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Editor's Note To get out into the wild and roam is to discover a world of endless opportunity, raw and untamed. This is the first issue of Where Wild Things Roam online magazine and we are excited to launch with this edition. From the wilds of Africa where I go into the bush to track rhinos and help in the war against poaching with the Anti Poaching Unit, to underwater exploration in the Galapagos. This first issue is packed with adventure and awe. If you are an avid hiker, then check out why hiking is being re-defined by one group of women in the inspirational story from Amy Clarke. We also have some top tips to help you get out and explore with a camping adventure of your own. Where Wild Things Roam is built from stories and adventures from our Wild Ones, who are out there exploring the edges of the globe to bring engaging and informative stories. We care about the outdoors and the environment just as much as we enjoy it, so conservation is a big deal to us. If you would like to be a part of Where Wild Things Roam or simply have something you want to share, get in touch with us via email at

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roaming with rhino Kate Webster


It’s a cold morning in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa, and despite the fact I couldn’t feel my fingers and toes in the chill, the adrenalin was pumping through my veins.



It wasn’t my first time in Africa, nor on a game safari. I have been lucky enough to spend many hours in the bush, tracking wildlife and admiring it from the safety of a vehicle. This time was different though. I had been briefed about the mission - to go track rhino and take part in the conservation efforts of the Anti Poaching Unit (APU) in South Africa. The members risk their lives every day in the efforts to protect the most vulnerable of wildlife. In this instance, the rhinoceros. Rhinos are in grave danger of poaching. Every year their numbers are dropping as they are illegally hunted in reserves across Africa. One of the ways the APU are fighting the war on poaching is to create a precise biological record of each rhino, which maximises the chances of a successful prosecution of smugglers and poachers, and thereby acts as a deterrent. I was told there had recently been a prosecution in a nearby reserve in which a poacher had received a 29-year prison sentence, his fate sealed by the irrefutable biological evidence trail back to a specific rhino. As I sit in the back of the vehicle heading out into the bush, I go over the requirements in my mind. My phone and camera had already been disarmed from recording any GPS locations. Due to the sensitivity of the APU members and for their security, no photos are to show their faces or give up their identity. I arrived at the drop off site and met with the APU members and the vet who would be responsible for the safety of the rhino. There was a helicopter on site, which was up in the air within moments, off to locate an untagged rhino and dart it with a tranquilliser. With the vet and the team, we took off through the bush to the sedated animal. After a number of the APU team calmed the rhino and the sedatives kicked in, it was time to approach the animal and begin work.

All hands were on deck trying to complete tasks before the sedatives wore off. Samples of horn and blood were taken. Its ears were ‘notched’ to create a form of identification and most importantly, a microchip was inserted into the horn by drilling into it. Once the procedure was over, the vet injected the rhino with an agent to reverse the sedation and it awoke almost instantly, lumbering off through the bush. To see that rhino return safely to the bush, knowing that it’s chance of survival had been increased and the overall survival of the species increased, was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in Africa. In Madikwe, this initiative is funded largely by visitors to the reserve's various lodges, who make donations which are dedicated entirely to that purpose. If you want to get involved with the conservation of rhinos in Madikwe, please contact us at to find out how. We also have a special group departure heading to South Africa in 2019. Email us to register your interest.



plastic free July: Travel Container Kit This July is Plastic Free month and what a better way to be a part of this movement than to ensure even when travelling you do your part to be plastic free. Enter the Biome Plastic Free Zero Waste Travel Container Kit. The Zero waste plastic free travel size toiletries kit can be filled with your natural skin, hair or DIY products to take travelling, all in an organic cotton laundry bag. The glass and metal alternatives to plastic travel containers help reduce single use plastics and the containers for liquid are below the 100ml maximum air travel restrictions.

You will be doing your part to help reduce the use of plastics, and that can only be a good thing. The Travel Kit includes 8 containers (all supplied empty) consisting of glass and metal alternatives to plastic, packaged in an organic cotton laundry multi-use bag. 1. 100ml clear glass oval bottle with aluminium screw cap (shown with jojoba oil) 2. 30ml small clear glass bottle with aluminium screw cap (shown with apple cider vinegar) 3. 30ml small clear glass bottle with aluminium screw cap (shown with coconut oil) 4. 100ml clear glass jar with aluminium screw lid (shown with palm oil free body moisturiser). 5. 130ml seamless travel tin. Dry product only. (shown with shampoo and soap bar) 6. 15ml clear glass jar with aluminium screw lid (shown with Black Chicken deodorant paste) 10ml seamless travel tin. 7. 100ml ml round aluminium travel storage tin (shown with Ku Konjac Sponge). 8. 15ml aluminium tin with screw lid (shown with DIY tooth powder)



