Need some inspiration before booking your next travel experience? Well, look no further. From tailor-made luxury journeys, polar cruises expeditions, jaw dropping safari itineraries to offbeat wildlife destinations – our exhibitors have it all.
Saturday 29 September 2018
10:45 – 11:15 Details for this talk will be announced shortly.
11:20 – 11:50 Land of the Lemurs! Fall in Love with Madagascar. Laurenne Mansbridge, Pioneer Expeditions
Pioneer Director, Laurenne, has a deep knowledge and understanding of Madagascar. It is without doubt her favourite destination in the world. Having operated there for 10 years, Pioneer have developed an unrivalled range of trips to Madagascar – from wildlife and nature trips to adventure, trekking, climbing, kayaking, rafting, cycling, photographic tours and more! In this talk Laurenne offers her insight to offbeat Madagascar, it’s wildlife, it’s challenges, when best to travel and hidden gems to discover.
12:00 – 12:30 Wild expeditions. Let us take you closer to the authentic beauty of the world. Akvile Marozaite, Silversea
An expedition with Silversea luxury cruises is unlike any other form of travel — thrilling, awe-inspiring and humbling all at the same time. It takes you to some of the most remote regions of the planet and shows them to you intimately. It is for the curious traveller who longs to see an orang-utan in the wild or what lies behind the next mountain ridge. But it’s not just about wildlife or mountains. It’s about immersing yourself in the culture, landscape and habitat of a region with the help of experts who can illuminate all you see. From the lush rainforests of the equatorial Pacific to the polar extremes at the very edge of the world, our expedition ships sail to all seven continents.
12:40 – 13:10 Namibia: A Land of Contrasts. Nick Joynes, Wildlife Worldwide
Nick first travelled to Namibia in 2001 and hasn’t been able to stop going back since! His talk provides an insight into this remarkable destination and will take you on a journey down to Sossusvlei, up into Walvis Bay and Damaraland, before heading across to Etosha and ending in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek.
13:20 – 13:50 Gorillas in Africa’s Midst – A Journey Into the Congo. Jonny Bealby, Wild Frontiers
Jonny will be showing a short film followed by a talk and presentation about the experiences he shared with BBC broadcaster, Kate Humble, as they travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to visit the Eastern Lowland Gorillas. As the only area in eastern DRC not totally advised against by the Foreign Office, Jonny is keen to help re-develop tourism in this forgotten part of Africa. Taking you on a journey from Kigali in Rwanda, by way of chimps in Nyungue Forest National Park, deep into the rainforest, he will explain about both the extraordinary wildlife that lives here and those courageous people trying to protect them.
14:00 – 14:30 Discover Sri Lanka’s Big Five. Aleem Raheem, The Earth Trip
Sri Lankan expert, Aleem, co-founder of The Earth Trip, will explain why Sri Lanka is one of the finest wildlife watching destinations in the world. The pearl of the Indian Ocean offers wildlife enthusiasts an incredible opportunity to spot the elusive leopards, the rare sloth bears, the sperm whales and the endangered Asian elephants. Sri Lanka is also known as one of the best places in the world to see the magnificent endangered blue whales. Come and hear for yourself about this tropical island which not only offers one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world but also hundreds of kilometres of sandy beaches, an incredible ancient history and a wealth of culture. As a native Sri Lankan living in the UK, Aleem is passionate about Sri Lanka and is committed to ethical, responsible and sustainable tourism.
14:40 – 15:10 Details for this talk will be announced shortly.
15:20 – 15:50 Details for this talk will be announced shortly.
16:00 – 16:30 Travel in an Always Connected World: Exploring Experience. Sam Clark, Experience Travel Group.
Travel today is being transformed by the tools we use to enable us to travel. The internet, the algorithms and the artificial intelligence we use to get inspiration and to find what we are looking for, the smartphones we use to check what’s happening, record and share what we’re doing, are profoundly affecting the experience itself. Is a meaningful experience becoming a rarer commodity? What will this mean for travel in the future and how can we ensure that we are able to have a meaningful experience when we travel? Perhaps the more mature, experienced traveller has a lot to teach the frenetic, always connected, so-called millennial. Let’s explore how can we keep travel human.
Sunday 30 September 2018
10:45 – 11:15 Details for this talk will be announced shortly.
11:20 – 11:50 Beyond the Big Five – Unique Safari Experiences. Greg Fox, Mahlatini Luxury Travel
Mahlatini is a Zulu word meaning bushman or “lover of the African wilderness”. The experience of a safari is in essence a thrill of the senses. It’s seeing the drama of a lion kill or a pack of wild dogs on a hunt, it’s being woken to the sound of a fish eagle or grunting hippos, it’s the smell of the camp fire, the taste of your gin and tonic and it is being touched to the core by Africa’s untamed beauty.
12:00 – 12:30 Photography & Adventures at Sea with Noble Caledonia. Sue Flood
Award-winning wildlife & travel photographer Sue Flood is a former wildlife filmmaker with the BBC Natural History Unit, who worked on The Blue Planet and Planet Earth. Sue will take you on a true journey of a lifetime exploring wildlife, islands, atolls and coastlines well off the usual cruise routes as she shares with you her incredible photography and experiences of travelling with Noble Caledonia. Prepare to be amazed by some of the most diverse destinations on the planet which are accessible aboard one of their small expedition ships with their fleet of Zodiac landing craft and just 100 or so fellow passengers.
12:40 – 13:10 Wildlife photography in Zambia’s South Luangwa. Bret Charman, Wildlife Worldwide
Award-winning wildlife photographer Bret Charman will take you to the wild realm of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park during this fascinating talk. Hear Bret’s tales as he shares his imagery from around the lifeblood of the valley, the Luangwa River, and helps give a flavour of the incredible wildlife and countless photographic opportunities on offer. Whether you are on a game drive, a walking safari or even at the lodge, there is always something to keep the most passionate wildlife photographer busy. Bret is winner of the 2017 birds in flight category in Bird Photographer of the Year.
13:20 – 13:50 Arctic Wildlife and Adventure. Carol Knott, Aurora Expeditions
High in the Arctic, destinations in Svalbard and Greenland offer amazing wildlife experiences, of megafauna such as polar bears and musk ox, bird cliffs teaming with life, and seaways where walrus, seals and whales are encountered. There are stunning landscapes and frozen seascapes to explore: the tundra bursting into life during the brief arctic summer, fjords fringed with glaciers and giant icebergs that defy the imagination. In this talk Carol will present some of the highlights from Aurora Expeditions’ polar journeys.
14:00 – 14:30 The Joy of Birdwatching in South America. Kim Mouncer, Bespoke Latin America
With Colombia having the most bird species in the world, closely followed by Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Bolivia, South America is a birdwatcher’s nirvana. Kim first travelled solo to this bird-rich continent in search of the hyacinth macaw in 2004 and has since returned multiple times working as a tour guide and on numerous holidays, always combining her love of birds with her choice of destination. Listen as she talks through the best regions to visit and what species to spot, from toucans to rheas, king penguins to harpy eagles. An informative talk for novice and serious birders alike.