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Travel Specials: 2021

Contributor: Sarah B

We can’t deny the effects that the Coronavirus outbreak has caused in the travel industry thus far, although it will eventually surpass, many people have decided to self isolate. This has provided a great time for people who are stuck at home behind their PC’s to look at their travel plans for 2021.Here are some great options for you to start thinking and planning your holidays for 2021! 

Finnish Wilderness Week – 8 days

In the heart of Oulanka National Park sits Basecamp Oulanka, a self-sustained complex of wooden buildings in a truly stunning location. In one of the most sparsely populated areas in Europe, you are able to enjoy a variety of winter activities in this beautiful landscape and hardly ever see another soul. Dogsledding through the silent snow-caked forests, you couldn’t feel more removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Starting from: R34,510 per person sharing

Highlights of Morocco – 15 days

For sheer diversity, Morocco is the perfect destination. We explore the imperial cities of Marrakech, Meknes and Fez and continue our journey to the mountain ranges to the south, where sand dunes and kasbahs are scattered among palm oases inhabited by friendly Berbers. A highlight of our trip is a camel trek in the Sahara.

Starting from: R19,861 per person sharing

Moscow to St Petersburg – 8 days

This trip reveals the best of Russia’s three most fascinating cities and includes entrance fees to the key monuments and museums. Free time is also essential to absorb the atmosphere and make the most of other optional visits, such as the Russian State Historical Museum in Moscow, or a hydrofoil ride out to the stunning Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg. An overnight train to Novgorod, the birthplace of Russia, adds to the sense of adventure in this busy but rewarding itinerary.

Starting from: R20,907 per person sharing

The Inca Trail – 9 days

Offering an unrivalled combination of history and dramatic scenery, the ancient Inca Trail winds its way from the powerful Urubamba River, across mountain passes and through cloud forests, passing several crumbling fortresses before reaching the lost city of Machu Picchu. This itinerary is specifically designed to maximise the time spent at Machu Picchu with an early morning tour of the ruins, quieter at that hour before day trippers and other trekkers arrive. 

Starting from: R27,185 per person sharing

Please note: Rates are subject to availability and rate of exchange fluctuations.

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Don’t Let Coronavirus stop you from traveling!

Contributor: Sarah B

Over the last couple of months, the main topic to talk about seems to be the Coronavirus. We can’t escape it. Everywhere we go, we hear about it, whether it be on the news, radio, internet or through our worried friends and family, this has certainly caused a global crisis of concern.

Although this has caused a panic, especially with travelers, who are cancelling their travel plans due to the outbreak. It has prompted many airlines and suppliers to offer more flexible policies during the evolving global situation.

For example British Airways has allowed route changes in their policies, by giving you additional flexibility should you want to change your holiday bookings or meetings to a different destination. They have also extended their policy to allow cancellation of upcoming flights without change fees been incurred and in addition, receiving a voucher to use against a future BA flight which can be redeemed for travel within 12 months from the date of the first flight in the original booking.

If British Airways decides to cancel a flight, they provide an option to their passengers to either re-book or give a full refund. They have also included flexible re booking policies for customers who are traveling to Hong Kong and Italy who want to delay their travels to a later date.

For some tourists, traveling has created unintentional positive consequences. For instance many popular attractions and hot spots have become almost empty, creating less crowds and tourists experiencing a more peaceful and serene holiday.

We understand that this outbreak has caused a lot of uncertainty. But we do advise that if you have made bookings to coronavirus areas, that where possible, to rather postpone and not to cancel. For new bookings we advise you to look at new destinations – to travel differently. 
 

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Earth Wanderer Walking and Cycling Flyers for 2020

We would like to introduce our brand new Walking and Cycling flyers for 2020 which we will be distributing throughout the year. It includes more options from our ever popular Self Guided walking the Amalfi Coast to searching for the Lochness monster by bike and trekking along Annapurna in Nepal.

There’s something for every occasion..

