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South Africa has a unique set of characteristics that make walking safaris in big game areas one of the safest and most rewarding outdoor experiences: a huge expanse of protected habitat richly populated with wildlife; excellent tourism facilities; a favourable climate; and expertly trained trail guides.
Seasoned hikers, Hlengiwe Magagula and Denis Costello cover more than 50 guided walks across 21 parks and reserves in South Africa (including two in eSwatini and one in Botswana). They unpack the options available in each park, from short dawn and dusk walks and multi-day wilderness trails to backpacking trails that span several days. Facilities range from ultra-luxurious to ‘wild camping’, either in tents or under the stars. Also included is a series of first-hand accounts that vividly illustrate the magical experience of exploring the bush on foot.
An advisory section gives a rundown of when to go, what to pack, what to wear, and the dos and don’ts of walking in areas with big game.
Big Trails: Great Britain & Ireland is an inspirational guide to the most iconic, spectacular and popular long-distance trails in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The twenty-five featured routes will take you across the best of the British Isles. From the South Downs Way in South-East England and across Wales's mountains in the Cambrian Way, the book delves into the heart of Scotland on the West Highland Way, along the Causeway Coast Way on Northern Ireland's coast, and into southern Ireland on the Beara Way. The book is designed to inspire big adventures. Rather than being carried along the route, this guide provides everything you need to plan and explore further, including a general overview of the trails, specific technical information, overview mapping, key information and stunning photography. As well as this, each route specifies approximate timings devised using the Jones-Ross formula, which allows for custom itineraries to be generated depending upon the speed of the user. Whether you're walking, trekking, fastpacking or running, let Big Trails: Great Britain & Ireland be your guide.
Venice is a city like no other: bursting with history, culture and art, and famous for its array of remarkable architecture, paintings and palaces. Your DK Eyewitness Top Ten travel guide ensures you'll find your way around the City of Bridges with absolute ease. Our updated Top 10 travel guide breaks down the best of Venice into helpful lists of ten - from our own selected highlights to the best museums and galleries, places to eat, wine bars, shops and, of course, bridges. We've also worked hard to make sure our information is as up-to-date as possible following the COVID-19 outbreak You'll discover: -Ten easy-to-follow itineraries, perfect for a day trip, a weekend, or a week -Detailed Top 10 lists of the Venice's must-sees, including comprehensive descriptions of the Basilica San Marco, the Doge's Palace, the Piazza San Marco, the Grand Canal, the Accademia Galleries, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, The Rialto, Torcello, Campo Santa Margherita and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection -Venice's most interesting areas, with the best places for shopping, going out and sightseeing -Inspiration for different things to enjoy during your trip - including family activities and things to do for free -A laminated pull-out map of Venice, plus ten full-colour area maps -Practical advice: get ready, get around, and stay safe -A lightweight format perfect for your pocket or bag when you're on the move DK Eyewitness Top 10s are the UK's favourite pocket guides and have been helping travellers to make the most of their breaks since 2002. Looking for more on Venice's culture, history and attractions? Try our DK Eyewitness Venice.
This guidebook describes 37 day rides for all abilities, and 22 linking routes for more experienced cycle tourists, allow riders to visit all the essential sights in over 20 islands of the Hebrides and of the Firth of Clyde. Routes range from those suitable for short weekend breaks to a challenging 600-mile tour (includes the 200 mile Hebridean Way / NCR 780 along the length of the Outer Hebrides). Whether you're putting together a fortnight's tour or just enjoying a few day rides from a single base, this guide is packed with useful information to help you make the most of your trip. The Hebridean islands offer a wealth of wonderful scenery: the majestic Cuillin mountains on Skye; the otherworldly palm trees on Bute; the marvellous white shell sands on Tiree and Harris. This guidebook features detailed custom mapping and elevation profiles for all routes, and comprehensive information of ferry and transport routes, accommodation, food and drink, supplies, cycle spares and repairs. Island hopping in these islands is a magical experience. The guide visits over 20 of them and each has its own interesting history and wildlife. Reasonably fit cyclists can enjoy these routes at their own pace; experienced cycle tourists will eat up the miles.
Experience San Francisco the local way with this insider's guide Home to waterfront esplanades, alternative art galleries and a nightlife scene like no other, this cultural city is endlessly enticing. But it's not all about the Golden Gate Bridge and Pier 39. Beyond the well-trodden sights there's a secret side of the city - and who better to guide you to it than the locals? This insider's guide is packed with recommendations from San Franciscans in the know, helping you to discover all their favourite hangout spots and hidden haunts. Browse thrift stores for vintage gems in Haight-Ashbury, join free yoga classes in Golden Gate Park and tuck into Mexican cuisine at tiny hole-in-the-wall joints in The Mission. Whether you're a San Franciscan looking to uncover your city's secrets or a traveler seeking an authentic experience beyond the tourist track, this stylish guide makes sure you experience the real side of San Francisco.
The Roman Remains of Brittany, Normandy and the Loire Valley is the third in a series of companion guides. The only specialist guidebook to the region, it provides context to many sites that deserve to be better known, some only recently conserved for the public. There are plenty of places to chose from: fifty-four treated at length plus fourteen shorter entries. There is an extended chapter dealing with the historical background and two feature sections. The book is easy to use as there are a large number of maps, plans and colour photographs. To ensure accuracy, the author personally followed aqueduct routes, visited hidden temples, admired ramparts, and visited all the museums. Through his writing a visit is transformed into an experience.
There is a mystical quality to the land and sky in New Mexico. Places with long histories, such as New Mexico, breed superstition, carrying the memories, stories, and beliefs of those who have passed before. The state is such a notoriously superstitious place that real estate agencies post notices about whether a house is "truly" haunted, with pseudo-legal discussions about the need to disclose this information publicly. There is a haunted State Monument in Lincoln County, and a lovelorn ghost wanders through one of the state's national parks. There are ghosts who are friendly and fearsome. Stories that have become fables, and others that are fully believed. Haunted New Mexico will occasionally ask you to suspend belief, showing those cracks between what is real and imagined.
Imagine a summer spent swimming in mountain waterfalls, exploring lost ruins and caverns, and camping in ancient forests. In this explorer's compendium you will discover the most exciting and lesser-known places to visit in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, with magical places to stay and where to find the very best local and artisan food, straight from the farm or field. Featuring stunning photography and engaging travel writing, this is the perfect book for families seeking new adventures off the beaten track, or explorers dreaming up their ultimate weekend escape. New from the award-winning Wild Guide series, with over 750 secret adventures, hidden places and wild weekend escapes. Taking you to places no other guidebook reaches.Wild swims, waterfalls, river pools and hidden tarnsScrambles, gorge walks and gillsSecret beaches and islandsLesser-known peaks and extraordinary rock formationsGiant caverns and caves Lost ruins, follies and sacred wellsMeadows, ancient forests and amazing wildlifeLocal food producers, micro-breweries, inns and farm shopsBothies, gypsy caravans, wild camps and campfire campsitesAncient rock art, sacred circles and the Stonehenge of the north
The Devon Coast to Coast is southern England's best developed cycle route. Traffic-free paths on former railway lines such as the Tarka Trail, Granite Way, Drake's Trail and Plym Valley Way make this route a unique experience. Whether you are young or old, fast or slow, the limited mileage and stunning countryside makes the Devon Coast to Coast an adventure suitable for all! This guidebook allows you to fully explore the route and its sights. Special features: All the maps you need, full north-south directions, detailed visitor information, things to see and to do, help for tricky logistics, Plymouth station route, extra routes incl. 99.9% tarmac route for narrow tyres, South West Coast Path and Dartmoor walks, GPS-tracks available and full facility listings (hotels, B&Bs, hostels, campsites, bike repair shops and bike rentals).
Winner of the People's Literature Award, WINTER PASTURE has been a bestselling book in China for several years. Li Juan has been widely lauded in the international literary community for her unique contribution to the narrative non-fiction genre. WINTER PASTURE is her crowning achievement, shattering the boundaries between nature writing and personal memoir. Li Juan and her mother own a small convenience store in the Altai Mountains in Northwestern China, where she writes about her life among grasslands and snowy peaks. To her neighbors' surprise, Li decides to join a family of Kazakh herders as they take their 30 boisterous camels, 500 sheep and over 100 cattle and horses to pasture for the winter. The so-called "winter pasture" occurs in a remote region that stretches from the Ulungur River to the Heavenly Mountains. As she journeys across the vast, seemingly endless sand dunes, she helps herd sheep, rides horses, chases after camels, builds an underground home using manure, gathers snow for water, and more. With a keen eye for the understated elegance of the natural world, and a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor, Li vividly captures both the extraordinary hardships and the ordinary preoccupations of the day-to-day of the men and women struggling to get by in this desolate landscape. Her companions include Cuma, the often drunk but mostly responsible father; his teenage daughter, Kama, who feels the burden of the world on her shoulders and dreams of going to college; his reticent wife, a paragon of decorum against all odds, who is simply known as "sister-in-law." In bringing this faraway world to English language readers here for the first time, Li creates an intimate bond with the rugged people, the remote places and the nomadic lifestyle. In the signature style that made her an international sensation, Li Juan transcends the travel memoir genre to deliver an indelible and immersive reading experience on every page.
Paul Yates has travelled around the world as an engineer in the aviation field. He has now turned his hand to cycling around places of interest and writing about his travels. This first book covers his journey around the Isle of Man. If he can do it, so can you. .
When it comes to drinking, London is unrivalled. Scratch the surface and you'll find a burgeoning craft beer movement, cocktails that are envelope-pushing and wine bars taking the pomp out of plonk. So where do you start? Start with the ones with the most heart. The ones with the story to tell. The ones that are so much a part of London that we couldn't imagaine a city without them.In this collection of 111 bars and pubs in London you'll find rooftops, basements, gardens, caves, breweries, distilleries and so much more. You'll find places the locals couldn't let die and venues so impressive, people have done their upmost to keep them under wraps. Picking up this book is the equivalent of stepping through the speakeasy door and marvelling at the cave of hidden, boozy wonders inside. Call it London's best bar crawl yet.
Let Secret Brussels guide you around the unusual and unfamiliar. Step off the beaten track with this fascinating Brussels guide book and let our local experts show you the well-hidden treasures of this amazing city. Ideal for local inhabitants, curious visitors and armchair travellers alike. A"love hotel" where you can say a prayer, a reconstituted section of the Senne river at Saint-Gery, an extraordinary private museum devoted to plastic, a farm with sheep, goats, and turkeys at place de l'Yser, Masonic secrets in the Parc de Bruxelles, a hotel overlooking the Grand-Place, a surrealistic trip in a lift, a homage to the military pigeon, potholing at Koekelberg basilica, a swimming pool with a panoramic view of the city, a scandalous pavilion in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, an immense vegetable garden at Uccle, an 19th century artist's studio at Schaerbeek, a camping ground in the heart of the Belgian capital, a forgotten garden-city at Forest... For those who can observe, push the doors and exit beaten tracks, Brussels is full of curiosities and surprising details that will amaze its inhabitants as well as its visitors who thought they knew it well.
Guidebook to walking Hampshire's Test Way, a 44 mile (71km) route from Inkpen Beacon to the Eling Tide Mill near Southampton Water. The walk, which is described over eight stages, takes in many of the region's natural, historical and architectural delights, from the ever famous 'Sprat and Winkle' railway to the River Test itself - a stunning example of the exceedingly rare chalk stream. Each stage (they range in length from 3 to 8.5 miles) is described clearly and concisely, and is accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping. Worth its weight in your backpack, the guide also includes information on the history, geology and landscape of the Test Valley, as well as practical information on accommodation and transport. Additionally, it describes 15 circular walks in the Test Valley, which vary in length from 3.75 miles (6km) to 8.5 miles (13.75km). The Test Way passes through areas of intriguing history and remarkable natural beauty. There are sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as well as Iron Age hill forts, medieval churches, age old abbeys, relics from a long passed railway era and quaint villages brimming with thatch and flint and individual 'hostelries' to match. It is a walk well suited to history and geology enthusiasts, and certainly a must for anyone interested in the iconic Sprat and Winkle railway.
A comprehensive guidebook to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), an epic 2650 mile trek through the USA from the Mexican border to British Columbia in Canada. One of the world's best hikes, the route passes through California, Oregon and Washington State, taking in the Mojave desert, High Sierras, Cascades and countless more wild mountains of America's west coast. The guidebook is divided into 101 sections of 2 to 3 days, which can be combined into longer days according to ability and preference. This comprehensive guide provides all the information and maps hikers will need. Alongside the notes and route descriptions, there are overview maps for the entire trail, and a detailed introduction that provides essential advice for planning and completing the route. From information on packing, supplies, water and bears, to details on the mountains, wildlife and regions encountered, this is an essential companion to taking on - and completing - this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The PCT boasts breathtaking scenery and varied landscapes, through deserts and forests, and over snow-covered passes and along alpine ridges. This is a long wilderness trek of true adventure and exploration through diverse and stunning mountain scenery.
Rome is a great place to visit -- but imagine the delights of living there. Long in love with the Eternal City, Alan Epstein has been reveling in life as a resident since 1995. In As the Romans Do, he reveals the city and its people in all their facets and contradictions: their gregarious caffé culture, inborn artistic flair, passionate appreciation of good food, instinctive mistrust of technology, showy sex appeal, ingrained charm, and much more. He unveils a place alive with pleasure and paradox, both pagan and Christian, Western and Middle Eastern. Rome is where one can relax, reflect, revel, and rebel -- all between the morning's cappucino and the evening's grappa.
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