Destination South Africa

Escape to Brahman Hills

Escape to Brahman Hills

The second thing I noticed was the sign ‘Recycling Garden’, the walls of rusted corrugated iron and weathered farm implements – the first was the almost life-size Brahman herd ‘grazing’ at the entrance gate. ‘So cool’, I thought to myself… followed by ‘can’t wait to explore’. This set the scene for what was to be […]

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Road tripping… the #GreatCapeEscape, part 2

Road tripping… the #GreatCapeEscape, part 2

Leaving the vineyards and orchards of the Elgin Valley we continue our journey up the coast towards pretty town of Gansbaai – home to shark cage diving, seasonal whale watching and sublime sunsets over the bay.  There was to be no shark cage diving or whale watching this time around, but I did have the […]

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#GreatCapeEscape… part 1

#GreatCapeEscape… part 1

The thing with a road trip is that there are always surprises… these sometimes include a curve ball or two but there are always some incredibly memorable moments! This is a brief account of what we called our #GreatCapeEscape which saw us traverse the mighty Drakensberg Mountains from KwaZulu-Natal and the Freestate into the Eastern and Western Cape. What became evident on our journey was the incredible beauty […]

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Destination Africa

10 Reasons why you just have to #GoToReunion… and why I so have to go back!

10 Reasons why you just have to #GoToReunion… and why I so have to go back!

Whether you refer to this magical place as Ile Bourbon, Ile de la Reunion or even La Petite France as it is sometimes referred to as, you will fall in love with its volcanic landscapes and clear blue lagoons, the wild adventures, colourful cuisine and the wonderful Creole people that call this island home. If […]

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Desert ‘Nights

Desert ‘Nights

‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone…’ this is what came to mind when I was first asked whether I would join the Desert Knights Tour in September 2015. The idea of travelling to Namibia and spending five days of my time there on a mountain bike seemed a bit absurd and crazy. […]

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Sustainability at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles – we chat to Markus Ultsch-Unrath

Sustainability at Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles – we chat to Markus Ultsch-Unrath

Having rained overnight, the paths were wet and water droplets glistened on the vegetation – the birdsong a delightful chorus in the early morning. Mist draped the surrounding mountains of the Morne Seychelles National Park, the sea reflecting the grey of the clouds hanging low on the horizon. None of this detracted from the natural […]

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Destination World

Travel like a local… in Manila

Filed in Asia, Destination World, Philippines, Travel blog by on February 26, 2016
Travel like a local… in Manila

Leave the air-conditioned coaches and taxis and hit the streets, travelling like a local. This is the best way to get a sense of a destination. It was no different for us on a recent visit to Manila, metropolis and capital city of the Philippines. Having watched the colourful Jeepneys from the safe comfort of […]

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An introduction to Intramuros, Manila

Filed in Asia, Destination World, Philippines, Travel blog by on February 11, 2016
An introduction to Intramuros, Manila

Manila, capital city of the Philippines, is a dense mix of urban development and historic settlement. Delegates of AFT 2016 were offered the opportunity to experience part of the city on a pre-show tour. The tour took us into Intramuros, one of the best models of a medieval fort outside Europe. We were entertained by […]

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Dining in the Arabian desert

Dining in the Arabian desert

No visit to Dubai would be complete without spending some time in the desert. We had the privilege of experiencing the desert with Platinum Heritage, a safari company committed to responsible tourism and operating with an ethos of conservation, environmental awareness and community upliftment.  This desert safari was unlike most others… no convoys of vehicles, […]

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Travel Blog

Kwandwe… a sense of place

Kwandwe… a sense of place

We could see for miles. Rolling hills, vegetated and green… just how it used to be.  This was the Kwandwe I had heard so much about, its conservation and community success stories, and its history and culture. From the early San inhabitants, whose rock art reveals the once abundant wildlife, to the Frontier Wars (1779-1878) […]

