Most Inspirational Moment
The high level track in the Zingaro National Nature Reserve was well worth the 400m ascent, with a profusion of wild flowers and stunning sea views, punctuated by a memorable picnic under carob and olive trees, organised by Benoit. The cave on the island of Levanzo, with its palaeolithic rock engravings and neolithic paintings was an unforgettable experience, followed by another Benoit picnic.
Thoughts on Group Leader
Benoit was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. Once he realised that the overall pace on a Leisurely/Moderate trip needs to recognise that some members, while well able to cope with distance, may be considerably slower up and down steep paths than more experienced hillwalkers, he adjusted pace appropriately and spared no effort to make the trip enjoyable for all.
Advice for Potential Travellers
Three of the walks on the published itinerary involve more sustained relatively steep climbs, on quite rough tracks, than we have encountered on our three previous Leisurely/Moderate Exodus trips. We would strongly recommend walking poles and boots with a good tread and ankle support. Also bear in mind that there is very little shade other than on the picnic breaks. This could be an issue later in the season. However, overall, if you are properly equipped and prepared, you should have a memorable holiday.
Roll on our next walking trip with Exodus!