Category archives: Africa

A Travelettes' Journey into the Sahara Desert

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Seeing the Sahara Desert is like stepping into a desktop screensaver - all at once familiar yet surreal, almost too pristine and too perfect to be surrounding me. The moment I set foot on the sand, the desert seems to engulf me as I am instantly surrounded by rolling orange-red sand dunes on all sides that is interrupted only by an occasional bush spotting t[...]

How it feels to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

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You might think, I'm not the best person to answer this question. A little while ago, when I told you the ins and outs of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, I also confessed that I actually failed to summit this beast of a mountain. And yet, I know what it feels like to set out to conquer Uhuru Peak, to walk up up up and see the world (well, at least Northern Tanzani[...]

A Travelette rocks the Kasbah

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Marrakech is a lot hotter than I remembered. That might be due to the fact that I was last here in November or that David Beckham is in town to celebrate his 40th birthday. Either way it is almost unbearable, even for me, the heat lover par excellence. So I am very grateful that Jose from Mountain Voyage has invited me to spend the night at Kasbah du Toubkal[...]

Hotels We Love: Taita Falcon Lodge, Zambia

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Usually when I go on trips, I'm quite spontaneous and flexible when it comes to accommodation. I'll find a cheap flat on AirBnB or even a local host on couch surfing, and as long as there is a soft surface which is roughly my length, a pillow and a blanket, I'm content. When I planned my trip to Zambia with my dad however, I wanted to make sure that every pl[...]

The Travelettes Guide to modern Marrakech

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I love Marrakech. So much in fact that I have written love letters to the city and have vowed to be there at least once a year to satisfy my cravings for this beautiful place. That wasn't always the case. The first time I went I actually really hated it: it seemed loud, obnoxious and was just pushing all my buttons in the wrong way. But as it sometimes goes [...]

5 things to do at the Victoria Falls

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When last Christmas I broke the news at home, that I wanted to travel to Africa, and my dad instantly said, 'I'll join you', I jumped head over heels into planning our adventure. Having never visited the continent before, I was pretty much open for any destination really, and with my dad being a TV nature documentary adventurer at heart, we quickly decided t[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Standing on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences, that you will never forget: the glistening white of the remaining glaciers, the thick carpet of clouds hiding everything below you out of sight, the sun tickling your nose after a long night's trek up the rocky slopes – just magical! Not that I know much about it... soon I[...]

La Mamounia, Marrakech - A brief history, Mr Churchill and I

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Last November I was in Marrakech to attend Pure, an experiential travel conference. One of their speakers was the charismatic travel writer Pico Iyer. He told tales of his life and his travels, spoke about the world, of his new home in Japan and of course about Marrakech. Coming here back in the eighties as a young and, as he described himself, poor writer, [...]

How to stay safe and comfortable in Namibia

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The elephant flapped her ears, pawed the ground and looked very annoyed. The eyes of all the occupants of the six vehicles present swept from the elephant at the waterhole to the newly arrived (and apparently offending) Land Rover. We waved our arms trying to get the driver’s (not the elephant's) attention, drew fingers across our necks and mimed turning a l[...]

Swim like an Egyptian: Winter Getaway in El Gouna

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I must admit that I am not very spontaneous. At least not for normal, every day life things. Call me on a Friday evening when I'm sitting on the couch and ask me if I want to go for a drink to the corner bar, chances are, I will say no. But call me on that same Friday night and ask me if I can be at the airport in a few hours to fly to a random destination a[...]