During the month of April, the streets of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand set the scene for a slippery warfare, where the weapons are plastic guns, hosepipes, buckets and just about anything that can be used to carry water. Even the Buddhist nuns are in on the act -- drenching unsuspecting tourists with bowls of icy H2O.
Being a grown-up doesn't mean you're too old to love the idea of living in a tree house. Knysna's Phantom Forest Eco-Reserve offers the ultimate tree-house fantasy. Built overlooking the indigenous forest and an estuarine wetland, these elevated luxury tree-house suites offer the perfect weekend playground.
<i>The Sunbird Illustrated Touring Atlas of Southern Africa</i> is a big-scale touring book that has heaps of fantastic information. The highlight is, of course, the stress on "illustrated" as the guide has detailed area maps, just right for the <i>rigting-bedondered</i> (directionally challenged). If you want to head out into distance, there are plenty of travel books to help you on your way.
Billboards that encourage travellers to "Sho't Left" (taxi slang for "jump off just there or around the corner") litter the Mpumalanga countryside. The mystical, medieval African city of Mapungubwe is preparing to host thousands of visitors when the subcontinent's latest transfrontier park is launched at the end of the month.