NATURAL SCENERY / We love to get off the beaten track. From mountain tops to canyon depths, from coastal cliffs to desolate deserts, we’ll travel far and wide to explore the spectacular scenery of our natural world.

A 4WD adventure crossing rivers and slicing through sand. A long hike up windy paths and snowy hills. A kayak ride along narrow fjords. The effort to get there often part of the reward.

And once you are out of the cities, the air is a little fresher, the light a little lighter and the green and little greener. Time to think and stand in awe at the wonder of the natural world.

best Cotswolds walks
6 best walks in the Cotswolds (with maps)

Looking for pretty villages and rolling green hills? Then here's the best walks in the Cotswolds with downloadable maps and instructions.

Best Cotswolds villages
10 best Cotswolds villages and why you should visit them

From idyllic English countryside to a thriving food scene, here are the best Cotswolds villages to visit, each offering something different.

Things to do in St Lucia, South Africa
10 best things to do in St Lucia, South Africa

With diverse ecosystems and a complex array of natural habitats, St Lucia in South Africa is a world-class wildlife destination.

how to get to Landmannalaugar
How to get to Landmannalaugar – drive, bus or super jeep

The colourful mountains of Landmannalaugar are a mystical looking wonder. Here’s how to get to Landmannalaugar by car, bus or jeep.

Things to do in Cape Town, South Africa.
Our favourite things to do in Cape Town and around

Squeezed between the mountains and the ocean, Cape Town is set in a stunning location. Here are our favourite thing to do in Cape Town.

Kosi Bay Activities, South Africa
Complete Guide to Kosi Bay, South Africa

Head out to this pristine wilderness of Kosi Bay in South Africa to enjoy snorkelling, kayaking and 4x4 adventures. You won’t be disappointed.

Sani Pass, Sani Mountain Lodge
Driving the Sani Pass to the highest pub in Africa

The Sani Pass is the finest 4x4 adventure in South Africa. But should you drive it yourself or take a tour? Here’s all you need to know.

Royal Natal National Park, Drakensberg Hikes
The best Drakensberg hikes in the Royal Natal National Park

These hikes explore the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, the second-highest falls in the world, a deep gorge, cool swimming spots and so much more.

best Cotswolds walks
6 best walks in the Cotswolds (with maps)

Looking for pretty villages and rolling green hills? Then here's the best walks in the Cotswolds with downloadable maps and instructions.

Best Cotswolds villages
10 best Cotswolds villages and why you should visit them

From idyllic English countryside to a thriving food scene, here are the best Cotswolds villages to visit, each offering something different.

Things to do in St Lucia, South Africa
10 best things to do in St Lucia, South Africa

With diverse ecosystems and a complex array of natural habitats, St Lucia in South Africa is a world-class wildlife destination.

how to get to Landmannalaugar
How to get to Landmannalaugar – drive, bus or super jeep

The colourful mountains of Landmannalaugar are a mystical looking wonder. Here’s how to get to Landmannalaugar by car, bus or jeep.

Things to do in Cape Town, South Africa.
Our favourite things to do in Cape Town and around

Squeezed between the mountains and the ocean, Cape Town is set in a stunning location. Here are our favourite thing to do in Cape Town.

Kosi Bay Activities, South Africa
Complete Guide to Kosi Bay, South Africa

Head out to this pristine wilderness of Kosi Bay in South Africa to enjoy snorkelling, kayaking and 4x4 adventures. You won’t be disappointed.

Sani Pass, Sani Mountain Lodge
Driving the Sani Pass to the highest pub in Africa

The Sani Pass is the finest 4x4 adventure in South Africa. But should you drive it yourself or take a tour? Here’s all you need to know.

Royal Natal National Park, Drakensberg Hikes
The best Drakensberg hikes in the Royal Natal National Park

These hikes explore the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, the second-highest falls in the world, a deep gorge, cool swimming spots and so much more.

Cathedra Peak, Drakensberg
A Guide to Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg

Wondering how to explore the Drakensberg in South Africa? Here’s our guide to Cathedral Peak including what to do and where to stay.

Tugela Gorge Hike
Our complete guide to the Tugela Gorge hike

A great hike to the impressive Tugela Gorge with magnificent views up to the Drakensberg Amphitheatre and the second highest falls in the world.

