Africa

Stellenbosch Wine Farm

Stellenbosch Wine Farm Itineraries

The Stellenbosch region of South Africa’s southern cape is a unique place that is best savored slowly.  The stunning valley is surrounded by towering mountain peaks with views to the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second oldest settlement on the cape, after Cape Town itself, with the original town of Stellenbosch founded in 1679. Here you […]
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Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls – What We Wish We Knew Before Visiting

Victoria Falls are arguably one of the worlds most beautiful natural wonders. We stayed in the area, on the Zimbabwe side of the falls, for four days. Before we arrived, we did some research and had decided that we were also going to visit the falls from the Zambia side, as well as doing a […]
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Stellenbosch South Africa

Stellenbosch – Uncorking a Luxury Travel Destination For Less

Stellenbosch is becoming known as South Africa’s premier world-wide travel destination for a number of very good reasons. It is located just east of Cape Town, so it’s easily accessible as a day trip from the growing metropolitan area. But my first and best advice is to give the area a few days or you’ll […]
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Table Mountain Cape Town Hikes

Table Mountain Hikes: Platteklip Gorge vs Skeleton Gorge

A trip to Cape Town isn’t complete without a visit to the top of Table Mountain. The large flat peak dominates Cape Town’s landscape from below and offers stunning views of Cape Town from above. There are many ways reach the top, including riding up in the cable car, or selecting from several hiking trails with […]
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Table Mountain Rock Hyrax "Dassie"

What is a Dassie?

It looks like an over-sized guinea pig but the “dassie” is actually more closely related to the elephant. Say what?!? We knew we’d encounter amazing wildlife while traveling in South Africa, but when we learned this interesting fact about the “dassie” we were all the more curious. Dassies, or Rock hyrax, have enlarged front teeth, like […]
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Marrakech back streets

Things To Do in Marrakech

Marrakech is an African destination on many people’s travel bucket list. And for good reason. From wandering through the old walled city, world class shopping, to exploring the exotic food, to seaside side trips, Marrakech has something to offer everyone. We recently spent a month in “The Red City” and compiled our list of things […]
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Africa Travel

Traveling in Africa – It’s Easier Than You Think

Africa is at the top of our list of places that we want to visit again. That comes as a surprise to many people, who find the idea of visiting Africa as the furthest thing from their mind. There are a lot of misconceptions about what it’s like to tour the continent, backed up by […]
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Essaouira Morocco

Essaouira Morocco – A Seaside Day Trip from Marrakech

Photo credit: Lynn Sheppard  @www.maroc-o-phile.com Essaouira is a coastal destination that we regretted not being able to visit during our time in Morocco. We were enticed to visit by an itinerary suggested to us by Lynn Shepard, a Moroccan travel expert from Voyjer. They put together custom-designed itineraries which is the perfect way to get […]
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Marrakech Cooking Class

Marrakech Moroccan Cooking Class – La Maison Arabe

When we first arrived in Marrakech, one of the first things we wanted to do was to the try a tagine dish. Tagine is the cone shaped vessel that Moroccans use to slow cook dishes with combinations of meat, vegetables, and spices or fruit along with a special blend of spices. Sounds delicious – and […]
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Marrakech Food Tour

Marrakech Food Tour – A Taste of the Red City

This Marrakesh food tour took us deep inside the center of the old city and allowed us to explore the real flavors of Morocco. The setting was as compelling and mysterious as the food and I wonder how many people who haven’t been led specifically behind the doors that we explored, leave Marrakesh without really […]
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