Wildlife encounters in Kruger National Park | Part 3

We’ve been very lucky to spend 13 days doing 12 hour game drives through Kruger National Park. I’ve written a couple of posts about our first wildlife encounters in the park but here’s what our final week looked like including our first night drive. DAY 8 We could see vultures circling in the sky which…

Arriving in South Africa and staying in our first game reserve

We’ve been putting Southern Africa off for many years due to safety issues and whenever I read the FCO government website it instantly puts me off as the crime is extremely violent. But we have to remember we’re not the first tourists to visit and we can’t let the scary stories put us off. So…

Swimming with sperm whales, humpbacks and dolphins in Mauritius

I’ve dreamt of snorkelling with whales for a long time but after our plans of going to Tonga failed due to it still being closed to tourism we started researching other countries. I discovered that the Indian Ocean surrounding Mauritius was home to sperm whales and we didn’t need anymore persuading. The female sperm whales…

Bears and mountain hikes in Kosovo

Kosovo is home to less than 100 bears and sadly some have been stolen from the wild and kept in tiny cages outside restaurants to entice guests in. The conditions were awful, the bears were fed bread and beer and were taunted by customers and staff through the cage. Luckily the Four Paws charity came…

A sky filled with vultures and a mystical cave | Spain

I’ve always pictured vultures to be the ones flying circles around me in a dry desert landscape when I’m severely dehydrated and on my last legs. Vultures just look like the bad guy, I can imagine gang members being reincarnated into them but my opinions soon changed when we visited Monfragüe National Park, home to…

Searching for wild wolves in Spain

Spain is one of the best places in Europe to witness wolves in the wild, in fact the Sierra la Culebra region in north west Spain has around 3000 wolves which is more than the US States of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho combined. The area has a 95km mountain chain which is more like rolling,…

Beach hopping, islands and dolphins | Galicia, Spain

We based ourselves near Illa de Arousa, an island connected to the mainland by a two kilometre bridge. It was built in the 80’s so before that inhabitants and visitors could only access the island by boat. We found a great little place to camp which was west facing so we had a fantastic view…

Searching for wild bears in Northern Spain

We’re always drawn to the mountains, it’s our favourite place to be and northern Spain is home to some spectacular ones. The only problem is it’s January and the temperature is preventing us from exploring some of these areas. We can handle the cold weather but Helga our campervan isn’t built for arctic conditions. She…