Bucket List Challenge
An ever growing list of journeys and activities I'd love to take on.
1. DZANGA and NDOKI (Central African Republic / Republic of Congo)
Dzanga Sangha National Park in the Central African Republic and bordering Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo are tow of the most spectacular, remote wildlife reserves in the world. Formed around the Sangha River, the parks boast some of the highest numbers of wildlife per square kilometre in Africa, including forest elephants, gorillas, lowland apes, buffalo, antelope and more. Additionally, the park is home to the Ba'aka people, a pygmy group who still hunt and trap in the dense forests.
2. VAVA'U WHALE FREE DIVING (Tonga)
Every September and October humpback whales head to the waters around Vava'u Island in Tonga in the South Pacific to mate. Tonga is one of the few places where you do not need a researcher's license to be able to swim with the whales and the experience to be in the water up close with these massive, intelligent animals would be incredible.
3. ALASKA MARITIME HIGHWAY TO DENALI (Unites States)
Running up the Alaska Panhandle to the main city of Anchorage and beyond, the Alaska Maritime Highway is a series of State ferries that can take cars and visitors alike throughout coastal communities in Alaska. I would like to use this network as a way to explore Alaska's coastal region's nature, wildlife and landscapes from the BC coast all the way up to Denali National Park, by road and sea!
4. GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST AND SEA (Canada)
Located not too far from my backyard, the Great Bear Rainforest and Sea recently became protected in Canada. Home to grizzles, black bears and the elusive white spirit bear, the Great Bear Rainforest is an incredible land of trees, mountains and waterways full of nature and life. Underwater is an entirely different world- a rich ecosystem like no other. I would love to be able to explore the Great Bear above and below water.
5. L'AHAGGAR AND THE SAHARA (Algeria)
The trans-sahara highway stretches from Algiers in the north to Tamanrasset in the south, cutting through oasis towns and desert outposts until reaching the Tuareg heartland. Then, out of the desert, springs an incredible mountain range just east of Tamanrasset called l'Ahaggar and just beyond that lies another national park called Tassili N'ajjer. Depending on security and conditions, it may even be possible to travel onwards to Agadez in Niger.