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South Africa’s magnificent game

  • September 11, 2009

Since my last post I’ve been in Botswana, Ireland, France, all over South Africa, and now am off to Tibet in two weeks time. People say to me all the time that “You’re so lucky to be a travel writer”, and of course, I am, but it’s not all beer and skittles, nor even wine and roses. You have to be tough, keep an open mind, and learn to listen. I never travel anywhere without two essential items: my small down pillow and my notebook and pen. If you don’t capture the moment in the moment – it’s gone for ever…

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Europe by train

  • October 30, 2008 | Category: Travel

Norway – perfect and pure

  • September 10, 2008 | Category: Travel

Tracing viking footsteps

  • June 27, 2008 | Category: Travel

I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland, since studying the language of Old Norse at university. Old Norse was the language of the Vikings and is still spoken with hardly any change in the same way it was when Iceland’s first Viking settler built his farmstead in ad 874 and named it Reykjavik – meaning ‘smoky bay’. The name comes from the steam that rises from many geothermal springs in what is now the heart of Reykjavik – the world’s northernmost capital.

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India gears up for travel

  • June 26, 2008 | Category: Travel

In May I was invited to The Great Indian Travel Bazaar held in Jaipur, Rajasthan province. Representatives of the travel trade from more than 42 countries were invited, including a few travel writers, of which I was fortunate enough to be one. It was a glittering, well-organized affair – India’s first-ever Travel Bazaar – and was opened by the charismatic Ms Ambika Soni, Honourable Union Minister of Tourism and Culture, Government of India.

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From the Elbe to the Kalahari…

  • April 08, 2008 | Category: Travel

At the end of last year I was invited on a Peter Deilmann cruise which wended its way along one of Europe’s great rivers from Potsdam to Prague. I visited some fascinating historical towns such as Wittenberg (where Martin Luther changed the face of Christianity forever), Dresden and Meissen.

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Safari Book

  • November 11, 2007 | Category: Travel

Back to the Future - Ireland

  • July 24, 2007 | Category: Travel

Cuba Libre - 60 years on

  • June 05, 2007 | Category: Travel


Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best-known broadcasters, travellers and travel writers.

Her weekly Sunday night three-hour live Talk Radio 702 / CapeTalk talkshow, Believe It Or Not, which came to an end in early 2013 was South Africa’s longest-running radio talkshow with the same host in the same time slot. She continues to broadcast as a regular guest on travel shows where she talks about the when, where, why, what and how of travel both locally and internationally from her vast personal experience. She also blogs for several travel websites.

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