Category: Africa

Why is Botswana a holiday hotspot for 2015?

Why is Botswana a holiday hotspot for 2015?

It’s that time of year when we’re all planning our travels for 2015 and now has never been a better time to visit Botswana. ABTA, the UK’s largest travel association, has released a list of ‘Destinations to watch’ in 2015 and Botswana is right up there at number two! The list includes a mixture of […]

6 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

6 tried and tested travel accessories from my latest trip

On one of my latest excursions, I did back-to-back trips to London and Marrakech. In London, I was working on an assignment for American Express, putting a piece together about some iconic viewpoints from venues around the city, whilst in Marrakech I was attending a luxury travel conference but also enjoying a little free time […]

5 of Southern Africa's best photographic destinations

5 of Southern Africa’s best photographic destinations

When I started travelling and working in Africa about seven years ago, you didn’t see too many tourists walking around with fancy SLR cameras and bazooka-like lenses. How things have changed. With ever better and more user-friendly digital cameras and equipment available at ever more affordable prices, and with any number of social media channels […]

Eat like a local in South Africa

Eat like a local in South Africa

South Africa is a world class holiday destination with a rainbow nation as vibrant as the beautiful scenery it’s renowned for. Cooking is an integral part of any culture, and with the mixing pot of influences and heritages to draw on in South Africa, you’ll have a variety of rainbow cooking and cuisines to try […]

Interview with Larry Klimczyk, Executive Director of International Vacation Home Exchange

Interview with Larry Klimczyk, Executive Director of International Vacation Home Exchange

A travel junkie, Larry Klimczyk got the bug early in life when joining an international courier company; this is back in the day when people actually traveled overseas to deliver important business documents! Born in Seattle, he has worked in about 35 countries around the globe and visited nearly 70. Today his passion is in […]

Photograph of the week: Sunrise in the Seychelles

Photograph of the week: Sunrise in the Seychelles

Many people visit the Seychelles for a relaxing beach holiday, complete with lengthy lie-ins, casual strolls on the sand, or lazing on the beach under the tropical afternoon sun. However, for those willing to sacrifice a bit of sleep, the Seychelles are also home to some of the world’s most spectacular sunrises, such as this […]

Top 5 luxury mobile safaris in Africa

Top 5 luxury mobile safaris in Africa

Mobile safaris in Africa are the best way to see the bush if you want a completely private guide, camp and staff all to yourself. Often these mobile camps will be set up in the most remote and off the beaten track locations one could possibly imagine, and you will be in areas where game […]

5 luxury boltholes where you might not expect

5 luxury boltholes where you might not expect

What do you think of when you think of luxury?  A grand hotel and butler service? Yes, indeed – but such luxury has a time and a place.  At other times getting away from the textbook description and finding a place others haven’t or stumbling across a gem where you least expect is as good if not […]

5 things to do on a luxury break in Tunis

5 things to do on a luxury break in Tunis

For the avid traveller, Tunis is the perfect prelude to the beautiful and diverse country of Tunisia. Not only is it the window to the heart and soul of the country but as its capital, it is the largest and home to a population of over 2,300,000 people. But this bustling city filled with charming […]

3 luxury retreats in South Africa's rugged North West

3 luxury retreats in South Africa’s rugged North West

Flanked by the Kalahari Desert and Magaliesberg mountain range, South Africa’s North West province is famous for its rugged hills and vast plains of untamed African bushveld. This malaria-free region is within easy reach of Johannesburg and makes a convenient escape from the city. And with its sophisticated collection of luxury accommodation, there is no […]

Interview with Tim Bewer, Founder and Director of Isan Explorer

Interview with Tim Bewer, Founder and Director of Isan Explorer

Originally from Wisconsin in the USA, Tim has lived full-time in Khon Kaen, Thailand since 2007. After a short stint as a legislative assistant, he gave up the 9-5 to become a travel writer-photographer and has since written or co-written over two dozen guidebooks for Lonely Planet and other publishers covering destinations as diverse as […]

10 great reasons to take a luxury Kenya safari in 2015

10 great reasons to take a luxury Kenya safari in 2015

Kenya has taken an absolute battering recently and we feel so sorry for the guys out there, just trying to make ends meet. Terrorists are very active everywhere in the world and the terrorist threat in Kenya has recently dropped to almost nil. Kenya has so much to offer the luxury safari enthusiast and it […]

Best African sundowners to enjoy post-safari

Best African sundowners to enjoy post-safari

There is nothing like coming back from the dusty exhilaration of a safari to watch the sun dip majestically below the horizon with a chilled beverage in hand. From lagers to liqueurs, Africa serves up sundowners that are uniquely their own and sitting on a lodge deck or relaxing at the campsite for a sunset […]

Experiences worth bragging rights!

Experiences worth bragging rights!

It’s all about the experience. That’s what we are told. With reports coming from BCG and American Express, consumers are spending their money on luxury experiences instead of premium goods. The UK has recently looked into Britain’s ‘Super Rich’ where Jacques Peretti investigates how the super-rich are transforming Britain and where they spend their money. […]

Short stay: Palais Namaskar, Marrakech, Morocco

Short stay: Palais Namaskar, Marrakech, Morocco

You may have already read the post ‘3 unique yet luxurious experiences in Marrakech‘ which details a handful of the opportunites that came about as a result of attending PURE Life Experiences, a great event that caters specifically for many of the smaller operators within the luxury travel industry. During my time at the conference, […]

3 unique yet luxurious experiences in Marrakech

3 unique yet luxurious experiences in Marrakech

When attending PURE Life Experiences in Marrakech last year, I knew I’d be in for some pleasant surprises. My last visit to the city had been 25 years ago and I was aware there had been many changes, particularly with respect to Marrakech’s luxury offering and with the introduction of a number of high end […]

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