What can I say about the island of Tasmania? Well there is surely so much more to discover. I have always thought about going to Australia some day. I thought it would happen after my working days were over. Instead, I got the privilege to leave the dark north during winter last year to go to Austrlia for the first time, and hopefully not last. I travelled together with Maria to the island Tasmania where we visited her relatives. When we left Tasmania we went to mainland Australia for some days on our own.
Most nights we either spent in the city of Hobart or Devonport. We also made a trip to Strahan on the west coast of Tasmania from where we did a boat trip up on Gordon River. We did more or less activities each day. Travelled to many parts of the island to see different things like waterfalls, animals or other spectacular sights.
An active vacation
My only goal with the vacation was to get some well-deserved rest and to do a boat trip with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Sadly I got sick for a couple of days and missed some excursions. On the positive side me and Maria did two boat trips. One around Bruny Island and the other around Tasman Peninsula. Don’t forget to check out those photo albums as they are worth a look.
It was a pleasure to have Marias relatives as guides as they knew the island inside out. It made life easy for us. We just could tagged along. It was like everything was given to you on a silver plate. We got to see much more than I hoped for before getting there.
It was a nice first visit to Tasmania and I would love to go back some day. If I go back then I will do a lot more research myself. Make my own plan for the trip with some guidance from the expertise. I would love to stay in some of the National Parks to have the wilderness around me and I would love to go out to sea and do some proper photography. The two boat trips were awesome. I recommend them to everyone visiting Tasmania. Still I would like to get out by boat with the single goal of catching sea birds in their proper habitat. I am not sure if that is possible to arrange, but I know I would have to check it out if I go back to Tasmania in the future.
My second snow mobile expedition on Svalbard was very different to the first. Colder, harsher and sunny for almost the complete trip.
Lake Kerkini 2018
Lake Kerkini is a good place to learn to know the charismatic Dalmatian Pelican. This colorful bird in breeding plumage is why I chose to go back to the lake over and over. They are real characters and hopefully you might get the opportunity to get to know some of them really closely if you join me there next year.
Kafue National Park 2017
Kafue National Park is one of the biggest protected wildlife areas in Africa. It is a National Park with a great diversity and one I really liked. I would like to explore more of this huge park in the future.
Mana Pools National Park 2017
Mana Pools wildlife greeted us in September 2017. We had many memorable encounters with some of the iconic animals you find inside this lovely National Park in northern Zimbabwe.