Alternative hidden experiences in the Capes, South Africa

Alternative hidden experiences in the Capes, South Africa  |  429MAGAZINE  | My weekly column on Luxury Gay Travel for 429MAGAZINE at dot429 is OUT and ONLINE. Check it out. !!! This week on Alternative hidden experiences in the Capes, South Africa. Check it out.!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Botswana the Cradle of Life at 429MAGAZINE

20120528-205510.jpg Botswana the Cradle of Life at 429MAGAZINE | dot429.com | dear followers and friends, my weekly column on Gay Luxury Travel is out and online. Please check it out. This week based on my week lavish travel experience in Botswana in the South of Africa. Special thanks to all my sponsors: Rhino Africa Safaris, Chobe Game Lodge, Kwai River Camp, Savute Elephant Camp and Eagle Island Camp all last three by Orient-Express properties. Read the full post at Botswana the Cradle of Life. Till next week adventure. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Saiyok Elephant Park in Thailand

Saiyok Elephant Park in Thailand  |  Kanchanaburi, Thailand |  Have you ever dream on either getting up close and personal or ridding an elephant? Well it was indeed part of my bucket list, and as from today, I can say that I have done it and enjoyed very very much. Adventure ,new born elephants ,feeding them and observing Thai wisdom on how elephants and mahouts live together at Saiyok Elephant Park. You will also get to learn and spend some time with the local Mahouts. Continue reading Saiyok Elephant Park in Thailand

Eagle Island Camp by Orient Express

Eagle Island Camp by Orient Express   |  Okavango Delta, Xaxaba Island, Botswana  | Situated on remote Xaxaba Island among a web of waterways and lush vegetation, it overlooks a lagoon that attracts a breathtaking variety of big game and exotic birds. Explore the region by local canoe, set out on a game drive or roam on foot. One of the three Orient Express Camps I visited during my trip across Botswana and Souther Africa. One of the most romantic bars in the world, accommodation you would expect of a luxury safari experience, and air/river Safaris that will take your breath away.  Continue reading Eagle Island Camp by Orient Express

Lake Panic at Kruger National Park

Lake Panic at Kruger National Park  |  Kruger Park, South Africa  |  One of the treasures of coming to Africa, is to be able to observe and enjoy animals in the wild, on their own habitat where there is almost to no interaction with human beings. Lake Panic is one of the spots in Kruger Park do so. Lake Panic is an earthen dam on the Mafunyana Creek. Continue reading Lake Panic at Kruger National Park

Le Quartier Francais Boutique Hotel

Le Quartier Francais Boutique Hotel  |  Franschhoek, South Africa  |  Exclusive boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, only over and hour away from Cape Town and minutes away from Stellenbosch. The perfect hotel to experience South Africa’s most renown and fine wine region. Tucked away in secluded gardens, with beautiful views, it is a fairytale-like haven of tranquility. Continue reading Le Quartier Francais Boutique Hotel

Chapman’s Peak Drive Scenic route Cape Town

Chapman’s Peak Drive Scenic route Cape Town  |  Cape Town, South Africa  |  One of the most stunning and beautiful marine drives, along the coast of the Western Cape on the Atlantic Ocean, from Noordhoek to Hout Bay. Among top in the list of MUST DO while visiting Cape Town. During our drive back to Cape Town, after a full day tour of the Western Cape, including Cape of Good Hope, our driver took us through Chapman’s Peak Drive, promising one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. And he was absolutely right. Continue reading Chapman’s Peak Drive Scenic route Cape Town

Purple Roofs Welcomes Our 1st Guest Blogger Carlos Melia

Purple Roofs Welcomes Our First Guest Blogger… Carlos Melia  |  Online  |  Thank you Scott and Mark at Purple Roofs for inviting me to become a guest Blogger at Purple Roofs Blog and share my travel experiences as an OUT Gay Traveller. CarlosMeliaBlog.com keeps growing and reaching more and more readers worldwide. Always committed to my two main Editorial lines: Been There Done That, and My native tongue might be Gay, but I am fluent in Straight so everyone is welcome. CM

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Victoria Falls Zambian Side

Victoria Falls Zambian Side  |  Livingstone, Zambia  |  During my tour across Africa, I made it to the Victoria Falls or the indigenous name   Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders). Victoria Falls are shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe, linked by the Victoria Falls Bridge. The whole volume of the beautiful Zambezi River pours through the gorges. David Livingstone gave the falls the name ‘Victoria Falls’ in honour of his Queen. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest. Listed as World Heritage. Continue reading Victoria Falls Zambian Side

Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient-Express Cape Town

Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient-Express Cape Town  |  Cape Town, South Africa |  A trade mark of Cape Town, Set in a lush garden estate in the heart of this fantastic destination , the Mount Nelson Hotelencapsulates the true spirit of Orient-Express. From the moment you pass through their grand entrance, to the welcome drink at their lobby and the walk to your room or cottage in my case, you get to experience luxury and guest service at its premium class without excesses. Situated close by Table Mountain and Cape Town’s spectacular beaches, it offers easy access to all that’s happening in this vibrant city, while its gardens and spa are an oasis of calm. Continue reading Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient-Express Cape Town