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Azerbaijan – at the edge of Europe

We’ve just finished our last group trip of 2017 to Azerbaijan, a hidden gem of a country that is often overshadowed by its neighbours Georgia and Armenia. Native Eye traveller Abs Ahmed had this to say about his experience in perhaps Europe’s most unusual corner…..   Azerbaijan is a country rising from the flames of […]

September 27th, 2017 by

An expedition to Angola

Traveller Siobhan Lavery has just returned from our annual group trip to Angola, where she spent time with some of southern Africa’s most traditional ethnic groups. Angola is now starting to cautiously open itself up to tourism, and its isolation over the years means that the encounters you have with local people are nothing if […]

August 7th, 2017 by

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

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