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Argentina

El Chalten & Mount Fitzroy

Surrounded by the granite peaks of Argentina’s iconic Mount Fitzroy massif which rises vertically out of the desolate Patagonian steppe, El Chalten is a small frontier town, 2 hour’s drive from Calafate perched at the very foot of the mountains.

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The Lake District

Stretching some 400km along the spine of the mountains from San Martin de los Andes though Bariloche and on to Esquel, the Lake District is one of the most captivatingly beautiful areas of Argentina. To the north, monkey puzzle trees (the famous Araucaria araucana) straddle the flanks of the snow-capped Lanin Volcano amidst a chain of picturesque lakes and densely forested lagoons.

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Bolivia

The Cordillera Real and Yungas

The glacier-topped Andean peaks of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real tower above Lake Titicaca, a huge mountain range that runs south-east through the country and separates the highland plateau from the semi-tropical lowlands. With seven peaks over 6000m, the Cordillera Real offers some of the finest hiking in the Americas.

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Botswana

Tau Pan Camp Central Kalahari

Nestled on the ridge of an ancient sand dune, Tau Pan Camp was the first safari camp to be built in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. 

The camp has been constructed with delicate ecologies in mind using only solar power for the generation of electricity, heating of water and pumping water from deep under the Kalahari sands. 

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Kalahari Plains Camp Central Kalahari

Located in the diverse and prolific Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kalahari Plains Camp offers one of the most remote experiences in Africa. 

The camp is handsomely placed within the Kalahari Desert biome, at approximately 123 million acres, this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. 

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Central Kalahari

South of the Okavango Delta and dominating central Botswana, the five million-hectare Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the biggest protected areas in Africa, its diverse wildlife and wonderful scenery offering an amazing contrast to the rest of the country.

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Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park has an abundance of wildlife throughout the year and is famous for its migratory population of over 50,000 elephants as well as predators such as Lion, Leopard, Hyena and if your very lucky Wild Dog. 

Covering approximately 11,700 square kilometres, Chobe National Park is the second largest in Botswana. 

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&Beyond Chobe Under Canvas Chobe National Park

&Beyond Chobe Under Canvas is a carefully positioned private mobile tended camp, which moves to a different site every five or six days to ensure that you are constantly moving with the game and are able to explore new areas. 

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Linyanti Reserve
The Linyanti Reserve is a remote wilderness that is home to the remarkable Savute Channel, Selinda Spillway and Linyanti River. 
 
These vast landscapes host an abundance of wildlife including elephants, an array of birdlife, predators and the energetic and endangered wild dog. 
 

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Kings Pool Camp Linyanti Reserve

Kings Pool Camp is a spectacular property located in the heart of the Linyanti Private Wildlife Reserve, featuring 8 luxurious tents and 1 family suite.

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Linyanti Bush Camp Linyanti Reserve

Linyanti Bush Camp is nestled on the banks of Linyanti Marsh in a private wildlife reserve. The marshes are the only water source for kilometres and as such, attract an abundance of water and desert adapted animals as well as prolific birdlife. 

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DumaTau Camp Linyanti Reserve

DumaTau, meaning ‘roar of the lion,’ is luxury tented camp located in the Linyanti Private Wildlife Reserve which borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park.

The camp is also situated close to the Savute Channel on Osprey Lagoon, one of the many lagoons that is used as an elephant ‘corridor’.  

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Makgadikgadi

The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve is located southeast of the Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari Desert.

It is one of the largest network of salt pans in the World. Technically not a single pan but many pans with sandy desert in between. The pans are remnants of Africa’s greatest super lake, which dried up several thousand years ago. 

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Jack’s Camp Makgadikgadi

Jack’s Camp is set on the Pans of the Makgadikgadi and was the original spot chosen by Jack Bousfield in the 1960’s.  A relic of one of the world's largest super-lakes, formed some five million years ago, the lake dried thousands of years ago leaving a vast salt pan. 

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Khwai Tented Camp Moremi Reserve

Khwai Tented Camp is located within the Khwai community concession on the north eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve. 

