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Book Review: Wild Africa's Silent Call - Derek Townsend

Posted by on November 11th 2015 in Africa, Book Reviews, Inspiration

Book Review: Wild Africa's Silent Call - Derek Townsend

"A worthy read for those travelers looking to gain further appreciation of post-colonial history across what can only be described as an utterly intoxicating region of the African continent." 

Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Townsend recounts his own personal safari taken in the late 1960s through Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in a refreshingly readable style analysing his experiences from not only a wildlife perspective but also observing the current humanitarian state of East Africa as he passes from village to village and town to town. His journey turns out to be a...

Book Review: The Africa House - Christina Lamb

Posted by on August 19th 2015 in Africa, Book Reviews, Inspiration, Luxury

 Book Review: The Africa House - Christina Lamb

"In a remote corner of Africa stands a magnificent three storey pink bricked mansion, with a tower in the centre, a red tiled roof and a line of elegant arches supporting a first floor terrace from which a Union Jack flutters... Part Tuscan Manor, part English ancestral home, something one might find in Surrey or Berkshire belonging to a Duke or a Lord." - Christina Lamb, The Africa House. 

This is truly a refreshing story of a man whose vision to transform an area...

Top Travel Books To Read (Part Two: Adventure)

Posted by on July 8th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Book Reviews, Inspiration

Top Travel Books To Read (Part Two: Adventure)
Eight adventure travel books everyone should read

Looking for an armchair adrenaline fix? Need to satiate your burning desire for adventure? These wonderful tales of endurance and heroism are sure to act as your interim placebo: 

1. Endurance by Alfred Lansing. Arguably one of the finest accounts of the ill-fated Shackleton expedition to Antarctica. We learn of the individual personalities within the expedition, the constant and savage hardships endured, and the heroism that prevailed in the face of adversity in what is often considered to be...

Book Review: Whatever You Do, Don't Run - Peter Allison

Posted by on June 10th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Book Reviews, Inspiration

Book Review: Whatever You Do, Don't Run - Peter Allison

"There can be no better way for a reader wishing to touch the African safari experience from afar than delving into the pages of this most enthralling book." - John Keith, Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions. 

Life in the African bush, from the safety of your own armchair 

For anyone yearning to experience the African bush observing the amazing variety of wildlife in some of the most extensive and remote landscapes in the world, Peter Allison’s book Whatever You Do, Don’t Run is the nearest thing...

Top Travel Books to Read (Part One)

Posted by on May 13th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Book Reviews, Inspiration

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Eight travel books everyone should read 

Packing a book or two to enjoy whilst on this summer's vacation? You would do very well considering any of the below, some of our personal favourites will take you to all corners of the world: 

1. First Overland by Tim Slessor.  Buckle up and enjoy the trip of a lifetime. In 1955 to 1956, two teams of recent Oxford and Cambridge University graduates undertook a never repeated London to Singapore overland journey (including Burma one year before it closed its borders to...

Book Review: A Long Walk In The High Hills - Selina Scott

Posted by on April 21st 2015 in Book Reviews, Europe

Book Review: A Long Walk In The High Hills - Selina Scott
Mallorca, the island of a thousand contrasts

For many travelers, Mediterranean island locations are perceived to be "just another sun-drenched hotel and beach resort". They would be wrong to do so. Selina Scott’s A Long Walk in the High Hills firmly rebuts this view of the largest of the Balearic islands, Mallorca.

"The true achievement of this book is that it leaves the reader wanting to discover Scott’s Mallorca for themselves."

Selina Scott, whose television broadcasting career in news and documentaries ranged from Europe to the USA, reveals a new...

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