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3 Adventure Travel Companies that’ll knock your socks off

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Adventure Travel seems to be the big keyword this year, and we couldn’t be happier. Willamette Intl Travel works with some amazing and reputable adventure travel companies, designed to keep your curiosity alive!

Origins Safaris

Nothing says “adventure” quite like Africa, home of uncharted plains and diverse wildlife. We’ve praised Origins Safaris on our blog before, and with good reason. OS offers incredible safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Chad, and more. They pair guests up with certified guides and drivers, who have grown up in the region, and take you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to come face to face with gorillas, migration herds, and local tribes.  Many of the trips that WIT Founders Christina and John escort on their annual African trip are courtesy of Origins. You can always count on a life-changing trip with Origins.

Read more on our previous post in our “Conscientious Traveler” series

Origins Safaris films “Monkeys with Altitude”!

Macs Adventure

Looking to be the leader or your own expedition? Macs Adventure curates self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Europe and Asia. We’ve used these folks in Portugal and Ireland—and recently they’ve released a few new incredible destinations like Shikoku, southwest Madeira, the Loire Valley, Meteora and the Pindos, and Swiss alpine valleys. The collection of their latest includes a spiritual journey on foot, luxury cycling and more. If that can’t get your wanderlust going, we don’t know what can!

Join cycling tour development specialist Jo Payne on her research trip for cycling in Provence: 

Mountain Hiking Holidays

Our good friends at Mountain Hiking Holidays always has some interesting itinerary to share with you—whether it’s hiking the Dolomites, obscure mountains of Bulgaria, trekking through the temple route on Shikoku, or conquering Patagonia. MHH specializes in guided, small-group hiking trips amid mountain ridges, where you can breathe fresh alpine air and fall under the spell of magical mountains. Enjoy comfortable stays in hotels and inns, excellent gourmet meals, and hiking options that range from moderate to challenging.

Their international team of certified guides and licensed mountaineers have taken rigorous training in order to cultivate the perfect mountain holiday for you!

Read more about Mountain Hiking Holidays on our previous post here

Check out MHH in the Azores:

Have your curiosity piqued? Call Willamette Intl Travel to talk more about these incredible adventure opportunities. Unleash your inner explorer out into the world!

Call us at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

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Conscientious Traveler: Origins Safari

It’s time for our favorite episode on responsible travel, Conscientious Traveler! CT is our monthly series in which we showcase a fantastic travel organization that supports humanitarian and/or environmental work. 

The month of August is all about Origins Safari!

Origins Safari organizes unforgettable trips to East and Central Africa. We’ve partnered up with them for years, providing invaluable experiences to travelers with a passion for wildlife and safari adventures. Most of their programs run in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, though they also touch on natural conservation areas in the South Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad, and Benin.

Many of the trips that WIT Founders Christina and John escort on their annual African trip are courtesy of Origins.

Green Africa

Origins Safari is dedicated to promoting responsible tourism and cultural heritage. They are members of several sustainable organizations, including:

AMREF Flying Doctors: In 1956, three doctors established groundbreaking medical efforts in remote and rural regions of East Africa. Their vision has spread all over the continent, treating the combined effects of poverty, tropical disease and minimal health services and facilities in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, South Sudan and South Africa. http://amnew.amref.org/

Ecotourism Kenya: This non-profit promotes responsible tourism practices, working with local communities and managing waste, maintaining the natural environment and livelihood of the local people. http://www.ecotourismkenya.org/

The East African Wild Life Society: A membership-based public benefit organization that seeks to promote conservation and the use of natural resources in East Africa. https://www.eawildlife.org/index.php

We Are Africa Travel: An organization dedicated to rethinking old tropes and stereotypes of Africans, and enhance a more modern image of the continent. http://www.weareafricatravel.com/

Just Imagine…

Imagine yourself trekking through Subsaharan Africa with certified guides and drivers, who have grown up in the region and are intimately familiar with the game and people who live there.

  • Spend a day mingling with the tribes of the Omo Delta
  • Photograph Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes
  • Chase the migration herds from the crow’s viewpoint in a helicopter
  • Rest up from a day’s safari in your private tented camp

Steve Turner of Origins Safaris, ground operator with whom we’ve worked closely for over 30 years, is our go-to guy and an expert on migration.

Wherever your spirit of wild adventure leads you, Origins can help you get there!

When to Go?

Steve recommends November to March as primary game viewing in Tanzania. Rain tends to the cusp months, so perfect timing is January and February, with an added bonus of birthing seas in the crater in February. From August to October, head to Kenya as the migration should be thick on the Mara.

Two Sample Itineraries

Click on the Tanzania itinerary below for a larger, legible picture: 

Origins comes to Portland in December

Origins Safari will join us on our 40th birthday celebration this December! One of our favorite guides, Stanley, will return to share with you all about Africa and the programs with Origins Safari. He’ll be our official “storyteller”—stories that will have you in stitches before long!

The date is Sunday, December 3 — see our newsletter for more details.

Call Willamette Intl Travel for more ideas and opportunities to travel in Africa! 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com. 

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Origins Safaris + WIT Escorted Trip to East Africa

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Considering a safari in Africa? For years, Wittravel has partnered up with Origins Safari, providing unforgettable trips to travelers with a passion for wildlife and adventure. Wittravel’s owners, Christina and John, possess a deep love for Africa and are eager to recommend Origins’ tailor-made trips with our clients.

Origins Safaris first had their start as East African Ornithological Safaris back in the ’60s. The organization’s team of specialist ornithologist guides led birdwatching tours all over Kenya and Tanzania. Now, Origins organizes trips all over East and Central Africa. Picture yourself spending a day with the tribes of the Omo Delta, or photographing Mountain Gorillas at the Virunga Volcanoes. Chase the migration in a helicopter or rest up from that day’s safari in your private tented camp. Looking for somewhere special to spend your honeymoon? Why not join Origins Safaris for a week on the savannah, toasting your new life together over champagne as you admire your panoramic view of the stunning Great Rift Valley?

Whatever your niche, Origins can help you find it! Their expert guides lead unique, amazing trips that are specially tailored to your needs.

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Safari in Fall 2015! Just about every year, Wittravel Owners Christina and John escort a small group to Kenya and Tanzania with the help of Origins Safaris. They still have limited space on two tours this Fall! The first tour needs to be in Nairobi by 28 September, and the second group departs in October. Give Christina a call at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com to find out more. Hurry! These escorted expeditions are incredibly popular!

Check out the full itinerary on page 12 of our newsletter: http://wittravel.com/WIT%20Newsletter%20Winter2015_web.pdf

Or click here to check out the Gallery of one of Christina and John’s previous trips with Origins Safaris!

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