It sits on the banks of a lagoon which flows into the Khwai River. This camp blends seamlessly into the stunning setting, with minimal impact on the environment. 

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Sanctuary Chief’s Camp Moremi Reserve

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located in the Mombo concession on Chief’s Island, in the Moremi Game Reserve. 

The region is known for its excellent game viewing and predator population, and the camp commands exquisite views over the Delta’s floodplains. 

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&Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge Okavango Delta

Situated on the southern tip of Chief’s Island on a private concession in the splendid Okavango Delta, Sandibe boasts exclusive traversing rights over a vast stretch of land adjacent to 270 Square Kilometre private Moremi Game Reserve. 

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Duba Expedition Camp Okavango Delta

Duba Expedition Camp is the brand new camp by Great Plains Conservation and is the only property located within the magnificent 77,000-acre private concession, the Kwedi Reserve, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. 

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Tubu Tree Camp Okavango Delta

Tubu Tree lies on the western side of the isolated Hunda Island.

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Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of the most awe-inspiring wilderness reserves in Africa with 15 000 square kilometres of water channels, lagoons and islands.

Each year, floodwaters flow from the central African highlands over 1 000 km away into the Delta to create this phenomenal wetland within a desert.

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Brazil

Bonito

Three hours’ drive from Campo Grande, southern gateway to Brazil’s great Pantanal wetlands, the crystal clear waters and limestone caves of Brazil’s Serra do Bodoquena attract visitors from far and wide.

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Chapada Diamantina

500km inland from the picturesque Bahian coast, Brazil’s “Lost World” of the Chapada Diamantina rises out of the landscape, a vast area of table-top “Chapada” mountains, cascading waterfalls and beautiful caves. For hikers, this is one of Brazil’s most spectacular destinations and best explored on foot from the small colonial mining town of Lencois.

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Itacare and surrounds

South of the Marau Peninsula, Bahia’s coastline showcases picture-postcard Brazil where beautiful beaches are framed by cocoa plantations and large tracts of virgin Atlantic Rainforest.

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Cambodia

Battambang

Battambang, meaning “disappearing stick”, is named after a powerful staff used by a legendary Khmer king to achieve and maintain power and is Cambodia’s second city. Located on the Sangker River, 40 kms west of Tonle Sap Lake, it retains the character of a sleepy local market town and is still host to a good number of colonial buildings.

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Mondulkiri

Mondulkiri is the eastern most, largest, least populated and least accessible province in the country. The main town, Sen Monorom, is a sleepy laid back place with a Wild West kind of feel about it. The area is famed for its waterfalls, indigenous culture, national parks and elephant treks. If you plan to visit this region a stay of 3 days would be the minimum recommendation.

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Ratanakiri

Tucked away in the far northeast of Cambodia is the unique, rarely visited region of Ratanakiri. The area has a rich culture and is home to a number of minority ethnic tribes famous for their traditional ceremonies and burial practices. Chinese, Vietnamese and Laotian communities can also be found in the area.

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Siem Reap & the Angkor Temples

The awe-inspiring temples of Angkor are undoubtedly one of the most impressive and important historical sites in Southeast Asia. Many assume that there is just the one temple “Angkor Wat” but in fact there are well over 40 monuments to explore, they are not technically all temples but rather the remains of an ancient city and include places of worship, learning and healing to name but a few.

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Tonle Sap

Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It forms a natural floodplain reservoir that is drained by the Tonle Sap River into the Mekong River near Phnom Penh.

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Chile

Pucon and surrounds

A short flight south of Santiago followed by an hour’s drive from Temuco, Pucon is the adventure capital of Chile, a bustling town ringed with picture-postcard national parks at the foot of the spectacular Volcano Villarica. Overlooking Lake Villarica, the town brims with colourful bars, hotels and restaurants and is the ideal base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery.

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Hotel Vira Vira Pucon and surrounds

Established in September 2014, the Vira Vira is a charming hotel and working farm overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Liucura River set against a backdrop of towering volcanoes.

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The Carretera Austral

Chile’s last, wild frontier, the Carretera Austral is a remote highway that snakes south from Puerto Montt through 1200km of ever-changing landscapes to reach the lake-side village of Villa O’Higgins just across the water from Mount Fitzroy in Argentina and Chile’s great southern icefield.

