A Day at Ngamo School, Zimbabwe

August 30, 2017 | Margot Kalinowsky

“Welcome welcome, welcome welcome,welcome welcome we are all greeting you…….”

Wow, what a wonderful way to be greeted. Twenty five healthy, happy, talented and beautifully uniformed grade 6 students gave me a musical welcome like I have never had before.  I was in the small village of Ngamo Zimbabwe, on the border of Hwange National Park.

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African Walking Safari

August 17, 2017 | Margot Kalinowsky


What would you do if you saw a 12,000 pound elephant bull walking towards you? Run, cry, scream, cry?

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be on a walking safari in the Linyanti region in Botswana. Before leaving on our 2 hour hike we went over the rules and expectations. The rules are fairly simple. Do not walk in front of the Guide, walk in a single file, do not touch the leaves on the trees, do not be loud and noisy, and most importantly keep your eyes open for the most amazing walk you will ever take. Read More >

Cycling and Cobble Stones

June 22, 2017 | Margot Kalinowsky

They say you never forget how to ride a bicycle and it hadn’t been that long ago since I had been on a bike, so I decided that doing a bike tour of Dublin would be a great idea. I did not think through the fact that that would mean that I would be riding on the wrong side of the road, through downtown Dublin traffic, and on many cobble stone roads. However, how hard can that be?????  Read More >

The Perfect Day – On an African Safari

June 20, 2017 | Margot Kalinowsky

It is pitch black. I open my eyes, but wonder if they’re actually open. That’s how dark it is. The noise of the night is even still active. The crickets and frogs are the quietest noises compared to the roars of the lions, the giggles of the hyenas, and the squawks of the Francolin bird that has gone on all night. Read More >

The Sound of the Rails

June 06, 2017 | Margot Kalinowsky

Winter is coming… well, not really, but my train is coming to Dublin station. It’s 7:20 in the morning and I am on a Railtours Ireland train for a 2 day, 1-night trip to Belfast, complete with a Game of Thrones and Giants Causeway tour.

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The Dancing Sky at Blachford Lake Lodge – NWT

June 02, 2017 | Margot Kalinowsky

Some believe that the Northern Lights represent one’s ancestors looking down at them, keeping watch. Having seen them at Blachford Lake Lodge, I believe that now too. Nothing beats seeing these dancing ribbons of light in the sky.

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Diary of the Lost Luggage

May 26, 2017 | Margot Kalinowsky

Always pack an extra pair of underwear, socks, shirt and pyjamas in your carry on!

I have been lucky enough to have travelled extensively around the world and on all of those trips, I can count the number of times I have had my luggage lost on the fingers of one hand. Every time my luggage was lost, it was quickly found and delivered the next day, at the latest. However, that all changed on my recent trip to Ireland.

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San Bushmen of the Kalahari

October 13, 2016 | Margot Kalinowsky

What can one learn from walking in another’s shoes (or in this case, bare feet)? More than I could have ever imagined!!! When in the Deception Valley area of Botswana with my husband and our two teenage sons, we were fortunate enough to spend the day trekking through the Kalahari  Desert with a fascinating father and son team from the local indigenous San Tribe.
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Five Things to Think About When Planning a Holiday

January 15, 2016 | Margot Kalinowsky

Planning a holiday for yourself or your family may be exciting, but it can be complicated and, dare we say, stressful.  Here at Great Canadian Travel Company we have seen it all – and we know exactly how to put your mind at ease.  Here are a few examples of how you can start the planning for your next adventure. Read More >