Beyond by Steppes Travel was a two-day travel festival at the Royal Geographical Society on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September 2016.

The event will be returning on September 30 – October 1 2017, with a host of new adventurers and travellers, so make sure you save the date.

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My motivation is lack of A levels.- Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Distances aren't always measured in miles, but by how far you have come on your journey.- Monty Halls
It's not about how or what you did or did not do, it's about how you lived.- Benedict Allen
Life is about making the least wrong decisions.- Monty Halls
You've got one go at life, grasp it by the kahunas!- Kenton Cool
Take a running jump and make that first step towards adventure.- Alastair Humphreys

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Travel with our Speakers

Sir Ranulph Fiennes will give a lecture in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia for those voyaging on our Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands private charter with Telegraph Tours.

If you fancy becoming a mermaid, learn to freedive with a champion. Hanli is leading tours in Mozambique, South Africa and Baja Mexico.

Just one space remains on our Papua New Guinea cruise with Chris Packham departing 5th November 2016.

Join Monty in Antarctica or the Arctic

Carlos Vivar will escort you through the Maya world of Guatemala and Honduras, departing 25th February 2017.

Hugh Thomson

Join Hugh and venture into pre Inca civilisations and key sites of Northern Peru as well as the spectacular mountain scenery of Cordillera Blanca.

Robin Hanbury-Tenison near his home

Trek into the Maliau Basin with Robin Hanbury-Tenison to explore the wildife rich area of Danum Valley and Kinabatangan River.

Explore Assam’s unique wildlife like the Indian one-horned rhinoceros and Gangetic Dolphins in the company of wildlife conservationist Lee Durrell.

Come face to face with orangutans and learn about the threats that face them in Borneo with Orangutan Foundation founder Ashley Leiman.

Follow in their Footsteps

If you have been inspired by Kenton to head to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

Rob’s storytelling is superb and he brought the story of Shackleton and his men to life. Join our Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic cruise to follow in Shackleton’s footsteps.

John spoke about his travels through Sri Lanka. The north of the country is now a region opening up to new possibilities – visit Jaffna and the North East coast.

Patrick French is the author of many books on India. Join the literary theme by visiting the Jaipur Literature Festival this coming January.

Steve’s passion for wildlife around the world is evident. Ignite your inner Attenborough on one of our wildlife holidays.

Benedict is the only person known to have crossed the Amazon Basin at it’s widest. Explore the Amazon on one of our Amazon cruises.

Jonathan Scott has spent years documenting big cats in Kenya. Set out on a photographic safari of your own on our Laikipia and Mara photographic safari.

Wildlife film producer Hugh Pearson recommends the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica as a go to place for superb marine encounters offshore with the spinner dolphins.

If you enjoyed Eric’s talk and workshop – join him in Andalucia as he explores three of southern Spain’s beautiful cities and their Islamic geometric design influences.

Festival Video

Pictures from the Festival

Festival Overview:

Saturday’s theme was ‘conservation and wildlife‘ with highlights including naturalist Chris Packham; TV veterinarian Steve Leonard; wildlife photographer, author and TV presenter Jonathan Scott; freediver & ocean conservationist Hanli Prinsloo; and a heavyweight conservation focused panel discussion which included the following panellists:

  • Prof David Macdonald CBE DSC FRSE, Director of WildCRU, Zoology, University of Oxford
  • Dr Andrew Terry, Head of Conservation Programmes, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Damien Mander, Founder, International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF)
  • Chris Packham, Naturalist and Outspoken Conservationist
  • Dan Bucknell, Executive Director, Tusk Trust
  • Dr Amy Dickman, Conservation Biologist
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Sunday took the audience ‘Beyond the Ordinary’ with the ‘world’s greatest living explorer’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes; National Geographic ‘Adventurer of the Year’ Alastair Humphreys, expedition leader & marine biologist Monty Halls; explorer Benedict Allen; ‘Bird in a Biplane’ Tracey Curtis-Taylor and Edurne Pasaban, the ­first woman to summit all fourteen 8000 peaks in the world.

Aside from the key talks, the weekend included a vibrant schedule of:

  • Photography talk with professional photographer Jon Nicholson
  • Seminars by leading authors such as John Gimlette, Patrick French, Eric Broug & Hugh Thomson
  • Talks by ­film-makers such as the creator of ‘AFRICA’ Hugh Pearson and ­Planet Earth & Natural World Fergus Beeley
  • Working sculpture studio with wildlife sculptor Hamish Mackie
  • Art exhibition with world famous David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
  • Steppes inspirational travel presentations
  • Diverse range of exhibitors

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