Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear

Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear

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Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear

8 Days Starting and ending in Sofia

Visiting:

Sofia

,

Yagodina

,

Yagodinska Cave

,

Kastrakli

,

Devinska Reka

Tour operator:

Exodus

Physical rating:

Moderate

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

WBB

Group size:

5 - 12

Age range:

16 to 99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:
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$2296 (USD)

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Tour Overview

Spend a week in the Rodopi Mountains discovering the realm of the Brown bear. Joined by European Brown bear expert Julian Perry, this holiday gives a unique insight into the behaviour and ecology of these most iconic yet secretive carnivores. During the course of the week we take daily hikes through the heart of prime Brown bear habitat, recording tracks, scats and other signs of bear activity as part of an on-going Brown bear conservation project. On two evenings there will be the chance to visit a specially constructed bear watching hide from where there are good opportunities to see some of the bears whose activity we have been monitoring during our days in the mountains. In addition, we will also be collecting and collating images from several camera traps that will be set up in the surrounding forests. By the end of this holiday we hope you will not only have seen Brown bears in the wild but also have an understanding and appreciation of the fascinating way of life of these mysterious and often misunderstood animals.

Highlights

  • Informative daily bear tracking walks

  • Become directly involved in a Brown bear conservation project

  • Delicious traditional local cuisine

  • Two visits to a hide for wild Brown bear observation

  • Elusive mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles and rare orchids

  • Remote landscapes in the Rodopi Mountains

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Sofia Airport. Transfer to the village of Yagodina in the remote Rodopi Mountains.
Location:

  Sofia, Yagodina


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Yagodina or similar


Meals Included:

  Dinner


Setting off from Sofia airport we begin a long but interesting 4-hour
transfer to the Rodopi Mountains. Our destination is the remote mountain
village of Yagodina, where we will be based for the next 6 nights. During
dinner, our leader will give an opening briefing about the week ahead and the
work of the local NGO ‘Wild Rodopi’ whose Brown bear research and
conservation project you will be assisting.

icon Day 2 : Visit the caves at Yagodinska Peshtera. Circular bear tracking walk in the forests above Yagodina; evening visit to bear hide.
Location:

  Yagodinska Cave


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Yagodina or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast, we start the day with a visit to the nearby Yagodinska
Peshtera to discover the rich variety of cave formations and cave life that
are found within, including some rare cave invertebrates, several species of
bat, and a family of Fat (or Edible) dormice. Part of the cave system was
once utilized as a prehistoric dwelling, so provides the ideal place to
discuss the evolution of bears and their relationship with early Man.

Returning to the village, we then set off on our first bear tracking walk,
which will lead us into the surrounding forests searching for, recording and
interpreting evidence of Brown bear activity such as scats, prints and
various feeding signs. During the walk, there will be an introduction to safe
bear/human interaction and behaviour. In the evening, half the group will
have their first visit to the bear hide. Visiting the hide usually
necessitates having an early dinner so that we can be in position before
darkness falls. Bears are attracted to the hide by the presence of corn but
are not dependant on this for their diet. Depending on the amount of activity
in the clearing we may stay until around 11 pm, or with permission of the
group earlier or later.

icon Day 3 : Circular bear tracking walk through forests and meadows; evening visit bear hide.
Location:

  Yagodina


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Yagodina or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast, a short drive brings us to the trailhead for the start of a
beautifully varied walk in a little-visited part of the region. Having forded
a shallow stream, we then follow a series of old forestry tracks that are
also used as a convenient network of trails by Brown bears. This area is not
only rich in butterflies and birds, but is also of great historical interest.
During our walk, we will visit a site which, according to some historians and
archaeologists, was the place where Orpheus was torn to pieces by the wild
Maenads, the female followers of Dionysus. It certainly seems a suitably
mystical and atmospheric spot that fits in well with Ovid’s poetic
description of these dramatic events. After dinner, the second half of the
group will have its first visit to the bear hide.

icon Day 4 : Panoramic walk in rugged and rocky karst terrain, rich in birds, butterflies and orchids.
Location:

