Go on an Elephant Safari
Your next favourite holiday destination; Sri Lanka
Tempo Holidays loves travel, that's why they have created your next favourite holiday destination; Sri Lanka.    ***Advertising content by Tempo Holidays***   That’s why these destination specialists have been creating amazing holidays for over 25 years, offering all forms of travel, from cruise to coach to rail, and catering to a range of budgets. They can even tailor-make any holiday you like to your dream destination. Travel is all about being in the moment and, no matter how much you have travelled, there is always something new to discover and explore. Need to know Tempo Holidays’ top tip to make the most of 2019 is talk to their destination experts: “We are here to ensure your journey is just right for you and your requirements. Our biggest tip is that you make the most of your transport options. Take a train through the countryside or get up close to local sights – nothing compares to the feeling of discovering a new city, so be sure to stop and absorb the local cultures around you.” Tempo Holidays’ favourite destination right now is Sri Lanka, which has just been named as Lonely Planet’s #1 country in the world for 2019. Be welcomed by friendly locals, see natural wonders and glorious beaches as Tempo Holidays takes you to places like Yala National Park, one of the largest wildlife reserves in Sri Lanka and the closest safari destination to Australians. Yala is known for its dense population of leopards,  but you also have the chance to see sloth bears, elephants, deer, crocodiles and an incredible array of birdlife. Take a look at Tempo Holidays’ many tours that cater to all types of travellers and highlight everything Sri Lanka has to offer. Call 1300 362 844, email res@tempoholidays.com, visit tempoholidays.com or see your local travel agent.
The amazing blood red Chinoike Jigoku
Japan’s gorgeous hidden gem Ōita
Let the sights of Tokyo be your starting off point on a journey to discover the hidden gem of Ōita.  ***Created by International Traveller in partnership with Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau*** Getting from A to B in Japan is ridiculously easy – there are trains and planes dashing this way and that constantly, linking compelling cities, regions and islands that each possess traditions and culture that beg to be experienced. Ōita is one such place, an undiscovered gem nestled on the island of Kyushu. To get the best of both worlds, stay a few days in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, searching out interesting neighbourhoods and unique experiences, before jumping on a plane for the approximately 90-minute flight into Ōita Airport (ANA and JAL both have regular flights). Here, the perfect itinerary for four days of discovery. Day 1 Start your exploration of Tokyo by strolling the pavements of Kappabashi Dougu Street (located between Asakusa and Ueno, both accessible by train), also known as Kitchen Street. As the name implies this roughly 800-metre long thoroughfare is lined with around 170 stores selling all manner of kitchen utensils, gadgets and gizmos, as well as shops offering up sweets, treats and essential ingredients. After wandering past everything from woks to coffee pots to chopsticks, pick up a souvenir from one of the jam-packed ceramics shops that are stacked with bowls and cups finished in lovely traditional colours including blue and white, greens and browns. If you walk to Chomeiji Temple you can taste sweet and sticky sakura mochi – pretty pink concoctions wrapped in salted cherry tree leaves and filled with bean paste (30 minutes from Kappabashi Dougu street). Tokyo- (Kanto) style mochi is smooth and round while the Kyoto (Kansai) variety has a grainier texture; both are delicious. After a morning of walking it is time for a lunch of fresh sushi. To really appreciate the effort and craft that goes into making this national favourite, head to Hassan in Roppongi (just a few minutes’ walk from the station) for a hands-on sushi-making experience: don a traditional happi coat (a traditional short robe), learn the history of sushi, get a live demonstration of how fish is prepared before making your own rolled sushi and nigiri sushi, which you can then enjoy with a beef hot pot (you’ll also take home a sushi experience certificate). Finish off the day at Ameyoko, a bustling shopping street once famous for selling candy but that now also has clothes, shoes and food shops for trying popular snacks among the locals. The narrow alley has an impressive history but is also a reflection of modern Tokyo life, where throngs of locals come to eat great food and have fun.   