Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park is Africa at its most adventurous: canoeing on the river, stalking game on foot and hunting for tiger fish. But it’s also family friendly, as Matt Vlemmiks discovers.
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There are some immensely clear and gloriously spectacular night skies across the world, many that must be seen to be believed. Here, our specialists choose their favourites.
Japan is by no means backwards in coming forwards. Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and even parts of Kyoto are all testament
to a thriving sense of modernity, innovation and a passion for all things neon. Cavernous shopping malls are filled with gaggles of giggling teenage girls, karaoke bars reverberate with the latest J-Pop sounds and sales of the latest Nintendo games console are through the roof. And yet, scratch the surface a little and you will find that more traditional pastimes are still held very dear to the Japanese heart and what’s more, are readily accessible to visitors to the country. Claire Barnes reveals the very best.
Amongst South Africa’s countless attractions, one area is often overlooked. Charlotte Mellor and Sarah McGuinness head
north from Cape Town to find sweeping beaches, pretty fishing villages and San rock art. Best of all, there’s not another visitor in sight.
Morocco and Tunisia may be well-known for their bustling and exciting atmospheres, but with so much to see and do, relaxation sometimes gets overlooked. Communal bathing and associated treatments have always occupied a key role in North African society, providing a time and place to gather and discuss all manner of issues. Deals are thrashed out here, friendships strengthened and problems solved. Alongside the mosques, they are amongst the most important buildings in any city. Generally, public ones are a bit earthy for most peoples’ tastes so our specialists have selected some good alternatives.
Hidden in a remote corner of Laos, one of the least developed countries in Asia, lies a memorial to one of the twentieth century’s forgotten wars. Set in a stunning location far from the tourist coaches and group tours, the caves at Vieng Xai are only now coming to the attention of the outside world. Mark Hotham explains.
Patagonia has something of a reputation as an expensive destination. Jonathan Goldsmith reviews the reasons for exploring
Latin America’s greatest wilderness region and says a careful choice of accommodation can keep costs under control.
Mexico and Guatemala are well known for their ancient civilisations; their much visited and impressive archaeological sites of Teotihuacán and Tikal are firmly on the travellers’ map. However, on Sara Wells’ recent journey through the two countries, she discovered an off the beaten track world of coffee plantations, indigenous highland towns with colourful ancient culture, spectacular scenery and vibrant and chaotic markets.
Brian Jackman goes to the dogs in the wilds of Tanzania.
Parts of Thailand may have succumbed to mass tourism but, as James Pook discovered, there are still plenty of paths to take that are less trodden.
New Zealand is often seen as a ‘once in a lifetime’ destination, and perceived as easy to discover without much assistance. Felicity Goldsmith talks to some Audley clients about their personal experiences of the country and finds they gained a lot from our specialist knowledge – and why they are determined to go back.
Next to the enormous landmass of the Australian mainland, Tasmania is perhaps not considered a priority when
exploring this vast and diverse country, but with an abundance of wildlife and easily accessible national parks,
Australia’s small island state is here to remind us that small is very, very beautiful as Jenny Bouquet discovered.
The word ‘Arctic’ conjures up images of polar bears prowling the ice floes, Inuit hunting in sealskin kayaks, of whales and
whale hunting, the Aurora Borealis, and of intrepid explorers of history attempting to reach the North Pole or find a route
from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans through the Northwest Passage. In terms of what a visit to the Arctic means to an Audley
traveller it is small-ship expedition cruising within the Arctic Circle (at 66°32’ and beyond), within the Arctic Ocean.
China’s famously fast-moving society is transforming the travel experience in cities, with a new sophistication bringing boutique hotels and fine restaurants. Beyond the urban centres, however, many parts of China have escaped the rush to modernise, with rural village communities atmospherically unchanged over the millennia. Tom Stapleton and Ben Colbridge compare and contrast.
The hidden kingdom of Bhutan preserves Asia’s cultural past in secretive isolation, but most tours concentrate on the west. Emma Shaw explores the scarcely-visited east of the country, a wild and rugged land where few travellers tread.
The forts of North India and Rajasthan have always played a crucial role in this region’s history. Fort cities such as Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are well known and are impressive icons of a bygone age, but here five members of our India team provide a different insight into the forts of North India, concentrating on smaller ones with a more personal history, where you can stay and experience them restored to their former glory.
Untamed expanses, snow-capped mountains, craggy glaciers and roaming wildlife. Aaron Cork finds America’s far north lives up to all his dreams.
Patagonia has something of a reputation as an expensive destination. Jonathan Goldsmith reviews the reasons for exploring Latin America’s greatest wilderness region and says a careful choice of accommodation can keep costs under control.