Komodo Dragon - Rinca Island, Indonesia
Komodo dragons are the largest lizards in the world and can be found on the indonesian island of Komodo, but also on the neighbouring islands of Rinca and Flores.
Males measure up to 3 m in length !
They are formidable predators and their insatiable appetite has added to their ferocious reputation. The bacteria that is contained in their saliva is so lethal that even a bite can be dangerous. If the victim manages to escape an attack, it is likely to die from the infection within a week.
With a ranger in front of us we set off on one of the tracks to explore the habitat of the Dragon. Our only line of defence? A long stick which is used to keep the creatures at bay in the case of an attack. And this is no joke ! One day, a tourist failed to stay with the group, apparently he fell behind to tie his shoelaces. When the rangers started a search, they never found the poor guy’s body, only his shoes and his camera... So it’s wise to stay in the group and respect the aggressive nature of these wild animals ! #travel#traveling#TFLers#vacation#visiting#instatravel#instago#instagood#trip#holiday#photooftheday#fun#travelling#tourism#tourist#instapassport#instatraveling#mytravelgram#travelgram#travelingram#igtravel#komodo#dragon#indonesia#asia#wildlife#rinca
Mount Bromo - Java, Indonesia
In this country with most volcanos in the world, none is as popular and scenic as the stunning Mt Bromo. For good reason hundreds of visitors, mostly Indonesian, come here every day to witness the beauty of it. The main attraction is watching Mt Bromo during sunrise from one of the viewpoints and going up crater’s edge. Mt Bromo is an active volcano and often you can hear it rumble. Smoke comes out of it almost non stop and sometimes you might not even be able to visit the volcano due to increased activity and thus danger.
Next to the crater of Mt Bromo is Mt Batok, a dormant volcano. Right behind it are a few more dormant volcanoes. At 2239m, Mt Bromo is not the highest peak. Semeru volcano which can be seen in the background is the highest volcano in Java, at 3676m, another highly active volcano that puffs out smoke very often.
Great Egret - Okavango Delta (Botswana)
Okavango Delta is a huge swamp area formed from Okavango River originating from rains in the Angola highlands.The waters slowly run through Namibian's Kalahari Desert to produce the largest delta in the world, a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes, islands and channels.
I had never seen such a large number and variety of birds, large and small, of all possible colors and shapes. The guides told us there were more than 400 known species in the Delta !
This place is definitely a paradise for bird watchers.
There once was an arrogant Babboon, a self-appointed "Lord of the Water". He guarded one of the only sources of water that remained during times of drought, a small pool, and forbid any of the other animals from drinking there.
Legend has it that one day a Zebra and his son arrived at the pool. The weather had been very dry and hot, and there was little water to be found anywhere. They went to have a drink when suddenly a voice boomed "Go Away!, I am the Lord of the Water, and this is my pool"!The Zebras looked up, startled, and saw the angry Babboon sitting by his fire. "Water belongs to everyone, not just to you monkeyface", shouted the young Zebra."Then you must fight me for it if you want to drink" challenged the babboon, and attacked the young Zebra. The two fought savagely for what seemed an eternity until with a furious kick, the Zebra sent the Babboon flying through the air until he landed amongst the rocks. Till this day, the Babboon has a patch on his bottom where he landed.
African legends tell us that the tired Zebra staggered, and fell through the Babboons fire, scorching his white coat and leaving him with black stripes across it. The terrified Zebras dashed away back to the plains where they forever remained.
The arrogant Babboon and his family still live among the rocks and spend their days challenging intruders, holding their tails aloft to ease the pain of the pare patch of skin where they landed. So goes the legend of how the Zebra got his stripes.
Polloquere Hot springs are located next to the Salar de Surire in the north of Chile. The area count with a rich wildlife where ñandúes, flamencos, caitíes, patos juarjual, vicuñas, alpacas and llamas can be spotted in their natural habitat.