Category: Africa

Kirstenbosch Garden in Cape Town
South Africa

Kirstenbosch Garden, an Oasis in Cape Town

Nestled against the side of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a tranquil green oasis in Cape Town.  In a city that can feel in your face at times, Kirstenbosch Garden in Cape Town is a welcome respite that feels like a world in itself. What To Do at Kirstenbosch Garden Kirstenbosch is very

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Lake Malawi in Malawi
Malawi

A Family Road Trip In Malawi

Welcome to the show notes for Episode 2 of the Just Go Places Podcast.  Episode Two is titled A Family Road Trip in Malawi. Summary In this episode, I speak to Rachel Heller, a blogger and travel writer, who took her family on a road trip down memory lane through the tiny African country of Malawi.

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Egypt

Swimming with the Fishes in the Royal Seascope 

We heard mixed reviews about the Royal Seascope glass bottom boat tours in Sharm el Sheikh. Some people loved them while others thought they were lame. The Seascope boats are semi submerged in the water so that you can experience the sea life without actually snorkelling or diving. We had a nice reef off the

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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

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 are some cool facts that you can trot

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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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travel tips for South Africa | tips South africa
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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