There cannot be many other places in the world where you can dine by a beautiful wetland meadow, walk through a series of stunning underground caverns, and swim in front of a jungle waterfall – all in one day.
But this is the Dinaric Arc, in the Western Balkans, a region so diverse in both its cultural history, peoples and it’s amazing nature that it is often hard to comprehend. But a week here, spent with passionate and committed WWF staff, has opened my eyes to a new part of the world to which I will surely return.
From orchid tea in Sarajevo, where the East meets the West in a fusion of cultures, to Mostar and a wonderful bridge over the river, to a wonderful Adriatic Sea, where the waters are crystal clear and already good for a swim, to the beautiful old city of Dubrovnik, and finally to Kotor, a town surrounded by walls crawling up a mountainside so steep to defy belief, this is a region truly blessed with delights.
While the region is fast changing, hopefully there will still be room for all this diversity, both of people and their cultures, and of stunning nature, making a melting pot well worth visiting, and certainly worth working to sustain for the benefit of both people and nature.
And all this in five days in four countries, on one tank of fuel – truly marvellous!
He has a Masters of Science Degree in Agriculture, Environment and Development; Resource Management, and nearly 15 years working in mainstream development organizations in East and Southern Africa.