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We urge you to read through the following information carefully and to ensure peace of mind by taking out comprehensive travel insurance.</em></p> <p><strong>Why is it important to take out travel insurance?</strong><br>As exciting as travel is, it does hold some risks. By taking out travel insurance you are essentially covering yourself against travel risks such as lost or stolen luggage, cancellation cover (should you not be able to travel due to unexpected medical or personal reasons) and most importantly, unexpected medical costs abroad.</p> <p>It is extremely important to take out travel insurance, even if it tightens your budget a little. Your loss could be a lot greater should anything unforeseen happen. Imagine you have a medical emergency in a foreign country, or a natural disaster forces you to leave your paid accommodation. Your flight could be cancelled; baggage could be lost or your wallet or passport could be stolen. These are all scenarios that happen to tourists every day!</p> <p><strong>What does a travel insurance policy cover?</strong></p> <ul> <li>A comprehensive travel insurance policy will provide:</li> <li>Emergency medical cover</li> <li>Losses incurred due to unforeseen cancellation or having to cut your trip short</li> <li>Death and disability cover</li> <li>Personal liability cover</li> <li>Baggage cover</li> </ul> <p>Various other inconvenience benefits, for example, cover for costs incurred when being forced to extend your stay due to adverse weather.</p> <p><strong>How much insurance do I need?</strong><br>A good idea is to talk to your advisor about whether your current insurance includes cover when travelling to a foreign destination. However, please note that if travel insurance is included, it is usually not sufficient cover with regards to the inclusions and excess payments. Travel insurance can cover you from incidents like theft to more serious medical situations where you have to be flown to the nearest hospital by helicopter, anywhere in the world. Medical, cancellations, baggage, delays, personal liability and accidents are usually included in your travel insurance. Inclusions and exclusions will depend on the policy you choose. Your travel advisor can assist you to make the best possible choice for your personal needs.</p> <p><strong>Do I understand the limits of my insurance?</strong><br>Some limits will be applicable, depending on where you will be travelling to or for how long you will be away.</p> <p>For international travel, visa requirements can affect your policy limitations or certain areas in the world might be excluded. There could also be limits with regards to medical emergencies regarding pre-existing conditions. Remember to communicate any such conditions to your travel advisor to check whether it will be covered in your travel insurance policy. All travel insurance policies have specific benefits and exclusions so it's common sense, imperative, and absolutely necessary to take the time to read the policy wording carefully.</p> <p><strong>Are there any exceptions for more vulnerable travellers such as pregnant or elderly travellers?</strong><br>Pregnant travellers will generally enjoy coverage on a standard policy up until the first day of the 26th week of pregnancy. Any babies born during the trip will not be covered. With senior passengers aged 70 and over, they will have to pay a higher premium and won’t automatically receive coverage on pre-existing illnesses, cardiovascular diseases and cerebrovascular disease. A more comprehensive policy is recommended in this case.</p> <p><strong>What if I already have travel insurance through my credit card company? Is it possible to top-up my coverage?</strong><br>Most banks provide basic complimentary cover when airline tickets are purchased with a credit card. This is generally not sufficient and it is possible to supplement the coverage provided by a credit card company. In order to choose a suitable top-up package to meet your needs you’d need to determine what the basic cover is and add the appropriate top-up option.</p> <p><strong>What is the rule of thumb when it comes to when travel insurance should be purchased by?</strong><br>It’s recommended that travellers purchase their chosen policies as soon as their trip has been paid for, as that means that they’ll enjoy cancellation coverage from up to six months before the trip.</p> <p><em>Travel is a very exciting experience, but you have to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. Talk to your tour consultant to ensure you have adequate cover to enjoy your holiday without the worry should you find yourself in an unexpected situation.</em></p>Stella NeethlingThu, 14 Dec 2017 13:13:42 +0000 The JourneyAnnemarie ervaar die Faces of the Namib<p><em>“A picture speaks a thousand words”</em>. Dit is waar. Totdat jy in die Namib staan. Hier kan ʼn foto nie beskryf hoe ongelooflik mooi die woestyn is nie. So mooi dat dit jou op jou knieë bring in verwondering.</p> <p>Annemarie Olivier, 'n Live the Journey konsultant, het onlangs een van ons <a href="">Faces of the Namib</a> woestyntoere meegemaak. Sy deel haar ervaring met ons.</p> <p>Hierdie was my eerste ondervinding in die duine en die gogga het behoorlik gebyt. Letterlik en figuurlik! Daar was stories oor die legende van die Makieriebok, <em>marshmallows</em> oor die kampvuur gebraai en selfs ʼn bakkie wat besluit het om te vlieg in plaas van ry. Daar was gelag, koud gekry en kompetisie gehou oor wie die vinnigste deur ʼn “speelgaatjie” kon jaag. ʼn Onvergeetlike ervaring wat ek vir altyd sal koester. </p> <p>Die verandering in die landskap van vlaktes na grys rots, na ʼn rivierbed en uiteindelik die duine, is iets om te aanskou. Waarlik al die verkillende gesigte van die Namib.</p> <p>Ons gidse kwyt hulle baie goed van hul taak en verseker dat almal veilig begelei word deur die duine en later met vol magies gaan slaap, ná ʼn heerlike kuier om die kampvuur.</p> <p>Hierdie is beslis ʼn toer wat op almal se wenslysie moet wees.</p>Stella NeethlingThu, 12 Oct 2017 08:41:22 +0000 The JourneyNamibiaThe Namib DesertSudan - The land of the black pharaohs<p>When <strong>Sudan</strong> received its independence on 01 January 1956, it was the biggest country in Africa. This changed in 2011 when South Sudan gained independence/secession from Sudan. Today, Sudan is the third biggest country in Africa, roughly half the size of Australia. The separation from South changed the security-issues of the country in totality, resulting in a safe destination that is worth exploring.</p> <p><strong>Statistical Facts</strong></p> <ul> <li>Khartoum is the Capital of Sudan</li> <li>There are more pyramids in Sudan than in Egypt</li> <li>Population is roughly 34 million with growth of approximately 2.5%</li> <li>Sudan’s development dates back as far as 3300BC through the Pharaoh’s and Kingships</li> </ul> <p>Live the Journey’s Johan van Tonder recently spent some time in Sudan and shares some of his experiences here:</p> <p><strong>Travelling Sudan</strong><br>Arriving in Khartoum exposed us once again to the “organised chaos” of so many airports. After 90 minutes we collected our bags and hopped into an air-conditioned transfer vehicle to make our way to the hotel in Khartoum.</p> <p>A strong “English Colonial” influence is seen in the architecture of many buildings in Khartoum. The history of the British Colonial Period (1896 – 1955) or better known as the Anglo-Egyptian Period, is riddled with well-known names of that era, including Charles Gordon, Lord Kitchener, Sir Geoffrey Archer, Sir Robert George Howe and many more.</p> <p>Khartoum is divided into three areas: Khartoum - Public Service/ Administrative Section, North Khartoum – Industrial section of the city, where most of the people work and Omdurman - Where all the markets and shops are situated. (One of the biggest camel markets are located here and thousands of camels change hands here on Fridays and Saturdays.)</p> <p>Interestingly, Omdurman used to be the Capital, but the colonial era saw Khartoum becoming the Capital of Sudan. The outlay of Khartoum is also in the shape of the British Flag!</p> <p>At Khartoum we also see the confluence of the Blue Nile, which originates in Ethiopia (70% of the Nile’s water comes from here) and the White Nile, which originates in Uganda, to form the Nile River. Here at the Mudarani Peninsula is where the mighty Nile starts it journey north, through Egypt, and into the Nile Delta, which finally ends in the Mediterranean Sea. Viewing the confluence by boat and seeing the different colours of the two Nile Rivers, was an extraordinary experience.</p> <p>Up to 2003, the northern sections of Sudan was not readily accessible, as ferries had to be used to cross the mighty Nile. Since then, several bridges were built and the desert is more accessible and travelling time is significantly less.</p> <p>From the border of Egypt to Khartoum, there are six cataracts or massive rapids in the Nile, which made the river impassable for earlier Egyptian explorers. The second cataract is the biggest and spans roughly 50km of the Nile. Here the Egyptians built a road around the cataract, transported their boats by road and continue their journey south!