Sick of every destination looking the same? Then take a trip to the wilds of Ethiopia
01
Visit An Underground Church

The churches of Lalibela are called the Eighth Wonder of the World and it’s not hard to see why. These underground churches that were hewn out of rock where one of the first to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Believed to be built in the 12th and 13th century, the churches are believed to map out the city of Jerusalem.

Ethiopia Lalibela

 

02
Meet The Lip-Stretching Mursi Tribe

Ethiopia has more than 50 tribes to discover. From the lipstretching people of Mursi, to the bull-jumping Hamer Village people, each tribe comes with their own dress, traditions and beliefs that have remained untouched for centuries.

Ethiopia Mursi tribe

 

03
Spy Ethiopian Wolves

This rare creature can still be found in Bale Mountain National Park. There are just 400 of these animals left in the world and they can be found scattered around the Ethiopian Highlands. The fact that the Bale Mountains National Park has so many endemic creatures it has been requested that it joins the World Heritage List.

Ethiopia Bale National Park

 
04
Dine Like Ethiopian Royalty

Visit Chane’s Restaurant in Addis Ababa where the family of the late royal chef serve up traditional Ethiopian dishes. When Chane was in the kitchen he would serve food from 12pm to 1pm and then it would run out. Even after Chane’s passing, his clients are still continuing to queue out of the door for the traditional dishes.

 

05
Buy Shoes Made From Car Tyres

Eco-friendly fashion lovers should snap up a pair of shoes from SoleRebels. This innovative brand from Addis Ababa uses hand-loomed materials and recycled tyres to create the comfiest shoes around.

 

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Russian High Arctic

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  • Sail around the Russian High Arctic in luxury with all modern comforts onboard Sea Spirit 
  • Experience a true expedition cruise to the rarely visited Franz Josef Land archipelago
  • Visit a soviet-era research facility, once a base for polar exploration
  • Look out for colonies of nesting seabirds on the rugged, steep cliffs of the islands
  • Spot polar bears, walrus and endangered bowhead whales around the archipelago

When to go:

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ideal length 13 nights

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Trekking in Mongolia

Asia Mongolia Ulaanbaatar & Central Heartland

  • A camping trek through some of the most remote parts of Mongolia, the western Altai Mountains
  • Meeting the famed eagle hunters and staying alongside a host family
  • Exploring some of the most beautiful parts of Mongolia’s heartland, including the stunning Orkhon Valley
  • Spending the night in Mandala Mongolia – the most luxurious and intimate accommodation available in the country

When to go:

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ideal length 11 nights

From $4,500 pp

Mongolia for Families

Ulaanbaatar & Central Heartland

  • The kids will love the experience of sleeping in traditional Mongolian felt tents, or ‘gers’
  • Whether it’s horse back riding or walking, get the kids out in nature and being active all throughout this holiday
  • Learn about Mongolian culture first hand by staying alongside a nomadic host family, helping them with their daily chores and letting the kids play and interact with the host children

When to go:

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ideal length 7 nights
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