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Netherlands Tourists on safari will now be able to explore the African bush without the noise of a diesel engine, thanks to the launch of a fully electric Land Rover. The “eLandy” has been developed jointly by Dutch technology group Emke Engineering and Zambia’s Mukambi Safari Lodge. Designed to be recharged via solar power, it has a range of 56 miles, full off-road capabilities and carries up to nine passengers. The vehicle will go into service in Zambia next year and could go on to become a common sight at safari lodges across the continent.

Brazil The Royal Horticultural Society, founded in London in 1804 and now the world’s biggest gardening charity, is to launch a programme of cruises, beginning with a 23-day voyage through Brazil. The trip, departing on February 21, will begin in Buenos Aires before sailing along the Brazilian coast and then up the Amazon to Manaus. Future RHS cruises will visit the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and Scandinavia; all will offer specialist speakers on board and shore visits to exceptional gardens. The society began offering gardening-themed holidays for the first time last year, following the appointment in 2010 of Sue Biggs, former managing director of Kuoni, as its director-general.

Denmark The wreck of the world’s largest surviving Viking longship will go on show for the first time next month, forming the centrepiece of a new exhibition on Viking history and culture at the Danish National Museum in Copenhagen. The ship, named Roskilde 6, was built from oak in 1025. It is just under 37 metres long and would have carried 100 men. Experts believe it was part of the fleet of King Canute the Great, who conquered England and Norway. Also on display will be new finds from England, Russia and Norway, including treasure hoards and religious artefacts. The exhibition runs from June 22 to November 17, before transferring to the British Museum in London and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

UK EasyJet has launched a scheme to address the growing popularity of wheeled carry-on suitcases. Since airlines started charging for hold luggage, more passengers have acquired carry-on bags of the largest permitted dimensions (typically 56cm x 45cm x 25cm). On flights where the overhead storage is full, cabin crew are being increasingly forced to unload some bags into the hold at the last minute – to the annoyance of passengers, who have to wait for them at the carousel on arrival. EasyJet is encouraging luggage manufacturers, including Samsonite and Delsey, and major retailers to produce slightly smaller bags (of 50cm x 40cm x 20cm) that fit under seats as well as in overhead bins. The airline now guarantees bags of these dimensions will be carried in the cabin rather than moved to the hold.

Italy One of the oldest and grandest hotels on the Italian island of Capri has unveiled a retro-themed renovation. The new look of eight suites and various common areas at the Capri Tiberio Palace harks back to the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, when it hosted stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Doubles from €256.

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