If You Love Nature You’ll Love East Africa

If its safari adventures you are after, East Africa is for you. Brightsun Travel offers cheap flights to East Africa, plus safari packages of a lifetime. All you need to decide is where to go…

Accra
Go on safari in Ghana and you could explore tropical rainforests, spot herds of elephant and marvel the tallest trees in Africa. Go east of Accra and discover the Volta Region, the highest mountains in Ghana, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, and the highest waterfall in West Africa. Go west and you’ll reach Elima, Cape Coast and Busua offering heritage, sun, sea, sand and surf.


Addis Ababa
From Addis Ababa you could tour the Simian Mountains National Park, one of Ethiopia’s, and Africa’s, tourist draw cards, and a UNESCO World Heritage site offering amazing scenery, breathtaking mountain hikes and rare wildlife encounters. Or head to the Great Rift Valley for a scenic drive and spot hundreds of flamingos in the only landscape on Earth that’s visible from the moon.


Dar Es Salaam
Dar Es Salaam is a gateway to the most iconic landscapes on Earth including the vast plains of the Serengeti, Kilimanjaro National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Here you can witness one of nature’s spectacles, the Great Migration, climb Africa’s highest peak and visit one of the best places in Africa to spot mammals in their natural habitat.


Harare
Harare is a gateway into Africa’s amazing natural world, including one of the Seven Wonders, the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the Earth’s largest. Or head to Hwange National Park and you’ll find one of the world’s largest populations of elephant, and in Matobo National Park, just a few hours from Harare, you can visit the World Heritage site of Matopos Hills.

Lagos
Head to Lagos and find a booming city surrounded by green spaces, just moments away. Just under 40 kilometres from Lagos is the word-renowned Lekki Conservation Centre, an ecotourism hub offering swamps, grasslands, forests and marshlands to explore, with 400-metre long canopy walkways. Or, 3 hours drive away are Omo Forest Reserve and Old Oyo National Park.

Nairobi
Fly into Nairobi and access some of Africa’s most precious National Parks, including the famous Maasai Mara Nature Reserve, where you could witness one of nature’s spectacles, the Great Migration. Or head to Mount Kenya National Park and discover Africa’s second highest mountain, just 150 kilometres from Nairobi. Finally, visit Mount Longonot National Park for a spectacular hiking trip.


Book
Contact Brightsun Travel and secure your next safari adventure, and explore our East Africa cheap flight deals released on a regular basis.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Canada This Holiday

In 2017, Brightsun Travel has a range of exclusive and cheap tickets to Canada from UK so you can discover all that this amazing country has to offer. Here are our top 10 reasons you should be planning a holiday to Canada this year.

1. Canadian Rockies: In less than an hour from Calgary you could find yourself in Canada’s oldest National Park, Banff National Park, right at the centre of the Rockies, surrounded by deer, bear, mouse and incredible mountainous scenery.


2. Northern Lights: Fly into Vancouver and you could see one of nature’s spectacles, the Northern lights, from the city’s surrounding parks, islands and mountains.

3. Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls is one of Canada’s iconic landmarks, three waterfalls straddling the Canadian and US borders, reachable in a day trip from Toronto.


4. The Haida Gwaii archipelago: The Haida Gwaii archipelago, or better known as ‘Canada’s Galapagos’, offers over 400 islands to explore in the heart of Canada and a unique island culture.

5. Manitoulin Island: Canada boasts the largest freshwater island in the world, the remote Manitoulin Island, with incredible walking trails, secluded bays and magical waterfalls.


6. The Canadian Prairies: On Canada’s prairies you can roam grasslands that go on as far as the eye can see, and spot wild bison and deer in their natural habitat.


7. The Boreal Forest: Canada’s Boreal forest is considered to be the largest intact forest on earth, representing 30% of the world’s Boreal forest.


8. Montreal’s Festivals: Montreal boasts over 100 festivals during the summer, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the largest jazz festival in the world.


