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Zambezi River Cruises, Botswana

Zambezi Queen
The banks of the Chobe River, which borders Namibia and Botswana, teem with wildlife.  A unique and supremely comfortable way to see elephant, buffalo, lion, zebra and more that are drawn there is by water-based game viewing from your luxury river cruise ship, the Zambezi Queen. Zambezi Queen offers luxury accommodation in the form of 14 tasteful and luxurious suites, all with outer decks so you can soak up the revitalizing Chobe River breeze and appreciate uninterrupted views of the…

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Recommended Reading - Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier by Alexandra Fuller

Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier
When Alexandra Fuller was home in Zambia visiting her parents for Christmas, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known for being a “tough bugger.” Her father’s response was a warning to steer clear of him; he told Bo: “Curiosity scribbled the cat.” Nonetheless, Fuller began her strange friendship with the man she calls K, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war. With the same fiercely beautiful prose that won her acclaim for…

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Zambia

Royal Zambezi Lodge at Sunset
Rich in wildlife, natural beauty and amazing riverine camps, Zambia stacks up against its renowned safari neighbors Tanzania , Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. What distinguishes landlocked Zambia is its abundance of water. From the eighteen waterfalls - one being the famed Victoria Falls - to the three major rivers that run through Zambia, to the four vast lakes, the country is blessed with clean, life-giving water.    The spectacular waterways provide adrenaline-thrills or a…

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Responsible Travel Tip – Don’t buy tortoise shell

Hawksbill Turtle
We know that ivory souvenirs should never be purchased; but here is another animal product that you may not have known about, and it is also procured from a gentle, endangered animal – “tortoise” shell from the Hawksbill Sea Turtle. For more information about how these lovely and very necessary creatures - they eat the sponges that are ruining coral reefs - are being driven to extinction, and how you can spot tortoise shell products, please visit …

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No Picnic on Mt Kenya: The Story of Three POWs’ Escape to Adventure by Felice Benuzzi

No Picnic on Mt Kenya
In the shadow of Mount Kenya, surrounded by the forests and creatures of the savannah, life drags interminably for the inmates of POW Camp 354, captured in Africa during World War II. Confined to an endless cycle of boredom and frustration, one prisoner realizes he can bear it no longer. When the clouds covering Mount Kenya part one morning to reveal its towering peaks for the first time, Felice Benuzzi is transfixed. The tedium of camp life is broken by the beginnings of a sudden…

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Climbing Mt Kenya

While many people – including celebrities and influencers –  trek to the summit of Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, nearby Mt Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain, is the volcano less climbed. Here is why that makes it all the more compelling.  Mt Kenya is an extinct volcano with jagged peaks rising to 17,057 feet. Two of it’s three highest peaks are only for technical climbers, but the third, Lenana Peak, is achievable by ordinary mortals of all abilities and ages. …

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Rail travel in Africa

Elegant dining above Rovos Rail
Although Cecil Rhodes never realized his Cape Town to Cairo railway project dream, there is a luxury African expedition-style train journey to satisfy the discerning rail enthusiast. Coinciding with their 30th anniversary, Rovos Rail introduces its epic 15 day itinerary across South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.  The sojourn begins in Cape Town then takes guests to the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley and the capital city of Pretoria…

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Recommended Reading - Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

If you like historical fiction, this book will soon be on your top ten list.  Paula McLain brings not only fiercely independent and courageous Beryl Markham to life, but weaves Karen Blixen, Denys Finch Hatton (remember Out of Africa?) and other magnificent Colonial Kenyans into her colorful story as well.  Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her…

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Beryl Markham and Colonial Kenyan shenanigans

Colonial Kenya was an absolute magnet for men and women who dared, as if a visa granted them permission to pursue their wildest dreams and schemes. Over the next few months, we’ll meet some of these larger than life characters, starting with the beautiful and brave Beryl Markham. At a time when the lives of women followed a meek progression from being the daughter of a man to the wife of another man, to the mother of future men, Beryl Markham carved her own blazing path in life doing what…

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Recommended reading - The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell

Alexandria Quartet
Lawrence Durrell’s series of four classic novels is set in Alexandria, Egypt during the 1940s. The lush and sensuous series consists of Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, and Clea.  The first three novels, Justine, Balthazar and Mountolive, use three varied viewpoints to relate the same series of events in Alexandria before World War II.  In Clea, the story continues into the years during the war.  L.G. Darley is the primary observer of the events in the lives of those he…

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