Newsletter December 2017

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From birds to plastic things. Any guesses as to what the red bag in the image alongside is of?

This month you can climb to the Roof of Africa along the Machame route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, or take a trip to some ancient ruins; Peru and the enigmatic ruins of Machu Picchu


For something complete different go to Cebu Island and the Chocolate Hills or take a trip to Europe with amazing Insight Vacation discounts.

An amputee with attitude is in the news, and our Q&A looks at diet on Kilimanjaro.

Our picture of the month is from the base camp trail and our photo series looks at paths to  nowhere.


A reminder that we do not send out a newsletter in January, so we will back in February.

Our beautiful bird last month received a lot of answers. Although everyone guessed it was a vulture, those that guessed the type of vulture were Tina Skinner, Tanya Gemperle, Alain Hocepied, Neil Marcus, Andre Verster and Vicky Adams . The bird was a male Andean Condor. They are among the largest in the world that are able to fly. Because they are so heavy (up to 33 pounds), even their enormous 10-foot wingspan needs some help to keep them aloft. For that reason, these birds prefer to live in windy areas where they can glide on air currents with little effort.

Send your answers for this months image above to  

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Ruins


Visit the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu on this 7 day tour and experience the wonder of the ancient Inca constructions


7 Days, 6 Nights


1 March 2018 - 1 April 2018


Price per sharing from US$1980 - US$2345.00


December Insight Tours

Amazing Insight Vacations

Take advantage of these amazing specials on Insight Tours for Europe 2018 by saving 10% with an early booking, to give you a discount. Pay in full before 29 January 2018.



Travel Dates: various

Price per person sharing varies


To the roof of africa
Roof of Africa-Kilimanjaro
Climb to the Roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro, at 5895m. Stand above the clouds and get to experience the beauty this incredible mountain has to offer. Low season special.

Price per person sharing from $1705.00

February 2018

8 Days, 7 nights

Cebu Islands

The Chocolate Hills are a group of unusually shaped hills located in the middle of the island of Bohol in Philippines. This extraordinary landscape is unique to this small island.



Travel Dates: 1 February - 31 March 2-18

Price per person sharing from ZAR10976 pp sharing

In the News - Mount Everest Has A Problem
Everyone does it. Even climbers on the world's tallest mountain. All that human waste has caused a lot of problems for local villagers near Mount Everest’s base camp. But a group of Northwest volunteers thinks they’ve found a fix.

Read more here

Open Departures

Kilimanjaro Machame Route: 7 days Friday 12 January 2018


Kilimanjaro Machame Route: 7 days Friday 2 February January 2018


Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: 7 days Friday 9 February January 2018


Question of the Month
Can you provide vegetarian meals on Kilimanjaro?
Yes we can and have accommodated a variety of different diets over the years. We always recommend that you take along extra protein bars on your trek.
If you have a question you want answered, send it to us. We publish one per month.

Everest Base Camp Photo Trek


Contrasts of  South America

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