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Costa Rica - Walks and Wildlife Adventure Holiday
By: Nan Pratt, Swindon, UK
I am thrilled with this holiday. It gave an excellent and varied introduction to Costa Rica. Wonderful!
The aspects I most enjoyed were: variety of locations from tropical rainforest to 'alpine' conditions, quality of our leader, different types of accommodation, including log cabins - particularly close to the forests / Pacific / the wild, meeting Ticos, especially those who are endeavouring to improve their lot with ecotourism off the beaten track, swimming in plunge pools, hot springs, the Pacific ocean (and hotel pools), walking through a wide range of ecosystems and landscapes, observing birds, mammals, sea-life, Gallo pinto! small group, sunsets.
Walter (our leader) was enthusiastic to show us as much as possible. His knowledge of wildlife and love of his country are exemplary. He appreciated our different needs and interests and tried effectively to engage us all.
There was even more diverse habitats than I expected. The level of walking was never too difficult - I feared it may have been. This was a superb experience. I loved every moment, even when I was physically stretched.
By: Jay Ramji, Welwyn, UK
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It met my expectations (in fact exceeded them).
Our trip leader (Niry) and all the support staff (camp crew, local park guides, both on the main trip and the extension) were excellent. My most enjoyed parts of the trip were the trek up to Pk Boby, Ranomafana and Perinet National Parks. Wildlife (lemurs, chameleons and a range of interesting insects)was plentiful and exciting to observe.
Polar Cruise - The Realm of the Polar Bear
By: John Dawson, Derbyshire, UK
Walruses. Zodiac excursions on calm fjords under the snouts of glaciers. Being given free access to the bridge of the ship. The day in Longyearbyen was most interesting. The scenery was awesome. The knowledgeable members of the team on the ship. All sorts of subjects were covered. having the use of a small gym on the ship to try and run some of the food off.
While my wife's daughter fell about laughing at the thought of her getting into a Zodiac we experienced no trouble at all as reasonably fit 71 and 69 year olds.
Polar Cruise - Antarctica Classic
By: Michael Burn, Watford, UK
I would have been very dissapointed if I had NOT done the Kayaking. I had 4 x 1.5hrs plus 1 x 3hrs = 9hrs on the water. The food on board was excellent. One nights camping - first class sleeping bags and tents. Kayak equipment also first class. We had some of the best weather seen in Antarctica over a 5 day period. All the leaders / lectures were excellent. I had a great time and would gladly recommend it to anyone. I most enjoyed the wilderness experience along with the stunning wildlife. Thanks for a wonderful holiday. Once I've sorted through 2,419 photos I'll send you some.
Thailand - In the Kingdom of Siam
By: Mark Fussell, Cumbria, UK
Excellent help from KE office staff especially with our last minute add on's.
The trip met if not exceeded expectations. The whole balance of holiday allowed plenty of time to relax in resort at the end. The Cambodia extension was also excellent and I would recommend it.
Towers and Trails of Cappadocia
By: John Rainer, Jersey, UK
Our guide Oz was brilliant. You come to expect good things from KE guides, but Oz was really concerned to ensure that everyone was content at all times. He really went above and beyond the call of duty. A real gent with good knowledge of his own country's history. This was a great holiday. It far exceeded my expectations. It really helped that the guide was so good and the other people on the trip were jovial. The walking was fantastic and we managed to fit in a hot air balloon ride. I really enjoyed all of this holiday. The valleys we walked were breathtaking. The vistas were awe inspiring. The rock cut houses,churches and underground cities were fascinating. It was a great combination of the great outdoors and culture. This was the ideal holiday in terms of walking, touring and culture at a easy going pace.
Temples and Trails of Burma
By: Daryl Cutts, St Albans, UK
Hotel accommodation was a mixture of good and excellent. Staying in the monasteries during the trek was a fabulous experience. There was a bit too much food on offer ie breakfast, lunch and dinner, especially on those days when we weren't trekking - although I realise that this can be managed by eating small amounts, there seemed to be quite a bit of waste. I loved that we did so much in the time available - even the longer than expected trek days.
Nyi Nyi (our guide) was open in sharing his views on the political, social, economic and cultural situation in Myanmar and this was a positive part of the holiday for me. Practically he was very efficient and also looked for consensus among the group to make some decisions where appropriate and accepting if opting out.
I most enjoyed the trekking - partly because that's the kind of holiday I prefer anyway as it's more physically active than being transported from one place to the next - but also because it allowed the opportunity to appreciate landscapes particular to Burma, aspects of village life and to stay in monasteries. I loved the day on Lake Inle - partly because it meant being outside all day but also because of all the interest (local communities living on the lake etc).
Best of Northern India
By: Sue West, Essex, UK
Very supportive and knowledgeable trip leader who took good care of our welfare throughout with a nice personal touch.
Most enjoyed - Taj Mahal, Ghats, seeing a tiger, local culture.
Namibia Highlights Tour
By: Keith Muir, Glasgow, UK
We were very fortunate to have a wonderful guide and equally wonderful co-travellers. Namibia is stunning but it is a very big country and involves a lot of travelling by road.
Many of the lodgings were in isolated wilderness spots which were beautiful
Antarctic Basecamp Adventure
By: Rob Eagle, Somerset, UK
The company are highly experienced in providing polar cruises and the staff they selected for the organisation on the trip and for the multi-activities were of a very high standard.
The snowshoeing short hikes were excellent. Weather was variable but EVERY effort was made to get as much done at many different locations as possible - even a "landing" directly onto sea ice (which the company had never done before).
Most enjoyed - Antarctica! Snowshoeing with my wife in superb scenery. Whales.
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