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The Talking Drum: 2018 – Volume 3

Welcome to Volume 3 of our newsletter for 2018. In this edition, we have lots of travel stories to tell as well as features on some of our magnificent worldwide destinations. Read how you can voyage to the North Pole with Poseidon Expeditions, or cruise the Amazon River in absolute comfort on board the luxurious Aria with Aqua Expeditions.

Some gorgeous African lodges are showcased, including the new andBeyond Bateleur Camp in Kenya and Settler’s Drift Lodge in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape. We also have a page announcing an exciting new musical celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, and a special piece about this visionary, as July 18 this year marked the centenary of his birth.

Two new destinations are featured under the inaugural banner ‘Natural Focus Active’. These trips are for those of you who love more active adventures such as cycling and hiking, but with 5-star cuisine, exceptional service and boutique accommodation. See our new premium cycle tours of Europe (p33) which cater for both serious cyclists and non-cycling partners on the same trip.

Pages 34/35 cover our recent visit to Scotland, which included plenty of hiking across hills and glens, inspiring us to see more of this beautiful country. We feel it will fit in well with our cruises to Iceland and Greenland, so watch this space for a whole lot more land-based, active adventures!

For more information please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our travel specialists on 1300 363 302, or click here.

  • Introduction: Covers, introduction, contents, Drumbeat news and Conservation news.
  • Africa: Remembering Nelson Mandela, track through history at Sabi Sabi, discover the conservation success story of Kariega Game Reserve, captivating Kenya with Atua Enkop’s luxury camp collection, visit rebuilt andBeyond Bateleur Camp and read about some of our recent staff trips to incredible locations including Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Botswana.
  • India: Our two 2019 escorted small group tours – Tigers & Southern Delights and Taj, Temples & Tigers, a feature on Taj Hotels’ Taj Mahal Palace and Leela Palaces’ The Leela Palace Udaipur.
  • Canada & Alaska: All about Alaska and Alaskan Dream Cruises, the winter magic of Banff & Lake Louise, Farewell Harbour Lodge, seeing is believing with Rocky Mountaineer and explore the North Pole with Poseidon Expeditions.
  • South America: Vina Vik and luxurious Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, and sail the world’s greatest rivers with Aqua Expeditions.
  • Natural Focus Active: Discover our new premium cycle tours of Europe and our walking trips through the wilds of Scotland.
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The Talking Drum: 2018 – Volume 1

In this edition we share experiences from our recent journey to Kenya – a special trip that reminded us of safaris in the days when we first started this company. We also feature a voyage in the Galapagos Islands and expeditions to New Zealand’s remote Subantarctic Islands. Trains take luxury transport to the next level. Read about South Africa’s Blue Train and Canada’s wonderful Rocky Mountaineer. Prime locations, stylish accommodation, gourmet cuisine and exceptional guiding are all part of the travel experiences we offer. For more information contact our specialists on 1300 363 302, or click here.

  • Introduction: Cover, introduction, contents, Drumbeat news and Conservation news.
  • South America: Discover Chile’s stunning Patagonia and Atacama regions as well as Chiloe Island with Tierra Hotels, and find out more about cruising the Galapagos Islands.
  • India: Our 2018 Tigers & Southern Delights escorted small group tour, and a feature on the India experience: “Where nature and culture collide”.
  • Antarctica: Cruise the Sub-Antarctic Islands with with Heritage Expeditions.
  • Canada & Alaska: Explore Anchorage, Rocky Mountaineer luxury train journeys, grizzly bear viewing, experience Haida Gwaii and journey with VIA Rail and the Snow Train.
  • Africa: The paradise that is Mauritius, the new ultra-luxurious Mombo Camp in Botswana, Kenya’s Samburu and Masai Mara, the secrets of wild Zambia, and so many good reasons to visit South Africa.
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The Talking Drum: 2017 – Volume 3

The Talking Drum Magazine - 2017 Volume 3Africa emerged as one of the hottest continents to visit in 2017, with South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania leading the charge as the most popular safari destinations for travellers. At the same time some of our planet’s “coolest” places also proved to be in high demand, from wild Alaska with its grizzlies and whale-rich waterways to the pure, white landscapes of the High Arctic and Antarctica. Also in this edition you can cruise by small ship through the Galapagos Islands and journey by train through the Canadian Rockies or Ecuadorian Andes, or consider our two intimate escorted tours through India.

  • Introduction: Cover, introduction, contents, Drumbeat news and Conservation news.
  • Africa: The work of the Tikki Hywood Trust, Luxury in the Serengeti with Singita, Return to Kenya, Extraordinary Ethiopia, the acclaimed Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in South Africa, and Phina, a Wild Paradise.
  • India: Our 2018 Taj, Temples and Tigers and Tigers & Southern Delights escorted small group tour, and a feature on the beautiful textiles produced in India.
  • Canada & Alaska: UnCruise Adventures, Focus on Anchorage, Frontiers North Polar Bear Viewing and Rocky Mountaineer luxury train journeys.
  • South America: Exploring Ecuador on Tren Crucero luxury trains, Galapagos Islands cruises and discovering the Peruvian Amazon with Delfin cruises.
  • Antarctica & The Arctic: Antarctica with Aurora Expeditions, the amazing Sub-Antarctic Islands and East Antarctica and the highlights of Greenland.
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