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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker October 19th, 2020

QUIZ: How much do you know about Egypt?


Do you know your pyramids and pharoahs? Test your knowledge about Egypt in this interesting quiz.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse April 7th, 2020

Lockdown chat with Mariah - Travel consultant at Encounters Travel


We chat to Mariah Alves, a travel consultant here at Encounters Travel, who shares her lock-down experience and which travel destination she misses the most.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia February 10th, 2020

Top 10 things to do in Kathmandu


Kathmandu is the chaotic, vibrant capital city of Nepal. This is our pick of the best attractions in and around the city. 

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia February 4th, 2010

Best destinations to visit in March


March is a transitional period in many countries, a bridge between summer and winter. We've picked the best destinations to travel to during March. 

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia January 28th, 2020

Recommended Tours: February 2020


At Encounters Travel, we bring the world to you. We offer tours in 38 different countries, from the most famous and popular destinations, to the lesser-known, hidden gems. These are some of our best tours to be experienced during the month of February. 

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker January 13th, 2020

2020's Best adventure travel destinations


To help fuel your wanderlust, we tapped into 2020’s best adventure travel destinations – ranging from epic Nepal to the Rainbow Nation of South Africa, dreamy Morocco, and more.

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Michaila Knauff By: Michaila Knauff January 10th, 2020

10 Reasons why you should explore the Garden Route


Thinking about planning a trip to South Africa? Here's 10 reasons why the Garden Route should be part of the conversation.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia December 27th, 2019

Jordan’s Major Attractions: 5 Things You Simply Must See


Jordan is one of the most intriguing destinations to visit in the Middle East. Rich with historical significance and natural splendour, it offers numerous exciting attractions.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia December 26th, 2019

10 Reasons Why You Have to Visit Egypt in 2020


Egypt: mysterious, renowned, unforgettable. The land of ancient civilisations, kings and queens, and centuries of history awaits you in 2020. 

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Michaila Knauff By: Michaila Knauff December 25th, 2019

Egypt's Major Attractions: Five things you must see


Find the best places to visit with our list of the top 5 things you simply have to see during your Egypt tour.

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker November 11th, 2019

Top five temples in Cambodia


Planning a trip to Cambodia? Here is a checklist of five temples you just cannot miss.

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker November 8th, 2019

Top five temples in Vietnam


Planning on exploring Vietnam? Here are the top five temples to visit in this historic country.

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker November 5th, 2019

Egypt beyond the pyramids: 10 things to see and do


Egypt is much more than just its famous pyramids! In this article, we dissect what this beautiful country has to offer.

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker October 24th, 2019

5 Temples to visit in Egypt


Egypt is a country rich in history, giving travellers the opportunity to travel back in time. Here are the top 5 temples to visit in Egypt. 

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse October 17th, 2019

Egypt’s best felucca experience


Want to know what its like to spend the night floating away on the Nile River in Egypt? If you're planning on booking a tour with us, you can find out!

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker October 11th, 2019

Five of the best things to do in Hurghada


Spending time at the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada is a massive highlight of our Egypt tours. This helpful guide will give you some insight into what you can do here.

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker October 11th, 2019

Five of the best festivals to experience in Egypt


Along with Egypt's rich ancient history, comes great traditions and festivities. Here are five of the best festivals to experience in Egypt.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse October 10th, 2019

Four reasons why you should visit Luxor


Thinking about going on an Egypt tour? Here are four reasons why a visit to Luxor should be right at the top of your list.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse October 8th, 2019

Five interesting facts about the Nile River


Flowing for over 6,600 kilometers, the Nile River is considered to be one of the longest rivers on the planet. During an Egypt tour, you'll get to spend a night on this historical body of water.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse October 7th, 2019

Five countries to visit before you die


Exploring the entire planet may not be possible for some of us, thats why we've nailed down five countries to visit before you die.

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Kelly-Anne Ellis By: Kelly-Anne Ellis October 2nd, 2019

Bucket-list activities to try on an Egypt tour


An Egypt tour offers so many memorable moments which will stay with you for a lifetime. Here are four bucket-list activities that you simply have to try.

