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As we tell our clients, travel to Africa offers so much opportunity to give back. We are all inspired when we visit local communities, help support local wildlife efforts, and “pack with a purpose“. In fact, all of you are giving back by spending your tourism dollars when you book your trip with African, Read More

The Big 5 - Rhinos

The Big 5 is a term originally coined by hunters to describe the animals they found the most dangerous to hunt on foot – namely, lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo and rhino. Depending on where you travel on safari, you can reasonably expect to see all five – with rhino and leopard being somewhat, Read More

Victoria just returned from a fantastic trip to Kenya. She shares her safari experiences with us in her own words … Being in Kenya during the long rains is like visiting for the first time.  Everyone is delighted to see you, chats about the weather and how the wildlife is enjoying the new green, Read More

Anouk recently returned from a 12 day trip to South Africa and Mozambique. Her mission was to visit as many Kruger area lodges as she could, and then spend a few days exploring the Mozambique coast around Vilanculos and the island of Benguerra.  She managed to visit over a dozen of our favorite safari, Read More

digital detox

While mobile devices enhance our lives in ways we could never have imagined, the downsides are becoming well documented. Information overload can lead to a shortened attention span, looking at your phone before bed can cause disrupted sleep patterns, and the dopamine hit from each new notification can become addictive – on average, people, Read More

March can be a rainy month in southern Africa, but it has its advantages – if you’re heading for Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe you’ll have the rare opportunity to view a lunar rainbow, which requires a clear sky, high water levels and a full moon. The best time to see this is the hours, Read More

If you’re visiting Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas you’re likely to have at least one night’s stop-over in the capital, Kigali. There’s a real buzz here, of an optimistic, young city on the brink of discovery by the wider world. It’s accessible, modern and clean in a progressive way – non-biodegradable plastic has, Read More

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

Our clients often ask us whether to go on safari in East or southern Africa, particularly if they have a ten-day window and want to visit more than one place. By East Africa, we mean Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda (although the last two countries are technically in Central Africa) and southern Africa refers, Read More

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

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

If you are planning to visit Africa in December, particularly around the holiday season, make sure to book at least a year, or even two 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, Read More

Have you looked at your flights and discovered you’ve got 2 to 3 (or even more) hours to kill at 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 hours to avoid having to carry around, Read More

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. Diane, Susan and Anouk 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

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

December through March is the normal “rainy season” for southern Africa. This period is known as the “Emerald” or “Green” season. With a current South African Airways sale going on, there isn’t a better time to book a trip to the region! Trees are in full blooming glory and the birds are simply spectacular. Many, Read More

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

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

Last week we had the pleasure of introducing Sharleen, who recently joined us at African Portfolio. She not only had to grapple with new systems, procedures and colleagues these past few weeks, but she also had to weather Hurricane Irma. With her internet finally re-connected a few days ago, she shares her reflections …   Having just, Read More

Summer was in full bloom at African Portfolio – not only with more clients traveling than ever before but with the addition of two highly qualified, seasoned travel consultants to better service the ever increasing demand for travel to Africa and beyond.  Sharleen is really a ‘new, old soul’ as we have worked with, 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

“Paper or plastic?” “Neither thank you, I will take my trusty canvas for my groceries”. Most of us are doing what we can to be as environmentally friendly in our own small part of the world. And we are sure most of you will join us in praising the effort of the Kenyan Government to, Read More

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

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

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

July/August are the perfect months 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 a, Read More

While Malaria is a mosquito borne illness, only a small percentage of all mosquitos actually carry the potential to do any harm at all. The disease can only be spread by the female Anopheles mosquito, and only from a previously infected person, so it occurs predominantly in densely populated areas with poor sanitation (worldwide)., Read More

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

It’s been a busy time in our little Connecticut office. We are getting lots of clients ready for their summer adventures in Africa, and we’ve also had to say goodbye to our dear colleague of 17 years, Yvette De Vries. Many of you know Yvette, she was our most public face as she represented African, Read More

Someone recently asked us, “Why would we book with African Portfolio? What sets you apart?” It’s not always easy answering something so personal, because working here is personal. We really love what we do. But here’s a stab as to why we think we really are the best luxury safari operator out there! We, Read More