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White lions in the Timbavati

In my years of travelling across Southern and Eastern Africa, I have been privileged to witness some of the most incredible sights – the annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara for example, or the birth of an African elephant. I now have another “lifer” to add to the list, and it is […]

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The meerkats of Moolmanshoek

Up close and personal with meerkats

Somewhere deep in the heart of South Africa’s rolling Free State province is a quiet forgotten backroad which offers something completely off the beaten track and helps to prove why Africa is such an amazing continent, with its mind-boggling range of unique destinations – Moolmanshoek. Moolmanshoek is located in a tranquil, lush valley fed by […]

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Paddling through the Nile river (© Nile River Explorers)!

My Africa overlanding trip highlights: days 1-12

Jambo rafiki! Habari gani (how are you)? Hope you had a fabulous Christmas… I know I’ve been extremely quiet lately (and I truly apologize for this), but the internet connection in Africa can be “very” challenging. Fortunately, I am now in an area where the internet is pretty good (cross fingers), so hopefully I’ll be […]

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Ibo – a living museum

The Bard had it right when he asked “what’s in a name?” Nothing? Perhaps. Everything? Maybe. And although roses do indeed smell as sweet if we do not know what they are, there are just some names, some words which carry tremendous power and promise and which evoke in us something almost mystical. For me, […]

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Mozambican island magic

There’s something to be said for tropical islands. Every one I’ve ever visited has claimed to be a “paradise” and has the obligatory palm trees lining an impossibly perfect-looking beach. And they do tend to bring out the surfer chic in me as I go for the ultimate bronze tan and the sportiest swimsuit I […]

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Safari booking, 4 essential steps

The preparation and research which go into booking an African safari is exciting, but can also sometimes be time-consuming, confusing and stressful. The steps leading up to the booking of a safari are not always clear, and first-time potential safari-goers may become overwhelmed with the amount of information available as well as the wide range […]

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Lugenda – Mozambique’s lost wilderness

There is a wild place in the far north of Mozambique which has been “calling” to me for years. Filled with the promise of a wilderness experience par none and some of the most amazing scenery on offer on the African continent, the call has been persistent – “come to Niassa….” it whispered to me. […]

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Just landed in Nairobi

Jambo rafiki! I have just landed in Nairobi, and it feels so GREAT to be back to Africa. It’s been about 10 years since the last time I came to Kenya, but it almost seems as if it was yesterday. The city centre is still very much congested (got stuck in traffic for about one […]

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