Letting the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta wash over you as you quietly traverse the waterways in a dugout canoe is an extraordinary real life experience that Pat Venning won’t forget anytime soon…
“No, it’s geographically impossible – a river that never reaches the sea! Now I’m gazing down at exactly that as I glide down to land in the middle of the Moremi National Park in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This is the earth’s largest inland delta, a labyrinth of channels, lagoons, swamps and wooded islands that sustain an exotic melange of wildlife as it empties into the dry yellow sands of the Kalahari Desert.
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.