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Ngamiland East, Botswana
There's nothing quite like visiting a game reserve in Africa, especially since the animals run free and the humans are behind bars. During a late day drive through the verdant plains of Moremi, in Botswana, our driver spotted two male lions,...
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Oudtshoorn, 6620, South Africa
Ever ridden an ostrich? Well, I did. In Oudtshoorn, on the Western Cape of South Africa, I discovered a little farm where, among other activities, ostrich rides are on offer. Believe me, it's not as easy as it sounds. First the poor critter's head...
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It's 4am when I am brusquely awakened by the vigorous shaking of my tent. Time to get up for our hike up Sossusvlei, the lofty red sand dunes in the southern part of the Namib Desert. I am not an early riser by habit and very rarely wake up...
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I've been to many deserts around the world, but one of my favorites is the Kalahari, which extends about 350,000 square miles and covers much of Botswana. Part of the reason is because the Kalahari is really a savannah that supports a lot of plant...
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
One of the most blissful experiences in Africa is gliding on a mokoro through the lush wetlands of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. There is a serene quiet as you move through tall green grasses and lily pads. You need to be poled by an expert...
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I’m not a sunset fanatic, but when the sun settles in for the evenings in Africa the sky turns colors I’ve never seen anywhere else on the planet – crimson reds, blazing oranges, flamingo pinks. One particularly exquisite sunset I witnessed...
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Africa is full of small - and large - wonders. The Makgadikgadi Pan in northeastern Botswana is one of the latter. A giant salt flat - one of the largest in the world - in the middle of the dry savanna and surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, the...
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Old Marine Dr, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Rolling through five countries in 14 days, the opulent Pride of Africa whisks passengers from the tip of South Africa to Tanzania’s largest city. The trip includes two nights at a five-star game lodge, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, and...
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South Africa
One of South Africa’s true treasures is the massive Kruger National Park, home to wildlife ranging from rhinos to kudu. A safari experience is at the top of most people’s bucket lists and with good reason. There is nothing like standing in the...
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St Louis, Senegal
“Nanga def?” I am asked. “Mangi fi” I learn to respond. Pape, my driver, teaches me this everyday Wolof greeting enroute from Dakar to Saint-Louis in the fog of jet lag. I’m in Senegal, West Africa, and everything around me is completely different...
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Mpal, Senegal
Friday is market day in Mpal, a bustling affair about 30K from Saint-Louis, that snakes and stretches throughout the small village. A mesmerizing sea of colors and a veritable feast for the eyes, Mpal sees very few tourists, which makes for a most...
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Mbour, Senegal
Along the Petite Cote, about 80k south of Dakar, lies Mbour, a town of about 200,000 inhabitants in which a significant part of every day life revolves around fishing. In fact, Mbour is the second largest fishing port in all of West Africa. One of...
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Dakar, Senegal
If you happen to travel to West Africa, specifically Senegal, you will no doubt find yourself in the capital, Dakar. Here you will witness a real African city, a true mixture of luxury and dilapidation, wealth and poverty. On the outskirts, along...
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Toubakouta, Senegal
The Sine-Saloum Delta in Senegal offers a nice respite from the dusty streets of Dakar and the extreme heat of Saint-Louis. Consisting mostly of mangrove swamps, the delta encompasses 24,000 sq. kms. and has been dedicated as a UNESCO Heritage...