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Journey through the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta in Botswana from above

 Far from the sporadically placed towns of Botswana’s wild northern grasslands lies the country’s most famous natural feature - the Okavango Delta. Accessible only by off-road vehicle via gnarled dirt tracks that weave between the feral foliage of the nation’s game reserves, it is quite literally off the beaten track. Upon approaching the extensive waterway, as your truck and the unkept paths whisk forcefully you from side to side, you may wonder where...

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Books that transport you across the globe

Man reading book in Thailand

Books have a fantastic way of transporting the reader to a world and time other than their own. Whilst some stories take place in locations that we consider familiar, many manage to portray images of places, cultures and eras around the planet so vividly that they take us to lands that are totally foreign. During times when the prospect of travel becomes impossible, books like these can become a restless traveller’s saving grace. From the comfort of your...

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Victoria Falls – My Dramatic Introduction to Africa

Victoria Falls

As I took my first step off the plane in Livingstone, the cooling air con of the cabin was decimated by a wave of immense heat that baked the tarmac of the diminutive landing strip and rippled the horizon. An appropriate welcome to the hottest continent on the planet. Bleary eyed from a nap made restless by my immeasurable excitement during the flight, I passed through customs, gathered my luggage and headed for the tiny airport’s exit. As soon as I passed...

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33 Responsible Travel Tips

yala national park in sri lanka

To celebrate our 33rd birthday in 2020 we have decided to provide 33 tips on how to act responsibly when you’re on the road. Responsible travel is something that we passionately adhere to at Tucan Travel. Travelling responsibly requires travellers to adopt a certain attitude, showing respect to local cultures, economies and the environment. It is our core belief that when travelling in a foreign nation, travellers should do their utmost to give as much as...

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Stepping Into the Screen – Oscar winning movies whose locations you can visit

The Andes in Patagonia

With the approach of the 92nd Academy Awards, as with every Oscar season, our cinemas have become inundated with some of the year’s greatest achievements in cinema. Stories that inspire awe, wonder and a sense of artistry in all who love the film industry and a vital part of any film that wishes to reach these heights is the setting. So often the most spectacular films capture the very essence of the location in which they are set to such a degree that you gain a familiarity with the...

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Mexican ruins and their street food counterparts

 

Fascinating ancient ruins and mouth wateringly delicious street food are arguably the two main pillars of every great trip to Mexico. Some travellers may have tasted all of Mexico’s most iconic dishes but aren’t too hot on their Mayan history. Others might be keen experts on Mexico’s past but haven’t dabbled in some of the nation’s favourite dishes. From the obvious favourites to the more obscure phenomena, parallels can be (tenuously)...

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Why combining the Serengeti and Zanzibar Island is simply perfect

A leopard lazes on a tree branch in Tanzania

Nothing matches the rush of driving through the open plains and sweltering heat of the Serengeti. Eyes peeled. Heart pounding. Hoping for a glimpse of some of the most spectacular creatures that call this planet home. This is no trip to the zoo. Seeing lions on the prowl, giraffes grazing on high tree tops or elephants leading their calves on the long journey in search of water gives you a deep sense of being part of nature’s most incredible natural...

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Earth’s greatest stargazing hotspots

Strlight over a lake in Patagonia, Chile

There aren’t many things more mesmerising than gazing up at the Milky Way during a clear night sky and gaining a greater scope of the unimaginably colossal scale of our solar system. Whilst the stars can be witnessed regardless of where you are, some places on earth provide astronomical views with such clarity that gazing at the stars will leave you breathless. This Saturday, 5th October, we are celebrating the majesty of our night skies in honour of...

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World Gorilla Day

World Gorilla Day 2019

Today marks the third iteration of World Gorilla Day, an annual event to raise awareness for the conservation and protection of the world’s mountain gorilla population. The event started on 24th September 2017, the fiftieth anniversary of the Karisoke Research Centre in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The centre was founded by legendary primatologist and conservationist, Dian Fossey.

Often renowned as a key...

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Top 10 things to do in Jordan

Cities sculpted into stone valleys, architectural echoes of countless civilisations, an endless ocean of desert and host of some of the most important religious sites on the planet, Jordan is a veritable smorgasbord of cultural delights. Add to that the natural phenomena on offer and the immeasurable hospitality of its people and you may begin to question why you haven’t visited already. Here are the top ten reasons to visit this remarkable...

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