30 Sep
Days adrift.  Click here to see our best and worst experiences so far.
Number of flights.  Click here to go to the itinerary page.
Bus, train and taxi rides.  Click here to see all posts relating to transport. (56 posts)
Miles walked.  Click here to see all posts relating to walking and trekking. (43 posts)
Countries visited.  Click here to see what we think of them. (14 posts)
Number of species spotted.  Click here to go to our wildlife page.
Photos taken.  Click here to go to the photo gallery. (94 posts)
Rainy days.  Click here to find posts relating to the weather. (50 posts)
Number of times scammed.  Click here to read all about it!  (2 posts)
Otters spotted.  Click here to go to our website about otters: amblonyx.com
...two travellers in search of the world's wildlife

You've stumbled on the blog of Matthew and Maureen, who travelled around the world for a year between July 2010 and July 2011.

We had a year of wonder, wildlife and a modest amount of adventure! Now we're back but we're still travellers at heart and will record all our journeys here.


Comment in Homeward bound

by Edelbrockexh on 13/09/21
Europe, and in Ancient Russia

Comment in A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado

by in áo theo yêu cầu on 09/01/21
in áo theo yêu cầu A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado « Otter Adrift – Travel in search of wildlife

Comment in Itinerary

by Venkata Talla on 07/07/20
Hi, I did see your itinerary...its wonderful the penultimate line has a typo mistake.... its should be 7th July instead of 7th Feb 7 Feb – 25 Jul Ecuador and Galapagos Quito, wildlife, Galapagos Islands

Comment in Resorting to architecture

by Erin Robertson on 23/02/20
Matthew and Maureen, I wish I had found your blog a year ago!!! We are an American family of 4 taking a year off to travel, and we're also focusing on wildlife hotspots. We're in Chile now, and I found your website while searching for "Fernando who takes people to see otters in Chepu on Chiloe" (but I have found mult[...]

Comment in Poor hat

by Miss Footloose on 01/12/17
Hi! I lived in Indonesia for a few years, but didn't visit the monkey temple, to my regret. I am right now writing a post about itching on my blog and would love to us your photo of the itching money. May I have your permission? I will give credit and link it back to your post.

Comment in A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado

by Flora on 21/11/17
Hello Is tent/meals not taken at the sirena "restaurant" still possible ? I have the feeling that the guide is pushing us to a "package" with all included, and very expensive thank you

Comment in The local food problem

by dee on 18/04/15
Actually in Croatia, in the coastal area, people do eat a lot of fish combined with vegetable like Swiss chord, as much as it maybe seams weird :) But, I see what's your point, it's really hard to find genuine local place anywhere in the world without getting to know locals, which can be hard in short time.

Comment in Hungary?

by Lukas on 13/10/14
Thank you for the review on Cafe Vian, glad you enjoyed the place and food!

Comment in A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado

by shortclaws on 14/03/14
Hi Cristian, sorry for the delay in replying. If you have organised a guide/tour for your trip to Corcovado, then ask them about tents. If you are travelling independently to visit Corcovado then you must bring your own tent. In fact, you must bring everything you need. Bottles of water are the only things for sale at[...]

Comment in A guide to staying at Sirena ranger station, Corcovado

by Cristian on 24/02/14
Hi there. Thanks for sharing this excellent information in there with all of us who dream of visiting Corcovado. I'm going there in April, but I'm confused. Do I need to bring my own tent or do they have tents available to hire there, meaning I don't have to carry my own.. Thanks! Cristian


Cars, boats and planes

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Thursday 25 Aug Last day, flight home at 23:10, so we had a good part of the day to relax. Our transfer to Mombasa airport was going to be at 3pm for the internal flight back to Nairobi. While we were still eating lunch we were told our driver had arrived and was saying that » » »

Last day, let’s relax

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Wednesday 24 Aug And so finally a day of zero mammal watching and all relaxation… except we did just do one more forest walk in the morning by ourselves, in the hope of some elephant shrews. No joy. Oh, and one more bit of night spot-lighting on the main track. Argh! We are clearly addicts. » » »

Just one last drop

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Tuesday 23 Aug Yesterday we made some attempts to ask about exploring the forest trail and maybe spot-lighting in the evening, only to be met with a wall of “no I don’t think that’s possible” and “the management can’t accept liability” and gentle yet definite refusal. So this morning we took the “Guided Nature Trail” » » »

And now we relax…?

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Monday 22 Aug In theory we have now finished mammal watching. We are off to a posh resort down the coast at Diani Beach for 3 days of rest and relaxation. So of course we asked Shem if we can have one more visit to Arabuko-Sokoke this morning, just for a short walk in the » » »

What mammal-watchers do

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Sunday 21 Aug Crazy things mammal-watchers do: drive almost four hours north along the coast, to spend two hours looking for rare primates, then drive back again. It was well worth it though! The Tana River Red Colobus and the Tana River Mangabey are both critically endangered, as they exist only in a strip of » » »

Best bet on bats

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Saturday 20 Aug Arabuko-Sokoke has not been very generous to us. We went for another night drive this evening, and it was even less good that the previous one. Just a couple more of the galagos and absolutely nothing else. The dinner we came back to this time was a massive plate of all the » » »

Hedgehog hunters

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Friday 19 Aug Today we left Tsavo NP and headed for the coast at Watamu. We drove right across the park but didn’t really come across anything interesting. It was more interesting to see how the villages in the flat, hot country near the coast change from those back in the highlands. Near Meru and » » »

Back to not much

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Thursday 18 Aug Voi Lodge. So the rooms are a bit tired, especially the bathroom. This isn’t unique to Voi; I think it must be very expensive to replace bathroom fittings in Kenya as it’s always the nastiest part of any place we stayed in. The buffet meals are okay, though nothing to write home » » »