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Best Places to Travel in 2018

Best Places to Travel in 2018

2018 is poised to be an exciting year for Egypt, as its new Grand Egyptian Museum prepares to open.
Uganda boasts an ecological diversity that rivals many larger countries.
South Africa is fast becoming a destination darling for travel connoisseurs.
Morocco is blessed with many treasures, from the sea sand to the desert sand.
In Italy we arrange private guides for Vespa Rides and History tours.
Peru is fast becoming a Foodie destination, with it’s Michelin star restaurants.

Foodie Alert – Eating Experiences Abound in Cape Town

Foodie Alert – Eating Experiences Abound in Cape Town

Calling all Foodies visiting Cape Town, South Africa

Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards – widely regarded as the most authoritative restaurant poll for foodies – announced Cape Town’s Test Kitchen and La Colombe in first and second place and Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort in seventh position. Restaurants in nearby Somerset West, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch took the other high placings, all of them easily accessible in an hour or so from Cape Town.

Food plays an integral part of any magical journey. These activities will take any Cape Town experience to new heights….

How to find Your Best Travel Expert

How to find Your Best Travel Expert

“Good travel consultants have an edge over almost any other seller of travel. They know what you want, they speak your language, and they’re there for you when you run into trouble.” – Christopher Elliott, National Geographic

Some tips on choosing the best travel consultant for your next journey:
Is your travel consultant reputable?
Christine Boecker says: I’ve been in this business since the dark ages – you know, before the Internet – and my company, TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES was founded in 1996.

Does your travel consultant know her stuff?
Christine: I absolutely ‘know my stuff’, and take every travel and training opportunity available. Check out my Credentials…

Cape Town – yours to discover!

Cape Town – yours to discover!

Is any place on Earth as enchanting, as spectacular, as Cape Town?  No wonder the world regularly votes it one of the world’s most beautiful cities, set at the tip of a green and historically fascinating peninsula. Cape Town has it all – a fascinating mix of up-to-the-minute vibrancy, memorable history and culture, and spectacular natural beauty – all rubbing shoulders under the iconic magic of Table Mountain. The architecture alone is notable: Cape Malay, centuries-old Dutch and British, sleek modern skyscrapers, 21st century apartments and office buildings. Imbibe the timeless wonder of the ‘Mother City’ and the bustle of flower sellers, buskers and craft markets. Close at hand are the Houses of Parliament. So too is the sensational Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the lively happening centre of the city, with its boutiques and activities, the Two Oceans Aquarium, and countless great restaurants, from which you can watch the coming and going of the finest ships, cruise liners and ultra-luxurious yachts from every part of the world. An easy boat ride from Cape Town is the famous Robben Island, with the prison cell of the universally beloved former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The Western Cape is an extravaganza of experiences: whale watching at Hermanus, quiet strolls through the beautiful botanic gardens of Kirstenbosch, wine tasting at any of the legendary wine estates. If you’re reaching for the stars, visit the sleepy Karoo village of Sutherland, with its scintillating, starry night sky and its 11 world class telescopes. Take a break! Take time out with the sun-worshippers on the magnificent beaches of Clifton, Llandudno or Camps Bay, followed...

Botswana – Safari Destination of Note

Botswana offers an all-round safari experience, whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or with family or friends. The magnificent Okavango Delta and its diversity of habitats is astounding enough. Add opportunity to gaze at it from different angles by air, water and land and you have the ideal safari experience! The legendary inland waterway, the Okavango Delta, slices sinuously through a large part of Botswana, creating an area of unimaginable natural splendour. Millions of litres of water reach miraculously into this part of the Kalahari Desert, infinitely enriching an environment that supports an incredible diversity of mammal, fish and bird life. To fly over the Delta in a light aircraft for the tracking and viewing of game is scenically arresting and awe-inspiring. It is also, in certain cases, the only way to reach the more remote camps! Some camps are water based, others offer both water- and land-based game viewing. Here you can meander slowly through the watery courses in a traditional Mokoro (dug-out canoe), or travel over land in an open safari vehicle.   Botswana may be best known for its Delta, but the country also boasts two of Africa’s finest game reserves: Moremi, renowned for its huge herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and antelope; and Chobe, further north, thought to have the highest concentration of elephants in the world. For a thrilling end to a memorable day, take a sunset cruise at Chobe, and watch hundreds of dusty elephants ponderously cavorting with each other at the river’s edge as they quench their thirst. The Linyanti Region lies within Chobe and here, in the dry season,...

What MAKES a Family Safari?