Drakensberg Amphitheatre Tugela Falls hike
Exploring the Drakensberg Amphitheatre on the Tugela Falls hike

Our complete guide to hiking Tugela Falls. See the second highest falls in the world, cascading over the incredible Drakensberg Amphitheatre.

ait ben hadou
Ounila Valley: Road trip from Telouet Kasbah to Aït Ben Haddou

Thinking of a Morocco road trip? Take time to drive the stunning Ounila Valley from intriguing Telouet Kasbah to film famous Aït Ben Haddou.

Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door walk
Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door – A stunning short walk

The Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door walk takes only 30 minutes yet is one of the best short walks in England. Here’s how to do it.

Jurassic Coast
Great ideas for days out on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Dorset’s Jurassic Coast has dramatic cliffs, dilapidated castles and magnificent scenery. Here’s our ideas for some great days out.

Morocco Itinerary 10 Days
10-day Morocco itinerary – A road trip to remember

Sweeping dunes, Berber villages, and medieval medinas are only part of what makes this 10-day Morocco itinerary a trip to remember.

Jurassic coast walks in Dorset, Durdle Door
The best short walks on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Our pick of the best short walks in Dorset’s Jurassic Coast visits towering cliffs, natural arches, limestone stacks and great local pubs.

Italian Alps
10 breath-taking reasons to visit the Italian Alps

Jagged mountains, picture-perfect towns, and emerald lakes make the Italian Alps an ideal destination. Here are the best places to visit.

Iceland highlands kerlingarfjöll
6 best places to explore in Iceland’s Highlands

Want to get off the beaten track in Iceland? Here are our tips for a visiting the best of Iceland's Highlands on an unforgettable adventure.

Valley of the Roses, Morocco.
What to do in the Valley of the Roses, Morocco

Heading to Southern Morocco? Consider visiting the Valley of the Roses. Here's tips on what to do, how to get there and where to stay.

Todra Gorge and Tinghir Hike
Superb half-day Tinghir Oasis & Todra Gorge hike

Our guide to exploring the deep rocky canyon of the Todra Gorge and the lush green Tinghir Oasis on a stunning half-day hike.

Ouirgane Valley Morocco
A Guide to visiting the Ouirgane Valley in Morocco

Thinking about heading to the Ouirgane valley? Here is a complete guide of things to do in the area and some useful tips for staying here.

Hiking in the Aït Bouguemez Valley, Morocco
Two great hikes exploring the Aït Bouguemez Valley

The Aït Bouguemez valley offers superb day hikes exploring Berber villages and their stunning surroundings. Here is all you need to know.

Best things to do in the Aït Bouguemez Valley in Morocco

The Aït Bouguemez valley in the Atlas Mountains is a less visited but beautiful part of Morocco. Here are some of the best things to do.

Cycling vinales, cuba
Viñales Valley – Cycle routes through Cuban tobacco farms

Taking a Viñales Valley tour is a great way to see the area, but even better, hire a bike and meander the many excellent paths.

Ciénaga de Zapata Cuba
How to visit Cuba’s Ciénaga de Zapata National Park

Snorkelling in the Bay of Pigs? Birdwatching? Peering over a pink swathe of flamingos? Here's all you need to know about visiting Ciénaga de Zapata National Park.

Things to do in Cuba.
Top 10 experiences not to be missed in Cuba

From stunning beaches to battered colonial cities; Soviet remnants to vintage cars. Here are our top things to do in Cuba.

2 weeks in Cuba Itinerary
2-week Cuba itinerary – Colonialism & communism

With so much to see in Cuba how do you fit it all in? Here is our comprehensive itinerary for how to spend 2 weeks in Cuba.

hiking to lago di sorapis, Italian Dolomites
How to hike to the turquoise waters of Lago di Sorapis

Do not miss this excellent hike to the turquoise waters of Lago di Sorapis. Great views, imposing mountains, and an exciting path.

Dolomites itinerary road trip
The best of the Dolomites on a 7-day itinerary

The Dolomites are stunning but seeing all the best sights in a short time is challenging. This 7-day Dolomite itinerary shows you how.

Best hikes in the Dolomites
6 most exhilarating day hikes in the Dolomites

Here's a list of our favourite hikes in the Dolomites. Some long, some short, but all are excellent and extremely varied.

