The popular National Geographic Traveler: Australia, in its 4th edition, provides the enticement and tools for an amazing travel experience in one of the sparkling jewels of the Southern Hemisphere. W Australii wyzwan nie brakuje ze wzgledu na chociazby  zmiennosc stref klimatycznych i warunkow panujacych na drogach.
W Australii zaskakujace jest to, ze na drogach o roznej nawierzchni, zarowno asfaltowych, jak i szutrowych, obowiazuja takie same ograniczenia predkosci. Jeszcze na pustyni spieszyli sie, zeby zdazyc na motocyklowe mistrzostwa swiata na Phillip Island kolo Melbourne. Each September, the UNESCO-protected Cape Floral Region bursts into living color with some of the greatest concentrations of floral species in the world. This eco-hideaway, consisting of 13 breezy bungalows handcrafted out of salvaged driftwood, turns the old cliche that the journey matters more than the destination on its head: It’s not easy to reach this remote outpost in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago, but being there makes it all worthwhile.
Located on the grounds of the Conservation Ecology Centre in Victoria, the Great Ocean Ecolodge also borders Great Otway National Park, which protects swaths of eucalyptus forests, thundering waterfalls, and windswept heathlands that end at dramatic cliffs above the churning ocean.
In the 1980s, when many Greeks left their villages to ride the wave of tourism development along the coast, two local friends took to the mountains of Crete instead.
Jicaro sits serenely on a tiny islet in the freshwater “ocean” of Lake Nicaragua, a short boat ride from Granada, the oldest colonial city in Central America. Simple, authentic, and sustainable are the leading qualities behind this locally owned ecolodge surrounded by limestone karst peaks, located about an hour’s drive, and a world away, from the bustling tourist city of Guilin.
Built on man-made wetlands (above), this luxury hotel weaves culture and nature together into one seamless experience for travelers pining for both.
This is the place for anyone who has pondered going back to the land and living a sustainable lifestyle or has wanted to get a taste of that experience as a traveler. In a country of successful conservation programs that have helped increase elephant numbers and expand the range of endangered black rhinos, Damaraland Camp (above) has been a pioneer. A bumpy ride down a long dirt track ends at Bulungula on South Africa's "Wild Coast," where ten whitewashed rondavels (traditional rounded thatched huts), co-owned and managed by Xhosa villagers, use the sun, wind, and rain to provide daily energy needs. On the observation deck of this oasis, you can sip sundowners while getting an eagle’s-eye view of watchful predators and wary prey eager to quench their thirst at the Koiyake River water hole (above). The Dana Biosphere Reserve—a gold and crimson desert carved by ancient wadis—is the backdrop for Feynan Ecolodge (above), owned by Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature.
A 28,167-acre rain forest reserve in southern Mato Grosso envelops Cristalino’s wood-and-tile bungalows, designed to take advantage of cooling breezes and natural light. Tucked along the shore of Lake Atitlan (above), with its misty volcanoes and Maya villages, Laguna’s six suites artfully blend adobe bricks, river stone, and brightly embroidered huipils and hand-loomed blankets.
A winding country road follows the brilliant blue edge of Tasman Bay to this luxe hideout on 50 acres near the clear bubbling source (“the resurgence”) of the Riwaka River.
No shirt, no shoes, no problem could be the daily mantra at this Six Senses haven constructed from reclaimed teak, including over a thousand recycled antique wooden panels (above). It’s hard to get more environmentally friendly than Chumbe’s seven eco-bungalows (above) on a sun-splashed coral island in the Zanzibar archipelago. At the edge of a volcanic outcrop providing bright morning vistas across Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, Three Camel’s 50 gers (yurts) appear more like a herders’ village than a lodge (above). Osprey Lagoon, near the source of Botswana’s mysteriously intermittent Savuti Channel (after a nearly 30-year hiatus, it began flowing again in 2008), forms part of the wildlife-rich Linyanti ecosystem. Overlooking the subarctic waterways of the tidal Moose River in northern Ontario, the 20-room lodge is designed in the style of a Cree village shabatwon—a traditional long tepee with doors at each end. This meticulously restored family-owned plantation house (above) is located 44 miles south of the colonial city of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula. Visitors come for the adventure and stay for the romance at Pacuare, located on 25,000 protected acres of high-biodiversity rain forest in the Talamanca Mountains—home to jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, and sloths.
