Monday, April 22, 2019

Highlights of Our Africa Writing Retreat

Travel offers an extraordinary opportunity to transform and renew as we experience the world in all its mystery and beauty. Join other women writers as we travel to Africa, a place rich in history, unrivaled scenery and heart-stopping wildlife adventure.

"Transformation Through Words, Wisdom and Insight", a writers retreat is planned for March 2020. This is a unique opportunity to travel an exclusive, personalized experience in Africa. I'm excited about leading this writing retreat with Sonia Marsh, a writer and Africa travel expert with Holden Safaris.

In this post you can read about more highlights of our time in Africa. And here's the first leg of our trip and the full itinerary.

After two days absorbing the history and culture of Johannesburg, we’re off to Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest curtain of falling water in the world.

Our scheduled flight leaves Johannesburg at 10:50 a.m., and arrives at 12:15 p.m., where we will be met and transferred to the Ilala hotel, where we can enjoy lunch and relax before our sunset evening cruise on the Zambezi river. There we’ll soak up the last rays of the African sun as we gently drift along the Zambezi River, above the Falls, with a gin and tonic or other beverage of choice and enjoy delicious appetizers and snacks. Look out for elephants, hippo, crocodile, magnificent birds and other wildlife. (Watch the video below.)

The Majestic Victoria Falls

Ilala Lodge
Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring waterfalls on our planet. It is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, on Zambezi River. Also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya - The Smoke That Thunders. The mist from the waterfall can be seen from far away and sustains nearby rainforest. Victoria Falls is considered the largest waterfall, based on its combined width (1,708 m/5,604 ft) and height (108 m/354 ft), even though it is not the highest or the widest. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After breakfast on March 8th, we gather for a two-hour writer’s workshop. Working off writing prompts from famous authors and poets who have visited Africa, we will write for an hour after breakfast and then share for an hour before lunch. After lunch, we will enjoy a tour of the Rainforest surrounding Victoria Falls accompanied by a qualified guide who will give a brief history of the Falls, as well as detailing the flora, fauna and other points of interest. At the lookout point along the way, we can marvel at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Shopping at Elephant Walk is right next to our beautiful Ilala lodge, and you can peruse and explore the local crafts during our spare time. Watch out for next week’s blog post where we share the wildlife excursions, and what you can expect to see in Botswana.

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