Maasai Mara, Kenya

A location linked with Africa to be a place where you metaphorically and almost physically trip over wildlife. We were fortunate enough to travel there at the end of 2016. Certainly out of the high season but given the ever changing weather systems and the late rains no-one mentioned that to the animals. The plains were scattered with Wildebeeste that would have been expected to have long migrated by now.

It’s a beautiful location, endless skies, towering clouds that were a prelude to the daily ‘short’ rains and flat lands as far as the eye can see with lone acacia trees peppering the horizon.

I’ve posted some pictures on my Flickr site, that is linked to this website, of the wildlife that we saw, but I wanted to give a feeling of the wide open space, the skies and the grandeur of how I saw one small area of The Maasai Mara.

Antarctica – A Lifelong Dream

It’s been said that you should never meet your heroes as you’ll invariably be disappointed. I was hoping that it wasn’t going to apply to one of the places that i’ve wanted to visit for many, many years.

It’s possible to fly to The Antarctic peninsula but I didn’t believe, for me, that it was in the spirit of adventure. 100 years ago, in 1915 Shackleton had travelled by ship to get stuck in ice in The Weddell Sea. Surely the mode of transport would need to be by ship – hopefully we wouldn’t meet the same fate.

We left from Puerto Madryn and would be travelling down to The Falkland Islands, to South Georgia, onto The Antarctic Peninsula and then back to Ushuaia in Argentina.

Gentle sailing to The Falklands and from there the South Atlantic started to liven up with up to 15 metre swells and 70 knot winds as low pressure after low pressure squeezed through The Drake Passage.

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It really puts things into perspective, the ocean is huge and immensely powerful. In comparison we certainly aren’t. We were in a 90 metre ship which at times felt, as it was being tossed about, like a small rowing boat. The sight of land at South Georgia after 2 days was very welcome