9. Toronto’s Neighbourhoods: Toronto is one of the most multicultural diverse cities on earth, where you can shop at an array of markets, stroll historical museums, and dine at restaurants from around the world.


10. Vancouver’s Mountains: Grouse Mountain is a favourite spot for winter sports in Vancouver, offering family friendly ski and snowboard runs, and a perfect destination to enjoy a picturesque white Christmas.


Exclusive Seasonal Flights
Brightsun Travel has direct, premium and discount airfares to Canada, including new seasonal flights on board Air Canada’s International Rouge service, taking you direct from London Gatwick to Toronto and Vancouver.

2017 Celebrations
In 2017 Air Canada is celebrating its 80th birthday, and has introduced a range of enhanced on board experiences to celebrate. Fly Business class and enjoy a new carefully selected wine list. Or fly Premium Economy and enjoy dedicated cabins, luxury amenity kits and high-end meals.

Discover Epic Landscapes And Ancient Cultures Near Addis Ababa

Ethiopia is famous for its ancient history and dramatic natural landscapes, and is a mystical land with vast deserts, enormous coffee plantations, and ancient ruins and cities that will transport you into another world. From Addis Ababa, its capital, you can explore Ethiopia’s important archaeological sites, dramatic ancient architecture, plus incredible natural landscapes, including the Rift Valley and the Simian Mountains. Contact Brightsun Travel for a wide range of cheap tickets to Addis Ababa from UK and experience a once in a lifetime African adventure this holiday.

Ancient Landscapes

The ancient landscapes of Tigray are truly mesmerising. Set amongst vast deserts are hundreds of churches carved into cliff faces, offering fantastic rock climbing and hiking adventures with spectacular views across Ethiopia. Then there’s the World Heritage site of Lalibela, with ancient churches holding mummified corpses that have been preserved over centuries. Travel to the northern city of Gondar and find walled fortresses and palace compounds dating back to the 17th century. Or, head to the Konso cultural landscape, a World Heritage site, and experience life that’s remained unchanged for centuries.


Simian & Bale Mountains 

From Addis Ababa you could tour into the Simian Mountains National Park, one of Ethiopia’s, and Africa’s, tourist draw cards, and a UNESCO World Heritage site offering some amazing African scenery. Here you can hike breathtaking mountains, up to 4500 metres above sea level, like the famous Ras Dashen mountain, and gaze at primeval forests full of wildlife, including the incredible rare Simian fox, Gelada baboons and the Walia ibex. For more wildlife encounters, the Bale Mountains National Park won’t disappoint, boasting Ethiopia’s densest concentration of large mammals.

 The Great Rift Valley

The only stretch of the Earth’s landscape that is visible from the moon, the Great Rift Valley, is enormous, stretching from Kenya through to Ethiopia, and offering some of Africa’s most memorable adventures. The Great Rift Valley can be enjoyed in scenic driving tours from the city, or exciting camping adventures. In this landscape, dating back millions of years, you can discover Lake Turkana, the world’s largest permanent desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake, plus volcanoes, and an abundance of wildlife. Famously this is the home of hundreds of flamingos, plus wild elephants and big cats.

Flights

Fly with Ethiopian Airways and you could enjoy cheap flights to Addis Ababa on board their Economy class, offering Ethiopian inspired meals and snacks. Or upgrade to their ‘Cloud Nine’ service and experience luxury lounges, multi-course traditional meals and extra baggage.

The Two Sides Of Vancouver

Vancouver, sitting on Canada’s west coast, in the vast state of British Colombia, is an urban metropolis with a seriously impressive skyline, plus an equally awe inspiring natural backdrop. Vancouver has something for everyone, from inner city neighbourhoods and a thriving urban art scene, as well as day trips to spectacular mountains and islands.

Here we explore Vancouver’s urban charm and natural wonderlands. When you are ready to go, Brightsun Travel has Vancouver cheap flight deals all year round, taking you into the heart of British Columbia.

