Travel in 2013: Holidays for nature-lovers
Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Sunday 30 December 2012
The potential to see some of the brightest displays of aurora borealis in 50 years continues through the first few months of 2013.
Northern Lights Holidays (0845 072 0090; northern-lights-holidays.co.uk) is offering a new escorted tour in Iceland until March that aims to seek out prime viewpoints. The one-week holiday costs from £913pp, including WOW flights from Gatwick to Keflavik, transport and accommodation with breakfast.
The Royal Horticultural Society celebrates the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013, an apposite moment to launch a new collection of garden tours with Collette Worldwide Holidays (0800 804 8710; rhsgardenholidays.com). There's a choice of 10 guided trips, between six and 20 days in length, visiting Europe (including the Azores) the US, South Africa, New Zealand and Japan. Prices start at £1,549pp for the five-night “Gardens of Rome” tour, including BA flights from Heathrow, transfers, accommodation and most meals.
September sees the opening of the Bale Mountain Lodge in the Bale Mountains National Park in south-central Ethiopia, 400km south-east of Addis Ababa. The 30-bedroom lodge is the first of a series planned by Jember, a UK-based company working with an African non-profit-making conservation fund and the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority. The lodge is set in a protected cloud forest, close to the Rift Valley and the largest area of Afro-alpine moorland on the continent. These habitats support many rare and endemic species, including Ethiopian wolves. A week through Red Savannah (01242 787800; redsavannah.com) costs from £2,168pp, including Ethiopian Airlines flights from Heathrow to Addis Ababa, transfers and full board.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Russian officials ban yoga because it's too much like a religious cult
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 Ginger Pride festival to take place next summer, organisers say 'time of bullying gingers is over'
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
UK weather: Commuters complain of 'hell' in sweltering train carriages as temperatures set to hit 35C
French air-traffic strike: Seven more days of strikes planned
Inside Travel: Greece 2015 Q&A - should we cancel our Greek holiday? Are our flights safe? And what will we be spending there?
The most powerful passports in the world
The 10 Best hiking boots
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
£33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...
£22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...
£39,000: ICE ICT: Specific and detailed knowledge and experience of travel sys...