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Madagascar trekking holiday

This Madagascar trekking holiday is a serious – and seriously exciting – adventure, trekking from west to east, from dry terrain to tropical rain forests. Along the way, we will climb the second highest mountain in Madagascar, which stands at 2,658m and, either side of the trek, there will also be time to spot lemurs, meet local craftspeople and visit a tree planting project. You don’t need to be Indianna Jones or a modern day explorer to enjoy this holiday, but it’s not for the feint hearted. Be prepared for steep terrain and trails that are often poorly marked. We spend long days trekking and need to maintain a steady pace, and on many nights camp out under the stars. There is also a ... Read more >
From £2,450 excluding flights

Nicaragua adventure holiday, river canoeing expedition

This epic river journey combines first class wilderness with rich history and more than a little adventure. We will paddle from the majestic Lake Nicaragua down the jungle lined San Juan River to deserted beaches on the Caribbean sea along a route once favoured by pirates and buccaneers with eyes for the gold of the Spanish colonial empire. On the way we will drift pass the impenetrable forest of the Indio Maiz reserve, one of the best preserved areas of tropical rainforest in the region. We will also visit charming riverside towns, historic ruins and hidden Caribbean lagoons. This unparalleled expedition takes you to the heart of this rarely visited part of Latin America. -------- Group ... Read more >
From £2,550 excluding flights

Madagascar trekking and rafting expedition

This expedition aims to achieve a rafting descent of the Benahy river before continuing down the Onilahy river. --------- Group and Tailormade Departures are available --------- The Benahy, a narrow river running through canyons that are only a few meters wide, is not marked on the maps of Madagascar. Along the route we will encounter truly fantastic landscapes, learn new skills and face interesting and challenging situations. This is a unique expedition which offers a fantastic opportunity to explore a remote area of Madagascar and see much of the endemic wildlife. Madagascar is a one-off; there is no other place like it. Its landscapes, animals and plants are simply fantastic! Near ... Read more >
From £2,895 excluding flights

Canada rafting holiday on the Magpie river

The first sense you get of the vast scale of Quebec’s boreal forest comes as you soar above it aboard a float plane, headed for the southern tip of Lake Magpie. Astonishing views of steep cliffs, forested valleys and foaming rivers will bring home the fact that you’re heading into a true wilderness – an outdoor playground perfectly suited to an adventurous week of fun on the river. On landing, you’ll be taught the basics of manoeuvring safely on the river, before ploughing through a few sets of rapids as a warm-up. What follows is seven days of exhilarating action on the magnificent Magpie River, camping on the banks overnight with a fully equipped kitchen. You’ll be led by experienced ... Read more >
From £2,950 excluding flights

Costa Rica adventure holiday, wildlife & activities

For this fantastic activity packed Costa Rican ultimate adventure we explore the central and north-eastern part of Costa Rica, taking in the canals and rainforest in the Tortugero Sarapiqui – an adventurers dream, explore the cloud and paramo forest then you have the opportunity to relax at the 2 pools of hot springs in Chirripo Cloud Forest, snorkeling in the turquoise water and explore the capital city of Costa Rica. Read more >
From £3,595 excluding flights

Colombia multi-activity tour

The Hike, Bike and Raft Colombia trip allows us to discover adventure sport in the Colombian Andean Mountains as well as take in the vibrant Colombian culture and the country’s fascinating history. We’ll get the chance to hike and bike through world-renowned Andean Páramo, raft the famous Chicamocha river, hike and bike into the second biggest canyon in the world, hike within a stunning piece of Colombian jungle forest, discover the Caribbean coast, visit beautiful colonial villages as well as explore the cites of Bogota and Cartagena. Read more >
From £2,550 excluding flights

China tour, trekking & pandas

Only recently accessible, the mountainous reaches of China’s southern provinces hold tantalizing appeal for adventurous travellers. Here you will find the Four Girls mountain, renowned among Chinese hiking enthusiasts; the Songzanlin Monastery of Shangri-La, home to the world’s largest prayer wheel, and minority groups living in remote villages where traditional dress is still worn and ancient traditions hold sway. But if Sichuan is known for one thing more than any other, besides the sizzling good hotpot that originates from here, it is the Giant Pandas of Chengdu. You will visit a hillside sanctuary where the pandas are bred, with opportunities to interact with them, feed them bamboo and ... Read more >
From £3,495 excluding flights

