Ready to fall in love with one of the world’s greatest adventures? Here’s the essential packing list for your 11–14 day journey to the roof of the world.

What To Pack?

The hardest thing that I found prior to hiking to Everest Base Camp was knowing what to pack. So here’s my guide to exactly what you need. Remember to pack as light as possible.

You will take two bags to EBC, one large sized duffel bag and one day pack.

Duffel Bag This will be packed up before breakfast and carried by your porters to the next stop. This will have to fit your sleeping bag and everything that you don’t take in your day bag. You can assess the weather in the morning or ask your guide so you…


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Turning myth into reality: the white lions of Timbavati

GERI MOORE Lonely Planet Writer 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

‘The white lions don’t exist,’ my safari guide says with a smile and twinkle in his eye, ‘they are just myths.’

Indeed, whispers of these lions have emanated from the lands of Timbavati and southern Kruger in South Africa for centuries. But today three of them are known to exist in the wild, two of whom are found within the 148-sq-km Ngala Private Game Reserve. Sitting in the heart of the region, Ngala means lion in the language of the local Shangaan people.


Deep in the heart of Indonesian’s West Papau province lies a unique ecosystem cut off from the outside world, where visitors can swim with harmless jellyfish.

Hidden behind a curtain of rainforest covered cliffs lies a serene, undisturbed idyllic, deep emerald coloured lagoon. Lined with mangroves whose roots run deep into an untouched world, the lagoon sits isolated from the surrounding Ceram Sea, and has flourished with its own, unique biodiverse underwater ecosystem for centuries.


Deep in the heart of Indonesian’s West Papau province lies a unique ecosystem cut off from the outside world, where visitors can swim with harmless jellyfish.

Hidden behind a curtain of rainforest covered cliffs lies a serene, undisturbed, idyllic, deep emerald coloured lagoon. Lined with mangroves whose roots run deep into an untouched world, the lagoon sits isolated from the surrounding Ceram Sea, and has flourished with its own, unique biodiverse underwater ecosystem for centuries.

My boat moors up to a rocky outcrop exposing the easiest way to climb up the tall limescale structure growing colossally from the sea bed…


Hiking Le Morne Brabant may at first seem not particularly challenging only being 556m tall, however it is no small feat. The 7km round trip takes 3–4 hours and is both well rewarded with the spectacular view but you’ll be able to claim the triumph of climbing one of the highest peaks in Africa’s most easterly country.


It’s hard to find a more iconic image of Mauritius than Le Morne Brabant surrounded by a spectrum of crystal blue waters. The 556m tall monolith stands out in Mauritius’ south westerly lagoon, and attracts adventure and nature lovers from all over the island. The summit has a strikingly beautiful view of the island, and just turn your gaze southerly out to sea to view the endless Indian Ocean — it feels like a front row seat to the edge of the world. Mauritius has a fusion of identities, with people settling on the island from Haiti to India. The…


Blood red crepuscular rays dance their way down from the setting sun onto the vast expanse of the Batswanan savannah. Silhouettes of the last elephants can just be made out, quenching their thirst by the watering hole before retreating into the thick bush for refuge from the dangers that lie in the hours of perpetual darkness. Deep in central Botswana lies an area called the Savuti Marshes, where unparalleled safari experiences exist in one of the last real places of true wilderness in Africa.

“The nearest village is 250 km away” Abram tells me as he points towards the south…


Blood red crepuscular rays dance their way down from the setting sun onto the vast expanse of the Batswanan savannah. Silhouettes of the last elephants can just be made out, quenching their thirst by the watering hole before retreating into the thick bush for refuge from the dangers that lie in the hours of perpetual darkness. Deep in central Botswana lies an area called the Savuti Marshes, where unparalleled safari experiences exist in one of the last real places of true wilderness in Africa.

“The nearest village is 250 km away” Abram tells me as he points towards the south…


A peaceful sanctuary next to a border of instability

There’s a strange, unnerving feeling when your travels take you towards oncoming fleeing refugees. The uneven, earth-orange dirt track is leading them through the heavenly peaks of the Great Rift Valley to the safety of Kampala. Tens of U.N trucks are filled to their maximum capacity. The Congolese are escaping rebel troops that reside in the jungle just inside the D.R.C’s border to Uganda. The Rwenzori Mountains of the D.R.C, home to some of the most breathtaking treks in the world, are now too dangerous for foreigners and local people alike.

I’m driving to Ishasha — just on the border…

Geri Moore

Airline pilot and travel writer based in London.

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