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August 30, 2018

Kilimanjaro Trekking and Mt. Meru Climbing

Written By Kivaria

8 Day Lemosho Route + 2 nights hotel stay

Overviews

The Lemosho Route starts off on the western flank of Kilimanjaro, offering spectacular views of Mt Meru and the plains of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Your first day takes you through a dense rainforest, that gradually thins out with each upward step and by day two you can already see the summit of Kilimanjaro, glistening in the distance. On the third day, the route joins the Machame Route and a long but rewarding, road lies ahead until you reach the summit. The extra day on this 8 day trek gives you the opportunity to better acclimatize, thus increasing your chances of reaching the top.

Arrival Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

At Kilimanjaro Airport You will be met by our Zicasso Expeditions transfer driver, who will take you to the Tulia hotel and Spa Arusha on the outskirts of Arusha. The rest of the day is for you to relax and prepare for your upcoming trip. You can also opt to visit the town of Arusha. In the late afternoon our Kilimanjaro guide will meet you at the Tulia Hotel and Spa to brief you on your upcoming trek and check your equipment.Bed and breakfast included

Day 1 Arusha – Londorisi Gate 2250m – Big Tree Camp 2780m

Altitude: ↑ 530m
Walking Time: 2-3h

Early in the morning you will be taken to Londorisi Gate. Upon completion of all the entry formalities and a final 15 km drive on a bumpy road you will reach your starting point at the edge of the rainforest. You will enjoy lunch before you set out on the trail through the rainforest. Today’s walk is quite short, about 3 hours, compared to the days ahead, thus giving you time to enjoy the lush scenery which will drastically change over the course of your trek. You might even catch a glimpse of the thumbless colobus monkeys sitting in the branches above you. Your dinner and overnight awaits you at the beautiful Big Tree Camp 2780m.
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 2 Big Tree Camp 2780m – Shira Camp 1 – 3500m

Altitude:  ↑ 720 m
Walking Time: 4-5h

Along the thin trail through the rainforest, you will notice the vegetation becoming scarcer and scarcer until you finally reach moorland filled with Lobelia and Eric plants. Ascending through rolling hills, you will reach Shira Camp 1 in about 3-4 hours. Looking over the Shira Plateau from your camp you will be able to see the unmistakable snow-capped summit of Kibo. A hearty evening meal and a last glimpse at the starry sky will bring the day to a close.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 3 Shira Camp 1 – 3500m – Shira Camp 2 -3900m

Altitude:  ↑ 400 m
Walking Time: 3-4h

Today you will cross Shira Ridge with its rocky ground, low grasses and shrubs. As the terrain is much flatter than the day before, your hike will seem more leisurely and you will enjoy fantastic views of the Great Rift Valley and Mount Meru. Beautiful and distinctive Giant Lobelias still dot the moor landscape. Walking on ground where lava used to flow you will reach Shira Camp 2, where you will have your evening meal and overnight stay.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 4 Shira Camp 2 “3900m” – Lava Tower 4640m – Barranco Camp 3960m

Altitude:  ↑ 740 m   ↓ 680 m
Walking Time: 6-7h

Just after breakfast you will start your ascent to Lava Tower through a boulder-strewn terrain. In the distance you will see Kibo encouraging you to continue uphill. Reaching Lava Tower at an altitude of 4,640m, you will rest and allow your body to get used to the higher altitude, after which you continue downwards to Barranco Camp. This method of climbing high but sleeping low allows your body to acclimatize to the differing altitudes and gives you a good idea on how your body react to changes in Altitude. Along the way the scenery changes once more and soon you are surrounded by giant Senecias and smaller Lobelia plants. After 6 – 7 hours you will reach the beautiful and green Barranco Camp, which offers great views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. After dinner you will settle in for the night.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 5 Barranco Camp 3960m – Karanga Camp 4035m

Altitude: ↑ 75 m
Walking Time: 3-4h

The well-known Barranco wall, which is probably the steepest part of the entire route, awaits you after breakfast. Although no technical climbing is necessary, some spots do require you to use your hands for a better grip and to pull yourself up. Your guide will be close by to help you if necessary. After you have pulled yourself around the Kissing Rock you will make your way along the mountain ridge and through the Karanga Valley. You will also pass the last water spot as you finally reach Karanga Camp after 3 – 4 hours. After a well-deserved meal, it is off to bed.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 6 Karanga Camp 4035m – Barafu Camp 4640m