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Torres del Paine National Park

The face of Patagonia, the awe-inspiring Torres del Paine adorns tourist brochures the world over and is South America’s most spectacular national park. Perched at the tip of the continent, the park was established in 1959 and encompasses some 2,400 km² of mountains, ice and rolling Patagonian steppe close to the border of Argentina.

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China

Jiuzhai Valley National Park

More than just spectacular scenery, Jiuzhai Valley National Park is home to nine Tibetan villages, over 220 bird species as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda, Sichuan golden monkey, the Sichuan takin and numerous orchids and rhododendrons.

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Lijiang

Nestled in a stunning valley below the snow capped peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the wildly picturesque UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Lijiang. It is the stronghold to a ethnic minority called the Naxi, originally migrants from eastern Tibet, they are matriarchal and speak a Tibeto-Burman language. The Naxi use a unique picture-script and have a strong musical tradition.

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Shangri-La (Zhongdian)

Zhongdian, which in the Naxi language means Yak Plateau, is nowadays usually referred to by its Tibetan name - Shangri-La. It is located at a lofty altitude of 10,500 feet (3,200 metres) on very edge of the Tibetan plateau. Tibetans make up around a third of the population with another 12 minorities constituting the balance.

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Xishuagbanna

Jinghong translates as “City of Dawn”, is the capital of Xishuagbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture and located in the centre of Xishuagbanna region. There are 13 towns and 86 villages in Jinghong with a population of around 440,000. It is for the most part an unchallenging place to spend a couple of days investigating Dai culture.

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Colombia

The Coffee Triangle

West of Bogota, straddling the lush forested slopes of the Andes, Colombia’s famous Coffee Triangle spans three departments – Quindío, Riseralda and Caldas – and produces arguably the finest coffee in the world. Yet not only do the lush valleys provide the perfect conditions for coffee they also showcase a dizzying array of beautiful landscapes.

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The Lost City

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains above Santa Marta, Colombia’s “Lost City” is an ancient city and archaeological wonder cloaked in eerie, tropical forest. Dating back to 800 AD, some 650 years before Machu Picchu, the site was only recently discovered by the outside world.

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Costa Rica

Arenal

Arenal is the country’s most active caldera, a spectacular volcano that gently smoulders during the day and for years has lit up the night with spellbinding lava flows and firework displays. It sits at the heart of a 7000 hectare national park of primary and secondary rainforest, tumbling waterfalls and crystal clear streams that harbours an extraordinary array of wildlife.

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Ecuador

Banos

The spa town of Banos de Agua Santa is Ecuador’s adventure capital, a bustling tourist haven perched at the foot of the breathtaking Tungurahua Volcano. Surrounded by mountains, raging rivers and over 60 waterfalls that tumble down towards the tropical lowlands, the town was originally a pilgrimage centre following a vision of the Virgin Mary.

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Cotopaxi National Park

70 miles south of Quito along the breathtaking “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, the beautiful snowy peak of the Cotopaxi Volcano and national park dominates the countryside. Just under 6000m above sea-level, Cotopaxi is Ecuador’s second tallest peak and one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.

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Japan

Climbing Mt Fuji

For many visitors Mt Fuji is the most beautiful symbol and icon of Japan. The snow-capped summit atop a glorious, near symmetrical volcano is a perpetual reminder of the country’s connection with the earth and the deities within. It 3776m above sea level Mt Fuji is the highest point in Japan and is located approximately 60 miles from central Tokyo.

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Hakone

Hakone is located to the south of Mt Fuji and has been a popular spot since the Samurai warriors ordered an onsen (natural hot water spring bath) be built here in 1590 and to this day, the area is home to more onsen than any other in Japan.

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Mount Koya-san

Koya-san is the centre of Buddhist study and practice that was founded around 12 centuries ago by Buddhist monk Kobo Daiashi Kukai as a centre for Shingon Buddhist training. His wish was to establish a monastery deep in the mountains away from worldly distractions where monks could practice and pray for peace and the welfare of the people.

