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Close-up of grains of sand from St. Gilles in La Réunion.

The diversity of the Indian Ocean islands

The Indian Ocean is home to some of the most spectacular islands in the world. From the Maldives archipelago just off the Indian sub-continent to the large island of Madagascar off the coast of Eastern Africa and the islands of Mauritius, Seychelles and La Réunion in between, these islands are beautiful gems in a vast […]

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Stargazing in the Serengeti

When people book a luxury safari holiday, game drives and wildlife are the first activities that spring to mind. These are definitely some of the essential activities to enjoy during the daylight hours, but an activity that has become popular in the evenings for those on a Tanzania safari at the luxury tented camp Sanctuary […]

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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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Baobabs at sunset

The splendid Tarangire

This is the last of a four-part series on national parks in Kenya and Tanzania. Tarangire National Park, about 90 kilometers southwest of Arusha in Tanzania is home to the impressive baobab tree as well as an amazing variety of wildlife. The flora in this region is dominated by the baobab trees, with their characteristically […]

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Serengeti magic

This is the first of a four-part series on safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. I’ve picked four of the most breathtaking national parks in these two countries to highlight, and included a photo essay of some of my favourite photos taken of these parks. Serengeti Magic The expansive plains of the Serengeti, dotted with herds […]

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The exotic isle of Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a jewel in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of the Tanzanian mainland. This archipelago boasts dreamy white sandy beaches, a green tropical interior and spice plantations that centuries ago made these islands a magnet for traders from both East and West. Zanzibar is an archipelago, of which the largest island, Unguja, […]

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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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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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