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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White sand Christmas: the writer's daughter and nephew on the beach in Zanzibar

Go wild at Christmas time with a beach safari

Mike Unwin takes three generations of his family to Tanzania for the festive season, swapping 'Only Fools and Horses' for baboons and buffalo

Cuba is a country full of contradictions and unexpected surprises

Cuba: There's more to this island than icons of the revolution

A family holiday reveals how to capture the best images of a photogenic country, from cigar-rollers and Cadillacs to its mighty mountain ranges and cowboys, as Mike Unwin discovers

On the spot: Safari visitors feel cheated if they don’t see a leopard, one of the Big Five, on an African safari

Something To Declare: Africa’s wildlife A-listers go far beyond the ‘Big Five’

Our obsession with “Big” doubtless has some Freudian explanation. And scholars will probably explain how “Five” is hard-wired into our cultural psyche, from the wounds of Christ to the pillars of Islam. But why must this expression become the raison d’être of the African safari? Big Five experience, Big Five lodge, Big Five tea towel: it’s everywhere.

Wildlife at night

From darting bats to big cats, the natural world awakens as evening falls. Mike Unwin journeys to the dark side

Hold that pose: A yellow-footed rock wallaby joey seems fascinated by the lens

Something to declare: Zen and the art of amateur wildlife photography

"Wait, wait, wait … Nearly there …"

Great gathering: the Umhlanga reed dance

Swaziland: Africa’s nutshell nation

Change might be slow here, but it means that cultural traditions thrive, says Mike Unwin

Close encounter: A diver enters a cage to swim near great white sharks ... if there are any around

Mike Unwin: You want wildlife on demand? Prepare to be disappointed

Something to Declare

Traveller’s Guide: African walking safaris

Go one better than a game drive: with a hawk-eyed guide at your side, you can make tracks through the bush and meet the animals on their own terms. By Mike Unwin

Roll with it: tubing in the river near the Hacienda Guachipelín

Where the wild things are: Animal attraction in Costa Rica

Zip-lining down volcanoes? Close encounters with poison dart frogs? Don't worry: Costa Rica is surprisingly family friendly, says Mike Unwin

Bison statues in Winnipeg's Legislative Building

Trail of the unexpected: Winnipeg

Holiday at the heart of things in Canada.

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