Africa

New Vaginal Ring Found To Reduce Risk Of Contracting HIV

“To see statistically significant HIV protection is a great step forward.”

February 23, 2016

Indulge In An African Honeymoon

Zambia, blessed with breathtaking natural wonders, a wealth of wildlife and the perfect sanctuary for honeymooners.

According to the Royal Livingston, “On the 16 November 1855, David Livingstone (Scottish missionary) first laid eyes on the waterfall that would define his life story, and that of an entire country. Visible from over 30km away, the Kololo people with whom he had travelled downriver called it Mosi-oa-Tunya – the smoke that thunders. As the first European to witness this magnificent site, he decided to name it Victoria Falls in honour of his Queen. At the Royal Livingstone Hotel on the banks of a river that flows through the soul of the continent.”

Your own African honeymoon waits to be told.​

Stay: The Royal Livingston Hotel

Eat: Try their traditional dish nshima, made of maize (corn) with goat curry, delish.

Drink: Locally brewed beer or their sunset cocktails on the deck

Spa: Couples massage overlooking the Zambezi River (OMG!)

Discover: Cross the border to Botswana and cruise/4WD the Chobe River seeing all the Big 5 in their natural habitat.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia

Zambia offers an unforgettable honeymoon experience, where you explore the real Africa.

March 17, 2015

Best Vacations for Animal Lovers

Who doesn’t want to see all of the world’s crazy and colorful wildlife? One of the greatest thrills of travelling is experiencing and witnessing things you would never see in your homeland. Seeing exotic creatures in their natural habitat is what I call living! If you’re planning an escape in 2015, try these vacations for animal lovers.

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The islands sit along the coast of ecuador and are peculiar in that they were never attached to any continent. The archipelago is a volcanic formation, creating rather peculiar living conditions for its inhabitants. The animals which currently reside on the islands had to either swim, float or fly there, and then adapt to the strange conditions. Therefore, a number of “homegrown” species exist on the islands, including the Galapagos tortoise and the marine iguana.  Fun fact: It was after studying the wildlife of the Galapagos that Charles Darwin developed his Theory of Evolution.

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Kenya

Of course. An African Safari is every wildlife-lovers dream expedition. There are endless tour options that guarantee you a look at the Big 5: Elephants, Rhino, Lions, Leopards and Buffalo. But let’s not forget zebras, hyenas, giraffes, flamingoes, hippos… ah, the list goes on. The best time to visit is during the migration – when the animals come to Kenya from the Serengeti in Tanzania – which occurs between July and October.

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Great Barrier Reef, Australia

It is no surprise the Great Barrier Reef one of the natural wonders of the world – it is the largest coral reef system (covering an area of 133,000 square miles), and is comprised entirely of living organisms. You will be mesmerized by the kaleidoscope of colors and the variety of weird and wonderful things living in our ocean. The reef is along the coast of Queensland, and once you have returned to dry land you might also consider popping in to the Australia Zoo – Steve Irwin’s legacy and home to some of the nation’s one-of-a-kind animal species, like kangaroos and koalas.

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Madagascar

Roughly 90 per cent of Madagascar’s wildlife is endemic, like its lemurs – of which they have approximately 100 different species! It is also home to 300 species of birds, more than 250 reptile species and the fossa – some kind of cat-mongoose hybrid. On top of its unique animal life, its landscapes and plant life are equally rare and impressive.

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December 20, 2014

5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

Have you ever wanted to the road less travelled when it comes to exploring Morocco? Rather than jumping at the chance to visit the same-old tourist destinations, follow our exclusive guide including some must-see sights once you’ve finally landed in North Africa’s most popular destination.

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Try: Tagine

If you haven’t heard about tagine, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. Often dubbed the un-official dish of Morocco, tagine is a slow-cooked stew which is named after the dish which it’s cooked in. You can find good tagine anywhere from the local restaurant, street-food stall, and even the occasional cafe in the city centre.

Between chicken, lamb, beef, and even egg tagine, there are a variety of different dishes which are seasoned with local herbs and spices for that authentic taste.

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Stay: La Maison Arabe

Just one of Marrakech’s luxury hotels (at an affordable price) you can easily receive the best of both world’s in this traditional place of rest. Enjoy a hot stone massage, sign-up to their world-renowned cooking school, or just relax by the heated pool. Or just down to the local town square which is just a short 10 minute walk away.

You will love the traditional Moroccan craftsmanship featuring cedar wood ceilings, and big open spaces which are truly out of a picture book.

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Experience: Fantasia Borj Bladi

Just one night at Fantasia Borj Bladi will completely change your outlook on a traditional restaurant. The food is good, but the main feature is the horse riders who put on a magnificent show with music and dancers for the entire Moroccan experience.

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Visit: Medina

One of the main attractions in central Marrakech is definitely the Medina – old city filled with hundreds of little stalls and shops surrounded by traditional neighbourhoods.

Here you will find little trinkets, homemade treats and spices, clothing, and even score a bargain or two with the local vendor.

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Architecture: Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is one of the most picturesque towns in Morocco, and is known worldwide for it’s buildings in different shades of blue. Enjoy a relaxed stay in one of the towns many hotels or hostels, and make sure to visit the Rif Mountains which stretch from Cape Spartel to Ras Kebdana.

Trekking, biking, and mountain climbing all are very popular ways to enjoy your time in the North-Moroccan countryside.

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November 14, 2014

Take A Walk Through The City Of Sand And Colour In Marrakech

Wanting to travel somewhere new, different, cheap, and exciting? Why not spice things up and head to the land of camels and charming cobras: Marrakech, Morocco.

Marrakech is the fourth largest city in the country, originally inhabited by Berber farmers, and since that time has quickly transformed itself into the trade, cultural and religious centre of sub-Saharan Africa.

Djemma el Fina

This is the centre of the city, since medieval times when the area was named Medina this square has been alive with entertainment and food stalls. Whether you want a pleasant afternoon overlooking the hustle and bustle at a café, or whether you want to get involved in the live performances of juggling, music and snake charming you are guaranteed a good time.

Majorelle Gardens and the Museum of Islamic Art

Two French artists by the names Jacques and Louis Majorelle crafted this inspiring garden in the 1920’s. Currently owned by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, you will find yourself in a sanctuary of tranquility, filled with water, and all forms of flora. One large splash of colour comes from the now Museum of Islamic Art, which houses pottery, tribal art and carpets, this museum was once owned by the creators of the garden as a studio.

Souks

Any shopping lover would know what the souks entail, it is a bargainers dream come true, in the case of Marrakech’s souks they are said to be the best in Morocco, with the likes of high-quality craft products, lamps that look they are straight out of Aladdin, spices, glassware, ceramics and ethnic jewellery. When it comes to the souks it is best to just absorb the chaos and culture happening around you. There is a certain atmosphere once you immerse yourself in the consuming energy that will leave you mesmorised and rich in experience.

As you can tell Marrakech is one place you simply must visit once in your lifetime, the absolute madness and business of this city will make you confused, yet grateful you could have the chance to wonder through this Islamic treasure.

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By Amy Miller

 

August 28, 2014