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Remote Kimberley Region
Kimberley region, Northwest Australia
Aug 11 2008 Written by: Pedro O'Connor
I have just returned awe struck after 11 days in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. The Kimberley is the size of California and has a population of only 38,000 people with one sealed road that traverses this expansive wilderness area. Out there everything is BIG – the distances, the endless night skies, the massive Boab trees, the ancient granite gorges, the prehistoric crocodiles and best of all the fair dinkum Outback personalities. The extreme nature of the climate and countryside has honed characters as tough as an Argyle Diamond. Fortunately these folks have opened their doors to discerning travellers ... [Read More]
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Botswana Safari
I have just completed a fantastic safari guiding an extended family of clients to Vumbura Plains and Mombo Camps in the Okavango Delta (Botswana). These are two of THE most sought after camps in Africa; the game-viewing is second to none and the camps themselves the epitomy of luxury in the wilderness. On top of that the camps are located in private concessions enabling an exclusive experience. A vast array of game was encountered, ranging from lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, hippo, giraffe and a host of other plainsgame species. In all we saw in excess of 60 different lions throughout ...
Family Adventure and Maasai Experience
Prior to joining Brad in Botswana, I completed a safari to Tanzania with a family of Bostonians. This trip touched on all the icons including Lake Natron, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, the Selous Game Reserve and the idyllic island of Mnemba off Zanzibar. It provided a wonderful mix of habitats, game and culture. An undoubted highlight, amongst the many, was the Maasai experience in the Natron area. Here we visited a Maasai manyatta way off the beaten track. This experience is a far cry from the normal contrived encounter that the ordinary tourist undertakes. Another obvious highlight was the migration in ...
Kokoda Trail
I just undertook a crossing of the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. A superb trek into the heartland of New Guinea, the trail holds a very special place in Australian military history. This is where the Japanese drive south was halted in 1942 and the myth of Japanese invincibility obliterated. Covering 96 kilometres of pristine rainforest, the track covers arguably some of the most rugged and wild jungle in the world. It is a demanding endeavour with, in excess of, 10,000 metres of uphill. The group covered the track in quicker than usual time taking five and a half days, ...
Tiger Kill
Ian Johnson and I jut returned from guiding some clients on a short tiger safari in Bandhavgarh National Park. We spent five days on elephant back "hunting" tigers. We were very fortunate to see some extraordinary action including mating tigers on a couple of occasions AND A KILL! Yes, indeed. A tigress killed a spotted deer (chittal) not 15 metres in front of their elephant. For the initiated you will know that this is extremely, extremely rare. What was most striking was the acute sense of hearing of the tiger. She was actually preoccupied at the time hunting a samba (a ...