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The Giant Tortoise Of The Seychelles

It is not only the Galapagos which has giant tortoise! You can find them in the Seychelles too. These extraordinary reptiles grow up to four feet long, weigh as much as 770 lbs, and some of them are more than 100 years old. They’ve survived here because their populations were isolated, protecting them against predators. Spotting them is a rare treat, as they are found in so few other places. It is not only the Galapagos which has giant tortoise! You can find them in the Seychelles too. These extraordinary reptiles grow up to four feet long, weigh as much as 770 lbs, and some of them are more than 100 years old. They’ve survived here because their populations were isolated, protecting them against predators. Spotting them is a rare treat, as they are found in so few other places.
It is not only the Galapagos which has giant tortoise! You can find them in the Seychelles too. These extraordinary reptiles grow up to four feet long, weigh as much as 770 lbs, and some of them are more than 100 years old. They’ve survived here because their populations were isolated, protecting them against predators. Spotting them is a rare treat, as they are found in so few other places. It is not only the Galapagos which has giant tortoise! You can find them in the Seychelles too. These extraordinary reptiles grow up to four feet long, weigh as much as 770 lbs, and some of them are more than 100 years old. They’ve survived here because their populations were isolated, protecting them against predators. Spotting them is a rare treat, as they are found in so few other places.
Aldabra Giant Tortoise
La Digue is one of the larger islands in the Seychelles, though that’s relative: fewer than 3,000 people live here. That makes all the more room for the giant tortoise, which were reintroduced from Aldabra after La Digue’s own subspecies became extinct.

Stay on La Digue in the attractive beach chalets of L’Union Estate, which covers one third of the island. The estate was originally a coconut plantation, but now it is a protected area where you can easily spot both giant tortoise and the sea turtle which come up onto the beaches to nest.
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To see the giant tortoise in their original habitat, however, it is better to go to Aldabra, the second largest coral atoll in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. David Attenborough calls Aldabra “One of the wonders of the world," and it truly is remarkable as so many of the species here.

Both animals and plants have evolved in isolation. It is estimated that there are a whopping 100,000 giant tortoise on Aldabra. They are herbivores, and in addition to plants they also eat the algae in freshwater pools. Staying at Cerf Island Resort, you can see the tortoise as you stroll through the coconut groves.
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If you want to combine giant tortoise with sumptuous luxury then Four Seasons Desroches Island is perfect. It is more easily accessible than Aldabra, and of course the accommodation is world class. The island still feels quite wild - the Four Seasons is the only hotel - and it is the location of the Island Conservation Society’s Tortoise Sanctuary.

Guests are encouraged to visit the tortoise here to learn about their characteristics and habits, as well as the conservation challenges they face. There are currently 150 giant tortoises on Desroches - some of which are roaming wild - and it is hoped that the population will grow as the breeding programme takes effect.
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Kid In Costa Rica Zipline Istock 171574858 By Thepalmer
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Costa Rica Family Holidays

If you’re seeking an active family holiday of natural wonders and vanilla sand beaches we recommend Costa Rica. Choose between Pacific and Caribbean beaches where turtles nest and the reefs abound with colourful fish. Rainforests cascade down mountainsides to the ocean.

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Wild Colorful Toucan In The Tropical Forest In Brazil Ss
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Brazil's Best Lodges For Birding

The birdlife in Brazil is especially impressive, with feathers reflecting every single colour of the rainbow. Whether you’re an amateur enthusiast or a serious birder, the Amazon Jungle is breathtaking in the variety of the species which live there. You’ll find the richest birding hotspots along with the very best birding guides in Latin America.

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Dordenma Buddha Bhutan Istock 1190013579
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Top Destinations And Travel Trends for 2023

Our team has been compiling a list of incredible travel destinations around the world to consider for the year ahead.

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Istock 136947196
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The Wildlife Of Deepest Darkest Peru

What kind of creatures actually live in the Amazon Basin, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas?

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Feast Of The Tirana Istock By Tituz Chile
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Fiesta Time! When To Visit Chile

Everyone has heard of the Rio Carnival, which takes place each year just before Lent, but such festivities are by no means a Brazilian speciality. At Journeysmiths we have a particular sweet spot for the fiestas in Chile.

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Quad Biking Family Stargazing
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Astrotourism in Africa

Astro-tourism is travel with a star gazing theme, and it’ll take you to some of the last great wildernesses in Africa.

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Relation Zambezi River
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Three Great Rivers Zambia

Three of Africa’s great rivers set the scene for your Zambia safari. The Zambezi, the Luangwa and the Kafue rivers are all of different character and have national parks named for them.

