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We are pleased to present below a selection of articles, features and round-ups that feature Reef and Rainforest Tours. If you are a travel writer or would like to see our most recent press releases, subscribe to our newsfeed or contact our PR agency please visit our Press Newsroom.


MADAGASCAR'S FLYING CIRCUS, STARRING THE AMAZING JOHN CLEESE WOOLLY LEMUR - Daily Mail

John Cleese

Carol Drinkwater, the author of The Olive Tree who recently travelled to Madagascar with Reef and Rainforest, was thoroughly captivated by the Big Red Island and its endemic lemur inhabitants. So much so that, towards the end of her 10-day trip, she “was attempting to cancel all onward commitments” so she could explore more. All aspects of the world’s fourth largest island appealed, including its friendly, gentle people and the “funky little town” of Diego Suarez with its deep harbour and faded French colonial buildings. Additionally, she was on the inaugural Kenya Airways flight to Tana, observing for the first time the aviation tradition of dousing first arrivals. Kenya Airways joins Air France, Air Madagascar and others in servicing this fabulous destination, so different to anywhere else on the planet. To read Carol’s article in the Mail on Sunday click here

To visit Madagascar, please call our specialist consultant, Helen Cox on 01803 866965 – she lived there and has travelled widely and will be delighted to organise a tailor-made tour for you.


THE SATURDAY TELEGRAPH - BRAZILIAN AMAZON: LOGGING VERSUS ECO-LODGES

Brazil has just launched an international fund to combat the deforestation of the Amazon. Nigel Richardson reports from the state where more trees are being felled than anywhere else on earth.

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THE SATURDAY TELEGRAPH - JAGUARS IN BRAZIL: THE CREAM OF CATS

A new tourism venture in Brazil, offering 'guaranteed sightings’ of the endangered jaguar, hopes to persuade the local people of the Pantanal that this luxuriantly liveried big cat is worth more alive than dead. Nigel Richardson set out on its trail with Reef and Rainforest.  The Jaguar Research Centre can be visited as part of Reef and Rainforest Tours Kingdom of the Jaguar brochure tour and also the Quest for the Jaguars of Brazil group.

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 THE SUNDAY TIMES - THE 2008 SUMMER 100

Our new Brazil Tour has been picked by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 best trips 2008 has to offer:

"Jaguars are notoriously elusive, but at the newly opened Jaguar Research Centre, in the teeming Pantanal in Brazil, you're virtually guaranteed to see them - in the first 80 days, there were 125 sightings.  You should also look out for giant river otters, tapirs, caimans, coati-mondis, anacondas, pumas and giant anteaters." 

The Jaguar Research Centre can be visited as part of Reef and Rainforest Tours Kingdom of the Jaguar brochure tour and also the Quest for the Jaguars of Brazil group.

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THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER - SWEET LIVING ON THE SAN BLAS ISLANDS

In February 2007 Danielle Demetriou travelled to the idyllic San Blas Islands in Panama, with Reef and Rainforest Tours. The San Blas archipelago is made up of nearly 400 tiny islands scattered along the Caribbean coast of Eastern Panama. As part of the Comarca de Kuna Yala, the archipelago is ruled by the fiercely independent Kuna Indians who carry on their traditions in crowded, bustling communities on 40 of the islands. Danielle’s subsequent article published in The Independent in March 2007 describes her stay on the islands with this colourful vibrant tribe, and her search for the key to their health and happiness – hot chocolate!

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 THE SUNDAY TIMES - GOING WILD IN THE PERUVIAN JUNGLE

One small part of the Peruvian jungle has more species of wildlife creeping and crawling around in it than anywhere else on the planet. William Gray and his brother, Simon embarked on a Reef and Rainforest adventure to Manu Biosphere Reserve to see some of this wildlife for themselves.

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THE TIMES - TWITCHING IN PANAMA

Nick Middleton travelled to Panama with Reef and Rainforest Tours in search of the Harpy Eagle. His subsequent article published in The Times tells of his journey into the deepest darkest Darien region to meet the Mogue Indians and begin his quest to spot the most powerful bird of prey on earth.

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 THE DAILY TELEGRAPH - THE REAL MADAGASCAR

In November 2004, Gill Charlton embarked on a Reef and Rainforest Tour in search of the lemurs of Madagascar. Besides many species of lemur, she also found friendly people, spectacular landscapes and extraordinary indigenous flora. Gill’s article, published in The Saturday Telegraph provides a detailed account of the unique places and wildlife she encountered in this special place.


