Are you in the process of planning a trip to Maui? If you are, have you already made your travel arrangements, namely the arrangements for your overnight accommodations? If this is a step that you have yet to take, you may want to examine Maui vacation home rentals.One of the many reasons why you should examine Maui vacation home rentals, when looking to plan your next Maui trip, is because they have a number of benefits. Those benefits tend to include privacy and a home-like feel. It is also important to mention that you have a number of different options, when looking to rent a Maui vacation home, as they come in a number of different formats.As previously stated, Maui vacation homes come in a number of different formats. You will soon see this when you start examining available rentals. Maui vacation home rentals come in all different sizes, shapes, and styles. What is nice about having a wide range of options is that you are more likely to find the vacation home of your dreams. With that in mind, it is first important to know what the Maui vacation home of your dreams is.When choosing a Maui vacation home to rent, it is important to examine location. Do you already have an idea of which area of Maui you would like to visit? Popular Maui vacation destinations include Haiku, Kahului, Makawao, and Wailua, just to name a few. Having an idea of where you would like to stay in Maui, as well as what you want to do when there, can help you choose the vacation home that is perfect for you. Location is important, as you do want to waste precious vacation time traveling when you could have rented a vacation home closer to your destination.It is also important that you examine your traveling party. You will want to take a close look at who you are traveling with, as well as how many people. This is important, as size does matter when choosing a vacation home. As previously stated, "Maui vacation homes" come in a number of different sizes. It is possible to find Maui vacation home rentals with as few as one bedroom, but with as many as five or more. If your Maui trip is doubling as a romantic getaway, you may want to stay at a vacation home that is elegant and luxurious in nature, and visa versa.Maui vacation home features are also important, when examining vacation homes. Vacation home features may be more important to you if you are looking to spend a considerable amount of your vacation at your rental house. With that in mind, even if you plan to get out and explore Maui and all that it has to offer, you will still want a great vacation home to come back to. Many popular rental features include swimming pools, hot tubs, washers and dryers, dishwashers, high-speed internet access, as well as cable television. When examining vacation rental features, it is important to look at both your wants and your needs.Cost is another one of the many factors that you will want to examine when looking for a Maui vacation home to rent. What is nice about this approach is that many online travel websites enable you to search for overnight accommodations based on your budget. Speaking of budget, even if you are looking to take a Maui trip on a budget, you should be able to find a large number of Maui vacation home rentals in your price range. Cost often depends on a number of factors, including location, features, size, and so forth.Perhaps, the most important factor to take into consideration, when looking for a Maui vacation home to rent, is availability. Maui trips are popular and this is why it is important that you make all vacation reservations, including vacation rental reservations, well in advance. If you find the Maui vacation home of your dreams and see that it is available for your intended travel dates, you will want to make your reservations as soon as possible. This will help to ensure that you are not only able to find the vacation home of your dreams, but rent it for your vacation.
The Bronx Zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, comprised of 265 acres of natural habitats and over 4,000 animals. The Zoo was opened on November 8, 1899 and was focused on conservationsomething it still practices today. The Bronx Zoo is owned and operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society (formerly known as the New York Zoological Society) and was one of the first zoos in America that moved animals from cages to sprawling, replicated living environments. Species are mixed to create a more realistic environment for the animals and the zoo patrons. The Zoo charges entry fees to assist in the upkeep and preservation of the exhibits species.One of the jewels of the Bronx Zoo is the Congo Gorilla Forest, which features over 400 animals and 55 different species (and 22 gorillas), as well as 15,000 plants representing 400 species. The 6.5 acre forest is the largest man-made rainforest in the world. The Congo Gorilla Forest is also home to Patty Cake, the first gorilla ever born in New York City. Additionally, the Bronx Zoo has almost an acre of indoor Asian rainforest. Another interesting habitat is the African Planes habitat, where the zoo workers have integrated a number of predator/prey species separated by an elaborate system of moats. Lions, zebras, giraffes, and other savannah-dwelling animals live in this habitat.Other attractions include World of Darkness, an indoor exhibit devoted to nocturnal animals; Tiger Mountain, an award-winning three acre home for Siberian tigers; Himalayan Highlands, a one-acre habitat authentically decorated by a Tibetan monk; Baboon Reserve, with a simulated archaeological dig; the Bengali Express, a two-mile monorail ride through various habitats; the Aquatic Birdhouse; the Giraffe Building, and the World of Reptiles. The Childrens Zoo features a variety of interactive activities, such as climbing a spiders web, crawling through a prairie dog tunnel, slithering like a lizard down a hollow tree, and, of course, a petting zoo.The zoo has a special relationship with bison and snow leopards. The bison model for the buffalo nickel was a Bronx Zoo resident. Furthermore, many of todays bison in the Western U.S. are descendents of Bronx Zoo bison. William T. Hornaday cultivated a deep interest in the American bison, which once numbered over 50 million. In the 1890s, less than 1,000 bison were thought to exist in the wild. In October of 1899, Hornaday acquired bison for the Bronx Zoo and began to build a herd. By 1907, the Bronx Zoo was able to ship fifteen bison to Oklahomas Wichita Mountain Preserve. Shortly thereafter, bison were provided to Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Many of the bison in the Western U.S today are descended from the bison at the Bronx Zoo. Likewise, the Bronx Zoo was the first zoo in the Western Hemisphere to exhibit and successfully breed snow leopards; a total of 82 cubs were born between 1966 and 1999.The Bronx Zoo has educational entertainment for the entire family and is open year round. Some attractions require a separate admission fee, children under 2 years old are free.
