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We have lots of families enjoying their Spring Break safaris right now, from Kenya on down to South Africa. A family safari is an exciting and adventurous experience for all ages, from grandma to teen. Better yet, it’s screen-free if you’re looking to get the kids off their phones and X-boxes. No teenager will eye-roll when they see, Read More

Solo Safari vacation

A good quality custom safari is not the cheapest vacation out there (but the best as far as we are concerned). And traveling to Africa can also be a bit daunting for those not familiar with the continent. The expense of a safari combined with the fact that Africa can seem a little “scary, 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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March can be a rainy month in southern Africa, and if you are heading to the Victoria Falls be prepared to get extremely wet, you’ll know why they are called  “Mosi-oa-Tunya ” (smoke that thunders). March is a good time of year to check out the lunar rainbow, a truly spectacular event at the Victoria, Read More

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A safari is an exciting, educational, adventurous, and unique vacation choice that requires a fair amount of pre-planning. Once you have your itinerary, visas, vaccinations and malaria pills all sorted out, there’s one more thing that is worth reading up on — How to Behave on Safari! You may be surprised to learn that, Read More

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All of us at African Portfolio love spending time in Cape Town. There are always new restaurants to discover, new tours to try, sights to see, and hotels to check out. Both Diane and Yvette were in Cape Town recently, and were reminded of how much they like certain hotels just a little more than others! So we thought, Read More

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The summer rains have arrived in Southern Africa, the December through March period is known as the “Emerald” or “Green” season. In East Africa the long rains tend to fall from end of March to the end of April. Trees are in full blooming glory and the birds are simply spectacular. Many species have their, Read More

Baby Wildebeest

Herdtracker (our “go-to app” this time of year) reports that the larger herds of wildebeest and zebra are passing through central Serengeti towards the Ndutu Plains in the southern Serengeti. We will soon hear reports of a first baby wildebeest sighting, this is calving season ladies and gents! Most of the wildebeest calves are born in just, Read More

African Fish Eagle

January generally starts off quietly in Africa, as New Year’s Day is a public holiday throughout the continent. But in Cape Town the year starts with a real bang and toot with the Cape Minstrel Carnival. On the other side of Africa, the Berber people in in Morocco wait an extra few days, to, Read More

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We don’t often talk about the charities we support because we don’t feel it’s necessary to saddle you with our philosophies and dreams for a better Africa. But as we work to make your safari dreams come to life, we are very cognizant of the impact our business has on the everyday lives of, Read More

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If you plan on spending the December holidays in Africa, here’s what you can expect to enjoy on the festive side of your trip. Remember to book your trip at least a year (if not more) in advance as everyone gets vacation this time of year and local travel is at its peak! Christmas, Read More

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I always enjoy the long flight to Africa, even sitting in the back of the plane. It gives you plenty of time to unwind from work, watch four movies, and still have time for some sleep! Which is exactly what my family and I did en route to Nairobi. Upon landing, we spent our first night, Read More

Africa Santa

If you are planning to visit Africa in December, particularly around the holiday season, make sure to book at least a year in advance! December marks the beginning of the long summer holidays throughout sub-Saharan Africa, so both local and overseas tourists book their vacations at the beach and at safari lodges and camps. Christmas is, Read More

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Anouk is traveling in Kenya right now, and while November is not traditionally the busy season, we still recommend staying in the less-crowded conservancies to really make the most of any visit to the Masai Mara. She’ll be enjoying 4 nights at Saruni Mara and Saruni Wild in the Mara North Conservancy. The Masai, Read More

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Many of our clients look forward to using their miles to book their flights to Africa. But in our experience it’s not easy or convenient to use airline miles (or reward points) to get there. Getting an airline to release seats for points on exactly the days that match your safari itinerary is difficult, Read More

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Anouk will be off to Kenya next week, and is looking forward to spending a first day in Nairobi, almost as much as she is looking forward to her safari! This may surprise some of you, but it’s really a very vibrant city and a great place to spend an extra day and get over, Read More

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November is one of our favorite months to travel to Africa. The tourists thin out, airlines often have sales on flights, and the weather begins to warm up (which makes it less painful to wake up at 5 am for the morning game drive)! November brings much needed rain to southern Africa causing a veritable baby, Read More

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With colder weather setting in here in Connecticut, we find ourselves yearning to travel back to Africa. But until that time, the next best thing is to settle in, stay warm, and watch Africa on our TV and movie screens! Right now we are positively spoiled for choice. Here’s just a sample of what’s on our, Read More

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If you are looking for a truly authentic family adventure and well off the beaten track, then we have an excellent option for you! A 7 day immersion into the heart of Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park, staying at two different lodges/camps – Chilo Gorge and Mahove semi-permanent luxury camp site. This is a very hands-on, Read More

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October marks the final month of the dry season and this is an awesome time to see huge herds of elephant, zebra, buffalo and others gather around the diminishing water holes and trickling rivers. Vegetation is increasingly sparse which makes it a cinch to spot wildlife. October is also the last month of the year to, Read More

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With summer waning fast, we are seeing the usual uptick in requests for adventures to escape from winter. The good news is that there are some great ways to stretch your safari dollars and days, and we know all the tricks of the trade. Contact us for ideas and  suggestions such as this 12-day, Read More

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At African Portfolio we’ve curated the perfect private guided day trip to the Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope. With our hand-picked, highly qualified guide, you’ll spend the morning visiting the penguins at Boulder’s Beach, and continue on to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Enjoy a decadent lunch, Read More

Southern right whale

We are in whale season now, the perfect time to head towards the coast if you are visiting Cape Town and surrounds! Every year southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. The country’s coastal waters teem with the giant animals, breaching, calving (August, Read More

Singita Pamushana rhino

August is peak season for safaris in both East and Southern Africa. If you would like to enjoy a safari this time of year, book now for next year, to avoid disappointment! The dry season in August really settles in making it easier to spot the animals as they congregate in denser numbers around the permanent water, Read More

Beautiful Himba woman sewing while singing

Planning a safari to Southern Africa? Don’t forget to add a little dash of culture to spice up your safari experience. Whether you are bookending your trip with a few days in Cape Town, or exploring the dunes of the Kalahari, ask us about visiting a local community. We will make sure your experience, Read More

The Great Migration

July kicks off peak safari season in both East and southern Africa. Dry, colder weather has set in, and the animals begin to congregate in larger concentrations around diminishing water supplies. The foliage thins out and greens turn into a myriad of golds and browns. Predators find it easier to hide and stalk their prey, and many enjoy, Read More

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Diane recently had the opportunity to visit to Mana Pools in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley, here’s her report… On my very first trip to Zimbabwe in April of 1990, the friends who invited me to visit, suggested I needed a detox from the hectic, frenetic pace of New York City.   “You are still too wired for, Read More

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June kicks off the new safari season as the long rains taper out and many tented camps re-open for business throughout East Africa. The beginning of the month offers perfect game viewing without the crowds and lovely clear skies. The bush is still green, and baby animals are turning into toddlers and healthy teens. The chill, Read More

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We are being inundated with conflicting reports regarding the necessity of getting a yellow fever vaccine in order to enter certain African countries. A recent small outbreak in Angola and reported cases in Kenya and Uganda have indeed led to more restrictions on travelers who are traveling to and from these countries. While the health, Read More

Le Lude Orangerie restaurant

You know you’re going to have a good day when you’re invited to a  “quaffing by day, sailing at dusk” adventure in Cape Town. Diane was fortunate enough to attend this event last week hosted by our partners on the ground. She was accompanied by James and Kim, two specialist guides we often use for, Read More