A Stunning Skyline

Vancouver is a sparkling metropolis of glimmering glass skyscrapers, sitting under the majestic Grouse Mountains, and surrounded by the Strait of Georgia. Even on a short city break, it’s well worth taking a glass elevator to the top of the Vancouver Lookout at the Harbor Centre, to enjoy 360 degree panoramic city views.

Culinary Tours

From a citywide farm-to-table movement, to an exploding craft beer scene, Vancouver is a culinary hot spot in Canada, with late night cocktail bars opening up in Chinatown, and former industrial pockets being turned into restaurant enclaves. Head to Lonsdale Quay Market in North Vancouver, and not only enjoy a spectacular ferry ride, but explore exotic foods in its central market. Alternatively, head to Gastown for the city’s best restaurants, lining old cobbled streets.


Parks & Gardens

Vancouver has an array of parks, creeks and mountains right on its doorstep. In the central Stanley Park, a 1000 acre park on Vancouver’s waterfront, you can stroll along the edge of the Pacific on its seawall path, or cycle around its beautiful interior and spot a range of Canadian wildlife. Or, visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden, and you’ll find 55 acres of plants from around the world.


Go North

Less than 30 minutes away from Vancouver by car, the North Shore offers snow sports, mountain biking and rainforest adventures, including one of the world’s longest and highest suspension bridges at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Venture to the famous Grouse Mountain for some of the best skiing and snowboarding spots in the country.

Getting There

Brightsun Travel offers cheap tickets to Vancouver from UK all year round. In the summer, take advantage of Air Canada’s seasonal International Rouge service from London Gatwick, a two-cabin flying experience with complementary meals, priority services and exclusive lounge access. Or, anytime in 2017, help Air Canada celebrate their 80th birthday, and experience enhanced onboard products and a new livery. Or why not fly into Vancouver and out of Seattle, just a short 2 hour drive away, and experience the ultimate of North American multi centre tours?

Top Spots In Saint Lucia To Holiday Like A Movie Star

Saint Lucia has long been associated with luxury, and is a go to holiday destination for the rich and famous, including Hollywood movie stars and British royalty. Saint Lucia not only boasts high-end marinas and popular cruise spots, but also breathtaking natural beauty in its spectacular beaches, mountains and rainforests. What’s more, the island has some of the best resorts in the whole of the Caribbean. Here are our top spots in Saint Lucia where you could holiday like a celebrity this year.

The Scenic South

The south of Saint Lucia is where nature is the star attraction, with spectacular mountains, forests, oceans and volcanic landscapes. A walk in the region’s rainforests, a hike up its mountains, or a spa in its hot springs are just as tempting here as a day on its golden shores or a massage in its luxurious resorts.


Sugar Beach

Luxury resorts abound on the famous and picturesque Sugar Beach, nestled between the island’s Pitons Mountains, offering incredible scenery and a popular spot with celebrities.

The Glitzy North

Rodney Bay

The lively Rodney Bay attracts a well-heeled crowd, boasting a state-of-the-art marina, plus a floating village harbouring some spectacular yachts.


Castries

In the north of the island around the capital of Castries, you will find a popular cruise spot, with a wide range of high-end restaurants, clubs and bars. Here, accommodation is slightly more affordable to the resorts of the south, but no less exclusive.

Northern Resorts

In the north of Saint Lucia you could stay at the incredible Sandals Halcyon Beach resort, where you could experience newly built butler suites, complete with a personal butler service.

 

Flights & Holidays

Contact Brightsun Travel for a range of Saint Lucia flights from UK anytime of the year and act like a celebrity this holiday in one of the most glamorous islands in the Caribbean. Whether it’s a romantic honeymoon you are after, or a Caribbean holiday of a lifetime, Brightsun Travel has a range of Saint Lucia flights deals that will help you get there in style and on budget.

