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After dark in the South African bush

Amy Hallissey receives a fond farewell from the African bush… The South African bush offered many unique experiences during my month spent there as a volunteer on a game reserve, yet still, my last night turned out to be more eventful than I had anticipated. I thought I had seen all that I was meant … Continue reading

The best bar in the world

Mark Sabourin from Ontario, Canada, offers us a glimpse of his recent trip to Tanzania… It became a habit. Return to the lodge mid-afternoon after two of the best scuba dives ever. Wash off the sea salt in an open-air shower. Nap, then rendezvous before dinner for a drink, sunset and the bat show at … Continue reading

Wild Africa, a place to feel my soul

Arlena Markinson shares the profound impact that the wildest regions of Africa have had on her across years of adventurous travel….“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch … Continue reading

Image of the Month

This month’s evocative image was taken in the early morning in the quiet back streets of Essaouira, Morocco, by Louise Jones. This coastal fishing town is a wonderful blend of the familiar and the exotic, offering a plethora of unique photo opportunities.

Born to be wild

Why has a game reserve been voted the Leading Conservation Company for ten years running? Zoe West finds out…  It’s the golden hour in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. A Jackal Buzzard cries its distinctive weeah ka-ka-ka and a lone impala stands scouring undulating slopes of coarse bush, forest and grassland looking for its herd. We … Continue reading

Rest your head: Jollyboys Backpackers Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia

This large compound in Zambia’s adventure sports capital is so much more than just a backpackers. The site includes dorm rooms, a small campsite, a bar and restaurant, a self-catering kitchen and a pool as well as a free daily shuttle bus to Victoria Falls. Their well-staffed and invaluable travel desk can help you organise … Continue reading

Book Review: Blood River

Tim Butcher, Vintage, RRP £7.99 This is a captivating first hand account of an amazing journey which has had much deserving praise heaped upon it. The journey that the author takes is both brave and insane, and therefore makes for compelling reading. The author writes with passion, honesty and humour. Frustrated with the difficulties inherent in … Continue reading

Joint winners for this year’s Responsible Tourism Awards

Robin Pope Safaris & Sockmob Event/Unseen Tours were recently named joint overall winners of the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2011. The winners were announced at ExCel, London on World Responsible Tourism Day, 9th November. The judges said that “This year [we] wanted to award two joint overall winners to recognise both long term excellence, … Continue reading

On a shoestring: ten intrepid destinations that won’t break the bank

For those of you who need to travel on the cheap, here’s ten fantastic destinations that will blow your mind but not your budget. India: India has been known as a cheap destination for ages. From the Taj Mahal to the mighty peaks of Ladakh, this classic shoestring destination is still an amazing destination for … Continue reading

Exploring Luxor, Egypt’s open air museum

Kerry-Ann Virgo discovers the delights of the city on the Nile… It’s no secret that Egypt has received some less than favourable press recently.  Political upheaval in the region is, put bluntly, scaring tourists off.  It seems altogether easier and safer to pick somewhere less challenging.  But rewards don’t come without the odd challenge; so … Continue reading