Whilst Iran is well-known for its intricate Islamic architecture, turquoise-domed mosques and ancient sites such as Persepolis, its cuisine is a lesser-known delight. Looking to change that is food writer and cook Yasmin Khan and we are delighted that Yasmin will be leading a tour focusing on Iran’s food and culture in 2018.
Books and holidays go hand in hand, whether you’ve got hours to kill on the plane, in the back of the 4WD, or relaxing by the pool. Here at Wild Frontiers, we think travel experiences can really be enhanced by the right book, and a novel set in the country you’re travelling through can give an insight into the history, culture and traditions of the local people. Here is a selection of our favourite books from 2017, all set in some of our destinations.
Congratulations to Ken Norman who won our inaugural “Loo with a view” competition. Ken took a photo of this rather windswept WC on a Wild Frontiers trip in Tajikistan, and wins a Kindle for his troubles. Read on to view a few more of our favourite dunnys around the world.
Our Tour in Focus blogs take an in-depth look at our most popular trips, looking at what makes them unique and answering anything you might need to know. Oman is one of our favourite destinations in the Middle East, and our Oman Desert Adventure tour is one of our bestselling trips in the area. Here we cover some of the most frequently asked questions about the tour, as well as sharing the opinions of some of our clients.
Few things get the world’s travel press excited like the opening of a smart, new hotel in an exotic paradise where previously there were none. When the Taj Group announced that is was going to open a new property on the Andaman Islands, journalists were abuzz; at least three contacted me asking if we’d be able to offer them a trip. With great publicity guaranteed, I thought I’d better go and see for myself what all the fuss was about… a tough job as they say, but someone has to do it.
We think that the Middle Eastern country of Oman has something to offer everyone, from those looking for a luxury stay to those wanting to get off the beaten track, and from culture vultures to adrenaline junkies. Here are our top five reasons to visit...
With the increasing numbers of tourists visiting Rajasthan, it’s refreshing to explore a town that has remained largely off the tourist trail. Bundi is one of the oldest towns in the Land of Kings. Founded in the early part of the 15th century as a stronghold against marauding Maratha warriors from what is now Madhya Pradesh, it is a town steeped in history.
For us, wild camping offers a rare and desirable opportunity to enjoy the breath-taking beauty of a place away from the trappings of modern life. To pitch a tent in the wilderness and spend the night with nature is one of the best ways to truly experience a destination, as night-time falls with just the stars for company. Below we take a look at some of our favourite wild camping sites, from the rim of an Ethiopian volcano to the surreal landscapes of the Aral Sea.
Oman is one of our favourite Middle Eastern destinations to visit, a peaceful modern Arabic country with vast expanses of desert, dramatic fjords and an exciting capital city which blends traditional Arabic and Islamic styles. An excellent choice for a winter sun holiday, Oman also boasts a whole range of adventure activities and plenty of opportunities for a trip into the unknown. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from clients booking tours in Oman.
Arriving after a long, satisfying walk through part of the iconic Jordan Trail from Dana to Feynan we arrived at our desert eco lodge for the night. Set in perfect keeping with the desert surroundings, it appeared like a mirage, almost camouflaged by the rocks.
Traveling on horseback is one of the best ways to travel. Being outside, exposed to the elements, and on the back of a wild animal, gives you a whole different perspective on your surroundings. It’s often tough to choose the ideal location for horse trekking, so we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite destinations.
“Hehehe Pakistan roads” chuckles Nazeer as he slaps his palm on the weathered dash of our open-top Jeep. We are careening down a single-lane dirt road in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: the northwest province of Pakistan, formerly known as the Northwest Frontier. To the west is the Afghan border, the tribal areas alongside Punjab lie to the south, and Gilgit-Baltistan beckons from the east. We are amidst the confluence of the three highest mountain ranges in the world - where Mother Nature’s power can be seen in its true, raw glory.