Iceland’s Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir in English which literally means “Parliament Plains”) in the Golden Circle region of Iceland is a UNESCO World Heritage site where the Alþing (Althing) open-air assembly,  like a Viking parliament representing the whole of Iceland (they would meet for 2 weeks each year and set the laws of the land and settle disputes…

Kruger National Park: Big Bull Encounters

The African Elephant is the largest land animal. A bull male Elephant can stand up to 4 metres (13 ft) tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 6,350 kg (14,000 lbs). A big bull is an impressive beast! African Elephants roam far and wide to find enough food to keep them going. To sustain their sheer size an…

Kruger National Park: Painted Dogs

When I visited South Africa one of my bucket list things to do was camp in the famed Kruger National Park. This park is one of the largest in Africa, bordering both Zimbabwe and Mozambique and teems with a rich diversity of wildlife. Something I hoped to see was Lions but amazingly even though I could hear their roars…

Okavango Delta – Botswana

The Okavango Delta in north-west Botswana is a stunning and very large inland delta of permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains formed from the flow of the River Okavango. The delta is rare in that it does not flow into the ocean and is made up of lakes, canals, swamp and islands. Wild camping on one…

Chobe Hippo

This was actually one of my favourite photos from my time in Africa. It says it all regarding the Hippo. Big and aggressive, get in their way and it will not end well for you (they kill more people each year than any other animal apparently). They are one mighty creature!

Cape Buffalo

The Cape or African Buffalo is a creature to respect. Big and mean, you do not mess with a Buffalo. The average weight of a Buffalo is 425 kg to 870 kg (935 to 1,910 pounds) and the  bulls are at least 100 kg (220 pounds) heavier than the cows. Big beasts, they roam in herds and…

Kasane Forest Reserve

On the edge of Chobe National Park in Botswana sits the Kasane Forest Reserve. Wildlife spotting is sometimes more prolific in the forest than in the park itself. My time there was rewarded with close Elephant encounters, plenty of Giraffes and even Warthogs! It always fascinates me how quiet such a huge beast as an…

The Elephants of Chobe: Mud Bath

What better way to finish a strenuous river crossing than an enjoyable mud bath? These Elephants were having a blast in this mud pit on the river’s edge in Chobe National Park! I loved watching their enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment in all that mud (I was on a boat in the river they had just…