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Africa: How To Plan a 27 Day Safari with an Award Ticket and Luxury Tent

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Going on an African Safari has always been on my list but I dismissed it forever thinking I couldn’t go alone, I didn’t have the money, the time, you name it, I talked myself out of it and put in the “when I hit the lottery bucket”.  Well, since I believe the universe does have […]

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My Scary Experience Searching for Hippos on Safari in Botswana

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After two walking treks in the Okavango Delta at Oddball’s Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve, I hadn’t yet seen any hippos – we had only heard them at dinner time around the camp.   So when the Canadian couple mentioned that for their afternoon trek they were going to look for hippos, I thought that sounds fun – […]

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Look Inside! The Elephant Camp Luxury Tent in Victoria Falls

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After laughing outside of The Elephant Camp tent by the sheer size and realizing that my first night in Botswana was an actual tent you buy in the store – I tried to be a bit more calm with the guided tour of my room at this boutique luxury camp in Zimbabwe near Victoria Falls.  […]

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The 27 day African Safari Itinerary – Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa

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My African Safari was almost a month long encompassing South Africa (Johannesburg, Capetown and the Garden Route), Botswana (Okavango Delta and Chobe Safari Park) and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls).  The incredible “bucket list” worthy trip using points inspired me to start this blog to share my experience.  While I originally posted the below a while back […]

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What You Find on the Hills Around the World #FriFotos

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This week’s FriFotos theme is “Hills”.  Of course, the first thing that came to mind was the song “The hills are alive with the Sound of Music…” (yes, showing my age).  While I’ve done the Sound of Music tour when I visited Salzburg, it was before the digital camera (again showing my age) and have […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]