CYPRUS - the Divided Country, Travel GuideWritten by TravelMake.com
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ACTIVITIES: A country of resorts, Cyprus has plenty of places where you can try water sports. If it's windsurfing or sailing you want, head to peninsulas and capes, where wind is strongest. There's also at least one sea-diving site in each of big resorts. Mountain biking and hiking are possible all over island, with specially marked trails in southern hills, on Akamas Peninsula and in Troodos. Although hardly renowned for its skiing, Cyprus does have a resort on northeastern face of Mount Olympus, but it's not exactly world standard. For a golf fan there are several courses, most popular are in Paphos district. Spear-fishing (without aqualung) angling, fishing with vertical lines or trolling are permitted methods for which no licence is required. Birdwatching trips and social events are organized for members and general public. Horse-riding can be enjoyed at special centres, professional training facilities, equipped with instructors who provide lessons for beginners and advanced riders. want, head to peninsulas and capes, where wind is strongest. GETTING THERE AND AROUND, ACCOMODATIONS: The Republic of Cyprus has airports at Larnaka and Paphos, you can book a flight from most of Europe and Middle East. North Cyprus has an international airport at Ercan, only Turkish airlines fly there. By sea, you can get to Greece and Israel from Republic's port in Lemesos. There are ferries from North Cyprus to Turkey, but you cannot exit Cyprus this way unless you entered from Turkey. Bus services run within and between towns every day except Sunday, they are cheap, frequent and efficient. Visitors may travel between North and South. 2 and 3- day cruises from Cyprus to Jerusalem, Cairo and Jordan are very popular among tourists. They can be booked through any travel agency on island. Prices start from $300 USD. 9-11-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises with Cyprus' Limassol as one of ports of call would cost you from $1,200 USD. Hotel prices start from $65 USD/room in peak season when booked through our agency. WHEN TO GO, WEATHER: The climate here is typically Mediterranean, with very hot July and August. There are over 300 sunny days per year. Mid-May to mid-October is ideal season for swimming, sunbathing and watersports. Temperatures are cooler in mountaneous Troodos area, making it ideal for hiking or simply relaxing. December and January are months of wet and cool Mediterranean winter. Troodos is ideal for skiing at this time. The first flowers bloom in January, and by mid-February there are fresh green meadows and blooming almond trees. March days are still cool (daytime temperatures around 19C or 65F, 9C or 40F at night). In April and into middle of May spring is in full force. This is an ideal time for nature hikes and off-road adventures. The most pleasant times to visit Cyprus are April-May and September-October. Visit TravelMake.com for a full guide to Cyprus with travel tips and useful links. We wish you a nice and safe trip!
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Drakensberg Diaries. Chute and Shoot to Thrill. Canoe in the Drakensberg Foothills through the Weenen Game Reserve in South Africa. Written by Brian Kemp
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Thereís a driverless boat behind you. This is drinks trolley. And very welcome it is too. At around lunchtime youíll come upon a feast spread out on a group of rocks next to canal. Scotch eggs, asparagus wrapped in ham, chicken wings, quiche, salad, fruit, and cheese. The lunch fairyís been and gone.
After lunch you move into Weenen Game Reserve. The sharp, mountainous Drakensberg terrain has given way to undulating thornveld valleys. The canal rejoins a now fairly sluggish and narrow Bushmanís River. You need to paddle a little, and duck under odd tree as you drift through a spectacular gorge. Thereís a huge diversity of bird life and antelope. Buffalo and black and white rhino. Being on water means youíre less noticeable, and less of a threat to bird-life and animals. So you can get close without startling them. And you donít need a $10000 lens.
Once through Game Reserve, you disembark just before main road into Weenen with tall thatching grass glowing orange in fading light. Your river guides have arranged transport back to your starting point.
This is different.
Zingela Safari and River Company (+27363541962) organize this day-trip. And itís only available in winter months. During summer they use rising levels of mighty Tugela River (which also has its source in high Drakensberg) to operate white-water rafting adventures.
Brian & Janette Kemp own and run an award winning Drakensberg accommodation establishment. Halls Country House is a 4-star country retreat in the foothills of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.