BOTSWANA: BASKING IN THE EXOTIC BEAUTY OF THE OKAVANGO DELTA

Mapula Lodge was the last stop on our 16-day journey that began in Cape Town (originating in Chicago), South Africa, so we had stayed in charming lodges and classy hotels along the way. This one–to the remote reaches of Okavango Delta in Botswana–was the most magnificent in a one-with-nature, take-your-breath-every-minute way. Mapula’s greatest amenity is […]

SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS IN CANCUN: AN UNDERWATER SAFARI

About 25 miles off Cancun’s northeastern coast, past Isla Mujeres and far into the Caribbean waters, some of the largest known sea creatures loll their summers away. They are whale sharks, a gray-and-white spotted fish that can measure up to 40 feet long and weigh more than 15 tons. That’s bigger than many dinosaurs. On […]