My daughter and I had talked about a bucket-list trip to Kilimanjaro a few years ago, but finally in the middle of last year her reminder made me realize that if we were going to do this trip, it was now. After some initial research, our travel agent put us onto Mountain Travel Sobek to coordinate an ascent of Kilimanjaro followed by a four-day safari. We signed on, and having just returned from that trip, there is no question it was the best decision we made to make this a truly memorable trip.
Irina & Andrei Shishov joined Mountain Travel Sobek for our exhilarating tour of Central Asia, traveling through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan along the fabled Great Silk Road. We spoke to them about their journey and what made their experience so special.
"I just got back from my third safari in Northern Tanzania, the Ultimate Tanzania Safari, and it truly lived up to its billing. This was the Africa of Holden, Houston, and Hemingway. With walled tents and bucket showers, sundowners around an open fire, and lions and hyenas proclaiming themselves masters of the night, as darkness reigns just beyond the embers' glow. In the morning we were off at the break of dawn on game drives while the predators were still settling their differences from the night before. It was Africa seen not through a light box in the corner of the room, but in whole present reality as bright as the sky, as vast as the horizon."
"Out of the corner of my eye I spot a flash of movement as a huge heard of Himalayan Blue Sheep runs together across a hillside; from my vantage point high above they appear as a school of fish floating in and out of the patches of mist that cling to the slopes of the valley. I reach for my camera and then stop, knowing that a photo will never do this place justice."
"We returned in late August from our MTS Australian Custom Journey for my wife May’s 50th birthday. Our trip was epic in so many ways, and we wanted to share our photo gallery and a few trip notes! Special kudos to our guide Tiff at Sal Salis on the Ningaloo Reef and to Calandra, our top-deck/VIP host on the Great Barrier Reef live aboard."