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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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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

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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

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Both Diane and Yvette are enjoying some time in Cape Town this week. At African Portfolio we’ve curated the perfect private guided day trip for our clients visiting Cape Town – at least we believe so!  Our cultural heritage walking tour includes many of the Mother City’s highlights. You will be personally guided by a, Read More

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  May is a lovely spring month in North Africa, a perfect time to visit the Sahara Desert before the summer sun heats it up too much during the day. It’s also a wonderful time to explore the medinas of Morocco‘s royal cities like Marrakech and Fez. The  weather is perfect and tourist numbers are nice and low. Likewise Egypt‘s ancient tombs and monuments are, Read More

OR Tambo

Have you looked at your flights and discovered you’ve got 2 to 3 (or even more) hours to kill in the International Departures Terminal of the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg? All of us here at African Portfolio would be thrilled with such a long layover! In fact, we count on those airport, Read More

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Anouk is now back at her desk with memories still fresh, filled with fantastic sunsets and the lush beauty of Hwange in the green season. Here are some highlights of her last few nights in Zimbabwe…. The entire park was just alive with hundreds of species of butterfly, blooming hibiscus, huge variety of birds and very, Read More

Anouk has been traveling in Zambia and Zimbabwe for the last several weeks, accompanied by veteran safari enthusiast Finn (her son).    She managed to carve out a few free minutes – while sitting at the waterhole at camp – to send us some impressions of her travels thus far.   So live from Hwange National, Read More

Little Vumbura

The best part of of our job is getting feedback from our clients when they return home from their safari. Planning a customized itinerary is not always easy,  but we know Africa rarely disappoints.  The welcome home call is a chance for us to share the excitement of a first, second or even third safari experience. A recent follow up call with honeymooners, Read More

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February marks a massive baby boom in the Southern Serengeti as this is the time of year when the million strong herd of wildebeest give birth, all within a 2-3 week period. The mass calving is a survival tactic to overwhelm the predators that lurk behind the bushes waiting for easy baby prey. It’s, Read More

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For the past few years we have asked our clients to share the best travel photos from their safaris with us. We then pick the top 12 and create a wonderful calendar for the following next year. It’s been a huge success, and our 2016 calendar is really gorgeous! We still have a few copies left so if, Read More

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If you are thinking of going on safari in 2016,  and want to beat those winter blues, here are three of our favorite trips based on January – March departure dates. Each itinerary offers excellent value for money and are very likely to sell out sooner rather than later! Prices on flights to both East and, Read More

SAA Business Class

South African Airways recently launched an exciting program where customers are able to bid online for an upgrade to business class when inventory is available. The program is called “Step-Up” and it’s a great way to potentially get an upgrade to a 180 degree ‘lie-flat’ seat for a fraction of the cost of a regular Business Class ticket. There’s no, Read More

Singita Pamushana

When we book safaris in southern Africa, we often take advantage of the smaller, exclusive camps and lodges located on private reserves and concessions. There are private wildlife reserves throughout southern Africa, many of the best ones are adjacent to established national parks. Private reserves have made it possible to vastly extend protected wildlife, Read More

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Recent changes in tourist visa requirements, and new online applications for Zambia, Kenya, and Rwanda, as well as the always evolving rules for minors entering South Africa, are good reminders for us all to stay up to date with official entry requirements when traveling to and from Africa. A very positive development is the new KAZA UniVisa which allows visitors, Read More

Mnemba Island and beyond

With the first frost of the year hitting us hard here at African Portfolio, we’re dreaming about our favorite beaches in Africa. This is the time to start planning that winter getaway! It’s sunny and warm on the African shores, whales are breaching, turtles are hatching and what better way to wash off the safari, Read More

Blood Lions

There are some excellent wildlife documentaries showing right now that we wanted to share with you. MSNBC is premiering “Blood Lions” on 7 October,  this is a must see documentary exposé on the rapidly expanding canned lion hunting industry (including its by-product, the lion cub petting and walking-with-lions tourist facilities). The movie highlights the canned, Read More

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It’s World Rhino Day on Tuesday, 22 September and while unfortunately poaching still appears to continue unabated, we did receive some lovely news from Botswana. A huge relocation program involving 100 rhinos has re-introduced the species back into the Okavango Delta region, and one of the females just gave birth to a healthy calf! As Great Plains Conservation CEO Dereck, Read More

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If you’re already dreading the winter blues now that Labor Day has come and gone… African Portfolio has something to cheer you up! The best value for money combinations in some of the most popular safari destinations in Southern Africa. Offers are valid November 15, 2015 – March 20, 2016 (excluding the holiday period). Namibia Dunes and Skeleton Coast 8, Read More

It was a joy to catch up with Garth Angus in Cape Town. Many of our guests have enjoyed his great energy, cheerful personality and encyclopedic knowledge on the African Portfolio “Cultural Heritage Walking Tour of Cape Town.” Strolling through our “Mother City” with him, I was once again enthralled by her beauty, the colourful, Read More

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  In response to the recent outcry surrounding the untimely death of Cecil the Lion, Fodor’s made the salient point that “not all safari outfitters are created equally”. They reiterated that the best way to protect wildlife in Africa is to go on safari with a responsible tour operator,  and African Portfolio made their top 10 list!, Read More

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Enjoy seven nights of luxury in Botswana’s premier wildlife areas for an incredible $4,430 per person (based on two people sharing). This exclusive offer is valid from: 15 November, 2015 – 31 March, 2016 and available if you book directly with African Portfolio. The offer includes all accommodation, inter-camp flights, twice daily shared safari, Read More

The Great Migration

Over a million wildebeest, several hundred thousand zebra, and thousands of gazelles are busy making their way to Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve. Happily they don’t need to contend with new visa policy, but they do have to dodge hungry crocs. Why do they move en masse? The ungulates basically go in search of food and water. Their, Read More

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The idea of washing the safari dust off with a few nights at the beach is extremely compelling. Many of our honeymooners actually prefer to start at the beach, so they can wind down from the excitement of their wedding, and begin to relax into their new life as a married couple. But not, Read More

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The Four Corners … We’ve found over the years that we’ve become quite adept as geography teachers since Zambia, Zambezi and Zimbabwe do all sound similar, if you’re hearing them for the first time. So we thought it would be fun to explain a little about the “4 corners” in southern Africa. The “4, Read More

Singita Pamushana

Diane recently spent a weekend at Singita Pamushana Lodge, located in a private reserve in southeastern Zimbabwe. She described it as “one of the all around best safari experiences I have ever had”. Already planning a return trip, Diane shares her insights on the fantastic wildlife viewing and exceptional service offered at Pamushana. Diane’s Experience …, Read More

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. Our goal at African Portfolio is to create an unmatched, personalized travel experience for every client, on every trip. If our safari has been a life-changing event, Read More

As is often the case, I chose to take my trip to Tanzania in November. At the very end of the dry season, foliage is sparse, visibility is as good as it gets, and roads are dry and easy to navigate. Better still, perhaps because the short rains may arrive at any moment, there, Read More

Multi-generational travel is the fastest growing segment in the luxury safari industry and many camps in Botswana are endeavoring to become more family friendly. So armed with my enthusiastic son Finley (aged 11), complete with a clipboard and lots of questions, 5 rubiks cubes and some Setswana phrases under his belt, we set off, Read More