</p> <p>Nowadays, most of these cataracts are covered by either man-made dams or weirs, but remnants are still to be seen, especially at the third cataract.</p> <p>During the building phases of these dams/weirs, all the artefacts of the area, which include tombs, sarcophagus, paintings, massive sculptures, etc. were carefully removed and transported to Khartoum’s National Museum. This museum is seen as the best in Sudan and has breath-taking exhibits. The ground floor covers the rise and fall of the kingdoms of Kerma, Kush and Meroe. There are some stunning royal statues and perfectly preserved 3500-year-old artefacts from Kerma. Upstairs are numerous medieval Christian frescos removed from the ruined churches of Old Dongola and elsewhere. Outside are some temples rescued, Abu Simbel–style, from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. You need at least two hours for a visit.</p> <p>Khalifa House also offers a good overview of the colonial history. Opposite the road is a Catholic Church, worth a quick visit.<br>Travelling North, we visited the Western, Bhayuda (White) and Nubian Deserts (Nub means gold).</p> <p><strong>Places of interest visited</strong></p> <ul> <li>Karima (historic name is Napata) for old temples and Jebel Barkal, a holy mountain, with its 100m high pinnacle, in line with the pyramids of Nuri. The tomb of Tanutamani, a Black Pharaoh, at El Kuru. This area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.</li> <li>Necropolis of Nuri – excellent photography opportunities late afternoon. Here you will find 22 King Pyramids and 59 Standard Pyramids. This is also where we saw the highest pyramid in Sudan. </li> <li>Bayuda Desert: A visit to the Nomadic Tribes was very rewarding – enjoy a unique drink of coffee and ginger, an interesting taste combination, which is surprisingly quick to get used to and even miss!</li> <li>Kerma Museum with its magnificent Granite Statues and Nubian artefacts</li> <li>Oldongola Tomb Site as well as the Oldongola Archaeological site. The Cemetery is packed with beautiful tombs for "saints" and ordinary graves with no writings on it.</li> <li>Tobos where we saw the sleeping pharaoh. This is a half-completed granite statue, three meters in size! Inscriptions on rock-faces where the pharaoh indicated his conquered land.</li> <li>Necropolis of Meroë, probably the most photographed pyramids of Sudan. Two groups of pyramids, north and south but southern necropolis much older than northern necropolis. We also visited the mountain where the blocks were mined for the pyramids. </li> <li>The Royal City is very close to Meroë. This used to be a thriving city of more than 10,000 inhabitants. A large indoor pool from that period and a sauna is still visible. </li> <li>Naga Archaeological Site. The well-known Temple of Amun, as well as the Temple of Apedemak was built here. Remnants of a “Roman Kiosk” is also visible, a lion enclosure as well as an area where elephants were kept.</li> </ul> <p>Traveling to Sudan was probably one of the most exciting and spiritual trips for me, in a very long time. The people are fantastic – openhearted, friendly and extremely helpful.</p> <p>The history of the Egyptians, moving south into Sudan and how they “occupied” the land along the Nile is absolutely amazing. Conquering cataracts, 50km’s long and building more pyramids in Sudan than there are in Egypt, is mind-boggling.</p> <p>The perception that Sudan is a risky destination, is a pity and not true. This is however something that Sudan Tourism needs to work on if they wish to have more than the current 1,200 tourists visiting this incredible country per year.</p> <p>Believe me, it is a safe, extraordinary, unexplored, sort-of-eccentric destination and ready for visitors!</p> <p>I will be back, without a doubt…</p>Stella NeethlingFri, 30 Jun 2017 13:14:44 +0000 The JourneyRain in the Namib<p>Having grown up in Norway I never really understood the importance of water since we have such an abundance of it. In fact, most of Norway’s electricity is generated by hydroelectric plants and the tap water in Norway is probably the best in the world and most of it comes directly form the source without the need for processing or chemicals!