Following Jonny's Travels
Wild Frontiers founder and CEO, Jonny is off on his travels again, this time to East Africa. Jonny will first be visiting Ethiopia to see how things are post pandemic and the political issues the country has recently emerged from, before travelling down to Tanzania for a safari that has been on the cards for over three years. As usual, connectivity allowing, Jonny will be posting tweets, photos and blogs on his journey which you can follow here.
Follow Jonny's journey so far
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BUSH ROVERS OF THE SERENGETI
After bidding on an eight-day safari in Tanzania at a charity event at the Royal Geographical Society in November 2019, Jonny won and four years later, he finally got to see if it was worth it.
A SHORT WALK IN THE ETHIOPIAN HIGHLANDS
One of the great things to do in any destination is get off the beaten path, which usually means leaving the popular towns where many famous sites are located, to head into the countryside. The Tesfa community trek offers just that.
What makes Lalibela so extraordinary, is that the famous World Heritage churches are carved out of the rock, from the top down.
GONDAR AND THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS
Having flown up to Gondar from Addis Ababa, our first stop was to visit the Gondar Unity Girls football team. Sponsored by the Wild Frontiers Foundation, the squad of 20 girls, aged between 13 and 17, were training on the dusty pitch on the school grounds.
ARRIVING IN ADDIS ABABA
Addis has changed beyond recognition from the place I drove my bike into 30 years ago. Then it felt like a sleepy backwater, with barely a building over four floors and many slums.
BACK TO ETHIOPIA
One of the great things about my job is that I get to return to countries over and over again. And Ethiopia is one such country.
PAKISTAN - THE HUNZA VALLEY
The magnificent Hunza Valley has had people like me waxing lyrical for centuries. Known for its epic mountain views...
PAKISTAN - BACK WITH THE KALASH
What can I say about visiting the Kalash, without sounding a little sentimental? I lived in the village of...
PAKISTAN - THE SWAT VALLEY
As I mentioned in my last blog, one of the advantages of not going to Peshawar is that it gives you time...
PAKISTAN - BACK IN PESHAWAR
Peshawar, that exciting frontier town close to the border with Afghanistan, was just as I remembered...
PAKISTAN - THE BIRTHPLACE OF WILD FRONTIERS
In the autumn of 1998, I ran my first trip, to Pakistan, and in so doing gave birth to Wild Frontiers. As I sit on a plane heading back to that country, 24 years later...
SRI LANKA - WALKING TOUR OF GALLE FORT AND OLD COLOMBO
I have always thought the best way to see a city is on foot. To walk through a district with an expert who can bring the old alive, by explaining how things once...
SRI LANKA - TEA, TRAINS AND LEOPARDS
Here’s a brief description of what I have been doing over the last 36 hours, all of which I strongly recommend for anyone coming to Sri Lanka...
SRI LANKA – HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME.
Sri Lanka at present is going through a financial crisis. With a 19-billion-dollar black hole in the country’s...
SRI LANKA - DRONING ON IN SRI LANKA
Those of you that follow our social media channels, watch our videos or tune in to our webinars will know that I like to use drones...
SRI LANKA – PADDY FIELDS, TEMPLES & AN ELEPHANT
If arriving into India was a relatively straightforward affair, getting into Sri Lanka was a stroll in the park...
INDIA - REFLECTION ON INDIA IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
As I sit at the departure gate at Delhi airport, awaiting my flight to Sri Lanka, I thought I’d jot down a few reflections on my journey through...
KASHMIR – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
So, having dealt with my personal emotional issues of travelling to Kashmir, let me now explain some of the practicalities...
KASHMIR – WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Returning to Kashmir for me is always bitter-sweet. It was here on a chill autumn morning 33 years ago that life changed forever, as I woke to find my fiancée Melanie dying beside me...
IN UDAIPUR – VENICE OF THE EAST
Often described as Venice of the East, Udaipur is undoubtedly a very special town. Founded in 1559 by Udai Singh, it was the capital of the...
BUNDI TO BIJAIPUR – TWO OF MY FAVOURITE PLACES IN INDIA
Two hours’ drive west from Fort Barwara, we came to the small provincial, and yet utterly charming...
INDIA - SIX SENSE’S FORT BARWARA – TIME TO CHILL OUT!
Now I am certainly not one to grumble about my job. Sure, I have to get up at the crack of dawn, drive miles from one location to the next, then rush around in the midday...
INDIA - AGRA AND THE TAJ MAHAL
The new state highway that runs south from Delhi to Agra, is an impressive road. A three- lane motorway of perfect asphalt, devoid of bullock carts...
FIRST IMPRESSIONS IN INDIA
It seems like I have arrived on a good day. A few hours ago, the Indian authorities announced that as of 31st March all Covid restrictions would be lifted...
GETTING INTO INDIA
So first to the practicalities of getting to India in a post-Covid world. While these rules can change at any time...
BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN
And so at last, as of Tuesday 22nd March I will be back on the road again, heading firstly back to India before visiting Sri Lanka. And to say I can’t wait...