Diving with Darwin Galapagos Islands Charles Darwin was an old man by the time the concept of diving became a hot issue for explorers of the world, and even then, it was nothing compared to the simple access to technology that we have today. While he didn’t have the tools given to even a casual explorer today, Darwin did incredible things and paved the way for us to have a look at the magnificent creatures he was the first to document. With more native flora and fauna than almost anywhere else in the parched, rocky islands of the Galapagos, it’s no wonder that for over a century more and more people have been interested in traveling there for both research and holiday. Not quite the remote unknown that was once occupied by very few, now the Galapagos Islands host cruises, land tours, hiking expeditions, bike tours, scuba outings, and even horseback riding. Small restaurants and places to sleep comfortably are around, if minimal, but even the thought of electricity would be a stretch for the man who made the area known to the world. After all, not even England had public electricity during his timeline. But now, even average folks like us have boats, diving tanks, and simple things like stereo systems for listening to music. Needless to say, our Galapagos experience is quite different from his. Let’s see where Deepblu Users go.





For those who are less experienced, but looking to get an authentic and adventurous look at the marine life of the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Planet Ocean offers a great discovery dive that will take you right into the action and let you see worlds you’ve never before explored. This calm dive is perfect for families, as children ten or older can join.


Cabo Douglas has a bright, brilliant reef with great visibility and a wide variety of experiences to be had. While small rays and sharks are all over the place, this is a great spot to go diving with penguins. The Galapagos Penguins, are only found here in the Galapagos Islands, and Cabo Douglas is one of their favourite hideouts.



Kicker Rock is a more advanced dive, but for those fit for the test, the views of the reef and descending the wall are definitely worth the trip. This site is also good for snorkeling, but watch out for bull sea lions, which can be quite aggressive. Once under the surface, get ready for some big encounters. This area is home to whitetip sharks, rays, pelagic fish, reef fish, and sea turtles, in addition to a lot of other passers-by.

Named for the man who dedicated so much to the study and preservation of the island, Darwin Island is home to Galapagos sharks, hawksbill turtles, eagle rays, jacks, snappers, groupers, and a wide array of other life. At the right time of year, you might even find yourself swimming with orcas. No matter what you may find, make sure to keep in mind the keen curiosity of the man who opened our eyes to this special region.



WILDERNESS CALLS Looking to spend a night spent under the stars? Here are some planning tips for first time campers





Finding a comfortable place to sit and relax with a good

No more shifty poles in holes, pop up tents have

book can be challenging sometimes. Gravity and

made camping easier than ever. A lot of time and

uncomfortable camp chairs be damned, bring along a

patience is saved as popup tents take no time to set

hammock! It is easy to find hammocks that are travel

up or pack away. But if you go with classic style tent

friendly and compact.

be sure to give it a test run at home first to make sure

If you’re a bit of a nature nerd or love learning useful

you have all the parts, and an idea of what to do,

things about the surrounding environment, pick up a

making the process run smoother.

guide-book on local flora and fauna. It’s great to forage for

There is a huge range of tents to choose from and

your own bush food (guaranteed gluten-free, and vegan

they usually fit in two categories; Canvas and Nylon.

friendly), but be extremely careful and always double-

Nylon tents are ideal for beginners as they are

check the information before eating anything you’ve

inexpensive, easy to take care of, and light weight.

foraged for.

Yet they can get quite hot in summer, chilly in winter,

Get creative and string up solar-powered fairy lights to add

and aren’t as durable as canvas. Canvas tents are

a touch of magic to the camp. It will make the setting up

ideal for avid and regular campers as they are

process of camp fun, add personal flair, and it’s also

spacious, easy to set up, fare better in weather;

illuminating; helping you to not fall on your face in the

however, they can be expensive, heavy to carry, and

middle of the night during an impromptu toilet trip.

require regular maintenance.




Gas stove/ firewood

Sleeping bag/air mattress/roll-out

Gas bottle




Disposable eating utensils

Spare blanket

(will make life easier)

Folding chair & table

Pot & pan


Cooking utensils

Flash light and head lamp (extra

Cutting board


Washing tub or bucket


Hand towel


Dish cloth

First Aid Kit

Biodegradable soap


Rubbish bag

Mosquito repellent

Esky and ice

Backpack (for long walks)

Water and water filter

Always remember to respect the environment and leave everything how you found it.




With a 40th birthday on the horizon and a nagging sense

GirlsTrek is about seizing your power and recognizing that

that something was missing in her life Frith Hudson Graham

you need to prioritise breaks for you because you really are

decided to give herself permission to take time out.

worth it.”

