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Luxury and style at ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya

By Roxanne Reid. The Chyulu Hills in southeast Kenya were green when we visited in early June, surrounded by open plains sprinkled with trees – a place to see munching giraffes, white-bearded wildebeest, kongoni and gerenuk. This is Maasai land so sometimes you see a herder with a bright red shuka in the distance, standing […]

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Highlights of Kenya’s Maasai Mara

By Roxanne Reid. To lovers of safari and wildlife, the words Maasai Mara conjure scenes of abundant game and endless plains dotted with trees. This national reserve in southwest Kenya is some 1510 square kilometres, or 2500 square kilometres if you count the surrounding conservancies – a riot of cinematic vistas, plains game and big […]

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Highlights of lakes Naivasha and Nakuru in Kenya

​By Roxanne Reid. If you grew up reading books like Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa and Elspeth Huxley’s Flame Trees of Thika, you’ll understand what a thrill it is to stand somewhere between Nairobi and Naivasha at a viewpoint over the Great Rift Valley, a 9600km trench that carves its way through East Africa. Here […]

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Highlights of the Chyulu Hills, Kenya

By Roxanne Reid. Somewhere between Tsavo East and Amboseli national parks in south-eastern Kenya you’ll find the green Chyulu Hills, where we began our East African adventure. Snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro hovers on the horizon, a backdrop to classic landscapes of lone umbrella trees and open plains. Here are some of the highlights of the Chyulu […]

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Past and present collide in Namibia’s ghost town

By Roxanne Reid. I’ve talked before about how diamonds at Kolmanskop were so plentiful in the early 1900s that you could pluck them by the fistful off the open ground. The boom didn’t last long, but during its heyday some 1300 people lived and worked here. Today past and present collide with haunting magnetism at Kolmanskop […]

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Magical tree house in the Baviaanskloof

​By Roxanne Reid. As a child I dreamed of climbing the Magic Faraway Tree to find a different world among its branches. Spending a night in a magical tree house in the Baviaanskloof recently made me feel like a kid again as I explored its crooked corners and mismatched colours, discovered the secret garden below. ​You’ll […]

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Kolmanskop: why to visit Namibia’s ghost town

By Roxanne Reid. Diamonds so plentiful you could pluck them by the fistful off the open ground. And then they were gone. People lived and worked here, but the wind and sand have swept them away too. This is Kolmanskop, Namibia’s ghost town. It’s a bleak windswept patch on the edge of the Namib Desert […]

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Soar in a hot air balloon over Sossusvlei in Namibia

By Roxanne Reid. It was cold there in the desert before dawn, our lips blue, noses pinched. But we didn’t mind. Wrapped in warm jackets and beanies, we were about to soar in a hot air balloon over Sossusvlei in Namibia in time to see the sun rise over the dunes. After a 05:30 pickup […]

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The thrill of a sunset drive in the Kgalagadi

​By Roxanne Reid. If you only have two or three days in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, you want to make the most of your time there. Going on a guided sunset drive is a great way to do that, leaving the camp behind to watch the sun set in natural surroundings and spot nocturnal animals […]

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48 hours in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

By Roxanne Reid. In some 40 visits to the Kalahari we’ve racked up about 400 days. And they’ve always been exhilarating. But on a recent trip around the Northern Cape’s arid parks, we had only 48 hours in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We were worried it wouldn’t be enough. We were wrong. Our first sighting the afternoon […]

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Why to love the Skilpad chalets in Namaqualand

By Roxanne Reid. There are just four chalets in the Skilpad section of the Namaqua National Park near Kamieskroon in the Northern Cape, but lots of reasons to love them. The Skilpad (tortoise) chalets are set apart in a landscape that’s naturally peaceful, just the sound of birds or the breeze. Two are set a […]

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17 things to do at Augrabies Falls National Park

​By Roxanne Reid. Some 120km west of Upington in the Northern Cape is a landscape that could be from another planet. Although it’s the Augrabies Falls that lures visitors here, you’ll also find arid-adapted animals and plants, fascinating rocks, hikes and more. Here’s my pick of 17 things to do at Augrabies Falls National Park. 1. See […]

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12 reasons to visit Namaqua National Park

​By Roxanne Reid. If you hear the word Namaqualand, it’s a fair bet that the words ‘spring flowers’ will instantly pop into your head. But the Namaqua National Park near Kamieskroon in South Africa’s Northern Cape is not just for spring visits. Here are 12 reasons to visit at any time of year. 1. Spring […]