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The world's greatest bucket list adventures

Our most unusual adventures and itineraries
Written by
Jonny Humphreys, Alex Carey & Kit Wong

The world is full of opportunities for adventure. Whether it's climbing the highest mountain in Africa or adapting to tribal life deep in the Amazon, the world is there to explore.

If you're looking to experience some of the most exciting things our planet has to offer, dip into this list of our experts' greatest bucket list adventures.

The climb of your life
Kilimanjaro
Desert exploration
The Puna
Authentic cultural immersion
Ecuador
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1) The Climb of your Life: Private Kilimanjaro Trek with Safari

The ultimate African climbing adventure: an eight day hike up the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, the mighty Kilimanjaro, followed by an exhilarating safari in the Northern Serengeti. This is the perfect itinerary for adrenaline junkies in search of a true challenge in mind-blowing surroundings, plus wild animal action.

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Professional guides, quality equipment, custom-made sleeping and dining tents, thorough training and plenty of time for acclimatisation will help make this daunting trek a realisable goal, whilst the breathtaking sights of sweeping savannah and lush forest that will meet you as you ascend are more than worth the effort.

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2) The Desert Exploration: Off-road expedition through the Puna

As close as you’ll ever come to exploring life on Mars (unless you’re lucky enough to actually hitch an interstellar flight), the Puna in Argentina is one of Earth’s most otherworldly landscapes and makes for some truly incredible trekking. This seven-night itinerary takes you on a spectacular adventure through the remote and hidden wonders of this part of northwest Argentina.

The Puna, Argentina

Beginning in Salta, travel through giant pumice-stone fields, ancient volcanoes, salt lakes, frontier towns, rocky gorges, high altitude wineries, vast lagoons and desert oases for a truly other-worldly experience. If all of that isn’t enough, this exploratory 4WD tour also takes you through pre-Incan Quilmes ruins and tiny local communities for a unique cultural experience.

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Flamingos streak across the Puna's stark salt flats
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3) The Journey of Discovery: Faces of Africa

A thoroughly inspired and breath-taking three week voyage through this captivating continent, our Faces of Africa itinerary showcases Africa’s best natural wonders, locations and experiences. Track majestic gorillas through the mystical Bwindi Forest, and witness the infamous river crossings of the Migration in the Masaai Mara, before listening to the thundering rush of Victoria Falls.

South Africa Elephants Safari

Delight in exclusive encounters with Botswana’s beautiful wildlife on safari in the heart of the Okavango, watch the rippling ‘sand sea’ of the remote Namib desert, enjoy the vibrant life of Cape Town and then end with a luxury train journey through the stunning scenery of South Africa.

Group of happy African girls from Samburu tribe, Kenya, Africa
The Samburu tribe is found in north-central Kenya, and they are related to the Maasai.
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4) The Authentic Cultural Immersion: Deep Exploration into Ecuador

If an authentic and in-depth insight into Ecuador is what you’re after, then this itinerary will certainly impress. Kick off with a visit to the first ever UNESCO site of Quito, then delve deep into the Amazon. Stay with the Huaorani tribe, a traditional Amazonian community shrouded in myth and magic.

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Learn their cultural quirks as they share and teach their ancient hunting techniques on nocturnal safaris. Three further nights in the cultural and pastoral Otavalo Region rounds off this exploratory encounter with trips to local markets, workshops and pre-Incan pyramids.

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Wild horses grazing in Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Namibian Flying Safari

5) The Action Adventure: Namibian Flying Safari

For an active Namibian adventure, look no further than this extraordinary flying safari. Fly to the rippling Sossusvlei dunes where you can get as adventurous as you like with dune drives, quadbiking, hot air balloon rides and stargazing all available, before continuing on by another light aircraft to Damaraland.

Namibia Desert

Here you can experience further thrills and excitement including game drives and bushman art visits, while two nights of more wildlife fun at Etosha National Park rounds off this trip perfectly.

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Flights over these coppered and and stark landscapes really add a special dimension.
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6) The Scenic Grand Tour: High Planes of Latin America

This impressive and extensive adventure offers twenty days of extreme Latin American discovery. Traversing the high regions of the Bolivian Salt FlatsLake Titicaca, the deserts of Chile and the Peruvian Andes, the High Plains Grand Tour is undoubtedly a magnificent journey.

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Besides seeing some truly spectacular sights, you’ll also experience fascinating and authentic cultural exchanges including meeting the Quechua people of Bolivia.

Women spinning wool on Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru
Women spinning wool on Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru
Vulcano Dallol, Ethiopia, Danakil Depression

7) The Out-Of-This-World Adventure: Ethiopia by Helicopter

Few places are simultaneously as culturally rich and as environmentally dramatic as Ethiopia. Explore the awe-inspiring rock-hewn churches of Labilela, the wild scenery of the Simien Mountains and the apocalyptic landscape of the Danakil Depression in this seven-day helicopter expedition.

Danakil Depression, Ethiopia, Heli Tour

Travelling by helicopter allows you to cover vast distances in comfort and, what’s more, to take in this exceptional landscape at its most epic and dramatic.

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The rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia
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8) The Exotic Voyage: Vietnam from North to South

Go on an incredible journey from one side of Vietnam to the other, taking in the very best, most exciting and most authentic experiences that this vibrant country has to offer along the way – from history to culture, delicious cuisine and breathtaking scenery.

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Start in the bustling capital city, Hanoi, then cycle, hike, spelunk, fly and motorbike your way between marvels such as the spectacular archipelago of Halong Bay and the lush terraced mountains of Sapa.

Mangroves forest in Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Mangroves forest in Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Desert dunes, Queensland, Australia

9) The Journey into the Unknown: Escape to Australia and Fiji

This is a rare opportunity to explore the mystical, rugged wilderness of Australia‘s Outback with a true expert, who will introduce you to local Aboriginal people allowing you to gain a unique insight into their way of life. All this whilst immersing yourself in the stunning landscapes, savannahs, wetlands and waterfalls of this amazing terrain with its incredible variety of wildlife.

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After the intensity of the outback, fly via Sydney to Fiji‘s Malolo Island for a magical island paradise like no other – the perfect chance to relax, unwind and process the incredible experiences of your journey.

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Unwind in Fiji after exploring the Australian Outback
Amazing Icelandic winter landscape of majestic waterfall of frozen Gullfoss

10) The Ultimate Adventure for the Intrepid Explorer: Iceland & Antarctica

Iceland

For the truly intrepid explorer, there are only two destinations on the map: Iceland and the Antarctic. On this week-long adventure in Iceland, you’ll fly, ski, swim in a rift valley, surf, climb, go whale watching, trek glaciers and waterfalls, explore lava fields, and much, much more.

Waterfall tumbling into river above cavern mouth Seljalandsfoss Iceland

Antarctica

Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Fly in to an expert, hi-tech base camp and choose from an incredible selection of daily activities such as kite skiing, exploring ice caves, giant abseiling, getting up close to observe an Emperor Penguin colony and spending the night at the Geographical South Pole.

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Our top adventures at a glance...

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