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Wilderness Dreaming: Plan Your Outdoor Holiday & Find Your Inner Reset Button

Posted by on July 1st 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Inspiration, Luxury, Scandinavia , Scotland, Travel Tips & Advice

Wilderness Dreaming: Plan Your Outdoor Holiday & Find Your Inner Reset Button
DISCOVER SOMETHING BIGGER & SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS 

We at Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions find ourselves being called back to magical parts of the world in a reoccuring cycle. From here at home in Scotland and within the UK, to remote corners of world such as Scandinavia and Africa we go in search of our 'fix'. These callings lurk within us all and if neglected they become almost nagging desires. It is this same emotion that is essentially the driving force behind people booking a holiday (or two or three) each year.

People need...

Outdoor Life: How to dress for winter in Scandinavia

Posted by on June 30th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Inspiration, Scandinavia , Travel Tips & Advice

Outdoor Life: How to dress for winter in Scandinavia

Our excellent method for dressing in cold conditions is hardly rocket science, nor does it involve the use of some ground breaking new technology. It is in fact far more simple than those and yet can easily be overlooked or forgotten, especially by visitors new to cold, winter or Nordic environments. The 'multi-layer principle' can help you avoid being uncomfortable and enable you to take the most from your next winter holiday. 

The Multi-layer Principle (1 to 4)

For us to be able to enjoy spending time outdoors...

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part Three: Expedition Logistics

Posted by on June 21st 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Ambassadors, Inspiration, Kilimanjaro , Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Travel Tips & Advice

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part Three: Expedition Logistics

For a successful ascent of Kilimanjaro you need a team who will work tirelessly for you to achieve your goal. Your success is our success and every aspect of the climb is meticulously planned and prepared for you. We genuinely want you to succeed as much as you do.

Behind the Scenes

Our aim is to get you to the summit and back down again with a big smile on your face. With that in mind you need to have an...

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part Two: What to Expect?

Posted by on May 20th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Kilimanjaro , Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Travel Tips & Advice

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part Two: What to Expect?

You have checked and double checked your kit. Packed and repacked. Made friends with your new hiking boots, invested in some serious technical clothing, caught your flight and are on your way. Out of the plane window, as you fly across the border between Kenya and Tanzania, Uhuru Peak (the highest point of Kilimanjaro) can be seen penetrating upwards through the clouds just below, this is when the butterflies go into overdrive. 

(The Lava Tower with Kibo looming in the distance). 

THE CHALLENGE OF A LIFETIME

In less...

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part One: Should I climb Kili?

Posted by on April 22nd 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Kilimanjaro , Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Travel Tips & Advice

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part One: Should I climb Kili?
SHOULD I CONSIDER CLIMBING KILIMANJARO? If you want to tackle and ultimately tame this beast you need to do your research and that is what this series of articles will help you to do. Over the coming weeks and months we at Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions will be posting a series of informative articles on realising your Kilimanjaro ambitions so watch this space. 

Maybe you are considering climbing Kilimanjaro? You are not alone. People have been drawn to this challenge since men in tweed...

MOUNT KILIMANJARO: MOUNTAIN FOOD IS THE SOURCE OF SUCCESS

Posted by on March 8th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Kilimanjaro , Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Travel Tips & Advice

MOUNT KILIMANJARO: MOUNTAIN FOOD IS THE SOURCE OF SUCCESS
FOOD IS FUEL ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO

To give you the very best chance of success on one of our Mount Kilimanjaro treks in Tanzania, we select a suitable route based on in-depth discussions with yourself coupled with our personal expertise, we consider all on-going aspects of each trek on the ground, as it happens. This includes perhaps most importantly, your nutritional needs.

We are proud to say that all the meals you consume whilst on a Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro are...

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT SWEDISH LAPLAND ON YOUR NEXT WINTER HOLIDAY

Posted by on February 29th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Inspiration, Luxury, Photography, Scandinavia

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT SWEDISH LAPLAND ON YOUR NEXT WINTER HOLIDAY

Winter heaven – “Standing motionless staring out across the frozen seas; peaceful, meditative thoughts overcame me in this wonderful sub-arctic land – I took a moment to breathe in the pure, crisp, ultra-clean air, this must be a glimpse of winter heaven”

Our recent visit to Swedish Lapland opened my eyes to a winter getaway of tranquillity and beauty. A land of pristine wilderness, unspoilt and so different to the UK. For the adventurous amongst us, this environment can be enjoyed...

Bucket List Stuff: Five Adventurous Places To Visit Before You Die

Posted by on February 24th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Europe, Inspiration, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Scandinavia , Travel Tips & Advice

Bucket List Stuff: Five Adventurous Places To Visit Before You Die
1. SVALBARD, THE ARCTIC 

Fly as far north as you possibly can by scheduled flight and step into a pristine Arctic wilderness. Untouched by man these breathtaking landscapes coupled with beautiful wildlife will surely leave you spellbound. You will travel silently on skis or by dog sled through the tundra surrounded by a backdrop of pure white mountains. See with your own eyes wildlife such as polar bears, arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer and seals. Out at sea you will find numerous species of whales and...

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...

Live Your Dream: Discover The Northern Lights in a True Winter Wonderland

Posted by on October 12th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Europe, Luxury, Scandinavia

Live Your Dream: Discover The Northern Lights in a True Winter Wonderland
‘Winter is coming’ - this year get set for the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland

If you have been looking at your calendar lately filled with dread at the onset of our darker and mostly wetter winter months that are now ominously looming, don’t be. Instead start to get excited about them. As they say in the hit TV show Game Of Thrones, ‘winter is coming’ and with it an amazing opportunity to experience something you’ve always dreamed of, the magic of the Northern Lights. It may...

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