In our imaginations the wild places of Africa are timeless and unchanging. That is the reason why Africans and non-Africans seek them out, to restore calm and proportion to their lives.In reality of course, this isn't true because Africa's landscapes change just like any other as they respond to shifts in their environment and human activity.For the past million years or so, humans and their ancestors have been the main agents of change in Africa's savannah. Kruger National Park is not an Island, but an integral part of a continent, alive with people, their needs and dreams and hopes for the future.As part of Africa's greatest safari parks, Kruger National Park is part of the great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Elephants can easily be seen in this park and their are 145 mammal species to look out for including lions, cheetah, giraffe, hippos, rhino, and buffalo.Kruger National Park Accommodation styles range from standard bungalow, to luxury safari lodge, to basic camp site, with prices to suit just about every budget. Whether you are looking for a family vacation, Africa travel or a budget African safari, there's bound to be something for you.Here are some Restcamps at Kruger National Park.Berg-en-Dal (with satellite Malelane)Berg-en-Dal is situated on the bank of the Matjulu Spruit with a view of softly undulating hills to the east. On the northern and southern sides dry riverbeds and a dam border the camp. There are large trees along the streams and dry riverbeds. Special care has been taken to preserve the natural vegetation in the camp. Berg-en-Dal is also the only camp set in a rugged mountain environment and is built on the site of a prehistoric settlements.Crocodile BridgeThis small and delightful camp is situated in the south-eastern corner of the Kruger National Park, on the northern bank of the Crocodile River, from which it derives its name. After an early morning game drive, one can retire from the Lowveld heat to a lunch of prawns before coming back for late afternoon game viewing. The game viewing area is known as the Southern Circle and is renowned for its concentration of different prides of lion with different hunting techniques and behavior. It has an abundance of prides, herds, troops, packs and swarms. It is home to a larger percentage of the Kruger National Parks total rhino population.LetabaThe idyllic Letaba Rest Camp is situated on a sweeping bend of the Letaba River, midway between the southern and northern boundaries of the Kruger National Park. The name means river of sand, and the sandy riverbed is an excellent location for game viewing, particularly elephant, which thrive in the area. Letaba is a green oasis in the surrounding mopane veld, and remains a firm favorite with visitors.Lower SabieLower Sabie graces the banks of the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers to flow through the Kruger National Park. Visitors cannot but feel soothed by the view towards the river and the Lebombo Mountains beyond. In this rest camp, the bounty and plenitude of nature are very evident, eloquently symbolized by the most conspicuous of its numerous trees, the mighty sycamore fig, which provides generously for the livelihood of many birds and insects. Not only do these giants produce fruit at least twice a year, but different trees produce fruit at different times, extending the gifts of life over many months.OlifantsThe camp is situated a top a hill which towers several hundred feet over the Olifants river. Views from the lookout platforms allow one to see the river below, just as a soaring eagle would survey it, as it hunts from the skies.PretoriuskopWhen the world was still young, some 3 500 million years ago, molten rock forced its way through the earth's crust and solidified to form the spectacular granite outcrops where Pretoriuskop Rest Camp is now nestled. The impressive granite dome known as Shabeni Hill is not far from the camp, which is found in the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park. It is immediately apparent to any visitor that Pretoriuskop is unique as brilliant red trees adorn the camp, pre-dating the decision to make exclusive use of indigenous plants in laying out rest camp gardens. Nostalgia prompted an exception to the rule for Pretoriuskop, the Kruger National Park's oldest rest camp, and exotic flowering plants were allowed to stay, enhancing the strong sense of the past that is so pervasive.Punda MariaPunda Maria lies in the northern most part of the Kruger National Park, 8 km from Punda Maria Gate. The camp is situated in the Sandveld region that is often described as the botanical garden of the Kruger National Park. There are numerous plant species which occur that are unique to the area. Game species most likely to be sighted include impala, zebra, buffalo, elephant, eland and sable and the area is a bird paradise.
