Sunset Elephant Zambezi

World Elephant Day – The African Elephant

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Two years ago, on August 12th, 2012, World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the plight of the African elephants and Asian elephants.  While much is publicized about the poaching of these amazing animals, there are other dark sides – treatment in captivity (as we’ve seen many videos of horrible abuse) as well […]

Oddballs' Camp Okavango Delta Botswana

The importance of wood on Safari in Botswana – FriFotos

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This week’s FriFotos is “Wood” and I immediately thought of all the uses of wood on my safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.  I stayed at Oddballs’ Camp, an eco-camp which used solar power and local materials.  The various forms and importance that wood plays on safari is evident all day long at camp, on the […]

Ostrich Farm South Africa

Oddly Cute – Visiting an Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

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There is usually one stop on the tour that you think “really?  this is a worthwhile place to visit? or wow, just another shopping stop for the tourists” (think that diamond store stop – really, who is buying diamonds on vacation at the tour stop?). When I saw that the Ostrich Farm was a stop, […]

Spring flowers Kirstenbosch South Africa

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, South Africa

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I don’t have a green thumb, never had, never will, so I enjoy visiting gardens because they are pretty colorful, relaxing and give me so many photo opportunities.  The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ,outside of Cape Town, was a stop on the day long private tour  (we spent the morning on the Cape Peninsula). Having […]

Visit Table Mountain, Cape Town for incredible views and sunset

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When planning my Africa trip, I heard more than once “don’t miss Table Mountain”, “Table Mountain is a must”, “Table Mountain”, “Table Mountain”. The universe was sending too many people for me to ignore, so I figured I had to plan some time at Table Mountain. Easier said that done.  In my research, there were […]

FriFotos: Souvenirs from Africa, London and New York City

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The FriFotos theme this week is “Souvenirs”.  When I first started traveling, I bought a souvenir for everyone in my life – friends, family and co-workers.  I had friends who collected shot glasses, magnets and postcards. Over the years as my packing got better and bag got smaller, the amount of souvenir space diminished and […]

Spa Review: The Westin Capetown Spa in South Africa

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When traveling, I often take a “spa day” to relax and recharge but rarely use the hotel spa (usually too expensive) choosing instead to go to a local spa for a massage.  Having arrived in Capetown at The Westin in need of a facial, due to a reaction of sunscreen and bug creme, and without […]

Capetown ferris wheel at V&A waterfront

Hotel Review: The Westin Capetown, South Africa

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When I think Westin,the Heavenly Bed & Bath come to mind and after two weeks traveling on safari, I was looking forward to my stay at the Westin Capetown. Of the many Starwood brands, I tend to favor the Westin.  My six night stay was paid with a Starwood points +cash (4000 + $60) per […]

Travel Nightmare: My Travel Meltdown at The Westin Capetown

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We’ve all experienced the travel meltdown, the point at which you just lose it at some point in your journey.  You’ve missed a flight connection, dealt with weather delays, were stranded overseas, waited at the baggage carousel only to realize that your bags are not coming anytime soon, been so hungry that you are miserable. […]

Elephant traffic on safari Kruger Sabi Sands

Final Safari Game Drive at Inyati – Birds and the Little 5 in Sabi Sands

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On the day of checkout, you can choose to relax, sleep in or like me, get up one last time for the 5am wakeup, ready for the 6am game drive.  Safari is the ultimate example of FOMO (fear of missing out).  My young friend laughed at me when i said FOMO – “how do you […]