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Epic journeys from our guides in the field
Venturing into ‘the Heart of Darkness’ – Africa’s Congo
Feb 28 2017 Written by: Rob Barbour Photography: Rob Barbour
Epic's Rob Barbour ventures into this little known African country on an exploratory trip with fellow intrepid travellers. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a checkered past and was brought famously into our consciousness by Joseph Conrad's book ‘The Heart of Darkness’. Rob tells us about active volcanoes, gorilla encounters and trekking into the unknown. [Read More]
From The Field
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – 5 things you should know (from a novice climber)
Having lived and loved Africa as long as I have, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was always something I wanted to do, and this year the dream became a reality. From pre-climb fitness to altitude, here are 5 things to know if you are thinking about climbing Africa's highest mountain.
The Undiscovered Island of Flores
Flores in Indonesia is one of the original Spice Islands with a long tribal and colonial history. Pedro tells us about this amazing island with its spectacular landscapes, trekking and unforgettable culture.
On the legendary Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea
In late June, a small father and son group from the Sydney Church of England Grammar School (SHORE) embarked on a crossing of the fabled Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. Under the expert guidance of former Australian Army officer, Angus Baker and his son Fergus, the group spent 7 nights/8 days on the trail...
Ethiopia - an African adventure safari into the unknown
Ethiopia is growing in profile as a travel destination and I found out why when I travelled there in March this year.The country is large (over 1 million square kilometres) and the second most populous country on the African continent with approximately 100 million people, living a mainly a peaceful, rural existence. The country is hugely diverse, offering a range of travel options, attraction and activities...
Mahale Chimp Trekking – Mahale National Park, Tanzania
Tracking the chimpanzees of Mahale is a magical experience.
A journey to the Mahale Mountains, located in the far west of Tanzania on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, adds a remote and mystical destination to any safari. This links very well to more conventional destinations on northern, southern or western Tanzanian safari circuits. The main attraction are the habituated chimpanzee troops in the Mahale Mountains…
Observing an African Wild Dog Pack in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
This past week I spent several hours observing an African Wild Dog pack in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (outside of the Crater), on the short grass plains near Ndutu. There were 8 adults and 5 pups in the pack. The alpha female usually births the pups; after they are born the rest of the adults are tasked to look after them. Interestingly this group had three older and two younger pups, suggesting that there are two mothers which is unusual as it can impact the survival of the pups. We were fortunate enough to spot the dogs hunting and devouring a large ...
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