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                                                                                                                                                                        Only in Africa
                                                                                                                                                      My mother has refused to fly for decades, it’s something to do with a
                                                                                                                                                       perforated eardrum that would make her head explode on take-off.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         By Lesley Stones

                                                                                                                                                                             I
                                                                                                                                                                                   rue that medical (or mental?) abnormality whenever I drive
                                                                                                                                                                                   into the bush in Africa. I wish she could see countless wildebeest
                                                                                                                                                                                   making their spectacular migration. The skittering springbok that
                                                                                                                                                                             comically prance away if something spooks them. She’ll never see a
                                                                                                                                                                             glorious sunset over wide-open plains of gold and tan. Or admire that
                                                                                                                                                                             extraordinary thing the moon does when it rises as big and as red as the
                                                                                                                                                                             sun that just went down.
                                                                                                                                                                                She can’t get any of that in England. In fact you can’t get it anywhere
                                                                                                                                                                             except Africa, and most people never really “get” it at all. But once it’s
                                                                                                                                                                             got you, you’ll never shake it out of your heart.
                                                                                                                                                                                I can show her the photographs, but how do you describe Africa’s
                                                                                                                                                                             magic? I can’t verbalise my quirky desire to photograph zebra bums
                                                                                                                                                                             because the stripes are so ridiculously fascinating. Or the noise of the
                                                                                                                                                                             bullfrogs as you meander back to your lodge at night, listening to a
                                                                                                                                                                             cacophony of half-familiar sounds. The roar of the lion that excites and
                                                                                                                                                                             chills simultaneously, as you picture him stalking under a canopy of
                                                                                                                                                                             stars. Words and pictures can’t do justice to any of that.
                                                                                                                                                                                On game drives I’m always the useless one who sits there whispering
                                                                                                                                                                             “where, where?” when everyone else is pointing and shooting. But on
                                                                                                                                                                             my last game drive even I saw the dung beetle – my first ever– as it
                                                                                                                                                                             trundled its smelly treasure along. If I can spot a dung beetle you’d think
                                                                                                                                                                             I could spot an elephant or a giraffe. But they camouflage themselves a
                                                                                                                                                                             whole lot better.




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                                                                                                                                              Disney All Star Resort • Round                                                                                      4-5 hours depending on the type of tour and destination. Here
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                                      A region of the United States that is often less travelled but jam packed with varied natural
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                                      of the resident orca whales. Finally, we make our way back to Seattle where the tour ends. From
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                                                                                                                                                                                        DC day 4 Washington DC to Raleigh day 5 Raleigh to Savannah via
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                                                                                                                                                                                      day 9 Miami day 10 Miami to Orlando via the Everglades day 11 Orlando       Reference: 23303
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                                      day 7      San Juan Islands                                                                             Call your local travel agent for                 departs: 22 October 2010. tour Code: GSNEMO5.                      Attractions Pass • Luggage Handling & National Park Pass and
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                                                       probably a good way to describe        Peace reigns supreme in the award
                                                       the atmosphere at The Twelve        winning Sanctuary Spa where you can clear
                                                       Apostles Hotel and Spa. It’s        your mind and detox your body in the Rasul
                                            almost the daytime norm to dress down to       Chamber before moving to the Leopard
                                            a beach towel and sandals and parade on        Lounge for a soothing jazz melt-down.
                                            marbled floors with the pomp and grace of         Every member of staff seems to know
                                            a Hollywood celebrity (your personal butler    your name when you’re a guest at the
                                            just a gentle click of the finger away).       Twelve Apostles, and It’s their priority to
                                               Suited to a clientele of young, rich        ensure your every whim is taken care of.
                                            Farrari-drivers, and 60-something
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                                                                                                                                                    Peace reigns                      supreme in the award winning Sanctuary Spa where you
                                            drinkers, it’s a place where suits and ties       My wife and I ordered a bath butler, not           can clear your                       mind and detox your body in the Rasul Chamber,
                                            seem reserved only for the over-attentative
                                            staff, and being pampered to death is the
                                                                                           knowing what we were letting ourselves
                                                                                           in for. It’s kinda like being forced to go for         or relax to live                    music in the Leopard Lounge
                                            only way to go. That was my impression         a decadent bonding session with your