  Kastrakli


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Yagodina or similar


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Setting off on foot from our hotel, we make a steep, steady climb up the
stony flank of the mountain ridge above the village. Here in spring and early
summer, there are several interesting species of orchid to be found, as well
as numerous butterflies. On reaching the ridgeback, we climb up to the
highest peak where we are rewarded with a wonderful cliff-top viewpoint. The
rocks here are home to several typical cliff-dwelling species of bird
including the beautiful wallcreeper, Peregrine falcon, Rock thrush, Crag
martin and Alpine swift. It is also possible to spot other raptors gliding
over, such as Golden eagle, Short-toed eagle, Booted eagle, Long-legged
buzzard, Eurasian hobby and Common kestrel. The wonderful views remain with
us throughout the day as we continue our walk, zig-zagging steeply down into
the depths of the Buynovsko Gorge on a rough and stony path that leads
through a favoured feeding region for both Brown bear and Balkan chamois.
This evening, the first half of the group will have their second visit to the
bear hide.

icon Day 5 : Bear tracking walk through a mosaic of bear habitats in the mountains south of Yagodina; evening visit bear hide.
Location:

  Yagodina


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Yagodina or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Having made our way out of the village on foot and crossed an area of rolling
open pastures, we begin a steady climb into the forest, following a route
that is frequently used by both wolves and bears. The further we climb, the
wilder the landscape feels, and in places, the forests are punctuated with
clearings and meadows that are often grazed by Roe deer and Wild boar, and
where in early summer a variety of rare flowers and butterflies can be seen.
Later in the day, we drop into the dappled shade of a river valley, a
favoured place for bears, and also a suitable habitat for more interesting
plants and butterflies. After supper, there will be another visit to the bear
hide for the second half of the group.

icon Day 6 : Circular bear tracking walk through remote carnivore habitat. 
Location:

  Yagodina


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Yagodina or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast we set off from the hotel on foot, beginning a strenuous but
highly rewarding bear tracking walk. Having left the village pastures behind,
we begin a long steep climb that sees us enter a densely forested region that
is roamed not only by several Brown bears, but as our camera traps have
shown, a variety of other carnivores including Wildcat, Grey wolf, Red fox,
European badger, Pine marten and Stone marten. Especially exciting is the
fact that Balkan lynx, a species considered extinct in Bulgaria for almost a
century, has very recently been recorded here again! The forests here also
harbour many secretive birds such as Hazel grouse, Black woodpecker and
Crested tit. The midpoint of our trail brings us out onto some wonderful rock
outcrops from where there are stunning views towards Greece, across waves of
forested ridges that make a perfect trans-border corridor by which the large
carnivore populations of Bulgaria and Greece can intermix. Our descent then
leads us down through more silent forest, and what is the heart of core Brown
bear habitat. Here we should see plenty of signs of bear activity, including
several trees that they have bitten, scratched and rubbed, giving us a chance
to learn more about other fascinating aspects of Brown bear behaviour.

icon Day 7 : Forest and riverside walk in search of orchids, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians; transfer to Sofia.
Location:

  Devinska Reka


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel Hill or similar


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Leaving Yagodina on foot, we start the day with a short walk along a
beautiful forest path, which in spring and early summer is renowned for its
exceptional variety of orchids. Formerly an ancient Thracian packhorse route,
this path is often used by bears when feeding in the surrounding forests on
beech mast and ants. After meeting our bus, a 45-minute drive brings us to
the beautiful valley of the Devinska Reka, where we will spend a couple of
hours walking a delightful riverside trail. As well as being home to Eurasian
otter and a variety of typical riverine birds such as Dipper and Grey
wagtail, the valley also forms the heart of a specially designated Prime
Butterfly Area and provides the perfect habitat for many rare and beautiful
butterfly species. Having enjoyed a picnic lunch beside the river, we then
complete the transfer (3 hours 30 minutes) back to Sofia.

icon Day 8 : End Sofia.
Location:

  Sofia


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


End Sofia.