Val di Funes Puez-Odle
How to visit beautiful Val di Funes (Villnöss)

Val di Funes has become an Instagram favourite, but should you come for a few minutes or much longer? Here’s how best to spend your time.

Topes de Collantes, Cuba
How to explore Cuba’s Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve

Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve is split into 5 different parks. Here's our guide to each and tips to help you choose which to visit.

Parque Guanayara Cuba
Coffee and communism in Parque Guanayara

Parque Guanayara's natural pools and waterfalls make a great day trip from Trinidad and an insightful way to understand the lives of people working in the coffee industry.

Parque el Cubano in Topes de Collantes, Trinidad, Cuba
Hiking and swimming in Parque El Cubano

Parque el Cubano is the most accessible park from Trinidad, Cuba. Here’s all you need to know to visit some beautiful pools and waterfalls.

El Nicho Falls, Cuba
Stunning El Nicho waterfalls and how to get there

Sitting in the natural pools and under the cascading waterfalls of El Nicho is a highlight of any trip to Cuba. Here’s all you need to know.

Viñales Cuba, hiking in Viñales Valley, Cuba.
Best hike without a guide in Viñales Valley, Cuba

Viñales Valley has the finest scenery in Cuba. But with few signs hiking is tricky. This guide will help you to complete a fantastic hike.

el pinsepar
Complete Guide to hiking El Pinsapar trail in Sierra de Grazalema

All you need to know about the stunning 11km circular El Pinsapar hike through Spanish Fir trees in the Sierra de Grazalema Nature Reserve.

Pueblos Blancos Andalucia
5 best pueblos blancos (white villages) of Andalucía

Driving through the white villages of Andalucía is a great journey. Here is the perfect route to collect 5 of the best, and a blue one as well.

Hiking el Torreón in Sierra de Grazalema
Complete Guide to hiking El Torreón in Sierra de Grazalema

El Torreón is the highest peak in the stunning Sierra de Grazalema, with views over Andalucía, Gibraltar and even Africa. Here’s our complete guide.

Hiking the Sassolungo Langkofel Circuit
Hiking Sassolungo – Langkofel in the Italian Dolomites

Sassolungo – Langkofel massif is a challenging hike, but the constantly changing views make it one of the best. Here's what you need to know.

Garganta Verde Hike
Guide to hiking Garganta Verde in Andalucía

Garganta Verde is the best half-day hike in the Sierra de Grazalema Park in Andalucía. Here's how to do it and how to get the permit.

Pelican point kayaking and sandwich harbour 4x4 tour
Pelican Point Kayaking & Sandwich Harbour 4×4

There are many tours you can take in Walvis Bay. But don't miss Pelican Point kayaking or Sandwich Harbour 4x4. Here's all you need to know.

Top things to do in Sri Lanka
Top 7 experiences not to be missed in Sri Lanka

From crazy bus rides to iconic train journeys; delicious local food in sublime scenery and ancient treasures. Here are our top experiences in beautiful Sri Lanka.

Namibia Road trip itinerary
Self drive Namibia road trip – A 2-week Namibia itinerary

Thinking of a Namibia road trip? Here's all you need to plan your own self drive Namibia itinerary including where to go and places to stay.

2-week Turkey Itinerary
Top 10 experiences not to be missed in Turkey

From magnificent ancient ruins, the fascinating history of Istanbul, and the whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia; here are our top things to do in Turkey.

Cenotes in Mexico
7 best cenotes and waterfalls in Mexico

After a month exploring the country, here’s our list of the most wanderlust-inspiring cenotes and waterfalls in Mexico.

Kany to Ella Train, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s Kandy to Ella train – An unforgettable journey

The Kandy to Ella train meanders over misty mountains and manicured tea plantations. Discover why it is a must on any Sri Lankan itinerary.

Tonsai beach Railay Bay Phra Nang Beach
Where to stay in Krabi – Railay Bay or Tonsai Beach?

Railay bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is easily accessed from both Railay and Tonsai beach – so where should you stay?

10 day iceland itinerary
10-day Iceland Itinerary – Off the beaten track in the Highlands

Our 10-day Iceland Itinerary uncovers what makes Iceland unique; exploring the Ring Road with semi-adventurous day trips into the Highlands.

big daddy dune deadvlei sossusvlei
Climbing Big Daddy Dune & roaming the Deadvlei pan

Climbing Bid Daddy Dune and staring across the never-ending Namib Desert is a breath-taking experience almost anyone can do. Here is how.

driving the skeleton coast in namibia
What to see exploring the Skeleton Coast in Namibia

The Skeleton Coast in Namibia conjures up images of shipwrecks and towering sand dunes. But this is what it's really like.

