Wildlife

Yosemite National Park with Green Tortoise Adventure Travel – Day 3

Getting up at sunrise, we prepared our last breakfast together, scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese, and a fresh fruit salad. After everything was cleaned and packed away, we hit the road and had some fun on our way to the first stop of the day, Tuolumne Meadows. Going ‘Wild’ in Tuolumne Meadows Let me […]

Yosemite National Park with Green Tortoise Adventure Travel – Day 2

The second day of my Yosemite National Park adventure with Green Tortoise started early, around 06h00 when Steve woke us up with tea and coffee. Breakfast was made-from-scratch buckwheat pancakes served with fresh blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream. A three-hour drive took us to the first stop of the day, the Mono Basin. If you […]

Yosemite National Park with Green Tortoise Adventure Travel – Day 1

As soon as my flight to San Francisco was booked, my search to find the best Yosemite National Park tour started. I soon realised that, yes, you can take a day of the park. But where’s the fun in that? I knew Yosemite was going to be spectacular, and spending only a few hours inside […]

My best Winter Moment: Walking to All Saints Waterfalls

With Spring knocking at the door here in Amsterdam, I can’t help but take a look back at my best Winter moment. Without a doubt, that moment belongs to my walk in the snow to the All Saints Waterfalls in the Black Forest back in December. Waterfall. Snow. Black Forrest. Germany. Need I say more? […]

Visiting the Alternative Wolf and Bear Park in the Black Forest

I travelled to the Black Forest with my family just before Christmas. The number one thing I wanted to do was visit the Alternative Wolf and Bear Park. This isn’t your average animal park or zoo. The park is a sanctuary that offers a better life for bears, wolves, and lynx that have been rescued […]

All the animals I saw in Yosemite National Park

Everybody who likes nature will love Yosemite National Park. With cliffs, mountains, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls, there is literally a postcard-perfect picture around every corner. Despite all these beautiful sights, what excited me most was the prospect of seeing some fascinating animals. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I really wanted to see […]

Getting to know California Ground Squirrels

My favourite part of visiting Yosemite National Park this past summer was all the animals I saw. Rodents, birds, and deer. I encountered numerous of these furry rodents inside the park. At first, I didn’t know which species I was looking at. It was only later after studying my photographs, that I identified them as […]

What! The Steller’s Jay isn’t really blue?

It’s time for another ‘sciency’ animal article! This is me indulging my geeky zoologist side, so please bear with me! I traveled to Yosemite National Park this past summer. The park is beautiful, with great vistas around every corner. But you know what the highlight was for me? All the animals I saw. The most […]

Swimming in Mono Lake, California

Mono Lake is a hyper-saline lake in California, just outside Yosemite National Park. In fact, it’s one of the saltiest lakes in the world! To put it plainly, Mono Lake is gorgeous! You may be tempted to just take in the picturesque view. But did you know that you can also swim in the lake? […]

Meet South Africa’s Zazu!

African hornbills were made famous by Zazu, a much-loved character from Disney’s The Lion King. He was the trusted but slightly uptight major-domo for Mufasa and later Simba. In the movie, Zazu was a red-billed hornbill, while the species found in southern Africa is called the Southern yellow-billed hornbill. I grew up with these odd-looking […]

7 things you didn’t know about California sea lions

Guess what I was most excited to see at Pier 39 in San Francisco? The view of Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge? Nope. All I wanted to see was the sea lions! They are such cool and fascinating creatures. Here are 7 interesting facts about California sea lions you probably didn’t know. 1. They […]

Meet the Dassie!

If you’ve travelled to southern Africa, you’ve probably seen a Dassie. If not, then perhaps you remember Pati Pati, the cute rock hyrax from the movie Born Free? Dassies are adorable, rodent-looking furry mammals. They have many special adaptations which make them fascinating! Here are 7 interesting facts about Dassies you may not know. 1. […]

Visiting Oribi Gorge and Lake Eland

If you find yourself on the southern coast of South Africa, in the Port Shepstone/Margate area, and you can tear yourself away from the beautiful beaches, head to Oribi Gorge and Lake Eland for a bush break. These game reserves hold a special place in my heart. I always go to Oribi Gorge and Lake […]

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