Tag Archives: Cultural Tourism

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People often ask me where the safest place in South Africa to venture to as a traveller is, and my answer is always the same: Fundudzi Cultural Camp – There, up there in northern Venda, where princesses reign and kings overlook valleys of history. Picture this: I’m shooting in northern Venda, Zimbabwe bordering to the north, just south of […]

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Dee Lourens Travel Blog 2
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I will ​not ​be able to attest to it being ‘the most most luxurious train in the world’, as I’m not really a luxury-traveler in every sense of the word, but what I can most certainly attest to, is that Rovos Rail will be one of the rides of your life. I wanted more than anything to […]

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The magnificent dam, full of trout and bass they say.
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My friend Milton Schorr – who regularly contributes to My blog WITH HIS EPIC STORIES – drove his motorcycle named Richard in the direction of Greyton, South Africa, and had such a moving tale to tell I had to share… Travel writing is usually about saying beautiful things about beautiful places, inspiring the reader to get out and […]

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Beto Batik Artist of Maputo Drying Wax Print
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My friends Malcolm and Kristina (from the Manda Wilderness Community Trust and Nkwichi Lodge) met Beto in a small studio in Albazine on the outskirts of Maputo, Mozambique. The story they had to share was so beautiful, I just had to ask them to share it with us here … An Artisan’s Art The wind causes the […]

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Timkat Ethiopia
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“Your jacket looks as if you bought if from a camel herder!”, the woman sang directly in front of me. The beat of the drum, accompanying her rattling off a rhythm, echoed the laughter around the room. “I can see your shoes are a treasured family heirloom!” More bursts of laughter followed that of the […]

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San Rock Art Cederberg South Africa
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The Cederberg is world renowned for its diverse, abundant and spectacular San rock art created by the /Xam of the Karoo. /Xam were the original hunter-gatherers, who roamed this harsh and beautiful landscape for thousands of years, and are distant relatives of the Ju/hoansi of the Kalahari. They described themselves as zhu/twasi or ‘true people’ […]

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9/11 memorial fountains
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Daréll Lourens visits The National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York City. It is a space alive with remembrance and renewal, respectively commemorating the six civilians killed in the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, and 2,507 civilians, 72 law enforcement officers, 343 firefighters, and 55 military personnel, who died on 11th September 2001. The visit takes […]

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Nhoma Safari Camp Hunting San Namibia
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Turning off the main road between Grootfontein and Rundu, at a road sign that indicates Tsumkwe 220 km, I was feeling rather sceptical.  We were heading for an area just west of Khaudum National Park in the remote north-eastern part of Namibia. The assurance was an authentic cultural interaction with the Ju/’hoan San people. Unfortunately, […]

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white lion
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I recently visited The Global White Lion Protection Trust – a Non Profit Organisation which has spent years in establishing a protected area of nearly 5000 acres for White Lions in the heart of their natural endemic habitat. This area, once declared a sacred site by African kings, is now (unfortunately) a commercial lion trophy hunting region […]

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domba
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In the heart of traditional Venda territory, snuggled at the foot of the Luaname Mountains, just above the village of Mukumbani, lies African Ivory Route’s Fundudzi Cultural Camp. Natural forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls boast with such fertility that there is little wonder why modern tea plantations and forestry flourish between the well populated rural villages. You will need […]

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If someone had to ask me to choose a single tourism destination that successfully works alongside a holistic ecosystem and the preservation of it, it would be Kurisa Moya on the outskirts of Magoesbaskloof. No doubt. Still bathing in the joy of winning Gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards, I find it quite apt […]

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KAPAWI 23
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I recently had the privilege of chatting to Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve, one of the most remote, ecologically responsible and cultural sensible Amazon Jungle Ecolodges in the world. Within minutes of hearing their stories I knew that a visit to this Amazon Jungle Lodge really contributes to sustainable socio – cultural communities and the protection […]

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