Top 8 experiences not to be missed in Namibia

Spectacular vistas, windswept sand dunes and remarkable wildlife encounters, here’s our list of the best things to do in Namibia.

things to do in Iceland.
Top 11 experiences not to be missed in Iceland

Our 4WD explored the length and breadth of Iceland. When all was said and done, here are the top things to do in Iceland that made it special.

Landmannalaugar Hike
Best half-day and full day Landmannalaugar hikes

Here's our list of the best Landmannalaugar hikes exploring the regions jagged lava fields, colourful mountains, and volcanic craters.

Driving to Askja Caldera Iceland
Tips and instructions for self-driving to Askja Caldera

Driving to Askja Caldera in Iceland is a challenging yet simply stunning day trip into the highlands. Here is all you need to know.

Hiking Kerlingarfjoll, Iceland
Guide to hiking in Kerlingarfjöll and Hveradalir, Iceland

Our complete guide to hiking in Kerlingarfjöll exploring the steaming vents and rusty red mountains of Hveradalir.

4 day Cappadocia itinerary
Our comprehensive 4-day Cappadocia itinerary

Cappadocia is one of our favourite destinations. A land of sculpted rocks, where you sleep in five-star caves and ride hot air balloons. Our 4-day Cappadocia itinerary helps you see it all.

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon
Our breath-taking Cappadocia hot air balloon experience

A Cappadocia hot air balloon ride truly lives up to all the bucket list hype. Here’s how to experience the icing on this Instagram fuelled cake.

hiking in cappadocia
Hiking in Cappadocia – Our three favourite walks

Our detailed guide to hiking in Cappadocia including all the information, maps and tips we think you’ll need to experience some beautiful walking in this surreal destination.

Top experiences in Cappadocia
Top 6 experiences not to be missed in Cappadocia

There are many great things to do in Cappadocia, but during 4 magical days, these 6 moments shone a little bit brighter than all the rest.

Hiking Tre Cime Italian Dolomites
Complete guide to hiking Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop

Hiking Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop is an excellent day in the Dolomites with stunning views of jagged limestone peaks, top quality rifugios and awesome photo opportunities

Summer in the Alps, hiking.
Best destinations for hiking in the Alps in summer

Hiking in the Alps in summer is stunning. But should you go to the Dolomites, Tyrol, Swiss or French Alps? Here are our recommendations.

Turtagrø Hotel, Hiking in jotunheimen
Misadventures hiking in Jotunheimen from the Turtagrø Hotel

With clearly marked paths, excellent facilities and inspirational scenery, you'd think hiking in Norway would be a breeze. Not so for us. Here's our account of our walking trip from Turtagrø hotel.

10 day Sri Lanka itinerary
10 days in Sri Lanka itinerary – Tea, temples and trains

Our 10 days in Sri Lanka itinerary covering historic ruins, beautiful lush countryside, friendly culture, and idyllic, golden beaches.

skagefla hike geirangerfjord norway
Stunning Skageflå hike in the heart of Geirangerfjord

Our fantastic day hiking up to Skageflå Farm in Norway's impressive Geirangerfjord with some incredible viewpoints along the way.

14 days in Europe – Riviera to alpine wilderness

14 days in Europe swimming in beautiful Mediterranean waters, scaling lofty Alpine peaks and exploring hilltop markets.

Verenna mist Lake Como
Lake Como: Beautiful villas and idyllic villages

Touring around Lake Como on ferry and private boat, spotting celebrity hangouts, blissful Italian villages and impressive Villas.

Exploring the matterhorn glacier paradise view
Exploring the Matterhorn on cable and foot from Zermatt

One fantastic day riding Switzerland's impressive cable cars and completing a tricky, yet exhilarating walk up to Hörnlihütte

Norway Road Trip itinerary
10-day Norway road trip itinerary in stunning Fjordland

Norway’s stunning Fjordlands is a fantastic road trip destination. Our 10 day Norway Road Trip Itinerary tells you all you need to know.