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AFRICA
Maasai warriors in Kenya
(pictured) show you how
they guard their clan and
livestock. This adventure
by Fitness Travel Company
(
fitnesstravelcompany.com
)
will test your endurance with
activities like tree climbing and
a bush crawling course. You’ll
be fuelled by a protein-centric
Paleo diet.
Birders will love Responsible
Travel’s (
responsibletravel.com
)
tour of Ethiopia, which is home
to over 830 species of birds –
including 23 endemic species.
Journeying fromAddis Ababa
through the Bale Mountains,
you may spot rare birds like the
malachite kingfisher.
ASIA
Retrace the footsteps of
pioneering Victorian plant
hunters on Naturetrek’s
(
naturetrek.co.uk
) adventure
through the mountains of
China’s Yunnan Province
(pictured). Botanist John Shipton
will take you through forests of
lilac and meadows carpeted with
primula. The journey includes a
stay at a Tibetan monastery.
National Geographic’s
Indian Ocean Odyssey
(
nationalgeographicexpeditions.
com
) aboard the Orion takes
you to Baa Atoll, a UNESCO
Biosphere Reserve. Along this
voyage from Seychelles to Sri
Lanka, you’ll get to swimwith
manta rays and whale sharks.
AMERICAS
Rainforest Expeditions’
(
perunature.com
) Wellness
Tour through the Peruvian
Amazon fuses nature (pictured)
and nurture. Look for caiman
and giant otters as you canoe
along Oxbow Lake, and take
an ethnobotanical tour of the
jungle to find medicinal plants.
For an altogether different
experience, head up north
to Montana for Go Native
America’s (
gonativeamerica.
com
) tour. Ride on horseback
through the jaw-dropping
landscape of Bighorn
Mountains, where legendary
Native American war leader
Crazy Horse once sought
solitude.
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In a progressively wired world, it’s little surprise travellers are
looking to reconnect with nature in their downtime.
According to The Travel Association’s (ABTA) 2014 Travel
Trends report, affluent consumers in particular are now seeking
simpler, more ethical and authentic experiences that are far
removed from their hectic daily lives.
These rugged journeys offer the freedom to explore some of
the globe’s most dramatic landscapes – like the Amazon rainforest
– as well as encounter the creatures and cultures that thrive there.