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Small is definitely


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ot all cars are the same. The world is full of variants and versions- the sports car, the SUV, the 4 x


4, as well as a huge range of brands from the extreme luxury of a Bentley to the utilitarian nature, and value for money, of say a Dacia. Like many things in life, you get what you pay for. This is particularly true of holidays, and, like cars, not all are the same. With the rise of globalisation,


there is no doubt that the world has become smaller and, perhaps more uniform. Truly unique destinations are becoming harder to find. Menus are found in English in restaurants all over the world and the pizza is now ubiquitous. One of the many advantages


of working in the travel industry is that I get to hear of and read about some amazing, unique, travel destinations and, just occasionally, I get to experience them. A very special itinerary, which I have been fortunate enough to enjoy, is a visit to Botswana’s Chobe National Park. The Chobe was Botswana’s first National Park, officially founded in 1967, and it has amongst the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa, as well as being home to the Famous Big Five of Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard. The Park is particularly famed for its resident Kalahari Elephant population, the largest of the elephant species, the population of which was recently estimated at 50,000 strong. In itself Chobe National Park


would be a stunning destination but now visitors can enjoy a level of


comfort and luxury never originally considered. Family owned River cruise pioneers, AmaWaterways, have introduced the Zambezi Queen onto the Chobe River to provide a


To sit at the end of my bed and watch these beautiful, dignified, animals for more than half an hour is a memory I will never lose.


wildlife viewing like no other. The intimate Zambezi Queen carries a maximum of just 28 passengers and was designed exclusively for close up wildlife viewing as it sails along the Chobe River. Indeed, as I awoke on the first morning of my tour, I drew


back the curtains to see the African sun beginning to burn off the mist that was covering the river and its banks. As my sleepy eyes cleared I first thought that I was still dreaming for through the mist I can see first one, and then another, and then another large grey bulk descending into the river, less than 100 metres from the boat. My eyes were on stalks as I realised that a herd of elephants, led by the matriarch, was enjoying an early morning bathe in the Chobe! To sit at the end of my bed and watch these beautiful, dignified, animals for more than half an hour is a memory I will never lose. So many words could be used to describe that moment, but I think magical fits the bill best. The Zambezi Queen has elegant décor and balconies in every stateroom from which Africa’s scenery


more beautiful


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