Heather Mason

  • Heaven On Earth: Hiking The Cirques Of Reunion Island

    wild about reunion By Heather Mason, 6:00 pm

    Beaches are only part of what Reunion has to offer. A huge part of Reunion’s appeal sits higher – much higher – nestled inside the towering volcanic calderas that formed the island in the first place. Those calderas, or cirques of Reunion, offer an amazing hiking experience. The cirques and the surrounding areas have more than 1000 kilometers of hiking trails.

  • #InLoveWithAfrica: Finding Love In Johannesburg

    By Heather Mason, 9:31 am

    AFKTravel recently launched a series, ‪#‎InLoveWithAfrica‬, which comprises “love letters” to various African destinations, written by travel writers who are passionate about the continent. In this installment, American blogger Heather Mason writes of her love for Johannesburg, a city she originally moved to for the love of a man, but stayed in for the love of the city.

  • Escape From Joburg: Exploring Sterkfontein And The ‘Cradle of Humankind’

    By Heather Mason, 7:00 pm

    South Africa’s “Cradle of Humankind” made international news in September when paleontologist Lee Berger announced the discovery of a possible new human ancestor, Homo naledi. It drew new attention to the Cradle, but it has been a popular tourist destination for years. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The Cradle is a perfect day trip away from Joburg or a weekend escape. Here are suggested itineraries for both.

  • Sipping Wine — And So Much More — In Soweto

    By Heather Mason, 6:00 pm

    When I moved to Johannesburg in 2010, Soweto’s famous Vilakazi Street was the first tourist attraction I visited. I’ve been back to Soweto many times since then, for walking and cycling tours, photo walks, museum visits, and traditional South African meals. But until a few weeks ago, I never would have thought to visit Soweto for the wine.

  • Finding My Inner Beach Bum In Nungwi, Zanzibar

    nungwi zanzibar By Heather Mason, 6:00 pm

    Nungwi, a fishing-village-turned-tourist-playground on the northern tip of Zanzibar, is known as a Zanzibar party hub. But we’re here in early July, during Ramadan and right at the start of the high season. Nungwi is quiet, downright peaceful, with only a smattering of tourists. We have the restaurants nearly to ourselves and we’re the sole guests at our hotel, the Sazani Beach Lodge, which is a five-minute taxi ride from town.