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Safari and Unique St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
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There are many safari destinations throughout the world but most associate the idea of a safari with Africa. When choosing a safari there are many things you should know and consider and Ian and Tonya will be joined by one of the preeminent African safari experts, John Spence, who will enlighten you about the safari offerings in various African countries, off-the-beaten path safaris, family safaris, and the things you should know before going on safari. Then, learn about the only Caribbean Island that celebrates St. Patricks Day as a national holiday; the shortest St. Patricks Day parade in the world; a city that dyes its river GREEN in honor of the holiday and about a place where St. Patricks Day has gone to the dogs.
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Safari Adventures
John Spence went from bartender in Capetown to one of the preeminent Safari experts. Hear his amazing story, and learn everything you need to know when considering a safari to Africa, including the types that are available, and the best times to go.
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St. Patricks Day Goes to the Dogs
PawsWay is a Purina PetCare Legacy Project located in the heart of downtown Toronto. And they celebrated St. Patricks day by celebrating some Irish Breeds of Dogs, like the Irish Terrier, and Irish Setter. Jenine Lafayette of PawsWay tells us more.
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Unique Sr. Patricks Day Celebrations
Chicagos St. Patricks day festivities offer something for the Irish at heart of all ages including a Green-dyed river, and green hotels. Karen Vaughn from the Chicago Office of Tourism fills us in on the St. Patricks Day goodies youll find in the Windy City. Then Hot Springs Arkansas is the home of the shortest St. Patricks Day parade. Find out more from one of the parades founders.
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The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean
Montserrat is home to tropical rain forests, secluded beaches, and the The Soufrire Hills volcano. Its a laid-back retreat, but its annual St. Patricks celebration really shakes things up, mixing Caribbean, Irish, and African traditions. Colin Riley of the islands St. Patricks committee tells us more.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
John Spence
John's first experience of Africa was mixing cocktails in a Cape Town bar, but he soon broke out and worked as a white-water rafting guide in the rapids below Victoria Falls. Though this was hardly a conventional introduction to Africa, it started his love affair with the country that he has continued across endless journeys: on horseback, by canoe, on foot, by light airplane, and behind the wheel of his own vehicle. He still goes back for more. Johnís two children have shared in many of his less extreme adventures and are beginning to be safari experts in their own right: he is a good person to talk to about family travel in Africa, but if you want the real scoop, ask them. Itineraries designed by John are based on a huge bank of knowledge and transformed by a generous dose of enthusiasm and a love of adventure.

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