Trends, Travel, History and Books

April 6, 2012

Entertainment, Trends

Top Egypt Tours With Encounters Travel

Source:  Cision

Luxor Temple - HR

Felucca on Nile 2 - HR

Egypt is a magical destination, home to some of the world’s most iconic monuments and ancient civilisations, as well as bursting with architectural splendour. Cairo’s legendary pyramids are merely the tip of the archaeological iceberg. And there’s no better way to enjoy its exotic sights and smells, than on a guided tour.  What’s more, Encounters Travel is offering up to 30 per cent off some of its small group adventure tours of Egypt if booked before 30 April. With prices starting from only £276 per person for a nine-day visit, there’s no better time to book.

Whether a solo traveler, a couple or with a group of friends, Encounters Travel’s Egypt tours offer a perfect mix of history, culture, architecture, breathtaking sites, year-round sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches and coral rich waters for relaxation and snorkeling. They also combine comfortable four-star hotel accommodation with the odd night somewhere unique for a true once-in-a-lifetime experience – such as on board an overnight train or a traditional felucca boat along the Nile, where guests sleep on an open-deck sailboat under the stars.

NEW for 2012, Encounters Travel offers a brand new ‘facilities boat’ to accompany their felucca cruises along the Nile. The facilities boat houses toilets, showers and even offers traditional Nubian massages on the top deck, so guests are always kept in comfort.

Book before 30 April and save up to 30 per cent on selected Egypt tours.  Travel can be anytime in 2012. For more information view the special offers page. Options include:

Best for budget: 9-Day Nubian Adventure tour from £276pp (30% off)

This tour includes visits to the Pyramids in Cairo, the Philae temple in Aswan, the rock temples at Abu Simbel, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and a short cruise along the Nile Valley.

Best for sightseeing and sun: 14-Day Nubians & Beaches tour from £416pp (30% off)

This comprehensive two-week tour includes all the major sites including the Pyramids, the Philae temple in Aswan, the rock temples at Abu Simbel, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and a short cruise along the Nile Valley, finishing with a four-night stay on the golden beaches at Dahab.

Best for alternative Egypt: 8-Day Siwa Explorer tour from £412pp (30% off)

This is the ideal trip for travellers returning to Egypt or for those wishing to explore the lesser visited sites northwest of Cairo taking in Alexandria, El Alamein and the rugged desert landscapes close to Siwa Oasis.

Prices exclude international flights, which are available on request. All tours include airport transfers from/to Cairo and a fully qualified Egyptologist guide throughout.

Family Fun Under A Zulu Sun – South Africa

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A Zulu Love Letter – Kids Stay Free in the UK school holidays

GMI Zulu Dancers

Traditionally, Zulu love letters are messages woven in beads by Zulu maidens and sent as symbols of love or affection, and each colour means something – white for purity, black for missing you, green for pining and red for love.   Ethos Marketing is very proud to represent a number of fantastic properties in KwaZulu-Natal that complement each other perfectly and form the core of our Zulu Route.    Properties include:

•    Cathedral Peak Hotel – Drakensberg Mountains
•    Fordoun Hotel & Spa –  Midlands Meander
•    Isandlwana Lodge –  Battlefields
•    Ghost Mountain Inn –Zululand/ Elephant Coast
•    Amakhosi Safari Lodge  – Zululand
•    Pakamisa Private Game Reserve – Zululand

KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is the perfect family getaway for the upcoming June half term (first week of June) or the July/August 2012 UK Summer Holidays.

Not only is KwaZulu-Natal the warmest place in South Africa between July and September, with hot sunny days ideal for outdoor adventure and activity for the whole family – but it offers some of the best off-peak rates you will find anywhere in the country!  The evenings can be a little chilly so visitors are advised to pack warm jumpers for activities like evening game drives – but this is also the best time of the year for prime game viewing in KwaZulu-Natal!

Ethos Marketing’s KwaZulu-Natal based properties welcome children and have come together to create some fantastic “Family Fun under the Zulu Sun” offers based on travel between 1 – 10 June and between 23 July and 31 August 2012.

During these dates, KIDS STAY FREE when travelling with two adults.  Plus kids can look forward to learning while they play on activities like “Grubby Bug” walks or taking a Zulu village tour to meet other children to see how they live and learn.  Properties such as Ghost Mountain Inn and Cathedral Peak also have great facilities for youngsters plus a programme of activities that will appeal to young and old.  We also highly recommend a beach add on as the province has some of the best sandy beaches you will find anywhere with warm waters for swimming and surfing!

Ghost Mountain Inn

Is situated at the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain and is undoubtedly Zululand’s finest Country Inn.  This 4-star family owned and run hotel boasts 50 elegant rooms with private patios leading on to extensive gardens.

SPECIAL OFFER:  Children under 12 stay FREE when sharing with 2 Adults in the June Half Term and UK Summer School Holidays.  Children aged 13
– 16 pay just R280 (about £24) per night Bed and Breakfast.

Both the Garden rooms and the Suite offer comfortable pull out sofas for children.  Single rooms are not ideal for sharing with children as space is more limited.