When to go

Saint Lucia is at its most popular in the dry season between January to April – making it a perfect winter break destination from the UK. Or head to the island in May and enjoy its biggest festival of the year, the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival that attracts musicians from around the world.

How To Spend Your Days Away From The Beach In Goa

In Goa you could explore pristine rainforests teeming with wildlife, religious sites dating back centuries, famous spice plantations, and a capital boasting beautiful colonial buildings and a long rich history. Contact Brightsun Travel about your next holiday to Goa, and secure incredible value holiday packages and discounted airfares to Goa all year round.

Wildlife Sanctuaries
The Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa has an important wildlife corridor in India, and boasts lush forests and winding rivers that provide sanctuary to a range of wildlife, including black sloth bears and a variety of birds. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa’s second-largest sanctuary, is home to leopards, deer and monkeys. Here you can hike accessible trails and take advantage of well placed forest watchtowers, the best spots for spotting wildlife. Alternatively, head to Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary for the opportunity to see tigers in their natural habitat.

Spice Plantations
Head to Ponda or Palolem and you could spend your days touring centuries old spice plantations, growing anything from vanilla beans to chillies. Many plantations have on site accommodation where you can experience a traditional way of life in Goa, or simply take a day trip from your beach resort and join in personalised tours delivered by the owners of mainly independent plantations. Make sure you join a tasting session where you can sample the – mainly organic – produce for yourself.

Historic Goa
Goa has an incredibly rich, long history to explore. Away from the region’s beaches, in Old Goa you can visit well-preserved churches and cathedrals. Visit the Buddhist caves in Rivona, dating back as far as the 6th century, and discover temples and caves thought to have provided shelter to monks thousands of years ago. Finally, Chandor, one of the most picturesque little towns in Goa, boasts grand Portuguese houses and churches that are well worth a day away from the beach.


Panaji
Panaji, Goa’s capital, has historical monuments, magical temples and colonial-era buildings to explore, alongside modern malls, art centres and broad leafy boulevards lining the Mandovi River. Head to the Latin Quarter, and immerse yourself in Portuguese style architecture, where quaint colourful houses line a maze of narrow streets. Here you could take a boat cruise past floating restaurants and casinos, tour beautiful old churches with ornate interiors, and experience one of India’s most laid-back and picturesque urban centres.


Getting there
Contact Brightsun Travel about a wide range of cheap tickets to Goa as well as hotel deals and holiday packages so you can explore all that the incredible region of Goa has to offer this holiday.

Africa’s Biggest City Goes Green

Consider a visit to Lagos next holiday and enjoy a modern city, just moments from world-renowned green spaces. Brightsun Travel has a range of cheap tickets to Lagos from UK to get you there in less than 7 hours from London. Lagos, even though Africa’s biggest city, boasts conservation centres housing important wetlands, such as the Lekki Conservation Centre, a renowned urban National Park in Africa owing to its diversity of species and ecotourism experiences. Here you’ll also find important National Parks and Forest Reserves just moments from the city’s boundaries.

Lekki Conservation Centre
The Lekki Conservation Centre, set up in 1990 by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, is Lagos’ conservation icon, helping to protect the wetlands and coastline surrounding the city. The centre is a prime ecotourism hub just 40 kilometres from Lagos, set in the Lekki Peninsula, covering an area of almost 80 hectares of swamps, savannah grasslands, forests and marshlands.

Important Wetlands
Lekki Conservation Centre has a large area of wetlands that offer visitors a fantastic place for wildlife viewing. The centre boasts 400-metre long canopy walkways (one of the longest in Africa), plus forest footpaths, hiking trails and bird hides, from where you can spot a range of birds, monkeys, crocodiles, as well as endangered amphibians.

Sports & Picnics
Here there are libraries and visitor centres where you can learn more about Nigeria’s natural world and its conservation efforts, and how the Nigerian Conversation Foundation is helping save local wildlife from extinction. There is also a picnic area and children’s playground, plus ‘jungle gym facilities’, and beach volley ball courts, making it the perfect spot for a day out from Lagos.

