Jonkershoek Nature Reserve South Africa

For months I’ve been hiking Table Mountain and Cape Town’s outlying nature reserves. The Western Cape has so many beautiful reserves it will take a long time to visit them all! Last weekend the hike was at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve near Stellenbosch. ________________________ “Jonkershoek is one of four nature reserves that are part of the…

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Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar Island

With an early morning departure from Mikumi National Park in Tanzania’s highlands the safari headed toward the warm Indian Ocean and coastal city of Dar es Salaam. After an overnight there, we ferry to Zanzibar and spend three days enjoying the exotic, tropical island! Referred to as “Dar” by locals Dar es Salaam was named…

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Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Plitvice Lakes Today is my last day in Croatia. I wanted to visit nearby islands – Krk, Cres, Rab, and Pag – but it’s been stormy and the sea is rough so they canceled the boats. Instead, I took a hiking tour of Plitvice Lakes which is about a three-hour drive from Opǎtija. I joined…

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Mt. Cook National Park New Zealand

“Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for Being…”  The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson Mount Cook (Aoraki – cloud piercer – in Māori),  the highest mountain in New Zealand, is a stunning beauty!   It’s part of the Southern Alps mountain range which runs the length…

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