Category: Africa

Dolphin Encounter in the Gulf of Aqaba

What started out as a simple snorkelling expedition off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula turned into the most amazing dolphin encounter. We set off from Sharm el Sheik in a small inflatable boat bound for Tiran Island in the Gulf of Aqaba.  Tiran Island is known for having great snorkelling. Remember we took the

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The Entertaining Old Market in Sharm

People tend to think of Sharm El Sheik as a fairly new resort town. In fact, there was a small community here long before the hotels and tourists arrived en masse. The heart of the old part of Sharm is Old Market, a maze of little streets that make up an Arab bazaar. Despite the

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The Sphinx at the Pyramids of Giza
Egypt

Our Biggest Disappointment in Egypt 

Some things you hear about so much that they are never going to live up to your expectations. The pyramids at Giza were even better than I could have imagined from photographs or scenes from movies. The Great Sphinx of Giza, on the other hand, we found oddly disappointing.  It had nothing to do with the

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Top tips for a visit to Giza pyramids
Egypt

Tips For a Family Visit To The Giza Pyramids

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″] [et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Think you know about the Egyptian pyramids? Think again.  My children who had studied ancient Egypt in school were desperate to visit the pyramids.  Having spoken to enough people to gauge safety issues, I decided a day trip to visit the pyramids at Giza would work. Here

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The Colourful Streets of Cairo

I am back from my little jaunt to Sharm el Sheik in Egypt with the kids. In search of sunshine, we found plenty of sun, sand and sea as well as a beautiful country with hospitable people and an amazing culture and history. From our day trip to visit the Giza Pyramids I’d like to share

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South Africa

Twelve Things That Surprised Me About South Africa

Whenever you travel you always find things different from what you expected, sometimes in a good way and sometimes not. For better or for worse, our expectations of what to expect when we travel is formed by what we read and hear in books, media and word of mouth. As a first time visitor, I found

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Photo Gallery: The Fantastic Doors of Marrakech

Do you ever wonder what is behind a closed door?  The doors in Marrakech that I saw contained so much detailed and colourful work that I could only wonder the extent of the beauty that lay behind the doors. I am used to doors that blend into the background serving the their basic function as

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Hideaway Among The Trees At Tsala Treetop Lodge

I was really looking forward to staying at Tsala Treetop Lodge on the Garden Route during our South African trip. The description seemed heavenly and a private little family treehouse seemed like such good fun. It would be the opposite of the rambling country farmhouse which was our previous stay. Although very nice indeed, I

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Fine Dining Where Two Oceans Meet

It’s not often that you find a gorgeous view and great food in a restaurant at a tourist destination.  We accidentally stumbled onto the gem of a restaurant that is the Two Oceans Restaurant because our fabulous tour guide made us a reservation.  Needless to say we were very appreciative! The Location The Two Oceans

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