News from our guides in the field

Climbing Kilimanjaro – 5 things you should know (from a novice climber)

Written by Richard Field on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Climbing Kilimanjaro – 5 things you should know (from a novice climber)
Having lived and loved Africa as long as I have, Mt Kilimanjaro was always something I wanted to do, and this year the dream became a reality. As a ‘novice’ climber I was concerned about how my body would adjust to the altitude. I was also concerned that I hadn’t put enough time and effort into my pre-climb fitness regime. (Epic recommends 3 months depending on fitness level and provides a training guide to help you prepare for your climb) As it turned out, I did manage to summit, as did all of our group and I can safely say that it ...

A Taste of Epic Australia

Written by Pedro O'Connor on Monday, 17 October 2016. Posted in News from our guides in the field

A Taste of Epic Australia
I’ve just returned from guiding clients on a 12 night journey on the east coast of Australia. We experienced spectacular and iconic destinations and some of the best wildlife and natural beauty Australia has to offer. Byron Bay (on the northern New South Wales coast) has long been hailed as having some of Australia’s best surf beaches - with endless miles of white sand, mighty waves and very few people. The general sparsity of people in Australia is something my American clients always comment on – the reality is that Australia has 15,000 miles of coastline with a population of only 24 ...

The ‘Undiscovered’ Island of Flores, Indonesia

Written by Pedro O'Connor on Thursday, 13 October 2016. Posted in News from our guides in the field

The ‘Undiscovered’ Island of Flores, Indonesia
Flores in Indonesia is one of the original Spice Islands with a long tribal and colonial history. In the 15th century Bugis seafarers from Southern Sulawesi came to Flores for trading and slave raiding, and took control of some of the coastal areas that resemble pirate ports.  The Portuguese reached the island in the early 16th century and named it ‘Cabo das Flores’, which means ‘Cape of Flowers’. The island became a strategic point for the economic activities of Portuguese traders. Flores produces huge quantities of cocoa, coffee, candlenuts, cloves, cinnamon, bananas and tropical fruits. The island is home to the poorest ...

On the legendary Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea

Guided By Angus Baker, Written By Brad Horn

on Sunday, 28 August 2016. Posted in News from our guides in the field

On the legendary Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea
In late June, a small father and son group from the Sydney Church of England Grammar School (SHORE) embarked on a crossing of the fabled Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. Under the expert guidance of former Australian Army officer, Angus Baker and his son Fergus, the group spent 7 nights/8 days on the trail. The Kokoda campaign, which saw the first land defeat of the Japanese Imperial Force in World War 2, is recognised as a turning point in the war. The heroic performance of Australian forces in this campaign has rightfully gained a place at the forefront of Australian ...

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Written by Rob Barbour on Wednesday, 24 August 2016. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
In February this year, Rob had the pleasure of accompanying a small group with an interest in primates, to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda (in East Africa) over 4 days.   Gorilla trekking would have to be on most people’s nature tourism bucket lists since there are only just under 1000 left on earth. This trip was no exception with wonderful sightings of the magnificent mountain gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and some beautiful trekking through the villages that share the beautiful countryside with their rare hominid cousins.   The visit was complimented with wonderful visits into the communities to spend time with ...

Ethiopia Safari

Written by Rob Barbour on Wednesday, 24 August 2016. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Ethiopia Safari
Ethiopia is growing in profile as a travel destination and I found out why when I travelled there in March this year. The country is large (over 1 million square kilometres) and the second most populous country on the African continent with approximately 100 million people, living a mainly a peaceful, rural existence.  The country is hugely diverse, offering a range of travel options, attraction and activities.  The north of the country is dominated by the Rift Valley and spectacular, high altitude plateaus, sheer cliff drop offs, dramatic limestone mountains and extensive valleys. In the west, descending down to the Danikil Depression (below ...

Mahale Chimp Trekking – Mahale National Park, Tanzania

Written by Rob Barbour on Tuesday, 23 August 2016. Posted in News from our guides in the field

 Mahale Chimp Trekking – Mahale National Park, Tanzania
Tracking the chimpanzees of Mahale is a magical experience. A journey to the Mahale Mountains, located in the far west of Tanzania on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, adds a remote and mystical destination to any safari.  This links very well to more conventional destinations on northern, southern or western Tanzanian safari circuits.   The main attraction are the habituated chimpanzee troops in the Mahale Mountains - the longest studied group of chimpanzees over four decades. The trekking can be physically demanding but the rewards of multiple chimp interactions, between males and females and mothers and their young, is hard to ...

