Lonely Planet Writer

Pathfinders: top video of the month, February 2018

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Every month, we curate the best videos, blog posts and Instagrams from our Lonely Planet Pathfinders.

This month’s feature is from Hanna and Zach of HandZaround, who take us on an exciting hike through the varying landscape of the Ngare Ndare Forest in Kenya.

‘We visited Ngare Ndare Forest, 4 hours north of Nairobi, and fell in love with its lush, indigenous setting. The 200 year old trees surround the canopy walkway that takes you into the magic parts of the forest, while the blue waters of the falls provide you with a stunning spectacle (and a pretty freezing bath!) Undoubtedly, it’s a very special place to visit in Northern Kenya.’

Ngare Ndare Forest - HandZaround

A big thumbs up to Hanna and Zach who have seamlessly pieced together a variety of shots to take us along on their hike. We particularly enjoy the change of pace throughout the video, which is complemented by sweeping drone shots of the forest, close-up details and first person footage of various points in the journey. The colour treatment of these shots not only ties everything together, but also gives the montage a warm, summery vibe.

Thanks to all the Pathfinders who submitted footage this month; hats off to videographer Mark Hadj Hamou who was back to take us on a wanderlust-inducing adventure to Luzon in his latest video. Nicole Booth also shared a vlog about her recent trip to Jordan, which was bursting with energy.

Keep your eyes peeled on our Thorn Tree forum where we’ll post the next submission call-out. Find out what else our Lonely Planet Pathfinders are up to (or sign up yourself!) by checking out the Pathfinders video playlist, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!