Detour. Travel that connects you, teaches you and changes you

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Detour. Often defined as taking a roundabout route to visit somewhere along the way, and now a fabulous new touring style to get off the beaten track with youth travel leaders, Contiki, in their 2021 travel season.

“Detour is our short, immersive and locally hosted mini-adventures crafted especially for those travellers who want to explore a personal interest,” says Kelly Jackson, MD of The Travel Corporation, parent company to Contiki. “We have an adventure for food lovers, wellness warriors and adrenaline junkies. Think surfing and yoga in Morocco, truffle hunting in Italy or my personal favourite the wine cycling tour through Burgundy,” Kelly adds.

Take a sharp left-turn off the tourist trail and onto these immersive getaways with incredible local hosts. This isn’t just another holiday: this is travel that connects you, teaches you and changes you. Get off the tourist trail and learn new skills, discovering spectacular destinations through a local’s eyes.

The Detour selection covers nearly every country and continent Contiki travels to including three Southern African options. Wine, Dine and Zipline, a three-day adventure from Cape Town to the Elgin Valley that includes transport, breakfast daily, accommodation at the elegant Wildekrans Wine Estate, wine tasting at Simonsberg in Stellenbosch, zip lining in Elgin, dinner at the steampunk-styled Elgin Railway and if you travel between July and November a chance to spot whales in Hermanus. Priced from R8750 per person sharing.

Happy snappers and serious photographers alike will love the Wildlife Photo Safari in Botswana which is priced from R14 825 per person. This adventure takes place in the Chobe National Park and don’t stress if you don’t have top of the range camera gear, this tour comes with it all. Apart from expert tuition in the fine arts of wildlife photography you’ll also have your own Canon camera plus lenses, memory card and bean bag mounts on your transport (which offers 360 degree rotational seating) for the duration of the tour. With no less than four guided safaris, game drives and cruises you are sure to get the perfect shot! Accommodation at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel with all meals is included.

From getting the shot to learning actual bush craft and Contiki’s Learn to be a Guide in the Kruger, This tour has to be one of the most life changing adventures of all. Take seven days to enjoy ten fully guided game drives and walks, daily practical instruction and experiences designed to mirror Safari Guides Training, all meals and sundowners in a setting reserved for the few. You’ll learn about the inter-relatedness of geology and soils, weather and atmosphere, food webs and energy flows, and habitats and conservation. Not to mention tracking, bird identification, bush skills, navigation and so much more. Priced from R23 125 per person sharing.

You can book any of these adventures as a stand-alone or hook them onto an existing Contiki trip. Booking is safe and easy with the flexible booking conditions. A small deposit of R999 (valid until 31 December 2020) secures your spot and your hard-earned money is safe with Contiki. For more information visit