126. Will Bolsover; Natural World Safaris, Big Cats in Siberia, Little Lizards in Madagascar and the Challenges of Covid-Era Travel

A year spent camping out in the bush in Cameroon led Will Bolsover from Natural World Safaris make travel his life’s work. From tracking tigers in Siberia, to finding hidden corners of Madagascar and most recently spending 48 minutes in the Antarctic followed by 11 nights in hotel quarantine…it’s not always straightforward but it certainly sounds absolutely magical. 


On this episode we talk:

Launching Will’s own travel podcast for Natural World Safaris
Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Polar Regions 
From adventure through to luxury
Guiding in Francophone Africa 
Starting with primates and throwing in big cats and bears 
The best way to see the Galapagos 
How nobody combines being a vet and a priest
How Madagascar is an unsung hero 
Lisa’s low cultural references
Up close and personal with wildlife in Madagascar 
Lemurs bouncing across the lawns 
The haunting calls of the teddy bear creature 
Needing to be patient with the weather in the Polar regions 
Spending 48 minutes in Antarctica! 
Following by ten days in hotel quarantine outside Heathrow
Hotel quarantine being not as bad as he worried it would be 
Boling mulled wine in the kettle 
Lisa finding home quarantine very difficult
Doing a lot of solo travel 
Tracking tigers in Siberia 
Spending a year in the Bush in Cameroon 
How the standout moment was going home!
Building a football pitch
The transient periods of travel can be challenging 
How leaving on a plane can access intense feelings
Balancing his work with children
Swimming with whales in Sri Lanka
And Sperm Whales in Dominica 
How the community of conservationists is key 
Stargazing in the middle of nowhere 
The pandemic being a chance to re-set travel
Travel bans affecting everyone from high end companies to the guides on the ground in Botswana 
The travel industry needing industry-specific support 
Morcheeba at sunset on the ridge of the Atlas Mountains


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