Ghost Mountain makes its youngest visitors feel welcome with Kids sheets on the beds, a Kiddies Menu, a playground and games room with snooker and darts for older kids.  Children are welcome to join safaris and boat trips and resident guide Jean will arrange Grubby Bug walks for the kids, where they go on an ‘insect safari’. Baby-sitting facilities are available to give parents some down time.

Cathedral Peak Hotel 

One of South Africa’s premier family resorts, this family-owned hotel has been refurbished to an impressive 4 star standard and boasts stunning grounds with some of the best views of the famous Drakensberg mountains.  Loads of activities for the whole family including hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, tennis, squash, bowls, 9-hole golf course, heated and cold swimming pools, fly fishing, quad biking, climbing wall, helicopter sightseeing and lots more.  Kids will love the games room, playground and mini golf!

SPECIAL OFFER:  Children under the age of 6 years old STAY FREE when sharing with two adults in the June Half term (June 4th until Friday June 8th) and UK Summer holidays (July 23rd until Friday, August 31 but EXCLUDING 8 – 11 AUGUST 2012). 

 


Elephant - Karin Hougaard

Fordoun Hotel and Spa 

Is an oasis of relaxation and sensory bliss on the popular Nottingham Road section of the Midlands Meander. This five star Boutique Hotel boasts luxuriously appointed rooms, friendly service and a superior fine dining restaurant.  In addition to the extensive range of Dermalogica/Mamma Mio/and Africology treatments on offer at the spa, guests can also have a consultation with Director at Fordoun, Dr Elliot Ndlovu – the country’s leading expert on Zulu traditional healing and indigenous plants.  In addition to being a Sangoma (Spiritual Healer) and Inyanga (Medicinal Healer), Elliot also offers cultural tours to his rural Kamberg village, where children can meet local Zulu kids.  Cultural Tours cost R550 per adult, which includes transport, and any accompanying children are free of charge.

Although Fordoun does not cater specifically to children they are welcomed warmly and will enjoy the peaceful farm setting with space to run, breathe and play – as well as explore the surrounding Midlands Meander with their parents.  An opportunity to learn more about the farm and enjoy tractor rides to the dairy and to see the cattle whilst parents relax and are pampered!  Fordoun’s rooms can accommodate up to two children sharing with their parents, subject to availability.  A special Children’s menu is available for meals (Just R35 on average).  Babysitting can be arranged at R30/hour (less than £3) and R45/hour after 00h00.

SPECIAL OFFER: Children 12 and under stay free when sharing with two adults mid-week only during the UK half term and Summer school holidays.

Families with children over the age of 7 years are welcome at Isandlwana Lodge in the heart of the Battlefields.  Not only will it give them a taste of the real Africa and allow them to immerse themselves in the history and culture in a relaxed and informal way, such as through a walk through a Zulu village or a visit to a local school, but this could create lifelong memories and instil an appreciation of educational holidays that will see them wanting more.

SPECIAL OFFER: One child aged 7 – 11 years stay free when sharing with two adults, subject to availability.    If there is more than one child in the family, then up to three children can share a separate room at 50% of the adult rack rate including meals (normally pay full price).  Children aged 12 and over pay the full adult rate.

Family Packages – Terms and conditions

Specials apply between 1 – 9 June 2012 and 23 July – 31 August 2012 as detailed above.
Cathedral Peak excludes 8 – 11 August 2012.

New Novel Offers Dramatic Prologue to Biblical Creation Story


Source:  BlackNews.com

Author E.S. Coakley and Bookcover. "Croquis" by E. S. Coakley portrays the shocking events that led to man's creation and Lucifer's banishment from heaven.

Alexandria, VA — Croquis by E. S. Coakley tells the story of God’s desire to create man and Lucifer’s consuming jealousy that led to his eventual fall from grace.  In Coakley’s work, in spite of His glorious creations, God’s Son yearns for companionship. Pleased with the majestic beauty of the earth, the dinosaurs and surrounded by angels, He still feels a longing for a different kind of relationship. With this in mind, He desires to create man, a being unlike any other and God’s perfect complement.

However, His desire causes a rift within the Trinity as God the Father is now faced with a horrible choice: deny His Son’s request and see Him lonely and unhappy for all eternity or grant His request and deal with His own heartbreak when His Son must pay the ultimate price to save His beloved creation.

Meanwhile, God’s desire for human companionship is noted by the angels and causes deep resentment in Lucifer, once one of God’s most beloved companions and now, seemingly, an afterthought. Filled with jealousy, Lucifer rebels against God, setting the biblical account of man’s temptation in motion and resulting in everlasting enmity between himself and his Creator.

“My aim is to give readers a glimpse of the Holy Trinity behind the scenes,” Coakley says. “The book allows readers to witness a version of the dramatic events that took place in Heaven, including Lucifer’s thirst for power and rebellion and God’s longing to create man.”

Intended to entertain and offer respectful homage to biblical texts, the book offers a dramatic version of pre-creation events that further explains the relationships between God, man, His Son and the angels. Written for fans of religious and mainstream fiction, the book is designed to be enjoyed by readers of all backgrounds and faith perspectives.

Croquis (ISBN: 1466349417) is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

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One Comment on “Trends, Travel, History and Books”

  1. jesusexperience101 Says:

    Very Nice read. Writer makes everything come to life as if you were there. Book was hard to put down. Really enjoyed. Hope there is a sequel.

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