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Laos

4000 Islands

The area near Wat Phou where the Mekong River is at its widest point, some 14 kilometres, is the vicinity known as 4000 islands or Si Phan Don. The islands range in size with Don Khong being the largest. You can stay on some of the smaller remote islands but the accommodation is extremely basic.

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Bolaven Plateau

Just an hour by road from the town of Pakse, at an altitude of just over 600 meters above sea level and set amongst coffee, tea and cardamom plantations, you will find the picturesque Bolaven Plateau.

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Khammouane Province

This remote province in central Laos is one of the newest areas to open up for tourism. The infrastructure here is not fully up and running so, just as in the Far North of the country, please allow for some minor on trip alterations if required.

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The Far North

Along with north-western Cambodia, the far north of Laos is one of the truly adventurous destinations in Asia. Due to the lack of facilities and infrastructure travel in the remote region is arduous but ultimately rewarding.

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Vang Vieng

The once sleepy town of Vang Vieng, located in a picturesque spot on the banks of the Nam Song River, makes an ideal breaking point for anyone who chooses to travel by road between Vientiane and Luang Prabang. The limestone karst scenery is quite simply stunning and makes the area ideal for those looking to do some day trekking or gentle walking.

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Malaysia

Climb Mt Kinabalu

Sabah, as well as being home to the most impressive array of flora and fauna in Southeast Asia, is also home to its highest peak, namely Mount Kinabalu. Standing at 4093 meters to climb to its peak is an extraordinary adventure. The ascent takes two days of pretty strenuous, but achievable trekking, with an overnight stop in en route.

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Mexico

The Copper Canyon

Deep in the Tarahumara Mountains in Mexico’s north-west state of Chihuahua, the breathtaking Copper Canyon (“Barranca del Cobre”) covers close to 65,000 km² of rugged mountains, forests and canyons.

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Morocco

Kasbah du Toubkal Toubkal and the Ourika Valley

“The best rooftop views in North Africa” according to Condé Nast Traveller Magazine, the Kasbah du Toubkal is a rustic yet wonderful mountain retreat framed against the magnificent Mount Jebel Toubkal. At 1800m above sea-level, it is nestled deep in the Atlas Mountains beside the traditional berber village Imlil yet is only 1½ hour’s drive from Marrakech.

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Toubkal and the Ourika Valley

Just 75km south of Marrakech, Mount Toubkal is Morocco’s and North Africa’s highest peak at 4167 metres above sea-level and centre-piece of the 380km² Toubkal National Park.  The area is dominated by rugged snow-capped peaks and isolated berber villages that cling precariously to the mountainsides and eke out an existence around the fertile lower valleys.

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Myanmar (Burma)

Balloon Flights over Bagan

The best way to appreciate the scale of this temple site is to see it from the air. We can arrange a spectacular hot air balloon ride, taken at sunrise and including a light breakfast and a glass of Champagne. The flights, which drift serenely over the temples allowing perfect photo opportunities, generally last about 45 minutes.

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Kalaw & Pindaya

In the days of the British occupation Kalaw was a popular hill station retreat. The area is populated by Nepalese and Indians, which is reflected in the cuisine, as well as local hill tribe people. The colonial architecture mixed with the stunning alpine forests make this a great place to visit. It is an excellent base for walking in the cool picturesque mountains.

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Putao

Only recently opened to tourists and tucked away in the far north of the country is the small quiet town of Putao. Formally known as Fort Hertz, Putao was one of the British Empire's most remote outposts. During the Second World War, even the Japanese were unable to conquer this remote and isolated area.

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Sittwe and Mrauk-U

Sittwe, the capital of the Rakhine State, is located on the northern coast near the Bangladesh border and home to a large Muslim community. Originally built by the British in 1826, the town’s most popular sites include the Payagyi Pagoda, the Rakhine State Cultural Museum, Payamya Monastery and the riverfront market.

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Namibia

Desert Rhino Camp Damaraland

Desert Rhino Camp is nestled amongst the rolling, rocky hills of the Palmwag Concession and offers an original and exclusive wilderness experience with the possibility of seeing some of the largest free-ranging population of desert-adapted black rhino. 