What's Included

  • Transfers for group flights

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners included

  • All accommodation

What's Not Included

  • Single Supplement

  • Travel insurance

  • Visa's and Vaccinations

Food

Hotel ‘Yagodina’ is renowned for its delicious traditional local cuisine, offering generous sized servings of hearty, healthy food, much of it made from home-produced or locally sourced products. Typical meals whilst in the mountains will comprise of: Breakfast: tea, coffee and milk, with bread, jam, honey and cheese, supplemented in Yagodina by fresh home-made yoghurt and traditional local specialities such as thick pancakes known as 'katmi' and a rice-based dish called 'rodopski klin'. Lunch: picnic lunches will be eaten in the mountains and typically comprise bread, cheese, salami, salad, a chocolate bar and fruit. Many guests also like to take with them an extra portion of the local speciality that was served up for them at breakfast. Dinner: will be taken in our hotel restaurant, and will normally include three courses comprising either a salad or vegetarian soup, followed by a main course, and a dessert of fruit, ice cream, or cake/pudding. The cuisine reflects a mixture of Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish and Slavonic influences. We sample many traditional local specialities including 'smilyanski fasul', a delicious bean soup, and 'patatnik', a local delicacy made with grated potatoes, onions, and cheese, then seasoned with mint and other herbs. Jugs of tap water will be provided on the table with the evening meal. Bottled mineral water, soft drinks and alcohol are not included but can be purchased. There are several Bulgarian wines that you may wish to try, including an excellent red 'Mavrud' from vineyards on the northern slopes of the Rodopi Mountains. Vegetarians and Vegans: Bulgaria is famed for its fresh vegetables and fruit, so vegetarians are usually well catered for, although in the mountains the variety may sometimes by limited to what is seasonally available. 'Vegans need to be aware that eggs and dairy produce, especially cheese, form the staple part of the diet in the Rodopi region, and occur in the vast majority of traditional meals, so they may find their daily menu somewhat more restricted and less varied. Likewise special gluten-free products are not available, so those clients with wheat/gluten intolerance should, if needed, bring with them something to replace the local bread and pastries that make up the breakfasts and picnic lunches.

Accommodation

Our base for six nights will be the village of Yagodina, a traditional rural settlement famed for its self-sufficiency and the hospitality of its inhabitants. The village lies isolated and tucked away in the Trigrad Karst region, one of the most remote parts of the Rodopi Mountains. Here we stay in the ‘Yagodina’ Family Hotel, a small village hotel offering comfortable twin and single rooms with en-suite facilities and Wifi. The hotel is owned and run by a local family and most of the food (including milk, cheese, butter, jam, honey etc.) is either home produced or locally sourced.

Check out our Q&As

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Minimum

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

yes.

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Minimum 16 year age people can go this tour.

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Yes, Transfers for group flights.

Are vaccinations required for this tour?

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

    Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Visas are not required for Bulgaria for British and other EU passport holders. Other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.

    What is the maximum group size?

    12

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews

Read all 22 reviews

A wonderful walking and wildlife experience!

This really is the best walking and wildlife combination I've ever been on. Loved that we did good mountain walks in the day time through varied and stunning scenery ....more

This really is the best walking and wildlife combination I've ever been on.

Loved that we did good mountain walks in the day time through varied and stunning scenery whilst focusing on wildlife along the way.

Visiting the bear hide in the evenings was really fantastic, loved seeing so many bears in their natural habitat, so exciting! Julian was such a brilliant guide, so professional, knowledgeable, capable and fun, thanks Julian! less....


What an amazing place!

This was my first ever trip with exodus and it was absolutely incredible. The scenery was beautiful, the walks were great, plenty of opportunity to look for bear activity, and ....more

This was my first ever trip with exodus and it was absolutely incredible.

The scenery was beautiful, the walks were great, plenty of opportunity to look for bear activity, and one of the best experiences in my life.

We saw a bear and cubs, and that was such an amazing sight! Julian and the staff at Yagodina were lovely, the group were very friendly, and it was just simply a lovely trip! less....


Rodopi bears!

A brilliant trip in all respects! Scenery, group leader, wildlife, hotel, food all get top marks Great walking and was lucky to be with a lovely group of just 6 of us ....more

A brilliant trip in all respects! Scenery, group leader, wildlife, hotel, food all get top marks Great walking and was lucky to be with a lovely group of just 6 of us plus Julian our leader less....


An extra special wildlife based holiday

From sitting in a hide observing a glittering night time scene , to searching for Chamois from a hillside viewpoint , this trip encapsulates the world of the Brown Bear ....more

From sitting in a hide observing a glittering night time scene , to searching for Chamois from a hillside viewpoint , this trip encapsulates the world of the Brown Bear explained by the expert Julian Perry .

He leads the group across an outstandingly scenic mountain terrain and presents the techniques to track and record the presence of Brown Bears in a non-intrusive way .

We were very adequately accommodated in a centre-based family run hotel from where we walked or were driven to local forestry trails and areas used by Bears.

With a tremendous knowledge of the ecology of the region , the leader identified and enabled us to observe and photograph flora and fauna including many wildflowers , birds , reptiles , mammals , amphibians and insects.