TANZANIA: SIMPLY SAADANI
With his journey through East Africa coming to a close, Jonny shows us around a magical remote barefoot camp right on the edge of the Indian Ocean. A perfect place to end his journey
TANZANIA: BUSH ROVER CAMP SERENGETI
Continuing his travels through East Africa in this short video Jonny shows us around the amazing Bush Rover Camp in the central Serengeti National Park. The perfect place from which to watch the wild…
ETHIOPIA: IS IT READY FOR TOURISM?
Wild Frontiers MD Jonny summarises his recent trip to Ethiopia and muses on whether tourism is ready to return to the country.
RETURNING TO ETHIOPIA
In this video Jonny lands in Addis Ababa, visits Gonder and takes a walk in the Simien Mountains.
REFLECTIONS ON MY JOURNEY THROUGH PAKISTAN
Jonny talks through his thoughts and take aways of his trip around Northern Pakistan
JOURNEY OVER THE SHANDUR PASS - CHITRAL TO GILGIT
Jonny takes us on a spectacular road trip through the Hindu Kush form Chitral to Gilgit
AT WILD FRONTIERS FOUNDATION BALEYGON SCHOOL
Jonny travels up the Hushe Valley to show us around the Wild Frontiers Foundation school at Baleygon.
THE SUSPENSION BRIDGET AT HUSSAINI, PAKISTAN
Jonny explains about the demise of one famous bridge and the creation of another on the KKH north of Hunza
HUNZA VALLEY'S SEVEN 7,000M PEAKS
Jonny shows off the incredible views of the Hunza Valley
POLO IN CHITRAL
Frontier Polo: Jonny introduces us to polo, Hindu Kush style.
THE KALASH VALLEYS - A BIRDS EYE VIEW
A birds eye view: Jonny shows off the Kalash valley of Rumbur with the use of his drone
THE LOWARI TUNNEL
: Jonny explains how the opening of the long awaited Lowari Tunnel, connecting Chitral with the rest of Pakistan, is a double edged sword
JONNY AT TAKHT I BHAI
Jonny at the UNESCO World Heritage Gandharan Buddhist site of Takht-i-Bahi
AN AFTERNOON IN PESHAWAR
Jonny is in Peshawar, showing you all of the best things to see and do whilst visiting.
GETTING INTO PAKISTAN
Jonny's in Islamabad, talking through the entry requirements for Pakistan
REFLECTIONS ON INDIA & SRI LANKA JOURNEY
Jonny talks through the major take aways of his 18 day trip.
JONNY'S SRI LANKA JOURNEY FROM THE AIR
Catch a bird's eye view of Jonny's journey through Sri Lanka, taking in Sigiriya, Kandy and the beach!
GAME DRIVE IN YALA NATIONAL PARK
Jonny shows us some of what he saw on a game drive in Yala National Park.
Spoiler alert: He didn't take the last clip, that was taken by the camp manager Arran, a few days ago!
SLOW TRAIN TO THE HILL STATIONS
Jonny takes the train from Kandy to the hill station of Hatton for a look around the tea plantations.
ONE FOR THE FOODIES
Jonny visits Priyamali Gedara, a family run restaurant to try some traditional Sri Lankan food
JONNY AND MANIKA THE ELEPHANT
Jonny meets Manika, a 38-year-old rescued elephant, while she's having a bath
TRAVELLING TO SRI LANKA
As he did before travelling to India, in this video Jonny describes what needs to be done before you can visit Sri Lanka.
KASHMIR IS BEAUTIFUL, BUT IS IT SAFE
Jonny chats with his freind and Kashmir resident, Altaf Chapri about tourism and the current security situation in the Vale.
BEAUTIFUL KASHMIR - MY JOURNEY ON FILM
To the Moghuls Kashmir was heaven on earth. Here Jonny cuts together a few images from his brief sojourn in the magical valley.
ONBOARD SUKOON HOUSEBOAT, KASHMIR
Jonny shows us around the Sukoon Houseboat, where he is staying in Kashmir for the next few days.
MY JOURNEY FROM THE AIR
Follow Jonny's Journey through India from the air
BIJAIPUR AND THE SOUL OF INDIA
Jonny is staying in Castle Bijaipur, a home from home in India. Jonny explains what is so special about Castle Bijaipur and why it has become a must stay on an Indian Wild Frontiers tours
INSIDE BUNDI PALACE
A place often over looked, Jonny shows us around Bundi palace
SIX SENSES FORT BARWARA
Jonny shows us around the Six Senses Fort Barwara, where he is currently staying.
JONNY'S FAVOURITE VIEW OF THE TAJ MAHAL
Jonny shows us his favourite view of the Taj Mahal from the other side of the Yamuna River.
JONNY AT THE TAJ MAHAL IN AGRA
Jonny has left Delhi and travelled to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal.
THE JANPATH NIGHT MARKET
Jonny takes a walk through the Janpath market at night
DAY 1 IN INDIA
Jonny talks about his journey to India and his first impressions from outside Humayan’s Tomb
INDIA ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FROM HEATHROW
Jonny talks through the entry requirements to India from London Heathrow
60 SECONDS GUIDE TO INDIA
This short 60 Seconds Guide To India gives you just a taste of what India has to offer travellers.
Our Tours To Ethiopia AND Tanzania
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