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Secret river rafting


in Madagascar Just off the coast of East Africa, Madagascar is an island of contrasts with landscapes that range from rainforests to deserts and mountains to mangrove swamps. What makes this trip even more special is that you will be rafting part of the Benahy river in the south west, which is not even marked on maps. Completely cut off from civilisation, you’ll


raft down rivers where you can spot everything from lemurs to chameleons – and even a few crocodiles. Peaceful, calm waters will give way to adrenaline-fuelled white water at times, but you will be taught everything you need to know. Passing no one but local cattle rustlers and


Rafting in Madagascar


sapphire diggers, you will camp on the banks of the river with nothing but the glow of the campfire and thousands of stars to light the velvety darkness. All this will make the last few nights in the luxurious Anako beach resort all the more appreciated. This trip is suitable for all fitness levels. From £1,995 for 14 nights, including all meals, accommodation and internal flights (not including international flights). Book with Pioneer Expeditions (0845 004 7801, www.pioneerexpeditions.com)


Completely cut off from civilisation, you’ll raft down rivers where you can spot everything from lemurs to chameleons – and even a few crocodiles


Scott and Shackleton Antarctica adventure


‘Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.’ So wrote Ernest Shackleton as he sought fellow adventurers to join him on his push to the South Pole. Now, you too can follow in his fur-lined footsteps, albeit with the


luxury of being on-board the five-star expedition cruise ship Orion. Embarking from New Zealand, you’ll sail to the Ross Sea region, which


is not navigable for nine months of the year. Here you will get the chance to experience life like the great Polar explorers as you trade the cruise ship for small Zodiac landing crafts so you can navigate the thick pack ice. You’ll tread the same ice as the great explorers and visit Scott’s


Terra Nova hut, where 10 men from the ill-fated imperial trans-Antarctic expeditions were marooned in 1915 after their ship, Aurora, was blown out to sea. Two of the ships anchors still remain outside the hut. This trip will bring new meaning to the term ‘making first tracks’ and


you will be able to count yourself as one of just a few thousand who have braved this inhospitable but truly majestic icy frontier. From £12,590 for a 20-night voyage, including all meals, excursions, and accommodation. Book with Orion Expeditions (020 7399 7620, www.orionexpeditions.com)


Château Pape Clément, Pessac





Scott’s hut at Cape Evans August/September 2011 businesslife.co 55


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