Altitude:  ↑ 605 m
Walking Time: 3-4h

Today you will make your way to Barafu Camp at around 4640m, which you will reach in about 3 – 4 hour. The landscape is very dry and the ground cracks like glass under your boots. As you make your way through the afro-alpine dessert to the rocky Barafu Camp, a sense of excitement sweeps over you as your final stretch is but a few hours away. The Barafu Camp with its rocky scenery allows for a stunning view of Mawenzi Peak and the summit path ahead. After an early dinner and last minute preparation for tomorrow, you will go to bed.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 7 Barafu Camp 4640m – Uhuru Peak 5895m – Mweka Camp 3080m

Altitude:  ↑ 1,255 m ↓2,815 m
Walking Time: 10-14h

At around midnight you will be awoken with some hot tea and biscuits in order to get you ready for today’s ascents. You will ascend in a north-westerly direction through heavy scree toward Stella Point, arriving there in about 5 – 7 hours. At Stella Point you may rest if necessary before taking on another 1-2 hour stretch along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – the highlight of your trip. A breath-taking view awaits you as you stand on the highest mountain in Africa. After taking as much pictures as your camera will allow, you will leave behind the glistening glaciers and snowy peak and make your way back down to Barafu Camp. Here you will have time to catch your breath before heading further down to Mweka Gate 3080m, an about 3 hour walk. A tempting dinner and a peaceful night’s sleep awaits you. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Day 8 Mweka Camp 3080m – Mweka Gate 1630m – Arusha

Altitude:  ↓ 1,450 m
Walking Time: 2-3h

After a hearty breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony by your mountain crew, you will start your final descent to Mweka Gate. A leisurely 2 – 3 hours walk will once again take you through the lush rainforest, where the endemic Impatiens Kilimanjaro flower grows. Reaching Mweka Gate you will be greeted by our transfer driver, who will take you back to the Tulia hotel and Spa Arusha. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure – enjoy an extensive shower, jump in the pool and relax at the Hotel and you will spend your last overnight. Bed and Breakfast included

Departure

In the morning after breakfast you will be taken to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your holiday with a safari

Included

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfer

Items excluded:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

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Top Travel Activities : Africa , Trekking / Hiking / Biking


August 27, 2018

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Written By Subash KC

With our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, you can fully enjoy the Everest region by witnessing the mighty Everest and feeling the unique hospitality of the Sherpa culture and people.

This package is suitable for the adventure lovers who have limited time frame or find it difficult to trek there.

Highlights  of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek

-Explore Everest Base Camp.

-Visit Namche Village

-Visit Tyangboche Monastery.

-Greatest view of Mt.Everest 8848 M.

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Top Travel Activities : Adventure Travel , Asia


August 25, 2018

Puglia’s Grape Harvest: Let’s Wine and Dine!

Written By Elena Riccardo

A dream come true for the wine-lovers among us, or for those who simply wish to appreciate the bounty of high-quality food and wine that Puglia has to offer. Aside from being one of the best times of year to visit, this tour centers on what leaves celebrity chefs overjoyed: Puglia’s uniquely traditional cuisine and rich agricultural heritage. Participate in the grape harvest for a hands-on experience in wine-making, become a savvy wine-taster with guided food and wine pairings, and savor an enchanting dinner and visit of a centuries-old masseria– a typical farmhouse where everything is homemade and grown on the premises. Enjoy a private cooking class that takes you behind the scenes and into the kitchen, where you’ll learn to make homemade pasta and other regional specialties. Additional visits include the fairytale town of Alberobello, where you’ll get to spend a night in your very own trullo; the 9,000-year-old city of MateraOstuniGallipoli and an excursion by boat into the grottoes around the Cape of Salento.

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Top Travel Activities : Cooking / Culinary , Europe


August 25, 2018

Summer in Salento

Written By Elena Riccardo

Enjoy some fun in the sun down in the “Jamaica of Italy”, for a relaxing combination of stunning beaches, culinary enjoyment, and cultural discoveries. Visit, home of the trulli – curious, conical-shaped huts that were designed to be dismantled when the taxman came around – which inadvertently became one of Italy’s most charming and unique towns. Experience firsthand this fairytale land with an overnight stay in a trullo of your own for a sojourn that you won’t soon forget! The rest of the time we’ll be based in Lecce, where, aside from a guided visit of the most important sites, you’ll also participate in a daylong cooking class in order to learn how to make regional specialties. Day trips include visits to 9,000-year-old MateraOtranto, Italy’s easternmost point; famous for its gorgeous winding streets and whitewashed houses; the Cape of Salento for an excursion by boat into the grottoes; and Galatina, where we’ll discover the secret behind the legend of the Taranta and its characteristic dance, the . We’ve even got a bustling local patron saint festival thrown in the mix, so you can party like a local for an evening of traditional music, dancing and fun.

