What’s not to love about a hike or long distance walk? It’s an adventure, a chance to experience a new culture and better still, an opportunity to totally immerse yourself in a new country. Europe is home to many of the world’s great walks, and for some of them just one more footstep can take you across a border and into a new land - eat pasta for dinner in Italy at night, and the following morning breakfast on croissants and jam in France. Hiking can take you through knee-high pastures at the foothills of the Alps, through the cobbled lanes of Spain, or past the chiming Church bells of an Italian village. The experts at Adventure Travel have selected six of the best walks in Europe; some of them better known, and some off the beaten track.
Last year, Adventure Travel sent more than 1200 keen travellers to more than 80 different countries. Our clients boarded planes, trains, buses and boats – keen for adventure, new experiences, different cultures, weird and wonderful food – and wildlife experiences.
Viewing exotic and rare animals in the beauty of their habitat is a big draw card for Adventure Travel clients – and who wouldn’t want to trek into the Simien Mountains in the Ethiopian Plateau and view hundreds of rare gelada or bleeding-heart baboons? Take a bone-shaking journey by truck deep into the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania to see hippos, lions, and rhino drinking from the same water hole? Crawl on your hands and knees across the sand on the Galapagos Islands to see the strange and exotic 30-foot long marine iguana and 100-year old giant tortoises? Or take a boat ride down the Amazon River in South America to get a rare glimpse of the boto, or pink river dolphin?
Australia may not be first destination that springs to mind when you’re brain storming your next Adventure Travel trip, but think again. There’s far more to our Antipodean neighbour than the Gold Coast, a cold beer at The Rocks and walking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Last year a record number of 2.9 million New Zealanders travelled overseas, and the number one destination was Australia.
Adventure Travel expert Sam Eves has just returned from a safari through the Madikwe Game Reserve, a hidden-gem that is the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. The conservation area in the north west province bordering Botswana is home to a variety of exotic wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos, plus endangered wild dogs. South African-born Sam has spent more than a decade living in New Zealand, but returning to her homeland was special this time because she took her Kiwi husband for the first time.
Fancy going to an obscure country where few travellers have been before you? Our travel consultants have traversed all seven continents and love nothing more than using their expertise to send intrepid adventurers off the tourist trail and into the farthest corners of the earth.
Where ever you dream of going in the world, Adventure Travel can get you there. Here are ten of the least visited countries in the world.