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Kelly-Anne Ellis By: Kelly-Anne Ellis September 17th, 2019

Quick facts that will make you want to explore Africa


Thinking about travelling to Africa to experience its wild beauty? Here's some inspiration just for you.

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker January 6th, 2020

Five photos that will make you want to travel to India


There are very few places in the world that can carve a deep, lasting impression on a traveller – India is one of these places.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia January 7th, 2020

10 Things Not to Miss in India


Thinking about travelling to India? Here are 10 things not to miss on your India tour.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia September 13th, 2019

A checklist for every sight you have to see in the Maldives


The Maldives is truly a slice of heaven on earth. From sparkling blue waters to infinite beaches, from colourful coral reef palaces to vibrant local culture, the Maldives offers the chance for a coastal holiday that is relaxing, thrilling, and fulfilling all at once.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia August 21st, 2019

2019’s Best Honeymoon Destinations


Every couple wants a fairy-tale honeymoon that they'll remember forever. Beautiful landscapes, enchanting settings, exciting activities, lots of romance... At Encounters Travel, we know just where to find all of this- and more. We've picked our top 5 destinations for that perfect honeymoon experience.

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker July 29th, 2019

Five must-see attractions in the Balkans


Visiting the Balkans you will have a chance to witness outstanding architecture, mountain peaks, flowing rivers and lakes – the ideal destination for every avid adventurous traveller. 

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Tara Jenneker By: Tara Jenneker August 22nd, 2019

10 Interesting Facts About Casablanca


Located on Morocco's Atlantic coast, Casablanca is where young Moroccans go to seek their fortunes, where business and creative industries prosper - it is the best representation of a modern nation.

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Shamsa Bulbulia By: Shamsa Bulbulia September 3rd, 2019

5 Must-Have Experiences in Morocco


Experience unforgettable adventures in Morocco. These are our picks for the 5 must-have experiences in this magical country.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse April 15th, 2018

5 Reasons why Morocco should be your next travel destination


Situated at the foothills of the towering Atlas Mountains and along the northern edge of the Sahara Desert - Morocco boasts a multitude of cultures.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse March 27th, 2018

10 reasons why you should visit Egypt in 2018


Blessed with an abundance of ancient historical sites – here are 10 reasons why you should visit Egypt in 2018.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse October 23rd, 2017

Egypt to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abu Simbel’s discovery


To mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Abu Simbel, Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities is set to host a big celebration.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse September 21st, 2017

Experience our brand new Incredible India tour LIVE on Facebook!


From Saturday 23 September 2017, we'll be showing off our new Incredible India tour with a series of Facebook Live Broadcasts.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse August 30th, 2017

Everything you need to know about the Abu Simbel Sun Festival


Want to see the Abu Simbel Sun Festival in Egypt? This handy guide will provide you with everything you need to know about this unique event.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse July 23rd, 2017

5 Things not to miss in Egypt


If you're going on a Egypt tour, you'll want to make sure you get in as much sight-seeing as you possibly can.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse July 19th, 2017

Egypt – in 14 photos


Thinking about planning a holiday to Egypt but need some travel inspiration? We scoured Instagram to find some of the best snaps of Egypt’s top attractions.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse July 12th, 2017

Interested in joining one of our travel photography tours?


Our travel photography tours are extremely popular, that's why we're giving you the opportunity to register.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse June 29th, 2017

Best time to visit Nepal


Nestled between India and Tibet, Nepal is commonly referred to as the 'roof of the world' as it's the highest country on the planet.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse June 15th, 2017

Best time to visit Jordan


Undoubtedly one of the jewels in the Middle Eastern crown, Jordan is steeped in history.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 23rd, 2017

QUIZ: How well do you know Morocco?


Test your knowledge of Morocco with this challenging quiz.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 22nd, 2017

Best time to visit Botswana


If you're looking for an authentic African safari experience, then Botswana should be right at the top of your travel wish list.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 17th, 2017

Best time to visit Morocco


Morocco is right on the doorstep of Europe. In fact, it's so close that you could hop on an hour-long ferry ride from Spain and you'll reach the Moroccan shoreline.

