The walk of life

A journey on foot from Mexico to Colombia, through eight countries and the most dangerous stretch of jungle in the world. Levison Wood takes some stopping… “Bedtime reading?” asks Levison Wood rather quizzically. “I’m usually spending that time negotiating with a tribal chief as to where I can camp for the night.” For a man who recently returned from trekking 2,897 kilometres across the length of Central America, it’s a fair enough reaction. When you’re traversing some of the most difficult terrain in the world, a book at bedtime is probably a luxury you rarely consider. For...

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Up close and primal

In a bid to protect some of the world’s most endangered primates, two national parks in Uganda are giving tourists the opportunity to encounter wild gorillas and chimps in closer proximity than ever before Trekking with mountain gorillas has been the stuff of bucket lists ever since David Attenborough’s famous gorilla encounter in Rwanda captured the world’s imagination in 1978. While that offered a spot of much-needed PR, it was groundbreaking American primatologist Dian Fossey who was pivotal in shifting the global perception of the animal from King Kong to gentle giant of the forest. In the 1960s...

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