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Climbing Kilimanjaro
5 key points from a novice climber!
Dec 19 2013 Written by: Richard Field
I am a safari guide, and climbing mountains has never really been my focus. However, having lived and loved Africa as long as I have, Mt Kilimanjaro was always something that I had wanted to do, and in July the dream became reality. As a ‘novice’ climber I was concerned about how my body would adjust to the altitude. With a brand new baby daughter in the family, I was also concerned that I hadn’t put enough time and effort into my pre-climb fitness regime. As it turned out, I did manage to summit, as did all of our group and ... [Read More]
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Wildman Wilderness Lodge
Pedro and I were privileged to stay at Wildman Wilderness Lodge and experience the Northern Territory (NT) at its best. Everything in NT is big – the landscapes are expansive, the crocodiles are enormous, the anthills resemble small high-rise buildings, the storm clouds tower above the horizon and the hospitality is extremely warm and welcoming. Wildman Wilderness Lodge is an intimate safari-style lodge situated about 170 kilometres (about 2 hours drive) from Darwin. The lodge comprises of a central lodge, 10 air-conditioned cabins (‘Habitats’) and 15 Safari Tents, all which en-suite bathrooms. The view from your room is across the floodplain ...
Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island – the island that time forgot. Set foot on Lord Howe Island and you take a step back to a time when you knew your neighbour’s names and were always welcomed with a friendly "g’day". Lord Howe Island sits in the Pacific Ocean about 700 kilometres north-east of Sydney and boasts a population of 300 permanent residents, as well as rugged volcanic peaks, lush forests, rolling surf and serene lagoons. It is surrounded by the southern-most coral reef in the world and gained World Heritage listing in recognition of its pristine natural heritage. Around 75% of the island ...
Lizard Island
Lizard Island – the jewel of the Great Barrier Reef – is the most luxurious place to relax, recharge and explore the underwater wonderland of corals and sea creatures. With 24 powder white sand beaches it truly is the perfect place to lose yourself. There are not many islands on the Great Barrier Reef that you can snorkel from your doorstep, but on Lizard Island you can. Catering to only 82 guests (13 years and over) at any one time it is very easy to find a secluded beach to enjoy a picnic lunch and really feel like you are the ...
Flores
Flores – the Island of Flowers – in Indonesia is one of the friendliest places on the planet! The distant sound of "hello mister" accompanies you wherever you go on the island. Situated to the east of Bali, with a population of 1.8 million it is home to the famous Komodo Dragons. The simple subsistence lifestyle allows life to crawl by at a very relaxed pace. We started our Flores adventure in Labuan Bajo on the western side of the island. It felt like we had landed, not only in paradise, but on the set of a "Pirates of the Caribbean" ...
Barossa & Clare Valleys
A visit to Australia’s premier wine region, the Barossa and Clare Valleys, never disappoints. The mild Mediterranean climate, rich soils and sunny skies makes for a gourmet food and wine experience that is second to none. Situated to the north-east of Adelaide in South Australia the Barossa and Clare Valleys are unlike any other wine regions in the world, with 150 years of tradition and culture, fuelled by centuries of European experience. While the entire Barossa region is renowned for its luscious shiraz, the Clare and Eden Valley's cooler climates produce what are regarded as some of the best rieslings in ...
Arkaba Station
If I was asked to name one of my favourite destinations in Australia, Arkaba Station in the Flinders Ranges would be in my top 10. The rawness of the ancient landscape moulded by millions of years of geological activity and weathering has produced some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery. Arkaba is a 60,000 acre sheep ‘station’; its craggy sandstone bluffs and dry creek beds lined with River Red Gums are a quintessential Australian scene. For wildlife watching, bush-walking, photography, Aboriginal rock art or just soaking up the sights and sounds of outback Australia, the Flinders is in a class of ...