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National Geographic’s campaign: Plastic or Planet

Plastic or Planet is National Geographic’s awareness campaign against single use plastic. Stunning.

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Plastic water bottles

Plastic bottle pollution
With good reason, international travelers avoid drinking tap water, but plastic bottles are a major environmental problem. Globally, humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute.  91% of all plastic bottles are not recycled.  What simple action can you take to reduce plastic, and urge others to do the same? Take a drinking flask. A flask also makes a responsible client or bon voyage gift.  Tuck a note inside asking the traveler to do this small thing to reduce the number of…

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Africa for the Solo Traveler

Solo today, on safari tomorrow.
A safari is the perfect choice for anyone traveling on their own. Safari vehicles take a maximum of 7 guests, so single travelers automatically become part of a small group and have company on game drives during the day, but are free to choose to dine privately or with the rest of the group in the evening.  Better yet, at certain times of the year, safari operators do not charge a single supplement. Two such examples, which make luxe experiences more affordable, are: Elewana Sky Safaris,…

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Recommended Reading - Somebody’s Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa by Tanya Shaffer

Somebody's Heart is Burning by Tanya Shaffer
“It’s my life, and if I want to run from it I can,” quips Tanya Shaffer. An incorrigible wanderer, Shaffer has a habit of fleeing domesticity for the joys and rigors of the open road. This time her destination is Ghana, and what results is a transformative year spent roaming the African continent. Eager to transcend the limitations of tourism, Shaffer works as a volunteer, building schools and hospitals in remote villages. At the heart of her tale are the profound, complex, often…

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Iconic African Rail Journeys

Rovos Rail Dining Car
In July 2019, Rovos Rail will introduce a new 15-day expedition traversing Tanzania, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. It will be the first time in history that a passenger train will travel the famous east-to-west Copper Trail on this route. If 15 days sounds like too much of a good thing, one of Rovos’ shorter trips, such as their 4 day Victoria Falls to Pretoria, might be just the ticket.  Rovos is a luxury steam train that offers a series of journeys across South…

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Recommended reading - A House in Fez by Suzanna Clarke

A House in Fez
While vacationing in Morocco, Suzanna Clarke and her husband, Sandy, are inspired to buy a dilapidated, centuries-old riad (guesthouse) in Fez with the aim of restoring it to its original splendor, using only traditional craftsmen and handmade materials. The house is in the Medina—the Old City—of Fez, the best-preserved, medieval walled city in the world. Inside this vibrant Moroccan community, internet cafes and mobile phones coexist with a maze of donkey-trod alleyways,…

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Moroccan chicken

Moroccan Chicken
Moroccan cuisine is an absolute feast for the senses. Full of mouthwatering flavors, scents, and spices that make it unique and irresistible. One of the distinctive aspects of Moroccan cuisine is the combination of sweet and savory flavors, as in this recipe chicken with olives and apricots. Ingredients • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1…

Regional Recipes

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Moroccan Hamman

Hammam
A Hammam is more than just a place to get clean. It is where men socialize at the end of the work day. It is a place where women escape their isolated homebound duties and chat with friends.  More practically, it is the place where people whose homes don’t have sufficient running water can bath easily.The Moroccan tradition of public bathing has its origins with the Romans, and is likely the oldest surviving bath tradition in the world. Interestingly, it is a tradition that is…

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Love, Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman

A Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo. For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream.  Learn more… http://www. At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love, twice. While at college, he traveled to East Africa—a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike part of the world in the throes of change that imprinted…

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Who Gnu - Top 10 fascinating Great Migration facts:

Wildebeest in motion
1. Between January and March, half a million wildebeest are born each year in the Serengeti. In February, the month with the highest calving rate, around 8,000 wildebeest are born each day.  2. The Great Migration sees over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,00 zebra and a host of other antelope travelling cross country. 3. The Great Migration is the largest overland migration in the world. The animals travel 500 miles or more during each cycle. 4. While the migration may seem like a chaotic…

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