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North Spitsbergen - Save 50%

Join us this June on a polar bear voyage around Spitsbergen’s magnificent coastline and save 50% on selected cabin types on board Ortelius or Plancius vessels..

Spitsbergen (known as Svalbard) plays host to a huge variety of wildlife, including Arctic fox, walrus, seals and whales, and of course the iconic polar bear. On our North Spitsbergen voyage, you will spend time sailing along the edge of - and even through - pack ice in search of polar… Read on

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Festival of Wildlife 2017

Arrangements are already well under way for our 25th anniversary Festival of Wildlife in Borneo next year, and I recently made a visit to the Danum Valley to check the logistics for this unique tour.

An hour’s flight from Kota Kinabalu got me to Lahad Datu, a growing town of 250,00 inhabitants, with a remarkable 45 ethnic groups.  Having met our local team, I headed by 4x4 to Borneo Rainforest Lodge with my guide for the next few days, Calixtus, who has worked as a senior guide at the… Read on

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Wildlife delights in Zambia

Sometimes when you go on a wildlife holiday everything clicks, the right animals and birds are in the right places at the right time - as was the case in South Luangwa. On our first game drive we had wild dog, tree climbing leopard, lion and a multitude of elephants.

The visit to the bats was something difficult to describe but to watch around 9 million bats leaving the roost at dusk and returning at daybreak is something to behold.  In the Bangweulu wetlands of Northern Zambia and with the help of ecologist Frank Willems, we were able to find… Read on

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Patagonia Photo Tour 2016

Punta Arenas in Chile lies at the bottom of South America and feels a bit like the end of the world. To get there is time consuming from anywhere – two days from the UK - but it's worthwhile because it provides the gateway to the wilds of Patagonia and the grandeur of Torres del Paine National Park.

For a long time Torres del Paine had been high on my ‘bucket list’ not only because of the sumptuous mountain scenery but also because of its reputation for puma watching. I’ve travelled a lot in the Rockies of North America where pumas (mountain lions) are a ghost-like presence… Read on

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Festival of Whales 2016

To see grey whales in San Ignacio Lagoon is one thing, to interact with them is another, to have so many whales around the boat wanting to play with you that you don’t know where to turn is in a different league altogether.

It is impossible to explain to someone who hasn’t witnessed the spectacle, who hasn’t been taken into the world of the grey whales, what it is like. But I can tell you that there is nothing like it on earth. No wildlife experience you will ever have had in your life, whether in Africa,… Read on

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Namibia: A Living Desert (Part II)

Our destination was the Hoanib - one of the last true wilderness areas of Africa. An important ephemeral river that forms a corridor for wildlife between the western concessions of Etosha and the Skeleton Coast, the Hoanib stretches more than 250 kilometres to the coast and harnesses rainwater from a catchment area spreading well over 17,000 kilometres.

For those unfamiliar with the term ‘ephemeral’ river, it’s a river that only flows for a few days every few years. For the Hoanib, heavy rain in the hinterland causes a massive flood down its valley. Most of this seeps into the ground, and very rarely does the water actually reach… Read on

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