Cornwall & Devon are littered with beautiful towns and villages. Unless you have an unlimited amount of time it's impossible to see them all. Here, we look at just a sample of wonderful towns and cities that these charming English counties have to offer:ExeterExeter is without doubt the capital of Devon, though ironically its not the typical town that most visitors come to expect when they think about Devon. Theres a certain high pace and vibrancy about Devon that is out of place with the rest of the county. Not only is Exeter the most culturally and commercially important place within Devon, but it boasts a vivid historical importance with plenty of old buildings and other important landmarks of heritage. The holiday maker who visits Devon should at least pop in to Exeter for a visit.Theres a lot about Exeter that a quick walk reveals. The city wall remains date back to 200 AD (initially built by the Romans). Impressive Exeter Cathedral was originally built in the 11th Century and other notable points of interest include the Guildhall, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, and Tuckers Hall.Exeter has developed significantly in recent years, and offers visitors and residents a huge choice of entertainment & leisure. It boasts one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Devon and there are plenty of restaurant choices too, from tapas and thai to Middle Eastern and Latin American.Close-by to Exteter is the lovely estuary port of Topsham. This bustling port is a perfect example of a prosperous and charming English town. Walk along the narrow streets, take in a coffee at a canal-side caf and if possible hop onto a bus for perhaps the best way to explore the nooks and crannies that Topsham has to offer.Very close to Exeter (2 miles) is a lovely little town called Ottery St Mary offering some of the most winding streets to be found anywhere, and a wonderful ancient church that stretches back to the 14th century. Also close to Exeter is the town of Sidmouth which has plenty of smart villas and cottages.Isles Of Scilly (Cornwall)About 30 miles west of Lands End (Cornwal) are the mysterious and little known islands called the Isles Of Scilly. As you might expect, the isles have a very mild climate and is populated with sub-tropical plants.The Isles of Scilly are well worth a visit, though be warned that holiday makers are not permitted to bring cars. This means that there is very little traffic here, even in the highest populated region of St Marys.The once populated Samson is an interesting place to call now deserted, it has only the remains of ancient cottages.Teignmouth (Devon)This is a town that was battered pretty badly during World War 2. In the present day, its an interesting sea-facing town that has an interesting mix of 19th century buildings and a fair amount to offer the passing visitor.Most of the facilities of interest to holiday makers are concentrated in or around the den area (the area of space along the main seafront). Its here that youll find the pier, cinemas, swimming pool and theatre.Shaldon (Devon)Very close by to Teignmouth is the unspoilt village of Shaldon. Its a quiet little place that is peppered with attractive cottages and the views along the estuary are really quite charming. Visitors may want to take a look inside the Shaldon Wildlife Trust.
Have you thought about a vacation to Madrid? You can plan a cheap holiday in Madrid and enjoys days of sightseeing and relaxing. The nightlife is something to experience. La Venencia is a fun club to visit as well as La Fidula and Caf Central. Oh yes, these are some great places to enjoy the culture of Spain. If you need something a little more hip and fast, the Club Joy Estava will settle your need for a fast night. The city of Madrid really comes to life after the sun goes down. It is a fantastic time and you meet some great people.Although Madrid has many bars and clubs, it also has historical sites, flea markets, theaters, the Safari de Madrid Wildlife Park and Snow Park, which is a beautiful place to ski. If you are looking for a theme park, Faunia will fit the bill. It is a beautiful water park with rides and plenty of wildlife attractions. You could spend an entire day in this theme park and still want to go back for more. The history museum Museo de San Isidro is a great place to spend the day. You can see the historical exhibits and learn about the history of Madrid.Your cheap holiday in Madrid does not stop there, you can visit the many specialty shops, famous neighborhoods and art galleries. The Royal Botanical gardens are a place to find peace and serenity. This area of Spain is a tourist town with more to do then anywhere else you could visit. They have a winery, palaces and beautiful parks to walk around and see the beautiful landscape. Your vacation will not end with that, the hotels have many activities and amenities and the restaurants are superb.The restaurants you will find are serving French cuisine, vegetarian foods, German, Mexican, Asian, Mediterranean and African. You will fine many different styles of restaurants from casual to fine dining. You will even find a McDonalds. Many of the hotels you will find in a cheap holiday in Madrid package have onsite restaurants or one just next door.The Madrid Zoo is a day worth spending. You will see frogs, an insect leaf specimen, amazing and colorful fish as well as the dolphin. The zoo is truly unique from any other zoo for its unusual habitants. If you need more excitement, try a visit to the country. You will find that you have so much to do, it is always wise to spend a full week if not two weeks to see as much as you can. The best time to go is when the weather is just cooling off. During the hot summer months, many of the residents go somewhere cooler and come back when the weather cools.If you want to a lot of exploring, go when the temperatures drop a bit. It will make your trip memorable and you can get out more instead of needing to be in an air-conditioned room or another type of building.