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hereDesert Nights MTB Tour

Desert Nights MTB Tour

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 […]

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hereConstance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles – we chat about Sustainability

Constance Ephelia Resort, Seychelles – we chat about Sustainability

Constance Ephelia – 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 […]

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hereInto the Rabbit Hole… at Karkloof Canopy Tour

Into the Rabbit Hole… at Karkloof Canopy Tour

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 mist belt forests in South Africa, boasting a huge number of endemic species of fauna and flora! Words & pics by Rowan […]

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hereMemorable 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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hereMaputo, 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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hereThe excitement of tracking the endangered Black Rhino

The excitement of tracking the endangered Black Rhino

Safety briefing dealt with and under strict instruction of silence, we headed into the Acacia thicket in search of the endangered Black Rhino. 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 […]

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hereNamibia – land of contrasts

Filed in Africa, Destination Africa, Namibia by on July 19, 2013
Namibia – 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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hereGranny 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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hereThe Quirimbas Archipelago – Dream the Responsible Dream

The Quirimbas Archipelago – Dream the Responsible Dream

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 Couto, a chronicler of the […]

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hereandBeyond Phinda … a hand up not a hand out

andBeyond Phinda … a hand up not a hand out

Taking the andBeyond philosophy of ‘care for the land; care for the wildlife; care for the people’ to heart Phinda Private Game Reserve delivers on all accounts and goes way beyond expectation. At first glance this could be any other private game reserve in Africa, with its incredible wildlife experiences, sumptuous cuisine and wonderfully luxurious suites, […]

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