Other Green Spaces
Omo Forest Reserve
Just north of Lekki, the Omo Forest Reserve contains some of the last remaining forests in the country. Although still threatened by development, the reserve is home to elephants and chimpanzees, and is under the protection of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation.


Old Oyo National Park
3 hours drive outside of Lagos on the E1 highway, Old Oyo National Park is a place where you an experience an abundance of wildlife and cultural sites in an easy side trip from the city. Here you can see buffaloes, birds and deer in their natural habitat, plus ruins of the ancient political capital of the Oyo Empire.


Flights
Contact Brightsun Travel about a wide range of cheap flights to Lagos, anytime of year, including direct flights on British Airways, to get you there in style and comfort.

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Perth

Take advantage of our Perth cheap flight deals this holiday and be amazed by the many faces of Perth, where you can explore Australia’s wine country, famous Outback and enjoy an incredible beachside lifestyle.

1. Beaches
Perth sits on the edge of Australia’s west coast, boasting a string of 19 pristine beaches.

2. Surf Breaks
Some of the country’s best surfing beaches can be found within Perth’s city limits. In the nearby Margaret River region the Cowaramup Bombora or ‘Cow Bombie’ provides some of the biggest waves in Australia.

3. Wine
Take a weekend break to the holiday hotspot of Margaret River, a couple of hours from Perth, and enjoy countless wineries producing some of the country’s best wine.

4. Whales
The oceans surrounding Perth contain important migratory routes for whales, which can be spotted every year from June to November. Head to Bremer Bay Canyon from Margaret River, a marine-life hotspot, and you could spot the largest pod of killer whales in the Southern Hemisphere.

5. Forests
John Forrest National Park is just 30 minutes drive from Perth, and is rich in wildlife and natural attractions, including 20 metre high waterfalls, over 500 species of wild flowers, natural gum, peppermint and paperbark forests.


6. Outback
Just a day’s drive from Perth will take you into the heart of the Australian Outback, where you can discover ancient indigenous Australians, whose presence in Australia dates back over 50,000 years, plus incredible rock formations.

7. Rail Journeys
One of our favourite rail journeys worldwide is a trip on board the exclusive ‘Ghan’ service from Perth, across the Northern Territory, where you can enjoy magical vistas of Australia’s ancient rocky terrain from the comforts of a dining car.

8. Sunshine
Perth is Australia’s sunniest city, enjoying over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. Need we say more?

9. Coral Reefs
Just a couple of hours flight from Perth, or a memorable 2 day road trip, is the Ningaloo Reef, boasting 500 species of fish, including manta rays and turtles, and 300 varieties of coral.


10. Revitalised Suburbs
Once a frontier town, Perth now boasts charming revitalised suburbs offering great food and wine in trendy bars, cafes and fine dining restaurants.

Flights
Contact Brightsun Travel about our exclusive cheap tickets to Perth from UK all year round, on some of the world’s best airlines. From 2018 enjoy non-stop flights to Perth from London with Qantas Airways, taking just 17 hours.

5 Reasons To Hang Around In Nairobi

Not just a gateway to Kenya’s wildlife, Nairobi has a vibrant urban scene of its own that’s well worth exploring before heading out on safari. It’s a booming city with an amazing year round climate, and a multicultural centre bursting at the seams. Brightsun Travel offers cheap tickets to Nairobi from UK on Kenya’s flagship carrier, plus a range of world class airlines, to get you there in style.
Culture
Nairobi is a melting pot of cultures, where you are just as likely to see a Maasai warrior roaming the city streets, as you are to find one of the best Japanese restaurants in the country. Grab a copy of UP Nairobi Magazine, Nairobi’s equivalent of Time Out, and explore at your leisure!


