"The marketplace is the heart of any city. Here all types of sights, smells and sounds converge into a bustling energy that’s contagious to whomever passes. It’s hard to not become overwhelmed by the variety of handiworks that pack the stalls, especially when the flow of the crowd urges you through the corridors like a salmon upstream. From the quiet of dawn, the souks transform into a humming epicenter where goods exchange hands and find their way to all corners of the globe. This is the place to be to feel like you’ve transported to a different time, where bartering is the language of choice and tuning into its different dialects is what gets you the best deal."
Jodie Vinson, the Managing Editor of Longitude Books, an online travel bookstore that provides customized reading lists for travelers, shares with us her list of essential trip reads for an African safari adventure. From the best Safari Companion to the works of Hemingway, these picks are sure to inspire.
"With its blue mountains plunging to patches of indigenous fynbos and wrinkly lines of vine-clad trellises, exploring the Winelands inevitably involves crossing a mountain pass. Driving from Stellenbosch to the upmarket town of Franschhoek takes you over the Hellshoogte (‘Hell’s Height’) Pass, which was forged by elephants and later named by weary ox-wagon drivers." Read more from local Cape Winelands travel writer James Bainbridge and see what makes this region the perfect stop off on a Best of South Africa adventure.
Join us for an informative webinar on Wednesday June 22, 2016, and learn about the epic wildlife of Botswana. Hosted by our local expert, Simon Stobbs, you’ll be wowed by the wonders of this country, including its unrivaled variety of ecosystems ranging from the arid Kalahari Desert to the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta. You’ll hear about the country’s recent history, its spectacular wildlife, and our amazing camps.
Hilary Walters, MTS's Regional Specialist for Africa, gives us an insider look at the fascinating national parks visited on our Epic East Africa tour, including tips on where to see the Great Migration and the best times of year to go.