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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

One of very our first African Portfolio clients was a young woman who booked a six week safari traveling throughout southern Africa, solo. On her return, I fully expected her to cite the amazing lion kill she witnessed in the Sabi Sands or the leopard and cub she spotted at dusk in the Lower, Read More

I’m back!  I’ve just returned from my trip exploring two of Zambia’s National Parks – Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa. It was a spectacular week filled with adventure in the “Real Africa”.  I’m delighted to share some of the highlights with you…  Favorite Camps … My favorite camps in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Read More

We just had to share what Diane is doing right now … it’s an amazing story, and one we are all very proud of here at African Portfolio. Diane’s husband, Peter Lobel was born and raised in Zimbabwe. As you can imagine, the family has been through some very tough times in the past two, Read More

Going on safari is not just about marveling at Africa’s rich wildlife, and jaw-dripping landscapes. It’s about meeting local people and enjoying the cross-cultural interaction. Visiting a local Maasai village, or going on a traditional hunt with a Kalahari Bushman has been as memorable for our clients as their first sighting of a lion,, Read More

There are literally thousands of indigenous languages spoken in Africa and many more dialects. Every African country you visit will no doubt be home to more than a dozen (if not several hundred) languages, even the smaller countries. But because of the sheer amount of linguistic diversity, every African country has an official language, Read More

One of our favorite things in Africa, is spending a night under the open African skies, and more and more camps and lodges allow us to “star bathe” at night. Want to know what you’re seeing up above? … There’s an app for that! Our favorite “star-beds” on safari … Lion Sands River Lodge, Read More

We often find ourselves offering advice with regards to tourist visas, as they are a requirement for many African countries including Egypt, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya. In some cases you can get a visa on arrival at the airport, in others you will need to plan ahead and get one from the embassy, Read More

Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Olduvai Gorge is uniquely positioned on the road from the Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti. We are often asked whether a visit is “worth it” – especially when it comes to deciding whether to travel overland or fly between the two. We think the answer relates directly, Read More

On a recent safari in Tanzania, Yvette made the unfortunate discovery that lathering your body in DEET doesn’t deter the tsetse fly from biting. Tsetse flies are quite common in certain areas of Tarangire and the Serengeti national parks. The tsetse fly inhabit rural areas only, living in the woodland and thickets of the, Read More

Our two photo contest winners for October are Maureen Walker and Lisa Funk. Congratulations to both ladies for their stunning photos, we hope they enjoy their $500 Amex gift cards. All our winning submissions will appear in a 2014 calendar. We just have one more drawing to go, so don’t miss out on your, Read More

At African Portfolio we strive to personalize every itinerary and use our insider knowledge of Africa to plan unique safaris for all our clients. Cape Town is one of the many destinations that we are intimately familiar with and love to visit. We stop by at least once a year and always discover something, Read More

We have two very deserving winners to show off this month. Congratulations to Carol Parr and John Michael for their stunning photos, we hope they enjoy their $500 Amex gift cards. We are even more excited about our calendar now! Smiling Hippos – By Carol Parr Carol was on a 10 day chimpanzee and, Read More

We were so sorry to hear about the fire that gutted the arrivals hall at Nairobi’s International Airport early on August 7, 2013. Luckily no one was hurt, but the damage was extensive and it occurred right at the height of the tourist season in Kenya as the Great Migration is in full swing., Read More