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Trekking the Mont Blanc Massif - the Alps
Jun 23 2015 Written by: Rob Barbour
As a guide who spends most of his time in Africa it was a pleasure to spend a few days in the Alps exploring the incredibly beautiful Mont Blanc Massif which straddles the French, Italian and Swiss border. Whilst Mont Blanc is the most prominent mountain, the massif is made up of many peaks, glaciers, glacial valleys, lakes, water falls and forests. During winter the towns of Chamonix in France and Courmajuer in Italy are winter, snowy playgrounds for novices and extreme winter sports folk alike. As spring and summer approach and the snows begin to melt the summer play starts; this ... [Read More]
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The Best of the Top End & The Kimberley, Australia
Brad and Pedro are just back from hosting renowned UK journalist, Sophy Roberts, on her first ever Australian adventure. They spent 11 nights exploring Kakadu, East Arnhem Land and the Kimberley region; they hiked up spectacular sandstone gorges, air boated over miles of endless floodplains into crocodile infested paper bark swamps, enjoyed four wheel drive safaris through pandanus groves and termite mound ridden terrain and cruised up river gorges by towering granite escarpments dotted with aboriginal rock art. The journey culminated in a breathtaking helicopter safari into the most beautiful freshwater swimming hole they have ever swum in before the mind-blowing ...
Exploring Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
Kirstine Dawson and Pedro O’Connor have recently returned from a travel workshop in Cairns. I was lucky enough to extend and visit the Great Barrier Reef, listed as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It is a destination that has been on my bucketlist since I was a child, so I jumped at the opportunity to explore. The most common exit to the Reef is from Port Douglas. It takes just 2 hours onboard Quicksilver's catamaran to reach their very own private pontoon, which is located on the outer reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf. Guests have the ...
Experiencing the Earthquake in Nepal
I write this as I “wing” my way home. I apologise for not having been in contact for a while. Mobile communications have been sketchy in the Khumbu Valley in the aftermath of the earthquake. It has been a confronting few days as Nepal comes to grips with the magnitude of this disaster.The earthquake itself was quite a surreal experience. It took a few seconds to actually register what was happening. At the time we were just short of the historic village of Tengboche, deep in a river valley. We had just finished lunch at a teahouse. It was only when ...
Epic Recommends... Chile
The Singular Hotel – Puerto Natales, Chile This incredible property sits in the quaint little Patagonia town of Puerto Natales which is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. Not only is the service, architecture and scenery amazing the hotel also has an incredible history in the local community. Prior to being a 5 star hotel the property was home to Frigorifico Bories a cold storage plant from 1915 to 1971 where hundreds of locals were employed to freeze and preserve meats and fish before putting them on ships to be sent all around the world. In 1996 the building ...
A Wonderful "Rainy Season" Safari
After our first day the wilds of Africa we were content; everything after this was a bonus. Viewing the Victoria Falls at ground level is nothing short of breathtaking. However when one takes to the skies in a helicopter that culminates with a low level, high adrenalin rush, slingshot flight through the lower chasms of the Zambezi one truly finds their heart in their mouth with both fists pumping from excitement. After coming down we revelled in the opportunity to walk in close quarters with the Mosi oa Tunya rhino anti-poaching squad which allows privileged access to these endangered giants; ...
Update #3: Bhutan to Bangkok
Firstly happy new year! We are now winging our way to Bangkok in search of warmer climes after a spectacular 11 days in Bhutan. Since my last blog post there has been action aplenty. Our stay at Gangtey culminated with a fantastic walk up into the hills to some remote houses where we were entreated to an impromptu insight into rural Bhutanese life. The family we visited consisted of a mum, dad (who was away working) and four daughters. Sunday was “washing” day and the family was hard at work hand-washing the past week's clothes. The two young twin daughters, Sun and Moon ...