Day 2 First thing this morning you will need to head to Haneda Airport (it’s an easy train ride straight into the airport) for your short flight south to Ōita, on the island of Kyushu. Jump in a Limousine Bus for the roughly 30-minute journey to Kitsuki from Ōita Airport, a town possessing the authentic feel of the Edo Period (it is recognised as a ‘historic cityscape with kimono’). Dominated by Kitsuki Castle, there’s a collection of historic samurai residences dotted on the hills to the north and south of it and a merchant’s town sitting in between. You can dress up in a kimono while you’re here (they can be hired for around 3000 yen), which gains you free admission to local sights, discounted meals and little gifts at local shops. Having soaked up the history of Kitsuki, it’s time to continue your journey to Usa Jingū, the sacred main sanctum of more than 40,000 Hachiman shrines that are dotted throughout Japan. The main hall here has been designated a National Treasure and its colour and history make for a fascinating visit. The Usa area of Kunisaki peninsula, including Usa Jingū, is the birthplace of ‘Rokugo Manzan’, the cultural fusion of Shinto and Buddhism. You’ll find spectacular temples in the area and this year marks the 1300th anniversary of the founding of Usa Jingū. Check into an onsen hotel in Beppu, where you’ll find seven out of 10 types of Medical Treatment Hot Springs and a modern take on a traditional Japanese aesthetic. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a bath in the onsen to soothe your mind and body after a busy day exploring. Day 3 Today, head to the Usuki Stone Buddhas (approx. 80 minutes by JR and bus), a group of stone Buddhas created from the late Heian (794-1185) period to the Kamakura period (1185-1333), of which 61 are designated National Treasures. Wander the different collections of Buddhas – they are divided into four groups – appreciating the scale, quantity and incredible quality of the statues, as well as the peaceful beauty of the surroundings. We recommend an izakaya (pub) for a dinner of fresh seafood, and an extensive selection of sake to choose from. Back at your hotel in Beppu, make the time for another bath in the onsen. Day 4 The seismic activity that has been warming your onsen water for the last few nights also produces a totally unique tour that you should take before leaving Ōita: Beppu jigoku meguri or the hell tour. There are seven hells in all where fumaroles and boiling hot water erupt from the ground; the evocative Umi Jigoku (sea hell), Chinoike Jigoku (blood pond hell), Tatsumaki-Jigoku (tornado hell) and Shiraike Jigoku (white pond hell) are among them, all of which have been designated as National Scenic Spots for their fantastical colours and formations. Next it is time to take buses back to Ōita Airport for the flight back to Tokyo. Do some last-minute shopping here for specialty souvenirs and food from across Ōita and Kyushu to remember your experiences of this quintessential Japanese gem. For more details, visit kyushuandtokyo.org
48 hours in Canggu, Bali
Bali’s thriving Canggu neighbourhood is a paradise of beach clubs, temples, rice paddies, yoga and boho chic, as Linda Botting discovers. Day One 7am Start the day early with a sunrise yoga class at Desa Seni Village Resort. The bamboo open-air studio is set against lush, green tropical plants with cheeky wildlife wandering past. Not only can you practise lizard pose, but you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one slowly ambling across the grass. 8.40am After a delicious poolside breakfast, your personal driver will take you to Kuda P Stables, a 20-minute drive to Pererenan black-sand beach. The stables are Australian-owned with 50 years’ horse handling experience. A one-and-a-half- hour ride will take you through rural beachside countryside of lush green rice paddies where farmers busily tend to their crops. 10.45am Time to jump back in the car and take a short drive to Echo Beach. It is known locally as Pantai Batu Mejan and is one of Canggu’s popular surfing beaches. You don’t need to be a surfer to enjoy the 180-degree views as you slowly meander along soft, yet grainy, grey sand. 12pm Having worked up an appetite, there’s no shortage of restaurants to choose from in the vicinity, all set high upon the cliff above Echo Beach with amazing views of the reef breaks below. These restaurants are family and pet friendly and you can often see locals lunching with their dogs. 1.15pm It’s time to learn about silversmithing from an Indonesian expert at the House of Alaia; the three-hour jewellery-making class explains the techniques and secrets of working with the precious metal. All that’s needed is imagination and creativity in order to make a custom-designed piece of jewellery, a totally unique souvenir to take home. 4pm Back at the resort, try a traditional Balinese or hot stone massage as you relax after a busy day of activity. When you’re done, head to the cool of the pool for a leisurely soak before heading out again. 7pm Finns Beach Club is located at the popular Berawa surf break. The 30-metre infinity pool here affords perfect views of the sunset from all angles and is even equipped with underwater speakers; it’s impossible to resist a quick swim while enjoying the resident DJ’s tunes vibrating through the water. Settle in at one of the poolside lounges with a margarita in hand and take in the scene. 