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Family safari at Jaci's Safari Lodge - Madikwe Game Reserve

There are few more exciting ways to start one’s day - a 5am outdoor shower followed by hot coffee and muffins then an early morning game drive. The radio cackles into life as the network of rangers across the reserve begin communicating with each other. We hear the word Makhanyane repeated frequently and we set […]

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My 2018 Year In Review

2018 seems to have flown by in a flash. It seems like not too long ago that I was recovering from – and writing about - my bumper 3-week December 2017 trip, when we visited Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and United Arab Emirates. In January, we just managed to visited Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens for […]

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25 Tips for Travelling with Children

If you are travelling with children, it can be challenging to say the least. Constant moaning, bickering siblings, and motion sickness are just some of the problems parents have to contend with. I've been travelling with mine from the time they were babies. It's easier now that they're older but it wasn't always easy. And we’ve learnt […]

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Strolling through the old town of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik was the first port of call on our Mediterranean cruise  . I must confess that I didn't know much about it a month before I went there- other than that it was a picturesque city with orange roofs that I'd love to visit someday - and the location of many Game Of Thrones scenes. […]

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Brahman Hills – Escape to the countryside

After a blistering hot spell, the cold front arrived as we checked in to Brahman Hills . However, apart from the fact that our panoramic views were obscured by rain and mist, we were happily ensconced in our comfortable cottage with a warm fireplace, electric blankets, heaters and a jacuzzi. We weren’t bored either, with […]

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Drakensberg Sun Resort - A great family getaway

Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, forests and lakes, and home to great sporting and entertainment facilities, the family-friendly Drakensberg Sun Resort is one of the most popular resorts in the Central Drakensberg area. It is spread over eight hectares in the picturesque Cathkin Park area, within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The resort celebrated […]

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Meet Travis ... and say goodbye to language barriers

Imagine arriving at an airport and trying to explain to a taxi driver where to go to in a language you don’t speak... Imagine moving to a new country due to necessity but not understanding the language… Imagine going to a doctor in a foreign country but being unable to explain what is bothering you… […]

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How to deal with emergencies when travelling

Several years ago I was on a cruise in the Caribbean Seas. While having fun at sea one day we heard about a tragedy that occurred there. A young boy had been ice skating on the onboard skating rink when he tripped and fell. Another skater happened to be passing him at the same time […]

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The Nest Hotel - Grand Old Lady of the Drakensberg

The welcome letter at The Nest Hotel hinted that we may return home with a few kilograms to shed. They weren't kidding. One of the few resort hotels in South Africa that still serve sumptuous cuisine a la table d'hote , the food is a big draw card here.  Hearty breakfasts, three-course lunches and six- […]

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Review: Garden Court Umhlanga

A few years ago there was a Tsogo Sun advertisement on television, where a man arrives at his hotel and feels like he’s come home. I was reminded of that advertisement when I arrived at Garden Court Umhlanga . Although I had stayed at that particular hotel only once before, I had stayed at many […]

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Explore Johannesburg's Heritage Sites

I receive a lot of invitations to events, but since it takes time and effort to attend, I have to be quite selective about which ones I accept. However,  when I received an invitation to explore Johannesburg during Heritage Month, I knew that this was one event I wanted to attend. In fact, when I […]

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Things to do in Johannesburg – Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

If your children love to fidget / experiment , are budding scientists or struggling with science, then you definitely need to take them to Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg’s Newtown district. Here the words “Don’t Touch” don’t exist and they can touch, feel, press and play to their little hearts’ content. Scientific concepts are explained with […]

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