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ISSUE 4 SUMMER/AUTUMN 2007
OUR PEOPLE – OUR FUTURE
ASIA
When Kumuka began operations 25 years ago, we offered apart. Kumuka wanted to give something back to our
04 THAILAND – A LAND OF 2 HALVES
just one trip: an overland truck expedition in Africa. staff, so we’ve made decisions to empower them, offering
Dan Eldridge looks from north to south Pioneering as it was, today you’re slightly more spoilt, as them the opportunity to take greater ownership of their
08 VIETNAM – BORN TO RIDE
we can help you visit nearly every corner of the globe in resources and increased responsibility for their tours. Not
Venture talks to Chris Valentine
the manner that suits you and on a budget you can afford. only will this set us further ahead of our competitors, it will
10 BHUTAN – INTO THE DRAGON’S KINGDOM
Whether you want to choose from one of our 240 tours or give you, the traveller, confi dence that you’ll be looked
create a tailor-made itinerary; whether you want to travel after by people with a vested interest in the success of
Angela Dewar takes us into this remote world
in a group or on your own, we can help. every trip.
FAMILY TRAVEL
Our broadening portfolio of travel options has seen Your tour guide is just as eager for
Kumuka’s clients evolve as well. While we still serve your holiday to be a success as you are.
12 FAMILY PLANNING
energised youth looking for a genuine taste of foreign
Mary Askew’s parental guide to plotting the
cultures at a reasonable price, we now also cater to adult
perfect overseas holiday professionals with more upmarket tastes, and even to
families wanting unique adventures.
EUROPE
What’s clear is that we couldn’t have made it this far
OZ OZBULUTER
14 WINTER HIGHS without our incredibly loyal staff. While blessed with
MANAGING DIRECTOR
We join Jeremy Snowsill on a coach tour
diverse skill sets, it’s their passion for travel that sets them KUMUMA WORLDWIDE
through Europe
THE BIG PICTURE
16 CAPTIVATING CARNIVAL
Venture deep into the world’s biggest party
How do you want to travel?
THE MIDDLE EAST
We know that the perfect experience abroad is different for everyone. For some, travelling is all
18 EGYPT’S TOP 10 about the destination. For others, it’s the journey that’s key. Travelling can be a time to push your
Mark Honan picks out his Egyptian favourites
personal envelope and meet new people, or it can be a time to cherish long lasting bonds with
AFRICA
friends and family. How is Kumuka accommodating your diverse needs?
20 NAMIBIA’S HAVES & HAVE-NOTS
TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL story of sharing a space on a bus with some chickens and a
Matt Phillips overlands through Namibia Your wish is our command. Whether you want to go to llama. We cut out the hassle of waiting in line for tickets and
the Arctic to kayak through ice sheets with your six closest searching for great places to spend the night. These trips run
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE
friends, or have the most memorable honeymoon while primarily in South and Central America.
22 KUMUKA – THE START OF A JOURNEY island hopping in Asia, Kumuka will make it happen and
Why Robert Sandalls can’t get enough of us
keep you smiling throughout the process. By melding our SMALL GROUP TOURS
extensive know-how with your desires during the planning Predominently to Asia, these tours are a true blend of local
TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL stages, your customised Kumuka trip will be as successful and cultural tradition, quality and comfort. The trips, which
24 MIDDLE EARTH IS YOUR PLAYGROUND
as it is personal. Your options for destinations, itineraries, have a maximum group size of 12-16 people, use a mixture
Explore the best of New Zealand
accommodation and transportation are only limited by your of transportation, including minibuses, rickshaws, planes and
imagination. If your heart is set on experiencing anything, riverboats. Public modes of transport are used when they
26 IS MEXICO CALLING YOU?
anywhere, think tailor-made. offer something cultural to the tour, such as train journeys
Lee Nicholson on top spots to visit
in India. Accommodation varies from 3-4 star hotels to guest
GLOBETROTTING
FAMILY ADVENTURE TOURS houses, lodges, tea houses and even camping (the latter two
Kumuka knows that those with children still want to explore. being used on Himalayan treks in Nepal).
28 A COMPENDIUM of advice, tips and fun,
And we realise that parents want more than package
including winter tours, best place to…, who
holidays, where kids are isolated from local cultures. Our LODGE-BASED AFRICAN SAFARIS
we are, and more Family Adventure Tours offer genuine experiences in rich If you’re wanting a few more creature comforts on your
cultures, as well as the absence of the day-to-day hassle of African safari, these tours are for you. While there will be
holiday planning. We take into account the different needs more than a canvas tent between you and the wild, you’ll still
VENTURE is published four times a year by Kumuka Worldwide.
and views of each family member, as well as providing a be in the middle of the action, sleeping at some of the top
It is distributed free of charge in outlets across the United
clean, easy, safe and fun environment for everyone involved. lodges in Africa within the confi nes of national parks.
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allowing you to explore vast tracts of the planet. They offer include free orientation tours of the major cities.
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LOCAL TRANSPORT SMALL GROUP TOURS These trips give you the opportunity to focus your energy on
or part is forbidden, except with the permission of the publishers. All Designed for those who want extra doses of local culture, some of the world’s greatest venues. Climb Mt Kilimanjaro,
information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press
but don’t mind riding local transportation. These trips are dive the red sea, cruise the Galapagos or visit Antarctica
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