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18

Mar 2021

Iceland holidays open up

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While the UK government continues to prevaricate over vaccination certificates, here’s the news from Iceland:

We are super excited to share the amazing news with you that the Icelandic government has announced that all travellers are welcome to visit Iceland, starting tomorrow(!), without being subject to border measures, such as testing and quarantine, if they can show either:

 

  • A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19
  • A certificate of previous COVID-19 infection

 

Both Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist and Minister of Tourism have stated their will to allow vaccinated individuals into the country regardless of where they are coming from:

“From the point of view of disease prevention, it does not matter where an individual is coming from if he has a certificate to the effect that he has been vaccinated.”

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23

Apr 2020

Botswana: finally! a good news story

Posted by / in Africa, Blog, Featured Posts, frontpage, Horse Riding Holidays, Tavistock Travel Agents /

On Safari in the Okavango Delta

On Safari in the Okavango Delta

During these dark times we can still dream, and there is good news around: Botswana’s famous inland Delta is renowned for being Africa’s best wildlife spot. The Delta’s ecosystem depends on the annual flood and for the last five years it’s been weak. This year it’s outstanding! Good news for wildlife, birds and the whole ecosystem. Whether you ride, drive or walk a safari to Botswana is as good as it gets.

Rainfall in the mountains of Angola determines the water level in the Delta which is measured at the village of Rundu in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. This morning (St George’s Day) it reads 6.6m compared to the five-year average of 5.38, so it’s going to be an outstanding flood.

We can’t travel to Botswana at the moment, and my heart goes out to all those remote, specialist lodges that make a Delta safari so life-changingly special. But one day it will come back. And perversely, the absence of human traffic and activity is really good news for the animals, great and small. It’s a funny old world.

For all you technical people, here’s the Rundu report

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06

Feb 2020

Namibia: long distance riding

Posted by / in Africa, Blog, Featured Posts, frontpage, Horse Riding Holidays, Tavistock Travel Agents, Traveller's Tales /

From prototype to perfection
It’s been several years in the making, but new for 2020 is the ultimate safari saddle.

Horse riding in Namibia

Before: the original McLellan hybrid

 

Horse riding in Namibia

After: the brand new design! The McLellan-Namib Special!

 

It will be used on all the Namibia safaris and is fully adjustable to both horse and rider. A specially designed woollen girth with lots of built-in padding, will be much appreciated (by horse) on those long desert days. The handy water-bottle holders have been moved to behind the rider’s leg so no longer knocking on your knee! And there’s a little pocket for small things like camera, lip balm and sunblock which will be much appreciated (by rider).

Excellent leather, plenty of air-flow along the spine – it’s a work of art!!

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