Blog Posts for Wildlife

  • Touring the Galapagos solo

    Does it get lonely, travelling alone? This is a question I’m asked quite a lot as a travel writer and the answer is, yes and no.

    I know, I know, that’s not an ideal answer but it really depends on who you meet along the way, right? You might be alone sometimes, but you’re never lonely if you know you’ve got a great tripped planned with other adventure-loving explorers!

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  • Photo essay: Rwanda

    Joanna recently went on our Complete East Africa Reverse trip, and couldn't wait to share some of her favourite pics with us. Here's the trip in her own words and pictures:

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  • How you'll spend your days on a Galapagos cruise

    "Wake up, there’s a whale shark!” someone yelled and it was all I could do to pull my pants and trousers on before my cabin door was open and I was rushing out onto the deck to see it.

    I managed to spot the last of one fin before it disappeared into the depths around Kicker Rock, a prime Galapagos snorkeling and diving spot. But others who’d seen the whole thing were already playing the footage back on their cameras.

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  • Wanna go or already been: Kenya

    As dawn breaks over Kenya's Masai Mara, the only sound is the frequent whoosh of gas lighting up dozens of hot air balloons that dot the sky.

    Look out, and you'll see the wide plains stretching miles before you. Look down and you might spot a herd of elephants or a pride of lions sleeping of last night's frantic chase.

    Take a look through all our trips to Kenya to find the one that best suits you. 

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  • Wanna go or already been: East Africa

    Tough love in East Africa.

    Wanna get up close and personal with the world's most incredible wildlife? Take a look at all out trips to East Africa including Kenya and Tanzania.


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  • What it's like to honeymoon in Africa

    So...the wedding's over, the gifts have been opened, the hangover has receded and you're still picking bits of confetti out of your hair. What next? The honeymoon of course! While all the rest of your guests have to go back to the daily grind, the two of you get to jet off somewhere fabulous and bask in the glow of marital bliss (or just sleep for a week cos you're so exhausted).

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  • Lions, rhinos, leopards...and a barn owl

    Nathan works in our UK office, and just came back from the 21-day Botswana and Zimbabwe Adventure. He managed to find some time between celebrating the Diamond Jubilee and preparing for the Olympics to answer a few questions.

    Take a look at some of his highlights, and see why he reckons travelling in a small group is the way to go. Oh, and he got pretty close to a couple of lions too...

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  • Where you'll eat, rest and play in the Galapagos

    After a day of fun in the sun and exploring the Galapagos Islands, there's nothing better than coming home to a cool drink and a soft bed. And with Gecko's new boat, the Pelikano, you can rest assured that this is just the beginning.

    We reckon a picture speaks a thousand words, so instead of me telling you all about how cool, new, spacious and sun-drenched the new boat is...why not just look for yourself!

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  • Preparing for an overland trip

    Sitting at home, packing for an overland tour means packing for the unexpected and unknown, which means one thing – less is best. I am what you would call a minimalistic packer. I tend to take just the basics when I travel because when you are overlanding, there are no butlers to wait on you, no porters to carry your luggage, no one to rely on but yourself, and your trusty backpack that you need to carry. Yes, and when it comes to carrying, less is definitely best.

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  • Asia’s best wildlife

    Think of Africa and immediately the Big Five come to mind. But Asia has her own Asiatic lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants and wild buffalo, allowing a different cast of mega-fauna stars play the lead.

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  • Let it rain! See South East Asia in the wet season

    South East Asia in the wet season is not all waterlogged Birkenstock’s, mudslides and mosquitoes.

    Hitting the tropics during the rainy months can mean much more bang for your buck - miles of beach without so much as another Bintang beach towel in sight, photos of Angkor Wat refreshingly free of other tourists’ heads and more sunshine than you might expect!

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  • South Africa Q&A with Skye Rogers

  • The secret coast of Western Cape

    South Africa's Western Cape is full of well-known areas such as the Winelands and the Garden Route but the West Coast still remains a local secret. This stunning coastline consists of long, empty beaches and sleepy fishing villages - it's where locals go on holiday!

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  • The perfect day in Cape Town

    South Africa's mother city sits in one of the world's most stunning locations, with the massive Table Mountain within easy reach and beautiful beaches on the doorstep. One day isn't nearly enough time to take in all the sites of this cosmopolitan and historic city but the following itinerary will help you get the most out of your time if you only have one day in Cape Town.

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  • Gecko's ladies celebrate International Women's Day

    To celebrate International Women's Day today we've asked the ladies in the Gecko's Head Office to tell us about their adventure travels and their ultimate girls holiday.

    This year's theme is Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures and we think travel is the perfect way to do this - who doesn't feel inspired for the future when they are discovering new destinations? And what better way is there to connect with your friends than to travel together? Happy travels ladies!

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