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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

Safari Packing

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

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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

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We are getting very busy and 2017 appears to be a bumper year for safaris, many of our favorite lodges are almost at capacity already. So when we are asked “how far in advance should we plan our safari?” The quick answer is “ideally a year”. For some people though, a year is an awfully long time to plan, Read More

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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

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Going on safari means getting an education. That may sound boring, but it’s quite the opposite. It is amazing how much you learn about the animals you’re seeing, the environment, and the local culture. It’s always an eye-opener. Much of your learning will come from the local people around you, including your driver and/or, Read More

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Tracking mountain gorillas is one of the most exciting safaris we offer. With just under 900 mountain gorillas left in the wild, it is a real thrill to meet them face to face. Diane and Anouk have had the opportunity to track gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda respectively, and they both agree it was, Read More

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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

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September is the perfect month 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, 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

One of the best things about going on safari is leaving all the hubbub of your daily work and life behind, and truly immersing yourself in nature. The vibrations you sense should come from the rumbling stomach of an elephant, not the phone in your back pocket. But while we love the “tech-free” aspect, 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

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

All of us at African Portfolio would like to wish you a very happy and prosperous 2012. We hope it brings you many travel adventures to nourish the soul. 2011 has been a wonderful year for us and we’ve been lucky enough to have visited: South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, Kenya, and Botswana. We’ve, 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

The summer rains have been less than productive so far this year in Southern Africa as several countries are heading into drought conditions. But for those looking to enjoy safari, dry weather is a positive for wildlife viewing, and some recent rain has added extra volume to the Victoria Falls. The trees are in full, Read More

“How much money should I bring with me on safari, and how should I bring it?”. This is a question we deal with rather a lot and it depends a little on what your destination is, and what you will be doing. If you are spending two weeks in South Africa, then there are, Read More

The continent of Africa is a big place. It’s three times the size of the USA (and yes, that includes Alaska). You can fit the USA, China, India, Europe and Japan into Africa. So pinpointing a safari destination is important. You don’t want to fly into Johannesburg if you wish to spend time in, Read More

Bored with the dull beige colors of your safari outfit? Why not switch up your wardrobe to include a dashing bright orange life jacket. For just a day, throw the floppy sunhat aside and replace it with a vivid blue helmet. Now you’re dressed for success and better yet, you can launch into one, Read More

At African Portfolio we truly believe in the power of tourism. We believe that responsible tourism in Africa leads to a positive impact on both the economy and the environment. In the past decade it’s become quite fashionable among our fellow tour operators to create their own charities in order to sponsor a specific, Read More

At African Portfolio we really enjoy sharing our appreciation for African art, movies and books with our clients. We all have slightly different tastes, but we did manage to come up with a top 5 list of movies set in Africa that we loved. Movies like Hotel Rwanda, Last King of Scotland, Invictus, Cry,, Read More

Imagine a safari as a typical dinner. The landscape is the appetizer; the animals are the main meal; the lodging is the desert. It’s a lovely meal and very satisfying in every way. But what makes an African safari a true gourmet experience are the accompanying sauces. The unique and subtle flavors added to, Read More

Knowing how much to tip and when to tip is very handy when you’re enjoying a safari in Africa. You’ll be confronted with the decision almost daily. It will certainly reinforce what a great idea it is to bring many small notes with you, and also save your small bills of local currency for, Read More