a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
My travel experience includes work on expedition ships, overland guiding, personal research trips for field guide book writing and photography, videos, and of course the website research. My aim is usually to experience a diverse range of ecosystems and try to observe as many animals and plants as I can. Notes for below: I can't remember every place I have ever been! I haven't included every little town I stayed in for a night, or passed through, to get somewhere else. So, I have focused on major cities and natural areas that I remember. (Note - NP stands for National Park).
Uganda – Kampala, Ziwi Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Lake Victoria, Entebbe. Tanzania – Kilwa Kisiwani. Zanzibar – Stone town. Mozambique –Maputo, Ibo Island, Mozambique Island. Botswana - Kalahari Desert, Moremi Game Reserve/ Okavango Delta. Namibia - Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, the Caprivi strip, Etosha National Park, Namib National Park. Zimbabwe – Bulawayo, Zambezi River, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls National Park. South Africa – Johannesburg, Kruger National Park (wet season and dry season), Drakensberg Mountains, Cape Town, Garden Route, Kynsna, Durban, Richards Bay, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. Madagascar – Tana, Andasibe National Park, Ankarafantsika National Park, Diego Suerez, Amber Mountain National Park, Nosy Be, Nosy Kombe, Lokobe National Park, Kirindy Reserve, Isalo National Park, Masoala National Park, Nosy Mangabe,
Iceland. United Kingdom- London. Tresco, Isles of Scilly. Scotland: Aberdeen, Orkney, St.Kilda Islands, Outer Herbrides, Iona, Lunga, Canna, Hoy. Ireland, Garnish Island. Japan - Osaka, Okayama, Miyajima, Takamatsu, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Yakushima National Park, Amami Oshimi, Miyako, Okinawa, Ryuku Islands. Taiwan: Taipei, Hualien Gorge. Hong Kong.
Costa Rica - Corcovado National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, Cahuita National Park. Colombia - San Andres Island, Cartagena, Tayrona National Park, Bogota, Leticia, Amacayacu (Amazon) National Park. Peru - Cusco, Machu Picchu, Manu Reserve, Peruvian Amazon. Ecuador - Quito, Tandayapa Reserve, Bellavista Lodge, WildSumaco Rerserve, Tambo Condor, Antisana Reserve, Angel Paz Reserve, Ecuadorian Amazon, Yarina Lodge. Brazil - the Pantanal, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Manaus, Rio Negro, Brazilian Amazon. Chile – Santiago, Antofagasta, Chanaral Island, Valparaiso, Easter Island, Chiloe, Valdivia, Chilean Fiords. Argentina - Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Malvinas.
United States of America – Los Angeles, Topanga state park, Big Sur, Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, San Diego (California), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona), St.Louis, Hawn State Park (Missouri), New Orleans, Everglades National Park, Flamingo (Florida). Canada - Bonaventure Island, Torngat Mountains National Park. Greenland - Illulissat.
India – Delhi, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Kanha National Park, Sariska National Park, Periyar National Park, Bombay/Mumbai. Sri Lanka - Colombo, Talangama Wetlands, Galle, Kithulgala, Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains, Yala National Park, Bundala National Park, Lunugamvehera National Park, Udawalawa National Park, Sinharaja Reserve, Mirissa. Bhutan - Jigme Dorji National Park, Paro and Thimpu, Lamperli Botanical Gardens, Chelila Pass. Nepal - Kathmandu, Royal Chitwan National Park. Thailand - Khao Yai National Park, Phuket, Khao Sok National Park, Kaeng Krachan National Park, Gulf of Thailand, Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Doi Inthanon National Park. Cambodia - Prek Toal, Siem Reap, Florican Grasslands, Kulen Prontemp, Tmatboey Lodge, Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Jahoo Gibbon Camp. Vietnam - Ha Long Bay, Haiphong, Danang, Hoi An. Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, Tioman Island, Cameron Highlands, Taman Negara National Park, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Mt.Kinabalu, Poring, Kinabatangan, Kuching, Bako National Park, Sepilok, Tawau. Singapore. Brunei - BSB. Philippines - Manila, Angeles, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Mt. Makiling, Donsol, Cebu, Bohol, Panagsama, Mindanao, Davao, Palawan, Mt. Apo, Coron, Hundred Islands,. Indonesia – West Papua, Rajah Ampat, Flores, Komodo, West Timor, Kupang, Lombok, Bali, Java, Gunung Mt. Bromo, Sindangbarang Nature Reserve, Sumatra, Siberut Islands, Bukittinggi, Lake Toba, Bukit Lawang National Reserve, Medan, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Torajaland, Tangkoko National Park. East Timor - Dili, Jaco Island, National Park.
