Huge savings on Antarctic voyages

A visit to Antarctica’s emperor penguin colonies is a truly magical experience, and we have some fantastic offers on board the Ortelius this winter. There are great savings on single and twin-share cabins.

See emperor penguins by helicopter in the Weddell Sea, where you can save over £4,000 in a single cabin (and over £2,500 per person sharing a twin cabin), departing on 25th November 2014. Even greater savings can be had on our 30-night expedition to the Ross Sea on 11th February… Read on


Pantanal - the cat’s whiskers

Highlights of September's Pantanal photo tour in Brazil included giant anteaters, southern tamunduas, and wealth of bird species. However, the highlight for everyone was a jaguar with its young cub - a memorable experience even for a seasoned traveller and wildlife photographer.

I thought it might be a good idea to ring the changes. For the past three days we’d gone upstream from our lodge on the Cuiaba River, just like everyone else. We’d seen jaguars on each outing and some encounters had been good for photographs too. On two occasions we’d actually been… Read on


Discovering Namibia and the Powell-Cotton Expeditions

Enjoy a fascinating evening at the Powell-Cotton Museum in Kent, discovering the contrasting landscapes of Namibia - one of the most hauntingly beautiful countries on the planet - and hear accounts from the diaries of Diana and Antoinette Powell-Cotton's 1936/37 expeditions to the country.

This engaging, insightful and emphatic presentation will walk people through the seemingly limitless opportunities for wildlife and discovery in Namibia, and its addictive-qualities that have fascinated and captured the hearts and minds of so many travellers, scientists, conservationists and… Read on


Wildlife Discovery series

Featuring presentations from our staff, as well as some guest speakers from around the world, these evenings will appeal to anyone who has an interest in wildlife and travel; you’ll have an opportunity to meet our team and share your experiences with like minded travellers who share your passion.

From Edinburgh to Plymouth and Dublin to Norwich, we will be visiting all corners of the UK between September 2014 and March 2015. The evenings are completely free of charge and you can register up to 4 guests a time, so take a look at our schedule of events (below) and choose… Read on


Kasanka National Park, Zambia

Having first visited Kasanka National Park in the late 80’s (and many times since!), it was a pleasure to return there once again in November to experience the incredible sight of millions of fruit bats migrating.

After arriving in to Lusaka on the SAA flight from Johnannesburg I had lunch and began the drive north-east to Kasanka NP. Heading out of Lusaka - which has grown noticeably since I was last here - was slow going, but then it generally is. Trucks heading north to the copper belt seemed to be… Read on


Kalahari or Bust

Botswana is a huge country with some of the world’s finest nature reveres and a fearsome reputation in terms of conservation. It was probably the first country to ban trophy hunting, it has always kept its tourism pricing high in order to keep numbers low and it has maintained an outstanding record when it comes to guides and guiding.

Add into the mix that years ago I read a captivating book by two young researchers (Mark and Delia Owen) called Cry of the Kalahari and it was a no-brainer from my point of view… when I was planning one of our small collection of group departures to southern Africa at the beginning of last… Read on


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