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 14th, 2017

QUIZ: How well do you know Egypt?


Consider yourself a boffin on all things Egyptian? Put your knowledge to the test in this quick quiz!

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Jarred Manasse By: Jarred Manasse May 14th, 2017

Best time to visit Egypt


Thinking about planning a holiday to Egypt? One of the very first questions you might have is knowing when is the best time to visit.

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Sharon Bentley By: Sharon Bentley March 23rd, 2017

The Great Pyramid of Giza


The Great Pyramid of Khufu in Giza is the oldest structure in existence and is so advanced, even using modern technology, it can't be duplicated today.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 5th, 2017

Pushkar Camel Fair


One of India's most famous travel experiences, the Pushkar Camel Fair, is held in October or November each year during the Kartik Purnima full moon.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 29th, 2016

Climbing Mount Toubkal


From Marrakech it’s a just an hour or so drive to the Berber mountain village of Imlil, which is situated in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and surrounded by wonderful mountains views.

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Will Maddicott By: Will Maddicott November 9th, 2016

A Miracle in Nepal


We sit on the banks of the Bagmati River. A monkey picks at some discarded orange peel. A bell tolls and an acrid mist of smoke drifts across the river from the burning Ghats on the opposite bank.

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Sharon Bentley By: Sharon Bentley November 8th, 2016

Vietnam New Year – ‘Tet’


Tet Nguyen Dan is the Vietnam Lunar New Year, which marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring and is one of the highlights of the Vietnamese calendar; bringing with it days of traditions and celebrations.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 24th, 2016

Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Situated in the crater highlands of Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is an UNESCO world heritage site that covers 8,292 km2 and includes important sites such as the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin October 5th, 2016

Primates in Uganda


Uganda could be considered a ‘Primate Trackers’ paradise as it is home to 13 different species of diurnal and 6 kinds of nocturnal primate. They can be found in many of the parks throughout Uganda.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin October 4th, 2016

A brief history of Turkey


Turkey has a long a varied history which dates back as far as 50,000 years where evidence of habitation can be found within a cave at Karain, north of modern day Antalya.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin October 2nd, 2016

Queen Elizabeth National Park


The National Park covers an area of approximately 1978km² and was named after Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her visit in 1954.

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Kirsty Blakeley By: Kirsty Blakeley September 29th, 2016

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum


H? Chí Minh was born in 1890 and was the prime minister (1946–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the North of Vietnam. He was the Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader.

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Kirsty Blakeley By: Kirsty Blakeley September 7th, 2016

Phu Quoc Island


Phu Quoc Island is a 46km long pear-shaped island located off the south coast of Cambodia and to the south west of Vietnam. Although known as Vietnamese, it is also claimed by Cambodia, who calls it Kho Tral.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin August 17th, 2016

Kenya National Parks


Kenya’s Game Reserves and National Parks are some of the best safari parks in the world. An essential part of any holiday to Kenya, game safaris are an unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss.

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Kirsty Blakeley By: Kirsty Blakeley August 17th, 2016

Halong Bay Junk Boats


We have carefully selected a range of different junk boats to use on Halong Bay. Details of our favourites are given below.

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Andy Whitehead By: Andy Whitehead July 3rd, 2016

Sigiriya – palace in the sky


Also known as ‘Lion Mountain’, the imposing rock fortress of Sigiriya rises 200 metres over the surrounding plains and is one of Sri Lanka’s most awe-inspiring archaeological sites and a leading tourist attraction.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin June 26th, 2016

Tanzania National Parks


Tanzania has more land dedicated to national parks and reserves than any other wildlife destination in the world. From rolling grassland, unspoilt coral reefs, these national treasures are all protected by law.

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Will Maddicott By: Will Maddicott June 23rd, 2016

Highlights of Tibet


Tibet is a fascinating and culturally rich holiday destination, which attracts numerous visitors every year. 