Watching the sky radiate its sunset palette from the riverside tables of Kabini’s open-air restaurant brings a tranquil end to active days. From thatched bungalows in Costa Rica to traditional gers in Mongolia, these extraordinary lodges offer enriching experiences while embracing our commitment to protect the planet’s cultural and natural heritage. Australia offers visitors an extraordinary blend of gorgeous beaches, dramatic Outback vistas, unique animal and plant life, and glittering cosmopolitan cities. Ale ci na motocyklach sa rowniejsi, bo na dwoch kolkach latwiej pokonac niedostepne szlaki outbacku. Jej ponowne zamocowanie okazalo sie nie lada problemem – nawet w firmowych serwisach nie mozna bylo dostac odpowiednich zaciskow. Kilkadziesiat kilometrow przed tym miastem zamiast na autostrade wjechali przypadkowo na malownicza, pelna zakretow Great Ocean Road wijaca sie poludniowym wybrzezem stanu Wiktoria. Bushmans Kloof, a century-old homestead turned nature reserve, cares for 18,532 acres of this rare habitat—home to endangered Cape mountain zebras and archaeological sites that include 10,000-year-old San rock paintings. Located at the center of Southeast Asia’s famed Coral Triangle, Misool provides front-row access to an underwater world teeming with marine life (above)—there are more kinds of fish and coral here than bird species in the Amazon.
Their vision: restore an abandoned medieval village and turn it into a retreat (above) based on living in harmony with nature.
Constructed from salvaged hardwoods felled by a hurricane in 2007, the nine casitas cater to romantic escapes (sorry, no kids under 12).
You won’t find TV or telephones here, but you will spot water buffalo bathing amid emerald paddies as farmers till their fields by hand.
Twenty-five earth-toned dwellings await in forest and marsh habitats, where more than a hundred wildlife species are found, including such rarities as the gray slender loris.

Located in the Carpathian Mountains on a wedge of Poland between the borders of Slovakia and Ukraine, the cabin-like rooms sleep up to seven guests and are surrounded by some of Europe’s most spectacular wilderness, where wolves, bears, and lynx still roam. Shoestring travelers are welcomed like family to this rustic lodge that also provides economic opportunities for the rural community. The nine sustainably sourced wood and canvas tents are carefully positioned along an escarpment above a secluded valley teeming with wildlife. Glowing candles handmade by local women illuminate rooms and interior courtyards decorated with traditional handicrafts. The languid Cristalino River provides plenty of opportunities for canoeing, swimming, nature walks (above), and wildlife viewing—from the rare giant otters playfully at home in the water to the endemic red-nosed bearded saki monkeys traversing the treetops. The dining tilts organic, fresh, and meat free, and the aromatic coffee comes from the lodge’s own gardens and is roasted on-site.
Native birds, including the melodious tui, flutter across meandering pathways to large and sunny chalets (above). The resort dangles on a slice of world-class beach in Con Dao National Park—a 45-minute flight from frenetic Ho Chi Minh City. Rainwater is collected for daily needs, the sun provides energy, and composting toilets keep the surrounding marine park pollution free. The soaring structure of pine, cedar, and hickory (above) lets in the nearly 20 hours of summer light; stone fireplaces and warm guest rooms padded with thick carpets and blankets of natural wool keep winter’s chill at bay. Santa Rosa combines environmental stewardship with community projects such as directly supporting small-business development for local Maya women. Arrival is by white-water raft on the lodge’s namesake river (for those who don’t want to get wet, the overland alternative includes a combo of 4x4 vehicle, hand-pulled-cable river crossing, and a short hike). Visitors explore Nagarhole National Park in search of the elusive Bengal tiger and India’s largest herds of Asian elephants, along with other flagship species (leopard and wild dog).
Readers roam throughout this sun-drenched land, including cosmopolitan Sydney, the gold-mining towns in the far west, the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, and the remote rivers of Tasmania. Trzymanie sie lewego pasa zawsze nastrecza niewprawionym troche trudnosci, o czym szybko przekonal sie Jaroslaw Stec.
