Baby Orangutan in Gunung Leuser National Park in Sumatra

Bukit Lawang: Sumatra’s Orangutan Wonderland

Confession: I had no idea Bukit Lawang even existed until just a few days before I actually got there. Okay, no, I didn't just randomly hop on a flight to get to Bukit Lawang, but I was already backpacking Java and had booked flights to return to visit Borneo, because orangutans are, like, one of my favorite animals (even though I say that about all animals). But t[...]

Fantastic Bornean Animals and Where To Find Them: The Best Wildlife Encounters in Borneo

Borneo is a mecca for wildlife encounters. If you're on the planning stages of your Borneo itinerary, chances are that you want to spend most of your days exploring Borneo's jungles. Top Wildlife Encounters in Borneo If you're a wildlife junkie like me, then Malaysian Borneo needs to be on your radar. While the most iconic animal is undoubtedly the Orangutan, the i[...]

Chimfunshi: The Most Amazing Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Zambia

I never knew there was so much left to look forward to in Africa until I heard about Chimfunshi, a chimpanzee sanctuary way up north in the Copperbelt region of Zambia. I had hiked an active volcano and slept on the rim of the largest lava lake in the world, I had trekked the jungles of the Congo to meet mountain gorillas in the wild, I had spent a week living in an authen[...]

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary: Trekking With Wild Rhinos in Uganda

  After an action-packed week in Diani Beach, I was wondering if visiting Uganda was even worth the long bus trip. I based myself in Kampala for two weeks before my feet began feeling restless again. My budget was slowly fading away, and while the thought of gorilla trekking fascinated me, doing it in Uganda was way out of my budget. But I knew I wanted to do somethin[...]