By Leigh Barnes on Wed, 08/06/2011 - 6:33pm, 0 comments
Victoria Falls ranks as one of my top travel destinations. There are few places on Earth that will stop you in the middle of your tracks in wonderment. The range of emotions you’ll feel on your visit, no matter how short, is as wide as the falls are. Here are six exclamations you’ll be sure to say.
In my final year of university I took an international development class for first year students. I'll be honest in telling you that I took the class because I knew that it would be easy, I had already taken all the advanced courses and had done well in them. I was taking the class for the one and only reason of boosting my overall marks. What I didn't know is that there would be no class in all of my studies that would stimulate my thought process as much as this class.
By Chrish on Tue, 31/05/2011 - 12:44am, 0 comments
Phil Paoletta is somewhat of a specialist in Africa, especially African music. Beyond that he is one of the funniest travellers I have come across. His travel blog, Phil in the Blank, is one of the more entertaining blogs and he will keep you entertained with his quick wit and humour. I chose to feature Phil as the very first in this series of interviews with travellers out in the world because I knew that his answers would be entertaining, and he didn't disappoint.
By Leigh Barnes on Wed, 18/05/2011 - 1:30am, 0 comments
Our Africa Destination Manager, Sara Reeves, recently had a Q&A with Gecko’s Facebook fans, all about the amazing continent of Africa. Below is a summary of the chat to help you plan your next trip of a lifetime! Enjoy, and get in touch if you’ve got any other queries about Africa or anywhere else...
What are the best clothes to wear on a safari? E.g. would wearing something bright like a red top attract the animals?
By Leigh Barnes on Fri, 13/05/2011 - 2:53am, 0 comments
Nairobi gets a bit of a bad rap. In a country as preternaturally endowed with natural ‘wow’ moments as Kenya, manmade stuff can look a little drab in comparison, and then there’s the unfortunately catchy ‘Nairobbery’ tag that some travellers like to label the city with. But we’re fans of the place – and we reckon with a little time, some help from the locals and a curious disposition, you will be to.
Here are our five tips for getting the most out of the Kenyan capital:
By Leigh Barnes on Fri, 13/05/2011 - 12:10am, 0 comments
West Africa moves to a different rhythm to the rest of the continent, a spellbinding symphony of voodoo culture and music festivals, nomadic heritage and remnants of colonialism. It’s a region that’s pretty much unbeatable when it comes to off-the-beaten-path, culturally-rich adventure travel – here are some of its finest moments.
By Leigh Barnes on Thu, 12/05/2011 - 7:02pm, 0 comments
Think Zanzibar and you conjure up images of sun-kissed beaches nestled against bath-warm waters, right? Well, take a look at these superb photos by the brilliant Italian photographer Paolo Evangelista. They’re of the island’s capital Stone Town, and reveal the place to be so much more than just postcard-perfect tropical paradise. A glance at these and you might guess you were looking at snaps of Havana or Salvador in Brazil perhaps.
By Leigh Barnes on Wed, 11/05/2011 - 6:02pm, 0 comments
Our Africa operations guru Karly Hillas knows her way around Kigali, so if you’re in need of some pre- trekking carb-loading or have just worked up an appetite hiking to the mountain gorillas, follow her tips for a good Rwandan feed. Here’s where Karly recommends you don the nosebag:
By Rob Forsyth on Tue, 10/05/2011 - 11:23pm, 0 comments
There's no better way to see Africa than with a big overland trip: no other way of seeing the continent reveals its amazing diversity and range of cultures and landscapes, If it's remote, adventurous and immersive travel you're after - this is the way to go. So, for Africa-bound overlanders, here's a few handy hints before your big adventure, to help with preparations and what to expect while you're rattling across the great plains.
By Rob Forsyth on Mon, 09/05/2011 - 4:13pm, 0 comments
So you’ve decided you’re off on Africa Safari, but whereabouts to head to? We asked our Africa Destination Manager Sara Reeves for the lowdown on where to see what in Africa, and when. Check out her tips below, then let us know yours.
And once you’ve had a read through, go to our ultimate Africa packing list for the full run-through of what you shouldn’t leave home without!
By Rob Forsyth on Mon, 09/05/2011 - 12:20am, 0 comments
More than 20,000 people every year attempt to climb the world’s highest freestanding mountain – and fewer than half succeed. Our trekking expert Lou Day gives us a step-by-step guide to get you to the roof of Africa.
By Rob Forsyth on Sun, 08/05/2011 - 7:48pm, 0 comments
You’re off to Africa, and it’s time to start thinking about what to shovel into your backpack (that’s the first tip: no suitcases). Here’s your cut-out-and-keep guide to what’s worth packing. Tick them off, or tick us off if we’ve forgotten something.