A Walk in David Attenborough’s Shoes
Growing up, we are naturally curious about nature and how it works. Throughout childhood many of us have admired the amazing wildlife that is presented to us on TV. Stripping back to the basics and immersing ourselves in nature is not only beneficial mentally but also physically – doing this David Attenborough style is ramping it up a notch! These holidays are a must for animal lovers seeking to explore, make a difference, and relax.
The Galapagos Islands have to have the top spot as an archipelago of volcanic islands known for their vast number of endemic species. David Attenborough explored this island with his team and showed many species on ‘Galapagos with David Attenborough’. A particular favourite of mine are the marine iguanas. Attenborough showed them to us from both above and below the water. In a way marine iguanas are an icon of our time, they adapted to be able to hold their breath for over an hour whilst the scouring the seabed for tasty seaweed! As a scuba diver and conservationist it has been a dream of mine to visit the Galapagos Islands for many years but it is always a challenging dilemma as I question whether visiting this beautiful place would harm it. With the chance to see penguins, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, dolphins, marine iguanas, seahorses and many, many more species, Eco companion has a great solution, the M/V Galapagos Sky tour is an environmentally friendly week long trip focused on diving, with a short spurt on land visiting the Darwin research centre and the Galapagos tortoises. I can guarantee the diving experience will be incredible so this trip is a must!
Think of Attenborough and you’re bound to think of Elephants, they have starred in many BBC documentaries and Attenborough seems to have a particular empathy for them. From the heart wrenching moments in the Africa series to mud baths in Spy in the Heard, there are so many pinnacle moments it is difficult to choose one. That is almost certainly because elephants are such special and mysterious creatures. If you want to have the experience of a lifetime and make a difference check out the Desert Elephant Conservation Programme where you learn to track these magnificent animals whilst recording the data found and contributing to the continued conservation of the mammals.
If elephants aren’t mysterious enough try your luck with the Whale Shark, the biggest of all fish, 30 tonnes in weight and 12 metres long, featured on Blue Planet II. The Whale Shark nursery remains a mystery but you can help with Whale Shark research and conservation on the Whale Shark Research Project, where you also get the opportunity to swim with the beautiful creatures that evaded the curiosity of the BBC filming team by diving deeper and deeper…
Heading to the jungle is another option for those that don’t like water, Attenborough observed a group of tigers in the Indian jungle on ‘Growing up in the Tiger Family’ and you could do the same by joining the North India and Nepal Expedition, seeing the iconic animal of India.
If all of these adventures aren’t exciting enough for you, the ultimate adventure lies in Antarctica. Here you will discover many of the places featured on Frozen Planet but perhaps the most special part is visiting the king penguins. Here you can truly experience exactly the same magic as Attenborough through the immersive experience provided by Eco Companion on The Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia Adventure.
What truly inspires me is that Eco Companion have found a way to help people see the world without creating a trail of destruction behind them, it truly is guilt free travelling and as David Attenborough would say, the natural world is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.
Safe travels and enjoy a guilt free conscience!