</p> <p>It was only since I moved to Swakopmund nearly three years ago with my husband and children that I realised how precious water really is. I knew Namibia was a dry country, but so was Jordan where we lived for almost eight years. Jordan though has its dry and desert areas, where only nomadic herders lived and the rest of the country received enough rain – and sometimes snow! – to survive. In Namibia, the situation was completely different, whereby it seems that most people not only live, but also try to farm in areas where there have been little or no rain over the last couple of years.</p> <p>We visited different areas of Namibia over the past year and in several places the wild animals were on the verge of starving and many game farms and safari lodges were forced to feed their wild animals almost like cattle to avoid starvation. It was an amazing, yet sad sight for me to see giraffes, elephants and rhinos coming so close to the waterholes at the lodges because they knew it was feeding time. This of course put heavy burdens on the establishments as the animal feed is extremely expensive.</p> <p>Thankfully Namibia has experienced heavy rains over the past month or so which was boosted by tropical storm Dineo. Most of the country has now received suitable levels of rainfall and the dams are slowly filling up as the water comes down the catchment areas.</p> <p>The town of Swakopmund was abuzz with excitement last week as word spread that the Swakop river was going to flow. We were excited to see this magical flow of water, so we packed our 4x4 last week and ventured out to the Swakop river area north of the Rosmund Golf Club. Needless to say, every man and his dog (literally) was there!</p> <p>And there it was, water running through that dry hot desert for the first time since 2011. The Swakop river, where the town of Swakopmund takes its name from, is a seasonal river, like most of the Namibian rivers, but the fact that this area hasn’t seen any water in the last 6 years makes it more special.</p> <p>People were setting up camp, braai fires were burning and the happiness and most noticeably, the relief on the people’s faces was quite an amazing sight! The dogs were going crazy running in the water and the kids couldn’t believe that we allowed them to jump in that muddy river so they made sure they enjoyed every minute. At times the river flowed so strong that we had to move further downstream, and several braai fires had to be moved hastily!</p> <p>The water was running fast and we thought that the river might even reach the ocean but unfortunately, we will have to hang around in Namibia longer to experience that.</p> <p>Seeing a river flow for the first time in a desert is not something that I ever thought about, however now that I have experienced it I truly believe it should be on everybody’s bucket list. It is such an amazing sight and a humbling experience - what a privilege and yet again, just more proof of what a wonderful country Namibia is!</p> <p><strong><em><a href="" target="_blank">View video of this extraordinary event here</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><em>Lao Tzu “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”</em></p> <p><em><strong>Esma Al-Samarai</strong> is married to Hein Truter, the Managing Director of Live the Journey Namibia. They have been privileged to live in numerous foreign and unique countries, such as Mozambique, Taiwan, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Vietnam. As seasoned world travellers, they finally found their peace in Namibia where they are raising their daughter Zara (5) and son Ryan (3).</em></p>Stella NeethlingMon, 20 Mar 2017 09:57:06 +0000 The JourneyNamibiaThe Namib DesertTravel more in 2017<p>Even though we are already one month into 2017, the new year still stands before us like a blank canvas. Besides the usual suspects like “eat healthier” or “quit smoking”, we think that “travel more” should be at the top of any New Year’s resolution list.</p> <p>Each and every one of us has a list of things we want to do and places we want to see in our lifetime and for many this means packing a bag and hopping on a plane to remote destinations to experience new cultures and wonder at nature's beauty or man-made marvels.</p> <p>In the immortal words of Bill Bryson: “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”</p> <p>To get you inspired for 2017, we've compiled a list of must-do experiences, from wildlife encounters to jaw-dropping adventures and historic wonders.