Dear fellow travelers,
I must be caught in a strange time-warp because the first month of the New Year has gone by with the speed of light.
On this side of the world the shadows will soon start getting longer but for now the lazy endless summer days are still very much with us.
This month’s issue is packed with sunshine and happiness. We visit the much-loved vacation island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean with its shades of all things cerulean.
The Radisson Blu group of hotels and resorts recently added two more jewels to their collections with Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa and Azuri. I stayed at both these sumptuous places and explored the island to bring you tales of tortoises, delicious decadence and true indulgence - plus there are now nine direct flight between China and Mauritius weekly so there is no excuse not to go.
We also take a trip to the unequalled Okavango Delta in Botswana. Considered one of Nature's masterpieces, the Okavango Delta offers its visitors an insight into one of Africa's truly great wildernesses. A World Heritage Site, this vast and virtually untouched freshwater wetland lies at the heart of Botswana’s arid Kalahari yet supports an abundance of wildlife within a setting of dazzling natural beauty.
We stayed at two of Wilderness Safaris’ Classic Camps and sampled the food, the amazing hospitality and the great allure and abundance of fauna and flora.
Lastly we meander to Shakama Lodge, a mere 3-hour drive from Johannesburg in South Africa.
As we traveled around the lodge in the late morning the fog lifted to reveal the most unusual sights. Peering through the waves of mist, emerged a mystical golf course, serene, yet bold, within the ambits of the African bush - the first ever "biosphere" golf course on earth.
So enjoy this issue of Africa Travel and until next time bon voyage!