Discovering the secrets of the Terracotta Army
By David Moore
In 1974 a poor farmer named Mr. Yang was digging a new well in his field when a head rolled out of the earth landing at his feet, followed by an arm, hand outstretched, as if trying to grasp him. He ran in terror believing his ancestors had returned from the afterlife to punish him. He returned later that day supported by two other farmers and they began to dig.
What they found was the start of one of the most extraordinary archaeological finds in history, eight thousand Terracotta Warriors protecting the vast 2200-year-old tomb of the first emperor Qin Shi Huang. He of the Qing Dynasty who built the Great Wall.
First emperor of the Terracotta army
He is known as the Emperor of Two Miracles: the Great Wall and the Warriors. But he also stopped the civil war, unified the country, created a single currency and a common language, invented chrome-plating technology, built high-speed roads and dug canals to connect th [...]
Kruger, Cape Town and the Garden Route are undeniably the most popular destinations for first-time visitors to South Africa, however the more adventurous traveller will find many wonderful places to explore in other parts of this vast country. Top of the list of less-visited gems is KwaZulu-Natal. Whilst South Africans from Jo’burg have long escaped […]
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The mighty Amazon. The largest river in the world by volume of water and the second largest in length. The dense and impenetrable tropical rainforest it runs through is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. It’s the lungs of our planet, the land of the lost city of El Dorado, a place […]
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Staying at an African Safari Lodge is like no other hospitality experience in the world. Even the most basic of “fly in” safari camps offer an something completely different to any other kind of holiday. The intimacy of safari camps, with usually only 12 or so rooms, means that the attention to detail and personalised […]
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5 Wildlife Experiences That will never be forgotten
It’s true; the plains of Africa, and the rainforests of Asia and South America, offer some of the most thrilling wildlife experiences on the planet. However, along with traditional safari wildlife encounters, there’s a whole host of unbelievable destinations and wildlife encounters you might never have thought about. From Alaskan grizzlies to the birds of a remote Atlantic island, consider the following as being among the ultimate experiences for all wildlife lovers.
Extreme Hawaiian shark encounters
Sharks, terrifying or fascinating? Whatever your deep-down feelings are, this once-in-a-lifetime exhilarating opportunity to get up-close and personal with the denizens of the deep will stimulate your emotions, and give you stories to last a lifetime.
In a specially constructed cage submerged below the waters of the Hawaiian Pacific, get an eye-to-eye encounter from behind the safety of thick, reinforced windows – offe [...]
5 Cool Places to see in Malawi
Although it is home to the country’s capital and main airport, Central Malawi is not as popular with visitors as the better-known attractions to the south of the country.
But it does have plenty of places to visit and great experiences on offer, all within relatively easy access of the point where most people enter the country, Lilongwe. In this blog we’re rounding up just 5 of the places to visit in Central Malawi.
Although many visitors to Malawi may be limited to a single night (if that) in Lilongwe as they head further afield to sample the country’s varied delights, it is a city with plenty of character and sufficient attractions to easily fill a few days.
It is made up of two very distinct settlements: the modern Capital City and the traditional Old Town – and a charming Nature Sanctuary lies between the two! Even the Old Town has only a relatively short history- its population at the turn of the 20th century was jus [...]
Over the last decade, Sri Lanka has seen a deserving rise in tourism, becoming the place to go for holidayers and travel bloggers alike. The revered Tear Drop island of the Indian Ocean is a beautifully spirited nation; its flag is the only one of its kind in the world to recognize three religious’ beliefs: […]
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The 21st September is World Rhino Day and to celebrate, I thought that sharing my knowledge of Africa’s best places to spot these magnificent, yet endangered creatures was a must. Not only did I want to highlight my favourite places to simply see them, but I wanted to showcase some of Africa’s finest conservation programmes, […]
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Many people now worry about the idea of a bachelor night that involves a holiday. But there is an answer. Why not have a bachelor break in Portugal? There is so much to offer. Besides a Mediterranean climate with over 300 sunny days per year, your break can be as adventurous or as relaxing as […]
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Safaris are meant to be full of blissful moments of serenity. Listening to the various calls of lapwings and rollers on the open plains, smelling the fresh water of the cascading rivers that meander through the landscape and the feeling of being at one with nature is the reason people travel half-way across the world […]
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By Ryan Connolly
Exploring ice caves in an Icelandic winter. Stepping foot into your first crystal clear blue ice cave is a memory that will last a life time. If you haven’t explored an ice cave in an Icelandic winter for yourself it’s hard to describe the feeling. Standing inside this magnificent flowing structure of ice and looking up at the curved blue roof above can be hypnotic. I’ve taken hundreds of customers into dozens of different ice caves across Iceland but one thing is always the same. The reaction.
The reaction to the ice cave
The reaction as my guests walk through the entrance of the ice cave always starts with an audible, “WOW!!!” followed by silence. Silence that lasts longer than you might expect. Like children reaching to the stars, my guest’s hands rise to the ceiling trying to interpret what they are seeing. Wide eyes, open mouths and outstretched arms is often what I observe as I watch over my guests. I imagine there would be a few embarrassed fac [...]