For me, one of the most rewarding things about travel is the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife I could never see at home. In this post I share some of the most memorable - and unusual - animal experiences I have had on my journeys around the globe. What has been your most exciting wildlife experience on your travels?
All the encounters in these posts were with wild animals, apart from the horses which were domesticated and well cared-for.
Indri in Madagascar
A trip to the island of Madagascar, Read more [...]
The Maldives are simply magical, but one of the most memorable moments of my time there was the day I swam with a manta ray. We had travelled by wooden dhoni through the islands, stopping off twice a day to snorkel on the spectacular reefs that litter the shores. However, between the shallow waters of the atolls are much deeper channels, and these are when you find the manta rays. We set off one morning in search of them, seeking out the stretches of ocean where the mantas are known to congregate, Read more [...]
It’s 2am in Botswana, and I wake up with a start inside my tent. I’m in the Okavango Delta in the north of the country, and we are staying in a campsite just on the edge of the Moremi game reserve. The previous evening, sitting around our campfire, we were aware of being watched from the bushes surrounding the open space where our tents are pitched. Green eyes could be seen in the distance, glaring in the artificial light from our torches, as our guide told us of the hyenas who hover around Read more [...]
In September 2015 I went to Kenya. I was on my way to another location in Africa, but as so often happens, my flights there and back transited in Nairobi and the temptation to see something outside the airport was too much to bear. So it was that I broke my journey on the way home, and spent two days and two nights in on a whistle-stop tour... Read more [...]
I'm staring out the window of a 737 as we clear the coast of Borneo. Down below me is a sea of palm trees, one of the many palm oil plantations which have taken over the island in recent years, causing untold damage to the ecosystem. But from up here they are a beautiful sight, extending in pleasingly uniform rows across the landscape. To be honest, I'm still a bit shellshocked to be here at all. It wasn't part of the plan; having just come to the end of a fortnight's tour around Indonesia, Read more [...]
Now, if you're anything like me, you grew up thinking that monkeys were cute. I mean, what's not to like? They're fluffy, with long tails to swing from trees, plus they have tiny hands just like ours on their feet. They tick every box. Then I started travelling. To be fair to monkeys, they probably are cute, deep down. The trouble is that we have invaded their space, turned their world upside down and provided a shiny new land of opportunity, free food and all the luxury items they could Read more [...]