Madagascar conservation holiday

Travel to some of Madagascar’s most beautiful, off-the-beaten-track locations and contribute to the health of its natural landscapes with a series of tree-planting days on this exciting eco-expedition. Help with the reforestation effort, explore the Andringitra mountains and also relax at the Mozambique channel on this 14-day trip. You will discover some of the island’s most striking and unique scenery, meet local people and enjoy getting to know Madagascan culture, while also working and interacting with key environmental projects and really making a difference while on holiday. This eco-tourism expedition runs in partnership with Wood En-Stock a local Madagascan NGO specialising in ... Read more >
From £2,495 excluding flights

Madagascar tailor made honeymoon adventure

On this trip we will explore an interesting combination of rivers, forests, mountains and seaside through very different landscapes, cultures, climates and biotopes, before relaxing and enjoying Anjajavy seaside. The itinerary provides a great chance to enjoy the natural highlights of the red island on foot, on horseback, by canoe, train and by car. Madagascar is a one-off; there is no other place like it. Its landscapes, animals and plants are simply fantastic! Near the equator with an astonishing array of habitats, ranging from rainforests to deserts and from mountain tops to mangrove swamps, it is one of the most important countries for biodiversity on the planet. The tropical climate ... Read more >
From £3,750 excluding flights

Guatemala trekking holiday, Los Cuchumantanes

For the ardent trekker, the Mayan highlands of Guatemala will prove a kind of paradise. Departing from the city of Antigua, this nine-day tour takes you through winding valleys, deep ravines and across a magnificent plateau with views of the ring of fire volcanic chain, finally arriving on the shores of Lake Atitlan. If you had only one word to describe this trekking holiday it would have to be epic. Led by a guide, you’ll pass through the hotbed of rebellion during Guatemala’s 35-year civil war, the Ixil Triangle; tour a working cheese farm, and overnight in haciendas and community hostels. A highlight is a stay at the Unicorno Azul, a horse ranch that offers sublime panoramas over ... Read more >
From £1,795 excluding flights

Burma hot air balloon festival holiday

A fantastic trip where we experience the best that Myanmar has to offer - including visiting some of Myanmar’s most interesting temples and ancient ruins, trekking off the beaten track, as well as spend time at one of Myanmar’s most beautiful beaches (like Thailand’s) - this trip can be coincided with one of the stunning balloon or water festivals. Myanmar has been off the travel agenda for the last 2 decades, but now is an excellent time to visit this amazing country, which at last looks set to emerge from isolation and repression and advance towards a more democratic future. Read more >
From £1,995 excluding flights

Belize sea kayaking holiday

This week of kayaking in Belize is sure to appeal to sun lovers and marine enthusiasts alike with plenty of paddling options to take you around some of the Caribbean’s most stunning shores and clear water cayes. Alongside the sea kayaking in Belize you’ll also be treated to some superb snorkelling with tropical fish darting over coral reefs whilst turtles swim lazily overhead. Kayaking in Belize unveils a tropical stage of sand flats, mangroves and vast stretches of turtle grass as well as chance encounters with local fishermen who are always ready for a chat about all things Belize and how you can get more out of your visit to their homeland. From the Barrier Reef reserve to South Water ... Read more >
From £1,895 excluding flights

Family holiday in Nicaragua

There is plenty to delight both parents and children on this exciting 12-day family adventure to Nicaragua. Try sandboarding down the black volcanic debris of an active volcano, spot sloths in the rainforest canopy, snorkel and surf on Pacific beaches, eat in friendly local restaurants and explore the lakes, landscapes and forests of one of Central America´s most diverse and beautiful countries. You’ll spend time in the Spanish colonial town of León, home to the largest cathedral in Central America – which you can climb to the top of – and Masaya, the city of folklore, a great place to pick up beautiful souvenirs, including traditional hammocks and ceramics. You’ll also visit Granada, the ... Read more >
From £1,495 excluding flights

Trekking holiday in Southern Madagascar

Explore Madagascar’s most beautiful mountainous areas on foot and by canoe, on this exciting 14-day adventure. Beginning in the vibrant capital of Antananarivo – or Tana – you’ll experience the towering cliffs of Andringitra and Tsaranoro and the deepest canyons of Isalo, meeting the locals who live in these isolated areas. At the end of the trip you’ll get a chance to relax on some of the finest beaches on the South West coast. You’ll also have time to explore picturesque Ambositra, high on a plateau surrounded by misty green peaks. Renowned as the arts-and-crafts capital of Madagascar, Ambositra has over 25 artisans’ shops. A visit to Ambalavao is also included, one of the most beautiful ... Read more >
From £2,350 excluding flights

