Birds of Africa – Simply Amazing

I must admit, I have always found birds to be a little bit boring… But on our recent trip to South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, I learned to appreciate the true beauty of our feathered friends, and I am now their number #1 fan! Intelligent, incredibly beautiful, and a real pleasure to observe in their…

The Penguins of Boulders Beach South Africa

South Africa may be famous for its ‘Big Five’ but there are plenty of little guys worth seeing too, and if you are planning to visit Cape Town anytime soon, you should definitely add a trip to Boulders Beach to meet the Boulders Penguin Colony. One of the last remaining land-based colonies of African Penguins…

African Wild Dogs – Biting off more than they can chew

African Wild Dogs, otherwise known as the ‘Cape Hunting Dog’, ‘Hunting Dogs’ and ‘African Painted Dogs’ are intelligent and gregarious animals found in certain areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.  A rare treat for anyone heading off on safari, African Wild Dogs usually hunt at dusk and dawn, but if you are lucky enough to catch a…

Social Weaver Birds – Weaving their magic in the Namibian Desert

There are some amazing creatures living in Namibia, especially those that have adapted to the arid terrain and hostile landscapes such as the desert-adapted elephant and the desert-adapted Lion, but there is one special creature that really caught my eye during our self-drive Namibia holiday, and that is the incredible Sociable Weaver Bird. The world’s…

Do You Entrust TripAdvisor or Your Travel Agent with Your Holiday?

When it comes to booking your dream holiday abroad, do you turn to your local or online travel agent for advice, or do you rely on the comments made by ‘real travellers’ on TripAdvisor? Well, a recent consumer study held by the Association of British Travel Agents, revealed that more than half of holidaymakers believe…

It’s World Rhino Day 2013 – and the Battle Continues…

When I wrote a blog about World Rhino Day last year, I had truly hoped that the world would make a stand and bring an end to the horrific poaching that continues to wipe out great numbers of this magnificent species… but the truth is, it has gotten worse. Over 680 Rhino’s have been poached…

Sailing to the end of the Earth along the Beagle Channel

A highlight of any trip to Patagonia, sailing the Beagle Channel is quite unlike any other boat trip we’ve ever been on, and you really get the feeling that you are sailing to the end of the earth along this strait in the archipelago island chain of Tierra del Fuego. Magical, mystical, and eerily calm,…

Snap Shots of Western Australia

If you are heading to Australia for your annual break, you probably have a list as long as your arm of things to see and places to go, but it you haven’t added Western Australia to your itinerary, well, you are missing out on one of Australia’s best kept secrets! Don’t get me wrong, Sydney,…

Friday’s Photo Session: Sights and Tastes of Lake Bled, Slovenia

To be honest, I had never thought about visiting Slovenia, but when a travel conference came up in Lake Bled this summer, we jumped at the chance to visit one of the few countries in Europe that combines the Alps with the Mediterranean coastline. A beautiful country that is perfectly positioned for those who want…

Have a ‘Whale’ of a Time in South Africa

If the European heat wave is starting to get you down and you are desperate for some cooler climes, now is the perfect time to pack your bags and head on down below the equator to the Western Cape of South Africa. July and August may be classed as ‘winter months’ in SA, but with…

Silhouettes in the Sand – Strike a Pose South African Style!

South Africa might be famous for its exhilarating wildlife safari experiences, but it also offers a fantastic selection of flora, fauna and beach safaris for those who wish to experience the true beauty of this magical land. During one of our visits to SA, we were invited to stay at one of the most exclusive…