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Doro Nawas Camp Damaraland

Doro Nawas Camp rests on the edge of the dry Hba-Huab river overlooking the ancient plains within the Doro !Nawas Conservancy in central Damaraland. Commanding spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains to the north and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein in the south. 

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Damaraland

Damaraland is characterised by flat-topped mountains, wild-sculpted sandstone cliffs, broad valleys and dry riverbeds that carve their way through the deep gorges and ancient geological features indicating a wetter past. 

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Damaraland Camp Damaraland

Situated in the Huab River Valley, Damaraland Camp offers endless vistas across stark desert plains, ancient valleys and soaring peaks of the Brandberg Mountains. 

Owned and largely run by the local community, who have injected their own distinctive optimism and cheerful nature into the Damaraland Camp experience. 

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Little Ongava Etosha National Park

Little Ongava is designed for privacy, luxury and an intimacy with the land. Perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking a waterhole with pristine views across the plains. 

A long boardwalk meanders over rocks and trees, connecting the beautiful main lounge and dining area with one of three breathtaking, secluded thatch roofed bungalows.

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Ongava Tented Camp Etosha National Park

Nestled in the wild African Mopani bush, Ongava Tented Camp is located in Ongava Game Reserve to the south of Etosha National Park. 

In front of the camp there is a waterhole which attracts a wide variety of mammals and birds and is especially interesting at night when floodlights illuminate the area.

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Ongava Lodge Etosha National Park

Ongava Lodge is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. Perched on a ridge, the vantage point is beautiful and overlooks a well-frequented waterhole and the plains below.

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Serra Cafema Kunene River

Serra Cafema is located in the extreme north-west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartman Valley. Undoubtedly one of the most remote camps in southern Africa, Serra Cafema is an intimate, peaceful camp with a unique mix of rustic and luxury elements. 

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Kunene River

On the border of Namibia and Angola, lies Kunene. This remote region is ruggedly beautiful with a large variety of scenery ranging from dry plains and mountains to the lush vegetation along the banks of the river.

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&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge NamibRand Nature Reserve

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is situated in the far northern region of the largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa, the NamibRand Nature Reserve.

Nestled against the ancient mountains, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is renowned for its luxurious accommodation overlooking the starkly beautiful Namib Desert. 

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Wolwedans Dune Camp NamibRand Nature Reserve

Wolwedans Dune Camp is nestled on the edge of a 250m high dune. Located within the vast privately owned NamibRand Nature Reserve covering almost 200 000 hectares bordering the Namib Nauklufy Park, south of Sossusvlei. 

The charm of the camp lies in its tranquil, intimate atmosphere, capturing the romance of a bygone era.

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NamibRand Nature Reserve

NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast privately owned reserve covering 200,000 hectares and bordering the Namib-Naukluft Park, is situated near Sossusvlei in southwestern Namibia. Visit this area for a glimpse of the majestic landscapes of red Namib sand dunes, golden grass savannah and impressive purple mountain ranges. 

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Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast is renowned for being isolated, inhospitable and steeped in a spooky history. 

Over the years, many ships have run aground on this coast and these ships or ‘skeletons’ can still be seen lying deserted and corroding along the beaches forming a dramatic landscape.

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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp Skeleton Coast

Nestled in the remote area of the Kaokoveld, in a land of towering mountains, gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. 

Only accessible by light aircraft this remote camp is located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession.

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Kulala Desert Lodge Sossusvlei

Situated at the foot of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes, family-friendly Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the 27 000-hectare (67 000-acre) private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. With a private entrance to Namib Nauklift National Park, it offers the closest accommodation to the dunes of Sossusvlei.

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Little Kulala Sossusvlei

Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat situated on the dry Auab riverbed within the private 27 000-hectare (67 000-acre) Kulala Wilderness Reserve. It offers magnificent dune scenery to the west and rugged Namib mountains to the north with golden grassy plains filling the space in between.

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Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei, located in the red dunes of the Namib Desert, is formed where the natural course of the transient Tsauchab River is blocked by a mass of sand. This mass of sand stretches for 400kms South of Walvis Bay, sandwiched between the cold Benguela current of the west coast and the escarpment that runs parallel more than 100km inland. 

