Whether you’re planning you next holiday in earnest or are just curious to know what made it onto to our list, then read on for some activities and adventures that are truly inspiring. Those package holidays will never look the same again after we reveal our top 7 experiences from across the world:
7. The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration – Tanzania, Eastern Africa
Prepare yourself for one of world’s most stunning wildlife events with The Great Serengeti Wildebeest Migration, which is also known as 'The Greatest Show on Earth'. This amazing spectacle is the longest and largest movement of herds in the world with approximately 1.4 million wildebeest migrating. The wildebeest head for the hills of Kenya’s Masai Mara and as well as wildebeest there are also zebra and gazelle making the dangerous journey clockwise covering over 1,800 miles each year in search of the rain ripened grass. The semi-annual occurrence is also classed as one of the ten natural travel wonders on the planet. The Serengeti ecosystem is located in north-western Tanzania and spans 30,000 km2. The area has several national parks and game reserves and the word Serengeti comes from the Maasai language meaning "Endless Plains". It is estimated that 70 larger mammal species are found here including blue wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffaloes.
6. Travel the Ganges - Haridwar, India, South Asia
The Ganges holds an important cultural and religious significance to the many people that live on its banks. The Ganges is thought to be a goddess by Hindus and thousands of locals make the pilgrimage every morning into the water to pray and to wash away their sins. It is believed that in order for you to reach heaven your body must touch the Ganges. As part of a long-standing tradition, Hindus are brought to the Ganges to be buried. The banks are lined with temples of which those around Haridwar, Allahabad and Varanasi are said to be particularly auspicious areas in which to bathe.
5. Cruise on the Amazon River – Brazil, South America
Make your next trip a true adventure with a cruise down the mighty Amazon River in Brazil. Wonder at the lush rainforests and the biodiversity of both animal and plant life. The nature and landscapes that you have only seen so far on documentaries will come to life as you are guided along the river and as you make you way on land. Popular stops are Iquitos, Santarem, Parintins, Manaus and Boca de Valeria, although the Amazon, which is the longest river in the world, actually runs through nine countries. Ensure you travel in a small group with a local specialist tour operator and remember to eyes peeled at all times!
4. Torres del Paine – Chile, South America
Tores del Paine rates as one the most beautiful places in the world with dramatic natural scenery. Wonder at the granite pinnacles of the Torres del Paine, the Towers of Paine and also the Cuernos del Paine, the Horns of Paine. The Paine Circuit is dominated by the glacier landscapes of ice lakes and tundra plains. Hike in the National Park and watch the guanaco graze.
3. Cruise the Yangtze River – China, Eastern Asia
Take a cruise on the majestic Yangtze River and witness the beautiful scenery along the way. See rich landscapes as you travel through the mists uncovering ancient cities along the way. There are a wealth of options centred on how long you would like to cruise for with the longest route being from Chongging to Shanghai which will take a week. The full route is the most rewarding with opportunities to visit the Fengdu ghost city and the Three Gorges where the cruise boat passes through the Qutang Gorge, then Wuxia Gorge before entering the dam. You can also see the ancient city of Wuhan on the Yangtze and Hanjiang rivers. Here you can see Mt. Huangshan and on to ancient Nanjing.
2. Travel the Alaskan Highway - Alaska, North America
Travel the Alaskan Highway and witness the stunning natural landscapes and soak up the peace and quiet. Drive from British Columbia through the Yukon and on into Alaska. On the way you can swim at the Liard Hot Springs, see reindeer near Whitehorse (Yukon) and visit the Santa Claus House in North Pole. Wildlife is in abundance and spot elk, wild sheep, grizzly bears, moose and marmots on your journey. You can also catch a glimpse of otters, dolphins, whales and puffers.
1. Rafting on the Zambezi – Mozambique, Southern Africa
The package holiday is well and truly left behind if you decide to tackle a rafting trip on the mighty Zambezi. This river is seriously big with waves up to 24ft and you can raft under the incredible Victoria Falls. Take your pick from the rapids names Oblivion, Devils Toilet Bowl and Stairway to Heaven. The bonus is that at the end of the day you can relax on the beautiful beaches whilst planning your next class four rapid. Beginners have no excuse to duck out either, as with a professional guide, the Zambezi rafting experience is open to all!