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David Attenborough: his six best travels
Posted on 09/05/2016


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The man who has been bringing the natural world to our television sets for decades turned 90 over the weekend. But which have been his most memorable travels and how can you follow in his footsteps to explore all four corners of planet Earth?

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  • The best of David Attenborough's incredible travels
    The best of David Attenborough's incredible travels
  • Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
    Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

    The 13-episode documentary Life on Earth (1979) saw Attenborough explore the evolution of life on Earth, taking him from the rainforests of South America to the open grasslands of Africa. One of the series' most memorable episodes was a trip to Dian Fossey's gorilla sanctuary in Rwanda, which cares for mountain gorillas rescued from poachers. Rwanda still offers some of the best gorilla treks in the world, with chances to see these amazing animals in their natural habitat.

  • Safari in the Kalahari Desert, Botswana
    Safari in the Kalahari Desert, Botswana

    Attenborough visited the Kalahari whilst filming for his long-running nature programme, Wildlife on One. He and his crew were the first to film meerkats in Botswana's dersert and the episode was an absolute hit with the viewing public. The friendly animals have since become a much-loved feature of Kalahari safaris, which offer some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Africa.

  • Wildlife watching in Antarctica
    Wildlife watching in Antarctica

    Over six incredible episodes, Attenborough's Life in the Freezer (1993) took him deep into Antarctica to observe some of the icy kingdom's most spectacular wildlife. The documentary featured everything from nesting Emperor penguins to elephant seals in spring. The best way to observe these creatures is on a cruise during the Antarctic summer, when enough ice has melted to allow for safe passage to the animals' habitats.

  • Whale watching in South Africa
    Whale watching in South Africa

    The Blue Planet (2001) was an eight-episode exposť on life in the oceans. Five years in the making, it took Attenborough and his crew to over 200 destinations across the world. One of its highlights was the Sardine Run, which takes place from May-July every year off the coast of South Africa as migrating shoals of sardines attract whales and sharks to feast. It is one of the best times to see them up close, with boat trips and scuba session organised along South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal and Cape coasts.


One of the world's best travelled men and iconic figure of British television, David Attenborough recently celebrated his 90th birthday. For over six decades, he has travelled the world to bring us insight on some of our planet's most beguiling species.

From colossal killer whales to miniscule insects, Attenborough and his crew have brought us a little closer to the animal kingdom. But where exactly have they journeyed to and where can you follow in their footsteps?


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