Angkor Wat half marathon to support Cambodian charities

Angkor_Wat_runThe 19th international half marathon will be held at World Heritage Site Angkor Wat temple complex on Sunday 7 December.

During a press briefing Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia said 4,000 professional and amateur runners from 65 countries had registered for the event so far.

The registration fee is US$45 for foreign athletes and US$5 for Cambodians and in addition to the half marathon 10km and 3km fun runs will take place.  Proceeds raised will be donated to the Cambodian Red Cross and support for land mine victims.  Last year’s race attracted over 7,500 runners.

“The event is vital to promote sports and tourism at the Angkor Wat temple,” said Vath Chamroeun.

Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s premier tourist attraction and welcomed 1.74 million foreign visitors in the first nine months of 2014, up 11% on the same period last year.

World Discovery have a range of tailor made options in Cambodia and the neighbouring countries of Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.

SRI LANKA: Jetwing Vil Uyana wins at World Travel Awards

Vil Uyana Forest DwellingThe Jetwing Vil Uyana, located in Sri Lanka’s famous ‘Cultural Triangle’ has won the coveted Sri Lanka’s Leading Boutique Hotel award at the recently held World Travel Awards.   A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Jetwing Vil Uyana is a marvel of architecture and design with an unparalleled combination of nature and luxury.

Speaking in relation to the event, Jetwing’s Head of Sales and Marketing Ishanth Gunewardene was happy to say: “Our product and quality of service is now world class and gaining popularity internationally and that is testament to our dedication and commitment to true Sri Lankan hospitality and our innovative approach. Accolades like this only help to further the strides we are making in this regard and has resulted in Jetwing becoming the premier hospitality brand in Sri Lanka”.

The Jetwing Vil Uyana is World Discovery’s first choice of accommodation in the Cultural Triangle and is featured in several itineraries including our 12-day Best of Sri Lanka tour.

INDIA: Wildlife Promotion Company of the Year 2014

bandhavgarh-national-park-indiaAt the recent TOFT (Travel Operators for Tigers) Awards in New Delhi Pugdundee Safaris were judged ‘Wildlife Promotion Company of the Year’.  Since 2009, this wildlife safari operator, together with its five wilderness lodges – which started as far back as 1986 – has helped put India firmly on the world map as an unparalleled nature tourism destination.  Since its foundation, it has based its ethos on a strong sustainable tourism foundation. Together with its five lodge operations in Madhya Pradesh all of which pass the TOFT PUG eco certification, and overall team employing over 150 people, it has also pioneered wildlife camping and walking safaris into buffer zones and supported long term research through its dedicated Conservation Cell into buffer forest restoration between Panna and Bandhavgarh.

World Discovery features the Pugdundee Safari properties on its Wildlife of India itinerary – 9 days from £1120 per person.

Wildlife on a Grand Scale – Canada’s Yukon

SandhillCrane_MorningFlyout_HS0724If you’re looking for a wildlife holiday, where better than one of the wildest places in the world to see caribou, moose, bears, birds and hundreds of other northern species?   Join a wildlife safari to the Yukon, home to species of international significance including 30 per cent of Canada’s grizzlies, the Porcupine caribou herd and peregrine falcons, and seasonal home to millions of migratory birds.

Whether you’re an ardent birder or a casual wildlife watcher, the Yukon’s skies come alive as trumpeter swans, geese, sandhill cranes (pictured) and other migratory birds travel to and from nesting grounds.  Birders converge in the Yukon to search for species including harlequin duck, northern hawk owl, wandering tattler, gyrfalcon and three kinds of ptarmigan.

World Discovery can tailor make your unforgettable trip to Canada’s Yukon Territory.

Undiscovered – Untamed – Unspoiled – Nunavut, Canada´s Arctic

Nunavut walrusExperience the Arctic from a qamutik (sled) behind an eager team of dogs.  You can tour deep fiords or the tundra feeding-grounds of Peary caribou.  On some tours, you set up a winter camp, then watch the amazing Aurora Borealis.

A sledding expedition takes you across the sea-ice of Frobisher Bay to Meta Incognita Peninsula and into Katannilik Territorial Park.  Your unforgettable journey ends in Kimmirut, where you can visit the Katannilik Park Visitor Centre or view jewellery and stone sculptures at the Soper House Art Gallery. Every community in Nunavut has an air service.  You’ll fly back to Iqaluit from there.

From the capital (Iqaluit), local travel outfitters can take you to Illaulittuuq Outpost Camp, located approximately 112 km southeast of Iqaluit.  This place of seal pups has been a traditional Inuit home for hundreds of years, and is the perfect setting for explorations of the land and culture.

Set out from Pond Inlet to see mountains, glaciers, icebergs, and marine wildlife.  Outfitters offer snowmobile trips to Thule sites, the floe edge or to bird cliffs on Bylot Island.  Other activities include cross-country skiing, sea kayaking, sport fishing, narwhal watching, and exploring journeys in Sirmilik National Park.

World Discovery can tailor make your unforgettable trip to Canada’s Arctic.

Great Bear Lodge – Port Hardy, British Columbia

Number 22 pauses with her 3 cubs of the year for a family portrait.Great Bear Lodge has been operating a Grizzly Bear viewing programme since 1999.  Guiding people into the wilderness is not just a business for lodge’s naturalists…it is a passion.   This ecotourism lodge is the ideal base for photography and wildlife viewing tours, nestled at the mouth of a pristine salmon river.  Wilderness-gourmet meals await you upon your return from the two guided viewing sessions per day.  With a maximum of sixteen guests, you are assured of a personalised wilderness adventure in this very special area.

Take a look at World Discovery’s Grizzly Bear Adventure which features a 3 night stay at the lodge and a full programme of bear viewing and other activities – from £1189 per person.

The Viking Trail – Newfoundland and Labrador

Gros Morne 2The Viking Trail is the largest themed highway in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Stretching all the way from the Newfoundland’s west coast to Southern Labrador, the Viking Trail is the only route to the popular UNESCO World Heritage sites at Gros Morne National Park and L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.

These northern coastline environments were once home to numerous ancient cultures that now reveal their lives in ongoing archaeological digs and at modern exhibits and interpretation centres operated by Parks Canada and others.  Today, scenic fishing communities surround this Northern Peninsula where the Long Range Mountains expose geological wonders.  This is a land where some of the planet’s rarest plants grow, where wildlife abounds in the forests and mighty salmon dominate the streams.  Visitors will be at the foot of creation, where 10,000 year-old icebergs shine on the horizons while numerous whales migrate in their wake, and Atlantic Canada’s tallest lighthouse helps with the view.

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See also World Discovery’s Guaranteed Small Group Departures – The Viking Trail – 8 days from £1685

Tipsy elephants stumble across Kruger

Drunken baby elephants in the KrugerElephant calves photographed wandering across Kruger National Park after consuming intoxicating marula fruit.

A Kruger National Park warden captured some endearing images of young elephants in South Africa behaving like drunkards.  Field guide Ross Couper photographed the calves after they had consumed huge quantities of the sweet and tart marula fruit, which is known to have an intoxicating effect on the large mammals.  Once the fruit is fully ripened it falls to the ground.  If left for long enough it will ferment over time and become alcoholic.  Adult elephants can consume up to 30kg in a single day – approximately 714 marula fruit.  This year has seen an abundance of fallen marula, which has clearly proven to be a favourite among these young elephants.

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