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Anyone planning a safari will come across the term “Big Five”. It was originally a hunting term used to describe the five most ferocious animals to bag. Luckily these days most animals that are spotted on safari are shot with cameras. But the term “Big Five” has remained popular and is now happily used, Read More

The biggest issue you will likely have with regards to your diet on safari, is the fact that you will need to go on a diet after your safari. The food on a luxury safari is plentiful and excellent. Most safari camps that we book are able to accommodate all kinds of dietary needs,, Read More

Diane just returned from the Victoria Falls with her extended family, and had a wonderful time there.  All ages enjoyed the zip-lines, canopy tours, steam train rides and everything in between. There is always something new to explore in the “adrenalin capital of the world”. But it’s not all about jumping, flying and diving — the Falls themselves, Read More

In Tanzania the migrating herds of zebra and wildebeest are moving north in the Serengeti, the youngsters are all steady on their legs and enjoying an abundance of fresh grass with the first of the long rains. The rains are still coming down in parts of southern Africa this year, so birds and butterflies are, Read More

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

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

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

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

With Valentines day on the horizon, we thought it would be fun to share some of the ways to say “I love you” in Africa. No mean feat considering there are more than 2000 languages spoken, and therefore 2000 different ways to say “I love you”. But we’ve narrowed it down a little, and, Read More

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

We are getting very busy and 2017 appears to be a bumper year for safaris, many of our favorite lodges are almost at capacity already. So when we are asked “how far in advance should we plan our safari?” The quick answer is “ideally a year”. For some people though, a year is an awfully long time to plan, 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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracking mountain gorillas is one of the most exciting safaris we offer. With just under 900 mountain gorillas left in the wild, it is a real thrill to meet them face to face. Diane and Anouk have had the opportunity to track gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda respectively, and they both agree it was, Read More

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

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

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

  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

The latest trend among airlines is to charge extra for a seat that has more legroom, or is located in the front of the plane (but still in economy). South African Airways has jumped on the bandwagon, along with most major airlines. Yvette is en route to Johannesburg today on the 16 hour direct flight, Read More

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