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Andy Whitehead By: Andy Whitehead June 23rd, 2016

Kerala – Boats & Backwaters


Famed for its diversity and beauty, Kerala is one of the most charming and captivating regions in India, and is often described as ‘God’s own country’.

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Sharon Bentley By: Sharon Bentley June 23rd, 2016

The Dahabiya


Re-capture the by-gone era of the Nile. Royalty, British Aristocrats and Celebrities alike, cruised the Nile by Dahabiya during the British Colonisation of Egypt, which lasted from 1882 until 1952.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 22nd, 2016

Alms giving in Luang Prabang, Laos


Luang Prabang is an UNESCO World Heritage city, but also a small Laos town trying desperately to hold onto its traditional culture within a developing region.

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Jason Pepe By: Jason Pepe May 10th, 2016

Twelve Essentials For Everest Base Camp Treks


So much has been written about Everest Base Camp Treks that it is hard to provide some original thinking on the topic. But, this did not stop me from trying.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 17th, 2016

Wildlife of the Arctic


Overview of the diverse and unique wildlife of the Arctic from polar bears to humpback whale, to walrus and arctic fox.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 11th, 2016

Wildlife of Antarctica


The Antarctic continent is surrounded by a boundless and inhospitable ocean, which in itself takes several days to cross by ship.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 25th, 2016

20 Most Surprising Things about Egypt


Booking a journey to an iconic location, like Egypt, can be an interesting process to say the least. 

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 1st, 2016

Places to Visit in Turkey


One of the leading tourism destinations in the world, Turkey effortlessly combines the old and the new perfectly – the country boasts stunning scenery, a rich history and diverse landscapes.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 1st, 2016

Places to Visit in Nepal


From tropical forests to snow-capped mountains, this beautiful country is as famed for its welcoming people and friendly hospitality as it is for its incredible scenery and wildlife.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 29th, 2015

Things to do in Jordan


Jordan is a fascinating country to visit. A hugely significant country in many religions and cultures, it has a rich history for you to explore and some wonderful places to visit.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 8th, 2015

Egypt Tourist Attractions


Guide to attractions you can see on an Encounters Travel tour of Egypt, including the Pyramids, Sphinx, Luxor and a felucca cruise along the Nile.

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Ruth Johnston By: Ruth Johnston April 29th, 2015

Why Egypt is safe for single ladies


For years I have dreamed of vacationing in Egypt, and I decided now was the time.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders July 9th, 2014

Overview of Turkey


One of the leading tourism destinations in the world, Turkey is a land of contradictions and diversity and effortlessly combines the old and the new.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders July 6th, 2014

Dahab beach resort, Egypt


For those wanting something a little more off the beaten track - there is Dahab.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 5th, 2014

A Taste of the Maldives


The sun dipped down below the horizon and the beautiful white sand turned a golden yellow. This was the picture-perfect start to my Maldives trip with Encounters Travel.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders March 12th, 2014

Trekking in Nepal


Nepal offers some of the best trekking to be found anywhere in the world.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders January 20th, 2014

The Colours of Morocco


Morocco was always one of those exotic destinations that I had dreamed about but never thought I'd get the chance to visit.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders September 26th, 2013

Finding Magic in Morocco


I was nervous about meeting new people and traveling to Morocco - a country I considered to bit an exotic location.

 

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin September 2nd, 2013

Trekking in Thailand


Whilst travelling in Thailand at the beginning of 2010, I took part in our two-night trekking tour and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders August 28th, 2013

The Sahara


The Sahara, or the 'Greatest' Desert, as the locals call it, conjures up images of scorpions, snakes, oases and vultures.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders June 10th, 2013

Egypt: Smooth sailing


We glide listlessly aside from a gentle about-turn each time we approach the river.