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Top Travel Activities : Cooking / Culinary , Europe


August 25, 2018

An Unexpected Easter

Written By Elena Riccardo

Journey to the heart of Easter in Southern Italy and live the holiday like a local! Based in Lecce, a.k.a “the Florence of the South”, the focus will be on living firsthand the unique cultural events that few outsiders ever get to experience. From the “” in Taranto, where hooded penitents build their own crosses and , to the more light-hearted Easter Monday celebrations, with a nature walk and a picnic lunch in the countryside as per tradition, you’ll get to live the richness of the springtime festivities from all angles. You’ll also discover some of the most beautiful and fascinating places in Southeastern Italy, including 9,000-year-old Matera, Taranto, Manduria and Ostuni, for a truly breathtaking experience of the cultural gems hidden down south.

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Top Travel Activities : Cooking / Culinary , Europe


August 25, 2018

In Search of Green Gold

Written By Elena Riccardo

Our travel packages include an 8-night, 9-day travel experience around Puglia and Basilicata in an intimate group setting (12 people max), that will give you an insider’s view of the best this area has to offer. Starting from €1,900 (approximately $2,200).

Our activities, from participating in the olive harvest to exploring the grottoes around the Cape of Salento, to visiting any number of the fabulous destinations around Puglia and Basilicata, can be booked as day trips for those traveling on their own.

Prepare yourself for a one-of-a-kind journey into autumn, for an authentic travel experience that offers you the best of the seasons’ flavors and traditions. Pick organic olives and learn how to“taste” olive oil like a pro during our visit to an organic olive oil mill. Enjoy a private cooking class that takes you behind the scenes and into the kitchen, where you’ll learn to make homemade pasta and other regional specialties. Our home base will be in Lecce, but we’ll be making plenty of stops around the province, with a visit to the 9,000-year-old city of Matera, as well as the fairytale town of Alberobello, which has inadvertently become one of Italy’s most charming and unique towns. You’ll get to spend a night in your very own trullo, a curious, conical-shaped hut that was designed to be dismantled when the taxman came around. Other destinations include the charming port town of Otranto, Italy’s easternmost point, famous for its gorgeous winding streets and whitewashed houses, and the gorgeous seaside city of Polignano a Mare.

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Top Travel Activities : Cooking / Culinary , Europe


August 24, 2018

Bhutan Cultural and Festival Tour

Written By Tsenrig Palden

  Escape to the remote Himalayan country of Bhutan and soak in the culture and lifestyle of Bhutanese people.

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Top Travel Activities : Adventure Travel , Asia


August 20, 2018

Discover the amazing Taj Mahal

Written By Jai Singh

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Top Travel Activities : India , Sightseeing


August 18, 2018

7 Day Exploration of Kidepo and Murchison Falls

Written By Richard Kabazzi

This safari tour is designed to take you to discover the wonders of nature in Uganda’s tourist destinations of Jinja, North eastern and Northern Uganda. This Safari is designed to enable you reach the source of the Nile River, visit Sipi Falls, conduct game viewing in Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Game Park. On return, it is intended that you conduct Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Highlights of the Safari

  • Exploration of the Source of the Nile River
  • Hiking to Sipi falls
  • Game viewing in Kidepo National Park and Murchison Falls National Game Park
  • Social interaction with the Karamojong people
  • Boat cruise while at Murchison Falls National Game park
  • Hike to the top of Murchison Falls
  • Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

ITINERARY

OVERVIEW

Day 1: Arrival and travel to Jinja town

Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, You will begin this memorable expedition whilst taking the Eastern route of Uganda with Jinja as your destination for this day. Your day’s first Safari activity will be visiting the Source of the Nile in Jinja. It is intended that you spot where the Nile waters start to flow out of Lake Victoria. This will be done while having a boat ride along the waters of the Nile River .Enroute to Jinja you will go through Mabira Forest-the largest natural forest in central Uganda. Overnight at Nile Village Lodge.

