Watch this instructional video for how to perfect your putting shot, with golf pro Vishnoo Seeneevassen, from the Marc Farry Golf Academy at the Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.
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To enter, all you have to do is visit our Twitter page, follow @constancehotels and retweet the following message:
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The competition closes at 4pm on Tuesday 6 December. Good luck everyone!
Why not treat your family to a fabulous holiday at the 5* deluxe Constance Le Prince Maurice. One child under 12 years stays free of charge when sharing adults’ room in a single or double Junior Suite or Villa.
The offer is valid from 15 April – 20 October 2012, with a minimum of 2 nights stay. The package includes daily breakfast and dinner for adult and child.
Find out more including terms and conditions from the Constance Hotels Experience website.
Mention Madagascar to travel-hungry adventurers and it conjures up images of an exotic and remote landscape, home to some of the rarest creatures on the planet.
More than 80% of Madagascar’s plants and animals can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Here’s a look at some of the rare animals you might see on the island.
Probably the most famous inhabitants are its 33 species of lemurs. All are endemic to the island, with scientists continuing to discover new species.
Some of the most well-known include:
- Ring-tailed lemur – living in the southern and western dry forests of the island, these highly sociable creatures live in groups of up to 30 largely female dominated communities.
- Sifakas – the ‘dancing’ lemurs found mainly in the dry forests of the West and South. They get their nickname from their dance-like movement, as they walk on hind legs while moving their arms about.
- Dwarf lemur – small nocturnal lemurs found throughout Madagascar.
- Aye-Aye – another nocturnal lemur that lives in the rainforests but is threatened by extinction due to deforestation and hunting.
- Indri – living in the rainforests of the East coast, the Indri is the largest living lemur in the world. It has a distinct black and white coat, and an eerie sounding call.
A large cat-like predator, there are very few of these creatures still in existence in Madagascar. The Fossa’s stealth and secretive habits make it difficult to track. But natural scientists believe its facing extinction due to the destruction of its habitat, and hunting by humans as it ventures into populated areas looking for food.
Of the 258 bird species found on Madagascar, some 115 are endemic. They can be found in parks and forests around the island, and include:
- Madagascar Lovebird
- Red tailed Vanga
- Collared Night Jar
- Marsh Owl
- Sparrowhawk of Madagascar
- Madagascar Wood Rail
- Rufous headed Ground Roller
Over half of the world’s species of chameleons are found on Madagascar, including the recently discovered Furcifer Timoni.
Some of the smallest chameleons on the island are the Brookesia, measuring just over an inch. These tiny creatures live in the forest undergrowth across the island.
With more than 300 species of frogs on Madagascar, an amazing 99% are endemic to the island. Frogs are the only amphibians found here, there are many beautiful species including:
- Mantella – who use their bright colours to scare off predators
- Tomato Frog – brightly coloured frog that releases a sticky secretion to protect against larger predators
- Mantidactylus – hides from predators using its heavily camouflaged skin.
The seas around Madagascar are brimming with fish. The area offers superb diving sites for all levels. Check out our article on the top 5 diving sites off Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina.
Where to stay?
If you’re looking for a place to escape from it all, Tsarabanjina is a by-word for laid-back luxury. Get the low-down on this beautiful island lodge – Spotlight on Lodge Tsarabanjina,Madagascar.
Send us your wildlife photos
And if you’ve already travelled to Madagascar, we’d love to see your wildlife photos. You can post them to the Constance Facebook page.
Following Chien Soon Lu’s victory in the Fubon Senior Open, the stage is set for another thrilling climax to the European Senior Tour season at the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius from 9-11 December at the Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage.
Peter Fowler and Barry Lane battle for trophy
All eyes will be on the battle for the John Jacobs’ Trophy between Peter Fowler and Barry Lane.
Australian Fowler captured the ISPS Handa Senior Masters presented by The Stapleford Forum in June and the following month’s Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland.
Lane successfully defended his Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scottish Senior Open title in August, then finished second at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters at the start of September, and won again the next week in the Czech Republic at the Casa Serena Open.
After a campaign lasting 13 months and 21 tournaments, the season will reach a dramatic finale in Mauritius in December.
History of the John Jacobs’ Trophy
As the Senior Tour celebrates its 20th anniversary season, the contest between the 2 former European Tour champions is a fitting tribute to the growth in stature and popularity that the Tour has seen since its inception in 1992, as both men vie to hoist their first John Jacobs’ Trophy.
First awarded in 1993, the Senior Tour Order of Merit trophy became the John Jacobs’ Trophy – a name synonymous with European golf, the founding father of The European Tour, Ryder Cup legend and world-renowned teacher.
Jacobs was the Tour’s trail-blazing first Tournament Director-General and his name commands the respect and gratitude of anyone involved in the game.
Daily news from MCB Tour Championship
Don’t miss the MCB Tour Championship, 9-11 December website where we’ll be posting daily articles during the event.
And catch up on the latest news on the players entering this year’s event:
We received so many fantastic entries to our latest competition – choose 3 words that best describe Constance Hotels Experience. Thank you to everyone who entered.
To celebrate your inspiration, and your delight with the Constance Hotels experience, we’ve made a lovely tag cloud to illustrate the words you chose.
And now, the winner of the competition is…
… Patricia Edwards for your entry – Chic, unique, fantastique.
Watch this space for more competitions coming soon.