Bespoke Vacations, an independent travel agent based in Ascot specialising in tailor-made luxury holidays. I have been asked so many times about Croatia, especially this year. I now feel inspired to write about Croatia. Enough said, this is a destination that has so much to offer and has something for everyone, read on...


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Safari experiences in Botswana are generally exclusive, in private reserves. The Okavango Delta supports a large concentrations of animals on both a permanent and seasonal basis. Through careful wildlife management it has become perhaps one of the best places to see animals and birds in Africa. From the early stages Botswana’s government declared a low impact high income tourism policy, the game is abundant and tourists are few. They have taken the brave decision to ban all hunting of wild animals for sport and dedicated their army to anti-poaching – last year they lost just 100 elephants when other parts of Africa lost thousands. There is now a huge initiative moving forward which will see over 100 rhinos relocated from unsafe areas in South Africa to Botswana’s wildlife haven, the Okavango Delta.

“Unfetted by fences, Botswana has one of the greatest movements of wildlife on the planet with millions of animals that travel in vast herds across the plains of the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta.”

Botswana is a country roughly half the size of France with a population of just 1.8 million which makes the wildlife the real ‘king of the jungle’ creating a real luxury safari experience. Botswana’s lodges really get it right – they offer top guides, the best food and extraordinary locations for a higher price than in other parts of Africa, but this has allowed them to keep their areas truly wild, pristine and untouched. Unfetted by fences, Botswana has one of the greatest movements of wildlife on the planet with millions of animals that travel in vast herds across the plains of the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta.

The Okavango Delta has an extraordinary network of waterways fed by rains from Angola with their swaying reeds and tall grasses. Fly above the Makgadikgadi engaging in a glorious bird’s eye view of mile upon mile of shimmering white salt pan that stretches endlessly to the horizon. The national parks and private game reserves cover nearly half of the country – and form a unique range of ecosystems which support a rich diversity of plant, bird and animal life.

For all the reasons mentioned above Botswana offers a thrilling, exciting and exhilarating experience, everything is so wild that you could spend hours seeing nothing, before rounding a corner to find a leopard on a kill, a herd of elephants, a pride of lions or if you’re really quick a cheetah. This is why safari enthusiasts indulge in Botswana, and why people return on numerous occasions for their safari fix.


You know it when you have found it and when you have found it you know that it is Croatia!

The bitter Homeland War of the early 1990’s, temporarily halted Croatia’s development as a travel destination. But now Croatia with Dubrovnik and its collection of over 1,000 islands, 1,800km of spectacular coastline, delicious seafood, castles, cafes, culture, quaint fishing villages, and the cleanest waters in the Adriatic has found itself a well-deserved place on the travel map. Best of all, most the country hasn’t been spoiled by mass tourism. With the exception of the west coast of Istria and the Makarska Riviera, it has few purpose-built resorts.

Whether backpackers or touring families, cyclists, sailors or spa lovers, all travellers have seen huge developments in the range and quality of what the country has to offer. Even during the heavily visited months of July and August there are still enough off-the-beaten-track islands, quiet bays and quaint fishing villages to make you feel as if you’re visiting Europe at its most unspoiled.

Inland Croatia shouldn’t be neglected. The bucolic interior of rolling hills and fertile plains attracts artsy visitors to Istria’s hilltop villages, rural hotels and farmhouse restaurants. It is fast becoming the destination for foodies thanks to its truffles, olive oil and wild asparagus. The capital Zagreb offers cafe culture, castles and countryside; Zagorje offers beautiful nature, old wine cellars and fantastic cuisine as well as gorgeous castles and Slavonia has one of Europe’s most important wetlands where the Danube meets the Drava.

For those that love the great outdoors there are, waterfalls, lakes and mountains in national parks, like Plitvice Lakes, Paklenika and Krka.

Croatia has a long history, so there is plenty of historical interest to captivate. The walls of Dubrovnik, the historical core of Trogir, amphitheatre of Pula Zagreb and Dubrovnik and the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian monuments of Split and Zadar. In fact, the historic centres of Dubrovnik and Split are UNESCO world heritage sites, as are the cathedrals in Trogir and Sibenik and the basilica in Porec.

The sailing and yachting scene here rivals any other, with numerous ports, many marinas and countless natural inlets scattered across in excess of thousand islands. A sailing holiday is an ideal way to see some of the more remote and uninhabited islands such as the beautiful Kornati archipelago of 130 islands, scattered off the coast between Zadar and Sibenik.

Croatia’s beaches tend to be pebbly rather than sandy. The best beaches are on the islands. The most photogenic beach is on the island of Brac with its ever changing spit of white pebbles called Zlatni Rat. Rab Island claims a lovely bay at Lopar, Korcula has two sandy beaches near Lumbarda and Susak Island is famous for its fine sandy beaches.

There’s an island to suit every taste: green Mljet is best for nature, Vis with more than 500 varieties of herbs is great for food lovers, Brac for water sports, Hvar for relaxation and celebrity spotting enhanced by its stunning harbour bursting with huge yachts and sailboats

Dubrovnik is essential viewing, but it’s only one of many attractive coastal cities. There is Pula, with its Roman remains, or Sibenik with its own personality, youthful atmosphere, little streets, attractive squares and of course stunning Split, with its vibrant Saturday market, excellent beaches, and the Riva esplanade lined with cafés and bars.

Then there is Istria, hugging the Adriatic coast of Croatia on a peninsula opposite Venice. Istria is like a less-touristy, more affordable version of Tuscany. Envisage medieval hilltop villages (most notably Rovinj and Motovun), miles of vineyards, and restaurants serving delicious seafood, pizza and pasta dishes topped with shavings of locally foraged truffles (actually, the world’s best come from Istria, not Italy).

If you want to enjoy what Croatia has to offer, contact Bespoke Vacations and we can tailor an amazing trip for you…

Jackie Dane

Bespoke Vacations

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