I have been sipping and smiling this summer, on occasion with a Jan Smuts cocktail in hand, reflecting in a slightly gushy sort of way on how pleasing it is that my clients have related such happy stories about their life-enriching safaris across sub-Saharan Africa.
Climbing up the Palani Hills, this little plantation named Rajakkad is like a breath of fresh air after the heat of the plains in Southern India and much worthy temple viewing in Tamil Nadu. A tea planter’s house which is utterly charming, it is a must-visit place post touring.
It is not just the Brits who like a good Royal ceremony; on April 8th King Losi of the Barotse tribe and attendant royal household will be taken from their low palace at Lealui to their high palace at Limulunga on the edge of the Liuwa floodplain.
Kabir, the revered fifteenth-century poet, has for many in Northern India become an anti-caste icon.
His verse, set to music throughout the diaspora, is used to challenge outmoded institutions and rigid orthodoxy. He also seems to be the patron saint of the Jaipur literary festival where many thousands of people come to take part in freethinking debate and to listen to authors from all over the world.
You might think it rather incongruous to see Indians playing pétanque, but an evening stroll along Rue Dumas in Pondicherry reveals that the boules tradition in Tamil Nadu is still very much alive.
Some pound pricing at Ibo Island lodge in Mozambique means 20% off…aquamarine sea, crumbly evocative buildings, dhow safaris. Plus a dramatically beautiful lodge in Northern Kruger on the Zimbabwe/ Mozambique border delivers more than just a safari experience.
Story telling is an integral part of my holiday experiences in India, and now that there is a suitably magnificent hotel to stay at in Hyderabad, a visit there will be richly rewarded.
In 1998 I walked around the less busy side of the Ngorongoro Crater with a small bunch of friends and a band of Maasai warriors whilst donkeys carried a fairly simple mobile rig.
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- A Sense of Place – The ghost ingredient is back
- A Sense of Place – Liuwa Plains and Kafue National Parks – Zambia
- A Sense of Place – Literati in the Pink City, the Capital of Rajasthan
- A Sense of Place – A Tamil town still connected to Europe, Art Deco architecture, and temple antiquity in Southern India.
- A Sense of Place – Dreamy aquamarine sea and stunning safari with the Makuleke people
- A Sense of Place – A trio of lovely ladies in Hyderabad
- A Sense of Place – Entamanu, the wishing tree and walking with the Hadza tribe.
- We get you to places that others don’t… St Helena, Gt Zimbabwe ruins and Papua new Guinea
- A Sense of Place – Walking in the hippie hills of the Himalayas
- A Sense of Place – The Okavango: the river that never finds the sea
- A Sense of Place – The Great Rift Valley, Laikipia, Samburu warriors and Maasai Olympics.
- A Sense of Place – Escape the world in the Namib Desert
- Africa is a massive continent: a collection of 55 countries
- A Sense of Place – Zambezi Watery Wilderness
- A Sense of Place – Burma: the road beyond Mandalay
- Lake Malawi – Would you rather pay for the advertising or the experience?
- From shoe-shine boy to tourist guide in Ethiopia
- A Sense of Place – Ladakh, the Himalayas
- Dhow sailing, Lions are back in Malawi, Self-drive in Namibia
- Sacred rivers and forts, India
- Piranhas, sting rays, caimans – and still people go into the River Negro!
- Kerala, Southern India – God’s own country
- South Africa: Crucible of the rainbow nation
- Madagascar: croissants and lemurs
- Argentina vs Africa on wildlife drama
- Uganda – Gorillas and Gardens
- Mozambique & Kenya: immigration official on holiday
- Mozambique: Gorongosa and reconciliation in the bush
- Zimbabwe is ready for Tourists again
- Serengeti ecosystem and unbeatable savannah
- Lamu: crab complaining
- Kenya: circumcision
- Zambia: Ellie rescue
- Africans: always smiling
- French sketch
- Kenya: the best hosts
- First visit to Africa 1986
- Namibia, Namib Rand, Skeleton Coast and the ultimate flying safari
- Templed out in Tamil Nadu and elephant refuge in Jaipur
- Kenyan sanctuary and family run camp in Zambia
- Australia: Arkaba, Tasmania and Lord Howe Island
- Australia: in the outback and off the beaten track
- India: heavenly Himalayan hideaways, Botswana: fun safari for children and Argentina: hidden homestay in a mountain desert
- Limpopo retreat, Serengeti spectacle and adventure on the Zambezi
- Value for money in Kenya and the trail less travelled in Peru
- Lions in danger, free nights and a new coastal gem
- G and T on demand, hidden beach, micro-light and sleeping on a dam
- Off the beaten track