Australia – Sydney, Blue Mountains National Park, Wollemi National Park, Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park, Kurring-gai National Park Warrumbungle National Park, Newcastle (N.S.W), Brisbane, Fraser Island National Park, Cooloola National Park, Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Heron Island, Lamington National Park, Whitsunday Passage, Townsville, Hinchinbrook Island, Hypipamee Crater National Park, Crater Lakes National Park, Hastie Swamp National Park, Wooroonooran National Park, Cairns, Michaelmas Cay, Frankland Islands, Fitzroy Island, Kuranda, Lakefield National Park, Quinkan Aboriginal Reserve (Qld), Stanley Island, Flinders Island group, Cape Melville National park, Shelburne Bay, Cape York, Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, Nitmiluk National Park, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, West Macdonnell National Park (N.T.), Broome, Lacepedes, Montgomery Reef, Prince Regent, Kimberley region, Keep River National Park, Dryandra Forest, Yanchep NP, John Forrest NP, Avon NP, Lane Poole NP, Tuart Forest NP, Donnelly River, Walpole NP, Cheyne, Two Peoples Bay, Stirling Range NP, Cape Naturaliste, Wave Rock, Fitzgerald River NP, Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range NP, Kalbarri NP, Pinnacles, Lesueur NP, Shark Bay, Kennedy Range NP, Nallan Station, Hammersley Range/Karijini NP, Millstream NP, (W.A.), Flinders Chase National Park/Kangaroo Island, Coorong National Park, Adelaide (S.A), Dandenong Ranges, Sherbroke Forest, Philip Island, Port Campbell National Park, Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Melbourne (Victoria), Asbestos Range National Park, Cape National Park, Mt.Field National Park, Cradle Mountain-Lake St.Clair National Park, Hobart (Tasmania).
Papua New Guinea – Alotau, D’Entrecasteaux Islands, Woodlark Islands, Egum atoll, Marshall Bennet group, Trobriands, Green Island group, New Ireland, Rabaul, Kavieng, Tingwon Island, Manus, Murik Lakes, Sepik River, Madang, Siassi island group, Tufi fiords and many more stops I can't remember!. Solomon Islands - Ghizo. Vanuatu - Tanna. New Caledonia.
New Zealand - Milford, Dusky and Doubtful sounds, Fjordland national park, Stewart Island, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, White Heron, Greymouth, Invercargill, Dunedin, Akaroa, Christchurch, Kaikoura, Marlborough Sounds, Napier, Gisborne, White Island, Waitomo, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, Auckland, Great Barrier Island.
Cook Islands - Rarotonga, Palmerston Island, Aitutaki. Fiji - Suva, Nadi, Lautoka, Colo Suva National Park, Fulaga . French Polynesia - Papeete, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Marquesas, Gambier Islands, Tuamotu Islands. Tonga. Pitcairn Islands (UK) – Pitcairn, Ducie atoll, Henderson, Oeno. (USA) Hawaii. (Chile) Easter Island. Samoa. Niue. Wallis and Futuna, Palau.
Maldives, Mauritius - Port Louis, Seychelles - Mahe, Praslin, Farquar, Desroche, Cosmoledo, Alphonse, Assumption, Aldabra. Reunion.
(New Zealand) - the Snares, Campbell Islands, Auckland Islands. (Australia) - Macquarie Island. Antarctic Peninsula. (U.K.) South Georgia. (U.K./Argentina) Falkland Islands/Malvinas.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea.