Once in a lifetime

Surf travel

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by. Gareth Hoyle

Planning surf travel can be difficult – you’ve got to decide where you want to go, how much you want to spend and how long you’re going to spend doing it – so why not combine three great things? Travel, charity work and learning to surf from experienced experts.

We work with you to create your best surf travel plans

Surfing is an amazing sport and gives quite a rush when you get it right – one of the major things that most people don’t realize is that surfing is both good exercise and a good set of skills that transfers to daily life. You learn balance, and patience and being able to judge everything from distance to the speed you’re going at. You also learn to swim even better than you’ve ever swam in your life. All in all, it’s well worth finding a tour group that can teach you to surf while you tour and do some charity work.

Good for your CV

While it’s unlikely that surfing will get much of a mention, you can use the charity work or other projects you undertake with us on your CV. Where else can you learn a new hobby and do some good in a community that needs it. Our surfing travel plans allow you to do exactly that, and gives you the opportunity to look at the world through different eyes. Whether you’re looking to broaden your experience or learn surfing on your gap year, we’ve got a surf travel plan to suit you – and it doesn’t have to end there.

Travelling and surfing

Tried and tested experience has shown us that if you really want to learn to surf you’ve got to do it in a spectacular location – we know of some of the best spots in South Africa and Mozambique, giving you the opportunity to explore a region you may never have seen and learn to ride the waves at the same time. While others might dream of doing something like this, we can offer you the holiday of a lifetime.


The Western Breach By Peter Dignan

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The Western Breach route on Kilimanjaro can be classed as a bridge route between trekking and technical climbing. The route used to be a very popular way of ascending Kilimanjaro, but it has fallen out of favour in recent years due to a number of accidents.

The most recent and severe accident took place in January 2006 when a large section of rock came loose from high on the Western Breach. The resulting rock fall killed three climbers and prompted the Kilimanjaro Park Authorities to close the route until an investigation could be carried out.

The findings from the investigation revealed that a large section of rock approximately 39 tonnes in weight became dislodged, due to the melting of ice within an ice-scree composite bonding. The section of rock then travelled 150 metres downhill before hitting and killing the three climbers. Other factors that contributed to the deaths of the climbers were strong downhill winds estimated at 177 Km/h and the fact the climbers were unable to react quick enough to the rock fall, due to poor visibility in snow conditions and strong winds deflecting the sound of the rock fall.

The investigation highlighted a few key points and some recommendations were put forward as to how the route could be made safer. A new route was proposed keeping climbers out of the main kill zone. Recommendations to erect signs at Arrow Camp were also put forward. The Western Breach was re-opened in 2008 and the park authorities now recommend the amended route, however signs have yet to be erected at Arrow Camp.

Outfitters are now guiding clients on the Western Breach and to date there have been no new accidents. Although the new route still passes through rock kill zones these can be crossed very quickly but an element of risk still exists and a helmet is definitely advisable if attempting the route.

Due to the receding glaciers on Kilimanjaro the structure of the mountain is changing, and there is always going to be risks associated with the Western breach as the ice melts and rock becomes loose. Risk is a personal choice and mountaineering by its nature is a risky undertaking. For those wishing to climb a more difficult route on Kilimanjaro but one that is safer than the Western Breach, the Credner Glacier is an option.

By.  Rob ColBourn


A few places to visit whilst Holidaying in Malindi

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If there is one place you have to visit at least once in your lifetime is definitely Malindi. It is located in the coastal region of Kenya about 130 kilometers north of Mombasa
Apart from the usual exciting beach activities and world class entertainment offered in the hotels to keep you going, there are other great things to do and places to visit that will spice up your holiday.

Points of interest

Malindi is home to some of the most beautiful coastal lines in the continent, ranging from the white sands sea sides to coral reefs that have great variety of shells washed to the sea show.
There are a lot of sights located throughout Malindi which are suited for everybody. They vary from family adventure parks, animal conservations, historical sites, tribal villages etc. here are a few for your selection.

Watamu Beach

Watamu beach is a stretch of coastline about 7 kilometers long that is safe for swimming, sunbathing and walking. Watamu is probably the most beautiful short coastal stretches along the Indian Ocean, its white sandy and tranquil atmosphere offers complete peace of mind for its visitors. You can choose to relax and take a nap, play soccer with your buddies or take a boat ride and explore some of the Indian Ocean’s clear waters.

Arabuko Sokoke

It is the largest coastal forest in east Africa, covering about 420 square kilometers. With lots different variety of animals to see, the forest is most famous for birds, with over 270 different bird species permanently residing in the forest.


-Endemic Bird species, Butterflies, Remnant coastal forest.
-It is the largest existing fragment of the tropical forests along the East African          coast and it shelters endemic/endangered birds, insects, butterflies and mammal species.
-It is also an important monument as remnants of the coastal tropical forests.
-A couple of reptile species (in addition to other species living here e.g. butterflies, Beetles) are found here among them Boomslang, Green Mamba, Rock Python, Forest Cobra, Sand Lizard and Day Geullo.
-It is a great reserve for birdwatching and among the bird species includes Sokoke Pipit, Amani Sunbird,Fischers Turaco, Clarkes weaver, Golden Woodpecker and many others
-Seasonal pools, Tree plat form,  Nyari view point and Nature trails.
Three distinct forest habitat

Mida creek

Milda creek is definitely east Africa’s largest Creek and mangrove forest; it covers over 32 square kilometers and forms part of the Arabuko and Sokoke’s wildlife population.