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Tartaruga Tranquility

Tartaruga Tranquility

I woke to the sound of bird calls and rustling of leaves. For a moment I wondered where I was, the bed so comfortable and the duvet so comforting – it was mid-winter and there was a slight chill in the air. The incessant call of a white-browed robin-chat finally roused me from my slumber. Another day of sunshine […]

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Chobe Game Lodge – elephants and eco-initiatives

Chobe Game Lodge – elephants and eco-initiatives

There is just SO much to love about Chobe Game Lodge… the luxurious rooms and comfy lounge areas, the coolness of the swimming pool and the scrumptious food – from delicious breakfasts, the yummiest cappuccinos and cocktails (served with paper straws), to the finest of dining and most decadent of desserts. Then there are the […]

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Maputo Special Reserve – Into the Wild

Maputo Special Reserve – Into the Wild

The Maputo Special Reserve is a place where wild elephants roam, where ocean giants frolic and where loggerhead turtles haul themselves onto the beach to lay their eggs. It’s also the place where, on a pristine stretch of beach, a barefoot luxury lodge lays nestled within the coastal forest… a place where community and conservation […]

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Attitude Hotels Mauritius

Attitude Hotels Mauritius

I’ve been invited to Mauritius for a conference on digitalisation and sustainability in tourism and the itinerary says I’m staying at an Attitude Hotel… Mmmm, I think, what is Attitude? Thanks to google I find that the Collins English Dictionary says ‘Your attitude to something is the way that you think and feel about it, especially when this shows in the way you behave.’ The […]

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‘Our Dream’ for Anvil Bay Chemucane

‘Our Dream’ for Anvil Bay Chemucane

Mine are the only footsteps to be seen along this stretch of beach. The sun warms my bare shoulders and my toes revel in the softness of the fine white sand. The words, ‘I dream of Africa’ fill my mind – words uttered by Italian writer Kuki Gallman, and immortalised in the movie ‘I dreamed […]

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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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Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city

Filed in Africa, Destination Africa, Mozambique 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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