Tuesday, August 4, 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

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.

Sir Percy FitzPatrick’s Jock

Mark Twain popped in, as did the touring British cricket side. Jail wasn’t quite as strict in those days. Prisoners were allowed an hour’s bicycle ride through Pretoria city in the afternoons with a police officer and two mounted constables in tow.

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.

Dreamy Budapest

Budapest wears her dark Communist past lightly, defiantly mixing fin de siècle garb with modern, stylish accessories. Like a courtesan, Pest reveals coquettish glimpses of her Austro-Hungarian grandeur in sumptuous facades and Hapsburg eagles on rooftops. Scented flower stalls and roast coffee aromas entice tourists and locals alike.

Sliding off the tracks

As Prasa railroads passengers, is it worth paying more for Rovos Rail or the Blue Train? They, too, are subject to signal problems and endless delays. Will Prasa get back on track?

Alpine Adventure

From Italy you can get to Zermatt by ski lift. Bahnhofstrasse is the alpine resort's cobbled main street where horse-drawn carriages ferry tourists around

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Time Travel is for now

Time Travel requires no annoying visas, boarding passes, suitcases to be packed, raids on duty-free, economy class syndrome, fetid morning breath. All Time Travel requires is oiling the mind, sometimes on R600 bootleg vodka provided by my village plumber.

Shamwari’s Safety Standards

Shamwari Private Game Reserve has developed a set of safety standards to mitigate the possibility of COVID-19 virus spreading at its facilities when it reopens in September.

ASMALLWORLD Collection now live

ASMALLWORLD AG has launched the 'ASMALLWORLD Collection, an online hotel booking engine and travel service that focuses exclusively on the world's best hotels. Benefits include room upgrades, $100 food & beverage credits, special rates, and late check-outs.

Home touring could make a comeback

With air travel for leisure purposes likely to constrained for a while yet, South Africans may well turn to visiting home-based sites for their holidays with trailers and caravans gaining a new-found popularity.

Calling Intrepid Anglers

Tintswalo Lapalala has introduced fly-fishing on a ‘catch, release and research’ basis within the pristine Waterberg Reserve. The Palala River teems with yellow fish, barbel, largemouth bass, red-breasted and blue tilapia to offer excellent nymph style fly-fishing.