The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Aber­crom­bie & Kent has in­tro­duced a lit­er­ary pro­gram in Kenya’s Ma­sai Mara; two schools have re­ceived 50 e-Read­ers loaded with age-ap­pro­pri­ate text­books and lit­er­a­ture in English and Swahili; the pro­gram will be ex­tended to two schools in Tan­za­nia and Zam­bia early next year • Sydney’s re­cently opened Old Clare Ho­tel has launched its rooftop bar and 14m pool in time for sum­mer frol­ics; sig­na­ture cock­tails in­clude a Miami Vice mix of pina co­lada and straw­berry daiquiri served in a frozen hur­ri­cane glass • The 254-pas­sen­ger freighter Aranui 5 de­parts Papeete on its 14-day round-trip maiden voy­age on De­cem­ber 12; the cruise around French Poly­ne­sia co­in­cides with the Mar­que­sas Art and Cul­ture Fes­ti­val, held ev­ery four years • Bil­l­abong Zoo at NSW’s coastal hol­i­day hub of Port Mac­quarie has opened Africa Ex­hibit, a new fa­cil­ity for chee­tahs War­rior and Von­gani; the pri­vately owned fa­cil­ity is also home to red pan­das, snow leop­ards and meerkats • Af­ter a 15-year hia­tus, the Seabourn cruise line will of­fer voy­ages to Alaska from June 2017; Seabourn So­journ will op­er­ate 11, 12 and 14-day itin­er­ar­ies out of Van­cou­ver and An­chor­age.

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