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CELEBRATING WORLD PANGOLIN DAY WITH WENDY PANAINO

By Iconic Journeys | February 19, 2018

On the 17th of February we celebrated World Pangolin Day. Pangolins or scaly anteaters are one of the Earth’s most Endangered Species and are poached for their scales believed to be used for jewellery, delicacies and traditional medicines. We recently interviewed Wendy Panaino, pangolin researcher at Tswalu Kalahari to find out more about these fascinating […]

OUR TOP FIVE ROMANTIC SKYBEDS

By Iconic Journeys | February 14, 2018

Africa offers a plethora of romantic experiences, from sleep outs on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, authentic Mokoro rides along the Okavango Delta, Sampan dining along the Zambezi River, gourmet picnics amongst the vineyards and spending a night or two outdoors on romantic Skybeds. In celebration of Valentine’s Day and in no particular order we would […]

BABYLONSTOREN, VOTED ONE OF THE BEST HOTELS IN THE WORLD

By Iconic Journeys | February 6, 2018

Recently voted on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2018 for being one of the best hotels in the world, Babylonstoren is a highlight not to be missed when traveling to Cape Town. Located along the renowned Franschhoek Valley Wine Route, Babylonstoren is an iconic turning point of days gone by. Previously a fruit and wine […]

MAGICAL MADRID

By Iconic Journeys | December 28, 2017

Madrid hosts an array of fiestas that liven up the streets and welcomes its visitors to the city. But Christmas deserves a special mention…The celebration begins with switching on the city’s Christmas lights which have been crafted by Spain’s most renowned designers, and is a truly magical experience! For those of you who have a […]

ABADÍA RETUERTA LeDOMAINE – THE HEART OF VALLADOLID

By Iconic Journeys | December 6, 2017

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is a beautifully appointed hotel set in the heart of Valladolid, a medieval-esc Spanish city. Recently voted as “#1 Best Hotel in Spain & Portugal by Condé Nast Traveler 2017”, Hotel Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine plays a significant role in Spanish history and is a restoration of what once was a 1000 year-old […]

NOVEMBER EDITION – AN AUTHENTIC OUT OF AFRICA EXPERIENCE

By Iconic Journeys | December 1, 2017

  This month has been an exceptionally exciting month for our Iconic Journeys Team. This past week we were privileged to present our company at the First Bite Event which was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, in Bonita Springs. Our Marketing & Client Relations Manager, Maria Ferrera and Iconic Journeys Co-Founder and Investor, Tony Bryant did an […]

ICONIC UNCORKED: BODEGAS PAGO DE LOS CAPELLANES

By Iconic Journeys | November 30, 2017

Bodegas Pago de los Capellanes is located in Pedrosa de Duero, in the heart of the Ribera D.O. and owned by Paco Rodero and his wife Conchita Villa. It all started with Paco’s grandfather Doroteo Rodero who had a small plot with Tempranillo vines, and as a youngster, Paco took to winemaking with huge passion. […]

ANGAMA MARA – AFRICA’S UNFORGETTABLE SAFARI EXPERIENCE

By Iconic Journeys | November 20, 2017

Along the edge of the Great Rift Valley lies the magical Angama Mara Lodge, its name inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’ and offers travelers an authentic Kenyan safari experience. Angama Mara consists of just two separate camps, each accommodating 15 intimate tents spread out along the edge of the Rift Valley. […]

NYAMA MAMA – A REINVENTION OF KENYAN CUISINE

By Iconic Journeys | November 14, 2017

A week ago, I along with a friend from South Africa decided to go on a search for some authentic Kenyan cuisine. The idea came from the fact that we needed *Dawa (or medicine in Swahili) as he landed in Kenya without a voice. Upon checking out the local area where they serve Dawa, we […]

EXPERIENCE TSWALU KALAHARI

By Iconic Journeys | November 6, 2017

Tswalu Kalahari is an exclusive property located in the Kalahari Game Reserve and offers visitors a unique wildlife experience. The malaria-free 110,000 hectare reserve encompasses its own topography and climate and for this reason a diverse species of wildlife such as the elusive Pangolin, Black Maned Lion, Oryx and Brown Hyena have all adapted to […]

CAPE TOWN BOASTS REFURBISHED SUNSET RESTAURANT

By Iconic Journeys | November 1, 2017

Cape Town offers the traveler a multitude of fun and adventure; from dining at highly acclaimed restaurants to exploring the scenic West Coast, Cape Peninsula and Winelands, it’s safe to say that Cape Town has it all. And, at the end of all this there is no other way to end off a day or […]

