Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Accommodations: Bialowieza NP Hotel - Poland

The Bialowieza National Park in eastern Poland has a convenient (with adjacent museum and park headquarters) and comfortable (all rooms en-suite) hote;  The advantage of staying here is that one is right at the heart of the NP, amidst fine parkland and with the protected ancient forest just a short walk away. On spring mornings birdsong can be heard from every room. The restaurant is fine and prices also reasonable.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Accommodations: Karanambu Ranch - Guyana

The remote settlement of Karanambu is located in central Guyana by the River Rupununi where the savannah grasslands meet the rain forest. The ranch is a basic eco-lodge, excellent for those who want to be at the heart of things, but not for those who like luxury. Guests stay in en-suite "cabanas" which are tradtional huts with verandahs. The welcome is warm and the food and drink plentiful and authentic. The river is the home of Giant River Otters, Black Caimans and the world's biggest fresh water fish the Arapaima. The grasslands are home to Giant Anteaters. The surrounding forests are bird-filled and local guides can be hired to help you find them. The ranch is operated by the Karanambu Trust (which promotes sustainable use of the area) and profits from guest-ovenights go to this worthwhile cause.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Destinations: Bontebok National Park - South Africa

Several of South Africa's endemic birds, such as Cape Rockjumper and Cape Sugarbird, are found among the more than 200 species in the Bontebok NP. Mammals include, of course, Bontebok, an antelope which once numbered just 17 in total (today there are around 3000) and Cape Zebra. It is the smallest NP in size in the country but nevertheless it has a rich diversity of fauna and flora. Bontebok lies in the SW of the country just 6km south of Swellendam at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Wildlife: Magellanic Woodpecker

This great photo of a stunning male Magellanic Woodpecker Campephilus magellanicus was taken in the Tierra del Fuego National Park, Patagonia, Argentina, by Doug Kirwin. This species only occurs in Chile and Argentina.