Tag: desert

Sarah Davis – Paddling the Nile: 7 months of hippos, deserts and danger

Sarah Davis is a risk-management expert who took on a seven-month journey full of peril: angry hippos, blazing heat, kidnapping threats, civil war and raging rapids. All to fulfill her dream of paddling the Nile River from its source to the sea. Despite being a seasoned and successful ocean paddler, nothing could prepare her for the adventure ahead. On this episode Sarah talks about her training and meticulous prep, and how her first encounter with a territorial hippo just days into the journey made her realise it was a far bigger challenge than imagined. You can find out more about Sarah here: https://www.paddlethenile.com/ This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Liz Ginis (Managing Editor Digital at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com) You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

Destinations

Dreaming of a Top End break

From A–Z there’s a bounty of Aussie animals to meet in the Northern Territory, from the desert dwellers of the Red Centre to the water babies in and around Darwin. It’s the perfect destination for a family adventure.

Wildlife

In pictures: the seemingly judgemental glare of the thorny devil

Australia’s thorny devils (Moloch horridus) are incredible animals. Their spiky armour is, as you might have guessed, used for defence. Their is dotted with tiny grooves that suck up dew on the surface and water from the ground through capillary action, passing it to the devil’s mouth without the lizard having to lift a finger. So it’s probably not a look judgement this little devil has on its face, rather, it’s one of satisfaction.