COQUE

By Iconic Journeys | October 23, 2017

ABRACADABRA Jewels, whatever their nature, are always well-kept and sometimes hidden in extraordinary or unlikely places. This was the case of COQUE; a Michelin Star restaurant that was for many years situated in Humanes de Madrid, in a beautiful building with different levels each representing multiple tasting experiences whose head chef, Mario Sandoval would reveal […]

BODEGAS OSBORNE VORS

By Iconic Journeys | September 29, 2017

This month, I am excited to share my notes from a recent historic tasting of Bodegas Osborne VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry) also known in Latin as (Vinum Optimum Rare Signatum). In order to qualify as a VORS, a Sherry wine must be greater than 30 years of age. The wines that I had the […]

THE ALMADRABA TUNA TRADITION

By Iconic Journeys | August 1, 2017

You know you are in Andalucia when you smell the comforting aromas of jasmine blossoms, drops of morning dew and freshly brewed coffee from the local cafeterías. After your early morning coffee, you wander through the streets of Barbate and reach the hustle and bustle of the town’s coastal harbor. You witness the rush of […]

USING LIGHT IN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY: PART 1

By Iconic Journeys | July 12, 2017

Any photographer – amateur or professional – has heard of the term, the “Golden Hour”. The Golden Hour is normally the first 30 minutes after sunset and the last 30 minutes before sunset, and gives off a reddish tinge and softer light. This is arguably the best light to photograph wildlife. Photographing wildlife is often […]

MARALAL CAMEL DERBY

By Iconic Journeys | July 25, 2017

Once a year – for the past 26 years, or so they say – Maralal “town” a Samburu county lying on the edge of the Laikipia plateau comes to life. What’s the reason for this? Well, it’s the renowned Maralal Camel Derby, held annually in August and September. The Maralal Camel Derby is unlike any […]

EXPLORERS CLUB CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LINDBERGH FOUNDATION

By Iconic Journeys | July 7, 2017

Walking through the halls of the Explorers Club is like traveling back in time; catching a glimpse of how far we have come and how much further we can go. Nestled along 46 East 70th Street in New York City, in a 1910 historical Jacobean townhouse, the Explorers Club opens up a world of discovery, […]

RHINOS WITHOUT BORDERS SUCCESSFULLY TRANSLOCATES 38 RHINOS

By Iconic Journeys | July 6, 2017

Founded by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, The Great Plains Conservation protects and secures Africa’s landscapes, its wildlife and local communities under threat. This proud initiative finds ways to generate economic benefits which helps support social upliftment and wildlife preservation. Rhinos Without Borders Great Plains Foundation forms part of this non-profit organization and makes up various […]

ZAMBIA ADVENTURE

By Iconic Journeys | June 15, 2017

With only a short flight from Lusaka International Airport, on a scheduled charter to the local airport, you are closer to heaven – Kafunta Lodge. In a timely manner we were met by our lodge representative and were whisked off to the lodge. The transfer was done in an open 4×4, and was about 1 […]

THE GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

By Iconic Journeys | May 24, 2017

An area of more than 2 million hectares spilling over into Mozambique, the greater Kruger national park is a Trans-frontier Park. This includes the Sabi Sands that is world renowned for its phenomenal animal sightings – more specifically – fantastic leopard sightings. I had the pleasure of working in the area at one specific lodge […]

TSWALU PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

By Iconic Journeys | January 31, 2017

This Lodge with a colossal size of +- 130 000 hectares is owned by a very influential South African family and was voted National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. The experience that this Lodge offers is a must-visit. Hosting a maximum of 30 guests – divided between 2 lodges, Motse Lodge and the Tarkuni […]

CAPE TOWN – ORANJEZICHT CITY FARM MARKET

By Iconic Journeys | February 2, 2017

Not only is Cape Town known for the incredible Table Mountain – the Seventh Natural Wonder in the World – but Cape Town is also known for being South Africa’s main “foodie capital”. In short, the Oranjezicht City Farm is what the name suggests, a quaint farm situated in the middle of the city. Oranjezicht […]

EL CAPRICHO THE CAPRICE OF A VISIONARY CATTLE BREEDER

By Iconic Journeys | February 10, 2017

Think Big! This must have been what came into José Gordon´s mind when he decided to embark in what he, himself calls “The Ox Mecca”, as everything in that place is described as being superlative: the local produce, the service, the venue, its wines…and Gordon’s cattle, in size and quality. The quest began more than […]