</p> <ul> <li>Marvel at the Northern Lights in Iceland</li> <li>Be humbled by the ancient Rose City of Petra in Amman</li> <li>Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu</li> <li>Trek Gorillas and chimpanzees in Rwanda or Uganda</li> <li>Experience the Great Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania</li> <li>Experience true solitude in the Namib desert</li> <li>Cook up a storm in Italy</li> <li>Overwhelm your senses in India </li> <li>Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania</li> <li>Uncover the mysteries of Madagascar</li> </ul> <p>Please contact Live the Journey for more information on these and many other unique travel experiences.</p>Stella NeethlingTue, 07 Feb 2017 11:44:10 +0000 The JourneySicilian Cooking Adventure - Buon Appetito!<p><a href="" target="_blank">Sicily,</a> Italy’s largest island, is a fascinating land endowed with mountains, hills, the sea and thousands of years of history, culture and of course great food. Sicilian cookery is very much embedded in the history of the island. Various civilizations – Greek, Roman, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, and British – have left their mark. From a gastronomic point of view, the influence of these invaders is still very much in evidence today.</p> <p>From <strong>24 September to 31 October 2017</strong> Live the Journey embarks on a <a href="" target="_blank">fascinating culinary exploration</a> of this Italian gem. Together with South African radio presenter and “foodie”, <a href="" target="_blank">Martelize Brink</a>, our guests will learn from a passionate local chef and completely immerse themselves in the flavours of Sicily. The group will be based in the south east of the island, in a region famous for its gastronomic specialities: Pachino grows juicy tomatoes, Avola produces almonds and wine, Ragusa is famous for Caciocavallo cheese and Modica for chocolate made from an ancient Aztec recipe.</p> <p>All of the cookery lessons take place in the informal kitchen of a private villa and together with fellow travellers and a local chef, guests will create mouth-watering dishes using fresh seasonal ingredients such as fresh pasta with ricotta and marjoram filling, Peperonata Con Capperi (a delicious Sicilian vegetable recipe made from peppers and capers) or Arancini – a tasty rice-ball that can be stuffed with mozzarella, ragu sauce or peas and coated with breadcrumbs.<br>To tantalize your taste buds we share this easy recipe for Arancini.</p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <ul> <li>800ml vegetable stock</li> <li>250g arborio rice</li> <li>1/2 tbsp salt</li> <li>Pinch of saffron</li> <li>50g parmesan</li> <li>150g Mozzarella chopped into chunks</li> <li>1 egg</li> <li>170g plain flour</li> </ul> <p><strong>Method</strong><br>1. Add salt and saffron to the stock and bring to boil. Then add the rice.<br>2. Bring back to boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until stock is absorbed and rice is soft and yellow.<br>3. Add the grated Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Leave until completely cooled down.<br>4. Beat the egg and add to rice. Then shape the mixture into 10 even balls.<br>5. Press a hole in the rice-balls, using your fingers and insert one teaspoon of Mozzarella. Pinch the rice around to enclose.<br>6. Place the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl and cover rice-balls with the crumbs.<br>7. Heat the oil in a deep pan, no more than a third full. In batches, fry the rice balls for about 4 minutes until golden brown. Drain on kitchen towel and season with salt.</p> <p>Often sold as traditional street food, Arancini is an old-style Sicilian recipe, best enjoyed while strolling along the beautiful streets of this fascinating island…</p>Stella NeethlingThu, 26 Jan 2017 11:48:23 +0000 The JourneyMartelize BrinkRadio Sonder GrenseThe Famous Garden Route<p>The Garden Route is one of the most beautiful routes to drive in the Western Cape and I had the wonderful opportunity to join an educational trip exploring this area.</p> <p>I was fortunate to stay at Garden Route Game Lodge in one of their newly built rooms. Beautiful modern rooms with amazing views over the reserve. The staff and management makes you feel part of their establishment from the moment you arrive till the minute you depart. From Garden Route Game Lodge we travelled to Oudtshoorn, one of my favourite places. The atmosphere and the people in Oudtshoorn are amazing.  I personally feel a person should  stay two nights or more. There are so many beautiful properties, restaurants with amazing food and  activities to do. Be sure to include it on your next Garden Route holiday!<br> <br><strong>By Tanya Engelbrecht – Craftsman</strong></p>Esther FrauensteinThu, 22 Dec 2016 08:30:20 +0000 The JourneySouth Africa, Zimbabwe &amp; Botswana all in one trip!