The sun was low in the sky, the heat of the day ever-present. I was making my way from the bar on the Zambezi River, back to my tent after quenching my thirst, when I spotted a male Vervet Monkey with his tongue out, catching the drops of water that escaped from a leaky tap. … Continue reading Falling in love with a Vervet Monkey
Imagine you are sitting down to a nice cup of hot, dark coffee. The steam is filling your nose with bittersweet aromas – your mouth is watering, you cannot wait to taste it. What if I told you that coffee passed through the digestive system of an animal, the excretion removed, the beans roasted and … Continue reading The World’s most luxurious coffee is a load of crap (literally)
Situated in the centre of Ubud, you could not pick a better location if you tried. The Onion Collective is a quirky little accommodation block – I am not sure whether to classify it as a hostel, homestay or villa, because it is really unlike anything I have ever seen before. There’s a variety of different … Continue reading REVIEW: The Onion Collective
The cheetah's distinguishing feature, the tear marks running from the corner of the eye to the mouth, is to reduce the glare from the harsh sun. But according to a traditional Zulu tale, long ago, a lazy, wicked hunter sat by a tree watching lazily the herd of springbok in front of him, but he … Continue reading Why do cheetahs have tear stains?
Cecil the Lion – you’ve surely heard his name and ill-timed fate by now. Cecil, the centre of an Oxford University study and Zimbabwe’s most famous Lion was shot with a bow and arrow by a dentist from the USA. The arrow did not kill the injured lion and for 40 excruciating hours he was … Continue reading Does Cecil’s life matter more?
Barry’s Place is an eco-lodge right on the beach, set amongst a backdrop of green palm forests on Atauro Island, Timor-Leste. Cabins at Barry’s Place are made from local bamboo and ai-kadiru (lontar palm), with a grass thatched roof, ensuring each building is cool and well ventilated. There is the option of family cabins, twin … Continue reading REVIEW: Barry’s Place, Atauro Island