When we planned our family trip to Costa Rica, one key question was ‘where will we have the best chance of seeing whales?’ Tribes’ Alex Neaves recommended the Osa Peninsula, a spectacular region in the south west of the country, combining rainforest with coast - which turned out to be a great suggestion! We chose to spend five nights towards the end of our holiday at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge on the Osa Peninsula.
In the Tribe: face-to-face with… Jeff Webster
In this first of a new series meeting some of Tribes’ travellers, Suffolk-based Jeff Webster, a keen photographer who is now retired from a career in banking in London, tells of his and his wife Sue’s love of wildlife, Africa and Antarctica.
Going on safari in the green season
I was travelling to Northern Tanzania at the start of May, known for being the green (or rainy!) season.
My first trip to Botswana, by Luke (14 yrs)
Luke Marks, 14 yrs, travelled with his mum Amanda Marks, director of Tribes Travel, on a research trip in late May.
My first night on a ‘posh’ safari
My last safari experience in Tanzania was 10 years ago, when I was that bit younger and a bit more gung ho! We stayed in dome tents in sleeping bags in public campsites, and loved the experience of hearing zebra munching grass outside as we slept (or at least tried to!).
Try Something New!
Plucking up the courage to try something new can be a very liberating experience. You don’t need to push your body to the limits or leap into space and fall back to Earth (although those work for some, and I have to admit the tandem skydive, complete with broken arm, was one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done).
Having recently celebrated a ‘special’ birthday with a long weekend break, and with my parents-in-law soon to enjoy a Golden Wedding cruise, it’s clear that holidays play an important role in helping us celebrate special occasions.
I’ve been enjoying some wonderful star spotting of late. Not the celebratory version (there aren’t many of those in my small Suffolk village), but the celestial sort.
Tigers – Some Good Big Cat News
When the latest tiger census figures for India, home to about 70% of the world’s tiger population, were announced at the beginning of the year, they revealed an increase of 30% over the last 4 years, up to 2,226 individuals.
What I LOVE in February
At this time of the year, with love hearts and red roses everywhere you look, it’s hard not to think about love.
Peru – Chachapoyas and the fortress of Kuelap
As we trudged the last few steps to summit the lofty ridge, Alfredo, my guide, noted casually that all a man needed here in Chachapoyas was a machete, Wellingtons and a horse.
Travel and tips from southern Tanzania
Our adventure started after an outline plan of a driving holiday in France fell by the wayside. We thought about where we could go and Safari was soon floated as an idea.
How to start your day in the Andes
Before we left for Peru, we asked Paul about altitude sickness. "Very few people get it," he said. "And the best bet to help avoid it is coca tea.
The threat of global climate change on Aardvarks
The following excellent article about aardvarks was written by our friends at Tswalu, a luxury lodge in South Africa’s Kalahari.
India ‒ the Aravalli Hills and Kumbalgarh Fort
The Aravalli Hills ‒ among the world’s oldest ranges ‒ stretches about 800km from the edge of Gujarat state through Rajasthan to the very fringes of Delhi.
Ever heard of Madikwe?
Probably not, although it’s one of South Africa’s largest and best game reserves, offering an authentic, game-rich safari experience at a very competitive price.
While lions are found in many big safari places, on a recent trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya, I couldn’t believe quite how many lions I saw on one game drive, let alone the full 5 days I spent there! Never in my ‘safari life’ have I found myself driving past a lion sighting and barely stopping for more than a few minutes - that’s how frequently we saw them! The Mara offers great wildlife viewing all year round with resident prides remaining in their territories throughout the year.