Oslo, the capital of Norway, known for its green spaces and museums according to my research, Oslo is the number one most expensive country to travel to – tourist industries that charge about 20% more than anywhere else in Western Europe and a whopping 70% higher than world averages. Norway is notoriously known as Scandinavia’s—and Northern Europe’s—most expensive country. Originally I thought Switzerland was expensive but compared to Norway, it’s nothing! I always used to see these rows of colourful houses but I never actually knew where it was until today – Oslo is a scenic city filled with Scandinavian charm and hints of the Norwegians’ Viking history. Oslo tends to be clean and safe, and most of the population speaks almost fluent English, which can make it easy for you to get around.
Plan your visit;
Can sometimes also be referred to as “Jacaranda City” for its thousands of jacaranda trees, what most people don’t know about the city of Pretoria is that it is actually the capital of South Africa, not Johannesburg. While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa’s three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court and the largest city in the country which is why people often become confused.
Change is present as Pretoria gets rid of its past demons and begins to develop its own contemporary identity. The city’s name was approved to change to Tshwane in 2005, but with the matter still under review, the old seat of apartheid power is still known as Pretoria. South Africans are now living among a generation that is not afraid to express their ideas on freedom as well as discovering their identities through the country’s history.
Where to stay;
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Pretoria Menlyn
Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
What to do
- Take Zulu Lessons
- Attend the Vibey Market-at-the-Sheds
- Visit the 1000 year old Wonderboom fig tree
- Visit Alfie’s for the best Italian in the City
- Picnic in front of the Union Buildings
- Dinner with a view at The Blue Crane
- Take a walk down the longest Urban Street in South Africa
- Go mountain biking in Groenkloof Park
- Go on a Game Drive at the Rietvlei Game Reserve
- Visit the Voortrekker Monument
Visitors can use Pretoria as a staging post for trips out to the breathtaking wilderness of the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, or the pretty hills of Magaliesburg and Hartbeespoort to the west.
2 more weeks and I finally get a chance to relax, the only sad thing is is that i’m not going away this holiday which is very upsetting because I am in desperate need of a vacation, I just need a break from everything and everyone. Sometimes it’s good to get away from reality and get a chance to be alone and spend time with just you and your loved ones and kick back, relax, enjoy life and appreciate everything that it has to offer. Life is so precious and sacred which is why we should make the most of it and travel as much as possible and see as much of he world as we possibly can whilst we’re still active because there so much of the world that is yet to be discovered, we don’t even know the half of it!
Considering that I am of African origin and I go back to South Africa and Zimbabwe every year I still find it hard to believe that I have never been on a safari unless you count seeing elephants and crocodiles on the way to your grandparents house. Recently I was looking for African tour deals online and I stumbled upon Londolozi a company that offers the most luxurious deals and experiences ever! The values of Londolozi are within the name, in Zulu Londolozi translates to protector of all living things and funnily enough Londolozi is a company that is based on eco tourism, (this is where my GCSE geography skills come into use) the aim of ecotourism is to reduce the impact that tourism has, meaning that they try to conserve the environment around them whilst also looking out for the well being of the local people, it is all about creating sustainable travel that Is not only economically beneficial but also environmentally and socially friendly. Although holidays that are based around eco tourism can be expensive they are becoming more and more popular as people are starting to realise just how important the world is and that we need to conserve it as best we can for the future, they are totally worth every penny because as a guest you are educated on the area that you are in and you learn about the history of the local people and how the land came to be or how the animals live etc, there are no other holidays out there like these, they also contribute to sustainable change in helping to keep the environment the way it is for future generations to come it also helps to boost the local economy so that the locals can build hospitals and pay for their education so that they can get well payed jobs and improve their quality of life.
Londolozi offer a range of packages but My favorite has to be Kruger park – Bazaruto, It’s the best of both worlds; a 5 day safari trip and another 5 days on a white sand beach with crystal blue waters. What could be any better than that? You can choose from a platinum and gold package depending on your budget and you can also customise the itinerary to suit your preferences.
The first part of the trip starts off at one of one of Africa’s most luxurious hotels ever – Londolozi in Sabi Sands South Africa close to Kruger National Park, this place has so much to offer from 24 hour safaris to wellness spas. You’ll never be bored. Safaris are once in a lifetime experiences for most people and are like nothing that you will ever experience in your lifetime, this is as close as you will ever get to the big 5 and most of the worlds most well known animals! Safaris are all round great trips whether your going as a family with young kids or as a couple maybe on your honeymoon or even by yourself!
Doesn’t it look amazing? Absolutely breathtaking!
Azura Lodge – Bazaruto
The second part of our journey takes us to Azura lodge on the sandy island of Bazaruto where we will spend 5 nights in a luxurious beach villa, It is located on the largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. Hands down you will have the time of your life at this all inclusive beach resort, it has some of the worlds best diving and snorkelling you will ever see, it is also Mozambique’s first luxury eco-boutique retreat.
So that ladies and gentlemen is how I would spend my February vacation if I had the money and i’m pretty sure that I would have one hell of a time!