Journey Into the Millennium

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Trips in the Southern Hemisphere: Africa, Australia, South America, and the Far East

The southern half of the globe is especially ripe for travel around New Year's 2000, since the countries there will be experiencing in the warm temperatures of summer. In addition, places like New Zealand and Fiji will be some of the first to experience the dawn of the new millennium, because of their proximity to the international date line. For this reason, thousands of people are expected to flock to this part of the world, and the natives are already getting prepared. Travel outfitters, too, are planning some exciting ways to celebrate the coming of the year 2000.

If you're interested in rambling around New Zealand and taking in the stunning scenery as the calendar changes, Roads Less Traveled, a Boulder, Colorado-based outfitter, is offering a South Island hiking adventure. Travelers will ring in the new millennium while on a hut-to-hut hike across the Southern Alps along the classic Routeburn Track.

Mountain bike through lush rainforests, hike on aboriginal trails, and dive the largest and most beautiful reef in the world. Outer Edge Expeditions will take you on this millennial extravaganza in Australia, as well as on adventurous journeys to Borneo, Indonesia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Patagonia, and Peru.

If you've always wanted to take an safari in Africa, or you'd like to treat your children to a Serengeti trip-of-a-lifetime, GORPtravel.com can give you what you're looking for. The safari options include a Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expedition which will take you to the peak on New Year's Eve. You'll see the sun rise on the new millennium from the summit of Africa's highest mountain. And what family wouldn't enjoy the vast savannahs of the Serengeti, where majestic lions, eye-catching zebras, and grand elephants roam free? GORPtravel also offers family trips to Costa Rica, Nepal, and Australia during this unique time of the millennial change.

Fish Eagle Safaris are leading visitors on trips to Botswana, Namibia, and on a rhino safari to Zimbabwe. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the big calendar change among some of the earth's most beautiful creatures. You may spot lions, giraffes, antelope, and even the mighty elephant.

Anglers who dream of hooking trophy peacock bass in the Brazilian Amazon at the turn of the millennium need look no further than Quest Global Angling Adventures. Quest will also lead a special millennial excursion to the Rio Palena of Patagonia, where the fishing for rainbow and brown trout is as legendary as the region's beauty.

Trips in the Northern Hemisphere: Mexico and Minnesota

Although the northern hemisphere isn't in the middle of summer in the month of January, there are plenty of opportunities for epic outdoor adventures. Near the equator, in Mexico, you'll enjoy mild temperatures this time of year, but even snowy winter weather can provide the backdrop for a magical millennium celebration

Mexico's mighty canyon, Copper Canyon, beckons to travelers seeking a dramatic spot to bring in the new millennium. Adventure Specialists, the Colorado-based outfitter, is leading an excursion south of the US-Mexico border that begins with a classic train ride from Chihuahua and explores the dramatic depths of North America's biggest canyon. The company is also taking visitors to Machu Picchu in Peru and to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness in Colorado.

The folks at White Wilderness, who lead dogsledding trips into Minnesota's Boundary Waters Wilderness, have something special up their sleeves for the big calendar change. People who join them up north will find themselves in an isolated, pristine camping spot by the water's edge when the sun rises on the new millennium.


Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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