Places to Go in 2017 – Because These Places Need You

2017-03-03T12:10:02+07:00By |

Our places to go in 2017 are destinations that we think you should travel to this year – because they need you. These are places with breathtaking landscapes, friendly locals, fantastic food, a fascinating culture, and all the rest. They’re also places that deserve more tourists. It’s the season of ‘places to go in 2017’ lists [...]

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+07:00By |

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of [...]

A Year of Rhythm and Beats: Sounds and Music from a Grand Tour

2018-05-10T20:23:05+07:00By |

I grew up in a family where everyone played at least two or three musical instruments. That’s not a boast. I had to listen to musical scales being played on piano every day during my childhood. For three hours. Every day. I placed my fingers in my ears while cello, violin and viola practice was taking [...]

Escape to Mombasa & Time for Reflection on our Diani Beach Stay

2017-10-02T18:51:44+07:00By |

We’d only been back at our cottage at Shambani at Diani Beach from our safari for a day when the Internet ground to a halt. It had been operating at a snail’s pace since we arrived almost two weeks earlier and we’d been constantly shifting between the Internet line installed at the property the day we arrived [...]

Tree Planting at Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

2018-11-26T11:00:53+07:00By |

It was difficult on our final morning at Salt Lick to drag ourselves away from the non-stop animal entertainment we’d been enjoying the last couple of days from the window of our room and the verandas of the game lodge. But Oliver, our guide, was determined to take us to see the lions we’d got [...]

A Cultural Visit to Msorongo Village, Kenya

2014-09-24T03:26:18+07:00By |

“This is the graveyard of a young woman, eight months pregnant, who was killed by an elephant,” 55-year old Jane Mwamburi of Msorongo Village, Kenya, tells us through our guide and interpreter, Oliver. There are actually two graveyards, because the Taita people do not believe in burying a pregnant woman with her baby, Oliver reveals, [...]

Learning Swahili from the Locals

2018-11-26T11:00:53+07:00By |

Learning Swahili from the locals in the Masai Mara was part of the Kenya experience. Every person we met made an effort to teach us a word or two. Imagine how much better we'd all communicate if that enthusiasm for sharing language was global. “Jambo! (hello!),” the security guy cheerfully calls out to us as [...]

Sundowners at Salt Lick

2019-06-07T13:28:43+07:00By |

Sparkling wine served by a smiling waiter at a silent hilltop location in the middle of nowhere. Three lively musicians making hypnotic music – just for us. A spread of tasty snacks of samosas and other spicy treats. Cool, crisp mountain air. A slight breeze. The outline of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. A sublime [...]

On Safari at Salt Lick — a Close Encounter with Lions

2015-08-25T17:27:57+07:00By |

While it might have appeared from our recent stories from the Masai Mara (such as this one), that the animals walk up to a picturesque spot and pose like supermodels, not all game drives will have you filling memory cards on your camera. Over the course of three days on safari at Sarova Salt Lick Game [...]

On Safari Again, to Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge, Tsavo West

2019-06-07T13:29:58+07:00By |

If our experience at the Masai Mara made us wonder why we’d left it so long to go to Kenya and go on safari, our stay at Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge had us wondering when we’d be able to schedule a trip back. Terence was already planning for us to return to volunteer at the [...]

Local Knowledge: Caroline and Tira from the Masai Mara

2018-11-25T17:28:40+07:00By |

In our latest interview in our Local Knowledge series, we get insider advice from locals Caroline and Tira, a guest relations manager and guide from the Sarova Mara Camp in the Masai Mara in Kenya. After spending 10 months in holiday rentals, it made a nice change to stay in a hotel again — especially a [...]

Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

2017-09-19T11:16:49+07:00By |

My husband called me ‘the Queen of Shopping’ when we lived in the Middle East and I wrote on subjects like ‘Bargaining 101’. But no amount of years spent drinking tea with carpet sellers from Morocco to Dubai prepared me for bargaining for beads at a Mara village in Kenya. At the end of our visit to the [...]

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