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We were promised "electric blue butterflies" in @visit_costarica by @natgeoexpeditions and that's exactly what we got!⠀
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High in the mountains and forests of Monteverde are the @monteverdebutterflygardens. We popped by one afternoon and strolled their four gardens which were, of course, filled with spectacular butterflies like this Blue Morpho butterfly (we think that's it's name?). ⠀
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We visited Monteverde as part of a 9-day 'Natural Highlights of Costa Rica' tour with @natgeoexpeditions and @gadventures.⠀⠀⠀
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#NatGeoExpeditions #NatGeoJourneys #butterflies #entomology #butterfly #monteverde #bugnerds #costarica #rainforest #gadventures #CRfanphotos #costarica🇨🇷 #jurassicpark #puravida  #costaricagram #costaricalife #costarican #centralamerica #costaricacool #dreamlifecostarica #lpPathfinders #rgphoto #BBCTravel #lonelyplanet #getoutside
The stark silhouettes of the seemingly petrified trees of #Deadvlei pitched against a vibrant #sunrise in the #NamibDesert.
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I’d been desperate to photograph this incredible landscape ever since I saw it in a National Geographic photo essay years ago. The photographs created a surreal Disney-esque scene that I was never quite sure was real. Well, it’s real alright. ⠀
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We're taking over @lonelyplanet's Instagram feed this weekend. Pop over to see more of our shots from Namibia. ⠀
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We were visiting Deadvlei near #Sossusvlei on a 17-day self-drive #safari through Namibia with @WildDogSafaris. ⠀⠀
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#Namibia #exploringnamibia #Namibia🇳🇦 #deadvleinamibia #Namibia #seenamibia #namibiadesert #namibiatravel #namibiatourism #dunes #travelnamibia #sharemynamibia #thisisnamibia #namibia_africa #seeafrica #travelafrica #loveforafrica #namibiansunset #lpPathfinders #rgphoto  #BBCTravel #lonelyplanet
Looking down upon the snaking hairpins of the Sani Pass in #Lesotho🇱🇸. We visited this tiny speck of a nation on an overnight tour with @roofofafricatours.⠀
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Located in the western end of KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, Sani is a mountain pass connecting Underberg in South Africa with Mokhotlong in Lesotho. The hairpinned pass – named one of the most dangerous in the world − starts at an altitude of 1,544m and climbs 1,332m to 2,876m. ⠀
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Built circa 1950, Sani Pass remains a challenging drive. With winding twists, loose gravel, plunging drops and hairpins bends, Sani Pass demands painstaking care and practised skill. In parts, the gradient reaches 1:3. In treacherous conditions, the Pass has claimed lives. In fact, one of the hairpins is rather bluntly named ‘suicide bend’.⠀
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#LoveLesotho #VisitLesotho #Lesotho #lesothoroadtrip #sanipass #SouthAfrica #ThisIsSouthAfrica #kwazulunatal #Mokhotlong #Sani #Underberg #drakensberg #MountainVibes #lpPathfinders #rgphoto #BBCTravel #lonelyplanet #lifeoutdoors #weareoutdoor #adventureanywhere #wildernessculture #neverstopexploring
Our first sunset in @visit_costarica with @natgeoexpeditions was a special one. We were hiking part of Arenal Volcano's Lava Trail when the setting sun broke through the clouds above Lake Arenal. ⠀
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Situated in the northern highlands, Lake Arenal is the largest lake in Costa Rica. The lake tripled in size in 1979 when it was dammed for a hydroelectric project which now creates around 17% of the country's electricity. ⠀
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We visited Costa Rica as part of a 9-day 'Natural Highlights of Costa Rica' tour with @natgeoexpeditions and @gadventures.⠀⠀
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#NatGeoExpeditions #NatGeoJourneys #costarica #arenalvolcano #volcanarenal #lafortuna #rainforest #lafortuna #aroundtheworld #gadventures #CRfanphotos #costarica🇨🇷 #jurassicpark #ArenalVolcanoLavaTrail #puravida #LakeArenal #LagoArenal #costaricagram #costaricalife #costarican #centralamerica  #costaricacool #dreamlifecostarica #lpPathfinders #rgphoto #BBCTravel #lonelyplanet #getoutside
Dangling moss-clad roots, giant swinging vines and canopy-level clouds sweep across the trail in the @reservasantaelena during our visit with @natgeoexpeditions to @visit_costarica. ⠀
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Life thrives in this fairy tale forest where its lush canopy looms over exotic orchids, epiphytes, over-sized ferns and shamrock-green mosses.⠀
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We spent a morning exploring the Santa Elena Cloud Forest near Monteverde during our 9-day 'Natural Highlights of Costa Rica' tour with @natgeoexpeditions and @gadventures.⠀
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#NatGeoExpeditions #NatGeoJourneys #costarica #Monteverde #reservasantaelena #SantaElenaCloudForest #CloudForest #SantaElena #gadventures #CRfanphotos #costarica🇨🇷 #jurassicpark #planetearth #puravida #costarica_vacations #costaricagram #costaricalife #costarican #centralamerica  #costaricacool #dreamlifecostarica #lpPathfinders #rgphoto #BBCTravel #lonelyplanet #getoutside
We saw this Costa Rican red-eyed tree frog on a hike along Arenal Volcano's Lava Trail during our @natgeoexpeditions trip to @visit_costarica. ⠀
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The red-eyed tree frog is native to the rainforests of Central America and can jump up to a 1.5m in length. We wanted to see two animals on this trip: a sloth and a tree frog and by day two we had already seen them both!⠀
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We visited Costa Rica as part of a 9-day 'Natural Highlights of Costa Rica' tour with @natgeoexpeditions and @gadventures.⠀