Reminding herself of what it was she liked to do before husband and small children she booked two adventure trips

Taking time out gave Frith the headspace to work out

- a hike on the South Coast track in Tasmania a 100km

where she wanted her life to head and from this GirlsTrek

Kokoda Challenge.

was born. Since 2010 the company has taken over 1000 women on trips in Australia and overseas. Her treks are

“The things we do to give ourselves a break!” says Frith,

proving very popular for women living time-poor, high

Founder of all girls trekking company, GirlsTrek. “But it

pressure work and home lives who testify that even a short

really worked. I was back – suddenly my life felt bigger

walking trip helps them return to their lives with greater

again. The scales were more in balance. People noticed

clarity and renewed plans for the future.

and were commenting on how happy and fit I was looking. Frith was raised on a farm and attributes her free childhood “My journey is not everyone’s but it is a lot of people’s in

to her sense of adventure and love of the wilds. After

some shape or form. Women really relate to it and our

finishing school and university she was very keen to see

business has been built on the philosophy of giving

more of the world and took off overseas. Reminiscing

yourself permission.

about these days she talks about a trip she and a friend


took down the Yukon River in Canada. “We rented a canoe, filled it with provisions and took off for 12 days. It was pretty wild. We caught fish for dinner, camped on little islands in the river and didn’t see another person the whole time! “I admit, that in the past I have had a tendency to be rather extreme in some of my challenges,” says Frith. She talks about having an epiphany after being devastated with coming 10th in a 100km race in the Blue Mountains. Upon getting home she had a light bulb moment. “It was the realization that doing adventurous things and pushing your body really hard is not necessarily what it’s about. The real gift is actually just being out there – the fact that you are mobilizing your body and giving it a crack! “I am a really good walker these days and GirlsTrek is all about accessibility.” On return to Australia Frith started her career working with Flight Centre where she learnt the ropes of the travel industry. Then she met and married Don. “We cruised along nicely,” she says, “pursuing our independent careers for a while before deciding to have kids.” She describes life with one child as ‘a piece of cake’ going back to work quickly afterwards although madly rushing between work meetings and back to feed a baby did add a new dimension to life! The arrival of their second and third children tipped the scales and it was then Frith decided to check out of her career into full-time motherhood. “I kept my hand in the work scene but my focus was on being a good Mum, a good wife, a cleaner, a carer and social maker. That was when I noticed ‘it’ for the first time - that small erosion of self - of putting ones needs, desires and preferences fifth in line.”. Founding GirlsTrek in 2010 was a turning point not only for Frith but for women’s trekking. The company is redefining trekking delivering the perfect girls’ getaway that offers a balance of physical challenge, hot showers and crispy sheets at night along with good food, wine and company. Frith and her team really get women. They know that their clients have left behind busy family and working lives and that they don’t want to have to lift a finger or think about anything while they are on holiday.




Frith believes that this is one of the big factors that brings

A recurring theme emerging from the trips is that walking,

so many repeat clients. Self-proclaimed GirlsTrek ‘’lifer’,

talking and laughing with a bunch of other women puts life

Lindsay Kasprowicz says, “as an adult, the ultimate

in perspective. Being side by side and sharing a common

relaxation happens when you step away from the daily

experience despite the fact that the women in the group

detail, incessant problem-solving and constant forward

may come from different walks of life, are different ages

planning. GirlsTrek literally take care of the lot!

and from varying circumstances is proving to be very therapeutic and connecting – food for the soul.

“We all remember the stunning scenery, great company and amazing food but it’s the super-smooth scheduling, the fact

GirlsTrek offers packages to suit different fitness levels

that you don’t need to navigate, that your bus is waiting for

(easy, moderate, challenging and tough) starting from two

you and your bags magically arrive at the next stop that I

day mini-breaks, with the longest trip being 13 days. Every

love. And, your tea is hot, even in the middle of the desert!

trek includes a specific fitness program to help people prepare and be ready for the level of trip they are taking.

“I always return from my GirlsTrek feeling like I’ve been cared for in small but very important ways. It’s a bit like

Destinations include Stradbroke and Fraser Islands, King

how we women care for our loved ones. These are not

Valley Walking & Wine in South Australia, the Larapinta

necessarily grand gestures but daily, gentle care and it

Desert Adventure and the Mt Kosciuszko Summit.

reminds me of how nice it feels to be looked after,” says

Overseas trips can take you trekking in the New Zealand


back country, Kumano Kodo in Japan, the Bali Temples, Norway and Italy.

Frith also believes one of the keys to the company’s success has been their philosophy of inclusion. “Forget about hard

If you are interested in finding out more on GirlsTrek or

core, forget about ‘I’m not fit enough’, forget about what if I

looking for full details of upcoming trips go to

don’t like any of the other girls on my trip.



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