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How to apply for a passport online

For updates on the How to apply for a passport online process, be sure to enter your email address here. Don't forget to click on the confirmation link in the email you receive. When travelling abroad the general rule is that your passport needs to be valid for 6 months. Most countries require this. My […]

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10 myths and misconceptions about Mauritius - Dispelled #MyMauritius

I don’t know about you but I had many misconceptions about Mauritius before I went there – mainly because of the myths and misconceptions spread by others who had not even been there themselves. After going there, these misconceptions have been cleared up. Here are 10 myths about Mauritius dispelled 1. Mauritius is only a […]

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Life is sweet at Sugar Beach Mauritius #mymauritius

The (wise) decision to visit Mauritius is inevitably followed by that age-old question - where to stay in Mauritius ? Every coast has its merits but if it’s calm waters, white powdery beaches and spectacular sunsets that you’re after, then West is best, especially for families. On the leeward west coast, planets away from everyday […]

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11 Family-friendly things to do in Mauritius Besides Water Sports #mymauritius

“Welcome to Paradise” said the Captain as the plane touched down in Mauritius. One did not have to look far to discover the motivation for such a bold claim. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is synonymous with postcard-like turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, palm trees and year-round sunshine. Mauritius had been on my bucket […]

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Tintswalo at Lapalala - a sustainable wilderness experience in the lap of luxury

As the sun began its descent towards the horizon, we drifted lazily along the river, surrounded by ancient mountains and bushveld-covered valleys.  Skittish waterbuck scrambled behind the trees as we approached, and a trio of hippos ahead of us bobbed up and down over the water surface. Above, a fish eagle surveyed us from its […]

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50 things to do in Cape Town

Cape Town, also known as South Africa’s Mother City, is consistently listed amongst the best cities in the world.  It is endowed with abundant natural beauty, many opportunities for adventure, world-class shopping and food, and captivating history. I often get asked about things to do in Cape Town so here are my recommendations. I have […]

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The ultimate seaside escape at The Plettenberg

Long walks on golden beaches, year-round sunshine, the scent of the ocean breeze in your nostrils and the sea and forest at your doorstep. Add to this – personalised service, barefoot luxury and the freshest gourmet seafood – and you have the ultimate seaside escape. You have The Plettenberg . The exclusive five-star hotel in […]

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Sustainability in 2020 and beyond

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” Robert Swan The statistics are mind-boggling: In 2016, the world’s’ cities generated over 2 billion tonnes of solid waste, amounting to a footprint of 0.74 kilograms per person per day. This is only expected to increase. An estimated five trillion plastic […]

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Experience the magic of the Zambezi at Royal Chundu

“You cannot leave Africa,” Africa said. “It is always with you, there inside your head. Our rivers run in currents, in the swirl of your thumbprints; Our drumbeats, counting out your pulse, Our coastline, the silhouette of your soul.” Bridget Dore The best African destinations are rich with fascinating experiences. Experiences that are made even […]

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9 Things to do in the Garden Route, South Africa

The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most picturesque areas. It makes an amazing road trip and holiday destination– for the whole family. Sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains on the one side, and the Indian Ocean on the other, the route snakes along a narrow coastal road between Mossel Bay in the […]

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How to plan an international trip – DIY for beginners

These days, booking a trip yourself has become infinitely easier with the Internet. However, people often say that they prefer to use travel agents because they are afraid to plan a trip themselves – afraid of doing something wrong, afraid of booking the wrong flights, afraid of booking accommodation in the wrong area etc. It […]

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Victoria Falls - What you need to know

9 days, 4 countries, and umpteen experiences - many outside my comfort zone. I was enchanted by the Victoria Falls , canoed in hippo and crocodile infested waters, rode a horse in a game reserve and was almost attacked by a massive baboon. Africa is wild .. and wonderful. What started off as a simple trip […]

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