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#NatGeoExpeditions #NatGeoJourneys #costarica #arenalvolcano #volcanarenal #lafortuna #rainforest #lafortuna #aroundtheworld #gadventures  #CRfanphotos #costarica🇨🇷 #jurassicpark #planetearth #puravida  #costarica_vacations #costaricagram #costaricalife #costarican #centralamerica #descubrecostarica #costaricacool #dreamlifecostarica #treefrog #lpPathfinders #rgphoto #BBCTravel #lonelyplanet #getoutside
A magnificent white rhino seen during a #safari in the Kingdom of Eswatini (previously #Swaziland). The country offers some of the best encounters with rhinos in Africa. We saw no less than thirteen of these incredible creatures during our 36-hour foray into the country.⠀
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We visited three of Swaziland's premier game parks with @swazilandtourism and @biggameparks on a whistle-stop tour, but the country warrants so much more than an overnight stop. We're just going to have to return!⠀
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*Think carefully before posting wildlife updates online. Poachers search social media so never geo-tag images – especially of rhinos – or post real time shots of animals in identifiable locations. #EverySingleRhinoCounts #saveourrhinos⠀
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#Eswatini #kingdomofeswatini #hlane  #natureconversation #swazilandtravel #travelswaziland #eswatinitravel #traveleswatini #africatravel #travelafrica #hlane #mlilwane #mkhaya #endangeredspecies  #lpPathfinders #rgphoto  #BBCTravel #lonelyplanet #getoutside
An iridescent #sunset over the boulder fields of Fish River Canyon in #Namibia as seen during our self-drive safari with @wilddogsafaris.⠀
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At 160km long, up to 27km wide and 550m (1804ft) deep, it is Africa’s largest and longest canyon and, after the Grand Canyon in the US, the second largest in the world. The similarities are striking.⠀
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Day hiking in its scorching depths is strictly forbidden, so if you want to hike then the only option is to join an organised excursion from May to mid-September. The soaring temperatures during the remainder of the year make it inaccessible.⠀
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#fishrivercanyon #fishrivercanyonhike #travelnamibia #sharemynamibia #thisisnamibia #namibia_africa #seeafrica #travelafrica #africansunset #loveforafrica #KalahariDesert #Kalahari #desert #namibiansunset #lpPathfinders #rgphoto  #BBCTravel #lonelyplanet #getoutside @gondwanalodges fishriverlodge #sundowner
The first big cat we spotted in @etoshanationalpark was this lioness – we'd been in the park for less than hour! She was prowling the waterhole keeping the dozens of thirsty zebras at bay. ⠀
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We were visiting Etosha as part of a self-drive safari with @WildDogSafaris. Unlike other game parks around the world where you can spend hours – perhaps days – looking for animals, Etosha’s USP is its capacity to bring the animals to you. Just park up next to one of its waterholes and wait for the animals to arrive (if they’re not already there).⠀
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#etosha  #gamedrive #bigfive #etoshanationalpark #etoshapark #etoshapan #travelnamibia #sharemynamibia #thisisnamibia #wildlife #lion #lioness #Nebrowni #namibia_africa @gondwanalodges #africat #lpPathfinders #rgphoto #instanamibia #namibiamustdo #namibiagram #visitnamibia
Sun rays slice through the wooden slats of an abandoned building in Kolmanskop, an eerie ghost town in #Namibia we visited during our self-drive safari with @wilddogsafaris.⠀
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Once a booming diamond town, Kolmanskop has long been abandoned to the desert sands. It is a testament to the greed of man and also to his whimsy. Hundreds flocked here for diamonds and hundreds left here for diamonds. It seems only right that the desert should take it back.⠀
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#Kolmanskop #GhostTown #abandonedplaces #lostplaces #ruins #diamonds #desert #seeafrica #travelafrica #lpPathfinders #rgphoto #loveforafrica #BBCTravel #instanamibia #namibiamustdo #namibiagram #visitnamibia #travelnamibia #sharemynamibia #thisisnamibia #namibia_africa
A Namibian giant, covered in its signature white clay, makes his way towards our car in @etoshanationalpark.⠀
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We were self-driving our way across Etosha with @wilddogsafaris when we paused at a watering hole. We watched a herd of African elephants cross the road in front of us. One of them, this giant bull, decided on a path that was going straight through our car. We knew our place, and promptly got out of his way! ⠀
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#etosha  #gamedrive #bigfive #etoshanationalpark #etoshapark #etoshapan #travelnamibia #sharemynamibia #thisisnamibia #wildlife #africanelephant #elephant #elephants  #namibia_africa @gondwanalodges #africat #lpPathfinders #rgphoto #instanamibia #namibiamustdo #namibiagram #visitnamibia #loveforafrica #BBCTravel  #gamedrive #bigfive #safari #selfdrivesafari
Our first #sunset in #Namibia with @wilddogsafaris was an epic one! A sundowner game drive through the Kalahari Desert with @gondwanalodges delivered this classic southern African scene.⠀
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The Kalahari occupies almost a third of Namibia, but it's not really a desert in the strictest sense of the word – more a savanna. It receives more rainfall than a desert – between 110–200 millimetres (4.3–7.9in) per year – and supports more animals (such as giraffes) and plants than a true desert. ⠀
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But never mind all that – it all just makes for a stunning sunset!⠀
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#travelnamibia #sharemynamibia #thisisnamibia #giraffe #giraffes #namibia_africa #KalahariDesert #Kalahari #desert #namibiansunset #seeafrica #travelafrica #lpPathfinders #getoutside #rgphoto #africansunset #loveforafrica #BBCTravel  #gamedrive #bigfive #instanamibia #namibiamustdo #namibiagram #visitnamibia