Author: Sara Essop

Sara Essop is a freelance writer and blogger based in Johannesburg. Keeping herself busy is something she can’t help as there is always so much to do and boredom is a word she doesn’t understand the meaning of. Sara is passionate about travel and is prone to catching the travel bug every so often. Taking the road less travelled or hopping on a plan to somewhere usually helps when this happens. She hasn’t been everywhere yet, but it’s on her bucket list…and she’s working on it. You can also find her on Instagram: @inafricaandbeyond
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Sunshine, serenity & the Big 5: Exploring the plains of the Greater Mabula Private Game Reserve

Posted on Aug 28, 2020 by Sara Essop

As soon as inter-provincial travel re-opened, we headed off to Safari Plains near Bela-Bela in Limpopo.

Tintswalo at Lapalala – A luxury tent & family-friendly safari experience

Posted on Oct 9, 2019 by Sara Essop

The attractive suites are named after great African tribes like the Maasai, the Venda and the Tuareg and ...

10 Unforgettable experiences at the Royal Chundu along the Zambezi River

Posted on May 6, 2019 by Sara Essop

Along the banks of the Zambezi River in Livingstone, about 30 km away from the Victoria Falls, lies ...

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge – An African river safari experience

Posted on Apr 5, 2019 by Sara Essop

It is an amazing way to see wildlife from a different angle, and to enjoy the spectacular scenery ...

Miracle garden & desert safari: What to do when visiting Dubai

Posted on Mar 14, 2018 by Sara Essop

Dubai is one of the most visited cities on earth, famous for its man-made islands, huge skyscrapers and ...

Review: 2 Family-friendly hotels to consider for your next stay in Dubai

Posted on Jan 10, 2018 by Sara Essop

Dubai is among the world's most vibrant tourist destinations and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world…

Top 10 things to do with your children in London

Posted on Nov 3, 2017 by Sara Essop

London is a family-friendly city with loads of things to do with your children …

Mhondoro Game Lodge – an exceptional family-friendly safari hideaway

Posted on Oct 24, 2017 by Sara Essop

It was an eventful game drive on our last morning in Welgevonden Game Reserve, even though we encountered ...

Morukuru Owner’s House – an exclusive safari retreat in the Madikwe Game Reserve

Posted on Oct 17, 2017 by Sara Essop

What better place could there be to experience the magic of Africa than your own private bush villa ...

Floating villages & island-hopping around scenic Thailand

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 by Sara Essop

One of the things that I just had to do when visiting Phuket was go on a day ...

Relaxing in luxury at the Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 by Sara Essop

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. Also known as the “Pearl of the Andaman”, it has a well-deserved reputation ...

A home away from home in Bangkok, Thailand

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 by Sara Essop

Bangkok – a city known by many names including 'The City of Angels', and 'Venice of the East' ...

History & spectacular luxury combine at The Taj, Cape Town

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 by Sara Essop

In the historic and cultural heart of Cape Town, across the beautiful Company’s Gardens, are two adjacent buildings ...

Magical wildlife, service & specials at Madikwe Safari Lodge

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 by Sara Essop

We heard the leopard call. It was a distinctive sound not unlike that of wood being sawn. He ...

Safari & family fun at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge – Place of the Rock

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 by Sara Essop

It is said that construction on Kwa Maritane began centuries ago …

Margate – a lovely family holiday destination on the Hibiscus Coast

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 by Sara Essop

The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast is one of South Africa's most popular holiday destinations …

Wonderful wildlife & family fun at Tala Collection Private Game Reserve

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 by Sara Essop

Dusk was descending as we entered the Tala Collection Private Game Reserve gates. We had driven a short ...

Selborne Hotel, Spa & Golf Estate offers something for the whole family

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 by Sara Essop

Given a choice of vacation destinations and activities, my children would choose the beach, my husband would rather ...

Safari fun & family time at Gwahumbe Game Lodge and Spa

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 by Sara Essop

As we ascended the steep rocky cliff, our game ranger Simon advised us to hold on tight to ...

Revitalise your spirit at Crystal Springs: Clean air & mountain views

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 by Sara Essop

Once upon a time, high up in the Mpumalanga mountains, highwaymen would steal gold from passing coaches leaving ...

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