Croatia & Bosnia

Croatia & Bosnia May 19th 2015

I had visited Croatia and Bosnia before, but in May this year I visited Croatia and Bosnia as a supporter of the GB national rafting teams in the European Rafting Championships which my son was captaining.
Travelling in my rented car I drove from Croatia to Bosnia over the mountains to the rafting event on the Vrbas River in Banja Luka in Bosnia.

After four days of great competition I drove back to Croatia following the path of the Vrbas river almost as far as the spectacular Dalmatian coast then down to Omis in Croatia, the home of the wonderfully scenic Chetina river and then on to Split for my flight home. Continue reading

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Nepal Feb 2015

I was lucky enough to spend five weeks in Nepal from 8th February to 13th March. I spent two weeks with Glenda my wife, touring and visiting our Nepalese friends with the highlight of these two weeks being our two day rafting trip on the Seti Kola river with my old friend and rafting Guide Krishna. Continue reading

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Fascinating Faces From Fascinating places

Just to let you know if interested that on the 28th February is the launch date for my book that has been produced over 20 years, which is a collection of vivid photographs and facts of people I have either met or observed during my life of travelling to date. Click the link to buy a copy of my book, and don’t forget to enter the follow 3 letter code SRL to obtain a £5 discount.

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Costa Rica Panama Nov/Dec 2014

A few photos and videos from my recent trip.

Costa Rica
I would like to thank the staff at Selvatura Park for hosting my 15 cable Zip Wire tour.
Selvatura Park is a conservation project located in the midst of the magical Monteverde cloud forest, a natural paradise for flora and fauna. I can highly recommend the staff and facilities at Selvtura and any Visit to Costa Rica should include the adventure of Zip lining in this truly un spoilt corner of the world. Continue reading

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Book launch

A travelers and photographers must have book, “Fascinating Faces From Fascinating places” Will be launched soon, please watch this space. more details will be posted on the Book Launch page.

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Nile High Bungee.

Nile High Bungee

Nile High Bungee

Before leaving the Adrift Rafting camp for my journey back to Entebbe, I was offered the chance of a free bungee jump which of course I could not refuse.

At 9.30am I leapt from the tower protruding out over the River Nile to the whooping sound of some Japanese service men who had come to the camp to bungee.

After a successful jump I said my farewells and took off for my 6 hour drive back to Entebbe, thinking about the Gorilla trek the next day.

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Kilimanjaro Climb

Our February expedition to climb Kilimanjaro was once again a great success getting 10 out of the twelve on the summit

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WATB Kilimanjaro Climb

Our party of twelve travelled to Nairobi in Kenya on an overnight flight then travelled by bus from Nairobi to Moshi in Tanzania via Arusha taking in the sites of Africa, a first for most party members.

Whilst enjoying a pleasant 2 night stay in a lovely hotel in Moshi, where we made good use of the swimming pool, we collected any necessary equipment we needed to hire, were introduced to our climbing guide Dickson and some of his staff and were briefed about the climbing route “Machame route”.

Next morning we loaded up the bus after a good breakfast and travelled to the starting point at the Machame gate, a 45 minute journey from Moshi. It took our guide Dickson and four assistant guides Isaiah, Dennis, William and Remi approximately 2 hours to choose and load 36 porters, 2 waiters/kitchen boys, 2 cooks and a toilet man, making the total of our team 46.

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Gorilla Trek and Tracking

Mountain Gorilla - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mountain Gorilla – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

All the below was arranged by Escape tours & Safari, Entebbe Uganda

I took the 7.30 am flight from Entebbe international airport in a Aerolink Cessna Caravan Astol (A Short Take Off & Landing craft) 11 seater to Kihihi Savana airstrip, approximately 47 kilometres from Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. The flight took 1hr 5mins to Kisoro air strip to collect a passenger then another 15 minutes to Kihihi. I was met by Ivan, a smart smiling guy, who welcomed me like a long lost friend; his surname was Mashemerer which means happy. Happy Ivan took my bag and put it in his car and asked me where I would like to sit, front or back, I would like to drive I replied and he tossed me the keys and got in the passenger front seat. The Toyota was an automatic and in good condition and as I started her up and pulled away I asked, how long and how far? about 2 hours and 47 kilometres.

There were no main roads from this bush airstrip, just local roads formed from pressed earth with a top coat of stones compressed by a heavy roller known as Murram roads. For two hours I drove along these roads trying my best to avoid the ruts, pot holes and rocks, whilst respecting Ivan’s car which was a family salon and not a 4 x 4.

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White Water Rafting the Nile

As a mountaineer, kayaker and explorer, I have kayaked and rafted a few rivers around the world. For me the chance to raft the Nile, the longest river on earth was worth the long wait. I would like to thank Adrift Uganda, for the accommodation, river guide and the friendly faces of all the staff and for making this possible.

My journey.

After a 45 minute drive along a main road and a secondary road we turned off right down a dirt track for another 4k leading down to the put in at Kirigu, just above the river.

Adrift Uganda

Adrift Uganda

This unexpected purpose built put in site boasted sit down toilets, a covered eating area with benches, a small kitchen and concrete steps down to the river. Staff from a local river side lodge the “Wild Waters Lodge” were on site to serve a cooked breakfast of battered hardboiled egg and beef sausages, washed down with coffee, tea and cold drinks. We were being spoilt.

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Morocco January 2013

We now have six people confirmed for this trip to date. If you are interested in taking part please contact us.

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