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  • Your Sri Lanka itinerary: 5 trip ideas to explore the country

    Your Sri Lanka itinerary: 5 trip ideas to explore the country

    January 18th, 2018Stuart Butler
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    Sri Lanka is deceptive. On a map of the world it appears to be tiny, but the moment you arrive you’ll realise that within its diminutive borders it packs in an astounding array of attractions, landscapes and climate zones – with countless activities to boot. Unless you have a couple of months at your disposal you…

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  • The roof of the world: a first-timer’s guide to Tibet

    The roof of the world: a first-timer’s guide to Tibet

    November 10th, 2016Stuart Butler
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    The ‘roof of the world’ has exerted a magnetic pull over travellers and adventurers for centuries. This vast, high altitude desert has spawned myths and legends since the dawn of time. Its mountains are home to the Hindu Gods, the scenery is awe-inspiring, its Buddhist monasteries are filled with art and treasure and the religious…

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  • On the trail of Sri Lanka’s famous film locations

    On the trail of Sri Lanka’s famous film locations

    June 9th, 2016Stuart Butler
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    Ever since the 1950s glory days of the silver screen, film producers and directors such as Don Boyd (Elephant Rock, 1977) have raved about how the beauty, light and variety of the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka make it a perfect outdoor film set. It was acclaimed author Arthur C Clarke who said the…

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  • Tea tourism: 7 ways to slurp the stuff in Sri Lanka

    Tea tourism: 7 ways to slurp the stuff in Sri Lanka

    June 2nd, 2016Stuart Butler
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    Famously described by Marco Polo as the finest island of its size in the world, Sri Lanka continues to enchant today. The island has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, a rich historical legacy, national parks filled with leopards and elephants, waterfalls splashing down mountain slopes and tea. A lot of tea. The Hill Country,…

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  • Exploring Zimbabwe’s most accessible highlights

    Exploring Zimbabwe’s most accessible highlights

    March 11th, 2016Stuart Butler
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    With the arrival of a new airport at Victoria Falls, Stuart Butler explores the area and its offering to the influx of tourists Zimbabwe’s government is hoping to see. Carefully I turned it over in my hands. It was heavier than I expected and larger. It was also kind of drab to look at. I…

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