Your cazenove+loyd travel calendar

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    The new year has finally arrived and our experts have put their heads together to create the ultimate cazenove+loyd travel calendar for our clients to get inspired and start planning for this year and beyond. Now is the time to let us design something extraordinary for you to look forward to. 

    JANUARY

    January may be off the cards this year but it's a fabulous month to travel to many of our destinations – many of which benefit from planning a year in advance in order to get the very best out of your trip. Start planning for next January now.

    For winter sun, we highly recommend Mexico, where you can stay in historic haciendas inland and soak up the rays in small, secluded hotels on the Pacific or Caribbean coasts. The Turks + Caicos Islands are another great choice if you’re looking to unwind on some of the world’s best beaches and enjoy some glorious weather. The Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia are also wonderful in January, when the water is at its calmest and the visibility is phenomenal. This makes it the perfect time to charter a boat and explore this stunning, far-flung archipelago, home to some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving.

    January is the perfect time to charter a boat and explore the beautiful Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia
    January is the perfect time to charter a boat and explore the beautiful Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia

    We can also arrange an amazing itinerary exploring Latin America. January is the one of the best times to travel to Patagonia in Argentina and combines well with Uruguay, where you can relax on the sun-drenched beaches of José Ignacio, a chic seaside town that we love. There is so much you can do in both of these countries, from staying in an estancia and meeting gauchos to trekking glaciers or exploring spectacular landscapes on horseback, by bike or on foot. 

    FEBRUARY

    While there is still uncertainty this winter, when restrictions do lift, the Maldives is the ideal last-minute escape. Otherwise, why not plan a fantastic safari to Tanzania for next year? February is a superb time to be there as the great migration is usually in the southern Serengeti, where it is calving season so you are almost guaranteed to view some extraordinary carnivore action. We suggest ending your trip with some rejuvenating beach time on a stunning private island, such as Fanjove or, for a bigger group of friends and family, Thanda Island.

    A herd of zebra during the great migration in South Serengeti, Tanzania
    A herd of zebra during the great migration in Tanzania's southern Serengeti

    February is a great time to go to Southeast Asia. We can craft an unforgettable Southeast Asian adventure, taking in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Highlights include exploring Angkor Wat the c+l way with one of our specialist guides, getting involved with conservation at Shinta Mani Wild, a remote jungle retreat, and hiking in Vietnam’s picturesque Hoang Lien National Park.

    MARCH

    We very much hope that by spring, we will be able to start exploring the world again. There are many places in their prime at this time of year, such as Cuba, the perfect winter sun destination, which has direct flights from the US and the UK, making it very accessible. If you’re looking for unrivalled insider access, register your interest for our incredible small group trip set to depart in March 2022 – the ultimate way to see the country. 

    For a lovely holiday combining city, mountains, desert and beach, head to Oman. We recommend starting in Muscat, then spending a few days in the majestic Al Hajar mountains, before exploring the Wahiba Sands in a private 4WD and staying in an isolated tented camp. Finish your trip on the beach at Zighy Bay. 

    Explore the Wahiba Sands in a private 4WD
    Explore Oman's Wahiba Sands in a private 4WD

    Closer to home, March is also a brilliant time to be in Morocco, with snow still dusting the peaks of the Atlas Mountains, the weather is becoming warmer and the valleys lush, green and dotted with spring flowers. 

    New Zealand, one of our newest destinations is simply sensational and you certainly need a year to plan an awe-inspiring trip here. We can design memorable experiences such as flying in a helicopter over glaciers, spending time with the Māori or discovering secret walking trails through spectacular scenery. Alternatively, consider a trip to Japan, which is in the midst of its magical cherry blossom season in March.  

    APRIL

    Easter is a wonderful time to get away and we know the best places to take off to. Egypt is lovely in April and we can organise for our specialist Egyptologists to accompany you on an out-of-hours visit to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities or the Pyramids of Giza. We would also recommend a private boat trip along the Nile from Luxor to Aswan on which you can stop by some of the less-visited sites, such as the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.