Day 2: Travel to Mbale and Hiking to Sipi Falls

After breakfast, proceed with your safari to Mbale to explore Mount Elgon and hikeSipi Falls.

You will enjoy the beauty and scenery of the flow of the falls. You will also sight fauna and different floral species including Elgonensis lobelia and dotted clusters of peculiar groundsels.

Accommodation at Sipi Falls Resort

Day 3: Travel to Kidepo Valley National Park

The third day of this Safari will be spent traversing the vast plains and semi-arid savannah of North Eastern Uganda with a motive of reaching Kidepo Valley National Park. Observing that this is quite a long journey, you will reach the park in the evening and spend your night at Kidepo Savanna Lodge.

Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the wildest and most spectacular reserves in Africa with a landscape of small hills, rocky outcrops and inselbergs. The temperatures in Kidepo are usually high, and this will certainly give you a good taste of adventure! While in Kidepo you can get stunning panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and wildlife such as Elephants, herds of Buffaloes, Jackals, Jackson’s Hartebeest, and Klipspringer among others.

The park is renowned for its exceptional variety of birds of prey. While there it is likely that you can spot Ostriches, Kori Bustards, Pygmy Falcons, Verreaux’s Eagles, Egyptian Vultures, Abyssinian ground Hornbills among others.

Accommodation:  Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Day 4: Game drive and social interaction with the Karamajong people

This day will start with a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring area. It is intended that you bisect the park such that you obtain more chances of encountering animals like the Hunting dog, Bat-eared Fox and other animals endemic to Kidepo National Park like the cheetah and the striped hyena.

After the game drive, you will have a cultural interaction with Karamajong people at Karenna and Kapedo. You will meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them as they show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more interesting items used by them.

Accommodation at Kidepo Savannah lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

You will travel from Kidepo Valley on this day and head southwards to Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison Falls is Uganda’s largest national park and is a home to over 400 birds’ species. The park is also endowed with several attractions including mammal species with four members of the big five, the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes.

Other species include bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks, warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas, hippos and crocodiles among other resident creatures. You will start the day in the morning and transfer through Gulu-Uganda’s biggest town in the North.

You will continue the drive through the flat scenic landscape with local villages while enjoying the Ugandan countryside. You will arrive at Murchison Falls National Game Park in the afternoon and check in at Para Safari  lodge.

Day 6: Game drive and Boat Cruise to the base of Murchison falls

You begin your exploration of the park with a game drive in the northern circuit of the park. There you will encounter beautiful rolling plains. While in these plains you may view Lions, Giraffes, Hartebeest, Buffalos, and Elephants, Bushbuck, Spotted hyenas, Wild cats, leopards as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the birders, this area supports the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters among others.

In the afternoon, you will go for a boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls where you will view the Nile as it thunders through a small 7-meter gap down to the delta. This experience is breath taking and should not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from this mighty river. You may see the pre-historic shoebill, saddle-billed stork and many other birds.

Accommodation at Paraa safari lodge

Day 7: Visit to the top of Murchison falls, visit Ziwa rhino sanctuary and transfer to Entebbe

The day will begin with a visit to the top of Murchison falls. While at the top you will as well experience the Nile as it is pushed through a small gap of rocks with a lot of force; the sight of the power of the rushing water is impressive. You will then drive out of the park to Masindi town for lunch en route and then continue to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for an encounter of the white Rhinos. After this activity you will drive back to Kampala targeting your flight.

Tour fees include;

  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat rides
  • Ferry crossing
  • Vehicle entrance fees
  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water in the safari vehicle
  • Accommodation
  • Tour guide services
  • Vehicle park fees
  • Game drives

Tour fees excludes,

  • All extras at the accommodation that is, drinks, telephone, laundry among others
  • Tips to the tour guide
  • Insurance
  • Flight tickets
  • Visa

NOTE: This tour can depart at any day.

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Top Travel Activities : Adventure Travel , Africa


August 16, 2018

On Board the Tradition

Written By Istrian - Ecomuseum de Dignan

Experience an authentic throwback in time through this special guided tour. You will have the unique occasion to board a 1934 Fiat Balilla and to visit our House of Traditions with a guide dressed in traditional Istrian clothes. After the visit you will be accompanied in a local winery, for a final degustation of typical and local products (3 kinds of wine, 1 kind of extra-virgin olive oil, local sausages and cheese, and home-made bread).

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Top Travel Activities : Europe , Heritage & Cultural


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