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Experience Rick Stein's India with The Adventure Company

We've been watching Rick Stein's India with great delight as our teams know many of the Indian locations Rick visits.

Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

Following demonstrations in Cairo and other parts of Egypt, and the news that President Mohammed Morsi has been removed from power, you may be wondering if it is still safe to travel to Egypt - especially if you have booked a trip to Egypt that departs in the next few weeks.

Currently, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against non-essential travel to Cairo and other affected areas, but it is not currently advising against travel to the Red Sea resorts and Southern Sinai, which are considered safe to travel to.  

Following footprints in Tanzania - by Phoebe Millard, aged 15

When we visited Saadani National Park, the thing I was most surprised by was how many game drives we went on. I was expecting to go on a few, but not get into the jeep every day! They were so much fun. We learnt something different every day. For example, one day we would take camera traps disguised as pieces of tree and position them in popular areas like waterholes, that animals went. Then, at the end of the week we all collected our camera traps and had a look at what we had got.

Top 10 tips for Tanzania - by Lucien Millard, aged 8

1. You must remember to take your malaria pills every day - swallow them with a banana is the easiest way.

2. Just as we did at Longleat Safari Park in the UK, when we went on the Longleat Family African Safari we took a pair of binoculars to spot giraffes and even smaller animals.

3. It’s a good idea to remember to bring a torch because Africa can be very dark at night.

4. Don't be surprised if an elephant charges at you - but don't panic at any stage. Ask the driver to return to the road if necessary.

Elephants in Tanzania - by Gabriel Millard, aged 13

Their names are Colossus, Charlie and Jan. Despite their names these are not human beings. They are in fact, giant African elephants; and they live in Sadaani National Park in Tanzania.

Cutest animals in Africa - by Honey Millard, aged 10

Before we went to Tanzania, we visited Longleat Safari Park in the UK. I loved feeding the red deer from our jeep and it was fantastic when the monkeys climbed all over our car. The animals are a bit wilder in Africa, but in Longleat you are always guaranteed to see them as they don’t hide in the bush. Anyway, here is my list of the cutest animals we saw in Africa.

1. One of the cutest animals we saw in Africa, I think THE cutest was a tiny baby elephant. We spotted a tiny teeny one, just taller than some long grass. It was so sweet. We all took millions of photos of it.

Rosie Millard on the Longleat Family African Safari

After five days on the Longleat African Safari, my four children can tell the difference between a leopard’s pawprint and a hyena’s. They know what a Carmine Bee-eater looks like. They have found out what sort of animals visit a waterhole at night, thanks to an infra-red camera trap. They also understand that when Charlie the big bull elephant is pawing the ground, flapping his ears and trotting towards us trumpeting, it’s not really very dangerous. Really?

Instant Shawarma

I am ashamed of myself. Less than three months before my wedding, and on my first trip to Egypt, I have fallen in love. With a kebab. Where I come from they’re traditionally the late night fuel of drunken pubbers and clubbers, whose primary function is to serve as a greasy sponge to soak up at least some of the alcohol consumed during the course of the night, and restore a sense of order to the insides.

Tigers & the Taj Mahal by Honey - aged 10

As we heaved out of the plane, I think all of us were nervous about meeting the other families - each of us thinking about what the families would be like, the kids wondering whether the other children would get along with us and my mum and dad probably hoping we would be normal and polite!

As the first day went by we got to know the other families a bit better, there were 2 other kids involved in this mad adventure and they were quite quiet at first and then their friendly personalities came out.

Top Ten India Tips

Top Ten Tips to travelling in India by Lucien, aged 8

1. Stay in the jeep, so you don’t get eaten by a tiger. Or a hyena

2. Remember that you can always order pizza, or jam and toast, if you don’t like curry.

3. It’s a good idea to bring your cricket bat because the Indians like cricket and they will play with you.
They will have the stumps.

4. There are lots of knick-knacks to buy but you have to bargin