Tags archives: wildlife

Animals Attract - The Truth About Conservation & Animal Entertainment

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The other day we shared a post on our Facebook page called "Why you shouldn't ride Elephants in Thailand". I have previously also written about the topic because with a blog named The Midnight Blue Elephant it is a something close to my heart and because it is the right thing to do. Or rather not to do. What was interesting about this Facebook post, howev[...]

The Ultimate African Safari on a Budget

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Knock, knock, knock - I wake up. Is somebody knocking on my door? I thought we were supposed to sleep in today, have a leisurely breakfast and then slowly drive back to Lusaka. It is the last day of our safari in Mushingashi nature reserve, just east of Kafue National Park in Zambia. Our guide Jairos had promised us a laid-back morning and a slow drive throu[...]

Camping with Elephants in Zimbabwe

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Think You Know Animals? I like to think that I know African animals. I grew up in Zimbabwe and I often visited areas that were teeming with elephants, giraffe, zebra and more. I can tell you fifteen ways that leopards differ to cheetahs, apart from the fact that their spots are different. I know the sound impalas make during mating season. I know what a g[...]

A South African Safari: Can you get TOO close to nature?

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“C’mon, Mum!” - The rhino baby, just four months old, shoulders his mother, just like my nephew does when he wants to go and play. She doesn’t move. He nudges her again and then does a little dance in front of her. Sitting in our Land Rover with our safari guide, we are charmed. Such a cute mother-son moment! So anthropomorphically like exhausted human mo[...]

How to Get the Most out of the Galapagos Islands

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Ever since I was a little girl, watching nature programmes on the telly with my dad, holding my little Greek land tortoise in my lap and pointing at the giant tortoises on the screen, I dreamt of going there myself - the Galapagos Islands. They have always been a mysterious place: so far away, out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean; inhabited by bizarre anim[...]

Borneo - Where the Wild Things are

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Back when I started diving in March my friend who had accompanied me to Koh Tao was amazed by my sudden interest in the marine life. Apparently I have a short attention span in all other things so the idea that I would stare at fish for hours at a time and not get bored was beyond her. And while diving takes a bit more than just staring at fish, I guess it w[...]

Tippi Degré – the little wild child of Africa

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They say some are born travellers. Some achieve travel. And some have travelling thrust upon them. Or words to that effect, I’m sure. And so, to the latter category must belong Tippi Degré, a little girl who spent the first, incredible ten years of her life growing up in the wilds of Africa. Born in Namibia in 1990, the daughter of French, freelance wildl[...]

Lions, hippos and rainbows - an African adventure

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Technically I live in Africa. But when people hear Africa they think of savannah and lions. That is if they know their stuff. Some still ask me whether I see tigers on my way to work. No, I don’t, because the only tigers there are in Africa are in a zoo. Cape Town is different altogether. No, still no tigers on the streets, but no lions either. While yes, te[...]

Kanchanaburi: Playing with Tigers

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Kanchanaburi is a 2 hour bus trip out of Bangkok and oh, what a difference 2 hours can make. Gone are the garish lights and hustle of Bangkok as city skyline gives way to the natural world. Why am I here? I’m going on a tiger hunt. Where am I going? To the famous Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, otherwise known as The Tiger Temple. Fittingly, the landscape of th[...]