8.30pm The sun gone and pre-dinner drinks downed, head into the restaurant for a relaxed dinner. Take a seat in the casual yet stylish open-air bamboo dining area and sample delicious, fresh local dishes; the Finns Beach Club mantra is ‘good food done well’. Day Two 7am Head for a leisurely breakfast at Deus Cafe Canggu, with its unique motorcycle-inspired decor. Choose from a menu of Indonesian, Asian and Italian dishes or opt for something that hints at its Aussie origins. All diets are catered for, from meat through to vegetarian and vegan. Sit back in one of the overstuffed sofas and sip Deus’s signature coffee, which some call the best in Bali. 8:30am Work off breakfast with a 13-minute walk to Hotel Tugu Bali for a cooking class with East Javanese chef Iboe Soelastri, learning about local spices on a trip to a traditional market, and sampling juicy rambutan or mangosteen along the way. Once you return to the open-air wooden kitchen – sans modern electrical products, where all cooking is done in traditional terracotta rice steamers and wood-fire earthen pits – you’ll first choose five recipes from a list of traditional Javanese and Balinese dishes, including chicken curry and fried tempe, before rolling up your sleeves and cooking up a storm. 12pm It’s time for the fun part, sitting down with your fellow chefs to sample the mouth-watering dishes created during the class. You’ll leave with a copy of the recipes you chose to cook so that you can replicate them at home. 2 pm After a light lunch back at the resort, head to an afternoon Yin restorative yoga class in the open-air studio at Desa Seni. The gentle flowing movements won’t stretch the endurance of yoga novices, and the soft sea breeze and calming music will set you up perfectly for heading out for an afternoon of shopping. 3pm Ask your driver to cruise along Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu’s burgeoning shopping strip where stores to rival Seminyak’s chic offerings are steadily growing in number; many refer to Canggu as the new Seminyak. The Love Anchor bazaar sells traditional and quirky items, and you should definitely stop in at Beyond Borders and Bungalow Living for luxe yet affordable homewares that allow you to take a bit of the island-chic vibe home with you. 6pm Canggu is the gateway to Tanah Lot and a trip to Bali is not complete without a visit to the evocative sea temple. The Balinese believe the banded sea snake, guardian of the temple, lives in the nearby waters. Be sure to keep a look out as you cross the plain as the tide rolls in. A short walk along the pathway will take you to Pura Batu Bolong for the best sunset views, especially just after a shower of warm tropical rain. 8pm Book a table at La Laguna, where the owners, Gonzalo and Sandra Assiego, were inspired by their love of Spanish heritage to design a bohemian-chic beach club with a global gypsy vibe. Enter along a cobbled path lined with vintage wooden caravans before taking your seat in the alfresco dining area. Start with a cocktail, perhaps a cool cosmopolitan, and settle in for a delicious selection of Balinese and European dishes.
Everything you need to know about Yala National Park
Prior to its inauguration as a national park in 1938, Sri Lanka’s Yala wilderness was a shooting gallery for the ruling British elite, who sought trophies of its plentiful leopards and elephants. Sitting in the south of the tear-drop-shaped island and abutting the Indian Ocean, today Yala’s wildlife is shot by thousands of photographers a year instead; it’s by far the country’s most popular national park, and for good reason: it’s the best place on the planet to spot leopards, with the highest concentration of the cat in the world. But there’s so much more to the 1268 square kilometres of protected space, including important archaeological sites and temples, families of Asian elephants, an endless stream of birdlife and simply a vast and varied landscape of forests, scrub and dramatic mesas rising from the jungle. So if you’re holidaying on one of the country’s golden beaches – tear yourself away for a couple of days and witness the best of Sri Lanka’s rich and varied natural wonders. Yala is divided into five blocks plus a Strict Nature Reserve to maintain a pristine area in the face of tourism and other activity. Blocks 1 and 5 are set aside for the public to visit, with Block 1 by far the busiest (see below). Blocks 2, 3 and 4 are more rugged and remote and far less visited requiring permits to enter. Must-see sights Don’t make the mistake of simply going on a safari to spot the park’s big animals, there’s so much more to Yala if you have a few days to explore, from ancient temples to its vast beach lining the Indian Ocean. Kumbuk River The park is bordered in the north by the Kumbuk River, and you can stay at KumbukRiver Eco-Extraordinaire lodge situated on its banks to see an entirely different corner of Yala, the lowland forest giving way to dense jungle. There are a range of accommodation options available, some with views of the roaring Kumbuk a stone’s throw away. Plus try river rafting, guided bird-watching and walks into the wilds of Yala’s buffer zone. Beach time Turn your time in Yala National Park into an unashamed beach holiday. A long stretch of golden sand marks its border with the Indian Ocean