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Walking

Not until you’ve followed in the footsteps of the great explorers and experienced the compelling excitement of getting out of your comfort zone that a walking safari delivers, can you really understand the true nature of our wilderness.

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There is nothing quite like the thrill of feeling your heart pound in your chest as you tiptoe your way through a hidden rainforest, listening to the calls from animals echoing all around you. From a vehicle you see the world gliding past you; on foot you feel, hear and smell the world for a much more visceral experience and it is the only way to understand the intricacies of our natural world.

Walking guides will let you in on the secrets of your surroundings, from teaching you how to track a leopard by identifying spoor and listening for tell-tale alarm calls, to explaining how to soothe insect bites with the juice of a sausage tree. With every step there is something new to learn, a new bird or animal to spot and a new unforgettable experience.

For the adventurous, tracking mountain gorilla in the rainforests of Rwanda or spending time with the chimpanzee families of remote Western Tanzania is a life-changing experience. Mountain enthusiasts will enjoy waking through the snowcapped peaks of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco or the Andes in Patagonia, or for those who prefer a challenge, the dizzying heights of Mounts Kilimanjaro and Kenya await.

With so many different habitats to explore, from open plains to sandy river banks, eerie mopane forests to swampy lagoons and arid deserts, no two outings will ever be the same, but we guarantee that you will remember every one.

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Where to stay for Walking

Pacuare Lodge

Tucked away in the middle of 840 acres of private reserve, Pacuare Lodge sits peacefully on the banks of the mighty Pacuare River. This remote lodge is best accessed (at least one way) via a half-day white water rafting ride passing stunning rainforests, narrow canyons, and waterfalls on every side.

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Lapa Rios Lodge

Lapa Rios sits within 1,000 acres of private tropical lowland rainforest. The lodge is perched on a cliff edge deep in the Osa Peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by swathes of lush rainforest.

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Estancia Huechahue

Estancia Huechahue is a 15,000 acre working ranch set in the foothills of the Andes, amid archetypal northern Patagonian landscapes. The estancia remains one of our favourite destinations for guests who are looking for a genuine Argentine experience of Patagonia in the hands of a team who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the region.

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Amankora Punakha Lodge

Reached via a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River, the Amankora Punakha Lodge incorporates a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former Je Khenpo (chief abbot of Bhutan).

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Arkaba

An ancient landscape moulded by millions of years of geological activity, the Flinders Ranges offers some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery. Arkaba’s 60,000 acre private conservancy is home to a wondrous variety of birds and wildlife and a remarkable conservation story.

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Awasi Patagonia

Awasi Patagonia gives its guests front row seats to one of the most stunning views in the country. Every cabin comes with your own private guide and 4WD vehicle. At the end of a day’s exploring, return to your private cabin for a soak in the hot tub, a glas of red wine by the fire and a hearty meal in the Relais & Chateaux restaurant.

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Bamurru Plains

Bamurru Plains is an extraordinary bush experience on the edge of Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. The coastal floodplains of northern Australia are home to prolific bird and wildlife (Australia’s answer to the Okavango Delta), whilst Kakadu and Arnhem Land are the heartland of the country’s indigenous culture.

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Caiman Ecological Refuge

The Caiman Ecological Refuge is a pioneering ecotourism enterprise in the Southern Pantanal. The reserve takes great pride in the research activities it carries out alongside partnerships with leading universities and scientists from across the world.

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Capella Lodge

Celebrated as the pinnacle of luxury on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge rests atop romantic Lovers Bay, at the foot of the imperious mountain twins rising dramatically above. An inspired architectural design welcomes spectacular views of the ocean, reef and mountains into the Lodge.

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Casa Galavanta

Casa Galavanta is a private wooden lodge nestled between dense rainforest and lush coffee fields in the heart of the Sierra Nevada.

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Ceylon Tea Trails

The world’s first tea bungalow resort, perched at an altitude of 1250 metres in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region, bordering the World Heritage Central Highlands.

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COMO Uma Paro

COMO Uma Paro, is an intimate, 29-room resort featuring the most exclusive private villas in Bhutan with an enviable location in the Paro Valley.

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Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel

Tucked into the foothills of this ancient Himalayan valley is one of the most peaceful retreats on earth. Every inch of Dwarika’s Resort has been carefully designed to provide a fully restorative and rejuvenating escape. 

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Emirates Wolgan Valley

Carefully sited between two National Parks and spread out at the foot of towering cliffs, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve. The main homestead offers distinctive dining, luxury facilities and stand-alone Timeless Spa.

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Estancia Cristina

Estancia Cristina is one of the finest and most remote locations in Patagonia. Only accessed by boat, the estancia is perched on the northwest shore of the Argentino Lake, deep in Los Glaciares National Park. This enviable position gives guests who stay here exclusive access to the Upsala Glacier, one of the most stunning viewpoints on the continent.

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Explora Rapa Nui

Surrounded by soft, grassy prairies and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Explora provides a warm and stylish base from which to explore this extraordinary island. Travellers who are lucky enough to visit Easter Island are rarely disappointed and Explora embellishes the experience to make it a truly memorable journey. 

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October 2020: Walking in Nepal with Nigel and Toby Warren

Celebrating Exceptional Travel’s ten year anniversary, Toby and Nigel Warren are joining forces for this special , one-off walking adventure into the heart of the Annapurna Mountains. The father and son team are deeply passionate about the country and Nigel is a fluent Nepali speaker; his knowledge of the country will help bring you closer to the many Nepali hill folk you will meet along the way.