<p>I was very fortunate to travel with a group of guests on a journey including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana for 12 days. What an amazing experience!</p> <p>The trip included experiences and adventures at Entabeni Game Reserve, Madi A Thavha Mountain Lodge, Matobo Hills, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and The Land of the Brave!</p> <p>From seeing wildlife in abundance, adrenaline-rushing thrills with soft adventures, fairy-tale sunsets, dancing under starlit African skies, noises from nature with birds calling, or gushing water from Victoria Falls... One cannot summarize the African beauty experienced.</p> <p>This certainly was an once-in-a-lifetime-time experience, leaving me feeling proud and excited to be part of Africa!</p> <p><strong>By Sanet Williams – Craftsman</strong></p>Esther FrauensteinThu, 22 Dec 2016 08:25:11 +0000 The JourneyA Mobile Safari Camp through the Moremi and Khwai areas in Botswana<p>Thank you Thank you Thank you for a true once in a lif time safari experience!!!</p> <p>Our journey of 6 days started in Maun and took us on a safari experience through Moremi and Khwai Reserves located in the northern part of the Okavango Delta. This remarkable experience will appeal to any traveler looking for that alternative type of safari in the heart of the bush with many unique experiences including the call of the lions so close to our camp, camp fire storytelling under star filled African skies, and absolute mind blowing sunsets. The wildlife was exceptional and in abundance, our group were so privileged to experience the birth of a baby Impala. I have never felt so close to nature before in my life!</p> <p>Another highlight was a mokoro trip on the Okavango Delta, experiencing incredible birdlife and watching hippos play in the water.</p> <p>We enjoyed 5 nights serviced camping with super comfotable facilities and exquisite meals. We where well looked after by professional and experienced safari guides with friendly camp crew to ensure smooth run of the entire experience, creating long-lasting memories.</p> <p>This was one of many safari trips, but very different which I can highly recommend this to travelers seeking adventure… If you like to be in the centre of the action, then this trip is for you and your clients.</p> <p><strong>By Susan Theron – Craftsman</strong></p>Esther FrauensteinThu, 22 Dec 2016 08:21:02 +0000 The JourneyA Visit to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe<p>What a pleasure it was to travel to Zimbabwe, a country with beautiful landscapes and friendly people.</p> <p>It’s so difficult to summarise this magnificent destination and the incredible experiences it offers travellers alike, but a few musts to include into your itinerary which we were fortunate to experience are listed below:</p> <ul> <li>A guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls </li> <li>A sunset cruise on the majestic Zambezi River </li> <li>Elephant interaction at the Wild Horizons Elephant Camp </li> <li>Gorge Swing, Zipline or Flying fox with lunch at the Lookout Café</li> </ul> <p>I was mesmerized by the beauty and splendour of Victoria Falls and it surpassed my wildest expectations and I am selling this destination with great confidence to all our clients.</p> <p><strong>By Susan Theron – Craftsmen</strong></p>Esther FrauensteinThu, 22 Dec 2016 08:10:54 +0000 The JourneyZimbabwe, a gem to be discovered!<p>We had many jaw-dropping moments, with eyebrows permanently raised - such was the impact Zimbabwe left us with on our post-indaba tour. When we left, we were in awe of the country's rich, natural beauty and super friendly people. As far as the eye can see, magnificent splendour stared back at us. Even though a high unemployment rate, Zimbabweans left us super inspired and showed us how they use the available natural resources to provide for their families. Wives, mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, brothers, grandparents… all physically working in their fields building their homes and feeding their families.</p> <p>The world-famous Victoria falls should be on each person’s bucket list, but Zimbabwe has much more to offer. On the next trip, consider the vast &amp; majestic Hwange National Park, with wildlife roaming the hills in abundance. Visit the rolling Matobo hills where Cecil John Rhodes was laid to rest, or watch the sunrise on Lake Mutirikwi. If you still have loads of energy left, a hike up the Nyange mountains will tick your adrenaline boxes. Don’t forget Mana Pools - it will be a memory to be savoured for life! Despite media reports over the last few years, our experience in quite a rugged part of Africa, changed our pre-formed perceptions – WE SUGGEST YOU DO THE SAME! The people of Africa are renowned for their heart-warming friendliness and hospitality, leaving you totally enriched and yearning to visit again.