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Ph-Ph-Photograph a Penguin Parade!

Arrival in the late afternoon on Philip Island was magical. I first stopped at the side of the road which had a little walk way down towards the beach overlooking the sea and I was greeted with early winter sunset. I had no idea how gorgeous this sundown would become, but you can see from…

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The blue and the botanical…

Departing Hobart, Tasmania. I had a very brief stop via Brisbane before flying onto Cairns. Here there was another change in travel plans. I was due to fly to Perth after my time in Cairns, however, this had to be changed due to heavy rains and a tornado hitting the West coast. This was rearranged…

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Shark bait’s great leap of faith…

Returning to Cairns, I was ready for the next adventure… I was booked for scuba diving on the great barrier reef and I had no PADI license either. The reason for this is, at this point in time, it was not compulsory on such dives. However, whilst there is still no actual legal requirement to…

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Darwin to a salty close…

Departing Cairns, my first stop was briefly in Gove Peninsula as there wasn’t a direct flight to Darwin. I popped into a little newsagent at this landing strip airport and the guy behind the counter was about to give me my second thought of “I have flown 13,000 miles to find this???” The first thing…

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Discovering more than just wildlife…

I wake the following morning in my tent and all my chest and shoulders are burning and I feel hot… The rest of me is fine. I’d spent the previous day applying moisturiser with SPF to my face and whilst the temperatures on the Plains were that of a UK spring day, it was very…

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An Eerie and Disturbing Route to the Mountains…

The journey to Kisoro was long but it came with many redeeming and not so redeeming features. The Ugandan landscape is breathtaking, a patchwork of history as well as being a very fertile landscape with much of it showing agricultural use. There are many rainforests and rolling hills in Uganda, a vast contrast to the…

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Climbing a misty and mysterious mountain…

As we continued to travel towards the mountains, a child threw himself at the back of our 4×4. We were concerned for his safety and the driver slowed as we begged him to get off. He was determined not to. We finally reached the base of Mount Virunga…Child still attached, we got out into a…

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Crossing the Equator to the Lakes…

I was still buzzing from the experience of being in the presence of the gorillas and my time on Mainland Africa would be over with in a few days as I was due to head over to Zanzibar for some relaxation. We boarded the truck at 6am and began our journey to Lake Bunyonyi, it…

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The Discovery of an African Love Story…

After a restful night it was another early start and I was to visit and walk around Lake Navisha. There, I would come face to face with some more of Africa’s amazing wildlife but also H5N1. For those of you who do not recognise H5N1, this is Avian Bird Flu and it was declared a…

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Don’t stop me now, I want to break free…

You might have guessed from the title, there is a rather famous link to my final destination…Zanzibar! Zanzibar was where the lead singer Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara) of the famous rock group Queen, was born. Part of my tour on this island would take me to his home town. We will get to that… Departing…

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