Elke – Germany 2019
Joined Melons & Grapes trip to Afghanistan.
I was dreaming of going to Afghanistan for 18 years. As a former art historian and passionate traveller I had to come here. But due to safety reasons I was waiting for the „right“ time. Well, in the end only you know when is the right time despite danger. I heard of Untamed Borders trough a German TV journalist who travelled with them to Somalia and Afghanistan and did a documentary about it called „Uncovered“. Since that time I followed Untamed Borders on Social Media and was convinced to go with them. And it turned out it was one of the best trips of my life. Though I am not much of a group traveller. In fact it was my first group tour, but the group was small and the people likeminded and well travelled. Our guides Gul and Ana were fantastic company and great fun too. I felt safe most oft he time, a little uneasy when stuck in the traffic in Kabul but our driver Kaka „Smile“ distracted me easy with his try to learn English. Alishah („Where The Light Shines“ 2019) was our guide in Bamiyan and Band-E-Amir and his tender way to speak about his country warmed my heart. Thank you Untamed Borders for this unforgettable trip.
Ben – UK 2019
Joined our trip to compete in the Somaliland Marathon. I really enjoy running and travelling so try to combine the two whenever I can. When I saw that Untamed Borders were involved in a marathon in Somaliland I thought it would be a great opportunity to run in a place that has interested me for a long time. I spent five days in Somaliland and every day was full of unique experiences highlighting many different aspects of Somali culture. James and Mohammed were amazing guides and made me feel really comfortable the entire time we were there. The run was a blast and the atmosphere rivalled some of the larger runs I have done in the UK. The logistics of organising a running event in a country that essentially does not exist must have huge logistical challenges but the marathon was extremely well organised and went off without a hitch. Meeting local runners and spectators was one of the highlights of the trip. I had such a great time that since returning I have been in contact with Untamed Boarders to discuss looking at future trips to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Marcus – Germany 2019
Visited Syria 2019, Afghanistan 2016, Chechnya and Russia’s Deep South 2015, Mogadishu 2015
I have just returned from my fourth tour with Untamed Borders. 2015 I have travelled to Mogadishu and the Caucasus (Chechnya, South Ossetia), 2016 to Afghanistan (Herat, Kabul, Panjshir) and 2019 to Syria (Damascus and Aleppo). I have been in very different parts of the world with Untamed Borders, but the tours have always the same high standard of quality and have been excellent. The destinations are fascinating and I have always felt to be in good hands. The tours are well prepared and the guides have been outstanding – nice guys and interesting people, attentive and providing a deep insight and understanding of the places visited.
Lucinda – UK 2018/19
Visited Afghanistan & Pakistan
I’ve recently returned from an excellent tour with Kausar. Afghanistan & Pakistan have long been on my travel list but I was warned by many of safety concerns…I needn’t have worried because Kausar & Untamed Borders took safety very seriously and I felt extremely well looked after during all parts of my trip. They thought of everything & I was grateful for the attention to detail – this was especially important as a solo female traveller. There is nothing that isn’t possible when travelling with Kausar & he really does know his stuff (history, best places to eat etc). We spent several days in Kabul, visited the Hindu Kush & went ski touring in Bayman. I then spent some time in Lahore which was architecturally beautiful. The experience was every bit as raw & authentic as I’d hoped for and I’d encourage anyone thinking of considering visiting the region to book immediately! I’ve travelled many corners of the globe & this was a definite stand out. Thank you thank you!
Mel – UK 2018
I had planned to go to Afghanistan for a long time, as it is part of my quest to visit every country in the world (it was no. 189 out of my target of 197), but I had put it off for many years due to security concerns. Many of my trusted friends had recommended Untamed Borders, and I finally decided to go despite the security situation. Now, I wish I had gone sooner. I had an amazing time, and our guide was hands down the best guide I have ever met! His knowledge of the region was outstanding. But more fabulous was he knew every person who had the key to interesting things we wouldn’t have seen as normal tourists, and interesting folk to meet down side streets, and the great ice cream shop to hang out in. I was travelling with my husband, who is a tad less adventurous than I, and an old friend of mine. None of us felt unsafe at any time, as Kausar and the team had gone to great lengths to keep us low profile and safe. There was an incident in Kabul when we were there with an attack on the ministry, and we weren’t worried then either as Kausar knew exactly what was going on and where we needed to be.
Dan – Australia 2018
Visited Afghanistan on our Spring trip.
What can I say? From James’ very first email informing me of this spring adventure, right through to the moment I shook hands and bid farewell to Kausar, this trip will be seared into my mind for many years to come.
I cannot quantify what I’ve seen and learned. Kausar is a passionate man and his love for his country permeated into the conversations in the car and his insight provided me with a true ‘inside feel’ into the different lives of people across the cities we visited.
(The photo above is one of many beautiful shots Dan took in Afghanistan – the full album can be seen here.)
Jacob – Denmark 2018