Kayaking holiday in Indonesia, Komodo Dragon expedition

If you’ve never paddled a sea kayak, Indonesia is an absolutely stunning place to start as you’ll be able to reach some of the remotest beaches, over vibrant coral reefs, as well as having the chance to get up close to some of the Indonesian islands, inhabited by komodo dragons. This 12 day kayaking holiday in Indonesia starts off from Bali and gives you unique access to Komodo National Park where an experienced kayaking guide will help you navigate the islands and beaches interspersed with traditional stilt villages. Swimming, snorkelling and nature trails on dry land more than complement kayaking in Indonesia with chances to walk on Rinca and get up close to komodo dragons, certainly an ... Read more >
From £1,795 excluding flights

Brahmaputra rafting holiday in India

This 13-day small group holiday offers one of the world’s greatest adventures down one of the world’s greatest rivers, the Brahmaputra. While not for the faint-hearted this trip is perfect if you’re looking for a unique, wild and challenging adventure into one of the most spectacular and inaccessible regions in the world. Before it reaches the starting point of this expedition in Arunachal Pradesh, the Brahmputra flows eastwards across the Tibetan plain and through the Himalayan mountains. A few miles from the line-of-control with China, you will board your raft for the expedition of a lifetime. After time to prepare gear and a comprehensive safety briefing, you and your small group of ... Read more >
From £2,350 excluding flights

Ethiopia trekking holiday

This two-week trekking holiday through rural Ethiopia offers group or tailor-made departures for a minimum of two people. A relentlessly fascinating country with history dating back over 3,000 years, Ethiopia is an ideal destination for travellers who enjoy the both the adventure of challenging trekking and being immersed in a unique, colourful culture. The richness of Ethiopia’s history and culture matches the richness of its scenery. The mountains of the northern and central regions are some of the most dramatic and spectacular in Africa and are home to a plethora of endemic wildlife. You will meet remote rural communities as you walk through fertile lowlands, before ascending into ... Read more >
From £2,950 excluding flights

Sulawesi bird watching tour, Indonesia

This trip aims to provide you with some of the best bird watching to be had in Sulawesi, Indonesia an area that boasts one of the largest endemic bird populations on earth with the main island of Sulawesi being home to no less than 12 endemic genera and over 40 endemic species. A further 56 species are endemic to the Sulawesi sub-region which covers the neighbouring islands of Sula and Banggai. However most can be found on the main island. Birdwatchers who visit this mysteriously K-shaped island are guaranteed to find a host of new and unusual species. In addition to a rich bird life, Sulawesi is home to nearly 80 endemic mammals such as the unique dwarf buffalo known as the Anoa, a ... Read more >
From £2,095 excluding flights

Mozambique adventure holiday

Discover the Quirimbas National Park, Mozambique’s little known and rarely visited wilderness, on this eight-day trip. In the northeast of the country, the park includes many of the Quirimbas Islands, and lies close to Pemba, the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado. This archipelago was almost forgotten and has only recently opened up to the outside world. Thick mangrove forests, craggy tropical islands and a wild aquatic world make up this remote region and the pace of life is slow. We explore this coastline on a sturdy motorised 11m Arab dhow complete with experienced crew and a professional guide, with lots of opportunity to sea kayak, swim and snorkel through the warm, blue waters ... Read more >
From £2,750 excluding flights

Burma family cultural & adventure holiday

This Burma/Myanmar adventure trip includes some of the very best experiences that Burma has to offer including Yangon, Pyin U Lwin – Mt Popa – the temples of Bagan as well as the beaches of Ngapali. Included in the itinerary are off the beaten track treks and bike rides to experience the real unspoilt Myanamar. This is a trip not to be missed. Additional considerations: This trip can be combined with the water festival or better known as the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, if you are planning to travel in October. The Phuang Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is where four Buddha Images from Phaung-daw-oo Pagoda are carried on a royal barge and conveyed around 14 villages on the Lake. The barge is ... Read more >
From £2,395 excluding flights
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