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Jeep Safari in Paphos

Here in Paphos there are many routes to take on a Jeep Safari, this means that your only dilemma is which one to take. You could of course take them all over the course of your stay and get the full overview of the island.

Akamas Jeep Safari
Dependant on which company you choose to take this adventure with of course depends on the route that you take. Whichever you do choose though will ensure that you have a great day out. A typical tour will go as follows.

Pick up from your hotel between 8.30am and 8.45am, on your way to the Akamas Peninsular you may stop off at Georges Reptile Park to get an idea of what you should look out for on your trip up the coast.

Of course it's now time for 11s-is so a short refreshment stop at the local cafe will keep us going until lunch time. After coffee you will set off up towards Avakas Gorge, limestone walls of up to 30meters rising above you. Once you have had a stroll up into the gorge and taken a few minutes rest you will head off again up the Akamas towards Lara Bay.

Here you will see evidence of Green and Loggerhead Turtles who return to this beach each year between the months of May and September to nest. Your guide will be very informative and dependant on when you visit you may be lucky enough to see some hatchlings awaiting release into the sea once they are better able to survive.

As you then head up and over the Akamas Forest you come to the village of Neo Chorion and the driver is hungry so a stop at a local taverna for lunch is called for. This is a meze with local wine included in the price. Once you have finished lunch there is time to wander through the village and take in the beauty of the old stone houses and there rambling gardens.

For those who wish to retain and those who wish to recapture their youthful looks you will head onwards to the Baths of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love who used to bathe at this location with her lover Adonis.

After a swim and/or sun bathe at one of the bays on the Latchi/Polis side of the Peninsular you hop back into the Jeep for the homeward journey through the hillside villages of the Akamas returning back at your hotel for around 4.30pm.

As trips to the Akamas Peninsular do vary, please check with your tour company of the landmarks visited before booking if there is something in particular that you would like to see.

Troodos Jeep Safari
Pick up from your hotel will be slightly earlier between 8.15am and 8.30am, this is due to driving a little further on your days adventure into the green heart of Cyprus.

The first stop of this adventure may be the peaceful village of Panayia, the birth place of Archbishop Makarios III the first President of Cyprus. There is an opportunity of visiting his residence which has been turned into a small museum before heading to a local taverna for refreshments.

Your journey will then take you through the Cedar Valley, which is said to be one of the most beautiful areas of the island as there are thousands of age old cedar trees. The national animal of Cyprus the Moufflon live in this region also and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of this elusive wild sheep.

Onwards again up to 3750feet above sea level to the magnificent Kykkos Monastery, Makarios III entered here at the age of 13 as a novice and returned many times during his life. He was buried a short distance away from the monastery after his sudden death in 1977.

Your driver is again getting hungry so a stop at the village of Promodos brings a meze lunch of small local dished is served with wine. A walk around the village will help ease the discomfort of having to try everything that was brought to the table, some things more than once.

If architecture or wine are your thing the next stop at Omodhos will be right up your street. A chance to view the traditional Cypriot buildings and sample the locally produce wine can be had by all before heading back into Paphos and your hotel for around 4.30pm.