Tag Archives: holiday

IN PICTURES: NATURE’S FIREWORKS AT THE MOUNT YASUR VOLCANO, TANNA ISLAND, VANUATU

As Vanuatu’s Mount Yasur volcano erupts, boulders explode like popcorn and the Earth roars. You realise that you are, in fact, nothing but some loose skin and splintery old bone – and this fire-breathing giant can turn you into ash in cartoon-style slo-mo. Actually, maybe that’s a crap way to describe it – I haven’t […]

TRAVEL: FOR WILDLIFE, SCUBA DIVING AND LIVING THE TROPICAL ISLAND DREAM, HEAD TO ZANZIBAR

  Whoever said, “Blue and green should never be seen” should stop being so judgey and get to Zanzibar, stat. Wherever you look, there’s proof these colours are at their best when they’re working together – here, lush green jungle meets dazzling aqua sea meets deep blue sky. The wildlife is easy on the eye, […]

TRAVEL: Get up in a gorilla’s grill, Rwanda

The first time I got close to a wild silverback, he turned his back and let his digestive tract do the talking with a resounding “parp”. It was not the “Dian Fossey meets Digit” love encounter I’d hoped for on my visit to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park – but I was lucky it even happened. […]

TRAVEL: Caves, lakes & singing gibbons in Khao Sok, Thailand

If you fancy a lazy beach break with a side of jungle boogie, allow me to introduce you to Khao Sok, Thailand. The 646km2 national park lies smack-bang in the middle of the Surat Thani province in the country’s south, is an easy half-day drive from both Phuket and Krabi, and offers plenty of Faunographic […]

TRAVEL: One ele of an orphanage in Nairobi

Reading Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s autobiography, I’m so mesmerised by the way she makes friends with wild elephants and outsmarts poachers that I decide I’ll track her down if ever I find myself in Nairobi. And then I find myself in Nairobi. And then I (sort of) track her down. Allow me to explain… In her […]

TRAVEL: Where polar bears watch you sleep

Here in Churchill, on the icy banks of Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada, it feels like I’ve travelled to the very edge of the Earth. It’s late autumn and the snow’s tumbling, 30km/h winds are whistling and the temperature’s swinging between -2C and -18C (quite tropical compared to winter, when temps can dip as low […]

TRAVEL: Hiking with cheetahs in Namibia

  “Don’t. Run,” Jonas whispers. Seeing me twitch, Nicholas adds: “Only dinner runs, hahaha!”
 It’s not the first time I’ve heard the “running dinner” thing since
 arriving in Namibia, but it’s the first time it’s likely – I’m pants-peeingly terrified. Less than 15m away, 4 cheetahs have stopped hunting to eye us off. I glance […]

NEWS: OK, so now men are dressing up as monkeys to protect Indian pollies…

40 professional monkey impersonators will now defend the Indian Parliament against marauding macaques. New Delhi’s growing monkey problem has come to a head, with the sneaky simians ambushing people for food, jumping on trains and even roaming the corridors Parliament House to help themselves to bureaucratic paperwork. In an official statement issued by the Ministry of […]

TRAVEL: The hair & now in Sabah

Growing up, I was always in trouble for letting my wavy hair get a little feral. Mum would put me in a semi-headlock and furiously tug my steel-wool mane into semi-submission, all the while berating me for looking like “the wild man of Borneo”. Which basically taught me that the wild man of Borneo was my […]

NEWS: Win for Africa’s most important wetland

Unesco has finally declared Botswana’s Okavango Delta a World Heritage Site, protecting Africa’s biggest wetland system for future generations. Applause please, because: The area is an epic wilderness that spans 16,000 km². That’s nearly 7 times the size of the Australian Capital Territory. Big? Yep. Stunning, too. It’s a Faunographer’s happy place – 128 species of mammal […]