Newsletter February 2018

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From bags to formations. Any guesses as to what the image alongside is?

Follow the back roads of Laos to Luang Prabang and soak up a rich diverse culture or head to the African plains and enjoy a safari in Kenya.


For something completely out of the ordinary, take the Siberian Rail Express for a tour across Russia, or soak up the sun at Masuwe Lodge, surrounded by natural bush land and wildlife at Vic Falls.

Walking the dangerous walk to school  is in the news, and our Q&A looks at Hiking Terms.

Our picture of the month is of a strange plan and our photo series looks at sunsets and silhouettes.

Last month's image was well received with several correct answers. Although we had comments like it being a tent bag, others a type of parachute device, the correct answer was that it is a Hyperbaric bag, also known as a PAC or Gamow Bag. It is used where climbers have severe altitude sickness to try to stabilise them. The patient is placed in the bag which is then inflated via a foot pump to a significant pressure above ambient atmospheric. This effects a physiological "descent."

However, correct answers go to Claire Keyser, Karen Miller, Ros Mabelis, Deidre Jones, Brenda Arbaton and Kerry Daniels. It seems the ladies held  the cards on this image.

Send your answers for this months image above to  

Laos special 2018

Back Roads to Luang Prabang

Laos has a rich culture and history, and though it's been a battleground many times in the past, this is a peaceful, stable country today.

Enjoy this fascinating journey into the heart and soul of Laos

Price per person sharing from US$1395.00

 Travel Dates: 1 May - 30 June 2018

Amphitheatre drakensberg

Trans Siberian Express

It's the journey nearly everyone wants to do, perhaps because it's commonly said to be the longest you can make on a single train: the longest of the three trans-Siberian routes, between Moscow and Vladivostok, covers 9,258km (6,152 miles) and takes seven days. 


Travel Dates: 27 May - 07 June 2018

Price per person sharing from ZAR78400


Kenya Safari Tour

Kenya is renowned for its endless herds of game and what better way to see them than on a 6 day safari. This tour gives you a chance to see the famous pink flamingo, various soda lakes and the Maasai Mara itself.


6 Days, 5 Nights


Price per person sharing from US$2085.00


Travel Dates: 1 June to 31 July 2018


Musica durban cruises

Masuwe Lodge, surrounded by natural bushland and wildlife, offers safari accommodation and experiences just a few minutes' drive from all the adventures of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, with a combination of Chundu Island… creating the perfect Victoria Falls experience!


4 Nights and 5 days


Price per person sharing from ZAR19460

In the News - the world's most dangerous walk to school.

In the remote mountains of northern Ethiopia, a lone priest scales a 250m cliff each day to reach his church and study ancient books containing religious secrets.

So worth watching

Read more here

Open Departures

Everest Base Camp Trek: 17 September 2018

Question of the Month
Which of the Everest three passes is the hardest or are they all much the same?
Given that they are all at high altitude, all be tough going. However, the Kongma Lass is generally the toughest of the three. It is very steep and rocky but the views from the top are unsurpassed. Crossing the glacier can also be tricky in bad weather.
Each pass is very different from the others.
If you have a question you want answered, send it to us. We publish one per month.

Kilimanjaro flowers



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