News from our guides in the field

Exploring Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

Written by Kirstine Dawson on Wednesday, 06 May 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Written by Brad Horn on Monday, 04 May 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Written by Andrew Roberts on Tuesday, 28 April 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Zambia & Botswana

Written by Pedro O'Connor on Thursday, 26 March 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

A Wonderful
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

Gangtey, Punakha, Paro

Written by Brad Horn on Saturday, 03 January 2015. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Thimphu, Gangtey

Written by Brad Horn on Sunday, 28 December 2014. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Rajasthan

Written by Brad Horn on Monday, 22 December 2014. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Rwanda and Uganda

Written by Robynne Fleming on Wednesday, 03 December 2014. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Just Back from Longitude 131°

on Monday, 27 October 2014. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Written by Anita Campbell on Monday, 20 October 2014. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Written by Pedro O'Connor on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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

Written by Pedro O'Connor on Friday, 12 September 2014. Posted in News from our guides in the field

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 ...

A Solo Safari Through Southern Africa

Botswana - Zimbabwe - Zambia

on Monday, 01 September 2014. Posted in News from our guides in the field

A Solo Safari Through Southern Africa
Epic client Liz is just back from her first trip to Africa. Liz's solo safari included horseback riding through the Okavango Delta in Botswana, white water rafting down the Zambezi and a heli flight over Victoria Falls. Thank you Liz for sharing your fantastic journey! I have recently returned home to Australia from the most incredible and extraordinary adventure in Africa. Words are barely sufficient to describe the emotions that I feel about the amazing experience I have been lucky enough to enjoy. Lots of initial researching and internet googling started me on my quest, but it wasn’t until I hand-balled it ...

Epic Heads to the Whitsundays

Qualia and One&Only Hayman Island

Written by Kait Daly on Wednesday, 27 August 2014. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Epic Heads to the Whitsundays
Reported by Kait Daly, Digital Marketing Manager, Epic Private Journeys Beaches are my thing. I grew up in a beach town in New Jersey and when I was a kid I was fortunate enough to travel to several Caribbean islands with my family. I have travelled pretty extensively the past few years (a perk of my previous job) to several incredible beaches from Central America to the French West Indies, but never Australia. I picked up and moved to Brisbane five months ago with many goals and dreams, one of course being to visit the Great Barrier Reef. You can imagine my ...

Lion Cubs and Cheetah Sightings

Jackie Barbour reports from the Southern Serengeti

on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in News from our guides in the field

Lion Cubs and Cheetah Sightings
Rob Barbour’s wife Jackie and their children are in the Southern Serengeti at the moment. Jackie reports from Ndutu: This morning my daugter, Sarah and I went out on an early-morning game drive. We took our breakfast boxes and headed for the marsh to see what would come down to drink. Thankfully we have been given the use of a safari vehicle from Ndutu Lodge and we are very grateful for the opportunity to go out and spot some game. The sun was just rising when we set off and when we arrived at the marsh all was very still and quiet. ...

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