Arctic Fishing in Iceland

Whilst in northern Iceland I set off from Akureyri (population 18,000), the second largest population centre in the country to the small port town of Dalvik (population 1,400) about 30 minutes north to go on an afternoon whale watching cruise in the Eyjafjörður (Island Fjord). This is the longest fjord in Iceland reaching south to Akureyri and…

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…

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…

The Elephants of Chobe: River Crossing

The dilemma: One large herd of Elephants who want to be on the other side of a wide river in Chobe National Park where there are relaxing mud baths and plenty of fresh grasslands to explore and feed amongst. How will they get over there? Elephants don’t mess about and the solution was simple. Just get…

The Elephants of Chobe: One Herd vs. Two Lions

Any day in Chobe National Park is like watching a wildlife documentary come to life, but on this day it was simply incredible… Here was a Lion and Lioness resting and drinking from a river. They were relaxed and enjoying the sunny day. Then a smallish herd of Elephants appeared. For what ever reason they wanted…

The Elephants of Chobe: Friends

This was an interesting moment in Botswana’s Chobe National Park. This Elephant seemed to be an outcast from a nearby herd. She was trumpeting at my group out on a boat in the river and wasn’t very happy. The other Elephants just seemed to be ignoring her. Suddenly a second larger Elephant came running across bellowing at us! She then made contact…