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A Wonderful "Rainy Season" Safari
Zambia & Botswana
Mar 26 2015 Written by: Pedro O'Connor
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; ... [Read More]
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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 ...
Update #2: Bhutan: The Happiest Place
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 ...
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 ...