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Bikes & Birds at Brackenhurst


Brackenhurst Birdwatching

Around ten years ago, Brackenhurst began an intensive indigenous forest restoration project. As such, the bird list around the grounds has jumped from about 30 resident species to well over 140.  Possible species on your walk around Brackenhurst include 12 different sunbird species including the sought after Golden-winged Sunbird, as well as the near endemic Hunter’s Cisticola, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill and many more.

Brackenhurst, in conjunction with African Birding Safaris, is now offering guided bird walks around the extensive Brackenhurst grounds, the surrounding forests and short excursions to the wetlands around Limuru (Manguo swamp etc.).  Our guides have years of guiding experience and are passionate about birds.

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Encounter Mara Naboisho joins The Asilia Africa Group

Encounter Mara

We are writing to announce that as of today, Encounter Mara is officially part of the Asilia Africa portfolio.

This is a transition that we as ACTS are extremely exited about as it will allow us to give greater focus to serving ACTS groups, while ensuring that the Encounter Mara legacy, the Naboisho Conservancy and the 500 Maasai families supported by this ground breaking model of sustainable tourism, all lives on.

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Kenya’s Leading Tented Safari Camp

Encounter Mara

We are defending our title as Kenya’s Leading Tented Safari Camp in the World Travel Awards – the “Oscars of the Travel Industry”!

In 2015 the World Travel Awards will celebrate its historic 22nd anniversary. The Awards acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. This award is recognized globally as the hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Thanks to your support we have won this award in the category of “Kenya’s Leading Tented Safari Camp” for 3 years in a row. And in 2015, with your help, we hope to make it a 4th.

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Christmas Special at Encounter Mara

Encounter Mara Christmas Special

Why not get away from the crowds (and the cold for some) this Christmas?

Make this year end a special one for you and your loved ones and experience Africa at its best at Kenya’s leading classic tented safari camps, at a hugely discounted rate.

Encounter Mara is offering a Christmas Special at US$261 per person sharing, 20 – 31 December 2013 (usual price for this period being USD $580 per person sharing)

Tucked away in a stunning valley in the exclusive Mara Naboisho
Conservancy, Encounter Mara invites you to enjoy an authentic
African safari experience in a classic tented camp which provides
an intimate setting for your journey filed with dramatic wildlife
encounters and an authentic connection with the Masai people.

Quick Facts:
• World Travel Awards Winner:
Kenya’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2012 and 2013
• Exclusive game viewing with limited number of visitors
• Simple, elegant accommodation in tented camps
• Expert guides
• Both safari and cultural experience
• A chance to see the wildebeest migration between
July and September

Contact Usfor more information and bookings.

Top 6 Experiences in Africa

Cultural and Game Experience

Previously we shared some excellent places you could visit during your mission trip. But Africa has so much more to offer, we couldn’t resist giving you a few tips on what you absolutely must experience while you are here. So here goes -

1. Go on a Safari
Safari is derived from a Swahili word, meaning, “to journey.” And when visiting Africa you are definitely on a unique journey. Most people “journey” to Africa to see wildlife, and it is easy to understand why. East Africa and Southern Africa both offer excellent Big 5 Game Viewing. And if you are in East Africa during the right time (somewhere between July and September), you can witness the Great Migration. There is such a large variety in wildlife in Africa, and we recommend this as one of the top must-do activities.

Go on a Safari

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6 of the best copy

Throughout our travels, we’ve come across so many unique experiences we thought it fitting to share them with you.

In Cape Town, you could easily get caught up with the iconic attractions, and rightly so, but take a minute to get side-tracked and you’ll be amazed what you will find off-the-beaten track. A big highlight for us, has to be the Harvest of Hope Tour. Visit this project and be inspired by how by doing a little can change the lives of many.

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Encounter Mara Wins World Travel Award

EM Awards

At the beginning of August, Encounter Mara was nominated in the World Travel Awards. In September, Encounter Mara was declared winner of the category, “Kenya’s Leading Tented Safari Camp“!

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all those who have supported the camp over the past year and a half. This win would not have been possible without the amazing guests!

Designed for those seeking an authentic and unique safari experience, this intimate camp with only 12 guest tents is located in a private area, boasting astounding game-viewing.

Please visit Encounter Mara for more information on the camp. Remember to ask about the special missions & volunteer rates.

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IMB missionaries

This year, the ACTS South Central office was privileged to facilitate the IMB Missionary Getaway conference hosted by Corryton Church from the 31st of August to the 3rd of September. This event was a chance for IMB missionaries throughout the region to gather at the magnificent Elephants Hills Resort in Victoria Falls for three days of pampering, fellowship and learning!

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Magical family safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta


Our year of travel and adventure hit a high note when we arrived at the Nxebaga Safari camp in Botswana. My two children aged 12 and 13 and our tutor had been traveling for the last seven months, learning about much more than just Math and English. We had asked many friends and family who knew Africa well where they would go if they could only do one safari and the answer was unanimously Botswana. I mistakenly thought the Okavango Delta would be a place of water birds, crocodiles and hippos, but it was so much more. We had a wish list that included elephants, zebra, giraffe, hyena, lions, leopard, antelopes and fish eagles to name a few. Each day we would say to our trusty guide, “Moffat, find us a _____”

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