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$59 for 1 Night at Ramada Niagara Falls

Posted on 31 May 2012 by Danica

Round the World Travel Hotel

DealFind is running a special on the Ramada by Niagara Falls.  We have also caught wind that if you use the coupon code MAY by 10am on 6/1, the price will drop to $59.

Access the deal here.

Here is what you get according to the website:

  • Receive a $20 voucher for dinner at the Keg, $25 game play voucher for Dave & Buster’s ($2 activation fee not included) and a $10 IHOP voucher ($25min purchase).   Dine-in only, not valid for alcohol. Dinner vouchers cannot be combined
  • Accommodations for your choice of 2 Queen bedroom for up to 5 people or a Standard King bedroom for up to 3 people
  • Enjoy unlimited shuttle service to the Falls and area attractions
  • Enjoy this deal on a Friday night for only $10 more

Key Terms and Conditions:

  • Expires on 6/22/12. Cannot be redeemed before Tuesday, 6/5/12.  Blackout date: Friday, 6/15/12
  • May reserve immediately after purchase
  • Buy unlimited vouchers for yourself and unlimited as gifts
  • May combine vouchers for multiple night stays up to 5 nights.  But one restaurant voucher per stay
  • 72 hour cancellation policy or voucher is voided. Bookings subject to availability
  • Refund Policy – within 14 days of purchase
  • Valid from Sunday to Thursday
  • Not valid for tax and gratuities
  • Additional $10 for Friday’s and optional 2nd night (without package inclusions) for only $30 more when arriving between Sunday to Wednesday, paid directly to Ramada Niagara Falls

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Five Tidbits about the Mara Crossing You Should Know
(African Safari in Kenya)

Posted on 31 May 2012 by David

Today, we are on the third part of our seven-part “Plan a Perfect African Safari in Kenya” series.  Your safari should include an attempt to catch a Wildebeest crossing.  If you’re like most people you probably have read about it in National Geographic but when you go, here are a few things that you probably didn’t know.

African Safari - Wildebeests Crossing Mara River in Kenya

  1. Wildebeests can line up for miles in single file and we’re not exaggerating!  Now, if you need to get to the other side of their line, don’t force your guide to drive through them.  It will disturb the herd and it will ruin the crossings for many others on safari who have been waiting patiently for hours!  You don’t want to be “that *&!# tourist who scared off the herd.”
  2. A Wildebeest herd will always wait for a different type of animal who is more experienced to cross first.  If you see a Zebra or Gazelle at the river bank with all the Wildebeests, it’s a good sign a crossing may happen soon!
  3. It can be emotional to watch a Wildebeest eaten alive by a crocodile.  You will hear the screams, see the struggle, and feel the fear.   It is amazing to watch but be prepared.
  4. You’re probably going to wait many many hours for a 5 to 10 minute show.  However, once the crossing starts you’ll see hundreds to thousands of animals crossing all at once!
  5. In addition to the fear, animals feel love too.  We once saw a family of Giraffes cross.  The father crossed first, and waited halfway in the crocodile infested river for his ‘wife’ and children to cross before finishing the crossing himself.  Now isn’t that love?

African Safari - Giraffes Crossing Mara River in Kenya

Stay tuned for our post on “Our Wildebeest Crossing Experience” tomorrow!

Seven Part Series of our Safari in the Mara North Conservancy of Kenya:

  1. Introduction
  2. 10 Must-See Animals (including the Big 5)
  3. Five Tidbits about the Mara Crossing You Should Know (Current Post)
  4. Our Wildebeest Crossing Experience 
  5. Choosing When and Where to go
  6. Kicheche Camp Review
  7. Getting to Maasai Mara

You may also enjoy our Picture of the Week:

  1. Maasai Warriors Jumping Contest (Adumu)

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Plan a Perfect African Safari in Kenya: 2 – 10 Must-See Animals

Posted on 30 May 2012 by David

Today, we are on the second part of our seven-part “Plan a Perfect African Safari in Kenya” series.  Traditionally when you go on a safari, you are going on a big game hunt.  Your objective is to successfully shoot and bring back  some of the largest and ferocious animals on the planet.   These days the objective of a safari hasn’t changed except now you’re shooting the animals with your fancy DSLR and bringing them all back in your memory cards!

You must first hunt down the Big-5.  Once you’re done with that you can go for many others.  Here are the Big-5 we captured, plus five others you may also want to hunt for.