and there are ample beach huts, and beachside villas to choose from to use as your base for your expeditions into the park. The luxury Wild Coast Tented Lodge would be a good choice, its arched fabric structures set among the dunes and designed to channel the shape of a leopard’s paw. Elephant Rock At times in Yala National Park you could be on the set of a King Kong film, dense forest stretching off into the horizon only to be abruptly stopped by an enormous lone-standing mountain. Elephant Rock (pictured main) is the most photogenic of these, the huge mesas looking like an old bull elephant marching across a plain. Sithulpawwa Buddhism has been prevalent in Sri Lanka since the third century BC and Yala happens to have a great example of an early cave temple (pictured above) dating back to the second century BC; rare paintings on the temple walls from this time still remain. Sithulpawwa’s caves sit below a white stupa and once housed thousands of arhats – monks thought to have achieved enlightenment. A conservation effort Tourism can be a strong force for good, bringing money to the local economy which helps monetise a natural asset, an incentive to keep it in tip-top shape so people will want to come in the first place. But too many visitors can adversely affect the environment. Since the country’s civil war came to an end in 2009, tourists have flocked back to Sri Lanka and Yala: 43,368 visited the park in 2008 compared to 658,277 in 2016. It’s meant a problematic number of safari jeeps entering the park, something the Sri Lankan government is looking to address, and should have remedied earlier if it hadn’t become such a political football. However, an action plan has been drawn up to be implemented before 2020. Its various measures include improving safari-jeep-driver discipline; reducing the numbers of tourists concentrated in the busy Block 1 of the park (see map) by opening up other blocks; and zoning Block 1 itself to disperse jeeps throughout in an orderly fashion. Animal Spotting Yala is a haven for big mammals, a rare sight in Asia outside of national parks big enough to accommodate them. Thankfully this is one of them. Sri Lankan flying snake With yellow and black bands, and red spots, you’ll be lucky to catch this striking snake gliding between trees. It expands its ribs to flatten its body to soar across the canopy looking for small lizards to dine on; the stuff of nightmares for some, for others a rare photo opportunity. Sloth bear The Sri Lankan sloth bear is a dishevelled-looking shaggy character sporting a yellow crest on its chest, a lot like the sun bears found on the continent. Strong climbers, they dine on insects and fruit, and they’re very shy, emerging at dusk. Yala represents one of the best places to spot them. Leopard The star of the show, it’s said there are around 30 leopards roaming around the most popular section of the park, meaning you have an increased chance of laying eyes on this reclusive big cat. The leopards are actually a subspecies endemic to Sri Lanka, so you’ll be ticking off an extremely rare animal indeed. Asian elephant It’s a life-affirming experience to see families of Sri Lankan elephants, a subspecies of Asian elephant, roaming the expanse of Yala, with over 300 calling the park home. Sri Lanka is thought to have the world’s highest density of Asian elephants, which are under massive pressure from habitat loss in other parts of Asia.
Ponant
The most delicious way to travel from Lisbon to Dublin
A gastronomic cruise flitting from Portugal’s medieval treasures, then famed French vineyards through to the fascinations and mysteries of Celtic castles and cobblestones. Gastronomy cruising from Lisbon to Dublin with Ponant; where do we sign up?   ***Advertising content by Ponant and CruiseCo*** Between perhaps the most famous stretch of culinary coastline in the world, and the French talent for experiencing the very best of everything, Ponant’s back-to-back cruise from Lisbon to Dublin  may be the most luxurious cruise we know. France’s only luxury cruise line offers The French Touch: a way of living in which excellent gastronomy takes pride of place. Every day brings gloriously fragrant flavours, carefully selected cheeses and wines, specialty breads and sweet pastries imagined by Maison Lenôtre. Maison Taillevent now provides its fine vintage wines by the glass, Maison Veuve Clicquot accompanies gala cocktails, and the infamous Ladurée bakery has a place of honour for afternoon tea. And then there’s the prestigious gala dinners prepped by Alain Ducasse’s teams. You’ll want to tear yourself away from the incessant luxury on board Ponant’s L’Austral, though, as the decadence continues onshore. The first nine nights of the cruise involves several visits (and wine tastings) at the beautiful wine estates of the Saint-Estephe, Margaux and Pauillac appellations. In the evening, the moored ship will have Château Latour as a magnificent backdrop to a gala dinner onboard with expert wine and dish pairings. Two days in Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world, follow along with its captivating wine-making tradition; don’t