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On Safari.... in the Netherlands

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Let’s start this off in complete honesty – I have never been the biggest fan of the Netherlands. In fact, I’ve been holding a giant grudge against the entire country ever since I lived in Rotterdam for seven months and made one bad experience after the other. Rationally, I am fully aware of the fact that the way I experience a place says nothing about the pl[...]

Hotels We Love: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

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Have you ever been to Heaven on Earth? I have: Well, actually this is of course a much more tangible place than Heaven. This is the Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge in northern Tanzania. After trying and failing to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro last June my dad and I treated ourselves to a luxurious getaway close to Ngorongoro Crater nature reserve and Serengeti Na[...]

The Ultimate African Safari on a Budget

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Knock, knock, knock - I wake up. Is somebody knocking on my door? I thought we were supposed to sleep in today, have a leisurely breakfast and then slowly drive back to Lusaka. It is the last day of our safari in Mushingashi nature reserve, just east of Kafue National Park in Zambia. Our guide Jairos had promised us a laid-back morning and a slow drive throu[...]

Camping with Elephants in Zimbabwe

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Think You Know Animals? I like to think that I know African animals. I grew up in Zimbabwe and I often visited areas that were teeming with elephants, giraffe, zebra and more. I can tell you fifteen ways that leopards differ to cheetahs, apart from the fact that their spots are different. I know the sound impalas make during mating season. I know what a g[...]

A South African Safari: Can you get TOO close to nature?

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“C’mon, Mum!” - The rhino baby, just four months old, shoulders his mother, just like my nephew does when he wants to go and play. She doesn’t move. He nudges her again and then does a little dance in front of her. Sitting in our Land Rover with our safari guide, we are charmed. Such a cute mother-son moment! So anthropomorphically like exhausted human mo[...]

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[...]

Luxury Safari in the Serengeti

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The Serengeti is famous for its endless plains, the rich game life and multiple lodges that offer you a pleasant stay and a good time. A few of these places stand out from the rest and &Beyond Klein’s Camp is certainly one of them. Located just north of the Serengeti National Park it lies close to the border of Kenya and offers its guests a unique experi[...]

Lions, hippos and rainbows - an African adventure

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Technically I live in Africa. But when people hear Africa they think of savannah and lions. That is if they know their stuff. Some still ask me whether I see tigers on my way to work. No, I don’t, because the only tigers there are in Africa are in a zoo. Cape Town is different altogether. No, still no tigers on the streets, but no lions either. While yes, te[...]