</p> <p><strong>By Guy van Greunen – Craftsman</strong></p>Esther FrauensteinThu, 22 Dec 2016 08:07:49 +0000 The JourneyNureth and her family visit Namibia<p>My family and I decided to travel to Namibia June 2016. Two teenage daughters, a husband, 4x4 and the road, loads of nothingness, leaving you with only your thoughts.</p> <p>It was one of the best experiences of my life. I could not have asked for a better place to spend time with my family. Lots of hours on the road without any signal, leaving us with lots and lots of quality time.</p> <p>Namibia, what an interesting country to see, it is filled with such a large variety of landscapes. This country overwhelms you with a feeling of separation from the rest of the world or society as you know it, the enormity swallows you and makes you feel like a drop of water in the Indian ocean. Its underdevelopment in certain parts makes you feel like a traveller in the 1800’s. This feeling is not a feeling you can explain to anyone, this is one of those things you have to go experience yourself.</p> <p>The accommodation is of course anything but underdeveloped, all accommodations we stayed at, whether it was 3 or 5 star, I would recommend to anyone. </p> <p>We found the gravel roads to generally be in good condition and accommodations was easy to find, really not a place where one could easily get lost, definitely a place where you can go in to hide and no one will find you…. ever.</p> <p>Generally it is hard to pick out a favourite accommodation, but my family and I agreed that Solitaire and Erindi were highlights on our trip. Solitaire, if you enjoy hospitable company, and Erindi for their easily spotted wildlife togheter with various other factors. Last but not least, I must say the Gondwana Collection completely surpassed our expectation. They do so well with maintaining their promised standards throughout the collection. At all their establishments they offer something unique, and their teams are super hospitable, accommodating.</p> <p>There are so much more to say about Namibia and its people… but first-hand experience speaks loudest.</p> <p><strong>By Nureth Jordan</strong> <strong>– craftsman</strong></p>Esther FrauensteinThu, 22 Dec 2016 07:54:26 +0000 The JourneyNamibiaStaying healthy on a long-haul flight<p>Long haul flights aren’t everybody’s idea of fun, but with a few simple rules, you can stay healthy and arrive at your destination ready to enjoy your holiday. We love Virgin Atlantic’s top tips to ensure a comfortable flight:</p> <ul> <li>Keep on moving - The best way to stay comfy and minimize the risk of clotting disorders like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) at bay is to keep moving. So try to change your sitting position regularly, and avoid crossing your legs. Try the airlines’ inflight magazine for suggestions on a number of suitable exercises. </li> <li>Walk in the clouds - Take the end of a movie as your cue to leave your seat and go for a stroll around the cabin to get your circulation going.</li> <li>Just say no (to sleeping pills) - Tempting as it may be, especially if you’re a nervous flyer, we advise you don’t take a sleeping tablet on your flight. It will reduce the chance of you moving about during the flight, which isn’t good news for your circulation, and you’ll feel much groggier when you arrive. The only exception is if your doctor is aware that you are flying and has expressly recommended that you take a sleeping tablet.</li> <li>Drink up - Keep yourself feeling hydrated throughout the flight. </li> <li>Moisturize - Keep your skin pampered and protected from the dry air onboard by regularly applying moisturizer and lip balm. If you wear contact lenses, it’s a good idea to bring your glasses with you, as your eyes might feel drier than usual.</li> <li>Loose fit - Save any tight fitting outfits for your destination; for the flight, stay comfortable by wearing loose fitting, comfy clothes and shoes.</li> <li>Time travel - Beat jet lag by setting your watch to your destination’s time as soon as you get onboard.</li> </ul>Esther FrauensteinWed, 14 Dec 2016 07:57:35 +0000 The JourneyTanzania migration safari with children<p>The annual movement of wildebeest and other grazing herbivores – the Great Migration – is one of the ultimate spectacles in the natural world. It is an incredible <a href="">once-in-a-lifetime experience</a>. It is also surprisingly well suited to family travel on a private basis.