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Into the Rabbit Hole…

Into the Rabbit Hole…

How often do you get the opportunity to zip at breakneck speeds through a beautiful forest? And to make it even more enticing, this forest just happens to be one of the larger mistbelt forests in South Africa, boasting a huge number of endemic species of fauna and flora! This magnificent forest is located within […]

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Arabic hospitality & the tradition of coffee at the Dubai Coffee Museum

Arabic hospitality & the tradition of coffee at the Dubai Coffee Museum

Drinking coffee is integral to Arabic traditions of hospitality, and there is no better place to discover this than at the Coffee Museum in Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical District. The museum, the largest of its kind in the Middle East, is the brainchild of ‘coffee’nista’ (is there such a word?) Khalid Al Mulla, of coffee […]

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Reviews

Wildekrans Country House

Filed in Reviews by on May 16, 2016
Wildekrans Country House

We spent the weekend at the wonderful Wildekrans Country House, a historic homestead dating back to 1811 that is situated in the little village of Houw Hoek. This wonderful ‘home’ – you’re made to feel very much at home – is owned by Barry Gould and Alison Green. Our room, furnished with antiques and contemporary South African art, […]

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Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

Filed in Reviews by on May 10, 2016
Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

We spent two nights at the lovely Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve which is located the Eastern Cape’s Great Karoo. We experienced luxury, history and a personalised safari experience as well as a wonderfully comfortable room and fabulous dining experiences. Our home for the the two nights was Mount Camdeboo Manor, one of four Cape Dutch houses […]

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Winchester Mansions, Cape Town

Filed in Reviews by on May 3, 2016
Winchester Mansions, Cape Town

The Winchester Mansions is location on the Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town. This makes it super convenient for the business traveller as the city centre, and Cape Town International Convention Centre, are a short drive away (which is a huge benefit considering the traffic congestion during peak periods) as is the V&A Waterfront, the Cape Town Stadium and other […]

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News

Finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards

Filed in Awards, News by on April 10, 2017
Finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards

A community-based camp located in remote Namibia, two backpackers and a mountain bike tour in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Area are among the organisations selected as finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa). Who will take the top spots? With seven categories as well as […]

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7 #responsibletourism reasons attend WTM Africa

7 #responsibletourism reasons attend WTM Africa

Besides being a great space for travel professionals to network, negotiate and discover new products, WTM Africa offers a wealth of opportunities for visitors to learn and engage around the topic of responsible tourism. In keeping with the ethos of the World Travel Market (WTM) brand, WTM Africa seeks to drive the responsible tourism agenda […]

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2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards longlist revealed

Filed in Awards, News, Tourism Industry News by on March 1, 2017
2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards longlist revealed

The Longlist for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards demonstrates the power of responsible tourism in Africa. The competition for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards has moved into the second round, with over 30 tourism organisations competing for top spots at the awards ceremony at WTM Africa in April. Sponsored by WESGRO and organised by […]

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Other Recent Articles

Voluntourism – the issues…

Voluntourism – the issues…

The tourism industry, both locally and internationally, received the news of Paul Mediema’s unexpected passing with much sadness – this passionate man who stood for so much taken too soon. Written below are his thoughts and words… as an industry let us continue to ‘do’ tourism, and volunteering specifically, in a manner that he would […]

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Zululand Conservation Experience

Zululand Conservation Experience

This hands-on conservation volunteer programme covers two unique conservation areas located in the Zululand and Maputaland regions of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and the seaside village of Ponto Do Oura in Mozambique.  This region falls within one of the top 21 Hot Spots for biodiversity on Earth and this unique programme is designed so that participants […]

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International Marine Volunteers

International Marine Volunteers

“At International Marine Volunteers our mission is to inspire our volunteers to make a difference in the world around them by providing them with life-changing opportunities and experiences, and creating awareness that eco-tourism, conservation, community, research and education can all dovetail into a sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship.” – Meredith Thornton, IMV Manager The legendary […]

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