Im dalej sie zapuszczali, tym robilo sie zimniej (w okolicach Melbourne zaledwie 12°C) i bardziej dzdzyscie. Czesciej niz ludzi widzi sie zwierzeta: kangury, krowy, strusie (tez moga wybiec na droge), gady wygrzewajace sie na asfalcie. Jechali po zaschnietym blocie i koleinach albo przeciwnie – po sliskim mule na zalanych wczesniej terenach. Rozdzielili sie, momentami jechali w grupach z innymi motocyklistami zmierzajacymi na mistrzostwa.
Generalnie mielismy szczescie, widzielismy w stanie dzikim takze inne australijskie zwierzeta, na przyklad wombata. Tym razem na przeszkodzie stanal brak czasu – motocyklisci musieliby czekac dwa tygodnie na wolne miejsce na promie. Local village visits and paddling across the baby blue waters are also options, but for diving and snorkeling aficionados, this is a trip of a lifetime. Choose between sleeping in one of 35 airy wood-and-thatch cabanas (above) or a secluded canopy tree house.
Couples relish the privacy of large breezy bedrooms, intimate dinners (above), and easy access to Granada’s cafes and cobblestoned streets. Though the fairy-tale landscape (above) has inspired Chinese poets and artists for centuries, it is also popular with today’s back­packers, who are eager to tap into outdoor pursuits such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and river-rafting on bamboo rafts, along with visiting traditional villages. During summer, head into Bieszczady National Park on guided nature walks, and in winter, swap hiking boots for snowshoes and cross-country skis. The Torra Conservancy established by her community has become a model for reducing poverty and protecting wildlife in Africa. Nature walks are led by Maasai guides on the remote 50,000-acre Mara Naboisho Conservancy, made up of communal tribal land. The midday heat of summer encourages early morning and late afternoon activities such as mountain biking and trekking; during the winter months, fireplaces fed with charcoal made of crushed olive pits, a renewable and readily available resource, keep things warm and cozy. Climb one of the two 164-foot observation towers to get a look at some of the more than 550 birds that have been identified in this species-rich corner of the Amazon and be rewarded with a stunning above-the-canopy view of the world’s largest jungle.
A hundred-acre nature reserve established by the lodge reaches from the shore up 1,305 feet. Among other sustainability highlights, the husband and wife who own the Resurgence plant an indigenous tree for every couple who visits. Sustainability takes center stage, with initiatives including local and organic meals, no plastic water bottles, and nontoxic biodegradable cleaning products and amenities.
The entire enterprise doubles as a nature reserve that also offers educational programs for local children. Guests can hike in Tidewater Provincial Park, take a boat to James Bay for seal- and whale-spotting led by local guides, or view the northern lights at night. Once you are there, a different kind of experience unfolds—think Swiss Family Robinson meets jungle luxury (above). Simple-looking mud-and-thatch huts (above) built in the traditional style of the indigenous Kuruba tribes belie more opulent interiors while also minimizing the environmental footprint (a reverse osmosis system in each building eliminates the need for imported drinking water). Embark on a kangaroo (photo) safari, swim with minke whales, and go wine-tasting at some of the world’s most famous wineries.

Zaledwie kilkaset metrow po wystartowaniu calej wyprawy w Cairns wjechal na rondo pod prad. Z Cairns wyruszali w 40-stopniowym upale, ubrani jedynie w T-shirty, szorty, do tego obowiazkowo kask, buzer (ochraniacz na klatke piersiowa) i ochraniacze na kolana. Nic dziwnego, skoro powierzchnie 25 razy wieksza od Polski zamieszkuje niemal dwukrotnie mniej osob niz w naszym kraju. Zamiast na wyspe ruszyli wybrzezem w kierunku Sydney, gdzie znajdowala sie meta Orlen Australia Tour. Sixteen lavish rooms and a private family villa serve as the base camp for daily outings or unwinding fireside (above) with a glass of the Cape’s finest vintages. The Anaconda trail allows visitors to cross the flooded Aguajales swamp on a wooden boardwalk, revealing a host of tropical amphibians (Inkaterra has helped identify five new species to date).
