THE TYGER (from Songs Of Experience) By William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

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BUNGEE JUMPING FOR YOU

 

Have you ever jumped off a cliff or wanted to? Like really step off a ledge and drop, hoping you will find your wings and soar. Bungee jumping is one of those things you want to try at least once in your lifetime; Twice and more if you dare. It’s liberating and relaxing to just take the plunge and know that before you hit rock bottom, something will hold you back and you can fly back and forth over and over again.

Now would be a good time to scream out all your frustration with life and not receive weird looks like you’re crazy. It’s a time you can be exhilarated about nature and life. It’s taking a key and letting out that crazy person you know exists in your head but no one else hears.

In Uganda, we have a 44m plunge into River Nile at Nile High Bungee. From a steel platform which soars above the cliffs which tower over the deep, fast-flowing river, you take your thrilling jump. The view from above is scary and of course you get the jitters but it is much safer than you would think.

After the Bungee, you can explore the river in the wild Nile Jet. With a tandem jump, two people can be strapped together at the ankles and jump at once which is less scary for those that need someone to hold their hand. For water touches, you have the option of a rope long enough to allow you to be dunked in the river.

Full moon touches involve jumping into the darkness while plummeting towards the waters. This is the stuff adventures are made of. You can jump whatever time of the day you please, just don’t miss the date with your adventurous side.

WHY LIONS ARE A PRIDE!

Lions are very social cats that live in prides featuring females, offspring and a few male.

Did you know that lions can inter-breed with other animals?

The hybrids of  tigers and lions are known as ligers and tigons. When lions and leopards breed, the hybrids are leopons and for lion and jaguar, hybrids are known as jaglions.

Lionesses, are better hunters than the males so do most of the pride hunting.

Lions are the national animal in Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, England, Ethiopia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Singapore.

You can easily spot a lion by its mane, and lionesses prefer mates with darker manes.

Like any cat, lions like their naps and can rest for over 20 hours a day.

They are really fast and can do almost 81 kph though they only maintain that speed for short periods of time as it consumes lots of energy.

For an animal so big, you would be surprised at its worst enemy. A tiny little porcupine!! Lions tricked into sniffing the clever porcupine’s sharp quills often end up with one or more stuck in its jaw for life.

Adult males are competitive and usually  drive away young maturing males. These males leave their pride and search for other prides that they could take over by defeating other males and killing or chasing away all male cubs. This cycle of new male lions chasing off other male lions and taking over a pride occurs often to any pride. A male lion should not expect to remain a leader in his pride for more than 2-4 years.

Lions in captivity live between 25-40 years which is twice as long as those in the wild that live up to 15years.

Lions are natural thieves often stealing hyenas or other animals kills!!

Simba did not originate in lion king. It’s the Swahili  word for lion. It also means king, strong, and aggressive.

Join us in a trip to Murchison Falls or Queen Elizabeth National Park and keep your eyes peeled for one of these elusive cats.

THINGS YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST DO ON A SEYCHELLES HOLIDAY

                                                                   Seychelles beaches

Seychelles beaches are such a lovely place to travel with so many things you want to do. Take your time but definitely don’t miss out on some of these fun experiences.

Take a boat charter and go for a full day dive or snorkeling. It’s a fun opportunity to explore some of the 115 islands on the outer island around Mahe. It’s also a chance to see the islands of Praslin and La Digue.

Go to the casino and take a leap of faith. Never know you might win big and that would make your holiday that much better.

Horse riding could be a great way to let down your hair. You can also explore  Mahé’s west coast – Barbarons and Grand Anse area on horseback. It would go a long way in blowing off steam.

Your trip wouldn’t be complete without a night excursion. Go dance your worries away at a night club or disco. Katiolo is a unique open-air nightclub about 10 minutes drives from the airport. It’s a chance to enjoy the air and atmosphere.

Golf is a sport you would like to enjoy on Seychelles Golf Club which is a nine-hole course built on a old coconut plantation. It provides a historical atmosphere coupled with excellent features to add to your golf experience.

My favorite thing in the world is barbecues. What’s even better is if you catch the fish yourself! Go fishing and take some time to sit back and relax on the beach, use a rod and get as much fish as you can.

Take a nature walk. Nothing beats a long walk along the beach or even along a trail. Take a long walk and enjoy the breeze, trees and beauty of nature.

