Mike Unwin

Mike Unwin has written for The Independent since 2008. He has a particular interest in wildlife and family travel and specialises in Sub-Saharan Africa, although has covered destinations as diverse as Cuba, Indonesia, Turkey and the Falkland Islands. Mike previously worked in publishing and is the author of 23 books, including children's books, wildlife guides and travel guides.

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Mauritius and La Réunion: Tropical twin peaks with a touch of pumice

The Mascarene Islands offer rich variety, from the heavenly beaches of Mauritius to the volcanic splendour of La Réunion, says Mike Unwin

Cross-country ski routes wind through the woods

Andorra for families: Much more than just skiing

Mike Unwin discovers the delights of snow-shoeing, igloo building, and dog sledding on a family trip to Soldeu

Penguins on Carcass Island

Falkland Islands: A landscape that's strictly for the birds

From its thriving albatross population to rockhopper, gentoo and king penguins, Mike Unwin gets within sniffing distance of this avian archipelago's wildlife

Carrying contraband across African orders is not for the faint-hearted

Zimbabwe: Bordering on the dangerous

Mike Unwin recalls a close shave with Botswanan customs officials in this extract from 'Irresponsible Traveller'
Sao Miguel island

The Azores: Heart-stopping island-hopping in the Atlantic

Chasing cetaceans round this Portuguese archipelago gets the pulse racing, as does scaling its volcanic mountains and discovering whaling history, says Mike Unwin
Island hopping: stupas at Borobudur

Indonesia: explore its natural and man-made heritage

The region's biggest nation gets reconnected to the UK this week

New Brunswick: It’s wild and wonderful in this corner of Canada

Despite being just over the border from New England, this Atlantic province remains largely off the tourist map, as Mike Unwin and his family soon discovered

Vulture culture in the Spanish Pyrenees

High up in the mountains, the wildlife is as majestic and powerful as the scenery, says Mike Unwin

Island life: the walkway to Bom Bom Island Resort

Sao tome and Principe: Prepare for turtle immersion

This West African island nation might be tiny, but it has acres of natural and cultural appeal, as Mike Unwin discovers during his visit to a unique retreat
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There's so much more to Africa than safari

"Ex Africa," said Pliny the Elder, "semper aliquid novi." Or, as conveniently translated by Karen Blixen and brought to our screens via Meryl Streep: "Out of Africa, always something new." Really? Tell that to the tourism industry.

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