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The outrageous cerulean waters surrounding Bora Bora in French Polynesia look almost toxic on  some days!笄
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We arrived in Bora Bora amid rotten, overcast London-style weather and so feared the worst: that maybe this destination wasn窶冲 all it was cracked up to be. However, our fears were short-lived and once the sunshine and blue skies broke through we were rewarded with everything the brochures had promised. We spent our time exploring the motus, beaches and main island by kayak, bike and outrigger canoe.笄
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#BoraBora #Tahiti #FrenchPolynesia #beach #paradise #ourlonelyplanet #southpacific #islandparadise #pacific #tropicalparadise #tropical #bucketlist #travelawesome #optoutside #earthpix #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #honeymoon #love #luxurytravel
Donkeys and their herder silhouetted against the salt flats of Lake Asale during #sunset in the Danakil Depression in #Ethiopia.笄笄
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The salt lake, at -130m (-430ft) below sea level, is where the Afar people of eastern Ethiopia carve out a hard and raw existence. This is, after all, the hottest place on Earth, with a year-round average temperature of 34.4C (93.2 F).笄笄
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Salt is crucial to the nomadic Afar people. They cut slabs of it from the vast salt flats and transport it to the market in Mekele on the backs of camels and donkeys. It is about a week's walk away across one of the world窶冱 harshest landscapes.笄笄
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#LakeAsale #Asale #Dallol #Danakil #DanakilDepression #Afar #AfarRegion #adventurethatislife #liveoutdoors #awesomepix #ourlonelyplanet #travelawesome #danikaldesert #hottestplace #hottestplaceonearth #extemeheat #optoutside #earthpix #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #lpfanphoto #lppathfinders @lonelyplanetmags #donkey #donkeys #camel
Tracking a massive but silent whale shark off the coast of #Djibouti, recently named as one of @lonelyplanet's #BestinTravel destinations of 2018.笄
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A real highlight of our trip to Djibouti was swimming with whale sharks in the Bay of Ghoubbet. The world's largest fish usually start arriving in the area in late October and remain in the bay until February. We observed at least three of these giant but majestic creatures close to the shores. It窶冱 important to keep a respectful distance (a minimum of 4 meters is ideal) and not to interfere with these beautiful beasts.笄
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#whaleshark  #livingonthesea #divetrip #snorkeling #snorkelling #shark #marinelife #oceananimals #underwaterphotography #diveadvisor #seacreatures #Djibouti汞ゥ汞ッ #GulfofTadjoura #africa #hornofafrica #eastafrica #BestinTravel2018 #lpPathfinders #lpfanphoto @lonelyplanetmags #africarising #tasteforafrica #travelafrica #visitafrica #igs_africa #celebrateafrica #BayofGhoubbet #ghoubbet
The striking view from Daniel Korkor, a rock-hewn church cut into a cliff face in the Gheralta region of Tigray in #Ethiopia. 笄
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Comprising two small chambers, Daniel Kokor is said to have served as a monk窶冱 retreat. A niche in the wall opposite the entrance is where the monk would have sat, allowing him to see across this spectacular vista and the surrounding plains below.笄
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#tigray #tigraychurches #amazingafrica #visitethiopia #africa #ethiopian #ethiopiamountains #everydayethiopia #everydayafrica #Habesha #Abyssinian #Abyssinia #exploretocreate #maryamkorkor #rockhewn #abunayemataguh #ethiopianchurch #keepitwild #beautifuldestinations #Ethiopianadventure #neverstopexploring  #thegreatoutdoors #lpfanphoto #lppathfinders
A dust storm begins to whip up during #sunset across Djibouti窶冱 eerie moonscape, that is Lac Abbテゥ.笄
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#Djibouti was named by @lonelyplanet as one of their #BestinTravel destinations for 2018 and was used as a location for 1968 film Planet of the Apes. With its belching chimneys and steaming hot springs it looks suitably apocalyptic in this shot.笄
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#lacabbe #lacabbテゥ #lacabbechimneys #Africansun #Africansunset #sunset #Djibouti汞ゥ汞ッ #djiboutifieldtrip #djiboutiafrica #Africa #HOA #HornofAfrica #EastAfrica #BestinTravel2018 #lpPathfinders #lpfanphoto @lonelyplanetmags #africarising #tasteforafrica #travelafrica #visitafrica #igs_africa #celebrateafrica #planetoftheapes
The world窶冱 longest-existing lava lake, Erta Ale volcano in #Ethiopia. 笄
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It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and was everything we envisioned: livid, fearsome, incandescent. The lava blistered and erupted, and made us screech in wonder.笄
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The lava on Erta Ale is not concentrated in a single vent; it oozes, flows and erupts across a vast amount of space. We spent an age watching it, filming it, committing it indelibly to memory. 笄
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After an hour, Erta Ale smoked over 窶 appropriate given its name: 窶徭moking mountain窶 in the local Afar language. Satisfied that the risk, effort and expense of reaching the rim had paid off, we packed up our equipment and returned to camp.笄
