Voluntourism - Namibia is home to a few prominent individuals who have dedicated their lives to conservation in the land of endless horizons. These leaders and their organizations have pioneered the community-based natural resource management program, made breakthrough discoveries regarding elephant communication, and founded schools for local tribes among numerous other accomplishments.Cape Namibia Road Trip - A road trip under huge skies, purring along in an open car or on a big bike? A family holiday that’s unforgettable for all the right reasons? Eating crayfish, freshly caught and grilled on the beach? Walking through fields with a million brightly coloured flowers? South Africa’s mother city at Africa’s southern tip is a place of unions. Two of the world’s great oceans surge together off its shores. Primal weather systems swirl northwards, bringing the climatic conditions for the globally unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of six worldwide floral kingdoms. More than that, Cape Town is a confluence of cultures, with a thriving economy and a vibrant, diverse society.Fish River Canyon Ultra (July 2012) - The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, surpassed only by the famous Grand Canyon in Colorado, USA. The Canyon is stark, rugged, magnificently desolate and harshly unforgiving. The Fish River Challenge is a 90km non-stop self-supporting race whereby runners will be expected to complete the course in 24 hours. Water will be supplied at designated checkpoints that will also serve to monitor progress of the various athletes and provide updates to the organizers. The race will commence at the top of the world famous Fish River Canyon where the race village for the first evening will be positioned on the edge with magnificent views.
North Carolina’s Top Chefs (May 17-20): Savor the flavor of nationally-renowned chefs such as 2011 James Beard Southeast Chef of the Year winner Andrea Reusing at Chapel Hill’s Lantern Restaurant who’s well-known for her combination of Asian flavors into farm-to-table North Carolina ingredients along with BRAVO Top Chef contestant Keith Rhodes for Catch Restaurant and Phun Seafood Bar in Wilmington, serving 12 local craft beers and indo Chinese cuisine and Ashley Christensen opened three new restaurants in late2011 along Wilmington Street in Raleigh: Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Fox Liquor Bar and Chuck’s—well known among locals for delicious, exotic burgers.Luxurious Mountain Experiences (June 14-17): Celebrating its tenth year of offering majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the famed Inn at Biltmore Estate offers “vacations like a Vanderbilt” creative interpretations of regional cuisine in the coveted dining room and luxurious spa services along America’s largest home nestled on 8,000 acres, the quaint Old Edwards Inn & Spa, with 22 new guestrooms and outdoor heated mineral pool to be completed in early 2013, creates a perfect European-style retreat and the exquisite Grove Park Inn & Spa with unparalleled cuisine has hosted 10 US Presidents, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Henry Ford.Beloved Film Anniversaries (June 25-28): Revel in the tenth anniversary of the timeless tale of 18th century frontier and virtue by exploring Chimney Rock, the main filming location for “The Last of the Mohicans” and have the “Time of Your Life” at Lake Lure, home to the filming of iconic Dirty Dancing movie enjoying its 25th anniversary this year—and mark the calendar for the Third Annual Dirty Dancing Festival in September 2012.
Creativity in the City (June 7-10, Group Press Trip): Illuminating streets and venues with the arts, LuminaTO celebrates Toronto’s creative spirit through music, dance, food, and fashion. Check out popular and emerging artists at North By Northeast Music Festival (NXNE), younger sister to SXSW, where live music and film converge. Experience a sampling of each during these overlapping dates. Green Living (August 16-19, Group Press Trip): Experience green and sustainable culture in Toronto. Visit Evergreen Brick Works, an environmental center showcasing urban sustainability and eco-friendly designs, view Windshare ExPlace Turbine, the first urban turbine in North America, and dine at some of the city’s best farm to table restaurants including the Fairmont Royal York’s EPIC restaurant featuring sustainable ingredients from their green rooftop herb garden and honeybees.
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