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Responsible Travel Projects for 2020

Contributor: Sarah B

As another year begins we would like to thank all of our loyal customers for their support and for booking their adventure travel holidays with us. As a responsible travel operator we book trips through companies that adhere to responsible travel principals. This means that each Earth Wanderer tour that you book with us will give back to the region that it operates in in some way. Here are a few of the projects that our partners have planned for 2020:

2020 will see Wildlife Photographer and Exodus Tour Leader, Paul Goldstein, donning his famous tiger suit one last time to take on the London and Everest marathons in an awe-inspiring quest to raise £100,000 for tiger conservation work. If you fancy a challenge let us know and we can arrange for you to join him on Everest too.

Early next year a new scholarship programme will be launched for female porters on Kilimanjaro. Over the next 3 years Exodus’ ambition is to enable 30 women (many of them single parents with minimal household income) to train as mountain guides, significantly improving their employment opportunities in a traditionally male-dominated field.
There are also projects planned to protect ancient forest reserves and further projects to educate children in destination communities about the benefits of looking after their environment.  


Happy 2020!  May it be a good year!

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What’s New!

We offer almost 500 trips around the world but we are always discovering new destinations for you to enjoy. Here are some places you may have not thought about visiting.

Lapland Wilderness Week

This winter adventure takes us to the heart of Lapland, some 200 km above the Arctic Circle, where nature is raw and powerful and deep endless forests and mighty rivers dominate the landscape. We spend a week learning about the Sami culture and connecting with nature while trying a variety of activities including dogsledding, snowshoeing and forest skiing and enjoy the magical display of the Northern Lights.

From R35,600 per person sharing for 8 days

Ukraine Chernobyle and Kiev long weekend

This new comprehensive weekend-tour ventures deep into the heart of the abandoned Exclusion Zone, which seems to have remained frozen in time with eerily empty amusement parks, homes, hospitals and schools dotting the vast wasteland area. Our expert guide will lead us safely around the nuclear disaster site and the town of Pripyat, telling the story of how the disaster unfolded and the consequences it had on the people, villages and countries around.

From R15,420 per person for 4 days

Jordan and Israel Discovery

Step back in time and discover countries with the most amazing ancient and religious histories. The highlights are plentiful, from standing at the viewpoint atop Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have looked down over the promised land, exploring stunning rose-red Petra; sitting under the stars in Wadi Rum; to the cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

From R15,419 per person sharing for 11 days

Essential China

Visit China’s iconic sites and bring its fascinating history and culture to life! Head out of the city and step foot on one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall; here you’ll begin to comprehend the magnitude of this construction as it snakes across the mountains to the horizon and beyond.

From R30,660 per person sharing for 11 days

Highlights of Japan

This cultural highlights adventure is the ideal way to experience some of Japan’s most iconic cities and sites in just 8 days! Visit atmospheric Kyoto to delve into the heart of Japan’s cultural heritage, taste the amazing and diverse cuisine, uncover the beautiful Japanese nature and UNESCO world heritage sites of magical Nikko before discovering historic Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and Museum and captivating Miyajima. 

From R65,300 per person sharing for 8 days

A Taste of Cuba

Beginning and ending in the vibrant city of Havana, this trip visits four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one week. The Vinales Valley, Old Havana and the colourful colonial towns of Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Along the way discover Cuba’s fascinating history, learn how to dance Cuban salsa like a local and have a go at making the perfect mojito! 

From R25,712 per person sharing for 8 days

Costa Rica Adventure

Two weeks to fall in love with Costa Rica’s vibrant beauty from the Caribbean to the Pacific coast. Take in Tortuguero’s wildlife rich waterways, marvel at the rainforest on a night walk, hike amongst unique vegetation in Arenal Volcano National Park and visit the bubbling mud pools and hot springs of Rincon de la Vieja.

