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Dawn on Nepal’s Rapti River: Birds, Crocodiles and Pink Skies

the gharial

Out on the brackish water, a pair of eyes lurks above the surface. Our boat man paddles gently to get a closer look. It stares straight at us and doesn’t move an inch. When we are just a few feet away from it, the motionless creature comes into full view — all of its marble-like [...]

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Photo Essay: The Colors of Papua New Guinea

Flying over the fjords of Tufi

Known as the Land of the Unexpected, Papua New Guinea is indeed shrouded in mystery and packed full of surprises for those curious enough to see beyond the headlines. As a remote and largely unexplored country, Papua New Guinea is a hodgepodge of impenetrable jungles, ancient mangrove swamps, wide savanna grasslands. In the midst of [...]

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Updates from Papua New Guinea

By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be on my way to Papua New Guinea, a destination I’ve been dreaming of exploring for ages. I’ve flown more than 9,000 miles from Spain to explore this part of the world so you bet I’m excited to see what’s in store. As a unique archipelago, Papua New [...]

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Highlights of Gambia: from River Safaris to Fishing Villages

Mandina Lodge

I recently returned from a short jaunt to the Gambia with vivid memories of West Africa and very new perspectives of the region. The Gambia Experience gave me a taste of what West Africa has to offer — but it definitely left me with the urge and curiosity to explore more of the region. From the inland [...]

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Photoblog: Flamingos and Rhinos at Lake Nakuru

Flamingos taking off

By the time we arrived at Lake Nakuru in Kenya, we had already seen many of the big animals of Africa in the Masai Mara including lions, elephants, buffalos, hippos and even cheetahs. But we’d yet to see all of the Big Five, with just the leopard and rhino missing from our list. Here on the shores of Lake [...]

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On Safari in Kenya: Lions, Cheetahs and the Annual Migration at the Masai Mara Reserve

Wildebeest

Over thousands of wildebeests and zebras sprawl across the vast grasslands, peppering the landscape that runs for miles into the horizon. We’ve seen them before – but now to see them in such big numbers is just impressive. As we drive further along the rolling hills and surprisingly green fields, the sheer sight of the thousands of animals before us leaves us silent in awe. [...]

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Gorilla Tracking in Uganda — Part II: Intense Encounters

The eyes of the silverback

A loud grunting sound suddenly echoes through the jungle. With the trackers in the lead, we move downhill, past moss-covered logs and over thick ferns, towards a clearing. There, an enormous silverback sits regally, as if on his throne, munching his way through leaves and branches, blithely ignoring our presence. Through the dangling vines and banana leaves, I can see [...]

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Gorilla Tracking in Uganda — Part I: The First Sighting

Up close with a gorilla in Bwindi

The walkie-talkie crackles. Our guide Benjamin listens intently and whispers back in the local Rukiga language. “We’ve found the gorillas. A male and a female. They are just ahead,” he announces. “Are you ready?” We drop our bags and proceed in silence through the thick and wet jungle with nothing more than our cameras. Even our porters have left [...]

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The Best of East Africa: Gorillas, the Big Five, and Village Life

Children of Bomani Primary School

After three weeks of traveling East Africa, I’m back at our home base in Spain and eager to share my experiences here. East Africa is a part of the world that’s particularly special to me. Five years ago, Alberto and I volunteered in a village in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – and as cliché as it sounds, [...]

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Penguins, Seals and Whales: Wildlife in Antarctica

Observing the penguins at close proximity

Etched at the bottom of the world, Antarctica is as far south and remote as you can get. The seventh continent, as some call it, is covered in icebergs, glaciers, mountains and thick layers of snow.  At first glance, Antarctica appears vast and empty – with expansive ice fields stretching for miles without anything or [...]

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An Instagram Photo Tour of East Africa

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I’m currently writing from the lush green grasslands of Lake Nakuru, Kenya, where we’re in the middle of our overland trip in East Africa. Over the past two weeks, we’ve covered long distances and packed in tons of activities from gorilla tracking to boat trips on dugout canoes and orphanage visits. It’s been a journey [...]

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Nicaragua on Horseback: Riding in San Juan del Sur

Lead the Way

Combing through the walls of sturdy tree trunks and canopies of lush green leaves, we set out from Morgan’s Rock in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, on the back of a truck just before the afternoon heat reached its highest. We reached the stables by dirt road in less than ten minutes, where we met our horses. I was [...]

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Wildlife and Scenery: Kayaking Lake Nicaragua

Blue Skies

From my room at the I could see the shimmering Lake Nicaragua lit up by the morning rays.  At 7 am, the tropical air was already hot and steamy. The howler monkeys were already awake, their loud bawls echoing from the jungle surrounding the lake.  Birds perched on tree branches were chirping and singing their morning tunes. [...]

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Ditching the Digital World in East Africa

Masai in East Africa

Jambo from Kenya! I’m writing to you from Nairobi, where I’ll be starting my overland trip with Africa Travel Co around East Africa. After a few hectic months of working on my new book and the magazine, it’s time to give myself a well-deserved break so I’m taking the opportunity to give myself a digital [...]

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Getting Up Close and Personal with the Moose – Sweden’s National Symbol

Thor when lying down

On our last trip to the Swedish Lapland, we heard plenty about the country’s moose, but never had a chance to see them. This time round, by sheer coincidence, we chanced upon a moose park at Dalslands Aktiviteter and found ourselves getting up close and personal to these gentle giants. These moose, known as the national [...]

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