miss the chance to visit the Cité du Vin – the medieval village of Saint-Émilion – and other châteaux. Lastly, you will call at Belle-Île-en-Mer and Guernsey before arriving in Portsmouth, in the south-east of England to end the gastronomic portion of the cruise and begin your exploration through the Celtic Sea for seven more nights. The Isles of Scilly are a strange, wondrous little archipelago whose landscapes seem to have come straight out of Enid Blyton's famous stories. Here, long sandy beaches stand alongside green fields, while ruins of old castles stand proud on hilltops. You can step ashore at Cobh, a maritime port in County Cork in southwest Ireland, and discover the picturesque village of Blarney, famous for its castle, and Kinsale, a charming little port sheltered within the picturesque Bandon Estuary. L’Austral will take you to the celebrated City of Pop, Liverpool, then to the Isle of Man, in the waters between the United Kingdom and Ireland; its capital, Douglas is a postcard from the United Kingdom of the Victorian era. During your stopover in Belfast, you can visit the Giant's Causeway, a massive geological formation and UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring more than 40,000 basalt columns, then it’s off to Dublin, a beautiful end to your voyage, its cobbled streets brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centres deserving a few more nights at your leisure. The French Touch Whether you choose a Mediterranean cruise or a voyage into the heart of the Antarctic ice floes, Ponant’s exceptional levels of customised and attentive service are renowned, giving you the privileged feeling of sailing aboard your own private yacht. A French crew welcomes you and sets about ensuring your comfort and wellbeing throughout your cruise on L’Austral, an impressive ship featuring innovative and environmentally friendly equipment, and just 132 elegantly designed staterooms and spacious suites with large windows, as well as lounge areas that open onto the outside. The cruise line’s hallmark is a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. Experience a different kind of cruising on a back-to-back cruise from Lisbon to Dublin, departing on 13 April 2019 for 16 nights aboard L’Austral. Fares start from $11,053 per person twin share in a Prestige Stateroom on Deck 4. For more information visit cruising.com.au/book-today or call the Cruiseco concierge on 1800 270 747 to find your nearest Cruiseco Cruise specialist travel agent.
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Inspiring Journeys
Land of the long white cloud
Inspiring Journeys New Zealand The Long White Cloud itinerary embodies the classic-journey philosophy, full of ambition and adventure, searching out the finest experiences and landscapes that New Zealand offers in one very considered, well-rounded coach journey. ***Advertising content by Inspiring Journeys*** In 22 unhurried days, you’ll probably witness more than many New Zealanders see of their own country in their lifetimes, and more than most flop-and-drop tourists could do in five separate trips. From South Island gateway Christchurch, sweep south onto the West Coast’s uncrowded landscapes where you can relax in Franz Josef Glacier’s geothermal pools while staring up into lofty snow-crowned mountains. Then it’s time to journey toward the ancient waterways of Fiordland National Park. The Long White Cloud is far from just your got-the-T-shirt sightseeing tour; you control the action – or inaction, if you prefer. In action capital Queenstown, you can opt for a recharging massage to balance the adrenalin overload of your jet boat trip down the heaving Haast River. [caption id="attachment_45009" align="alignnone" width="600"] Cultural hub[/caption] Once Milford Sound is imprinted on your psyche forever, the expedition swoops slowly northward, through Dunedin, drinking in barely believable scenery: the cute little Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo’s deserted shores; or spying whale pods from the skies above Kaikoura. Next, it’s time to island hop: first stop, New Zealand’s most happening city, Wellington, followed by a journey through the North Island’s cultural and (volcanically) active heart, Rotorua. From here, bear witness to one of the southern hemisphere’s true natural wonders: Waitomo’s enchanting glow worm caves. Once you’ve had your fill of cosmopolitan capital Auckland, then the golden sands of Orewa, the kauri-tree-rich sacred Waipoua Forest,and the Bay of Islands’ coastal magnificence are all ready to prove to you just how diverse this peaceful and compact country can be. Nose to nose with the Maori: an uncommon cultural connection Naturally, The Long White Cloud itinerary offers far more than just filmic landscapes. To get to know New Zealand intimately, you must learn the ways of the country’s proud and vibrant Maori culture. There are few greater chances to do so than over dinner and a concert at Tamaki MAori Village. In the spectacular marae (meeting ground), an ancient culture dramatically unfurls before you, in dance, in art, in ceremony. The Tamaki performers take you