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Eat This! An Amarula Chocolate Mousse Recipe

 Eat This! An Amarula Chocolate Mousse Recipe

If you’re a long-time reader, you know that my absolute favorite drink in the world is Amarula (yes, I enjoy it even better than wine). I love Amarula so much, I’ve visited the factory in South Africa where it is made… twice. Furthermore, my house consists of Amarula:

  • Coasters
  • Playing Cards
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Bar Mats
  • Christmas Tree Decorations
  • and Empty Bottles with their iconic elephant

It’s a healthy obsession (let’s face it, I could be collecting troll dolls or some other crazy collection of tchotchkes). But back to the Amarula. If there’s anything that I love as much as Amarula, it’s chocolate. So when you combine them together, well I almost passed out at the marriage.

Cape Town’s Steamboat Vicky: The Best $5 I Ever Spent

 Cape Towns Steamboat Vicky: The Best $5 I Ever Spent

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is a bustling place. Shops, restaurants, entertainers and attractions all vie for your attention and dollars. If you’re traveling to South Africa, a trip to Cape Town is a must… and a stop at the V&A Waterfront is a necessary part of your itinerary. And if/when you do make it there, you can not pass up the opportunity to take a harbor tour on the Steamboat Vicky (only a facebook page is available).

Judging a Book by it’s Cover

 Cape Towns Steamboat Vicky: The Best $5 I Ever Spent

Animals from the Mabula Private Game Lodge in South Africa

 Animals from the Mabula Private Game Lodge in South Africa

Today’s post includes photos from the Mabula Private Game Lodge. Just over 2 hours from Johannesburg, Mabula offers the convenience of a short drive from the city, but the immersion in an expansive animal reserve that includes the Big Five!

 Animals from the Mabula Private Game Lodge in South Africa

A lone giraffe at dusk. They are tall creatures for sure!

 Animals from the Mabula Private Game Lodge in South Africa

The thickness of the elephant’s skin helps protect it from the plentiful thorn bushes in the reserve.

 Animals from the Mabula Private Game Lodge in South Africa

Sure the big animals often get all the attention, but South Africa has some pretty awesome birds too – including this hornbill.

The Coolest Thing About South Africa Is This…

 The Coolest Thing About South Africa Is This...

As a frequent traveler, I’m often asked what is my favorite country in the world. The answer is an easy one: South Africa. I’ve written more about South Africa than any other topic on this site.

What makes South Africa so special? Why do I love it so much? The photo above is all I need to say.

This is a photograph of an elephant in the Kruger National Park I took while I was driving through. It was that big, and that close to my car. No fences, no trenches, no chains, no barriers. Nothing.

Guest Houses in South Africa; The Way to Stay

 Guest Houses in South Africa; The Way to Stay

If you only travel in the United States, chances are you stay at hotels. But if you’re traveling in South Africa (or anywhere for that matter), Guest Houses and Bed & Breakfasts are excellent alternatives. Here’s why:

Warm People

While traveling through South Africa, I stayed at many guesthouses. In Durban, it was the Burns Bed & Breakfast (shown above). I’ll never forget how welcoming Mike and Shelley Burns were during my stay. They greeted me on arrival, personally escorted me to my room and made me breakfast every morning.

A Cute Photo of a South African Rock Dassie

 A Cute Photo of a South African Rock Dassie

I was recently reviewing some old photos and came across this snapshot of a South African Rock Dassie at Augrabies Falls National Park. I think it is by far, the cutest animal photo I have ever taken. What do you think? If you’d like to see more, click here to view my Facebook Fan Page Photo Album with more of these cute little buggers!

What’s the cutest animal photo you’ve ever taken on your travels? Share by commenting.

I’ll see you out there…!

The 5 Month Vacation my Suitcase Took

 The 5 Month Vacation my Suitcase Took

June 2007

I bought my first suit at Macy’s. It cost about $500. I also bought my first blazer, $300. They were really nice, and I looked really good in them, if I do say so myself.

September 2007 – JNB

I took said suit and blazer with me on the 2nd of 3 trips to South Africa I was taking that year. On the return trip home, I packed the suit and blazer, dress shoes, assorted shirts, client gift (a fleece jacket), assorted African masks and Amarula into the suitcase and said farewell to them. Last seen: Johannesburg International Airport.

A Full-Feathered Photo of a Peacock

 A Full Feathered Photo of a Peacock

I was staying at the Cedar Lodge in Krugersdorp in South Africa for 3 months. It’s a delightful bed and breakfast and was the perfect home away from home. The Cedar Lodge happens to have a giant aviary and peacocks roaming the property. Every once in a while, the peacocks would fan their feathers. Of course, I never had my camera… until this day.

It’s so rare to see a peacock with full feathers. It’s even rarer to have so many of the feathers in near-perfect condition. Many times they are missing a feather or two. Nonetheless, I thought I would share this moment with you.

8 Photography Tips on a Game Drive

 8 Photography Tips on a Game Drive

If you could only visit one country in the world, South Africa should be it, for a lot of reasons. But chief among them, is the opportunity to encounter wild animals. Take one look at my Lion Encounter at Pilanesberg National Park and you’ll see why. A trip to South Africa is not complete without a visit to a game reserve (golf cart safaris don’t count). Of course, you’ll want to document your experience with pictures, so here are 8 tips for taking envy-worthy photographs for your next game drive.