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Where to travel like Sir David Attenborough

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Last month the Queen turned 90 and in early May another national treasure celebrated the same milestone birthday – Sir David Attenborough. Over the years Sir David has travelled far and wide, venturing from popular tourist haunts to more off-the-beaten-track destinations.The broadcaster and naturalist, who is known for his programmes including Life On Earth and The Blue Planet, has taken viewers to some truly awe-inspiring places.Click through the gallery to follow in Sir David's footsteps, or if you're in need of some travel inspiration...All prices are based on flights departing 9 September 2016 and returning seven days later.


PARAGUAY – 1950sIn the early part of his career, Sir David took viewers to the natural history of South America as part of his Zoo Quest expeditions. Paraguay was the location of the fifth Zoo Quest in 1959, where David roamed the country's grasslands and wetlands and introduced viewers to butterfly birds, armadillos and oven birds.Opodo offers return flights to Paraguay from £664.


BALI – 1960SThe sixties saw the broadcaster travel across the globe to the South Pacific, Japan and Australia's Northern Territory to film a string of programmes. The Miracle of Bali, released in 1969, featured three episodes exploring the Indonesian island's traditional music and culture, including animistic rituals and festivals, with a focus on Balinese village Peliatan.eDreams offers return flights to Bali from £512.


RWANDA – 1970s1979 was the year highly acclaimed documentary Life on Earth was first broadcasted and was the first in the series of David's Life programmes. The pioneering shows saw the naturalist travel the globe, following the evolution of life on planet earth, with one of the most famous scenes being a face-to-face encounter with a group of mountain gorillas at Dian Fossey's sanctuary in Rwanda.Opodo offers return flights to Rwanda from £466.


TANZANIA – 1980sIn 1984, David travelled across the world to film Living Planet, a follow-up to Life on Earth. In the second episode, he explored the Frozen World and described how creatures adapt to living in extremes of temperature and sub-zero climates, such as the groups of plants and animals that survive beneath Kilimanjaro.eDreams offers flights to Tanzania from £520.


SEYCHELLES – 1990sIn 1998, David's famous Life of Birds was first broadcasted, a series which educated viewers on the day-to-day habits of birds and the lengths they go to to protect their young. He travelled to a paradise island in the Seychelles, where the Sooty Tern seabirds go to lay their eggs.Opodo offers flights to the Seychelles from £658.


ARIZONA – 2000sPlanet Earth in 2006 was the first of David's programmes to be filmed in high definition and took viewers around the world to the Andes, Africa's Sahara and Death Valley in California. He showed how animals searched for food in unforgiving desert landscapes such as the Sonoran in Arizona.eDreams offers flights to Pheonix from £766.


NAMIBIA – 2010sOne of his most recent series, The Hunt, broadcasted in 2015, explored the challenges faced by predators around the world. The series featured breathtaking scenes from the arid landscape in Namibia, featuring a famous scene with two giraffes locked in a dramatic desert dual with their necks.Opodo offers flights to Namibia from £955.

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