    Discover one of Egypt's less-visited sites, the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel

    Discover one of Egypt's less-visited sites, the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel

    We think Costa Rica is at its best at this time of year as it is the end of the high season and national parks are becoming much quieter. The country is home to fabulous private houses and small jungle retreats, such as Kasiiya Papagayo and Pacuare Lodge, in stunning surroundings that are easily accessible by private charter flight and it is a direct flight away from both the UK and the US. 

    MAY

    Whether you are looking to simply flop on a tranquil, white-sand beach or set off on an exciting adventure, there are a number of destinations to visit in May. For the former, why not travel to the idyllic Seychelles islands, or for the latter, exploring the Galápagos Islands on a private boat. At this time of year, the ocean is at its warmest and calmest, the wildlife is prolific and the flowers are blossoming following the rains. 

    Snorkelling off the coast of The Galápagos Islands

    Snorkelling  in the Galápagos Islands

    Rugged and beautiful year-round, Namibia is a great option if you’re looking for complete isolation. Sparsely populated and with vast, wide-open spaces, this has to be one of the best places to go to really get away from it all. 

    JUNE

    If you’re looking for a wildlife holiday in June, travel to Zambia and Zimbabwe. Move slowly, really absorbing the sights and smells of Africa, by going on a walking safari in South Luangwa or Lower Zambezi national parks or a canoeing safari down the Zambezi River. Start or finish your trip with a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls, which is at its fullest at this time of year. 

    Lower Zambezi National Park Aerial View

    Aerial view of Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

    Western and northern Australia are fantastic in June followed by the Pacific Islands. While it’s unlikely travellers will be able to go here this summer, you should plan ahead for next year. We can design an unforgettable journey taking in the Kimberley region of western Australia, Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory and Daintree National Park in Tropical North Queensland, followed by a week or two on a far-flung isle in the Pacific Islands

    JULY

    July is the dry season in Rwanda and Uganda, making it one of the best times for gorilla and chimpanzee tracking. Both of these unspoilt countries are superb standalone destinations in their own right but they also combine well with each other and elsewhere in East Africa.

    Track gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda during the July dry season

    Track gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda during the July dry season

    Alternatively, for another phenomenal wildlife adventure, go on a mobile safari in northern Botswana on which you can take your time and reconnect with nature in spectacular surroundings. Or stay in one of Botswana’s new safari camps, such as Xigera Safari Lodge in the Delta, Little DumaTau in Linyanti Wildlife Reserve or the reimagined Jack’s Camp in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. 

    AUGUST

    The British summer is a very good time for exploring Peru and Bolivia. We can arrange a South American journey that includes lesser-known treks in the Andes, adventures in the stunning Sacred Valley and sleeping under the stars on Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats. 

    Or for something else even more off the beaten track, Mongolia is an extraordinary get-away. Here, spend your days living like a nomad, staying in a private ger in the wilderness and enjoying the vast sense of space on the steppe and sunny days. We can even organise for you to meet the eagle hunters in western Mongolia, an unforgettable experience.

    Meet the eagle hunters in western Mongolia

    Meet eagle hunters in western Mongolia

    For a wildlife adventure, Madagascar in August is phenomenal when the humpback whales gather off the coast and the weather is dry but cool, perfect for walking in the Tsingy de Bemeraha National Park and spotting the island’s endemic wildlife in the dense jungle. 

    SEPTEMBER

    In September, we have two incredible small group trips departing for an intimate group of like-minded people. These trips offer the best guides throughout, the best access and the best places to stay. Not only will you travel with true specialists but also in the safe hands of co-owners Henrietta Loyd and Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell, seeing the highlights in a different way and less-visited spots too.