From R43,526 for person sharing for 15 days

Amazon Rainforest Cruise

Voyage into the world’s largest river basin, an unparalleled biological reservoir on this thrilling adventure along the mighty Amazon River in Peru. Come face to face with pink dolphins, playful monkeys, sleepy sloths, giant butterflies and a myriad of other rare creatures in the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve.

From R127,074 per person sharing for 9 days

Highlights of Romania

This tour starts in the vibrant city of Cluj Napoca (often referred to as Cluj) in Northen Romania. From here we head north to the Maramures region where century-old traditions are still part of daily life and wooden churches are scattered throughout the landscape.

From R26,701 per person sharing for 10 days

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A Taste of Adventure

Contributor: Sarah B

Exodus has recently released a recipe book showcasing some famous and traditional foods from all around the world. They were inspired to create a cookbook to bring back some of the adventure home to travellers.

Whether it be an Icelandic lamb soup from Europe, Iceland for those very cold days, to a Chicken shawarma, from the Middle East, an Nyama Choma(which is roasted goat meat and salad) from Tanzania or having a Mojito to celebrate with your friends and family, you are spoilt for choice!

There are over 300 dishes and 400 drink recipes to choose from all around the world but we decided to share one on the recipes for you to try at home!

Fish Amok – steam cooked fish curry from Cambodia

Cambodia has its own very clearly identifiable cuisine, and fish amok would likely be on any visitor’s hit list as one of the more popular dishes. It is very easy to find in local restaurants, from Malis to Romdeng to Khmer Surin to Knyay. Variations can be found with vegetarian and chicken options, but by far the most popular is the fish amok.

Ingredients:

2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped

3 gloves of garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 tsp turmeric

1 tbsp grated root ginger

2 stalks on lemon grass, coarse outer layers removed and soft inner core sliced

4 kaffir lime leaves

2 banana shallots, peeled and chopped

Juice of 1 lime

2 tsp shrimp paste

4 tbsp palm sugar or soft light brown sugar

1 tbsp oil

400g can of full fat coconut milk

2 banana leaves

500g fillet of firm white fish, such as haddock or cod, skinned and cut into 4 equal pieces

16 – 20 large raw prawns

2 kaffir lime leaves, sliced into very fine strips

1 red chilli, sliced

Method:

Put the chillies, garlic, turmeric, ginger, lemon grass, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice, shrimp paste and sugar into a small food processor or pestle and mortar and whizz or grind into a paste.

Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the paste and cook gently over a low heat, stirring frequently, until the paste smells fragrant. Reserve a little of the coconut milk for garnish and pour the rest into the a pan. Bring to a simmer then remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool for 15 minutes.

Cut each banana leaf in half to make four rectangles. Fold up the sides of the rectangles t make ‘dishes’, holding the sides in place with cocktail sticks.

Divide the fish and prawns equally between the banana-leaf dishes and spoon over the coconut paste. Lift carefully into a steamer, cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the fish and prawns are opaque.

Transfer to serving plates, remove the cocktail sticks and spoon over the reserved coconut milk. Served garnished with the strips of lime leaf and chilli slices. Accompany with steamed jasmine rice.

Trip Suggestions

Earth Wanderer December Specials 2019!

Don’t miss out! Book your December holiday with us on any one of our top selling December tours now!

Finnish Wilderness Week – 8 days


From: R28,200 per person sharing

Nile Cruise – 9 days

From: R16,500 per person sharing

Cycling Vietnam – 14 days

From: R26,240 per person sharing

The Inca Trail – 9 days

From: R23,320 per person sharing

Marrakech and the Sahara – 8 days

From: R10,680 per person sharing

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South Africa vs England Recipe!

Contributor: Sarah B

Last week was quite tense in South Africa with South Africa facing England in the Rugby World Cup final with South Africa finally winning with a 32 12 score. Our loyalties were tested at Earth Wanderer due to our shared South African and English heritage. In honour of the occasion we would like to share two quintessential beverages recipes from both side – a Springbok shooter for South Africa and a Pimms and Lemonade recipe for England.