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Bulgaria Bears. Excellent walks at a steady with informative breaks

Inspiring views with Julian who was very well informed and put the information across in any easily understood and entertaining way. Only saw one other group in the week ....more

Inspiring views with Julian who was very well informed and put the information across in any easily understood and entertaining way.

Only saw one other group in the week and the occasional person on the walks.

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Hotel and food was plane and good less....


A really great week

Beautiful scenery, great walks, lovely people and good food. And of course bears.

Beautiful scenery, great walks, lovely people and good food.

And of course bears.


A great introduction to the wildlife and way of life in the Rodopi mountains

A brilliant and unusual combination of great walking and wildlife interest. On holidays these are usually separated but this worked so well, as you really came to appreciate the environment ....more

A brilliant and unusual combination of great walking and wildlife interest.

On holidays these are usually separated but this worked so well, as you really came to appreciate the environment in which these animals,plants,reptiles etc flourished.

Julian did a fantastic job in explaining everything and I think we learnt a lot in a week - he went over and above what was necessary in a leader.

The hotel was lovely and everyone very friendly and helpful.

The bears and wild boar were the highlight, also the short cut in the truck on the way home from the hide!!! less....


Bulgaria Rodopi Mountains: beautiful and brimming with wildlife

I am so glad that a friend suggested this holiday to me, as it surpassed all of my expectations. The Hotel Yagodina is a splendid base: the staff are very ....more

I am so glad that a friend suggested this holiday to me, as it surpassed all of my expectations.

The Hotel Yagodina is a splendid base: the staff are very friendly and the food from local sources is served in generous portions.

Some of the local specialities cooked for breakfast were eagerly taken in lunch boxes to supplement the sandwiches and salad (which we made up ourselves from a table of ingredients, including fresh fruit and chocolate bars!).

Maria's cheesecake and apple strudel were memorable.

All of the walks were enjoyable in themselves, for the beautiful scenery, the diversity of flowers and butterflies, however having Julian as our leader took this holiday to a higher level.

Every day he showed us evidence of the bears living in the area and told us interesting facts about brown bears; he is also very knowledgeable about birds, butterflies, moths, reptiles and amphibians, as well as the plants unique to the Rodopi Mountains.

One of the best holidays I have had.

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Wonderful bears!

Beautiful scenery, fantastic guide. Observing bears was a real highlight.

Beautiful scenery, fantastic guide.

Observing bears was a real highlight.


Wow what a holiday!

Wildlife, conservation, expert patient guide, mountain hiking, remote rural village community, and an intimate family run hotel were all the components that blended perfectly together to form this holiday into ....more

Wildlife, conservation, expert patient guide, mountain hiking, remote rural village community, and an intimate family run hotel were all the components that blended perfectly together to form this holiday into my ultimate relaxing get away with a dusting of excitement, anticipation, and adventure on top! less....


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Bulgaria: Realm of the Brown bear

8 Days Starting and ending in Sofia

Visiting:

Sofia

,

Yagodina

,

Yagodinska Cave

,

Kastrakli

,

Devinska Reka

Tour operator:

Exodus

Physical rating:

Moderate

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

WBB

Group size:

5 - 12

Age range:

16 to 99

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

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  • I’m a traveladdict (no surprise 😉), storyteller and photographer, mom of two and an environmental scientist and biologist when I’m not traveling.

Faroe Islands

Must pack items for Faroe Islands

"To get to Drangarnir and Tindholmur, make sure you're with a guide! As far as the hiking is concerned, bring layers (around 3 should be fine), as well as lots of water and some food!"

What do you love most about Faroe Islands?

"The road in Streymoy ends in the town of Tjørnuvik. This town is located in a valley, boasting its very own beach, and a great view of the North Atlantic!"

What do you love most about Faroe Islands?

"Visiting the Kallur Lighthouse on Kalsoy island was surreal. Plush green landscapes and adoring sheep families join you on this 1-hour hike. I had it entirely to myself too!"

@ck_the_explorer's Top Tips

"Views like this are found by hiking up to Klakkur, a viewpoint near Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands. Seeing the salmon cages in the distance and Faroe's 2nd largest city is quite the experience."

What do you love most about Faroe Islands?

"The old town Torshavn, in the capital of the Faroe Islands, still has old turfed homes in perfect condition. These houses are reminiscent of Faroese ancestors!"