Nightlife
Downtown Nairobi boasts an array of luxury hotels, restaurants and bars that’ll have you sipping cocktails from sophisticated lounges and listening to Afro pop in decadent clubs. The Sarova Stanley Hotel in downtown Nairobi is one of the city’s classic venues, dating back to the early 1900s.

Shopping
During the day Nairobi is a shopper’s delight with a range of malls, high end boutiques and exotic markets. The Village Market Mall is well worth a visit on a Friday to pick up a range of take-home souvenirs and to immerse yourself in Nairobi life.


City Forests
In the middle of the city you will find the Karura Forest, an amazing urban oasis, and a massive 2500 acres of forest with beautiful trees, screeching monkeys and hypnotic bird life. Also in the forest are preserved caves that once provided sanctuary to local rebels who fought for Kenya’s independence in the 1950s.


National Parks
Nairobi National Park
On the city’s outskirts is the Nairobi National Park, one of the only National Parks in the world to border a capital city, where you can take a full or half day safari, and remarkably, surround yourself by the densest concentration of black rhinos in the world.


Mount Longonot National Park
A short hour and a half away from Nairobi is Mount Longonot National Park, a dormant volcano surrounded by forests, with beautiful crater rim hikes and breathtaking views of the Great Rift Valley, boasting ancient landscapes and impressive lakes.

Flights
Contact Brightsun Travel about a wide range of cheap flights to Nairobi, including direct flights with British Airways and premium seats with Kenya Airways, getting you into Nairobi in less than 9 hours.

Top Experiences In The Caribbean

The Caribbean has a lot to offer. Here we break down the region’s top experiences, from breathtaking island hopping tours to off-the-beaten track adventures.

Contact Brightsun Travel about cheap tickets to Caribbean all the year round, and secure a Caribbean holiday to remember this year.

Island Hopping

Antigua

Antigua has many uninhabited islands to explore, with remote bays and unspoilt National Parks, including its sister island of Barbuda, with marine protected areas teeming with life.

Bahamas

The 700 islands of the Bahamas offer another world to explore, including the remote Outer Islands, Harbour Island, offering a slice of car free island life, and New Providence Island, home to the lively town of Nassau.


Architectural Tours

Barbados

In Barbados you will find 17th century plantation houses, beautiful colonial buildings, and a UNESCO World Heritage city, Bridgetown, boasting impressive historical buildings and breathtaking British colonial architecture.

Grenada

The capital of Grenada, St George’s, is said to be one of the Caribbean’s prettiest cities, boasting colourful Georgian buildings and the well-preserved Fort Frederick, built by the French in the 1700s.

Rainforests & Wildlife

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is an island where its breathtaking rainforests can easily rival its beaches for natural beauty, providing sanctuary to the island’s endangered wildlife.

Cayman Islands

In Grand Cayman you can swim with ancient Sting Rays, on Cayman Brac you can see the Cayman Brac Parrot in its woodland habitat, and in Little Cayman you can dive amongst vibrant coral, lobster and turtles.

Caribbean Culture

Jamaica

Jamaica boasts a tropical island setting alongside a serious slice of culture, which can be explored in its vibrant capital, Kingston, known worldwide as a mecca for reggae music.

Cuba

In Cuba, alongside some of the Caribbean’s best beaches, you’ll find an urban culture that’s famous the world over, with UNESCO World Heritage cities, like Trinidad and Havana, boasting colourful buildings and Spanish colonial heritage.

Off-the-beaten-track Adventures

Trinidad

Go on an adventure into Trinidad’s rural areas and you will experience spectacular bird watching opportunities, incredible diving sites, and rainforests scattered with idyllic waterfalls.

Tobago

Tobago is a place where you can explore the lesser-developed side of the Caribbean in its historical ruins, attractive beaches and mesmerising forest reserves.

Flights

Brightsun Travel has cheap flights to Caribbean as well as spectacular holiday deals and exclusive hotel packages, so you can design your own unique holiday to this incredible island region this year.