NATURE & WILDLIFE

Hiking Mt Kilimanjaro? Here’s how to do it responsibly

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Topped with its iconic dome of ice and snow, Mt Kilimanjaro has beckoned hikers since its 5895m peak was first summited over a century ago. Last month, I made the journey myself. While ascending Kili alongside British-Australian explorer Tim Jarvis…

5 of the most amazing eco-hotels opening in 2017

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I admit I’m always a little wary of the term ‘eco-hotel’. As there is nothing to stop any ol’ hotel owner from whacking this label on their property – and many do – travellers can easily be duped into supporting…

What every traveller can learn from Tilikum’s passing

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Tilikum, the floppy-finned SeaWorld orca who helped to sway public opinion against keeping killer whales in captivity, died at SeaWorld Orlando on Friday morning. Thought to be about 36 years old, Tilikum had been reportedly experiencing declining health and was receiving…

6 reasons to take that trip to Alaska right now

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To fall back on an overused but oh-so-apt cliché, Alaska really is one of the world’s last great untamed wildernesses. I’ve been lucky enough to visit this vast, gobsmackingly beautiful state twice – the first time on a road-trip through the southeast…