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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Located in the Hawke’s Bay and set on 6,000 acres of dramatic coastline, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers offers spectacular views from every angle of the Pacific Ocean. The Lodge & Golf Course at Cape Kidnappers are set on a 6,000 acre sheep and cattle farm which encompasses land reminiscent of the American West, but plunges 800 feet into the sea.

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Flor Blanca

Flor Blanca is flanked by unspoiled tropical jungle and seven acres of world famous surf that rolls onto the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. The property is well known for its yoga and pilates lessons that are delivered by internationally trained instructors in a studio overlooking the jungle.

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Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is spectacularly located in the lush Mae Rim Valley just 30 minutes North of the city of Chiang Mai, set in 32 acres of extensively landscaped gardens and terraces which feature two small lakes, lily ponds, waterfalls and a working rice farm, complete with its own family of water buffalo.

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Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge has long been considered one of the top retreats in the world, with an extensive and continuous list of prestigious awards bearing testament to this. A rich landscape of lakes, forests, waterfalls and mountains forms a stunning backdrop to this iconic New Zealand retreat, which has been delivering extraordinary hospitality since 1924.

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John’s Camp

Mana Pools National Park is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River where you will find John’s Camp nestled amongst canopies of Trichelia and Mahogany trees. It is a truly natural wilderness and the only wild walking National Park in Africa.

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Kasbah du Toubkal

A magnificent mountain retreat spectacularly situated near the foot of Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa, Kasbah du Toubkal is only 40 miles from Marrakech but the peace and quiet and seclusion are so complete the city seems a million miles away.

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Kasbah Tamadot

Kasbah Tamadot was bought by Sir Richard Branson during preparations for one of his famous ballooning expeditions in the late 1990’s, and opened as a luxury boutique hotel in 2005. Kasbah Tamadot is a majestic retreat sumptuously decorated for decadent mountain luxury.

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Lyngen Lodge

In about 2.5 hours, this charming arctic lodge can be reached by a scenic land or ferry journey from Tromso. The lodge is perched on the banks of Lyngen Fjord and can accommodate up to 16 guests in eight small but tasteful bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms.

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Minaret Station

Minaret Station is New Zealand’s premium alpine experience providing guests the opportunity of exploring the wilderness of New Zealand’s South Island through many unique experiences including Heli-Adventures, Guided Fishing, Guided Hunting and Heli-Skiing. It is a 50,000 acre working high country farm.

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Mountain Lodges of Peru

Mountain Lodges of Peru offers a unique take on adventure travel to Machu Picchu. Cultural immersion, lodge-to-lodge journeying, exploration of breathtaking landscapes to experience the very best of the region in the hands of expert guides.

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Nihi Sumba

Nihi Sumba, formerly Nihiwatu, is a unique and intimate, luxury eco retreat, situated within 560 hectares and 2.5km of pristine beach on the little known and beautifully preserved Indonesian island of Sumba.

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Reserva do Ibitipoca

Reserva do Ibitipoca is a stunning hideaway in the rolling hills of Ibitipoca State Park amid swathes of Atlantic Rainforest that drape the Ibitipoca mountain
range and the Mantiqueira mountains.

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Sausage Tree Camp

Set in the most stunning location on the banks of the Zambezi River, Sausage Tree Camp really is in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park’s best game viewing area. The camp overlooks an expanse of narrow channels and low set reed islands teeming with game, with the magnificent Zambezi escarpment as the backdrop.

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Serian ‘The Original’

Serian perfectly captures the essence of its name: meaning ‘peaceful, calm, serene’ in the Masai language. Designed to be a retreat from the bustle of contemporary life, Serian offers a chance to experience untamed Africa in traditional tented splendour. 

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Shakti Himalaya

Shakti Himalaya is, perhaps, the most visionary, innovative, luxurious and exclusive Himalayan product in existence. For those who seek space, peace and natural beauty, Shakti offers a rare opportunity to discover compellingly beautiful and remote regions of India.

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Shipwreck Lodge

Located in the famous Skeleton Coast National Park Shipwreck Lodge is only 45 km from Möwe Bay this unique village of shipwreck-shaped chalets are nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean where the cold Benguela current provides guests with a refreshing breeze.

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Sosian

Located in the Laikipa region, Sosian is a working cattle ranch which thrives alongside wildlife and conservation practises. At the heart of the ranch stands Sosian Lodge an elegant yet informal retreat, offering a friendly home-from-home atmosphere.

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Taj Tashi

Discover a land of mythology and magic at Taj Tashi, nestled in the folds of the magnificent Thimphu Valley.

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Tau Pan Camp

Tau Pan is the first semi-permanent camp inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and offers truly incredible views from the elevated ridge of an ancient sand dune, an unusual experience in a land as flat as Botswana, and overlooks the famous Tau Pan – recognised for its stark beauty and remoteness.

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The Lindis

Nestled in the pristine Ahuriri Valley in New Zealand’s South Island, is The Lindis. A unique iconic luxury lodge has been created for guests to unwind and relax while taking in the surrounding idyllic setting.

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Zambezi Expeditions

The legendary Mana Pools is known for its wildlife rich flood plains and magnificent views of the Zambezi River. The river boasts some of Africa’s most amazing tiger fishing and adventure canoeing safaris, creating the perfect combination of beauty and fun and making this World Heritage site a must-visit national park.

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