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Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa

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 inquisitively. I was engulfed by an exhilarating feeling of […]

What to do in Hong Kong in 36 hours

Do you have limited time in Hong Kong? Read on to discover what 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 Kong International Airport. The sign facing me said […]

Malaysia Part 7 - Memories of Melaka

  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 I do regret not […]

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 […]

Bush adventures in Kruger National Park

Bush adventures in Kruger National Park My husband and I are bush (safari) addicts. We travel to game reserves, utilising any opportunity we get. Armed with the all-important map of the reserve, our checklist promising the many different species one can see there and some snacks to keep us going until we get to the […]

Review: Askari Game Lodge and Spa

I was kissed by an 18 year old elephant. It was a big, wet, slobbery kiss, but it was delightful. I had to feed him oranges first, though - he took one from my hand, I threw the second one into his mouth and he took the third from my mouth with his trunk. Yes, […]

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 […]

2013: My year in blogging

2013: A review of my blogging year I started blogging in 2013 during which I visited Malaysia , China , Hong Kong and Botswana. Locally I visited Irene Country Lodge , Gold Reef City Hotel ,  Radisson Blu Sandton , Bon Hotel Riviera on Vaal, Mount Amanzi, Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel and Spa and […]

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 Chobe and the Okavango Delta […]

Electric atmosphere at 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. (See World Cup 2010 fever.) 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 […]

Review: Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel and Spa

During the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, long before the official on-field battles for the Cup began, two prominent teams were engaged in another sort of battle. Mexico and Portugal were both fighting for the privilege of staying at Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel and Spa . And they were only two of […]

The Medina of Fez and other highlights of Morocco

Morocco is one of the most fascinating, exotic 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. My husband […]

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