    Our first trip to South Africa, departing on 5th September, is led by Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames, and Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell. Clients will spend four nights in a deluxe or royal cabin of the Rovos Rail train, enjoying privately guided tours each day and fascinating lectures and exquisite onboard dining in the evenings. Our experts can easily add an amazing safari elsewhere in southern Africa to your itinerary.

    One of the world's most stunning and luxurious trains, the Rovos Rail in South Afirca

    One of the world's most stunning and luxurious trains, the Rovos Rail in South Afirca

    Our second group trip is to Jordan, departing on 15th September. With only 14 guests, this trip is very exclusive and only a few spaces remain. This is your chance to join Henrietta Loyd on her fifth trip to Jordan and explore this country like a dignitary – in the very best way possible, thanks to Henrietta’s contacts on the ground. 

    OCTOBER

    Our third small group trip of the year, this time to Nepal, will take place in October. Led by Henrietta Loyd, this revitalising and spiritual journey includes visiting splendid monasteries, walking, camping in the wilderness and enjoying some rejuvenating meditation, yoga and other wellness experiences. October is a great time of year to be in Nepal as the mountain views are clearest and the landscapes are verdant after the rains. 

    Wilderness camping at Ratnange Ridge, Mongolia

    Wilderness camping at Ratnange Ridge, Mongolia

    If you’re looking for some R&R this autumn, Mozambique is also lovely in October. Whales gather off the shore at this time of year and turtles come ashore to nest. We know some heavenly boltholes along the coast as well as stunning island retreats on the Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos where you can dive and snorkel in crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters.

    NOVEMBER

    November is the beginning of Chile’s summer and one of the best times to visit Patagonia, as the walking conditions are perfect and the landscape is alive with vibrant spring blooms. Here, you can watch majestic icebergs float down from Grey Glacier, hike to rewarding panoramic view points to take in the famous Los Cuernos (‘The Horns’) of Torres del Paine, cycle through a forest of lengas and ñirres or spot the elusive puma, Andean condors and other local residents with a specialist wildlife guide. The Atacama Desert is also great in November, where you can watch the sun set over moon-like landscapes, discover secret hot springs and enjoy some of the world’s best stargazing.

    The Atacama Desert, Chile

    The Atacama Desert, Chile

    Bhutan is the ideal regenerative and spiritual escape in November when the weather is at its best for trekking along scenic, relatively untrodden trails, camping in glorious valleys along the way. At this time of year, endangered black-necked cranes migrate from the Tibetan plateau to the Phobjikha Valley where they remain until February. In Gangtey, a colourful festival is held in November to celebrate their arrival.

    For wildlife lovers looking to get off the beaten track, we recommend exploring São Tomé + Príncipe. Known as ‘the Galápagos of Africa’, here you can do some hiking, spot killer whales and dolphins off the coast, and this time of year is epic for birding, also marking the start of the turtle nesting season.

    DECEMBER

    Christmas abroad with friends and family can make a very good change from the norm. We can design the perfect holiday to suit all ages and stages to celebrate the festive season. There are many options, but to name a few, consider Kenya for the ultimate bush and beach family Christmas, or Sri Lanka if you’re looking for sunshine, beach and delicious food. 

    Alfajiri Beach Villa, in Lakipia on the Kenyan Coast

    Alfajiri Beach Villa on the Kenyan coast

    In South America, Colombia is an excellent choice. The country’s sunny December days are ideal for exploring the country’s charming colonial towns, discovering the lush coffee region or hiking in the cloud forests of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range. We can create some fantastic experiences suited to everyone, such as meeting and riding with local llaneros (Colombian cowboys), fishing piranhas, heading out on nature walks or horseback adventures, or tracking giant anteaters, caimans, howler monkeys and pumas in Los Llanos, using the incredible Corocora Wildlife Camp as your base. Following this, head to one of our favourite private houses by the sea in Tayrona National Park, on the Barú peninsula or, for a remote and traditional Caribbean island escape, on Isla de Providencia.

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