Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Caroline Hurry

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Heavenly Dome

Around 2600-miles north of its Patagonian tail, the Atacaman head of serpentine Chile snakes into Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina. Stripped down to shape and shadow, this desiccated Disneyland lures adventurers, archaeologists, and astronomers alike.

Ziplining in the Drakensberg

From the rabbit hole, as the first platform was aptly named, I plunged like Alice into a wonderland of treetops, vines, dappled sunlight, waterfalls and rainbows. Dangling above it all like pantomime fairy, I waited for vertigo to strike

Gilt(y) Pleasures

You can't go to St Petersburg and not visit Catherine’s Palace and Peterhof. Their combined splendour would put today's richest Russian oligarchs to shame

Celestial Spectacle

Officially, the aurora-borealis comprises electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with gas molecules but the more arcane among us know these celestial emanations mark the entrance to a twilight paradise lit by a twin sun, where assorted beings, including Germans from the Vril Society, a few pixies, giants, and Lemurian descendants, have lived in perfect health for hundreds of years

Game Changer

Urbane in an African contemporary kind of way, the 4-star Makalali Main Lodge at the 26,000ha Private Reserve west of the Kruger Park is more hip design hotel than traditional safari camp.

Africa on Foot

Safely ensconced in the open vehicle, we encountered rhino, hippo, and elephants aplenty, but just being in the bush, detached from the rest of squabbling South Africa, was enough to rejuvenate the soul.

Madikwe Magic

Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve brings many unforgettable moments. Whether it’s a giant eagle owl taking flight, hyenas pups romping around their den or wildebeest pronking alongside our vehicle, this really is a place to sit, stare, and wonder.

Jock’s Lodge

Mark Twain popped in, as did the touring British cricket side. Prisoners were allowed an hour’s bicycle ride through Pretoria city in the afternoons

Going the extra Nile

Some river cruise vessels are fit for a pharaoh, offering sparkling pools on deck, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, crystal chandeliers, gourmet restaurants, and postprandial belly dancing. Tarek's boat t was not one of them.

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Fitzpatrick’s reopens

Fitzpatrick’s Lodge at Jock Safari Lodge has re-opened with a promotional rate for South African residents of R4 245 per person sharing

Lebanon on my mind

Blaise Hopkinson finds it impossible to forget the parts of Beirut that were so beautiful and mesmeric, in the wake of the recent horror blast

Corporate Madikwe

Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve is an ideal corporate escape after a difficult year in business, post pandemic. 

Shamwari’s first guests

Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape has reopened for domestic guests with some ‘unprecedented’ offers, says the CEO

Vergelegen’s new tour

A newly-launched environmental tour at Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West reveals tracts of the 3000-hectare estate previously closed to the public