Look for koalas feeding and dozing in the treetops, help care for injured and orphaned wildlife (above), or set out on the 64-mile Great Ocean Walk, with fresh supplies provided daily by the lodge staff. Today, travelers the world over flock to this off-the-grid stone village to hike on wild mountain trails, sleep in rustic cottages, and savor authentic Cretan dishes like roasted rabbit with mizithra goat cheese and spearmint, washed down with Milia’s own organic wine. The lodge supports local initiatives such as a school for children with physical disabilities. From sunrise breakfasts on a mountaintop to stargazing dinners in the desert, the camp staff delights in creating special experiences, and top guides share their intimate knowledge of Namibia’s unique desert habitats.
Down a fresh fruit smoothie, then join villagers in activities like brickmaking, beer brewing, and maize stamping.
At night, embark on forays to spot nocturnal creatures like the aardvark and bush baby; during the day, set out to find the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo) in the adjacent Masai Mara National Reserve. Bedouin hosts lead activities like making flatbread over an open fire and exploring 4,000-year-old copper mines that existed in the time of the Roman Empire. Old Maya trails wind through some of the last remaining primary tropical dry forest around the lake, home to belted flycatchers and other endemic birds. The location could hardly be better: Hip artist enclaves and the Nelson region’s renowned wine estates can be found nearby, and total wilderness immersion awaits on guided treks in Kahurangi National Park, an easy day-trip away.
Forested trails deliver up close encounters with the endangered Aders’ duiker and rare coconut crabs (the world’s largest land crabs) that seek refuge here.
Hiking, exploring paleontology sites, and bird-watching fill the days; later the chef’s open kitchen offers cozy meals such as steamed meat dumplings while the sun gives way to night skies brimming with stars.
This is elephant country, and herds thrive in the marshy habitat, providing plenty of intimate photo ops, in open-sided Land Rovers, on foot, and by boat when the water’s flowing.
The lodge restaurant serves fair-trade coffee as well as health-minded aboriginal cuisine, including free-range bison from Ontario and caribou from Nunavut.
In a nod to the hacienda’s former life as a center for the production of sisal, hand-woven hammocks encourage a long afternoon siesta.
Candlelight dinners accompanied by fine wines are the hallmark of the owners, who are Costa Rican foodies.
The lodge supports the Kuruba heritage with interactive story­telling sessions, dance performances, and river outings in a handmade coracle. Traversing the canopy on a hanging walkway delivers treetop access to colorful birds and some of the more than 1,266 species of flora found here. More active guests set out on hikes along the flanks of Mombacho Volcano and kayak among the other 300 islets. Or set out for a walk across miles of empty beach, listening to the sound track of rolling waves.
But for many guests, the activity of choice is simply immersion in the unspoiled nature that surrounds the private villas.
Guests can also explore Zanzibar’s historic towns, don masks and fins to snorkel the healthy private reef, then retire at night to dine by lantern on traditional Swahili cuisine. Ciezarowki maja niepisane pierwszenstwo, trzeba zjechac na pobocze i sie zatrzymac, takze dla wlasnego bezpieczenstwa.
Pustynia ustapila miejsca zielonym lakom ciagnacym sie po horyzont i znowu pojawily sie strusie.
35 cabanas; from $1,084 for required two-night minimum stay, including full board and daily excursions. 9 casitas; from $390, including full board and round-trip boat transportation from Granada. Kolor ich siersci zlewa sie z suchymi trawami – mowi Przemyslaw Saleta, jeden z uczestnikow Orlen Australia Tour. To wlasnie kwestia bezpieczenstwa na dwoch kolkach stala sie mysla przewodnia wyprawy Polakow do Australii. Nagrany wowczas material filmowy ma pokazywac wyzwania, z jakimi spotykaja sie motocyklisci podczas eksploracji bezdrozy w odleglych krajach. Oprocz Przemyslawa Salety wzieli w niej udzial Adam Badziak i Jaroslaw Stec, a pod koniec dolaczyl jeszcze Jacek Czachor – wielokrotny uczestnik Rajdu Dakar, najbardziej doswiadczony ze wszystkich w jezdzie off-road.

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