Tag Archives: Eco Lodge

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If you could go on just one holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go? I am most certainly bias, but South Africa is one of the world’s most beautiful and sought after travel destinations. It’s a damn fine tick off any bucketlist! With much to see and do, visitors are so spoiled for choice they often cannot […]

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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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Chobe River Safari Elephants Swimming
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My parents never took us on ‘Safari’. They took us to the Wildtuin – our name for the Kruger National Park in my Afrikaans family- at least once a year. I remember how me, my sister and my brother would fight for the window seats. And directly afterwards which window seat … just in case the one side of the car […]

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Yoga Retreat De Hoop
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I’ve PRACTISED (a fair amount of) Yoga in my life, but you’ll never think it. I’m afraid I’m no beginner, I’m simply out of shape … AND YET I BRAVED my first Yoga retreat this weekend – DIRECTLY AFTER AFRIKABURN – AS IT WAS HELD near my beloved ‘Koppie Alleen’ in ‘DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE’ with De Hoop Collection … Would you look at […]

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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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I’m not quite sure what I would single out as my main reason for considering Rocherpan Nature Reserve, about 15 km north of Veldrift on South Africa’s West Coast, as one of my favourite weekend spots in the Cape. A beach that stretches out for miles certainly plays a huge role (and we all know how […]

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Gamkaberg Nature Reserve Oukraal
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Gamkaberg Nature Reserve originates in, and penetrates to, the depths of my being. Under the custodianship of CapeNature, it reminds me that I travel not to escape life, but to not allow life to escape me. Roughly 30 kilometres south west of Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo of South Africa, isolated between the Gouritz River and the Rooiberg, the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, the […]

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I’ve mentioned countless times that I’m smitten with South Africa’s Overberg – a region east of Cape Town on the far side of the Hottentots-Holland mountain range. Katarina Mancama and I travelled through Gansbaai last year – a prominent area in the Overberg – celebrating this desitination’s recent GOLD for Best Responsible Tourism Destination at the International Responsible Tourism Awards in London.  I finally got round to […]

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Hotel Verde was built by owners Mario and Annemarie Delicio, whose vision and commitment are behind the design of Africa's greenest hotel.
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I often need to catch a flight at some ridiculous hour.  As much as I love travelling, I’m really not a fan of waking up at these hours to be in time for check in. Hotel Verde is like my saviour when it comes to this particular predicament. Every aspect of Hotel Verde is designed to be […]

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It has been a busy year. I collected quite a few new stamps in my passport and discovered some amazing new destinations. As this year comes to a close, I’m doing my annual review and planning 2016. Here, in no particular order, are my personal top 10 experiences shared on the blog this year. (Links […]

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Machangulu Beach Lodge
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I visited MACHANGULO BEACH LODGE,  an hour’s speedboat from Mozambique’s capital city Maputo.  With summer holidays around the corner in the southern hemisphere and my personal holiday planning in full swing, I thought I need to share this place with you. I remember exactly how I felt when I got up on the last morning to […]

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Little Kulala Dead Vlei Desert Hike Wilderness Safaris
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When last did you get tears in your eyes and a lump in your throat as you left a lodge after two nights? That happened to me – and at least three others I know of – on a recent trip to Namibia. When my husband and I were in our twenties, we loved nature […]

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