Africa

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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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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Changing views…

Changing views…

We woke to glorious sunshine, the sun’s early morning rays reflecting ochre on the sandstone cliffs of the spectacular Oribi Gorge. Quite a change to the dramatic display of sound and light of the night before as we dined to the sound of background music interspersed with that of thunder. These are just some of […]

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Sustainability, San style

Sustainability, San style

In the past they were hunter-gatherers, living off the land yet posing no threat to wildlife and vegetation… the San people lived, and some still do today, in harmony with nature, living largely off game, honey and the roots and fruits of plants. Their semi-nomadic existence governed by the seasons and the movement of game. […]

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Rest & relaxation – Umngazi style…

Rest & relaxation – Umngazi style…

The first hint we had of how relaxed Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa would be was the unpretentious sign suggesting that it was ‘time to take off your shoes’. We still had 2km to go, which did not seem much considering the lengthy journey thus far, but it was long enough to set daily workplace […]

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‘Watch out for that tree…’

‘Watch out for that tree…’

Call me a wimp, if you will, but the thought of careering through the tree tops at breakneck speed was not really my cup of tea! But I was committed… daybreak brought dull rainy weather, ‘a reprieve’ I thought gleefully – alas no, the Drakensberg Canopy Tour operates in all weather (except thunder storms). Even […]

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Paradise Found

Filed in Africa, Destination Africa, Travel blog, Zambia by on April 21, 2010
Paradise Found

When Dr. David Livingstone first set sight on the magnificent falls, and when he penned the famous words ‘…scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight’ little did he realise the rich legacy he would leave in the charming town of Livingstone. When Sun International Zambia had the vision to […]

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Pilansberg revisited…

Pilansberg revisited…

The sound of breaking branches intruded into the still night followed by the sounds of a tussle, and then silence… we stood peering into the night, willing our eyes to see through the darkness, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the kill, the scene dripping with anticipation… It seemed an appropriate welcome to the wilds […]

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Tiny Tracks in the Sand

Tiny Tracks in the Sand

The remote chance of seeing a hatchling Dermochelys coriacae, or Leatherback sea turtle, as they are commonly known, was our primary reason for visiting this pristine beach camp in the northern reaches of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park).  We were to discover that Rocktail Beach Camp had […]

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