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Hoodia Desert Lodge Sossusvlei

Hoodia Desert Lodge is a family-owned and managed property surrounded by majestic mountains on the banks of the Tsauchab River. Only a 20 minute drive will bring you to the Sesriem Gate, entrance of the world famous red sand-dunes of Sossusvlei.

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Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a charming and intriguing coastal town, complete with German architecture, monuments, historic buildings, well-maintained gardens, palm tree lined avenues, coffee bars and great seafood restaurants. Temperatures are pleasant throughout the year, rarely dropping below 15C. It almost never rains, however the town is subjected to 9 months of morning fog each year. 

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Nepal

Bandipur

Bandipur is located approximately midway on the Prithivi Highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. It is 148kms from Kathmandu which takes 4 hours on drive.

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Bardia National Park

Bardia National Park lies to the west of Chitwan and for those willing to make the effort to reach will be rewarded with an unrivalled wildlife experience with few visitors and great chances to spot wild elephant, one-horned rhino, leopard and if you’re exceptionally lucky then even the ra

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Nagarkot

Located just 32 kms east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot offers unrestricted views to the mighty Himalaya mountain range right from the Annapurna’s in the west to the mighty Everest in the east.

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Tansen

The attractive town of Tansen is located in the mid-West Nepalese hills and is home to quaint houses built with old-style Newari architectural influences. It is the capital of the Palpa district and its history dates back to 11th century and you can still find remains of ruins that date back to between the 15th and 19th centuries.

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Peru

Chachapoyas

Deep in the north-eastern corner of the Peruvian Andes, lies one of the country’s most fascinating and least visited regions Chachapoyas, capital of Amazonas state. Surrounded by lush cloud-forested mountains punctuated with pre-Inca towns, this was home to the Chachapoyas civilisation, dubbed the “Warriors of the Clouds” which dates back to 850 AD.

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Cusco

High in the mountains at 3300m above sea level and a short flight from Lima, is Cusco, Peru’s most important tourist centre and a fascinating colonial city built on the ashes of the Inca capital.

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Machu Picchu

The face of Peruvian tourism for years, Machu Picchu is simply awe-inspiring and evokes the very mystery and beauty of South America. The classic photo of the Incan citadel sitting at the base of the towering peak Huayna Picchu adorns every travel brochure and yet this is only a snapshot of the site.

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Mountain biking in the Andes

The Peruvian highlands lend themselves to wonderful mountain biking, the perfect way to leave the tour buses behind and spend an afternoon exploring the countryside. From Cusco, you can escape into the hills to visit the enigmatic ruins of Moray and dazzling salt-flats of Maras amidst traditional colonial villages.

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Mountain Lodges of Peru

The Salkantay circuit is arguably Peru’s second most famous hike after the Inca Trail. The dizzying path takes you high into the Andes across the majestic, snow-capped face of Mount Salkantay before dropping you down through lush cloud-forest to reach Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu. 

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Rafting & Paddling

The glacier-topped mountains of the Peruvian Andes are home some of the finest white water rafting in the Americas. From the Inca capital Cusco, the venerated Rio Urubamba flows through the heart of the picturesque Sacred Valley and offers gentle grade 3+ rapids to suit beginners to experts alike. 

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The Colca Canyon

Vast, magnificent, dizzying, there are few words to describe the awe-inspiring Colca Canyon which sits at the heart of Peru’s southern altiplano, some 4 hours’ drive from Arequipa.

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The Cordillera Blanca

High in the Andes only a short flight from Lima, lies Huaraz, a scruffy highland town at the heart of the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range, surrounded by majestic, glacier topped peaks. Despite its appearance, having suffered a serious of devastating earthquakes, Huaraz is Peru’s trekking capital and the perfect base to set out and explore the mountains.

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The Inca Trail (s)

The classic Inca Trail is one of the world’s great treks and the highlight of any trip to Peru. Breathtakingly beautiful, the four day trail follows an age-old Inca pathway that winds through the heart of the magnificent Vilcabamba range. Arriving at the sun-gate at dawn, the captivating lost city of Machu Picchu is illuminated by the first rays of sunlight, a truly mesmerising sight!

