Driving from Walvis Bay Airport with nothing on either side of the road but sand, I suddenly understand the term “living desert”, because I know that while the word “Namib” means vast and empty, this desert has a complex and vibrant ecosystem of creatures and plants. There is sand as far as the eye can see (it’s a 700km stretch from Oranjemund to Swakopmund), and it’s a beautiful landscape. The colours shift constantly. It’s not as red as the desert in other parts of the country; this sand is golden with flecks of beige and swirls of caramel. The… Read More
Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better place to soak in the natural beauty of the Mother City and the very essence of Cape Town living at its best. The elegant and warm atmosphere, evident in every fine detail, begins at the welcoming reception lounge and extends to the spacious harbour and mountain-facing rooms. Stories of the Cape’s colourful past present themselves in the exquisite furniture, rare fabrics, intriguing artefacts and original antiques. Local paintings and sculptures lend a contemporary flair… Read More
When it comes to family holidays, the bush can be one of the most magical places for children – and adults – to visit. Seeing wild animals, birds and insects in their natural habitat, getting away from the pressures and stresses of city life and soaking up the fresh air – a bush holiday can be pure heaven for anyone.
Still, as an adult, going on safari with children can be challenging, especially if they’re very young. With companies like the Zambezi Queen Collection offering a safari special where kids 12 and under get 75% off for travel… Read More
South African adventure couple Shane and Tarryn Quinnel – Team Tane – are on an expedition across Africa to encourage environmental and cultural awareness. In this photo-essay, they share their encounters with gorillas in Uganda.
Bridging the gap
Author AD Williams said: “When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal, I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” This quote is never truer than when looking into the eyes of a mountain gorilla. Man’s closest relatives after chimpanzees and bonabos, gorillas are a link between us and the animal… Read More
When compiling your bucket list of top travel destinations to visit in 2018, make sure that the paradise island of Mauritius is right up there. If you are wondering why, it’s because this tropical Indian Ocean island has been named among the top 10 countries to visit in Lonely Planet’s just-published Best in Travel 2018.
Listed alongside such destinations as Chile, Portugal and New Zealand among others puts Mauritius in illustrious company as one of the world’s top destinations. And, it’s not hard to see why. With its stunning white beaches, dazzling sapphire seas, diverse culture, delicious cuisine, and an array of exciting… Read More
Tourists with a taste for adventure in the Democratic Republic of Congo are in for a treat – guided tours up a active volcano!
Not only is Mt Nyiragongo one of the most active volcanoes on the continent, but it’s also home to one of the world’s largest lava lakes. Tourists can spend a night here, among the noxious gases and liquid rock.
Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reports from Mount Nyiragongo, the Democratic Republic of Congo.