Dear Fellow Adventurers,

I had an unforgettable safari in still undiscovered Malawi - if you want to hear how this went and to learn about our safari tour there, watch our webinar here. You'll hear how our vehicle (pictured) broke down in a dry riverbed, resulting in an impromptu night safari after we were 'rescued'; leading to a number of exhilarating lion encounters, including being a stone's throw away from a roaring male in the dark sending shivers up our spines! It was one of those magical travel experiences you can never plan for and will always remember. 

YellowWood had a stand last week at the Midhurst Town Cup polo tournament, where we got to chat to all sorts of horsey people on our home turf, down the road from our spiritual HQ of Westerlands Farm in the South Downs National Park, West Sussex, UK. Why not drop by and stay with us one weekend? The main house on the farm is also regularly booked up for corporate events and away days so if this can also be of interest please do get in touch.

From our clients...

Recently, we've had several groups enjoying the sunshine in the magnificent Tian Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan:


Kyrgyzstan Trekking

"A breath taking beautiful trek through valleys and over passes of Kyrgyzstan, with an experienced and knowledgeable local guide. YellowWood adventures provided a detailed itinerary and good communications; the trek was excellent value for money."

Myriam Wood, 14 June 2024

Taken from: Walking in the Nomadic Steps and Steppes - Marcia Mauter, USA, June 2024 

"Experiencing nomadic culture has always held a fascination, ever since my 4th grade geography class, years ago! My recent one month sojourn  to Kyrgyzstan, involving two bookend organisations, Council of International Fellowship and YellowWood Adventures, fulfilled that dream for me.  

YellowWood Adventures, the final piece of my travel, was a rich immersion into cultural, historical, and wilderness areas. So much to see, learn, and experience as we slowly navigated through people and place. Whether viewing mountains in all their glory, along foot trails in the National Park, on horseback in the high passes, or out the window of our vehicle as we motored to different areas….. 

  • Or sharing the broad swaths of jailoo (summer pastures) with many hooves and a cacophony of animal sounds…..
  • Or traveling the Silk Road, imaginations on fire as we mentally pictured travel and commerce and influence of past centuries…..
  • Or grasping  the eagle man’s knowledge and skill and eagle hunting way of life….

  • Or trading the comforts and coziness of my USA home for those of a rustic and often chilly yurt…..
  • Or learning the ancient craft of rug making and design, from sheep to shop…..
  • Or exploring the local foods and flavours of nomadic tribes…..

I was a solo traveler, and my guide El, was not only delightful company, and logistically conscientious, but provided the necessary English translation that helped me optimize my experience.  Our driver was a joy as well and safely and comfortably saw us through many road miles. Together, the three of us made for a great team! 

Glad this part of the world opened up for me in all the ways that it did.  Even in our briefest of stays, we know that these kinds of experiences change not only our worldview, but change us for the better."

Our groups in Northern Spain have been raving to us about the delectable regional wines & pintxos (tapas) they are feasting upon, and the joys of exploring this hidden gem of Europe: 

“Every day of the trip was full of exiting discoveries and will be remembered. The northern part of Spain is beautiful in all weathers; just be prepared to see this beauty. The tourism definitely benefits the local communities, but reducing environmental impacts is really depending on every traveller. Please remember not to leave waste in the grass. It is simple to do, and it is so valuable to the environment and local communities. 5 stars - this trip was well organised, full of new discoveries and very interesting.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Elena, June 2024

This includes a bespoke adventure in Asturias, Northern Spain for 13 members of the Selgas family in the United States returning to their ancestral homelands with YellowWood. Seen here in the picturesque fishing village of Cudillero, where the seafood restaurants are unsurpassed anywhere in the world 🇪🇸 🌏

Exciting new adventures

As mentioned in our last newsletter, we have launched two new and entirely unique multi-island adventures in the Canary Islands for this coming winter, exploring the lesser-visited parts of these gorgeous sun-kissed islands:

Hiking the wondrous landscapes of the Canary Islands

Grade 6, from September 2024

Undiscovered towns & trails of the Canary Islands

Grade 3, from September 2024

I have recently been reading...

On some of the longer road trips and long evenings in Malawi I became completely engrossed in The State of Africa (2005) by Martin Meredith which documents Africa's transition to independence from colonial rule starting with Ghana in 1957. It is an unputdownable book for anyone who loves history and is a fascinating insight into the politics and national structures on the continent. 

Inspired by our recently re-vamped Japan itineraries, I recently read (in one sitting) Tokyo Express (1958) by Seicho Matsumoto; a murder mystery whodunit stretching from Hokkaido in the north, to the southern main island of Kyushu in Japan. Impeccably written, it is completely engrossing given not only the mastery with which the plot unfolds, but the gentle way in which the Japanese national character of both people and environment seep through to the discerning reader. 

We have a very busy period coming up in Q3 with confirmed group departures in Ladakh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan for the World Nomad Games, Mongolia, Uganda, Georgia & Armenia and Uzbekistan to name just a few.

We also have some new product in the pipeline including Namibia and plans to expand our offering in Scandinavia in early 2025 so please watch this space! 

Until next time,

Sam McManus, MD