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 the… 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


Huge savings on Antarctic voyages

A visit to Antarctica’s emperor penguin colonies is a magical experience, and we have some fantastic offers for single travellers on board Ortelius this winter.

See them by helicopter in the Weddell Sea, where you can save over £4,000 in a single cabin, departing on 25th November 2014.  Even greater savings can be had on our 30-night expedition to the Ross Sea on 11th February 2015 – the single cabin supplement has been reduced by almost… Read on


Malawi revisited

Patzi Haslimann recently travelled with us to Malawi, staying in Majete Reserve with its prolific wildlife, followed by a visit to Liwonde National Park for a memorable encounter with a family of black rhino.

The smell of Africa hits your nostrils as you climb down from the plane in Blantyre and I always feel a small sense of home coming. The sky was that impossible far away blue and the bush was green after the rains of only a few months ago. We drove about two hours to Mkulumadzi camp in… Read on


A Night Walk in Danum Valley

Tropical rainforest is my natural habitat. I first experienced its delights during a student expedition to Borneo in 1988 and consequently I’ve had a particular affinity with the island ever since. Returning to Borneo is always exciting. There are few finer incarnations of tropical rainforest than those of Danum Valley in Sabah. Exploring these forests can be particularly exciting at night – it’s perfectly safe to wander around and you simply never know what might show up. It’s the thrill of the unknown.

Recently I was back at Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the heart of Danum with a group of clients, with everyone eager to experience these same thrills. BRL has to be one of the best rainforest lodges anywhere – its location is superb, a vast array of wildlife can be seen close by and its… Read on


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