Why You Should Visit Franschhoek

Franschhoek is a small town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It has a population of about 15,000 people and is one of the nicest towns I’ve been to in South Africa. Franschhoek is about 75 kilometers from Cape Town and just past the more famous wine town of Stellenbosch. But that’s OK, […]

The 5 Best Airlines in Africa

The 5 best airlines in Africa can be as contentious a topic as airlines in Africa in general. Some people are afraid to fly airlines in Africa period. That is obviously because of their own ignorance and fear but not all the fears are self conjured. Many African airlines do not have good safety records […]

My Upcoming Trip to Africa

So I am taking a trip to Africa for the 19th time! I leave Sunday for a 3 week trip around Southern Africa. I fly South African Airways to Cape Town via Johannesburg and arrive Monday afternoon. Cape Town is one of my favorite cities and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. […]

A Historic Time for Libya

What a day to be alive! It’s a truly historic day for Libya and the world. A strange day as well filled with emotions for many around the world that have ever been affected by Moammar Gadhafi or witnessed the atrocities that he and his brutal regime committed. I feel a strong sense of connection […]

African Overland Trucks

Nouakchott, Casablanca, Timbuktu, Arusha, Khartoum, Lilongwe, Swakopmund, Freetown, Bujumbura, Conakry, Fez, Lalibela, N’Djamena, Mombasa, Sfax, Ziguinchor, Laayoune, Brazzaville, Yamoussoukro, Abu Simbel, Harare, Lubumbashi, Mbabane, Ngorongoro, Douala, Ouagadougou. These names sound made up. They sound like a fairy tale that parents tell kids about far, far away lands and other dimensions. They sound exotic. And truth […]

Sinai, Jordan and Israel

So the past 10 days or so have been pretty hectic for me as I have been very, very busy. Since I last posted on Luxor, I have been to: Hurghada; Sinai Peninsula; Jordan; Israel; Moscow; Abkhazia and am now relaxing in Sochi, Russia. Except for Hurghada, Sochi and Abkhazia, all of those were repeat […]

Luxor and its Ancient Treasures

“Royal Thebes, Egyptian treasure house of countless wealth, who boasts her hundred gates, through each of which, with horse and car, two hundred warriors march.” – Homer, The Iliad, Book IX From the days of Amenhotep to the days of Napoleon to modern day people like Thomas Cook, ancient Thebes or the modern day Nile […]

Libya for my Birthday

It seemed only fitting that Libya, during a historic time of great turmoil, strife and defiance would be the last sovereign nation for me to visit. It was a decision that I really didn’t even give a second thought to. I knew how to do it, where to do it and what to say. I […]

Swakopmund and Walvis Bay

Swakopmund or Swakop as it is commonly called has been high on my list of places to go ever since I heard about its adventure fueled tourism. It is known as the adrenaline capital of Namibia and rivals Victoria Falls for the adrenaline capital of Africa. It also happens to be a beautiful German influenced […]

Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert

Namibia is essentially the Africa you dream about. Vast open spaces; wild animals walking around; unreal vistas; and towering desert sand dunes going all the way out to the icy Atlantic Ocean. Amongst all these attractions is the top destination for tourists in Namibia; Sossusvlei. It is everything you could ask for and more in […]

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