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Sunnyside Park Hotel - A valuable Johannesburg treasure

2020 Update: Sunnyside Park Hotel has been rebranded to Holiday Inn Johannesburg Sunnyside Park It is not often that one gets to spend the night at a national monument and historic treasure. I had the privilege of doing just that recently. Right on my doorstep, in the historic suburb of Parktown, is a national monument […]

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Rovos Rail - The Pride of Africa

Rovos Rail - The Pride of Africa “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson I sat at the window of my ultra-luxurious suite and watched Africa go by. As the landscape transformed from congested city […]

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Review: Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate

If you are a golfer, or married to one as I am, then you may know that Fancourt is a golfer’s paradise. With three championship Gary Player golf courses consistently rated in the Top 20 Golf Courses in South Africa, it is easy to see why. What you may not know is that Fancourt is […]

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Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa Review & Magaliesberg Canopy Tour

Review: Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa Magaliesberg Canopy Tour The beauty was spectacular. I was surrounded by 2400 million year old mountains. Thirty metres below me, a pebbled stream ran through the gorge, flanked by mini-waterfalls. The air was fresh and the sun was shining through the trees. Forest birds and animals peered at us […]

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What to do in Hong Kong in 36 hours

What to do in Hong Kong in 36 hours... Do you have limited time in Hong Kong? Read on to discover things to do in Hong Kong in 36 hours... “Two tickets to Stewart Road , Wan Chai” , I said to the sturdy woman behind the ticket counter. The bus terminal was just outside Hong […]

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Malaysia Part 7 - Memories of Melaka

Experiences in Melaka , Malaysia Not all my memories of Melaka are good but more about that later… When researching Malaysia, Melaka emerged as one of the most interesting places in the country as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site, so we included a one night stay there. I don’t regret going there. However […]

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Malaysia Part 6 - Legoland Malaysia and Singapore

Legoland Malaysia was the highlight of my childrens’ Malaysia visit. It was also one of two reasons why we booked a few days at Johor Bahru, which is about 4 hours by bus from Kuala Lumpur. The second reason was that it was near the border of Singapore, so we could visit Singapore for the […]

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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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Malaysia Part 5 - Highlights of Penang

We visited several cities in Malaysia. Although I enjoyed most of them, Penang was my favourite. It is Malaysia’s most visited tourist destination and makes for a great holiday. Due to its well-preserved heritage buildings Penang’s capital, Georgetown, is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. You can alternate your days between sightseeing (there is a […]

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2013: My year in blogging

2013: A review of my blogging year In 2013, I decided to start a blog where I would combine two of my passions, traveling and writing . I had been traveling since I was little, but it was now time to start writing abut my travels too. Internationally, I visited Malaysia and Singapore in January […]

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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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Shangri La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Welcome to the Shangri-La , an oasis of peace and contentment. No, this is not the mythical Shangri-La from the novel, “Lost Horizon” by British author James Hilton, but rather the Shangri La Hotel Kuala Lumpur , an oasis from the sweltering heat and bustle of Malaysia’s capital city. You are treated like royalty from the […]

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