Entries by Jackie Pearson

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The Garden Route: Much More Than Horticulture

I imagined the Garden Route to be a horticultural holiday, with a string of designer gardens to inspect. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover rich, diverse vegetation; great food and wine; and a succession of coastal lakes and lagoons. Certainly, if you like good food and wine, the Garden Route is the place to […]

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Likoma: Lake Malawi’s Forgotten Isle

‘Maybe Tomorrow’ is how Kaya Mawa translates into English. Perhaps an odd name for the attractive lodge that sits on the remote Likoma Island, in Lake Malawi. But that was my destination. The flight in took me over beautiful rolling hills of the Malawian highlands. Wow. The lake was so clean and calm. The colours […]

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24 hours in Maputo

I imagined Maputo to be like most African cities – gritty, crowded and disorganised. Instead I was met with Mediterranean-style architecture, a waterside setting and wide avenues lined with jacaranda trees. I was grateful for the space and air: after a three-hour delay coming in from Vilanculous, I was hot and wet with sweat. The […]

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Wildlife of the Okavango Delta

Onward to the Delta, and Tuba Tree camp. Another light aircraft hop, this time into a water landing, even toward the end of the dry season. The flora had become more luxuriant and the fauna had expanded to show elephant, impala ( the desert had been populated by Springbok), leopard, Ashanti Lion and a large […]

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You wish you were here

Despite being born in and having lived in Africa for many years, never have I witnessed such a thrilling sight so close and so dramatic. After an eventful early morning game drive through Makgadikgadi it was time for a siesta, but little did I know what was awaiting for me in the next few moments. […]

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Self Drive through Namibia

I set off on my first Namibian self-drive on 7th April 2013. I am renowned in my family for not having any sense of direction. A few years ago we took the kids to Portugal and I was reading the map giving directions to my husband. I failed miserably. I did not however let this […]

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Botswana – the best safari wilderness

I left the cold and rainy Cirencester for warm and sunny Botswana, very excited at the thought of exploring this beautiful country that has so much to offer: wildlife, birdlife and flora. Botswana is definitely an all-year round destination, with Mid November to March being the rainy season and the rest of the year being […]

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A Visit to Mashatu’s Elephant Hide

Chris Drage, Steppes Discovery client, talks about his most memorable day on the Botswana Wildlife safari: A Visit to Mashatu’s Elephant Hide As we set out at dawn for the drive to the elephant hide I couldn’t help but feel just a little apprehensive. After all, the trip brochure did promise us a game drive […]

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Zimbabwe – a destination on the move

2012 has bought with it a great deal of hype surrounding the increased interest in travel to Zimbabwe. The new found confidence in the country as a tourist destination is not only being felt on an international level but locally many operators are also undergoing refurbishments as well as adding new developments to their portfolio […]