It has the mysterious Russians, the cocktails, and the requirement to dress for dinner: the only thing missing from this luxury rail trip is Agatha Christie - and a body.
This site has, at various times, been a farmhouse, hunting lodge, mansion and now a top-end hotel set in one of the world's finest locations.
"This is going to be your best cruise ever," says our guide. "Because you're in West Africa, the happy place."
If the “big five” – lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, rhino and elephant – are to survive and thrive, eco-tourism could play a crucial role.
Marrakech is a treat for the senses, whether relaxing in its hidden gardens or venturing deep into its bedazzling souks.
I have never been so often out of my comfort zone, mostly in a good way.
Hog Hollow is nestled into the side of a deep valley within a private nature reserve.
For a heart-thumping African wildlife experience try Mana Pools, where you can "walk" with lions, elephants, buffalo and hippo.