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                                            anyway - judging by what I saw flip-flopping   partner ... phone me if you want details.
                                            around the pools and on the balconies          After being summonsed to your room at
                                            - and yet the whole vibe is one of jazzy       a pre-determined time and escorted into
                                            music and island-style relaxation where        your romantically lit bathroom (which has
                                            guests are made to feel more like the          been magically transformed into a private
                                            Kardashians than simply another resident.      bordello), choose from a range of essential
                                               After a rather investigative check-in,      oils and other smelly liquids, which are
                                            kick off with a fat cocktail - complete with   then carefully poured into the waters of
                                            curly things and umbrellas and straws and      your oversized bathtub. The butler bids
                                            swizzle sticks and God knows what else         you adieu, recommending that you take in




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                                            popping out of the oversized glass. Then       plenty of liquids as it “might get quite hot
                                            choose between a session in the fitness        and steamy in there” on his way out.
                                            room or a picnic on the resident mountain.        Later that night it seemed like a good
                                            There’s a half-hourly shuttle into Camps       idea to go for a swim in the hot and cold
                                            Bay or the Waterfront, a 16-seater on site     pools, which are dug into the rocks in the
                                            cinema, a reading room cum library and an      hotel’s private courtyard...
                                            outdoor garden with hammocks and sea              Check yourself in, even if just for one
                                            views. You’ll feel a million miles away yet    night - you’ll love it.




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          over the world. About the size
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of Greece, the Western Cape is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hugged by both the Indian and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Atlantic Oceans and boasts one of
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in the world – Table Mountain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Province embraces the dry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Karoo, the wild West Coast and
                                                                                                                                                                                        WESTERN                                                                                           the lush Garden Route - revelling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in its own biodiversity.”
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Cape Town’s tourist hub. With grand views
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                                                                                                                     elected president, firmly believed in the possibilities of
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                                                                                                                     equal status and opportunities. This has borne fruit               Four star **Cape Town Hollow** is a                                                         Mimosa Lodge is a perfect stop between
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                                                                                                                     will find your bliss here.                                         Best Western’s **Cape Suites Hotel** is                                                     person sharing Bed & Breakfast.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Zen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    admired his slim hips and seductive eyes.          amassed a doggy bag big enough to last a week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “I know just the place,” he said, sliding his   and no doubt pocketed a healthy commission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    arm through hers and guiding our straggling        from the restaurant for bringing in so much
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    group down a tatty side street away from the       business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The word “gullible”                                  elegant old buildings. Laundry dangled from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the balconies and bare-foot kids were playing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          During the next fortnight numerous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cubans targeted us as walking wallets, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  must have been hovering above our heads in        football among the litter.                         never with quite such sexy chutzpah. That’s




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a visible aura as we strolled aimlessly through      He led us through an archway into a huge        because nowhere else in Cuba matches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Havana, gawping at its grandiose colonial         courtyard and up a wide stone staircase. At the    Havana’s style. There’s a refined European chic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  palaces.                                          top was a homely restaurant we would never         about the place, with wide boulevards and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The sting came swiftly in the sexy Latino      have discovered for ourselves.                     narrow cobbled streets leading into picturesque




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    art
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  shape of slick-haired José and his stunning          José greeted the waiters like old friends and   courtyards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sister Yani. José instinctively picked out the    they swung into action, shoving tables together       Old Havana has been declared a World
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  self-appointed ringleader of our large group      and getting someone’s confused approval to         Heritage Site, so a massive programme is under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and sashayed up to her. “What are you looking     rustle up a round of cocktails. Food began to      way to restore its exquisite yet ramshackled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  for?” he asked. “Good food and great Mojitos,”    arrive as José worked his magic on the ladies,     buildings. Enthusiasm sometimes outstrips




