Africa

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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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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Memorable Encounters at Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Memorable Encounters at Amakhosi Safari Lodge

The evidence was there. Huge impressions left in the dusty road, paths through the lush grass, green and succulent after the recent unseasonal rains. They were moving in an easterly direction. There were broken branches and tufts of grass strewn across the road. It had been dull and cloudy all day, but as dusk approached […]

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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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Black Rhino… the hunted…

Black Rhino… the hunted…

Safety briefing dealt with and under strict instruction of silence, we headed into the Acacia thicket. My heart was pounding and I felt myself breaking into a sweat which, I’m ashamed to say, could not entirely be attributed to the oppressive heat of the day or the physical exertion. I was quite sure the thumping […]

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Namibia, a land of contrasts

Filed in Africa, Destination Africa, Namibia 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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Granny Mouse, a glorious place to unwind…

Granny Mouse, a glorious place to unwind…

It was a glorious autumn morning at Granny Mouse, a chill filled the air and all around the plane trees were shedding their leaves. Our welcome was warm and our new suite absolutely superb. It didn’t take long for us to forget the hectic work schedules we’d left behind. My husband and I had been […]

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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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Phinda … a hand-up, not a hand-out

Phinda … a hand-up, not a hand-out

At first glance this could be any other private game reserve in Africa, with its incredible wildlife experiences, sumptuous cuisine and wonderfully luxurious suites, but pause a moment and you will discover an authentic African experience that has more than just your pleasure at heart. Taking the &Beyond philosophy of ‘care for the land; care […]

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