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In my last blog, I wrote about Harry Wolhuter killing a lion with his sheath knife in the early days of the Kruger Park, attacked whilst executing patrol duties. In the last few weeks a caged lion attacked his keeper, and a giraffe killed a photographer. Timely...

The intrigue of Intuition

I consider myself as a master storyteller, expanding my repertoire and offerings considerably over the past few years. Epics of human struggle and triumphs of the human spirit resonate very strongly for me, believing powerful lessons can be learnt from the experiences...

What does a legacy mean?

The past 10 days have been incredibly busy, and filled with mixed emotions. We spent 5 days in Cape Town, seeing family and I had two talks at Quentin's at Oakhurst in Hout Bay. Visiting the Mother City at present reminds one unequivocally of the importance of water....

139th Anniversary of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift

Today marks the 139th anniversary of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, both iconic for completely different reasons. It seems a shame that this anniversary finds Rorke's Drift completely closed down on account of violent protests and road closures. Locals are demanding...

Across the Drake Passage and sailing the Beagle Channel

Andrew Denton wrote "If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart, Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on Earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it!" Standing at...

Returning across the Drake Passage

"And now to conclude. Is it worth doing? Ask any member of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, and you will receive the reply - Yes, I wouldn't miss it for the world. Would you go again? Rather, such is the call of the South!" TH Orde-Lees, diary of the...

Exploring King George and Penguin Islands

Early this morning we anchored at King George Island in the South Shetlands. The island is roughly 43 miles long and 16 miles wide at its broadest. Named by a British Expedition under Edward Bransfield in 1820 for King George of England. Less than 10% of the island is...

Charlotte Bay and Hydruga Rocks – Mikkelson Harbour

Le Lyrial sailed the Lemaire Channel late last evening, in perfect conditions, and sunset the jewel marking day's end after midnight. In awesome wonder guests lined the decks and public areas incredulous at the scenery sliding by. High mountains and glaciers tumble...

Halfmoon and Deception Islands

"We will open the book, its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. This book is called Opportunity, and its opening chapter is New Year's Day." Edith Pierce. Some of our guests partied the night away, retiring between 3 and 5 am. The Ukrainian...

Antarctica Sound – New Year’s Eve

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in...

Approaching South Shetland Islands

"The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving...we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor." Oliver Wendell Holmes. Considering the infamous...

Heading south on the Drake Passage

"The old man knew he was going far out and he left the smell of the land behind him and rowed out into the clean early morning smell of the ocean." Ernest Hemingway. We have done likewise, after rebunkering last evening in Puerto Williams, we have left Patagonia, and...

Embarkation in Ushuaia

The country and geography certainly changes markedly as one flies south from Buenos Aires, to Ushuaia, a frontier town in southern Patagonia on the Beagle Channel. Amongst the passengers on the flight, one could sense the excitement of people about to travel to...

Cruising the Drake Passage and sailing the Beagle Channel

"If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on Earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it!"  Andrew Denton. Guests are...

Crossing the Drake Passage

After dinner last night, in the spectacular Neumayer Channel, Larry Hobbs announced over the PA system that Orcas had been spotted near the Melchior Islands. Guests streamed out onto the decks as these gorgeous creatures moved all about the ship, their power quite...

Christmas Day Salpetriere Bay and Port Charcot

In 1908 Shackleton wrote "Some bergs had been weathered into fantastic shapes...Beautiful as this scene was, it gave rise to anxiety...for if we were caught in a breeze against this maze, it would go hard on us." Icebergs move by way of current, tide and wind. Large...

Cuverville Island and Paradise Bay

Many guests left their curtains open last evening (far less chance of bird strikes here than South Georgia) to enjoy the constantly falling snow. Snow has not stopped falling since we arrived at Whaler's Bay yesterday, and what an incredible experience to see the snow...

Cruising towards Antarctica

Sir Raymond Priestley wrote "For scientific discovery give me Scott; For speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton." I used these words, amongst others, to propose a...

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