February 20, 2016
• Discover the Shangaan people with Clive Stockil, the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award for Conservation from the Prince of Wales on behalf of Tusk.
• Experience the Mahenye festival, a fun and colourful event in remote SE Zimbabwe.
• Enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful safari in the Gonarezhou area; imbibe the delights of a palm wine tasting session and sundowners by the Chilojo cliffs.
• Be transported by the brilliant story telling of Paul Hubbard who will take you on an historical journey to former civilisations and bring to life the feats of great entrepreneurs, adding a whole new dimension to your safari.
• Marvel at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the largest stone structures south of the pyramids and a monument to a trading empire which was thriving whilst we were being ravaged by the Black Death.
• Listen to tales of the first white martyrs in Rhodesia; stand and admire “God’s own Window” in the Matopos Hills, a UNESCO site and burial place for Cecil John Rhodes and the mighty first king of the Ndebele people, Mzilikazi Khumalo.
£4,175 per person excluding international flights.
Single supplement: £300 pp.
Maximum group size:10. Additional extensions by arrangement.
• The islanders of St Helena are called saints…well, they do worship at the oldest Anglican church in the southern hemisphere, are wonderfully friendly, and have a strong sense of community. Car keys stay in cars around here.
• The island, 1,200 miles west of the African coast and 2,500 odd miles east of Rio de Janeiro, with its rugged scenery comprising verdant valleys, sand dunes and craggy bays where whales can be seen breaching, is perfect for nature lovers.
• It is just possible that Jonathan, St Helena’s most famous living resident, was born at about the time Napoleon Bonaparte, the island’s most famous departed resident, died: 1821. Jonathan is a giant tortoise and could, at around two hundred years of age, be the oldest living creature in the world. You can see him moving very slowly about the gardens at the Governor’s Residence.
• Getting to this island has always been a slow process, involving a five-day boat journey on RMS St Helena from Cape Town, but from this summer access will be transmogrified in the form of a once-a-week service by Boeing 737 from Johannesburg.
• The Portuguese, the first great sea-going empire builders, found the island in 1502, keeping their discovery a secret for over a hundred years until the British, by then the dominant power in these waters, laid claim to it in the middle of the 17th century.
• Aaron will take you on informative explorations each day around the island to see some of the four hundred endemic species including the critically endangered wire bird. You will hear historic tales, picnic with dramatic scenery as a backdrop and maybe taste some of the most expensive coffee in the world.
£2,600 per person excluding international flights.
Single supplement £596 pp.
8 nights. Maximum group size:12
• Journey up the Sepik river to the Amazon of the south to see villagers who have hardly ever stepped on terra firma living on floating islands.
• Witness the initiation of young men in a tribal ceremony involving the ritual scarification of their backs (not obligatory).
• With a ratio of about six guides to only thirty-six guests on board, you are assured of personal attention.
• This luxurious boat is an adventure platform with six proper speed boats as expedition craft, not Zodiacs.
• True North has a shallow draft so really can travel to the parts other boats cannot reach.
• An on-board helicopter is ready to take guests on amazing scenic flights.
• This ship is for guests who want to discover unusual and difficult to reach destinations.
• No casinos or swimming pools. No extended periods at sea.
From £10,253 per person excluding international flights.
11 nights. Includes flights from Cairns to Papua New Guinea by charter.
Other shorter boat journeys from £2,000 per person in Australia.
For further information please contact Miles on 0207 723 5858.
NB prices shown were current at the time of writing the newsletter and are not necessarily current now.
Please ask for an updated quote.
- Travel snippets from Miles
- A Sense of Place – THE INSIDE TRACK on Cape Town guiding
- A Sense of Place – Migrations of people and beasts: East Africa
- A Sense of Place – An era of revolution and global alliances
- A Sense of Place – A walk on the wild side
- A Sense of Place – The ghost ingredient is back
- A Sense of Place – Liuwa Plains and Kafue National Parks – Zambia
- A Sense of Place – Literati in the Pink City, the Capital of Rajasthan
- A Sense of Place – A Tamil town still connected to Europe, Art Deco architecture, and temple antiquity in Southern India.
- A Sense of Place – Dreamy aquamarine sea and stunning safari with the Makuleke people
- A Sense of Place – A trio of lovely ladies in Hyderabad
- A Sense of Place – Entamanu, the wishing tree and walking with the Hadza tribe.
- We get you to places that others don’t… St Helena, Gt Zimbabwe ruins and Papua new Guinea
- A Sense of Place – Walking in the hippie hills of the Himalayas
- A Sense of Place – The Okavango: the river that never finds the sea
- A Sense of Place – The Great Rift Valley, Laikipia, Samburu warriors and Maasai Olympics.
- A Sense of Place – Escape the world in the Namib Desert
- Africa is a massive continent: a collection of 55 countries
- A Sense of Place – Zambezi Watery Wilderness
- A Sense of Place – Burma: the road beyond Mandalay
- Lake Malawi – Would you rather pay for the advertising or the experience?
- From shoe-shine boy to tourist guide in Ethiopia
- A Sense of Place – Ladakh, the Himalayas
- Dhow sailing, Lions are back in Malawi, Self-drive in Namibia
- Sacred rivers and forts, India
- Piranhas, sting rays, caimans – and still people go into the River Negro!
- Kerala, Southern India – God’s own country
- South Africa: Crucible of the rainbow nation
- Madagascar: croissants and lemurs
- Argentina vs Africa on wildlife drama
- Uganda – Gorillas and Gardens
- Mozambique & Kenya: immigration official on holiday
- Mozambique: Gorongosa and reconciliation in the bush
- Zimbabwe is ready for Tourists again
- Serengeti ecosystem and unbeatable savannah
- Lamu: crab complaining
- Kenya: circumcision
- Zambia: Ellie rescue
- Africans: always smiling
- French sketch
- Kenya: the best hosts
- First visit to Africa 1986
- Namibia, Namib Rand, Skeleton Coast and the ultimate flying safari
- Elephant relocation, quad bike expedition and new Sossusvlei reserve
- Templed out in Tamil Nadu and elephant refuge in Jaipur
- Kenyan sanctuary and family run camp in Zambia
- Australia: Arkaba, Tasmania and Lord Howe Island
- Australia: in the outback and off the beaten track
- India: heavenly Himalayan hideaways, Botswana: fun safari for children and Argentina: hidden homestay in a mountain desert
- Limpopo retreat, Serengeti spectacle and adventure on the Zambezi
- Value for money in Kenya and the trail less travelled in Peru
- Lions in danger, free nights and a new coastal gem
- G and T on demand, hidden beach, micro-light and sleeping on a dam
- Off the beaten track