The Big 5:

1. African elephant – You’ll have no trouble finding them.  However you’ll need to keep your distance as the last thing you want is for an angry mom to charge at you!

African Safari Elephant in Kenya

2. Black Rhinoceros – Here we caught a pair of African White Rhinos, a mother and son staring at at each other.  The black rhinoceros is very difficult to find!

African Safari White Rhinos in Kenya

3. Cape buffalo – There are a few of these around.  Not too hard to find.

African Safari Cape Buffalo in Kenya

4. Lion – There is nothing like hearing a lion roar in person in the wild (especially when you are sleeping in the tent)!

African Safari Lion in Kenya

5. Leopard – You need luck to find leopards.  They like to hide up in the trees.  We got lucky and found this one cooling off in the shade.

 African Safari Leopard in Kenya

Others worth searching for:

6. Crocodile – They’re huge, about the size of a hippo!

African Safari Crocodile in Kenya

7. Cheetah – Beautiful animal.  Looks like a leopard.  Compare their coat pattern!

African Safari Cheetah in Kenya

8. Giraffe – Once you see them in a herd in the wild you’ll never want to see them in a zoo.

African Safari Giraffe in Kenya

9. Topi – The males of this type of antelope mark their territory by standing on a big pile of dung, ready to fight any other male that tries to invade.  The taller the pile of dung, the better it is for them!

African Safari Topi in Kenya

10. Warthog – They were very funny to watch.  They always ran with an urgent purpose, like they were late to a meeting or something.  Now we know why warthogs always wear business suits in cartoons!

African Safari Warthog in Kenya

 

Stay tuned for our post on “5 tidbits you should know about the Mara Crossing” tomorrow!

Seven Part Series of our Safari in the Mara North Conservancy of Kenya:

  1. Introduction
  2. 10 Must-See Animals (including the Big 5) – Current Post
  3. Five Tidbits about the Mara Crossing You Should Know
  4. Our Wildebeest Crossing Experience 
  5. Choosing When and Where to Go
  6. Kicheche Camp Review
  7. Getting to Maasai Mara

You may also enjoy our Picture of the Week:

  1. Maasai Warriors Jumping Contest (Adumu)

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Limited Time Offer! 50% Bonus on Membership Rewards Transfer to British Airways Avios

Posted on 29 May 2012 by Danica

 Airline Airplane Loyalty Program Deals

Don’t forget to take advantage of the 50% bonus when you transfer from American Express Membership Rewards (MR) points to British Airways (BA) Avios points.  The offer is good through May 31st (2 more days) only!

When considering whether to give up the precious MR points for the BA Avios points, take into consideration the following:

1) The surcharges like fuel charges on BA reward flights are notorisouly high.  So make sure you do a price comparison among other airlines on the same route, and payment vs. rewards points before proceeding.

2) Having said that, we used BA points to book LAN when we traveled in South America all the time.  No complaints on cost there!

3) If you already have an itinerary in mind that involved BA, this limited time offer may make sense for you.

To take advantage of this offer, just log into your American Express Account.  Click Rewards on top navigation bar, then Use Points, then Travel tab.  The BA offer is highlighted there.  And best of all, the transfer is almost real-time!

 

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Plan a Perfect African Safari in Kenya: 1 – Introduction

Posted on 29 May 2012 by David

 African Safari Sunset

Introduction

Back in October of last year we traveled to Kenya to go on a once-in-a-lifetime Safari.   We had read about the great migration of the animals, especially the Wildebeest river crossings.  It is the kind of event that you would see on a National Geographic episode and we wanted to see it for ourselves.  Since then, many of our friends have asked us to write about our experiences, so here they are – for the next week, we will focus on reviewing our African Safari trip.  By the way, if you are planning a safari to catch the crossings, you should book the camp now!  The best ones filled up very quickly!

A successful Safari requires some planning to take into account the type and location of your accommodations, the time of year of your visit, the animals you want to see, and your transportation to the Safari.  You also need a little bit of luck so if you’re superstitious, carry a lucky charm!

In the following seven-part series we’ll let you in on the details about our experience and we’ll share a few things to consider when planning your own successful safari.

In the end our safari was better than we could have hoped for.  We got lucky and saw the “Big 5” plus others not on the list that we thought were also big or must-sees.    We were also fortunate to see a Wildebeest crossing, twice!   All in all we had a fantastic time with which made the long journey well worth the effort.

You may also enjoy our Picture of the Week:

  1. Maasai Warriors Jumping Contest (Adumu)

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