on a journey through ancestral beliefs, revealing an inexorable bond with the landscape and its rhythms. Once again, don’t expect the usual sit-back-and-clap experience; this is deep cultural immersion. And while they might not be able to get you up for a dance, you won’t be able to resist indulging in the Hangi, a traditional feast cooked in the earth that has few foodie peers. Three Long White Cloud memories of a lifetime [caption id="attachment_45008" align="alignnone" width="600"] The church of the Good Shepherd on the shores od Lake Tekapo[/caption] Bay of Islands cruise: When most people envisage New Zealand, they summon the archetypal South Island  Lord of the Rings landscape. A languid cruise around Bay of Islands Maritime Park, which graces the country’s northern tip, may change your preconceptions forever. Why not opt for wind power aboard a historic tall ship, a silent serene space to take in the kaleidoscopic contrast between 144 emerald-topped islands, the azure waters and the white beaches (yep, they have them in New Zealand, too). Milford Sound cruise and kayak: Few places on Earth reward exploration more than pristine Fiordland National Park. Aboard one of the spacious Southern Discoveries vessels, a half-day deep into Milford Sound awaits, where you’ll get to know the area’s wildlife, rainforests and its wonderfully wild moods. For a deeper appreciation of the Sound’s abyssal waters, get a little more hands-on – by getting your hands on a paddle and sea kayaking your way around bewitching Harrison Cove. [caption id="attachment_45010" align="alignnone" width="600"] Get on board and be Inspired[/caption] Wine time, Hawkes Bay-style: Marlborough used to get all the attention, but those in the know never miss a sojourn into Hawkes Bay for a drop of distinction. Check out charming Napier’s Art Deco streetscape (rebuilt after an earthquake in 1931) before getting down to business tasting some of the best wine that New Zealand produces. Just for balance, you’ll tuck into some wonderful regional cuisine, too. Balance, after all, is the essence of a worthwhile expedition. And The Long White Cloud itinerary gets to the very essence of New Zealand, distilled conveniently into just three weeks of your life. All you need to bring along is your sense of adventure.   To get on board The Long White Cloud, head to Inspiring Journeys and save 10 per cent before 31 January 2019. Visit inspiringjourneys.com/nzij or call 1300 669 175 (terms and conditions apply).
On The Go Tours Jordan
Perfect holidays, the Jordanian way
From grand palaces to historic temples, hot desert plains to snowy mountain peaks, On The Go Tours has always brought travellers the finest sights and adventures the world has to offer.  This is perfection the Jordanian holiday way. ***Advertising content by  On The Go Tours*** Immerse yourself in a truly authentic local experience on a popular guided group tour, make a date with some of the world’s most colourful festivals, take an unforgettable family adventure, tailor-make that dream holiday or discover the pulse of the world’s most exciting cities on a wide range of day trips; it’s all up to you. [caption id="attachment_45003" align="alignnone" width="600"] The jebels and duens of Wadi Rum's desert landscape are magic at sunset[/caption] A magical evening of traditional music and dance, local cuisine and shisha accompanied by awe-inspiring incredible lansdscapes awaits under a blanket of stars at On The Go Tours’ desert camp at Wadi Rum. A vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel stretches of sandy desert and amazing rock formations known as jebels, the desertscape of Wadi Rum encompasses some of the most stunning scenery in all of Jordan, forged by millions of years of geological formation, erosion and evolution. Split by networks of canyons and ravines, spanned by naturally formed rock bridges and watered by hidden springs, the jebels (essentially mountains) offer awesome opportunities for scrambling, rock climbing and trekking. The Details Explore the vast landscape on a 4WD adventure, stopping at unusual rock formations, with a night spent under the stars in a perfectly located desert camp. [caption id="attachment_45004" align="alignnone" width="600"] The desert camp at Wadi Rum[/caption] You can choose to spend the night camping under the stars or bedding down in comfortable permanent tents with twin beds and linen provided, although you may want to bring your own sleeping bag liner. If visiting in winter (November to March) it can be very cold at night in the desert and you may wish to bring your own warm sleeping bag. There are environmentally friendly shared bathroom facilities with hot and cold running water, toilets and a shower. A communal tent, furnished with small tables and cushioned seating area, is the place to gather at night to enjoy a hearty Jordanian meal and some traditional Bedouin music. For more information please contact On The Go Tours on 1300 855 684 or email aus-info@onthegotours.com
Sun International
Discover luxurious Africa on a soul-intriguing journey
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