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Chef Kumar Mahadevan

A new 13-day culinary tour to India from Wildlife Safari will explore South India’s natural beauty, history, culture and the fragrant world of Indian cuisine. Chef Kumar Mahadevan – who is widely credited with introducing authentic Indian cuisine to Australia – will escort this tour of enchanting Tamil Nadu and serene Kerala. Born in Chennai, Kumar achieved prominence with Abhi’s restaurant in Haberfield in Sydney and has enjoyed continued success with Aki’s, his establishment in Woolloomooloo.

The Thali tour journey starts in Chennai, travels through Tamil Nadu, winds through the Chettinad region with its unique cuisine, on to the emerald backwaters of Kerala, and ends in Fort Cochin. The tour takes in visits to produce markets, cooking demonstrations with highly talented local chefs, memorable meals in private homes of prominent food identities, a traditional lunch on a working organic farm and, of course, lots of cooking and lots of stories with Kumar.

An enormous amount of detail has gone into organizing this exclusive departure, with many elements not found on any other tour. It promises to deliver an incredible culinary and visual journey.

The Thali tour runs from 10 to 22 September 2016. The tour can be booked on its own or combined with additional arrangements to travel throughout India or Sri Lanka. wildlifesafari.com.au

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Sunset in Botswana

Get to know one of the world’s best-loved novelists while exploring the spectacular setting of much of his work on an exclusive safari with Belmond: “Journey to the Heart of Botswana with Alexander McCall Smith”. This unforgettable six-night journey for fans of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency encompasses Belmond’s three luxury lodges in northern Botswana. It begins at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in the heart of Chobe National Park, it’s perched on the banks of the Savute Channel – known as the elephant capital of the world.

Next stop is Belmond Khwai River Lodge. Overlooking vast floodplains in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, it’s known to be a year-round destination for viewing wildlife, predators and plains game. You can also experience a thrilling night drive, follow nocturnal predators on the hunt, watch hippo feeding frenzies and possibly spot magnificent nocturnal birds such as the Giant Eagle Owl.

Belmond Khwai River Lodge

The adventure ends at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in the magnificent Okavango Delta. It offers Africa’s most water-focused safari experience, and featured in McCall Smith’s much-loved novel, The Double Comfort Safari Club. The journey also includes a thrilling open-sided helicopter ride over the wilderness.

Throughout the safari, McCall Smith will share memories of his beloved Botswana and chat with fellow travelers about the inspiration for his books, including two new No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels, Precious and Grace and The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine. “

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