 

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders April 20th, 2013

A view from the top


Have you ever wanted to climb Everest or see what the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro looks like? Well, Google Street View is now making that possible.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders April 10th, 2013

Uganda’s mountain gorillas


While touring Uganda's lush landscapes, Bridget March gets a heart-stopping close-up with the severely endangered mountain gorillas.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders April 16th, 2019

Taking your Family to Egypt


When I tell people we are taking the kids to Egypt, I get two responses.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 23rd, 2012

Beauty survival in the jungle


Now on month 13, I'm exploring the last continent on my world trip itinerary.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders September 26th, 2012

Trekking with Mountain Gorillas


The moment had arrived, our small gorilla trekking group had not been able to sleep given the excitement for what we were about to do!

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders August 19th, 2012

The sandy road less travelled…


Many well travelled people are often looking for the next big thing but before the masses find out about it.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders July 18th, 2012

Amazing Thailand!


What do you think of when you picture Thailand? There are many things that may spring to your mind.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders July 4th, 2012

Israel – A Hidden Gem?


Israel has an incredible past and is shaping up to have an amazing future. It has much to offer travellers from all walks of life.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders June 28th, 2012

Another Part of Egypt…


I reach Dahab in the early afternoon after an eight-hour road journey from Cairo.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders June 19th, 2012

Joy at Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling


I am not a tea lover and I naively didn't imagine how much tea I would consume during our stay at Glenburn Tea Estate!

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders May 29th, 2012

Maldives Magic


The tropical paradise of the Maldives has always seemed like it was reserved for honeymooners and the rich and famous.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders May 7th, 2012

Nepal, more than just a mountain range


When I think about Nepal, the first thing that springs to mind is the image of a snow-covered Everest shooting into the sky with strings of multicoloured prayer flags.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders February 24th, 2012

An Encounter with Marrakech…


Marrakech is a wonderfully vibrant city. It is an explorer's paradise as you can spend days walking through the labyrinth streets of the Medina and never get bored.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 27th, 2011

As Glamorous as Casablanca


No one expected it to be anything out of the ordinary; it was one of hundreds of Hollywood movies released in 1943.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 27th, 2011

Am I Still on Planet Earth?


If ever there was an 'am I still on planet Earth?' sort of a desert, it's Wadi Rum.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders April 16th, 2019

An Ultimate Peruvian Amazon Adventure


Every adventurer dreams of a truly intrepid travel experience.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 16th, 2011

Tanzania – A Wildlife Paradise


It helps to remember that Tanzania's name is two old African states spliced together.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 11th, 2011

Jesus of Nazareth lived here


Known in the 4,000 year-old city of Jerusalem as 'Haram Esh-Sharif'and 'Western Wall' your guide will explain all this stonework - the remains of the original Fort Antonia.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 8th, 2011

Rose-Red Petra


Built in the 6th century BC as a capitol for the Nabataeans, Petra is your reward for a horse or camel-ride through the Siq, a narrow corridor of cliffs.

 
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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders December 6th, 2011

Showing off with stonework


Cairo is an African city of 15 million people.  It is hot, hot-headed and frenetic with bustle, bazaars and traffic chaos.

 
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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 28th, 2011

Trek the Fabulous Inca Trails


Dominated by the Andean mountain range, and wedged between the South Pacific and Amazon rainforest, Peru is a country that has so much to offer travellers and trekkers.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 26th, 2011

A Taste of Marrakesh


Marrakesh is a city in the foothills of Morocco's snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 24th, 2011

Kathmandu: Among the Mighty Himalayas


Landlocked 2,000-year-old Nepal is surrounded by China and India.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 16th, 2011

The Palaces of St Petersburg


He stood on the fortress of Nyenskans in Nven-town. Below him was the neck of the Neva River in the Gulf of Finland.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders November 15th, 2011

Turkey – The Blue Mosque


Istanbul began as the city of Byzantium in 667 BC under the ancient Greeks. Later called Constantinople, it became the imperial seat of the Roman Empire.

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Ant Horrobin By: Ant Horrobin October 23rd, 2011

Nile Explorer – May 2009


I've just returned from Egypt, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about my tour.

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Danniell Saunders By: Danniell Saunders September 22nd, 2011

Welcome to the Encounters Travel Blog


Encounters Travel specialises in small group adventure tours to some of the world's most amazing destinations.

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