Exploring Australia's Eyre Peninsula

Written by Pedro O'Connor on Tuesday, 08 December 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Exploring Australia's Eyre Peninsula
Pedro was privileged to privately guide two wonderful ladies through the stunning landscapes of the Eyre Peninsula recently. The Eyre Peninsula is one of the most beautiful unspoilt regions of Australia. It covers over 2000 kilometres of South Australia’s western coast, including the Nullarbor Plain and stretches into the Outback. It’s especially known for its rugged coastline, beautiful bays and beach towns, marine wildlife, fishing and fresh seafood.  One of the major draws of the Eyre Peninsula is the remoteness of the region; we saw not one other human being in three days while exploring the Gawler Ranges National Park. Then there ...

Observing an African Wild Dog Pack in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Tanzania

Written by Rob Barbour on Monday, 21 September 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Observing an African Wild Dog Pack in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
This past week I spent several hours observing an African Wild Dog pack in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (outside of the Crater), on the short grass plains near Ndutu. There were 8 adults and 5 pups in the pack. The alpha female usually births the pups; after they are born the rest of the adults are tasked to look after them. Interestingly this group had three older and two younger pups, suggesting that there are two mothers which is unusual as it can impact the survival of the pups. We were fortunate enough to spot the dogs hunting and devouring a large ...

Guest blog post: Ward Safari

Kenya & Tanzania

on Friday, 18 September 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Guest blog post: Ward Safari
Our amazing safari started in Kenya. After a short flight from Wilson airport in Nairobi, we landed at the Ol Kiombo airstrip in the Masaai Mara.  The game viewing started as soon as we stepped off the light aircraft with a herd of giraffes grazing along side the airstrip.  Our guides from the Rekero camp were there to meet us and give us a taste of what was yet to come on the drive to our digs.  The camp is beautifully located on the banks of the Talek River, home to countless hippos and a few crocs!  After orientation to the camp and ...

Following the Migration

Northern Serengeti and Maasai Mara

Written by Brad Horn on Friday, 07 August 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Following the Migration
I have just returned from a migration focussed safari in the north of the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. It was a great trip and delivered well and truly on the aim. We witnessed incredible migration scenes including a couple of iconic crossings of the Mara River. We also saw a multitude of other species in addition to wildlife including great elephant, lion and cheetah.  Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite. A highlights video clip will follow ASAP.  

A Typical Day on Safari in the Northern Serengeti

Private Safari in the Grumeti Reserves and Northern Serengeti

Written by Rob Barbour on Tuesday, 14 July 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

A Typical Day on Safari in the Northern Serengeti
It's my favorite time of day in the bush. Just before dawn and the morning birdsong is about to begin.  A slight glow in the eastern sky signals the beginning of a new day. Today my clients and I will start with a balloon safari in the private Grumeti Reserves Concession on the western edge of the Serengeti National Park. The familiar smell of freshly brewed Tanzanian coffee wisps up from the campfire, offering an essential kick-start as the camp begins to wake. We rug up against the chill of the crisp morning air and head off down the road in our ...

Guest Post: Zambia + Botswana from a Guide's Perspecitive

on Monday, 06 July 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Guest Post: Zambia + Botswana from a Guide's Perspecitive
Today's guest post is shared by Kane, who guided the Kelly Party on a Zambia and Botswana safari. The trip was full of surprises and captivating sightings! I met the Kelly party at Selinda airstrip on the morning of 20th May, they were coming from Victoria Falls. The guests displayed excitement and readiness for high adventure in their safari outfits. From here, we started on our game drive. About ten minutes from the airstrip, I stopped the vehicle and asked everyone to come out of the vehicle. I explained to the guests how we must meet officially before our safari through a ...

Trekking the Mont Blanc Massif - the Alps

Written by Rob Barbour on Tuesday, 23 June 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Trekking the Mont Blanc Massif - the Alps
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 ...

The Best of the Top End & The Kimberley

Written by Pedro O'Connor on Wednesday, 17 June 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

The Best of the Top End & The Kimberley
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 ...

Contact Details

Head Office - Brisbane

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
address:
7/35 Woodstock Road
Toowong, Brisbane
Queensland 4066 Australia
postal:
102 Camp Street
Toowong, Brisbane
Queensland 4066 Australia

t + 61 [0]7 3720 8554
f + 61 [0]7 3720 8553

Inbound Operations (Australia)

t + 61 [0]7 3720 8554
f + 61 [0]7 3720 8553

Inbound Operations (Africa)

t + 27 31 903 4135

Inbound Operations (Americas)

t + 1 858 356 9411 (PCT)

Join Our Community

Sign up now to receive our newsletter and receive the latest news and special offers from Epic Private Journeys.