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#ErtaAle #ErtaAlevolcano #volcano #Danakil #DanakilDepression #Afar #AfarRegion #volcanoes #lava #africa #sunrise #rift #liveoutdoors #awesomepix #ourlonelyplanet #travelawesome #danikaldesert #hottestplace #hottestplaceonearth #extemeheat #optoutside #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors
We met this beautiful and regal cheetah in #Djibouti, named by @lonelyplanet as one of their #BestinTravel destinations for 2018.笄
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The wildlife sanctuary, DECAN (DECouvrir et Aider la Nature), was set up as a refuge for animals that have been orphaned or illegally caged for trafficking purposes. The refuge has been recently renovated and reopened this year with larger compounds for all the animals. The big cats (thankfully!) are housed behind fencing, but many of the herbivores such as ostriches, zebras, gazelles and oryx roam freely.笄
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#Djibouti汞ゥ汞ッ #decanrefuge #djiboutifieldtrip #djiboutiafrica #Africa #HOA #HornofAfrica #EastAfrica #cheetahrefuge #refugedecan #bigcat #bigcats #wildanimals #herekittykitty #BestinTravel2018 #lpPathfinders #lpfanphoto @lonelyplanetmags #africarising #tasteforafrica #travelafrica #visitafrica #igs_africa #celebrateafrica
The spellbinding aquamarine Lac Assal and its ring of salt in #Djibouti is the lowest point in Africa at 155m below sea level.汞ゥ汞ッ笄
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Named by @lonelyplanet as one of their #BestinTravel countries of 2018, we visited Djibouti to find out what all the fuss was about. Needless to say with bizarre panoramas such as this to be found on every horizon we loved exploring this upcoming destination for 2018.笄
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#Djibouti汞ゥ汞ッ #LacAssal #GulfofTadjoura #africa #hornofafrica #eastafrica #BestinTravel2018 #lpPathfinders #lpfanphoto @lonelyplanetmags #afar #tstmkrsafrica #africarising #tasteforafrica #travelafrica #visitafrica #igs_africa #celebrateafrica
Happy New Year everyone! Our final post of 2017 is a medley of our most popular Instagram shots of the year. 笄
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We've had an amazing year and are looking forward to another exciting one ahead.笄
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Will we see you out there? What are your goals and travel plans for 2018? 笄
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#HappyNewYear #2018 #timetocelebrate #makingmemories #getoutside
Snapped on the wing! A bearded vulture AKA the ossifrage (bone breaker) takes flight with its prey, a marmot, in the Tigray region of #Ethiopia.笄
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We spent around half an hour watching this mighty bird of prey repeatedly rise into the air before dropping the carcass onto the rocks below. The vulture uses this technique to smash the bones into smaller pieces and expose the nutritious marrow within. 笄
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#Beardedvulture #tigray #amazingafrica #visitethiopia #africa #ethiopian #ethiopiamountains #everydayethiopia #everydayafrica #Habesha #Abyssinia #Ethiopianadventure #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #lpfanphoto @lonelyplanetmags #lppathfinders #vulture #birdsofinstagram #allmightybirds #anythingfeathered #birdphotography #birdstagram #birdwatchers #ig_birdwatchers
The twin peaks of Mount Elbrus stand as watchtowersツrising nearly 1,000m above the encirclingツpeaks of the surrounding Caucasus range.笄
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Climbing Mount Elbrus in Russia has been on my mountain bucket list since I climbed Kilimanjaro back in 2010. In August of this year I finally crossed it off with the help of @klub_7_vershin. At 5,642m (18,510ft) it is Europe窶冱 highest mountain and one of the seven summits 窶 coveted by mountaineers who want to reach the highest point on every continent.笄
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A huge thank you to @SalomonSports and @ellis_brigham who helped me with my greatest achievement of the year. Happy Christmas everybody! #TimeToPlay #livebreatheexplore笄笄笄
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#elbrus #elbrusexpedition #elbrus2017 #mtelbrus #mountelbrus #Russia #mountains #mountain #Caucasus #caucasusmountains #baksan #summit #7_summits #7summits #mountaineering #adventureawaits #adventureculture #getoutstayout #adventurepic #theoutbound #stayandwander #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #adventurethatislife #lppostcardsfrozen
A striking #sunset over the salt flats of Lake Karum (aka Lake Asale) in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. 笄
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Lake Karum lies -120 m (-394ft) below sea level in the Danakil Depression 窶 one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. It is part of the East African Rift where three continental plates are being slowly torn apart.笄
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#LakeAsale #Asale #LakeKarum #Karum #Dallol #Danakil #DanakilDepression #Afar #AfarRegion #adventurethatislife #liveoutdoors #awesomepix #travelawesome #danikaldesert #hottestplace #hottestplaceonearth #extemeheat #optoutside #neverstopexploring #keepitwild #thegreatoutdoors #lpfanphoto #lppathfinders @lonelyplanetmags