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Enchanting spots: Tikal, Guatemala

Situated deep in the jungles of northern Guatemala, Tikal is the largest of the ruined cities of the splendorous Maya civilisation. This ancient city with its breathtaking pyramids (some of which are higher than 60 meters!), temples, palaces and monuments reached its epitome in the 1st century AD but can trace its roots back to […]

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A Kaleidoscope of Colour

Imagine thick blankets made of billions of flowers laid over the mountain slopes and valleys that stretch till the horizon, with an astounding spectrum of colours. Experience this magnificent natural phenomenon in South Africa during the explosion of spring blooms in the region that encompasses the Western and Northern Cape provinces. If you’re in Cape […]

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The marine life of the Western Cape

The Western Cape of South Africa is a popular region in the spring/summer seasons to watch whales and other marine life in their natural environs. Hermanus, about a two-hour drive east of Cape Town and close to the southernmost tip of the African continent, is a great place to start for whale-watching activities but there […]

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Ten tips for planning a RTW trip

Planning a trip is always part of the adventure of travelling, and even more so if it’s a round-the-world (RTW) trip across many countries on various continents. Planning a trip around the world is a fun experience but keep in mind that there are various distinct aspects involved that are usually a non-issue for a […]

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Enchanting spots: Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon , just outside Reykjavik, is one of the most extraordinary spas I’ve ever been to and I can definitely recommend a visit for anyone planning a trip to Iceland. The lagoon consists of a series of aquamarine blue pools (this amazing colour is created by the silica, algae and minerals in the geothermal […]

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A world of inspiration: An Inspiring Safari Field Guide

This week’s edition of ‘world of inspiration‘ is brought to you by Michael Theys who lives in Belgium. Michael has spent much time living and travelling across Africa and shares his passion for Africa via his blog Africa Freak. Michael’s story is a wonderful portrait of Rob Francis, a safari field guide he had the […]

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The magic of Kuching

Kuching is the charming capital of Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state located on the island of Borneo. Literally translated, Kuching means ‘cat’ in the Malay language. There are numerous monuments to cats littered throughout the city. Kuching has a wonderfully colourful history of warring tribes and white Rajahs (Sultans), the influence of which is still evident […]

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That rock star feeling in the Lost World

That rock star feeling in the Lost World (a page from my Travel Journal) The Iguazu Falls are located in the far northeastern corner of Argentina at the tip of a spit of Argentine territory that’s squashed between Brazil and Paraguay. It was interesting to see how the pilot navigated the plane to the Puerto […]

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Enchanting spots: Ngorongoro

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania borders the Serengeti National Park and consists of the crater highlands, plains and woodlands. The main attraction is undoubtedly the main Ngorongoro crater. Measuring 20 kilometers wide and 30 kilometers long, it is one of the largest caldera in the world and boasts a stunning diversity of wildlife. Large herds […]

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Fabulous sunsets

It’s my favourite time of the day: when the sun sets and the ensuing twilight. A dazzling display of colour, then a serene interlude before the darkness sets in. Wherever I am, I always make it a point to stop for a moment if the weather is good and enjoy the sunset. They never cease […]

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