Making the most of the Mara – Part 2 – Where to stay?
Sep19

Making the most of the Mara – Part 2 – Where to stay?

In this, the second part of our Masai Mara review, we share with you some of the choices of accommodation that can make or mar(a) your stay in this fantastic Kenyan wildlife reserve. Unlike Tanzania (that has high government taxes, which virtually double the cost of accommodation) it’s possible to stay within the Mara at anything from outlandishly opulent to relatively budget conscious throughout the park. The options are too...

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Making the most of the Mara – Part 1 – When & How to travel?
Sep05

Making the most of the Mara – Part 1 – When & How to travel?

As one of the most extensive and well stocked parks in Kenya, it’s not surprising that the Masai Mara is a focal point for tourists. Important, therefore, to plan carefully to avoid disappointment. In this, the first part of our Masai Mara review we share with you our opinion on the choices of timing and methods of travel to this fantastic location. Inevitably, the most well stocked and iconic wildlife parks will always be the...

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Lake Naivasha’s expanding ripples of life
Aug08

Lake Naivasha’s expanding ripples of life

As we stand on its shores, an elegant crisp white apparition slices through the waters of Lake Naivasha with a simple flash of colour for identification. Today it’s the startling plumage of the lake’s Pelicans that recreate this enduring illusion of the Imperial Airways Flying Boats that once made the lake the first and largest International Airport in Kenya. This beautiful freshwater lake is almost 13kms across, but with shallow...

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Ship of the Desert?
Jun13

Ship of the Desert?

The Raft restaurant on the shore of Walvis Bay lagoon, in Namibia, is a welcome break from thousands of miles of sand! In Namibia you either have a surfeit of sand, or sea – there’s not much else. That’s not to say it isn’t one of the most fascinating countries we’ve ever visited, because it is. From the massive Fish River Canyon in the south to the tribal lands of Damaraland in the north; the huge dunes of Sossusvlei and parched pans...

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Stepping out in Stone Town
May02

Stepping out in Stone Town

The best way to appreciate Stone Town’s history in Zanzibar, is simply to walk the streets. Although the principal building material of Stone Town is coral, hence its name, the warm-coloured stone has been sculpted by successive occupiers to leave their cultural and architectural signatures throughout. Zanzibar’s strategic and easily accessible location along the East African coast made it a cosmopolitan melting pot, where...

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Vines, Virgin and Views
Apr18

Vines, Virgin and Views

Visit Mont Rochelle National Park in the winelands of South Africa and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t stay in Sir Richard Branson’s estate of the same name. Unlike many boutique hotels with traditional architecture and aspirations, Mont Rochelle excels by achieving a showcase resort whilst retaining a magical ambiance that embraces the guest – almost enticing them to become part of the family. Sir Richard Branson...

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