Ten Top Trips for the Autumn half term

Because I’ve always wanted to…

Issue 27 / May 2017

Greetings,

A chilly spell in Spring is a great time to look ahead to a well-deserved break with the family in the Autumn half term.  I have a few interesting and very lateral suggestions for you, all less than two weeks long and with not too much jet lag involved!

So full steam ahead for the Laterallife Ten Top Trips for the Autumn 2017 half term, in no particular order except alphabetical …

 

Laterally yours,

Amazon and Andes

Walk the historic streets of old colonial Quito in Ecuador (top) and gaze up in wonder to the volcanoes of the Andes which surround it, ride horses on a hacienda in Otavalo, take a wooden boat down the Napo river in the Ecuadorian Amazon to Sacha Lodge to climb the canopy walk and see toucans and sloths high in the rainforest, or visit a parrot lick at dawn, then fly to the breathtaking Galapagos to follow in Darwin’s footsteps.

Brazilian beaches, wonderful waterfalls

Fly down to Rio for magnificent beaches and some of the best views in the world from the soaring statue of Christ the Redeemer, or Sugarloaf Mountain, take a helicopter to Reserva do Ibitipoca for some true outdoors adventure, be blown away by the most spectacular natural wonder in South America at Iguacu falls and wind up in Trancoso with its pretty Quadrado, white beaches and emerald seas up in Bahia state.

Desert, delta and Victoria Falls

Botswana, from the shimmering Makgadikgadi salt pans and desert zebra migration to its watery game-rich jewel, the Okavango Delta – go on safari in these two sharply contrasting regions before ending your journey at the mighty Victoria Falls.

Inspiration in India

Go wild with tigers in the Ranthambore National Park, marvel at the Mighty Mehrangarh fort towering over the Blue City of Jodhpur, wander the streets of old Cochin to see the charming but crumbling remains of colonial times on the tropical Malabar Coast, float down the backwaters of Kerala on a houseboat and end with a few days at the wonderful beach resort Neeleshwar Hermitage.

Marine magic in Mozambique

Roam Mozambique’s quaint Ibo Island on foot, marvel at the crumbling buildings and learn the shocking and fascinating history of this island, set sail on a classic dhow boat to explore the marine sanctuary of the Quirimbas archipelago, snorkel, kayak and fish for dinner before sleeping in simple tents on deserted islands under a thousand stars, and finish with some barefoot luxury on a private island where nothing is too much trouble.

Medinas and mountains in Morocco

Take a short flight to fascinating Fez and enjoy getting lost in the sprawling mediaeval medina, explore the lanes and alleyways of the blue and white walled and windy city of Essouira, ride camels in the palmeraie in mesmerizing Marrakech, relax in the breathtaking Atlas Mountains staying at the sublime Kasbah Bab Ourika in the red, rocky foothills.

Overland through the Omani desert

Go on an adventure to Salalah and The Empty Quarter to discover the Frankincense Trail and ancient Shisr, follow the scenic coast from Salalah to Hasik, camp in the wilderness, explore the Empty Quarter’s magnificent desert scenery, drive the stunning rocky Mountains of the Moon, walk through Salalah’s coconut plantations then relax in style on a beautiful white sand beach by the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Safari and sun

Take a safari trip with a difference on the banks of the mighty Zambezi in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park, or across the river in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, travel by 4×4 cruiser, motorboat, canoe or using your own two feet, try and catch a tiger (fish!) out on the river, witness some of the best sunsets in Africa, and, for some R&R post safari look no further than the beaches of Lake Malawi staying at Kaya Mawa lodge.

Tantalising Tanzania

Start with a safari to see elephants, hippos, buffalo and lions at Siwandu Camp on the palm-fringed shores of Lake Nzerakera, pop over to intriguing and atmospheric old Stone Town in Zanzibar and finish off at funky Fundu Lagoon on nearby Pemba Island for some sun, sand, scuba, snorkelling and fishing.

Zip wire in Zimbabwe

Visit Victoria Falls and heli flip above, zip wire across or white water raft below one of the natural wonders of the world, safari in Hwange National Park, track down the big cats with your expert guide and see elephants, and an abundance of wildlife congregate around the waterholes as the dry season draws to a close, cruise gently along the shores of Lake Kariba, spot hippo, buffalo and bird life whilst trying your hand at fishing.

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