Stalking Leopards on Safari at Becks Safari Lodge

Becks Safari Lodge

Becks Safari Lodge in Karongwe Private Game Reserve, near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, has the finishings of a five-star property, an African bush ambiance, and is small and private enough to make you feel as though you have it all to yourself. And…

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8 easy ways to be a responsible traveller in 2018

When the clock tick-tocks midnight on New Year’s Eve, we’re reminded of how finite our time is and become acutely aware of the 365 days of possibilities. This new revolution around the sun usually comes with ambitious New Years’ resolutions. We promise ourselves that we’ll…

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My 2017 highlights in photographs

It’s become an annual tradition now – to map out a photographic essay of the countries and destinations I’ve travelled to throughout the year. You may read my 2015 and 2016 travel highlights too. This year I welcomed the new year with two dear friends in Mozambique…

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Axum: in search of the Ark of the Covenant

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a land of royalty, ruins and angels. It narrates stories of human origins, kings and queens, biblical figures and relics. One of the many reasons why it’s such an extraordinary travel destination is that it has the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites…

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16 fascinating facts about Ethiopia

Ethiopia

  Fact #1: Ethiopia was rated as one of the top countries to visit in 2017 This year Lonely Planet named Ethiopia one of the countries you should visit in 2017. After a two-week trip to the capital city, Addis Ababa, and the northern region – Axum,…

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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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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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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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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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