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TRAVEL SAFARI CAMPS
Set on one of the locations from Out of
Africa, Angama Mara is a colourful lodge
perched on a Kenyan escarpment
From £578pp; angama.com
Omatendeka will overlook a set of
natural springs in the Namibian desert.
It's scheduled to open in June.
Rates TBC; scottdunn.com
Not far from Tanzania's Ngorongoro
Crater, The Highlands sees visitors lodge
in futuristic bubble-shaped tents.
From £245pp; asiliaafrica.com
BULLET POINT More Starship
Enterprise than commuter service,
Japan's Shinkansen bullet trains
are among the fastest in the world.
Spring sees a new direct line to
the mountainous northern island
of Hokkaido, taking just over four
scenic hours from Tokyo (from
£140 one way; jrhokkaido.co.jp).
STEAM UP Slower and steamier
but with bags of style, 4472
Flying Scotsman emerges from
its 10-year restoration to tour
mainline routes throughout
summer (Cambrian Coast
Express trip from £299pp;
RUSSIAN RAIL To commemorate
the 150th anniversary of the
Trans-Siberian Railway this year,
Golden Eagle Luxury Trains are
running Siberian Discovery in
July, beginning in Moscow and
finishing up two weeks later
at Vladivostok (from £9,895;
While we lucky Brits can swan about the fells of the Lake
District without shedding a single penny, most people hoping
to visit one of the 400 national parks in America usually pay a few
dollars in admission costs. �at's changing in 2016, with reserves
across the States opening their gates for free on certain days to
celebrate the centenary of the National Park Service (nps.gov).
Doubtless hoping to trump their neighbours, Canada will also
be making admission to its national parks free throughout 2017
to celebrate the country's 150th birthday (pc.gc.ca).