Eager Journeys is a travel and photography blog by freelance journalist and photographer Iga Motylska, who lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. It focuses on travel to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, across Africa and the world, as well as authentic cultural experiences.
I wrote the chapter about Kenyan entrepreneur Navalayo Osembo, founder of Enda Athletic running shoes, for the How We Made It In Africa book. The paperback documents the entrepreneurial journeys of 25 business people across the continent.
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an ocean-loving beach bum, the Seychelles archipelago will convert you – although you will most likely get sand in your ears,
and have crunchy, salt-crusted hair throughout your trip, but then again paradise
can do that to you, as Iga Motylska discovers.
The Drakensberg is renowned for its pastel-coloured jagged peaks, the world’s largest collection of rock art, and the place where verdant valleys meet. Yet Iga Motylska discovers that The Berg’s outdoor activities are as big a drawcard for travellers as its landscapes.
Praslin, the Seychelles’ second-biggest island, was once a hideaway for pirates and seafaring traders. But today the picturesque island nation is famed for having some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and the largest seed in the world – the rare and endemic coco de mer – a natural icon of the island.
Muscat city in Oman is not only a great hub for culture and shopping, but also offers a variety of outdoor activities on its surrounding coast. Here, you can see wild dolphins frolicking at arm’s length, snorkel and dive between colourful coral reefs surrounded by tropical fish and turtles, undertake a deep-sea fishing excursion and end your day with a sunset dhow cruise.
Oman conjures images of colossal ochre desert dunes and crescent-shaped whitewashed coastlines, as well as luscious aquamarine oases bejewelled with date palms and bordered by craggy mountains.