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Update #2: Bhutan: The Happiest Place
Thimphu, Gangtey
Dec 28 2014 Written by: Brad Horn
There are not enough superlatives to describe Bhutan. It is a place of awe-inspiring scenery and THE most hospitable people on the planet. The Bhutanese are a very proud people who cling strongly to their traditions and their religious roots. There is undoubtedly something to be said for Buddhism and its fatalistic beliefs. It makes for a very understanding demeanour. We flew into Bhutan paralleling the Himalayas. The weather was superb and offered incredible views of Everest and numerous other 8000 metre plus peaks. On arrival in Paro, Bhutan, one understands why the airport is where it is. It must be ... [Read More]
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Update #1: Happy Holidays from India
Trust everyone is getting into the festive mode. I am presently on a family holiday in India and Bhutan and wanted to share some of our experiences from the past week. We have just arrived back in Delhi after a few nights in the bush at two of Sujan’s luxury camps, Jawai and Sher Bagh. Jawai is located a few hours drive north of Udaipur in a beautiful rural setting. The drive, like any drive in India, is ordered chaos; horns blaring, motor bikes everywhere, vehicles driving down the wrong side of the highway and a wide array of modes of transport ...
The Explored and the Unexplored
I recently had the pleasure of visiting both Rwanda and Uganda on a familiarisation trip. We started our trip in Rwanda, landing in Kigali in the midst of a huge thunderstorm. Luckily, by the time we were ready to disembark, the rain had slowed and the sun was making an appearance. Exploring Kigali is a must for any traveller who is visiting Rwanda. Aside from the fact that it is an immaculately clean city with very friendly locals, there are many cultural experiences to be had. A visit to Kigali’s Genocide Memorial is an eye opener for any person. The Memorial Centre was ...
Uluru Dreaming
The newest member of the Epic team, Leigh Squire, just returned from a 3 day/2 night journey to Longitude 131° in the Red Centre. Here are her impressions of the experience: What I Remember Most – Leigh’s Top 5 Takeaways: 1. The sheer beauty, magic and solitude of Uluru. Seeing the rock for the first time and the amazing contrast of colours – the rich red of the earth, the striking cerulean sky, the patches of verdant green vegetation emerging in such a harsh and desolate environment. The desert oaks, bloodwood and twisted mulgas. The sound of the desert wind rustling through ...
Strengthening Tourism in Kenya: #whyilovekenya
Epic's East Africa Operations Manager, Anita, is just back from Kenya. The home of the safari and the ultimate wildlife experiences, Kenya is blessed with an incredible variety of ecosystems, habitats and topography. From the fertile highlands, to the Great Rift Valley, down to the postcard-perfect beaches on the Indian Ocean. I was invited to Kenya by the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) to attend their yearly Travel Trade Show which took place earlier this month. KTB invited 35 countries including 150 hosted buyers from around the world; I was one of the 7 hosted buyers from team South Africa. Kenya’s tourism has been ...
Epic Hits the Scenic Rim Trail
Pedro is just back from a 4-day excusrsion on the Scenic Rim Trail. This brand new walk by Spicers Retreats explores the Scenic Rim region of South East Queensland; a stunning collection of mountains, ridges, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by World Heritage listed national parks. After a busy day in the bush, guests retreat back to the luxurious Spicers Canopy and Spicers Peak Lodge. Some of us in this image have known each other for 40 years while others met for the first time ever on Day 1 ...
Yalari Brisbane Dinner 2014
Team Epic was privileged to be a part of the 8Th Annual Yalari Brisbane Gala Dinner last night. Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality, secondary education scholarships at Australia’s leading boarding schools for Indigenous children from remote, rural and regional communities. Yalari currently has 184 students enrolled in 29 boarding schools around Australia. As proud supporters of this Indigenous Education charity since 2006, we were pleased with the $18,000 raised by the auction items contributed by Epic and our wonderful suppliers. This sum, along with the auctions in Melbourne and Sydney this year will fund two Yalari scholars for one year ...