Category: Africa

Askari Game Lodge and Spa Review

This post is based on my visit in 2014. The lodge has now been renamed to African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa and the reserve is now called Plumari Private Reserve. (2021 update) Askari Game Lodge and Spa Review I was kissed by an 18 year old elephant. It was a big, wet, slobbery kiss, but […]

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Things to do in Gaborone

Things to do in Gaborone I'd never been to Botswana before. Neither had I crossed a South African border by road before. The Madikwe Game Reserve was next to the Botswana border so it made sense to pay a short visit to Gaborone while I was in the vicinity. I would have loved to visit […]

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Electric atmosphere at Nelson Mandela memorial service

Nelson Mandela memorial service The atmosphere was electric – reminiscent of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a time when it was so beautiful to be South African. Despite it being a normal working day - and a gloomy, rainy day befitting the sad event- people came in their tens of thousands to the FNB stadium, the […]

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5 Fascinating Highlights of Morocco

Highlights of Morocco Morocco is one of the most fascinating African countries we've ever been to. There is so much to see there that it is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination every year. Travellers often combine it with a trip to Spain because the two countries are separated only by the Strait of Gibraltar. […]

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The Zoo Trot

Although I've been to the Johannesburg Zoo many times before, this was the first time I went for the Zoo Trot . It started at 7h30 which was a bit of a schlep as I had to wake up really early on the only day of the week that I can sleep in. Parking was also […]

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Maccauvlei on Vaal - Rich with history

In 1844, a colourful Voortrekker named Carel Pistorius bought a farm on the south bank of the Vaal River. Here he farmed sheep and planted a flourishing oak forest. Carel was better known as Kwaai Angus, a nickname he owed somewhat to his mistrust of women. The words "Women Deceiveth Ever" were even carved into […]

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O You! O Wow!

From the power packed presentations to the enthusiastic audience, from the many celebrities present to the biggest celebrity, Oprah herself, the O You! event was an O Wow! event. I knew that I wanted to attend it from the moment I first saw it advertised and when I received two free tickets from O, The […]

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Review: Mount Amanzi Resort

Review: Mount Amanzi Resort Mount Amanzi is an award-winning RCI Silver Crown resort, in the North West province of South Africa. Arrival: The crowd at Mount Amanzi on Friday afternoon was testament to its popularity. The car park was full of people arriving. We asked the security guard if it was like that every Friday […]

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Review: Riviera on Vaal

Riviera on Vaal had been on my local bucket list for a very long time. Just the name alone evoked images of beautiful waterside resorts that beckoned to me. Besides, I had always heard good things about it too. I finally got the opportunity to experience it first-hand a few days ago. Evidently it was […]

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Radisson Blu Sandton - Five-star Luxury In The City

Radisson Blu Sandton Review I have a soft spot for luxury hotels - especially those that come with luxurious gowns, Nespresso machines, free high-speed Wi-fi and great views. And the five-star Radisson Blu Sandton Hotel provided all of these. The modern, trendy hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Sandton's business district within walking […]

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Amani Spa Sandton - A Luxury Spa Experience

Amani Spa Sandton Review After getting a taster of Amani Spas at the SLOW Lounge at OR Tambo International a few months ago, I went for a more extensive pamper session to the luxury Amani Spa at the Radisson Blu Sandton this weekend. Now, there are spas and there are spas and the very fact […]

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OR Tambo International Airport lounges - 2 reviews

OR Tambo International Airport lounge reviews Spending long hours at the airport can be frustrating, but long waits are made infinitely easier with airport lounges. Airport Lounges offer one a comfortable sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the airport as well as snacks and drinks. We visited two lounges at OR Tambo International Airport. Slow […]

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Irene Country Lodge - a blissful countryside getaway

Irene Country Lodge Review Feeling stressed out by the city? Need some rest, relaxation and revitalisation in a rustic setting? You can get all this and more at the charming Irene Country Lodge in Pretoria, one of the gems in Protea Hotels By Marriott's luxurious African Pride collection. But unlike many of the others which […]

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Two days in Zanzibar...Hakuna Matata!

Two days in Zanzibar From across the sea, the enchanting island of Zanzibar beckoned to us. The stunning view of endless palm-fringed beaches was the perfect appetiser for our two-day visit and the shrubbery at the airport welcomed us warmly with the words “SMILE U R IN ZANZIBAR”. Zanzibar is an archipelago located in Tanzania, […]

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Masai Mara - Game viewers paradise

Masai Mara - Game viewers paradise About the Masai Mara The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most visited and renowned game viewing destinations in the world. Located in southwestern Kenya, it encompasses an area of over 1510 km2 and is home to large populations of wildlife. The wide open plains provide excellent […]

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