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Discovering Senegal

In 1999 I (Annick) booked a group trip to Senegal. Earlier that year I had been in Egypt, and I was ready to discover “the real Africa”. Northern African countries are still quite different in atmosphere and nature to the countries more to the south. Our hotel was located in M’bour, a city about 50 …

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A malaria-free safari alternative in South Africa.

Whether you are a backpacker, an adventurous nomad or a luxury lover, your personal health (and that of your fellow travelers) is always an issue of the utmost importance whenever you’re wandering the globe. Since we are a family with a small child, we tend to be very cautious in this respect. Although Febe’s six now already, …

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Child-friendly Oudtshoorn

When we travel, we travel as a family. It’s something we’ve always done and will keep doing until our daughter decides for herself she doesn’t want to be part of it anymore. Febe is 6 now, and we’ve never traveled without her. There are a couple of reasons why we choose to do it this way: …

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5 moments that made our visit to De Hoop unforgettable

Last summer, we went on a road trip between Cape Town and Addo Elephant Park in South Africa. It was the first time Febe and Annick visited this country, and it was by far Febe’s most remote destination up to now. We had planned to turn it into a (relatively) low-budget, child-friendly, nature-oriented travel experience, and it didn’t disappoint! Although …

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Cape Town (and its surroundings) in three days and a 1000 impressions.

After more than 24 hours of traveling between airports (Brussels-Madrid-Johannesburg-Cape Town), we finally arrived at CPT (Cape Town International Airport) around 5PM. Being August, thus South-African winter, the sun was already setting when we set off with our rental car towards our hostel in Cape Town’s Green Point. There were a number of hindrances that …

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Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Our last excursion took us to see a glimpse of afterlife in Ancient Egypt. We first met with the Colossi of Memnon, two gigantic statues (each 18 m high), who used to serve as guards to the famous temple of Amenhotep. This temple is now completely destroyed, and the colossi themselves have been heavily damaged. …

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Kom Ombo – my favourite temple in Egypt

After our stopover in Aswan it was time to discover some more ancient Egyptian temples. First on our list was the small temple of Kom Ombo, which was my favourite temple by far. This temple is dedicated to two gods, which was rare: Horus and Sobek, the crocodile god. It was built during the Greco …

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Aswan

A traditional felouka sailing into the sunset.  Time to pick up our blog series about Egypt again. After sailing away from the temple of Edfu, we reached our halfway point: Aswan. For most of us this meant a little break from all of the temples, although the highlight excursion from Aswan is a visit to …

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Edfu temple

Detail of the statue of Horus on the inner courtyard. The second temple we visited on our trip was Edfu temple. The cruise ship brought us to our new destination over night, which I found a very comfortable way of traveling. It’s not a cruise ship like the big oceanic hotels you see cruising the …