Beautiful Taiwan

Start your Taiwan adventure at the Taoyuan International Airport, with a professional reliable driver meeting your flight upon arrival for transportation to your hotel.

Tour the capital city of Taipeh with stops at the National Palace Museum, Presidential Office, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, the Martyrs Shrine, a traditional Taiwanese temple and gift shopping at a handicraft center.

Begin your Taipei night tour with a delicious Mongolian barbeque dinner, and celebrate with a stop at the Lungshan Temple and great bargains at the Hwahsi night market.

Go back in time to indigenous Taiwan at Wulai Waterfall and aboriginal village, where native girls tell stories with dancing and songs. Spend a day at Taroko Gorge, one of the seven wonders of Asia with deep-winding tunnels and marble cliffs along the Liwu river.

My affection for Taiwan… is witnessed by everyone. My wife is Taiwanese and I am a son-in-law of Taiwan. I am half Taiwanese.
Jackie Chan

Explore the village of Chiufen on the northeast coast national scenic area, which is a favorite swimming spot surrounded by temples, farmland, fishing villages, and lighthouses.

Visit Yehliu Park on the northern coast with spectacular rock formations, plus the harbor city of Keelung.

Soak in a relaxing hot-springs bath at Yangmingshan National Park, surrounded by grass fields and tranquil lakes.

Stop at Yingge, the ceramic and pottery capital of Taiwan where exquisite statues and tea sets are created, then continue to Sansia and admire beautiful examples of Chinese temple art.

Colorful India

Beaches fringed by the Indian Ocean, hectic but mesmerising cities, marble covered palaces and Kerala’s coconut coastline; holidays in India are a feast for the senses.

The energy and spirit that dances through India comes from the first explosion of patchouli incensed balmy air to the second or third bizarre glimpse of a cow ambling along the road on your wild rickshaw journey into Delhi. There’s that breathtaking first sighting of the pink city of Jaipur and a spectacular sunrise view of the Taj Mahal.

I have lived a long life, and I am proud that I spend the whole of my life in the service of my people. I am only proud of this and nothing else. I shall continue to serve until my last breath, and when I die, I can say, that every drop of my blood will invigorate India and strengthen it.
Indira Gandhi

India holidays are all encompassing – one moment mouth-watering street food in Mumbai, the next a gastronomic feast in Udaipur; one day a cacophony of vibrant market shopping, Hindu temples and sacred statues, another a sedate afternoon cruising the Keralan backwaters. Imagine regal hotels clad in cool marble, cities built by Mughal emperors, undiscovered rural corners where you can share a cup of chai with locals and Rajasthan’s hectic but resplendent cities.

Our hand-picked holidays to India take you on a journey of cultural riches from bold and beautiful sights to smaller pockets of this incredible country. Pop into your local store or give one our Personal Travel Experts a call to start creating your dream India holiday.

  • Experience India’s spiritual side on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi or the city of temples Madurai
  • Seek out Asian elephants, Bengal tigers and other wildlife species in India’s National parks
  • The natural landscapes range from the Himalayas in the north to the beaches of Goa and Kovalam and Kerala’s backwaters in the south
  • The Golden Triangle – one of the world’s most well-travelled routes – encompasses India’s most visited cities Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
  • There’s such a wide range of accommodation in India from historic havelis to sprawling spice plantations allowing you to immerse yourself in authetic Indian culture.
Best time to visit India

North India

  • The climate is best from October to November and February to March, when the nights are cool and the days filled with mellow sunshine.
  • Delhi is hottest May to July (up to 42°C), however prices are lower and sights can be quieter.
  • Most of the rain falls between July and September.

South and Central India

  • Peak season is during the winter months from November to February, when temperatures range from 23°C to 30°C.
  • Monsoon season is between May and October in Goa and from June to August in Kerala.
  • Summer temperatures aren’t as high as in northern India, although humidity is extreme.
  • The coast benefits from some cooling breezes.

African Safari

Safari Philosophy

Without wanting to turn the traditional game drive completely on its head, the Angama Mara guiding team felt it might be time to shake things up a little: the team struck on the idea of crafting game drives around the guest. Guests are asked where they have been; what they have seen; what their great passions are; what they would like to do and when they would like to do it; and for how long they would like to be on a game drive at any one time – and game drives are structured accordingly.

The pace is a little slower here because all of Angama Mara’s guests come to East Africa to see game, and game there is a-plenty. They might start their safari in the Mara and want to do many game drives; they might come here in the middle of their journey and do a little less game viewing; or they might end their adventure at Angama Mara and only go down into the Reserve to find something they might not have seen. One fact for certain is that the Mara Triangle consistently delivers twelve months of the year – so one can afford to take things a little slower, and enjoy a much more flexible day on safari no matter what time of year.

A day on safari

Guests could leave the lodge at dawn, or decide to go on a game drive after breakfast, descend down Angama Mara’s private road and 10-minutes later find themselves in the heart of the action – surrounded by more animals than they could imagine: the vast grasslands dotted with acacias are home to abundant herds, as well as Africa’s Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Safaris are conducted in the lovely Mara Triangle, open from sunrise to sunset, and are in completely open gameviewing vehicles to which the animals are well accustomed – the vehicles are specially equipped and converted, offering comfy seats, ample legroom, charging stations and canvas roofs for respite from the sun.

Because the weather is so mild in the Mara, there are no constraints as to when to go on a game drive, and Angama Mara guests tailor-make their safari days: out early and back for breakfast; out early with a picnic breakfast and back for lunch; out after breakfast with a picnic lunch and back mid-afternoon; a post lunch game drive and back at sunset; or very best of all, spending a whole day exploring the Mara Triangle – with a picnic breakfast and lunch down at the Tanzanian border without a soul in sight – that’s an all-time favourite and a grand way to spend the day.

Something for everyone

Angama Mara’s experienced guides tailor-make their guest’s safari days: first-timers to Africa will be guided differently to old-timers, and there are over 570-recorded species of birds which will keep birding enthusiasts busy. First and foremost, the guides are storytellers, and interpret the Mara in a way that immerses their guests in the surroundings: a safari at Angama Mara is about an overwhelming sense of place. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the knowledge and companionship of more than one guide as their desired safari experience changes from day to day, and the guiding team will endeavour to match like-minded guests with each other: birders will go on safari with fellow birders, as will those with a keen interest in photography or another special interest.

A rocking safari

Guests at Angama Mara can also enjoy the wonders of a safari without leaving the comfort of their deck: the views of the Mara from the tented suites are staggering – the sky never sits still and there is always something to spot 300m below – elephant families melting in and out of the forest, a thousand buffalo lazing about, giraffe stepping daintily down from the escarpment or a pod of hippo moving from one water body to the next. All the tents are equipped with binoculars and there is a spotting scope in the guest area. There are heaps of resident game around the lodge: eland, zebra, giraffe, topi and impala; and watching the raptors soar effortlessly above and below you is a great way to while away the hours.