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Amazing Gorilla Trekking in RWANDA-in pictures and video

Why go gorilla trekking? Africa’s mountain gorillas cannot survive in captivity, only in the wild, which means if you want to see them you need to go TO THEM. You will never see them in a zoo, which makes trekking to see the gorillas in their natural habitat an amazing once-in-a-lifetime adventure. There are approximately … Read more

Unforgettable African Safari: Hemingways Nairobi, Angama Amboseli, and Angama Mara

Part 1: KENYA I just returned from Kenya and Rwanda, and as always, Africa thrilled me! Hemingways Nairobi is becoming my de facto home while in Nairobi, and while there I returned to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see Mzinga, my adopted orphan elephant. I also never tire of the Giraffe Center where you can hand-feed … Read more

Safari off the Beaten Path

–Discover Marataba, a luxury safari lodge in Marakele National Park, a seldom-visited corner of South Africa Marataba, a 21,000-hectare (52,000-acre), privately managed section of the malaria-free Marakele National Park, is uniquely situated where lush bushveld gives way to the Kalahari sands, in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Marataba is part of the More Collection of safari … Read more

MATEYA Safari Lodge

An absolute gem in Madikwe Private Reserve, South Africa Madikwe is a relatively new malaria-free game reserve, established in 1991. Madikwe Game Reserve is home to 66 large mammal species including the Big Five and approximately 300 resident and migrant bird species. It is one of South Africa’s largest game reserves. So why go to … Read more


Some of my best pictures from my trip this month! Taken at Shamwari Private Game Reserve on the Eastern Cape; Madikwe while staying at Mateya and Jaci’s Lodge; and Marakele while staying at Marataba. I’ve been to Kruger and Sabi Sands before, and the above are all malaria-free areas that still have the Big Five-although … Read more

My Athens Travel Tips

Athens is a lively city filled with historical wonders, great food and shopping, along with fab luxury hotels. I stayed at the Hotel Grand Bretagne, which is the grand dame of hotels in Athens due to its history of hosting celebrities and world leaders for over 100 years. It was even the headquarters of the … Read more

Marrakech in Pictures

-Notes from my own adventure in Morocco by Denise Burcksen, owner Luxury Travel Adventures I loved Marrakech! It’s a cacophony of sights, sounds, colors and smells. I was traveling with female clients and we stayed in a two-bedroom, three-story riad at The Royal Mansour that was stunningly beautiful. Each riad (palace) has an indoor courtyard … Read more

MUST-SEES in Morocco

-Notes from my own adventure in Morocco by Denise Burcksen, owner Luxury Travel Adventures I just did a fabulous tour of Morocco and it is an absolute FEAST for your senses! The food, the fragrances, the mosaic tile and pottery, the artisans, the craftsmanship, the architecture-it’s all amazing. I have been all over the world … Read more