Island Holidays Says Goodbye
After 33 years of Island Holidays and 53 years of working, the time has come to retire graciously. This I am doing and Island Holidays will cease trading on 31 July 2020. Over the years, many thousands of you have entrusted us with your dreams and travel plans and it's been a huge pleasure to work with you to make those bcome reality. It's also been a privilege to work with amazing people all over the world who care deeply for their environment and their wildlife. At these difficult times for tourism, my heart goes out to them but I believe in their strength to continue what they do and to hold on until things get better.
I've just got back from South Africa and St Helena. In South Africa I visited Thula Thula — the game reserve made famous by the late Lawrence Anthony's amazing book, The Elephant Whisperer. Three days after I left I got word that the first baby rhino to be born in that part of Africa for over 100 years had arrived. So good things are happening in the midst of all the difficulties. Of course, poachers will have got word and the armed guards who protect the rhinos will be kept busy. At the same time the income from the lodge and tented camp which supports the conservation and protection work has dried up because of the current situation. If you can help, please do.
Thank you to all of you who have either travelled with or simply shown interest in Island Holidays. As you will see, it's been a very personal venture — with lots of ups and downs — but hopefully it has brought joy and delight to many, many people.
Wishing you all peace, prosperity and safe travels in the years to come.