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How to choose a reputable adventure travel company or guide

How to choose a reputable adventure travel company or guide Aug 5th, 2011 at 1:30PM: "Adventure travel" is a nebulous term these days. But whether your idea of a thrill is a Class-III rapid or climbing Everest, there's one thing that's ubiquitous when choosing an outfitter: safety. There are hundreds of adventure travel companies worldwide; not all are created equal. There are key things you should look for when choosing a company or independent guide, whether you're booking a...

Aquarium crocodile swallows cell phone

Aquarium crocodile swallows cell phone Jan 22nd, 2011 at 1:00PM: A visitor to an aquarium in the Ukraine was trying to take a picture of a crocodile with her cell phone when she dropped it right into the creature's mouth, the BBC reports. Last month at an aquarium in Dnipropetrovsk, Rimma Golovko reached her hand towards Gena the crocodile in order to get a good shot as it opened its mouth. She fumbled and the phone fell right into the Gena's gullet. The...

Kayak guide missing, presumed dead after crocodile attack

Kayak guide missing, presumed dead after crocodile attack Dec 10th, 2010 at 9:00AM: South African river guide Hendrik Coetzee is missing, and presumed dead, after he was attacked by a crocodile while paddling a remote river in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday. The experienced guide, who has led expeditions all across Africa, was taking a team of kayakers down the Lukuga River at the time. Coetzee, along with American paddlers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic, has...

Plane crash caused by crocodile?

Plane crash caused by crocodile? Oct 23rd, 2010 at 4:30PM: Any time I fly an African carrier my friends get worried. While some have good safety records like the ten safest airlines in Africa, others show an abysmal lack of basic care. Such was the case of the ill-fated Filair flight on August 25 that crashed into a house as it approached Bandundu city airport in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Twenty people were killed. Authorities claimed the...

Crocodile Dundee pub is for sale

Crocodile Dundee pub is for sale Oct 13th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Want to buy a piece of movie history? Wrestle crocodiles and relive the 1980s? Now you can, because the Walkabout Creek Hotel, location of some of the most memorable scenes from the 1986 hit film Crocodile Dundee, is up for sale. Located in the small town of McKinlay in Queensland, northeast Australia, it's on the Matilda Highway and gets good business from both Australians and tourists. It was...

Drunk Australian rides crocodile and lives to tell the tale

Drunk Australian rides crocodile and lives to tell the tale Jul 14th, 2010 at 8:30AM: There must be a patron saint of idiots, because it's a miracle this guy is still alive. Michael Williams, 36, got so plastered in a pub in Broome, Western Australia, the night before last that the barman kicked him out. Not having anything else to do, he broke into Broome Crocodile Park to visit Fatso, an 18 ft. saltwater crocodile. Williams climbed the fence and tried to ride the crocodile by...

Funny warning signs keep us safe/amused

Funny warning signs keep us safe/amused Mar 15th, 2010 at 5:30PM: The world is a dangerous place. Or so the safety signs we encounter on our travels would have us believe. Thankfully, the same people who try to scare us away from sharp objects, deadly animals and steep cliffs also have a fantastic sense of humor. How else could you explain the fascinating amount of truly hysterical warning signs that are displayed all over the world? From my hometown of New York...

Men jailed for beating holy crocodile

Men jailed for beating holy crocodile Nov 28th, 2009 at 11:30AM: It's generally not smart to bother a crocodile. Heck, an Israeli tourist nearly got eaten just for trying to take a photo of one! Thus two men in Bangladesh should count themselves lucky that after beating a crocodile, they landed up in a jail cell rather than the reptile's stomach. The men worked at the tomb of Khan Jahan Ali, a fifteenth-century Muslim saint whose resting place in Bagarhat is a...

Outback Australia: Kakadu National Park

Outback Australia: Kakadu National Park Oct 7th, 2009 at 10:30AM: Kakadu National Park covers 7,646 square miles of Australia's Top End in the Northern Territory. How big is that? Well, you could fit both Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks inside of Kakadu with room to spare for all of the fanny packs (that's bum bags for you Aussies) that would be roaming around. In other words, it's massive. It's also the native homeland of several groups of indigenous...

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of Nov. 8--Nov. 14

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of Nov. 8--Nov. 14 Nov 14th, 2008 at 5:30PM: Today Gadling welcomed our newest blogger, Brenda Yun. Yun, who is tapped into the thrill of world travel without guidebooks, has looked for surf in a remote spot in Vanuatu and has traveled to where many haven't tread. Keeping with a theme of thrills in mind, here's Gadling's Take FIVE for this week: Meg's post on Devil's Pool at the top of Victoria Falls is one way to test your fear of...

Crocodile makes a drinking buddy

Crocodile makes a drinking buddy Jun 26th, 2008 at 11:20AM: Wildlife one comes across in ones travels is one way to know you've arrived somewhere new. In Singapore, it was the geckos that climbed on our walls to take refuge behind the artwork. In The Gambia, it was the pouch rats that jumped over the corrugate fence in my back yard or the enormous snake that I can still see in the circle of my flashlight as I was walking to my latrine one night--or that...

Australia's Beaches: Look, but Don't Touch

Australia's Beaches: Look, but Don't Touch Oct 5th, 2006 at 9:00AM: Australia's beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. To look at, at least. If you actually want to go in the water, you might have a problem. Especially in the more remote areas. I went this past February, one of the most popular months to go (the end of their summer) but it is clearly a bad time to visit the beach. Not only was it infested with vicious jelly fish (blue bottle, box...

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