Dozing to the sounds of the sacred river lapping against your boat and seeing the city of Varanasi coming into view are just some of the incredible real life experiences that you can expect on India’s River Ganges. Kate Gates found her journey so extraordinary that she had to ask herself, was it real or an amazing dream…
“I sank back onto the cushions covering the floor of our little boat as we slipped off down the Ganges. We heard only faint watery sounds and the occasional distant cow or village bell breaking the silence.
The Intrepid Foundation has now raised over AU$15,000 for Plan International’s East Africa Drought Appeal. Can you help us make it to AU$20,000?
You’ll be surprised what a difference your donation will make:
$20 will give a clean water kit – soap, bucket and water purification tablets for a family of 5 for a month.
$40 will provide clean water for 175 people for a day.
$75 will feed a family of 6 for two weeks.
$150 will provide high calorie food for 300 children suffering from severe malnutrition.
$280 will pay for a health kit for a clinic to support 150 people for three months.
It’s over 10 years now since Intrepid began exploring the possibilities of taking travellers to a free independent Timor-Leste (East Timor). Since those early days, Intrepid and The Intrepid Foundation are both very proud to have been associated with The Alola Foundation and their important work with the women and children of this new nation.
The Alola Foundation was established in 2001 by Kirsty Sword Gusmão to raise awareness about sexual and gender-based violence in Timor-Leste and to advocate women’s rights. Alola’s establishment followed a 24-year period of foreign occupation that served to exacerbate women’s vulnerability and exclusion. Women and girls in Timor continue to experience discrimination that prevents them from fully enjoying their rights and limits access to education, health, economic and political participation, and decision-making. But there have been many positive gains, of which Alola’s work has been a huge contributor…
Many travellers journey to Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains for adventure. The terrain is custom-made for hiking and mountain biking, while the panoramic landscapes provide a brilliant backdrop for photography. But on a recent visit to Morocco, Intrepid’s Jo Stewart discovered that one of her favourite High Atlas real life experiences was the food…
“Being exposed to good home cooking is one of the advantages of staying with a local family. I was treated to homemade pastries smothered in locally-sourced honey, just-baked bread complimented by freshly-churned butter, preserved olives, juicy cherries straight from the front yard and zesty oranges dusted with cinnamon.
Meeting the proud Maasai people and learning more about their traditional village life in Kenya was all part of the amazing Africa experience for Intrepid’s Dyan Mckie…
“I can understand why most travellers are inspired to visit Africa to see the unbelievable animals. I too was extremely excited to see white and black rhinos, giraffes running across the road and a Masai Mara lion, who decided to check us out from only two feet away. Plus I will never forget the cheetah who stalked a gazelle, but made a last-minute decision to leave it alone only yards from our 4WD! The animals are primarily why people go to Africa, but with some surprise, my Africa journey was more about the people.
Founded in 2005 to celebrate 100 years of making movies, the China National Film Museum is a fascinating way to step back in time in Beijing. Intrepid’s Bob Golodets gives you tips to enjoy the world’s largest professional film museum…
“This museum is entertainment for anyone who enjoys going to the movies. It’s a real house of cinema and well worth a visit, even though it will take you some effort to get there. It’s reminiscent of a shopping mall in Russia: built outside the border of the city where the taxes are lower and similar in size. There is a huge reception hall, plus kiosks selling magazines and souvenirs, the cinema ticket office and more than 20 big halls displaying a collection of over 1500 films and 4300 still images from works of 450 filmmakers!
We know that without museums we risk losing vital information about the culture, traditions and lifestyles of our ancestors. This is especially true in places like Peru, where Silvia Rodrigues discovered that natural history museums are piecing together the lives of those who no longer have a voice…
“Included in the many highlights of my Intrepid Peru trip were visits to the obscure museums that you find around the country. Fascinating keepers of precious artefacts of Inca and pre-Inca cultures, such as the Paracas, Tiwanaku and Nazcas.
In Japan you’ll find an anime museum dedicated to the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, and there’s even a museum that celebrates the invention of the two-minute-noodle. Tracking down these hidden gems is all part of the fun and Aaron Dodson enjoyed toying around in another Tokyo museum…
“Ueno Park is famous for many world-class museums, but it was the small Shitamachi Museum that proved the most interesting and fun for everyone in our Intrepid group. Shitamachi was the traditional downtown area of Tokyo, but this changed with the rebuilding of the city following the end of the Second World War. In an attempt to preserve some of the spirit of the bygone era, this small museum was created by a few dedicated locals.
As part of the third year of the ‘Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People’ campaign, Intrepid Travel, Child Wise and The Body Shop ran a competition to help protect the children of Cambodia from travelling sex offenders. The winner was the person who came up with the best idea for a Child Wise billboard in Phnom Penh.
Congratulations to Isobel Shearman for her winning entry:
“Have you packed your Moral Compass? It doesn’t matter where you are – child sex trafficking is wrong.”
We are thrilled to announce that Intrepid’s Bruno Dawsan has been heralded as the world’s greatest tour leader at the 2011 Wanderlust World Guide Awards!
Last year’s Bronze Award winner, this year Bruno won Gold after receiving even more support, with heartwarming and impassioned testimonials from travellers who told of rescuing people from a fire and helping to make a marriage proposal special. Born into a Tamil tea-picking family, he has become a true “cultural ambassador for his country.”