Travel agenda: From Tanzania's Serengeti to Open Studios Cornwall
Where to go and what to know
Saturday 03 May 2014
1. Head north
Simply Sweden has a new eight-night Arctic sea safari around Norway's Svalbard archipelago, which features waterborne excursions in search of polar bears. Accommodation is at Isfjord Radio, a wilderness hotel set in an old telecommunications station. From £2,295pp, with flights.
2. Gourmet walk
Tomorrow and Sunday, London's Southbank hosts a free Malaysian street food festival. Running along the Thames, there will be 12 restaurants, selling everything from beef rendang and chicken satay to spicy laksa noodle soup. From 10am to 7pm, with music from noon.
3. Game on
On Monday, comedians Mark Watson and Henning Wehn appear in the first of a six-part, football-themed journey across South America in the run up to next month's Fifa World Cup. The epic road trip sees the pair go from Uruguay to Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil. The first episode of Road to Rio airs on Dave at 7pm.
4. Piggy party
Smoked & Uncut is a series of music festivals at Lime Wood country house in the New Forest (1 June) and The Pig hotels in Studland Bay (3 August), Bath (7 September) and Brockenhurst (14 September). As well as bands such as Raglans and Natives, there will be food stalls and a Chase vodka bar. Tickets £25pp.
5. Cat nap
Namiri Plains opens in Tanzania's Serengeti on 1 July. The camp – whose name refers to the Swahili for "big cat" – is in a conservation area that was previously closed to create a haven for cheetah breeding and research. The felines now thrive in the area, along with lions and leopards.
6. Night cap
The Pilot is a 200-year-old pub-with-rooms on the Greenwich Peninsula, close to London's O2, that's recently undergone a contemporary renovation. Upstairs there are a handful of colourful, modern suites, with eye-catching bed throws and bright art prints.
7. Art houses
Open Studios Cornwall gets under way from 24 May until 1 June, with 200 established and up-and-coming artists welcoming visitors into cottages and chapels, beachside ateliers and historic buildings. The free county-wide event offers the chance to buy art from the source, ask questions of the artists and attend workshops.
8. Appy travels
The new MyDestination travel app is available to download for free from the iTunes store. Featuring tips on 100 different enticing destinations, with content supplied by 300 local experts, it features offline maps, with regularly updated information on 50,000 worldwide attractions.
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