LIT­TLE BLACK BOOK

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

DUTCH-born Alex van Heeren is the owner of The Huka Re­treats: Huka Lodge, New Zealand; Grande Provence, South Africa; and Dol­phin Is­land, Fiji. More: hukare­treats.co.nz. Most in­spir­ing travel mo­ment: An epic jour­ney with friends on Har­ley-David­son mo­tor­bikes from Cape Town through the West­ern Cape and Namibia to the An­golan bor­der, then Zam­bia across the Zam­bezi River, re­turn­ing via Botswana. Des­per­ate to get back to: Pater­nos­ter, a fish­ing vil­lage in South Africa’s West­ern Cape, for freshly caught cray­fish. Must visit: The Oka­vango Delta in Botswana and the Caprivi DEALS OF THE WEEK Beach bliss: Visit Kingscliff on the north­ern NSW­coast this win­ter for a three-night min­i­mum stay at Mantra on Salt Beach Ho­tel; from $155 a night twin-share, in­clud­ing daily buf­fet break­fast, one $40 Sea­son Restau­rant voucher per stay and late check­out.Valid un­til Au­gust 31. More: 1300 551 669; need­toescape.com/deals. Strip in Namibia for in­cred­i­ble sa­fari ex­pe­ri­ences. Best travel nar­ra­tive: Mon­soon by Robert D. Ka­plan for fas­ci­nat­ing in­sights into the In­dian Ocean re­gion. Best shop­ping se­cret: My Brus­sels tai­lor: Degand from La Mai­son Degand, Av­enue Louise. Nice and icy: Save 20 per cent on Antarc­tic cruises booked be­fore July 30, in­clud­ing the 13-day Antarc­tica Clas­sic in Depth vis­it­ing the South Shet­land Is­lands. De­par­tures from Ushuaia on Novem­ber 7, 18 and 29 and De­cem­ber 10; from $5663 a per­son twin-share, in­clud­ing meals. More: 1800 221 712, ben­tours.com.au. Best af­ter­noon tea ex­pe­ri­ence: Cafe Hoppe, Spui 18-20, Am­s­ter­dam, es­tab­lished in 1670, for lively at­mos­phere and clien­tele. Best food des­ti­na­tion: Restau­rants in Syd­ney are var­ied and ex­cit­ing; I love Asian food at Lon­grain. Best travel com­pan­ion/s: My chil­dren — all are in­trepid trav­ellers. Ho­tel with the most: Rovos Rail, the ultimate ho­tel on wheels, from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam. Best travel dol­lars you’ve ever spent: A Ban­tam two-seater mi­cro­light air­craft in­vented in New Zealand and flown in re­mote ar­eas in south­ern Africa. Bor­neo bound: Travel through Sabah and Sarawak on a 16-day tour de­part­ing Novem­ber 13; from $5811 a per­son twin-share ex Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane, Ade­laide and Perth, in­clud­ing re­turn econ­omy air­fares, ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals, trans­port, tours, en­trance fees and guides. More: 1300 727 998; wendy­wu­tours.com.au.

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