Africa offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world – an attribute which creates a great platform for exploration on foot. For those who love a rewarding challenge, Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro is a spectacular climb.
Image: Tina Asher
More than 20,000 people every year attempt to climb the world’s highest freestanding mountain – and fewer than half succeed. Our trekking expert Lou Day gives us a step-by-step guide to get you to the roof of Africa.
Wipe the sleep from the eyes, shrug off post-festivities sluggishness and kick-start 2011 with a shot or two of black lightning: here’s a few of our favourite places for picking uppa cuppa something good.
Films that are both inspiring journeys and inspire others to journey – the entries on this ‘The Beach’ -free zone all share the power to have you swiftly salivating at the scenery and adding a whole raft of new destinations to your ‘must visit’ list. In a blatant Harry Potter-style bid to spin out a good thing, we’ve split the list into two sections – the sequel will be released next week. Grab some popcorn, indulge, then let us know which flicks we missed.
More often than not, getting to grips with what makes a city tick is best done on foot. Whether it’s a museum ramble, exploration of cobblestoned old quarters, or idle paseo-style post-prandial perambulations, a walk is the best way of measuring up how a place exists on a human scale, how its inhabitants go about their daily lives, and of feeling the rhythm of the streets. Here are some of our favourite cities for a stroll. Head to our facebook page to chip in with others...
Sara Reeves has an extremely enviable job – Gecko’s Destination Manager for Africa. Sara is in charge of putting together all our Africa itineraries; this naturally involves lots of trips to Africa…all in the name of research.
We had a chat to Sara about her recent travels to West Africa and this is what she had to say:
Whether you’re exploring unsullied wildernesses, getting among beautiful landscapes or spending time with remote communities, trekking unlocks destinations in a unique way, making walkers truly a part of a place, and helping give a rich appreciation of both local cultures and scenery.
Peregrine started in Nepal, and we started on foot. Three decades on, our trekking trips explore some of the world’s great wild places. We asked our trekking expert Lou Day to give us a run through some of her top trips on foot.
Peregrine's Classic Botswana is a short trip capturing the spectacular wildlife and pristine wilderness of northern Botswana. From Victoria Falls, venture into a land renowned for its bounty of big game, no more prevalent than in the lush wilds of the Okavango Delta.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the number of moments that take our breath away.
Continuing with the theme of ‘new stuff’ (our website has got a swanky new look,in case you were wondering where the theme comes from), we thought we’d have a run-through some of our favourite destinations that are among the newer ones on our trips.
Savvy visitors to Africa’s great nature reserves and national parks know that a half-decent camera is essential if you want your photographs to come close to reflecting the amazing sights and panoramas that you see here. To help capture those most jaw-dropping moments on film, we asked our resident photography guru Peter Lemon for some top tips on how to take the perfect wildlife snaps – follow the guidance below and you’ll be taking gilt frame-worthy portraits of the Big Five in no time.
Focus on the eyes