This is nuts: Watch this huge blue whale weaving through a group of surfers on California coast
A group of surfers who were riding the waves next to Dana Point in California had a breathtaking encounter with a mammoth blue whale who was calmly passing through the lineup.The giant mammal was swimming very close to a dozen surfers who were patiently waiting for a big wave without noticing the arrival of the sea creature.
The incredible moment was captured by a drone flying above the sea coast.
“It was completely surreal and so insane,” said 18-year-old Payton Landaas who was operating the drone.
The huge Blue Whale
The whale is seen flicking its tail and weaving through the surf riders, who were more concentrated on catching a big swell in the Pacific waters.
One surfer is seen swimming away, narrowly avoiding being hit by the whale’s huge tail, while the others seemed undisturbed by the presence of the sea guest.
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Primates are fascinating. Any amount of time spent with an impressive Silver-back Gorilla or an boisterous Chimpanzee can be a truly grounding experience. It is no surprise that people flock from all over the world to Africa to see our closest relatives in the flesh. Upon observing these mighty and intelligent primates you realise that […]
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10 spectacular national Parks in South America
By Alfonso Tandazo
With no less than 300 national parks and reserves dotting the continent, it’s no easy task to choose the best of these South American wonders. Their jaw-dropping landscapes and robust biomes are as rich and diverse as the region’s many cultures.
In any case, we took a shot at listing what we consider 10 of the most extraordinary national parks for experiencing South America’s natural marvels. Filled with everything from rainforests, steppes and waterfalls, to deserts, mountain ranges and rivers, visiting any of these reserves will prove to be an unforgettable experience for those who love nature and outdoor adventure.
1. Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina
With a name as striking as “Land of Fire,” travelers can only expect Tierra del Fuego to be an out-of-this-world destination …and it is! Situated on the far-flung southernmost tip of South America, this rugged archipelago reflects Patago [...]
Ready to finally dive into planning that trip to Africa? On a continent of such scale, diversity and limitless possibility, it can be difficult to know where to start. If you’re the sort that loves to do everything, then taking advantage of a new flight link between Kenya’s Masai Mara and Uganda is an excellent […]
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Discovering the secrets of the Terracotta Army
By David Moore
In 1974 a poor farmer named Mr. Yang was digging a new well in his field when a head rolled out of the earth landing at his feet, followed by an arm, hand outstretched, as if trying to grasp him. He ran in terror believing his ancestors had returned from the afterlife to punish him. He returned later that day supported by two other farmers and they began to dig.
What they found was the start of one of the most extraordinary archaeological finds in history, eight thousand Terracotta Warriors protecting the vast 2200-year-old tomb of the first emperor Qin Shi Huang. He of the Qing Dynasty who built the Great Wall.
First emperor of the Terracotta army
He is known as the Emperor of Two Miracles: the Great Wall and the Warriors. But he also stopped the civil war, unified the country, created a single currency and a common language, invented chrome-plating technology, built high-speed roads and dug canals to connect th [...]
Kruger, Cape Town and the Garden Route are undeniably the most popular destinations for first-time visitors to South Africa, however the more adventurous traveller will find many wonderful places to explore in other parts of this vast country. Top of the list of less-visited gems is KwaZulu-Natal. Whilst South Africans from Jo’burg have long escaped […]
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The mighty Amazon. The largest river in the world by volume of water and the second largest in length. The dense and impenetrable tropical rainforest it runs through is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. It’s the lungs of our planet, the land of the lost city of El Dorado, a place […]
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Staying at an African Safari Lodge is like no other hospitality experience in the world. Even the most basic of “fly in” safari camps offer an something completely different to any other kind of holiday. The intimacy of safari camps, with usually only 12 or so rooms, means that the attention to detail and personalised […]
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5 Wildlife Experiences That will never be forgotten
It’s true; the plains of Africa, and the rainforests of Asia and South America, offer some of the most thrilling wildlife experiences on the planet. However, along with traditional safari wildlife encounters, there’s a whole host of unbelievable destinations and wildlife encounters you might never have thought about. From Alaskan grizzlies to the birds of a remote Atlantic island, consider the following as being among the ultimate experiences for all wildlife lovers.
Extreme Hawaiian shark encounters
Sharks, terrifying or fascinating? Whatever your deep-down feelings are, this once-in-a-lifetime exhilarating opportunity to get up-close and personal with the denizens of the deep will stimulate your emotions, and give you stories to last a lifetime.
In a specially constructed cage submerged below the waters of the Hawaiian Pacific, get an eye-to-eye encounter from behind the safety of thick, reinforced windows – offe [...]
5 Cool Places to see in Malawi
Although it is home to the country’s capital and main airport, Central Malawi is not as popular with visitors as the better-known attractions to the south of the country.
But it does have plenty of places to visit and great experiences on offer, all within relatively easy access of the point where most people enter the country, Lilongwe. In this blog we’re rounding up just 5 of the places to visit in Central Malawi.
Although many visitors to Malawi may be limited to a single night (if that) in Lilongwe as they head further afield to sample the country’s varied delights, it is a city with plenty of character and sufficient attractions to easily fill a few days.
It is made up of two very distinct settlements: the modern Capital City and the traditional Old Town – and a charming Nature Sanctuary lies between the two! Even the Old Town has only a relatively short history- its population at the turn of the 20th century was jus [...]
Over the last decade, Sri Lanka has seen a deserving rise in tourism, becoming the place to go for holidayers and travel bloggers alike. The revered Tear Drop island of the Indian Ocean is a beautifully spirited nation; its flag is the only one of its kind in the world to recognize three religious’ beliefs: […]
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