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CuBA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  she simpered, trying hard to act cool as she      flattering each of us in turn as he wooed his      all sense of decorum. One pink-and-pastel



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     An octogenarian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     waddling along

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bali    By richard Holmes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     with a fat cigar in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     her mouth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     approached every
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tourist with her



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                f                                                                                                                                You gotta                                          way around the table.                              painted square looks like it fell out of a Hans               hand out, more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Yani had cunningly placed herself between       Christian Andersen fairy tale, but after years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     threatening than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  l ve it!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            or an island as ‘zen’ as Bali, the                                                                                                                                      two men and was seductively squeezing their        in which ornate buildings were bulldozed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            drive from Ngurah Rai airport to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the tourist hotspots of Kuta and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thighs, cooing that Europeans are so much
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    more macho than the puny Cubans.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to make way for utilitarian Russian-style
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       monstrosities, you can forgive this gaudy over-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     photogenic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Legian is anything but calming.                                                                                                                                              Plates of chicken, meat and fish appeared,      compensation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Especially after a 17-hour journey                                                                                                   Lesley Stones                         with communal bowls of rice and beans, and            Many buildings are being turned into high-                           Clockwise from top left: Typical streets of Old Havana. Taxi of bicycles and tricycles in Havana.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               A beach vendor selling colourful souvenirs. A Cuban Musician. Traditional restaurant exterior with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       from Cape Town.                                                                                                                                                              those Mojitos just kept coming.                    priced hotels or tourist restaurants in a state-                        table settings on the terrace and view on old Havana at Caribbean island Cuba.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     In Bali, cars officially drive on the left.                                                                                                                                       A band was playing across the square            sanctioned policy of fleecing the foreigners.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sometimes though, they also drive on the                                                                                                                                          and José grabbed one of the girls for some         When I asked our guide why the streets are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  right. If need be, somewhere in the centre                                                                                                                                        hip-grinding salsa. Yani’s hand was sliding        so deserted at night, he told us the locals can’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  seems to be just fine. It may be chaotic                                                                                                                                          higher up Martin’s thigh as she wrote down         afford to join the fun.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (and you’ll use a hire car at your peril),                                                                                                                                        her number, telling him it was her ambition to        Cuba operates a highly divisive dual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  but as one taxi driver told me: “In Bali, the                                                                                                                                     have 10 children. Martin was clearly rising to     currency system, with the locals earning a Peso
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  traffic flows like water.” Ah, at last the zen                                                                                                                                    the occasion, coughing as he told her we’d be      worth far less than the Cuban Convertible Peso
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  paradise I’d expected.                                                                                                                                                            back in Havana in a fortnight. “I’ll see what I    used by tourists. That has created numerous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “G’day mate. How ya goin’?” was the                                                                                                                                            can do,” he promised.                              social schisms in this Communist country,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  voice that greeted me as I stepped out of                                                                                                                                            By this time our official banker was baffled    with shortages of some basic goods and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the taxi.                                                                                                                                                                         why a bill divided evenly was coming up so         anything vaguely luxurious only available for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     It’s not unusual to hear a thick                                                                                                                                               short. Clarity broke through her cocktail          the harder currency – and the only way to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aussie accent while wandering the                                                                                                                                                 fuzz as she realised our Cuban couple hadn’t       get it is to prise it from the tourists. By charm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  shopping streets of Kuta, but it’s a little                                                                                                                                       put in a Peso. They smiled without any             and guile, by outright demands, by incessant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  disconcerting when it’s coming from a                                                                                                                                             embarrassment as we all dug deeper, and our        begging, or by slipping their hands into your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Balinese teenager.                                                                                                                                                                initial irritation was tempered by admiration      pocket while their friends distract you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     From dime-a-dozen knock-off shops to                                                                                                                                           for the sassy scammers who had eaten well,            I photographed two jolly musicians in


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