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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

SOUTH AFRICA SAFARI PICS

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

A FIRST LOOK AT CELEBRITY APEX CRUISE SHIP

Cruise in sleek style onboard this high-tech beauty The Celebrity APEX is an Edge-class ship and brand-new build that started sailing in Nov 2021.    I sailed the 2/5/22 Western Caribbean in a Sky Suite in The Retreat, and it was a fabulous experience from start to finish.  And-I didn’t get Covid. First Impression of the 2,910 passenger … Read more

CRUISING during COVID

Cruise ships have just gotten back into the water with guests onboard. I sailed with Holland America on the Nieuwe Amsterdam from 8/21-8/28 to Alaska from Seattle. Here is what it’s like to sail on a major cruise line right now, Stateroom tour at the end! COVID PROTOCOLS -This was a fully vaccinated cruise, both … Read more

(My) BEST OF ALASKA in PICTURES

If you like the Great Outdoors, then you must go to The Last Frontier, ALASKA! I cruised for a week, stopping in Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Sitka and Ketchikan. We sailed all day through Glacier Bay National Park, which is full of glaciers such as Marjorie Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in the world with … Read more