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Day 10 Fernandina and Crossing the Equator

This morning we visit a new island – Fernandina. The zodiac driver is quite skilled at navigating us through the shallow rock to land on the concrete platform. Here lives the largest population of marine iguanas. The rocks are literally littered with them to the point that you have to be careful where you walk….

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Day 9 West Isabella

This morning I’m sleeping with the help of some cold and flu one of the other passengers had. The real stuff is so effective and so annoying that it’s almost impossible to get at home. John goes out on the morning excursion to walk over the lava flows. Not much vegetation here bar the lava…

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Day 8 Isabella Island

Today I’m feeling worse so I pretty much sleep the entire day. John goes to the island in the morning to visit yet another breeding center. This one has lots and lots of babies. It’s almost surprising there’s any of them left when you hear the stories from years ago. These guys can last 12…

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Day 7 Santa Cruz Island

Today we’re on the most populated of the islands – Santa Cruz. We spend the morning at the Charles Darwin Foundation and breeding center. There’s some massive guys here but the pens and the light aren’t so great. We wander back to town and grab a coffee before heading to the highlands for lunch. We…

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Day 6 Santa Fe and South Plaza Island

Today I’ve woken up with a head cold. I think weeks of battling people at work and on the bus coughing on me, long travel and probably the cold snorkel tipped me over the edge. Still not terrible, I load up on antihistamines (best I have) and head off to Santa Fe. The small beach…

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Day 5 All aboard the Galaven

Today we head out on our 8 day boat trip around the islands. We get a nice sleepin and wander into town. Have one last meal at our regular food place and look for a long sleeve shirt for John. Then a quick taxi ride to the hotel and back to grab our bags to…

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Day 4–Reverse 360 around The Island

Today we set sail early to do the 360 tour of San Cristobal. I was keen to check out Kicker Rock as it’s supposed to have heaps of sharks at snorkel depth. We motor on for awhile, pretty much the route we cycled yesterday which is when I realised we’re doing the anti-clockwise version, meaning…

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Day 3–Turtle ride to Puerto Chino

This morning we  woke to rain. That annoying type of rain that isn’t pouring but enough to be annoying, especially when we were supposed to be going riding. We headed over the bike shop, had a chat and decided we may as well go and get a bit wet in case it was a lot…

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Day 2–Arrived in San Cristobal

Flight 4 of 11. After yesterdays’ mega journey, today’s plane ride of 2 hours seemed short. Last night we stayed at Air Suites which is really close to the airport. It was a bit of an odd experience in that we didn’t get a room key so if you left, you had to get them…

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Day 1–Arrived in Guayaquil

Today was a long day of travel. There were border security strikes at all international terminals today and we only had 1 hour to get from our domestic flight to international in Sydney so I got it moved.  Meant an earlyish flight. Flight 1 of 11 for the trip was Brisbane to Sydney. We made…

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Band 2–GPS Power Saver Mode

Microsoft’s ears must have been burning the other week when I wrote up my dislike of the power consumption when I’m cycling with my band. No long after that they released a new feature: GPS Power Save Mode which you can read about here. I’ve been using it for about a month now and can…

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Microsoft Band–My Band Journey

At Build last year I rushed to the Microsoft store to buy a Microsoft Band. They weren’t available in the US and what drew me to the device was the phone integration and the ability to track my bike rides. Since then I’ve had a couple of V1s and have had the V2 for just…

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Day 24–Rain, Rain and More rain

The first day of spring and it was … raining. The tour guides cooked up a storm for us last night and we were hoping for some sun today but alas it was not to be. It was the worst kinda of rain. Not pelting down so you just write off the whole day, curl…

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Day 22 and 23–Rain, Rain Go Away

It’s been raining for 2 days. The kind of rain that’s quite annoying. It rains a bit, stops. You think you’re good and go outside for it to start up again. The sun decided to peek through the clouds late in the afternoon so we decided to take advantage of some nice afternoon light and…

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day 21–Taking the Cheetah For A Walk

Today was a bit miserable – cold, overcast and threatening to rain. After the morning feed we gave the servals some new hay for their beds. Each group inspected the new bed for approval. Ubuntu and Upendu decdided they weren’t quite happy about the location of the couch etc. The moved their own water tray…

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Day 19&20–Hanging with the cheetahs

Thursday was showery so didn’t really take any photos so combining posts. After the morning feed we took advantage of the gorgeous light with Diesel. He was a bit too playful so we didn’t stay long. We moved onto Ola who was quite content to lay in her grass and have her picture taken. Finished…

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day 19–Playing Chasey with the Cheetah

This morning we were left to prep and feed the cheetahs by ourselves. Must say they are way scarier when they are hungry and you’re the one having to toss the chicken to them. After our chores Diesel was looking a lot more friendly so we went in to introduce ourselves and take a few…

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Day 18 – Cruisy Intro to the Cats

Up for a 7am start. Cut, powder and feed the cheetahs and prep meat for the other cats for the afternoon. Done… Bit of a break till 9am..where we go an clean the enclosures which is fairly easy when these cats have certain spots they like to use. Everyone is looking a bit sleepy so…

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Day 17–To Daniell Cheetah Project

We didn’t need to be in Port Elizabeth till midday so it meant we could take our time or sleep in this morning. We chose to leave the park slowly, through the park. Up early for a drive just after sunrise around a few of our favorite spots in search of some more animals to…

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Day 16–Addo Elephant park

Early morning today to go on a game drive. We opted to pay someone to drive us around as 6am is the best time of day to see and be able to photograph animals and they get access to parts of park we don’t and know where the animals were. We were hoping to cross…

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Day 15–To Addo Elephant National Park

Another decent day of driving to Addo Elephant National Park. With our permit we get a park map and a bingo card (also known as a species guide). Don’t think I want to fill this card as I would leave perfectly happy having never ticked off Puff Adder We drive around part of the park…

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Day 14–Meerkats, Monkeys and More

Today was  a massively busy day of animals. First we were up bright and early to seem some wild meerkats with Meerket Adventrues. You’re taken to a property just after sunrise (bit later in winter) and have a welcome cuppa before walking down to the burrows. The we sit and wait….until one appears. It stands…

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Day 13–Ostrich in Oudtshoorn

We left Cape Town today and drove to Oudtshoorn. It was 5 or so hours of driving through some pretty countryside. We found a nice morning tea stop at the Rambling Rose – awesome food. We had a few hours to kill in the afternoon so we went to one of the Ostrich farms. It…

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Day 11–Arrived in Cape Town

Another early morning (I know…there’s a pattern developing here) as we fly to Cape Town today.  We’re on a teeny tiny plane (which freaks me out) – an Embraer but at least it has jets rather then propellers.  So small there’s only overhead space on one side and only small cabin bags fit. Few upset…

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Day 10–Back to Windhoek

Today we had a 550k drive ahead of us and had to decide whether to leave early or do a few hours in the park and pay for another day permit. We’d only really missed the cheetah (which we’ll get to see plenty of in Port Elizabeth) and leopard. Both of which you have to…

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