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Azerbaijan – a visitor’s experience

  After visiting the fascinating country of Azerbaijan, as well as its slightly obscure enclave Nakhchivan, traveller Barnaby Evans wrote this excellent account of his trip there. With a great introduction to Azeri history, those of you considering a trip to the Caucasus will find this well worth a read. Grab yourselves a coffee……   […]

June 1st, 2017 by

A photo journey through Bulgaria….

Matt’s just returned from a trip to Bulgaria, a stunning but little appreciated Balkan nation with a huge wealth of natural and cultural treasures. Some beautiful pictures below……..   In the Rila forests, at an altitude of 1200 metres we arrive at one of the historic highlights of Bulgaria – Rila monastery. It has been the centre […]

May 12th, 2016 by

The world’s most unusual travel experiences?

Go eagle hunting with tribal Kazakhs in Mongolia, visit a state which doesn’t officially exist, celebrate Africa’s most spectacular dating festival, hunt for mammoth bones in Siberia, visit the City of the Dead, witness a Bwiti initiation ceremony: as travel experiences go, Native Eye offer some of the most unusual on the planet.   You […]

March 17th, 2016 by

Countries that don’t exist

Not far from our office, 13 kilometres off the Suffolk coast, lies a place that doesn’t officially exist – the ‘micro-nation’ of Sealand. Originally a World War Two sea fort, in 1967 it was commandeered by the Bates family who promptly declared it an independent principality, taking advantage of its ambiguous status lying outside of […]

February 4th, 2016 by

2016 and beyond…..

2015 is now ending, and what a year it’s been for us at Native Eye. We’ve run some fantastic new trips in Kazakhstan, Central Africa and Ivory Coast among others and travelled with some great people along the way, sharing stories over camp fires in pygmy camps, negotiating rough tracks through the desert and seeing […]

January 5th, 2016 by

October news – Central Africa and Ivory Coast

Much of the summer has been taken up with our first departure of our ‘Rhythms of Central Africa’ trip, travelling through southern Cameroon, Gabon and Congo – a challenging trip travelling through parts of the continent where tourists are an absolute rarity. We started off from Douala, visiting the chimpanzee sanctuary of Pongo Songo to […]

October 22nd, 2015 by

Top tips for tough trips…..

Many of the destinations that we offer aren’t necessarily the easiest places to travel through, and it’s fair to say that they won’t appeal to everyone. Many people are discouraged by the idea of long days on dusty roads, or several nights of camping, or other, often necessary, elements of travelling in remote regions. When […]

September 7th, 2015 by

Exploring the Sahel – Burkina Faso

Several years ago, when we first fell in love with West Africa, we travelled to the far north east of Burkina Faso, a melting pot of cultures and home to majestic landscapes, as the desert starts to make its presence known. We jotted down a few notes while we were there……   We stop at Bani, […]

August 27th, 2015 by

July news – new trips in Russia

Think of wilderness, uncharted territory, and unique ethnic groups still following the old ways of their ancestors, and often thoughts naturally turn to the mighty continent of Africa, with its numerous colourful tribal groups, dense rainforests and vast deserts. However there’s another place which – apart from well trodden routes in very small parts of […]

July 15th, 2015 by

Why Burma is boring…..

Okay, so this is probably a bit unfair, and doesn’t really reflect how we feel about South East Asia’s newest kid on the tourism block, but there’s no denying that Burma has become a little more….mainstream than it once was. We were lucky enough to visit Burma (or Myanmar, depending on your politics) back in […]

June 16th, 2015 by

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