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After spending some time in Slovakia over the summer (see the photos here) after leaving Thailand in July it was time for a new adventure. This time it would be a desert country in North Africa. My last visit to Egypt was when I was 14 years old so I was interested to return as an adult and try and find some wildlife. Kat and I didn’t manage to travel the country extensively apart from just over a week spent on the Red Sea coast and weekend drives to areas relatively close to Cairo. Egypt is certainly not a country known to attract wildlife photographers and naturalists and travel here is somewhat restricted for an independent (foreign) driver like myself. Prior to my arrival I had heard of stories of how difficult it is to try and navigate this country and that you need to be very cautious about where you choose to go and look for animals. This partly turned out to be true based on my later experiences. That being said, I did enjoy visiting a number of locations and in the end I managed to see most of the species I had targeted. The previously mentioned travel restrictions meant that it was not easy to visit some prime locations for reptiles, especially the Nile delta and parts of the Fayoum oasis where higher species densities are known to occur. More about that later..

Finding information on where to see various species in Egypt is also not easy. In fact, almost every species I saw here was a result of finding likely locations on Google Earth and…Keep reading

Matt Wilson

This site was created in 2009 in order to share information and photography of field Herpetologist Matt Wilson as well as trip reports, photography and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. I have been conducting field trips since I was 15 years old and now at 34 I have gained invaluable experience thanks to over 50 excursions on the European continent and other parts of the world such as Latin America, North Africa and South-East Asia. The areas that I mostly visit are Greece and Spain, as I have a love for the Mediterranean herpetofauna.  In particular I have been visiting Greek islands since I was very young and I find the diversity and ecological adaptations of species here very interesting.

Recently, I decided that it was time for the website to evolve from The European Amphibian & Reptile Blog to Amphibian & Reptile Travels. This is because I have now started traveling further a field to explore different aspects of my interest in herpetology and therefore the site would need a wider coverage of visits to other places outside of Europe. In addition, I am also interested in almost all other kinds of wildlife but I especially like watching and photographing mammals and birds. I currently live on the island of Phuket in Thailand but later in 2021 I will move to Egypt to start a new adventure.

CONTACT: mjwilsonherp1@gmail.com   NOTE: This is not a page where I organise or advertise wildlife tours. This is a page were I merely share my own trips to different parts of the world to search for wildlife.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

“When Matt spots my eye shine in his torchlight and approaches me, he does so without excessively shining the light into my eyes. Likewise as a delicate amphibian, he doesn’t handle me with his bare hands. He only takes a limited number of photos to avoid too much flash in my eyes! Overall he is a top bloke!”

— Long-nosed horned frog (Megophrys nasuta)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

“Matt is a wonderful field naturalist who respects the animals and the environments he visits. When he visits myself and other adders he uses a zoom lens to take photos of us ‘in situ’ to avoid disturbing us during important times of the year. He also does not trample our habitat and if he does flip any rocks, he replaces them carefully. “

— A Lancashire Adder (Vipera berus)

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