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Botswana – Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

Five glamping luxury safaris

A guest post by Kerry-Anne Smith. Camping is one of those activities that’s a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it, but if you’re not a camping fan there’s no need to forever assign it to the ‘bad holiday ideas’ pile. In recent years, a new trend has arisen: “glamping” or rather, […]

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Kenya: your favorite travel album

A lot has been written about Kenya but the essential is this: an excellent camera with an extra memory card is a must. Here are some tips on how to arrange your hundreds of priceless pictures of dusty cities, ocean beaches, colorful fish and lazy lions. So, charge the batteries and prepare for photogenic Kenya! […]

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The majestic Masaai Mara

This is the third of a four-part series on national parks in Kenya and Tanzania. The Masaai Mara is a national reserve in Kenya, about a 4-5 hour drive southwest of Nairobi, and encompasses a hilly region (that continues into the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania) that is home to probably the greatest population of […]

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The splendor of Lake Nakuru

This is the second of a four-part series on national parks in Kenya and Tanzania. The Splendor of Lake Nakuru A few hours drive northwest of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, the Lake Nakuru national reserve is a gem. The lake is home to a huge population of pink flamingos, pelicans and marabous. The population of flamingos […]

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Masaai Mara, Kenya

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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East African safaris

“I once had a house in Africa [pronounced ‘Aa-fri-kah’ in a heavy Scandinavian accent :-)]” (Meryl Streep in the movie ‘Out of Africa’). Those words resounded constantly through my mind when I travelled around Kenya and Tanzania. The scenes from the movie of endless wind-swept plains, flocks of flamingos and herds of wildebeest were etched […]

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