Why Morocco Should Be Your Next Winter Destination

If you’re planning a winter vacation but don’t want to pay the premium for hot ski spots, Christmas markets, or mountain-top chalets, head to North Africa. Morocco is a beautiful and uniquely eye-catching country that has a fascinating mix of African, Arab, and European cultures. From gorgeous mosques to delicious tajine, it’s a memorable and … Read more

24 Hours in Marrakech Medina | Morocco Travel Tips

When it comes to historical town centers, few have the storytelling potential of Marrakech’s old city. Once you pass through the walls of the Medina, it’s almost like being transported back in time. From the Mosque of Ibn Yusuf to Bahia Palace, the circular layout of this major citadel encloses centuries of Saharan and Arab-influenced … Read more

Best Honeymoon Destinations In Africa

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For a newly-wed pair who don’t fancy the conventional honeymoon, the beautiful vistas and majestic wildlife belonging to Africa may be just the right way to celebrate your marriage. From safaris to infinity pools and sports, Africa as a honeymoon destination has a lot to offer. South Africa South Africa is renowned for its wildlife, … Read more

Cape Town’s Finest Hotels

Today’s post is sponsored by our friends at the Luxury Safari Company. Cape Town is an incredible destination and one that many people return to again and again. It is just an easy direct flight from London, and since there’s no time difference and no jet lag you can get on with your holiday as … Read more

Top 5 Horseback Riding Safaris in Africa

Riding safaris in Africa are becoming more and more popular as they offer an unrivaled chance to get out into remote parts of the wilderness, in a peaceful and tranquil way. You really do feel like the first great explorers must have felt, and get to be around and amongst wildlife in a natural and … Read more

Safari Session II: Safariing on a Budget

Missed the first Safari Session?  Click here to learn more about interesting (and cheap) safari destinations! Two days after visiting a little-known community wildlife sanctuary in Kenya, where we’d spotted two leopards performing a mind-blowing mating dance, I was bursting with excitement for our real safari, in a real Kenyan National Park.  If $10 got me leopards, … Read more

Why You Should Never Trust a Zambian Road Map

Maps should not be trusted. At least not in Africa. For though they may show you that a road exists in theory, they cannot account for its actual state.
We learned this the hard way.
We had based an entire month of travel plans on the existence of a single road, through I’m good at waiting patiently, see?

“Have they sandbagged the river yet?,” we’d ask the rangers at the gate of the park each time we entered for safari. The answer was always no. Eventually we learned that the river generally gets sandbagged in June, and that this cross-Luangwa road was really only navigable a few short months of the year. It was only early May. We had time, but not that much time.
The only other option, it appeared, was to take a detour eastward, then north along the border of Malawi, up and over the mountains, and finally, west to meet the big highway just before the Tanzanian border.

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This detour: an extra 900km.
That was what the map told us. What it didn’t – couldn’t – divulge was that this was a bad, bad …read more

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