Go 2 Africa

Please join us in welcoming our new affiliate friends, Go2Africa.com Since 1998 they have been planning trips the length and breadth of the continent. The secret to their success?  Their commitment to first-hand knowledge of every destination, lodge, and activity that they recommend. Collectively, they spend more than 365 days a year on safari to ensure you get the best,…

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Chiribiquete

When people think of Colombia, it is usually of marvelous places such as Bogota, or Cartegena or Medellín – all genuinely wonderful destinations that you must put on your list. But, there is a relatively unknown part of Columbia that goes beyond into an almost magical realm:  Chiribiquete. Chiribiquete National Natural Park is the largest national park in Colombia and…

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Learn how to rock

We all (I assume) live on this lump that we call earth.  It is very old.  We use it every day.  We usually don’t pay much attention to it, although it is becoming increasingly and scarily apparent that we should. Earth is mostly made of rock.  But what exactly is rock and what can we learn from it? The Open…

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Mind, blown

Some things are easier to comprehend.  But, when governments – especially those who may not agree with each other – make decisions, sometimes you just have to scratch your head and go back to bed. May we present two islands in two countries, two miles and twenty-one hours apart. Not much else to add here, but pay attention to the…

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Don’t throw stones

Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but they should throw caution to the wind — especially in this shiny glass palace that you’ll find just outside of Joshua Tree National Park. Known as the Invisible House, the elongated 22-story “horizontal skyscraper” is like a shiny, dreamy mirage in the sand. This once-in-a-lifetime stay is one of the most rented properties in…

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Twin Peaks

David Lynch may have been here, but we can’t be sure. Many people visit the rather awesome Glacier National Park, but did you know that  Waterton Lakes is right across from Glacier National Park, and this is why you should visit: two for the price of one. Alberta is utterly stunning and the Canadian Rockies are second to none, (words…

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You want Mont Blanc?

It’s not all snow, you know . . . Thinking of lacing up your hiking boots to tackle this world-famous circuit? Much like the International Mountain Leader guiding your journey, we’re here to help lead the way and give you valuable insight. Quaint mountain refuges! Epic cable car rides! Massive alpine peaks! So many natural highs await on our Trekking…

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Fantastic new island property. Buy now! Won’t last!

Scientists have discovered a new island off the coast of Greenland, which they say is the world’s northernmost point of land and was revealed by shifting pack ice. “It was not our intention to discover a new island,” polar explorer and head of the Arctic station research facility in Greenland, Morten Rasch, said of the find last month. “We just went there to…

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Ahh . . . go climb a tree

The pandemic has inspired many  to jump into nature. Over the last 360 days, we have attempted new nature activities like kayaking and spelunking, sought out remote hideaways, and found inner peace on long hikes. Maybe we even hugged (or spoke to) a few trees, because we were just so elated to be out of our homes. Some hotel brands…

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You wanna Botswana?

It’s the remarkable and divers landscapes of Botswana’s parks and reserves that make this country such a noteworthy and unforgettable safari destination. In the North, there are the shimmering waterways and green floodplains of the Okavango Delta. Dominating the soul of the country is the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a remotes but beyond belief sandy wilds. Then there’s Chobe National…

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Ground control to ground control

Airbus jet has landed in Welsh field.  There were no problems.  You can sleep in it, as visions of heroics dance in your head. Situated in picturesque Tenby in Wales, UK, the Apple Camping grounds are the perfect place for those who can’t keep their feet on the ground. Not only is there an Airbus for you to command, you…

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Camp next to a super volcano

What could possibly go wrong? Actually, at this point in time, you’re probably OK to camp at Yellowstone National Park.  The park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot, so choose a cool spot. Mostly in Wyoming, USA, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush…

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Which way to the Shire?

If you’re lucky, you live near trees.  And if you’re even more lucky, those trees will be plentiful. But, if you’re really lucky, you might be able to find a rare habitat, one that would make Frodo feel at home – a tree tunnel:  high or low canopies of the trees that create a nature-made tunnel. If you’re not blessed…

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Bushcamp in Zambia

Hey tiger, want to explore the bush and find your inner animal? In style, of course.  And a rather special place is the The Bushcamp Company in Zambia.  It’s been around for a while, but they’ve spent a number of months refreshing the place.  The award-winning Mfuwe safari lodge is set in the most prolific game area of the South…

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FREEDOM!!!!

Whether you want to get out of the USA or into Canada, or the other way around, your time has come. After nearly four years of conceptualizing and construction, the nation’s (USA) longest multi-use state trail is open to the public, reaching from the southern most tip of Manhattan right up to the Canadian border. The Empire State Trail spans…

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The “civilized” wilderness of Europe

Europe is many things, but one thing that is consistent across almost all of the European countries is the general approach to tolerance.  Good, mature behaviour is recognised, and rewarded with few limitations or rules.  The  Europeans intrinsically get this. And one area where this all blends together for Europeans is camping.  This article talks about “wild” camping:  pitching your…

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Happy July!

It’s always good to think ahead, when you can.  And while you’re enjoying the summer sun, there are probably a dozen or more items on your list that you’re ignoring / forgetting. Well, let us give you a little prod to recommend that you start looking into your winter holidays now.  Chances are good that resorts, hotels, cars and flights…

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They walk among us

Do you fully recognise that “they are among us?”  Do you fashion yourself as an extraterrestrial hunter?  Do you have the knowledge, desire and hardware to search for them? The US Pentagon says there’s no explanation for “unidentified aerial phenomenon” detected by pilots over the years. But scientists use tools such as the SETI Allen Telescope to research the possibility…

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First viewer will buy! Don’t wait!

The electric interwebs are full of articles and videos about failed attempts on a grand scale.  We know that there was thought and planning put into these – there had to be.  But, in the cases here, the dreams crumbled in a number of different ways.  Rather than ridcule, let’s be glad that we’re able to learn from these examples.…

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Hey, bungalow thrill

“If looks could thrill it would have been us instead of him”  All the children sing. These looks will thrill – at Reserva Alecrim EcoSuite & Glamping in Portugal. The properties, the views, the surroundings, the location – wow!  And the bungalows look more like dwellings on the moon. Set by a lake in the Alentejo countryside, Eco Suites Resort offers…

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