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Anouk travelled to Zambia in October 2019; she spent two weeks visiting over a dozen lodges in the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Parks. October is one of the hotter months in Zambia, and this year particularly so with temperatures over 40C. The dry heat made for truly fantastic game viewing, but also, Read More

The official tourism board of Zimbabwe has the tagline “World of Wonders” and we couldn’t agree more.  It is a study in contrasts, with diverse ecosystems and landscapes and is home to five UNESCO World Heritage sites: Mana Pools, Great Zimbabwe, Khami Ruins, Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya) and the Matobo Hills.  Victoria was lucky enough, Read More

The list of diseases and other health hazards you can potentially encounter while traveling in Africa take up several chapters in every guide book. It can be a little daunting even if you are not a hypochondriac. The key is to be smart and also realistic about your risks. A disease like ebola is, Read More

While Cape Town commands all the attention, we encourage you to consider adding a day or two at the start (or the end) of your trip to discover what’s happening in Johannesburg. Although South Africa’s largest city is vast, it’s easy enough to get around by taxi, however, we recommend you let us book, Read More

Travel insurance is a boring topic, but it’s a vital part of planning a safari, and we are experts at that! Because safaris take place in rather remote locations, clients of African Portfolio are covered for emergency medical services and/or evacuation transportation while on safari. We also encourage all our clients to purchase additional, Read More

This time of year many of our clients are anticipating their upcoming safaris, and the questions about “what to pack” are coming in fast and furious! Packing for a safari can be a real challenge as you have figure out how to fit your camera equipment, binoculars, medications, as well as various layers of clothing, Read More

Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is a city full of contrasts.   It’s old enough to feel its past and multi-ethnic enough to experience the rich Kenyan culture.  With a population of nearly four million, the city blends people from all cultures and walks of life. Many of our clients find themselves with one or two nights, Read More

In the words of St Augustine — “The world is a book, and only those who do not travel read only a page”.  Saint Augustine lived in the 4th and 5th Century in northern Africa and Italy. In an age when few people traveled more than a few kilometers from where they were born,, Read More

With so many of our clients interested in gorilla treking, we thought you would enjoy this first hand account of written by one of our valued repeat clients, Stacy Dalton, who writes a blog of her own called Grape Finds, offering recommendations, education and observations on wines from all over the world.  Well worth the read!, Read More

Set between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is the largest and perhaps the most beautiful Falls in the world. Here the Zambezi River is over a mile wide and plunges into a vertical abyss across its entire width, with the force of the falling water sends spray clouds high into the air – giving, Read More

There are few things more annoying than returning from your safari with hundreds of photos of barely distinguishable blobs of gray and brown surrounded by grass, shrubs and trees. You will bore your friends and family, you may even bore yourself when you look through them years later. If you want your safari photos to look, Read More

How far in advance should you plan your safari? The quick answer is, ideally a year. For some people though, a year is an awfully long time to plan ahead. Who knows what will happen over the course of a busy year, and to pay for and confirm a trip that far in advance, Read More

A classic safari can be a somewhat sedentary affair, consisting of long game drives interspersed with (delicious) food and drink, so our clients often ask about more active or adventurous options. These can range from walking safaris and canoe trips to adrenalin-fuelled quad biking, white-water rafting and bungee jumping, depending on your destination (and, Read More

Interest in gorilla trekking has grown significantly in recent years and is expected to get an even bigger boost thanks to the visit this year by the well-known TV talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. Although numbers are steadily increasing due to conservation efforts, there are only just over 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the, Read More

You can’t visit Cape Town without taking the cable car up Table Mountain, checking out the Zeitz Museum and hanging out with the penguins at Boulders Beach. And that’s just for starters! But beyond the city’s legendary attractions are off-beat activities that we heartily recommend – especially as some create the same kind of, Read More

Many of our clients ask us “what can we bring as gifts” when they visit Africa. And we’re glad they ask us, because there’s nothing worse than packing a bag full of items that may not be useful at all in a northern Tanzanian village, or township outside of Cape Town. Giving really is, Read More

July/August are the perfect months for cruising down some of Africa’s majestic rivers. It’s the dry season in Southern Africa and lots of animals come down to the river banks for a drink. The Chobe and Zambezi rivers in particular see huge herds of elephant this time of year. Cruising on smooth water also makes a, Read More

Someone recently asked us, “Why would we book with African Portfolio? What sets you apart?” It’s not always easy answering something so personal, because working here is personal. We really love what we do. But here’s a stab as to why we think we really are the best luxury safari operator out there! We, Read More

Anyone planning a safari will come across the term “Big Five”. It was originally a hunting term used to describe the five most ferocious animals to bag. Luckily these days most animals that are spotted on safari are shot with cameras. But the term “Big Five” has remained popular and is now happily used, Read More

With Valentines day on the horizon, we thought it would be fun to share some of the ways to say “I love you” in Africa. No mean feat considering there are more than 2000 languages spoken, and therefore 2000 different ways to say “I love you”. But we’ve narrowed it down a little, and, Read More

The latest trend among airlines is to charge extra for a seat that has more legroom, or is located in the front of the plane (but still in economy). South African Airways has jumped on the bandwagon, along with most major airlines. Yvette is en route to Johannesburg today on the 16 hour direct flight, Read More

If you would like to show off on your next (or first) Safari, know the names of the “Little Five”, or see if you can spot them for real bragging rights. They are the Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and the Rhino Beetle. Rather an odd assortment of animals, wouldn’t you, Read More

Diane recently visited the Quirimbas Islands that lie in the Indian Ocean off northeastern Mozambique, close to Pemba, the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado. The archipelago consists of around 27 islands, including Ibo, Matemo, Medjumbe, Quirimba, Metundo, Quisiva and Rolas Island. Her trip report follows, and will give you a great taste, Read More

Have you always been a fan of nature programs? Do the likes of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey inspire you? We thought it would be fun to see how we could offer you a little taste of their lives, and get you to walk a few steps in their shoes… Jane Goodall – Jane, Read More

The best time to enjoy a safari in East Africa depends a little bit on what you want to do and see, and what your budget is. The best wildlife viewing is during the dry season when the grasses are shorter and the animals congregate in denser numbers around permanent water holes. The great, Read More

You can expect to spend at least 6 hours a day in a 4×4 on a typical safari in Africa. That’s a long time to be in a vehicle. So it’s not surprising that many of our clients have questions about what type of 4×4 they’ll be in, how many it will seat, and, Read More

“We have a surprise for you. We aren’t going to Idaho anymore, they explained, we are going to South Africa in ten days. An already epic summer had sparked to an unfathomable degree of adventure and experience. I was going to freaking Africa.” You can imagine how excited we at African Portfolio were when, Read More

The best time to enjoy a safari in southern Africa depends a little bit on what you want to do and see, and what your budget is. The best wildlife viewing is during the dry season when the grasses are shorter and the animals congregate in denser numbers around permanent water holes. In southern, Read More

The Pearson Family went on safari to Botswana and Victoria Falls this summer. John was kind enough to share his impressions of the trip with us — and now we’d like to pass along his story to you. Enjoy! After planning this trip for over 2 years, we finally took our Great Wilderness Journey, Read More

The joy of visiting Marrakech is finding yourself somewhere truly exotic. The hustle and bustle of the medina is uncompromising. Dodging donkeys and mopeds while trying to find your way to the next beautiful palace is all part of the fun. Eating kebabs on the Djemma el Fnaa while watching snake charmers and story, Read More