I’ve just spent six glorious (and very hot) nights in this lovely Indian Ocean country. It’s a poor country, but its tourism industry is growing all the time with accommodation ranging from tiny desert island lodges, sumptuous colonial hotels and 5-star resorts, to friendly backpackers’ and B&Bs, as well as lots of self-catering accommodation.Read more
A recent visit to the World Heritage Site of the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng, the Visitor Centre, took me back 40 years ago to a trip I made then with the late, legendary paleoanthropologist, Professor Phillip Tobias. It also took me back millions of years ago to the time when early hominids roamed these hills and valleys.Read more
Most people, when they hear the name Peru, go a bit misty-eyed and thoughtful. The name conjures up visions of lost civilizations, ancient mystical ruins, towering mountain peaks, friendly genuine people, and of course, the mighty Amazon. It’s one of those almost mythical travel destinations that’s on most people’s wish-list.Read more
All the clichés are true – glorious golden beaches, turquoise seas, coral reefs alive with brightly coloured fish, soft tropical breezes, exceptionally friendly people, great service and scrumptious food. Mauritius is the template for the perfect island holiday.Read more
I think I’ve just discovered one of my favourite places in all of South Africa – the 1872 Melkkamer Cottage in De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Southern Cape.
I first went to this captivating country over a decade ago, and fell in love with it immediately.
It’s a country of contrasts, from high barren mountains and rocky snow-covered passes, to burning deserts, golden dunes and seaside villages.