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The Lares Adventure

Deep in the Sacred Valley north of Cusco, the Lares Valley offers an authentic slice of Peruvian life where herds of alpacas and llamas roam amidst Inca ruins, breathtaking mountain scenery and traditional weaving communities.

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The Sacred Valley

Just outside Cusco, the Urubamba river flows through the picturesque, fertile Sacred Valley under the shadow of the snow-capped Vilcabamba mountains. Once breadbasket of the Inca, the Sacred valley sits on average at 2800m above sea-level, 500m lower than Cusco, and is characterised by white-washed Inca villages, traditional markets and a series of impressive Inca sites and ruins. 

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Sri Lanka

Adams Peak

Adam’s Peak is located in a picturesque area of the southern hill country about 2 hours drive from Hatton. The peak has a few names depending on beliefs - Adam’s peak after the place where Adam first set foot on earth after being thrown out of heaven, Sri Pada – which means sacred footprint after the footprint left by Buddha as headed to paradise and Samanalakande – Butterfly Mountain.

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Gal Oya Lodge Gal Oya National Park

Located in eastern Sri Lanka away from the typical tourist trail in Gal Oya National Park, Gal Oya Lodge is a real gem and a must visit for wildlife and nature enthusiasts or those looking to get off the beaten track.

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The Galapagos Islands

Isabela

Isabela is the Galapagos’ largest island covering an area of 4,640 square kilometres and is a dominated by 6 shield volcanoes, all but one still active – Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf.

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Tibet

Gyantse

Gyantse, is nestled in the Nyang-chu Valley 254km south-west of Lhasa, is famed for the the Gyantse Kumbum, the largest chorten (stupa) in Tibet. En route to Gyantse from Lhasa you pass through stunning Himalayan scenery, the Kamba-la Pass providing sweeping panoramas and leading down to the turquoise waters of Yamdrok-tso. Gyantse has a horse racing and archery festival in the summer. 

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Lhasa

This fascinating city dates back to the 7th century A.D when the colorful Tibetan figure, Songtsen Gampo, built his palace in Lhasa. It was back in 1642 when the 5th Dalai Lama made Lhasa his capital and rebuilt the architectural masterpiece, the Potala Palace. 

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Trekking in Tibet

There is some remarkable trekking in Tibet and there could be little disagreement if we argue that it's possibly the world's best high altitude trekking. We must however immediately stress that altitude is an issue and that no-one of any age or fitness level should under-estimate the effects of altitude and that all of these treks are without vehicular access. We supply all equ

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White Water Rafting

Tibet is one of the world's ultimate river destinations with itineraries covering the full range of rafting and kayaking. We can offer trips that include a half day of gently floating down the Lhasa River or a half day of Grade 2 and 3 rapids to one day up to 21 day adventures of Grades 2,3,4 and Expert (Grade 5) rapids. 

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Vietnam

Ba Be Lakes

The stunningly beautiful Ba Be Lakes are actually three adjoined lakes, namely – Pe Lam, Pe Lu and Pe Leng. They lie in the middle of a vast limestone mountain range in Bac Kan Province 200km north-west of Hanoi. The area has a lot to explore including waterfalls, rivers, valleys, lakes, and caves all set amidst a lush picturesque landscape.

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Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park is located around 150 kms north of Ho Chi Minh City. It consists of about 50% evergreen forest, 40% bamboo woodland and 10% farmland, wetlands and grassland. The National Park is one of Vietnams most biodiverse regions, which explains the impressive range of wildlife that can be found.

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Halong Bay Cruises

Halong Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders and is renowned as one of the most stunning destinations in Vietnam, an absolute must on all itineraries! Halong Bay features more than one thousand limestone karsts and islands of various sizes and shapes.

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Mai Chau Ecolodge Mai Chau

Located amongst a back drop of rice terraces and forested mountains, the Mai Chau Ecolodge is a new edition (Jun 2014) to this emerging area 3 hours drive south west from Hanoi.

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