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AT HOME MAGAZINE - 10 BEST FAMILY HOLIDAYS

It's not easy finding the ideal family holiday destination at the busiest and most expensive time of the year: half-term and summer holidays. But it can be done, says Joanna Symons, and Costa Rica features within her 10 choices.

Costa Rica is an ecotourist's paradise – and a great way to bring biology and geography lessons alive. Spot toucans, parrots, hummingbirds and even the rare quetzal in the pristine cloud forest – and wander among the treetops on a high skywalk. Listen to howler monkeys in the jungle, watch the lava flow of Volcán Arenal (from a safe distance), and then relax on the unspoilt Pacific and Caribbean beaches. Costa Rica's people are very welcoming and the tourism infrastructure is well developed by Latin American standards. Reef and Rainforest Tours (Tel: 01803 866965; www.reefandrainforest.co.uk) organises 14-day family friendly trips.

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THE SUNDAY TIMES - THE 2007 SUMMER 100

Our 'Africa’s Great Apes and Great Plains' tour of Rwanda and Tanzania has been picked as one of the planet’s best holidays by the Sunday Times:

Admittedly, it’s extravagant, but who could resist the chance to witness two of Africa’s greatest natural wonders — the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and the migration of the wildebeest — on one trip? The experiences are wildly different. In Rwanda, you stay in a simple hotel and trek each day into the forest to commune with the animals; in the Serengeti, you watch the thunderous hordes from the comfort of a luxury tented camp. Ten days start at £4,180, full-board, in August, with Reef and Rainforest Tours (01803 866965, www.reefandrainforest.co.uk).

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THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER - GUYANA’S RAINFOREST – RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

During a Reef and Rainforest Tour of Guyana, Sarah Barrell discovered noise pollution of a different kind; the ear-splitting screech of scarlet macaws, the whistle of the screaming piha bird and the rolling roar of the red howler monkey. In her article for The Independent, Sarah describes the sights and sounds encountered whilst trekking through Guyana’s rainforest.

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THE TIMES - DOM JOLY AND THE BIRDS OF COSTA RICA

 In December 2005, Dom Joly embarked on a Reef and Rainforest trip to Costa Rica in seach of adventure.

His subsequent article published in The Sunday Times provides a hilarious account of his own style of wildlife tour – a 50mph zipwire over the rainforest.


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THE SUNDAY TIMES - SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

Jeremy Lazell presents a wilder sort of family break for extraordinary Easter holidays: Every April, whale sharks shoal at the edge of a 2,000ft drop-off at the northern end of the Belize barrier reef, just 30 yards from the 15-acre island resort of South Water Caye, your base for one of the most spectacular sights on the snorkelling planet. And that’s just the main course: your starter is Chaa Creek, a magnificent jungle lodge on the banks of the Macal River, where optional extras include mountain-biking, riding, cave exploration and canoeing.
Ages: 10+ recommended
Details: For four nights, B&B, at Chaa Creek and six nights, full-board, at South Water Caye, including flights with Continental, via Houston, and transfers. Contact Reef and Rainforest Tours (01803 866965, www.reefandrainforest.co.uk).

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THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER - SAFARI SPECIAL

Our Madagascar tours recognised as a fresh way to observe some of the rarest beasts on the planet:

Madagascar for lemurs - Take the family on a wildlife tour of the island off Africa's east coast that inspired this summer's Dreamworks movie.

Reef and Rainforest (01803 866965; www.reefandrainforest.co.uk) offers carefully researched Fabulous Family Fun trips combining jungle walks, lemur-spotting and stays on sunny tropical islands. These two-week tours offer the best of Madagascar, including a guided visit to the rainforests of Perinet and Mantadia, followed by a stay at Berenty, in the south, known for its ring-tailed lemurs and strange spiny forest. The trip concludes with a few days surrounded by palm trees and white sand beaches on the island of Nosy Be.


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THE TELEGRAPH - IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN

In 2001 we organised a family adventure for Joan Symons and her family to Costa Rica where, after initial apprehension, they were won over by Costa Rica's diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife. Joan's article, published in The Daily Telegraph, tells of their adventures in one of our most popular family destinations.

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THE TELEGRAPH - SOMETHING LURKING IN THE LILIES

The immense, seasonally flooded flatlands of central Venezuela host an abundance of wildlife similar to that found in Brazil’s Pantanal. Mark Stratton’s Telegraph article following a Reef and Rainforest Tour to Venezuela tells of his encounters with the flora and fauna on safari on the rivers and marshes of Los Llanos.


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