We are often asked by parents from what age they can bring their children on safari. Those of us that have been lucky enough to enjoy an African childhood will tell you that wildlife experiences are amongst the most exciting and enduring memories we have from those early years. My child was just 4 years old when we took her to a game reserve in South Africa. Apart from all those new discoveries, the freedom, all the attention from camp staff who seem to have an innate ability to win over children…it awoke in her a love of animals that has endured and shows up in her daily life here in North America. Here are a few tips when planning a safari with youngsters: Visit fewer places, and linger longer. This will cut down on travelling time too, never a favourite with young ones. Include places that offer activities like boating or walking in addition to game drives. Ask us to include a cultural element. Many children adore a bit of bow & arrow action with the Maasai, or meeting kiddies their own age in a local village. Swimming pools are popular for a bit of fun and relaxation between game viewing. We look for camps that cater for your children’s age group. Their guides are specifically trained, and often you will meet other families too. And of course we take care that everyone stays safe and comfortable along the way!  Learn more… Ask Christine Boecker to arrange your Family...
Galapagos Islands – the ‘How to’ Guide

Galapagos Islands – the ‘How to’ Guide

  The Galapagos Archipelago is a wonderland of extraordinary wildlife species, colourful snorkeling, bright sunshine and picture-perfect beaches, but how does one go about selecting a trip that’s just right from so many options? Some travellers have been reading about and dreaming of visiting these amazing islands for many years and would like the very best experience. When to Travel Because the Galapagos Islands are equatorial, any time is good to visit these lava-formed islands. If you prefer warmer temperatures, you may consider visiting between January and May. The water is more temperate for snorkeling at this time of year, yet you might also encounter some light rain. This rain is warm and over in minutes so your exploration of the islands is never interrupted. From June onwards the water temperature falls, so you may consider bringing a snorkel shirt and/or snorkel pants (available at sporting goods stores) to wear under the shortie wetsuit (available for rent aboard your ship or from the hotel). The temperatures listed below are in Fahrenheit. Temperatures:         Daytime        Nighttime       Water January – May          85 – 89         70 – 75         75 – 82 June – December      75 – 80         65 – 70         62 – 68 The animal species exhibit different behaviors at certain times of year, for example blue-footed boobies do their famous mating dance from April to July and then again in October/November. Marine iguanas exhibit bright colors from January to March. Black frigate birds inflate their red throat pouches during their breeding season which is March to June. Something wonderful is always happening in the Galapagos and if you have particular animal...

Responsible Tourism – absolutely!

The first ‘Future of Tourism’ forum took place to a packed audience in Vancouver last week. Renowned scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki delivered a clear message: travellers must consider the environmental impact they leave on fragile eco-systems around the world.  Other speakers included Bruce Poon Tip, founder of a global adventure travel company, and Daniel Noll & Audrey Scott of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Sustainable Tourism Council.  The overwhelming sentiment was that we are responsible for reducing the environmental footprint and for giving back to the communities we visit. Click to learn more about being an animal-friendly traveller. It is very validating to know that TravelBoecker Adventures is on the right track, having followed the principals of responsible tourism for some years now. We endeavour to work mainly with international partners who follow the International Ecotourism Society guidelines (more…). Several times a year one of our local operators runs a trip for underprivileged children from SOS Children’s Village to visit a game reserve, introducing the children to wildlife, the importance of conservation and to help broaden their horizons. If you prefer to get involved personally, we offer Voluntouring opportunities at a South African game reserve. The program may include animal identification & tracking, game & land management, birding orientation & classification, gardening & medicinal use of plants,  Xhosa culture & community service, and much more. And of course, at TravelBoecker Adventures, we are very proud of our special project SPREAD THE SMILE , enabling you to personally give a couple of locally-made soccer balls to underprivileged children in orphanages and schools in Africa while on safari. SPREAD THE...

What’s in my Carry-On?

When it comes to packing my suitcase, I would consider myself a pro. After all, I’ve done it often enough!  Packing on the morning of a 12 day trip without leaving essentials behind is part luck, and mostly planning ahead. This is when making a list is invaluable to me. Here are 5 items that are in my carry-on each and every time. 1.       Smartphone. This gadget has helped me stay in touch with everyone, and eased the countless hours of waiting in planes and at airports. Having access to my favourite music is a great, but where it really shines is with its e-mail capabilities!  So I make sure I have arranged for the appropriate travel package with my service provider before I leave. 2.     Laptop. Being mobile allows me the scout out various locations, and still be accessible to my clients.  I also get to play around with all of my photos before I arrive home, because then there’s little time for that. 3.     Change of clothes. A change of clothes (and essential toiletries) is always recommended.  You just never know when your suitcase pulls a disappearing act. 4.     Local currency.  When possible, I like to have a small amount of local currency when I arrive in a new country.  That way I can bypass the foreign exchange counter in the airport and it comes in handy when I get hungry or thirsty before I have reached my local hotel. 5.      Insurance. As a travel professional, I understand the importance of insurance.  For me, I always go with at least the full medical coverage as well...