Appreciate art with a visit to an art gallery. Look at the beautiful paintings and buy a few if you please.

The Museum is a great place to take in the history of Seychelles through the flora, fauna and geological history. You will hear more about the environmental concerns of Seychelles islands.

Restaurant hopping is a great way to enjoy the delicacies offered in the Seychelles. Sample as many dishes as you please.

Water sports are available for those who want to spend as much time in water as possible. You can opt for the motorized or non motorized depending on what your pleasure is. Windsurfing, pedaling and diving are but a few.

Island hopping is a must. You do not want to miss out on some of the 115 Seychelles Island.

All you have to do is let us know and we can make it happen.

ZEBRA-PRINTS

Did you know that each zebra has its own unique pattern of black and white stripes ?

Zebras belong to the same family as horses and donkey. They are by far the more exotic of the relatives with their sophisticated and sleek black and white stripes. These stripes come in different designs, each specific to its own zebra much like fingerprints. Amazingly it’s not only the fur that is striped but also the skin!!

They always stand out in whatever environment like the belle of the ball. Unlike their relatives; horses and asses, they have not been domesticated. However, they are very social and travel in herds,often grooming one another. They also live in harems or large groups much like ants.

Did you know that the stripes are for camouflage purposes?

The stripes act as a camouflage mechanism in several ways. First, the vertical striping helps the zebra hide in grass. This seems absurd since grass is neither black nor white but the zebra’s main predator, the lion, is color blind. Theoretically a zebra standing still in tall grass may not be noticed at all by a lion. Also zebras are herd animals,so the stripes confuse predators since a number of zebras standing or moving close together may appear as one large animal, making it more difficult for the lion to pick out any single zebra to attack. A herd of zebras scattering to avoid a predator will also appear  as a confused mass of vertical stripes travelling in multiple directions making it difficult for the predator to track an individual as it separates from its herd mates, although biologists have never observed lions appearing confused by zebra stripes.

 

Did you know that Zebras  can sleep while standing?

This is a trait humans would find in handy especially after a night out on the town. Zebras will literally close their eyes after grazing and snooze for an hour or more.

Did you know zebras have moods?

Much like people, you can tell a zebra’s moods from looking at it. Zebras can also turn their ears in almost any direction.The ears stand erect when it is in a calm, tense or friendly mood. If it is frightened, the ears are pushed forwards and when it is angry the ears are pushed backwards.

On average zebras live for 28 years old. That means at an age where humans are becoming responsible, they are old and weary already. They share names with their relatives with the males being stallions, females called mares, adolescent females called fillys and adolescent males called colts.

Did you know that baby zebras can run an hour after they are born?

Like horses, zebras walk, trot, canter and gallop. They are generally slower than horses but their great stamina helps them outpace predators, especially lions who get tired rather quickly.Zebras are wary of being hunted by lions or hyenas and usually run on sight of these predators. They run zig-zag from side to side making it more difficult for the predator. Zebras are extremely fast and can run up to 40 miles per hour.  The other zebras will come to the aid of a wounded one.  When chased, a zebra will   rear up and kick its attacker. A kick from a zebra can be fatal. Zebras will bite their attackers as well. It is thought if they can stay ahead of a lion for 6 seconds or more they’re most likely going to escape.

The common three kinds of zebras in Africa are the common Plains Zebra and the rarer Grevey’s and Mountain Zebras. These species have several races that are differentiated by the colors and patterns of  their stripes.

These animals have excellent eyesight and night vision. They may be able to recognize other zebras by the pattern of stripes on their bodies.

Zebras feed on grass, shrubs and herbs. Mountain zebras take a dust bath almost everyday.

Did you know zebras live their parents?

The female zebra usually gives birth to one foal after a gestation period of about one year. The foal is nursed for about 12 months much like a human child.  After one to three years, the zebra leaves the mother.

Take some time off and travel with Sabili Tours to view the zebra in their natural habitat. They can be found in Lake Mburo National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park. Lake Mburo is usually accessed en route to parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with its ideal location a mere 3 hours drive from Kampala. In Uganda you will find Plains or Burchell Zebras living in small family groups . Kidepo Valley park is the most remote park however its variety of animals makes up for that distance traveled.

