The Intrepid Foundation has long supported the Animal Care in Egypt hospital on the outskirts of Luxor. Here they work hard to improve the lives of the working animals in Egypt and as Sue from ACE reports, recently spirits were high with the happy tale of Harry…
“Harry Habibi was left outside the ACE hospital, whilst two separate owners argued about who this baby donkey belonged to! With an uncertain future ahead for this little fellow, we admitted him to the hospital until the dispute was resolved. Neither party returned to collect Harry.
We managed to get Harry drinking milk from a bowl and he soon became quite a mischievous character – he would follow everyone around and generally had his nose in everywhere! It didn’t take long for ‘Harry-mania’ to begin and people were closely watching our blog and also emailing for updates on the infamous Harry Habibi!
It’s no coincidence that we commenced Intrepid Family adventures around the same time that our co-founders, Darrell Wade and Geoff Manchester, started travelling with their kids. Always eager to do what they love doing most – travelling – Geoff jumped at the chance to take his family to Egypt…
“Everyone in our family was enthusiastic about a trip to Egypt! Children often have a fascination with the region. They seem to go through a period of intense interest in dinosaurs and then turn to mummies and pyramids. Added to this is that they now study Egyptology in early school years. (So they know more than you do!)
At an emotional ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London, UK, last week Wanderlust magazine announced the winners of the third Paul Morrison Guide Awards and we are thrilled that the top GOLD accolade went to Intrepid’s Esam Abd El Salam!
Set up to recognise the difference that a great guide can make to travel experiences, a shortlist of eight was whittled down from a record entry of 170 nominated guides from around the world.
“Egypt is a country with some of the most highly regarded and experienced guides in the world and Esam has done incredibly well to stand out,” commented Lyn Hughes, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Wanderlust magazine.
The general consensus is that ancient Greek historians compiled the original list of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, and of that list the only surviving man-made wonders are the Pyramids of Egypt.
The Great Pyramids narrowly missed making the New 7 Wonders list, but now standing tall amongst the top 7 is Petra’s 42-metre-high Hellenistic temple facade. These wonders had been on the must-see list of Express reader Rachael Wellington for too long, so finally the opportunity arose to explore them firsthand…
“On a recent trip to the Middle East, I was able to visit to visit both the Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt and the remarkable Palace Tombs of Petra in Jordan – wonders of the world that had been on my to-do list for way too long!