Where in the World Is . . . ?
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Where in the world are: Motopos Hills, Matusadona, and Fothergill Island?

Archeologists have determined the history of the land of Zimbabwe began as early as the 3rd century AD and there are ruins dating from the 12th to 15th century. When Cecil Rhodes arrived with a private army of settlers and European explorers in 1890 they came upon an impressive ruined city which they believed was the biblical city of Ophir - the site of King Solomons mines. The Great Zimbabwe at Masvingo still displays remnants of that vast empire.

The true riches of this beautiful country lie in the land and people with the impressive Natural heritage site of Victoria Falls, the extensive Parks and Reserves, the wide smiles and friendly hospitality of the people. A variety of environments contain an enormously diverse collection of wildlife species. Travellers enjoy walking safaris, boating safaris, explorations by canoe, kayak, even houseboat and the mighty Zambezi offers some of the finest whitewater rafting in the world.

It is a special World to explore - and to kick off our social media campaign, don't miss the opportunity to win a trip for two to this country. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and answer the contest question when it comes out next week!

In this issue
:: WIN AN AFRICAN SAFARI ::What in the World is ... a Preserve, Reserve, ConservancyThe Smoke That ThundersFocus on ~ ZimbabweNews you can use::Did you Know?

What in the World is ... a Preserve, Reserve, Conservancy

Exploring Africa's natural areas will bring you into a variety of eco-systems, Deltas, Game Reserves and National Parks on both public and private lands. Terminologies can be tricky and have variable meanings but here is a brief overview of what you can expect:

A National Park, such as Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is a reserve of natural or semi-natural land, declared or owned by a government, set aside for human recreation and enjoyment, animal and environmental protection and restricted from most development.

A Game Reserve, such as Botswana's Mashatu Game Reserve, is an area of land set aside for maintenance of wildlife for tourism and/or hunting purposes. They are public or private however private reserves offer exclusivity and accommodate smaller groups at one time for a more authentic experience.

A Concession. most of Botswana's Okavango Delta, is protected by a patchwork of private wildlife reserves, often called 'Concessions.' These large, wild, safari areas typically cover about 1000 square kilometers, and each contains just a couple of small, private safari camps. With no fences, the game moves unhindered across much of northern Botswana, migrating into and out of these reserves and the national parks. The private nature of these reserves guarantees an exclusive safari experience, where much of the entry is by fly-in only.

The Smoke That Thunders

No trip to Zimbabwe, or Africa for that matter, is complete without a trip to the Victoria Falls, one of the Natural wonders of the world. The broad Zambezi plunges with a roar into a chasm 1700 meters wide in a series of cataracts which billowing spray can be seen miles away. The spray and roar from the falls have termed the local name "smoke that thunders". David Livingstone was the first European to visit the falls, in 1855, and he named them in honor of his queen, Victoria.

Viewing the falls can be done from the country of Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls Town) or, Zambia (Livingstone). The strength and magnitude will change from a thundering spray after the summer rains (Mar - Jun) to a minimal flow, occuring in November.

Many activities are offered at Victoria Falls, including bungee jumping, small plane flights over the falls, and raft trips to the Boiling Pot at their base. Above the falls, outstanding canoe and kayaking safaris offer a wonderful glimpse at wildlife along the shores.

Below the falls, the Zambezi becomes a whitewater rafting paradise.For an ultimate journey to the falls, begin in Pretoria and step aboard the Pride of Africa, the world's most luxurious train, to relive the romance of a bygone Africa on a nostalgic expedition to The Victoria Falls. For information see: Victoria Falls Nostalgic Rail Journey.

Focus on ~ Zimbabwe

Where in the World is: Zimbabwe?

The country with exceptional wildlife and game viewing is an all year round destination, but may be ideal during certain seasons for special interest travelers:

Photography is excellent year-round, but the scenery is most spectacular from Sept - Feb during the first rains, with lush greens, changing skies and open plains. Wildlife Enthusiasts enjoy the winter months from May - Sept, as the vegetation is less dense and game viewing is generally more prolific.

After the April/May rain season, The Victoria Falls are magnificent although thick spray may obscure your view (a flip by helicopter or micro-light is an amazing way of viewing the falls). At the end of the dry season, October to December, the water levels are low and one can see the magnificent rock formation of the falls. River rafting is most exciting during low water (August to December).

A minimum two night stay will give an opportunity to view the falls, take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi and perhaps an adrenaline filled activity such as rafting, elephant back safari or walk with the Lions. Images of Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park Botswana.

News you can use::
Governors Camp Rwanda Gorillas

Rwanda Nelis, manager of Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, took a trek to see the Susa Gorilla Family. Two sets of twins, many small babies and juveniles, 9 adult females and 3 silverbacks makes this a very sought after family to trek to see. The youngsters are playful and fun, getting up to all sorts of mischief and an hour spent with this remarkable Gorilla family leaves Nelis feeling that life really doesnt get much better than this.

Kenya - Nairobi Airport With the rebuilding and improvements at the Nairobi Airports - terminal buildings are being renamed and re-configured so watch for new signage out after June 30th

South Africa - Traveling with Children? Concerned about the growing issue of global child trafficking, South Africa immigration has announced new requirements for adults traveling with children under the age of 18, effective Oct 1st, 2014. An unabridged copy of the child's birth certificate must be provided whether both or one parent are traveling with the child. Other requirements are in effect for children traveling solo, with grandparents, relative or friend. Please contact our office for additional information.

When summer draws to a close and fall approaches, it might be time to plan your safari to South Africa where spring will be in the air, sun and warmth will chase away our North American winter chills. The Best of Kruger Safari explores the vast diversity of flora and fauna in the private reserves surrounding the park.

Did you Know?
Did you know that the fish eagle, Zambia's National bird, can live up to 45 years old?

This is your chance to win a 4 night / 5 Day Zimbabwe Safari!
We're building our social network presence with your help .. Here are Three chances to enter the drawing (winner announced Tuesday August 19th, 2014).
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The Safari for two includes:
Two nights Livingstone (Victoria Falls) with all meals, laundry, park fees, daily camp activities, drinks (excludes premium brand imports). Two nights Hwange National Park with all meals, laundry, park fees, daily camp activities, drinks (excludes premium brand imports). Transfer Livingstone - Victoria Falls - Hwange - Victoria Falls. Taxes & VAT

Whats Not Included:
International/Regional Flights, compulsory travel insurance, Passports/Visas, any items of a personal nature, any items not listed.

The Rules:
Travel must be taken between 01 Nov 2014 and 31 May 2015, (excludes: 20 Dec 14 - 10 Jan 2015) and is subject to availability at time of booking. Extensions and additions are at winners expense.

The Fine Print:
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning depend upon number of entries. Possible three entries per person. The promotion ends on August 18th, 2014 and the winner will be notified by email on August 19th, 2014. Winner will be announced on SafarilineSocial Facebook page on August 19th, 2014.
Only persons residing in The United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter. Not valid with any other offer. All qualified persons who complete entry form will be entered in a random drawing. Participants affiliated with the sponsor are not eligible for participation.

Guided Tours by Safariline Staff >
Join Michael Sailor on the Pearl of Africa Safari exploring Uganda with Gorilla and Chimp treks. Departure June 2015. Call for details!

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