Travel agents ramp up thrills

Travel agents ramp up thrills

Can't decide where to go? Here are some ideas.

Hunting with the Bushmen

What's next after seeing the Big 5 at an African safari? Perhaps a hunting expedition.

This eight-day exotic holiday begins with a two-day initiation into the San Bushmen community in Botswana.

Day three marks the start of the hunt for an eland with the Bushmen. In the event that the hunt for the eland is unsuccessful, the Bushmen will switch to gemsbuck, wildebeest or kudu. It is a physically demanding hunt, so you have to be fit.

While the location is remote, you will still be able to dine on excellent food and stay in luxurious mobile tents. There are no rain showers though, what you get are bucket baths - the only concession to the reality of being in the remote bushes of Botswana.

Priced at US$11,440, excluding flights. Urbane Nomads,

South American Journey

The continent continues to be a hot destination next year, especially with Brazil hosting the World Cup in June.

It is impossible to visit all the South American countries in one holiday, but going on a 16-day tour gives you a fairly good picture of the continent. The tour starts and ends in Sao Paulo, so if you are heading to Brazil to catch the World Cup, you could join the tour either before or after catching the matches.

The journey will take you to popular sites such as Christ the Redeemer statue and Iguazu Falls in Brazil. Then move onto Buenos Aires in Argentina, where you will be part of a Gaucho party at the famed Pampas grasslands. The tour then goes to Santiago, Chile, with a stop at a Maipo Valley and a visit to the Statue of the Virgin Mary. Besides Santiago, you also stop at Valparaiso town which was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2003.

Of course, no trip to South America would be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Priced from S$12,288. Chan Brothers,

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