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WELCOME
Contents
ISSUE 5 SPRING 2008
PLANNING
FROM WH
ERE I SIT...
04 RESOLVE TO TRAVEL!
Where will you visit in 2008? Ian Waller
suggests 13 top attractions to think about
FROM THE GREAT WALL
ASIA
As Kumuka’s portfolio of travel options has
08 A CHINESE NEW YEAR
broadened, from one overland route in Africa
Simon Lewis explains why China should be
back in 1983 to hundreds of unique options
top of your must-see list this Olympic year
spread across seven continents, I’ve prided myself
on understanding our destinations and getting
11 TIMELESS IN TIBET
Magical moments, by Bradley Mayhew
to know the people running our tours around
the globe.
12 WILD ABOUT BORNEO
My most recent trip took me to China, a travellers through the nation on our eleven
Extraordinary and addictive. By Nick Garbutt
country that will welcome the world this summer different itineraries or on our tailor-made tours.
FAMILY TRAVEL
at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. I have to It’s clear that their knowledge and energy add
say that I was incredibly impressed by the richness something special to each and every trip we run.
14 CHILD’S PLAY
of the Chinese culture and by the diversity of If the upcoming Olympiad has piqued your
Two families tell us how Kumuka helped
sights available. The wealth of historical treasures interest in this exciting ancient nation, it’s the
them have stimulating and relaxed holidays
– the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the forever- perfect time to call on Kumuka. Combine our
THE BIG PICTURE
standing Terracotta Warriors – goes back thousands experience and enthusiasm with China’s world
of years and offers endless fascination for today’s wonders and you have an unforgettable adventure
16 MOMENTS IN TIME
travellers. I found modern China no less intriguing. in the making. Enjoy!
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Whether visiting vibrant markets, trekking through
EUROPE
rice terraces or standing in silence in the middle of
OZ OZBULUTER
Tiananmen Square, I was always longing for more.
18 GREECE ENLIGHTENING
MANAGING DIRECTOR
I was also very impressed with our Kumuka team KUMUKA WORLDWIDE
It’s the one that I want, says Paul Hellander
in China who lead adventurous and inquisitive
AFRICA
20 POT OF GOLD
Carrie Hampton explores the Rainbow Nation
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Get travelling!
24 CRAVING THE CARAVAN ROUTE
Daniel Archer sings Jordan’s praises
It’s never been easier to see the parts of the world that you’ve always dreamed of.
CENTRAL AMERICA
With Kumuka, they’re only a few clicks away. So, where will you fi nd yourself over the
26 BEYOND THE RICH COAST
coming 12 months?
Will Gray ventures into Costa Rica and Belize
Coming face to face with some of our closest
GLOBETROTTING
W
hether you’re looking simply to escape from
the humdrum of daily life in the city, or hoping relatives is as poignant as any animal encounter can
to have an enthralling expedition, there’s no get. So why not track endangered mountain gorillas
28 A COMPENDIUM of advice, tips and fun,
time like the present. Give yourself the gift that never into the volcanoes of Rwanda, or wade into the
including new tours down under... and more!
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