If you’re prepared to splash out on luxury adventure travel, you can really spread your wings and experience some very special places. As an adventurous traveller you may already been on an African wildlife safari. So why not go further and embark on an Antarctic safari? You can take an expedition cruising ship around the Antarctic peninsula and see the vast colonies of sea birds and penguins. These are top quality trips, where you are accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who can help you understand this incredible area.
Alternatively, try the Arctic, where you can arrange a trip to spot polar bears, then stop at a town and try husky trails, snowshoeing or snowmobiling.
If the thought of all that snow makes you shiver, what about horse trekking through the Limpopo Valley in Botswana’s Tuli Block wilderness? The travel provider describes this as “not for the faint hearted” because of the difficult terrain, although the horses are used to the country. This kind of trekking can provide meetings with lions and elephants, as well as demanding riding.
It’s often the case that if you want to meet the people of a region, outside of the tourist traps, then “luxury” travel is your only option. The cheaper packages are not able to provide environmentally friendly interactions with real people except in somewhat artificial situations. So for example, if you want to experience the wildness of Morocco rather than its well-known tourist destinations, you’ll need to look for private, customised tours that are provided by a Berber-British operator.
With these kinds of luxury adventure tours, you can decide whether to use 4x4s or camels to traverse the desert and can have a private camp under the stars with Berber guides to cook for the group in the evenings.