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Vietnam Trek & Homestay

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

v2.jpgThis trek through lush valleys and verdant hillsides offers breathtaking views of steeply terraced rice fields, towering ridgelines, and raging rivers. You wil be traveling to the Sapa Mountains in Northern Vietnam, high in the Tonkinese Alps near the Chinese border. During the five day trek you will share in the ancient cultures of these diverse hill tribes and be given the opportunity to share in the activity of their daily lives.

You will have the opportunity to experience the colorful Sapa Market where women from different ethnic minority groups sell their products before you transfer back to Lao cai for the night train to Hanoi to commence your journey home.

Departures: This trip can be adapted to suit you, as necessary.

Price: £298 (5days) per person excluding flights

Contact: http://www.responsibletravel.com/Trip/Trip900473.htm

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A luxury eco experience in the Kalahari

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

South Africa is famous for its game reserves and national parks and rightly so.Massive tracts of grassland, acacia woodlands, and savannah have been set aside that protect populations of some of Africa’s rarest animals such as the African Wild Dog, Cheetah, and two species of rhinos. Tourists visiting these parks on wildlife viewing safaris hope in particular to see the famous “Big Five” of Africa; the African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros, Lion, Cape Buffalo, and Leopard.

Kruger National Park is a good place to get the Big Five and have a fantastic African safari experience but people who can afford to stay at the Tswalu Game Reserve (another place to see the Big Five) say that game viewing at this luxury reserve just doesn’t get any better. Accommodations and food are excellent but a good portion of the 1,000 dollar a night price tag pays for privacy. With a maximum capacity of 30 guests within 100,000 hectares of restored Kalahari desert grasslands, elbow room isn’t really a concern.

Guests stay in the middle of nowhere in comfortable, traditionally designed housing with waterholes located in front of the buildings for fantastic wildlife viewing right from their front porches. They also enjoy horseback rides that allow close looks at animals such as Burchell’s Zebra, Sable Antelope, and Lesser Kudu (equestrian guides wisely keep away from the huge black-maned Lions that occur in the reserve), and look for animals on expertly guided walks and from Land Rovers.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Tswalu Reserve, though, is the fact that all 100,000 hectares is restored Kalahari Desert habitat. It’s hard to believe how denuded the wildlife rich grasslands and desert landscapes were only a few decades ago when the land for the preserve was a smattering of severely overgrazed farms. As these properties were purchased, one of the largest restoration projects in the world commenced with the razing of all human-made structures and by simply leaving the land alone. Since then, a chunk of the Kalahari Desert grasslands have been brought back to their former glory and even if only the richest of eco-travelers can visit it, it’s still good to know that this piece of wilderness exists.

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