUP (or in a kayak) at their leisure.

A boat cruise in Uganda will leave guests awed
Classic Africa Safaris: Gorillas are top of mind when envisioning a trip to Uganda, but there's more to the country than primates, including adventures on the water. A Kazinga Channel cruise is a huge highlight of any visit to Queen Elizabeth NP with Classic Africa Safaris. Innumerable birds and abundant wildlife can be seen on the 2 hour cruise - including elephants drinking at the water's edge, and one of Africa's largest concentration of hippos, many of whom can be found lazing on the beach. Kazinga isn't the only fantastic boating activity available. A Nile Delta cruise in Murchison Falls NP is an absolute must for twitchers. It's known as one of the best opportunities anywhere to see the rare shoebill.

Nearly all activities at Camp Cecil are self-propelled
Todos Santos Eco Adventures: Guests at Camp Cecil won't see a vehicle during their stay with Todos Santos Eco Adventures. Instead, they can play in the Sea of Cortez's crystalline waters, which just happen to be home to 39% of the world´s total number of marine mammal species, a third of the world´s marine cetacean species, and 891 fish species. Visitors can explore by kayaking, snorkeling, swimming with sea lions, discovering hidden lagoons and stand up paddle boarding. On land there's hiking, bird watching, building sand castles, checking out cave art or secreting away to deserted beaches. And don't forget to save some time for reading, napping, swimming, chillin', sipping margaritas and gazing at stars. No motorized vehicles needed (except to get there!).

A new twist on safari - exploring Mozambique by dhow
New Frontiers: There's so many out of the vehicle opportunities in Southern Africa, New Frontiers has crafted an entirely new set of adventures called New Frontiers Active Escapes. Their 'on the water' options include a 4 night Okavango Delta Mokoro Trail, a 4 night Kafue Canoe Trail in Zambia, a 4 night Mozambique Dhow Safari and a 5 night Lower Zambezi River Safari going from Kariba to Mana Pools. Not only do these trips get travelers out of the vehicle, they get them off the beaten path and into real solitude. Whether they want to feel like a island castaway or an early explorer, these adventures will leave the impression they have the whole place to themselves.

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