• africa,  south africa

    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, and doesn’t get sick so easily anymore, we still don’t want to take any unnecessary risks, especially in areas with poor medical infrastructure. Consequently, we try to avoid destinations with malaria, dengue or other dangerous, infectious diseases. Last year, we were facing a challenging dilemma. As we are all wildlife enthousiasts, we wanted to go on…

  • africa,  kidstravel,  south africa

    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: We love her so much, we simply couldn’t cope with her not being there when we are experiencing all those magical travel moments; We want her to have an exciting and interesting life with lots of long-lasting impressions, so why not start at an early age?; Traveling will teach her a lot about the world,…

  • africa,  south africa,  unesco world heritage

    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 we had already done our fair share of nature exploration and wildlife-gazing (at the Cape of Good Hope NR, in Jonkershoek NR, on a whale-watching tour near Kleinbaai and in the magnificent Fernkloof NR), we definitely hadn’t reached our saturation level for indigenous flora and fauna yet. So we set out for The Hoop Nature Reserve. Covering…

  • africa,  south africa,  unesco world heritage

    The Great White and beyond: Hermanus and Gansbaai, South Africa.

    South Africa is a popular travel destination for a number of reasons. Since we went there this (European) summer (i.e. SA winter), we are starting to understand why. I think it is the combination of wildlife (safari), stunning landscapes, culture (from wood carvings to braai (= SA barbecue)), history (both ancient and recent) and delicious food and drinks (including Stellenbosch’s wines and the omnipresent biltong (= dried meat)) that makes this country worth a visit every moment of the year. South-African summer (October to February) is still the most popular period for tourists and travelers, although winter in SA also has a lot to offer! One of the highlights of…

  • africa,  capetown,  citytrip,  kidstravel,  south africa,  unesco world heritage

    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 complicated us getting there: an unfamiliar car (I didn’t discover my 1st and 2nd gear until the next morning), driving on the “wrong” (left) side of the road, darkness falling, no gps, and taking the wrong exit. Moreover, we had read that Cape Town is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, and some…

  • africa,  egypt

    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. They still look pretty impressive though! After our stop there, we headed out for the Valley of the Kings. This narrow valley was the burial site during almost 500 years of Egyptian rule. Between the 16th and the 11th century before Christ, Pharaohs and important nobles were burried there. The Valley consists of 63 tombs, ranging from a simple…

  • africa,  egypt

    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 Roman period (205-180 BC) over the ruins of an older temple, known as the house of Sobek. Sobek was the god of the Nile and he brought fertility to the farmlands. He was therefore very important in Ancient Egypt. It was also believed that he could protect the Pharaoh from the influences of dark magic.…

  • africa,  egypt

    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 the temple of Abu Simbel. Due to high costs, I decided to skip it though. The temple could at that point only be reached by airplane, due to the risk of terrorist attacks over land, and I was a 17 year old student… Needless to say more. I still regret it now, so if you…

  • africa,  egypt

    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 open seas, but it’s a smaller ship with a sundeck, small swimming pool, a deck with bedrooms and a dining hall / disco in the evening – a part I skipped. We mostly sat on deck, enjoying the cool evening breeze and the lights of villages passing by. In the morning you could see kids running into…

  • africa,  egypt,  unesco world heritage

    The temples of Luxor and Karnak

    A young, happy me in the temple complex of Karnak. You can see the Hypostyle hall in the back (left).  Back in 1999 I was in my senior year of high school. We could choose our senior trip ourselves. It had to be something educational, and the whole class needed to attend the trip. After some brainstorming, we came up with Egypt. And so it was that we set off to discover the temples along the Nile between Luxor & Aswan. It was my first big trip abroad. I had only ever left the safety of Belgium and the Netherlands once, to go to Santorini in Greece with my godfather. Needless to…