Springbok shooter

Also known as a Springbokkie, meaning ‘little springbok’ in Afrikaans. Downing one of these eye- catching shooters before dinner is a popular way to start a special night out. The cocktail layers mirror the green and gold colors of the jerseys worn by the country’s national rugby team, the Springboks

Ingredients:

25ml crème de menthe

25ml Amarula cream liqueur

Method:

Pour the crème de menthe very slowly over the back of a teaspoon into a shot glass, holding the teaspoon upright.

Repeat with the Amarula so it settles in an even layer on top of the crème de menthe. Serve at once.

Springbok shooter

Classic Pimms and Lemonade

A Pimms and Lemonade drink is a must for a summers day in England. You will find this light alcoholic drink during many summer events such as weddings and sporting events, especially the Wimbledon Tennis tournament. Here is the recipe below for you to make as summer is approaches.

Ingredients:

  • Pimm’s No. 1
  • Carbonated lemonade (chilled)
  • Ice (to fill the jug)
  • Cucumber
  • Mint leaves
  • Orange slices
  • Strawberries (washed, hulled, and halved)

Method:

Gather the ingredients.

Take a pretty glass jug or drinking glass if you are making just one Pimms, and fill with ice.

Mix one part Pimm’s No. 1 with 3 parts chilled lemonade to fill either your jug or glass.

Now begins the creative part. Lightly crush the mint in your hand to release the scent, and add to the Pimms with the cucumber, orange and strawberry pieces in whatever proportions you like the best. The rule of thumb is 2 slices of cucumber to one of orange and strawberry, but you should make it how you want and the taste you prefer. 

Stir with a long-handled spoon and serve.

Pimms and Lemonade

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Adventure Travel Feature

Contributor: Sarah R

Earth Wanderer’s journalist Sarah Robertson’s adventure travel feature was recently published in Travel News Weekly on the growth travelers have for adventure holidays and thought we would share it with our readers.

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Dogsledding adventures in Finland

Contributor: Sarah B

We are almost half way through 2018 and I can already tell you what the highlight of the year is, one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life, dogsledding in Finland.

Although many tourist flock to the Nordic countries, such as Finland to mainly is the Northern Lights, there are many activities to do during the winter season, and the one I was most excited about was visiting the huskies and trying out dogsledding for the first time in my life.

On the second day of my Finnish Wilderness Week tour, I was definitely ready to experience this. I woke up early and went to the collect all the clothing I would need to wear for our dogsledding day. Myself and the rest of the Exodus group got on a bus and left Oulanka Basecamp onto Riisitunturi National Park, where all the huskies were waiting and where the fun would begin! After a short drive, we arrived at the kennels where all the huskies were running around, I was already getting excited. Once we got through the gates I was insanely launched at, receiving hugs, kisses and excited howls from my furry new friends… and who can resist those beautiful blue eyes… These dogs crawled into my heart to become my new favourite animal and also proved once again why dogs are just so much better than cats(no offense to all you cat lovers).

We were then met by the husky handlers who demonstrated how to handling the sleds with a few safety tips including how to use one foot to brake and both feet to stop completely. We were then told stories about the dogs while me enjoyed a lunch of warm soup in the hut. I started to get nervous and asked if people had fallen off the sleds before.  It didn’t help when they assured me that this happened all the time..

When I got to the sleds all the huskies were already tied up and starting to howl with excitement. My sled was pulled by six huskies and I gave them each a little met before climbing onto the back. The howls started getting louder until one of the leaders untied the rope and after a jolt we were off following the leader and the rest of our group on our sleds. It was a little scary but even more exhilarating. I slowly took my foot off the brake as I became more confident and enjoyed watching the huskies run. It wasn’t only great to watch them but also to be able to admire the natural beauty of the Riisitunturi National Park. l was truly in the wilderness, with everything covered in snow.. A once in a lifetime experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Dogsledding in Finland