Do good as you globetrot

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - NEWS QLD -

AN­I­MAL lovers will be able to take part in new Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional tours to sanc­tu­ar­ies hous­ing res­cued an­i­mals such as os­triches, gi­raffes and ele­phants next year, start­ing with a tour to South Africa in Jan­uary.

Guests will spend seven days at SanWild wildlife sanc­tu­ary near Jo­han­nes­burg, view­ing res­cued African wildlife in­clud­ing lions, hip­pos and ze­bras.

They will also spend a day on sa­fari at Kruger Na­tional Park, one of the largest na­tional parks in the world.

The six-night trip costs $ 2500 a per­son, twin share, ex­clud­ing flights, with travel fees go­ing to­wards lo­cal an­i­mal pro­tec­tion groups.

The so­ci­ety is hop­ing to in­tro­duce sim­i­lar trips to Bhutan, Canada and Gu­atemala.

The Os­cars of travel

MAU­RI­TIUS was named the world’s lead­ing is­land des­ti­na­tion in the 2010 World Travel Awards, while the Mal­dives was the most ro­man­tic.

Mon­tego Bay in Ja­maica won the ti­tle of lead­ing beach des­ti­na­tion and Pa­cific Re­sort Ai­tu­taki in the Cook Is­lands was the lead­ing bou­tique is­land re­sort.

The awards, which are known as the ‘‘ Os­cars of the travel in­dus­try’’, were an­nounced at a cer­e­mony at London’s Grosvenor House ho­tel this week.

Eti­had was named the lead­ing air­line at the awards, but Singapore Air­lines took the ti­tle for the best in­flight en­ter­tain­ment.

Buri Al Arab ho­tel in Dubai re­ceived the award for the world’s lead­ing ho­tel, Royal Caribbean was named best cruise line, and Dorint Vi­tal Royal Spa Seefeld/ Tirol in Aus­tria was the lead­ing ski re­sort. Fe­bru­ary. Din­ner with NFL great Joe Mon­tana is in­cluded.

The lux­ury tour costs $ 14,750, land only. It in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion at five-star ho­tels and ac­cess-all-ar­eas tick­ets to the game.

Ul­ti­mate Sports Tours will also lead an­other seven-day tour to the For­mula 1 in May

Cost­ing $ 16,500, the trip will in­clude din­ner with Mark Web­ber, ar­rival on race day via heli­copter and watch­ing the qual­i­fy­ing race aboard a lux­ury yacht.

TOP SPOT: Mau­ri­tius was recog­nised in the World Travel Awards; and os­triches at SanWild Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary.

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