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tea plantation in rwanda

By Ella
On: 16th May, 2019

Rwanda: Beyond the Gorillas

  • Rwanda
  • Nyungwe National Park
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Akagera National Park

Rwanda...where you go to see Gorillas, right? Wrong! Well not exactly wrong, as this is the country that's home to more than half of the world's entire gorilla population, but there is certainly more to see and experience in the 'Land of a Thousand Hills.'

elephant feet

By Matt
On: 18th March, 2019

Mashatu: The Land of the Giants

  • Tuli Block
  • Botswana

Secreted away in a hidden corner of south-eastern Botswana lies the Tuli Block, a little known game reserve lying on the South African and Zimbabwean borders. Unbeknown to many, 'here be giants'...

Orangutans
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
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 Matt
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…

Elephants in Tanzania
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
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…

Bear cubs in British Columbia
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 14th February, 2019

On the Lookout: the Best Places to See Bears in Canada

  • British Columbia
  • Churchill
  • Canada
  • Vancouver

These majestic creatures are found across Canada, so those going on a bear (sighting) hunt for grizzly, black, or polar are in luck. The animals have the largest and most complex brains of any North American mammal, as well as enormous teeth and claws that put them right at the top of the…

Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
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…

lion in Namibia
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 27th November, 2018

Where to Spot: Lions

  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Namibia

Who could fail to be moved by Charm, alpha mother and feminist icon, in last night's Dynasties, moving heaven and earth to keep her pride going against the odds? It reminded us all at Original Travel HQ that life for lions is nearly always tough (no matter what The Lion King may have taught…

emperor penguins
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 19th November, 2018

Where to Spot: Penguins

  • Antarctica
  • South Africa

Last night's Dynasties was another emotional blinder, though the freezing cold winter did have us pulling on an extra jumper and whacking the heating up several degrees to combat our sympathy shivers. We were transfixed as Sir David narrated us through the penguins' winter - which, if we're…

Uganda chimpanzee
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
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…