Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

Blyde river canyon, South Africa

Simply Breathtaking. This is all I could think of as I stood there observing from the viewpoint. I am sure this is one of the most beautiful and exotic nature reserves in the world, featuring a panoramic view and scenic waterfalls that simply astound you.

I took the 15km trek along the canyon’s lip which was definitely the best way to get those amazing views, after all, good things don’t come easy. With numerous waterfalls, viewpoints and rock formations to see along the panorama route, it was hard to decide what deserved my attention. Most sights are separated into three main clusters so if you’re driving the route over multiple days, it’s best to focus on a different area each day.

I really wanted to get beautiful clear photos so I had to wait until the weather was fair and the mist was gone. The most amazing view and my best highlight especially at sunrise and sunset was the one at the Three Rondavels. These are three peaks shaped like traditional bee hive huts with gently sloping walls and doomed summits overlooking the expansive Blyde River below. Even if you are not into meditation, this place gives you the right amount of peace and tranquility you need.

Other popular places I passed by that had good views were the God’s Window which looks down over the sweeping Lowveld, the Pinnacle which is a standalone pillar of rock and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which is a unique geological structure of eroded rock that now forms a series of deep pools.

I also got to spot some antelopes, hippos, crocodiles and birds like the elusive Pel’s fishing owl and the vulnerable blue swallow. The reserve also supports South Africa’s only known breeding site of the rare Taita falcon.

If you are dreaming of visiting South Africa, don’t miss to include Blyde River Canyon in your package which can be booked by sending us an email at [email protected].

Classic Holiday in Mauritius

Umbrellas street in Port Louis

My trip to Mauritius felt like one of those amazing getaways that are saved for special occasions, and yes, it is as dreamy as the photos you see. The sand below my feet was so white and soft, the water turquoise and clear and the locals so welcoming.

Over our stay there, we enjoyed sunset walks, breakfast by the calm waters as we watched the sun rising slowly, casting sunbeams in every direction while it illuminated the water. Sounds like a scene from a movie, right?  It actually feels like it. So surreal yet so real.

To get to know Mauritius, we took a trip to Port Louis, a vibrant city bursting with culture, heritage and charm. Here you get to experience the normal hassle and bustle of every city; locals shopping, kids playing along the streets, insane traffic and not to be missed is the Le Caudan Waterfront which is a great place to shop and eat with colorful umbrellas floating above the walkway. Mauritian cuisine is an incredible melting pot of Indian and Chinese cultures, and some of the tastiest meals are found on the streets.

As you would expect in any tropical paradise, snorkeling is a must do activity in Mauritius. A good portion of the island is surrounded by an outer reef, which creates calm and piercingly-blue lagoons for swimming and water sports.

It’s not only about the pristine beaches, we got to discover another wild side of Mauritius as we hiked up in the forest and nature reserves. We got to see rivers, rapids and odd waterfalls too. The most breathtaking of it all was the seven colored earth in Chamarel, a natural phenomenon where colors have evolved with weather conditions and soil composition and as a result the dune-like earth is colored red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. It’s something you HAVE to see if you’re visiting the island.

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An out of this world temple, The Golden Pavilion Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

When you get to travel the world, you become used to seeing large crowds flocking a site, especially when it is a famous location. Visiting Kinkaku-ji felt very much the same, but what I got to see in the end was unlike any other sight in Japan; Kinkaku-ji Temple, standing as a legacy of medieval Japan in all its glimmering glory.

Although the temple is not the original one that was built centuries ago, it is still a site to behold. It was originally built in 1397 by Yoshimitsu but burned down twice during the Onin Civil War and in 1950 when it was destroyed by arson, apparently by a fanatic monk.  As this temple was too magnificent to disappear, it was rebuilt in 1955.

Kinkaku-ji Temple’s most obvious appeal is the gold leaf that completely covers the top two levels of the three-story structure: gold like you’ve never seen before. It looks so fragile yet it has stood here longer than some visitors have been alive. If you look beyond that, you’ll notice that each floor is built in a different style of architecture. The bottom level represents the Heian period, the second embodies the samurai warrior spirit in its details, and the third is the Zen floor.

While you can’t actually go inside the temple, there is more to see after passing it along the pathway. There are statues that designate a coin toss to gain luck and good fortune. You will also see a large teashop where you can enjoy traditional tea.

Wherever you go in the world, you need to visit Japan. And wherever you go in Japan you should visit Kyoto. I would have to say this is a must-see based on its beauty and history. To book your Japan tour email us on [email protected] or visit https://bit.ly/2Y6B3Ko