Category: Africa

One night in Marrakech

One night in Marrakech

I was not in love with Morocco when we first arrived in Marrakesh an hour before sunset. The journey had been long, the roads bumpy and the bus driver clearly demented. The hotel manager who welcomed us took one look at my doleful expression and insisted we drop our bags and head straight back out […]

Photograph of the week: Victoria Falls

Photograph of the week: Victoria Falls

Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe on the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls is said to have the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The waterfall was named in honor of Queen Victoria by explorer David Livingston in 1855. Locals on the Zambian side call it “The Smoke That Thunders.” At 108m/360ft high […]

5 eco-friendly stays you won't want to miss

5 eco-friendly stays you won’t want to miss

In the last five years the travel industry has picked up its act when it comes to offering sustainable experiences. Not only have more agencies, accommodations and destinations embraced the eco agenda, but many have done so without making the holiday goer sacrifice an ounce of luxury. Good news for those seeking a richer and […]

Suite of the week: L’Ilot, private island in Mauritius

Suite of the week: L’Ilot, private island in Mauritius

Suite name: L’Ilot Location: Mauritius Size of accommodation: 280 square metres Cost per night: €550 to €1050 (minimum stay: 1 week) What makes it special: L’Ilot lies in a rock platform approximately 100m from the coastline. This is your private villa on your very own private island. Hidden in paradise, this contemporary villa sits on a sand bed surrounded by […]

Franschhoek: a little piece of France nestled between the mountains of South Africa

Franschhoek: a little piece of France nestled between the mountains of South Africa

The Cape Winelands, situated in the Western Cape Province, is the largest wine producing region in South Africa. The wines from this area are well known all around the world and also produce some of the best international wines each year. Tourists flock to the Cape Winelands not only for the great wines but also […]

Top 5 African safari experiences

Top 5 African safari experiences

An incredible shared family experience, a romantic encounter or simply an unforgettable adventure – whatever type of luxury safari holiday you wish to enjoy, time spent exploring the wilds of Africa is sure to be rewarding, absorbing and ultimately enriching. Explore remarkable malaria-free African reserves, where the Big Five roam free and you can spend a […]

Top 5 ways to make sure she says 'yes' when you propose on safari

Top 5 ways to make sure she says ‘yes’ when you propose on safari

Africa is one of the world’s most luxurious destinations and with the wide open spaces comes unrivalled romanticism. The vast plains dotted with wildlife and stunning sunsets and sunrises make Africa one of the top places to propose. This continent is not only for honeymoons but also a fantastic place to start your engagement. On […]

4 of the world's best luxury honeymoon combinations

4 of the world’s best luxury honeymoon combinations

With the nuptial season slowly but surely creeping upon us, there’s a flurry of weddings on the way… and with weddings, of course, come honeymoons. Calling all grooms (and untrusting brides), here is our guide to some of the top honeymoon destination combinations around the world. Oman & the Maldives  Best to travel during and […]

6 places in Cape Town to indulge in culinary heaven

6 places in Cape Town to indulge in culinary heaven

When it comes to fine dining, South Africa definitely doesn’t have to stand back for any country. With many influences from Malaysian, Indian and European cuisine, South Africa is sure to astound any foodie with it’s truly unique fusion of flavours. Just to give you a bit of historic background, Jan van Riebeeck, a Dutch […]

Family fun at Desroches Island: kayaking, fishing and even tortoise feeding

Family fun at Desroches Island: kayaking, fishing and even tortoise feeding

Desroches Island, the luxurious remote island in the Seychelles, is set to launch Kids’ Haven, to provide its younger guests with inspiring, exciting and unusual experiences and activities. Kids’ Haven launches on 1st June 2013 with a selection of stimulating and exhilarating activities for children and teens including fishing, kayaking, skills learning and tortoise feeding. […]

14 vineyards worth visiting

14 vineyards worth visiting

A few years ago South African friends of ours introduced us to some rather lovely South African wines, thankfully just before we re-visited the country for our honeymoon.  It has rather started a habit of seeking out a vineyard to visit whenever we’re on holiday.  We’ve been nicely surprised with some UK ones too!  We […]

Shhhh... community-owned luxury in Kenya

Shhhh… community-owned luxury in Kenya

One of my favourite camps in Africa is up in northern Kenya in a massive wildlife conservancy called Namunyak.  You can be forgiven for never having heard of it – not many people have.  It’s north of Mount Kenya, and not too far from Samburu Game Reserve. The camp in question is called Sarara Camp. […]

11 unforgettable dining experiences

11 unforgettable dining experiences

Something we always do on holiday is find a special place to dine and we’ve been jotting them down in Evernote for a long while now! Staying in a self-catering or a more basic boutique hotel away from the hum drum is quite a good way to save some pennies but still enjoy the finer […]

8 unusual things to do in South Africa

8 unusual things to do in South Africa

Housing some of the world’s most rare and incredible species of wildlife, not to mention a host of award-winning restaurants and beaches, your South Africa holiday will definitely not be boring. No matter where you stay in South Africa, you are bound to encounter a variety of life-defining sights and experiences, from the country’s stunning landscape […]

Photograph of the week: Leopard in the Maasai Mara

Photograph of the week: Leopard in the Maasai Mara

This leopard is called Fig and was there in the tree with his mother Acacia. They are two of the resident leopards that live near Porini Lion Camp in the Olare Orok Conservancy, Maasai Mara. Photographer Mohanjeet Brar was with the Porini Lion Camp Maasai guides who know the leopards’ territory well and that morning […]

Where Sir David Attenborough filmed some of the footage for the BBC's 'Africa'

Where Sir David Attenborough filmed some of the footage for the BBC’s ‘Africa’

“What a marvellous example of how people and wildlife can live alongside one another. Thank you all.” Those are the words of Sir David Attenborough after his visit to Porini Amboseli whilst filming some of the BBC’s ‘Africa’ series. You don’t get many finer accolades than that, and this is testament to what the camp is all […]

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