A science teacher has swapped the classroom for game reserves, lakes and beauty spots as she takes off on a year-long global trek.
Emily Whiting has swapped her job as a science teacher at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby to take part in the adventure, inspired by her childhood love of wildlife programmes.
She is starting her journey in Africa, flying to the Kenyan capital Nairobi before spending time at Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara game reserve.
Miss Whiting said: “I used to watch Big Cat Diary every single week and it was just this little fantasy world that I loved. I love animals, nature and the whole concept of being in the wilderness. For me Africa is the ultimate. I am most looking forward to the Serengeti and Tanzania. That was where Big Cat Diary was filmed so it is my Mecca.”
After travelling through eight countries, she will arrive at her final African destination of Capetown, before visiting south east Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands.