Flight of the angels

One minute I see it, the next I can’t. At the Victoria Falls in Zambia, the spray is so strong that it covers the entire landscape in a thick, impenetrable blanket. It begins as a gentle mist that caresses my face at the first viewing platform, and by the time I finish a round of…

Friday photo: Victoria Falls

After a long time, a Friday Photo, this one from Zambia. A glorious, friendly country. With that breathtaking spectacle of nature – the Victoria Falls (sorry if I am gushing here, but they are truly magnificent!) Living up to the local name of Mosi Oa Tunya, the smoke that thunders…

Scenes from a street parade

The sixth edition of the Seychelles Carnival, known locally as Carnaval, took place in the tiny capital of Victoria last week. And I was lucky enough to have a ringside seat to watch this parade. Apart from the cheerful and friendly Seychellois, artists and performers from all over the world – from Indonesia to Germany…

Friday photo: Jump

After a long break, back with an incredible image from near the island of Praslin in Seychelles. The blues and greens of that gorgeous island deserve a special post of their own but for now, this boy jumping off from our catamaran into the aquamarine sea.

Friday photo: Big Five

This Friday, a memory from South Africa. A bit of quirky souvenir shopping (when I travel, I never ever shop for anything else) – this cute menagerie. I wrote about this for the ‘Souvenirs’ section of this month’s Outlook Traveller – read Trophy Hunting here…

My Spafari experience in South Africa

This is how it works at the Karkloof Safari Spa. They stop you at the main gate to verify your credentials and then phone the reception to expect you. You drive on further on the mud track and reach the reception area. After those last fifteen bumpy minutes on a gravel path, those cold towels…

A bite of bunny chow

Most of my mealtimes during my South Africa trip were spent looking at colleagues tuck into all varieties of meat, from ostrich to wildebeest, while I quietly ate the pasta or salad put in front of me. I did have one Indian dinner at The Ocean Terrace restaurant at the upmarket Oyster Box but that…

Losing the fear of flying

I had never thought I would find myself 65 metres above the ground, hanging on for dear life. And doing this of my own volition. I am not the particularly adventurous type, preferring to get all cultured out through museums and concerts while on holiday. Well, it is a bit of an overstatement to say…