STUCK ON UGANDA

This beautiful country that we live is is tucked away in East Africa. It’s called the pearl of Africa because it’s precious and rare like an expensive jewel. Ironically it is relatively cheap to live here. Many people live on delicacies like rolex ( omelet rolled in chapattis), deep fried cassava, Kikomando( chapatti with beans) and pancakes which have affordable prices and are delicious to boot. Other foods people eat include matooke, rice, posho( made from maize flour), beans, peas and all sorts of meat.

Uganda is landlocked but has the River Nile where people like to go white water rafting and Bungee jumping. It has lakes and rivers that people use for water and fishing. It’s snow capped Rwenzori mountains, numerous hills and enchanting waters are part of why it is called the pearl.

The friendly people are on a map of their own with strangers going out of their way to help give you directions, or smile and chat for a while. They will greet you, chat animatedly for a while and wave at you like a best friend as you leave. It’s a country where your neighbors will welcome you with a meal and you can visit without scheduling like a business meeting.

The fruits will make you feel like you are in a tropical paradise with bananas, pineapples, watermelon, mangoes, apples, oranges, guavas, pears, passion fruits and other succulent fruits. You can eat your fill and still want more.

The culture is rich with over 80 tribes and languages spoken. English is spoken in the major towns and urban areas. The currency used is the Ugandan shilling which can be got from forex bureaus in major towns at set exchange rates.

The warm sun that shows up every day is a plus, another gift of tropical climate. Uganda has two dry and wet seasons with the dry period being December to February and May to August. It does rain, even during the dry season, just as it shines during the wet season, the two weathers cohabiting like an old married couple.

With the crested crane as her National symbol, 10 national parks with zebras in Lake Mburo, elephants in Queen Elizabeth, lions in Murchison falls, Mountain gorillas that are in Bwindi Impenetrable forest, Uganda is a place you need to visit, enjoy the nature and take a cup of tea with your neighbor.

FROM TONIGHT UNTIL THE END OF TIME

‘You know our love was meant to be, the kind of love that lasts forever. And I want you here with me. From tonight, until the end of time. You should know, everywhere I go, you’re always on my mind, in my heart, in my soul.’

 

The lyrics to that song are what newlyweds feel like.  The passion and optimism, the hope for better things, the belief that something good will come from it and last a lifetime.You met the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and now it is time to be together. What better way to set the bar than with a honeymoon that blows you away?

Honeymoons used to be the first month after the wedding because that was when everything was sweetest. Yours doesn’t have to be just 30 days. It can last as long as you think. Think of it as a preview of what the rest of your married life will be like, like that first course of a meal you spend forever creating and enjoying. Why not start it with romance and lazy trips to the beach?

It is natural to want something exciting, unique and special. This is something that will be branded on your memory for years to come. You could literally have the world at your feet with a trip to the moon or have beautiful things around you so that you feel like you have the world on a platter.

If you’re not a romantic and feel like after the hustle of planning a wedding you are too exhausted to plan your honeymoon, let someone else have the pleasure of doing that for you. It’s like a surprise party, only with different activities you and your partner can enjoy and a chance for the two of you to be alone before taking on life as man and wife.

Relax and forget about the hectic plans and mishaps that occurred while planning your wedding. What makes it much better is that you get to relax together away from everyone else. You and this person that chose to spend your lives together. Take the chance to celebrate finally being married. It has probably taken a while from the proposal to the actual wedding, time that you kept wishing would speed by so that you could officially be together. The honeymoon is the green light saying go right ahead, this is the time to enjoy each other’s company without outside intrusions.

Marriage is about exploring and discovering each other, it has this in common with honeymoons. This is a trip where you discover new places, foods, likes and dislikes together. The experience will bring you closer together and bond you intimately. It’s quiet time for you as a couple to reflect and plan the rest of your life together at leisure.

Here at Sabili Tours, honeymoons are a passion where we help make your dream come true.

With a getaway to Ssese Islands, you can enjoy being indoors with you partner as you get to cherish one another, play indoor games that we provide to interested parties, walk and explore the island or take a canoe excursion and swim.

You can opt for a retreat to Seychelles Island, Zanzibar, Mombasa, Bulago Island or Pineapple Bay where you and your partner will feel like the only people in the world. It’s the first day of the rest of your lives, start it right.