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Giant Tortoise
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The Giant Tortoise Of The Seychelles

It is not only the Galapagos which has giant tortoise! You can find them in the Seychelles too. These extraordinary reptiles grow up to four feet long, weigh as much as 770 lbs, and some of them are more than 100 years old. They’ve survived here because their populations were isolated, protecting them against predators. Spotting them is a rare treat, as they are found in so few other places.

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Isandlwana Grave Stones Hr
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Battlefields And Culture South Africa

Formerly the Zulu Kingdom, the province of KwaZulu Natal runs along South Africa’s dramatic Indian Ocean coastline. The Drakensberg Mountains create a natural border between Lesotho and the Eastern Cape, and offer some excellent hiking routes.

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Beach Walk Grootbos Forest Lodge Relation
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Explore The Garden Route South Africa

To experience a little bit of everything that South Africa has to offer, you can hardly do better than to drive along the coastal road of the Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It’s an extraordinary journey, and there’s wildlife on both land and shore, endless beaches, historic battlefields, and the vineyards are never far away. One day you might be whale spotting at Hermanus — renowned as one of the best whale watching locations in the world — and the next you could be learning about the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, handling antique weapons and scrambling over the British and Zulu positions.

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Fullbleed 1
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Top 10 Costa Rica Activities

We highlight the top ten must-do activities for your to enjoy in Costa Rica.

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Deck Woman Royal Madikwe Safari Lodge
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Luxury and the Big Five
in South Africa

Without a shadow of a doubt, South Africa is one of the very best places to watch wildlife in the world. The Kruger National Park — a protected area the size of Wales — is certainly the most famous and popular safari destination, but with Journeysmiths you’ll escape the crowds to explore vast, wildlife-filled private reserves, in the company of the best guides.

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Colourful Houses Bo Kapp Capte Townjpg
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The Rainbow Nation South Africa

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the first person to call South Africa “the rainbow nation”. It’s a reflection on the fascinating diversity of this country, not only in the identities of its people but in the landscapes, wildlife, cultures, and activities it offers. South Africa is a country which, because of its variety, can be all things to all people, truly a rainbow of varied opportunities and experiences.

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Himba Woman Serra Cafema Kunene Namibia
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History And The Himba of Namibia

Namibia has a diverse cultural heritage and is home to one of the most distinct African tribes — the Himba — a group of semi-nomads who live in the Kunene region.

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Family Game Drive Olonana
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School Holiday Safaris

The school holiday cycle is full of opportunity; there is a safari for every season, whether it’s during the Christmas, Easter or Summer holiday period.

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Mother And Baby Gorilla Uganda By Nickjackson2013 Istock 512494361
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Ultimate Guide To Gorilla Trekking - Rwanda vs Uganda

Mountain gorilla can be found in Rwanda and Uganda, both superb destinations but each offering something slightly different. Read on to find out which is best for you.

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Bird Lesser Jacana In Botswana Ss
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Episode 4 - Freshwater: Planet Earth III Filming Locations

Without freshwater, life on land wouldn't exist.
Freshwater is the most precious resource on our planet, but it's finite. Vital to life, only 2.5% of all Earth’s water is fresh and less than 1% of that is accessible. Planet Earth Three’s episode on freshwater documents its importance for selection of species.

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Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
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Malaria - Should I Worry About It?

Many of Africa’s best safari regions are low to very low risk of malaria, particularly if you travel during the summer holidays.

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Patagonia Sr Whale Breach
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Episode 1 - Coasts: Planet Earth III Filming Locations

Are you feeling inspired to travel after watching Planet Earth Three?
Coasts offer the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife both at sea and on shore and are excellent destinations for wildlife enthusiasts. Follow in the footsteps of the Planet Earth crew and journey along the picturesque Garden Route coast to see Cape fur seals gathered in their thousands in South Africa. Head to the eerie Skeleton Coast of Namibia to find the desert-adapted lions that laze on its sand dunes. Or hop on a boat in Chile and watch the enormous barnacled body of southern right whales emerge from the water as they breach a matter of metres from your eyes.

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Relation Swarm Of Flying Mosquitoes Istock By Hans Verburg
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Facts You May Not Know About Mosquitoes
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Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
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South Africa Family Safaris

If you’re looking for a country that’s got everything, choose South Africa. Renowned for the spectacular views of the Garden Route, vibrant Cape Town, malaria free safaris, fascinating history and outstanding wildlife, the whole family will fall under the alluring spell of this diverse country.

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