Baby Orangutan in Gunung Leuser National Park in Sumatra
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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[...]

Best Game Reserves in KZN: The Most Romantic Getaways in South Africa

Plotting a romantic getaway in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal? If a romantic bush break is on the bucket list, these are just a few of my favorite game reserves in KZN to check out! KwaZulu Natal is easily one of the most alluring regions of South Africa. With mountainscapes that last for days, dry savannah, untouched beaches, and unparalleled cultural heritage, it's har[...]

Why You Need to Do a Safari at Thanda Safari

I heard a knock on my door at 5 am. - "Yeah?",  I asked apprehensively. - "Game drive time", a voice echoed. - "What's a game drive?", I asked myself, still somewhere in a limbo between dreams and reality. Suddenly it hit me. I was at Thanda Safari. That place I'd been dreaming of for four months already and I was just about to hop on a car to spend the next few h[...]

Rhino River Lodge: The Best Game Reserve to See Rhinos in South Africa

If you're planning a trip to South Africa, chances are spotting rhinos on a safari is high up on your bucket list, and have I got the perfect place for you! I keep telling everyone that Rhino River Lodge is THE best place to book a safari if you want to see rhinos, because, well, they were a constant during our time there. Black rhinos, white rhinos, baby rhinos, survivor[...]

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[...]

Seeing Orangutans the Right Way: Sepilok Orangutan Center

  The first thing you'll notice is the shake of the trees. If you're anything like me, your heart will be palpitating like crazy from excitement at this point. Slowly after, you'll begin catching glimpses of orange specks amid the leaves as orangutans swing towards the feeding platform. --- Even though Borneo is a mecca for wildlife sightings, the stars of the show ar[...]

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[...]