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Orangutans

By Natalie
On: 7th March, 2019

Where to Spot: Orangutans in Southeast Asia

  • Sumatra
  • Indonesia
  • Borneo
  • Malaysia

Found only on the rugged islands of Sumatra and Borneo, orangutans are one of the man's closest relatives, sharing 97% of our DNA. Unlike most other primate species, these endearing red-haired fellows are generally solitary beings, with males preferring their own company while females are…

Lilac Breasted Roller

By Natalie
On: 7th March, 2019

Top Three African Birding Experiences

  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Uganda

The African savannah's big beasts have obvious appeal, but the continent is also a birder's paradise, home to avian species - resident, endemic, migratory - ranging from the rangy (the ostrich) to the downright bizarre (the shoebill stork) and every shape, size and colour in between. If you…

By Natalie
On: 5th March, 2019

Top Europe Destinations for Summer 2019

  • Turkey
  • Sweden
  • Portugal

The February mini-heatwave we've enjoyed this week may have disappeared (and with it a very confusing time for our wardrobes) but all that sunshine and vitamin D got us dreaming about summer holidays. We've put our heads together and come up with a list of the top spots for a bit of culture…

Elephants in Tanzania

By Natalie
On: 21st February, 2019

Taming Tanzania's National Parks

  • Tanzania

When planning a holiday - particularly a safari - it can be difficult to know how the different regions within a country vary. Sure you've settled on Tanzania, but now you've got to decide whether you want to explore the northern Ngorongoro or the southern Serengeti, oh and what about those…

daffodils

By Natalie
On: 12th February, 2019

Where To Go in March

  • Kenya
  • Seville
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Thailand
  • Whistler
  • Svalbard
  • Bhutan
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Botswana

March: a month typified by new-born lambs frolicking in fields, daffodils blooming and the start of it being socially acceptable to scoff Creme Eggs at all hours. But, lest we forget, March 2018 was, in reality, dominated by a certain Beast of an Easterly nature and its after-effects, which…

By Natalie
On: 7th February, 2019

The Great Caribbean Comeback

  • Caribbean
  • Antigua
  • Anguilla
  • Jamaica
  • Grenada
  • St Lucia

The Caribbean has had a hard time of it over the last few years with the likes of hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaking havoc across the islands. But, as we move into 2019 this colourful region is making a defiant comeback and we could not be happier about it.

By Natalie
On: 22nd January, 2019

Adventure at Victoria Falls

  • Victoria Falls & Kafue
  • Victoria Falls

Connecting two countries, spanning a massive 5,605ft wide and falling for a dramatic 354ft, Victoria Falls is the largest curtain of water in the world. There are numerous ways to see the falls and a whole load of fantastic activities on offer on both sides of the Zambia/Zimbabwe border. So…

husky

By Natalie
On: 13th December, 2018

Where to go in January

  • Kenya
  • Finland
  • Thailand
  • USA
  • Swedish Lapland
  • Canada
  • Russia
  • Laos
  • Antarctica
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka

While the rest of the country dejectedly throws out the Quality Street rejects (Strawberry Delight, anyone?) and valiantly attempts a Dry January, why not beat the blues by jetting off to pastures new this January? Whether you're looking for good old fashioned outdoorsy adventure,…

By Natalie
On: 10th December, 2018

Where to Spot: Tigers

  • India
  • Rajasthan & Agra

Here at Original Travel HQ we can't quite believe that we've just watched the final episode of Sir David Attenborough's Dynasties, and are all desperate for the Beeb to announce a sequel already. Over the last five weeks we've followed some adorable, intelligent and utterly powerhouse…

Uganda chimpanzee

By Natalie
On: 13th November, 2018

Where to Spot: Chimpanzees

  • Tanzania
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
  • Africa

We're on a little bit of a BBC Dynasties hype of late, and after Sunday's episode, who can blame us. Getting to know David the Senegalese chimpanzee (no, not our sainted David Attenborough) and his group was every bit as epic as we'd hoped, and we're sure left many of you craving to head out…