We had the pleasure of chatting to Cynthia Covell, who has travelled on seven tours with us in the past:
I saw that Encounters Travel was advertising on Living Social and that they had a Garden Route Tour of South Africa that peaked my interest.
Yes and this is a good thing since the exposure to different cultures broadened my horizons regarding acceptance and tolerance of others.
Prior to these travels, I mostly had experiences with American and Mexican cultures.
I advise training.
I practiced trekking the face of a downhill ski hill several times everyday. This practice strengthened my body to especially my legs for ascending and descending hills and rock formations.
I am planning to return once COVID-19 is under control and people are vaccinated. I'm interested in travelling to Namibia and Botswana next.
To experience the different African cultures and ways of life; how they live each day of their lives.
Just reading a book does not provide a real life experience that living with the local people does.
The Great Wildebeest Migration, female lions teaching their cubs to hunt a baby water buffalo (while being protected by the adult water buffalo) and the acceptance of one herd of elephants with that of another.
That it is a hostile and unsafe environment for humans. It is quite the opposite since the tour guides are experienced and are interested in your protection from harm of the wildlife.
Our tour was charged by a mother rhino and mother elephant that were trying to protect their young. While the experience was frightening, I also felt safe.
Masai Mara since it had more abundant species than the Serengeti. Although the Serengeti was a close second as my favorite.
Yes since I was able to experience Apartheid with townships still attached to the city. Also, the city itself is very cosmopolitan and a fun place to visit. I enjoyed the restaurants and night life.
As an American, retiring to South Africa is very appealing due to the cost of living and availability of good, especially the South African wines.
Abu Simbel and other chiseled rock statures. I loved the city of Luxor even more so than Cairo.
I fell in love with trekking with Annapurna and knew that after that experience that I could tackle Mt. Everest Base Camp.
I am also in love with the cities of Kathmandu and Pokara and plan to visit them once again. Trekking in the Mustang region is also on my bucket list.
The day to day challenge of trekking and experiencing the Sherpa Mountain people's way of life and culture. Everest is very harsh and the people of the region have adapted well.
Yes and no since the tour guides spoke English. Communicating with the people on my own was somewhat difficult but alot of language barriers are broken when using one's hands and eyes as communication.
I would be in India on a tiger safari.
Do not have any expectations at all. It is best to let the experience, cultures, people's ways of life, wildlife, etc. form a new you. One that is wiser than any written words.
This comprehensive tour takes you on a journey across one of the most spectacularly beautiful countries in the world. Amazing mountain scenery mixed with lush, wildlife rich jungles, ancient hilltop villages & bustling Kathmandu.
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