On Safari at Salt Lick — a Close Encounter with Lions

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

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

2018-03-04T10:25:06+00:00By |

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 …

More Monkey Business: The Colobus Trust, Diani Beach

2015-11-29T19:52:50+00:00By |

It should come as no surprise to our readers that we’re fond of monkeys. Both in Bali and in Costa Rica we had close encounters with the primate kind. But we’re in Kenya, where it’s all about the Big Five, right? Not entirely... More Monkey Business: The Colobus Trust, Diani Beach On our drive to our holiday rental at …

Monkey Business — Our Friends in Manuel Antonio

2015-08-01T17:47:36+00:00By |

How open to the elements were the holiday rental properties we stayed in at Manuel Antonio? Susan, our brilliant concierge suggested we leave a light on at night on each floor of Casa Elsa “so the bats don’t think it’s a cave”. She wasn’t joking. At the second property, The Beach House, there was a cute …

Our Home Away from Home in Costa Rica #2

2018-11-25T17:28:39+00:00By |

Our second home away from home in Costa Rica is called The Beach House. Now, there are plenty of resorts in this neck of the jungle that attach the name ‘beach’ to their title as often as they do ‘spa’. Some may well have a spa, but most are generally not on the beach. The Beach House couldn’t …

Our Costa Rica Holiday House

2017-09-17T16:31:43+00:00By |

“Your house is very big!” our driver said with a grin from ear to ear, as he unloaded our bags in the rain, and the gigantic wooden door swung open and Susan, the friendly tanned concierge came out to greet us at our first Costa Rica holiday house. Despite the driver's warning, we didn’t quite understand …

Ubud Monkey Forest — Monkey Business at Bali’s Macaque Sanctuary

2018-12-17T17:47:36+00:00By |

Ubud Monkey Forest must top the list of things to do for most visitors to Bali's cultural heart of Ubud. It certainly made the top of our list — and it made our day. Ubud Monkey Forest — Monkey Business at Bali's Macaque Sanctuary As animal lovers, we can't resist getting up close to such adorable and amazingly …

Escape to Ubud, the Heart of Balinese Culture and Art

2018-11-26T11:14:23+00:00By |

The artistic, cultural and spiritual heart of Bali for centuries, Ubud is serenely located up in the hills in lush jungle, surrounded by rice-paddies. Lined with galleries, cafés and craft shops, its narrow streets are a delight to wander — just watch out for those drains! There’s no denying that Ubud has become increasingly commercial and its …