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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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Fair Trade Tourism and Seychelles join hands

Filed in Beaches, Certification, Destination Africa, News, Seychelles by on September 5, 2015
Fair Trade Tourism and Seychelles join hands

Fair Trade Tourism’s move into Africa has been given a boost with the signing of a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between the organisation and the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL). This enables six of the Indian Ocean island nation’s leading hotels to be incorporated into Fair Trade Holidays, signifying […]

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My time with the Ju/’hoan San People

Filed in Community, Destination Africa, Namibia by on August 19, 2015
My time with the Ju/’hoan San People

Turning off the main road between Grootfontein and Rundu, at a road sign that indicates Tsumkwe 220 km, I was feeling rather sceptical.  We were heading for an area just west of KhaudumNational Park in the remote north-eastern part of Namibia. The assurance was an authentic cultural interaction with the Ju/’hoan San people. Unfortunately, my […]

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Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city

Filed in Africa, Destination Africa, Mozambique, Travel blog by on January 26, 2014
Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city

My first glimpse of Maputo was from the air, the red earth punctuated with occasional glistening rooftops, the new metal surprisingly untarnished. Reflecting what Maputo and indeed much of Moçambique is like – a war-torn country that has survived both a war of independence and a civil war that is now securing investment and showing […]

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Zalala Beach Lodge, where community matters…

Zalala Beach Lodge, where community matters…

As day breaks, the fishermen and boys appear with their boats and nets in search of the day’s catch and the sounds of their voices fill the air, along with the sounds of the breeze and the splashing of the waves against the shore.  Besides drinking in this natural beauty, there are many attractions available […]

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Namibia, a land of contrasts

Filed in Africa, Destination Africa, Namibia, Travel blog by on July 19, 2013
Namibia, a land of contrasts

The Namibian landscape is rugged and the distances are far. Despite this harsh terrain the flora and flora has thrived here, adapting to the ruthless and somewhat unpredictable conditions. The abundance and variety of wildlife is astounding, from big game such as lion and elephant, to antelope, birds, reptiles and much more. The quest to […]

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The Quirimbas Archipelago – Dream the Responsible Dream

The Quirimbas Archipelago – Dream the Responsible Dream

GUEST POST – Amy Edmonds… Off Moçambique’s most northern stretch of coast lies a strand of emerald islands known as the Quirimbas Archipelago.  For centuries, the arresting quality of these islands has enslaved the imagination of many a traveller.  Ancient cartographers charted this string of idyllic coral islands as Ilhos do Cabo Delgado. Diogo do […]

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Polana Serena Hotel – a magical mix of colonial charm and African appeal

Polana Serena Hotel – a magical mix of colonial charm and African appeal

Beautifully located on one of the most sought-after avenues in the heart of the city, the Grand Dame of Maputo, as the Polana Serena Hotel is widely known as, is a majestic colonial building with a history stretching as far back as 1922. Presented in an inspirational fusion of international, African and authentically Portuguese style, […]

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