Namibia: A Land of Contrasts

Nick first travelled to Namibia in 2001 and hasn’t been able to stop going back since! On this Discovery Evening, he offers his insights into this remarkable destination. Journey with Nick down into Sossusvlei, up into Walvis Bay and Damaraland, before heading across to Etosha and ending in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek.

Speaker: Nick Joynes

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Nick spent 10 years working in TV before being bitten by the travel bug in the late 90s and embarking on a round-the-world journey. Keen to encourage others to do the same, Nick was instrumental in creating a successful youth expedition company, and has since re-focused on wildlife and remote locations as a director of The Travelling Naturalist.

Discover Ethiopia

Dominated by the vast central highlands, Ethiopia is a spectacularly beautiful country, with a fascinating history and a wealth of unique wildlife. Home to enormous troops of gelada baboons, stunning Ethiopian wolves and a bird list of over 900 species, Ethiopia has a huge amount to offer the travelling naturalist and Dan Free will talk us through some of the best areas for wildlife, whilst recounting a few of his favourite experiences from travelling to this beautiful country. 

Speaker: Dan Free

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After graduating with an MSc in Zoology, Dan spent six weeks exploring India’s tiger reserves, before moving on to South-east Asia, Central and South America and Africa, working on conservation projects and gaining a wealth of big-cat knowledge. Back in the UK, working as an ecologist, he undertook protected species surveys and specialised in ornithology. Now the Manager of The Travelling Naturalist, he has led and researched trips to many destinations including the Brazilian Pantanal, Chile, The Falklands, Borneo, Japan and Ethiopia as well as many in Europe.

Discover South Africa

Looking for wildlife and a lot more besides..? South Africa is a naturalist’s paradise with huge biodiversity spread across savannah, mountain, desert & ocean systems. ‘The world in one country’ is a big claim but South Africa more than delivers. Talking from an ex-field guide’s perspective, Helen will take you through the highlights as well as the antics of some of the weird and wonderful inhabitants of the bush.

Speaker: Helen Bryon

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After an idyllic Botswana childhood, Helen returned to the UK in her teens, then spent two years globetrotting before studying Geography. After 16 years with a renowned UK travel company, Africa called her back to live her dream and qualify as a safari guide, followed by four fabulous years on a private reserve in South Africa. Helen is now part of the team at The Travelling Naturalist.

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