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Foreigners win with South Africa’s financial woes

Foreigners win with South Africa’s financial woes

Johannesburg, one of the greenest cities in the world

If you ever think about how politics influences your travel, it’s probably because you want to avoid war or terrorism. I never imagined politicians could affect travel by making a currency so …

Solo Safaris

Solo Safaris

Africa lies waiting for you

If you’re a solo traveller, you’ll have noticed how the world tends to revolve around couples.

You’ll probably be hit by single room supplements unless you’re happy to stay in a hostel dormitory, and may …

Victoria Falls Safari Club, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls Safari Club, Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls Safari Club is the ultimate in lodge accommodations. Each of their sixteen club rooms and four spectacular suites have private patios and uninterrupted views across the bushveld. It’s all a potent mix of African wilderness and history …

Elephant Adventures

Elephant Adventures

A family photo at Mashatu in Botswana

At least 100 elephant are slowly shuffling past our vehicle. They come pouring into the dry riverbed towards us, first appearing over the left bank, then over the right. An elephant traffic jam forms …

David Livingstone Safari Lodge, Zambia

David Livingstone Safari Lodge, Zambia

Soon after missionary and doctor David Livingstone described the sight of the Victoria Falls to the outside world they became a tourist destination. Thus, following the routes he described in his journals, hunters, explorers and missionaries descended upon them. By …

“Hunting” The Perfect Safari

“Hunting” The Perfect Safari

As part of a larger seven-month trip around the world, my boyfriend and I knew we wanted to complete an African safari somewhere along the way. But where? How? I wondered where to start and how to budget for something …

Leopard sir, or would you rather have a lion?

Leopard sir, or would you rather have a lion?

A traffic jam of rhino

There’s an exciting moment whenever you set off on a game drive and the ranger asks what you’d like to see.
It always makes me laugh, as if this khaki-clad Dr Doolittle can conjure up …

Tanzania – The Camp Elephant

Tanzania – The Camp Elephant

My teenage son and I arrived at the Tarangire Treetops Safari Camp in the late afternoon. A day of safari through the Tarangire National Park had put us face to face with lions, elephants, baboons and a number of gazellelike …

Backwater Botswana: Palapye

Backwater Botswana: Palapye

Children Playing Soccer in Palapye
Children Playing Soccer in Palapye

Botswana, with a population of just over 2 million people, is one of the most sparsely populated countries on the planet. If it were a person, standing next to South Africa, boasting nearly 25 times …

Behind South Africa’s Stereotypes: An Open Letter

Behind South Africa’s Stereotypes: An Open Letter

Dear uninformed tourist,

I’m sorry for calling you uninformed, and I thank you for showing an interest in my home country of South Africa. Unfortunately, you tend to get some facts about the country a little bit wrong. So, before …

Safari, Traveling Wild Africa

Safari, Traveling Wild Africa

The word safari is Swahili for travel, trip or journey. In the travel industry, safari refers to a type of travel that typically involves these elements:

  • At least one country in Africa
  • Extensive sightseeing, with an emphasis on wildlife sightings

Sri Lanka: A Paradise Rediscovered

Sri Lanka: A Paradise Rediscovered

For decades, Sri Lanka was battling political unrest. A civil-war between Tamil insurgents and the Sinhalese government almost destroyed the tourism industry. Then, the tsunami of 2004 devastated certain coastal regions of the country. Luckily, the riots have ended and …

Seven trips inspired by Disney Movies

Seven trips inspired by Disney Movies

Inspiration for your next trip can come from many places — websites, guidebooks, other people’s travel tales and even classic Disney cartoons. Those idealized landscapes, the sweeping opening shots set to iconic music — no trip could ever be as …

Botswana, a 6* safari at Selinda Reserve

Botswana, a 6* safari at Selinda Reserve

 

African safaris are a dime a dozen, especially those in fenced in National Parks or Nature Reserves where tourists are taken on conveyer-belt type game drives. That’s as good as it gets, I thought, and as such lost interest.…

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