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  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    59 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Iceland, Faroe Islands, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Stockholm

  • Dream Destination:

    Patagonia

  • About them:
  • I'm from Washington DC but currently call Sweden my home. I'm a self taught photographer and drone flyer and enjoy switching the fluorescent lights in my lab with golden hour in any destination.

Amsterdam

Netherlands

What do you love most about Amsterdam?

"The architecture with the canals are so amazing! The whole city has a really charming vibe!"

Favourite time of year to visit Amsterdam

"Amsterdam is truly an all year destination! "

@biankadventures's Top Tips

"- Avoid the peak season - Book in advance - Get the Amsterdam city card - Try the stroopwafel - Get lost in the canals - By some flowers in the market"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Loved visiting the Damrak and the iconic flower market! Nice to see so many beautiful flowers in one place! "

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  • Content Creator
  • Countries Visited:

    29 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    New York

  • Dream Destination:

    Peru

  • About them:
  • I am a huge travel addict who has a regular 9-5 job and outside of this try to explore the world, search for unique places and hidden gems! I hope my tips and photos can be an inspiration for you!

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

United States

What do you love most about Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area?

"The Columbia River Gorge has one of the best concentrations of waterfall hikes with over 90 waterfalls in the area waiting to be explored!"

Favourite time of year to visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

"Late spring or early autumn! Both provide good weather conditions, a chance to see new blooms or fall foliage & minimised crowds."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get lost in nature!"

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Wear layers & always bring a jacket. The Gorge is known to have big wind gusts, especially in the late fall, winter, and early Spring. Best to be prepared with a jacket or layers."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"The historic Vista House at Crown Point is an excellent starting point for your drive on HWY 30. Climb to the top for the best views of the Columbia River."

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  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    The world!

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Northern India

India

What do you love most about Northern India?

"From deserts and mountain ranges to ancient forts and step wells - Northern India is incredibly diverse. "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"The ancient monuments are wonders of architecture and colour. You'll feel like you're in Asia, the Middle East and even Europe at times. "

Favourite time of year to visit Northern India

"Winter! During summer temperatures get very high so winter (Nov - Feb) is much more comfortable. But don't worry! You'll still enjoy sunny hot weather, it just won't be unbearable. "

@lizaliddy's Top Tips

"Don't be afraid to get amongst it! India is so fun and energetic. There's always a lot going on - which can be overwhelming. But if you're open to it, it can be a really cool experience. "

Benefits of a tour guide for Northern India

"Finding hidden little gems, like the Bahubali Hills in Udaipur. An insider's guide is the best help when it comes to unique experiences and (most importantly) yummy food!"

Must pack items for Northern India

"A local (or international) SIM card. As the most populated country on the planet, India is BUSY. It can be confusing to get around, so having access to maps whenever you need them is a godsend. "

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  • Traveller
  • Countries Visited:

    54 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Vietnam

  • Dream Destination:

    Tunisia

  • About them:
  • Full time traveller and digital nomad wandering the world - just little me and my (not so little!) laptop. As an artist and graphic designer, creating is my passion.

Angkor Wat

Cambodia

What do you love most about Angkor Wat?

"You'll feel mesmerised by the ancient designs and each temple has a unique story. I loved exploring the forests to get to each temple. It felt like an adventure on its own. "

Benefits of a tour guide for Angkor Wat

"There are many tour guides at each temple waiting to give you a tour on a tuk-tuk. You can explore by yourself too. Rent a bicycle to get around easily. I'd recommend a motorbike, it's faster!"

Must pack items for Angkor Wat

"Wear appropriate clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. You'll spend a lot of time walking so wear comfortable shoes. Bring bug repellant and sunscreen!"

@tiffanyswindow's Top Tips

"Spend at least 2 days exploring! If you're not on a tour, rent a motorbike and have the freedom to explore on your own. Be careful with your money, as they don't accept any torn or ripped cash."

Where can you get tickets if you're not on a tour?

"You can purchase at the Angkor pass ticket counters. Book it a day before, have it delivered to your hotel and skip the line! Or, book online on the Angkor Enterprise website and show your ticket."

Are there restaurants nearby?

"You'll find shops at every temple, if not, then nearby. They sell drinks or snacks, and clothing (traditional clothes for photos). There is a place at Angkor Wat for sit-down food and drinks."

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  • Wanderer
  • Countries Visited:

    7 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Yunnan, China

  • Dream Destination:

    World

  • About them:
  • Welcome! I'm Tiffany, passionate about traveling and content creation. Journey with me while I capture and share my travel experiences. I'm currently living and exploring Vietnam.

White River Falls State Park

United States

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Walk down the trail to see the view of the falls from a different vantage point."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Stay on the trail when walking into the canyon, when the trail ends path becomes dangerous."

Must pack items for White River Falls State Park

"Sunscreen, sun hat, reusable water bottle, hiking shoes, trekking poles, & bug repellent. "

What do you love most about White River Falls State Park?

"Excellent place for a picnic, exploring & hiking to view the falls!"

Favourite time of year to visit White River Falls State Park

"Early summer/fall is the best for most reliable weather. "

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  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    The world!

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Masai Mara National Reserve

Kenya

@courtgoestravelling 's Top Tips

"Pack neutral colours like greens, browns and beige. Bring a portable charger- especially for long game drives. Remember your camera and pack some snacks! Game drive days can be 8+ hours long!"

What do you love most about Masai Mara National Reserve?

"No game drive is ever the same! Each time you will have a totally different experience! The ecosystem in Masai Mara is breathtaking and you have the chance to spot the Big 5!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Visit a Masai cultural village to learn about their way of life, take a walk along the Mara river and cross the bridge to have one foot in Kenya and one foot in Tanzania! Game drives are my favourite."

Favourite time of year to visit Masai Mara National Reserve

"I often visit in January and February when the parks are quieter and the rains bring out a lot of different experiences. July-September is the best time to visit for the great wildebeest migration!"

Benefits of a tour guide for Masai Mara National Reserve

"Masai Mara is so vast and the guides know the roads like the back of their hand. Their radio systems help each other to find great sightings for guests. A guide will give you the best experience."

What can you see in Masai Mara?

"The Big 5! lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and rhinos. As well as cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, antelopes, zebras and so much more. "

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  • Travel Blogger
  • Countries Visited:

    20 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Kenya

  • Dream Destination:

    Vietnam

  • About them:
  • I am a travel obsessed scottish girl with a love for Africa, Kenya specifically! I don't think there's a single place I wouldn't go! I love solo and group travelling and volunteering across the world!

Nairobi

Kenya

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Visit the Giraffe centre to hand feed giraffes, watch baby elephants during feeding time at David Sheldrick, feed wild monkeys in the park, eat at Nairobi street kitchen and party at K1 Clubhouse. "

Do I book in advance?

"If you're not on a tour, it's important to book places like David Sheldrick in advance as they are a true sanctuary and only open to the public for 1hr each day to limited numbers. It can book up weeks in advance."

What can I do at night?

"Nairobi has a lot of restaurants and bars. My favourite is K1 Clubhouse with regular DJs, life music, an outdoor beer garden and club vibes! Great drinks, food and atmosphere!"

What do you love most about Nairobi?

"I love Nairobi so much because the people are so welcoming. Locals have always been so kind and helpful and of course, Kenya is so beautiful it keeps me coming back for more!"

@courtgoestravelling 's Top Tips

"Unless you're on a tour, plan the places you want to visit in advance and organise a guide for easiness and safety! Kenya has a lot to offer and there's a lot to pack into a trip!"

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  • Travel Blogger
  • Countries Visited:

    20 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Kenya

  • Dream Destination:

    Vietnam

  • About them:
  • I am a travel obsessed scottish girl with a love for Africa, Kenya specifically! I don't think there's a single place I wouldn't go! I love solo and group travelling and volunteering across the world!

Yosemite West

United States

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"There are so many hikes and beautiful scenic nature views, especially along the valley. Head to Mariposa for some scenic trails. "

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Sunset offers incredible opportunities to view wildlife & watch the colours highlight El Capitan as the sun sinks beyond the horizon."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Look for wildlife sightings throughout the park!"

Must pack items for Yosemite West

"-Warm layers (even in summer as temps can drop quite quickly when the sun goes down). -Reusable water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellent, sturdy hiking boots, binoculars, camera & sunglasses."

Benefits of a tour guide for Yosemite West

"Access to information about the best hikes, insights and tips to make your trip magical and unique! "

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head towards the Hetch Hetchy reservoir for some amazing views of the stunning lakes along the Sierra Nevada mountain range."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Drive along the valley for amazing views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls and giant sequoia trees. Head up to Tunnel View for stunning views of the valley below."

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  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    The world!

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️