In the Hunt: Abundant Wildlife, Elusive Tigers

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We were losing the light. In the complex array of regulations under which Bandhavgarh National Park operates, the jeeps that take visitors on safaris start at 4pm and must be out the gate by 7pm, promptly. Otherwise, drivers and guides …

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A Time for Every Purpose: Cruising the Bay of Islands

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We’ve long understood the value of slow travel, with the benefits of learning a culture, enjoying the less touristed pleasures of a place, meeting local residents and changing a travel plan based on what we find. On a guided expedition …

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The Inland Attractions of Bohol

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In a previous post (click here to read), we admired the spirit of Bohol and its people’s resilience in the face of challenges. We also noted the island featured a number of natural attractions, aside from the draw of its …

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Flights of Fancy – Viewing two natural wonders from above and below

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We’ve long believed in seeing the terrain a step at a time, feeling the landscape while we hike up hillsides and into valleys, or feeling the texture of a city while prowling its streets and buildings. That approach gives an …

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A River Runs Through It – Learning Bunuba Culture at Darngku (Geikie Gorge)

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At the newly made hut operated by the Park service, we tried to check in for our three hour Darngku Heritage (pronounced darn-djoo) tour of what the maps call Geikie Gorge (pronounced geeky). Dozens of people wandered about, purchasing tickets …

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Strangers in a Tribal Land: with a Gooniyandi at Mimbi Caves

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We jounced along a half kilometer or so, feeling the road deteriorate as we went, unsure whether we were supposed to be there or should turn back. A few 4WD vehicles passed by, their drivers uncertain as we were where …

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Learning from the Land at Kakadu

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Visitors come to Kakadu mainly for the natural wonders of the area, a World Heritage designated region. Once here in the north central part of Australia at the “top end” of the Northern Territories, they discover a different, cultural reason …

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The Coast of Curiosities: Oddments off the Road from Perth to Exmouth – Part 2

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In this part, you can find out about a beach made completely of small cockle shells and what it’s like to swim with grinning, four-meter wide manta rays. Part 1 reveals what we call Western Australia’s “Grand Ocean Road,” with …

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Friending a Whale Shark off the Coral Coast

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You might think that finding an animal called a whale shark so you could swim alongside it would be relatively easy. It’s big, right? In reality, doing this can seem more like a military operation. Spotter planes circle overhead, though …

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A Day Trip to The Daintree: Swamps and Forests

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In the 18th century the renowned Australian explorer, Captain James Cook, ran aground on the now equally renowned Great Barrier Reef. His ship was near a peninsula jutting from the coast of Queensland north of Cairns. After this difficulty and …

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