As company director Clyde O'Donnell has a long history in the hospitality, travel and photographic Industry and has travelled extensively in Australia since 1971 and overseas since 1980.
Having an extremely active outdoor life with a passion for travel and wildlife requires funding and Clyde was fortunate enough to find work as a Guide at Mt Buffalo National Park , he also worked in the Ski Industry during the Winter seasons for 17 years and as a Summer Forest Fire Fighter for 9 seasons. Clyde also worked as a Freelance nature photographer for Australian National Parks for some 20 years. He also worked with the Australian Condervation Foundation & the Australian Wilderness Society as a wildlife photographer and has many photographic publications in books, calendars, journals and diaries. More than 1000 publications to date.
For most of the 1970 s Clyde was involved in nature photography and conservation projects in remote Australian regions including The Kimberleys, Kakadu National Park, The Gulf of Carpentaria, Cape York Peninsula and South Western Australia. From 1980 to 1995 Clyde travelled extensively throughout Asia including Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, Bangladesh India & Nepal and with this background the tours (Formally Himalayan & Australian Nature Tours) were established in November of 1995.
The objective was to offer a totally unique style of soft adventure for most age groups. While enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery on earth participants can stay in comfortable homes and lodges and experience the renowned hospitality of the gentle Nepalese people and be hosted by a different family each night of the trek. We are unaware of any other company offering this type of tour and with a 64 % record of repeat customers, Aus Global Soft Adventures have been very successful in offering such a specialised service.
Aus Global Soft Adventure makes a point of running tours in quite a different manner to other companies. Even before operations began in 1995 Clyde O'Donnell made several visits to Nepal to research many aspects of Soft Adventure Travel in the Himalayas. We soon became aware that home and lodge facilities for trekkers were improving at a fast pace. Rooms becoming more comfortable, meal menus and the standard of food have now improved considerably. Solar showers and western toilets are now common in most villages.
Before any tour operations can begin in any country Clyde researches all aspects of the destination and of utmost importance locates a reliable local contact in each country. This allows for regular and reliable updates on political, economic, social and immigration changes.