The Talking Drum

‘The Talking Drum’, our twice-yearly magazines are designed to keep our clients up to date with all of the latest developments relating to our products and destinations.

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The Talking Drum: 2019 – Volume 2

Welcome to Volume 2 of our Newsletter for 2019. In this edition we look back at some of our team’s recent adventures to some of our sensational destinations, including Botswana and Kenya. We also feature some truly special properties and cruises from all around the globe, such as South Africa’s Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and a new luxury cruise that ventures into the pristine Indonesian Archipelago.
A major focus in this newsletter is Africa. We showcase wildlife-rich Sabi Sabi in South Africa, tantalizing Tanzania and an interview with CEO Steve Cameron on the future of the Serengeti National Park. Sri Lanka and the outstanding Resplendent Ceylon properties are also showcased, along with insights from one of our destination specialists, Jess Hamilton, who recently returned from the ‘tear drop’ island paradise.
Antarctica remains an increasingly popular destination and we feature a special air cruise with Quark Expeditions, leaders in polar travel for decades. Their ‘Fly the Drake’ itinerary departs from Punta Arenas in Chile by air to King George Island where the cruise commences. This avoids the potentially rough two or more days crossing of the Drake Passage.
We also focus on some of Canada and Alaska’s wilderness lodges that offer a diverse and exclusive experience. Katmai Wilderness Lodge has sensational brown bear viewing whilst Spirit Bear Lodge is home to the unique Spirit Bear, a white subspecies of the black bear. A double-page feature on the remote Northwest Territories highlights the thrilling northern lights experience at Blachford Lake Lodge and introduces the unique opportunity to travel alongside Canada’s caribou migration by snowmobile.

We hope this newsletter will inspire you to travel to our wilderness destinations in the future.

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

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The Talking Drum: 2019 – Volume 1

In this edition we have a number of wonderful travel experiences to share from both staff and clients, and look to showcase a range of new awe-inspiring destinations. To coincide with the release of the South America brochure, the spotlight is once more on this diverse continent. The unique properties of Tierra Hotels are featured, as is the breathtaking Iguazú Falls. If Patagonia has ever been on your radar, read about our new Puma tracking tour (pg 14-15) – a 6 day luxury adventure exploring the magnificent Torres Del Paine National Park in search of this elusive cat.

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: Kenya’s Greatest Masai Mara Photographer of the Year Exhibition, Egypt re-discovered and the treasures of the Nile, A lifetime of Safaris with Origins, read about some of our staff travels to Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa and travel with a purpose with Wilderness Safaris.
  • Antarctic & the Arctic: Read about the one-off Four Arctic Islands cruise visiting Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland, and the fantastic Antarctic ‘Crossing the Circle’ expedition.
  • Canada & Alaska: Journey the world with UnCruise, read about Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, marvel at the Northern Lights in the Yukon, experience Churchill with Via Rail and follow the polar bear migration on a unique tour in the Arctic tundra.
  • India & Sri Lanka: Read about our fantastic 2020 escorted small group tour – Taj, Temples & Tigers and a feature looking at Resplendent Ceylon’s three luxury properties in Sri Lanka.
  • South America: Featured are some of Tierra Hotel’s exclusive properties, the fascinating history of the Iguazù Falls, an interview with past clients about searching for jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal, and hear from some of our staff about their recent trips to the renowned Galapagos Islands and stunning Los Glaciares National Park in southern Argentina.
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The Talking Drum: 2018 – Volume 3

The Talking Drum Magazine - 2018 Volume 3

In this edition, we feature a voyage to the North Pole with Poseidon Expeditions and an Amazon River cruise aboard the luxurious Aria with Aqua Expeditions. We also feature some gorgeous African lodges including andBeyond Bateleur Camp in Kenya and Settler’s Drift Lodge in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape. 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. For more information contact our specialists on 1300 363 302.

  • 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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