White Lion Lodge on the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Little Karoo.
In the days before the country went into lockdown and prior to the impact of COVID-19 being truly understood, I was invited to enjoy a long weekend off the grid at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, staying
Wonderful news from Samara Private Game Reserve – the first lion cubs have been born. Just one year after welcoming its founder pride of lions – which I was lucky enough to see on my
I had the great pleasure of a trip to Samara Private Nature Reserve, staying at the super stylish and luxurious Manor House and taking long drives and walks with our Ranger Jan Rudd, in search
Last year I had the great pleasure of time at the beautiful Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet, and the big open skies and pristine land soothed my heart. Now adding to the magic, Samara will
South Africa’s Iconic National Botanical Gardens.
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Rovos Rail, the World’s most luxurious train, teaches me that travel is all about the Journey.
The romance of train travel is alive and well in South Africa and beyond and luxurious trains transport guests through spectacular landscapes, with regular stops along the way to visit the key sights. As much
Did you know that when it comes to our wine of choice, that delicious environmentally friendly options are available? I didn’t until I was gifted a WWF Conservation Champions Nature & Wine hamper. 95% of
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Untamed. Untouched. Unforgettable. You may have read about my visit to Sanbona’s Explorer Camp earlier this year, which was a very special experience and escape to walk in the wilderness of the
I am greatly honoured to be included in the ‘Woman&Home South African Amazing Women 40 over 40 Awards’ social influencers category, alongside the most inspiring women – each admirably leading the way in their fields
Did you know that bees are a widely used weapon in the conservation arsenal? In fact, these underestimated little miracle workers are being deployed at Samara Private Game Reserve, where they are playing a vital
Following on my previous posts, Cape2Rio 2020. Arrivals, 28th January 2020, Cape2Rio 2020. Arrivals, 29th January 2020 and Cape2Rio 2020. Reporting from Rio de Janeiro. Arrivals, 30th January 2020, there were only a few boats left on the
I’ve had a deep love for White Elephant Safaris and the Pongola Game Reserve since taking my first clients there in August of 2000 as a hopeful young one in the process of launching my tour
I’m thrilled beyond to be working with Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race 2020 as a media partner this year. Especially to be present as the 22 boats prepared to make their Atlantic crossing, and to be seeing
“Have we forgotten that wilderness is not a place, but a pattern of the soul where every tree, every bird and beast is a soul maker?” – Ian McCallum As I turned onto the dirt track
Having returned to stay at Samara Private Game Reserve in April 2019, with an article due to be published that recounts my stay later this month, I was excited to learn about the addition of
Made famous in 2000 by its appearance in the opening scenes of the Leonardo Di Caprio cult film The Beach, is The Memory at On On Hotel on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Old Town.
Just as Airbnb has revolutionised accommodation bookings for the independent traveller, their Experiences section offers a wide variety of tours that are hosted by carefully selected local residents. Each bringing their own personal recommendations, interpretation
This weekend I drove to the West Coast National Park just North of Cape Town for a day of seeking out the Spring flower phenomena that occurs here each year. With my parents for company,
Cape Town’s Groot Constantia recently celebrated 333 years of winemaking with a gathering of media, winemakers and friends, who enjoyed the fine produce of the valley as the three key aspects of old meets new
My article ‘Eastern Cape, Wild and Untamed’ for OnRoute Magazine as it first appears here on pages 18-22, and above. Also included below for easy reading. In their Uncovering South Africa issue, onRoute bring you insight
South African Safari. – Cheapflights asked me about South African malaria free safari destinations. Legend has it the Fever Tree got its name due to growing where malaria is most prevalent. Early day settlers traversing the
Train Travel. – My article on ‘Luxury Train Travel’ for OnRoute Magazine as it first appears here and above. Included below for easy reading. ‘Train travel reminds that it is about the journey, as
My article on ‘Spiritual Retreats for the Soul Searcher’ for OnRoute Magazine as it first appears here and above. Included below for easy reading. After more than ten years of being obsessively attached to my
South Africa. – South African bragging rights, I know we all have them. As I travel and explore, ever feeding my desire to learn and experience as much as I can of this world, there is
This country, beauty to behold. A red train brings colour to the evening light somewhere near Matjiesfontein. Shot from Hein van Tonder’s moving car as we took to a Karoo road trip and renewed our
Bespoke tour operating company Eye See Africa, asked me to write a guide to Route 62, highlighting the many things on offer. Find the article as first published here, and for your convenience as below. There
Graaff-Reinet. – I was asked a while ago to walk Traveller24 through one of our country’s oldest towns, once described as the prettiest in all of Africa by David Livingstone himself – Graaff-Reinet. ‘Set in
Karoo. – When walking the streets of Cradock, you’re sure to notice the huge Dutch Reformed Church and it’s impressive neo-classical design, which towers about the town. Completed in 1868, this is the second church to stand on this
Karoo. – When walking the streets of Cradock, typical Karoo beauty. At the Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival.
Aberdeen. – There a statue of a cat outside the Tourism Office in Aberdeen with a sad note I decided to share. ‘And may all who gaze upon this statue be reminded of the cruel
Imagine taking a trip on the most luxurious train in the world. From Cape Town to Pretoria through the great Karoo, where landscapes surpass infinity. This is the thing of dreams, one I am lucky
Nieu Bethesda. – After a full day of getting to know the locals, we headed up to the lookout point overlooking the valley, the village below and the Compassberg Mountain in the distance. We lit a fire
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The Incidental Tourist
The Incidental Tourist is a Personal Travel Blog of a conscious traveller with a deep love for Africa, its incredible people and the environment.
Here I bring you narratives, stories, video and photographs from my travels around the globe, including accounts of gorilla trekking in Uganda, turtle rescue in Kenya, tree planting in Zambia and setting up a temporary home in Lisbon. Not to mention falling in love with Marjorelle Blue in Marrakech.
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