Lalibela: Ethiopia’s Kingdom of Heaven

Lalibela

Ethiopian King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela ensured his name would always be uttered with awe, when he commissioned 11 interconnected monolithic churches and two chapels to be carved out of red volcanic tuff in the 12th century at his birthplace in the northern reaches of his…

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Taste of Yeoville walking tour with Dlala Nje

“Leave your prejudices at home,” says Bijou, our Dlala Nje tour guide, and that’s the only thing we’re asked to do during the Taste of Yeoville tour. Inner-city Johannesburg still has a poor reputation and while many Joburg residents use the landmark to help them navigate the…

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Joburg inner-city shopping tour with Past Experiences

“We’ll meet many nationalities along the way,” says Jo Buitendach, founder of Past Experiences, as we start our Joburg inner city shopping tour from 1 Fox though the inner city of Johannesburg. Many of the people we meet along the way stop to hug Jo, provide…

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Reasons to love South Africa and 7 random facts

South Africa is epic in so many ways. To honour of Tourism Month and Heritage Day this month, I asked local and international travel bloggers what they love most about South Africa. Here’s what they said, along with a few interesting facts, you may not have…

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Doha in 21 hours and the dangers of judging a place

Doha

Just over a decade ago, Lonely Planet named Qatar one of the most boring places on earth. And truth be told, I wasn’t particularly thrilled at the thought of a 21-hour layover in Doha due to a missed connection because of insufficient lead time on…

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In search of moonbows at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Moonbows

When you plan your trip to the mighty Zambezi River and Victoria Falls with Africa Odyssey be sure to do so during the full moon, so you can go in search of elusive moonbows. We clink our G&Ts to the setting sun on a sundowners…

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100 hours in the Kingdom of Swaziland

2016 in photos

The Kingdom of Swaziland is Africa’s smallest country at no more than 200 kilometres from north to south and 130 kilometres from east to west. Despite its small size I discovered that it’s a land of adventure and cultural experiences. Swaziland is bordered by South Africa and…

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Going to Swaziland’s Bushfire Festival? Read this!

Bushfire Festival

Each May Swaziland’s Ezulwini Valley reverberates with song and the thundering sound of thousands of stomping feet and clapping hands, as Bushfire Festival goers dance to Africa’s soulful tunes and most prolific voices. Don’t make the same mistake I did, don’t let it take you 10…

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Dashing through Durham in 48 hours

Durham

Three hours from London by train and 15 minutes from Newcastle Gateshead lies the North East county of Durham. It’s a portmanteau of the Celtic word “dun”, which means hill fort and the old Norse “holme”, meaning island. This is a land of castles and UNESCO sites, meadows…

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13 random things you didn’t know about NewcastleGateshead

Newcastle

Late last year, I spent two days exploring Newcastle Upon Tyne and Gateshead (on northern and southern banks of the Tyne River respectively). If you’re a keen street photographer, both towns are quite picturesque, especially alongside the Quayside, where seven bridges arch over the Tyne…

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10 FREE things to do in the UK

Free things to do in the UK

Travelling to the United Kingdom on the South African rand (and a number of other currencies) can be expensive, but it doesn’t mean you’ll have to eat nothing but two-minute noodles after your return. Many of the best museums and art galleries in the UK…

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Mauritius: beyond the resorts

Sugar cane fields, vanilla plantations and a dash of rum sweeten any stay on Mauritius. I had my first real taste of holidaying at a resort, when I visited the west and east coast of this Indian Ocean island. I was very excited, as it’s…

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48 hours in Dullstroom: what weekends are made of

Dullstroom

Each weekend Mpumalanga’s highlands welcome visitors, with fresh trout, macademia nuts and whiskey, plus some boozy cake on the side. Dullstroom is what weekends are made of. Like a curled up cat rising from a nap, the morning mist gently lifts from the dams, dances with…

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Bolivia: Why it should be on your bucketlist

Bolivia

Friends and people I meet on my travels often ask me about my top travel destinations. I still have many more places I’d love to visit, but based on the 34 countries I’ve travelled to so far, some are rather surprised when I mention Bolivia. I…

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How to survive the Clarens Beer Festival 2017

Clarens

Today I am off to the Clarens Craft Beer Festival in the Free State. This small South African town is famed for its two-day annual beer festival, which happens around the last weekend of February. And as it’s the only beer fest in the province, they don’t muck…

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Midlands Meander: A long weekend at Brahman Hills

Midlands Meander

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t visited one of South Africa’s most beautiful regions — the Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal — until recently. Before I continue I’m posting a few more photographs below so that you can see just how beautiful this region…

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Panorama Route: A self-drive guide

Panorama Route

I followed in the ox-wagon tracks of the Great Trek through Jock of the Bushveld country along the Panorama Route three times in the last year. I wrote about my highlights for Travel Ideas magazine. Before you head out on a road trip along the…

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