Newsletter June 2017

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From flightless birds to work. Can identify what the woman in the image alongside is making?

A lesser known peak often overlooked by many, is Mt Meru in Tanzania. Head off on a 3-4 day trek to her summit. And across in Peru, more than just the ruins can be seen on our Lakes, Desert and Ruins Tour from Lake Titicaca to Nazca to Machu Picchu.

Secrets of the Silk Road and Uzbekistan await with incredible mountain scenes and phenomenal architecture. Or take a quieter cruise across the Indian Ocean to Australia onboard the Queen Mary.

Ups and down's of Everest is in the news, and our Q&A looks at the new cost of Gorilla permits in Rwanda.

Our picture of the month reveals the stunning misty forests of Mt Kenya  and our photo series looks at the stunning Gokyo Lakes in Nepal.

Our quirky character last month certainly generated a lot of interest.  It would have been better had we added some statistics like average height and weight. Not that we have visions of our clients running around weighing these birds, but given the answers, it could have been one of two birds. So, we accepted both answers. The birds was in fact, a Rhea;  a large flightless birth from South America, related to the Emu.  Correct answers for the Rhea go to Pam Gillespie, Cary Mason, Ashwin Reddy and for the Emu, to Stuart Charlton, Sue Simpkins, Claire Keyser and Kathleen Woods. Can anyone identify the activity under way in the image above?

Send your answers for this months image above to  

Climb Mt Meru Special

Climb Mt Meru

Often overlooked by many adventure seekers who favour Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru offers some spectacular scenery, opportunities to see game and climb to a summit, all in 3 days!

Price per person sharing from $720.00

5 Days, 4 nights

Travel Dates: 1 - 30 September 2017

Uzbekistan Silk Road Tour

Classic Uzbekistan

Find yourself immersed in a patch of ancient history as you travel Uzbekistan's famous Silk Road. Phenomenal architecture, eccentric attractions, a vanishing sea and high mountains await you on your journey

Travel Dates: until 31 December 2017

Price per person sharing from ZAR14066 

Lakes, Desert and Ruins Tour Peru

Lakes, Desert and Ruins Tour

When it comes to Peru, people think of only the Machu Picchu Ruins, but there is so much more to see. High inland Lakes, dry deserts and the enigmatic ancient Nazca lines
11 Days, 10 Nights

September 2017

Price per person sharing from $3888.00

Queen Mary Cruise

Queen Mary Cruise

Set sail on a cruise to Australia from Cape Town and then Port Elizabeth and you' ll find yourself in a whole new world of beautiful natural spectacles, fascinating cultures and wonderful friendly cities.

Travel Date: 27 January 2018

Price per person sharing from ZAR76723.00

In the News -The perils and glory of 64 years at the top of the world
Sixty-four years ago, Tenzing Norgay, also known as Sherpa Tenzing, and Sir Edmund Hillary became the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain. This article looks at the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the records and disasters..... Read more here
Open Departures

Tibet Mountain Bike:  7 September 2017 (almost full)

Everest Base Camp:  13 - 30 October 2017

Dhaulagiri Trek:  20 October - 9 November 2017

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: Full  Moon New Year 2018

Question of the Month
Is it true that Gorilla permits have doubled?

Indeed, this is the case. However it has only doubled in Rwanda, not Uganda. The motivation is that more funds can be generated for conservation of the Gorilla but the most likely result is that people will head to Uganda where permits are a lot less.
The permit alone in Rwanda is now $1500.
If you have a question you want answered, send it to us. We publish one per month.

Chogoria Route Mt Kenya


Gokyo Lakes Nepal

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