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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

In response to the many questions and concerns that this picture has raised, Yvette would like to set the record straight … Was I Afraid? No – I was not afraid. At the time I was just concerned that she would lose her footing and get hurt or stuck, and then panic. She came, Read More

Christian Sperka, a renowned wildlife photographer will be leading a photographic safari for African Portfolio this July. He just completed a four week intensive safari guide course in South Africa’s Limpopo Province with Africa Nature Training (ANT). We thought it would be interesting to ask him about the experience. AP: Where did you take, Read More

Not every trip requires going through a tour operator. If you’re planning a long weekend in Marrakech, it’s a simple matter of booking flights and finding the right Riad to stay at. The same could be said if you’re visiting Cape Town for a week. You might miss out on some of the insider, Read More

It’s expected that around 50 million people will spend their vacation in Africa this year. That’s a mere 4% of all international travel, but the low figures do not reflect what a huge role tourism plays in many African economies. One out of every 20 jobs in Africa is in the tourist and travel, Read More

With more than 900 species of birds in southern Africa and over 1300 in East Africa, it’s easy to understand why destinations like Botswana, Malawi, Uganda, and Kenya are immensely popular with twitchers. Even if you do not consider yourself a big fan of our feathered friends, you will be after your first safari., Read More

Susan, our senior travel consultant, recently enjoyed 9 days in Cape Town. Susan grew up in South Africa and has been to Cape Town many times, yet the city still manages to surprise her with its wealth of quality attractions. From fine dining to penguin-watching, here are some highlights from her recent visit. Where, Read More

Diane had the joy of spending five days on Mnemba island recently. It’s a miracle she managed to drag herself away to get back to work — it truly is a slice of paradise. If you’ve ever dreamed of a private island with white beaches, a warm clear blue ocean, luxury chalets, and spectacular, Read More

We’re very excited to be able to offer our African Portfolio clients an exclusive safari with renowned wildlife photographer Christian Sperka. We met Christian 3 years ago at a charity auction and immediately fell in love with his work. If anyone has been to our office, our walls are adorned with his spectacular wildlife, Read More

“We’re already going to Amboseli for the views of Kilimanjaro and the great numbers of elephants, and to the Masai Mara to see the big cats and predators, possibly the migrating herds crossing the Mara River, and a hot air balloon flight over the plains. Why would we also include Samburu National Reserve on, Read More

It’s that time of year when we pull out the Amarula Coffee Surprise and treat ourselves to a little cocktail. Yvette is heading home for Christmas and sunshine, while the rest of us will hold the fort in freezing Connecticut. Christmas is celebrated throughout South Africa, a little like here in the US. There, Read More

Judy Donahue, our Savor South Africa contest winner, has recently returned from her trip and sent us a lovely letter filled with her impressions of South Africa. Here are some excerpts: After more than a year of anticipation, we are actually on our way to South Africa! It still seems almost impossible to believe, Read More

Show us a safari camp with a “star bed” option and we are sold. The night sky is one of the many wonders you can experience when on safari in East and Southern Africa. And so pleasant to lie in bed and gaze up at the free show. With very little light pollution, the, Read More

Every African country has their national museums, they tend to vary from excellent to somewhat rundown. But there are also plenty of art galleries that few have heard of outside the continent. You can see as well as purchase, excellent high quality, contemporary African art at the galleries listed below: Art Galleries in Egypt, Read More

We are not surprised that Prince William proposed to long time girlfriend Kate Middleton while on safari in Kenya. The combination of luxury lodges, romantic tented camps, incredible amount of wildlife, and gorgeous landscapes, makes Kenya the perfect destination for couples in love. William and Kate had spent time together in Kenya on previous, Read More

An African safari is not the type of vacation you plan at the last minute. Because of this, we’re often asked “when is the best time to go?”. It’s a loaded question since it really depends on what you would like to see and do. We can probably all agree that the weather is, Read More

Safaris do not come cheap. Partly because they take place in remote settings where supplies are hard to come by. The logistics of running a camp or a lodge in the middle of the African bush is very complicated when the closest shop is 500 miles away, and there’s no guarantee it will be, Read More

There’s nothing 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. The key to shooting wildlife (with a camera, Read More

Yvette, senior travel consultant at African Portfolio, takes a plunge into the world of spa’faris, where new-age muzak is (thankfully) replaced by the natural sounds of the African bush. Save room for the woodcarving, leave the manicure set at home… Quite a few years ago, I (honestly) had a really lovely bride send me, Read More

Whether you’ve already booked your African honeymoon, or are considering a honeymoon in Africa, we have some side trips that you can create a registry for. It’s a great way to add a little adventure to your honeymoon and it can also make it more affordable. Your friends and family have a chance to, Read More

There’s nothing more adventurous, fun, and educational than a family safari in Africa. A family safari offers a unique opportunity to watch your children connect with different cultures and find that common bond. Seeing rare and beautiful animals in their own habitat is not just exciting but also helps bring home the importance of, Read More

I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful time we all had on our family trip to Africa.  It was without a doubt the most incredible experience of my life.  The people of South Africa were phenomenal and so kind.  All of our accommodations were more than we could have hoped for.  The, Read More

Botswana is one of the best safari destinations in Africa, known for its vast unspoiled wilderness areas, exclusive safari camps and excellent game viewing. It gets even better in October with the dry season in full swing and the wildlife concentrating in ever larger numbers around permanent water sources. If you have always dreamed, Read More

Choosing the right safari accommodation is no easy task. Should you opt for a mobile camp, a luxury tented camp, or a lodge? When helping clients decide where to stay, we’re sometimes asked what our favorites are. Of course, we all have our personal preferences and we thought it would be fun to share, Read More

Marrakech is filled with energy every night of the week. The main square, the Djemma el-Fna is a hive of activity with kebab shops, snake charmers, musicians and story-tellers. And it’s really not just for the tourists, villagers from surrounding areas enjoy the spectacle as much as everyone else. But every few months, Marrakech, Read More

Rosalea and Dick just returned from their first African adventure with us. They traveled to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. They visited wineries and penguins, were drenched by the spray of the Victoria Falls and were joined for lunch by and elephant outside their tent in the Okavango Delta. Here are some excerpts from, Read More

One of the most magical things you can do while on safari is take a hot-air balloon ride. Floating over the Serengeti is truly a thrill of a lifetime. It’s not that easy to get the timing right to see the great migration, but the balloon operator in the Serengeti has three launch sites, Read More

Several months ago we arranged a Wilderness safari in Botswana for travel writer Susan Farewell… When you travel to Africa, you inevitably hear someone make reference to having safari eyes. What that basically means is seeing more. Two people can look out at the same savanna. One might see only grasslands rippling in the, Read More

Meet Ezekiel “Big Easy” Ditshameko, one of Okavango Delta’s most experienced guides. Ezekiel grew up in Sepopa, Botswana in the Okavango Delta, an area widely known for its incredible birdlife and mammals. His daily exposure to the bush has given Ezekiel a wealth of knowledge. Coupled with his warm sense of humor and easy-going, Read More

Susan just returned from a trip to Egypt. Her husband joined her while she carried out site inspections in Cairo, Luxor, Abu Simbel, and Hurghada. They also managed to find time to celebrate their anniversary, cruising down the Nile on board the Nile Adventurer. Isadore wrote a daily blog and we thought it would, Read More