What seems like the start of a spelling bee is actually the letters that aptly describe the trails. The W trail is shaped exactly like a large W and runs up three beautiful valleys covering a distance of around 80km, and the O circuit is a large circular track which incorporates the W, stretching to around 120km.
There is very little that Namche lacks. It even boasts the world’s highest Irish pub offering everything from Jameson whiskey to Guiness. It sports a sign as you enter that strikes to the heart and soul of what Namche and her people are all about.
Let us remind ourselves when we climb this sleeping beauty that Kilimanjaro is not stratovolcano for nothing, for beneath her seemingly calm demeanour lies a hotbed of activity.
By Debra Bouwer We are often asked which is the better part of the Amazon to see in Peru; Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado. Well our answer is either; it all depends on where you will be on tour, your budget and also, what you particularly want to see. So let us put this in perspective. … Continue reading It’s a Jungle out there
The Ancient Egyptians buried their dead on the west bank of the Nile as that is where the sun went to lay its head at night. Following the path of the sun across the sky, Morgan decided to go via the West Bank border which was said by most to be the quieter and better option.
Mention Sudan and ideas of civil war quickly come to mind. Conflicts between the north and south of Sudan continue to rage to this day between different ethnic groups seeking to gain power. It is not listed as a popular tourist destination and indeed is still in its embryonic stage when it comes to tourism, yet it offers a great deal of hidden gems.
In the mid 1980’s, Bob Geldof brought Ethiopia to the worlds stage with his Live Aid concerts and Band Aid record. But when it comes to Ethiopia the list of things that now make it famous are endless. This is a country where the east African rift carved the country in two, creating beautiful mountains, high plateaus and highly active volcanoes in its wake.
I have had a dream of doing a trip like this ever since I read about Euart Grogans exploits back in the colonial times, when trips like this were funded by the National Geographical Society. In fact 2 of my dogs are named Shackelton and Nimrod.
It’s easy to get confused when you talk about the Inca Trail, as the Incas built an advanced network of nearly 40,000 thousand kilometers of trails to connect the distant corners of their vast empire from Ecuador to Santiago and Mendoza in Argentina. The classic Inca Trail starts at a place called Km82 (so called because it is located 82 kilometers along the railway line between Cusco and Machu Picchu).
When I arrived I was very apprehensive about riding in the city with its insane traffic and mayhem on the roads, however by now I had got the feel of it and decided, if I can't beat em, join em. Kampala traffic is now a breeze!