Category: Africa

The ultimate bucket list – part 1

The ultimate bucket list – part 1

No matter how long or short they may be, everyone has a list of things they want to see or do before they die. From skydiving to travelling around the world in a caravan, there are endless goals to achieve before kicking the bucket. To help get you started, we’re compiling the ultimate bucket list. [...]

Why mobile safaris are the best

Why mobile safaris are the best

Mobile safaris are by far the best way of getting into the bush. Firstly you have your very own private guide, the guides that run the luxury mobile safaris are inevitably the best in the business. It is a coveted job to run a mobile safari, and attracts only the very best. So now you [...]

Top 5 hot luxury safari ideas for Africa in 2014

Top 5 hot luxury safari ideas for Africa in 2014

We are always on the hunt for new and interesting things happening in Africa, and always have our finger on the pulse which is why we’re delighted to bring you our top five hot luxury safari ideas across Africa for 2014 – all of these can make the perfect addition to a safari, or can [...]

Top 5 places to go in February

Top 5 places to go in February

We all know that February is the season of amore, with love ballads blaring in shops, red and pink dotting every street corner, and restaurants filling up for that special Valentine’s Day dinner. So escape the commercial madness taking hold of the country, and spoil yourself by taking a trip to the following sunlit destinations: [...]

Top 10 white-sand beaches in the world

Top 10 white-sand beaches in the world

Does cold weather have you dreaming of a warm beach in an exotic location? Sun, sand, and surf tempt the winter-weary to enjoy marvelous fun and relaxation. Where the sparkling water meets gorgeous white sand, the penultimate imagination of paradise beckons. Here’s a look at ten of the best white sand beaches from around the [...]

Interview with Alison Scott, Commercial Director of Simpson Travel

Interview with Alison Scott, Commercial Director of Simpson Travel

Alison Scott joined Simpson Travel as the Commercial Director in June this year. However she is more than familiar with the Simpson Travel group having worked in Product and Operations for Simply Travel (a very successful tour operation run and owned by Graham Simpson for over 20 years and sold in the late 1990s) for over [...]

Luxury travel for those with disabilities

Luxury travel for those with disabilities

If you are filled with wanderlust but have a disability, planning a trip abroad can be a time consuming and frustrating task. For those who prefer luxury travel, specifically, the market still lags in resources that cater to the disabled traveller. Things are slowly starting to move in the right direction however, with more and [...]

Luxury South Africa safaris are storming ahead

Luxury South Africa safaris are storming ahead

South Africa safaris have long been known as some of the most luxurious in the world – the lodges are chic, modern and glamorous. The safaris aren’t quite as wild as those in East Africa and Botswana but thanks to the rand gbp exchange rate they are now not only half the price of safaris [...]

5 of the most unique places to dine out in Marrakech

5 of the most unique places to dine out in Marrakech

Marrakech is a hub of cultural strands, blending local Moroccan culture with classical European influences and Asian flair, along with a twist of contemporaneity. This intricate multicultural atmosphere is most evident in the city’s rich culinary offerings, that blend together a variety of flavours with deftness and subtlety. While the throngs of the Medina are [...]

Lion flipped five metres into the air by a buffalo!

Lion flipped five metres into the air by a buffalo!

The outlook did not look good for one young buffalo when it was recently brought to a halt by two lions in the Mjejane Reserve on the border of the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Incredibly, though, an adult buffalo came to the rescue, flipping one lion five metres into the air. See the dramatic [...]

5 of the best luxury bush lodges in South Africa to get away from it all

5 of the best luxury bush lodges in South Africa to get away from it all

When we say we want to “get away from it all”, what we really mean is that we want the romance and sanctuary of dwelling in nature while still having “it all”. We want the comfortable bed and plush down duvet; we love the luxury of cocktails on the balcony and having someone else do [...]

Recipe of the week: Turkey confit with honey and mustard sauce

Recipe of the week: Turkey confit with honey and mustard sauce

More often than not turkey tends to be desert-dry, but not with this delicious dish. Cooked in duck fat, the fat replaces the water and gives it a succulent and distinct flavour, whilst keeping the meat nice and tender. The tender turkey combined with the pleasantly crumbly and grainy texture of the polenta cake, and [...]

Top 7 most unusual treks across Africa

Top 7 most unusual treks across Africa

Whether you’ve visited this great continent before, or are thinking of heading there for the first time, the vastness and variety of Africa has something for everyone. Its many mountain ranges, villages and national parks offer enough trekking experiences to last a lifetime. Here is a selection of the most unique. Otter Trail, South Africa [...]

Why luxury Kenya safaris can still compete

Why luxury Kenya safaris can still compete

As we all know Kenya is not a political paradise, things happen there which always receive widespread publicity – sadly they are probably happening in other parts of the world regularly but the press do love to build up the Kenyan incidents until everyone thinks it has to be unsafe to travel. This of course [...]

Interview with Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director of The Ultimate Travel Company

Interview with Nick Van Gruisen, Managing Director of The Ultimate Travel Company

Nick Van Gruisen’s travel career started as a professional guide running camps and leading safaris in Botswana and South Africa. He then joined Lindblad Safaris, pioneers at the time of private plane safaris through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. In the 1980s he set up the UK office of the Tiger Mountain Group on the main [...]

The changing face of Cape Town

The changing face of Cape Town

I have just returned from Cape Town, some 12 years or so after my first visit there. Like all South African cities, Cape Town is of course a city that has seen phenomenal change in recent decades, ever since the abolition of apartheid and release of the now sadly late Nelson Mandela. In many respects, the city [...]

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