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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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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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Leaving Inyati but not without a final safari game drive

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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 […]

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A Leopard in a Tree? The South Africa Safari Evening Game Drive

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For many people, including me,  daily life is chock full of  routine activities, work and life which for the most part are on auto-pilot.  For me, its wash, eat, work, gym, rinse, repeat and only on vacation (holiday) can I break out of this routine and enjoy the excitement of something new. On the morning […]

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South Africa Safari Sabi Sands Game Drive: The Circle of Life

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On safari, your daily schedule is set by the lodge with time to relax during the day.  If you are not a morning person (me) you will quickly learn to morph into one or you will miss out, and you don’t want to miss out! At Inyati, the daily schedule looked like this: 05h30   […]

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South Africa Safari Game Drive – My First Animal Sightings

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Arriving at Inyati Safari Lodge at lunchtime meant that I would be able to join the afternoon safari game drive.  Not knowing what to expect, I prepared my backpack with all of the “safari essentials” I had relied on during the past week of safari trek/drives in Botswana. My essentials now included layers of clothes (light […]

Inyati view of the Sabi River

Safari Lodge review: Inyati Private Game Reserve, South Africa

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Turning off the dirt road toward the Inyati Private Game Reserve entrance gate, the anticipation was building – this was my South African safari, in Sabi Sands no less.  The shuttle driver escorted me to the gift shop entrance which also serves as the check in desk.  I was welcomed and taken to the bar/lounge […]