</p> <p>A private safari allows for a lot of flexibility when travelling with children and is a wonderful journey of discovery for any child old enough to enjoy and appreciate the experience. In East Africa, safari vehicles are enclosed and long-based, making them extremely comfortable. Add to this endless vistas teeming with wildlife and passionate, experienced guides brimming with knowledge and you have the makings of an unforgettable family holiday.</p> <p>So when is the best time to travel? The Great Migration traditionally follows the rain as animals migrate towards better pastures. The millions of wildebeest and zebras are always somewhere along the Serengeti/ Mara circuit, but they are not always in large herds and on the move. They can move in enormously long single file lines or in huge herds. Their location is largely dependent on the weather, which can vary considerably from year to year. In general, the herds assemble south of the Serengeti in <a href="">Tanzania</a> during January and February, the season in which they give birth to their young. From here they migrate from the vast grasslands of the southern and central Serengeti (April and May) before they start to cross the rivers (late June to August) into the woodlands of the Masai Mara in Kenya. Here they remain for three months during the dry season, before returning southwards.</p>Esther FrauensteinThu, 22 Sep 2016 11:25:22 +0000 The JourneyCollective Nouns - Did you know?<p>When it comes to collective nouns regarding groups of animals, we all know the standard ones. A pride of lions, fish in a school, cows in a herd. You might even know a few of the weirder ones too, like whales in a pod or a murder of crows. Even though these group nouns are rarely used, even by scientists, many of them refer to the behavior of the animals – some quite accurate in their description. Here are some of our favorites:</p> <ul> <li>A flutter of butterflies</li> <li>An army of caterpillars</li> <li>A coalition of cheetahs</li> <li>A flamboyance of flamingos</li> <li>A journey of giraffe</li> <li>A gaggle of geese</li> <li>A confusion of guinea fowl</li> <li>A leap of leopards</li> <li>A mischief of mice</li> <li>A prickle of porcupines</li> <li>A crash of rhinos</li> <li>A dazzle of zebras</li> </ul>Esther FrauensteinTue, 16 Aug 2016 08:27:26 +0000 The JourneyFive Reasons to go to Morocco: Five<p>Join DAVE PEPLER and LIVE THE JOURNEY on an INCREDIBLE JOURNEY of discovery to Morocco from 06 to 19 July 2016! Venture into this fabled land of myths and legends where a surprise lingers around every corner!</p>Esther FrauensteinTue, 10 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000 PeplerLive The JourneymoroccoFive Reasons to go to Morocco: Four<p>There is so much to discover in the colourful chaos that is Marrakesh! Journey through narrow streets lined with fruit stalls, mounds of spices, intricately woven Berber carpets, leatherworks and ceramics. Keen street-vendors, charismatic snake-charmers, street musicians performing lively songs, and flocks of tourists add to this magical assault on the senses!</p>Esther FrauensteinMon, 09 May 2016 07:46:19 +0000 Reasons to go to Morocco: Three<p>An EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY made up of moments frozen in time. This is Fez. The spiritual heart of Morocco, it is the most complete medieval city in the Arab world. Explore labyrinthine streets concealing ancient souks and iconic monuments, none more so than the exquisitely decorated Medersa Bou Inania.</p>Esther FrauensteinSun, 08 May 2016 07:42:48 +0000 PeplerLive The JourneymoroccoFive Reasons to go to Morocco: Two<p>Morocco’s diverse natural splendour often surprizes even the most seasoned traveller. Travelling through the hauntingly beautiful Sahara Desert dotted with Berbers towns and oases, the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and the endless plains fringed by die sandy coastlines of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean makes for an utterly wonderful BUCKET-LIST JOURNEY.</p>Esther FrauensteinSat, 07 May 2016 07:40:53 +0000 PeplerLive The JourneymoroccoFive Reasons to go to Morocco: One<p>Morocco. Just hearing the name evokes vibrant images of an ancient culture, romantic Moorish architecture, delicately spiced North African cuisine and wildly desolate landscapes. Join us on an ICONIC JOURNEY as we unearth the secrets of this mystical land.</p>Esther FrauensteinFri, 06 May 2016 14:00:38 +0000 Peplermorocco