Please note the 2019 programme is being developed, in the meantime, the 2018 schedule below offers a sample of what you can expect.
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
10:40 – 11:10 Cape Town – The Mother of All Cities. Sarah Hennessy, African Star Tours
Cape Town is consistently one of the most visited cities in Africa and this presentation explores exactly why it should be on everyones bucket list for 2019. Whether you are looking for a short break, a multi-centre holiday, culture, history, natural wonders, beach or wildlife on both land & sea, Cape Town has something for everyone. Sarah is an Africa Travel Expert, who visits Cape Town at least one or twice every year and is passionate about this city and what it has to offer. You will learn how this diverse and fascinating destination can and should be included into your next African Travel adventure.
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 to 7 Continents. 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 Zimbabwe – a journey through Africa’s hottest safari destination. Peter Felix, Exsus Travel.
Exsus Travel’s Africa expert Peter shines the spotlight on Zimbabwe and explains just why it is THE safari destination for 2019, from seeing the Big Five on safari with expert local guides to relaxing in style at new lodges that offer the ultimate in African luxury.
Nestled between two rivers, the mighty Zambezi and the serene Limpopo, the variety of Zimbabwe’s landscapes knows no bounds, from otherworldly granite rock formations to verdant forests and rolling hills – making it undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful countries for a luxury holiday.
15:20 – 15:50 Top Belize Rainforest and Reef Wildlife Experiences. Jeremy Snelling, Revealed Travel
Belize is a small Central American Caribbean country that punches above its weight in the wildlife arena, and is a destination that is very conservation and responsible-travel minded dedicated to quality eco-tourism that seeks to preserve and protect wildlife in all forms across a network of National Parks and Reserves. Come to this talk to learn how, where and when to best access the numerous stunning wildlife experiences that Belize offers the traveller, encompassing:
Amazing Marine Life, including:
Manatees, Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Whale sharks and Colourful Reef Fish amongst some of the planet’s best diving and snorkelling anywhere in the world
World-class Tropical and Rare Birds , including:
Scarlet Macaw, Keel-Billed Toucan, Blue-Crowned Motmot, Harpy Eagle, Red-footed booby, Frigates, Giant Jabiru Storks and Hummingbirds
Plentiful Eclectic Mammals and Reptiles, including:
Jaguar, Howler Monkey, Iguana, Caiman, Crocodiles, Kinkajou, Coatimundi and Tapir
Exotic Insects and Creepie Crawlies and Critters, including
Spiders, Butterflies, Bats, and Snakes
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.
16:40 – 17:10 The Benefits from Conservation Volunteering. Taryn Ingram-Gillson, Worldwide Experience
Be immersed in the world of conservation volunteering as Taryn discusses the benefits of volunteering for wildlife, local communities and those who volunteer. Learn about the conservation work being achieved at some of the Worldwide Experience projects, and how volunteers play an essential role in accomplishing conservation objectives. Worldwide Experience is a constantly-developing company which offers a wide range of programmes that cater for all ages and interests, allowing you to get personally involved. Wild animals will cease to exist if man continues to eradicate their environment. Worldwide Experience – nurturing nature today, for tomorrow.
Sunday 30 September 2018
10:45 – 11:15 Bears, Whales and Moose – Canada’s Wildlife Gems. Malcolm Peasnall, The Independent Traveller.
Discover a world of extraordinary experiences. Canada is vast, the second largest country in the world with only 35Million people. So, there is lots of room for wildlife! This talk will look at the best places to see the wildlife in Canada, how to do it, and some surprises in how that is achieved. Discover ‘wildlife hotspots’ and some other lesser known options too. Malcolm Peasnall is the Product Director of The Independent Traveller. He first visited Canada in 1968 and has travelled extensively since and has a genuine passion for wildlife in Canada.
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.
14:40 – 15:10 Rangers without Boarders “The Uganda Eco-Tourism Perspective” Charles Etoru and Miriam Magada
Charles Etoru (Queen Elizabeth Parks Project / Ranger Safari Tours) & Miriam Magada (Go Uganda Safaris) will provide an exemplary and fascinating talk about their work as rangers on frontline with Uganda National parks and Uganda Wildlife Authority respectively. Both Charles and Miriam have intimate knowledge in regard to gorilla and chimpanzee eco-tourism and its associated benefits. They have both experienced how protected area management can be hard and time consuming in order to develop and gain success in enforcing conservation in action. Charles is the Co- founder of “The Queen Elizabeth Parks Project” working to assist Rangers to develop their skills, encouraging staff to engage with the local community and supporting families of fallen rangers. Charles and Miriam lead tours throughout Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya and specialize in ornithological trips, butterfly watching, cultural trips, mountain gorilla safaris, white-water rafting and other Uganda wildlife experiences. Uganda is an amazing visitor destination and both rangers know that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” (Nelson Mandela).
15:20 – 15:50 Wildlife Photography – Getting the Best From Your Safari. Martin Dunn, Wildlife Photography Africa
Martin set up Wildlife Photography Africa in 2007 after deciding it was time to focus on his two passions, Africa and photography. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.