Lord Howe Island – Australia’s Little Piece of Paradise in the Pacific

2018-12-04T16:09:20+00:00By |

Lord Howe Island is a little piece of Australian paradise in the Pacific and it's just a two-hour and twenty-minute flight northeast of Sydney, off the coast of New South Wales. Yet sub-tropical Lord Howe couldn’t be more different, its pristine environment more closely resembling that of New Zealand than mainland Australia. Lord Howe Island. …

Mallorca Birdwatching – Spring on Mallorca Is Birding Time

2017-03-21T19:25:42+00:00By |

Mallorca birdwatching season kicks off in the spring time when the migration starts. This is our guide to birding on the Balearic Island for beginners and amateur bird watchers. For twitchers or birders – those serious birdwatching types who seem to have binoculars permanently dangling from their neck and a well-thumbed field guide stashed in a …

National Parks of Calabria – Italy’s Secret Mountains, Forests and Lakes

2018-06-18T17:40:39+00:00By |

The National Parks of Calabria are some of the most breathtakingly beautiful in Europe. While Calabria remains as off the beaten track as it gets for most travellers to Italy, it’s a popular summer holiday spot for Italians, and if they’re not on the beach they’re exploring the region’s national parks. The National Parks of …

On Safari at Salt Lick — a Close Encounter with Lions

2015-08-25T17:27:57+00:00By |

While it might have appeared from our recent stories from the Masai Mara (such as this one), that the animals walk up to a picturesque spot and pose like supermodels, not all game drives will have you filling memory cards on your camera. Over the course of three days on safari at Sarova Salt Lick Game …

On Safari Again, to Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge, Tsavo West

2018-03-04T10:25:06+00:00By |

If our experience at the Masai Mara made us wonder why we’d left it so long to go to Kenya and go on safari, our stay at Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge had us wondering when we’d be able to schedule a trip back. Terence was already planning for us to return to volunteer at the …

A Nature Walk in the Masai Mara with a Maasai Warrior

2015-08-25T17:35:02+00:00By |

While going on safari is the main reason to come to the Masai Mara, there is more to do than game drives. The Maasai guides at the Sarova Mara offer nature walks – short one-hour walks in the forest within the Sarova Mara, and longer walking safaris in the reserve. As we had signed up …

Going to the Masai Mara to Glimpse The Great Migration

2018-11-26T11:00:53+00:00By |

Going to the Masai Mara to glimpse the Great Migration had been on my wish list for many years. While we didn't get to see the spectacle as hoped, we did get to do the sort of wildlife watching we'd always dreamt of doing and it was unforgettable. I don’t think there’s anyone who goes …

Cruising the Mangroves of the Pacific Coast Costa Rica

2018-05-06T12:35:13+00:00By |

We’d gone wildlife spotting in the Manuel Antonio National Park and bird watching in the forest at El Silencio nature reserve, so the next logical thing to do seemed to be to get on the water and check out the wildlife from a boat, cruising the mangroves of the Pacific Coast Costa Rica. One of …

Our Home Away from Home in Costa Rica #2

2018-11-25T17:28:39+00:00By |

Our second home away from home in Costa Rica is called The Beach House. Now, there are plenty of resorts in this neck of the jungle that attach the name ‘beach’ to their title as often as they do ‘spa’. Some may well have a spa, but most are generally not on the beach. The Beach House couldn’t …

Our Costa Rica Holiday House

2017-09-17T16:31:43+00:00By |

“Your house is very big!” our driver said with a grin from ear to ear, as he unloaded our bags in the rain, and the gigantic wooden door swung open and Susan, the friendly tanned concierge came out to greet us at our first Costa Rica holiday house. Despite the driver's warning, we didn’t quite understand …

Dana Biosphere Reserve: Desert Walks, Mountain Hikes, Tea Breaks

2015-08-01T20:22:10+00:00By |

During our time at the Dana Biosphere Reserve in Jordan, we drank a lot of tea. Served milky in the morning, whether offered at Feynan Eco-Lodge or in a Bedouin tent, each successive glass contained less milk until it was strong and black by the end of the day. Served with sugar and sage, thyme or …